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John Hackett - Another Life
Review by Gary Hill
Anthony Phillips plays on one song and (John's brother) Steve Hackett is featured on several, bringing a Genesis reference to this.

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John Hackett - John Hackett Band - We Are Not Alone
Review by Gary Hill

This is an interesting double-CD set. The first is a studio album from John Hackett.


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Steve Hackett - To Watch the Storms
Review by Steve Alspach
Steve Hackett's first studio in four years shows that he hasn't lost a step in creating albums that go in different directions yet still manage to maintain a sense of coherence.
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Steve Hackett - Watcher of the Skies
Review by G. W. 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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Steve Hackett - There Are Many Sides to the Night
Review by Steve Alspach
While reviewing this on my PC, Windows Media Player listed this album as "There Are Many Sides to Steve Hackett." And who can argue?
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Steve Hackett - Tokyo Tapes
Review by Steve Alspach
1999 was a busy year for Steve Hackett. He saw the Original Masters releases of "Guitar Noir," "There Are Many Sides to the Night," and this CD, a 2 disc set recorded from a 1996 concert in Tokyo.
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Steve Hackett - Voyage of the Acolyte
Review by Steve Alspach
After the sprawl of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, the subsequent 102-date tour, and Peter Gabriel's departure from Genesis, one could understand the band's willingness to go on a prolonged vacation and take stock of their future. Fortunately, they didn't exactly sit still all that time.
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Steve Hackett - Spectral Mornings
Review by Steve Alspach
Two years after Steve Hackett's departure from Genesis, he released Spectral Mornings. For this album he organized a band that played full-time with him on tour and on this album.
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Steve Hackett - Tokyo Tapes
Review by Gary Hill
I like this set a lot. It’s classy. First we get the two CD set.

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Steve Hackett - Blues with a Feeling
Review by Gary Hill
Those expecting a typical Steve Hackett album will certainly be shocked by this.

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Steve Hackett - and Djabe - Summer Storms and Rocking Rivers
Review by Gary Hill
Those expecting Genesis styled prog rock here are likely to be disappointed. This is much more of a fusion set with some world music built into it.

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Steve Hackett - Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham
Review by Gary Hill

While I generally don't include live albums in my "best of the year" lists, I might make an exception for this. It's just such a powerful live set.


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The Hadron Big Bangers - Strange Beauty Decays
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of sounds here is wide.

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Vasil Hadzimanov Band - Featuring David Binney – Alive
Review by Gary Hill
We generally put fusion under progressive rock at Music Street Journal.

 


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Beto Hale - Rebirth
Review by Gary Hill
Beto Hale lives in Mexico. It should be no surprise then, that some of the songs here are in Spanish.

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Half Past Four - Good Things
Review by Gary Hill
This is cool stuff. It’s always left-of-center, but it’s amazing how mainstream these guys can often make that.

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Half Past Four - Land of the Blind
Review by Gary Hill
I really like this band. I've reviewed them in the past and always find them to be refreshing. 

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The Aurian Haller Band - House of Words
Review by Gary Hill
Here is another set that doesn’t fully land in progressive rock.

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Halloween - Laz
Review by G. W. Hill
Most of the lyrics to this album are poems written by the late horror writer H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937). The music is fusion-tinged progressive rock.
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Stu Hamm - The Diary of Patrick Xavier
Review by Gary Hill

Let's make this point abundantly clear, this is not progressive rock in traditional sense. Still, it is purely instrumental music, and often related to fusion.


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Hammers of Misfortune - The August Engine
Review by Mike Korn
Here is one of the most delightful experiences I have ever had as a critic. Completely ignorant of this band and having no expectations at all, I find Hammers of Misfortune to be a totally original and invigorating unit.
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Herbie Hancock - Sunlight & Feets Don't Fail Me Now
Review by Gary Hill
The discussion of progressive rock or not on this one is rather obvious.

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Hands - Caviar Bobsled
Review by Gary Hill
This is a unique and special album. I love the blend of sounds here.

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Happy The Man - The Muse Awakens
Review by Steve Alspach
Comic Ian Shoales once said, during the hubbub concerning record ratings, that it would be a good idea to have ratings , but only the right ones, such as "TMS" - Too Much Synthesizer, "NGL" - Needs Guitar Lessons, and "OFMTMMTR" - Old Farts Making Too Much Money to Retire. If that's the case, then "The Muse Awakens" gets a rating of "BTRWTI" - Band That Records Way Too Infrequently.
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Happy The Man - Beginnings
Review by G. W. Hill
This disc, actually a compilation of previous unreleased early recordings by the band, has some very good compositions, but does suffer in places from poor recording conditions.
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Happy The Man - Crafty Hands
Review by Steve Alspach
One Way records saw fit to re-release both albums from Happy the Man, an instrumental progressive outfit lying somewhere between Genesis and the Dregs musically.
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Happy The Man - Death's Crown
Review by G. W. Hill
Happy the Man was a US based prog band in the 1970's. The sound of the band was similar to many of the greats of prog, while forging out its own uniqueness.
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The Fareed Haque Group - Cosmic Hug
Review by Gary Hill
Cosmic Hug lives in sort of a wonderful area between jazz, prog rock and world music - close enough into the prog genre for me to include the CD review under that heading, but not content to be restricted by the title.
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Keef Hartley Band - Live At Aachen Open Air Festival 1970
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve never heard these guys before, but based on this performance, what an amazing band they were.

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Hats off Gentlemen It’s Adequate - Invisible
Review by Gary Hill
This is unusual music, but then again, that’s an unusual name for a band.

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Hats off Gentlemen It’s Adequate - When the Kill Code Fails
Review by Gary Hill
This disc has kind of weird mix of sounds. In some ways, it’s less a mix than a clash.

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Hats off Gentlemen It’s Adequate - Broken but Still Standing
Review by Gary Hill

I've reviewed quite a bit of stuff from this act. This is their newest album. They generally tend to skirt between psychedelia and progressive rock, and this set is no exception to that rule.


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Hawklords - Dream
Review by Gary Hill
Hawklords is made up of some great musicians, several of whom have been in Hawkwind in the past.

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Hawklords - Fusion
Review by Gary Hill
Hawklords is essentially a Hawkwind spin off band.

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Hawkwind - Canterbury Fayre, 2001
Review by Bruce Stringer
Hawkwind are one of those bands that fans tend to gravitate (or levitate) toward a particular era or period. My own favourite being the Levitation-era (with Ginger Baker on drums) followed closely by any of the 1980's material graced by genius guitarist Huw Lloyd-Langton.
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Hawkwind - Family Tree
Review by Gary Hill
Family Tree or Friend and Relation albums are always weird things. It seems that many times the isolated parts have no where near the style or power of the whole.
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Hawkwind - Space Bandits
Review by Gary Hill
The only studio album to feature this lineup, this one leaves me wishing they had done more. It is difficult with the incredible amount of material this band have released to really pick out one or two best albums, but this one would definitely be in the running.
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Hawkwind - Choose Your Masques
Review by Gary Hill
I've read a lot of reviews of this CD where Hawkwind fans trash it. Personally, I have always really enjoyed this one a lot.
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Hawkwind - The Weird Tapes Number 4-Live ‘78
Review by Gary Hill
This disc, just released in 2000, is a great testament to the live presence of this legendary, if obscure, band. The CD features some of the finest live recordings of Hawkwind that I have ever heard.
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Hawkwind - Palace Springs
Review by Gary Hill
Coming from a band with seemingly a million albums under their belt, this is really one of their best live discs. It captures a great, if quite short, period of the band and does so with a style and texture that really is incredible.
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Hawkwind - Space Ritual Volume II
Review by Gary Hill
Originally when this was released on vinyl, Space Ritual Volume I and II didn't exist, only one multi disc set "Space Ritual". When released on CD it was culled into two separate albums.
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Hawkwind - Sonic Assassins
Review by Gary Hill
This fine CD, another of the year 2000 releases of previously unavailable Hawkwind music, is a great compilation. The recordings presented here are from several different sources.
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Hawkwind - This Is Hawkwind, Do Not Panic
Review by Bruce Stringer
One step on from the classic, yet volatile, Levitation line-up this release is a collection of tracks highlighting their performance of 1981's Stonehenge festival, re-sequenced and sounding at their most energetic since the days of Lemmy. 
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Hawkwind - Hall of The Mountain Grill
Review by Gary Hill
Hall of the Mountain Grill probably represents the apex of Hawkwind's popularity in the US, arguably being their best-known album in that country. Arguments can also be made that it is the most straight progressive rock release they have done.
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Hawkwind - In Your Area
Review by G. W. Hill
One part live album, one part studio, In Your Area shows Hawkwind doing space rock as they are the experts in doing. The album includes several long time Hawk favorites, and several new cuts.
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Hawkwind - Levitation
Review by G. W. 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...
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Hawkwind - Weird Tapes 2 - Hawkwind Live and Hawklords Studio
Review by G. W. Hill
In terms of number of albums released, Hawkwind is arguably the most prolific rock band in history. I once read a listing of all Hawkwind releases from several years ago and the number was somewhere in the 80’s.
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Hawkwind - Epoch Eclipse
Review by G. W. Hill
Chronicling the entire career of the band, this box set really is a wonderful collection. It shows the diversity of Hawkwind in all their varying styles.
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Hawkwind - It Is the Business of the Future to Be Dangerous
Review by Gary Hill
This is arguably the strangest album the Hawkwind catalogue.

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Hawkwind - Prometheus (Single)
Review by Gary Hill
When I got this single in line for review, I didn’t realize that I’ve already reviewed both songs from it on the original album, Blood of the Earth.

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Hawkwind - Back on the Streets / The Dream of Isis single (vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
The old rule at Music Street Journal was that we didn’t review out of print items.

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Hawkwind - Zarazinia 12 inch Single (Vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
For a long time we didn’t do reviews of out of print items at Music Street Journal.

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Hawkwind - Distant Horizons (Remastered Edition)
Review by Gary Hill
I reviewed the original release of this before. However, this reissue includes three bonus tracks.

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Hawkwind - Palace Springs (Remastered Edition)
Review by Gary Hill
If you’ve never owned this live CD from Hawkwind (or even if you have, now is the time to get it). This newly remastered edition sounds better than the original release to my ears.

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Hawkwind - Hawkwind (Record Store Day 2015 Orange Vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
This newly released special edition vinyl of the first Hawkwind album is gorgeous.

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Hawkwind - Back on the Street / Dream of Isis (white vinyl single – Record Store Day release)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new release of an older single from Hawkwind.

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Hawkwind - The Machine Stops
Review by Gary Hill
I have to admit that I’m a huge Hawkwind fan.

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Hawkwind - Hawklords - 25 Years On
Review by Gary Hill
This album was released under the moniker of "Hawklords." Apparently there were some legal issues tying up the Hawkwind name, so the change was made.

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Hawkwind - Quark Strangeness and Charm
Review by Gary Hill
The production on this is a bit unusual. There are also some punky elements. 

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Hawkwind - The Charisma Years 1976-1979
Review by Gary Hill
This brand new set includes remastered versions of four Hawkwind albums.

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Hawkwind - The RCA Active Years - 1981-1982
Review by Gary Hill
This new three CD set assembles three Hawkwind albums released from 1981-1982. I'm a huge fan of the third of those discs, Choose Your Masques, but I actually like all three. 

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Hawkwind - The GWR Years 1988-1991
Review by Gary Hill
It's hard for me to pick favorite Hawkwind albums. I mean, I'm a big fan of the band, and I like pretty much all of their albums.

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Hawkwind - Into the Woods
Review by Gary Hill
I have to make full disclosure here and say that Hawkwind is one of my favorite bands. In fact, they make my top three.
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Hawkwind - Alien 4
Review by Gary Hill

This a masterpiece of science fiction based space rock. It's hard-edged at times, and mellow at others, like an ebb and flow kind of composition.


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Hawkwind - Love in Space
Review by Gary Hill

I'm not sure when this double CD live set was recorded, but the bulk of the material comes from 1995's Alien 4, and it was released in 1996, so that narrows it down.


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Hawkwind - The Emergency Broadcast Years: 1994-1997
Review by Gary Hill

The new box set is a five disc collection of previously released Hawkwind albums. Each gets its own cardboard sleeve with the original cover art-work.


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Hawkwind - Dark Matter: The Alternative Liberty/UA Years 1970 – 1974 (Record Store Day 2018) Vinyl
Review by Gary Hill

The music contained on this new double disc vinyl set has only previously been released on one fairly rare CD set. I don't own that release, so I'm glad to have this.


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David Hayes - Epics
Review by Gary Hill
I loved David Hayes’ previous two discs.

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David Hayes - Epics (Acoustic Version)
Review by Gary Hill
This is rather unusual. David Hayes took his album Epics and reworked all the songs, creating an acoustic version of the set. So, as I said that’s unusual.

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Haze - The Last Battle
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite an ambitious album.

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He Is Me - Drowning Man Ocean Man (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill
This new single from He Is Me is stunning. It's also unsettling in a lot of ways.

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Heaven & Earth - Dig
Review by Larry Toering
Heaven & Earth are finally back with a solid line-up and a great follow up to their last release.

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Heaven & Earth - Hard to Kill
Review by Gary Hill

Let's get the classification question out of the way right at the start here.


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Heaven's Cafe - Live
Review by Gary Hill
What if a bunch of prog rockers decided to write and perform a Broadway musical? That is essentially what we have here.
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Hedersleben - Hedersleben 2: Die Neuen Welten
Review by Gary Hill
This band is pretty fascinating.

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Hedersleben - Hedersleben 3: The Fall of Chronopolis
Review by Gary Hill
This album is quite a ride. It’s more of less space rock start to finish, but there is a lot of room within that genre.

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Hedersleben - Orbit
Review by Gary Hill
This act occupies an intriguing territory between space rock, folk prog and symphonic prog.

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Michael Hedges - Aerial Boundaries Hybrid SACD Special Edition
Review by Gary Hill
I know some will argue with me including Michael Hedges under progressive rock.

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Heliopolis - City of the Sun
Review by Gary Hill
I love this album. It’s got quite a wide range of sounds.

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Matte Henderson - with Marco Minneman - The Veneer of Logic
Review by Gary Hill
This is a cool set. It is clearly not for everyone, though.

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Scott Henderson - Vibe Station
Review by Gary Hill
I could see this getting placed in non-prog as jazz.

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Henry Cow - In Praise of Learning
Review by Steve Alspach
Prog rockers of the world, unite! This little trip down memory lane involves Henry Cow, a progressive outfit whose inspiration appeared to be Frank Zappa and Karl Marx.
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Henry Cow - Western Culture
Review by Gary Hill
I’ll admit it; I’m not the biggest fan of Rock In Opposition.

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Edward Heppenstall - Parts That Hate Me
Review by Josh Turner
Take a Henning Pauly production and throw it in the oven. What comes out is sheet of well-baked Shrinky-Dinks severed into eleven elegant pieces. That's what this album is all about.
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Herd of Instinct - Manifestation
Review by Gary Hill
Featuring Gayle Ellett of Djam Karet, this band is a great one.

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Heylel - Nebulae
Review by Gary Hill
This outfit is from Portugal and if this set is any indication, they are pretty special.

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Hideous Sun Demons - Hideous Sun Demons
Review by Gary Hill
The names Ray Luzier and James Lomenzo are probably well known to anyone who has followed the career of Dave Lee Roth. The two of them (Luzier on drums and Lomenzo on bass) were Roth's rhythm section for quite some time.
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Hildegard - Hildegard
Review by Gary Hill
I really like this album a lot. It’s modern, but seems closer to old school prog than to the modern variety.

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Steve Hillage - Live in England 1979
Review by Gary Hill
This new live album is quite a cool one, both in terms of the music presented here and the full package.

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Steve Hillage - Live at the Rainbow 1977
Review by Gary Hill
I have to say that I like pretty much everything from Steve Hillage.

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Steve Hillage - Madison Square Garden 1977
Review by Gary Hill
I really love this album.

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Hillmen - The Whiskey Mountain Sessions Vol. II
Review by Gary Hill

I reviewed the first volume from this act when it was released. This is the new edition.


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Tracy Hitchings - From Ignorance To Ecstasy
Review by G. W. Hill
A reissue of this solo outing by Landmark vocalist Tracy Hitchings, this disc is almost more pop than prog.
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Murray Hockridge and Dave Kilminster - Closer to Earth
Review by Gary Hill
What an amazing set this is. It’s a collection of covers all delivered in an organic, soulful approach.

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Steve Hogarth - Ice Cream Genius
Review by Gary Hill
This solo effort from Marillion front man Steve Hogarth is a very entertaining disc that covers many musical styles. The music moves from playful to contemplative to pop to prog with a proficiency and ease that is quite impressive. "
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Allan Holdsworth - FLATTire: Music for A Non-Existent Movie
Review by Gary Hill
There is definitely a lot of fusion in this album.

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Bob Holz - Visions: Coast To Coast Connection
Review by Gary Hill

We generally land fusion under progressive rock. That's because often the line between jazz prog and fusion is all about how much rock is included.


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Hot Head Show - Perfect
Review by Gary Hill
To describe this in one word would be to say “weird.” That doesn’t really encompass all of it here.

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Hourglass - Subconscious
Review by Josh Turner
Where has Hourglass been hiding all this time? Their latest album is awesome.
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Dylan Howe - Subterranean - New Designs on Bowie's Berlin
Review by Gary Hill
First off, this is arguably a jazz rather than progressive rock release

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Steve Howe - Spectrum
Review by Gary Hill
Steve Howe never seems to be content to stay with one style or another for his solo albums. That means that every disc he does represents a bit of a surprise.
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Steve Howe - Not Necessarily Acoustic
Review by G. W. Hill
This album was recorded on Howe`s first solo tour, and is, not necessarily acoustic, but strictly acoustic, nonetheless. The performances show the many sides of this Yes guitarist, and just how much variety can be found in acoustic guitar music when it comes from the right source.
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Steve Howe - Pulling Strings
Review by Gary Hill
Without a doubt one of Steve Howe's biggest claims to fame is as the guitarist on the majority of Yes' albums. He has also had an intriguing solo career.
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Steve Howe - Quantum Guitar
Review by G. W. Hill
Steve Howe`s solo albums seem to hold a wide variety of music within. Generally, one can find acoustic guitar solos, progressive rock compositions, country tinged songs and more.
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Steve Howe - Skyline
Review by Gary Hill
Skyline is a different sort of album for Steve Howe. The disc shares far more with his new age type performances in conjunction with Paul Sutin than it does with any of the rest of his catalog.
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Steve Howe - Homebrew
Review by Gary Hill
This collection is a lot of literally “homebrewed” pieces by Steve Howe.

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Steve Howe - The Grand Scheme of Things
Review by Gary Hill
This is a pretty intriguing set.

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Steve Howe - Natural Timbre
Review by Gary Hill
This is Steve Howe’s first fully acoustic studio album.

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Steve Howe - Turbulence
Review by Gary Hill
Although this album is strictly instrumental, it’s one of the most “Yes-like” of Steve Howe’s solo catalog.

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Steve Howe's Remedy - Elements
Review by Steve Alspach
After all these years Steve Howe is still exploring new territories or, at least, foraging in styles that interest him.
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H+ - Hidden Dimensions
Review by Gary Hill

H+ is actually a guy named Malcolm Brian Swan. This new release has some intriguing sounds. 


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Hugh Hopper - Volume 2: Franglo Band
Review by Gary Hill
Hugh Hopper is probably best known as one of the founding members of Soft Machine.

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Hugh Hopper - Volume 1: Memories
Review by Gary Hill
Best known for his work as the bassist in Soft Machine, this is the first disc of a ten disc set of archival releases from Hopper.

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Hughscore - Delta Flora
Review by G. W. Hill
Low key and rather jazzy; this is an intriguing prog album. Really a nice change of pace, and interesting direction for the genre to go in. In the tradition of the great prog experimentation of the '70's, this is a new and very original sound.
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Steve Hunter - The Manhattan Blues Project
Review by Gary Hill
Based on the title, the fact that Hunter is considered a blues guitarist and a couple little bits I heard, I thought this was going to be basically a blues rock album.

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Steve Hunter - Tone Poems Live
Review by Gary Hill
This live album is pretty great. .

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Steve Hunter - Before the Lights Go Out
Review by Gary Hill

Steve Hunter's music always seems to create a middle ground between blues rock, fusion and progressive rock. This disc is no exception.


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