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Kaipa - Keyholder
Review by Josh Turner
I was really curious to hear this album. At best, I digested the previous release, Notes from the Past, which left me with a little heartburn.
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Kaipa - Mindrevolutions
Review by Josh Turner
I'm a big fan of Kaipa's "Keyholder". The year it came out, it was second in my book only to The Tangent's "The Music That Died Alone".
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Kaipa Da Capo - Darskapens Monotoni
Review by Gary Hill
You really can't beat Roine Stolt if you like melodic prog rock. This album is a brand new set from a variant on his 1970s band Kaipa.

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Kansas - Kansas (Remaster)
Review by Gary Hill
Along with Song For America, this disc is the first in a series of remasters of classic albums by this American prog band. The two CD's definitely show different sides to the band.
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Kansas - Song For America (Remaster)
Review by Gary Hill
Kansas is in the midst of reissuing its catalog. The first of these remasters is the self-titled album and this one.
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Kansas - Somewhere to Elsewhere
Review by G. W. Hill
Somewhere to Elsewhere finds Kansas back to their older styles while still being innovative and originally. Fans of the classic prog era of this band should really be able to sink their teeth into this release.
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Kansas - Two For The Show
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Kansas rode their crest of popularity in the late seventies with this two-album set that displays their fine skills. Released after "Point of Know Return," this album was recorded during several concert performances at various venues in the U.S. in 1977 and 1978.
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Kansas - In the Spirit of Things
Review by Gary Hill
By the time this album was released, Kansas seemed to really be struggling to find their place in the music scene.

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Kansas - Always Never the Same
Review by Gary Hill
Kansas recorded this album with the London Symphony Orchestra.

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Jasmine Karimova - From the Womb
Review by Gary Hill

This is an intriguing set. It's clearly not progressive rock in any kind of traditional sense.


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Elmo Karjalainen - Age of Heroes
Review by Gary Hill
I previously reviewed other work from Elmo Karjalainen and liked it. This new album is not a surprise.

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Karmakanik - Entering the Spectra
Review by Josh Turner
This is supposed to be a solo project by Jonas Reingold, but it really stands alone as a complete band. If it were good it would defy expectations.
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Karmakanik - Wheel of Life
Review by Josh Turner
To say this disc would be as good as the band's debut would be saying a lot. The first one offered a variety of styles.
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Karnataka - The Storm
Review by Steve Alspach
Rare is the album that can impress you with its ability to carry you away with its softer material yet can rock out enough to keep you awake. The Storm, the second album by Karnataka, does just that.
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Karnataka - Delicate Flame of Desire
Review by Steve Alspach
In a very short time Karnataka have carved an interesting niche for themselves in progressive rock music.
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Karnataka - Secrets of Angels
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve always liked this band. This new album, though, might be the best yet from them.

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Karney - No Mercy
Review by Gary Hill

Karney consistently releases intriguing music. Her sound is typically hard to pin down, but lands closest to progressive rock.


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Kaukasus - ‘1’
Review by Gary Hill
I really love the blend of sounds on this. . 

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Kbit - Un Boombox Symphonique
Review by Gary Hill
This is definitely not progressive rock. It is, however progressive music.

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Mike Keneally - and Beer For Dolphins-Dancing
Review by Gary Hill
The music on this CD is really quite deceptive. Listening to just a piece here or there one would certainly think that the group was making modern alternative rock/pop.
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Mike Keneally - Dog
Review by Josh Turner
Nick D' Virgilio says he's done his best drumming on this album. With so much great material to date, it is hard to validate a statement such as this one.
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Mike Keneally - Scambot 2
Review by Gary Hill
I have been impressed with Mike Keneally since the first time I heard him. Like King's X, Keneally can take music that's decidedly left of center and make it catchy.

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Dave Kerzner - Static
Review by Gary Hill

Dave Kerzner is perhaps best known as one of the co-founders of the progressive rock band Sound of Contact. This is his latest solo release, and I suppose the best comparison here would be to Pink Floyd.


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Philipp Kessler - Orbit to Nowhere
Review by Gary Hill
I like and respect this kind of electronic music a lot. We generally land it under the "progressive rock" heading.

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Philipp Kessler - Pulsar (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill
This cut is nearly ten minutes in length.

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Calvin Keys - Electric Keys
Review by Gary Hill
I’m going to land this one under progressive rock, but I could see people having a problem with that.

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Kinetic Element - Travelog
Review by Gary Hill
I think this new album from Kinetic Element might very well surpass their previous work.

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King Chubby - Is
Review by Gary Hill
While this disc has elements of other music, feeling a bit like many of the instrumental experimental prog bands of today, the overall sound is all their own.

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King Crimson - The Construkction of Light
Review by G. W. Hill
King Crimson has always been an enigmatic group. The band has basically had three previous incarnations; '60's/'70's, '80's and the '90's versions.
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King Crimson - The Power To Believe
Review by Gary Hill
Since its formation in the late 1960's King Crimson has never been content to stay in one musical place. They were one of the pioneers of progressive rock, and under the guidance of band leader Robert Fripp they have gone through many changes, both in terms of musical style and lineup.

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King Crimson - USA
Review by Steve Alspach
Robert Fripp's decision to knock King Crimson on the head may have been a shock to some, but it seemed like the right thing to do at that time.
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King Crimson - Red
Review by Gary Hill
For my money, Red is King Crimson's most consistent and powerful album. The disc combines the hard edged sound that I think works the best for Crimson with both highly accessible and very creative song writing to produce an album that holds up exceptionally well.
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King Crimson - Discipline
Review by Steve Alspach
These were interesting times for Robert Fripp, ye olde scholastic of the progressive rock scene. In 1978 he had released Exposure, an album that he described as "A Day in the Life" for that period.
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King Crimson - Sleepless – 12-inch Single (Vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
It used to be a rule at MSJ that if something was out of print we didn’t cover it.

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King Crimson - Thrak
Review by Gary Hill
When King Crimson reformed after the 80s period, there were definitely elements of that period still present in their sound. 

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King Crimson - In the Wake of Poseidon
Review by Gary Hill
This was King Crimson’s second album. Greg Lake continued to provide vocals here (with the exception of one song), although he had left the band.

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King Crimson - Heroes EP
Review by Gary Hill
This new EP from King Crimson is intriguing. It's bookended by their take on a David Bowie classic (the full version and a single edit). 

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King Crimson - Live in Chicago
Review by Gary Hill

King Crimson has one of the most interesting and complicated histories in all of progressive rock. The lineup is one of the most dynamic, too.


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King Crimson - Earthbound 40th Anniversary Series
Review by Gary Hill

In honor of the 40th Anniversary of the Earthbound album King Crimson have released this deluxe set. It's an amazing release, too. First, you get the original album with three bonus songs added to it.


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King Llama - Return to Ox
Review by Gary Hill
This album shares ground with guitar based instrumental prog like Djam Karet.

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King Ropes - Dirt
Review by Gary Hill
Is this progressive rock? Maybe not. Is it progressive rock in the traditional sense? Absolutely not.

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Kingbathmat - Overcoming the Monster
Review by Gary Hill
This is a pretty impressive disc.

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Kino - Picture
Review by Steve Alspach
Any prog-rock "conglomeration" will get my attention. From Emerson Lake and Palmer (they pretty much were the first ones in that genre, right?) to today, you really can't go wrong with any of them.
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Kitchens of Distinction - Folly
Review by Gary Hill
I remember listening to and liking this band when they were around the first time.

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Klaatu - Sun Set
Review by Gary Hill
For me this 2 CD set has been like being reintroduced to an old friend. Klaatu is a band that probably more than any other has major supporters and major nay-sayers in the prog rock community.
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Klaatu - Raarities LP (Vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
When this was originally released the label sent me the record along with a bunch of Klaatu reissue CDs.

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Klaatu - Sir Army Suit (Reissue with Bonus DVD)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a reissue of Klaatu’s third disc. It’s not just a reissue, though.

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Mark Klock Group - Tentacle Dreams
Review by Josh Turner
This album consists of eleven delicious ditties. Each dish is served in an individual snack size.
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Gleb Kolyadin - Gleb Kolyadin
Review by Gary Hill

This is a pretty impressive set. It is progressive rock, with an emphasis on piano, but there is a lot of range here.


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Komara - Komara
Review by Gary Hill
Although there are some spoken vocals, this album is instrumental.

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Von Konow - Cosmic (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a brand new single from a Finnish art rocker.

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Kopecky - Orion
Review by Gary Hill
There is a form of instrumental guitar dominated prog that seems to almost share as much in terms of influence with the old surf bands like Dick Dale and the Ventures as it does with King Crimson and other prog outfits.
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Kosmos (Finland) - Salattu Maailma
Review by Gary Hill
The blend of sounds on this album works really well.

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Kosmos (Finland) - Salattu Maailma (Vinyl LP)
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve reviewed this CD in this very same issue of Music Street Journal.

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Kotebel - Cosmology
Review by Gary Hill
This album should definitely please fans of unconventional instrumental progressive rock. There is a lot of fusion, some classical and world music built into the sound here.

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Nikolo Kotzev - Nostradamus
Review by Gary Hill
There was a time in the '70s when rock operas were all the rage. Since then they have been pretty scarce, and many times with good reason.
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Kraan - Through
Review by Josh Turner
With a name like Kraan, it's got to be good. In truth, the music is exceptional.
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Robby Krieger - In Session
Review by Gary Hill
This compilation disc is quite strong. There is really a lot of great music here.

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Sonja Kristina - Sonja Kristina: Anthology
Review by Gary Hill

I've put this under Sonja Kristina solo, but technically speaking, it's part of the Curved Air rarities series. This double disc set has some intriguing stuff.


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K2 - Book of the Dead
Review by Josh Turner
With an Egyptian on the cover, you'd expect something from The Bangles. However, this is much more progressive in nature.
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KXM - Scatterbrain
Review by Larry Toering
In 2014, KXM debuted with a very hot album, and the follow up (Scatterbrain)  is an even better release. In fact, I included it in my MSJ top 2017 album list.
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