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April 2014 - Issue 105
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
Abarico Loop Project - Abarico Loop Project
Review by Gary Hill
The main person in this project is Alessandro Valle.
Ian Anderson - Homo Erraticus
Review by Gary Hill
I know it’s still early days in terms of the year 2014, but I’d say it’s a safe bet this disc will make my “best of” list for the year.
Jon Anderson - Animation
Review by Gary Hill
I bought this on vinyl when it first came out. Since the onset of the CD era this has been in and out of print for a while. This is the first time I’ve owned it on CD.
Jon Anderson - Olias of Sunhillow (Limited Edition Hybrid SACD version)
Review by Gary Hill
I reviewed the original release of this album before, and the songs are unchanged here.
Art Decade - Art Decade
Review by Gary Hill
This is such a great disc. The blend of modern and classic prog sounds with a more pop oriented element is so effective.
Blunda - Messages
Review by Gary Hill
This is great stuff. It’s basically a one man creation, that man being Andy Blunda.
Eddie Brnabic & the Cosmic Fellowship - Subtle Realms
Review by Gary Hill
This isn’t the easiest thing in the world to classify.
Susan Clynes - Life Is
Review by Gary Hill
Is this definitely progressive rock? No. The rock element is often missing here.
Patrick Cornelius - Bass Violin
Review by Gary Hill
This is a pretty fascinating set. It’s textural and atmospheric, but there is melody here.
Justin DiFebbo - Turn Out the Light, Turn on the Stereo
Review by Gary Hill
This is really a masterpiece. The mix of sounds here is classic and modern. 
Djam Karet - Regenerator 3017
Review by Gary Hill
The one thing you can always count on with Djam Karet is quality.
Geoffrey Downes - and the New Dance Orchestra – The Light Program
Review by Gary Hill
This album was Geoffrey Downes first foray down the New Dance Orchestra trail.
Terry Draper - Stranded
Review by Gary Hill
Terry Draper is probably best known as part of Klaatu.
Galahad - Seize the Day
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve pretty much enjoyed everything I’ve heard from Galahad over the years, so it’s no surprise I like this a lot.
Global Unified - Global Unified
Review by Gary Hill
Not everything here is progressive rock, but the majority of it is. It’s often similar to Rush or Pink Floyd. Hawkwind and other elements show up, too.
Roger Glover - Mask
Review by Gary Hill
Mask has just gotten reissued.
Tom Griesgraber and Bert Lams - Unnamed Lands
Review by Gary Hill
What an interesting collaboration this is.
Hawkwind - Back on the Streets / The Dream of Isis single (vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
The old rule at Music Street Journal was that we didn’t review out of print items.
Hawkwind - Prometheus (Single)
Review by Gary Hill
When I got this single in line for review, I didn’t realize that I’ve already reviewed both songs from it on the original album, Blood of the Earth.
Hawkwind - Zarazinia 12 inch Single (Vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
For a long time we didn’t do reviews of out of print items at Music Street Journal.
Il Rumore Bianco - Mediocrazia
Review by Gary Hill
This short release (four tracks, roughly half an hour) is quite strong.
Kbit - Un Boombox Symphonique
Review by Gary Hill
This is definitely not progressive rock. It is, however progressive music.
Klaatu - Sir Army Suit (Reissue with Bonus DVD)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a reissue of Klaatu’s third disc. It’s not just a reissue, though.
Machine Mass - Inti
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite an interesting album, but it’s not for everyone.
Omenopus - The Archives
Review by Gary Hill
I have to say that I’ve liked everything from Omenopus. One thing remains constant with them (other than some personnel) and that’s change.
Pilgrim Speakeasy - Lo-Fi Love at the Park Café
Review by Gary Hill
There’s one thing that’s always easy about a Pilgrim Speakeasy album.
Reacta - Refraction
Review by Gary Hill
I’m sure there are those who will quibble with this landing in progressive rock.
The Reformation - Fatal Expectation
Review by Gary Hill
I like this album quite a bit. These guys are pretty amazing musicians and the range of sounds is pretty impressive.
Reinventing Jude - Shoulder Season
Review by Gary Hill
Perhaps this isn’t the most obvious choice to land in progressive rock.
Reinventing Jude - Sundial Soliloquy
Review by Gary Hill
This is definitely not progressive rock in the traditional sense.
Derek Sherinian - Black Utopia
Review by Gary Hill
This album is just getting reissued.
Derek Sherinian - Molecular Heinosity (Reissue)
Review by Gary Hill
This is part of a new series of reissues of Derek Sherinian albums.
Derek Sherinian - Mythology
Review by Gary Hill
This Derek Sherinian disc is just getting the reissue treatment.
Matt Sorum’s Fierce Joy - Stratosphere
Review by Gary Hill
Let’s just start this by saying, I don’t think anyone would have expected this album from Matt Sorum.
The Spaces Between - Let’s Leave It at This for Now
Review by Gary Hill
Certainly fans of Yes and specifically Jon Anderson will be drawn to this disc.
Spoke of Shadows - Spoke of Shadows
Review by Gary Hill
This set is a powerful one.
Andy Summers - Synaesthesia
Review by Gary Hill

Although he’s probably best known for his work with the Police,

Various Artists - Possible Worlds Vol. 2
Review by Gary Hill
This collection is pretty strange.
Sean Wayland - Barrenjoey
Review by Gary Hill
The music here works between jazzy rock, pure fusion and a couple of other styles.
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.
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.
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.
Wishbone Ash - Blue Horizon
Review by Jason Hillenburg
Never believe anyone who says, "It's just music.”
Ras Xix - Ras Xix
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve included this under progressive rock.
Yes - America (single) (Vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
Lately I’ve been breaking our old rule at Music Street Journal.
Yes - Don’t Kill the Whale (Single) (Vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
Our old rule at Music Street Journal was, if it’s out of print, we don’t review it.
Yes - It Can Happen (Single) Vinyl
Review by Gary Hill
Lately we’ve been moving away from our long-held rule that in order to reviewed an item had to be in print.
Yes - Rhythm of Love (Maxi Single) (Vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
The old rule at Music Street Journal was that we didn’t cover items that weren’t in print.
Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
Halcion Halo - Wild Heart
Review by Gary Hill
Is it heavy metal? Maybe, but then again maybe it’s not.
Judas Priest - Defenders of the Faith
Review by Gary Hill
In an attempt to catch up on some older releases we’ve never reviewed before, I decided to turn my attention to this oldie from Judas Priest.
Metallica - Master of Puppets
Review by Greg Olma
The year was 1986.  Although thrash metal was already a few years old, Metallica really brought it into the mainstream with Master of Puppets. 
Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime (Vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve had this audiophile reissue of Queensryche’s classic disc for a while.
Non-Prog CD Reviews
Animal Hands - Animal Hands EP
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve read over the list of this band’s influences on their website and I just don’t hear that matching the music they create.
Auburn - Nashville
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of sounds here ranges from jazz and folk to country and rock and roll with some pop music thrown in. The vocals are very artsy.
Michal Bandac & Morning Glory - Monte Carlo Music & Salon Songs
Review by Gary Hill
This double disc set is unusual.
Carry Illinois - Siren
Review by Gary Hill
Those who follow Music Street Journal regularly will probably know that I’ve got a soft-spot for music that combines seemingly disparate musical styles into something fresh and new.
Cheetah Chrome - Solo
Review by Gary Hill
I think when it comes to punk rock bands that the Dead Boys were my favorite.
Colorstone - Steam
Review by Gary Hill
These guys do such a great job of combining old school hard rock, power pop and metallic sounds and merging them into a modern and accessible sound.
Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies (Limited Edition Hybrid SACD version)
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve always loved this album. It’s one of the “band” albums from Alice Cooper.
Alice Cooper - The Last Temptation (20th Anniversary Edition)
Review by Gary Hill
So, I’ve already reviewed this album in an earlier release. 
Alice Cooper - Trash (Reissue)
Review by Gary Hill
I remember when this album first came out, I wasn’t really very impressed by it.
Drunksouls - Just Before Chaos
Review by Gary Hill
This is a compilation album from a group described as a French reggae outfit.
Walter Egan - Myth America
Review by Gary Hill
This album is a mix of mellower tunes and more rocking ones.
Richard Tyler Epperson - Hourglass
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a satisfying release. Overall it lands somewhere in the mellow pop rock style of artists like John Mayer.
Fankhauser Cassidy Band - On the Blue Road
Review by Gary Hill
This band should be great just based on the fact that it features surf guitar legend Merrell Fankhauser and Ed Cassidy of Spirit fame.
Fire and the Romance - Way Down Below (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new digital single from Fire and the Romance and the style of music here is both modern and retro.
Carl Franklin - Been a While
Review by Gary Hill
Had I heard this disc in 2013 (the year it was released) it might very well have made my “best of the year” list.
The Great Socio - Find the Time
Review by Gary Hill
I don’t know how to categorize this music. I do know that it rocks.
Kathleen Haskard - Where the Land Meets the Sky
Review by Gary Hill
This is a very unique and very effective disc.
Head East - Raise a Little Hell
Review by Gary Hill
There was a time in the 1970s when these guys represented classic rock at its finest. Of course, in those days we just called it “rock.”
Tommy James - 40 Years: The Complete Singles Collection (1966-2006)
Review by Gary Hill
This is sure a great compilation. Tommy James has had plenty of hit singles over the years, and they are all included here.
Tommy James - Greatest Hits: Live
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve liked Tommy James for as long as I can remember. I’ve yet to see him live, but this disc makes me feel a bit like I have.
Tommy James - Hi-Fi
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new reissue of a Tommy James album from 1990. James’ performances are great.
Juliane Jones - The Space between the Telephone Lines
Review by Gary Hill
This is an unusual release. It’s hard to classify.
Jacob Latham - Midnight Train
Review by Gary Hill
I love this set. My only complaint is that I wish there were more here.
Carrington MacDuffie - Only an Angel
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite an intriguing EP. It’s very much set in an Americana style with the predominating sounds here based on country music.
 
Missing Persons - Missing in Action
Review by Gary Hill
I always liked Missing Persons.
Joey Molland - Return to Memphis
Review by Gary Hill
Joey Molland’s greatest claim to fame is arguably his tenure as the guitarist in Badfinger. 
MonaLisa Twins - Play Beatles and More
Review by Gary Hill
I like MonaLisa Twins a lot. So, I was looking forward to this set of covers.
Motörhead - 1916
Review by Gary Hill
This might not be an obvious choice, but for me 1916 is one of the better Motorhead albums.
Motörhead - March Ör Die
Review by Gary Hill
This is a reissue of the 1992 album.
No Carrier - Confession EP
Review by Gary Hill
This is an electronic music EP and most of it is quite strong.
The Oak Ridge Boys - Boys Night Out
Review by Gary Hill
While he doesn’t sing a lot of the leads, for my money Richard Sterban is the most distinctive thing about the sound of the Oak Ridge Boys.
Scoti*Slate - Good Fight
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite an interesting set.
Jeremy Spencer - Coventry Blue
Review by Gary Hill
The latest by Jeremy Spencer, this is a bit of mixed bag.
Jonathan Sprout - American Heroes 4
Review by Gary Hill
It can sometimes be a daunting task to review children’s albums.
Supersuckers - Get the Hell
Review by Gary Hill
Who knew that anger could be so much fun?
Pat Travers - Hot Shot
Review by Gary Hill
You kind of know what you are going to get when you put on a Pat Travers CD.
Various Artists - A Psych Tribute to the Doors
Review by Gary Hill
Doing a psychedelic compilation of Doors songs seems an obvious choice.
Various Artists - Deer Lodge: A Tribute to George Jones
Review by Gary Hill
This tribute album features George Jones (RIP) songs recorded by a number of Pacific Northwest artists.
Various Artists - Reggae Kulcha Volume 1
Review by Gary Hill
One might think from the title of this compilation that you’d know everything there is to know about it.
Vestibule - Requiem
Review by Scott Prinzing
Vestibule is a unique band with an unusual lineup that creates a distinct sound. 
Barry White - Can’t Get Enough (Vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
It’s actually a cliché, Barry White’s music is all about romance and seduction. The truth is, it’s well earned.
The Winery Dogs - The Winery Dogs
Review by Gary Hill
When I heard the lineup on this, I assumed it would be a progressive rock release.
DVD/Video Reviews
Eric Clapton - The 1970s Review DVD
Review by Gary Hill
In some ways the 1970s were Eric Clapton’s most productive, at least in terms of his solo career.
Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young - Fifty by Four: Half a Century of CSNY DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve always been a fan of Crosby, Stills and Nash, but I’ve also especially liked the stuff they’ve done with Neil Young.
Devo - The Complete Truth About De-evolution DVD
Review by Gary Hill
This DVD is a transfer from an old video disc release.
D.O.A. - To Hell N Back DVD
Review by Gary Hill
First off, this includes the band’s latest CD We Come in Peace as a bonus disc.
Joni Mitchell - Woman of Heart & Mind/Painting with Words & Music BluRay
Review by Gary Hill
There are essentially two main advantages BluRay has over DVD.
Carl Palmer - Decade: 10th Anniversary Celebrating the Music of Emerson Lake & Palmer DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I have to say that I truly respect Carl Palmer’s vision.
Lou Reed - Tribute DVD Set
Review by Gary Hill
I guess one could question the motivations and concept here. I mean, Lou Reed died and now this company is repackaging a number of their Reed related DVDs into a three disc box set as a tribute to him.
Shania Twain - Shania: The Discovery of Eilleen Twain DVD
Review by Gary Hill
This new DVD/CD definitely has its selling points.
Various Artists - Live at Wacken 2012 DVD
Review by Gary Hill
Whenever I see one of these sets – they have the Wacken Festival every year and always release it for video later – I am amazed at the range of sounds presented.
The Who - Sensation - The Story of The Who's Tommy DVD
Review by Gary Hill
Until seeing this I didn’t realize that Tommy was the Who’s breakout album.
Interviews
Abarico Loop Project
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Alessandro Valle of Abarico Loop Project from 2014
Art Decade
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Ben Talmi of Art Decade from 2014
Dreadnaught
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Bob Lord of Dreadnaught from 2014
Electric Soul
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Edouard Durocher of Electric Soul from 2014
Percy Jones
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Percy Jones from 2014
The Reformation
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with The Reformation from 2014
Wishbone Ash
Interview by Jason Hillenburg

Interview with Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash from 2014

Concert Reviews
Transatlantic - Live in St. Charles, Illinois, February 2014
Review by Josh Turner

Transatlantic covered all the albums and spread their material evenly throughout the night.

Book Reviews
Tommy James - Me, the Mob, and the Music: One Helluva Ride with Tommy James & The Shondells written by Tommy James with Martin Fitzpatrick
Review by Gary Hill
This is one heck of a book. It’s got a lot in it. First off, it’s a great read.
 
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