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October 2018 - Issue 132
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
Armonite - And the Stars Above
Review by Gary Hill

The music this act creates is unique and so intriguing. There is a lot of chamber music in the mix.

David Cross - Crossing the Tracks
Review by Gary Hill

David Cross is probably best known for his work with King Crimson. He's done a lot more than that, though.

Curved Air - Phantasmagoria: Remastered & Expanded Edition
Review by Gary Hill

This is a great new release. It includes a remastered version of the Phantasmagoria album along with some extra tracks. If that was all you got, it would be worth having.

The Cyberiam - The Cyberiam
Review by Gary Hill

This is the debut album from a band out of Chicago. While their blend of progressive rock has plenty of ties to things that have come before, their approach to it feels quite new and fresh.

Dwiki Dharmawan - Rumah Batu
Review by Gary Hill

You just can't go wrong with Dwiki Dharmawan. His brand of fusion merged with world music is always effective.

Dialeto - Live with David Cross
Review by Gary Hill

This new live album is pretty awesome. Dialeto plays with guest violinist David Cross.

The Electric Family - The Long March...From Bremen To Betancuria
Review by Gary Hill

This is a compilation disc from The Electric Family. It has a nice selection of pieces.

The Grandmothers of Invention - Live In Bremen
Review by Gary Hill

There are a number of bands composed of former Zappa band and Mothers of Invention members playing Zappa's music. This is the longest consistently running incarnation.

Gryphon - Raindances: Transatlantic Recordings 1973-1975
Review by Gary Hill

This double CD set compiles all the music from the four Gryphon albums that were released on Transatlantic Records between 1973 and 1975.

The Horror - Here, In The Shadows (CD Version)
Review by Gary Hill

I reviewed the digital version of this in the last issue of Music Street Journal. This time around we are looking at the CD.

Hudson Ford - Daylight
Review by Gary Hill

Based strictly on the music here, this probably wouldn't land under the progressive rock heading. Don't get me wrong.

Light Freedom Revival - Truthonomy
Review by Gary Hill

There is a concept called "the sophomore jinx," which says that no matter how strong a debut album is, there is a good chance the follow up won't be as good. To some degree I think that's true here.

Salim Nourallah - Somewhere South of Sane
Review by Gary Hill

Years ago I had a book on making your own records. Yes, it was the days of vinyl records.

The Pachinko Fake - Flakes: A Collection Of Fine Songs
Review by Gary Hill

You'll note that I have landed this under progressive rock. Clearly in the terms of traditional progressive rock, this does not fit.

Ramin Partovi - 27 Faces of a Broken Heart
Review by Gary Hill

This is an intriguing set. It's a double disc set that is made up of various versions of the same piece of music.

The Pineapple Thief - Dissolution
Review by Gary Hill

On the one hand you can't argue with the musical genius of The Pineapple Thief. This album upholds their tradition of quality.

Procol Harum - Exotic Birds and Fruit (Deluxe Edition)
Review by Gary Hill

This new release is so cool. Not only do you get the original album (with two bonus tracks), but there are two full live CDs also included in the set.

Procol Harum - Grand Hotel
Review by Gary Hill

This new version of the 1973 Procol Harum album has a lot of class. It includes the full album along with a number of bonus alternate versions as the CD.

Procol Harum - The Prodigal Stranger
Review by Gary Hill

This is a new reissue of a Procol Harum album from 1991. It includes three bonus tracks (two demos and a live recording from 2003).

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.

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?

Various Artists - Prog Box
Review by Gary Hill

I've been looking to do a retro review of this box set for a while. I finally had the opportunity this time around.

Visionoir - The Waving Flame of Oblivion
Review by Gary Hill

The music here lands somewhere between progressive rock and heavy metal. At different times it seems to lean more in one direction than the other.

Mark Wingfield - Tales from the Dreaming City
Review by Gary Hill

This is the most recent disc from Mark Wingfield and continues to show off both his guitar skills and his fusion stylings.

Witthüser & Westrupp - Der Jesuspilz - Live!
Review by Gary Hill

Things like acid folk and kraut rock generally land under progressive rock. This has plenty of both of those elements.

Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman - Live at the Apollo
Review by Gary Hill

It seems that a common occurrence these days is for different factions within a classic band to form versions of the band and go out and tour. Well, it has now become a thing with Yes.

Zeelley Moon - Zeelley Moon
Review by Gary Hill

This album is so strong. The music here is of the melodic progressive rock variety.

Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
King Diamond - Fatal Portrait
Review by Gary Hill

Given that this is our October issue, King Diamond seemed an obvious choice for a retro review. Add in the fact that he's one of three artists featured in the Halloween music article that is the print-exclusive in the book edition this time around, and it seemed obvious.

Jack Russell - Shelter Me
Review by Gary Hill

Jack Russell is probably best known as having been the lead singer in Great White. I have to think that it might be more accurate to think that Great White was his band.

Skull - No Bones About It
Review by Gary Hill

This is quite a cool set. It has the original 1991 album from Skull on the first CD, along with some demos for bonus tracks on that disc.

Skull - Skull II: Now More Than Ever
Review by Gary Hill

Perhaps Skull's biggest claim to fame is the fact that Bob Kulick was the guitarist for the band. I've reviewed another new archival release from them in this same issue.

Non-Prog CD Reviews
Joe Bonamassa - British Blues Explosion Live
Review by Gary Hill

There is no question that Joe Bonamassa was heavily influenced by the British Blues Movement. It could be argued, though, that the movement was one of the biggest influences on popular music in the last 70 years or so.

Cornell C. C. Carter - One Love
Review by Gary Hill

If you are into smooth R&B music and haven't heard Cornell C. C. Carter, you really need to get on it. He's one of the best out there today.

Chalwa - Concentration Time
Review by Gary Hill

This is a reggae album. Well, that's not entirely true.

Josh Christina - Instincts
Review by Gary Hill

It's obvious from the start of this set that Josh Christina is heavily influenced by the rock and roll of the 1950s.

Clannad - Turas 1980
Review by Gary Hill

Clannad are such an intriguing act. It's one part band and one part family.

Crushwater - The Cactus Storm EP
Review by Gary Hill

This is an intriguing EP. It seems to be focused in the roots music movement in a lot of ways, but there is quite a bit of range here.

Sevi Ettinger - Salty Water EP
Review by Gary Hill

Sevi Ettinger is 15 years old. That's important to remember when listening to this EP. It means that she's just beginning to develop as an artist. 

David Fitzpatrick - Parachutes in Hurricanes
Review by Gary Hill

If you are a fan of singer songwriter, Americana based music, you should really give this album a try.

Don Gallardo - Still Here
Review by Gary Hill

More than anything else this is tied to the roots music movement. There is a lot of folk, country and other Americana here.

Major Moment - One Small Step
Review by Gary Hill

This is quite an intriguing set. One thing that makes this stand out from a lot of modern music is the fact that this is really a cohesive set of music rather than a bunch of songs just sort of put together.

Gus McKay - Talisman
Review by Gary Hill

Gus McKay's sound is gritty and down to earth. He calls to mind people like Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Lou Reed.

Molly Hatchet - Fall of the Peacemakers: 1980 - 1985
Review by Gary Hill

This four CD set captures Molly Hatchet in a period of time where they seemed to be struggling to find their identity.

Mungo Jerry - The Albums 1976-81
Review by Gary Hill

I'm sure there are a lot of people who know Mungo Jerry for one tune, "In the Summertime." As this five CD box set shows, there is a lot to this act beyond that song.

Ike Reilly - Crooked Love
Review by Gary Hill

This is an intriguing disc. It has a real roots music vibe to it.

Rock Circus - Live Im Chikago
Review by Gary Hill

This CD is a new edition of an album that was released on vinyl in the 1970s. The type of music here is old school rock and roll and blues.

Ruth and Emilia - The Spaceship That Fell in My Backyard
Review by Gary Hill

Finding music that can entertain kids without seriously annoying their parents can be tough. This seems to be an album that will work for such a purpose.

(Silence) - In Progress
Review by Gary Hill

This three song EP is quite cool. The music here borders modern electronic progressive rock of acts like Porcupine Tree and The Pineapple Thief.

DVD/Video Reviews
Black Sabbath - Never Say Die DVD
Review by Greg Olma

There is not a lot of video footage from Ozzy Osbourne’s initial tenure with Black Sabbath. 

Circle of Dust - Full Circle: The Birth, Death & Rebirth of Circle of Dust DVD
Review by Gary Hill

I feel like I came into this DVD backwards. I am familiar with Celldweller.

Various Artists - Records Collecting Dust II DVD
Review by Gary Hill

Apparently this guy Jason Blackmore and I think alike at least in some ways.

Various Artists - The US Generation: 1982 The US Generation BluRay DVD Set
Review by Gary Hill

This is a new documentary about the first US Festival. It features interviews with various people involved, including a lot of the musicians, backstage footage and performance footage.

Interviews
The Cyberiam
Interview by Gary Hill

Interview with Keith Semple of The Cyberiam from 2018

The Man from RavCon
Interview by Gary Hill

Interview with Mike Brown aka The Man From RavCon from 2018

Zeelley Moon
Interview by Gary Hill

Interview with  Pat Molesworth  of Zeelley Moon from 2018

Book Reviews
Alice Cooper - No More Mr. Nice Guy: The inside story of the Alice Cooper Group written by Michael Bruce with Billy James
Review by Gary Hill
This is a very interesting book. It documents the tale of the original Alice Cooper band from the days when they were just getting together all the way to the final tour for Muscle of Love
 
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