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Bad Reed - Bad Reed
Review by Gary Hill
Perhaps this isn’t all progressive rock music.

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Badger - One Live Badger
Review by Gary Hill
Cherry Red Records is reissuing this album with a nice booklet and multi-layer digi-pack. 

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Dave Bainbridge - Veil of Gossamer
Review by Gary Hill
Dave Bainbridge may not be a household name, even in the progressive rock world, but after listening to this CD, I think he should be. He has created with Veil of Gossamer one of the finest prog releases of the year.

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Dave Bainbridge - Celestial Fire
Review by Gary Hill
This new album from David Bainbridge is quite a satisfying progressive rock excursion. 

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Bandzilla - Bandzilla Rises!!!
Review by Gary Hill
Is this progressive rock? Probably it is not.

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Bangtower - With N With Out
Review by Gary Hill
The newest album from Bangtower,  this continues the fusion rock explorations of the act. 

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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.
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Peter Banks - Two Sides of Peter Banks
Review by Gary Hill
So, this solo album from Peter Banks was released on CD in 2009.

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Peter Banks Empire - The Mars Tapes
Review by Gary Hill
This set is a rehearsal tape. That said, the band set up in a studio to start working on material that was to be an album.

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Tony Banks - Still
Review by G. W. 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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Tony Banks - A Curious Feeling
Review by Gary Hill
I like this new Tony Banks solo album reissue. For one thing, it’s just a great album.

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Tony Banks - The Fugitive: Two Disc Hardback Deluxe Expanded Edition
Review by Gary Hill
This was Tony Banks’ second solo album. It’s a lot more pop oriented than the first one.

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Banned From Utopia - So Yuh Don't Like Modern Art
Review by Gary Hill
A strong debate rages among progressive rock fans as to whether or not Frank Zappa qualifies as prog. I know that I am in disagreement with my friend and prog authority Bill Martin over this matter, as I feel that FZ's music does fit under the banner.
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Richard Barbieri - Planets + Persona
Review by Gary Hill
Richard Barbieri is best known for his work with Porcupine Tree. This is his new solo album.

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Barclay James Harvest - Welcome to the Show
Review by Gary Hill
This deluxe reissues is remastered and expanded.

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Barclay James Harvest - Caught in the Light
Review by Gary Hill
This is a remastered and expanded version of a Barclay James Harvest album.

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Barclay James Harvest - Everyone Is Everybody Else: Deluxe Expanded
Review by Gary Hill
It seems odd looking back that a few years ago I’d never heard this band. Now I’ve become quite familiar with them through multiple reviews.

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Barclay James Harvest - Gone to Earth
Review by Gary Hill
This is the latest in a new series of re-issues. These things are so cool.


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Barclay James Harvest - XII
Review by Gary Hill
This new edition of the classic album is a three disc set. The first two discs are CDs while the final one is a DVD.

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Martin Barre - Back to Steel
Review by Gary Hill
Not everything here is progressive rock. .

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Michael Barry-Rec - Continuum
Review by Gary Hill
I’m sure some will argue with this landing under progressive rock.

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Chris Bartels - Myths and Mold
Review by Gary Hill
There is a dense, lush texture to a lot of this music. It's quite trippy.

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John Bassett - Unearth
Review by Gary Hill
John Bassett is from the band KingBathmat and I love that group.

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Peter Baumann - Transharmonic Nights
Review by Gary Hill
This is a reissue of a solo album from one of the founding members of Tangerine Dream. It was originally released in the last 70s.

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Peter Baumann - Romance 76
Review by Gary Hill
Peter Baumann was a founding member of Tangerine Dream. The music on this reissue shares a lot of territory with the sounds of that band.

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Beatallica - Abbey Load
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve loved Beatallica since I first heard them.

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Gustavo De Beauville - Volume 1
Review by Gary Hill
While some might disagree with putting this under progressive rock, I just don’t see where else it fits.

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Beledo - Dreamland Mechanism
Review by Gary Hill
This is basically a fusion release. At Music Street Journal we generally include fusion under progressive rock.

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Adrian Belew - Side Two
Review by Gary Hill
This CD is the second in a trilogy axe-man extraordinaire Adrian Belew has on tap for release this year. While I find this one to be a very strong release, I don't like it as much as Side One.
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Adrian Belew - Side One
Review by Gary Hill
All right, I realize the year has just started, so this statement is probably premature, but this album may well be the best prog rock release of 2005. Yes, I like it that much.
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Bellaphon - Firefly
Review by G. W. Hill
This Japanese release from 1987 is a very entertaining instrumental progressive rock album. Many influences are represented here including Yes, Genesis and jazz.
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Steve Benjamins - Sightlines
Review by Gary Hill
This is understated at times, but it’s also proggy.

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Ray Bennett - Angels and Ghosts
Review by Gary Hill
Ray Bennett is probably best known in progressive rock circles as part of the band Flash, Peter Bank's first post-Yes band. It really does not do Bennett justice to refer to him in that manner, though.
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Ray Bennett - Whatever Falls
Review by Gary Hill

Ray Bennett has released what is very close to a masterpiece with this album.

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Jeff Berlin - Low Standards
Review by Gary Hill
I always put Jeff Berlin under progressive rock.

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Robert Berry - A Soundtrack To The Wheel of Time
Review by Gary Hill
A Soundtrack To The Wheel of Time is an album created not as a soundtrack to a film, but rather to a series of books. The fantasy books are written by Robert Jordan who has officially endorsed this album.
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Alessandro Bertoni - Keystone
Review by Gary Hill
This instrumental album is quite strong. One might quibble with the progressive rock heading, but if it fits anywhere else it would be under fusion.

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The Bevis Frond - Miasma
Review by Gary Hill
At the time this album was recorded in 1988, The Bevis Frond was one guy: Nick Saloman.

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The Bevis Frond - Inner Marshland
Review by Gary Hill
Here we get another in a series of Bevis Frond reissues.

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Big Dust - Big Dust
Review by Gary Hill
This is definitely not progressive rock in the traditional sense of the word.

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Bike Thief - Stuck in a Dream
Review by Gary Hill
Shoegaze, psychedelic rock, space rock and prog all seem to merge on this beast.

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Bird Mancini - Year of Change
Review by Josh Turner
The name is taken from the two lead musicians of the band. This would be Ruby Bird (accordion, harmonica, melodica, lead & back up vocals) and Billy Carl Mancini (guitars, percussion, lead & back up vocals).

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Birds and Buildings - Multipurpose Trap
Review by Gary Hill
Music this strange shouldn’t be this compelling.

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Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - Petrophonics
Review by G. W. Hill
If you are a fan of off kilter, instrumental prog with jazzy overtones; do yourself a favor and check out this band. The sound is really all their own, although comparisons to early King Crimson are justified.
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Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - Dancing on A'A
Review by Gary Hill
I got this disc after having heard quite a few other Birdsongs albums from the catalog. Yes, the music here is consistent with the rest of their material; jazzy free form progressive rock excursions that are often hard to classify.
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Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - Faultline
Review by Gary Hill
This is arguably the most accessible disc from Birdsongs of the Mesozoic. That said, don't expect to hear the latest pop or rock sounds here.
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Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - Pyroclastics
Review by Gary Hill
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic is an unusual band. While they practice an adventurous form of progressive instrumental rock - at times closer to jazz or classical - they still manage to come across as playful and catchy.
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Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - The Iridium Controversy
Review by Gary Hill
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic definitely have class. The group has always combined classical instrumentation with more rock and jazz oriented compositions into a musical style that is nearly impossible to pigeon hole.
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Black Moon Circle - Flowing into the Third Dimension (vinyl LP)
Review by Gary Hill

This album is made up of two epic length pieces of instrumental space rock.


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Blackfield - Blackfield
Review by Gary Hill
When I first got this CD I hadn't heard of it, but knowing that Steve Wilson of Porcupine Tree was involved in the project was enough to get my attention. As it turns out the album is a duo between Wilson and Israeli avant-garde hero Aviv Geffen.
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Blackmore's Night - Past Times With Good Company
Review by Gary Hill
Ritchie Blackmore is certainly best known for his work in hard rocking bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He has been showing a different face with his new band Blackmore's Night.
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Blackmore's Night - Dancer and the Moon
Review by Gary Hill
I have followed Blackmore’s Night a little over the years.

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Blackmore's Night - All Our Yesterdays
Review by Gary Hill
I have never heard a Blackmore’s Night album I didn’t like.

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Blackmore's Night - To the Moon and Back - 20 Years and Beyond
Review by Gary Hill
This new collection from Blackmore's Night continues their tradition of classy music.

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Blackmore's Night - Winter Carols (2017 Edition)
Review by Gary Hill

Tis the season for holiday music. You can't go wrong with Blackmore's Night. This is a newly remastered version of their classic Winter Carols album.


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Tim Blake - Magick
Review by Gary Hill
According to the liner notes, this album was recorded live.

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Tim Blake - Crystal Machine
Review by Gary Hill
While Tim Blake is best known for his work with Gong and Hawkwind, don't expect that type of music here.

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Tim Blake - Blake's New Jerusalem
Review by Gary Hill
I've reviewed two other discs from Tim Blake for this issue. Each of them has a distinct flavor.

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Tim Blake - Caldea Music II
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new reissue of an album from Tim Blake. Blake is best known for his work in Gong and Hawkwind, but he also built a name for himself with a series of keyboard albums.

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Blast Unicorn - Van Halo
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite experimental. Not everything works completely for my ears.

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The Blessed Beat - MIV
Review by Gary Hill
This is definitely progressive music.

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Blodwyn Pig - Pigthology
Review by Gary Hill
This compilation album from Blodwyn Pig is interesting.

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Blonde on Blonde - Rebirth
Review by Gary Hill
There was a time when progressive rock sort of emerged from psychedelic rock. In the early days, the two shared a lot of territory.

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Blonde on Blonde - Reflections on a Life
Review by Gary Hill
This is one of two reissues I'm reviewing in this issue from this band. Of the two, I think I like this one better.

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Blues Image - Timeless
Review by Gary Hill
You probably remember Blues Image from their hit "Ride Captain Ride." There is a brand new version of that tune here.

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Blunda - Messages
Review by Gary Hill
This is great stuff. It’s basically a one man creation, that man being Andy Blunda.

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Blurred Vision - Organized Insanity
Review by Gary Hill
There is a lot of retro tinge to the sound of this album.

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Bodast - Towards Utopia
Review by Gary Hill
Before Steve Howe joined Yes he had played in a number of bands. Bodast was one of those groups.

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Tomas Bodin - I Am
Review by Josh Turner
This concept comes from the fantasies of Flower King's keyboardist Tomas Bodin. Right from the get go, you know I Am is going to grow on you.
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Tomas Bodin - Sonic Boulevard
Review by Josh Turner
This album features ten blissful songs from the masterful Tomas Bodin. As his third solo attempt, he has really hit a homerun.
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Bodragaz - 20
Review by Gary Hill

It seems hard to believe that Bodgragaz has been at it for twenty years now.


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Ximena Borges - Joyful Noise
Review by Gary Hill
Is this album progressive rock? Probably not. It’s definitely progressive music, though.

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Xavier Boscher - Embryogenesis
Review by Gary Hill

Xavier Boxcher can always be counted on for some killer progressive rock music. This is a fine example.


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Boud Deun - The Stolen Bicycle
Review by G. W. Hill
The Stolen Bicycle is a very entertaining prog rock instrumental work that has much in common with the music of King Crimson. The musicianship here is very solid and this is a very well conceived album.
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Alan J. Bound - Deep Space: The Alan J. Bound Retrospective 2005 to 2014
Review by Gary Hill
This CD features guitar heavy instrumental music.

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Bozzio, Levin, Stevens - Black Light Syndrome
Review by G. W. Hill
This album by Terry Bozzio, Tony Levin and Steve Stevens is a very wonderful work. Combining elements of Red era King Crimson, jazz, and other sources,the musicianship is impeccable.
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Bozzio, Levin, Stevens - Situation Dangerous
Review by Steve Alspach
 Red-era King Crimson's may claim to being the best guitar-bass-drums setup in progressive rock, but Terry Bozzio, Tony Levin, and Steve Stevens are more than willing to challenge that assumption with their latest work, "Situation Dangerous". The album shows three musicians at the top of their games.
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Terry Bozzio - Prime Cuts
Review by Gary Hill
This disc by drum great Terry Bozzio is by definition a compilation album. Still it does include two previously unreleased numbers, one of which was recorded specifically for this CD.
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Terry Bozzio & Billy Sheehan - Nine Short Films
Review by Gary Hill
Terry Bozzio wrote the lyrics to this and provides all the percussion and keyboard textures. The majority of the guitar sounds on this CD are not truly guitar but keys that sound like guitar provided by Bozzio.
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Bradford - You're Doing It Wrong
Review by Gary Hill
This is guitar dominated instrumental rock. That said, it's not noodly or repetitive.

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Brainticket - Cottonwood Hill
Review by Gary Hill
Although this is rather weird at times, it’s also quite cool.

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Brainticket - Past, Present and Future
Review by Gary Hill
Psychedelia and a lot more show up on this release.

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Brainticket - Celestial Ocean
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new edition of a classic Brainticket album from the 1970s.

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Brainticket - Zurich / Lausanne
Review by Gary Hill

This set features two different recordings, one from 1983 and from 1984. It's all instrumental and quite electronic in nature.


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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 - 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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Brand X - Missing Period (Reissue)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new edition of this Brand X album.

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Brand X - Live at the Roxy LA
Review by Gary Hill
This is a newly reissued live album from Brand X.

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Brand X - Is There Anything About?
Review by Gary 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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Eddie Brnabic & the Cosmic Fellowship - Subtle Realms
Review by Gary Hill
This isn’t the easiest thing in the world to classify.

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Bröselmaschine - Indian Camel
Review by Gary Hill
I really like this album a lot. It's obviously not pure progressive rock, but there are a number of pieces that definitely qualify.

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Charles Brown - Light of the Dawn
Review by Gary Hill
This instrumental album is pretty good.

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Charles Brown - Wind of the Eastern Sea
Review by Gary Hill
I really love this album. It’s instrumental and powerful.

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Charles Brown - Explorer of Life
Review by Gary Hill
Charles Brown never fails to deliver some classy music. This fully instrumental album has a real focus on guitar oriented AOR prog rock.

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Bruford Levin Upper Extremities - Bruford Levin Upper Extremities
Review by G. W. Hill
The musicians on this disc are Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson), Tony Levin (King Crimson; Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe; Bozzio, Levin, Stevens; Liquid Tension Experiment), David Torn (Mark Isham, Bill Bruford), and Chris Botti(Paul Simon, Blue Nile).
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Bruford Levin Upper Extremities - BLUE Nights
Review by G. W. Hill
This recording chronicles the live performances of Bruford Levin Upper Extremities from 1998. The disc showcases the band's unique blend of jazzy modes with Crimsonesque textures and, occassionally, just plain weirdness.
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Bruford - One of A Kind
Review by Steve Alspach
I remember buying this album in 1979 and the woman who sold me this album said, "Oh, you'll love this album. It is so much fun!" I had heard albums described in a number of ways, but "fun"?
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Gary Paul Bryant - Imaginary Piano
Review by Gary Hill
Fans of keyboard instrumental music, rejoice, there is a new name in town and the man can play. Gary Paul Bryant's take on this medium touches on the sounds of such prog heroes and Rick Wakeman, Vangelis and Keith Emerson.
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Bubblemath - Edit Peptide
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite an intriguing set. It has a lot of modern, crunchy, crazed prog rock in the mix.

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Dewa Budjana - Dawai In Paradise
Review by Gary Hill
Perhaps this doesn’t fit as progressive rock.

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Dewa Budjana - Joged Kahyangan
Review by Gary Hill
I can see some people arguing about this landing under progressive rock.

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Dewa Budjana - and Jimmy Johnson & Vinnie Colaiuta - Surya Namaskar
Review by Gary Hill
This is a purely instrumental disc.

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Dewa Budjana - and Jimmy Johnson & Vinnie Colaiuta - Surya Namaskar (Vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
There is something to be said for the tactile experience of opening up a new vinyl LP, pulling out the disc and feeling that heft in your hand.

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Dewa Budjana - Hasta Karma
Review by Gary Hill
In a lot of ways you know what you will get with a new Dewa Budjana album. It’s going to be a mix of fusion and progressive rock.

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Dewa Budjana - Zentuary
Review by Gary Hill
This album has some vocals, but they are world type things, more as instruments. 

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Roland Buehlmann - Aineo
Review by Gary Hill
The instrumental works presented here run a fairly wide swath.

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Roland Buehlmann - Bailenas
Review by Gary Hill
This new album from Roland Buehlmann continues the trend of his previous release. It's truly a solo effort.

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Buggles - Adventures in Modern Recording (12 inch single) (Vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
Are the Buggles progressive rock?

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Bulgogi - Juan Dissed the Cyclops Baby
Review by Gary Hill
I’d bet you’ve not heard anything like this before. In some ways, it’s not far removed from things like Giant Squid or Green Milk from the Planet Orange.

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Bullfrog - Bullfrog
Review by Gary Hill
The first disc I reviewed  from these guys I decided didn’t really fit under the progressive rock banner. 

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Angela Burns - So That You Can Feel Better
Review by Gary Hill
You might argue with me putting this under the progressive rock heading. 

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Burnt Belief - Emergent
Review by Gary Hill

This instrumental album is quite interesting. 


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Kate Bush - Aerial
Review by Steve Alspach
I'm in year 19 of a 3-year sabbatical from graduate school, so I can't blame Kate Bush for wanting to take a year off and and missing the deadline, so to speak. Kate was feeling a bit burned out after "The Red Shoes" and the accompanying video "The Line, the Cross, and the Curve."
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Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
Review by Steve Alspach
Kate Bush found her true ground in 1982's "The Dreaming" which was her first self-produced effort. As inventive and creative as that album was, "Hounds of Love" takes that creativity a giant step further.
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Kate Bush - The Dreaming
Review by Steve Alspach
There were signs of Kate Bush's musical maturity in 1980's "Never For Ever" but not too many people may have been expecting the curveball she threw with 1982's "The Dreaming." Often referred to as the "She's gone mad" album, "The Dreaming" is far removed from "The Kick Inside," the 1978 album that introduced the helium-tinged starry-eyed waif to the world.
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