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Intelligent Music Project II
CD Reviews
My Kind O’ Lovin’
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a diverse set, covering things from jazz to hard rock, progressive rock and more.

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John Lawton
Review by G. W. Hill

Interview with John Lawton from 2014


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John Lawton - and Diana Express – The Power of Mind
Review by G. W. Hill

John Lawton is probably best known for his time in Uriah Heep and to a lesser degree Lucifer’s Friend.


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Simon Phillips - Another Lifetime
Review by Gary Hill
Although this album is more of a jazz album than anything else, it is included in the prog section because of Simon Phillips involvement in many assorted prog projects, most recently the ELP tribute album also reviewed this month.
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Lucifer’s Friend - Awakening
Review by G. W. Hill

I remember hearing these guys many years ago and not being all that impressed.


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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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Various Artists - Drum Nation Vol. 2
Review by Gary Hill
The concept is simple but unique: put together a number of tracks from various artists showcasing influential and potent drummers. This was the concept for Magna Carta's first drum nation CD, and they continue it here - why mess up a good thing?
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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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Toto - 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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Toto - 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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Michael Schenker - Group - Live In Tokyo: 30th Anniversary Japan Tour
Review by Gary Hill

This show was recorded in 2010 and featured a reunion of the 1980 lineup of the Michael Schenker Group.


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Michael Schenker - Group - Live In Tokyo: 30th Anniversary Japan Tour DVD
Review by Gary Hill

I reviewed the actual concert here in more detail in the CD review that is also included in this issue, so this review will focus more on the DVD itself.


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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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The Lonely Bears - Injustice
Review by Gary Hill
The personnel on this album are Tony Hymas (Jeff Beck, Jack Bruce, Ian Anderson), Terry Bozzio (Bozzio, Levin, Stevens; Frank Zappa; UK), Hugh Burns (Gerry Rafferty, Steelers Wheel), and Tony Coe (Spencer Davis, Henry Mancini, Caravan).
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Various Artists - Kraut! Die innovativen Jahre des Krautrock 1968-1979
Review by Gary Hill

This is a new set that's part of a new series. It gathers up krautrock songs. This first set is a double disc set that's very strong.


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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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Lucifer’s Friend - Live at Sweden Rock 2015
Review by G. W. Hill

At one time, Lucifer’s Friend was a band that was relegated to history. They hadn’t played together since their hey-day.


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Toto - 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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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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Derek Sherinian - Mythology
Review by G. W. Hill

This Derek Sherinian disc is just getting the reissue treatment.


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Gunhill - Nightheat / One Over the Eight
Review by G. W. Hill
Gunhill was a band that featured John Lawton as the lead singer. They released two albums in the 1990s.

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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 - 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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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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The Lonely Bears - The Bears are Running
Review by Gary Hill
A new release in that it is only now being released in the US, this album has been available in Europe for quite some time. The Lonely Bears catalog is just now being released in America on the Magna Carta label.
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The Lonely Bears - The Best of the Lonely Bears
Review by Gary Hill
The personnel on this album are Tony Hymas (Jeff Beck, Jack Bruce, Ian Anderson), Terry Bozzio (Bozzio, Levin, Stevens; Frank Zappa; UK), Hugh Burns (Gerry Rafferty, Steelers Wheel), and Tony Coe (Spencer Davis, Henry Mancini, Caravan). T
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The Lonely Bears - The Lonely Bears
Review by Gary Hill
Featuring modes that are both prog and traditional jazz, this is a strong CD by a talented bunch of musicians. The melody seems to be a very important part of the music on this album.
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Lucifer’s Friend - too late to hate
Review by G. W. Hill
This new disc from the legendary 70s rockers probably wouldn't land under prog rock on its own strengths.

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Intelligent Music Project III - Touching the Divine
Review by G. W. Hill

This set is quite effective. It’s prog rock, but in a very AOR sense.


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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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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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Toto - 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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