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February 2014 - Issue 104
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
Asia - Don’t Cry – 12-inch Single (Vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
For years Music Street Journal avoided covering items that were out of print.
Brand X - Is There Anything About?
Review by Gary Hill
I like this album a lot. It seems to be more diverse than some of the rest of Brand X’s catalog.
Brand X - Live at the Roxy LA
Review by Gary Hill
This is a newly reissued live album from Brand X.
Brand X - Missing Period (Reissue)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new edition of this Brand X album.
Alan Davey - Al Chemicals Lysergic Orchestra Volume 2
Review by Gary Hill
This new set from Alan Davey is supposed to focus on the trippy side of music.
diNMachine - Dance to Reason
Review by Gary Hill
Apparently this act is considered some type of dance music.
Geoffrey Downes - New Dance Orchestra – Electronica
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite an intriguing set.
Dreadnaught - Have a Drink with Dreadnaught
Review by Gary Hill
I reviewed an earlier disc by this outfit and liked it a lot.
Dream the Electric Sleep - Heretics
Review by Gary Hill
Already a contender for best album of 2014, this is a series of mini-suites with the first two songs grouped together and then the next and so on, until the last three that make the longest suite of the bunch.
Electric Soul - Second Paradise
Review by Gary Hill
Sounds ranging from psychedelic rock to King Crimson, The Doors and even metal are mixed together on this set.
Keith Emerson - Honky
Review by Gary Hill
This album from Keith Emerson was recorded in the Bahamas.
Mick Farren and Andy Colquhoun - Black Vinyl Dress
Review by Gary Hill
Let’s just say, right off the bat, not all of this is really progressive rock.
Gumshen - Progtronica
Review by Gary Hill
This is progressive rock. It’s not the progressive rock of the 1970s, though.
Hawklords - Dream
Review by Gary Hill
Hawklords is made up of some great musicians, several of whom have been in Hawkwind in the past.
Imagery - The Inner Journey
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of sounds on this is quite cool.
Percy Jones - Cape Catastrophe
Review by Gary Hill
Percy Jones is probably best known as the bass player for Brand X.
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.
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.
Mahogany Head Grenade - Return to the Point of Departure
Review by Gary Hill
Each track here, taken by itself, is quite good.
Pandora - Alibi Filosofico
Review by Gary Hill
I really loved the last album these guys released.
The Plum Magnetic - Terra Animata
Review by Gary Hill
This is modern progressive rock.
Jean-Luc Ponty - Imaginary Voyage
Review by Gary Hill
This is a rather unusual album for Jean-Luc Ponty.
Sky Architect - A Billion Years of Solitude
Review by Gary Hill
If I’d heard this disc in 2013 (the year it was released) it might have made my best of list for the year.
Soniq Theater - Heroes of the Past
Review by Gary Hill
There are a few things you can count on with Soniq Theater.
True Nature - You Shouldn't Have To Shout So Loud
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve placed this one in the progressive rock section of Music Street Journal.
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.
Yes - Leave It – 12-inch Single (Vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
Although this is out of print, I’ve decided to review it at Music Street Journal.
Yes - Owner of a Lonely Heart – 12-inch Single (Vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
It used to be that at Music Street Journal we didn’t cover things that were out of print.
Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
Europe - Live at Sweden Rock
Review by Gary Hill
I reviewed the DVD of this in the last issue of Music Street Journal.
Halestorm - Reanimate 2.0: The Covers EP
Review by Scott Prinzing
With only six songs coming in at just under half an hour, this is still one rewarding EP.
Satan's Host - Virgin Sails
Review by Mike Korn
"Black metal" is a term of nebulous meaning that is usually applied to any dark and Satanically-themed metal band.
Non-Prog CD Reviews
Big Sexy Noise - Collision Course/Trust the Witch
Review by Gary Hill
This is an interesting double disc set. One third of this band is Lydia Lunch, and anyone who knows anything about her will have an idea of what this is about.
Chuckie Campbell - More Die of Heartbreak
Review by Gary Hill
I have to say that I like a lot of hip hop. I do have some problems with some of the stuff out there, though.
The ConSoulTant - New Year, New You. (Digital Single)
Review by Gary Hill
The groove here is energetic. The vocal hook is catchy.
Deep Purple - Live at NEC 1993
Review by Gary Hill
Deep Purple has a lot of jam band built into the musical picture.
Deep Purple - Live in Stuttgart 1993
Review by Gary Hill
I can’t recommend this live recording enough.
The Michael Des Barre Band - Hot N’ Sticky Live
Review by Gary Hill
I like Michael Des Barres.
Ferris and the Wheels - Hollow
Review by Gary Hill
Classic rock blends with punk and even more modern sounds on this EP.
Gun Club Cemetery - Gun Club Cemetery
Review by Gary Hill
In a lot of ways this feels like it could have been released in the early 1970s.
Heidi Howe - Be Good
Review by Gary Hill
I suppose country music would be a pretty easy way to describe this.
Intimate Dream - Wonderful Thing EP
Review by Gary Hill
These guys have a pretty cool blend of classic rock, punk, alternative rock and more.
Lakefield - Swan Songs
Review by Gary Hill
This thing is almost modern progressive rock.
Pete Macleod - Rolling Stone
Review by Gary Hill
Looking just to the album proper, this is nearly perfect.
Monks of Mellonwah - Turn the People
Review by Gary Hill
These guys have done a very smart thing.
Bobbie Morrone - Best I Can Be EP
Review by Gary Hill
This EP is quite cool. I really wish there was more music here.
Kelly Padrick - Dear Love
Review by Gary Hill
Although Kelly Padrick is originally from Rhode Island, she’s relocated to New York City. 
Tess Parks - Blood Hot
Review by Gary Hill
When this works, it really works.
The Pee Wee Blues Gang - Playing Funky - the Lost Album
Review by Gary Hill
Given the name of the group, I expected a lot more blues. That said, this is not a disappointment.
Michael Schenker - Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock - Bridge The Gap
Review by Mike Korn
I have a shocking confession to make. I have never really been a huge Michael Schenker fanuntil now.
Manfred Schoof Quintet - The Munich Recordings 1966
Review by Gary Hill
This jazz album is pretty cool.
Various Artists - Love, Poetry and Revolution: A Journey through the British Psychedelic and Underground Scenes 1966-72
Review by Gary Hill
This is a massive set. It’s also quite an interesting one.
Various Artists - Rockin’ Legends Pay Tribute to Jack White
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve never been a huge fan of The White Stripes or Jack White in general.
Alex Von Z - Implicate Order EP / Life’s Addiction EP
Review by Gary Hill
This set features two EPs from Alex Von Z released on one disc.
DVD/Video Reviews
Black Lips - Kids Like You & Me DVD
Review by Gary Hill
Sometimes life brings some serious synchronicity. 
The Doors - R-Evolution BluRay
Review by Gary Hill
This is an intriguing collection of Doors rarities.
Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow: Black Masquerade DVD
Review by Greg Olma
This release has been on the bootleg market since 1995. I remember seeing it on video tape and being blown away at how good this version of Rainbow was in a live setting.
Cliff Richard - Still Reelin’ and a-Rockin’ – Live in Sydney. DVD
Review by Gary Hill
You can say what you want about Cliff Richard, but he’s still at it after all these years.
Rush - Clockwork Angels Tour DVD
Review by Greg Olma
Rush no longer belong only to the die-hard prog fans.
George Thorogood and the Destroyers - Live At Montreux 2013 DVD
Review by Gary Hill
George Thorogood rocks. There’s no argument to be made there.
Vangelis - Vangelis and the Journey to Ithaka DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I don’t think I can pile enough praise onto this DVD.
Various Artists - 83 US Festival: Days 1-3 DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I wanted this to be a lot better than it is.
Interviews
Adrian Benavides
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Adrian Benavides from 2013
Gadi Caplan
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Gadi Caplan from 2014
Half Past Four
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Half Past Four from 2014
Hawklords
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with the Hawklords from 2014
Ian Narcisi
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Ian Narcisi from 2013
Michael Schenker
Interview by Mike Korn
Interview with Michael Schenker from 2014
Derek Sherinian
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Derek Sherinian from 2013
Book Reviews
Kiss - Nothin’ To Lose: The Making Of Kiss (1972-1975) written by Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Ken Sharp
Review by Greg Olma
There have been many books released about the band Kiss.
 
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