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February 2019 - Issue 134
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
Atlas : Empire - The Stratosphere Beneath Our Feet
Review by Gary Hill

This is a concept album from a band that plays a form of alternative rock based prog that's along the lines of Radiohead. The music here is quite dynamic and steadily changing.

Martin Barre - Roads Less Travelled
Review by Gary Hill

Martin Barre is probably best known as the long time guitarist for Jethro Tull. I reviewed his Back to Steel album when it came out, and loved it.

Citizen K - III
Review by Gary Hill

Some might argue with landing this under progressive rock. Surely, it's on the AOR side of that equation.

Erdenreich - Tai Chi Tu: Retrospect One (vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill

This new compilation set is very cool. The main person here is Udo Erdenreich, and these songs all come from various projects he has worked on with various artists.

Fido Plays Zappa - Atlantis and Elsewhere
Review by Gary Hill

Frank Zappa was arguably one of the most liberated song-writers out there. I say that in terms of not being restricted to most rules and certainly not genre.

Greenslade - Bedside Manners are Extra
Review by Gary Hill

This reissue of the second Greenslade album is a definite value. It's a double disc set in a great digipack with a classy booklet.

Greenslade - Spyglass Guest
Review by Gary Hill

This new re-mastered edition of the third Greenslade album is quite cool. First you get the original album with a polished up sound on the first CD of the set.

Gryphon - Reinvention
Review by Gary Hill

I recently reviewed a compilation set from this outfit. This is their new release.

Vasil Hadzimanov Band - Lines In Sand
Review by Gary Hill

I previously reviewed another set from this act and loved it. Their blend of fusion with prog and space rock lands them under prog, and the quality of the music gets them a nod of approval.

Bill Hart Band - Live At Red Clay Theatre
Review by Gary Hill

Let's get the obvious out of the way first - this is not progressive rock. It is, however, fusion, and we generally land fusion under prog.

Hats off Gentlemen It’s Adequate - Out of Mind
Review by Gary Hill

I've reviewed quite a bit of stuff from this act, and you can always count on them for quality. This release is no exception.

The Interplanetary Acoustic Team - 11 11 (Me, Smiling)
Review by Gary Hill

This is quite a special album, in more ways than one. For one thing, the blend of electronic music, art rock, psychedelia, prog and more has earned it a place in my "best of 2018" list.

King Crimson - Meltdown - Live in Mexico
Review by Gary Hill

This is truly an amazing set. Looking at just the product itself, without even considering the performances will tell you that.

Le Mur - Exorta (vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill

This new vinyl release from Le Mur is very classy. In the first place, the record is high quality, and the music is captivating and unique.

John Lee’s Barclay James Harvest - The 50th Anniversary Concert
Review by Gary Hill

It seems that as the decades tick away in the history of the bands we know and love that the story becomes ever more common. Two (or more) versions of the core band wind up out doing the music of the group.

Garrett N. - Let's Get Surreal
Review by Gary Hill

This isn't a slam-dunk into progressive rock, but it's clearly progressive music. There are parts that are decidedly rock oriented, too.

Overhead - Haydenspark
Review by Gary Hill

I previously reviewed this act. While I liked their earlier work, this feels more compelling and mature.

PFM - Premiata Forneria Marconi - The Manticore Studio Albums
Review by Gary Hill

Premiata Forneria Marconi (or PFM) were the first Italian progressive rock act to gain a following in the US and England. This new four CD box set compiles their four albums that were released on Manticore between 1973 and 1977.

Anthony Phillips - Field Day
Review by Gary Hill

This new reissue from Anthony Phillips includes two CDs of instrumental music. It's almost exclusively just acoustic guitar.

Procol Harum - Procol's Ninth (Expanded Edition)
Review by Gary Hill

This newly released version of a classic Procol Harum album is a  three-CD set. The main album is included on the first disc, along with some bonus tracks (many of which are previously unreleased).

Sonar - Live at Moods
Review by Gary Hill

This new live album is so cool. It's all instrumental and very much built on space rock type sounds.

Strange Conversations - Teaching Me To Fish
Review by Gary Hill

This CD is a concept album that is based in progressive rock textures. That said, it's really quite varied.

Sun Temple Circus - Sun Temple Circus
Review by Gary Hill

I previously reviewed the vinyl release of this. The CD features all of the songs from that set along with a couple bonus tracks.

Third Ear Band - Elements 1970-71
Review by Gary Hill

Third Ear Band were a band that had a unique sound. A lot of their stuff (mostly instrumental) had improvised sections.

Various Artists - A Life in Yes: The Chris Squire Tribute
Review by Gary Hill
I grew up as a Yes fanatic from the age of 12. As a bass player myself, Chris Squire was a huge part of my own growth as a musician.
Various Artists - Stay Tuned – Bernhard Welz - All Stars Charity Album
Review by Larry Toering
Stay Tuned is the third album in a charity series by Bernhard Welz.
Yagull - Yuna
Review by Gary Hill

I always land this act under progressive rock, but in many ways that label doesn't fit. Acoustically driven and instrumental, the music is made up of just guitar and piano.

Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
Alcatrazz - The Official Bootleg Set 1983-1986: Live, Demos, Rehearsals
Review by Gary Hill

This massive six-CD set (as you might guess) compiles some bootleg recordings.

Black Label Society - Grimmest Hits
Review by Kat and Mike Heitzman

Zakk Wylde and company are back to blow the doors off the barn again - this time in a booming and crooning grim fashion. The entire album has a certain gloomy feel and has both slow and fast paced songs.

Blood of the Sun - Blood’s Thicker Than Love
Review by Mike Korn

In the last 10 to 15 years, it has seemed that many are trying to find inspiration in the rock music of the past to see if they can grab a little of the magic of those times.

Fiend - Seeress
Review by Mike Korn

There are not many albums that take you on a real sonic journey anymore. Well, here is one, coming from a French band that I have never heard of before.

Madwagon - With Love From Shangri La
Review by Larry Toering
New metal in the pacific northwest is getting more and more attention lately with some great new stuff coming out, and Madwagon bring the goods with the best of them.
Neal Smith - Halloween - 10th Anniversary Edition - Best of KillSmith 2008-2018
Review by Gary Hill

This is a new compilation disc from Neal Smith. The music here is raw and quite industrial in nature.

Various Artists - Pure Fire - The Ultimate Kiss Tribute
Review by Gary Hill

This is a reissue of an older Kiss tribute album. It was originally called "Spin the Bottle," and I remember seeing it around that first time out.

Non-Prog CD Reviews
Strat Andriotis - Night Manager
Review by Gary Hill

I had thought about including this under progressive rock because of Jerry Goodman's inclusion here. The thing is, it's really mostly pure jazz - and not even fusion, really.

Sheryl Crow - Live at the Capitol Theater - 2017 Be Myself Tour
Review by Gary Hill

This new live set from Sheryl Crow captures a very special concert from 2017. This is a double CD release with a Blu-Ray disc to round it out.

Andrew Durr - Time Frame
Review by Gary Hill

If you like retro styled sounds that land mostly in the folk vein, this set is for you. It has a good range in terms of variety and style, but everything is quite retro in texture.

Vicky Emerson - Steady Heart
Review by Gary Hill

This brand new release from Vicky Emerson is classy stuff. Not only is her voice strong enough to really carry this, but the song writing, instrumental work, production and all make this an exceptional set.

Dirk Hamilton Band - Live At the Palms
Review by Gary Hill

For fans of folk music and folk rock, this will probably be a welcome release. Dirk Hamilton and his band play a very effective and convincing brand of the genre.

Willie Hines - Letters to Maria
Review by Gary Hill

This CD is a bit of a mixed bag. There are some strong pieces here.

Nathan Ignacio - A Step Behind
Review by Gary Hill

This disc is based heavily on a roots music kind of sound. In fact, everything here is seeped with retro elements.

The Ions - Atom Butterfly
Review by Gary Hill

This is quite an intriguing disc. It's a bit uneven, but has some shining stars.

James Blonde - International Orange
Review by Gary Hill

In the fine tradition of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Jethro Tull, there is no James Blonde in this band. Instead we have an alternative rock meets pop act from Niagara Falls in Canada.

Jo James - Midnight Dealin'
Review by Gary Hill

Jo James' sound is very classic in nature. It's a sound of soulful music with jazz and blues mixed into its heart and core.

Jann Klose - In Tandem
Review by Gary Hill

Jann Klose produces consistently strong music. His songwriting is always effective, but for me his voice is the real winning element.

Mighty Quinn - Mighty Quinn & the Oakland Ronin
Review by Gary Hill

The easiest description here is to say that this is punk rock. Everything you love and everything you don't like about punk rock is present on this set.

Damon Mitchell - Elise
Review by Gary Hill

This set is probably best described as alternative rock. There is quite a range within that heading as presented here, though.

Todd Warner Moore - Spark
Review by Gary Hill

If you like artistic, creative folk music, there is plenty here that should please. There are no particularly weak songs here.

Bobbie Morrone - Lonely St.
Review by Gary Hill

Be careful what you wish for they say. When I reviewed Bobbie Morrone's three-song EP previously I wished that there had been more music.

Napa Valley Duo - An American in Paris
Review by Gary Hill

Perhaps this set is classical music. The duo in question is Jeffrey McFarland-Johnson who plays stringed instruments (I've often labeled it as cello, but I might be wrong in places) and Terry Winn on piano.

SNAFU (UK) - Live Nottingham 1976 (vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill

This live album captures SNAFU at their peak. The group played a form of soulful, funky blues rock with some jazz and more in the mix.

Anne Steele - Made Out Of Stars
Review by Gary Hill

Anyone who knows me well knows that, in general, I'm not a big fan of pop music. I tend to always like the deeper cuts better on albums, the ones that don't get heard as much.

Russ Still and the Moonshiners - Bootleg (Batch 432)
Review by Gary Hill

I previously reviewed a set from this act and really enjoyed it. Well, this one doesn't disappoint.

Les Techno - Closer Look (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill

I reviewed a previous single from this act and landed that one under progressive rock.

Tri Atma - Tri Atma
Review by Gary Hill

I thought about landing this under progressive rock. There are some songs that fit, but even those tracks land closer to an exploratory world music style.

DVD/Video Reviews
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath: Cross Purposes DVD
Review by Greg Olma

Black Sabbath have had many lineups, but the one era that seems to always get overlooked is the Tony Martin fronted era.  Martin sang on five studio releases, yet more people talk about the Ian Gillan version that only produced one record.

k.d. lang - Ingenue Redux: Live from The Majestic Theatre Blu-Ray
Review by Gary Hill

The performance captured in this DVD was a celebration of k.d. lang's Ingenue album. The show included the album in its entirety along with some other selections from her catalog.

Renaissance - A Symphonic Journey DVD/2-CD Set
Review by Gary Hill

These collections that have both video and audio discs sometimes present a challenge at MSJ. The ones that seem to be CD first with bonus video go under the CD reviews while ones like this that seem to be more based around a video with CDs as extras go under the video reviews.

Various Artists - Glastonbury Fayre: 1971 The True Spirit Of Glastonbury Blu-Ray
Review by Gary Hill

Anyone coming into this video looking for a concert film is likely to be disappointed. Also, anyone offended by nudity and/or drug use should probably steer clear.

Interviews
Coyote Poets of the Universe
Interview by Gary Hill

Interview with Coyote Poets of the Universe from 2019

41Point9
Interview by Gary Hill

Interview with Bob Madsen of 41Point9 from 2018

Glass Hammer
Interview by Gary Hill

Interview with Steve Babb and Fred Schendel of Glass Hammer from 2019

Tim Morse
Interview by Gary Hill

Interview with Tim Morse from 2018

Øresund Space Collective
Interview by Gary Hill

Interview with Dr. Space of Øresund Space Collective from 2018

Billy Sherwood
Interview by Gary Hill

Interview with Billy Sherwood from 2019

Nik Turner
Interview by Gary Hill

Interview with Nik Turner from 2018

Book Reviews
Various Artists - The Sound of Things to Come: An Audible History of the Science Fiction Film written by Trace Reddell
Review by Gary Hill

One of the problems with doing book reviews for Music Street Journal is that the deadlines for making the issues mean that I don't have a lot of time for reading.

 
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