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Back From Being Gone
Review by Gary Hill
This is a killer album. It’s a concept disc with three epic length pieces and several others that are still respectable in terms of length.

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The Anabasis
Interview by G. W. Hill

Interview with Barry Thompson of The Anabasis from 2011


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Ryo Okumoto
Review by Lorraine Kay
Interview with Ryo Okumoto From 2006
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Spock's Beard - Beware of Darkness
Review by Gary Hill
The leanings on this album are widespread (Neil Young, Yes, Beatles, King Crimson), and the changes are so fast as to be difficult to keep track of at times.

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K2 - Black Garden
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve heard some great things about K2, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard K2 before. Well, I’m anxious to hear the rest of their albums.

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K2 - Book of the Dead
Review by Josh Turner
With an Egyptian on the cover, you'd expect something from The Bangles. However, this is much more progressive in nature.
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Ryo Okumoto - Coming Through
Review by Lorraine Kay
One of the most sought-after musicians in the prog-rock scene and then some, keyboardist Ryo Okumoto has earned a global reputation performing with some of the biggest names in music, including Kitaro, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, Aretha Franklin, and Roberta Flack.
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Spock's Beard - Day For Night
Review by Gary Hill

Day for Night is the fourth studio album from Spock`s Beard. The album is a departure from their earlier albums in that shorter numbers has replaced the fifteen-minute suites.


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Lisa LaRue/2KX - Fast and Blue
Review by Mark Johnson

2KX is the permanent band formed from the recent international prog endeavor, Lisa LaRue Project 2K9.


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Spock's Beard - Feel Euphoria
Review by Steve Alspach
Well, it isn't the Spock's Beard that we've all grown accustomed to. With Neal Morse's departure, the band bares little semblance to it's old self, but that's not to say that the band hasn't lost its edge.
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Spock's Beard - Gluttons for Punishment (Live in '05)
Review by Josh Turner

It's been years since I've gotten to see Spock's Beard live. It's not for lack of desire or anything.


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Spock's Beard - Kindness of Strangers
Review by Gary Hill

Considered by many to be one of the best of the new wave of progressive rock bands, Spock`s Beard was formed in 1992 in Los Angeles.


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Spock's Beard - Live
Review by Gary Hill
I have to admit, I haven’t seen Spock’s Beard live since the departure of Neal Morse. While this wasn’t a conscious decision, I have to admit to some trepidation about how the band would sound without their former front man.
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Spock's Beard - Live at London’s High Voltage Festival, July, 2011
Review by Alison Henderson

It was quite a feat that the US prog legends were at the festival at all because of the notable absence of Nick D’Virgilio.


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Spock's Beard - Live at RoSFest, April, 2007
Review by Josh Turner
Spock’s Beard was the ideal festival closer. After taking an exorbitant amount of time tuning up and an extensive raffle that proved little to no winners, this wick was lit and the act was underway.
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Spock's Beard - Live in Chicago IL, August, 2000
Review by Steve Alspach
Opening for Dream Theater, Spock's Beard played a surprisingly short set. With their new album, "V" due out shortly, one would think that the band would have played a few songs from that album, but it wasn't to be. 




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Spock's Beard - Live in Chicago, May 2006
Review by Josh Turner
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Spock's Beard - Live In Chicago, May, 1999
Review by Gary Hill and Steve Alspach
Who says that progressive rock can`t be fun and funny? Certainly not Spock`s Beard.

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Ryo Okumoto - Live in N. Hollywood, CA, July 2006
Review by Lorraine Kay
As if he doesn't already have a full plate, Spock's Beard keyboardist Ryo Okumoto has added to his list of things to do - "build a new band and call it Code Red."
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Spock's Beard - Live in Quebec City, July, 2007
Review by Sonya Kukcinovich Hill
Spock's Beard has drawn many musical comparisons through the years, most often to progressive giants early Genesis and Yes. Indeed, Dave Meros' Rickenbacker sound is frighteningly close to Yes' Chris Squire, especially his sophisticated use of counterpoint in advanced rhythmic passages.
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Spock's Beard - Octane
Review by Josh Turner

Octane is accessible, progressive, modern and diverse. It's delicate at times, heavy at others.


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Images of Eden - Rebuilding the Ruins
Review by Mark Johnson

Images of Eden is a hard rock, heavy metal and progressive band founded in 1999 in the Baltimore, Maryland and York, Pennsylvania area of the USA. The band is lead by vocalist, rhythm and bass guitarist, and songwriter, Gordon Tittsworth, and includes; Dennis Mullen, lead guitar, L. Dean Harris, piano and keyboards, and Chris Lucci, drums and percussion. This album also includes guest musicians, Jackie Joyce, on vocals for “My Stigmata,” and Bryan Wierman, on bass guitar for “Crossed in the Sand” and “Tribal Scars.” Rebuilding the Ruins is the fourth album from Images of Eden and it tells an “ongoing story, portraying the journey through life, told in a very positive/ uplifting way.” Each of the band’s three previous albums are part of the same story, and this album picks up where Sunlight of the Spirit left off.

 

This is an interesting story and album from a band that sounds original despite its obvious comparisons in sound to heavy prog bands like Dream Theater. The four album epic they have created gets a great boost from this chapter of the story.


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Spock's Beard - Snow
Review by Steve Alspach

The parallels are amazing. A band, noticed for its work in progressive rock, releases for its sixth album an epic tale of a young man making his way in the world, only to have the band's lead singer surprisingly pack it in and leave the band.


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Spock's Beard - Spock's Beard
Review by Bill Knispel
Spock’s Beard needs no introduction, as they are one of the highest profile American prog bands of the past 15 years. Most everyone out there reading knows their story, and how eerily it mirrored that of Genesis; following an acclaimed double length concept album, vocalist Neal Morse leaves the band, and drummer Nick D’Virgilio takes his place at the microphone.
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Spock's Beard - The Light
Review by Gary Hill

This album shows influences from many prog directions (Yes, Genesis, Alan Parsons) and nonprog directions (metal, Elton John). .


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Spock's Beard - V
Review by Steve Alspach

The fifth album from Spock's Beard shows them to be at the forefront of current progressive music. In this album the band is able to play exciting, adventurous music without ever becoming self-indulgent or pompous.


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GPS - Window To The Soul
Review by Josh Turner
Spock’s Beard is prog rock’s pop equivalent. Dream Theater is prog rock’s metal equivalent. And The Flower Kings are prog rock’s jazz equivalent. So what is GPS? 
 

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Spock's Beard - X
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve followed Spock’s Beard for quite some time and have always enjoyed their music. From the start they’ve had a great ability to merge more pop oriented sounds with pure progressive rock.

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