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Cairo (USA) - Cairo
Review by Gary Hill
Cairo, the debut album by the progressive rock band of the same name, includes many diverse influences. Cairo takes classic progressive/art rock influences and updates them with modern twists.
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Cairo (USA) - Conflict and Dreams
Review by G. W. Hill
Conflict and Dreams is the second album by San Francisco based progressive rock band Cairo , and was nearly two years in the making. The influences apparent on this album read like a who`s who of progressive rock, including UK, Yes, ELP and Genesis.
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Cairo (USA) - Time of Legends
Review by Gary Hill
Each Cairo album seems to be better than the one before. When you consider how strong their debut release was, this has to be no easy feat, but they have done it again.
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Peter Calandra - Ashokan Memories
Review by Gary Hill
This album is a set of piano solos. That makes it a little odd to classify. It’s not all classical music by any means, although that’s a definite reference point.

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Peter Calandra - Inner Circle
Review by Gary Hill
As I did with Calandra’s last disc, I’m putting this under “progressive rock.”

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Caliban - Caliban
Review by G. W. Hill
Included in the prog section because Tempest is a progressive band, and this band is a spin off of that one, this album is a Celtic work that is strong and quite traditional. Caliban (Lief Sorbye and Michael Mullen) are joined on this release by Robert Berry. Visit the Tempest website at www.tempestmusic.com.
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California Guitar Trio - with Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto-Live At The Key Club
Review by Steve Alspach
On February 3, 2001, the California Guitar Trio played in Hollywood's Key Club. Fortunately, they also had the stellar rhythm section of Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto to accompany them.
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California Guitar Trio - A Christmas Album
Review by Steve Alspach
There's something to be said for Christmas and tradition. Trimming the tree, eggnog, or whatever else it entails; Christmas is a time to indulge in tradition.
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California Guitar Trio - Whitewater
Review by Gary Hill
The first thing that I feel compelled to say is that I love the cover of this disc. It is arguably the best album cover of the entire year.

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Robert Calvert - Revenge
Review by Gary Hill
This disc by the late Calvert appears to be a compilation of various demos. The music on the disc, with the exception of one track, does not really resemble his Hawkwind work at all.
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Robert Calvert - Lucky Leif and the Longships (Remastered)
Review by Gary Hill
So, this is the newly remastered version of the second solo album from Robert Calvert.

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Camp Dark - Nightmare in a Day
Review by Gary Hill
This is not your parent’s progressive rock.

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Canvas - Long Way to Mars
Review by Gary Hill
I really like this album a lot. It’s almost more mainstream AOR rock than it is progressive rock.

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Gadi Caplan - Look Back Step Forward
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of sounds on this CD is pretty impressive.

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Gadi Caplan - Morning Sun
Review by Gary Hill
This new album from Gadi Caplan is quite a masterpiece. It’s probably going to wind up on my list of best albums of 2016.

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Captain Beefheart - Somewhere Over Paris
Review by Gary Hill
This double disc set has some great live performances from Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band.

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Captain Beefheart - Somewhere Over Vancouver
Review by Gary Hill
I’d have to say that this is probably mostly just for hardcore fans who have to own everything.

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Captain Beyond - Live In Texas - October 6, 1973
Review by Gary Hill
Captain Beyond is a legendary band. They released only three albums and they are incredibly well received amongst those who have heard them.

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Captain Beyond - Lost & Found 1972-1973
Review by Gary Hill
Fans of Captain Beyond (like myself) have had to live with the fact there were only three albums released.

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Oscar Caraballo - Yesterday Is Tomorrow
Review by G. W. Hill
In the `70`s a Japanese musician named Tomita recorded electronic, keyboard dominated interpretations of various musical pieces. On this album, Oscar Caraballo seems to be giving the same treatment to Yes music.
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Caravan - Songs for Oblivion Fishermen
Review by Steve Alspach
Caravan was one of the bands to come out of the Canterbury progressive scene of the late 1960s. The band's early output could cause one to roll one's eyes, such as the reference to Boy Scouts as "grumbly grimblies" and the gargling vocals on "In the Land of Grey and Pink."
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Caravan - Canterbury Comes to London
Review by Steve Alspach
Though not really recording anymore, Caravan still gets together for the occasional prog rock fest or a concert. This concert, from London's Astoria Theater in September 1997, shows the band to be quite sharp when the need arises.
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Franck Carducci - Torn Apart
Review by Gary Hill
The latest set from Franck Carducci should please progressive rock fans.

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Alex Carpani - So Close, So Far
Review by Gary Hill
This is such a great album. In fact, it’s one that might well make my “best of 2016” list.

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Carptree - Emerger
Review by Gary Hill
This is an intriguing disc. It has some moments that are incredible.

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Ryan Carraher - Vocturnal
Review by Gary Hill
Ryan Carraher is a jazz guitarist. This is his debut CD.

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Carved Souls - Whispers
Review by Gary Hill

I know these guys get billed as prog in some circles. They are probably better described as dark electronic music. .


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Tom Caufield - Things I Heard While in the Womb
Review by Gary Hill
There may only be three songs here, but when you figure that two of those songs make up over half an hour, this isn’t short on material.

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Cea Serin - The Vibrant Sound of Bliss and Decay
Review by Gary Hill
I can see some people arguing with this landing under progressive rock.

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Chain - Chain.exe
Review by Josh Turner
Henning is best known for his work with James LaBrie and Sebastian Bach in Frameshift. However, this artist can certainly stand on his own two feet.
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Changing Modes - Aeroplane
Review by Gary Hill
While I can see people not agreeing with the classification of this one as prog, I put it in the section because just by the sheer weirdness of throwing off-kilter timings and strange progressions into something that seems to want to be accessible pop to me just about qualifies it as progressive rock.
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Cheer-Accident - Putting off Death
Review by Gary Hill
This new album from Cheer-Accident is hard to pin down in terms of style. I guess "experimental music" works well.

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Chords of Truth - Reflections of Reality (The Chameleon Acidfolk Remix) EP
Review by Gary Hill
The concept here is intriguing. The songs here all started as Chords of Truth songs, falling into the folk heading.

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Chroma Key - You Go Now
Review by Gary Hill
Kevin Moore’s (ex-Dream Theater) project Chroma Key really sounds very little like Dream Theater. Don’t expect virtuosic hard edged prog from this outfit.
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Chroma Key - Graveyard Mountain Home
Review by Gary Hill
Chroma Key is the brainchild of Kevin Moore. You might remember Moore as the original keyboardist in Dream Theater.
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Chrome - Techromancy
Review by Gary Hill
I'm sure some people will argue with my landing this under prog rock. I really can't see it going anywhere else.

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Cinema - The Magix Box
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of sounds here is intriguing.

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Cinema - The Discovering of Time
Review by Gary Hill
The latest album from Cinema, this is a strong release. It's instrumental set.

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Circle of Illusion - Jeremias (Foreshadow of Forgotten Realms)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a dramatic and ambitions album. In terms of entertainment value, it’s perhaps a bit lacking.

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Circuline - Counter Point
Review by Gary Hill

This is quite a cool album. It's very much a symphonic prog album in a lot of ways.


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Circus Maximus - The 1st Chapter
Review by Gary Hill
Norway is the home to Circus Maximus, and I don't know what they are doing up there, but whatever it is, I hope they keep it up.
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Clark Plays Guitar - Clark Plays Guitar
Review by Gary Hill
Clark Plays Guitar is both a description and a name. Clark (Colborn) certainly does play guitar, and very well. Colborn does more than just that, though.
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Stanley Clarke - The Definitive Collection
Review by Gary Hill
I haven't followed the career of Stanley Clarke like I should have. I had his self-titled album on vinyl when I was in my teens.

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Clear Blue Sky - Clear Blue Sky
Review by Gary Hill
I doubt you've ever heard a progressive rock album quite like this one. And, yes, I will clearly say that it's prog rock.

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Clearlight - Impressionist Symphony
Review by Gary Hill
This album is kind of a combination of classical music, progressive rock and space rock, along with some fusion.

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The Aaron Clift Experiment - Outer Light, Inner Darkness
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve enjoyed the music of this act since the first time I heard them.

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The Clinton Administration - One Nation Under a Regroove
Review by Gary Hill
George Clinton, both as a driving force behind Parliament Funkadelic (and its variants) and solo, has certainly been one of the most adventurous and powerful forces in funk music for many years, delivering music that captivates and entertains, while testing the boundaries of its musical form.
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The Clinton Administration - Take You Higher
Review by Josh Turner
While the Clinton Administration's first disc presented their interpretations of Parliament songs, this outing has them searching back a little further to tackle the work of Sly and the Family Stone. The album is mostly a blues affair, but it is progressive too.
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Clocks and Clouds - Aliantha (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a trio consisting of cello, violin and drums.

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Clocks and Clouds - The Creation of Matter
Review by Gary Hill
When you’ve got a line up that is based on just three instrumentalists - Stephanie Shogren: violin, Lucas Shogren: cello and Derek Powers: drums/percussion – it would be easy to assume this was some kind of classical outfit.

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C2THype - Close To The Hype
Review by Gary Hill
OK, OK, this is definitely not progressive rock. However, it does include work by Jon Anderson, which in itself would get it listed in the prog section of MSJ.
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Susan Clynes - Life Is
Review by Gary Hill
Is this definitely progressive rock? No. The rock element is often missing here.

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Billy Cobham - Mirror’s Image
Review by Gary Hill
I really love the balance between old school jazz and fusion on this live set.

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Billy Cobham - Reflected Journey
Review by Gary Hill
I always like Billy Cobham’s stuff.

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Cobweb Strange - Sounds From The Gathering
Review by G. W. Hill

Cobweb Strange (Wade Summerlin, Derek Rinehart and Keith Rinehart) dish out an intriguingly dark album with solid helpings of both metal and prog styles. For ordering info, email the band atcobwebstrange@hotmail.com . Tell them that you read about it here.


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Cobweb Strange - A Breath Of October
Review by Gary Hill
I think this is a first. When I originally reviewed a Cobweb Strange album I placed them in the progressive metal category.
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Clark Colborn - Frank Made Me Do It
Review by Jason Hillenburg
Clark Colborn's latest release, Frank Made Me Do It, is ostensibly a loving homage to legendary composer and musician Frank Zappa, but is really much more.

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Fred Colombo - The Road
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a cool set. It’s basically electronic music.

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Colosseum - Colosseum Live
Review by Gary Hill

This new release is a deluxe reissue of an old album from Colosseum. There is a second CD with bonus tracks and to some degree, I think I like that disc better. .


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Colosseum - Daughter of Time: Remastered & Expanded Edition
Review by Gary Hill
This new remastered version of a classic album features three bonus tracks. I have never heard the original before, so it's all new to me.

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Consider the Source - World War Trio Part 1
Review by Gary Hill
This EP consists of one epic piece divided into multiple movements. This is great progressive rock.

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Consider the Source - World War Trio Parts II & III
Review by Gary Hill
I remember when I reviewed the EP that made up the first part of this trilogy I was hoping for more music from this outfit. Well, here is the answer to that wish.

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Copernicus - L'Étérnité Immédiate
Review by Gary Hill
The album L'Étérnité Immédiate II was an extremely limited release.

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Copernicus - Immediate Eternity II
Review by Gary Hill
This album was released before in a very limited run.

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Marcus Corbett - Every Little Spirit
Review by Gary Hill
The music here lands in the neighborhood of world music based folk prog. I like this set quite a bit.

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Patrick Cornelius - Bass Violin
Review by Gary Hill
This is a pretty fascinating set. It’s textural and atmospheric, but there is melody here.

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Larry Coryell - Barefoot Man: Sanpaku
Review by Gary Hill
The fusion is strong with this release. It's a powerhouse jazz styled disc with some exceptional instrumental work.

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Sam Coulson - Electric Classical
Review by Gary Hill
When Steve Howe left Asia again a few years ago, Sam Coulson took over as the guitarist in that band.

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Crashride - Crashride
Review by Gary Hill
The bulk of this impressive set is purely instrumental. In some ways it feels like they use the songs with vocals as emphasis marks, while the rest of the album simmers away doing the real work.

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Ben Craven - Last Chance to Hear
Review by Gary Hill
This is the newest disc from Ben Craven, and it’s great.

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Cross & Quinn - Cold Sky Blue
Review by Gary Hill
The titular Cross is David Cross, probably best known for his work with King Crimson. The Quinn is Sean Quinn.

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Cure for Gravity - Cure for Gravity
Review by Gary Hill
Those looking for traditional prog rock will not find it here.


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Curved Air - Phantasmagoria
Review by Steve Alspach
Curved Air was an English band with a lot of interesting little quirks. It's where Eddie Jobson and Stewart Copeland both got their starts, and it's the band that came out with the first picture disc (on its debut album, "Air Conditioning" - they should have spent the time and money cleaning up the sound of the album).
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Curved Air - North Star
Review by Gary Hill
The latest album from Curved Air, this album includes several new songs along with some reworkings of several classic Curved Air pieces and a few covers.

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Curved Air - Tapestry of Propositions: Rarities Series Volume 1
Review by Gary Hill
This is the first of a series of rarities discs that will be coming from Curved Air.

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Curved Air - Curved Space & Infinity: The Curved Air Rarities Series Volume 2
Review by Gary Hill
This new release takes two Curved Air spin off albums and puts them out under the Curved Air heading.

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Cyborg Asylum - Never Finished, Only Abandoned
Review by Gary Hill

This is not traditional progressive rock. That's for certain. These guys don't even call their act progressive rock.


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