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Steve Vai - Real Illusions: Reflections
Review by Gary Hill
It seems Zappa alumni's make some of the most inspired and creative musicians. I suppose that makes sense consider the degree of talent necessary to get into that outfit.
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Vajra - Blind (Blood Remix) (Digital Single)
Review by Gary Hill
I previously reviewed Vajra’s last album.

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Van der Graaf Generator - Still Life
Review by Steve Alspach
 "At the time it seemed a reasonable course to harness all the force of life without the threat of death, but soon we found that boredom and inertia are not negatives but all the law we know, and dead are will and words like survival."
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Van der Graaf Generator - Vital Live
Review by Bruce Stringer
With the recording of this live performance in the care of drummer extraordinaire, Guy Evans, this incarnation of Van der Graaf Generator, as always, speaks volumes in it's work. With his ear, that of a seasoned engineer, the mix is bass-end heavy and has the dynamic control of expansive tension rarely heard on live recordings.
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Van der Graaf Generator - Present
Review by Steve Alspach
The Van is Back! Um, no.

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Van der Graaf Generator - Merlin Atmos: Live Performances 2013
Review by Gary Hill
This is a legendary band.

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Van der Graaf Generator - Do Not Disturb
Review by Gary Hill
This new disc from Van Der Graaf Generator is sure to please long time fans of the band. Personally, I don't think I'm the target audience for this.

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Vanden Plas - Far Off Grace
Review by Gary Hill
Although this band is heavily influenced by Dream Theater, they are definitely not a clone, as they do have their own sound.
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Toomas Vanem - 1
Review by Gary Hill
This is all instrumental music. It’s also guitar based and lands somewhat near folks like Steve Vai and Joe Satriani..

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Vangelis - Heaven and Hell
Review by Gary Hill
I like Vangelis' blend of electronic and symphonic music. This album features vocals from Jon Anderson on one song, a real bonus to me.

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Vangelis - Opéra sauvage
Review by Gary Hill
Vangelis is an artist who always does a great job of working within electronic elements to create something unique and rather symphonic. This album is no exception.

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Vanilla Fudge - Then And Now
Review by Gary Hill
No one can fault the musical performances on this one. Vanilla Fudge has always been an incredible band capable of creating and producing incredibly complex and powerful arrangements, and this album is no exception to that rule. No, the real problem here comes in the form of repetition.
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Vanilla Fudge - Vanilla Fudge
Review by Gary Hill
The Fudge is back! I'm sure we can all sit around and debate for ever if they are truly prog or not, but the truth of the matter is, even if they weren't early prog, and I am not sure the answer to that, they influenced so much prog that they have earned an honorary mention.
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Vanilla Fudge - The Beat Goes On
Review by Steve Alspach
One criticism of progressive music is that it takes itself too seriously. This album is the poster child for that argument.
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Vantomme - Vegir
Review by Gary Hill

Vantomme is named for its founder Dominique Vantomme. He is a keyboardist, producer and more.


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Vapourspace - Sonic Residue from Vapourspace
Review by Steve Alspach
Here's an interesting concept - take songs from various releases from a progressive rock record label and let the music be transformed by a techno mix until it's nearly unrecognizable from the original source.
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Various Artists - Working Man
Review by Gary Hill
One of the early Magna Carta tribute CD's, this one is definitely not one of their finest. It does have some strong points, though, and the main area in which it is lacking is vocals.
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Various Artists - Subdivisions - A Tribute To Rush
Review by Gary Hill
Subdivisions is a new Tribute album devoted to the music of Rush from Magna Carta Records. Those paying close attention and with a good memory, may be saying now; "didn't they do one before?"
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Various Artists - All Good People (An Evening of Music From Yes Fans)
Review by Gary Hill
This disc is an interesting compilation. The only tie that binds all these musicians is that they are Yes fans who post to the AOL Yes Bulletin Board.
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Various Artists - AMY-Cyberian Khatru
Review by Gary Hill
Out in cyberland there lives a news group called "alt.music.yes". It is one of the oldest of its kind, and one of the most lively. It is known to its members as "AMY".
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Various Artists - Back Against the Wall
Review by Gary Hill
There are few people who haven't at least heard of Pink Floyd's The Wall. I would hazard to say that those who have never heard the album are in the minority as well.
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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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Various Artists - Kinections: The ProgDay Support CD
Review by Josh Turner
There are two great things about this release. First off, it's for a charitable cause. Second, it is truly great music. Lew Fisher (on behalf of the ProgDay foundation) is the mastermind behind this project.
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Various Artists - Leonardo The Absolute Man
Review by Gary Hill
This is a rock opera based on the life of Leonardo da Vinci. Although this album says "original cast recording" and I have (as does Magna Carta on their website) listed it here as by "Various Artists", it is probably closer to the truth to say that it is by Trent Gardner and friends.
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Various Artists - Modern Drummer Presents Drum Nation Volume One
Review by Steve Alspach
If you want to know what the state of drumming is circa 2004, you would do well to check this CD out.
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Various Artists - The Moon Revisited
Review by Gary Hill
Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon was more than likely not only the best selling prog album of all time, but definitely the album, of all albums (not just prog) to stay on the charts the longest. From that point of view this tribute disc makes sense.
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Various Artists - The Show That Never Ends
Review by Gary Hill

This album is a compilation of various progressive rock performances that were presented on the King Biscuit Flower Hour radio show. All of the outings are quite good, and the selection of artists is also. 


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Various Artists - Steinway To Heaven
Review by Gary Hill
It seems like a rather novel, but still somewhat obvious concept. Take various keyboardists, mostly from the world of progressive rock and have them record various classical piano pieces.
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Various Artists - Supper`s Ready
Review by Gary Hill
A tribute album devoted to the music of Genesis, Supper`s Ready is a strong work. The renditions here stay more true to the original performances than on some similar albums, but this does not take away from the relevance of the CD.
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Various Artists - Tales From Yesterday
Review by Gary Hill
A tribute to the music of Yes, Tales From Yesterday, features some very fine renditions of Yessongs performed by a variety of artists (including several past and present members of Yes). This is a mixed bag. Some of the tracks are quite faithful to the original, while others represent major reworkings.
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Various Artists - To Cry You A Song: A Collection of Tull Tales
Review by Gary Hill
One of the first tribute albums ever done by Magna Carta, this one includes some intriguing arrangements of Jethro Tull songs. There are some definite winners here (witness Aqualung, To Cry You a Song, and Locomotive Breath) and no real losers.
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Various Artists - Live Kraut - Live Rockexplosions From The Heyday Of Krautrock
Review by Gary Hill
These live recordings are all quite good.

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Various Artists - Fly Like an Eagle - An All-Star Tribute to Steve Miller Band
Review by Gary Hill
Cleopatra Records loves doing these tribute albums, typically with Billy Sherwood in charge.

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Various Artists - Possible Worlds Vol. 2
Review by Gary Hill
This collection is pretty strange.

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Various Artists - Son of Kraut – The Next Generation of Kraut Rock
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a strong set. I’d say that pretty much everything here lands in progressive rock, but some is closer to psychedelic than others are.

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Various Artists - Light My Fire - A Classic Rock Salute To the Doors
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve always been a big fan of the Doors.

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Various Artists - Smooth Jazz Café
Review by Gary Hill
When I hear the term “smooth jazz,” I tend to think of the elevator music variety of jazz.

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Various Artists - Spirit of Sireena Volume 9
Review by Gary Hill
These collections are always interesting. This one is no exception.

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Various Artists - Howard Phillips Lovecraft – Fungi from Yuggoth: A Sonnet Cycle
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve listed this under “Various Artists” at Music Street Journal, although technically it’s not listed that way on the CD.

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Various Artists - H.P. Lovecraft's Fungi From Yuggoth and Other Poems
Review by Gary Hill
I recently reviewed another release from this outfit (Fedogan and Bremer). This could be seen as a companion to that release, which was a reissue of an older set with additional material.

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Various Artists - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - The Black Room
Review by Gary Hill
There are times when I wish I had never started MSJ with the whole concept of track by track reviews. This album is a daunting one to do in that way.

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Various Artists - Devil's Domain: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Review by Gary Hill
While not everything here lands under progressive rock, there is a lot of prog in this set. There is also a lot of artsy soundtrack music that fits under the prog banner.

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Various Artists - The Rift - Dark Side of the Moon (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Review by Gary Hill
This new soundtrack album features some killer music. It leans on the space rock, trippy side of the equation.

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Various Artists - 8 Assassins - Beautiful the Bad & The Ugly Soundtrack
Review by Gary Hill
This new soundtrack album has some cool stuff on it. Personally, I think that it would be stronger if it was just the first disc.

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Various Artists - Let the Electric Children Play: The Underground Story of Transatlantic Records 1968-1976
Review by Gary Hill

This new three-CD set showcases a number of songs that were originally released on the Transatlantic Records label. There is an intriguing range of music here.


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Various Artists - One Way Glass: Dancefloor Prog, Brit Jazz & Funky Folk 1968-1975
Review by Gary Hill

This is a killer collection of music. It's a great way to sample a lot of fairly obscure acts without having to commit to a full album by any of them.


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Various Artists - The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft - A Synphonic Collection
Review by Gary Hill

While this set was released several years ago, I've just recently found out about it.


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Cyrille Verdeaux Pascal Menetrey - Tribal Hybrid Concept
Review by Gary Hill
This isn’t progressive rock in the classic sense, but it does have ties to that sound.

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Carl Verheyen - Mustang Run
Review by Gary Hill
Carl Verheyen is probably best known for his tenure in Supertramp.

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Carl Verheyen - Alone: Solo Guitar Improvisations Volume 2
Review by Gary Hill
I don’t know if this fits into progressive rock. I’d say some of it does.

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VHF - Very High Frequency
Review by Gary Hill
What an amazing set this is. In fact, it is likely to make my “best of 2014” list.

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Mark Vickness - Places
Review by Gary Hill

Mark Vickness is being billed as progressive rock in some materials. If you compare him to California Guitar Trio, that label fits.


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Vie Jester - Cognisense EP
Review by Gary Hill
I know I’m going to hear it over this one.

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Vie Jester - Etches in Aether
Review by Gary Hill
I consider this progressive rock, but it’s definitely modern prog.

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Vie Jester - All in Jest
Review by Gary Hill

I previously landed these guys under progressive rock. I'm going to stick with that decision here.


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The Vigilance Committee - Exit a Hero
Review by Gary Hill
This is definitely progressive rock as far as I’m concerned.

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Vinyl Soup - Chasing Yesterday
Review by Gary Hill
Vinyl Soup is another of a growing list of bands that incorporate jam band stylings into their music, but the influences definitely don't stop there.

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Violents - and Monica Martin - Awake and Pretty Much Sober
Review by Gary Hill
This is an intriguing project. Violents is Jeremy Larson.

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Violet Rose - Plastic EP
Review by Gary Hill

The mix of sounds here hasa lot of pop music in it. It's definitely electronic music more than anything else.


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Von Zamla - 1983
Review by Gary Hill

A compilation of live performances from 1983, this disc is a great prog jam type of album with definite King Crimson leanings. It is also very jazz oriented, and has some considerably strong material on it.


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The Von - Ei8ht
Review by Gary Hill
You might disagree with this landing in the progressive rock section. There is definitely plenty of psychedelia and seven stoner rock here.

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The Von - 3Nity
Review by Gary Hill
Perhaps this one's not the tightest fit under a prog rock heading.

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Vowws - The Great Sun
Review by Gary Hill
I don’t know if this is progressive rock or not.

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