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December 2014 - Issue 109
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
Leon Alvarado - 2014 Music from an Expanded Universe
Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe - Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe Brother of Mine / Vultures in the City CD single
Jon Anderson - and Matt Malley – The Family Circle (digital single)
Anyone's Daughter - Adonis (Vinyl)
Asia - Go / After the War Vinyl Single
Bike Thief - Stuck in a Dream
Cea Serin - The Vibrant Sound of Bliss and Decay
Direct Divide - Abduction (Digital Single)
Dreadnaught - High Heat & Chin Music
Dream Theater - Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Electric Light Orchestra - Face the Music
Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Trilogy
Antoine Fafard - Ad Perpetuum
Firebird - Bonds of Life
Fractal Control - Disconnection Equals Freedom
Genesis - The Platinum Collection
Gentle Giant - Live at the Bicentennial 1776-1976
Gong - I See You
Heliopolis - City of the Sun
Hugh Hopper - Volume 1: Memories
Hugh Hopper - Volume Two: Franglo Band
Steve Hunter - Tone Poems Live
Jack Jeffery - Enlightened Horizon
Kansas - Always Never the Same
King Crimson - In the Wake of Poseidon
The Levin Brothers - The Levin Brothers
Lunatic Soul - Walking on a Flashlight Beam
Lunatic Soul - Walking on a Flashlight Beam Special Edition
The Mercury Tree - Countenance
The Merlin Bird - Chapter and Verse
The Moody Blues - On the Threshold of a Dream
My Education / Theta Naught Sound Mass - Sound Mass II: Spiritual Docking
Øresund Space Collective - Music for Pogonologists
The Oxford Coma - Morphine EP
Frederico Parra - Descending
Alan Parsons - Project – I Robot
Pink Floyd - Obscured by Clouds
Pink Floyd - The Endless River
Renaissance - Azure d'Or
Paul Roland - Professor Moriarty’s Juke Box
Space Invaders - and Nik Turner – Sonic Noise Opera
Space Invaders - Invasion on Planet Z
ST 37 - I’m Not Good
Kasim Sulton - 3
Theraphosa - Hung like Mussolini
Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Christmas Attic (vinyl)
Various Artists - Smooth Jazz Café
Cyrille Verdeaux Pascal Menetrey - Tribal Hybrid Concept
Frank Zappa - Hot Rats
Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
Atkins / May Project - Empire of Destruction
Dog Fashion Disco - Sweet Nothings
Pineal - Smiling Cult
Rigor Mortis - Slaves to the Grave
Non-Prog CD Reviews
Bryan Adams - Tracks of My Years
Amatus - Broken Compass
Aubergine MACHINE - Sundown (digital single)
George Benson - Breezin' (Hybrid Multichannel SACD)
Black 47 - Last Call
Black 47 - Rise Up
Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper, Steven Stills - Super Session (Hybrid Multichannel SACD)
Victoria Blythe - Silver Flyer
The Call - A Tribute to Michael Been
Popa Chubby - I'm Feelin' Lucky - The Blues According To Popa Chubby
Cock Robin - After Here through Midland: Expanded Edition
Cosby - Heartracer (digital single)
Michael Cullen - True Believer
Bill Curreri - Son of an American Dream
Dave Davies - Rippin’ Up Time
Miles Davis - The Miles Davis Quintet - All of You: The Last Tour, 1960 Box Set
Deep Purple - Graz 1975
D. Edward - Love Is
The Great Escape - The Great Escape
Corey Harris - Fulton Blues
Jeff Healey - Band – Live at the Horseshoe Tavern
Christina Holmes - Peace, Love and C. Holmes
Darrin James - Bombs Away / Covert Mission Anthem (digital single)
Tyson Leslie - Train Wrecks, Havoc & Heartbreak
The Living Sisters - Harmony is Real: Songs for a Happy Holiday
Manilow - Cease and Desist
Jason Masi - Power of a Woman
Joey Molland - Demo’s Old and New
Joey Molland - Joe Molland – This Way Up
Gary Moore - Live at Bush Hall 2007
My Son the Bum - Follow Me Like Me (feat. Brian Kroll)
New Model Army - Between Wine and Blood
Night Club - Black Leather Heart
Ooggz - Welcome to Neptune
Tyler Porch Band - Only the Sky Knows
Red Zone Rider - Red Zone Rider
The Shack Band - America
Neal Smith - Killsmith and the Greenfire Empire
James Lee Stanley - The Apocaloptimist
Status Quo - The Frantic Four's Final Fling - Live at Dublin 02 Arena
Syre & Fresko - Gonna See Miracles
32 Below - Every Little Thing about You
The Thompson Twins - Remixes & Rarities: Collection of Classic 12
Tiebreaker - We Come from the Mountains
Various Artists - Folk City: The Various Artists Compilation Album
Various Artists - Psych Out Christmas
Vinyl Floor - Vaudeville
Wendy?! - Notebook
Zephyr - Zephyr
DVD/Video Reviews
Alabama - & Friends - At the Ryman
Deep Purple - with Orchestra - Live in Verona
The Doors - Feast of Friends BluRay
Drivin' N Cryin' - Scarred But Smarter (Life N Times of Drivin’ N Cryin’) DVD
Genesis - Three Sides Live BluRay
The Rolling Stones - From the Vault: Hampton Coliseum Live in 1981 DVD
The Rolling Stones - From the Vault: LA Forum Live in 1975 DVD
Johnny Thunders - Looking For Johnny: The Legend of Johnny Thunders DVD
Yes - Songs from Tsongas 35th Anniversary Concert BluRay
Interviews
Jeff Berlin
Clocks and Clouds
The Flock
Froskull
Heliopolis
Jack O’ the Clock
Dave Kilminster
MoeTar
Rigor Mortis
Brian Tarquin
Concert Reviews
Flying Colors
Book Reviews
Jim Peterik
 
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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. 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 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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