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Travers & Appice
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Pat Travers and Carmine Appice – The Balls Album
Review by Gary Hill
This hard rocking album really works pretty well. There is nothing here that’s entirely unique or original in terms of songwriting.

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DVD Reviews
Travers & Appice - Live DVD
Review by Gary Hill
Anybody remember the power trio? Well, have to say that I do, and I generally found that when a power trio was on - they rocked!
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Carmine Appice
Review by Gary Hill
Interview with Carmine Appice from 2006

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Cactus - An Evening in Tokyo
Review by G. W. Hill

This live album from Cactus was recorded in 2012.


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Various Artists - Animals Reimagined - A Tribute To Pink Floyd
Review by Gary Hill
Animals is, without question, my favorite Pink Floyd album. it's actually pretty high up on my list of best albums of all-time, too.

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Junior Wells - Blues Brothers
Review by Gary Hill
If you are a fan of the blues, you have to know who Junior Wells was. He was blues royalty.

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Shirley King - Blues For A King
Review by Gary Hill
Shirley King is known as the Daughter of the Blues. That’s because B.B. King was her father.
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Carmine & Vinnie Appice - Drum Wars Live
Review by G. W. Hill

This live recording definitely lands under metal because most of the music fits.


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Carmine and Vinny Appice - Drum Wars: The Ultimate Battle DVD
Review by Gary Hill
The premise is interesting. Two brothers, both legends of the rock world (think Vanilla Fudge, Black Sabbath and more), both drummers, put together a show down to see which of them is the ultimate drummer. Let’s just say one thing right out front – both of these guys are incredible and I know you’ve heard their work on lots and lots of music, even if you might not know the names off hand.


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Appice Perdomo Project - Energy Overload
Review by Gary Hill
The two people who are named in the artist name here are frequently reviewed at Music Street Journal

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Michael Schenker - Group - Live in Rosemont, Illinois August 2010
Review by Greg Olma

It’s been a quite a while since Michael Schenker and his band of metal merchants played a support slot here in the Chicago-land area but I guess filling in the “special guest” slot on the Scorpions farewell tour was too good to pass up.  


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Heaven & Earth - Heaven & Earth - Featuring Stuart Smith
Review by Larry Toering

This is a review of the Japanese import version of Heaven & Earth which features a lot of musicians that Stuart Smith assembled for this great band.


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Pat Travers - Hot Shot
Review by G. W. Hill

You kind of know what you are going to get when you put on a Pat Travers CD.


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Shuggie Otis - Inter-Fusion
Review by Gary Hill

This is being billed as "fusion rock," and that's a pretty apt description. We generally put fusion in under "progressive rock" at MSJ, so that's where this lands.


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Pat Travers - Live At Rockpalast: Cologne 1976 DVD
Review by G. W. Hill
I always love it when DVDs include an audio CD of the show. That makes it more versatile. 

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Vanilla Fudge - Live At Sweden Rock 2016 DVD/CD Set
Review by Gary Hill

Vanilla Fudge might be one of the strangest but also coolest bands to come out of the 1960s. Really, progressive rock didn't exist yet, but their sound was such a part of the kind of the thing that would become prog. 


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Cactus - Live DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I admit it; I’m a progressive rock and heavy metal junkie. That doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate good old blues oriented 1970’s styled rock – who doesn’t?
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Cactus - Live, Loud & Proud DVD
Review by Gary Hill

Cactus might not have gotten the attention that groups like Led Zeppelin and Cream did, but they were an extremely capable band cut from that same cloth of hard rocking, blues based classic jams.


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Robby Steinhardt - Not In Kansas Anymore: A Prog Opera
Review by Gary Hill
Robby Steinhardt was probably best known as the violinist for the band Kansas. He was certainly a unique individual in the prog rock scene of the day playing that instrument.

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Various Artists - Pure Fire - The Ultimate Kiss Tribute
Review by Gary Hill

This is a reissue of an older Kiss tribute album. It was originally called "Spin the Bottle," and I remember seeing it around that first time out.


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Pat Travers - Retro Rocket
Review by G. W. Hill

This album finds Pat Travers leaning back toward his 1970s style.


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Ruffyunz - Ruffyunz
Review by Gary Hill

Randy Pratt sure seems to get involved in a lot of cool projects. His bands are always quality operations, too.


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Various Artists - Still Wish You Were Here: A Tribute to Pink Floyd
Review by Gary Hill
I generally like things like this where an album is created by taking the track list of a famous album and having different artists reproduce the songs.

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Pat Travers - Swing!
Review by Gary Hill
Pat Travers is best known for bluesy, guitar-based hard rock. We get some of that influence here.
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Cactus - The Birth Of Cactus - 1970
Review by Gary Hill
Cactus never became the household name a lot of other bands that played similar blues heavy hard rock did, but they certainly should have.

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Heaven & Earth - The Making Of Heaven & Earth DVD
Review by Larry Toering

Stuart Smith put together this band some time ago and made an album, then later put out this amazing DVD that showcases many of the proceedings in the studio while working on the project.


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Vanilla Fudge - Then And Now - 2021 2-CD Edition
Review by Gary Hill
What can you count on with Vanilla Fudge? Well, you can count on great music that qualifies at least as proto-prog, if not full prog.

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Cactus - Tightrope
Review by Gary Hill
Cactus is a band with a long and rich history. They are really the stuff of legend.

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Various Artists - Tune in to Mind Radio: A Tribute to Multi-Talented Vocalist Kelly Keeling
Review by G. W. Hill

Kelly Keeling is a great rock guitarist who has worked with a lot of great people over the years.


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Carmine Appice - Ultimate Guitar Zeus
Review by Gary Hill
An album like this could be a tricky venture. Essentially the concept is a series of songs with the same basic core band.
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Carmine Appice - Ultimate Guitar Zeus
Review by Gary Hill
An album like this could be a tricky venture. Essentially the concept is a series of songs with the same basic core band.
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Various Artists - Who Are You - An All-Star Tribute to the Who
Review by G. W. Hill

I like The Who quite a bit. I mean, they aren’t one of my favorite bands, but I do really like them.


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