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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Tim Blake: Crystal Machine

Read "Crystal Machine" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

British synthesizer ace Tim Blake was the artist who created all those bizarre and textured synth sounds for prog rock acolytes, Gong from 1972-1975. He later joined legendary space rock band Hawkwind in 1979 for a spell, but connected with French lighting stylist Patrice Warrener to develop Crystal Machine, which of course, is the title of ...

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Peter Baumann: Romance 76

Read "Romance 76" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

German keyboardist Peter Baumann was a co-founder of the innovative electronics trio Tangerine Dream who seeded new genres and offshoots such as krautrock, new-age music, progressive psychedelia and so on. He remained with the band until 1977. Moreover, Romance 1976 marks Baumann's inaugural solo album, and signifies a distinct contrast from his work with Tangerine Dream, ...

Anthony Phillips: Wise After The Event - Deluxe Edition

Read "Wise After The Event - Deluxe Edition" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

A founding member of the time-honored progressive rock band Genesis, guitarist Anthony Phillips suffered from stage fright and followed his physicians' advice by departing the group in 1970 after Trespass was released. In hindsight, the guitarist may have lost out on some lucrative paychecks, but since the golden days of prog he's amassed an impressive discography ...