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February 2015 - Issue 116
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
The Alea Dilemma - Within the Clamor of Voices
Gilad Atzmon & the Orient House Ensemble - The Whistle Blower
Bad Reed - Bad Reed
The Blessed Beat - MIV
Angela Burns - So That You Can Feel Better
Dead Guitars - Shelter (vinyl)
Downes Braide Association - Suburban Ghosts
Electric Light Orchestra - A New World Record (Expanded Version)
The Keith Emerson Trio - The Keith Emerson Trio
Eyes of Blue - In Fields of Arduth
Fido Plays Zappa - Dirty Brown (vinyl single)
Gideon King & City Blog - City Blog
Hats off Gentlemen It’s Adequate - Invisible
Hedersleben - Hedersleben 3: The Fall of Chronopolis
Innsmouth Gold - Ritual and Dream
Andy Jackson - 73 Days at Sea
Jon And Vangelis - I Hear You Now / I’ll Find My Way Home (7 inch vinyl single)
Lake - Greatest Hits
Greg Lake and Geoff Downes - Ride the Tiger
Le folli arie - Le folli arie
Ligro - Dictionary 3
Magenta (Norway) - Songs for the Dead
Mind the Journey - Color in the Gray Machine
Mleo - Ridiculous (digital single)
Mleo - Sunken City
Pete Oxley Nicolas Meier - Chasing Tales
The Perc Meets the Hidden Gentleman - The Fruits of Sin & Labor
Joseph Sant - Sea White Salt
Micha Schellhaas - Double Take
Billy Sherwood - Collection
Billy Sherwood - Divided by One
The Skys - Journey through the Skies
Al Stewart - Modern Times
Al Stewart - Orange
Dave Sturt - Dreams & Absurdities
TheKI - TheKI
Three Wise Monkeys - Progetto Arte
Martin Turner - Written in the Stars
Han Uil - Han – Lawless Local Heroes
Vowws - The Great Sun
Yes - Close to the Edge – Hybrid SACD Special Edition
Yes - Owner of a Lonely Heart (7 inch Vinyl Single)
Yes - Progeny: Seven Shows from Seventy-Two
Yuka and Chronoship - The 3rd Planetary Chronicles
Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
Madame Mayhem - Now You Know
Thor - Metal Avenger
Ureas - The Black Heart Album
Vermillion Road - Palaces
Non-Prog CD Reviews
Aberrations - The Wild Life (colored vinyl release)
Joel Ansett - The Nature of Us
Antique Scream - Two Bad Dudes
Hannah Ayrault - Me Right Now
The Blue Dolphins - Come On!
Pat Boone - R&B Duet Hits
Alice Cooper - Muscle of Love Hybrid SACD
Cutting Crew - Add to Favourites
Ian Danter - Second Time Around
Delta Deep - Delta Deep
The Tomas Doncker Band - The Mess We Made
Ese - All In
David Essex - David Essex
FADES - FADES
Amanda Grace - Trains, Cars and a Trip to Mars
Andy Gunn - Bonar Bridge Sessions
Hard Cider - Don’t Dwell on It
Rebecca Jade - Weather the Storm (digital single)
John Jorgenson - Divertuoso
Matthew K - Matthew K
Keez - Water Creatures
Tom Killner - Hard Road
Adam Levy - Naubinway
Chrystyna Marie - Loaded Gun
Nathan Mathes - Anajune Rival
Vinnie Moore - Aerial Visions
Sarah Morris - Ordinary Things
My Politic - Anchor
William Night - Live from the Second Floor Part 1
Claudia Norris - Shine
Josh Phillips - New Beginnings
Plum - Light Years, Dark Years
Leroy Powell and the Messengers - The Overlords of the Cosmic Revelation
Charlee Remitz - Bright White Trims
T.G. Sheppard - Legendary Friends & Country Duets
Spacebear - Straight for the Sun
The Stollers - Stationary Sun
Temporary Hero - Chet
Narada Michael Walden - Evolution
Jim Wellman - Dawn to Dusk
The Wild Waiting - Stay Gold
DVD/Video Reviews
Black Stone Cherry - Thank You: Livin Live Birmingham UK October 30 DVD/CD Set
Ritchie Blackmore - The Ritchie Blackmore Story BluRay
Eric Clapton - Slowhand at 70 - Live at The Royal Albert Hall DVD/CD set
The Jam - About the Young Idea DVD
Lady Antebellum - Wheels Up Tour BluRay
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gone with the Wind DVD
Jaco Pastorius - Jaco the Film DVD
Rage Against the Machine - Live at Finsbury Park BluRay
The Rolling Stones - From the Vault – Live in Leeds 1982 DVD/CD Set
Rush - R40 Live DVD
Scorpions - Forever and a Day DVD
Joe Strummer - I Need A Dodge: Joe Strummer on the Run
Frank Zappa - Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention – The Lost Broadcast: The Full Performance DVD
Interviews
The Aaron Clift Experiment
Downes Braide Association
Le folli arie
Ovrfwrd
10 cc
TheKI
Book Reviews
Wishbone Ash
 
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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 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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