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Hello - my name is Uwe - born in 1956 and living in Germany. I'm a music aficionado, have already listened to a bunch of music and could also enjoy a lot of bands on the stage in my life.
Sometimes in the year 2005 I came to PROGARCHIVES searching through the WWW. First of all I was surprised - the majority of my favourite bands and music was listed here. I was also convinced about the possibility for everyone to review this music (respecting the rules of course).
Since the beginning of 2006 I am a keen visitor and helping to improve this site more and more. So consequently I was asked to climb higher to the Collaborator stage. It all started in my early youth when my 2 years older cousin brought me closer to the rising beat music from bands like The Rolling Stones, Beatles, Kinks etc. The first music I bought by myself was the single 'With a girl like you' from THE TROGGS - I only had a record player for 7'' vinyl. At this time my little hometown became famous because of the JAGUAR-CLUB where all the relevant bands played. I was very unlucky - too young and not allowed to see them. Waiting in front of the club I observed the people going in and out - only hearing the rumbling rhythm sections of the bands.

With my 16th birthday many things changed. because now for the first time I had the chance to enter the venues. My interests in different styles, genres and more complex music grew and for example I can remember a concert with MAN and NEKTAR in the early 70's which was a tremendous experience for me. I never was committed on a special style or subgenre exclusively whereas I never had agonized over this before I came to PA. But some tendencies are obvious - Psychedelic/Space and Krautrock as a very special category.

I went with the development of the german progressive music scene from the beginning of the 70s on which was a very restless time. Against the background of rebellious times according to the Vietnam War and the student protests german bands wanted to break all conventions and tried to experiment - in all directions. This was the basis for the progress of Krautrock. I personally participated at the youth center movement and we organized a lot of festivals (f. e. 'Umsonst Und Draussen' Vlotho) and concerts with bands like KRAAN, EMBRYO, MISSUS BEASTLY, GURU GURU, GROBSCHNITT and other similar. I will never forget this time.

At the end of the 70s Krautrock and the whole Progressive Rock began to hibernate and during the 80s and 90s my emphases/interests changed more to Prog Related/Indie/Emo/Crossover music and other genres. Sometimes I also like to hear some Soul/Funk, NuJazz and TripHop. Some representative albums which had been indicatory: Blue Lines - MASSIVE ATTACK, the debut of SEAL and Man With A Movie Camera - THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA. When I'm browsing through my huge music collection - LP - CD - MD - MP3 - there is a wide range of different styles to point out - not only reduced on Progressive Rock.

Things changed once again at the end of the last millennium when I came in touch with 'Falling Into Infinty' from the melodic prog metal band DREAM THEATER - one of my favourite albums up to now! Gradually my focus went back to the Progressive Rock genre more and more - listening to newer bands like PORCUPINE TREE, THE FLOWER KINGS and RIVERSIDE for example and digging out the 'old' stuff of the 60/70s once again.

Now it's good to know that I'm in fact a proghead since my youth and in the meanwhile I am lucky to have a lot of new discoveries. Being here is opening up my musical horizon. I have learned a lot and I can share my experiences with other members all over the world. Just keep on ... :-)

- about my reviews -
My average rating is relatively high, somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. The main reason is that I prefer to rate respectively review albums which I like, simple as that. In addition - as for the fact that I'm not a musician I have great respect for everyone who plays an instrument and/or composes music in general. This may round up some ratings here and there.

The review writing has surely improved during the years - however - a big handicap is that my English skills are mainly based on what I've learned at school and around my profession as a programmer. I know how to express my impressions but of course there is a lack of a vocabulary bandwith here and there.

As for the review content I generally try to offer a little background about the album or band, changes with the line-up aso, to emphasize some songs and to close with a summary finally. I take my time to evaluate - usually music must grow on me.

..:::: updated 01/16/2010 ::::..

Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Psychedelic/Space Rock3003.60
2 Krautrock743.35
3 Crossover Prog623.47
4 Neo-Prog433.51
5 Progressive Metal373.76
6 Heavy Prog323.66
7 Jazz Rock/Fusion293.79
8 Eclectic Prog283.86
9 Symphonic Prog263.58
10 Various Genres103.70
11 Prog Related103.20
12 Canterbury Scene93.56
13 Progressive Electronic73.43
14 Experimental/Post Metal63.33
15 Prog Folk53.00
16 Rock Progressivo Italiano43.75
17 Post Rock/Math rock23.50
18 Indo-Prog/Raga Rock13.00
19 RIO/Avant-Prog13.00
20 Proto-Prog14.00
21 Zeuhl14.00
22 Tech/Extreme Prog Metal14.00

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