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June 2016 - Issue 118
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
Paul Adams - Imaginings
Daevid Allen Weird Quartet - Elevenses
Badger - One Live Badger
Tony Banks - The Fugitive: Two Disc Hardback Deluxe Expanded Edition
Barclay James Harvest - Caught in the Light
Barclay James Harvest - Welcome to the Show
Big Dust - Big Dust
Fred Colombo - The Road
Sam Coulson - Electric Classical
Crashride - Crashride
Ben Craven - Last Chance to Hear
Cross & Quinn - Cold Sky Blue
Dada - Dada
Justin DiFebbo - Skin and Bones
Dave Edmunds - On Guitar...Dave Edmunds – Rags & Classics
Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Pictures at an Exhibition
The Enid - Something Wicked This Way Comes: Live at Claret Hall Farm & Stonehenge 1984
Epitaph - Fire from the Soul
The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra - Earth Lift
Genre Peak - Your Sleekest Engine
Elizabeth Geyer - The Bridge
Todd Grubbs - As the Worm Turns
Vasil Hadzimanov Band - Featuring David Binney – Alive
Hats off Gentlemen It’s Adequate - When the Kill Code Fails
Hawkwind - The Machine Stops
Herd of Instinct - Manifestation
John Lee’s Barclay James Harvest - Legacy-Live at Shepherds Bush 2006
Ciro Manna - XY
Ry Mohon - Not Like the Bread
Mythos - Jules Verne – Around the World in 80 Days
Ian Narcisi - The Story of Blue: The Journey
Robert Nix - Once in a Blue Moon
Øresund Space Collective - Ode to a Black Hole
Tony Patterson - Equations of Meaning
Pearly Clouds - Pearly Clouds
Anthony Phillips - Sides: Deluxe Boxset Edition
Anthony Phillips - Wise After the Event: Deluxe Edition
Post Death Soundtrack - The Unlearning Curve
Principal Edwards - Round One
The Raptor Trail - New World
Remain in Silence - ..and the soul goes on
Lee Ritenour - Rit & Rit 2
Paul Roland - In the Opium Den: Early Recordings 1980-87
Todd Rundgren - and Utopia - Live at the Old Waldorf San Francisco - August 1978 (Deluxe Edition)
Todd Rundgren - Live at the Forum: London 1994
Sanguine Hum - What We Ask Is Where We Begin: Songs for Days Sessions
Savoldelli – Casarano – Bardoscia - The Great Jazz Gig In The Sky
The Security Project - Live 1
Hans Spitzen - Fingerprints
Tangerine Dream - The Official Bootleg Series, Vol. 1: Reims Cathedral, December 1974 & Mozartsaal, Mannheim October 1976
Tangerine Dream - The Official Bootleg Series: Volume Two: Palais des Congres, Paris March 1978 & Palast der Republik, East Berlin, January 1980
Chris Thompson - Jukebox – The Ultimate Collection
Tomita - Pictures at an Exhibition
Totemic - Falling
Tribute - Terra Incognita
Jartse Tuominen - Untold Stories
Uriah Heep - Totally Driven
Rick Wakeman - Starship Trooper
Darryl Way - Myths Legends & Tales
John Wetton - Live Via Satellite
Zhongyu - Zhongyu is Chinese for Finally
Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
Conquest - Under the Influence
The Giraffes - Usury
Queensrÿche - Condition Human
Scarlet Anger - Freak Show
Non-Prog CD Reviews
Anti-Nowhere League - The Cage
B-Movie - Climate of Fear
Joe Bouchard - The Power of Music
C. C. - In the Moment
Paul Carrack - Soul Shadows
Tom Carter - Look Around
Cheap Trick - Bang, Zoom, Crazy...Hello
Karen Choi - Through Our Veins
Popa Chubby - Big, Bad & Beautiful Live
Coffin Daggers - Aggravatin' Rhythms
Fats Domino - Thrillin’ in Philly: Live 1973
Joe Egan - Out of Nowhere (Vinyl Reissue)
The Energy - When We Were Young
David Essex - Rock On
Ferris and the Wheels - Ferris and the Wheels
GermsX - GermsX Presents The Bentwitch Project
Bryson Green - Some More (digital single)
Andy Gunn - Miracle of Healing
Tim Hockenberry - Tim Hockenberry
Hot Rumour - MMXVI
Inbokeh - Into the Sun
Nils Lofgren - UK2015 Face the Music Tour
The Long Ryders - Final Wild Songs
Lance Lopez - Live in NYC
Love and a 38 - Nomads
The Lowest Pair - Fern Girl & Ice Man
The Lowest Pair - Uncertain As It Is Uneven
Gary Lucas & Jann Klose - Stereopticon
Night Marcher - Modern Maze
Old New York - Before We Hit the Ground
Old New York - Washed Hands (Digital Single)
Prince - The Very Best of Prince
Rainbow - Boston 1981
Razteria - Aventurera
Reverist - Dreaming Onward
Ronjo V - Ronjoism
Divinity Roxx - ImPossible
Jeri Silverman - Leaflike
Park Sipes - Rise Above
The Soft Underground - Lost in Translation
Spooky Tooth - Nomad Poets: Live In Germany 2004
Michael Stanley - And Then...
Michael Stanley - The Compact Michael Stanley
John Taglieri - True Believer
Eleanor Tallie - No Turning Back
Telamor - Outside the Lines
Travers & Appice - Pat Travers and Carmine Appice – The Balls Album
Joe Lynn Turner - Street of Dreams - Boston 1985
Various Artists - A Double Dose of the Blues
Various Artists - Dazed & Confused - A Stoned-Out Salute To Led Zeppelin
Various Artists - The Perc Meets the Hidden Gentlemen – Chainsmoker’s Thrill / Rumble on the Beach – Purple Rain (live) - Vinyl Single
Oscar Vega - Back (digital single)
The Ventures - Beach Party
Doug Wahlberg Band - Flying Under the Radar
The West Ghost - Son of Sorrow
Johnny Winter - with Dr. John – Live in Sweden 1987
Tammy Wynette - Bedtime Story / My Man
DVD/Video Reviews
Antibalas - Live from the House of Soul DVD
Charles Bradley - Live from the House of Soul DVD
The Damned - Don't You Wish That We Were Dead Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Set
The Dicks - The Dicks from Texas DVD
Janis Joplin - Janis: Little Girl Blue DVD
Rainbow - Monsters of Rock Live at Donington 1980 DVD
Renaissance - Live at the Union Chapel DVD
Various Artists - Pride and Joy: The Story of Alligator Records BluRay
Johnny Winter - with Dr. John - Live in Sweden 1987 DVD
Joe Bouchard
Ben Craven
Trey Gunn
Tim Hockenberry
The Raptor Trail
Roine Stolt
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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: 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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