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August 2022 - Issue 155
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
Lynne Arriale Trio - The Lights Are Always On
Review by Gary Hill
At Music Street Journal we land fusion under progressive rock. My reasoning is that the very exploratory nature of the music fits and the two styles share a lot of fans.
Clint Bahr - Puzzlebox
Review by Gary Hill
Clint Bahr has been covered at Music Street Journal previously as part of the group Tripod. This is his new solo album.
Robert Berry's 3.2 - Alive at Progstock
Review by Gary Hill
This new set is a double CD with bonus DVD. It captures a concert that feels more like an event than just a gig.
Kate Bush - The Sensual World (vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
I had heard Kate Bush before the Hounds of Love album, but it was that disc that made me a fan. I still consider that set to be a masterpiece and her best release.
Graham Dechter - Major Influence
Review by Gary Hill
This disc was recorded by a quartet of musicians led by Graham Dechter who plays some amazing guitar.
Electric Light Orchestra - Secret Messages
Review by Gary Hill
Let me say upfront that this is not Electric Light Orchestra's best, not by a lot. Also, if I were judging just on this album, it wouldn't go under prog.
Gayle Ellett & The Electromags - Shiny Side Up
Review by Gary Hill
Gayle Ellett first came to my attention through his band Djam Karet.
Mary Fahl - Can’t Get It Out Of My Head
Review by Gary Hill
I suppose this could fall under non-prog as folk rock. I would say that there is enough progressive rock here, to land it where I have, though.
Robert Fripp - Washington Square Church
Review by Gary Hill
These days the idea of people playing live with loops and other triggered backing tracks is not revolutionary at all.
Godley & Creme - Frabjous Days – The Secret World Of Godley & Creme
Review by Gary Hill
Based just on the music here, this set would not land under progressive rock. Some of it does quality as proto-prog, though.
Mike Ian - The Learning Tree
Review by Gary Hill
If you like melodic prog that leans on the AOR side of the equation, you are likely to enjoy this release. It's a solid set that has some moments of sheer brilliance.
Jade Warrior - Released - Remastered Edition
Review by Gary Hill
Cherry Red has put together this new remastered edition of Jade Warrior's second album. It includes the full album along with one bonus, track, an alternate take of one of the songs.
Jethro Tull - A Passion Play
Review by Gary Hill
I don't think anyone will argue with me if I say that A Passion Play is Jethro Tull's most ambitions and prog rock based album.
Just - Deep Cycles
Review by Gary Hill
I am sure there are those who would argue that this doesn't belong under progressive rock. That's a valid stance.
Gabriel Keller - Clair Obscur
Review by Gary Hill
Gabriel Keller is a musician from France, and this solo album showcases his particular flavor of progressive rock.
Mahogany Frog - Faust
Review by Gary Hill
I have previously reviewed two albums from Mahogany Frog. Neither prepared me for this. An instrumental album, this is often dark.
The Moody Blues - The Present
Review by Gary Hill
I know a lot of people disregard these later Moody Blues albums. I happen to have a special attraction to them because Patrick Moraz is on them, bringing a Yes connection.
Nektar - ...Sounds Like This, 2CD Remastered & Expanded Edition
Review by Gary Hill
This new set from Cherry Red is the first official release of ...Sounds Like This available for some time. The album was the third they recorded, but it was unusual.
Andy Ostwald Trio - Field Guide
Review by Gary Hill
I've included this set under prog because of the artsy angle and the fusion elements.
Pink Floyd - Ummagumma
Review by Gary Hill
Pink Floyd's Ummagumma is a really strange album. I don't think anyone will disagree with that.
The Prog Collective - Songs We Were Taught
Review by Gary Hill
The Prog Collective releases compelling progressive rock album after album.
Queen - A Day at the Races
Review by Gary Hill
Queen was really such an intriguing band. They were never really easy to pin down stylistically.
Arnaud Quevedo & Friends - Electric Tales
Review by Gary Hill
The music on this 2020 release is pure magic. It's a near perfect combination of progressive rock and fusion.
Arnaud Quevedo & Friends - ROAN
Review by Gary Hill
I've reviewed another set from this act in the current issue of Music Street Journal. I'm not sure which set by them I like better.
John Sloman - Two Rivers
Review by Gary Hill
This is an unusual release. It's not a hard sell under progressive rock, although a lot of it does fit there.
Solace Supplice - Liturgies Contemporaines
Review by Gary Hill
With musical references that reach from modern progressive rock to Gothic rock and much more, this is unique and inventive.
Stick Men - Tentacles
Review by Gary Hill
You just can't go wrong with Stick Men. The band is made up of Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto and Markus Reuter.
Harvey Summers - Moon
Review by Gary Hill
If you like instrumental electronic music you are likely to enjoy this.
Toyah - Toyah! Toyah! Toyah!
Review by Gary Hill
This band bore the name of its lead singer Toyah Willcox.
Vanilla Bloom - Promise
Review by Gary Hill
I've landed this act under prog rock. That's largely because of the "art rock" nature of it.
Various Artists - Dave Brock Presents This Was Your Future
Review by Gary Hill
This three CD set is pretty amazing stuff. It was compiled by Dave Brock, and as such you have to figure that it's packed full of space rock.
Nate Wooley - Columbia Icefield - Ancient Songs of Burlap Heroes
Review by Gary Hill
I previously reviewed another disc from Nate Wooley. That one was unusual because it was one 45-minute piece of music.
Chuck Wright's Sheltering Sky - Chuck Wright's Sheltering Sky
Review by Gary Hill
Chuck Wright is a bass player. Since this is his project, you can expect some great bass work.
Xanthan - Succubus Swing
Review by Gary Hill
While some of this is purely instrumental, there are tracks with vocals. This is a short set, running just about 21 minutes.
Frank Zappa - The Grand Wazoo
Review by Gary Hill
An almost completely instrumental album, if anyone has an argument about Frank Zappa landing under prog rock, they really need to listen to this.
Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
Carnivore - Carnivore
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new reissue of the first album from Carnivore. It includes three bonus demo songs and an extensive booklet.
Jyrki 69 - American Vampire
Review by Gary Hill
There is a lot of Gothic metal on this set. There is also a lot of electronic music.
Prowler - Reactivate
Review by Gary Hill
Prowler is a band that originally came to prominence as part of the NWOBHM. Their sound is definitely tied to that era.
Quartz - On the Edge of No Tomorrow
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new album from a band that was a part of the NWOBHM movement, or more accurately was caught up in that movement despite pre-dating it.
Treyharsh - Eternal Cycles
Review by Gary Hill
The metal on this album is brutal, and the vocals are extreme. It has some strong music on the set.
Xentrix - Kin
Review by Gary Hill
I only discovered this band a few months ago. I think it's a shame that I never heard of them before.
Non-Prog CD Reviews
Ariee - Fiya
Review by Gary Hill
The modern R&B sounds on here are effective. The best part of this set would be the vocals.
Beaux Atkins - Redfearn
Review by Gary Hill
If you like your rock with a lot of country music in the mix, this might be just the musical entre for you.
Blynd Birds - Songs To Sink Yachts To
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite an unusual set.
Randy Casey - 1 Dollar or 1 Dead Smith
Review by Gary Hill
This is an effective disc that has some really shining moments.
Circus Mind - Joy Machine
Review by Gary Hill
This band, and this album, are interesting. The sound is quite retro, yet there is a modern edge.
Stomp Gordon - Damp Rag - The Killa Dilla From Columbus, Ohio
Review by Gary Hill
You might not have heard of Stomp Gordon before. He was a jump blues artist from Ohio, and this set from Bear Family presents his entire catalog that he recorded.
Hemisphere - Unity
Review by Gary Hill
I previously reviewed another set from this act. I landed that one under prog, but this one definitely doesn't fit there.
Peggy James - The Parade
Review by Gary Hill
This is the second set I've reviewed from Peggy James. I think I prefer this one to the other.
Joshua Ketchmark - Blood
Review by Gary Hill
This is the third release from Joshua Ketchmark that I've reviewed. I like this album quite a bit.
Love Bubble - Love Revolution
Review by Gary Hill
If you like the bright sunshiny pop sounds of the 1960s, you will probably enjoy this.
Jimmy McCracklin - Rocks
Review by Gary Hill
Have you heard of Jimmy McCracklin? Well, he was a musician plying his trade for decades.
Chantel McGregor - Shed Sessions Volume 2
Review by Gary Hill
I've reviewed a couple things from Chantel McGregor before. That includes the first "Shed Sessions" disc.
Mimo - Mars Took Over
Review by Gary Hill
Mimo is an intriguing artist, with an emphasis on the "art" portion of that equation.
Kristian Montgomery and the Winterkill Band - Prince of Poverty
Review by Gary Hill
Kristian Montgomery is billed as an alt-country act.
Vanessa Peters - Modern Age
Review by Gary Hill
I previously reviewed another set from Vanessa Peters, and I liked that one. I'd say this is the stronger of the two, though.
Poco - One Night In Nashville
Review by Gary Hill
There was a time when music like this ruled the airwaves. These guys came out of the same school of soft rock as Crosby, Stills and Nash and The Eagles.
Jimmy Reed - Rocks
Review by Gary Hill
Jimmy Reed was a big influence on rock and roll music.
Ashley Riley - Set You Free
Review by Gary Hill
This is a unique and intriguing album. The music here ranges from Americana to things that are almost art rock.
Trineice Robinson - All Or Nothing
Review by Gary Hill
This album really harkens back to a bygone era. The music here fits well within the vocal jazz genre.
The Rocketz - Lovesick and Heartbroke
Review by Gary Hill
This LA band sounds familiar, but are also very entertaining. Their blend of rockabilly, rock and roll, punk and even alternative sounds is nothing new, but they do it really well.
James Lee Stanley and Dan Navarro - All Wood and Led
Review by Gary Hill
This is such a special album. I've always said that if you are going to cover a song, you should make it your own.
TectonicBeats - Nightingale
Review by Gary Hill
If you are a fan of electronic dance music, this EP might be something you'll enjoy. There are six songs here, but really it's only three.
Tamara L. Wilson - Let It Go
Review by Gary Hill
There are times where musicians overstay their welcome with their releases that run too long to really hold the listener's attention.
Grace Womack - Yellow Cowboy Hat
Review by Gary Hill
Given the title and cover, you might expect to get country music here. Well, that's not the kind of music Grace Womack delivers.
Zan Zone - Start Where You Stand
Review by Gary Hill
I have previously reviewed a couple of other discs from this act. I think this one might be better than both of those.
DVD/Video Reviews
Kiss - Kissology – The Ultimate Kiss Collection Vol. 1 1974-1977 DVD
Review by Greg Olma
Kiss was the band that got me into music on a serious level.  From the first time I laid eyes on the Kiss Alive! record cover, I was hooked and I couldn’t get enough of the visuals.  
Kiss - Kissology – The Ultimate Kiss Collection Vol. 2 1978-1991 DVD
Review by Greg Olma
Kiss has had a few different eras so this second volume focuses on a part of their career that was successful but not quite the heights achieved back in their heyday. 
Phil Lynott - Phil Lynott - Songs For While I’m Away / Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back In Town (2 DVD/CD) set
Review by Gary Hill
You'll note that I've included this under Phil Lynott's name instead of under the Thin Lizzy banner.
The Rolling Stones - Licked Live In NYC DVD/2 CD set
Review by Gary Hill
What can be said about The Rolling Stones that hasn't already been said?
Interviews
Astral Magic
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Mika Laakso of Astral Magic from 2022
Derek Sherinian
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Derek Sherinian from 2022
Concert Reviews
Blue Öyster Cult - Live at Milwaukee Summerfest, July 2022
Review by Mike Korn
Time stands still for no one, not even Blue Öyster Cult. This band and I go back a very long way, and I have seen them play live more than any other band.
 
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