Tag Archives: Yes

Quick plays: THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND, QUIET RIOT, WORLD TRADE

THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND What If Rounder Records [Release date 18.08.17] Jerry Douglas has played and appeared on over 1,600 albums, from artists such as Ray Charles, Paul Simon and Eric Clapton, plus he has been a member of Alison … Continue reading

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Gig review: REWIND FESTIVAL – Scone Palace, Perth, 22 July 2017

REWIND FESTIVAL – Scone Palace, Perth, 22 July 2017

Although I am a rock fan through and through I have always had a sneaking love of all things 80’s. Being a teenager during the decade meant that although I was mastering in Iron Maiden and Saxon at the time … Continue reading

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Gig review: MARCUS MALONE BAND – The Beaverwood Club, Chislehurst, 1 June 2017

MARCUS MALONE BAND – The Beaverwood Club, Chislehurst, 1 June 2017

It’s rare for a blues-rock band to carry an audience with them into other musical spheres without losing their interest. No such problems tonight with Marcus Malone and his wonderful eight-strong band. Focussing his set on his splendid ‘A Better … Continue reading

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Album review: AYREON – The Source

Ayreon - The Source

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 28.04.17] It’s 12 years since Ayreon’s first album ‘The Final Experiment’ and the key elements of a conceptual sci-fi story with prog rock underpinnings remain at the heart of the new album ‘The Source.’ It’s … Continue reading

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Gig review: ANDERSON RABIN AND WAKEMAN – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, 24 March 2017

ANDERSON RABIN AND WAKEMAN – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, 24 March 2017

For anyone who has seen my profile picture on the site it may come as something of a surprise to find that I was too young to appreciate Yes during their 70’s heyday. No, for me my interest was piqued … Continue reading

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News: DOWNES BRAIDE ASSOCIATION, Edgar Winter interview features – Sunday 25 October 2015

Downes Braide Association

Pop rock duo Geoff Downes and Chris Braide release their second album as Downes Braide Association (DBA) on 6 November.  Downes is best known as the keyboard maestro with bands like Asia and Yes whilst Chris Braide has written for … Continue reading

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Album review: DOWNES BRAIDE ASSOCIATION – (DBA) – Suburban Ghosts (Geoff Downes, Chris Braide)

DOWNES BRAIDE ASSOCIATION - Suburban Ghosts

David Randall chats to Chris Braide about his music, songwriting, and collaboration with Geoff Downes (59:25) In this hour special, Geoff Downes chats about DBA and his career which has included high profile stints in Yes and Asia.  He also … Continue reading

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Album review: ANDERSON PONTY BAND – Better Late Than Never

ANDERSON PONTY BAND - Better Late Than Never

earMUSIC [Release date 25.09.15] The album features two legendary musicians, former Yes vocalist Jon Anderson and violinist/jazz composer Jean Luc Ponty. The idea for these two musicians to work together was first mooted back in the 1980′s, it is only … Continue reading

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Album review: CONSIDER THE SOURCE – World War Trio Parts II & III

CONSIDER THE SOURCE – World War Trio Parts II & III

Techne Records [Release date 02.06.15] Creative, inspirational and intense, but with enough subtlety and light and shade to tap into the true elements of Prog Rock, ‘World War Trio (Parts 11 & 111)’ is an essential purchase of all true … Continue reading

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News: CHRIS SQUIRE, WARREN HAYNES, SEPULTURA – Tuesday 19th May 2015

Royal Hunt have launched a Pledge music campaign for their next album. They also have a new drummer Andreas “Habo” Johansson. Bullet For My Valentine release their new album ‘Venom’ on August 14th. Warren Haynes (Govt. Mule) releases his new … Continue reading

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Album review: THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA – Plays Prog Rock Classics

THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA - Plays Prog Rock Classics

Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra [Release date 20.04.15] Classical rock is an often maligned genre, when done well it can bring new dimension to time-worn classics, done badly and it can fail to enhance the originals. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra have always done … Continue reading

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News: FRANK ZAPPA, FFS, YES – Monday 6 April 2015

The Radio Sun have titled their upcoming album ‘Heaven Or Heartbreak’ and it is produced by Paul Laine of Danger Danger fame. Johnny Solinger has left Skid Row and former TNT vocalist Tony Harnell has replaced him. Mike Oldfield releases … Continue reading

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Album review: THEO – The Game Of Ouroboros

THEO – The Game Of Ouroboros

Big O Records [Release date 27.01.15] “Thank you for calling Conglobocorp: Government made easy, your call will be recorded and archived in your Perma-file for security purposes”. Welcome to the futuristic world of keyboard playing composer Jim Alfredson and his … Continue reading

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Album review: FRANCK CARDUCCI – Torn Apart

FRANCK CARDUCCI – Torn Apart

Franck Carducci [Release date 09.01.15] Multi instrumentalist Franck Carducci is a Frenchman who moved to Holland to find his blues tinged prog rock niche. He tells us that during his musical formative years he played with upwards of 20 different … Continue reading

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News: ANATHEMA, ROBERT PLANT, STEVE HOWE – Monday 2 February 2015

Anathema

Steve Howe releases a best of collection entitled ‘Anthology’ on March 10th. He tours the UK in April (see Upcoming). Mark Slaughter (Slaughter) has released his solo ‘Reflections In A Rear View Mirror‘ via his own website. The Sword enter … Continue reading

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Album review: YES – Songs From Tsongas

Yes - Songs From Tsongas

Eagle Rock [Release date 22.09.14] 3-CD It comes to something when we get an anniversary release of an anniversary release!  Following Rick Wakeman’s return to the band in 2002, the classic Yes line up of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris … Continue reading

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Gig review: RICK WAKEMAN – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 9 May 2014

Rick Wakeman - Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 9 May 2014

Rick Wakeman is perhaps better known these days for being a “Grumpy Old Man” and a tetchy consumer champion via his appearances on BBC’s ‘Watchdog’. But back in the day, with his flowing cape and musical theatrics, he defined progressive … Continue reading

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Gig review: YES – Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, 2 May 2014

YES – Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, 2 May 2014

I am not the biggest Yes fan in the world. This may seem a strange statement to open a Yes gig review, but as they said on the X Files ‘the truth is out there’. That is not to say … Continue reading

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Album review: GERS RACING – Part 1 Privilege/Part 2 Existence

GERS RACING – Part 1 Privilege/Part 2 Existence

self release [Release date 21.01.14] It’s an old ploy to hide your unwanted past or unwillingness to explain your music behind some autobiographical psycho-babble. And that is just what the curiously named Ger Racing do. The band comprises 60’s fringe … Continue reading

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News: Get Ready to ROCK! Radio – April 2014 Highlights

Record Store Day 2014

April 2014 Highlights More information at the dedicated website All times, BST (GMT+1) Tuesdays 19:00 Pete Feenstra Rock & Blues In the first hour of our Tuesday blues rock marathon, Pete signposts upcoming and established artists who need your attention … Continue reading

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