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February 2016 - Issue 116
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
The Alea Dilemma - Within the Clamor of Voices
Review by Gary Hill
This album is pretty impressive. It runs along the lines of guitar driven progressive rock.
Gilad Atzmon & the Orient House Ensemble - The Whistle Blower
Review by Gary Hill
This disc is essentially fusion.
Bad Reed - Bad Reed
Review by Gary Hill
Perhaps this isn’t all progressive rock music.
The Blessed Beat - MIV
Review by Gary Hill
This is definitely progressive music.
Angela Burns - So That You Can Feel Better
Review by Gary Hill
You might argue with me putting this under the progressive rock heading. 
Dead Guitars - Shelter (vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve included this new vinyl release under progressive rock.
Downes Braide Association - Suburban Ghosts
Review by Gary Hill
This is the latest album from Downes Braide Association.
Electric Light Orchestra - A New World Record (Expanded Version)
Review by Gary Hill
I reviewed the standard version of this album previously.
The Keith Emerson Trio - The Keith Emerson Trio
Review by Gary Hill
Most people probably know of Keith Emerson for his work with The Nice and Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
Eyes of Blue - In Fields of Arduth
Review by Gary Hill
This is the reissue of an album from 1969. Perhaps it’s not progressive rock. It’s psychedelic and really very much proto prog, though.
Fido Plays Zappa - Dirty Brown (vinyl single)
Review by Gary Hill
This single is so cool.
Gideon King & City Blog - City Blog
Review by Gary Hill
So, maybe this isn’t progressive rock. It’s very much jazz influenced, though.
Hats off Gentlemen It’s Adequate - Invisible
Review by Gary Hill
This is unusual music, but then again, that’s an unusual name for a band.
Hedersleben - Hedersleben 3: The Fall of Chronopolis
Review by Gary Hill
This album is quite a ride. It’s more of less space rock start to finish, but there is a lot of room within that genre.
Innsmouth Gold - Ritual and Dream
Review by Gary Hill
Based on H.P. Lovecraft, this album is suitably creepy.
Andy Jackson - 73 Days at Sea
Review by Gary Hill
In a lot of ways, this album really is one long work, all interconnected.
Jon And Vangelis - I Hear You Now / I’ll Find My Way Home (7 inch vinyl single)
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve been going through some of my old vinyl and getting things reviewed.
Lake - Greatest Hits
Review by Gary Hill
So, this album might be mostly for collectors.
Greg Lake and Geoff Downes - Ride the Tiger
Review by Gary Hill
Apparently this album was recorded in the 80s, but has never before been released.
Le folli arie - Le folli arie
Review by Gary Hill
Le folli arie is an Italian band.
Ligro - Dictionary 3
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve reviewed a couple other albums from this outfit.
Magenta (Norway) - Songs for the Dead
Review by Gary Hill
First, this is not the band from the UK. This Magenta is based in Norway.
Mind the Journey - Color in the Gray Machine
Review by Gary Hill
I’m not sure if this really fits under “progressive rock.”
Mleo - Ridiculous (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill
I can see people arguing with this landing under progressive rock.
Mleo - Sunken City
Review by Gary Hill
This is such an intriguing set. Not everything here is progressive rock.
Pete Oxley Nicolas Meier - Chasing Tales
Review by Gary Hill
This is an all instrumental (except for some talk box) album.
The Perc Meets the Hidden Gentleman - The Fruits of Sin & Labor
Review by Gary Hill
I can definitely see people arguing with this getting set under progressive rock.
Joseph Sant - Sea White Salt
Review by Gary Hill
I can see people arguing with this getting placed under progressive rock.
Micha Schellhaas - Double Take
Review by Gary Hill
This album might not be progressive rock. Most of it is fusion, though.
Billy Sherwood - Collection
Review by Gary Hill
This new compilation album seems a great way to sample Billy Sherwood’s solo output.
Billy Sherwood - Divided by One
Review by Gary Hill
I like pretty much everything Billy Sherwood does.
The Skys - Journey through the Skies
Review by Gary Hill
I like this act a lot. There is a cool mix of sounds here.
Al Stewart - Modern Times
Review by Gary Hill
I know that Al Stewart has never considered himself progressive rock.
Al Stewart - Orange
Review by Gary Hill
As I’ve mentioned in my other reviews of his music, Al Stewart doesn’t believe that he’s prog rock.
Dave Sturt - Dreams & Absurdities
Review by Gary Hill
Dave Sturt is probably best known as a member of Gong and Bill Nelson’s band.
TheKI - TheKI
Review by Gary Hill
I am sure I’ll get an argument with some readers about putting this under progressive rock.
Three Wise Monkeys - Progetto Arte
Review by Gary Hill
I consider this album to be prog rock. I’m sure there are plenty of prog purists who will disagree, but honestly, I can’t see it fitting anywhere else.
Martin Turner - Written in the Stars
Review by Gary Hill
Martin Turner is best known for his work with Wishbone Ash.
Han Uil - Han – Lawless Local Heroes
Review by Gary Hill
This album has been released under the moniker of just “Han,” but since I previously reviewed one of Han Uil’s discs, I felt that I should include it under his full name.
Vowws - The Great Sun
Review by Gary Hill
I don’t know if this is progressive rock or not.
Yes - Close to the Edge – Hybrid SACD Special Edition
Review by Gary Hill
This is a review of the special edition audiophile release of Close to the Edge. This is a great limited edition, numbered CD release.
Yes - Owner of a Lonely Heart (7 inch Vinyl Single)
Review by Gary Hill
Going back and catching up on some vinyl releases, this one should be pretty easy to find online.
Yes - Progeny: Seven Shows from Seventy-Two
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new, massive box set from Yes. It includes seven complete concerts from 1972.
Yuka and Chronoship - The 3rd Planetary Chronicles
Review by Gary Hill
This is very much traditional progressive rock. Sure, there are some bits of world music, fusion and space rock here.
Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
Madame Mayhem - Now You Know
Review by Gary Hill
More or less a heavy metal album, this does have a lot of leanings toward AOR mainstream music.
Thor - Metal Avenger
Review by Gary Hill
The latest disc from Thor features a lot of exceptional guests.
Ureas - The Black Heart Album
Review by Gary Hill
This album is not for everyone. That’s for sure.
Vermillion Road - Palaces
Review by Gary Hill
This probably qualifies as heavy metal, but it’s more on the modern pop side of that equation.
Non-Prog CD Reviews
Aberrations - The Wild Life (colored vinyl release)
Review by Gary Hill
This high quality red vinyl edition is limited to 500 numbered copies, so get yours quickly.
Joel Ansett - The Nature of Us
Review by Gary Hill
This is basically pop music, if you need a short description.
Antique Scream - Two Bad Dudes
Review by Gary Hill
Although I wouldn’t call this set “great,” I’d say it’s pretty darned good.
Hannah Ayrault - Me Right Now
Review by Gary Hill
This is a pop styled album. It’s modern in texture, but still has a bit of a classic texture.
The Blue Dolphins - Come On!
Review by Gary Hill
I like this outfit quite a bit. Their music has a real timeless quality.
Pat Boone - R&B Duet Hits
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite an intriguing set. We get Pat Boone paired with a lot of different artists for classic R&B tunes.
Alice Cooper - Muscle of Love Hybrid SACD
Review by Gary Hill
I remember borrowing this on vinyl from a friend many years ago.
Cutting Crew - Add to Favourites
Review by Gary Hill
I remember Cutting Crew from their hey day.
Ian Danter - Second Time Around
Review by Gary Hill
This rocking disc lands in the neighborhood of 80s metal.
Delta Deep - Delta Deep
Review by Gary Hill
So, you’ve never heard of Delta Deep? There’s a really good chance you’ve heard of some of the people involved in the group.
The Tomas Doncker Band - The Mess We Made
Review by Gary Hill
This album is very much a message kind of release.
Ese - All In
Review by Gary Hill
The music on this disc is raw punk rock. It’s high energy, full of angst and very tasty.
David Essex - David Essex
Review by Gary Hill
This reissue of David Essex’ self-titled debut rather surprised me.
FADES - FADES
Review by Gary Hill
Overall, I like this act a lot. They have a great melodic vocal concept with some hard rocking sounds.
Amanda Grace - Trains, Cars and a Trip to Mars
Review by Gary Hill
This album is basically a “kid’s” album.
Andy Gunn - Bonar Bridge Sessions
Review by Gary Hill
Bluesy rock music is the concept here.
Hard Cider - Don’t Dwell on It
Review by Gary Hill
These guys have created an intriguing set here.
Rebecca Jade - Weather the Storm (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill
This new single has been released ahead of a new album.
John Jorgenson - Divertuoso
Review by Gary Hill
This three CD box set is expansive, both in terms of the amount of music and the scope of the sounds.
Matthew K - Matthew K
Review by Gary Hill
This is probably closest to something like Billy Joel.
Keez - Water Creatures
Review by Gary Hill
There is quite an unusual mix of sounds here.
Tom Killner - Hard Road
Review by Gary Hill
This is an album by a blues guitar player who has been building quite a reputation for himself.
Adam Levy - Naubinway
Review by Gary Hill
There is a very wide range of music on this album.
Chrystyna Marie - Loaded Gun
Review by Gary Hill
I absolutely love this EP. My only complaint is that I wish there was more of it.
Nathan Mathes - Anajune Rival
Review by Jason Hillenburg
Nathan Mathes, a Wisconsin based singer/songwriter with a handful of self-released collections to his credit, has released his latest effort, Anajune Rival.
Vinnie Moore - Aerial Visions
Review by Gary Hill
This instrumental set has a lot of blues edge to it.
Sarah Morris - Ordinary Things
Review by Gary Hill
The blend of sounds on here is quite cool.
My Politic - Anchor
Review by Gary Hill
There’s a big movement toward roots music right now. It’s not quite what you’d call “the thing,” but it’s certainly trendy.
William Night - Live from the Second Floor Part 1
Review by Gary Hill
This isn’t a live disc at all. That’s a bit confusing, but also kind of a cool little twist on the title scenario.
Claudia Norris - Shine
Review by Gary Hill
This four song EP is entertaining.
Josh Phillips - New Beginnings
Review by Gary Hill
This is generally in the vicinity of modern pop rock.
Plum - Light Years, Dark Years
Review by Gary Hill
This EP features some great psychedelic rock. .
Leroy Powell and the Messengers - The Overlords of the Cosmic Revelation
Review by Gary Hill
This album is extremely strong.
Charlee Remitz - Bright White Trims
Review by Gary Hill
With a wide range of sounds, this is modern pop music, but twisted in a very different way.
T.G. Sheppard - Legendary Friends & Country Duets
Review by Gary Hill
This album has a lot of great songs.
Spacebear - Straight for the Sun
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite an effective modern rock set. The only real problem is that taken as a whole album, it has a tendency toward feeling a bit monolithic.
The Stollers - Stationary Sun
Review by Gary Hill
This is an intriguing set. There is a real classic element at play, but they make a lot of wiggle room around that.
Temporary Hero - Chet
Review by Gary Hill
The vocals are the main thing here. In fact, there is a lot of acapella music on this album.
Narada Michael Walden - Evolution
Review by Gary Hill
I love the blend of jazz, soul that we get here.
Jim Wellman - Dawn to Dusk
Review by Gary Hill
Thematically, this is definitely music for thinking persons.
The Wild Waiting - Stay Gold
Review by Gary Hill
There are two songs here that make the whole thing worth having.
DVD/Video Reviews
Black Stone Cherry - Thank You: Livin Live Birmingham UK October 30 DVD/CD Set
Review by Gary Hill
If you dig Black Stone Cherry, you should love this set.
Ritchie Blackmore - The Ritchie Blackmore Story BluRay
Review by Gary Hill
A Ritchie Blackmore penned song, “Smoke on the Water” is arguably the most played rock song by guitarists learning to play rock guitar.
Eric Clapton - Slowhand at 70 - Live at The Royal Albert Hall DVD/CD set
Review by Gary Hill
This set was filmed during Eric Clapton’s 70th birthday tour.
The Jam - About the Young Idea DVD
Review by Gary Hill
For those like myself who were familiar with The Jam but never really dug deeply into their music and history, this is a particularly intriguing set.
Lady Antebellum - Wheels Up Tour BluRay
Review by Gary Hill
Lady Antebellum is a great act. They are part country and part pop rock.
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gone with the Wind DVD
Review by Gary Hill
This is basically an unauthorized biography as it includes only participation from three former members of Lynyrd Skynyrd (Bob Burns, Artimus Pyle and Ed King) along with some members of management and the record label staff.
Jaco Pastorius - Jaco the Film DVD
Review by Gary Hill
Jaco Pastorius is one of the most important bass players of all time. He’s certainly one of the most influential.
Rage Against the Machine - Live at Finsbury Park BluRay
Review by Gary Hill
Fans of Rage Against the Machine should find plenty to like about this new video release.
The Rolling Stones - From the Vault – Live in Leeds 1982 DVD/CD Set
Review by Gary Hill
This is such a cool set. For starters, it’s a great live performance. When you consider that this was actually filmed for broadcast at the time, that tells you the quality is good.
Rush - R40 Live DVD
Review by Greg Olma
This release was inevitable.  All the talk of “last tour” while never calling it a farewell tour made it a no-brainer to film what probably is Rush’s last tour.  
Scorpions - Forever and a Day DVD
Review by Gary Hill
The first thing to mention here, for those of us who are English speakers, this documentary is in The Scorpions’ native German.
Joe Strummer - I Need A Dodge: Joe Strummer on the Run
Review by Gary Hill
If you come into this expecting a typical rock documentary, you are likely to be disappointed. Yet, in some ways, this is really so much more.
Frank Zappa - Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention – The Lost Broadcast: The Full Performance DVD
Review by Gary Hill
In 1968 Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention filmed a band rehearsal at the Beat Club in Germany.
Interviews
The Aaron Clift Experiment
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Aaron Clift of The Aaron Clift Experiment from 2015
Downes Braide Association
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Chris Braide of Downes Braide Association from 2015
Le folli arie
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Le Folli Arie from 2016
Ovrfwrd
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Ovrfwrd from 2016
10 cc
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Kevin Godley from 2016
TheKI
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Roxie Sakura and Lucas Francis of TheKI from 2015
Book Reviews
Wishbone Ash - Eyes Wide Open: True Tales of a Wishbone Ash Warrior written by Andy Powell
Review by Gary Hill
To some degree, this book reminds me a bit of Bill Bruford’s recent autobiography/memoir.
 
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