Tag Archives: Yes

Album review: AYREON – Into The Electric Castle

AYREON - Into The Electric Castle

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 26.10.18] Aside from being the 20th anniversary of its release and a long overdue vinyl release, the most significant thing about the Arjen Lucassen’s remixed and re-mastered 1998 Ayreon project, is the way it successfully … Continue reading

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Album review: MICHAEL ROMEO – War Of The Worlds, Pt. One

MICHAEL ROMEO – War Of The Worlds, Pt. One

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 27.07.18] Former Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo’s ‘War of the Worlds’ has very little to do with the enduring Jeff Wayne adaptation of the H.G. Wells classic sci-fi book. However, the title does give the … Continue reading

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Gig review: STONE FREE FESTIVAL – Day 2 – 02 Arena, London, 17 June 2018

Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman - STONE FREE FESTIVAL- DAY 2 - 02 Arena, London, 17 June 2018

If day one of Stone Free exhibited classic rock at its heaviest and loudest, the Sunday – at least in the main O2 Arena- had a more progressive and thoughtful bent to it. However the Orange Amps stage was still … Continue reading

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Album review: SPOCK’S BEARD – Noise Floor

SPOCK

Inside Out [Release date 25.05.18] Spock’s Beard return with their thirteenth album and it also marks the return of original drummer Nick D’Virgilio who guests on the album, after the previous drummer Jimmy Keegan left the band in 2016. On … Continue reading

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DVD review: YES – The New Director’s Cut

YES - The New Director

The Store For Music [Release date 16.02.18] Talk about milking it. It may have been a major event when Wakeman reunited with Anderson, Squire, Howe and White in time for the band’s 35th anniversary tour in 2004, but there continues … Continue reading

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Album review: VON HERTZEN BROTHERS – War Is Over

VON HERTZEN BROTHERS – War Is Over

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 03.11.17] ‘War Is Over’ isn’t so much a concept album as a dramatic prog rock album with associated musical influences, ranging from classic, hard and symphonic rock, to more poppy and synth influences. There’s plenty … Continue reading

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Album review: DOWNES BRAIDE ASSOCIATION – Skyscraper Souls

DOWNES BRAIDE ASSOCIATION - Skyscraper Souls

David Randall chatted to Chris Braide in October 2015 and this hour special provides background to the singer-songwriter’s career and on hooking up with Geoff Downes.  First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. Magical Think Tank Records [Release date … Continue reading

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Album review: VIRGIL & STEVE HOWE – Nexus

VIRGIL & STEVE HOWE - Nexus

Inside Out [Release date 17.11.17] ‘Nexus’ is the collaborative record by Yes guitarist Steve Howe and his son Virgil Howe who passed away suddenly on September 11, 2017 aged 41. Not an easy decision then to release this album, however … 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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