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The Radio Hour - Radio Power
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite an intriguing set. I’m sure there will be those who will argue with it landing under progressive rock.

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Raelism - Freedom Within the Prison
Review by Gary Hill
Raelism is the project of Max Rael.

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Rama - Andy West With Rama-Rama 1
Review by Gary Hill
For this album Andy West (Dregs) has compiled an intriguing bunch of musicians who join him at various points on the recording. Among those he has a cast of drummers composed of Rod Morgenstein (Dregs), Jonathan Mover (GTR) and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater).
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Ramses - Firewall
Review by Gary Hill
I’m sure some people will argue with this landing under progressive rock.

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Random Touch - Turbulent Flesh LP
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve had this LP sitting around for a while and never reviewed it before.

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Ransom Scenery - Ear to Ear
Review by Gary Hill
Modern progressive rock, shoegaze and more is on display here. This is an effective set for sure, with varying soundscapes driving each of the pieces.

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The Raptor Trail - New World
Review by Gary Hill
These guys are being billed as a progressive rock act. There are sections here that are definitely prog rock.

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The Raptor Trail - Devil on an Indian
Review by Gary Hill
The prog rock these guys do is very much guitar oriented. It's modern, but has its roots in classic prog, too.

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Rausch - Book II
Review by Gary Hill

It's been about eight years since the debut album from Rausch. This follow-up is a real powerhouse.


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Reacta - Refraction
Review by Gary Hill
I’m sure there are those who will quibble with this landing in progressive rock.

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Real Ax Band - Just Vibrations - Live At The Quartier Latin Berlin
Review by Gary Hill

This is a live recording from 1978. Perhaps it's technically not progressive rock, but it's clearly jazz rock or fusion.


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Reanimation - Under the Last Tree on Earth
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of sounds here is odd, but also compelling.

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Reanimation - The Ghost of the Muse (vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill

This new vinyl release from Reanimation includes the record (complete with lyric sheet as part of an inner-sleeve) along with a download code. The music on this has a lot of different textures.


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Reflexson - It's Broken
Review by Gary Hill

Perhaps this doesn't fit under progressive rock. The electronic vibe on this can be seen as almost a modernized, more fun-loving, take on acts like Kraftwerk.


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The Reformation - Fatal Expectation
Review by Gary Hill
I like this album quite a bit. These guys are pretty amazing musicians and the range of sounds is pretty impressive.

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Xavi Reija - Resolution
Review by Gary Hill
When one looks at the line up here (Xavi Reija on drums, Dusan Jevtovic on guitar and Bernat Hernandez on bass), it would be easy to assume this is a jazz trio.

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Xavi Reija - The Sound of the Earth
Review by Gary Hill

While this is released under Xavi Reija's name, the full lineup here is full of exceptional musicians. Reija handles the drums while Tony Levin delivers bass, standup bass and Stick.


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Reinventing Jude - Shoulder Season
Review by Gary Hill
Perhaps this isn’t the most obvious choice to land in progressive rock.

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Reinventing Jude - Sundial Soliloquy
Review by Gary Hill
This is definitely not progressive rock in the traditional sense.

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Remain in Silence - ..and the soul goes on
Review by Gary Hill
Maybe these guys aren’t really progressive rock. Their music is clearly progressive, though.

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Renaissance - Novella
Review by Steve Alspach
Renaissance was a unique band, blending a rare combination of acoustic rock and classical music into a never-duplicated result. Like many others, I was a Renaissance fan in the 70s.
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Renaissance - Renaissance
Review by Steve Alspach
Funny outfit, the Yardbirds. In their early days they were a blues-based band, and their renditions of old standards as "I'm a Man" and "Smokestack Lightning" were something to reckon. But they also knew the zeitgeist of the 1960s, delving into such psychedelia as "Shapes of Things" and "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" before finally packing it in around 1968.
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Renaissance - Scheherazade and Other Stories
Review by Gary Hill
Renaissance is a band that I never really followed closely, but always really enjoyed. In many ways I've always felt that they are a lot like Yes, but rather than focusing on the harder rocking styles, they were more interested in acoustic and organic sounds.
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Renaissance - Symphony of Light
Review by Gary Hill
This is a great return to form for Renaissance.

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Renaissance - Prologue
Review by Gary Hill
This early Renaissance disc has a lot of the folky progressive rock that was a trademark of the band at times.

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Renaissance - Azure d'Or
Review by Gary Hill
This was the first album I ever heard from Renaissance.

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Renaissance - Turn of the Cards
Review by Gary Hill
This isn’t my favorite Renaissance disc, but it is quite a good one.

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Renaissance - DeLane Lea Studios 1973
Review by Gary Hill
This live album catches Renaissance in the period many might call their best.

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Renaissance - Academy of Music
Review by Gary Hill
This live album is quite good. It does seem like it started life as a bootleg, though.

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Renaissance - A Song for All Seasons
Review by Gary Hill
I like this album quite a bit.

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Renaissance - Time-Line
Review by Gary Hill
I can see why a lot of Renaissance fans were put off by this set.

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Renaissance - Prologue (Remastered and Expanded Edition)
Review by Gary Hill

Newly released, this is a revised and expanded edition of the classic 1972 album from Renaissance. I love the sound on this version.


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The Residents - Ghost of Hope
Review by Gary Hill
The Residents' brand of sound is clearly not progressive rock in the traditional sense of the kind of music prog bands were doing in the 1970s.

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The Residents - I Am a Resident
Review by Gary Hill

This is intriguing album. Then again, can't you say that of anything from The Residents?


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The Residents - Intruder
Review by Gary Hill

The list is getting rather crowded, but this a contender for my best of 2018 list. Then again, you can pretty much count on The Residents for releasing music that works well for me.


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Markus Reuter - Todmorden 513 (Concerto for Orchestra by Markus Reuter)
Review by Gary Hill
This is classical music, but not in the traditional sense. It’s more like the freeform classical that emerged in the early part of the 20th Century. Yet, it’s also ambient and space music. Is it rock? No, definitely not. It is, however, progressive music.

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Lee Ritenour - Rit & Rit 2
Review by Gary Hill
This reissue has both of Lee Ritenour’s first albums on one CD. I’ve included this under prog rock because we generally put fusion there.

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Road to Jerusalem - Road to Jerusalem (vinyl)
Review by Larry Toering
Road To Jerusalem are so experimental that it’s more prog than not, especially with the album title following their name and overall band concept.
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Robb & Pott - Once Upon the Wings
Review by Gary Hill
Here is a band that's sort of a spin off on the band Space Invaders and also Third Ear Experience.


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Dante Roberto - The Circle
Review by Gary Hill
This is an instrumental album that definitely fits under progressive rock. Within that heading it leans toward symphonic stuff at times, fusion at others and neo-classical at times.

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Rocket Scientists - Oblivion Days
Review by Gary Hill
This is a very good album, no question about it. The disc covers a lot of musical territory and has a great prog sensibility.
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Rocket Scientists - Supernatural Highway
Review by Gary Hill
Rocket Scientists don’t release music as often as I wish they would.

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Rocket Scientists - Refuel
Review by Gary Hill
I think it’s safe to say that I like everything from Rocket Scientists. This new album is no exception.

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Rocket4357 Project - Flower Pot Hat
Review by Gary Hill
This disc is a strong debut entry from The Rocket4357 Project. In many ways it is a competent pop/rock album, but even in that mode, the prog influences show through.
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Rogue Valley - Radiate Dissolve
Review by Gary Hill
I really like this album. The sound has a cool mix of elements.
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Paul Roland - and Midnight Rags – The Werewolf of London
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new issue of old independent release from Paul Roland.

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Paul Roland - Professor Moriarty’s Juke Box
Review by Gary Hill
Paul Roland’s brand of music is somewhat predictable, but never redundant or monolithic.

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Paul Roland - Bitter and Twisted
Review by Gary Hill
Paul Roland’s music is always quirky and very British.

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Paul Roland - In the Opium Den: Early Recordings 1980-87
Review by Gary Hill
The sub-title of this really tells you what you are getting. I generally put Paul Roland’s stuff under prog because there is a folk prog edge.

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Romislokus - Vinyl Spring Digital Autumn
Review by Gary Hill
Break out the Borsht and pour the vodka, Russian prog has come to the music scene. Romislokus is a project based in Moscow and their album was recently released.
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Roswitha - Destiny
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve put this album under “progressive rock.”

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Rovo and System 7 - Phoenix Rising
Review by Gary Hill
Steve Hillage is best known for his work with Gong and his solo work.

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Royal Hunt - Paradox
Review by Gary Hill
Although Royal Hunt are certainly no strangers to the international music scene (they are quite popular in many countries, and this is their 5th album), they are, thus far, fairly unheard of in the United States.
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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Plays Fleetwood Mac's Rumours
Review by Gary Hill
I’m putting this under progressive rock.

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Plays Prog Rock Classics
Review by Gary Hill
I like these Royal Philharmonica Orchestra sets.

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RPWL - Stock
Review by Gary Hill
RPWL have created quite an interesting beast with this one. They have found a way to combine early prog stylings of bands like Pink Floyd and Genesis with a modern Europop texture and come up with a highly listenable CD.
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RPWL - World Through My Eyes
Review by Josh Turner
The new album from RPWL arrived on my doorstep at the exact same time as a much anticipated copy of Spock's Beard's latest. I hadn't even realized RPWL was working on a new release.
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RPWL - Wanted
Review by Gary Hill
In general you just can’t go wrong with RPWL.

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RTFact - Life is Good
Review by Gary Hill

If you were to spin this new album with no advance information, you might think that it's some long lost disc from the 1970s.


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Jordan Rudess - Rhythm of Time
Review by Josh Turner
Jordan Rudess is a virtual virtuoso. His must be an android based on the way that he plays.
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Jordan Rudess - Feeding the Wheel
Review by Gary Hill

This solo release by keyboard wizard Jordan Rudess covers a lot of musical territory, ranging from hard edged prog and neo-classical to classic era jazz and fusion. The result is quite an entertaining work.


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Jordan Rudess - 4NYC
Review by Gary Hill
Jordan Rudess writes in the liner notes to this CD that the concert from which much of the material on this disc is from was set to raise money for the Red Cross in the wake of September 11th, 2001.
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Jordan Rudess - Explorations
Review by Gary Hill
The bulk of this album consists of compositions Jordan Rudess created and performed with an orchestra.

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Jordan Rudess - All That Is Now
Review by Gary Hill
This is a solo piano album.

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Jordan Rudess - Jordan Rudess / Steve Horelick - InterSonic
Review by Gary Hill

This would land under progressive rock under just about any circumstance at MSJ because of the fact that it's a project by Jordan Rudess. That said, while this is not rock music, it is progressive.


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Todd Rundgren - Todd Rundgren's Utopia
Review by Steve Alspach
Okay, so you're Todd Rundgren. You've just released the two-record "Something/Anything" album that included some classic pop songs like "Hello, It's Me" and "I Saw the Light."
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Todd Rundgren - State
Review by Gary Hill
I didn’t know what to expect here.

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Todd Rundgren - and Utopia – Live at the Electric Ballroom, Milwaukee 23rd October 1978
Review by Gary Hill
This is a live album from Rundgren and Utopia and it’s a killer set.

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Todd Rundgren - Global
Review by Gary Hill
I like pretty much everything Todd Rundgren does. 

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Todd Rundgren - Live at the Forum: London 1994
Review by Gary Hill
Let me say to begin that I think Todd Rungren is one of the greatest songwriters of all time. I’ve never seen him live, but I’ve heard (and I’ll bet) it’s a great experience.

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Todd Rundgren - and Utopia - Live at the Old Waldorf San Francisco - August 1978 (Deluxe Edition)
Review by Gary Hill
I never had the chance to see this band live. I’ve heard a few live recordings over the years, though.

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Todd Rundgren - An Evening with Todd Rundgren: Live at the Ridgefield
Review by Gary Hill
This new live Rundgren album is quite strong. It features a show from his 2015 tour.

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Todd Rundgren - All Sides of the Roxy: May 1978
Review by Gary Hill

The argument could be made that Todd Rundgren is one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th Century. In fact, I'd make that argument.


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Rush - Caress of Steel
Review by Gary Hill
Caress of Steel was sort of a crossroads for Rush, taking them from their more metal beginnings into the progressive directions that would characterize the next phase of their career. Much of this album is quite metallic, but with many strong prog leanings.
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Rush - 2112
Review by Gary Hill
Where Rush's previous album, Caress of Steel first showed prog tendencies (arguably Fly By Night's Bytor and the Snow Dog was the first such hint) it leaned more to extremely progressive metal. This album is probably the one where they reversed that label to become metallic progressive rock.
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Rush - A Farewell To Kings
Review by Mike Korn
It was 23 years ago when I first heard this album in its entirety. And now, many years and many journeys (musical and otherwise) later, it is still one of my most prized possessions.
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Rush - Hemispheres
Review by Gary Hill
While Rush started almost as a Canadian Led Zeppelin, as they moved forward they became more and more of a progressive rock band with each album.

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Rush - Different Stages
Review by Gary Hill
Due to several personal tragedies in drummer Neil Peart`s life, Rush is currently on hiatus, and their future is uncertain. This album, chronicling the Test For Echo tour (primarily), could well be the band`s last effort.

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Rush - Vapor Trails
Review by Steve Alspach
After a five-year hiatus, the Grand ol' Men of power trios return with their nineteenth studio album. And if you think that the layoff made them rusty, rest assured that Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart have not lost a bit of their chops.
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Rush - Presto (Limited Edition Hybrid SACD version)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new audiophile reissue of this classic Rush album.

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