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December 2018 - Issue 133
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
Eric Anders and Mark O'Bitz - Matterbloomlight (digital single)
Paolo Baltaro - Live Pillheads (Vinyl)
Birdsong At Morning - Signs and Wonders
Coyote Poets of the Universe - Strange Lullaby
Curved Air - Second Album (Expanded and Re-mastered Edition)
Deep Energy Orchestra - Playing with Fire
Emiliano Deferrari - Monty
Joe Deninzon - Joe Deninzon and Stratospheerius - Guilty of Innocence (vinyl)
Djabe - & Steve Hackett - Life is a Journey, The Budapest Live Tapes
Dr. Chrispy - VHS
Elza - Endeavor (digital single)
Elza - Nothing's Wrong
Elza - Swayed (digital single)
Glass Hammer - Chronomonaut
Patrick Grant - FIELDS AMAZE and other sTRANGE music
Greenslade - Greenslade (Expanded and Re-Mastered 2CD Edition)
John Hackett - Nick Fletcher - Beyond the Stars
Hawkwind - Road to Utopia
Lucas Lee - Featuring Marco Minnemann - Lowered Expectations
Luxury Eviction - Master of None
Mah-Ze-Tar - Liquid Lotus
Mah-Ze-Tar - Liquid Lotus (digital single)
Tone Masseve - Amp L’├ętude
Weather McNabb - Cubicle Zombie
Midwest Soul Xchange - Weakened at the Asylum
Tim Morse - III
├śresund Space Collective - Live in Berlin 2018
Post Death Soundtrack - Chosen Sons (digital single)
Procol Harum - Live: In Concert With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Xavi Reija - The Sound of the Earth
Renaissance - Prologue (Remastered and Expanded Edition)
The Residents - Intruder
Sky - Carillon: The Singles Collection 1979-1987
Soft Machine - Hidden Details
Spirits Burning - & Michael Moorcock - An Alien Heat
Starfish64 - The Future in Reverse
Textbeak - Sick for Songs a Season Eats
Vinyl Floor - Apogee
Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
Leader of Down - Cascade Into Chaos
Saxon - Thunderbolt
Scorpions - Love Drive
Thor - Christmas in Valhalla
Non-Prog CD Reviews
Alright Alright - Nearby
Joe Bonamassa - Redemption
The Brutalists - The Brutalists
Bye Bye Banshee - Deathfolk Magic
Crooked Flower - Into the Light
Dry Reef - Daychange
John Flynn - Vintage
The fundaMentals - American Idle, Vol. 1
Katie Garibaldi - Home Sweet Christmas
Geoff Gibbons - Shadow of a Stone - Songs of Remembrance
Harmless Habit - Fronterror
Greg Hawks - I This It's Time
Greg Herriges - Revel & Ritual: Holiday Music for the World
Last Chance Riders - Jet Lag Super Drag
LeeSun - Singing You This Song
Lord Sonny the Unifier - Final Notice!
LUC - Glow
Paul Maged - The Resistance (digital single)
Curtis Newart - Rock the Chandeliers
Nocturnal Animals - Writing on the Walls
Kimia Penton - Where the Rain Falls
Vanessa Peters - Foxhole Prayers
Phantom Phunk - Struggle With Me
Joel Phil - Monster (digital single)
REO Speedwagon - The Early Years - 1971-1977
Mitch Ryder - Christmas (Take a Ride)
Shindigs - Ch ill a nd
Trio of Awesuhm - cowboys&aliens
Uriah Heep - Living The Dream
Various Artists - Kubrick's Music: Selections From The Films Of Stanley Kubrick
Rachel Wise - Southern Life
DVD/Video Reviews
Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear - Live in the Studio DVD
Evanescence - Synthesis Live DVD/CD set
John Lennon - Imagine & Gimme Some Truth DVD
Melanie - Live at Meltdown Festival 2007 DVD
Yes - Yessongs BluRay
Concert Reviews
Alice Cooper
Book Reviews
Various Artists
 
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Expedited Reviews

With a lot of music coming in for review, it can take a while for a release to get covered. Since half of every issue has to be progressive rock, that delay can be even longer for those items that don't fit that category. So, that prompted the addition of expedited reviews (something offered by a number of publications in one form or another). Expedited reviews cost 40 dollars (for a single album - double albums are 80 and EPs of four tracks or less and singles are 20) and guarantee that a review will make the cut to be published in the next issue (as long as that issue is at least 19 days away). In addition, the usual requirement of physical review copies is waived, allowing artists to submit digital versions. It does not buy any kind of banner ad or other promotion at the site. Nor does it guarantee a positive review, but Music Street Journal doesn’t publish reviews that are more negative than positive. Please note that we also won't publish a review of an item that is offensive in terms of being derogatory to the point of being obnoxious toward one or more groups of people. We won't promote cyber bullying in that regard. We reserve the right to determine what the acceptable level is.

In other words, what this option does is allow artists to send a digital copy and make sure they get pushed to the front of the line for review. NOTE that this does not allow for reviews for streaming only review copies. However, for an additional charge of 30 dollars we will do an expedited review with streaming only materials. That's the ONLY circumstance where we accept streaming only review copies.

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The simple answer is we review any type of music - but there are a few caveats to that. It needs to be available to the public (there's no sense telling someone how great something is if they can't get it). It needs to be in the same form the public gets - that way we can review the same item. Since all our album reviews include a track by track section, that's particularly true. We need to like it. We don't do negative reviews for a couple reasons. First, no one goes out of his or her way to make a bad album. Just because we don't like it doesn't mean it wasn't a valiant effort. Secondly, and more importantly, we get hit with so much good stuff that we can't always get to it quickly. It just doesn't make sense to waste our time (and our readers' time) doing negative reviews when there is good stuff out there waiting to be reviewed.
 
Beyond that, we have a physical only requirement. That means it has to be a physical release to the public and we have to have a physical review copy (there are a couple exceptions to that rule - just keep reading). We no longer accept CDrs because we had some problems with some recent ones that became a lot of extra work. We do waive the "physical only" requirement in a couple of instances. First, we offer expedited reviews. Those cost 40 dollars for an album and 20 dollars for a single. With those we waive the physical only requirement and it guarantees the review will make the next issue (as long as it comes in with at least 16 days left until next issue - and sometimes we can fit them in with less time than that.) The expedited review is sometimes a really good idea for things that don't fit under progressive rock. That's because we started as a prog only publication and although we expanded from that, we still keep each issue half progressive rock in honor of the readers who have been with us from the start. That means that if something isn't prog it can take a couple issues before we can fit it in.
 
OK, I mentioned another way besides expedited reviews that we allow digital copies. That's Supreme Level Sponsorships. With those you get a LOT of stuff. Several banner ads in the rotation slots, you can have gig dates and press releases posted to the site (up to six per week - no hyperlinks or photos, though) just by emailing them to us. Please see below for more information about Supreme Level Sponsorship.

Please note that while we do our best to get to each and every item we get sent, there is no guarantee of coverage (and especially of coverage within any time frame) except for expedited reviews. Also, with the Supreme Level Sponsorship expedited reviews, it's still possible that an item won't get covered. That happens in the rare instance where we can't do a positive review of the item because we don't do negative reviews.


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Supreme Mentor Level Sponsorship is now $95 per year. It includes the same things as the basic level, but instead of one banner ad you get six. You can split them anyway you like between the three slots of the site or put them all in the same slot - it's up to you.

Supreme Level Sponsorship is now $375 per year. This includes six banner ad rotation slots and we'll post your press releases and event dates, you just email them to us and we'll post them for you - within a week (up to six per week) Please note, press releases will be published without hyperlinks and must be sent specifically marked for publication. . Also, we waive the "physical only" requirement for review copies for Supreme Level Sponsors for up to eight releases per issue (48 per year) essentially making those expedited reviews. We also offer a six month version for $275 (obviously that allows a max of 24 expedited reviews instead of 60) and $175 for one issue (two months).


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Thanks for the month
Thanks for the issue: Baal Brain, Charles Brown, Stephan Kaske, Ron LeSaar, Dirk Jan Müller, Sepp Osley, Sohl Osley, Sean Peck, Paul Pott, Ben Riley,  Billy Sherwood,, Chipster PR, Cuneiform Records, The End Records, Glass Onyon PR, InsideOut America, Jensen Communications, Kayos Productions, Magna Carta Records, Mazur PR, Nuclear Blast, Papago Records, Sony, SPV, Think Tank Media,Tinderbox Music, Virgin Records, WRIC Media, Bret Adams, Jeff Albright, Kymm Britton, Amanda Cagan, Kevin Chiaramonte, Joel Craig, Kim Davis, Dave at Earsplit PR, Andrew Demarest,  Damon Eames, Jon Freeman, Bobbie Gale, Dustin Goldfarb, Mike Greenblatt, Neil Greenwood, Chris Hacker, Dan Hanley, Samantha Haycock, Meghan Helsel, Matthew Ingham, Billy James, Mark James, Just Johnny of Rock The Hungry, Tziona Katz, Carol Kaye, Lauren Kirkland, Agnieszka Kulpiska of Metal Mind Productions (Poland), Lise Blackford, Brenda Bradley, Amanda Charney, Ryan Dawson, John Lappen, Anne Leighton, Melissa Levine, Bari Lieberman, Christine Mackie, Cary Mansfield, Michael Mazur, James Moore, Brian Roche, Chip Ruggieri, Steve Ryan, Amy Sciarretto, Alex Steininger of In Music We Trust, Susan Stewart, TJ Tauriello, Monte Von Struck, Stephanie Watanabe, Clint Weiler, Ben Williams, Drew Willis, Jonathan Wolfson, John Pierpoint, Ed Unitsky and Greg Johnson.
 

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