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 Life & Times by MORSE, NEAL album cover Studio Album, 2018
2.40 | 11 ratings

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Neal Morse Symphonic Prog

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

2 stars Here I was at a local record store, with a gift certificate.

I noticed that there was a brand new Neal Morse album at a good price, so I checked it out.

The song titles didn't indicate that it was one of his religious albums, and I do love most of his musical work, so I bought it.

Big mistake.

I should have been warned by the sticker announcing that this was a very personal collection of songs by Morse, but I wasn't prepared for this.

With the above mentioned sticker, I didn't think this would be like his other albums, but I expected some evidence of Morse's progressive rock background to come through.

Pretty much what this disk contains are a group of song with simple music and simpler lyrics. I felt like I was in soft rock hell as I forced my way to listen to the entire album. Every time it appeared that the music was about to take off, instead of soaring, it veered into mundane AOR.

And the lyrics, as I listened, I was surprised at how often I could anticipate the next line of a song before it was sung.

The only mentionable songs here are "He Died At Home", a moving ballad about a troubled veteran, and "Manchester", where Morse (or maybe cowriter Geoff Bailie) brightened up the song with some actual humor.

Those two track are all that raise this from the depths of a one star rating.

Sorry, Neal.

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 Halloween 77 by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Live, 2017
3.96 | 4 ratings

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Halloween 77
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Evolver
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4 stars As the title suggests, this album was recorded at the 1977 NYC Palladium Halloween Zappa show. Some of this show is familiar to the long-time Zappa fans, as it was used for an hour long (including commercials) recording used for a radio broadcast. Since I was a rabid Zappa fan in those days (some things don't change), I taped the broadcast (I still have the cassette, and somewhere a digitized version of that tape). But the tape contains only about a quarter of what is on this set.

If you are a fan of the "Sheik Yerbouti" album, it is noted in the liner notes that the band recorded many of that album's basic tracks during the pre-show rehearsals for the series of shows that this one was a part of.

To me, the best parts of this set belong to Tommy Mars (keyboards) and Patrick O'Hearn (bass), two of the most talented musicians Zappa ever brought into his band (that is saying alot, considering the number of of amazing musicians that played for Frank). The fact that Zappa gave them both plenty of solo spots during their tours indicates that the master appreciated their abilities as well.

I won't go too much into the set list, as there are no rarities performed at this concert, but I will pick out a few notable selections.

The rendition of "Conehead" barely resembles the well known version of the song. Here it is barely developed, has no lyrics, and is used as just a riff for an extended guitar solo. The riff sounds a bit like the later versios, so I suppose it could be called the same song.

The real highlight is "Wild Love", extended to just over thirty minutes, including many solos, and some hijinks. Which brings me to the one drawback of this album. A lot of the improvised bits Zappa and his band performed on stage don't translate well to an audio-only release. This can be heard on other albums as well. Throughout this concert, Zappa repeatedly leads the band and the audience through a strange bit of dialogue, that may or may not have made sense at the time. He also brings out Roy Estrada to do his odd sort of conducted vocals, that to me doesn't stand up to repeated listenings.

However, the performances of all of the songs, and there are about thirty of them, are all outrageously good, and make this a great album.

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 This Bread Is Mine by BELIEVE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.06 | 67 ratings

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This Bread Is Mine
Believe Neo-Prog

Review by poito

2 stars Deleted because of the abusive anti adblocker technology that should not be used on those that build the site with our reviews. We write reviews for free, aiming the young people so they know what to expect in an album, always with a positive spirit of guiding through high quality music and to spare them lots of time and money when searching for good prog music. There is a lot of crap music out there, and it is now infected with lots of crap advertising in the page. The amount of aggressive advertising is simply unbearable and we have to skip lots of screens and boxes just to find a small piece of content. No to the anti adblocker fascist technology. Leave our computers and brains alone..

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 Part of the Union by STRAWBS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1973
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Part of the Union
Strawbs Prog Folk

Review by Matti
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— First review of this album —
3 stars Bassist John Ford and drummer Richard Hudson had been members of STRAWBS since the beginning of the 70's, and before that they played together in Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera. Gradually they started writing and singings songs for Strawbs (which was practically led by Dave Cousins who wrote and sang most of the music). They found so much hit potential in themselves that after the 1973 album Bursting at the Seams they both left Strawbs to form Hudson-Ford.

'Part of the Union' appeared on Bursting at the Seams and was quite popular at the time. It's an upbeat song with an enormous amount of mind-sticking catchiness. As the title suggests, it's about working life, a celebration of individual worker's rights and safety as part of the union. "You won't get me, I'm part of the union - til the day I die", declares the very singalong type of the chorus. Judged in that context of empowerment, the song truly hits the bull's eye, but despite being so catchy, it strangely also manages to avoid being irritating piece of music, at least in my opinion. And I don't usually enjoy ear-worm hits.

The B-side of this single has an earlier "pre- Hudson-Ford" song 'Heavy Disguise' (penned by john Ford), which originally appeared on the previous Strawbs album Grave New World (1972). Unlike 'Part of the Union' this is not a catchy song seeking commercial success, not at all, instead it's just a well-done album track and its main purpose is to add variety to that very strong Cousins-centred album. It's interesting that Strawbs, or their record company, chose this song on the B-side instead of some other song from Bursting at the Seams, or a non-album song. Almost as if it was paving way for Hudson and Ford's decision to form a band of their own.

Hudson-Ford released four albums in 1973 - 77, but each subsequent album made smaller impact, and they called it a day in '77. But they continued working together: their next bands The Monks and High Society (I was reading allmusic.com while writing this) I've never even heard of.

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 Theusz Hamtaahk - Trilogie by MAGMA album cover Live, 2001
4.58 | 86 ratings

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Theusz Hamtaahk - Trilogie
Magma Zeuhl

Review by Kaelka

5 stars This superb album recorded live in Paris in 2000 states a fact that French followers of Vander's band have known for a long time : Despite the complexity of the music (and especially the vocal harmonies), Magma has always been at their very best when performing on stage. The studio albums, although ranging from the very good to the excellent, never display fully the sheer energy or the amazing grandeur the band shows when playing live. Whether you see them in a big theatre (like the Trianon where this recording was made) or in the smaller (or sometimes very small) venues they tend to stick to nowadays (for lack of a large enough following probably), it's always a daunting experience and an immense pleasure.

Here of course the Zeuhl Wortz is at its best, Bussonet on bass and Paganotti (yes, he's the son of the 70s' Magma bassist) on the piano, a great brass section, Mac Gaw on guitar. Stella and Isabelle (with the addition of Julie, Christian and Stella's daughter) are fantastic as usual, and Klaus is the king. Christian Vander is, in every possible meaning of the word, behind all of it, like a mad conductor who would lead the orchestra with drumsticks instead of baton. Needless to say, his performance on drums is beyond words.

The music is quintessential Magma, one of the mightiest pieces written by Vander in the 70s and never before played and recorded as a whole three-part suite (over two hours of music, longer than a classical symphony). Yet it is accessible to all ears, at least to all ears curious enough, and a rather good entry point into Zeuhl and Magma's universe.

And for those who are interested (and for die-hard fans), a booklet is included with the complete lyrics in Kobaan !

5 well-deserved stars for this masterpiece.

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 Thirst by SALVA album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.73 | 102 ratings

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Thirst
Salva Crossover Prog

Review by poito

2 stars Deleted because of the abusive anti adblocker technology that should not be used on those that build the site with our reviews. We write reviews for free, aiming the young people so they know what to expect in an album, always with a positive spirit of guiding through high quality music and to spare them lots of time and money when searching for good prog music. There is a lot of crap music out there, and it is now infected with lots of crap advertising in the page. The amount of aggressive advertising is simply unbearable and we have to skip lots of screens and boxes just to find a small piece of content. No to the anti adblocker fascist technology. Leave our computers and brains alone.

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 Zartong by ZARTONG album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.74 | 14 ratings

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Zartong
Zartong Prog Folk

Review by poito

3 stars Deleted because of the abusive anti adblocker technology that should not be used on those that build the site with our reviews. We write reviews for free, aiming the young people so they know what to expect in an album, always with a positive spirit of guiding through high quality music and to spare them lots of time and money when searching for good prog music. There is a lot of crap music out there, and it is now infected with lots of crap advertising in the page. The amount of aggressive advertising is simply unbearable and we have to skip lots of screens and boxes just to find a small piece of content. No to the anti adblocker fascist technology. Leave our computers and brains alone.

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 The Circle & the Blue Door by PURSON album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.76 | 58 ratings

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The Circle & the Blue Door
Purson Crossover Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars PURSON are from England and play sort of a Folk/Psych/Heavy style of Prog. They seem to be into the occult as far as lyrics go although they do well at making the words vague. And the name PURSON is demonic. So not surprisingly they get compared to BLOOD CEREMONY, COVEN and BLACK WIDOW. They have a retro sound with an abundance of mellotron from Rosalie's M400. She's also the singer. The tracks are all incredibly catchy but this just hasn't won me over.

"Wake Up Sleepy Head" opens with acoustic guitar as the mellotron flute joins in then reserved vocals. Some mellotron strings later. A short mellow tune to get us started. "The Contract" again has plenty of mellotron and it's also laid back with vocals but it kicks into gear before 1 1/2 minutes. I like these contrasts as they continue.

"Spiderweb Farm" is a top two track for me. Drums build as the guitar joins in. This is great! That familiar melody arrives with vocals around a minute. Such a catchy and powerful song. Again I like the contrasts as it does settle down at times. Fuzzed out guitar as she starts to speak words before 3 minutes. Then it kicks back in to that heavy sound with vocals. I really like the instrumental section after 4 minutes especially the guitar. Sounds like a circus melody put through a blender to end it.

"Sailor's Wife's Lament" opens with seagulls and water sounds as a melody arrives with laid back vocals. This is catchy and mellow. Mellotron flutes before 2 minutes and a minute later. A folky tune with the emphasis on the lyrics. This ends like the previous tune strangely enough. "Leaning On A Bear" has an uptempo CAMEL-like soundscape as the vocals join in. Catchy.

"Tempest And The Tide" has a beat with mellotron, guitar and vocals standing out early. Again a folky tune that's laid back. The mellotron 1 1/2 minutes in is so good. Kind of a cool ending the way they slow it down. "Mavericks And Mystics" is uptempo with vocals. A straight forward tune that does little for me. Again it's catchy and we get some brief mellotron to end it.

"Well Spoiled Machine" is the other top two for me. I just like the groove here and the depth of sound. Again it's so catchy especially on the chorus. The mellotron comes and goes. "Sapphire Ward" has more of the same really but I do like the organ and also the way they slow things down 1 1/2 minutes in with vocals, it kicks back in quickly though. Check out the mellotron after 2 1/2 minutes and the guitar that follows. Nice.

"Rocking Horse" is slowed down early on with vocals before turning more powerful just before a minute. Contrasts continue. Some mellotron at 1 1/2 minutes. "Tragic Catastrophe" opens with guitar expressions with bass before the drums, vocals and mellotron arrive. Not sure about the lyrics to this one but a disappointing ending to this album.

Take my rating with a grain of salt as this album appears to be very popular every where I looked. It's just me! I was sad to hear that the band recently broke up.

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 The Very Best of Cozy Powell by POWELL, COZY album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1997
4.00 | 5 ratings

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The Very Best of Cozy Powell
Cozy Powell Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by TenYearsAfter

4 stars "FIRST REVIEW OF THIS ALBUM"

How nice, a 'The Best Of' album that is really a 'The Best Of' album, from Cozy Powell his 3 solo albums. Because this compilation contains 6 tracks from his excellent debut album Over The Top (1979), 6 tracks from his good final effort Octopuss (1983) and only 4 tracks from the mediocre, pretty disappointing second one entitled Tilt (1981). The list of musicans that has played on those three Cozy Powell solo albums is jawdropping, but how sad that more than a few passed away during the years, including Cozy Powell himself.

Many years ago I was on a holiday in Scotland and walking on the Royal Mile road towards the Edingburgh Castle. I noticed a record shop and bought this CD so this purchase has a very special memory. But listening to that compilation also turned out to be the re-discovery of his great music: I bought the LP in 1979 (due to the presence of Gary Moore and Don Airey from my beloved Colosseum II) but was so disappointed about the next LP Tilt that I stopped following Cozy Powell solo. Full circle with this CD!

If you are up to a fusion of several styles with jazzrock overtones, you will enjoy this comprehensive compilation from the first until the final composition, what a classy musicians and what a dynamic, varied and exciting music! Cozy showcases his powerful, often furious and thunderous drumming, in awesome interplay with (most times) Jack Bruce, especially in the opener Theme One (also sensational work on the mighty Yamaha CS80 synthesizer). Listening to the music Colosseum II often comes to my mind, due to the distinctive interplay between Gary Moore his powerful guitar and Don Airey his flashy synthesizer play (like in Killer and The Blister). Guitar legend Jeff Beck delivers great contributions with his very distinctive guitar sound in the swinging Cat Moves (funky with sensational keyboardplay) and Hot Rock (distorted and biting).

Other interesting tracks are The Loner (David Sancious with an outstanding synthesizer solo) and the wonderful guitar soli in Up On The Downs (Mel Galley) and Dartmoore (Gary goes blues, goose bumps!). My highlight is the epic Over The Top, so much happens: from the flashy Minimoog synthesizer solo and the Eddie Jobson-like Grand piano runs to the glorious final part featuring sumptuous classical orchestrations on the Minimoog and Yamaha CS80. What an awesome blend of classical music and symphonic rock, it could have been soundtrack music for the A Clockwork Orange movie. In 633 Squadron and The Big Country the drums of Cozy are in combination with a philharmonic orchestra, it sounds beautiful. The final track of this compilation is an up-tempo beat with furious drumming, soaring Hammond (by Jon Lord) and fiery guitarplay, a strong goodbey to a very strong The Best Of Cozy Powell album, highly recomended!

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 Thoughts by ZYMA album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.91 | 56 ratings

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Thoughts
Zyma Canterbury Scene

Review by poito

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