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Abarico Loop Project - Abarico Loop Project
Review by G. W. Hill

The main person in this project is Alessandro Valle.


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Accolade - Legends (Vinyl)
Review by G. W. Hill

The easiest comparison here is to Renaissance.


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Active Heed - Visions from Reality
Review by G. W. Hill

This is progressive rock, but some of the songs seem barely to fit under that heading.


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Acumen - Diversity
Review by Gary Hill
Acumen is the brainchild of Dimitrious James. Diversity, their third full album, features James with Cyndy Teseniar (vocals), Tim O'Neill (drums), Jared Manker (bass), and Justin Todhunter (guitar).
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Paul Adams - Imaginings
Review by G. W. Hill

Perhaps this isn’t progressive rock. It is progressive music, though.


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Aeon Zen - Enigma
Review by Greg Olma

Aeon Zen is a new progressive metal band that I was recently turned onto by a friend.


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Aethellis - Aethellis
Review by Josh Turner
Sometimes curious children venture out into the woods to an isolated spot and make simple discoveries. These mischievous miscreants find an interesting bug under a hidden rock, see crayfish swimming in creeks, or observe exotic butterflies suckling on the surrounding plants.
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The Age of the Universe - Singularity
Review by G. W. Hill

This isn’t progressive rock I the traditional sense of the term. It’s progressive rock in the way that any of the modern alternative rock inspired stuff like Radiohead and shoegaze is.


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Agitation Free - Fragments
Review by G. W. Hill

This album brings more psychedelia and even some jazz to the table. It's still got a lot of space rock, though.


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Agitation Free - Last
Review by G. W. Hill

I really dig the trippy space sounds on this set. It's perhaps closer to something like Hawkwind than any of their other sets I've heard are.


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Agitation Free - Live 74
Review by G. W. Hill

This live set is strong.


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Agitation Free - Last, Fragments and Live '74
Review by G. W. Hill

This new box set includes three CDs that have been reissued.


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Agora - Segundo Pasado
Review by Gary Hill
For those of you who think that Latin music is just Shakira, Ricky Martin and El Tigres Del Norte, submit for your approval one Agora. This group, hailing from Mexico is a progressive rock band with a hard edge that really are quite promising. All the vocals and album notes here are in Spanish, but that does not take away from the power of the disc, even if you don't speak the language.
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Ajalon - Eternity
Review by Josh Turner
This band is near and dear to me, because its name originated from the same source as mine. That would be the Book of Joshua.
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Ajalon - The Light At the End of the Tunnel
Review by Gary Hill
This album is a progressive rock work of considerable merit, whose lyrical content consists of competent and well-written Christian themes. The musicianship on this album is quite inspired and competent, and the album also features some strong vocals.
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Jan Akkerman - Jan Akkerman
Review by G. W. Hill

This reissue of the self titled debut from Jan Akkerman sounds great.


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Alaska - Alaska
Review by Gary Hill
Alaska, the debut album by the band of the same name, features progressive rock arrangements which hint at the styles of ELP, Yes and others. For the most part, the arrangements are predominately keyboard based, but there is some nice guitar work present as well.
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Roye Albrighton - The Follies of Rupert Treacle
Review by Gary Hill
This solo release from Nektar guitarist/vocalist Roye Albrighton is definitely that, a solo release. Do not expect a Nektar album here.
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Alchimy - Chercher d'Or
Review by G. W. Hill

This outfit hails from Belgium. All but two of their songs are in French, though.


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The Alea Dilemma - Within the Clamor of Voices
Review by G. W. Hill

This album is pretty impressive. It runs along the lines of guitar driven progressive rock.


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Alientar - Alientar
Review by Gary Hill
I have to admit it; I'm a sucker for Hawkwind styled space rock. For that reason, this disc appeals to me, but not only for that reason.
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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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Russell Allen's Atomic Soul - Russell Allen's Atomic Soul
Review by Josh Turner
The Darkness can step aside. This is the real deal when it comes to rock retro.
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The Johnny Almond Music Machine - Patent Pending
Review by G. W. Hill

This is a reissue of a classic album. I know this is generally considered jazz or fusion.


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Altura - Mercy
Review by Gary Hill
Many prog rock bands seem to be heavily influenced by Dream Theater. Altura is certainly one of those.
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Leon Alvarado - 2014 Music from an Expanded Universe
Review by G. W. Hill

Leon Alvarado plays keyboards.


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Leon Alvarado - The Future Left Behind
Review by G. W. Hill

This newest set from Leon Alvarado is quite a tasty one. It has a number of nearly vocal only spoken bits that tell the story of the album.


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Amon Düül II - Düülirium
Review by G. W. Hill

This is the first album from Amon Düül II in almost two decades.


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Ampledeed - BYOB
Review by G. W. Hill

The mix of sounds on this set is intriguing for sure. There are elements of very diverse music here.


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Ancient Vision - Focus or Blinders
Review by Gary Hill
There are many people out there who have been searching for new progressive rock bands, but have been getting turned off by the heavy metal leanings that most of them have. If you are one of those people, this album is the answer to your quest.
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And They Are Us - And They Are Us
Review by G. W. Hill

This duo consists of visual artist /producer Dustin DeMilio (aka Dust Magnet) and guitarist Christopher Schreiner (aka Drop.Kick.Pop).


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Anderson Ponty Band - Better Late than Never
Review by G. W. Hill

Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty have talked about doing a project together for a long time.


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Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe - An Evening of Yes Music Plus
Review by Gary Hill
Before the Union album, Jon Anderson, frustrated with the musical direction of the Rabin era Yes, left the group and reunited with former classic Yes-mates Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman and Bill Bruford. Although, they were four fifths of the same lineup that brought such albums as Fragile and Close To The Edge to life, Chris Squire owned the rights to the name "Yes", and wasn't interested in letting them use it.
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Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe - Brother of Mine / Vultures in the City (vinyl single)
Review by G. W. Hill

This single from Anderson, Bruford Wakeman and Howe is out of print, of course, but these days, it’s not that hard (or sometimes expensive) to get your hands on something like this.


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Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe - Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe Brother of Mine / Vultures in the City CD single
Review by G. W. Hill

This single from Anderson, Bruford Wakeman and Howe is out of print, of course, but these days, it’s not that hard (or sometimes expensive) to get your hands on something like this.


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Ian Anderson - Plays the Orchestral Jethro Tull
Review by Gary Hill
I have to go on record as saying that I am not always blown away by rock bands doing shows with orchestra. It often seems to me that in this type of an arrangement the symphony either serves as simply an accompaniment, a role that can be equally served by keys, or tends to overshadow or take away from the actual thrust of the musical compositions.
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Ian Anderson - Homo Erraticus
Review by G. W. Hill

I know it’s still early days in terms of the year 2014, but I’d say it’s a safe bet this disc will make my “best of” list for the year. I


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Jon Anderson - 3 Ships
Review by Gary Hill
This Christmas disc by Yesman Jon Anderson features some traditional and some original holiday music. The songs vary from fairly traditional (but modernized) to quite modern.
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Jon Anderson - Change We Must
Review by G. W. Hill

This is a newly remastered version of the Jon Anderson Change We Must album.


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Jon Anderson - Olias of Sunhillow (Limited Edition Hybrid SACD version)
Review by G. W. Hill

I reviewed the original release of this album before, and the songs are unchanged here.


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Jon Anderson - Animation
Review by G. W. Hill

I bought this on vinyl when it first came out. Since the onset of the CD era this has been in and out of print for a while. This is the first time I’ve owned it on CD.


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Jon Anderson - and Matt Malley – The Family Circle (digital single)
Review by G. W. Hill

The first thing to mention here is that this is a collaborative effort between former Yes singer Jon Anderson and former Counting Crows bassist Matt Malley.


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Anderson/Stolt - Invention of Knowledge
Review by G. W. Hill
The “Anderson” in the name is Yes co-founder Jon Anderson. The “Stolt” is Flower Kings leader Roine Stolt.
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Jane Anfinson - Precious Details
Review by Lisa Palmeno
A world music sound permeates theatrical vocals and pop alternative savvy on Jane Anfinson's Precious Details. Anfinson's strong, haunting voice is a mixture of Kate Bush, Debbie Harry and the singer from Siouxie and The Banshees, while she drones on inward themes.
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Ant-Bee - Pure Electric Honey
Review by G. W. Hill

This is a release of very early Ant-Bee recordings.


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Anubis Spire - Old Lions (In the World of Snarling Sheep)
Review by Gary Hill
This is the debut album by this band, and the title to this album is definitely among my favorite titles of all time. The album combines diverse influences, ranging from Pink Floyd to Hawkwind, Rush and even Genesis, with minimalistic chord patterns and covers much of them with tasty guitar soloing.
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Anubis Spire - Back To Abydos
Review by Gary Hill
A collection of odds and end pieces that didn't make it onto their "Old Lions…" disc, this album is actually quite good. Every meal of leftovers should be this pleasing.
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Anyone's Daughter - Wrong
Review by Josh Turner
There is no doubt Anyone's Daughter makes great music. The real question is whether they are mainstream or progressive.
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Anyone's Daughter - Adonis (Vinyl)
Review by G. W. Hill

This is a new audiophile record. It’s a classy set on heavy duty vinyl.


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Anyone's Daughter - Anyone’s Daughter (Vinyl)
Review by G. W. Hill

This reissue of the eponymous Anyone’s Daughter album is classy.


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Apollo Architect - The Wanderer
Review by G. W. Hill

Music like Radiohead manages to combine an alternative rock sound with progressive rock.


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Aqua Nebula Oscillator - Friday the 13th
Review by G. W. Hill

There is a lot of hard rock built into this beast. Yet, it also has plenty of space rock.


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Arabs in Aspic - Pictures in a Dream
Review by G. W. Hill

I’m sure there are those who will argue with these guys landing in the progressive rock section.


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Arena - Immortal
Review by Gary Hill
A fine concept album, this one has many great prog elements, most notably Pink Floyd and Marillion. The Marillion sounds are a natural, since this band was formed by former Marillo Mick Pointer along with Pendragon's Clive Nolan.
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Armonite - The Sun Is New Each Day
Review by G. W. Hill

I suppose the easiest way to label this is as jazzy instrumental music.


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Art Decade - Art Decade
Review by G. W. Hill

This is such a great disc. The blend of modern and classic prog sounds with a more pop oriented element is so effective.


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Art Rock Circus - Tell A Vision
Review by Gary Hill
John Miner's Art Rock Circus has released a new double disc set called "Tell A Vision". While his vision has elements that I like, frankly, I think the album could have benefited from a little editing to create one exceptionally strong CD.
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Ray Ashley - Cinema Inferno
Review by Gary Hill
Although I am listing this disc as being by Ray Ashley, the credit on here is actually to the "Cinema Inferno Orchestra." However, the side of the CD sleeve says, "Ray Ashley", so that is the reason I chose that label for it.
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Ray Ashley - 3 Hour Detour
Review by Gary Hill
This release by Ashley, working under the name Three Hour Detour is a good prog release with echoes of such artists as The Allman Brothers, Kansas, Tempest and King Crimson. Other influences represented here include fusion.
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Asia - Arena
Review by Gary Hill
This is not your father’s Asia. In it’s beginnings Asia was a band that was arguably the first progressive rock supergroup -- well, OK, ELP probably has that title, but for various reasons, the crown was placed on Asia’s head at the beginning of their career.
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Asia - Archiva 1
Review by Gary Hill
This album really is a very pop oriented album. It is included in the progressive section of the reviews because both Geoff Downes and Steve Howe are on the album.
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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 - Live Koln
Review by Gary Hill
This double disc set is a very strong chronicle of a live performance by Asia. The repertoire includes material from every phase of their career, and they do a great job of performing it.
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Asia - Rare
Review by Gary Hill
This disc is a bit of a paradox. Although it was released under the moniker of Asia, the material here was actually recorded by just Geoff Downes and David Payne.
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Asia - Silent Nation
Review by Gary Hill
I remember when Asia's first album was released thinking that it was an intriguing combination of sounds, still basically prog rock, but packaged in very accessible cuts that really rocked. After a while Asia seemed to lose their sense of direction, and I often lost interest.
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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 - Gravitas
Review by Jason Hillenburg

One cannot rage against the dying of the light indefinitely.


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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 - Aura
Review by G. W. Hill

This is an unusual album for Asia.


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Asia - Phoenix – Special Edition
Review by G. W. Hill

This is a brand new, two CD edition of Asia’s Phoenix album. It’s quite classy.


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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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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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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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Asmodeus X - The Bright Ones
Review by G. W. Hill

The newest set from Asmodeus X, this continues with their brand of electronic music.


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Badi Assad - Between Love and Luck
Review by G. W. Hill

This isn’t necessarily the best fit under progressive rock.


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Gustavo Assis-Brasil - Chromatic Dialogues
Review by G. W. Hill
This new album is intriguing. It has some pretty amazing musicianship on display.


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Atomic Rooster - Best of Atomic Rooster - Volume 1 and Volume 2
Review by Gary Hill
Atomic Rooster have often been regarded by most as a progressive rock band. That is the first reason they are included in the prog section at MSJ. Reason number two is the fact that Carl Palmer was a member of the band.
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Attention Deficit - Attention Deficit
Review by Gary Hill
Described as "mad scientist rock", this album contains very intriguing instrumental music. With strong leanings toward modern King Crimson, the album covers progressive territory in a dark, gritty and somewhat chaotic manner.
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Attention Deficit - The Idiot King
Review by Gary Hill
Attention Deficit's second album, this one continues their trend of fusion oriented instrumental music. The album should appeal to fans of bands like King Crimson, Djam Karet and Frank Zappa.
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Gilad Atzmon & the Orient House Ensemble - The Whistle Blower
Review by G. W. Hill

This disc is essentially fusion.


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Aurganic - Deviations
Review by G. W. Hill

This isn’t old school progressive rock, although it does touch on that sound.


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Autumnal Blossom - Spellbound
Review by G. W. Hill

This is an intriguing set. It's related to folk prog. It's related to classical music.


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The Avengers - On a Mission
Review by G. W. Hill

This album is essentially fusion.


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Ayreon - The Dream Sequencer Universal Migrator (Part 1)
Review by Gary Hill
Dutch band Ayreon has released two albums together as two parts of one story. The discs both have very different sounds, and a large cast of supporting musicians. This disc is the more melodic, song-oriented mode.

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Ayreon - Flight Of The Migrator Universal Migrator (Part 2)
Review by Gary Hill
Dutch band Ayreon has released two albums together as two parts of one story. The discs both have very different sounds, and a large cast of supporting musicians.
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