Tag Archives: Progressive Rock

Album review: THE PROG COLLECTIVE – Worlds On Hold

THE PROG COLLECTIVE - Worlds On Hold

Cleopatra Records [Release date 16.12.20] The latest iteration of The Prog Collective is ever more relevant in these times of artist lockdown and lack of live.  A project started in 2012, and spearheaded by Yes bassist Billy Sherwood, the idea … Continue reading

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Album review: RIVERSIDE – Out Of Myself (Re-issue)

RIVERSIDE

Inside Out [Release Date: 12.02.21] Riverside have developed, album upon album, into one of the finest progressive rock bands on the planet, with albums such as ‘Love, Fear And The Time Machine’, ‘Shrine Of New Generation Slaves’ and ‘Wasteland’ garnering … Continue reading

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Album review: THE FLOWER KINGS – Islands

THE FLOWER KINGS - Islands

Inside Out   [Release date: 30 October 2020] There’s a debate that rages in a certain music magazine as to what is and what isn’t “prog” – where much pointless navel-gazing and hand-wringing occurs in trying to decide whether the … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (October 2020 – December 2020)

Album review: FISH – Weltschmerz

  FISH – Weltschmerz (Fish Music) …this is a rich, accessible, profound album invested with heaps of integrity, passion and insight. ‘Weltschmerz’ stands as the best album of Fish’s solo career, and easily amongst the best of the year by anyone… … Continue reading

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News: The Best of 2020 – Get Ready to ROCK! reviewers choose their Top Albums of the Year

AC/DC - Power Up

2020 has been a horrendous year for live music,  silenced by the coronavirus pandemic.  With live music off the agenda, there has been no shortage of album/EP releases, so this year our reviewers have concentrated on selecting their Top Albums, … Continue reading

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Album Review: RIVERSIDE – Lost ‘n’ Found – Live In Tilburg

RIVERSIDE - Lost 'n' Found - Live In Tilburg

Inside Out – [Release date: 11 December 2020] Where to start with the sadness of this release? Live in Tilburg was recorded in October 2015 – just four days before I saw them live in Manchester – one of my … Continue reading

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Album review: CIRCULINE – CircuLive New View (DVD/Blu-ray)

CIRCULINE - CircuLive New View

Inner Nova Music [Release date 09.10.20] Starting out covering Yes, Genesis, ELP, Gentle Giant, King Crimson, UK, Jethro Tull, Rush, and Pink Floyd, three members of New York based tribute band Downing Grey decided to form Circuline in 2014 as … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (July 2020 – September 2020)

DEEP PURPLE - Whoosh!

MAGENTA Masters Of Illusion (Tiger Moth) It turns back the years without ever being ‘retro’ and I would suggest is comfortably the best Magenta album since Home.  Masters Of Illusion – The Musical, anyone?   ***** (Pete Whalley) WALTER TROUT Ordinary … Continue reading

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Album review: MARTIN BARRE – 50 Years Of Jethro Tull (2-CD)

MARTIN BARRE - 50 Years Of Jethro Tull

On Sunday 18 October, Martin Barre chatted to Pete Feenstra for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, about his time in Tull and beyond. (40:33) The Store For Music [Release date 16.10.20] The first thing to say is that the cover, … Continue reading

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Album review: TIGER MOTH TALES – Still Alive (CD/DVD)

TIGER MOTH TALES - Still Alive (CD/DVD)

White Knight Records [Release date 01.08.20] Not even lockdown can subdue Peter Jones.  It seems only 5 minutes since he released A Visit To Zoetermeer, making Still Alive his second CD/DVD release in 3 months, but he also popped up … Continue reading

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Album review: LEGACY PILOTS – Aviation

LEGACY PILOTS - Aviation

Laterne [Release date 23.07.20] I do find in these strange days of Lockdown I am automatically drawn to the unusual and the previously unknown in terms of bands and albums.  Maybe even the underdog.  And especially those that don’t necessarily … Continue reading

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Book review: STEVE HACKETT – A Genesis In My Bed

STEVE HACKETT - A Genesis In My Bed

Wymer Publishing [Publication date 24.07.20] It was perhaps inevitable: riding the crest of the prog resurgence, repurposing classic Genesis in front of insatiable crowds, and making well received solo albums.  And now, the book! Steve Hackett traces his journey from … Continue reading

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Album review: KANSAS – The Absence of Presence

KANSAS- The Absence of Presence

Inside Out Records [Release Date 17.07.20] Kansas are an object lesson in regeneration and renewal for veteran bands. Having been around since 1974, many feared for their future when lead singer Steve Walsh retired in 2014, but continuing with a … Continue reading

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Feature: Call Collect – An introduction to STEVE HACKETT

Steve Hackett Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 7th May 2017 photo Steve Goudie 27

Alan Jones and David Randall chart the rise and revival of progmeister par excellence, Steve Hackett When we reviewed the Steve Hackett gig in October 2013 following the release of the second Genesis Revisited album, Pete Whalley summed things up.  … Continue reading

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Feature: Gigs of the Millennium – Steve Tilston, Argent, Camel, The Tubes

Fee Waybill - The Tubes

David Randall surveys a near-20 year period, reflecting on what constitutes a great gig… What makes a good gig?  It can often be the events surrounding it – a pre-gig meal or drink for example -  your fellow gig-goer(s), the … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – CHIMPAN A

Chimpan A (2006)

F2 Music (2006) Chimpan A, released in 2006, was a project featuring Rob Reed (better known for his work in the prog-rock band Magenta), and two members of country rock band The Storys: Rob Thompson (guitar) and Steve Balsamo (vocals). … Continue reading

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Album review: MAGENTA – Acapela 2016 and 2017 (CD/DVD)

MAGENTA - Acapela 2016 and 2017

Tigermoth Productions [Original release date 04.11.19] Magenta are one of those bands who have influenced many other prog wannabes whilst sometimes getting overlooked themselves.  They’ve never had significant wider acclaim, never employed big time PR or appeared on major labels, … Continue reading

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Feature: Call Collect: An introduction to FOCUS

Focus - Hard Rock Hell Prog, Pwllheli, 21-22 March 2014

David Randall developed the groundbreaking website Akkernet in 1996 during the Internet’s infancy and went on to manage several UK tours for Jan Akkerman before writing the original biography published in 2003.  Here he recalls Focus and the key recordings. … Continue reading

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Album review: MARIANA SEMKINA – Sleepwalking

MARIANA SEMKINA - Sleepwalking

Kscope  [Release date: 14.02.20] Mariana Semkina is one half of exceptional Russian “chamber prog” duo Iamthemorning whose delicate, fragile and occasionally disturbing songs have breathed new life into the quieter side of progressive music. Her long term partner in IATM, … Continue reading

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Album review: FRANK WYATT & FRIENDS – Zeitgeist

FRANK WYATT - ZEITGEIST

Self-released    [Release date: 01.11.19] Frank Wyatt was a founding member of noted American band Happy The Man – who got together through a shared love of British progressive rock way back in 1973. A series of prog albums followed … Continue reading

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