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. More
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. More
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.
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. More
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. More
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.
Halloween - Laz Review by Gary Hill Most of the lyrics to this album are poems written by the late horror writer H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937). The music is fusion-tinged progressive rock.
Halloween - Part One Review by Gary Hill The first album from French proggers Halloween, this disc is great prog rock album with lots of varying textures. Musically it falls into a more symphonic mellower range with hints of such bands as Alan Parsons Project, Genesis and Emerson Lake and Palmer. More
Hammers of Misfortune - The August Engine Review by Mike Korn Here is one of the most delightful experiences I have ever had as a critic. Completely ignorant of this band and having no expectations at all, I find Hammers of Misfortune to be a totally original and invigorating unit. More
Happy The Man - The Muse Awakens Review by Steve Alspach Comic Ian Shoales once said, during the hubbub concerning record ratings, that it would be a good idea to have ratings , but only the right ones, such as "TMS" - Too Much Synthesizer, "NGL" - Needs Guitar Lessons, and "OFMTMMTR" - Old Farts Making Too Much Money to Retire. If that's the case, then "The Muse Awakens" gets a rating of "BTRWTI" - Band That Records Way Too Infrequently. More
Happy The Man - Beginnings Review by Gary Hill This disc, actually a compilation of previous unreleased early recordings by the band, has some very good compositions, but does suffer in places from poor recording conditions.
Happy The Man - Crafty Hands Review by Steve Alspach One Way records saw fit to re-release both albums from Happy the Man, an instrumental progressive outfit lying somewhere between Genesis and the Dregs musically.
Happy The Man - Death's Crown Review by Gary Hill Happy the Man was a US based prog band in the 1970's. The sound of the band was similar to many of the greats of prog, while forging out its own uniqueness.
The Fareed Haque Group - Cosmic Hug Review by Gary Hill Cosmic Hug lives in sort of a wonderful area between jazz, prog rock and world music - close enough into the prog genre for me to include the CD review under that heading, but not content to be restricted by the title. More
Harptallica - Harptallica Review by Gary Hill I put this one in progressive rock. You might ask why, since the whole disc is made up of covers of Metallica songs.
Hawkwind - Space Ritual Collectors Edition CD / DVD Review by Bruce Stringer EMI has released a series of special edition CDs for collectors, which include many rare recordings and some with video material. This edition of Hawkwind’s live psychedelic freak-out, Space Ritual, comes with the complete show of full-length versions of tracks (as some were previously issued in edited form to fit the vinyl format).
Hawkwind - Take Me To Your Leader Review by Gary Hill It's got to be hard to be Hawkwind. With a massive catalog that last time I checked (including compilations and live albums) boasted well over a hundred official releases, it must be very difficult to try to please your fans with each new release. More
Hawkwind - Canterbury Fayre, 2001 Review by Bruce Stringer Hawkwind are one of those bands that fans tend to gravitate (or levitate) toward a particular era or period. My own favourite being the Levitation-era (with Ginger Baker on drums) followed closely by any of the 1980's material graced by genius guitarist Huw Lloyd-Langton. More
Hawkwind - Family Tree Review by Gary Hill Family Tree or Friend and Relation albums are always weird things. It seems that many times the isolated parts have no where near the style or power of the whole. More
Hawkwind - Space Bandits Review by Gary Hill The only studio album to feature this lineup, this one leaves me wishing they had done more. It is difficult with the incredible amount of material this band have released to really pick out one or two best albums, but this one would definitely be in the running. More
Hawkwind - Choose Your Masques Review by Gary Hill I've read a lot of reviews of this CD where Hawkwind fans trash it. Personally, I have always really enjoyed this one a lot. More
Hawkwind - The Chronicle of the Black Sword Review by Gary Hill Hawkwind had a friendship with the science fiction author Michael Moorcock – he actually joined the band at one point. It should seem no surprise, then that they would do a concept album based on his Elric series. More
Hawkwind - Doremi Fasol Latido Review by Gary Hill While I like every Hawkwind album a lot, and often for different reasons, of the early discs, this one might be my favorite. Don’t get me wrong; I love In Search of Space and the self-titled debut. More
Hawkwind - In Search of Space Review by Gary Hill In Search of Space (sometimes referred to as X – In Search of Space) was Hawkwind’s second album released in 1971. It found the band working through a lot of the same tribal chant oriented sounds as the self-titled predecessor, but also gave rise to the incorporation of some of the more progressive rock oriented textures that would become more common in their sound. More
Hawkwind - The Weird Tapes Number 4-Live ‘78 Review by Gary Hill This disc, just released in 2000, is a great testament to the live presence of this legendary, if obscure, band. The CD features some of the finest live recordings of Hawkwind that I have ever heard. More
Hawkwind - Palace Springs Review by Gary Hill Coming from a band with seemingly a million albums under their belt, this is really one of their best live discs. It captures a great, if quite short, period of the band and does so with a style and texture that really is incredible. More
Hawkwind - Space Ritual Volume II Review by Gary Hill Originally when this was released on vinyl, Space Ritual Volume I and II didn't exist, only one multi disc set "Space Ritual". When released on CD it was culled into two separate albums. More
Hawkwind - Sonic Assassins Review by Gary Hill This fine CD, another of the year 2000 releases of previously unavailable Hawkwind music, is a great compilation. The recordings presented here are from several different sources. More
Hawkwind - This Is Hawkwind, Do Not Panic Review by Bruce Stringer One step on from the classic, yet volatile, Levitation line-up this release is a collection of tracks highlighting their performance of 1981's Stonehenge festival, re-sequenced and sounding at their most energetic since the days of Lemmy. Ginger Baker, who was to leave shortly after this, added an element of jazz fusion to the chemistry in stark contrast to Simon King's staccato straight-four drumming and it's as if the set list was constructed to feature the mastery of British guitar legend Huw Lloyd-Langton. More
Hawkwind - Hall of The Mountain Grill Review by Gary Hill Hall of the Mountain Grill probably represents the apex of Hawkwind's popularity in the US, arguably being their best-known album in that country. Arguments can also be made that it is the most straight progressive rock release they have done. More
Hawkwind - In Your Area Review by Gary Hill One part live album, one part studio, In Your Area shows Hawkwind doing space rock as they are the experts in doing. The album includes several long time Hawk favorites, and several new cuts. More
Hawkwind - Levitation Review by Gary Hill Jim Lascko from Strange Trips, the US source for information on Hawkwind, describes space rock as being "characterized (by)(but certainly not limited to) spacey keyboards, driving guitar, sci-fi lyrics, repetitive chants, sound effects, long drawn out hard driving, high energy jams, along with the message that there is something wrong....something more going on in the Universe than just what is being done on this planet and our need to wake up to that fact, all played out against the backdrop of a killer lightshow!" More
Hawkwind - Epoch Eclipse Review by Gary Hill Chronicling the entire career of the band, this box set really is a wonderful collection. It shows the diversity of Hawkwind in all their varying styles. More
This is kind of a cool set. While Hawkwind fans might well have these songs on various albums they already own, they will probably find a few things here they don’t have – at least not these exact versions.
Henry Cow - In Praise of Learning Review by Steve Alspach Prog rockers of the world, unite! This little trip down memory lane involves Henry Cow, a progressive outfit whose inspiration appeared to be Frank Zappa and Karl Marx. More
Ken Hensley - & Live Fire – Faster Review by Larry Toering Organist, guitarist and vocalist extraordinaire Ken Hensley has outdone himself here with Live Fire, and even though there is still a touch of that classic Uriah Heep sound, it's not only heavy rock, it's prog because it's a concept album.
Edward Heppenstall - Parts That Hate Me Review by Josh Turner Take a Henning Pauly production and throw it in the oven. What comes out is sheet of well-baked Shrinky-Dinks severed into eleven elegant pieces. That's what this album is all about. More
Hermes Orchestra - Live Review by Gary Hill I've seen this CD listed as a classical album, and frankly while I can see sections that fit that style, I really find it hard to believe classical music purists would consider it such. More
Hideous Sun Demons - Hideous Sun Demons Review by Gary Hill The names Ray Luzier and James Lomenzo are probably well known to anyone who has followed the career of Dave Lee Roth. The two of them (Luzier on drums and Lomenzo on bass) were Roth's rhythm section for quite some time. More
I'm rather new to the music of G. W. (aka Gary) Hill, so when it came down to reviewing his work I was a bit reluctant because of a lack of knowing what the concepts of the content are all about, and just how to grasp and embrace them without that element going into it.
Steve Hogarth - Ice Cream Genius Review by Gary Hill This solo effort from Marillion front man Steve Hogarth is a very entertaining disc that covers many musical styles. The music moves from playful to contemplative to pop to prog with a proficiency and ease that is quite impressive. "
Bill Holt - Dreamies: Program Twelve Review by Gary Hill Coming with the subtitle, “Where Big Brother Meets Cowboys and Islam,” it seems a foregone conclusion that this adventure is going to be filled with political commentary – and it is. Fans of Hawkwind should really like this album (Holt's third release) quite a bit.
Honeygene - A Beautiful Place to Get Lost Review by Gary Hill This album from Honeygene isn’t precisely progressive rock, but there are enough proggy tendrils here to get it included in that section of Music Street Journal. More
Here is a progressive rock band from a place where I wouldn’t think progressive rock would live – Turkey. So, we get a bit of an oddity factor here from the start because of the home country of this group.
Hourglass - Oblivious to the Obvious Review by Tim Jones Pure progressive rock and metal, Oblivious to the Obvious is a diverse, layered, meaty, album. The style is reminiscent of Dream Theater, but Hourglass is a talented, quality band in its own right.
How To Win At Life - The Defilibrator Review by Gary Hill Let’s get this out of the way right at the start, this is only loosely prog rock, but there are enough prog elements here for me to put it into that category. If you had to really pin this sound down with comparisons I’d say a mix of Jellyfish, Queen and Pink Floyd would come pretty close.
Steve Howe - Spectrum Review by Gary Hill Steve Howe never seems to be content to stay with one style or another for his solo albums. That means that every disc he does represents a bit of a surprise. More
Steve Howe - Not Necessarily Acoustic Review by Gary Hill This album was recorded on Howe`s first solo tour, and is, not necessarily acoustic, but strictly acoustic, nonetheless. The performances show the many sides of this Yes guitarist, and just how much variety can be found in acoustic guitar music when it comes from the right source.
Steve Howe - Pulling Strings Review by Gary Hill Without a doubt one of Steve Howe's biggest claims to fame is as the guitarist on the majority of Yes' albums. He has also had an intriguing solo career. More
Steve Howe - Quantum Guitar Review by Gary Hill Steve Howe`s solo albums seem to hold a wide variety of music within. Generally, one can find acoustic guitar solos, progressive rock compositions, country tinged songs and more. More
Steve Howe - Skyline Review by Gary Hill Skyline is a different sort of album for Steve Howe. The disc shares far more with his new age type performances in conjunction with Paul Sutin than it does with any of the rest of his catalog. More
Steve Howe - Mothballs Review by Gary Hill This disc is included in the progressive rock section because of it being Steve Howe – not because the music fits that category. More
Steve Howe's Remedy - Elements Review by Steve Alspach After all these years Steve Howe is still exploring new territories or, at least, foraging in styles that interest him. Needless to say, this covers a lot of ground, but Steve, along with sons Virgil on keyboards and Dylan on drums, and with Gilad Atzmon on woodwinds and Derrick Taylor on bass, have joined together for a formidable ensemble that are willing to tackle any style that comes their way. More
Hughscore - Delta Flora Review by Gary Hill Low key and rather jazzy; this is an intriguing prog album. Really a nice change of pace, and interesting direction for the genre to go in. In the tradition of the great prog experimentation of the '70's, this is a new and very original sound.