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March 2024 - Issue 163
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
Astral Magic - Featuring Bridget Wishart - Ad Infinitum
Review by Gary Hill
Astral Magic is always dependable for producing cool space rock. This latest release continues that tradition.
Arthur Brown - Dance
Review by Gary Hill
This is a reissue of an Arthur Brown album from 1974. I generally include Brown under progressive rock in general, but most of this album fits there to some degree, either way.
CatsMelvin - Seasick Circus
Review by Gary Hill
I have included this set under progressive rock. That's not a tight fit, but I think it's the right place for it.
JJ Chardeau - Ombres And Lumières
Review by Gary Hill
This is the second album from this artist I've reviewed. I loved the other one, and I think I like this one even more.
David Cross - David Cross Band - Ice Blue, Silver Sky
Review by Gary Hill
I heartily included this on my list of best albums of 2023. It is a beautiful sonic tapestry that encompasses classical music, progressive rock and jazz.
Filip Dinev - Romann
Review by Gary Hill
You will note that I have included this album in the progressive rock section of Music Street Journal.
District 97 - Stay for the Ending
Review by Gary Hill
Chicago's District 97 put out consistently strong progressive rock. It's often too metallic for some prog purists, but it's definitely prog.
Max Enix - Far From Home
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of sounds here is pretty amazing. There are passages that are full symphonic.
The Ephemeral - Your Burden Is Safe With Me
Review by Gary Hill
This is definitely not an obvious choice for inclusion under progressive rock, but I don't see it fitting elsewhere.
Glorious Wolf - Mysterious Traveler
Review by Gary Hill
This is an intriguing and effective release. It makes good use of bluesy hard rock sound at times leaning toward metal.
Rich Halley Quartet - Fire Within
Review by Gary Hill
We generally put fusion under progressive rock at Music Street Journal. That's because it tends to be more artsy and is not far removed from jazz prog.
Daniel Hersog Jazz Orchestra - Open Spaces - Folk Songs Reimagined
Review by Gary Hill
This is such an intriguing album. This album includes jazz interpretations of folk songs.
King Crimson - Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (The Complete Recording Sessions)
Review by Gary Hill

This is quite an interesting set. It's been released in honor of the 50th Anniversary of King Crimson's Larks' Tongues in Aspic album. We get two CDs here along with two Blu-Rays. 

Life On Mars - Shadows In A Jar
Review by Gary Hill
This isn't precisely progressive rock, but there are enough space rock and other angles to lean me in that direction for classification.
Marillion - Brief Encounter (vinyl)
Review by Greg Olma
In 1986 Marillion were riding high in England, but here in the United States, they were relative unknowns.  
The Mighty Bard - Beyond the Gate
Review by Gary Hill
This is an intriguing set that feels like it could be some kind of concept album. It's a progressive rock set with a lot of emotional and intensity variety.
Otis Infrastructure - In a Room
Review by Gary Hill
This might not be the most obvious choice to go under progressive rock, but I think the mix of sounds and experimental, artsy nature of the music here, lands it there.
Chuck Owen and The WDR Big Band - Renderings
Review by Gary Hill
There is some amazing and particularly potent instrumental music contained here.
Ozric Tentacles - Lotus Unfolding
Review by Gary Hill
To some degree you know what you are going to get with an Ozric Tentacles album.
The Angelica Sanchez Nonet - Nighttime Creatures
Review by Gary Hill
This album lands under prog because that's where we put fusion. This sort of experimental jazz seems to qualify.
Sara Serpa & André Matos - Night Birds
Review by Gary Hill
This music is art music. It is probably considered jazz-aligned, but this really stretches beyond that.
Cecilie Strange - Beyond
Review by Gary Hill
Cecile Strange's music is probably more pure jazz than fits under progressive rock, via jazz rock or fusion.
Kevin Sun - The Depths of Memory
Review by Gary Hill
This album is a double CD set. It's made up of three multi-part suites.
3 - Emerson, Palmer & Berry - Rockin' The Ritz NYC 1988 (double vinyl set)
Review by Gary Hill
3 was essentially a variant on Emerson, Lake and Palmer, but it was its own band, too. The group played ELP music, but also their own stuff that leaned a little more on the mainstream rock sound.
21st Century Schizoid Band - Live in Japan (CD/DVD set)
Review by Gary Hill
This band can be looked at as a spin-off from King Crimson. They play music that's very much in line with earlier King Crimson here. 
Viima - Väistyy Mielen Yö
Review by Gary Hill
Viima always deliver strong music. Their sound lives somewhere between folk music and symphonic prog, at times encompassing both.
The Wheel - The Wheel
Review by Gary Hill
Not to be confused with the German doom band Wheel, this is the musical project of Portland, Oregon musician Avram Brown.
Zanov - Lost in the Future
Review by Gary Hill
To some degree you know what you will get with Zanov. The music is always electronic keyboard stuff along the lines of Synergy, Vangelis, Kraftwerk and others.
Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
Blak29 - The Waiting
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a unique project. It has a lot of metal in the mix, but it also has raunch and roll, Goth sounds, catchy hooks and more.
Forever Autumn - Crowned in Skulls
Review by Gary Hill
This act is listed as a metal band, so I'm going to include this under heavy metal. I have to wonder if their other music is different, though.
Holocaust - Heavy Metal Mania: The Complete Recordings Volume 1 - 1980-1984
Review by Gary Hill
This band was part of the NWOBHM. The thing is, they were a lot less known than many of the other groups who were part of that movement. 
Mystfall - Celestial Vision
Review by Gary Hill
This is a symphonic metal band from Greece. This album is the kind of thing that really grows on you. 
Sinheresy - Event Horizon
Review by Gary Hill
This album from Italian melodic metallers Sinheresy is a work of art.
Soen - Memorial
Review by Gary Hill
This band was formed by former Opeth drummer Martin Lopez after he left that band.
Jack Starr's Burning Starr - Metal Generation 1985-2017
Review by Gary Hill
This is an impressive box set that serves as a great way to start a collection of this important artist. It has over nine-hours of music across seven CDs. 
Winterage - Nekyia
Review by Gary Hill
If you like your metal delivered with a lot of classical music in the mix, you will probably love this.
Non-Prog CD Reviews
Arthur Adams - Kick Up Some Dust
Review by Gary Hill
The newest album from blues legend Arthur Adams, this finds him in great form.
Stacy Antonel - Always the Outsider
Review by Gary Hill
While this album isn't really within the zone of the kind of music I listen to most often, I can certainly appreciate the effort.
Katie Callahan - Extraordinary
Review by Gary Hill
I previously reviewed another set from Katie Callahan.
Circus Mind - Bioluminate
Review by Gary Hill
I previously reviewed one other album from this act. Like that one, this has a real retro edge.
Ian Danter - Rule of Three
Review by Gary Hill
This collection of hard rocking music has a lot of great songs. The cover is rather confusing, though.
Joey Dee & The Starliters - On the Dancefloor With
Review by Gary Hill
This group was the house band at the Peppermint Lounge in Manhattan in the early 1960s. They had a huge hit in 1962 with "Peppermint Twist."
Foghat - Sonic Mojo
Review by Gary Hill
At their core, Foghat has always been a blues rock band. This album really makes that point clear.
Angie Goeke - If I Were Honest
Review by Gary Hill
This is an intriguing and effective release. One constant throughout is Angie Goeke's voice.
Motörhead - Another Perfect Day 40th Anniversary triple-vinyl edition
Review by Gary Hill
I didn't realize it at the time, but a lot of people didn't like this album when it came out. Guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clark was out of the band, and his replacement was Brian "Robbo" Robertson. 
Plainride - Plainride (vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
The sticker on this record declares it as "heavy. freaky. fuzzy." I'd consider that accurate.
Red Hot Shame - My Satellite
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite an interesting release. It covers a good amount of territory musically.
The Rockats - Start Over Again
Review by Gary Hill
While the Stray Cats were bigger, the Rockats were the originals. They were actually an inspiration on Brian Setzer.
Touch The Buffalo - Bodhicitta
Review by Gary Hill
This four track EP is interesting. The band has a real artsy quality to their stuff. .
U.K. Subs - 2006-2016: The Jet Age
Review by Gary Hill
This five CD set gathers up all the music from a specific era of U.K. Subs. The band are a legendary punk act. 
Ryan Van Dordrecht - Undone
Review by Gary Hill
This is a collection of solid music. Nothing here is especially unique or unusual, but instead we get a batch of songs that feel like they could have been released in the 1970s.
Various Artists - Motörhead, Lemmy & Larry Wallis - The Boys Of Ladbroke Grove
Review by Gary Hill
This is actually being distributed under the somewhat confusing moniker of Motörhead, Lemmy & Larry Wallis.
Jimmie Vaughan - Strange Pleasure (vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a double vinyl set, but it's actually sort of a weird configuration.
DVD/Video Reviews
Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains the Same Blu-Ray
Review by Gary Hill
I remember seeing this concert film at a midnight showing in the theater. I had some issues with it at the time.
Marillion - All One Tonight - Live at the Royal Albert Hall DVD
Review by Greg Olma
I reviewed the two-CD set of this concert here at Music Street Journal and back then I felt that the audio was great and you didn’t need the video of the concert.
Queensrÿche - Building Empires DVD
Review by Greg Olma
Queensrÿche were riding high on the release of their Empire record and they were finally headlining arenas. 
UFO - The World’s Greatest Albums Strangers In The Night DVD
Review by Greg Olma
This DVD is a weird one to describe as it explains the band’s history a little bit, detailing how all of it came together to make one of the best live records of the 70s; namely Strangers In The Night by UFO.  
Concert Reviews
Mr Big - Live in Houston, Texas, January 2024
Review by Greg Olma
I have to admit that I was a little sad to read that Mr. Big was going to go out on the road for one more tour titled "The Big Finish Tour." 

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