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Rick Wakeman - Return To The Centre of The Earth
Review by Gary Hill
By going back to his past, Rick Wakeman has created an album that is nearly a masterpiece. A sequel to his Journey to the Centre of the Earth disc, Return to the Centre of the Earth is a very potent progressive rock concept album.
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Rick Wakeman - Out There
Review by Bruce Stringer
The first thing I noticed about this CD is the bizarre spaceship on the front red-coloured cover booklet, which looks like a weird marriage between V8 engine and mechanical fish with a protruding golf putter to add to its other-worldly imagery.
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Rick Wakeman - Live at Hammersmith
Review by Gary Hill
This live album from 1985 captures Rick Wakeman and his band performing tracks from his Six Wives of Henry the VIII, Journey to the Centre of the Earth and The Myths and Legends of King Arthur albums.
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Rick Wakeman - Out of the Blue: Official Remastered Version
Review by Gary Hill
This is a newly remastered version of a Rick Wakeman live album. 

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Rick Wakeman - Softsword
Review by Gary Hill
Let me just start this review to say that I like this album a lot.

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Rick Wakeman - Fields of Green (Remastered Edition)
Review by Gary Hill
This remastered version just came out now. 

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Rick Wakeman - In the Nick of Time: Live in 2003 (Remastered Edition)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a brand new “Remastered Edition” of this live Rick Wakeman album.

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Rick Wakeman - Starship Trooper
Review by Gary Hill
This new Rick Wakeman album is actually a compilation. That said, it features a couple tracks that have never before been released.

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Rick Wakeman - Rick Wakeman's Criminal Record
Review by Gary Hill
I remember that when I first heard this album years ago I wasn't all that impressed. Listening to it now, I'm not sure why I didn't love it. 

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Rick Wakeman - Lisztomania
Review by Gary Hill
Have you ever seen this movie? I have seen it a couple times. It's definitely strange.

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Rick Wakeman - No Earthly Connection
Review by Gary Hill
This is a great album, no question about it. It's the classic example of how Rick Wakeman works with the combination of rock and symphonic music.

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Rick Wakeman - Rock N Roll Prophet
Review by Gary Hill
This is a rather odd entry into the Rick Wakeman catalog. Wakeman has said that he intended it as a spoof of music like The Buggles.

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Rick Wakeman - The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Review by Gary Hill
There are many who would consider this Rick Wakeman's strongest solo album. That argument has merit.

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Rick Wakeman - Rhapsodies
Review by Gary Hill
As you might guess from the layout in the track by track, I've done this retro review from the vinyl version of this album.

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Rick Wakeman - White Rock
Review by Gary Hill
This album was composed for the 1976 winter Olympics. The music is essentially instrumental, but there are chorale vocals in places.

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Rick Wakeman - The Phantom of the Opera
Review by Gary Hill
I'm a big fan of progressive rock, and especially Yes (and by extension Rick Wakeman). I'm also a fan of horror movies, including the old classic ones.

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Rick Wakeman - & Tony Ashton Present GasTank
Review by Gary Hill
Perhaps this three CD should go under "various artists" instead of "Rick Wakeman." Still, I think Wakeman plays on almost everything here.

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Rick Wakeman - Crimes of Passion
Review by Gary Hill

This is a new release of Rick Wakeman's 1984 soundtrack album. There are two songs here with vocals (one is a bonus track) serving as book-ends to the release.


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Narada Michael Walden - Rising Sun EP
Review by Gary Hill
I know this guy is considered jazz.

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Marty Walsh - The Total Plan
Review by Gary Hill
Marty Walsh is probably best known for his work playing guitar with Supertramp.

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Steve Walsh - Shadowman
Review by Greg Olma
I have always been a Kansas fan so it must come as no surprise that I find Steve Walsh's voice one of the best in prog rock. I have followed his career through his band Streets (and his solo material) and have never been disappointed.
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Steve Walsh - Glossolalia
Review by Gary Hill
One of the more recognizable voices in '70's rock, Steve Walsh is both the most well-known voice of Kansas and their keyboardist. He is joined on this solo release by Trent Gardner (Explorer's Club), Virgil Donati (Planet X), Page Waldron, Jim Roberts, Mike Slamer and Billy Greer.
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Robert Walter - Super Heavy Organ
Review by Gary Hill
Robert Walter has given us an album that, much like Niacin, combines a retro jazzy sound and prog sort of arrangements. This one grooves and still has enough musical integrity to please fans of instrumental progressive rock.
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Wappa Gappa - Yamatai
Review by Gary Hill
Featuring strong prog arrangements and vocals in Japanese, this is a competent release that should entertain most prog fans.
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Wappa Gappa - A Myth
Review by Gary Hill
In much the same vein as their first album, this disc is solid prog. The Japanese lyrics leave a bit to be desired by Western standards, but the music certainly makes up for this.
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The Watch - Vacuum
Review by Josh Turner
Like Selling England by the Pound, Vacuum is the kind of album that you need to revisit many times over in order to gain a full appreciation of it.

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The Waterboys - Appointment with Mr. Yeats
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve certainly heard of this group over the years, but I don’t think I’ve actually heard them before.

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Roger Waters - Radio K.A.O.S.
Review by Scott Prinzing
Roger Waters’ second solo album (not counting a couple of soundtrack collaborations) is still satisfying to sit and listen to over 25 years since its original release in 1987, but it does sound more dated than his other solo work.

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Roger Waters - Is This the Life We Really Want?
Review by Gary Hill
I have to admit that I haven't really followed Roger Waters much lately. When he left Pink Floyd and they moved on, I feel that it showcased the two sides within the band.

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Darryl Way - Ultra Violins
Review by Gary Hill
Is this progressive music? Yes. Is it progressive rock? I don’t know.

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Darryl Way - Children of the Cosmos
Review by Gary Hill
This is an amazing disc. For my money, it’s better than the previous album that I reviewed from Darryl Way.

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Darryl Way - Myths Legends & Tales
Review by Gary Hill
Darryl Way is best known as a violinist. He is also famous as one of the founding members of Curved Air.

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Sean Wayland - Barrenjoey
Review by Gary Hill
The music here works between jazzy rock, pure fusion and a couple of other styles.

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Jeff Wayne - Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds
Review by Gary Hill
This album is a rock opera based on the classic H. G. Wells book War of the Worlds. It is a very theatric work, somewhat more musical theater than rock album.
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Jeff Wayne - Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds 2005 Edition
Review by Gary Hill
In the world of rock opera's Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds stands far above the majority of the competition. A release that has shown lasting appeal, maintaining a following for all these years, has just been re-issued in this hybrid Super Audio CD.

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Weather Report - Black Market
Review by Gary Hill
This was a transition album for Weather Report as they were moving more into electronic territory.

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Christian Welde - Illuminate
Review by Gary Hill
This is a good fit under progressive rock, but it’s got plenty of things like classical and jazz in the mix.

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West Space & Love - Vol. II
Review by Gary Hill
This is a cool album. It’s essentially instrumental, but one song does have some spoken things.

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Westward - The Last Stand (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill
This song is the first single from a new album from an act called "Westward." These guys play a form of modern prog rock that's dark and guitar heavy. It is the kind of thing that's closely linked to alternative rock.

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Westward - Empire of Deception
Review by Gary Hill
This new disc is based around a dark and guitar heavy brand of progressive rock. These guys are aligned in the direction of the modern alternative rock centered school of prog.

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John Wetton - And the Les Paul Trio – New York Minute – Live at the Iridium, New York, 2013
Review by Gary Hill
This was apparently recorded at a cancer awareness concert as John Wetton talks about that at a few places here.

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John Wetton - Anthology Volume 1: Studio Recordings
Review by Gary Hill
This anthology of songs from John Wetton is quite strong. It’s not all progressive rock, and for the most par even when it lands there, it’s more in the AOR end of the spectrum.

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John Wetton - Live Via Satellite
Review by Gary Hill
This double disc set features two different concerts from John Wetton. 

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John Wetton - Live in Argentina 1996
Review by Gary Hill
John Wetton's known in some circles mostly for his prog rock work in bands like UK and King Crimson. His solo career, though, has a lot of AOR mainstream rock in it. 

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John Wetton - Official Bootleg Archive Vol 1: Deluxe Edition
Review by Gary Hill
This six-CD box set is quite cool. Each of the shows has a bit different flavor. 

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John Wetton - King's Road: 1972-1980
Review by Gary Hill
This is a compilation set from John Wetton. 

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John Wetton - Live in Osaka 1997
Review by Gary Hill
It's easy to think of John Wetton as a prog artist. His work in bands like UK and King Crimson (and even Asia) lend credence to that argument.

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John Wetton - Live at the Sun Plaza Tokyo 1999
Review by Gary Hill
This live album is pretty good. It suffers a bit in terms of sound quality.

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John Wetton - Akustika: Live in Amerika / Akustika II: Return to Amerika
Review by Gary Hill

This is a two CD set combining two John Wetton live albums into one release. The two shows were performed about ten years apart.


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John Wetton – Richard Palmer-James - Jack-Knife / Monkey Business 1972-1977
Review by Gary Hill
This set, basically two albums released as a two CD package, is a mixed bag.

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Whale Fall - The Madrean
Review by Gary Hill
This lands very much in a modern prog rock style, but informed by classic prog, jazz rock and more.

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White Willow - Storm Season
Review by Josh Turner
While this band keeps itself contained within the walls of progressive metal, it wavers every so often. The random stimulus is what keeps the music interesting.
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Wide Hive Players - Turnstyle
Review by Gary Hill
I really love this instrumental album.

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The Wild Beyond - The Wild Beyond
Review by Gary Hill
This has a lot in common with jam band music.

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Damian Wilde - Nouveau Noir
Review by Gary Hill
This might not be the tightest fit under progressive rock.

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Williamson - Backestro Park
Review by Gary Hill
Space rock, new age, Kraftwerk like electronic music and more merge on this set.

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Gary Wilson - It's Friday Night with Gary Wilson
Review by Gary Hill
Maybe this doesn't fit under prog rock. It's electronic music, though.


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Gary Wilson - Let's Go to Outer Space
Review by Gary Hill
When you decide to listen to a Gary Wilson album, you have an idea what to expect. His music is always electronically based, off-kilter weirdness.

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Gary Wilson - It's Christmas Time with Gary Wilson
Review by Gary Hill

Gary Wilson's music is not really progressive rock. "Eccentric electronic sounds" might be a better label.


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Gary Windo - Dogface
Review by Gary Hill
This is one of three Gary Windo albums I’ve reviewed in this issue of Music Street Journal.

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Gary Windo - Deep Water
Review by Gary Hill
I like this disc a lot. It combines progressive rock, jazz, space rock and more into a rich musical tapestry.

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Gary Windo - Steam Radio Tapes
Review by Gary Hill
This new release features a lot of old recordings that had been lost over the years.

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Wingfield - Reuter - Sirkis - Lighthouse
Review by Gary Hill

If you like instrumental music that's experimental and challenging, you should give this a try. There a real freeform vibe to a lot of it.


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Wingfield - Reuter - Stavi - Sirkis - The Stone House
Review by Gary Hill
If you like freaky guitar based instrumental prog, you are sure to dig this. It has fusion and a lot more built into it.

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Mark Wingfield - with Yaron Stavi and Asaf Sirkis – Proof of Light
Review by Gary Hill
There is plenty of fusion here.

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Wishbone Ash - The Best Of Wishbone Ash
Review by Gary Hill
This compilation chronicles the career of Wishbone Ash. The band has really touched on many styles. Always guitar dominated, the Ash have presented their own version of progressive rock, perhaps a bit sparse at times, but certainly prog.
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Wishbone Ash - Blue Horizon
Review by Jason Hillenburg
Never believe anyone who says, "It's just music.”

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Wishbone Ash - Raw to the Bone
Review by Gary Hill

This is a new two-CD reissue of an older album from Wishbone Ash. The first disc includes the original album with some bonus tracks, while disc two is comprised of some live performances.


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Wishbone Ash - Twin Barrels Burning
Review by Gary Hill

This new double CD re-issue features the Twin Barrels Burning disc from Wishbone Ash. The first CD is the original edition with three bonus tracks added to it.


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With Bravado - Silent Film
Review by Gary Hill

I won't argue with those who will say that this doesn't fit under progressive rock. There is definitely a lot of alternative rock here along with metal and more.


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Witsend - Cosmos and Chaos
Review by Josh Turner
When I first heard this album, I was driving away from the Alpine Valley festival grounds after a tiresome and draining day at Ozzfest.
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Wolverine - The Window Purpose
Review by Gary Hill
Not many progressive rock bands can say that they started out as a death metal band. In fact, unless I'm missing someone Wolverine is the only one.
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Wolverine - Machina Viva
Review by Greg Olma
I researched this band and have found out that they started their career as a death metal band but quickly adopted a more progressive metal sound.  

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Joshua Worden - Cinders
Review by Gary Hill

I reviewed another release from this artist a while ago. I didn't land that one under progressive rock.


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World Trade - Euphoria
Review by Gary Hill
There are many who claim that Billy Sherwood is nearly solely responsible for the song writing and arrangements on Yes' Open Your Eyes album. Listening to this album from him with his band World Trade, there are reasons to buy into this argument.
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Gary Wright's Wonderwheel - Ring of Changes
Review by Gary Hill
This is a long lost album from a Gary Wright project.
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Ron Wright - Acoustic Dreams
Review by Gary Hill
This is an entertaining instrumental (with one exception) album featuring strong guitar-based compositions and competent musicianship. At times, Wright`s work calls to mind such people as Steve Howe.
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Rick Wright - Broken China
Review by Gary Hill
For Pink Floyd afficianados, this disc is a must have. Wright`s writing style, in the moody sort of Floyd mode, makes it quite obvious what band he is from.
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Wucan - Reap the Storm
Review by Gary Hill
This is a brand new album from a German band. This act is probably best described as neo-Kraut-rock.

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