Category Archives: Rock Reviews

Mostly Autumn – Sight of Day

“This isn’t prog!” exclaimed my colleague on the way home from work, when this one was in the player. Of course, I defended the genre – explaining that it has always been broad enough to encompass folk, blues, rock, classical, … Continue reading

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Future of Forestry – Awakened to the Sound

(Sound Swan Records) If Eric Owyoung (who is FoF) is looking for soundtrack commissions, he could do worse than submit this collection, which mixes lush strings, oriental splashes and a dash of Isaiah. A year ago, he released an EP … Continue reading

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The Neal Morse Band: The Similitude of a Dream – the Best Christian Album to Come out in Decades?

After living with the Neal Morse Band’s The Similitude of a Dream for several weeks, I haven’t been as excited about an album release since… the band’s previous one. And that’s with some 70 reviews in between. No wonder that … Continue reading

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PFM – In Classic (Areostellar)

PFM asked itself two questions: what would Mozart’s music sound like if he could have had an electric band playing with the orchestra? And what would PFM’s own music sound like with an orchestra joining in? Of course, this sort … Continue reading

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Renaissance Live in the ’70s.

Back in January 1976, Renaissance’s gig at Friars Aylesbury, supported by Gryphon, was the best show I had ever seen. I vividly remember leaning against the balcony rail with my eyes closed during the Rickenbacker bass solo near the end … Continue reading

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Climax Blues Band: Live, Rare and Raw 1973-1979

An advert for touring bands, who learn their craft night after night, this superb batch of gigs shows how CBB moved from blues towards funk and excelled at each genre. 4 Stars 3CDs: 31 tracks, 3 hrs 40 mins (Repertoire) … Continue reading

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Dave Bainbridge – Celestial Fire

Never  normally one to use a straight 4/4 when a 13/12 rhythm will do, Bainbridge’s musical spirit flies free – and more directly –  on this solo project. It’s prog with one ear to seminal artists and the other listening … Continue reading

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Arcade Fire – Reflektor (Sonovox)

Major Tom orbits around these discs looking down with a wry smile. 4 Stars 13 Tracks / 75 minutes “Each time we’ve made a record, the band could easily have been called… The Neon Bibles, The Suburbs… It’s almost as … Continue reading

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Daniel Amos – Dig Here, Said the Angel (Stunt)

Poetry hasn’t died. It just comes wrapped up in vivid punky psychedelia like this. 4 Stars 11 Tracks / 55 Minutes It’s sobering to hear a band I discovered in my teens now releasing a disc that’s all about ageing … Continue reading

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Classic Rock at the Metropolis Studios (Salvo)

Quick! Record the old proggers before they expire! If ever there was a sport called extreme rock intimacy, the performances in this series would take at least a silver medal. Put some pioneering bands in a studio so small that … Continue reading

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