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October 2015 - Issue 114
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
Anderson Ponty Band - Better Late than Never
Review by Gary Hill
Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty have talked about doing a project together for a long time.
The Aaron Clift Experiment - Outer Light, Inner Darkness
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve enjoyed the music of this act since the first time I heard them.
Consider the Source - World War Trio Parts II & III
Review by Gary Hill
I remember when I reviewed the EP that made up the first part of this trilogy I was hoping for more music from this outfit. Well, here is the answer to that wish.
The Dreaming Tree - Silverfade
Review by Gary Hill
This British outfit has released quite an intriguing album.
Echolyn - I Heard You Listening
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve always liked Echolyn.
Gianotti - The Great Unknown
Review by Gary Hill
There is no question this is progressive rock.
GTR - GTR: 2CD Deluxe Expanded Edition
Review by Gary Hill
I remember when I got this album originally, I was unimpressed with it. I think part of that was expectations.
Hands - Caviar Bobsled
Review by Gary Hill
This is a unique and special album. I love the blend of sounds here.
Joykill Collective - Battle Cry (Digital Single)
Review by Gary Hill
This digital single is quite a cool piece. I love the classic acoustic guitar sounds that open this.
Komara - Komara
Review by Gary Hill
Although there are some spoken vocals, this album is instrumental.
Greg Lake - London 81
Review by Gary Hill
For the sake of full disclosure, with the exception of the closing piece, this album was previously released as “Live on the King Biscuit Flower Hour.”
Lucas Lee - Business Brunch Specials: Uranium Omelet (with GMO-Free Brown Sauce)
Review by Gary Hill
Featuring Tobias Ralph (Adrian Belew Power Trio, The Crimson ProjeKCt) on drums and Lucas Lee on guitars, bass and keys, this lands thoroughly into modern progressive rock territory.
Lucifer’s Friend - Awakening
Review by Gary Hill
I remember hearing these guys many years ago and not being all that impressed.
Luna Kiss - Gravity
Review by Gary Hill
I know a lot of people will probably argue with this making it to progressive rock.
Fabio Mittino and Bert Lams - Long Ago
Review by Gary Hill
This instrumental album is a strictly guitar duet kind of thing.
Moraz Alban Project - MAP
Review by Gary Hill
Patrick Moraz is probably best known for his stints as the keyboard player for Yes and The Moody Blues.
Omenopus - Compendium of Souvenirs
Review by Gary Hill
I have liked Omenopus since the first time I heard them.
Quill - Brush with the Moon
Review by Gary Hill
If you jump ahead to the last song, you’ll definitely decide this fits under progressive rock.
The Radio Hour - Radio Power
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite an intriguing set. I’m sure there will be those who will argue with it landing under progressive rock.
Space Invaders - Dreadnought
Review by Gary Hill
This album consists of instrumental, improvised space rock.
Spyro Gyra - Three Wishes
Review by Gary Hill
This classic set from Spyro Gyra doesn’t have a lot of surprises.
Streetmark - Sky Racer
Review by Gary Hill
This act really covers quite a bit of ground here.
Sun Temple Circus - Sun Temple Circus (Vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve never heard this act or album before. 
Tacachale Chamber Orchestra - Ocean Floor Funeral
Review by Gary Hill
First off, I’d like to say that this is probably not progressive rock.
Various Artists - Howard Phillips Lovecraft – Fungi from Yuggoth: A Sonnet Cycle
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve listed this under “Various Artists” at Music Street Journal, although technically it’s not listed that way on the CD.
Carl Verheyen - Alone: Solo Guitar Improvisations Volume 2
Review by Gary Hill
I don’t know if this fits into progressive rock. I’d say some of it does.
John Wetton - And the Les Paul Trio – New York Minute – Live at the Iridium, New York, 2013
Review by Gary Hill
This was apparently recorded at a cancer awareness concert as John Wetton talks about that at a few places here.
John Wetton - Anthology Volume 1: Studio Recordings
Review by Gary Hill
This anthology of songs from John Wetton is quite strong. It’s not all progressive rock, and for the most par even when it lands there, it’s more in the AOR end of the spectrum.
Xadu - Random Abstract
Review by Gary Hill
Xadu is a duo consisting of Xavi Reija and Dusan Jevtovic.
Yes - Like It Is: Live at the Mesa Arts Center
Review by Gary Hill
Yes recently did a couple of tours where they performed some of their studio albums in their entirety. This live recording comes from one of those shows.
Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
Kyrbgrinder - Chronicles of a Dark Machine
Review by Gary Hill
This is a power trio from the UK.
Peter Pan Speedrock - Buckle Up & Shove It
Review by Gary Hill
I really like this quite a bit. It’s raw and furious.
Pretty Boy Floyd - Kiss of Death: A Tribute to Kiss
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve always heard of this band, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually heard them before. To me, they look and sound quite a bit like vintage Motley Crue.
Scorpions - Return to Forever
Review by Gary Hill
This is kind of an intriguing album. Some of these songs are new.
Tang - Blood & Sand
Review by Gary Hill
I like this disc quite a bit.
Non-Prog CD Reviews
Auburn - Mixed Feelings
Review by Gary Hill
The argument could almost be made to land this under progressive rock.
Bekah Barnett - Rise
Review by Gary Hill
This album really feels like it could have been released in the 1970s. It has a lot in common with the music of artists like Carole King and Joni Mitchell.
Blessid Union of Souls - Live at Never on Sunday
Review by Gary Hill
This live album comes with a companion DVD. That DVD includes one extra song.
The Blue Dolphins - Walking in the Sun
Review by Gary Hill
This music is rather timeless.
Canned Heat - Stockholm 1973
Review by Gary Hill
It’s easy to think of Canned Heat as a 60s band.
Charity - Yellow
Review by Gary Hill
There is a type of female performer in the modern age who does a version of soulful music that’s both classic and still fresh.
The Coasters - Magical Favorites
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve never really been a big fan of this kind of old time vocal music. That fact should tell you just how good this is when I say that I really like this album a lot.
JJ Ford - Perfect Saturday Night
Review by Gary Hill
I wouldn’t say that Ford’s voice sounds like Arlo Guthrie’s.
Locrian - Infinite Dissolution
Review by Mike Korn
I will leave it to wiser heads than mine when it comes to categorizing Locrian. They do not fit any particular genre box neatly.
Ben Lorentzen - America
Review by Gary Hill
In terms of a question of balance, if the bulk of this album were more like the first couple songs, I’d land this in progressive rock.
The Magic Lightnin’ Boys - The Magic Lightnin’ Boys
Review by Gary Hill
These guys really manage to bring the classic kind of hard rocking sound and make it their own.
The Metronomad - Opening Doors
Review by Gary Hill
This is a pretty cool set. It has a lot of folk in the mix, but there is more here, too – from jazz to alternative rock and more..
Ken Will Morton - All’s Fair in Love and War
Review by Gary Hill
There is a lot of great music here. That said, this isn’t an entirely successful disc.
Nervous Germans - From Prussia with Love
Review by Gary Hill
This is really quite an interesting set. There’s a lot of variety here.
Orgy - Talk Sick
Review by Gary Hill
Mix Duran Duran with Marilyn Manson and you are pretty close to what you get here.
Purusa - Repair
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of sounds on this set is fairly wide.
SNAFU (USA) - Present Day Plague
Review by Gary Hill
I like the way this album is divided with bits of almost atmospheric music with spoken parts over the top distributed at various points.
Twangdogs - Live from the Lost Artists Show
Review by Gary Hill
I had a little trouble reviewing this. It’s not that the performances are bad. In fact, that’s far from the truth. There is a real problem with the recording, though.
Vile Display of Humanity - Vile Display of Humanity
Review by Gary Hill
I really like this set quite a bit. It wanders in the shared ground between thrash and hardcore punk.
DVD/Video Reviews
Glen Campbell - I’ll be Me DVD
Review by Gary Hill
This is probably the best music documentary I’ve ever seen. It is a music documentary, but really, it’s so much more.
Electric Light Orchestra - Jeff Lynne’s ELO: Live in Hyde Park BluRay
Review by Gary Hill
I’m a big fan of ELO. I have to admit that the super-star period of A New World Record and Out of the Blue is probably my favorite period of the band’s history.
Van Morrison - Another Glorious Decade DVD
Review by Gary Hill
The trouble with these unauthorized documentaries is that they are not allowed to use music from the artist and generally any of the materials included are essentially archival interviews and clips.
Taste - What’s Going On: Live at the Isle of Wight DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I love the way this is done. You get a documentary with clips for the concert.
Various Artists - Izzy Young – Talking Folklore Center DVD
Review by Gary Hill
This is listed as Various Artists at Music Street Journal because it features a lot of different musicians. Izzy Young was the founder of The Folklore Center.
Various Artists - Salad Days: A Decade Of Punk In Washington, DC (1980-90) DVD
Review by Gary Hill
The Washington, DC punk scene was really a big deal.
Joe Louis Walker - Live in Istanbul DVD
Review by Gary Hill
If you dig your blues with jazzy horns and cool organ, this is for you.
Nature Ganganbaigal
Interview by Mike Korn

Interview with Nature Ganganbaigal from 2015

Jean-Luc Ponty
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Jean-Luc Ponty from 2015
Bruce Stringer
Interview by Jason Hillenburg
Interview with Bruce Stringer from 2015
Concert Reviews
Evergrey - Live in Chicago, Illinois, August 2015
Review by Greg Olma

I’ve been a fan for a while, but this was the first time I had the pleasure of seeing Evergrey in concert.

King Crimson - Live in Birmingham, England in September 2015
Review by John Pierpoint

I had never seen the mighty King Crimson play live before - not surprising, as I was only ten years old when the band last played my home town in 1974!

Queensrÿche - Live in Rosemont, Illinois, September 2015
Review by Greg Olma

I have been a long time Queensryche fan, and while I still enjoyed their later releases with former vocalist Geoff Tate, the new material from their self-titled record (and the material I have heard from Condition Human) has really revived my interest in the band.  

Scorpions - Live in Rosemont, Illinois, September 2015
Review by Greg Olma

There is a lot of activity in the world of the Scorpions. 

Yes - Live in Chicago, Illinois, August 2015
Review by Gary Hill
There seem to be some Yes fans deriding the recent incarnations of Yes.
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