Rick Wakeman - Almost Live In Europe Review by Gary Hill While you can debate as to what music should or should not have been included to make this a better disc, there’s one thing you probably won’t quibble about. That’s the sound quality of the recording.
Rick Wakeman - Aspirant Sunrise Review by Gary Hill There was a time when a lot of musicians were jumping on the “new age” bandwagon. As this recently reissued release from Rick Wakeman shows, he was definitely one of them. In fact, this was the first of a trilogy of new age albums.
Rick Wakeman - Fields of Green Review by Gary Hill Another in the series of Rick Wakeman reissues, this disc originally came out in 1997. It opens with a couple of intriguing pieces that, by themselves, make this a must have for Wakeman fans
Rick Wakeman - Out of the Blue Review by Gary Hill This live album from the most recent incarnation of Wakeman’s band – The New English Rock Ensemble is a killer. While the sound might possibly be just below that of Almost Live in Europe – and that’s iffy – I’d have to say that I like the setlist here better.
Rick Wakeman - Sixty Minutes with Rick Wakeman Review by Gary Hill This new compilation of songs from Rick Wakeman includes a nice cross section of his solo career. It’s really hard to encapsulate what he’s done over the years into one CD minute set, so certainly fans will come up with something they think is missing.
Rick Wakeman - Tribute Review by Gary Hill Keyboard great Rick Wakeman turns his attention on this disc to the music of The Beatles. It has to be said that for musicians of a certain generation (and Wakeman is certainly in that group) The Beatles were a groundbreaking influence.
Rick Wakeman - White Rock II Review by Gary Hill If anyone out there remembers White Rock (the first disc), you’ll know that it was music that Wakeman composed for the Olympics film. Well, when they set about to redo some of the film footage they wanted some additional music and White Rock II ensued.
Rick Wakeman - The Burning Review by Gary Hill Long out of print, this soundtrack album is now available on CD. With all the music written and performed by Rick Wakeman, it’s a foregone conclusion that Wakeman fanatics will be all over this. More
Rick Wakeman - G’olé Soundtrack Review by Gary Hill Originally recorded and released for a documentary film on the 1982 World Cup, this has been out of print for years and is seen here in its first ever release on CD. I’d have to say that this one is considerably stronger than the Burning soundtrack – also just now reissued – and has a lot wider ranging appeal. More
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. More
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. More
Rick Wakeman - Two Sides of Yes, Vol. 2 Review by Gary Hill I've read where people have been disappointed by this album because it was not full Yes versions of these songs. All I have to say is, if you want the original version, buy the original disc. More
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. The live sound here is solid, but I have always felt that those particular studio albums felt a bit flat. More
Rick Wakeman - Aspirant Sunset Review by Gary Hill This is one of a series of three discs Rick Wakeman did in 1990 as a restful relaxing type of experience. Remember, this was the era of New Age music. More
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. More
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. More
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. More
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. More
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. More
Wastefall - Self Exile Review by Gary Hill Prog purists will certainly steer clear of this one. That’s really a shame because these guys have created a very intriguing blend of sounds that marries the Lacuna Coil style of modern metal with the Dream Theater school of neo-prog.
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.
Western Civ - Regent Kingfish Slumberpad Review by Gary Hill This is probably not the tightest fit into progressive rock. That said, it is certainly very much in the mode of the more modern, noisy, experimental form of prog – like Radiohead. More
Wetton Manzanera - One World Review by Gary Hill In the late 1980’s two prog rock greats in the personage of John Wetton and Phil Manzanera recorded this disc. Let’s make one point clear here. This is included in the prog section based on who these guys are (and what the rest of their catalog is like).
While Alan White released one solo album in the 1970's, this is his first project that could be considered "solo" since then. Much like Steve Howe did with Remedy, rather than create a totally solitary work with guest musicians, White has chosen instead to put together a band to record his music.
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.
White Willow - Signal To Noise Review by Gary Hill Lead vocalist Trude Eidtang’s vocal performance really steals the show on this disc. Considering how strong the music here is, that’s truly a statement as to her vocal prowess. More
T.H. White - The Private Spotlight Review by Gary Hill I’m sure there are those who would say that this is not progressive rock. It does in fact have a lot in common with house and techno music. More
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.
Wishbone Ash - Pilgrimage Review by Gary Hill The second album from Wishbone Ash, most of this is pretty prog-like, but there are a couple straight ahead rockers. More
Wolverine - Still Review by Gary Hill While I was definitely enthralled by Wolverine's last offering, this one blows the doors off of that one. If you read that first review you will note that I mention that the band started out as an extreme metal band, but have been morphing more and more into a progressive rock outfit. More
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. More
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. More
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.
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.
Robert Wyatt - Rock Bottom Review by Steve Alspach On June 1, 1973, Robert Wyatt discovered the near-fatal combination of alcohol, an open window, and gravity. Being confined to a wheelchair (to this day), Wyatt scrapped plans for his Matching Mole project and developed his songs with a wider set of musicians.