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Fabrizio La Piana - Almond and Coffee
Review by Gary Hill

Those looking for actual progressive rock will probably want to steer clear, but there are a few moments that come really close. We generally land fusion under prog, so that's why this is here.


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James LaBrie - Elements of Persuasion
Review by Josh Turner
Whether or not you like this album probably hinges on how you felt about Dream Theater's "Train of Thought". This one has a tad more melody and quite possibly a bit more noodling.
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James LaBrie - Impermanent Resonance
Review by Gary Hill
In a lot of ways this makes me think of Dream Theater. Of course, when you’ve got heavy, progressive music with James LaBrie singing, that makes sense.

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Lake - Greatest Hits
Review by Gary Hill
So, this album might be mostly for collectors.

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Greg Lake - Songs of a Lifetime
Review by Gary Hill
This tour was an interesting one.

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Greg Lake - London 81
Review by Gary Hill
For the sake of full disclosure, with the exception of the closing piece, this album was previously released as “Live on the King Biscuit Flower Hour.”

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Greg Lake - Greg Lake/Manoeuvres
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new reissue of two older Greg Lake albums in one set. The second album includes a single bonus track, while the first has several.

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Greg Lake and Geoff Downes - Ride the Tiger
Review by Gary Hill
Apparently this album was recorded in the 80s, but has never before been released.

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Landmarq - Entertaining Angels
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve reviewed Tracy Hitchings before and she’s the lead singer for this outfit.

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Landmarq - Origins: A Landmarq Anthology 1991-14
Review by Gary Hill
Landmarq is a pretty amazing band and this career spanning retrospective shows that fact off well.

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Landmarq - Roadskill: Live in the Netherlands
Review by Gary Hill
I really like this band. This live album shows just how powerful they are live. 

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Lands End - (d)rainage
Review by G. W. Hill
The latest Lands End disc is an intriguing chronicle of a very promising prog band.
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Lands End - Natural Selection
Review by G. W. Hill
Lands End is Mark Lavallee, Fred Hunter, Francesco Neto and Jeff McFarland. This album is a wonderful piece of music which deftly combines elements such as Pink Floyd, Marillion, Genesis and Yes and comes up with an original and very intriguing work.
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Lands End - An Older Land
Review by G. W. Hill
Lands End`s music combines textural layering with emotional intensity and progish arrangements in a wonderfully original combination that really pleases. This album features Jeff McFarland, Francisco Neto, Mark Lavallee and Fred Hunter.
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Lands End - Pacific Coast Highway
Review by G. W. Hill
This is a strong entry from prog rockers Lands End and includes The Last Word, a standard of the California based band.
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Lands End - Terra Serranum
Review by G. W. Hill
Considered by many to be one of the best Lands End albums, this is a very strong prog rock work. Influences that can be heard on the CD are King Crimson, Hawkwind, Genesis and others.
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Lana Lane - Lady Macbeth
Review by Gary Hill
Lana Lane has now been in the business for ten years, and in commemoration of that anniversary she has delivered her newest release - a rock opera based on the Shakespeare play "Macbeth."
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Lana Lane - Return to Japan
Review by Gary Hill
This, the first live album from Lana Lane is a very good two disc set. It features a lot of material from various albums recorded on various tours.
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Lana Lane - Covers Collection
Review by Gary Hill
Lana Lane has one of the best voices in prog rock, and her band seems to do a better job of combining prog and harder textures in a palatable and accessible melange of sound. Here the group turns their attention to nothing but covers, and it is a mixed bag.
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Lana Lane - Project Shangri-La
Review by Gary Hill
In the liner notes to this album Lane says that she and Erik Norlander (her husband and main musical cohort) were just starting work for this album when the tragedy of September 11th, 2001 occurred. She goes on to speak about how hard it was to start the project in the midst of all that.
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Lana Lane - Secrets of Astrology
Review by G. W. Hill
Lana Lane has a spectacular voice. Honestly, any review of a CD of hers, could at least start with, if not consist almost entirely of that statement.
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Lana Lane - Winter Sessions
Review by Gary Hill
This album by Lana Lane features a number of originals and several covers. She and the band even reach back to cover some old jazz cuts, and show that they can do just about anything as they pull it off with a completely convincing style.
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Lana Lane - Curious Goods (Special Edition)
Review by Gary Hill
When Lana Lane and husband/collaborator Erik Norlander decided to reissue her 2nd album, they made an unusual choice.
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Lana Lane - Ballad Collection Special Edition
Review by Gary Hill
A two-disc set, this one includes both ballad collections (volume one and two). The album features a number of great prog ballads and several interesting cover renditions.
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Huw Lloyd Langton - On The Move
Review by Gary Hill
This album by Hawkwind alumni Langton is a great rocking release. It has no weak material and quite a bit that is very strong.
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Laserdogs - Frankenclown
Review by Gary Hill
The last time we caught up with up with Greg Lounsberry he was working under the name of Rocket4357 Project. This time around, he comes at us with his Laser Dogs project and Frankenclown the CD.
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Last Charge of the Light Horse - Race to the Sound
Review by Gary Hill

This album was a big surprise for me. I reviewed an earlier set from this act, and it was folk music.


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Le folli arie - Le folli arie
Review by Gary Hill
Le folli arie is an Italian band.

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Le Mur - Silentia Nova LP
Review by Gary Hill
This album is quite cool. First off, it’s a limited edition, colored vinyl record.

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Le Mur - In Tenebris (Vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
These guys call their music “heavy space rock.”

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Le Seul Élément - Demon
Review by Gary Hill
I don't know if this is progressive rock, but it's clearly progressive music. It's mostly atmospheric and dark, but there are plenty of variants here.

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John Lee - The Nature Series
Review by Gary Hill
The blend of sounds here is intriguing.

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Lucas Lee - Normalcy Bias
Review by Gary Hill
This is an amazing set. It covers a lot of musical territory.

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Lucas Lee - Business Brunch Specials: Uranium Omelet (with GMO-Free Brown Sauce)
Review by Gary Hill
Featuring Tobias Ralph (Adrian Belew Power Trio, The Crimson ProjeKCt) on drums and Lucas Lee on guitars, bass and keys, this lands thoroughly into modern progressive rock territory.

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Lucas Lee - Acceptances of Gravitational Collapsing Manifestations
Review by Gary Hill

This is a mostly instrumental set. It's what I could call challenging music.


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John Lee’s Barclay James Harvest - Legacy-Live at Shepherds Bush 2006
Review by Gary Hill
I really haven’t followed this band much.

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Lemur Voice - Insights
Review by Gary Hill
Lemur Voice certainly drew comparisons to Dream Theater, and somewhat rightly so. Indeed the main elements of this group surely seem to call to mind that sound.
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Leviathan - The Legendary Lost Elektra Album
Review by Gary Hill
No, this is really not prog rock. It is, however, for the most part proto prog.

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The Levin Brothers - The Levin Brothers
Review by Gary Hill
Is this album progressive rock? No.

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Levin Minnemann Rudess - Levin Minnemann Rudess
Review by Gary Hill
In the early parts of 2013 I was kind of under-impressed with the music coming out.

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Levin Minnemann Rudess - From the Law Offices of Levin Minnemann Rudess
Review by Gary Hill
This new album from Levin, Minnemann and Rudess is a masterpiece

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Tony Levin - Tony Levin Band - Double Espresso
Review by Gary Hill
Tony Levin and his band tour fairly frequently, bringing their unique show to enthusiastic fans on a regular basis. It wasn't until recently, though, that those fans could have a musical documentation of that group at home.
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Tony Levin - Waters of Eden
Review by Vivian Lee
Since the age of ten, bassist/stick-player Tony Levin has been a chameloid powerhouse in the world of music, having played with artists like Seal, Peter Paul and Mary, and Andy Summers; or with supergroups like King Crimson, Bruford Levin Upper Extremities and Liquid Tension Experiment.
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Tony Levin - From the Caves of the Iron Mountain
Review by G. W. Hill
This album is an incredibly unique work, beautiful and very difficult to categorize. The musicians on the album are Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta and Steve Gorn.
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Tony Levin - World Diary
Review by G. W. Hill
Featuring a large number of diverse musicians, this album is a considerably varied work. Released in 1995, jazz, art rock, and world textures dominate in this unique and intriguing CD, Tony Levin`s first solo album and the first release on his Papa Bear label.
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Tony Levin - Pieces of The Sun
Review by Gary Hill
Tony Levin consistently puts out musically strong, artistically driven albums, and this one is no exception. Pieces of The Sun does differ in some ways from his previous releases, though.
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The Rob Levit Trio - Uncertain Path
Review by Gary Hill
While possibly "progressive jazz" might be a better description of this disc than progressive rock, there are enough prog influences and an overall experimental air to put this one into the prog rock category for me.
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Liberty’s Exiles - The Price of Immortality
Review by Gary Hill
I like the mix of sounds here.

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Light Freedom Revival - Eterniverse Deja Vu
Review by Gary Hill
The melodic prog here is very much in line with both classic progressive rock and modern stuff like The Flower Kings.

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Ligro - Dictionary 1
Review by Gary Hill
Take healthy helpings of King Crimson and Djam Karet.

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Ligro - Dictionary 3
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve reviewed a couple other albums from this outfit.

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Liquid Casing - A Separate|Divide
Review by Gary Hill
I absolutely love this album. In fact, it’s likely to make my best of the year list for 2013.

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Liquid Scarlet - Liquid Scarlet
Review by Josh Turner
The debut of Liquid Scarlet should appeal to friends and relatives of the Parmenter family. Discipline's Matthew Parmenter and Eyestrings' Ryan Parmenter would certainly feel welcome within the confines of this release.
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Liquid Tension Experiment - Liquid Tension Experiment
Review by Gary Hill
This album by Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe), Jordan Rudess (Dregs, Rudess Morgenstein) and Mike Portnoy and John Petrucci (both of Dream Theater), much like the Black Light Syndrome CD by Bozzio, Levin, Stevens was written and recorded over the course of six days (with the exception of some keyboard and guitar overdubs).
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Liquid Tension Experiment - Liquid Tension Experiment 2
Review by Gary Hill
If you are into prog, and buy only one album this year, by all means, make it this one. The first Liquid Tension Experiment album was wonderful, and this one is even better.
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Little Shells - 5 Deep Under
Review by Gary Hill
I love music that serves as a melting pot.

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Lochness Monster - Fables
Review by Gary Hill
I know there are those who will argue with this landing under progressive rock. This kind of shoegaze meets alternative rock post punk stuff really is progressive, though.

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John Lodge - 10,000 Light Years Ago
Review by Gary Hill
It’s a safe bet most people reading this review know of John Lodge from his work as part of the Moody Blues.

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The Lonely Bears - The Best of the Lonely Bears
Review by Gary Hill
The personnel on this album are Tony Hymas (Jeff Beck, Jack Bruce, Ian Anderson), Terry Bozzio (Bozzio, Levin, Stevens; Frank Zappa; UK), Hugh Burns (Gerry Rafferty, Steelers Wheel), and Tony Coe (Spencer Davis, Henry Mancini, Caravan). T
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The Lonely Bears - Injustice
Review by Gary Hill
The personnel on this album are Tony Hymas (Jeff Beck, Jack Bruce, Ian Anderson), Terry Bozzio (Bozzio, Levin, Stevens; Frank Zappa; UK), Hugh Burns (Gerry Rafferty, Steelers Wheel), and Tony Coe (Spencer Davis, Henry Mancini, Caravan).
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The Lonely Bears - The Lonely Bears
Review by Gary Hill
Featuring modes that are both prog and traditional jazz, this is a strong CD by a talented bunch of musicians. The melody seems to be a very important part of the music on this album.
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The Lonely Bears - The Bears are Running
Review by Gary Hill
A new release in that it is only now being released in the US, this album has been available in Europe for quite some time. The Lonely Bears catalog is just now being released in America on the Magna Carta label.
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Jon Lord - Before I Forget
Review by Gary Hill
This solo album from Jon Lord has been reissued with some bonus tracks. It's an intriguing album.

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Lost and Profound - Goodbye Mine
Review by Gary Hill
This is a very strong set.

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Arjen Anthony Lucassen - Arjen Anthony Lucassen's Strange Hobby
Review by Gary Hill

This album was originally released quite a few years back, but without Lucassen's name attached. This new reissue gives full credits.


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Lucifer’s Friend - Awakening
Review by Gary Hill
I remember hearing these guys many years ago and not being all that impressed.

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Lucifer’s Friend - Live at Sweden Rock 2015
Review by Gary Hill
At one time, Lucifer’s Friend was a band that was relegated to history. They hadn’t played together since their hey-day.

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Lucifer’s Friend - too late to hate
Review by Gary Hill
This new disc from the legendary 70s rockers probably wouldn't land under prog rock on its own strengths.

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Luna 13 - Dark Side of the Sun
Review by Gary Hill

I really can see someone arguing with this landing in prog rock. The dark electronic vibe here, though, lands near a lot of modern prog stuff.


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Luna Kiss - Gravity
Review by Gary Hill
I know a lot of people will probably argue with this making it to progressive rock.

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Lunatic Soul - Walking on a Flashlight Beam
Review by Gary Hill
I’m going to say this right up front, this might be the best album yet from Lunatic Soul.

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Lunatic Soul - Walking on a Flashlight Beam Special Edition
Review by Gary Hill
I actually wound up with two copies of this set, the standard edition and the special edition.

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Luxury Mane - Lux Running Out
Review by Gary Hill
I'm expecting arguments with landing this under prog rock. It's clearly a form of art rock, though.

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Lydia Lunch – Cypress Grove - A Fistful of Desert Blues
Review by Gary Hill
This collaboration between Cypress Grove and Lydia Lunch is pretty fascinating stuff.

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