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August 2021 - Issue 149
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
Alchemy Sound Project - Afrika Love
Review by Gary Hill
This disc lands under progressive rock because it's essentially fusion, and we put that style there. I like this release a lot.
Aziola Cry - The Ironic Divide
Review by Gary Hill
We have reviewed a couple releases from this act previously at Music Street Journal. This is the newest CD from this Chicago based band.
Clark Colborn - Obscurotica
Review by Gary Hill
Clark Colborn is a local guy for me. He is also a friend, and I've done PR for him in the past.
The Cyberiam - Connected
Review by Gary Hill
I have reviewed quite a bit of stuff from this act in the past. This new album is a very strong entry in their catalog.
Derev - Leap of Faith
Review by Gary Hill
This new disc features an intriguing sound. I could almost put this under heavy metal, but ultimately I think progressive rock is the right place for it to go.
The Devil's Staircase - The Devil's Staircase
Review by Gary Hill
The music of this act is described as being based on science and mathematics without being math rock.
Djabe - & Steve Hackett - The Journey Continues
Review by Gary Hill
This new live album continues the trend of quality stuff from Djabe. Their music generally tends to land in the fusion zone, sometimes with healthy helpings of world music.
Dr. Space - Dr. Space's Alien Planet Trip- Vol. 5 Search In Of
Review by Gary Hill
When it comes to Dr. Space and his band Øresund Space Collective (or any of his other projects), you know you will get space music at least to some degree no matter the release.
Doctors of Space - Covid Sessions
Review by Gary Hill
Doctors of Space is Dr. Space (Øresund Space Collective, Black Moon Circle and more) on synthesizer with Dr Martin Weaver (Wicked Lady, Dark) handling drums, bass and guitars.
Jon Durant - and Stephan Thelen - Crossings
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite an intriguing set. While from a "describing each track" point of view, some of this sound pretty similar,
Echo Us - The Windsong Spires
Review by Gary Hill
You can always count on Echo Us to deliver classy progressive rock. This album is no exception.
Edenya - Silence
Review by Gary Hill
This band is really intriguing. The sound is often dark and moody.
Esbe - Under Cover
Review by Gary Hill
It seems that albums of covers were really popular a few years ago.
Satoko Fujii - Hazuki: Piano Solo
Review by Gary Hill
As you probably already figured out, this is an album exclusively featuring piano.
Satoko Fujii Tokyo Trio - Moon on the Lake
Review by Gary Hill
I've been reviewing quite a few releases featuring Satoko Fujii lately. Her piano work is always inventive and unique.
The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra - Flirting with Chaos
Review by Gary Hill
I always dig Galactic Cowboy Orchestra albums. This is no exception.
Bob Holz - Live In New York And LA
Review by Gary Hill
I've reviewed several releases from Bob Holz in the past. We land him under progressive rock at Music Street Journal largely because there is a lot of fusion in the mix.
Mahogany Frog - In the Electric Universe
Review by Gary Hill
I previously reviewed another set from this act. I liked that one a lot, something that this one shares.
Laura Meade - The Most Dangerous Woman in America
Review by Gary Hill
Perhaps Laura Meade is best known as the lead singer in the progressive rock band Izz, but I previously reviewed one of her solo releases, and this is her latest.
Omenopus - The Omenopus Soundtrack To Teepee The Space Girl And The Singing Kettle
Review by Gary Hill
This is an unusual release. It's also an unusual entry in the Omenopus catalog. I would not consider it one of my favorites of their stuff, but it does have its charms.
Mick Paul - Parallel Lives
Review by Gary Hill
Mick Paul is probably best known for his work as part of David Cross' band. This is his new solo disc.
Poor Genetic Material - Spring Tidings: 15th Anniversary Edition
Review by Gary Hill
The CD cover to this describes it as "remixed, remastered, partly rerecorded." I have not heard the original version of this album, so I can't compare the two.
Procol Harum - Missing Persons (Alive Forever)
Review by Gary Hill
This new release from Procol Harum is essentially a single or an EP, depending on how you look at it. It has two songs with a radio edit of the first one taking up the third slot on the CD.
Rain Rabbit - Rain Rabbit
Review by Gary Hill
I landed this under progressive rock, but I can see people arguing with that. First off, let me say that it's more AOR prog or even prog pop than pure progressive rock.
Rare Bird - Beautiful Scarlet: Recordings 1969-1975
Review by Gary Hill
Before I got this set Rare Bird was an early prog band that I had heard of, but never actually heard. This classy six-CD box set gathers up their entire catalog in one handy collection.
The Residents - Gingerbread Man: 3CD pREServed Edition
Review by Gary Hill
The Residents are the kind of act that by definition won't appeal to everyone. I happen to like them quite a bit.
Alberto Rigoni - For The Love Of Bass
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a cool release. I should mention that I play bass (well, not as often as I should these days, so maybe I should say "played").
Spirits Burning - Evolution Ritual
Review by Gary Hill
I have reviewed quite a bit of music from Spirits Burning, in various configurations.
Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat - 2CD Remastered & Expanded Edition
Review by Gary Hill
This new version of Al Stewart's classic Year of the Cat album is all class. The first disc features the original album remixed from the original master tapes by Alan Parsons.
Styx - Crash of the Crown
Review by Gary Hill
The last album from Styx, The Mission, was my pick for best album of the year when it came out. I would argue that the disc might be the best disc the band ever did.
Syndone - Kama Sutra
Review by Gary Hill
The brand of progressive rock on offer here is so intriguing and unique. There are things that call to mind references to other acts, but as a whole, it's so fresh and original.
Natsuki Tamura - Koki Solo
Review by Gary Hill
This is an unusual and unique release. It's very freeform. It's all done by one musician.
Tautologic - Wheels Fall Off
Review by Gary Hill
I reviewed a previous set from this Chicago act. In that review I mentioned that the music was unusual, and even a little odd, but yet compelling.
Stephan Thelen - Fractal Guitar 2
Review by Gary Hill
Stephan Thelen is no stranger to Music Street Journal. We've covered him with his band Sonar, but I also reviewed the first Fractal Guitar album.
Various Artists - Still Wish You Were Here: A Tribute to Pink Floyd
Review by Gary Hill
I generally like things like this where an album is created by taking the track list of a famous album and having different artists reproduce the songs.
Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
BulletBoys - Warner Albums 1988-1993
Review by Gary Hill
I have to admit that I didn't keep up with this band over the years. They are still around, though.
Dio - Lock Up the Wolves
Review by Gary Hill
I have to say that I was never a big fan of Dio's solo work when he was huge in the 1980s. I realize now that was a mistake, and have been playing catch up.
Johnny O'Neil - Truth or Dare
Review by Gary Hill
This is a strong album. Not everything here fits tightly under heavy metal, but I think enough of it does to land this under that heading.
WASP - The Last Command
Review by Gary Hill
I have never really been a big WASP fan. However, this album has always been one I liked a lot.
Non-Prog CD Reviews
Aint Afraid - Ain't Afraid
Review by Gary Hill
I have to admit right out of the gate that I am not the target audience for this release. The fact that it works as well as it does for me is really testament to the fact that it's strong.
Dick Aven - It All Started in the Garden
Review by Gary Hill
The music on this album is so strong. It sits in a very timeless and classic rock motif. This is the kind of thing that would have been huge in the 1970s.
Bob Beland - Happy Camper
Review by Gary Hill
This set features a blend of music that's often set within a folk rock zone. That said, there are things like T-Rex's brand of glam, hints of things like The Doors and even Tom Petty in the mix at various points.
Ben & Winnie - La Próxima Traición
Review by Gary Hill
This is an intriguing set. The music here lands along the lines of world music, but it's a bit more eclectic than that.
Bev - Crusher
Review by Gary Hill
This is an intriguing, if uneven, set. There is an artsy quality to a lot of it.
Cactus - Tightrope
Review by Gary Hill
Cactus is a band with a long and rich history. They are really the stuff of legend.
Keith Curtis - Happiness is Hard
Review by Gary Hill
This is a three-song EP that is of the mellower, roots music based variety.
Jeff Engholm - Little Big Things
Review by Gary Hill
This is an intriguing disc that never fails to entertain. It has some great songwriting with solid hooks.
Anthony Garcia - Acres of Diamonds - Los grande exitos
Review by Gary Hill
Anthony Garcia is a very talented person, and this release is really strong. Garcia plays guitar, sings and is a classically trained pianist.
Amanda Grace - Please Dear Sun
Review by Gary Hill
This album is quite an intriguing one.
Green Jelly - Garbage Band Kids
Review by Gary Hill
I have been a fan of this band since I first heard "Three Little Pigs" all those years ago. In those days they went by the name "Green Jello," and you can still hear them referred as such on some of these songs.
Matthew Austin Hunt - Two
Review by Gary Hill
I reviewed a previous set from Matthew Austin Hunt. This one is stronger than that disc.
Molly Jenson - Goodbye
Review by Gary Hill
There are some moments of sheer brilliance on this release. I have to say that I think this might be a case where less could be more.
Kiss the Tiger - Vicious Kid
Review by Gary Hill
I like this set a lot. While there is quite a bit of range here, it all somehow fits together.
Gen Lacroix - Sweetest Wine
Review by Gary Hill
There is a certain type of female vocal paired with piano sound that has become almost a cliché in recent years. The field of such performers is definitely crowded.
Lanue - Lanue
Review by Gary Hill
There is a modern school of music that features dreamy textures, subdued female vocals and moody vibes.
The Livesays - The Rhythm Of Love And Dysfunction
Review by Gary Hill
The latest from The Livesays, this pretty much what I expect from them, well-done mainstream rock. It's catchy and yet meaty.
Tony Lucca - Ain't No Storm
Review by Gary Hill
If you dig singer-songwriter styled music that reaches into things like country, folk and alternative rock for its concepts, you will enjoy this album.
Elisha Marin - Shining Out
Review by Gary Hill
There is not a weak song here. However, this set would probably be a case where less is more.
Mars Hall - Is Anybody Out There?
Review by Gary Hill
I have never heard of this Madison, Wisconsin band before. Well, I am definitely glad they are on my radar now.
Chris Murphy - Sovereign
Review by Gary Hill
I've reviewed quite a few releases from Chris Murphy over the years. You can always count on him for quality.
David Newbould - Sin & Redemption
Review by Gary Hill
If you dig classy mainstream Americana based music, you'll find plenty to like here.
Neal Smith - Pop 85-95
Review by Gary Hill
This collection has some real strong points.
Sweet - Isolation Boulevard
Review by Gary Hill
I have been a big fan of Sweet as long as I can remember.
Robin Trower, Maxi Priest, Livingstone Brown - United State of Mind
Review by Gary Hill
I've been a fan of Robin Trower for years. His Bridge of Sighs album is still a frequent visitor to my turntable to this day.
Various Artists - Riding the Rock Machine - British Seventies Classic Rock
Review by Gary Hill
I have heard arguments that say that the 1970s were the decade with the best music. Like any decade, they had a lot of garbage music
DVD/Video Reviews
Joe Bonamassa - Now Serving: Royal Tea: Live From The Ryman DVD
Review by Gary Hill
The brilliant Royal Tea album that came from Joe Bonamassa last year was a victim of bad timing.
Dokken - One Live Night DVD
Review by Greg Olma
I always felt that Dokken was unfairly lumped in with the hair metal bands because they were a metal band before that sub-genre existed. 
Kiss - The Lost 1976 Concert DVD
Review by Greg Olma
Kiss have released so many concert videos that you have to be a true aficionado of the group to really get a handle on what you may have and what is a new.
Megadeth - VH-1 Behind the Music Extended DVD
Review by Greg Olma
I remember when MTV and VH-1  used to play music videos.  Back in the heyday, they were a force to be reckoned with, and I feel they really changed the music landscape.


The Rolling Stones - A Bigger Bang Live On Copacabana Beach DVD/CD Set
Review by Gary Hill
In 2006 The Rolling Stones played a free concert on Copacabana Beach, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Interviews
Laura Meade
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Laura Meade from 2021
Concert Reviews
Cheap Trick - Live in Loves Park, Illinois, July 2021
Review by Eric Meli
I was really excited for this show since I have only seen Cheap Trick a couple of times years ago,
Book Reviews
Various Artists - Mass Movement: The Digital Years Vol. One written by Tim Cundle
Review by Gary Hill
In the interest of full disclosure, there are some things I need to get out of the way before getting into this review. First, over the last year or so, I've gotten to know Tim Cundle over the internet.
 
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