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October 2017 - Issue 126
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
Accordo dei Contrari - Violato Intatto
Review by Gary Hill

While I've not heard of this Italian outfit before, this is their fourth album. It's essentially instrumental (one song has vocals).

Atlantic Bridge - Atlantic Bridge (Remastered and Expanded Version)
Review by Gary Hill

This is a new release of an album from 1970. In addition to the main album, it includes two bonus tracks from 1971.

Blackmore's Night - To the Moon and Back - 20 Years and Beyond
Review by Gary Hill
This new collection from Blackmore's Night continues their tradition of classy music.
Bodast - Towards Utopia
Review by Gary Hill
Before Steve Howe joined Yes he had played in a number of bands. Bodast was one of those groups.
Bröselmaschine - Indian Camel
Review by Gary Hill
I really like this album a lot. It's obviously not pure progressive rock, but there are a number of pieces that definitely qualify.
Colosseum - Daughter of Time: Remastered & Expanded Edition
Review by Gary Hill
This new remastered version of a classic album features three bonus tracks. I have never heard the original before, so it's all new to me.
Cyborg Asylum - Never Finished, Only Abandoned
Review by Gary Hill

This is not traditional progressive rock. That's for certain. These guys don't even call their act progressive rock.

Dialeto - Bartok in Rock
Review by Gary Hill
As you might guess from the album title, all of the music here was written by the composer Béla Bartok. These are rock interpretations of the pieces, though.
Terry Draper - Remarkable Women
Review by Gary Hill
We live in an interesting age. There are all kinds of possible media for releasing music.
Pablo Embon - What Comes into Play
Review by Gary Hill
So, you say you like melodic fusion? Well, then you should give this a try. It's a great album. The music varies well enough from song to song, but also feels like one cohesive set at the same time.
Eurasia - Ilmondoarovescio
Review by Gary Hill
While the members of this act might not be well-known to American audiences, each of the five musicians in this band have reputations in Italy.
The Flock - Truth: The Columbia Recordings 1969-1970
Review by Gary Hill
This new compilation showcases quite a bit of great music from this killer band.
Forsqueak - FSK
Review by Gary Hill
If you dig modern King Crimson, you might want to give this album a shot. It has a lot of that sound along with some fusion, Djam Karet and more.
Patrick Grant - A Sequence of Waves
Review by Gary Hill

With this music described as "weird," I came at this set with a bit of trepidation. I mean, given a lot of the music I hear, something advertised as weird seemed to hold a special level of difficulty.

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.

Dusan Jevtovic - No Answer
Review by Gary Hill

The brand of instrumental fusion here is hard to pin down. At times it's freeform and very jazz oriented.

Kotebel - Cosmology
Review by Gary Hill
This album should definitely please fans of unconventional instrumental progressive rock. There is a lot of fusion, some classical and world music built into the sound here.
Machine Mass - Machine Mass Plays Hendrix
Review by Gary Hill
Those coming here expecting to hear faithful versions of Jimi Hendrix songs probably don't know much about Machine Mass. These guys are a fusion turned avant-garde prog outfit.
Yngwie Malmsteen - Fire & Ice
Review by Gary Hill
This is a reissue (with two bonus tracks) of Yngwie Malmsteen's 1992 release.
Mavara - Consciousness
Review by Gary Hill
I'm going to open this review by stating one of our tenets at Music Street Journal. We don't do negative reviews,
McLaughlin, Surman, Berger, Martin & Holland - Where Fortune Smiles: Remastered Edition
Review by Gary Hill
This album was really a supergroup meeting of the fusion minds. I have to say that it lands too far into the freeform, Rock In Opposition type territory for my tastes.
Obscured By Clouds - Thermospheric
Review by Larry Toering
This is a live recording to celebrate the release of Obscured by Clouds' debut album Psycheclectic. Not being familiar with that album, the songs get some description here, as well. 
Øresund Space Collective - Hallucinations Inside the Oracle
Review by Gary Hill
I'm a big fan of this band. I like pretty much everything they do. Their brand of space rock is always improvised.
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.
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.

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.
Spacewave - Space Dubs
Review by Gary Hill
This is not progressive rock in a traditional sense. However, it's as much prog as acts like Kraftwerk.
Squintaloo - Über Bord!
Review by Gary Hill
Squintaloo is a new German outfit. They are an instrumental act (well, the final song has a few vocals at the end).
Talinka - Talinka
Review by Gary Hill
I'm not sure about the whole concept of putting this under the "progressive rock" heading. It's on the MoonJune label, and that's a prog label.
Various Artists - 8 Assassins - Beautiful the Bad & The Ugly Soundtrack
Review by Gary Hill
This new soundtrack album has some cool stuff on it. Personally, I think that it would be stronger if it was just the first disc.
Various Artists - Let the Electric Children Play: The Underground Story of Transatlantic Records 1968-1976
Review by Gary Hill

This new three-CD set showcases a number of songs that were originally released on the Transatlantic Records label. There is an intriguing range of music here.

Various Artists - The Rift - Dark Side of the Moon (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Review by Gary Hill
This new soundtrack album features some killer music. It leans on the space rock, trippy side of the equation.
Westward - Empire of Deception
Review by Gary Hill
This new disc is based around a dark and guitar heavy brand of progressive rock. These guys are aligned in the direction of the modern alternative rock centered school of prog.
Westward - The Last Stand (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill
This song is the first single from a new album from an act called "Westward." These guys play a form of modern prog rock that's dark and guitar heavy. It is the kind of thing that's closely linked to alternative rock.
Gary Wilson - Let's Go to Outer Space
Review by Gary Hill
When you decide to listen to a Gary Wilson album, you have an idea what to expect. His music is always electronically based, off-kilter weirdness.
Wolverine - Machina Viva
Review by Greg Olma
I researched this band and have found out that they started their career as a death metal band but quickly adopted a more progressive metal sound.  
Wucan - Reap the Storm
Review by Gary Hill
This is a brand new album from a German band. This act is probably best described as neo-Kraut-rock.
Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
Band of Brothers - Band of Brothers
Review by Gary Hill
Brian Tarquin is one of the three guys who are listed as making up Band of Brothers. The other two are Phil Naro and Reggie Pryor.
Paradise Lost - Medusa
Review by Mike Korn
England’s Paradise Lost have come full circle and more with Medusa.
Prong - Zero Days
Review by Kat Heitzman
This three man band is still carrying the metal pitchfork as their sound has officially merged the old with the new. This album has the distinct sound of Prong with all the bells and whistles of newer sounding metal.
Thor - Beyond the Pain Barrier
Review by Gary Hill
This is the new disc from Thor. That's the metal act, not the actual God of Thunder or related Marvel Comics superhero.
Non-Prog CD Reviews
Bryan Adams - Wembley 1996 Live
Review by Gary Hill
It's easy to think of Bryan Adams as a pop artist and dismiss him for that. It's doing him a disservice.
Anti-Nowhere League - League Style
Review by Gary Hill
The punk scene was definitely tied to (or at least heavily influenced by reggae music). Anti-Nowhere League were apparently big fans of reggae.
Ivan Beecroft - Whatever
Review by Gary Hill
A lot of people these days just listen to a song here and there rather than a whole album. That will benefit this set.
Kwame Binea Shakedown - Roots Rock n Universal Love
Review by Gary Hill

This is one great album. Its blend of sounds range from blues and soul and classic to jazz and reggae.

Josh Birdsong - Where the Light Bends
Review by Gary Hill
I came very close to landing this one under progressive rock. It definitely has ties to modern prog, and some songs land fully under that heading.
Nick Black - Summer + Spring
Review by Gary Hill
This is an intriguing set of music. The majority of it lands in jazzy territory.
Buckstein - Country Side
Review by Gary Hill
This EP lands in rocking country territory. Even so, there is a good amount of range here.
Cornell C. C. Carter - Vindicated Soul
Review by Gary Hill
If you find yourself longing for the classic soul music of the 1970s, you will probably feel at home here. It's obvious that Cornell CC Carter shares that feeling to a large degree.
Alice Cooper - Paranormal
Review by Gary Hill
I always look forward to new Alice Cooper albums. While I don't love everything he's done, he generally manages to entertain, and I'm a big fan.
The Dead Boys - Still Snotty: Young, Loud & Snotty At 40
Review by Gary Hill
I've always been a big fan of the original Young, Loud & Snotty album.  Has it been 40 years already? That's so hard to believe.
E-Life 7 - Featuring Michael Pennick - Miked Up
Review by Gary Hill

Let's make this clear at the onset: this is not progressive rock. It is, however, fusion, and we usually land fusion under prog. A simple review for this album would be "the bass playing is amazing."

Ezla - Outcasts
Review by Gary Hill
This sort of pop music tends toward being over-produced. While this isn't immune, it fares better than a lot of stuff out there does.
Flamin' Groovies - Live 1971 San Francisco
Review by Gary Hill
This is definitely an artifact of historical importance. It was one of the last shows ever performed at the Fillmore West as it was winding toward closure.
Grace Freeman - Shadow
Review by Gary Hill
This is an impressive release, particularly when you consider that Grace Freeman is just 19 years old. She has a very pleasant voice, and is a solid songwriter.
Eric George - Not About Nightingales
Review by Gary Hill
This set is interesting for certain. I suppose the simplest description would be "roots music."
Giant Flying Turtles - Waltz to the World
Review by Gary Hill
The one thing that's consistent on this album is quality. These guys produce solid music from the beginning to the end.
The Great Escape - Universe in Bloom
Review by Gary Hill

The mix of sounds on this set is interesting. The female vocals at once convey a retro element and a modern one.

Randy J. Hansen - Love in Reverse
Review by Gary Hill
This is a no-frills rock and roll album more than it is anything else. There is a DIY element to it, and as such at times it can feel a little awkward, particularly in terms of the vocals. 
Glenn Hughes - Addiction: Remastered and Expanded
Review by Gary Hill
This is part of a series of new Glenn Hughes reissues. I have to say that this is one of my favorites.
Glenn Hughes - Feel (2 CD Edition)
Review by Gary Hill
This Glenn Hughes solo album from 1995 is getting a deluxe reissue in a two-CD form. The first disc is the original album with one bonus track.
Alex Lopez - Slowdown: A Story of Loss and Redemption
Review by Gary Hill
The elephant in the room here is about the bonus tracks at the end of this CD. I'm not so sure they should have been included.
Hugh Masterson - Lost + Found
Review by Gary Hill
This is the kind of set that gets into your ear and just won't let go. It's a roots music based excursion that's very effective. 
My Silent Bravery - Got It Going On (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill
The main man behind My Silent Bravery is Matthew Wade. With this new single he has produced an energetic cut that belongs on pop radio.
Tony Natale - The Camden Promise
Review by Gary Hill
Have you ever fantasized about going back in time? This album might make you feel like you've done that.
Rachel and the Ruckus - Water and Oil (Single)
Review by Gary Hill
This outfit hails from Denver, Colorado. Listening to them you might expect they would live some place further south.
Run DMT - Revolutionaire
Review by Gary Hill
The sound on this album is pretty diverse. There is a healthy helping of electronic music here.
Jennifer Saran - Wake Up
Review by Gary Hill
Jennifer Saran's new album includes guests like Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Carlos Santana and Narada Michael Walden. I previously reviewed her Christmas album.
Elliot Schneider - Don't Put All Your Eggs In One Basketcase
Review by Gary Hill
Elliot Schneider has been plying his musical trade for a long time. He played his music for Les Paul in the late 1960s.
Seanloui - Tell Me (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill
This new single is intriguing. It's not overly unique or original. It works well, though.
Shrek is Love - Shrek is Love, Vol 1: This Is My Swamp
Review by Gary Hill
I have to guess that these guys really like Shrek. I mean, they named their act after the character and every song on this EP is based on the movie.
The Sidney Green Street Band - Half Live
Review by Gary Hill
The first thing to mention here is that there is no Sidney Green Street in this band. Sidney Greenstreet was a British actor and the band sort of borrowed the name.
Gregg Stewart - Gregg Stewart
Review by Gary Hill
I've reviewed Gregg Stewart's new album in this issue of Music Street Journal, too. This was his debut.
Gregg Stewart - TwentySixteen
Review by Gary Hill
This brand new album from Gregg Stewart is really a work of inspiration. Stewart has created his own versions of songs from artists who died in 2016 - hence the title.
Swearingen and Kelli - The Marrying Kind
Review by Gary Hill
This is a duo made up of AJ Swearingen and Jayne Kelli. They are not only a musical partnership, but a married couple.
The Toadies - The Lower Side Of Uptown
Review by Eric Meli
Toadies have been playing for more than 25 years.
Shelly Waters - Shelly Waters
Review by Gary Hill
Louisiana native Shelly Waters has a powerful and soulful singing voice. That is perhaps the biggest selling point of this album.
Paul Weller - A Kind Revolution
Review by Gary Hill
Paul Weller is best known as the leader of the Jam. This is his new solo album.
DVD/Video Reviews
Alice Cooper - Welcome To My Nightmare Special Edition DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I remember having the two features on this DVD as separate VHS tapes years ago. Those tapes are long gone, so to finally have this in my collection again is great.
Eagles of Death Metal - I Love You All The Time: Live at The Olympia in Paris DVD
Review by Gary Hill
As you may recall, when Eagles of Death Metal played in Paris in 2015, the venue became the target of a terrorist attack. Well, the band came back to Paris later to perform to serve as a tribute and a make-up for that show. 
Various Artists - Change Begins Within (A Benefit Concert for The David Lynch Foundation) DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I have to say that I don't support the cause for which this benefit was organized. That doesn't detract from the performance here, though.
The Winery Dogs - Dog Years - Live In Santiago & Beyond 2013-2016 BluRay
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a cool set. First we've got a live video of The Winery Dogs.
Interviews
Aisles
Interview by Gary Hill

Interview with Germán Vergara of Aisles from 2017

Bubblemath
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Kai Esbensen of Bubblemath from 2017
The Aaron Clift Experiment
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Aaron Clift of the Aaron Clift Experiment from 2017
Days Between Stations
Interview by Gary Hill

Interview with Sepand Samzadeh of Days Between Stations from 2017

Jakko M. Jakszyk
Interview by Gary Hill

Interview with Jakko M. Jakszyk from 2017

Pat Mastelotto
Interview by Gary Hill

Interview with Pat Mastelotto from 2017

Anthony Phillips
Interview by Gary Hill

Interview with Anthony Phillips from 2017

Prong
Interview by Mike Korn

Interview with Tommy Victor of Prong from 2017

Concert Reviews
Alice Cooper - Live in Las Vegas, Nevada, August 2017
Review by Larry Toering
One of the shows on this Vegas trip was seeing the spectacular Alice Cooper event on a three-band bill with Deep Purple and Edgar Winter Group. It was not a well-paired event on anything besides paper though.
Deep Purple - Live in Las Vegas, Nevada, August 2017
Review by Larry Toering
Maybe it was overkill, but I haven’t found any evidence in my recall of this concert to back that.
Diamond Head - Live in Portland, Oregon, August 2017
Review by Larry Toering
The prospect of getting out to see Diamond Head is something I’ve passed up on in the past, but has left me curious enough to bite on this time.
The Who - Live in Las Vegas, Nevada, August 2017
Review by Larry Toering
This trip to Vegas was stacked with stuff to do, and it started with seeing The Who at the end of their experimental residency. A Roman replica, Ceasar's Palace worked wonders for going to see such a band.
 
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