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CD Reviews
A Trick of the Tail
Review by Josh Turner
There are substantial differences between the old and new Genesis. Some prefer one style to the other.
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Abacab
Review by Gary Hill
For fans of Genesis the sounds they put out in the eighties could be considered anti-Genesis.

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And Then There Were Three
Review by Gary Hill
There are those out there who basically think that any Genesis album once they were a three piece is just plain pop tripe. Well, I have to tell you that I think you are wrong.
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Calling All Stations
Review by G. W. Hill
This album has been causing as much controversy among Genesis fans as Open Your Eyes has among Yes fans. Again many really like the album, while others hate it.

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Duke (SACD and DVD set)
Review by Greg Olma
A lot of people were crying “sell out” when Genesis released …And Then There Were Three. Although they basically shifted their sound away from progressive and moved it more in a commercial pop sound, they still kept some of the elements to keep a few prog fans happy (but not many).
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Foxtrot
Review by Gary Hill
Foxtrot might not get the attention that is afforded to Genesis works like The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, but it is really an incredible piece of work that should be in the collection of any Genesis fan or progressive rock fan in general.

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Genesis
Review by Greg Olma
Say what you will, Genesis would not have grown to the heights they achieved if Peter Gabriel was fronting them.  
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Invisible Touch
Review by Gary Hill
Certainly this is one of the most pure pop discs Genesis ever produced. That makes it a real thorn in the side to the prog head Genesis fans.

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Live
Review by Steve Alspach
An import for a number of years, Genesis Live is a rather good document of the band during its heyday in the early 1970s. Recorded in some small town halls, the sound may not be all that great, but there's no denying the talent displayed by Messrs. Banks, Collins, Gabriel, Hackett, and Rutherford in their early days.
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Nursery Cryme
Review by Gary Hill
This disc is one of my favorites from Genesis.

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Selling England By The Pound
Review by Greg Olma
This record from 1973 is the predecessor to the behemoth The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway.  
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The Platinum Collection
Review by Gary Hill
This year Genesis released a career spanning box set. I don’t have that one yet, but I figured that this would be a good time to take a look at this one that came out several years ago.

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The Way We Walk – Volume 2 – The Longs
Review by Gary Hill
Those who think that the Phil Collins era of Genesis was nothing but pop drivel are wrong.
 

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Three Sides Live
Review by Gary Hill
There are actually two versions of this double disc set out there. Unfortunately, this is the harder one to find.

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Trespass
Review by Gary Hill
Trespass was the second album from Genesis. It was the final one to feature Anthony Phillips on guitar.

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Turn It On Again – The Hits
Review by Gary Hill
This Genesis compilation, as the second part of the title says, focuses on the band’s hits.
 

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We Can’t Dance
Review by Gary Hill
There are certain albums by Genesis that I just think of as pop music, rather than prog.

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Wind and Wuthering
Review by Gary Hill
The second album from Genesis after Peter Gabriel left the fold, this one is rather maligned by a lot of prog fans. That's a shame because this one is really very good.
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DVD Reviews
Genesis - Live at Wembley Stadium DVD
Review by Gary Hill
While I prefer the proggier side of Genesis, listening to (and watching) this concert, you just can’t deny the charm and power of this music.

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Genesis - Remember Knebworth 1978 DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I like this video. I just wish there had been more of it.
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Genesis - Sum of the Parts DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I guess how you feel about this documentary will have a lot to do with which period of Genesis’ career you like the best.

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Genesis - The Video Show DVD
Review by Larry Toering
I am not the most dedicated Genesis fan on the planet, but not the least either, and I do have quite a few of their live videos, but this is a set containing 32 clips.

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Genesis - Three Sides Live BluRay
Review by Gary Hill
I like this period of Genesis a lot. They were touring for the Abacab album.

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Genesis - When in Rome 2007 DVD
Review by Greg Olma
If you are a Genesis fan, these last few years have been very exciting.  
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Steve Hackett
Review by Josh Turner
Interview with Steve Hackett, 2005
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Steve Hackett
Review by Steve Alspach
Interview With Steve Hackett from 2002
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Anthony Phillips
Review by Gary Hill

Interview with Anthony Phillips from 2017


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Steve Hackett
Review by Gary Hill

Interview with Steve Hackett from 2017


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Djabe - & Steve Hackett - Life is a Journey, The Budapest Live Tapes
Review by Gary Hill

When Life Is a Journey, the studio album released by Djabe and Steve Hackett came out recently, it made my best of the year list. So, I was anxious to hear this live set.


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Rick Wakeman - & Tony Ashton Present GasTank
Review by G. W. Hill
Perhaps this three CD should go under "various artists" instead of "Rick Wakeman." Still, I think Wakeman plays on almost everything here.

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Anthony Phillips - 1984 (Remastered and Expanded Edition)
Review by G. W. Hill

The first disc of this set was originally released in 1981, with a different mix. This is an instrumental album from former Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips.


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Tony Banks - A Curious Feeling
Review by G. W. Hill

I like this new Tony Banks solo album reissue. For one thing, it’s just a great album.


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Various Artists - A Life in Yes: The Chris Squire Tribute
Review by Gary Hill
I grew up as a Yes fanatic from the age of 12. As a bass player myself, Chris Squire was a huge part of my own growth as a musician.
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Phil Collins - A Life Less Ordinary DVD
Review by Gary Hill
This video is not perfect, and is not quite what I was expecting, but is pretty darn interesting. Indeed, I was thinking that I would find a lot of musical snippets and clips, and while there are some (from all phases of Phil's career, I might add), they are short and far and few between, but that is not the true purpose or beauty of this video.
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Squackett - A Life Within A Day
Review by Alison Henderson

If ever there was a perfect dream team then it would have to be the bassist with one of the legendary bands joining forces with the guitarist from another of the bands in the prog pantheon, namely Yes and Genesis.


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Various Artists - A.I.M.S Gala - One Night Only - Live At The Royal Albert Hall DVD
Review by Gary Hill

If you like rock and roll, this is a DVD to have. It’s a 1998 performance for Bill Wyman’s A.I.M.S. (Ambitions, Ideas, Motivation, Success) project.


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Steve Hackett - and Djabe - Summer Storms and Rocking Rivers
Review by G. W. Hill
Those expecting Genesis styled prog rock here are likely to be disappointed. This is much more of a fusion set with some world music built into it.

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Steve Hackett - and Evelyn Glennie With Roger King and Phillip Smith, London, 2002
Review by Steve Alspach
London's Queen Elizabeth Hall was the site for the world premiere performance of Steve Hackett's composition "The City in the Sea." This conceptual piece, based on a poem by Edgar Allan Poe, combined Hackett's guitar work with the brilliant percussive work of Glennie.
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Djabe - and Steve Hackett - Life Is A Journey: The Sardinia Tapes
Review by Gary Hill

I previously reviewed an album with these two artists. On that one Hackett got the first billing.


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John Hackett - Another Life
Review by G. W. Hill

Anthony Phillips plays on one song and (John's brother) Steve Hackett is featured on several, bringing a Genesis reference to this.


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Eric Clapton - Behind the Sun (Limited Edition Hybrid SACD version)
Review by G. W. Hill

This CD is one of the latest in a series of audiophile discs coming out.


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Kompendium - Beneath the Waves
Review by Alison Henderson

Kompendium is a huge musical project masterminded by Rob Reed, main-man of the very classy British prog band Magenta.


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Steve Hackett - Beyond the Shrouded Horizon
Review by Alison Henderson

With a career spanning some 40 years, Steve Hackett has continued to blaze a trail across the prog firmament of which most other musicians can only dream.


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Steve Hackett - Blues with a Feeling
Review by G. W. Hill

Those expecting a typical Steve Hackett album will certainly be shocked by this.


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Billy Sherwood - Citizen
Review by G. W. Hill

A contender for best of the year, this is arguably Sherwood’s best solo album ever.


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Various Artists - Citizens of Hope and Glory. The Story of Progressive Rock written by Stephen Lambe
Review by Scott Montgomery

This is an enjoyable read that saunters through the chronology and culture of progressive rock.


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Robert Fripp - Exposure
Review by Steve Alspach
Robert Fripp's first solo album (not counting the side projects with Brian Eno) was considered "A Day in the Life" for the 1970s. Fripp proves himself to be the "21st Century Schizoid Man" because this album runs the gamut from harsh metal to more ambient dreamscapes.
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Phil Collins - Face Value
Review by Gary Hill
So, let’s be clear right at the start. I’m not saying this album is progressive rock. Clearly, it’s not.

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Anthony Phillips - Field Day
Review by Gary Hill

This new reissue from Anthony Phillips includes two CDs of instrumental music. It's almost exclusively just acoustic guitar.


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Daryl Stuermer - Go
Review by Gary Hill
Certainly Daryl Stuermer is probably best known for his work in the touring version of Genesis. The truth is, though, he's a great musician in his own right and Go is his latest disc.
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Phil Collins - Going Back – Live at Roseland Ballroom, NYC DVD
Review by Gary Hill

Understanding the event is important when coming into this DVD.


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GTR - GTR: 2CD Deluxe Expanded Edition
Review by G. W. Hill

I remember when I got this album originally, I was unimpressed with it. I think part of that was expectations.


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Anthony Phillips - Invisible Man (Remastered and Expanded Edition)
Review by Gary Hill

When I recently interviewed Anthony Phillips he mentioned his quirky catalog (my words not his precisely) and that it was caused by record label pressure.


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Brand X - Is There Anything About?
Review by G. W. Hill

I like this album a lot. It seems to be more diverse than some of the rest of Brand X’s catalog.


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John Hackett - John Hackett Band - We Are Not Alone
Review by Gary Hill

This is an interesting double-CD set. The first is a studio album from John Hackett.


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Eric Clapton - Journeyman (Limited Edition Hybrid SACD version)
Review by G. W. Hill

This is a new audiophile release of a classic Eric Clapton solo album.


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Various Artists - Legends: Crank It Up (Limited Edition Hybrid SACD version)
Review by G. W. Hill

Originally released as a Time Life Series installment, this album features a lot of songs most people will know.


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Lifesigns - Lifesigns
Review by Alison Henderson
Lifesigns is a music project spearheaded by John Young, composer, keyboards player and vocalist, aided by bass player Nick Beggs (Steve Hackett and Steven Wilson), drummer Martin “Frosty” Beedle (Cutting Crew) and producer Steve Rispin.
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Phil Collins - Live at Montreux 2004 BluRay
Review by G. W. Hill

Let’s get one thing out of the way right from the start, taken by itself, this would not be a progressive rock review.


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Steve Hackett - Live at NEARfest, 2002
Review by Stephen Ellis
What can I say that has not already been said about this man and his music? I've loved his guitar work and sound since his days in Genesis.
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Brand X - Live at the Roxy LA
Review by G. W. Hill

This is a newly reissued live album from Brand X.


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Peter Gabriel - Live Blood
Review by G. W. Hill

This live album is rather unusual.


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Peter Gabriel - Live in Athens 1987 DVD
Review by G. W. Hill
So, I’m going to go about this backwards. Normally I talk about the main course of a DVD release first and then look at the bonus stuff.
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Steve Hackett - Live in Bethlehem, PA (NEARFest 2010), June 2010
Review by Bill Knispel
Steve Hackett headlined NEARfest alumni night, Friday 18 June 2010.  This would be his second appearance at the prestigious progressive and art rock festival, following a headlining set in 2002 at the festival’s second venue, the Patriot Theatre in Trenton NJ.

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Steve Hackett - Live Rails
Review by Larry Toering

What can be said about Steve Hackett that hasn't already been said?


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Brand X - Missing Period
Review by Gary Hill
Associated with the prog musical style both because of their imaginative and virtuosic fusion approach to music and the sometime presence of Genesis man Phil Collins, Brand X have always been a great largely unknown musical treasure.
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Brand X - Missing Period (Reissue)
Review by G. W. Hill

This is a new edition of this Brand X album. Since I already reviewed an earlier release of this, and this in terms of the content, the same thing, I’m going to just use that review here for the sake of consistency. Let’s just say, thing sounds great and is well worth having.

Associated with the prog musical style both because of their imaginative and virtuosic fusion approach to music and the sometime presence of Genesis man Phil Collins, Brand X have always been a great largely unknown musical treasure. This CD is the first official release of material predating their debut disc. This lost disc of instrumental wonderment is definitely a treasured find for fans of the band. The musicians on this CD are Phil Collins, John Goodsall, Preston Heyman, Percy Jones and Robin Lumley.


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Various Artists - Mountains Come Out of the Sky. The Illustrated History of Prog Rock – written by Will Romano
Review by Scott Montgomery
Overall, this is a very good and highly recommended overview of the genre and its history. 
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Various Artists - Mountains Come Out of the Sky. The Illustrated History of Prog Rock – written by Will Romano
Review by Scott Montgomery
Overall, this is a very good and highly recommended overview of the genre and its history. 
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Peter Gabriel - New Blood
Review by John Pierpoint

Peter Gabriel could be accused of resting on his laurels by producing an album of reworkings of some of his greatest hits – and with an orchestra, to boot!


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Peter Gabriel - New Blood – Live In London – BluRay
Review by Larry Toering

Even though his previous release Scratch My Back was excellent, Peter Gabriel has outdone himself once again with this follow up video that also comes in 3D as well as a 2 CD special edition package.


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Steve Hackett - Once Above A Time DVD
Review by Gary Hill
This new live DVD from Steve Hackett shows a vital and powerful progressive rock band creating an awesome musical landscape on the live stage. The film was recorded in April of 2994 in Budapest, and it find the former Genesis guitarist and his band making their way through songs from his solo repertoire and old Genesis material.
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Steve Hackett - Out of the Tunnel's Mouth
Review by Gary Hill

This is the two CD edition of Steve Hackett’s Out of the Tunnel’s Mouth.


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Peter Gabriel - Ovo
Review by Steve Alspach
Peter Gabriel was one of the masterminds of the Millennium Dome in the East Docklands of London. The Millennium Dome was to be a multimedia-based attraction to celebrate the Millennium.
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Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel
Review by Gary Hill

With this disc Peter Gabriel continued to confound the record label by releasing it under just his name.


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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Plays Prog Rock Classics
Review by G. W. Hill

I like these Royal Philharmonica Orchestra sets. I


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Various Artists - Poetry of the Air: A Collection of Love Letters to Music from Musicians written by Gary Hill
Review by Greg Olma
I have known Gary Hill for a while now and the one thing that I can say with complete certainty about him is that he takes his music seriously. 


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Various Artists - Popoff Archive 2: Progressive Rock written by Martin Popoff
Review by Greg Olma
The music world has many characters who work behind the scenes, from producers to engineers to marketing people (and many more). 

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Anthony Phillips - Private Parts & Pieces IX - XI
Review by Gary Hill

This new box set is classy. You get three previously released Anthony Phillips albums, Private Parts & Pieces IX-XI.


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Anthony Phillips - Private Parts & Pieces V-VIII
Review by G. W. Hill
Perhaps Anthony Phillips is best known as the original guitarist for Genesis. He really wasn't in that gig for all that long, though.

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Anthony Phillips - Private Parts & Pieces X - Soirée
Review by Gary Hill

Anthony Phillips first came to prominence as the original guitarist for Genesis. Since leaving that group he has released a very extensive catalog.


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Anthony Phillips - Private Parts & Pieces XI - City of Dreams
Review by Gary Hill

Each album Anthony Phillips releases is quite different from the ones around it. This particular set is made up of atmospheric electronic music that calls to mind things like Tangerine Dream and Synergy.


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Anthony Phillips - Private Parts and Piece V: Twelve
Review by G. W. Hill
A set of musical tapestries woven with acoustic guitar this is all instrumental. It makes its way through the months of the year in fine fashion.

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Anthony Phillips - Private Parts and Piece VI: Ivory Moon
Review by G. W. Hill
I think most people think of Anthony Phillips as a guitar player. With this album he turned his attention to solo piano.

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Anthony Phillips - Private Parts and Piece VII: Slow Waves, Soft Stars
Review by G. W. Hill
This set from the Private Parts and Pieces series is a bit less cohesive than some of the others.

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Anthony Phillips - Private Parts and Pieces II
Review by Gary Hill
This is an album in a series of discs showcasing various unreleased tracks by Anthony Phillips.
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Anthony Phillips - Private Parts and Pieces IX - Dragonfly Dreams
Review by Gary Hill

I've heard and reviewed a large cross-section of Anthony Phillips' music. One thing you can count on with him is quality.


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Anthony Phillips - Private Parts and Pieces VIII: New England
Review by G. W. Hill
This entry in the Private Parts and Pieces series is perhaps a bit better rounded than some of the rest are.

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John Wetton - Raised in Captivity
Review by Gary Hill

The latest solo release from John Wetton finds him with a lot of great guest appearances. 


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The Beatles - Rare and Unseen DVD
Review by Gary Hill
This is definitely a treasure trove for Beatles fans. What we have here is a whole collection of all kinds of never before seen rarities.
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Various Artists - Rockin' the City of Angels written by Douglas Harr
Review by G. W. Hill
This book is something very special. A good tag-line for this would be "come for the pictures, stay for the stories."

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Anthony Phillips - Sides: Deluxe Boxset Edition
Review by G. W. Hill

This a companion to the other Anthony Phillips box set I reviewed in this issue.


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Anthony Phillips - Slow Dance: Remastered & Expanded Deluxe Edition
Review by Gary Hill
This new set is a three-disc release (two CDs and one DVD). The first CD is a remastered version of the Anthony Phillips Slow Dance album.

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Peter Gabriel - So Classic Album BluRay
Review by G. W. Hill

So was clearly the album that broke Peter Gabriel into the mainstream.


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Steve Hackett - Spectral Mornings
Review by Steve Alspach
Two years after Steve Hackett's departure from Genesis, he released Spectral Mornings. For this album he organized a band that played full-time with him on tour and on this album.
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Various Artists - Stay Tuned – Bernhard Welz - All Stars Charity Album
Review by Larry Toering
Stay Tuned is the third album in a charity series by Bernhard Welz.

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Tony Banks - Still
Review by Gary Hill
Featuring both progressive and pop leanings, this solo album from Genesis keysman Tony Banks is a strong effort. There are some wonderful moments here, and no real throw away tracks.
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Various Artists - Supper`s Ready
Review by Gary Hill
A tribute album devoted to the music of Genesis, Supper`s Ready is a strong work. The renditions here stay more true to the original performances than on some similar albums, but this does not take away from the relevance of the CD.
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Steve Hackett - The Bremen Broadcast: Musikladen 8th November 1978 DVD
Review by G. W. Hill
I’ve always liked Steve Hackett, going back to his Genesis days and well beyond. 
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Tony Banks - The Fugitive: Two Disc Hardback Deluxe Expanded Edition
Review by G. W. Hill

This was Tony Banks’ second solo album. It’s a lot more pop oriented than the first one.


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Steve Hackett - The Man, The Music DVD
Review by G. W. Hill

Too often when you get a documentary like this, it will be unauthorized.


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Dave Greenslade - The Pentateuch Of The Cosmogony
Review by John Pierpoint

This is a recent CD reissue of a spectacularly ambitious full-colour book and double-album project from 1979.


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Steve Hackett - There Are Many Sides to the Night
Review by Steve Alspach
While reviewing this on my PC, Windows Media Player listed this album as "There Are Many Sides to Steve Hackett." And who can argue?
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Steve Hackett - To Watch the Storms
Review by Steve Alspach
Steve Hackett's first studio in four years shows that he hasn't lost a step in creating albums that go in different directions yet still manage to maintain a sense of coherence. To Watch The Storms is typical Steve Hackett - exploring as many moods as possible, from rock to folk to classical.
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Steve Hackett - Tokyo Tapes
Review by Steve Alspach
1999 was a busy year for Steve Hackett. He saw the Original Masters releases of "Guitar Noir," "There Are Many Sides to the Night," and this CD, a 2 disc set recorded from a 1996 concert in Tokyo.
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Franck Carducci - Torn Apart
Review by G. W. Hill

The latest set from Franck Carducci should please progressive rock fans.


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Peter Banks - Two Sides of Peter Banks
Review by Steve Alspach
The initial string-slinger in Yes, Peter Banks appears to have been overlooked in progressive rock annals in favor of his successor, but his work in Flash has stood up quite well to the years. On this album, Peter assembles an extremely strong group of progressive rock musicians, and the CD explores a wide range of musical styles.
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Peter Banks - Two Sides of Peter Banks
Review by G. W. Hill

So, this solo album from Peter Banks was released on CD in 2009.


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Brand X - Unorthodox Behaviour
Review by Steve Alspach
Those fans of progressive music who stick their fingers down their throat at the mention of the name "Phil Collins" may not be familiar with this piece of work. If they were, they may think that Phil may deserve a bit of redemption before being cast to purgatory.
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Peter Gabriel - Up
Review by Steve Alspach
Peter Gabriel has always been one to have a keen lookout on where music is, or where it's going.
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Steve Hackett - Voyage of the Acolyte
Review by Steve Alspach
After the sprawl of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, the subsequent 102-date tour, and Peter Gabriel's departure from Genesis, one could understand the band's willingness to go on a prolonged vacation and take stock of their future. Fortunately, they didn't exactly sit still all that time.
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Steve Hackett - Watcher of the Skies
Review by Gary Hill
Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett has assembled a wide variety of musicians to rework many classic Genesis songs. The end result is quite interesting.
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Steve Hackett - Wild Orchids
Review by Steve Alspach
While Messrs. Banks, Rutherford, Collins and Gabriel release albums at a snail's pace, leave it to Genesis' no. 2 ex-guitarist to take the lion's share of post-Genesis releases. Wild Orchids finds Steve mining the same fertile grounds that he did for To Watch the Storms.
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Anthony Phillips - Wise After the Event: Deluxe Edition
Review by G. W. Hill

This new edition of this former Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips’ solo release is quite nice.


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Steve Hackett - Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham
Review by Gary Hill

While I generally don't include live albums in my "best of the year" lists, I might make an exception for this. It's just such a powerful live set.


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