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June 2016 - Issue 118
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
Paul Adams - Imaginings
Review by Gary Hill
Perhaps this isn’t progressive rock. It is progressive music, though.
Daevid Allen Weird Quartet - Elevenses
Review by Gary Hill
Daevid Allen is best known for his work in Gong. This was his final recording.
Badger - One Live Badger
Review by Gary Hill
Cherry Red Records is reissuing this album with a nice booklet and multi-layer digi-pack. 
Tony Banks - The Fugitive: Two Disc Hardback Deluxe Expanded Edition
Review by Gary Hill
This was Tony Banks’ second solo album. It’s a lot more pop oriented than the first one.
Barclay James Harvest - Caught in the Light
Review by Gary Hill
This is a remastered and expanded version of a Barclay James Harvest album.
Barclay James Harvest - Welcome to the Show
Review by Gary Hill
This deluxe reissues is remastered and expanded.
Big Dust - Big Dust
Review by Gary Hill
This is definitely not progressive rock in the traditional sense of the word.
Fred Colombo - The Road
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a cool set. It’s basically electronic music.
Sam Coulson - Electric Classical
Review by Gary Hill
When Steve Howe left Asia again a few years ago, Sam Coulson took over as the guitarist in that band.
Crashride - Crashride
Review by Gary Hill
The bulk of this impressive set is purely instrumental. In some ways it feels like they use the songs with vocals as emphasis marks, while the rest of the album simmers away doing the real work.
Ben Craven - Last Chance to Hear
Review by Gary Hill
This is the newest disc from Ben Craven, and it’s great.
Cross & Quinn - Cold Sky Blue
Review by Gary Hill
The titular Cross is David Cross, probably best known for his work with King Crimson. The Quinn is Sean Quinn.
Dada - Dada
Review by Gary Hill
This is a reissue of an album released on ATCO records in 1970. I’m amazed I’ve never heard of this band before.
Justin DiFebbo - Skin and Bones
Review by Gary Hill
There are a lot of Pink Floyd elements here. That’s not to say the whole disc resembles Pink Floyd, though.
Dave Edmunds - On Guitar...Dave Edmunds – Rags & Classics
Review by Gary Hill
I am in no way suggesting that Dave Edmunds is a prog rock musician.
Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Pictures at an Exhibition
Review by Gary Hill
What a year it’s been, and not in a good way. Since the last issue of Music Street Journal went up at the end of January, we lost three great (and very different musicians).
The Enid - Something Wicked This Way Comes: Live at Claret Hall Farm & Stonehenge 1984
Review by Gary Hill
This new live set from the Enid is quite good. It includes two different shows on two separate DVDs.
Epitaph - Fire from the Soul
Review by Gary Hill
Based on the band name and album cover, I almost expected a heavy metal disc.
The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra - Earth Lift
Review by Gary Hill
I have liked this band since the first time I heard them. Their blend of jazz, space music, prog and more is always compelling.
Genre Peak - Your Sleekest Engine
Review by Gary Hill
I know this act is considered prog. Yes, the music does have a lot of ties to modern prog like Porcupine Tree.
Elizabeth Geyer - The Bridge
Review by Gary Hill
I am pretty sure this isn’t progressive rock. It’s probably not even rock.
Todd Grubbs - As the Worm Turns
Review by Gary Hill
Clearly not everything here is progressive rock. Quite a bit of it is, though.
Vasil Hadzimanov Band - Featuring David Binney – Alive
Review by Gary Hill
We generally put fusion under progressive rock at Music Street Journal.

 

Hats off Gentlemen It’s Adequate - When the Kill Code Fails
Review by Gary Hill
This disc has kind of weird mix of sounds. In some ways, it’s less a mix than a clash.
Hawkwind - The Machine Stops
Review by Gary Hill
I have to admit that I’m a huge Hawkwind fan.
Herd of Instinct - Manifestation
Review by Gary Hill
Featuring Gayle Ellett of Djam Karet, this band is a great one.
John Lee’s Barclay James Harvest - Legacy-Live at Shepherds Bush 2006
Review by Gary Hill
I really haven’t followed this band much.
Ciro Manna - XY
Review by Gary Hill
This is an unusual set. Ciro Manna is an Italian guitarist known for his jazz styled sounds.
Ry Mohon - Not Like the Bread
Review by Gary Hill
Although I’ve landed this under progressive rock, I can see some people arguing about that. Let me say that I’ll stand by that label.
Mythos - Jules Verne – Around the World in 80 Days
Review by Gary Hill
The previous album from Mythos was the first musical look into the works of Jules Verne.
Ian Narcisi - The Story of Blue: The Journey
Review by Gary Hill
Ian Narcissi always creates progressive rock that’s fairly mainstream and accessible. This new disc (the second in a trilogy) is no exception.
Robert Nix - Once in a Blue Moon
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve put this under “progressive rock.” Is it traditional prog?
Øresund Space Collective - Ode to a Black Hole
Review by Gary Hill
Any album from OSC is an interesting ride. This time around, it really feels like a journey through space.
Tony Patterson - Equations of Meaning
Review by Gary Hill
Melodic progressive rock is the concept here. That said, there is a definite range.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Principal Edwards - Round One
Review by Gary Hill
There was a time when progressive rock sort of emerged out of psychedelic rock.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sanguine Hum - What We Ask Is Where We Begin: Songs for Days Sessions
Review by Gary Hill
The first disc here is an old album from a band who has gotten quite a following since then. The second disc of the set includes rarities.
Savoldelli – Casarano – Bardoscia - The Great Jazz Gig In The Sky
Review by Gary Hill
This CD is made up of songs from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Of course, the title might give that away.
The Security Project - Live 1
Review by Gary Hill
What a cool set this is, really. The music here is all Peter Gabriel music, but one song from his time in Genesis.
Hans Spitzen - Fingerprints
Review by Gary Hill
This is a good album that, with a bit of work, could have been a great album.
Tangerine Dream - The Official Bootleg Series, Vol. 1: Reims Cathedral, December 1974 & Mozartsaal, Mannheim October 1976
Review by Gary Hill
The title of this set really goes a long way toward telling what this is.
Tangerine Dream - The Official Bootleg Series: Volume Two: Palais des Congres, Paris March 1978 & Palast der Republik, East Berlin, January 1980
Review by Gary Hill
This massive set of live Tangerine Dream is part of a series.
Chris Thompson - Jukebox – The Ultimate Collection
Review by Gary Hill
Chris Thompson came to fame as the lead singer for Manfred Mann’s Earth Band.
Tomita - Pictures at an Exhibition
Review by Gary Hill
Since the last issue of Music Street Journal we’ve lost three exceptional musicians. I’m doing a retro review featuring each of them.
Totemic - Falling
Review by Gary Hill
This is electronic music. It might not be progressive rock.
Tribute - Terra Incognita
Review by Gary Hill
This album is a new reissue of an album from 1991. The music here ranges from classical to more pure prog, but there are things like African tribal sounds and more here.
Jartse Tuominen - Untold Stories
Review by Gary Hill
The guitar hero type sounds of Joe Satriani and Steve Vai are probably the closest reference point here.
Uriah Heep - Totally Driven
Review by Gary Hill
The current lineup of Uriah Heep has been together longer than any other lineup of the band.
Rick Wakeman - Starship Trooper
Review by Gary Hill
This new Rick Wakeman album is actually a compilation. That said, it features a couple tracks that have never before been released.
Darryl Way - Myths Legends & Tales
Review by Gary Hill
Darryl Way is best known as a violinist. He is also famous as one of the founding members of Curved Air.
John Wetton - Live Via Satellite
Review by Gary Hill
This double disc set features two different concerts from John Wetton. 
Zhongyu - Zhongyu is Chinese for Finally
Review by Gary Hill
Based on the name of the group and the cover, it would be easy to think that Zhongyu was a Chinese band.
Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
Conquest - Under the Influence
Review by Gary Hill
For this new album the guys in Conquest decided to pay tribute to some of their musical influences by creating their own versions of some of the songs.
The Giraffes - Usury
Review by Gary Hill
Perhaps these guys don’t fit tightly under the heavy metal banner.
Queensrÿche - Condition Human
Review by Gary Hill
There was a time when you could count on Queensryche to put out one strong album after another.
Scarlet Anger - Freak Show
Review by Gary Hill
I have to say that the form of extreme metal we get with this set isn’t usually my type of thing.
Non-Prog CD Reviews
Anti-Nowhere League - The Cage
Review by Gary Hill
Apparently these guys originally formed in 1980. I had heard the name, but I don’t think I ever really heard them before.
B-Movie - Climate of Fear
Review by Gary Hill
If you like the music of bands like Bauhaus and the Cure you are very likely to enjoy this. This album is set in that same style of music.
Joe Bouchard - The Power of Music
Review by Gary Hill
Joe Bouchard is probably best known as one of the founding members of Blue Oyster Cult.
Paul Carrack - Soul Shadows
Review by Gary Hill
Perhaps best known for being part of the band Ace and their hit song, “How Long,” Paul Carrack also recently toured as part of Eric Clapton’s band.
Cornell C. C. Carter - In the Moment
Review by Gary Hill
If you like classic R&B and soul, particularly with a modern flair, you really need to check out this CD. It has such a timeless sound.
Tom Carter - Look Around
Review by Gary Hill
This album is quite good. It isn’t without its issues, though. For one thing, the vocals aren’t always stellar.
Cheap Trick - Bang, Zoom, Crazy...Hello
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve always had a special sort of relationship with the music of Cheap Trick. Growing up in their hometown of Rockford, Illinois gives one a sort of connectedness to Cheap Trick.
Karen Choi - Through Our Veins
Review by Gary Hill
There is a cool range of sounds here. We get everything from down home country to dreamy folk inspired modern rock.
Popa Chubby - Big, Bad & Beautiful Live
Review by Gary Hill
Popa Chubby is considered a blues man. For the most part that is true.
Coffin Daggers - Aggravatin' Rhythms
Review by Gary Hill
I guess these guys are considered punk by some people. Sure, they do occupy a lot of the same musical territory as groups like The Cramps.
Fats Domino - Thrillin’ in Philly: Live 1973
Review by Gary Hill
So many people point to Elvis Presley as the founding father of rock and roll. Personally, I’ve always felt that the originators were people like Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino.
Joe Egan - Out of Nowhere (Vinyl Reissue)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a classy new vinyl reissue of the 1979 solo debut from Joe Egan. It’s a limited edition of only 1,000 copies and is pressed on 180 gram white vinyl.
The Energy - When We Were Young
Review by Gary Hill
This hard rocking set is very effective.
David Essex - Rock On
Review by Gary Hill
I’d have to say that most people in the Western world have probably heard the title track to this album.
Ferris and the Wheels - Ferris and the Wheels
Review by Gary Hill
This act is a classy one. I previously reviewed one of their releases.
GermsX - GermsX Presents The Bentwitch Project
Review by Gary Hill
This is a short (less than twenty minutes) set. It’s punk rock.
Bryson Green - Some More (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill
Bryson Green has set off on an ambitious goal for this year. He’s releasing one single every week for 52 weeks.
Andy Gunn - Miracle of Healing
Review by Gary Hill
This isn’t the kind of thing that’s vastly original or Earth shattering. On the other hand, it’s very effective stuff.
Tim Hockenberry - Tim Hockenberry
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite an effective set of songs. It has a style that ranges from country to blues to jazz and more.
Hot Rumour - MMXVI
Review by Gary Hill
Everything here is entertaining. A couple pieces, though, really push the envelope and get creative.
Inbokeh - Into the Sun
Review by Gary Hill
These guys have produced a solid EP here.
Nils Lofgren - UK2015 Face the Music Tour
Review by Gary Hill
Nils Lofgren is probably best known for his guitar work with Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band.
The Long Ryders - Final Wild Songs
Review by Gary Hill
This band was sort of equal parts old time rock and roll, country and rockabilly and punk edge.
Lance Lopez - Live in NYC
Review by Gary Hill
The easiest comparison here is to Stevie Ray Vaughn. Lance Lopez’ music definitely occupies a similar territory most of the time.
Love and a 38 - Nomads
Review by Gary Hill
There is nothing Earth shattering in terms of creativity here. Instead, what we get is a smoking hot collection of straight ahead hard rock.
The Lowest Pair - Fern Girl & Ice Man
Review by Gary Hill
I didn’t expect to fall in love with this act and particularly this album.
The Lowest Pair - Uncertain As It Is Uneven
Review by Gary Hill
This is the second CD I’ve reviewed by this act for this issue of Music Street Journal.
Gary Lucas & Jann Klose - Stereopticon
Review by Gary Hill
This disc features a sound that is a combination of folk music, rock, jazz, blues and more.
Night Marcher - Modern Maze
Review by Gary Hill
Overall this lands in the territory of alternative rock.
Old New York - Before We Hit the Ground
Review by Gary Hill
If you like alternative rock, you are sure to find something you will enjoy here.
Old New York - Washed Hands (Digital Single)
Review by Diane Hill
Old New York have been creating music since 2009.
Prince - The Very Best of Prince
Review by Gary Hill
Since the last issue of Music Street Journal went live a couple months ago we lost three extremely talented musicians from three different styles of musical artistry.
Rainbow - Boston 1981
Review by Gary Hill
This might well be my favorite Rainbow live recording. This show was purely on fire.
Razteria - Aventurera
Review by Gary Hill
This is pretty adventurous album. Given the fact that the title translates to that, it makes sense.
Reverist - Dreaming Onward
Review by Gary Hill
This is very much a modern pop styled set. That said, there is some decent range in place.
Ronjo V - Ronjoism
Review by Gary Hill
This six song EP lands in the neighborhood of spacey alternative rock.
Divinity Roxx - ImPossible
Review by Gary Hill
A lot of people disregard hip hop as “not music.” Certainly that label applies to some of the genre.
Jeri Silverman - Leaflike
Review by Gary Hill
There is a gentle beauty to this set. It also showcases a lot of artistry.
Park Sipes - Rise Above
Review by Gary Hill
Parts of this set lean toward heavy metal. The majority, though, is in the vein of modern pop rock.
The Soft Underground - Lost in Translation
Review by Gary Hill
This is an unusual set.
Spooky Tooth - Nomad Poets: Live In Germany 2004
Review by Gary Hill
Although this is my first exposure to this material, it is apparently a reissue of an out of print live album.
Michael Stanley - And Then...
Review by Gary Hill
You really can’t go wrong with Michael Stanley. The man consistently releases solid material.
Michael Stanley - The Compact Michael Stanley
Review by Gary Hill
This compilation set is classy stuff. Of course, you can say that about anything Michael Stanley does.
John Taglieri - True Believer
Review by Gary Hill
Great guitar work is the one consistent factor here. Musically, this has some real variety from power-pop stylings, to metal and proggy things.
Eleanor Tallie - No Turning Back
Review by Gary Hill
This is a very classy EP. The music here is soulful and vital.
Telamor - Outside the Lines
Review by Larry Toering
Telamor is a good guitar-driven pop act, but at first I had no idea who this was.
Travers & Appice - Pat Travers and Carmine Appice – The Balls Album
Review by Gary Hill
This hard rocking album really works pretty well. There is nothing here that’s entirely unique or original in terms of songwriting.
Joe Lynn Turner - Street of Dreams - Boston 1985
Review by Gary Hill
Joe Lynn Turner is best known for his stint as the lead singer in Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. This live recording of his solo band shows that he has plenty of chops beyond that.
Various Artists - A Double Dose of the Blues
Review by Gary Hill
This new double disc set features two different compilation albums. The first is a tribute to John Lee Hooker and the second is a sampling of British blues guys.
Various Artists - Dazed & Confused - A Stoned-Out Salute To Led Zeppelin
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve said for a very long time that unless you are doing a tribute band, when you cover something make it your own. Unless you can bring something new to the table, don’t even bother.
Various Artists - The Perc Meets the Hidden Gentlemen – Chainsmoker’s Thrill / Rumble on the Beach – Purple Rain (live) - Vinyl Single
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new split single release. It’s on white vinyl and limited to 500 copies.
Oscar Vega - Back (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill
This is the new single from Oscar Vega.
The Ventures - Beach Party
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve been a fan of this band since I was a little kid. I can remember buying cassette tapes and vinyl of theirs whenever I’d find it at garage sales.
Doug Wahlberg Band - Flying Under the Radar
Review by Gary Hill
I came close to putting this under progressive rock. There are definitely prog elements in most of the songs here. .
The West Ghost - Son of Sorrow
Review by Gary Hill
This is really quite an unusual release.
Johnny Winter - with Dr. John – Live in Sweden 1987
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve reviewed the DVD release of this separately in this issue. This is the audio CD.
Tammy Wynette - Bedtime Story / My Man
Review by Gary Hill
This reissue has two full Tammy Wynette albums on one CD. Of the two discs, I think I like the second one better.
DVD/Video Reviews
Antibalas - Live from the House of Soul DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I might as well address the elephant in the room first. This is an incredibly short release. It’s only four songs and about half an hour long.
Charles Bradley - Live from the House of Soul DVD
Review by Gary Hill
Let’s get one thing out of the way, when you hear the words “live” in terms of a performance, you are likely to assume that it means the music was recorded while the band was performing for an audience.
The Damned - Don't You Wish That We Were Dead Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Set
Review by Gary Hill
First, let me just say that it’s great that they include both a Blu-Ray disc and DVD for one price. That way they’ve got pretty much any disc buyer covered.
The Dicks - The Dicks from Texas DVD
Review by Gary Hill
You might have never heard of this band. I hadn’t heard of them before this video.
Janis Joplin - Janis: Little Girl Blue DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I happen to be a big anti-bullying person.
Rainbow - Monsters of Rock Live at Donington 1980 DVD
Review by Gary Hill
This new DVD with bonus CD is good, but not great.
Renaissance - Live at the Union Chapel DVD
Review by Gary Hill
The first thing I noticed about this set is just how good the audio and video both are. This is a top notch concert video for sure.
Various Artists - Pride and Joy: The Story of Alligator Records BluRay
Review by Gary Hill
One thing I’ve noticed as both a music fan and reviewer over the years, labels often start with a specific focus.
Johnny Winter - with Dr. John - Live in Sweden 1987 DVD
Review by Gary Hill
Starting on the tour bus, this live set has a decent amount of behind the scenes stuff at the beginning.
Interviews
Joe Bouchard
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Joe Bouchard from 2016
Ben Craven
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Ben Craven from 2016
Trey Gunn
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Trey Gunn from 2016
Tim Hockenberry
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Tim Hockenberry from 2016
The Raptor Trail
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with John Meyer of The Raptor Trail from 2016
SkyTalk
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Ello Costello of SkyTalk from 2016
Roine Stolt
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Roine Stolt from 2016
Concert Reviews
Yes - Live in Birmingham, England, May 2016
Review by John Pierpoint

I drove to The Symphony Hall and bought a ticket for the night's Yes show at the last minute (literally!). It was a long shot, but it really paid off, as I got a good seat in the stalls.

Book Reviews
Yes - Time And A Word: The Yes Story written by Martin Popoff
Review by Greg Olma
There have been a few books written about the band, Yes but this one really includes the involvement of many of the members of the group through extensive interviews. 
 
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