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CD Reviews
40 Tours Around The Sun
Review by Gary Hill
This live album was recorded at a concert to celebrate forty years of Toto music. It seems even more poignant now that it's been announced that they are hanging it up as a band.

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Falling In Between
Review by Greg Olma
Falling In Between is the first new material from Toto in almost 8 years. Was it worth the wait, you might ask?

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Falling In Between Live
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve never seen Toto live, but I’ve always enjoyed their music. I’ve only ever owned a handful of the albums and had kind of written them off, but I’ve always respected them as musicians.
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Hydra
Review by Gary Hill
I was never a huge Toto fan. For some reason I’ve always been drawn to this CD, though.

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Live In Amsterdam
Review by Greg Olma
I remember hearing Toto's "Hold the Line" on the radio back in the '70s. Here we are 27 years later and Toto are still going strong.
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XIV
Review by Larry Toering
Toto are back with a vengeance and then some on this Frontiers release. Man, what a killer comeback to the studio this is.

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DVD Reviews
Toto - 35th Anniversary Toto Live in Poland DVD
Review by Gary Hill
Toto has quite a few live DVDs out.

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Toto - 40 Tours Around The Sun BluRay
Review by Gary Hill

This new Blu-Ray release captures a show from Toto's 40th anniversary tour. Now that they have decided to hang it up as a band, this is even more poignant.


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Toto - Live at Montreux 1991 BluRay
Review by Gary Hill
I like Toto quite a bit. I have to admit that I saw them live a year or so ago (opening for Yes) and they really didn't sound good. It was probably a bad night.

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Concert Reviews
Toto - Live In Chicago, IL, November 2006
Review by Greg Olma
I was lucky enough to catch Toto in Milwaukee this last summer. It has been so long since they played the states that I felt a little spoiled getting to see the band twice in less than 6 months.
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Toto - Live in Milwaukee, WI, July 2006
Review by Greg Olma
More pics from this concert are in our members area.
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Steve Lukather
Review by Greg Olma
Interview with Steve Lukather From 2006
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Various Artists - 108 Rock Star Guitars written by Lisa S. Johnson
Review by G. W. Hill

This is the quintessential coffee table book. That’s particularly true for those who love guitars.


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Nektar - A Spoonful of Time
Review by G. W. Hill

The whole “do an album of covers” concept is a popular approach these days.


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Various Artists - A Tribute To Les Paul: Live From Universal Studios Hollywood DVD
Review by Gary Hill

Come for the performances, stay for the documentary type stuff. A big chunk of this is all about some incredible live performances with musicians ranging from Joe Satriani to Buddy Guy to Slash, Neal Schon and Steve Lukather and more.


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Paul Rodgers - And Friends - Live at Montreux 1994
Review by G. W. Hill

As I mentioned when I reviewed the video release of this, I’ve never been a huge fan of Paul Rodgers.


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Paul Rodgers - and Friends - Live at Montreux 1994 DVD
Review by G. W. Hill

I’ve got to admit to something that might be considered by some to be sacrilege.


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Steve Lukather - and Friends - SantaMental
Review by Gary Hill
While this album technically is probably not progressive rock, it is (mostly) fusion. I’ve always felt the boundaries between those two styles were quite elusive, so I’m including the disc here.
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John Wetton - Anthology Volume 1: Studio Recordings
Review by G. W. Hill

This anthology of songs from John Wetton is quite strong. It’s not all progressive rock, and for the most par even when it lands there, it’s more in the AOR end of the spectrum.


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Various Artists - Back Against the Wall
Review by Gary Hill
There are few people who haven't at least heard of Pink Floyd's The Wall. I would hazard to say that those who have never heard the album are in the minority as well.
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Jon Lord - Before I Forget
Review by G. W. Hill
This solo album from Jon Lord has been reissued with some bonus tracks. It's an intriguing album.

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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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Derek Sherinian - Black Utopia
Review by G. W. Hill

This album is just getting reissued.


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Derek Sherinian - Blood of the Snake
Review by Gary Hill
Derek Sherinian always seems to be looking for new ways to stretch out musically and this time around he's brought a lot of friends on board to help him in that process. The end result is Blood of the Snake, a disc that is arguably his most diverse. It also might well be his strongest album ever.
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Ryo Okumoto - Coming Through
Review by Lorraine Kay
One of the most sought-after musicians in the prog-rock scene and then some, keyboardist Ryo Okumoto has earned a global reputation performing with some of the biggest names in music, including Kitaro, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, Aretha Franklin, and Roberta Flack.
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Niacin - Deep
Review by Gary Hill
This album captures a nice retro and jazzy sort of prog texture. It does this, almost completely, without the addition of guitar and vocals.
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Yoso - Elements
Review by Gary Hill

Yoso is an interesting group. It is two former members of Yes (Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood) and Bobby Kimball of Toto.


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Various Artists - Encores, Legends and Paradoxes
Review by Gary Hill
With a cast of players that reads like a prog "who`s who", this ELP tribute takes the classics and makes them fresh and new again. The result is an incredibly listenable piece of music that really entertains.

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Warrior - Featuring Vinnie Vincent / Jimmy Waldo / Gary Shea / Hirsh Gardner
Review by Gary Hill

This album has never been released before. The story behind its creation is unusual. 


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Heaven & Earth - Heaven & Earth - Featuring Stuart Smith
Review by Larry Toering

This is a review of the Japanese import version of Heaven & Earth which features a lot of musicians that Stuart Smith assembled for this great band.


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Derek Sherinian - Inertia
Review by Gary Hill
With this CD Sherinian continues his tradition of creating hard edged prog that is quite firmly rooted in fusion. The disc succeeds very well in creating an energetic and considerably potent instrumental mode that sends the listener on a major journey.



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Intelligent Music Project V - Life Motion
Review by Gary Hill

This new set is part of a series of releases, that I treat as separate artists. Perhaps I should have started doing it differently.


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801 - Live
Review by Gary Hill

What a superstar lineup this one is. Phil Manzanera on guitar. Brian Eno on keyboards.


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Intelligent Music Project II - My Kind O’ Lovin’
Review by G. W. Hill

This is quite a diverse set, covering things from jazz to hard rock, progressive rock and more.


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Derek Sherinian - Mythology
Review by G. W. Hill

This Derek Sherinian disc is just getting the reissue treatment.


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DarWin - Origin Of Species
Review by Gary Hill

This is a concept album, but I'm not really clear on the concept. I do know that it opens and closes in the same place, after taking a ride across two CDs.


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Simon Phillips - Protocol 4
Review by Gary Hill

This disc features drum master Simon Phillips playing with Greg Howe, Ernest Tibbs and Dennis Hamm.


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Various Artists - Pure Fire - The Ultimate Kiss Tribute
Review by Gary Hill

This is a reissue of an older Kiss tribute album. It was originally called "Spin the Bottle," and I remember seeing it around that first time out.


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Jonathan Elias - Requiem For the Americas
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve wanted to review this CD for a while. The problem is, it’s been out of print.
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Jack Bruce - Rockpalast: The 50th Birthday Concerts DVD Set
Review by G. W. Hill

It would be easy for a cynical person to assume that this was some hastily assembled set to cash in after the death of Jack Bruce.


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Judas Priest - Sin After Sin Expanded Edition
Review by Gary Hill

Sin After Sin was really a transitional album for Judas Priest.


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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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Various Artists - Steinway To Heaven
Review by Gary Hill
It seems like a rather novel, but still somewhat obvious concept. Take various keyboardists, mostly from the world of progressive rock and have them record various classical piano pieces.
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Heaven & Earth - The Making Of Heaven & Earth DVD
Review by Larry Toering

Stuart Smith put together this band some time ago and made an album, then later put out this amazing DVD that showcases many of the proceedings in the studio while working on the project.


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Joe Lynn Turner - The Sessions
Review by G. W. Hill
This is essentially a compilation disc of cover tunes from Joe Lynn Turner.

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Alice Cooper - Trash (Reissue)
Review by G. W. Hill

I remember when this album first came out, I wasn’t really very impressed by it.


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Various Artists - We Wish You a Metal Christmas And a Headbanging New Year (2010 Edition)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a reissue of a CD I’ve already reviewed – with a few extra cuts.
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Various Artists - We Wish You a Metal Xmas...and a Headbanging New Year
Review by Gary Hill

So many times discs like this are really uneven. Well, that’s not the case here.


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Bobby Kimball - We're Not in Kansas Anymore
Review by Gary Hill
The title to this album is a clever nod to Bobby Kimball's history. Kimball first rose to wide attention as the original lead singer in Toto.

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Trilok Gurtu - with Simon Phillips – 21 Spices
Review by Gary Hill

Let’s address one thing up front, the music here is probably not progressive rock.


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Ciro Manna - XY
Review by G. W. Hill

This is an unusual set. Ciro Manna is an Italian guitarist known for his jazz styled sounds.


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