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Simon Phillips
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Another Lifetime
Review by Gary Hill
Although this album is more of a jazz album than anything else, it is included in the prog section because of Simon Phillips involvement in many assorted prog projects, most recently the ELP tribute album also reviewed this month.
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Protocol 4
Review by Gary Hill
This disc features drum master Simon Phillips playing with Greg Howe, Ernest Tibbs and Dennis Hamm.

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Various Artists - Encores, Legends and Paradoxes
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Toto - Falling In Between Live
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Michael Schenker - Group - Live In Tokyo: 30th Anniversary Japan Tour
Review by Gary Hill

This show was recorded in 2010 and featured a reunion of the 1980 lineup of the Michael Schenker Group.


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Michael Schenker - Group - Live In Tokyo: 30th Anniversary Japan Tour DVD
Review by Gary Hill

I reviewed the actual concert here in more detail in the CD review that is also included in this issue, so this review will focus more on the DVD itself.


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This new set is part of a series of releases, that I treat as separate artists. Perhaps I should have started doing it differently.


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What a superstar lineup this one is. Phil Manzanera on guitar. Brian Eno on keyboards.


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Toto - Live In Amsterdam
Review by Greg Olma
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Toto - Live In Chicago, IL, November 2006
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Toto - Live in Milwaukee, WI, July 2006
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