Review by rdtprog — This 42 minutes epic song or album started as a 7-minute piece that evolved into an extended piece
because of the flow of inspiration that hit the musician. The song starts where the band has left
with "Quiet Storms"; some melancholic passage with piano, memorable choral note, and samples taken
from film dialogue of the Great War. Then a Gilmour style guitar part kicks in from Lee Abraham back
with the band. It is followed by some heavier parts that will become a recurrent themes throughout the
whole thing. The band's music has never used so much spacey electronic effects and the keyboard
never had so much space because Dean Baker is the one who has written the music and the orchestral
arrangements. So the atmosphere of the music is different from previous albums except "Quiet
Storms". There is some nice vocals work from Stuart and some welcome flute from Sarah Bolter. This
is a modern prog album that is mixing the new and the old, the hard and the soft in a sweeping
panorama of sound that reminds me at times that I was in the heart of the atmosphere of a movie.
Naturally, this long piece is to listen as a whole and you will only want to hear more after the
short 40 minutes. We have 12 minutes more of that as bonus tracks but those songs are a continuation
of the whole story keeping the same mood of the whole epic.
Review by Neu!mann — One of John Zorn's more gorgeous albums was released, appropriately, near the summer solstice of
2017: ten exquisite and sometimes quite lively acoustic guitar duets, inspired by lunar imagery in
the plays of William Shakespeare. As usual Zorn abstains from any performance credit (his greatest
talent is a generous gift for collaboration), although he did of course write all the music, and
also created the evocative collage on the inner CD flap: seaside castle ramparts and shadowy
fishermen under a veiled full moon, with a skeletal arm rising portentously out of the surf.
Progressive Tracks Show #245 (The Last… Lost Chord), originally broadcast on Friday, January 19, 2018, is now available to download or listen to anytime you desire.
We’re all searching for it… perhaps you’ll find it here?
This week’s playlist contains new… re-released… classics… and tributes. All in a mere 90-minute show.
Recorded at Theater 140 in Brussels on November 12, 1971, this double CD is an exceptional document in that it represents the only record of live MAGMA of that time. Featuring the musicians on the album MAGMA 2, the training interprets topics borrowed from KOBAIA and 1001° CENTIGRADES, the first two releases by the group. The album also presents – and this is the most interesting aspect of this recording – two titles then in the making: “SOWILOI,” where Teddy LASRY demonstrates his great talent as a flutist, and “MEKANIK KOMMANDOH,” played for the first time in public, in a version much more developed than that engraved, three months earlier, on the compilation POWER 13 + 2.
London – Keyboard legend Rick Wakeman’s The Real Lisztomania Limited Edition Box Set is now available for pre-order! This is an extremely rare find as the master tapes were long since considered destroyed. Back in 1975 Rick was asked to oversee and compose a lot of the music for the film Lisztomania, which was directed by Ken Russell. Rick was also given a part in the film in which he played the god Thor.
Review by guiservidoni — I've always felt that the criticism towards Muse's Drones is way harsher than things actually are on the album. Such a
solid record deserves more recognition, and I quite enjoy it and find myself revisiting it every now and then, even though I
don't listen to a tenth of the amount of Muse I used to listen to.
Review by Mellotron Storm — I feel 4.5 stars is the right rating for me but I'm bumping it up this time because this is one special album folks. They are from Denmark and this their debut was released in 1970. They were actually led by an Englishman named Cy Nicklin who is the vocalist and rhythm guitar player. His vocals are really good and one of the highlights for me. The music is a bit all ver the place but hey it's 1970 so we get sixties sounding stuff, some hard rock, some folky bits and more. The thing is each song is so well composed and appealing to me. If there's one complaint it's too commercial sounding at times and although it doesn't sound like WISHBONE ASH's "Argus" it's very melodic like that with a bunch of really good tunes.
Review by BrufordFreak — A collection of masterfully crafted songs. Though the leader is obviously Mirek Gil, all contributors are essential to
this product, and those of newcomer Łukasz Ociepa on vocals and especially from long-time violinist and keyboard
player, Satomi, are exceptional. With a product like this, the band can be forgiven any and all time taken for its
creation and rendering.
Review by SteveG — Even if the music from the album The Passion by Peter Gabriel cannot be labeled as prog, it's so stunningly revolutionary
that it will easily rest among the pillars of prog music. This OST was conceived as a music of ancient times and modern
times. Of far away and somehow near. The secret of how Gabriel accomplished this is as easy as it is complicated. Mr. G
took world rhythms, African and Middle Eastern melodies and combined these with modern ambient drones and
soundscapes using all maner of modern and ancient instruments and voices. Including samples from a Fairlight sampler,
Akai S900 anad an Emulator, as well as his trusty Roland, Prophet and Fairlight synths. Featuring his own hypnotic near
chanting vocals coupled with world music chants from the likes of Youssou N'Dour and the quawwali style vocals of
the great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, almost by default we have a memorizing musical mix that could only be sublime.