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CD Reviews
Angel’s Egg
Review by Gary Hill
This is an unusual, but entertaining disc.

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I See You
Review by Gary Hill
Gong covers a lot of musical territory here.

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Rejoice! I'm Dead!
Review by Gary Hill
Daevid Allen was the heart and soul of this band. After his passing it might seem odd that a new Gong album would be released that captures the spirit of Gong.

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DVD Reviews
Gong - Gong Ungong 06 DVD
Review by Julie Knispel
The 2006 Gong Unconventional Family Gathering was for many fans the moment they had been waiting on for decades.  

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Concert Reviews
Gong - NEARfest 2009, Bethlehem PA
Review by Julie Knispel
The announcement of Gong as Saturday night headliner for NEARfest may have caught a lot of people off guard.  Certainly Gong has a history and importance level great enough to merit headliner status.
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Interviews
Gong
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Kavus Torabi of Gong from 2016

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Theo Travis
Review by Gary Hill
Interview with Theo Travis from 2009
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Tim Blake - Blake's New Jerusalem
Review by Gary Hill
I've reviewed two other discs from Tim Blake for this issue. Each of them has a distinct flavor.

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Soft Machine Legacy - Burden of Proof
Review by G. W. Hill

Soft Machine Legacy’s blend of sounds often defies categorization.


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Tim Blake - Caldea Music II
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new reissue of an album from Tim Blake. Blake is best known for his work in Gong and Hawkwind, but he also built a name for himself with a series of keyboard albums.

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Tim Blake - Crystal Machine
Review by Gary Hill
While Tim Blake is best known for his work with Gong and Hawkwind, don't expect that type of music here.

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Gong Expresso - Decadence
Review by Gary Hill

Gong Expresso is a spin off group from Gong. This new CD is an instrumental one that is probably more fusion than it is prog rock.


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Theo Travis - Double Talk
Review by Gary Hill
A modern legend in both progressive rock and jazz circles, Theo Travis and crew have crafted a killer album that showcases both sounds.

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Dave Sturt - Dreams & Absurdities
Review by G. W. Hill

Dave Sturt is probably best known as a member of Gong and Bill Nelson’s band.


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Ant-Bee - Electronic Church Music
Review by Gary Hill

Ant-Bee is basically the pseudonym for Billy James. 


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Daevid Allen Weird Quartet - Elevenses
Review by G. W. Hill

Daevid Allen is best known for his work in Gong. This was his final recording.


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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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Astralfish - Far Corners
Review by G. W. Hill

Since both Don Falcone and Bridget Wishart are involved in this project, as they are in Spirits Burning, one might expect this to sound like that act.


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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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Soft Machine - Hidden Details
Review by Gary Hill

This is the brand new album from Soft Machine. A group with a long history, the current lineup is John Etheridge, Theo Travis, Roy Babbington and John Marshall.


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Hawkwind - Levitation
Review by Gary Hill
Jim Lascko from Strange Trips, the US source for information on Hawkwind, describes space rock as being "characterized (by)(but certainly not limited to) spacey keyboards, driving guitar, sci-fi lyrics, repetitive chants, sound effects, long drawn out hard driving, high energy jams, along with the message that there is something wrong....something more going on in the Universe than just what is being done on this planet and our need to wake up to that fact, all played out against the backdrop of a killer lightshow!"
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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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Tim Blake - Lighthouse: An Anthology 1973-2012
Review by Gary Hill

This new anthology from Tim Blake is quite a nice release. You get three CDs of music, some of which is previously unreleased along with a DVD of a French TV special.


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Soft Machine - Live at the Baked Potato
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new live album recorded at a Los Angeles show in 2019. The instrumental music here has a jam band vibe throughout a lot of it, but it is also quite jazzy and decidedly prog.
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Steve Hillage - Live at the Gong Unconvention 2006
Review by G. W. Hill
I’ve reviewed the DVD version of this release in the current issue of Music Street Journal.
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Steve Hillage - Madison Square Garden 1977
Review by G. W. Hill

I really love this album.


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Tim Blake - Magick
Review by Gary Hill
According to the liner notes, this album was recorded live.

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Various Artists - Mountains Come Out of the Sky. The Illustrated History of Prog Rock – written by Will Romano
Review by Scott Montgomery
Overall, this is a very good and highly recommended overview of the genre and its history. 
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Mother Gong - O Amsterdam
Review by Gary Hill
If Hawkwind were to perform with classical instruments it would sound a lot like this. That is, if every song were written around a poetry reading by a woman.
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Hawkwind - Out of The Shadows DVD
Review by Bruce Stringer
Of all the Hawkwind visual records this is the best quality and includes a classic stunning Rodney Matthews cover illustration and a slightly odd collection of songs. Performed at Newcastle's Opera House in the UK it was one of, if not the, last performance of Huw Lloyd-Langton with the group on this tour.
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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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Nik Turner - Space Fusion Odyssey
Review by G. W. Hill

I was not expecting this set. It’s an instrumental album.


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Khan - Space Shanty
Review by Gary Hill
The world of progressive rock has always been a strange one. It has always amazed me how certain bands became complete legends of the genre and other, equally talented, acts were relegated to the ranks of obscurity.
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Mother Gong - The Best of Mother Gong
Review by Gary Hill
A compilation of material from various discs by Mother Gong, this is an intriguing CD. The group performs a unique form of progressive rock that is thoroughly rooted in jazz traditions.
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Egg - The Civil Surface
Review by G. W. Hill

I have heard of Egg over the years, but until this reissued album, I never actually heard them.


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The Fusion Syndicate - The Fusion Syndicate
Review by G. W. Hill

What an amazing set this is.


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Goldbug - The Seven Dreams
Review by Gary Hill

This is definitely not a disc that’s for everyone. It’s very freeform. At times it’s jazz like.


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Steve Hillage - The Steve Hillage Band: Live at the Gong Family Unconvention DVD
Review by G. W. Hill
Anyone who digs Steve Hillage or Gong really needs to pick this up.
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