Tag Archives: Progressive Rock

Album review: ELAINE SAMUELS & KINDRED SPIRIT BAND – Elemental

ELAINE SAMUELS & KINDRED SPIRIT BAND - Elemental

[Release date 02.11.19] Folk rock imbued with flute?  It’s impossible not to make Tull/Anderson comparisons.  Violin – Curved Air anyone? But Elaine Samuels and her Kindred Spirits (no relation Siobhan Maher’s all too short lived post River City People liaison … Continue reading

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Album review: YOGI LANG – A Way Out Of Here

Yogi Lang - A Way Out Of Here

Gentle Art Of Music  [Release date: 08.11.19] Although probably a new name to those not in the know, Yogi Lang’s day job is as vocalist and front-man for exceptional German progressive rock luminaries RPWL (he’s the ‘L’). He’s flown solo … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (July 2019 – September 2019)

DANNY BEARDSLEY - Blood From A Stone

January-March 2019 April-June 2019 DANNY BEARDSLEY Blood From A Stone www.dannybeardsley.com [Release date 20.09.19] Just when you thought it was safe to go back in to your ageing album collection – frustrated that much new stuff merely recycles the old … Continue reading

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Quick plays: ATOM WORKS, YES

YES Live At Glastonbury 2003

YES Live At Glastonbury 2003 The Store For Music [Release date 04.10.19] There is not even an inlay for this double album lifted from the soundtrack to the “Director’s Cut” DVD released in 2008.  Roger Dean’s iconic logo is the … Continue reading

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Album review: MARILLION – Live In Glasgow/Brave Live (reissues)

MARILLION - Live In Glasgow

earMUSIC [Release date 01.03.19] Almost 25 years separates the final two releases in this series of ten limited and numbered Marillion live albums. Recorded in 1989, Live In Glasgow captures the band at the very beginning of the Steve Hogarth … Continue reading

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Album review: 25 YARD SCREAMER – Natural Satellite

25 YARD SCREAMER - Natural Satellite

White Knight [Release 08.08.19] 25 Yard Screamer might be like the proverbial curate’s egg – very good in patches.  The Welsh prog rockers have been toiling now for the best part of a decade, first achieving GRTR! seal of approval … Continue reading

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Album Review: BILLY SHERWOOD – Citizen: In The Next Life

BILLY SHERWOOD - CITIZEN: IN THE NEXT LIFE

Frontiers Music [Release date: 12.07.2019] The prolific Mr Sherwood is a busy man. Not only is he now ensconced as bass player in the ever-revolving door of personnel that is Yes and also as the wonderful John Wetton’s replacement in … Continue reading

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Album review: CARAVAN – The Decca/Deram Years (An Anthology) 1970-1975

CARAVAN - The Decca/Deram Years (An Anthology) 1970-1975

Decca/UMC [Release date 06.09.19] Caravan The Decca/Deram Years may not look quite as handsome as the previous 4 disc anthology (2010), and notwithstanding the 2-disc compilation (2000), it is nevertheless the most complete introduction to the band. Presented in a … Continue reading

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Album review: IAMTHEMORNING – The Bell

IAMTHEMORNING - The Bell

K-scope   (Release date: 02.08.19) One thing is for certain – you don’t listen to the music of iamthemorning for a laugh. Their exceptional 2016 album ‘Lighthouse’ which was based around the complexities of mental illness and which I described … Continue reading

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Album review: MIDNIGHT SUN – Dark Tide Rising

MIDNIGHT SUN - Dark Tide Rising

Sonicbond [Release date 28.06.19] New Stroud-based prog rock/metal band Midnight Sun claim to be ‘an original rock band’. Well, for a kick off, the name’s not original, having been ‘pre-owned’ by Danish prog rockers between 1971 and 1974 (whose main … Continue reading

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Album review: NEAL MORSE – Jesus Christ The Exorcist

NEAL MORSE - Jesus Christ The Exorcist

Frontiers [Release date 14.06.19] I like a musical.  In fact, it was only recently I suggested that a prog rock version of Hamilton by Izz could be a big hit.  Jesus Christ Superstar is another personal favourite although, in hindsight, … Continue reading

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Book review: GENESIS – Every Album, Every Song (On Track) by Stuart Macfarlane

GENESIS – Every Album, Every Song (On Track) by Stuart Macfarlane

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 5.07.19] For those wishing to find out more about the prog rockers who went pop, this is a useful summary following the band’s progress from shaky beginnings in 1969 to their final studio album ‘Calling All … Continue reading

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Album review: WARMRAIN – Back Above The Clouds

WARMRAIN - Back Above The Clouds

Rain Recordings [Release date 07.06.19] Promoted as a ‘must have’ for fans of Pink Floyd, Steven Wilson and Anathema, a double ‘concept’ album is one hell of a gamble for a full length debut. But such is the conviction of … Continue reading

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Album review: LUCIFER’S FRIEND – Black Moon (featuring John Lawton)

LUCIFER

Lucifers Records [Release date 26.04.19] If ‘Black Moon’ doesn’t quite reach the heady heights/atmosphere of the early 1970s when John Lawton released a string of albums pre-Uriah Heep, we still have no right to expect a brand new offering in … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (April 2019 – June 2019)

Erja Lyytinen - Another World

January-March 2019 July-September 2019 ERJA LYYTINEN Another World (Tuohi Records) [Release Date 26.04.19] From the tension building intensity and a harmony guitar break of ‘Hard As Stone’ to the gently paced ‘Without You’, with its angst filled and guitar driven … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (January 2019 – March 2019)

Steve Hackett - At The Edge Of Light

April-June 2019 July-September 2019 STEVE HACKETT At The Edge Of Light (Inside Out) [Release date 25.01.19] In his long and distinguished career at the forefront of everything that’s good about progressive rock, Steve Hackett has consistently delivered albums of the … Continue reading

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Gig review: MARTIN BARRE BAND (50 Years of Jethro Tull) – Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, Wirral, 2 June 2019

MARTIN BARRE BAND (50 Years of Jethro Tull) – Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, Wirral, 2 June 2019

The International Guitar Festival Of Great Britain, held annually for many years, has been a showcase for some of the world’s finest players. Sadly, it has lost its focus a little in recent years with acts appearing that have no … Continue reading

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News: WIN! EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER Anthology vinyl box set! (June 2019)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - The Anthology

Throughout June we will be offering a 4-LP vinyl box set celebrating Emerson, Lake & Palmer in a new competition. The box set features 4 discs pressed on ‘galaxy effect’ coloured vinyl and includes tracks from all the key original … Continue reading

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Album review: TODD RUNDGREN’S UTOPIA – Live At The Chicago Theatre (CD/DVD/Bluray)

 TODD RUNDGREN

Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra [Release date 26.04.19] CD/DVD/Bluray Utopia was Todd Rundgren’s progressive/pop fusion vehicle and can sometimes get overlooked or misunderstood in his varied back catalogue. The band had split by 1986 but there was a brief reunion nearly 10 years … Continue reading

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Book review: On track…JETHRO TULL, THE BEATLES

On Track...The Beatles by Andrew Wild

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 26.04.19] The On Track… series continues with some momentum, nearly 20 titles currently scheduled, spearheaded by prog aficionado Stephen Lambe. The idea is to discuss in some detail individual songs but that invariably means talking about … Continue reading

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