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Uriah Heep
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CD Reviews
Celebration
Review by Gary Hill
Celebrating forty years of Uriah Heep, this new album is sort a way from them to make good on the promise of “Look at Yourself.”
 

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Into the Wild
Review by Gary Hill
Whenever someone reviews an album by a band like Uriah Heep with a rich back catalog, comparisons to that catalog are obvious.

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Living The Dream
Review by Mike Korn
It won’t be too long before Uriah Heep celebrates its 50th year in the music business. That in itself is astounding, but what is even more astounding is that they are doing some of their best and most energetic work at this stage of the game.

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Raging Through the Silence: 20th Anniversary
Review by Gary Hill

Uriah Heep are on a quest to get their back catalog all out in official releases. This was available only on VHS before.


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Salisbury
Review by John Pierpoint
This is Heep’s second album outing, building on the success of their debut Very ‘eavy, very ‘umble, and starting to plough some refreshingly different furrows in their quest for new musical territory.

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Sea of Light (Reissue)
Review by Gary Hill
Even a less than stellar album from Uriah Heep is still pretty good.

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Sonic Origami
Review by Gary Hill
It seemed that for a time Uriah Heep was running away from what they did best. In the `70`s, Heep music was characterized by progish arrangements on hard rock numbers with incredible keyboard sounds and vocal arrangements to die for.
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Sonic Origami (Reissue)
Review by Gary Hill
I reviewed this album when it first came out, but this is a reissue.

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Spellbinder Live
Review by Gary Hill
I know there are those out there who still complain that this isn’t the classic lineup of Heep.

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Totally Driven
Review by Gary Hill
The current lineup of Uriah Heep has been together longer than any other lineup of the band.

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Wake The Sleeper
Review by Gary Hill
It has to be tough to be a band like Uriah Heep. I mean, on the one hand you’ve got this catalog of classic material to which everyone will hold all your create as a standard.
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Words in the Distance 1994-1998
Review by Gary Hill
This new three CD box set compiles three Uriah Heep albums into one convenient set. It comes in a nice box.

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Concert Reviews
Uriah Heep - Live in Dallas, Texas, May 2019
Review by Greg Olma

It has been a while since I saw Uriah Heep on stage and (after seeing them recently in Dallas), I can firmly say that are still one of the most exciting live acts around.  


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Uriah Heep - Live in Portland, Oregon, April 2018
Review by Larry Toering
It has been a long time coming for Uriah Heep in Portland, having not appeared here since 1993. This was a very rare, and very enlightening experience to say the least.
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Interviews
Uriah Heep
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Bernie Shaw From 2000
Audio of this interview is contained in our members area

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Ken Hensley
Review by Gary Hill
Interview with Ken Hensley from 2007

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John Lawton
Review by G. W. Hill

Interview with John Lawton from 2014


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Bernie Shaw and Dale Collins
Review by Gary Hill

Interview with Dale Collins and Bernie Shaw of Bernie Shaw and Dale Collins from 2020


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Ken Hensley - & Live Fire – Faster
Review by Larry Toering
Organist, guitarist and vocalist extraordinaire Ken Hensley has outdone himself here with Live Fire, and even though there is still a touch of that classic Uriah Heep sound, it's not only heavy rock, it's prog because it's a concept album.
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Various Artists - 108 Rock Star Guitars written by Lisa S. Johnson
Review by G. W. Hill

This is the quintessential coffee table book. That’s particularly true for those who love guitars.


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Phil Lanzon - 48 Seconds
Review by Gary Hill

It seems a safe bet that many who know Phil Lanzon's work, know of it through his tenure as the keyboardist for Uriah Heep.


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Black Country Communion - Afterglow
Review by Larry Toering

First of all, this has been a band I’ve supported heavily over the last three years or so.


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John Wetton - Akustika: Live in Amerika / Akustika II: Return to Amerika
Review by Gary Hill

This is a two CD set combining two John Wetton live albums into one release. The two shows were performed about ten years apart.


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Asia - Alpha
Review by G. W. Hill
As I sat down to do a retro review of the single of "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes," I realized that I've never reviewed this album. I decided to resolve that issue.

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John Lawton - and Diana Express – The Power of Mind
Review by G. W. Hill

John Lawton is probably best known for his time in Uriah Heep and to a lesser degree Lucifer’s Friend.


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John Wetton - And the Les Paul Trio – New York Minute – Live at the Iridium, New York, 2013
Review by G. W. Hill

This was apparently recorded at a cancer awareness concert as John Wetton talks about that at a few places here.


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John Wetton - Anthology Volume 1: Studio Recordings
Review by G. W. Hill

This anthology of songs from John Wetton is quite strong. It’s not all progressive rock, and for the most par even when it lands there, it’s more in the AOR end of the spectrum.


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Asia - Asia
Review by Gary Hill
When this group rose from the ashes of a dying Yes it seemed like a dream come true for progressive rock fans. Take two parts Yes (OK – one and a half maybe since Geoff Downes was only on one Yes album) in the persons of Geoff Downes and Steve Howe, one third of Emerson Lake and Palmer (Carl Palmer) and add in John Wetton (King Crimson, UK) and make a band.
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Asia - Astra
Review by Gary Hill
This album has all of the original lineup of Asia except Steve Howe. The music, however, is much different than what we heard on their debut disc.
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Various Artists - Back Against the Wall
Review by Gary Hill
There are few people who haven't at least heard of Pink Floyd's The Wall. I would hazard to say that those who have never heard the album are in the minority as well.
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Lucifer’s Friend - Black Moon
Review by Gary Hill
Lucifer’s Friend is a band with a long history. They are also an act that is quite hard to classify.
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Ken Hensley - Blood on the Highway
Review by Gary Hill
I’m sure many of MSJ’s readers remember Ken Hensley from his days in Uriah Heep. Well, those times are long gone and Hensley has been producing his own brand of rock and roll for quite some time.
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Phil Manzanera - Diamondhead
Review by Gary Hill

This is the reissue of the 2000 reissue of Phil Manzanera’s 1976 solo album. 


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Asia - Don’t Cry – 12-inch Single (Vinyl)
Review by G. W. Hill

For years Music Street Journal avoided covering items that were out of print.


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Asia - Don’t Cry – 12-inch Single (Vinyl)
Review by G. W. Hill

For years Music Street Journal avoided covering items that were out of print.


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King Crimson - Earthbound
Review by Gary Hill

This is a good, but not great, live album from King Crimson. The first thing holding it from the “great” title is the sound quality.


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Various Artists - Encores, Legends and Paradoxes
Review by Gary Hill
With a cast of players that reads like a prog "who`s who", this ELP tribute takes the classics and makes them fresh and new again. The result is an incredibly listenable piece of music that really entertains.

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The Prog Collective - Epilogue
Review by G. W. Hill

This is quite a cool set. The main man behind this is Billy Sherwood, and I always like the stuff he does.


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Alan Simon - Excalibur IV: The Dark Age of the Dragon
Review by Gary Hill
This is the newest CD from Alan Simon. Simon is a French artist who has been releasing powerful rock operas like this one for a long time.
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Asia - Fantasia – Live In Tokyo
Review by Gary Hill
Yes fanatic and general prog head that I’ve always been, when Asia released their debut disc, I was all over it. They were the progressive rock supergroup of the time and they delivered with a killer disc.
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Asia - Fantasia - Live in Tokyo DVD
Review by Gary Hill
Asia fans rejoice, the reunion tour is now presented in DVD. I covered the CD release in detail, so you might want to check that out for the specifics about the music. Let’s just say that we get treated to a killer performance of Asia classics, King Crimson, ELP and Yes songs.


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Various Artists - Fly Like an Eagle - An All-Star Tribute to Steve Miller Band
Review by G. W. Hill

Cleopatra Records loves doing these tribute albums, typically with Billy Sherwood in charge.


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Asia - Go / After the War Vinyl Single
Review by G. W. Hill

It used to be that we wouldn’t review things that were out of print.


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Asia - Gravitas
Review by Jason Hillenburg

One cannot rage against the dying of the light indefinitely.


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Asia - Heat of the Moment / Ride Easy (vinyl single)
Review by G. W. Hill
The old school Asia singles are cool because they generally include b-sides that aren't available on the main albums. This is no exception.

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Various Artists - Hellbent for Cooking: The Heavy Metal Cookbook written by Annick
Review by Mike Korn
Ever wonder what keeps rabid metal musicians nourished while they crank out riffs and blow out speakers?

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Robby Krieger - In Session
Review by Gary Hill
This compilation disc is quite strong. There is really a lot of great music here.

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John Wetton – Richard Palmer-James - Jack-Knife / Monkey Business 1972-1977
Review by G. W. Hill

This set, basically two albums released as a two CD package, is a mixed bag.


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Various Artists - Keep Calm and Salute the Beatles
Review by G. W. Hill

I would say that this set is pretty effective.


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John Wetton - King's Road: 1972-1980
Review by G. W. Hill
This is a compilation set from John Wetton. 

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King Crimson - Larks' Tongues in Aspic
Review by Gary Hill
This album is kind of a legend in King Crimson circles. People have such a high reverence for it.
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Various Artists - Light My Fire - A Classic Rock Salute To the Doors
Review by G. W. Hill

I’ve always been a big fan of the Doors.


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Lucifer’s Friend - Live at Sweden Rock 2015
Review by G. W. Hill

At one time, Lucifer’s Friend was a band that was relegated to history. They hadn’t played together since their hey-day.


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John Wetton - Live at the Sun Plaza Tokyo 1999
Review by G. W. Hill
This live album is pretty good. It suffers a bit in terms of sound quality.

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John Wetton - Live in Argentina 1996
Review by G. W. Hill
John Wetton's known in some circles mostly for his prog rock work in bands like UK and King Crimson. His solo career, though, has a lot of AOR mainstream rock in it. 

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John Wetton - Live in Osaka 1997
Review by G. W. Hill
It's easy to think of John Wetton as a prog artist. His work in bands like UK and King Crimson (and even Asia) lend credence to that argument.

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John Wetton - Live Via Satellite
Review by G. W. Hill

This double disc set features two different concerts from John Wetton. 


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Mark Clarke - Moving to the Moon
Review by Gary Hill

This disc might not be the most obvious choice for progressive rock inclusion.


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Intelligent Music Project II - My Kind O’ Lovin’
Review by G. W. Hill

This is quite a diverse set, covering things from jazz to hard rock, progressive rock and more.


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Natural Gas - Natural Gas
Review by Gary Hill
Here’s a CD release that’s been overdue by a long shot.
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Natural Gas - Natural Gas (Digital Remastered 2010)
Review by Gary Hill

This is a digital remaster of the Natural Gas album that was released in 2009.


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UK - Night After Night
Review by Gary Hill
The third, and final album by what was probably the first prog rock super-group (OK, other than ELP), this is a live album. Although Bill Bruford had left the band after the first album, his presence is still felt in the composition of a few of these tracks, but Terry Bozzio brings in his own style as the replacement.
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UK - Night After Night
Review by Gary Hill
The third, and final album by what was probably the first prog rock super-group (OK, other than ELP), this is a live album. Although Bill Bruford had left the band after the first album, his presence is still felt in the composition of a few of these tracks, but Terry Bozzio brings in his own style as the replacement.
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Gunhill - Nightheat / One Over the Eight
Review by G. W. Hill
Gunhill was a band that featured John Lawton as the lead singer. They released two albums in the 1990s.

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John Wetton - Official Bootleg Archive Vol 1: Deluxe Edition
Review by G. W. Hill

This six-CD box set is quite cool. Each of the shows has a bit different flavor. 


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Asia - Omega
Review by Greg Olma
Now this is more like it!  I enjoyed the Payne fronted version of Asia also but if you are a purist, then Omega will certainly satisfy those cravings for original Asia material.  

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Wetton Manzanera - One World
Review by Gary Hill
In the late 1980’s two prog rock greats in the personage of John Wetton and Phil Manzanera recorded this disc. Let’s make one point clear here. This is included in the prog section based on who these guys are (and what the rest of their catalog is like).
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Asia - Phoenix
Review by Gary Hill
Unless you’ve been living in the proverbial cave for the last few years you probably know that the original lineup of Asia (Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and John Wetton has reunited). This is their first studio CD of the 21st Century.
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Various Artists - Poetry of the Air: A Collection of Love Letters to Music from Musicians written by Gary Hill
Review by Greg Olma
I have known Gary Hill for a while now and the one thing that I can say with complete certainty about him is that he takes his music seriously. 


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Various Artists - Prog Box
Review by Gary Hill

I've been looking to do a retro review of this box set for a while. I finally had the opportunity this time around.


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John Wetton - Raised in Captivity
Review by Gary Hill

The latest solo release from John Wetton finds him with a lot of great guest appearances. 


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King Crimson - Red
Review by Gary Hill
For my money, Red is King Crimson's most consistent and powerful album. The disc combines the hard edged sound that I think works the best for Crimson with both highly accessible and very creative song writing to produce an album that holds up exceptionally well.
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Widowmaker - Running Free: Jet Recordings 1976-1977
Review by Gary Hill

I've never heard this band before. That's a shame. Don't get me wrong, I've heard of them before.


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William Shatner - Seeking Major Tom
Review by G. W. Hill

What an interesting ride I’ve had leading into this album.


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Various Artists - Sin-Atra
Review by Gary Hill

Featuring hard rocking adaptations of Frank Sinatra songs, this is kind of a mixed bag.


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Alan Simon - Songwriter
Review by Gary Hill

I don't think I had heard of Alan Simon until recently. This double disc set captures a lot of his previous work.


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December People - Sounds Like Christmas
Review by Gary Hill
To get you in the spirit of the holiday, The December People have released a fresh collection of progressive rock takes on Christmas music. Feeling out of sorts for not knowing who the December People are?
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King Crimson - Starless and Bible Black
Review by Gary Hill
King Crimson have always been one of the most creative and innovative bands out there. When you expect them to jab they dodge and when you think they are going to dodge you’d better duck.
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Ken Hensley - Tales Of Live Fire & Other Mysteries
Review by Gary Hill

This is a great new box set from original Uriah Heep keyboardist Ken Hensley. The mix of sounds here runs pretty wide.


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Phil Manzanera - The Music 1972-2008
Review by Gary Hill

Any time a compilation like this is released, fans will debate whether they like the choice of songs included or not. 


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Various Artists - The Rift - Dark Side of the Moon (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Review by Gary Hill
This new soundtrack album features some killer music. It leans on the space rock, trippy side of the equation.

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Asia - The Smile Has Left Your Eyes / Lying to Yourself (vinyl single)
Review by G. W. Hill
One of the cool things about these vintage Asia singles is that the song on the flip side is typically not included on the album. That makes these worth having. 

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Various Artists - This is the Blues Volume 3
Review by Gary Hill
This is (as the title suggests) the third installment in a blues collection. It features a number of artists putting in blues performances.

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Various Artists - To Cry You A Song: A Collection of Tull Tales
Review by Gary Hill
One of the first tribute albums ever done by Magna Carta, this one includes some intriguing arrangements of Jethro Tull songs. There are some definite winners here (witness Aqualung, To Cry You a Song, and Locomotive Breath) and no real losers.
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Bernie Shaw and Dale Collins - Too Much Information
Review by Gary Hill

I've put this under progressive rock, but it's not a tight fit. There is a definite melodic rock element to the music here that lands in the territory of AOR prog.


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Peter Banks - Two Sides of Peter Banks
Review by Steve Alspach
The initial string-slinger in Yes, Peter Banks appears to have been overlooked in progressive rock annals in favor of his successor, but his work in Flash has stood up quite well to the years. On this album, Peter assembles an extremely strong group of progressive rock musicians, and the CD explores a wide range of musical styles.
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Peter Banks - Two Sides of Peter Banks
Review by G. W. Hill

So, this solo album from Peter Banks was released on CD in 2009.


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King Crimson - USA
Review by Steve Alspach
Robert Fripp's decision to knock King Crimson on the head may have been a shock to some, but it seemed like the right thing to do at that time.
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Steve Hackett - Watcher of the Skies
Review by Gary Hill
Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett has assembled a wide variety of musicians to rework many classic Genesis songs. The end result is quite interesting.
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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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Steve Hackett - Wild Orchids
Review by Steve Alspach
While Messrs. Banks, Rutherford, Collins and Gabriel release albums at a snail's pace, leave it to Genesis' no. 2 ex-guitarist to take the lion's share of post-Genesis releases. Wild Orchids finds Steve mining the same fertile grounds that he did for To Watch the Storms.
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Asia - XXX
Review by Larry Toering

Asia return with their classic line-up for an out of this world album.


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