PROTO-KAW Before Became After (Symphonic Prog, 2004)

Review by siLLy puPPy — The band Kansas actually had three different line-ups in the 70s with only Kerry Livgren being the sole member to transverse all the
different incarnations of the band. The band formed as far back as 1969 and went through a few cast member changes before a
second version now referred to as Kansas II emerged in the aftermath. This is the period when Livgren and company produced a
plethora of progressive leaning rock that took a cue from all the greats of the era including but limited to King Crimson, Yes, Pink
Floyd, Zappa, Deep Purple and beyond. After the positive feedback from releasing their archival "Early Recordings From Kansas
1971-1973" in 2002, the newly named PROTO-KAW felt a magical rekindling of spirits and decided to have a go at taking a stab at the
unfulfilled desires which they abandoned thirty years prior. Due to legal restrictions on how the trademarked band name Kansas
could be used, the band cleverly found a way of telling the story all in the context of legal loopholes. PROTO (original) plus KAW
(name of the Native American tribe also referred to as Kanza or Kansa) produced a name that had an exact equivalency and finally
at long last despite most members not even being in contact with each other for three decades cleverly named their debut album of
completely new music BEFORE BECAME AFTER.

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King Crimson To Tour The US Fall 2017!

Now in their 48th year, King Crimson will be returning to America in the Fall of 2017! The new dates see the group performing in some states and cities that have not been visited in a while. Atlanta, Georgia, for example, last had live Crimson music in 2001, while Texas has experienced something of an epic Crimson drought since 1974, not counting ProjeKct Three’s week-long residency in the Lone Star state during March 1999.   Tour dates: 19 Oct Bass Concert Hall, Austin, TX – tickets 21 Oct Music Hall, Dallas, TX – tickets  23 Oct Center Stage, Atlanta, GA – tickets  24 Oct Center Stage, Atlanta, GA – tickets  26 Oct Duke Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, Raleigh, NC – tickets  28 Oct Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C. – tickets  29 Oct Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C. – tickets  31 Oct New Jersey Performing Arts Centre, Newark, NJ – tickets  02 Nov Merriam Theatre, Philadelphia, PA – tickets  03 Nov Merriam Theatre, Philadelphia. PA – tickets  06 Nov Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA – tickets  08 Nov The Egg, Albany, NY – tickets  09 Nov The Egg, Albany, NY – tickets  11 Nov Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, PA – tickets  17 Nov Beacon Theatre, New York, NY – tickets 18 Nov Beacon Theatre, New York, NY – tickets  22 Nov Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI – tickets  24 Nov Hard Rock Rocksino, Cleveland, OH – tickets 26 Nov Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, WI – tickets   For more ticket information: https://www.dgmlive.com/tours?liveshow=on   With three drummers up front including Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Jeremy Stacey, as well as the return of multi-instrumentalist Bill Reiflin on keyboards, guitarist, and original founding member, Robert Fripp, states that this “double quartet formation” is likely to make more noise than ever before. Rounding out the eight piece line up is guitarist and vocalist Jakko Jakszyk, longtime bassist Tony Levin, and saxophonist Mel Collins, who was a mainstay of Crim from 1970-1972.    As well as standard tickets, the band’s label, DGM, also has announced the sale of VIP Royal Packages, limited to just 60 per show. Details can be viewed at the label’s interactive and recently redeveloped website, www.dgmlive.com.   =&2=& =&3=& On our final evening at the festival, we were witness to the concert that inevitably proved to be its highlight…The blend of mood, melody, ambiance, and atmosphere dazzled the audience, which responded with frequent standing ovations.” – Lee Zimmerman, Goldmine Magazine=&4=&

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PROTO-KAW Early Recordings from Kansas 1971-1973 (Symphonic Prog, 2002)

Review by siLLy puPPy — The band Kansas is well known for their phenomenally successful albums that graced the tail end of the 70s including but not
limited to "Point Of No Return" and "Leftoverature" with their unique stamp on Heatland boogie rock mixed with symphonic
progressive rock sophistication, but like many a band out there actually had some antecedents to their musical ascent. There were
actually two versions of Kansas before the third version found a stable line-up that propelled them onto the world stage. Guitarist
and keyboardist Kerry Livgren is the common thread amongst all the members who have come and gone in this Topeka, Kansas
band that formed all the way back in 1969 and actually began under the name Saratoga before adopting the name of their home
state.

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Podcast – The Prog Mill edition 63

Edition 63 of THE PROG MILL – first broadcast on Progzilla Radio Sunday 16th July, is now available to stream anytime you like or download.

This week we have another two hours of superb progressive rock. This weeks playlist looks like this:

1 Brother Ape – You Are (Karma)
2 Karibow – Never Last (From Here to the Impossible)
3 Cosmograf – The Melancholy Death of a Gamekeeper (The Hay Man Dreams)
4 Moon Safari – Bluebells (Blomljud)
5 Comedy of Errors – Ever Be The Prize (House of the Mind)
6 Seconds Before Landing – Can I See You Now (Now That I Have Your Attention)
7 Kaprekars Constant – The Night Watchman
8 La Coscienza di Zeno – Temperanza (Sensitiva)
9 Continuum – We Never Spoke
10 Magenta – Sunshine Saviour (Essential)
11 Van Der Graaf Generator – Theme One (Pawn Hearts)
12 Transatlantic – Suite Charlotte Pike (Bridge Across Forever)
13 Violent Attitude if Noticed – White, Yellow, Red (Ourselves and Otherwise)
14 King Crimson – Heroes (Heroes EP)

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DISEN GAGE Snapshots (Eclectic Prog, 2016)

Review by kev rowland —

There are a lot of great bands coming out of Russia these days, and thanks to both the internet and people wanting to promote them,
it is getting easier to understand some of what is going on. This is the fourth album from the band, and to say it is intriguing is
somewhat under stating what is going on. This is an instrument album, much of which I would imagine was recorded live, as the
interaction between the four (plus guests) couldn't have happened any other way. According to the band themselves, the album "is
whimsically balancing on a weird edge between psychedelic trance and romantic mood, between a krautrock improv and a soundtrack
to a western. To us, the aftertaste of the album feels similar to what one feels after casting an accidental glance at a pile of randomly
scattered photos. They may be a part of someone's, or your own life, or they could be snapshots of Nature - but then we are all part of
Nature."

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MARILLION Script For A Jester's Tear (Neo-Prog, 1983)

Review by VianaProghead — Review Nº 128

"Script For A Jester's Tear" is the debut studio album of Marillion and was released in 1983. The album was released
after their fantastic EP "Market Square Heroes" with also "Three Boats From The Candy" and on the B side with their
great epic "Grendel". The line up on the album is Derek Dick "Fish" (vocals), Steve Rothery (guitars), Mark Kelly
(keyboards), Pete Trewavas (bass) and Mick Pointer (drums). Beyond "Market Square Heroes", this is the only album
to feature Pointer in the group. He left Marillion to found Arena where he is still their current drummer.

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Fire Garden Release Life of a Drifter Music Video featuring Jordan Rudess

After a success of first music video A New Day we are releasing a new music video from our latest record Far and Near this time the song is ‘Life of a Drifter’. The band footage was filmed by Atlas-Moon on the same day as A New Day.

 

Extra footage plus directed and edited by good people at Crystal Spotlight. (Steven Wilson, King Crimson). Special Thanks to Jordan Rudess for sending us the footage of the actual performance of his guest solo take.   Yes, it was recorded in one take.

Fire Garden Touring Band
Zee – Guitars and Vocals
Marc Malitz – Bass and Backing Vocals
Allen Ladis – Guitars
Bill Kiser – Drums

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HIGH TIDE Sea Shanties (Heavy Prog, 1969)

Review by siLLy puPPy — Music history is fickle as there is no rhyme or reason as to why one band will become the hugest thing since sliced bread and
another of equal talent is left to fester in the dusty obscurity bins. HIGH TIDE is the perfect example with their debut album SEA
SHANTIES which was released the very same month as the extraordinary and hugely popular "In The Court Of The Crimson King" by
none other than the legendary King Crimson. HIGH TIDE was pretty much a contemporary to the great KC in not only musical
ambitiousness and stylistic extremities but also hails from the very same London scene that was seeing the clock run out on the 60s
and ushering in the sobering new reality of the idealisms of peace and free love ceding into pure darkened disillusionment. While
the band has received some kudos from the critics over the ensuing decades, HIGH TIDE has unfortunately remained off the radar
of the average heavy rock meets prog rock world.

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KING CRIMSON Heroes (Eclectic Prog, 2017)

Review by memowakeman — For over 14 years I've been waiting for King Crimson to comeback to Mexico City, and this will finally happen this weekend (Jul 14), so as
you can imagine, I am as excited as a child with a toy. King Fripp and his colleagues will hit the stage for five unique evenings in which
we will find a lot of songs from the band's catalogue, including probably the ones featured on this EP.

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