Tag Archives: Progressive Rock

Album review: AMANDA LEHMANN – Innocence And Illusion

AMANDA LEHMANN - Innocence And Illusion

www.amandalehmann.co.uk [Release date 20.08.21] It must be nice to have such close supporters as Steve Hackett and, via his connections, Nick Magnus, Rob Townsend and Roger King.  All heavyweights who will assure the sonic qualities of any enterprise.  But it … Continue reading

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Book review: Decades – Curved Air in the 1970s by Laura Shenton

Decades - Curved Air in the 1970s by Laura Shenton

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 18.06.21] Author Laura Shenton makes no excuses for compiling a series of extracts from previously published work.  This includes contemporaneous snippets from the likes of Disc & Music Echo to more recent cribs from Prog magazine.  … Continue reading

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Album review: TERRA ODIUM – Ne Plus Ultra

terra odium

Frontiers Records [Release date 11.06.21] In its more expansive moments, Norwegian band Terra Odium’s album resonates with the sci-fi dissonance of tech metal. The kind that Brad Fiedel and Wendy Carlos wielded on “The Terminator” and “The Shining” film scores. … Continue reading

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Album review: MICK PAUL – Parallel Lives

MICK PAUL - Parallel Lives

[Release date  09.06.21] www.mickpaulbassist.com David Cross (ex-King Crimson) collaborator Mick Paul is a bassist/guitarist and ‘Parallel Lives’ is characterised by his bubbling bass and Sheila Maloney’s excellent keyboard textures and arrangements. Craig Bundell (Steven Wilson)  lends his drums including on … Continue reading

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Album review: RPWL: God Has Failed – Live And Personal

RPWL - God Has Failed: Live And Personal

Gentle Art Of Music [Release date: 30.04.21] RPWL started life way back as a Pink Floyd tribute band, and, rather like Marillion and their relentless (and wrong) “Genesis Clones” soubriquet, struggled early on to free themselves of the PF comparisons. … Continue reading

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Album review: TRANSATLANTIC – The Absolute Universe

TRANSATLANTIC - The Absolute Universe

Inside Out  [Release date: 05.02.21] Supergroups – don’t you just love them? Remember, back in the day, when England used to play various sporting matches against “The Rest Of The World”? England always won because they all knew each other’s … Continue reading

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Book review: On track…ASIA (Every album, every song) by Peter Braidis

On track...ASIA (Every Album, Every Song) by Peter Braidis

Sonicbond Publishing [Release date 14.05.21] Asia were formed in 1981, one of the enduring melodic rock “supergroups” of that decade and one of the most successful.  Many readers will only remember the “classic” original line-up (and debut album) but this … Continue reading

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Book review: On track…STEVE HACKETT (Every album, every song) – Geoffrey Feakes

On track...STEVE HACKETT - every album, every song by Geoffrey Feakes

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 30.05.21] The hallmark of a good rock read has to be when the reader genuinely learns something new about the subject matter.  Geoffrey Feakes is evidently a real fan of Hackett’s work but once again there … Continue reading

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Quick plays: TUBULAR WORLD, ROBERT REED

TUBULAR WORLD Tubular Bells

TUBULAR WORLD Tubular Bells Tigermoth Records [Release date 14.12.20] You wonder.  Is there any need for yet another version of ‘Tubular Bells’?  I mean, the masterwork’s creator has fine dined off the back of it for nearly 50 years now, … Continue reading

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Book review: Decades – Focus in the 1970s (Stephen Lambe)

Decades - Focus in the 1970s (Stephen Lambe)

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 30.04.21] At the outset I should declare an interest.  As an inveterate Focus-watcher since the early 1970s, author of articles about the band for Record Collector magazine, liner notes, and the first book about Jan Akkerman … Continue reading

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Album review: REFLECTION CLUB – Still Thick As A Brick

REFLECTION CLUB - Still Thick As A Brick

Madvedge Records [Release date 03.03.21] How do you out-Tull Jethro Tull?  Well you put together an album pastiche and call it Still Thick As A Brick.  Package it up in a large format digi-book and add in the ubiquitous 5.1 … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (January 2021 – March 2021)

Albums of the Month (January-March 2021)

THUNDER All the Right Noises (BMG) Thunder fans will love this album as it touches all the band’s key strengths – memorable songs, party rockers, ballads, lyrics to make you think and above all, well-crafted hard rock tunes. An Album … Continue reading

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Album review: BEN RANDALL – Before The Rain

BEN RANDALL

Thoroughbred Music    [Release date: 02.04.21] www.benrandallguitar.com For me, it’s always been about the guitar. Back in the day, from the moment I heard Paul Kossoff’s wailing Les Paul on the early Free albums, I was hooked. Koss, Blackmore, Iommi, … Continue reading

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Album review: CLIVE MITTEN – Suite Cryptique: Recomposing Twelfth Night 1978-1983

CLIVE MITTEN - Suite Cryptique: Recomposing Twelfth Night 1978-1983

Bumnote Records/Twelfth Night Records [Release date 02.04.21] I have to say the band Twelfth Night have completely passed me by.  I’ve known vaguely their name but never really investigated their music, that is until the arrival of a new double-CD … Continue reading

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Album review: STEVE HACKETT – Under A Mediterranean Sky

STEVE HACKETT - Under A Mediterranean Sky

Inside Out  [Release date: 22.01.21] Being the modest chap that he is, Steve Hackett would probably not describe himself as a virtuoso. However, in a career spanning getting on for fifty years from the early days of Genesis through his … Continue reading

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Feature: Collectible Collections – FAMILY – Old Songs New Songs (The Definitive Box Set)

FAMILY - Old Songs New Songs

Mystic MYSCD191 (2005) Don McKay and Martin Darvill at Mystic have done a great service to the name and legacy of Family and Roger Chapman. ‘Old Songs New Songs – The Definitive Box’ is their latest offering and, as the … Continue reading

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Feature: Collectible Collections – CAMEL – Rainbow’s End An Anthology 1973-1985

CAMEL - Rainbow's End An Anthology 1973-1985

Universal/Decca 532 938-3 (2010) My biggest regret in terms of live music is failing to get my arse over to Liverpool to see Camel performing at the Lomax, a smallish venue, in October 2000*. It may well have been the … Continue reading

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Album review: 3.2 – Third Impression

3.2 cover

Pete Feenstra chatted to Robert Berry for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in May 2021. Frontiers Records [Release date 12.02.21] This is the end. Second and final album from 3.2. The success of the first collaboration between Robert Berry, Keith … Continue reading

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Feature: Collectible Collections – MANFRED MANN’S EARTH BAND – 40th Anniversary Box Set

MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND - 40th Anniversary Box Set

Pete Feenstra chatted to Manfred Mann for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio with tracks from Manfred Mann’s Earth Band.  First broadcast 23 February 2021. Creature Music (2011) The rather large parcel dropped off at GRTR! Towers was like Christmas come … Continue reading

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Album review: EVERGREY – Escape Of The Phoenix

Evergrey-Phoenix

AFM Records [Release date 26.02.21] Evergrey, led by the formidably talented writer/producer/guitarist/vocalist, Tom Englund, are now on their 12th album. Escape Of The Phoenix once again revisits the band’s idea of adult contemporary metal. It’s a dark, sinewy sound, braced … Continue reading

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Album review: SCARDUST – Strangers

SCARDUST - Strangers

M-Theory Audio [Release date 30.11.20] Progressive Rock’s most famous unknown band, Scardust, released their second album, Strangers, to widespread critical acclaim in November last year. It was an unauspicious time to be releasing new product. Consequently, the label has “re-released” … Continue reading

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Album review: NICK FLETCHER – Cycles Of Behaviour

NICK FLETCHER - Cycles Of Behaviour

[Release date 26.03.21] www.hacktrax.co.uk Getting a glowing affirmation from none other that Steve Hackett, printed clearly on your album cover, may give a relatively unknown guitarist a definite leg up. Nick Fletcher is a member of brother John’s band and … Continue reading

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Book review: On track…KATE BUSH, RENAISSANCE, DIRE STRAITS, JONI MITCHELL

On Track...KATE BUSH

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication dates: December 2020; January/February 2021] The On Track volumes from Sonicbond come thick and fast.  I can’t help thinking that in the rush certain standards are being compromised or, at least, opportunities missed. Firstly there are a … Continue reading

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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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