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October 2014 - Issue 108
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe - Brother of Mine / Vultures in the City (vinyl single)
Asmodeus X - The Bright Ones
The Bevis Frond - Miasma
Dewa Budjana - and Jimmy Johnson & Vinnie Colaiuta - Surya Namaskar (Vinyl)
Buggles - Adventures in Modern Recording (12 inch single) (Vinyl)
Clocks and Clouds - Aliantha (digital single)
Clocks and Clouds - The Creation of Matter
Dream Theater - Dream Theater
Echo Us - II:XII A Priori Memoriae
Electric Light Orchestra - Eldorado
Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Keith Emerson and Greg Lake - Live from Manticore Hall
The Flock - Heaven Bound: The Lost Album
Flying Colors - Second Nature
Freedom - Freedom (Vinyl)
Froskull - Froskull
The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra - Zombie Mouth
Gandalf's Fist - A Forest of Fey
Garden Music Project - Inspired by Syd Barrett’s Artwork
Genesis - We Can’t Dance
Gentle Giant - Gentle Giant
Guru Freakout! - Mothership
Hedersleben - Die Neuen Welten
Steve Hillage - Live at the Rainbow 1977
Jack O’ the Clock - Night Loops
Jethro Tull - Catfish Rising
Kansas - In the Spirit of Things
King Crimson - Thrak
Le Mur - In Tenebris (Vinyl)
Dean Madonia - Shadow to Shadow Dean Madonia's Frankenstein
Marbin - The Third Set
Marillion - A Sunday Night Above the Rain
Marillion - This Strange Engine
Modest Midget - Crysis
MoeTar - Entropy of the Century
The Moody Blues - Blue World 12 inch single (Vinyl)
Moraine - Groundswell
Neal Morse - Songs from November
Oceans of Night - Midnight Rising
Alan Parsons - Vulture Culture
Pink Floyd - A Saucerful of Secrets
Reanimation - Under the Last Tree on Earth
Renaissance - Prologue
Guido Umberto Sacco - Music for Dodos
Saga - Sagacity
Storm Chronicles - Looking Backward
Brian Tarquin - & Heavy Friends – Guitars for Wounded Warriors
3rd Ear Experience - Incredible Good Fortune
Tribute - Live! - The Melody, The Beat, The Heart
Vajra - Blind (Blood Remix) (Digital Single)
Rick Wakeman - Fields of Green (Remastered Edition)
Rick Wakeman - In the Nick of Time: Live in 2003 (Remastered Edition)
Yes - Wonderous Stories: The Best of Yes
Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
Electric Wizard - Time to Die
Evil United - Honored by Fire
Metal Pistol - Magnum Force
Overkill - White Devil Armory
Red Tide Rising - The Rising
Non-Prog CD Reviews
Amusium - French Fries and Caviar
Monique Angele - Monique Angele
Animal Hands - Roaring Girle (CD Single)
Better than Ezra - Surprise
Black State Highway - Black State Highway
Albert Bouchard - Incantation
The Boy from the Crowd - Revelator (Digital Single)
Phillip Brandon - Phillip Brandon
Cactus - An Evening in Tokyo
Cimino - Angels & Animals
Clark Colborn - Ones And Zeros
Creation Mind - The Crimson Sun
Peppino D'Agostino - Penumbra
Electric Prunes - WaS
Enuff Z'nuff - Covered in Gold
Farah - Neoteric
Bonne Finken - Fairytales / Loveaffairs
Chris Fury - From Darkness
Katie Garibaldi - Follow Your Heart
The Glass Child - I Must Be Gone and Live, or Stay and Die
Goodnight Tonight - Watch the Rain
Matt Hannah - Let the Lonely Fade
The Healing - Childhood Home
Hearts of Oak - New England
Hollywood Monsters - Big Trouble
I Am Giant - Science & Survival
Kicklighter - The Fascinating Thinking Machine
Leonino - Naked Tunes
Lost Dog Found - Dine on Danger
Barbara Lusch - Rock Me Sweet
Paul Maged - Diamonds and Demons
Nehedar - The Warming House
Joe Olnick - Up All Night
Lucky Peterson - I’m Back Again
Tom Petty - Hypnotic Eye
Qvalia - This is the Color of My Dreams
Rival Empire - Rival Empire
Roses and Revolutions - Roses and Revolutions
The 69 Cats - Transylvanian Tapes
The Slang - The Slang
Swampboots - Space and Time / Pickup on 95th Street
Terraplane - Black and White – Expanded Edition
Third World - Under the Magic Sun
Various Artists - A Blues Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival
Various Artists - Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited
The Voices of Terror - The Rock Rap Dynasty
DVD/Video Reviews
Ian Anderson - Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson Thick as a Brick Live in Iceland DVD
Randy Bachman - Vinyl Tap Tour: Every Song Tells a Story DVD
Devo - The Men Who Make the Music DVD
Paradise 9 - Live At Onboard the Craft Festival DVD
The Pee Wee Blues Gang - Live At Rockpalast DVD
Queen - Live at the Rainbow 74 BluRay
Albert Bouchard
The Aaron Clift Experiment
Concert Reviews
Deep Purple
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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, making it likely at least one reviewer will like the disc. In addition, artists can request a specific writer (although dependent on that writer’s scheduling it might still get passed to someone else). 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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Please note that while we do our best to get to each and every item we get sent, there is no guarantee of coverage (and especially of coverage within any time frame) except for expedited reviews. Also, with the Supreme Level Sponsorship expedited reviews, it's still possible that an item won't get covered. That happens in the rare instance where we can't do a positive review of the item because we don't do negative reviews.

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Supreme Level Sponsorship is now $275 per year. This includes six banner ad rotation slots and we'll post your press releases and event dates, you just email them to us and we'll post them for you - within a week (up to six per week) Please note, press releases will be published without hyperlinks and must be sent specifically marked for publication. . Also, we waive the "physical only" requirement for review copies for Supreme Level Sponsors for up to ten releases per issue (60 per year) essentially making those expedited reviews. We also offer a six month version for $175 (obviously that allows a max of 30 expedited review instead of 60).

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Thanks for the month
Thanks for the issue: Kyle Brower, Terry Draper, Edouard Durocher, Randy George, Tommy James, Percy Jones, Bob Lord, Dan Miller, Matt Penco, Caroline Schneider, Ben Talmi, Alessandro Valle, 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,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, 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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