Category Archives: Prog Rock

JETHRO TULL-HEAVY HORSES (NEW SHOES EDITION). 

Jethro Tull-Heavy Horses-(New Shoes Edition). Label: PLG UK Catalog. As April 1978 dawned, Jethro Tull was still one of the most successful British bands of their generation, and were about to release their eleventh album Heavy Horses, which was the second album in a trilogy of folk rock albums. Jethro Tull hoped that Heavy Horses, …

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DEUTSCHE ELEKTRONISCHE MUSIK: EXPERIMENTAL GERMAN ROCK AND ELECTRONIC MUSIC 1972-1983.

Deutsche Elektronische Musik: Experimental German Rock and Electronic Music 1972-83. Label: Soul Jazz Records.  Nowadays, the period between 1968 and the early eighties is regarded as a golden period for German music, and is remembered as period when groundbreaking artists and groups like Amon Düül II, Can, Cluster, Deuter, Faust, Harmonia, Neu!, Popul Vuh and …

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WHEN THE DAY IS DONE: THE ORCHESTRATIONS OF ROBERT KIRKBY

When The Day Is Done: The Orchestrations Of Robert Kirby. Label: Ace Records. Compilation Of The Week. During the golden age of vinyl, buying a new album was often part of a wider musical education and could lead the record buyer on a long and fascinating musical journey. That was the case for the small …

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BÄTTRE LYSS-TILL DEN STRANG SOM BRAST AN ATT ALDRIG SPANNA EN BAGE.

Bättre Lyss-Till Den Sträng Som Brast Än Att Aldrig Spänna En Båge. Label: Sommor. Release Date: ‘16th’ March 2018. When the Swedish band Bättre Lyss released their debut album Till Den Sträng Som Brast Än Att Aldrig Spänna En Båge as a private pressing on the Musiklaget label in 1975, they had no idea that …

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STYX-CAUGHT IN THE ACT LIVE.

Styx-Caught In The Act Live. Label: BGO Records. By April 1984, the members of Styx should’ve been preparing for the release of the twelfth album of the band’s career Caught In The Act Live, which was recently reissued as a two CD set by BGO Records. However, by then, Styx had split-up citing musical differences which had divided the …

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ELEPHANT9-GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH.

Elephant9-Greatest Show On Earth. Label: Rune Grammofon. After releasing two critically acclaimed albums with legendary Swedish guitarist Reine Fiske, a new chapter began for Elephant9 in October 2017 as they began work on their fifth studio album Greatest Show On Earth at Studio Paradiso. This was the first album that the core trio of Elephant9 …

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THE BEST VINYL RELEASES OF 2017 PART 1

The Best Vinyl Releases Of 2017-Part 1.. Bettye Swann-The Money Masters. Label: Kent Soul. Bettye Swann had the talent and potential to become one of the greatest soul singers of her generation. A remainder why can be found on The Money Masters which covers Bettye Swann’s time at Money Records, and includes singles, B-Sides and …

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THE BEST VINYL RELEASES OF 2017 PART 3.

The Best Vinyl Releases of 2017 Part 3. Motörhead -What’s Worth Words. Label: Big Beat Records. When Motörhead released What’s Worth Words on the ‘5th’ of March 1983, critics called the album one of the greatest live albums ever release. That was no exaggeration. What’s Worth Words featured a barnstorming, speed fuelled performance from Motörhead …

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BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2017-PART 3.

Best New Albums Of 2017-Part 3. Cluster-Konzerte 1972-1977.  Label: Bureau B. Although Cluster released seven studio albums between 1971 and 1979, they were also a legendary live band, whose marathon concerts usually lasted six hours or more. Sadly, Cluster never released a live album during the seventies. The nearest most people got to hearing Cluster …

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BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2017-PART 4.

Best New Albums Of 2017-Part 4. Erland Dahlen-Clocks.  Label: Hubro Music. When Erland Dahlen recorded his third solo album Clocks, he followed in the footsteps of American composer, music theorist and creator of bespoke musical instruments Harry Partch. He successfully transformed everyday items into musical instruments and inspired Erland Dahlen when he came to record …

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BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2017-PART 5.

Best New Albums Of 2017 Part 5. Gjermund Larsen Trio-Salmeklang. Label: Heilo. To mark the tenth anniversary of the Gjermund Larsen Trio, they return with their fourth album Salmeklang. Just like previous albums, bandleader Gjermund Larsen writes most of the music on Salmeklang. The result is an album where the music is atmospheric, melodic album …

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BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2017-PART 7.

Best New Albums Of 2017 Part 7. Linda Perhacs-I’m A Harmony. Label: Omnivore Recordings. Three years after releasing her long-awaited and much-anticipated sophomore album The Soul of All Natural Things in 2014, the Queen of psychedelic folk Linda Perhacs returns with I’m A  Harmony. It’s a flawless genre-melting album that veers between ambient and atmospheric …

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BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2017-PART 9.

Best New Albums Of 2017-Part 9. Schneider-Kacirek-Radius Walk. Label: Bureau B. In 2017, two of the leading lights of the German music scene Schneider-Kacirek returned with their sophomore album Radius Walk. It features Sonia Jernberg on three soundscapes, which was something of a masterstroke, as she’s a truly talented singer who has honed her own inimitable …

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AKSAK MABOUL-UN PEU L’AME DES BANDITS-VINYL REISSUE.

Aksak Maboul-Un Peu de L’âme Des Bandits-Vinyl Reissue. Label: Crammed Discs. Nearly three years after releasing their seminal avant pop album, Onze Danses Pour Combattre la Migraine in the summer of 1977,  Aksak Maboul returned with their much-anticipated 1980 sophomore album Un Peu de L’âme Des Bandits. It was the first album Aksak Maboul released …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2017-PART 2.

The Best Reissues Of 2017-Part 2. Cromwell-At The Gallop. Label: Got Kinda Lost Records. By 1975, Ireland had a vibrant music scene, and one of its rising stars Cromwell, was about to release its debut album, At The Gallop. It was an album guaranteed to get any party started, and feared an irresistible fusion of …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2017-PART 3.

The Best Reissues Of 2017-Part 3. Erasmo Carlos-Sonhos E Memórias 1941-1972 Label: Light In The Attic Records. When Sonhos E Memórias 1941-1972 was released in 1972, this was the last instalment in a trio of albums that featured Erasmo Carlos at his creative zenith. His bubblegum beginnings seemed a long time ago, and he was …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2017-PART 4.

The Best Reissues Of 2017-Part 4. Iggy Pop-The Idiot. Label: UMC. When Iggy Pop released his debut solo The Idiot in March 1977, it was a stylistic departure from the former leader of The Stooges. The Idiot seemed to have been influenced by Kraftwerk, James Brown and David Bowie’s Berlin trilogy. As for the title, …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2017-PART 5.

The Best Reissues Of 2017-Part 5. Melissa Manchester-Home To Myself, Bright Eyes, Melissa and Help Is On The Way. Label: BGO Records. Success didn’t come overnight for Melissa Manchester. She released her debut album Home To Myself in 1973, which was well received by critics, but reached just 156 in the US Billboard 200. In …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2017-PART 6.

The Best Reissues Of 2017-Part 6. Radiohead-OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 – 2017. Label: XL Recordings. In June 1997, post rock pioneers Radiohead released the album that transformed their career, and catapulted them to music’s premier league. OK Computer with its abstract lyrics, densely layered sound and eclectic range of disparate influences was very different to …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2017-PART 7.

The Best Reissues Of 2017-Part 7. Stoneground-Stoneground and Stoneground 3.  Label: BGO Records. When Stoneground released their eponymous debut in early 1970, critics were won over by a fusion of blues, folk, pop, psychedelia, rock and soul. Seamlessly, Stoneground switch between and fuse musical genres and influences. To do this they deployed seven separate vocalists …

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