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October 2013 - Issue 102
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
Active Heed - Visions from Reality
Review by Gary Hill
This is progressive rock, but some of the songs seem barely to fit under that heading.
Arabs in Aspic - Pictures in a Dream
Review by Gary Hill
I’m sure there are those who will argue with these guys landing in the progressive rock section.
Aurganic - Deviations
Review by Gary Hill
This isn’t old school progressive rock, although it does touch on that sound.
Peter Banks - Two Sides of Peter Banks
Review by Gary Hill
So, this solo album from Peter Banks was released on CD in 2009.
Charles Brown - Light of the Dawn
Review by Gary Hill
This instrumental album is pretty good.
Peter Calandra - Ashokan Memories
Review by Gary Hill
This album is a set of piano solos. That makes it a little odd to classify. It’s not all classical music by any means, although that’s a definite reference point.
Robert Calvert - Lucky Leif and the Longships (Remastered)
Review by Gary Hill
So, this is the newly remastered version of the second solo album from Robert Calvert.
Canvas - Long Way to Mars
Review by Gary Hill
I really like this album a lot. It’s almost more mainstream AOR rock than it is progressive rock.
Daemonia - Zombi - Dawn of the Death
Review by Gary Hill
Based on the band name and title of the disc, one might think this is an extreme metal band. It couldn’t be further from the truth, though.
Kit Downes - Light from Old Stars
Review by Gary Hill
Some might consider this album to be full on jazz rather than fusion or progressive rock.
Electric Light Orchestra - ELO2
Review by John Pierpoint
First, a confession: I was a huge ELO fan when I was at school. I thought they were the gods of pop.
Electric Light Orchestra - On The Third Day
Review by John Pierpoint
After two reasonably successful albums for EMI Harvest, Jeff Lynne’s merry men moved over to Don Arden’s Jet records for their next release.
FB1964 - The Fearless Vampire Killers
Review by Gary Hill
This is a pretty intriguing set. Frank Badenhop is the mastermind here. What he did is pretty amazing.
Fright Pig - Out of the Barnyard
Review by Gary Hill
This is a great disc. The blend of progressive rock sounds here is classic.
Peter Gabriel - New Blood
Review by John Pierpoint
Peter Gabriel could be accused of resting on his laurels by producing an album of reworkings of some of his greatest hits – and with an orchestra, to boot!
Gandalf's Fist - A Day in the Life of a Universal Wanderer
Review by Gary Hill
These guys have done it again.
Steve Hackett - Tokyo Tapes
Review by Gary Hill
I like this set a lot. It’s classy. First we get the two CD set.
Steve Hillage - Live in England 1979
Review by Gary Hill
This new live album is quite a cool one, both in terms of the music presented here and the full package.
Steve Hunter - The Manhattan Blues Project
Review by Gary Hill
Based on the title, the fact that Hunter is considered a blues guitarist and a couple little bits I heard, I thought this was going to be basically a blues rock album.
Il Cerchio d'Oro - Dedalo E Icaro
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a cool album. It has a lot of classic prog built into it, but also fusion and many other things.
Ingranaggi della Valle - In Hoc Signo
Review by Gary Hill
Italian prog is a sub-genre all its own. There are people thoroughly devoted to the musical style.
Kingbathmat - Overcoming the Monster
Review by Gary Hill
This is a pretty impressive disc.
Kitchens of Distinction - Folly
Review by Gary Hill
I remember listening to and liking this band when they were around the first time.
Kosmos (Finland) - Salattu Maailma
Review by Gary Hill
The blend of sounds on this album works really well.
Kosmos (Finland) - Salattu Maailma (Vinyl LP)
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve reviewed this CD in this very same issue of Music Street Journal.
Levin Minnemann Rudess - Levin Minnemann Rudess
Review by Gary Hill
In the early parts of 2013 I was kind of under-impressed with the music coming out.
Ligro - Dictionary 1
Review by Gary Hill
Take healthy helpings of King Crimson and Djam Karet.
Mooch - Stations of the Sun
Review by Gary Hill
I usually like Mooch albums a lot. I like this one, but not as much as I expected to like it.
Mr. Averell - Gridlock
Review by Gary Hill
The main man behind this project is René van Commenée.
The Mugshots - Love, Lust and Revenge
Review by Gary Hill
I would argue that some of Alice Cooper’s music leaned towards progressive rock. I’d also argue that this outfit are prog rock.
Mythos - Grand Prix
Review by Gary Hill
Fans of Kraftwerk will dig this album. It’s a reissue of the 1972 disc.
Nineteentwelve - Elegy
Review by Gary Hill
It should be noted here (for the sake of full disclosure) that Music Street Journal writer John Pierpoint plays bass in this band.
Omenopus - The Physician (CD Single)
Review by Gary Hill
There are two songs here. One of them is based on a television show, but I won’t spoil it before the track listing by naming that show.
Øresund Space Collective - Organic Earthly Flotation
Review by Gary Hill
This new album from Øresund Space Collective delivers.
Portnoy, Sheehan, MacAlpine and Sherinian - Live in Tokyo
Review by Gary Hill
When I got this disc I was really looking forward to it. I mean, with a list of names like that how could you go wrong?
The Prog Collective - Epilogue
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a cool set. The main man behind this is Billy Sherwood, and I always like the stuff he does.
Random Touch - Turbulent Flesh LP
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve had this LP sitting around for a while and never reviewed it before.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Plays Fleetwood Mac's Rumours
Review by Gary Hill
I’m putting this under progressive rock.
Shrunken Head Shop - Live in Germany
Review by Gary Hill
This live album is all about jamming.
Simak Dialog - Trance/Mission
Review by Gary Hill
So, this disc is arguably pure jazz.
Sloe Gin - A Matter of Time
Review by Gary Hill
I can see why some people might argue with putting this into progressive rock.
Sons of Hippies - Griffons at the Gates of Heaven
Review by Gary Hill
I like this disc a lot. It sits somewhere between space rock and psychedelia, but there are other elements, too.
State Urge - White Rock Experience
Review by Gary Hill
I love this album. In fact, it’s likely to make my “best of 2013” list.
Sting - The Last Ship
Review by Gary Hill
I really love this new album from Sting.
3rd Ear Experience - Boi
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a cool set. It’s definitely heavy.
Tolerance - When Time Stops
Review by Gary Hill
In a lot of ways this fits into a heavy metal or mainstream hard rock sound.
Tribute - Breaking Barriers
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of sounds on this is great.
Nik Turner - Space Gypsy
Review by Gary Hill
Nik Turner is probably best known as a former member of Hawkwind.
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.
Darryl Way - Ultra Violins
Review by Gary Hill
Is this progressive music? Yes. Is it progressive rock? I don’t know.
Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
Carcass - Surgical Steel
Review by Mike Korn
I can’t think of too many bands that had a hand in creating two different sub-genres of music, but England’s legendary Carcass is one.
Conquest - The War We Rage
Review by Gary Hill
Brutal metal that has a bit of a range makes up the sound here.
Dead White and Blue - Mary Jane
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve sort of gone back and forth on whether this album is metal or not.
Death Dealer - War Master
Review by Mike Korn
You can't get any more metal than Death Dealer.
In This Moment - Blood
Review by Kat Heitzman
Upon first listening to this CD, I thought, “Wow, this is all over the place.
Louna - Behind a Mask
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a cool album. It’s definitely along the lines of modern European epic metal.
Take Over and Destroy - Endless Night
Review by Mike Heitzman
Take Over and Destroy (TOAD) hails from Tempe, Arizona and has put together this really classic sounding release that has essences of both old school metal blended with newer European black metal.
Non-Prog CD Reviews
Arc and Stones - Arc and Stones
Review by Gary Hill
This EP from Arc and Stones shows some interesting variety.
The Association - The Association
Review by Gary Hill
I first got into the Association when I read that Jon Anderson and Chris Squire were both big fans when they were forming Yes.
The Blow Monkeys - Feels Like a New Morning
Review by Gary Hill
The Blow Monkeys got their start in the 1980s so it’s no surprise that their sound is tied to that era.
Blue Eyed Sun - Tidal Sound
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of sounds on this is cool.
Tommy Bolin - Whirlwind
Review by Gary Hill
Tommy Bolin is best known for his work with Deep Purple, James Gang and the Billy Cobham band.
The Boston Boys - Keep Me Satisfied
Review by Gary Hill
I really like the sound on this EP. It’s pretty unique.
Peter Bruntnell - Retrospective
Review by Gary Hill
This is a pretty good album made up of some very good songs with a few great ones.
Solomon Burke - Live at Montreux 2006
Review by Gary Hill
Gospel, soul, blues, jazz, and R&B are all combined here.
Circle - The Middle
Review by Gary Hill
I could almost see this landing in the progressive rock heading.
Billy Cobham - Compass Point
Review by Gary Hill
I was kind of expecting a fusion album here. I’d have to say that there are a few moments that land there, but overall this is more pure jazz.
The Como Brothers Band - Baby Steps
Review by Gary Hill
This is a great album. The music covers a pretty wide range, but overall falls into a general mainstream pop rock category.
Christopher Cross - A Night in Paris
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a classy package. Not only do you get a double CD set of the concert, but the DVD is included, as well.
Spencer Davis Group - Keep on Running: The Collection
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve always liked the Spencer Davis Group.
Doobie Brothers - Live at Wolf Trap
Review by Gary Hill
This live recording from the Doobie Brothers is quite strong.
The Fall - Re-Mit
Review by Gary Hill
I like The Fall. At least, I’ve liked everything I’ve heard from them.
Famous Underground - Famous Underground
Review by Gary Hill
I could see putting this one under the heavy metal banner.
Grand Old Grizzly - Grand Old Grizzly
Review by Gary Hill
This is Americana. That’s the best description.
The Great American Robber Barons - Reno Nevada & Other Songs Of Gambling Vice & Betrayal
Review by Gary Hill
This is an intriguing album. It has some pretty magical moments and then some others that don’t work quite as well.
Hawthorne Heights - Zero
Review by Gary Hill
This is sort of a concept album. When I say “sort of” perhaps it’s a full concept album and I’m missing some of the story.
It’s a Beautiful Day - Live at the Fillmore '68
Review by Gary Hill
I remember one song from these guys, “White Bird” that really rocked at the time.
The Jazz Crusaders - Give Peace a Chance
Review by Gary Hill
This is a remastered version of a classic from the Jazz Crusaders.
Kevin Jenkins - Step Inside
Review by Gary Hill
This album is pretty close to perfect. The blend of sounds here runs from rock to jazz to blues and more.
George Jones/Merle Haggard/Johnny Paycheck - Double Trouble / Taste of Yesterday's Wine
Review by Gary Hill
Here’s a cool release.
Jann Klose - Mosaic
Review by Gary Hill
I have to say the one thing that sells this disc more than anything is Jann Klose’s voice. He’s got a great voice and he knows how to use it.
Nikhil Korula - Solo Sessions
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a good disc. The music has a real Dave Matthews vibe a lot of the time.
Nathaniel Land - Make This World Our Own
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a strong album.
Mark Lassiter - Endlessly
Review by Gary Hill
This EP is very good. There isn’t a weak song here.
Chris Leigh - Broken Hearted Friends
Review by Gary Hill
There is a lot of old school country in the mix here.
Love Crushed Velvet - Delusions
Review by Gary Hill
I really love this EP. I’d like to hear more.
Ray Manzarek & Roy Rogers - Twisted Tales
Review by Gary Hill
Roy Rogers is a slide guitar expert and Ray Manzarek was the keyboard genius behind the Doors.
MonaLisa Twins - When We’re Together
Review by Gary Hill
So, if you liked a lot of the music of the 1960s, you will probably like this outfit.
Monks of Mellonwah - Afraid to Die
Review by Gary Hill
When I reviewed their previous EP in the last issue of Music Street Journal I remarked that I’d like to hear more from these guys.
Quicksilver Messenger Service - Live at the Old Mill Tavern
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new live recording from Quicksilver Messenger Service.
Jody Quine - Seven
Review by Gary Hill
I have to say that this isn’t the kind of music I listen to a lot.
Marty Robbins - The Legend / Come Back to Me
Review by Gary Hill
This is one of a new set of discs featuring two classic albums on one CD.
Secret Policeman’s Ball - Teenage Crimewave
Review by Gary Hill
This album seems to run between alternative rock, noisy sounds that wander between punk and shoe-gaze and progressive rock.
Slim Loris - Future Echoes and Past Replays
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a cool disc. It covers a wide range of musical territory and does it all quite effectively.
Sly & Robbie - Stepper Takes the Taxi
Review by Gary Hill
Some people really hate dub-step. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard it before.
Solveig and Stevie - Zombie Lover EP
Review by Gary Hill
This EP is classy.
Jeffery Michael Straker - Vagabond
Review by Gary Hill
I really like this set a lot. It combines modern sounds with older ones to create something that’s familiar and yet fresh.
Simon Thacker's Svara-Kanti - Rakshasa
Review by Gary Hill
For the most part, being pure world music, the sounds here are quite organic and rather sedate.
Tiebreaker - Nicotine (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill
When Tiebreakers’s last disc came out, I loved it.
Various Artists - Dutch Woodstock
Review by Gary Hill
This is the album (and DVD) of a concert held in Holland in 1970.
The Ventures - Walk Don’t Run
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve always been a big fan of The Ventures. By “always” I mean, since I was a little kid.
The Vibrators - Greatest Punk Hits
Review by Gary Hill
This collection of songs from The Vibrators is pretty cool.
Yard of Blondes - Murderology
Review by Gary Hill
I could almost see this landing under progressive rock. It’s great no matter what you call it.
DVD/Video Reviews
Duane Allman - Song Of The South: Duane Allman And The Rise Of The Allman Brothers DVD
Review by Gary Hill
This is very classy. Duane Allman died young, and really at the time when his career was truly starting to gel.
The Bee Gees - One Night Only Blu-Ray
Review by Diane Hill
The Bee Gees One Night Only starts out with "You Should Be Dancing," which is a number guaranteed to get you moving and prepare you for the music ahead. 
Solomon Burke - Live at Montreux 2006 DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve reviewed the audio CD version of this separately in this issue of Music Street Journal.
Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers - Circus Mexicus XX Live DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I had never heard of these guys before.
Electric Light Orchestra - Out of the Blue - Live at Wembley DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I know a lot of people have slagged on Electric Light Orchestra for being too polished and too pop oriented.
Bryan Ferry - Live In Lyon DVD
Review by Gary Hill
Say what you will about Bryan Ferry, but the man has always been a very artistic individual and a great performer.
Peter Gabriel - Live in Athens 1987 DVD
Review by Gary Hill
So, I’m going to go about this backwards. Normally I talk about the main course of a DVD release first and then look at the bonus stuff.
Iggy And The Stooges - Tribute to Ron Asheton DVD
Review by Gary Hill
This DVD captures a very special concert.
Level 42 - Live At London's Town & Country Club DVD
Review by Gary Hill
This 1992 concert really shows the amount of talent encompassed by the act called “Level 42.”
The Monochorme Set - M80 Concert DVD
Review by Gary Hill
What an interesting band this was. I have never heard of them before, but I love the blend of psychedlia, art rock and punk.
Santana & McLaughlin - Invitation to Illumination: Live at Montreux 2011 BluRay
Review by Gary Hill
I have to admit, I have never heard the album these two amazing musicians did together way back when.
Various Artists - Blowing Fuses Left & Right: The Legendary Detroit Rock Interviews DVD
Review by Gary Hill
Two very important bands to come out of Detroit were MC5 and Iggy and the Stooges.
Various Artists - Going Underground: McCartney, The Beatles And The UK Counter-culture DVD
Review by Gary Hill
The first thing I noticed watching this documentary is that the title is a little misleading.
Various Artists - In Heaven There Is No Beer DVD
Review by Gary Hill
“Scenes” have lifecycles.
Interviews
Ray Bennett
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Ray Bennett from 2013
Days Between Stations
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Days Between Stations from 2013
Death Dealer
Interview by Mike Korn

Interview with Sean Peck of Death Dealer from 2013

Flash
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Colin Carter of Flash from 2013
The Gabriel Construct
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Gabriel Lucas Riccio of the Gabriel Construct from 2013
Gandalf's Fist
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Gandalf’s Fist from 2013
Gunnelpumpers
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Gunnelpumpers from 2013
Liquid Casing
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Alvaro Rodriguez and Okikiolu Olufokunbi of Liquid Casing from 2013
Alan Morse
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Alan Morse from 2013
Tim Morse
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Tim Morse from 2013
Seconds Before Landing
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with John Crispino of Seconds Before Landing from 2013
Tolerance
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Tolerance from 2013
Darryl Way
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Darryl Way from 2013
Book Reviews
Yngwie Malmsteen - Relentless: The Memoir written by Yngwie J Malmsteen
Review by Greg Olma
There have been many things said and written about Yngwie Malmsteen, but here we get a book about what he says about himself. 
Ratt - Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll: My Life in Rock written by Stephen Pearcy
Review by Greg Olma
I’m sure many people don’t want to admit it, but they have a guilty pleasure and that is listening to Ratt.
Various Artists - Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal written by Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a cool book. It’s over 700 pages long, so it’s not a quick read.
 
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