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The Flower Kings
CD Reviews
Adam and Eve
Review by Steve Alspach
They're nothing if not prolific. Sweden's Flower Kings are back with another excellent offering of lengthy numbers and shorter, more accessible tunes.
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Alive on Planet Earth
Review by G. W. Hill
This live album by The Flower Kings shows that they are not just a studio phenomenon. The disc should be evidence to the prog fan that this band is one to catch live as well.
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BetchaWannaDanceStoopid
Review by Josh Turner
How can this be strictly improvisational jams? It's not possible.
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Flower Power
Review by G. W. Hill
The Flower Kings sound contains elements and leanings of the classic prog of the '70's, but is definitely still their own. Since the Stardust We Are disc, the band's writing skills seem to have matured.
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Paradox Hotel
Review by Steve Alspach
You gotta admire the Flower Kings' work ethic. On the heels of Roine's solo album "Wall Street Voodoo" comes the latest album from Sweden's no. 1 progressive group, and it's a 2-CD set to boot.

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Space Revolver
Review by G. W. Hill
The newest release from the Flower Kings finds them both staying true to their trademark sound and moving in new and unusual directions. We definitely find signs of both on this potent album
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Stardust We Are
Review by G. W. Hill
This album is the latest by Swedish band The Flower Kings. Featuring a fresh approach on influences from many classic prog bands, this is a strong release.
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The Rainmaker
Review by Gary Hill
The Flower Kings return with their latest dishing of their particular flavor of progressive rock. The group typically has a style that is very hard for journalists to keep up with because it changes so briefly.
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The Sum of No Evil
Review by Josh Turner
When I receive a Flower Kings’ album, it’s a personal event of the utmost importance. The only problem is finding a long-enough lunch, a shady tree to idle under, or a stretch of asphalt that’s sufficiently-straight.
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Unfold The Future
Review by Steve Alspach
Sweden's most prolific progressive band returns with another two-CD album of songs that shows the band's willingness to try any and all musical styles. Fans of this band will find this to be another excellent album in the band's catalogue.
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DVD Reviews
The Flower Kings - Instant Delivery DVD
Review by Ron Fuchs
Instant Delivery is a great 2 DVD live document of the touring support of their latest (at the time) release Paradox Hotel, recorded in Tilburg, in The Netherlands on April 19th 2006.
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Concert Reviews
The Flower Kings - Live in Chicago, IL, August, 2008
Review by Josh Turner
I had twisted my ankle earlier in the week and was experiencing heat exhaustion upon my arrival. It was an unusually bad day for me. Yet, everything with fine with the universe once The Flower Kings took the stage.
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The Flower Kings - Live In Palatine, IL, 2002
Review by Gary Hill
Talking to those in attendance after this show it is obvious that there were two types of fans in the audience. On the one hand there were those who ate up the entire set, savoring, and even reveling in the improvisational jamming that was spread throughout the band's set.
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Interviews
The Flower Kings
Interview by Josh Turner
Interview with Jonas Reingold of The Flower Kings from 2005
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Tomas Bodin
Review by Josh Turner
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Roine Stolt
Review by Steve Alspach
Interview With Roine Stolt from 2006
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Roine Stolt
Review by Bill Knispel
Interview with Roine Stolt of the Flower Kings From 2008.
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Roine Stolt
Review by Josh Turner
Interview with Roine Stolt From 2003



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Roine Stolt
Review by Gary Hill
Interview with Roine Stolt from 2009
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Roine Stolt
Review by Gary Hill, Mike Korn, Greg Olma and Josh Turner

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Roine Stolt
Review by Grant Hill
Interview with Roine Stolt from 2012
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Roine Stolt
Review by G. W. Hill
Interview with Roine Stolt from 2016
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Ayreon - - 01011001 – Special Edition CD and DVD
Review by Gary Hill
Ayreon is Arjen Luccassen. He creates magnificent rock operas under that name and manages to bring in some of the most impressive musicians in the business to work with him on these projects.
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The Tangent - A Place In The Queue
Review by Steve Alspach
Andy Tillison's side project is getting so successful that his "original" band, Parallel or 90 Degrees, may be his side project these days. The Tangent's third album, A Place in the Queue pays homage to Yes' Tales... album (at least Tillison does in the liner notes in a delightful way), but the Tangent mix shorter songs with two bookend epics.
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Various Artists - A Tribute To Captain Beyond - Thousand Days of Yesterday
Review by Gary Hill
These kinds of tribute albums are always mixed bags, with some material coming across very strong and others not working very well. This one is no exception, but in many ways it is one of the most consistent you'll find.
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Kaipa - Angling Feelings
Review by Gary Hill
I've heard such good things about this outfit, but have never really heard them before. Perhaps my expectations were too high because this really doesn't capture my spirit like I thought it would.
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Circus Brimstone - Brimstoned in Europe (Live)
Review by Josh Turner
There wouldn't be any complaints if The Flower King's didn't make these official bootlegs available. As it is, they are so prolific it's profound.
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Various Artists - Citizens of Hope and Glory. The Story of Progressive Rock written by Stephen Lambe
Review by Scott Montgomery

This is an enjoyable read that saunters through the chronology and culture of progressive rock.


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Kaipa Da Capo - Darskapens Monotoni
Review by G. W. Hill
You really can't beat Roine Stolt if you like melodic prog rock. This album is a brand new set from a variant on his 1970s band Kaipa.

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Agents of Mercy - Dramarama
Review by Gary Hill

I’ve been amazed by the quality of music being released in 2010. 


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Karmakanik - Entering the Spectra
Review by Josh Turner
This is supposed to be a solo project by Jonas Reingold, but it really stands alone as a complete band. If it were good it would defy expectations.
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The Tangent - Going Off On One
Review by Josh Turner
They have given me a gag reaction. I keep spewing and spewing positive commentary; so much so that the genuine expression gets lost in the minutiae.
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Tomas Bodin - I Am
Review by Josh Turner
This concept comes from the fantasies of Flower King's keyboardist Tomas Bodin. Right from the get go, you know I Am is going to grow on you.
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Karmakanik - In a Perfect World
Review by Gary Hill

Karmakanic’s latest release is a killer progressive rock album that combines a lot of sounds into something that’s quite unique.


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Anderson/Stolt - Invention of Knowledge
Review by G. W. Hill
The “Anderson” in the name is Yes co-founder Jon Anderson. The “Stolt” is Flower Kings leader Roine Stolt.
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Kaipa - Keyholder
Review by Josh Turner
I was really curious to hear this album. At best, I digested the previous release, Notes from the Past, which left me with a little heartburn.
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Karmakanik - Live at RoSfest, April, 2006
Review by Josh Turner
Karmakanic were very good, but in my heart of hearts I expected more from them. After Krister Jonzon and Jonas Reingold blew away the crowd with The Tangent in the previous year, they returned to these hallowed grounds wrapped up in this different package.
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Transatlantic - Live in America
Review by Steve Alspach
It takes cajones to record an album consisting of your fifth or sixth performance ever as a band. But if you're as talented as the guys in Transatlantic, nerves are perhaps the only problem.



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Transatlantic - Live In Europe DVD
Review by Larry Toering

This two disc set wasn't an easy pick between the three Transatlantic DVD's on the market, but ultimately I chose this one because I could review it at MSJ as it hadn’t been covered yet.


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Agents of Mercy - Live in Milwaukee, WI, May 2011
Review by Josh Turner

By their own accord, they weren’t at their best. They were jetlagged and forlorn after a long flight and many hours of desperate searching for a needed piece of equipment at countless stores in the windy city.


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Steve Hackett - Live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 2019
Review by Josh Turner

This concert's cast  featured a special line up consisting of Genesis’ most notable guitarist, Steve Hackett, and both the bassist and the singer of Agents of Mercy (a side project featuring Jonas Reingold and Nad Sylvan, respectively).


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Transatlantic - Live in St. Charles, Illinois, February 2014
Review by Josh Turner

Transatlantic covered all the albums and spread their material evenly throughout the night.


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Kaipa - Mindrevolutions
Review by Josh Turner
I'm a big fan of Kaipa's "Keyholder". The year it came out, it was second in my book only to The Tangent's "The Music That Died Alone".
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The Tangent - Not as Good as the Book
Review by Bill Knispel
The Tangent grew out of a series of pieces written by Parallel or 90 Degrees front man Andy Tillison that he put off to the side for a solo project, feeling that their more retro-prog sound was not in keeping with the more contemporary areas he was exploring with Po90. A series of fortunate incidents led to copies of these demos getting into the hands of Roine Stolt, and several phone calls later, the Tangent was essentially born.
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Various Artists - Popoff Archive 2: Progressive Rock written by Martin Popoff
Review by Greg Olma
The music world has many characters who work behind the scenes, from producers to engineers to marketing people (and many more). 

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Hasse Fröberg and the Musical Companion - Powerplay
Review by G. W. Hill

Hasse Fröberg is probably best known for his work with The Flower Kings, but he’s done quite a bit of other stuff over the years.


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Various Artists - Romantic Warriors: A Progressive Music Saga DVD
Review by Ron Fuchs
In many ways this documentary echoes some ideas about the music business that were discussed on Before The Music Dies.
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Tomas Bodin - Sonic Boulevard
Review by Josh Turner
This album features ten blissful songs from the masterful Tomas Bodin. As his third solo attempt, he has really hit a homerun.
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The Tangent - Stars and Pyramids
Review by Josh Turner
If you missed them at ROSfest 2005, you missed the best thing they've done so far. If you haven't even seen them live at all, it is essential you hear this disc.
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Transatlantic - STMPE
Review by Gary Hill and Steve Alspach
When you talk progressive rock and the term "supergroup" comes up, this band will certainly come to mind. The band is made up of Roine Stolt of Flower Kings, Pete Trewavas of Marillion, Neal Morse of Spocks Beard and Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater.
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Agents of Mercy - The Black Forest
Review by G. W. Hill

The latest album from Agents of Mercy, this is arguably one of the best discs of 2011.


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Transatlantic - The Bridge Across Forever
Review by Steve Alspach
Prog's premier supergroup (Neal Morse, Roine Stolt, Mike Portnoy, and Pete Trewavas) strike again with this 2001 release. This album sounds similar to their first effort, but there are many differences that set this album apart.
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The Tangent - The Music That Died Alone
Review by Josh Turner
Stop reading right here… Go out and get the album NOW!!! You should run, not walk.
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Minstrel’s Ghost - The Road to Avalon
Review by G. W. Hill

This is the kind of progressive rock concept album that was such a big deal in the 1970s.


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Transatlantic - The Whirlwind
Review by Scott Montgomery
From the very beginning, I felt a sense of recognition, as SMPT:E is conjured.  
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The Tangent - The World That We Drive Through
Review by Josh Turner
With all the hype, this was setting itself up to be the disappointment of the year. So, how good is The World That We Drive Through?
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Various Artists - There Is Hope: Disaster Relief USA
Review by Larry Toering

This is so good it's almost unreal, as there are thirty two tracks from which to choose.


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Swedish Family - Vintage Prog - The Best of SF
Review by Josh Turner
Being an avid fan of the latest progressive rock, I'm torn between the classic sounds from the seventies and releases just starting to surface. Back in the day when technology was young, progressive musicians had innovative ideas and clever new instruments.
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Roine Stolt - Wall Street Voodoo
Review by Josh Turner
As usual, this artist is hard-at-work and boy is he busy. It's ironic when you consider how many artists are so preoccupied with the promotion of a single album and then take years to develop it.



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Karmakanik - Wheel of Life
Review by Josh Turner
To say this disc would be as good as the band's debut would be saying a lot. The first one offered a variety of styles.
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Transatlantic - Whirld Tour 2010 Deluxe Edition – 2 DVD & 3 CD
Review by Scott Montgomery
This is ridiculous!  Really!  The degree of virtuosity, complexity, and sheer stamina involved in performing this music live is staggering…almost to the point of absurdity.

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