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Antoine Fafard - Occultus Tramitis
Review by Gary Hill
Antoine Fafard is the bass player and mastermind behind the band Spaced Out.

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Antoine Fafard - Ad Perpetuum
Review by Gary Hill
Antoine Fafard first came to prominence as the leader and bass player for the outfit Spaced Out.

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Fairport Convention - The Woodworm Years
Review by Steve Alspach
Fairport Convention is a cornerstone band in folk rock music, having been around since 1967 (except for a six-year respite in the early 1980s).
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The Fall - Sub-Lingual Tablet
Review by Gary Hill
I like The Fall. I can see why some people wouldn’t, though.

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The Fall - Wise Ol’ Man
Review by Gary Hill
I like the Fall a lot. The thing is, I see why a lot of people don’t enjoy their music.

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Casey Fallen - Atmospheric Disturbances
Review by Gary Hill
I definitely consider this progressive rock, but prog like modern acts like RPWL and Porcupine Tree.

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Famlende Fors0k - One Night I Had a Frightful Dream
Review by Gary Hill
Another album based on the works of H. P. Lovecraft, this is one of the cooler ones out there. It is a little hard to find, but well worth the effort.
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Far Corner - Far Corner
Review by Josh Turner
This is unbelievably accessible for avant-garde. As far as instrumental music goes, it's as catchy and experimental as Kopecky.
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Farpoint - First Light
Review by Josh Turner
There is a lot of debate over what may or may not be progressive rock. Farpoint would be a great place to start for anyone who might be wondering.
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Farpoint - Grace
Review by Josh Turner
The album is equal to the debut, but not entirely equivalent. The music is booming and bombastic in this release.
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Farpoint - From Dreaming to Dreaming
Review by Josh Turner
In this album, they've finally found the winning ticket and they cash it in for a fun-filled romp in Willy's Chocolate Factory.
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Mick Farren and Andy Colquhoun - Black Vinyl Dress
Review by Gary Hill
Let’s just say, right off the bat, not all of this is really progressive rock.

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FB1964 - The Fearless Vampire Killers
Review by Gary Hill
This is a pretty intriguing set. Frank Badenhop is the mastermind here. What he did is pretty amazing.

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Fernwood - Arcadia
Review by Gary Hill
Featuring Gayle Ellett of Djam Karet fame, this album would land under that heading based entirely on that connection.

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Fido Plays Zappa - Dirty Brown (vinyl single)
Review by Gary Hill
This single is so cool.

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Firebird - Bonds of Life
Review by Gary Hill
I really like the music on this disc a lot.

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Fischer’s Flicker - Fornever and Never
Review by Gary Hill
Imagine a prog rock act with hints of Alice Cooper in their sound.

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Fischer’s Flicker - Open 28 Hours
Review by Gary Hill

These guys are considered a progressive rock band, and I've reviewed a couple other albums that fit pretty tightly under that heading. This one isn't as tight a fit, but it still fits as prog.


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Fish - Internal Exile
Review by G. W. Hill
The lineup on this album is Fish(Derek W. Dick), Mickey Simmonds, Robin Boult, Frank Usher, David Paton, Ethan Johns, Ted McKenna and assorted side-musicians. Internal Exile was released in 1992.
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Fish - Field of Crows
Review by Steve Alspach
Scotland's favorite 6'5" singer (well, how many are there, really?) returned in 2003 with a new CD. Using the figure of the crow as a thematic center to the album, there is a unity to many of the songs in this CD.
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Fish - Raingods With Zippos
Review by G. W. Hill
While moving in fresh and original directions, this album also captures some of the magic of Fish`s former band Marillion. It seems to take progressive rock to another stage, utilizing much of the magic and beauty of the format, while bringing a new accessibility to the style.
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Fish - Yang
Review by Gary Hill
Part of a 2 CD combination of "Yin" and "Yang", this disc is a collection of Fish rarities and alternate takes. The reworks of Marillion tracks are some of the highlights of the album, but really it is all quite interesting.
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Fish - Yin
Review by Gary Hill
Along with the companion CD "Yang", this album contains many rarities, reworkings ad other items of interest from Fish's career. This one is especially noteable because of the appearance of Steve Howe (Fish's take on "Time and a Word") and the Sensational Alex Harvey Band ("Boston Tea Party").
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Fish - A Feast Of Consequences
Review by Jason Hillenburg
Renowned novelist John Irving once remarked that the stereotype of the American writer, extravagant talents flaming out their skills and lives in a blast of illness and addiction, struck him as terribly misguided.

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Fish on Friday - Quiet Life
Review by Gary Hill
This is an intriguing album. It's very effective and accessible.

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Flame Tree Featuring Nik Turner - Flame Tree Featuring Nik Turner
Review by Gary Hill
A couple of the musicians here should be quite familiar to regular readers of Music Street Journal.

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Flash - Psychosync
Review by G. W. Hill
When Peter Banks left Yes, he formed the band Flash. The group, rightly so, sounded quite a bit like early Yes.
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Flash - Featuring Ray Bennett & Colin Carter
Review by Gary Hill
This disc is likely to make my list of “best of 2013.”

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Pamela Fleming - Fearless Dreamer
Review by G. W. Hill
Essentially a jazz album, this work does include influences of prog rock and more pop oriented music. The disc is a very enjoyable listen and features some fine musicianship from all of the players.
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Pamela Fleming - and Fearless Dreamer - Climb
Review by Gary Hill
Pam Fleming's second CD, Climb continues with the progressive rock rooted firmly in jazz fashion that her first disc presented. The disc is a fairly sedate one, but a definite winner.
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Pamela Fleming - Pam Fleming & Fearless Dreamer - Buds
Review by Gary Hill

I've like Pam Fleming and Fearless Dreamer for years. The group consistently produces great music.


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Pamela Fleming - Pam Fleming's Dead Zombie Band - DZB Rise and Dance
Review by Gary Hill

I am a big fan of Halloween. For that reason, in my mind, it's never too early to start thinking about Halloween.


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The Flock - Heaven Bound: The Lost Album
Review by Gary Hill
I’d always heard of these guys as a fusion act, but this is a lot more straight rock music.

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The Flock - Truth: The Columbia Recordings 1969-1970
Review by Gary Hill
This new compilation showcases quite a bit of great music from this killer band.

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The Flower Kings - Adam and Eve
Review by Steve Alspach
They're nothing if not prolific. Sweden's Flower Kings are back with another excellent offering of lengthy numbers and shorter, more accessible tunes.
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The Flower Kings - BetchaWannaDanceStoopid
Review by Josh Turner
How can this be strictly improvisational jams? It's not possible.
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The Flower Kings - Unfold The Future
Review by Steve Alspach
Sweden's most prolific progressive band returns with another two-CD album of songs that shows the band's willingness to try any and all musical styles. Fans of this band will find this to be another excellent album in the band's catalogue.
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The Flower Kings - The Rainmaker
Review by Gary Hill
The Flower Kings return with their latest dishing of their particular flavor of progressive rock. The group typically has a style that is very hard for journalists to keep up with because it changes so briefly.
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The Flower Kings - Space Revolver
Review by G. W. Hill
The newest release from the Flower Kings finds them both staying true to their trademark sound and moving in new and unusual directions. We definitely find signs of both on this potent album
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The Flower Kings - Stardust We Are
Review by G. W. Hill
This album is the latest by Swedish band The Flower Kings. Featuring a fresh approach on influences from many classic prog bands, this is a strong release.
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The Flower Kings - Flower Power
Review by G. W. Hill
The Flower Kings sound contains elements and leanings of the classic prog of the '70's, but is definitely still their own. Since the Stardust We Are disc, the band's writing skills seem to have matured.
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The Flower Kings - Alive on Planet Earth
Review by G. W. Hill
This live album by The Flower Kings shows that they are not just a studio phenomenon. The disc should be evidence to the prog fan that this band is one to catch live as well.
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Fluid Time - Live at JJ Kelly's
Review by Gary Hill
This live disc is a first release of sorts from this Chicago area band. The CD is not really an official release, but just something that they put out to give people a chance to hear them at home.
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Flurries - My Darling, The Glass Was Always Half Empty
Review by Larry Toering
Another progressive rock band to come out of the Pacific Northwest is Flurries.

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Flying Colors - Second Nature
Review by Larry Toering
This band has succeeded the sophomore curse by not trying to defeat it, but succumbing to all of the cliches and eclectic efforts to do so.

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Focus - Hocus Pocus: The Best of Focus
Review by Gary Hill
Focus is probably known mostly for the one song “Hocus Pocus.”

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Focus - Golden Oldies
Review by Gary Hill
Dutch band Focus is legendary, yet many Americans have only heard one song from them, “Hocus Pocus.”

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Focus - Focus and Friends - Focus 8.5 / Beyond the Horizon
Review by Gary Hill
This new disc is intriguing. It's exactly the kind of thing you'd expect from a Focus based release. 

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Focus - The Focus Family Album
Review by Gary Hill

I'm often skeptical of the "Family Album" or "Friend and Relatives" or "Friends and Relations" albums.


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Forever Einstein - Racket Science
Review by Gary Hill
I know it's early in the year, but I can say with certainty that Forever Einstein have cinched at least a couple of titles with their latest release. The winner for 2005 for the most unusual and creative song titles (and longest ones, too) will almost positively go to Forever Einstein.
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Forever Einstein - One Thing After Another
Review by G. W. Hill
This is a very unique, creative and enchanting album. For fans of unusual guitar based instrumentals, this one is nearly a "must have".
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Forms of Things Unknown - Cross Purposes
Review by Josh Turner
This is a rare breed meant for a niche crowd. It is part of clan that was prevalent in the soundtracks of seventies sci-fi movies.
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Forsqueak - FSK
Review by Gary Hill
If you dig modern King Crimson, you might want to give this album a shot. It has a lot of that sound along with some fusion, Djam Karet and more.

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Jack Foster III - Raptorgnosis
Review by Gary Hill
While I don't think this entire album truly qualifies as progressive rock, much of it does. Add to that fact the presence of prog rockers Trent Gardner and Robert Berry and it should be obvious why I put the disc into that category.
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Fracktura - Oculus
Review by Gary Hill
This EP probably lands closest to the type of modern prog rock that is tied to the Rock In Opposition movement.

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Fractal Control - Disconnection Equals Freedom
Review by Gary Hill
This is definitely going to be the kind of review where people argue about it landing under progressive rock.

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Frame Shift - An Absence of Empathy
Review by Josh Turner
The previous album, Unweaving the Rainbow, put forth a respectable effort. It was decent and the concept was certainly interesting.
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Frame Shift - Unweaving the Rainbow
Review by Steve Alspach
I'm never sure where to classify albums like this - is it a concept album, a thematic album, or what?
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Freedom - Freedom (Vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new white vinyl release of this 1970 album from the band Freedom.

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Danielle French - Danielle French presents...Miss Scarlet and the Madmen “Dark Love Songs”
Review by Gary Hill
This is an unusual and intriguing album. It’s also one that’s likely to make my “best of 2016” list.

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Fright Pig - Out of the Barnyard
Review by Gary Hill
This is a great disc. The blend of progressive rock sounds here is classic.

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Robert Fripp - Exposure
Review by Steve Alspach
Robert Fripp's first solo album (not counting the side projects with Brian Eno) was considered "A Day in the Life" for the 1970s.

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Frogbelly and Symphony - Blue Bright Ow Sleep
Review by Gary Hill
This is such an unusual and original set. It’s also brilliant.

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Froskull - Froskull
Review by Gary Hill
One doesn’t usually think of progressive rock coming from Nashville, but that’s just where these guys call “home.”

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