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Mike Portnoy
CD Reviews
Prime Cuts
Review by Gary Hill
Mike Portnoy now has his own entry in the Magna Carta Prime Cuts collection. This disc, as the rest of the series, features selected tracks from albums that the artist has contributed to, presented here as sort of a slice of some of the best of the work from him.
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Interviews
Mike Portnoy
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Mike Portnoy From 1998
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