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Focus: 11

Read "11" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

If the artwork looks familiar, yes, it's by Roger Dean who created album cover artwork for progressive rock icons, Yes, Gentle Giant, Uriah Heep and other notables. Dean continues his phantasmagoric images via his work for this pivotal 1970s and 80s Dutch prog unit, Focus for its 11th studio album, featuring founder Thijs van Leer (keys, ...

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Procol Harum: Live in Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Read "Live in Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This is an archival release by one of the celebrated prog outfits that is still relatively active, Procol Harum, that is remastered and expanded with bonus tracks, featuring fully restored artwork and liner notes. This 1972 classic stands as a seminal rock meets classical music endeavor, recorded live in Canada.

Procol Harum founder, keyboardist/vocalist ...

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Yuka & Chronoship: Ship

Read "Ship" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This irrefutably impressive Japanese progressive rock outfit is led by talented female keyboardist Yuka Funakoshi. The the first seven tracks are based on the Greek mythology Argo, named after the ship Jason and the Argonauts used to retrieve the Golden Fleece. And of course, mythological topics along with intergalactic space travel are relatively common threads for ...

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Nirvana: Black Flower

Read "Black Flower" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This is not a newly unearthed recording by the Seattle-based grunge rock band, Nirvana. Hence, this Nirvana was a short-lived progressive pop unit that formed in 1965, led by the duo of Irishman Patrick Campbell-Lyons and Greek composer Alex Spyropoulos, both supplying the vocals. Once again, UK-based Cherry Red Records stokes the olden flames to remaster ...

Cross Purposes

Read "Cross Purposes" reviewed by Geno Thackara

He hasn't had quite such a visible solo profile as some of his past and future King Crimson colleagues, but that probably suits David Cross just fine. He's used to not being a noticeably out-front presence (normal for a violinist in the rock world, after all), but his electrified playing still has no shortage of juice ...

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Strawbs: The Ferryman's Curse

Read "The Ferryman's Curse" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This beloved British progressive rock band started as a bluegrass unit in 1964 under the moniker, The Strawberry Hill Boys. But they shortened the group name to the Strawbs in 1967, when they soon morphed into the wonderful world of prog and enjoyed radio success integrating folk and related genres into its burgeoning signature sound. With ...

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Geoffrey Downes / Christopher Braide - DBA: Skyscraper Souls

Read "Skyscraper Souls" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Christopher Braide maintains a ubiquitous presence within the global music industry. He's a songsmith and singer for cinema and TV, and he produces works for pop acolytes such as vocalists Lana Del Rey, Beyoncé and Christine Aguilera among many other projects, spanning multiple genres. With Braide's third and finest co-led outing with famed British keyboardist Geoffrey ...

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Fish on Friday: Quiet Life

Read "Quiet Life" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Belgian artists, William Beckers (keys) and Frank Van Bogaert (vocals, keys , guitars) founded this progressive rock quartet in 2009 and have garnered wide-appeal and praise. Along with eminent UK bassist Nick Beggs (Steve Hackett, The Mute Gods) and the other fine instrumentalists, they morph the juicier aspects of classic prog into a polished and thoroughly ...

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Dudley Moore: Today

Read "Today" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Dudley Moore was something of a genius but his contribution to jazz could have been greater had he not been diverted by his other activities. Following his rise to stardom as a member of the satirical Beyond The Fringe team and his subsequent BBC television appearances with Peter Cook in the hit comedy series Not Only...But ...

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Original Genesis Guitarist Anthony Phillips "Slow Dance" Re-Mastered & Expanded 3-Disc Edition Now Available On Esoteric Recordings

Original Genesis Guitarist Anthony Phillips "Slow Dance" Re-Mastered & Expanded 3-Disc Edition Now Available On Esoteric Recordings

Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of a newly re-mixed and expanded deluxe 3-disc edition of the classic 1990 instrumental album by Genesis founding member and guitarist Anthony Phillips, Slow Dance. Regarded by aficionados of Anthony's music as one of his finest releases, Slow Dance is a two part orchestral rock suite which showcases ...