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December 2016 - Issue 121
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
Agitation Free - Fragments
Agitation Free - Last
Agitation Free - Last, Fragments and Live '74
Agitation Free - Live 74
Autumnal Blossom - Spellbound
Carved Souls - Whispers
Colosseum - Colosseum Live
Marcus Corbett - Every Little Spirit
Cure for Gravity - Cure for Gravity
Dwiki Dharmawan - Pasar Klewer
Drop.Kick.Pop - Plastic Hallway
George Duke - Shine On: Anthology - Epic Years 1977-1984
DVR - California
Pablo Embon - Funky Side of the Road
Gong - Rejoice! I'm Dead!
Gravy Train - Second Birth
Half Past Four - Land of the Blind
Herbie Hancock - Sunlight & Feets Don't Fail Me Now
Hawklords - Fusion
Hawkwind - Hawklords - 25 Years On
Hawkwind - Quark Strangeness and Charm
Hawkwind - The Charisma Years 1976-1979
Hawkwind - The RCA Active Years - 1981-1982
Izz - Ampersand, Volume 2
Mike Keneally - Scambot 2
Von Konow - Cosmic (digital single)
Luna 13 - Dark Side of the Sun
Magnetic Ghost - Loss Molecules
Lee “Scratch” Perry - Must Be Free
Anthony Phillips - Private Parts & Pieces V-VIII
Anthony Phillips - Private Parts and Piece V: Twelve
Anthony Phillips - Private Parts and Piece VI: Ivory Moon
Anthony Phillips - Private Parts and Piece VII: Slow Waves, Soft Stars
Anthony Phillips - Private Parts and Pieces VIII: New England
Poor Genetic Material - Absence
Quiet World - The Road
Rogue Valley - Radiate Dissolve
Son of Man - Son of Man
Steamhammer - Mountains
3rd Ear Experience - Stones Of A Feather
Van der Graaf Generator - Do Not Disturb
La YnE - La Grande Illusion
Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
Alcatrazz - The Ultimate Fortress Rock Set
Thadeus Gonzalez - Thadeus Gonzalez
Queensrÿche - Rage for Order (Remastered and Expanded Edition)
Rudra - Enemy of Duality
Non-Prog CD Reviews
Adoration Destroyed - Ritual Damage
Gregg Kofi Brown - Rock N Roll and UFOs; The Gregg Kofi Brown Anthology
The Cavalry - Build Your Own Empire
Alex Di Leo - So We Go
Katie Ferrara - Dream Catcher
Gunhill - Nightheat / One Over the Eight
John Lee Hooker - The Modern, Chess & Veejay Singles Collection 1949-62
Matt Hurray - Unnecessary Commentary
Stefanie Keys - Open Road
Max Fite - Shake It On Down
Mazz XT - At the Brink of Eternity
Kenny Neal - I'll Be Home for Christmas
Neon Alley - Neon Alley
Phantom Phunk - Arboles Ossific
RedBelt - Beautiful Surround
Reid the Martian - Excuses Not To Sleep
Silverhead - 16 & Savaged
Silverhead - Micheal Des Barres and Silverhead - Live at the Rainbow London
Slaughter and the Dogs - Vicious
James Lee Stanley - Alive at Last: In Philadelphia
Telamor - Good Bad Love
Dave Vargo - Burning Through
Various Artists - Best of Rockpalast
Various Artists - Joey Stuckey Presents: Ladies of the South
Tammy Wynette - I Still Believe in Fairytales / Til I Can Make It On My Own
Jesse Colin Young - Song for Juli (Vinyl)
DVD/Video Reviews
Bryan Adams - Wembley Live 1996 DVD
Joe Bonamassa - Live At The Greek Theatre DVD
Drivin' N Cryin' - Scarred But Smarter (Life N Times of Drivin’ N Cryin’) DVD (2016 Edition)
The Everly Brothers - Harmonies from Heaven DVD
Eric Gales - Night on the Sunset Strip DVD/CD Set
Journey - Live in Manilla DVD/CD
Don McLean - Starry Starry Night DVD
Mötley Crüe - The End BluRay
Rainbow - Memories in Rock - Live in Germany DVD/CD
The Rolling Stones - Havana Moon BluRay/2CD
Santana - Santana IV - Live at the House of Blues Las Vegas DVD/CD Set
Dave Stewart and Spiritual Beggars - Live at Rock Palast DVD
The Tubes - Live At German Television: The Musikladen Concert 1981 DVD
Various Artists - All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records DVD
Cure for Gravity
Mike Keneally
Tony Levin
Concert Reviews
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NEW - Expedited Reviews

With a lot of music coming in for review, it can take a while for a release to get covered. Since half of every issue has to be progressive rock, that delay can be even longer for those items that don't fit that category. So, that prompted the addition of expedited reviews (something offered by a number of publications in one form or another). Expedited reviews cost 40 dollars and guarantee that a review will make the cut to be published in the next issue (as long as that issue is at least two weeks away). In addition, the usual requirement of physical review copies is waived, allowing artists to submit digital versions. It does not buy any kind of banner ad or other promotion at the site. Nor does it guarantee a positive review, but Music Street Journal doesn’t publish reviews that are more negative than positive. Please note that we also won't publish a review of an item that is offensive in terms of being derogatory to the point of being obnoxious toward one or more groups of people. We won't promote cyber bullying in that regard. We reserve the right to determine what the acceptable level is.

In other words, what this option does is allow artists to send a digital copy and make sure they get pushed to the front of the line for review. NOTE that this does not allow for reviews for streaming only review copies. However, for an additional charge of 30 dollars we will do an expedited review with streaming only materials. That's the ONLY circumstance where we accept streaming only review copies.

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The simple answer is we review any type of music - but there are a few caveats to that. It needs to be available to the public (there's no sense telling someone how great something is if they can't get it). It needs to be in the same form the public gets - that way we can review the same item. Since all our album reviews include a track by track section, that's particularly true. We need to like it. We don't do negative reviews for a couple reasons. First, no one goes out of his or her way to make a bad album. Just because we don't like it doesn't mean it wasn't a valiant effort. Secondly, and more importantly, we get hit with so much good stuff that we can't always get to it quickly. It just doesn't make sense to waste our time (and our readers' time) doing negative reviews when there is good stuff out there waiting to be reviewed.
Beyond that, we have a physical only requirement. That means it has to be a physical release to the public and we have to have a physical review copy (there are a couple exceptions to that rule - just keep reading). We no longer accept CDrs because we had some problems with some recent ones that became a lot of extra work. We do waive the "physical only" requirement in a couple of instances. First, we offer expedited reviews. Those cost 40 dollars for an album and 20 dollars for a single. With those we waive the physical only requirement and it guarantees the review will make the next issue (as long as it comes in with at least two weeks left until next issue - and sometimes we can fit them in with less time than that.) The expedited review is sometimes a really good idea for things that don't fit under progressive rock. That's because we started as a prog only publication and although we expanded from that, we still keep each issue half progressive rock in honor of the readers who have been with us from the start. That means that if something isn't prog it can take a couple issues before we can fit it in.
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Thanks for the month
Thanks for the issue: Baal Brain, Charles Brown, Stephan Kaske, Ron LeSaar, Dirk Jan Müller, Sepp Osley, Sohl Osley, Sean Peck, Paul Pott, Ben Riley,  Billy Sherwood,, Chipster PR, Cuneiform Records, The End Records, Glass Onyon PR, InsideOut America, Jensen Communications, Kayos Productions, Magna Carta Records, Mazur PR, Nuclear Blast, Papago Records, Sony, SPV, Think Tank Media,Tinderbox Music, Virgin Records, WRIC Media, Bret Adams, Jeff Albright, Kymm Britton, Amanda Cagan, Kevin Chiaramonte, Joel Craig, Kim Davis, Dave at Earsplit PR, Andrew Demarest,  Damon Eames, Jon Freeman, Bobbie Gale, Dustin Goldfarb, Mike Greenblatt, Neil Greenwood, Chris Hacker, Dan Hanley, Samantha Haycock, Meghan Helsel, Matthew Ingham, Billy James, Mark James, Just Johnny of Rock The Hungry, Tziona Katz, Carol Kaye, Lauren Kirkland, Agnieszka Kulpiska of Metal Mind Productions (Poland), Lise Blackford, Brenda Bradley, Amanda Charney, Ryan Dawson, John Lappen, Anne Leighton, Melissa Levine, Bari Lieberman, Christine Mackie, Cary Mansfield, Michael Mazur, James Moore, Brian Roche, Chip Ruggieri, Steve Ryan, Amy Sciarretto, Alex Steininger of In Music We Trust, Susan Stewart, TJ Tauriello, Monte Von Struck, Stephanie Watanabe, Clint Weiler, Ben Williams, Drew Willis, Jonathan Wolfson, John Pierpoint, Ed Unitsky and Greg Johnson.

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