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Paatos - Timeloss
Review by Josh Turner
Like they say on Sesame Street, this is different, but the same. For those of you familiar with their sophomore release (that would be "Kallocain"), this is certainly what we've come to know as Paatos.
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Marcelo Paganini - 2012 Space Traffic Jam
Review by Gary Hill
First, I want to talk about the packaging here.

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Pain of Salvation - Entropia
Review by Vivian Lee
In 1984, a band named "Reality" took the Swedish music scene's attention with not just the members' young age but their musical talent as well. Since then the band has had a few personnel changes and a name change.
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The Ed Palermo Big Band - The Great Un-American Songbook
Review by Gary Hill
This is a cool set. I haven't heard of this act before, but apparently they came to fame doing interpretations of Frank Zappa songs.

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The Ed Palermo Big Band - The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren
Review by Gary Hill

I reviewed an earlier disc from this outfit and loved it. Well, this keeps up that tradition.


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Pallas - The Cross and the Crucible
Review by Steve Alspach
One of Scotland's finest, and longest running, progressive bands strikes again with this album. It's an ambitious effort, full of gothic choirs and grandiose themes involving theology and the origins of man.
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Pandora - Alibi Filosofico
Review by Gary Hill
I really loved the last album these guys released.

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Sasha Papernik - Victory
Review by Gary Hill
I have to say right away that I have fallen in love with this album.

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Paradise 9 - Take Me to the Future
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite an interesting album. It’s space rock, but there is a lot of punk rock edge to it.

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Paradise 9 - Live at Amersham Arms
Review by Gary Hill
If you like Hawkwind, and particularly the punky Nik Turner era of the band, you will like this.

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Paradise 9 - 20th Anniversary 1997 ~ 2017 Live
Review by Gary Hill
This double disc live set from Paradise 9 celebrates the 20 years of their musical career. The sound here is probably closest to the space rock of Hawkwind.

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Frederico Parra - Descending
Review by Gary Hill
This is an album that’s tough to classify. I’ve put it under progressive rock mainly because the mix of sounds is a very progressive thing.

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Alan Parsons - The Time Machine
Review by Gary Hill
This album, the latest release by Alan Parsons, finds him doing the blend of prog and pop that has been his forte for many years. It is an album that has peaks and valleys, but overall is entertaining and rather substantial.
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Alan Parsons - A Valid Path
Review by Gary Hill

For those who have followed the career of Alan Parsons this disc may seem rather strange at first. Parsons here embraces electronic music, with that sound driving the album. It even wanders into techno at times.


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Alan Parsons - Project - Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Review by Steve Alspach
In keeping with the theme of this issue of MSJ (Halloween), I hearken back to something truly frightening: Hurricane Smith. In 1972 former Pink Floyd producer Norman "Hurricane" Smith released an abhorrent piece of MOR saccharine called "Oh Babe, What Would You Say."
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Alan Parsons - Vulture Culture
Review by Gary Hill
I remember when this album first came out thinking that it was kind of a throw-away Alan Parsons disc.

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Alan Parsons - Project – I Robot
Review by Gary Hill
This was the second album from The Alan Parsons Project.

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Alan Parsons - Project - Gaudi
Review by Gary Hill
This album never seemed to catch on like some of the rest of the Alan Parsons Project discs did.

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Tony Patterson - Equations of Meaning
Review by Gary Hill
Melodic progressive rock is the concept here. That said, there is a definite range.

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Patto - Hold Your Fire
Review by Gary Hill
I know these guys are considered a prog band, but based on the two CDs I have, I only see it so much.

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Patto - Patto
Review by Gary Hill
These guys are considered a prog band, in the jazz rock end of that equation. Well, I have to admit that I have two albums by them to review, and this is the first I've heard.

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Patto - Roll Em Smoke Em Put Another Line Out
Review by Gary Hill
I hadn't heard of this act until recently, but in the course of the last couple months I've reviewed a number of their discs, this one included. This act is often considered a jazz prog band.

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Patto - Monkey's Bum
Review by Gary Hill
This was to be Patto's fourth album. The thing is, it was never actually released.

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Pearly Clouds - Pearly Clouds
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite an intriguing set. Is it progressive rock? No. Is it progressive music? Yes, absolutely.

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Roger Pederson - Guitar Madness ...and other nice songs
Review by Gary Hill
Very little of this is actually progressive rock.

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Pendragon - Believe
Review by Josh Turner
This was way more than I had anticipated. I had my hands full with this listening experience. Nick Barrett said that this would be more guitar-driven and I can certainly vouch for that.
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Pendragon - Not of This World
Review by Josh Turner
In times when a short list keeps getting shorter, it is a rare occurrence to encounter a band that is an instant addition. Pendragon is one of these exceptions to the rule.
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Pentwater - Out of the Abyss
Review by Gary Hill
Combining heavy helpings of Yes, Genesis and ELP with the some of the weirdness of Frank Zappa, Out of the Abyss, and Pentwater in general had some of the quirkiest and most unusual progressive rock ever created.
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Pentwater - Pentwater (Reissue)
Review by Gary Hill
Pentwater may well be the best progressive rock band whose name you have never heard. The Chicago area band released one record on their own label in 1970's, their unique, innovative and quirky blend of humor, weirdness and musical virtuosity earned them a definite cult following.
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Pentwater - Pentwater (Vinyl Reissue)
Review by Gary Hill
I remember getting this record when it was around the first time on vinyl.

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The Perc Meets the Hidden Gentleman - The Fruits of Sin & Labor
Review by Gary Hill
I can definitely see people arguing with this getting set under progressive rock.

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The Perc Meets the Hidden Gentleman - & The Lavender Orchestra - Praha
Review by Gary Hill

These guys are never the most obvious fit under progressive rock. Still, their spirit of experimentation and adventure is clearly suited to it.


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Andre Perim - dagua
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of sounds here runs from space rock, progressive rock, jazz, electronic and more.

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Lee “Scratch” Perry - Must Be Free
Review by Gary Hill
This is certainly progressive music. Is it progressive rock?

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Petland - Miss Roboto
Review by Gary Hill
The boundaries of what is and what is not progressive rock are really quite subjective and changeable. With that in mind, I am including this album in the progressive rock section of MSJ.
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John Petrucci - Suspended Animation
Review by Josh Turner
I'm not one for instrumentals, but I'll make an exception for this one. John Petrucci is one of my favorite guitarists, and I'm curious whenever his name is on the credits.
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John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess - An Evening with John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess
Review by Gary Hill
This is actually a reissue of an out of print disc featuring Dream Theater's guitarist extraordinaire John Petrucci in duet with their keyboard wizard Jordan Rudess. There is, without any surprise, some great musicianship on show here.
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Philharmonie - Le Dernier Mot - The Last Word
Review by Gary Hill
Released in 1999, this disc is sort of the swan song of French group Philharmonie. It is a fine prog album, and should stand as a great monument to the band.
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Anthony Phillips - Private Parts and Pieces II
Review by Gary Hill
This is an album in a series of discs showcasing various unreleased tracks by Anthony Phillips.
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Anthony Phillips - Wise After the Event: Deluxe Edition
Review by Gary Hill
This new edition of this former Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips’ solo release is quite nice.

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Anthony Phillips - Sides: Deluxe Boxset Edition
Review by Gary Hill
This a companion to the other Anthony Phillips box set I reviewed in this issue.

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Anthony Phillips - 1984 (Remastered and Expanded Edition)
Review by Gary Hill
The first disc of this set was originally released in 1981, with a different mix. This is an instrumental album from former Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips.

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Anthony Phillips - Private Parts and Pieces VIII: New England
Review by Gary Hill
This entry in the Private Parts and Pieces series is perhaps a bit better rounded than some of the rest are.

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Anthony Phillips - Private Parts and Piece VII: Slow Waves, Soft Stars
Review by Gary Hill
This set from the Private Parts and Pieces series is a bit less cohesive than some of the others.

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Anthony Phillips - Private Parts and Piece VI: Ivory Moon
Review by Gary Hill
I think most people think of Anthony Phillips as a guitar player. With this album he turned his attention to solo piano.

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Anthony Phillips - Private Parts and Piece V: Twelve
Review by Gary Hill
A set of musical tapestries woven with acoustic guitar this is all instrumental. It makes its way through the months of the year in fine fashion.

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Anthony Phillips - Private Parts & Pieces V-VIII
Review by Gary Hill
Perhaps Anthony Phillips is best known as the original guitarist for Genesis. He really wasn't in that gig for all that long, though.

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Anthony Phillips - Slow Dance: Remastered & Expanded Deluxe Edition
Review by Gary Hill
This new set is a three-disc release (two CDs and one DVD). The first CD is a remastered version of the Anthony Phillips Slow Dance album.

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Anthony Phillips - Invisible Man (Remastered and Expanded Edition)
Review by Gary Hill

When I recently interviewed Anthony Phillips he mentioned his quirky catalog (my words not his precisely) and that it was caused by record label pressure.


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Anthony Phillips - Private Parts & Pieces IX - Dragonfly Dreams
Review by Gary Hill

I've heard and reviewed a large cross-section of Anthony Phillips' music. One thing you can count on with him is quality.


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Anthony Phillips - Private Parts & Pieces X - Soirée
Review by Gary Hill

Anthony Phillips first came to prominence as the original guitarist for Genesis. Since leaving that group he has released a very extensive catalog.


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Anthony Phillips - Private Parts & Pieces XI - City of Dreams
Review by Gary Hill

Each album Anthony Phillips releases is quite different from the ones around it. This particular set is made up of atmospheric electronic music that calls to mind things like Tangerine Dream and Synergy.


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Anthony Phillips - Private Parts & Pieces IX - XI
Review by Gary Hill

This new box set is classy. You get three previously released Anthony Phillips albums, Private Parts & Pieces IX-XI.


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Simon Phillips - Another Lifetime
Review by Gary Hill
Although this album is more of a jazz album than anything else, it is included in the prog section because of Simon Phillips involvement in many assorted prog projects, most recently the ELP tribute album also reviewed this month.
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Simon Phillips - Protocol 4
Review by Gary Hill

This disc features drum master Simon Phillips playing with Greg Howe, Ernest Tibbs and Dennis Hamm.


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Pilgrim Speakeasy - Lo-Fi Love at the Park Café
Review by Gary Hill
There’s one thing that’s always easy about a Pilgrim Speakeasy album.

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Mike Pinder - Promise / Among the Stars
Review by Gary Hill
Mike Pinder is best known as the original keyboardist for the Moody Blues.

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Richard Pinhas and Barry Cleveland featuring Michael Manring and Celso Alberti - Mu
Review by Gary Hill
This new CD is all instrumental. It has a lot of space rock in the mix.

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Pink Floyd - Meddle
Review by Steve Alspach
This album shows how well Pink Floyd was able to make the transition from experimental band to a song-based unit without losing any sense of musical adventure.
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Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Review by Josh Turner
In the commercial world, two albums from Pink Floyd were hugely successful. Unless you've been a castaway on a remote island for the past couple of decades, you'd know I was talking about Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall.
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Pink Floyd - Animals
Review by Gary Hill
I know a lot of people really focus on Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, and possibly Wish You Were Here as the highpoints of Pink Floyd's career. Personally, I will take Animals over any of those discs, although I appreciate all of those, as well.
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Pink Floyd - A Saucerful of Secrets
Review by Gary Hill
Once upon a time Pink Floyd was more psychedelic than progressive rock.

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Pink Floyd - Obscured by Clouds
Review by Gary Hill
This album came into being as Pink Floyd were creating the soundtrack to a French film La Vallée.

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Pink Floyd - The Endless River
Review by Gary Hill
This is the latest, and according to David Gilmour, the last Pink Floyd album.

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Pink Floyd - More
Review by Gary Hill
This album was a soundtrack album from Pink Floyd.

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Planet P Project - 1931
Review by Josh Turner
Prepare yourself for some bold statements… This unknown commodity is one of my highlights from 2004 and deserves to be in any Top Ten Prog Album List for that year.
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Planet X - Live From Oz
Review by Gary Hill
Oz in this case is Australia, not the land of that fabled wizard or the prison show. The album was recorded live on June 13th, 2001 at the Corner Hotel, Richmond, Victoria, Australia.
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Planet X - Universe
Review by Gary Hill
Building on styles started on the first Planet X disc, this is a strong prog outing that includes a jazzy sort of texture. This one comes across a bit more hard rocking than the previous.
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Plastic Handgun - Involuntary Memories
Review by Gary Hill
There is quite a mix of sounds here.

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Platypus - When Pus Comes To Shove
Review by Gary Hill
Combining elements of many `70`s styles, including prog, in a fresh mode, When Pus Comes To Shove is a strong work that should really hold up to the test of time.
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Platypus - Ice Cycles
Review by Gary Hill
The second release from Platypus, this is good fun prog with a classic rock edge. At times it is Floydish, at times Dregsish, but all with this particular group's style all over it.
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The Plum Magnetic - Terra Animata
Review by Gary Hill
This is modern progressive rock.

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Podd - Cosmic Forces
Review by Gary Hill

This four-piece outfit creates instrumental progressive rock.


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Larkin Poe and Thom Hell - (A Collaboration Album) - The Sound of the Ocean Sound
Review by Gary Hill
OK, I’m sure there are plenty who will disagree with my decision to put this one in progressive rock.

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Point of Ares - Enemy Glory
Review by Gary Hill
You really will probably never hear another band that sounds like this. Taking art rock influences and a very strong literary basis, Point of Ares adds in elements typically not seen in this genre of music.
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Point of Ares - Sorrows of Young Apollo
Review by Gary Hill
Point of Ares` debut showcased an unusual sound which introduced punk textures into the progressive rock landscape. This CD continues in that musical direction, but seems much more refined, showing that the band is honing their craft.
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Points North - Points North
Review by Gary Hill
I really love the fact that so much modern progressive music draws from all kinds of diverse things.

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Yvan Poisson - Blind Experiment
Review by Gary Hill

This is listed as "instrumental trip hop." Well, honestly, I don't see how this any less prog oriented than any number of electronic styles that get lumped under the prog heading.


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Pomegranate Tiger - Entities
Review by Rick Damigella
The revolution will not be televised. It will in fact, be streamed. 

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Lorenza Ponce - Mystic Fiddler
Review by Gary Hill

Lorenza Ponce has a pretty impressive resume. She has played with such artists as Kitaro, John Tesh, Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan and Star People.


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Jean-Luc Ponty - Life Enigma
Review by Gary Hill
Jean-Luc Ponty's particular blend of fusion type music has always been intriguing and his violin work has always been top notch. I have included this review in the progressive rock category because I really feel that it fits the bill.
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Jean-Luc Ponty - Imaginary Voyage
Review by Gary Hill
This is a rather unusual album for Jean-Luc Ponty.

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Poor Genetic Material - Absence
Review by Gary Hill
This is cool stuff. It's more modern prog, but there are definitely strong leanings toward old school folk prog.

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Porcupine Tree - Deadwing
Review by Steve Alspach
Porcupine Tree may be strangers to these shores, but 2002's "In Absentia" made people stand up and take note, and with good measure. This outfit may have found the perfect balance of prog, metal, and gothic melancholia, and "In Absentia" was met with excellent reviews all around.
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Porcupine Tree - Staircase Infinities
Review by Gary Hill
This disc is made up of outtakes from the Up The Downstair album. It is a brief, but quite strong, nearly instrumental album.
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Porcupine Tree - In Absentia
Review by Steve Alspach
Steve Wilson's pet project (the group started as nothing more than just a fictional band several years ago) released their latest work, In Absentia, last year. The album is a thoughtful blend of melody, metal, and progressive.
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Mike Portnoy - Prime Cuts
Review by Gary Hill
Mike Portnoy now has his own entry in the Magna Carta Prime Cuts collection. This disc, as the rest of the series, features selected tracks from albums that the artist has contributed to, presented here as sort of a slice of some of the best of the work from him.
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Portnoy, Sheehan, MacAlpine and Sherinian - Live in Tokyo
Review by Gary Hill
When I got this disc I was really looking forward to it. I mean, with a list of names like that how could you go wrong?

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Post Death Soundtrack - The Unlearning Curve
Review by Gary Hill
This may not really be progressive rock, but it is clearly progressive music. Not only that, it has a lot in common with things like Porcupine Tree and RPWL.

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Poverty's No Crime - The Chemical Chaos
Review by Josh Turner
You'd be hard-pressed to get these guys to admit it, but there are definitely some Dream Theater influences here. I'm thinking Scenes from a Memory era.
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Pray for Brain - None of the Above
Review by Gary Hill
Is this progressive rock? Maybe it’s not.

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Presence - Masters and Following
Review by Gary Hill
This double CD set should appeal mostly to fans of Italian prog and those who really enjoy music from the Rock In Opposition music. It clearly has ties to both of those things.

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Presto Ballet - Peace Among The Ruins
Review by Gary Hill
I have to say that there is a big buzz about this band. To hear many tell it these guys are the best new prog band to come out since the heyday of progressive rock in the 1970's.
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Principal Edwards - Round One
Review by Gary Hill
There was a time when progressive rock sort of emerged out of psychedelic rock.

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Principal Edwards - Principal Edwards Magic Theater - Works 1971: Albums Demos BBC Sessions & Live
Review by Gary Hill
First things first, this is actually credited as "Principle Edwards Magic Theater," but I've got in as just Principal Edwards.

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Procol Harum - BBC Live In Concert
Review by Gary Hill

Procol Harum consisted of Gary Brooker, Chris Copping, Mick Grabham, Alan Cartwright, B. J. Wilson and Keith Reid on this disc. This is a solid live recording featuring some good prog sorts of music from this classic outfit.


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Procol Harum - Novum
Review by Gary Hill
Procol Harum's brand of folk prog has always been among the most treasured. This brand new set of music should please fans of the group.

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The Prog Collective - Epilogue
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a cool set. The main man behind this is Billy Sherwood, and I always like the stuff he does.

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PropheXy - Improvviso
Review by Gary Hill
I like this disc quite a bit.

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Protest The Hero - Pacific Myth
Review by Larry Toering

There is a catch to categorizing Protest The Hero as prog, but it’s only because they come on so strong. Pacific Myth is a concept EP with fantastic story telling lyrics, containing only six tracks with an epic over eight-minute number at the end.


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Proto-Kaw - Early Recordings from Kansas 1971-1973
Review by Gary Hill
This disc is exactly what the title says, a collection of early demos and two live tracks from the band that would eventually take the rock world by storm under the name of Kansas. Much of the material is far closer to old King Crimson than to the sound that we all know of as that Midwestern group.
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Proto-Kaw - Before Became After
Review by Gary Hill
Proto-Kaw was one of the early groupings of the band that was later known as Kansas. When Cuneiform records released an album of their old material in 2002 it got the creative juices in Kansas/Proto-Kaw man Kerry Livgren.
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Pulsar - Counter-World Experience
Review by Gary Hill
Given the name of the band, I kind of expected space rock. That’s not what we get at all here.

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