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February 2018 - Issue 128
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
Helga Arvesten - Don't Speak (digital single)
Helga Arvesten - Lightning Strike (digital single)
Helga Arvesten - Naked (digital single)
Cairo (UK) - Say
Joe Deninzon - Joe Deninzon and Stratospheerius - Guilty of Innocence
Downes Braide Association - Skyscraper Souls
Keith Emerson - Emerson Plays Emerson
Fischer’s Flicker - Open 28 Hours
Focus - The Focus Family Album
Galapaghost - Pulse
Heaven & Earth - Hard to Kill
Dave Kerzner - Static
Sonja Kristina - Sonja Kristina: Anthology
Mabel Greer's Toyshop - The Secret
Melting Mergers - Melting Mergers
Native - Native Meets Lee Scratch Perry - Black Ark Showcase 1977
Nattefrost - Skaldic Themes (limited edition colored vinyl LP)
Bill Nelson - Dreamy Screens (Soundtracks from the Echo Observatory)
The Ed Palermo Big Band - The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren
Yvan Poisson - Blind Experiment
Rausch - Book II
Reflexson - It's Broken
Jordan Rudess - Jordan Rudess / Steve Horelick - InterSonic
Sarah Schonert - Penguin Party
Matt Siffert - Gallatin
Alan Simon - Excalibur IV: The Dark Age of the Dragon
Alan Simon - Songwriter
Sinoptik - Standalone Syndrome (digital single)
Snoozy Moon - Said the Squirrel
Vie Jester - All in Jest
John Wetton - Akustika: Live in Amerika / Akustika II: Return to Amerika
Wingfield - Reuter - Sirkis - Lighthouse
Joshua Worden - Cinders
Yes - Topographic Drama: Live Across America
Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
Alcatrazz - Breaking the Heart of the City: The Very Best of Alcatrazz
Graham Bonnet - Flying...Not Falling 1991-1999
Samson - Mr. Rock and Roll: Live 1981-2000
Superscream - The Engine Cries
Symetria - Symetria
The Tracy G Group - Tramp
WildeStarr - Beyond The Rain
Zeistencroix - Gemini
Non-Prog CD Reviews
Thomas Abban - A Sheik's Legacy
Acting Natural - Acting Natural
Amera - Amera
Luca Bash - Keys of Mine
Lindsay Bellows - Wake to Dream
Big Country - We're Not in Kansas (The Live Bootleg Box Set 1993-1998)
Black Bluebirds - Like Blood For Music
Blue Apollo - Circles (digital single)
Blue Apollo - Light-Footed Hours
J. Briozo - Deep in the Waves
Eliot Bronson - James
Ben Brookes - The Motor Car & The Weather Balloon
Johnny Cash - Greatest Hits: The Sun Record Years (half speed mastered vinyl LP)
Colvin - Nightmare
Philippe DeBarge with The Pretty Things - Rock St. Trop
Delta Deep - East Coast Live
The Droogs - Young Gun
Hope Dunbar - Three Black Crows
The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers - No Glory
Arthur Fowler - Here I Am Again
Peter Galperin - This Burning Sun
The Green Door - Wolf in the Fold
Zaine Griff - Collectors Premium
Geff Harrison - Collectors Premium
Glenn Hughes - Building the Machine 2CD Edition
Glenn Hughes - Songs in the Key of Rock 3 CD Edition
Joshua Ketchmark - Under Plastic Stars
Gilbert Lee - Magic through the Static
Sarah Morris - Hearts in Need of Repair
Chris Murphy - Water Under the Bridge
Meanr Mynr - The Sacrifice
Nocturnal Animals - Dark Lit Places
NYDTyson - If You're So Smart, Why Are You So Sad?
Otis - Eyes of the Sun
Perfect Defect - Perfect Defect
Joel Phil - Raise Up EP
Melissa Plett - Ghost Town
Psychocide - Alcohol & Bad Decisions
Andrew Reed - If All The World Were Right
Rejectionist Front - Evolve
Rhett Repko - Thnx For The Ride
J.W. Schuller - No Mud in Joyville
Seneko - True Dimension
Sky Orchid - Oculus
Billie Jo Spears - C'est La Vie
Gavin Sutherland - Wireless Connection
Undercover Rabbis - Andromeda
Uriah Heep - Raging Through the Silence: 20th Anniversary
Weathered Man - C-30 Duets Vol. 1
Wiccid - By Design
Yaysh - Daep (single)
Zaritza - Zaritza
DVD/Video Reviews
HR - Finding Joseph I: The HR From Bad Brains Documentary DVD
Rush - The Rise of Kings DVD
Tito & Tarantula - Live at Rockpalast DVD/CD Set
Various Artists - Free to Rock 2 Disc DVD Set
Frank Zappa - Summer '82: When Zappa Came To Sicily BluRay
Jon Anderson
Peter Banks Empire
Robert Berry
Charles Brown
California Guitar Trio
Clark Colborn
Alan Davey
Joe Deninzon
Terry Draper
Echo Us
Randy George
Pontus H.W. Gunve
Steve Hackett
David Hayes
Lana Lane
Tony Levin
Lochness Monster
Sacha Mullin
Erik Norlander
Jordan Rudess
Don Schiff
Billy Sherwood
Snoozy Moon
Spirits Burning
Spock's Beard
3rd Ear Experience
Book Reviews
Various Artists
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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 (for a single album - double albums are 80 and EPs of four tracks or less and singles are 20) and guarantee that a review will make the cut to be published in the next issue (as long as that issue is at least 19 days 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 16 days 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 $375 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 eight releases per issue (48 per year) essentially making those expedited reviews. We also offer a six month version for $275 (obviously that allows a max of 24 expedited reviews instead of 60) and $175 for one issue (two months).

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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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