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June 2014 - Issue 106
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
Accolade - Legends (Vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
The easiest comparison here is to Renaissance.
Michael Barry-Rec - Continuum
Review by Gary Hill
I’m sure some will argue with this landing under progressive rock.
John Bassett - Unearth
Review by Gary Hill
John Bassett is from the band KingBathmat and I love that group.
Gustavo De Beauville - Volume 1
Review by Gary Hill
While some might disagree with putting this under progressive rock, I just don’t see where else it fits.
Dewa Budjana - and Jimmy Johnson & Vinnie Colaiuta - Surya Namaskar
Review by Gary Hill
This is a purely instrumental disc.
Peter Calandra - Inner Circle
Review by Gary Hill
As I did with Calandra’s last disc, I’m putting this under “progressive rock.”
Clearlight - Impressionist Symphony
Review by Gary Hill
This album is kind of a combination of classical music, progressive rock and space rock, along with some fusion.
Clark Colborn - Frank Made Me Do It
Review by Jason Hillenburg
Clark Colborn's latest release, Frank Made Me Do It, is ostensibly a loving homage to legendary composer and musician Frank Zappa, but is really much more.
Copernicus - Immediate Eternity II
Review by Gary Hill
This album was released before in a very limited run.
Dark Model - Dark Model
Review by Gary Hill
This disc really surprised me. It’s not exactly my kind of music.
Delusion Squared - The Final Delusion
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a strong release. The blend of sounds that Delusion Squared creates is familiar, but they way they combine things is unique.
The Devine Xperience - The Devine Xperience
Review by Gary Hill
Is this progressive rock? Well, it’s sure not rock. But, if something like Kraftwerk fits under progressive rock, then so does this.
Terry Draper - When the World Was Young
Review by Gary Hill
Fans of Klaatu will want to pick this up pronto.
Druckfarben - Second Sound
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve reviewed the first album from these guys.
Kev Ellis - Space Cadet
Review by Gary Hill
If you like space rock in general and Hawkwind in particular, you are sure to love this disc.
Eluusif - Hey Ya (Digital Single)
Review by Gary Hill
Here’s one that might not exactly fit under progressive rock, but it’s close enough to a lot of the electronic prog out there to fit in my book.
Focus - Hocus Pocus: The Best of Focus
Review by Gary Hill
Focus is probably known mostly for the one song “Hocus Pocus.”
Gong - Angel’s Egg
Review by Gary Hill
This is an unusual, but entertaining disc.
Keef Hartley Band - Live At Aachen Open Air Festival 1970
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve never heard these guys before, but based on this performance, what an amazing band they were.
Henry Cow - Western Culture
Review by Gary Hill
I’ll admit it; I’m not the biggest fan of Rock In Opposition.
Intelligent Music Project II - My Kind O’ Lovin’
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a diverse set, covering things from jazz to hard rock, progressive rock and more.
Jakko M. Jakszyk - Waves Sweep the Sand
Review by Jason Hillenburg
With the looming debut of a new King Crimson incarnation including Jakko M. Jakszyk on lead vocals and sharing guitar duties with Robert Fripp, the time is right for a review of Jakszyk's stellar solo offerings. 
Jethro Tull - Live at Hammersmith ’84
Review by Scott Prinzing
Originally recorded live on September 9 for broadcast on the BBC Radio One on December 27, 1984, this CD wasn’t released until 1990. 
Mangoseed - Basquiat
Review by Gary Hill
I’m guessing plenty of people will argue with me putting this under the progressive rock heading.
Brian May and Kerry Ellis - Acoustic by Candlelight
Review by Gary Hill
Brian May is, of course, best known for his work as the guitarist in Queen.
The Move - Live at the Fillmore 1969
Review by Gary Hill
This is a cool live album. It’s got the Fillmore performance plus several songs from a different show and a short interview with Bev Bevan.
Nattefrost - Different Stages (Vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
Nattefrost is one guy, Bjorn Jeppesen.
Necromonkey - A Glimpse of Possible Endings
Review by Gary Hill
This is some pretty intriguing stuff.
Neomythics - More Protection
Review by Gary Hill
This is one of those albums where I’m sure people will disagree with it landing under progressive rock.
Mike Oldfield - Songs of Distant Earth
Review by Gary Hill
This album is apparently based on an Arthur C. Clarke book.
Marcelo Paganini - 2012 Space Traffic Jam
Review by Gary Hill
First, I want to talk about the packaging here.
Pray for Brain - None of the Above
Review by Gary Hill
Is this progressive rock? Maybe it’s not.
Xavi Reija - Resolution
Review by Gary Hill
When one looks at the line up here (Xavi Reija on drums, Dusan Jevtovic on guitar and Bernat Hernandez on bass), it would be easy to assume this is a jazz trio.
Rocket Scientists - Supernatural Highway
Review by Gary Hill
Rocket Scientists don’t release music as often as I wish they would.
RPWL - Wanted
Review by Gary Hill
In general you just can’t go wrong with RPWL.
Hendrik Schapel, Bertram Engel, Eddie McGrogan - One or Zero – The Lost Album
Review by Gary Hill
This album dates back to 1981.
Erik Scott - And the Earth Bleeds
Review by Gary Hill
Erik Scott is probably best known for his work with Alice Cooper.
Sea Level - On the Edge
Review by Gary Hill
This 1978 album from Sea Level is a great set.
Soft Machine - Virtually
Review by Gary Hill
This album features a live recording from 1971.
Sontaag - Sontaag
Review by Gary Hill
This is a great album. It’s not the kind of thing that hits you over the head, though.
Styx - Paradise Theater (Limited Edition Hybrid SACD version)
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve previously reviewed the original version of this album. This rendition is a new reissue that’s a high audio quality version.
Supertramp - Crisis? What Crisis?
Review by Gary Hill
This album might not have the huge hits that some of the other Supertramp albums do.
Sylvian/Fripp - Damage
Review by Jason Hillenburg
Robert Fripp's collaborations in the late 1980s and early 1990s with David Sylvian, in retrospect, clearly laid the groundwork for King Crimson's album Thrak.
Syndone - Odysseas
Review by Gary Hill
If you only like music with lyrics in English, you will want to sit this one out. However, that will be a big mistake.
Tohpati - Tribal Dance
Review by Gary Hill
You really can’t go wrong with Tohpati.
Tuval Cain - Forging the Future
Review by Gary Hill
This is an Israeli progressive rock band.
Various Artists - Son of Kraut – The Next Generation of Kraut Rock
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a strong set. I’d say that pretty much everything here lands in progressive rock, but some is closer to psychedelic than others are.
Vie Jester - Cognisense EP
Review by Gary Hill
I know I’m going to hear it over this one.
Weather Report - Black Market
Review by Gary Hill
This was a transition album for Weather Report as they were moving more into electronic territory.
Damian Wilde - Nouveau Noir
Review by Gary Hill
This might not be the tightest fit under progressive rock.
Xanima - Prototype: Homo Sapiens
Review by Gary Hill
The sound of this act is unique.
Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
Annihilator - Feast (Deluxe Three Disc Version)
Review by Gary Hill
This is an amazing set.
From Hell - Ascent from Hell
Review by Gary Hill
This is extreme metal. I’d also make the argument that it is classical music.
Gamma Ray - Empire of the Undead
Review by Mike Korn
Germany’s Gamma Ray are one of the most dependable metal bands in the world.
Judas Priest - Turbo
Review by Gary Hill
When this album first came out, it almost seemed like a slap in the face.
Non-Prog CD Reviews
Simon Adams - Simon Adams
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a tasty set. It’s not Earth-shattering or particularly original or innovative.
Aubergine MACHINE - Hostage (Digital Single)
Review by Gary Hill
This single is from a duo of Ian Carey and Shanti Ellis. The mix of sounds here is quite intriguing.
Beverly Girl - Feather and Dust
Review by Gary Hill
Fans of 1980s music will like this.
Books on Fate - Myth of Trust (single)
Review by Gary Hill
Books on Fate might sound like the name of a band and the music might sound like it’s created by a band, but that’s not true.
Bossiie - Tjovitjo
Review by Gary Hill
I like this EP. It’s hip hop, but it’s also unique.
Jack Bruce - Silver Rails
Review by Gary Hill
When you are Jack Bruce, it’s a safe bet you can get your pick of musicians who want to play with you.
The Butterfield Blues Band - East West (Limited Edition Hybrid SACD version)
Review by Gary Hill
This 1960s release is getting the audiophile treatment and what an album this is.
Eric Clapton - Behind the Sun (Limited Edition Hybrid SACD version)
Review by Gary Hill
This CD is one of the latest in a series of audiophile discs coming out.
Fast Eddie Clarke - Make My Day – Back to Blues
Review by Gary Hill
Fast Eddie Clarke is probably best known for his stint in Motorhead and his work with Fastway.
Judy Collins - Live in Ireland
Review by Gary Hill
Judy Collins may not be considered “cool” these days.
Craving Strange - A Life Exceptional
Review by Gary Hill
These guys hail from Amityville, New York. They have an intriguing blend of sounds.
Deep Purple - Live in California 74
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve always been a big fan of the Burn album.
Mike Delledera Band - Wakeupsidedowntown
Review by Gary Hill
Jam band would be one way to describe this band.
Direct Divide - Bridges
Review by Gary Hill
I very nearly put this one in heavy metal. A lot of it lands in the epic metal category.
EdTang and the Chops - EdTang and the Chops EP
Review by Gary Hill
Roots rock and Americana are the basic styles represented here.
Don Felder - Road to Forever: Extended Edition
Review by Gary Hill
This new reissue of Don Felder’s latest release has four extra songs.
Furious Jones - Bread and Circuses
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite an unusual set.
Gasmilk - 2 of Us
Review by Gary Hill
Gasmilk is one guy - Brian Lee White.
Go Robot, Go - Good Vibes in Fashion Wear
Review by Gary Hill
These guys have a sound that incorporates a lot of different things.
Godhead - The Shadow Realigned
Review by Gary Hill
What we’ve got here is a set of remixes all by different producers and one new song and two covers.
Gypsy Lumberjacks - Pulling Upon the Strap
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a cool release.
Joel Havea - Strings and Wood EP
Review by Gary Hill
An acoustic guitar driven set, this brings me back to the early 1970s where soft rock, folky music and singer songwriter stylings dominated a lot of the radio dial.
Heart - Magazine (Limited Edition Hybrid SACD version)
Review by Gary Hill
Magazine was an unusual album. It was originally released without the band’s permission.
Juliette Jules - Black Crow EP
Review by Gary Hill
Everything on this EP is mellow.
Lovesick Saints - Dia De Los Muertos
Review by Gary Hill
Punk or emo is probably the best description of this, but there are a lot of other elements at play.
John Mayall - and the Bluesbreakers – Stories/Road Dogs/In the Palace of the King
Review by Gary Hill
This three CD set is a great value and allows fans to get three killer John Mayall albums in one place.
Keith Allan Mitchell - This Clumsy World
Review by Gary Hill
This is a good album with some moments that are much better than that.
Peter, Paul and Mary - Peter, Paul and Mary (Limited Edition Hybrid SACD version)
Review by Gary Hill
I can’t remember a time when the music of Peter Paul and Mary was not a part of the world.
The Raskins - The Raskins
Review by Gary Hill
One could almost say that The Raskins are a gimmick band.
Ready Never - Eleutherophobia
Review by Gary Hill
This set is essentially electronic dance music, but there is a decent range to it beyond that.
Julian Rhine - No God Flow (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill
There is a sung, piano based movement that opens this.
Cinco Santos - Duplicidad
Review by Gary Hill
I like this set a lot. The quickest explanation for the type of music within would be to call it “Latin music.”
Sevendust - Time Travelers & Bonfires
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new acoustic album from Sevendust.
She Bears - We Will Be Fossils
Review by Gary Hill
What an intriguing set this is. It’s cut from the alternative/college rock cloth.
The Sours - The Sours
Review by Gary Hill
This is a cool album. It’s more or less folk music, but there is quite a bit of range within that concept.
Tachyon - Teleportation
Review by Gary Hill
I like this a lot. Not everything is perfect, but everything has definite positive qualities.
Matt Townsend and the Wonder of the World - Matt Townsend and the Wonder of the World
Review by Gary Hill
This album feels like it could have been released in the 1960s.
Joe Tripp and the Hops - Six Songs
Review by Gary Hill
I don’t know if the EP title is an example of over-stating the obvious or truth in advertising.
Various Artists - Spirit of Sireena Volume 8
Review by Gary Hill
The one thing binding all these songs together is the fact that they were released on Sireena Records.
War Poets - American Police State
Review by Gary Hill
This is a very diverse set. At times it comes into a melodic rock sound.
DVD/Video Reviews
Dio - Live In London Hammersmith Apollo 1993 DVD
Review by Gary Hill
This is an awesome DVD capturing an awesome live show.
Grant Hart - Every Everything: The Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I was never a huge fan of Hüsker Dü.
Brian May and Kerry Ellis - The Candelight Concerts Live At Montreux 2013 DVD
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite an impressive set. The centerpiece here is a video of the recent concert at Montreux.
Lou Reed - Classic Albums: Transformer & Live At Montreux 2000 BluRay
Review by Gary Hill
I reviewed one of the BluRays in this series in the last issue of Music Street Journal.
Toto - 35th Anniversary Toto Live in Poland DVD
Review by Gary Hill
Toto has quite a few live DVDs out.
Various Artists - Punk in Africa DVD
Review by Gary Hill
This is a pretty amazing documentary. I just couldn’t stop watching.
Suzanne Vega - Live: Solitude Standing DVD
Review by Gary Hill
As far as I’m concerned there is something really magical about the music of Suzanne Vega.
Interviews
Accolade
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Accolade from 2014
Druckfarben
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Ed Bernard of Druckfarben from 2014
Concert Reviews
Primal Fear - Live in Joliet, Illinois, May 2014
Review by Mike and Kat Heitzman

We felt pretty privileged to have Primal Fear travel all the way from Germany to honor us with their righteous metal.

Geoff Tate - Geoff Tate's Queensr├┐che Live in Rockford, Illinois May 2014
Review by Eric Meli

Well I was never much of a Queensrÿche fan. That was true until the starting intro played and Geoff Tate and band came out on and rocked the stage.

The Winery Dogs - Live in St. Charles, Illinois, March 2014
Review by Greg Olma
The words “Super Group” are thrown around a lot but very often these bands consist of only members of other popular groups.
 
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