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Born in 1961, UK multi-instrumentalist and composer Tim BURNESS started out playing in various local bands at the end of the 70's. In 1981 he started writing and recording material for a solo album, and in 1983 his first production, "Burnessence", was issued.

Shortly after the release of the album the musicians who participated on the album decided to form a band, and decided to use the name of the album as a band name. After several live gig, the release of an album and various line-up changes along the way, this project folded in March 1986.

1986 also saw Burness debut as a live solo artist; described as a disaster by the artist himself. The next few years Burness used to refine and hone his songwriting techniques, and took some singing lessons to improve this aspect of his reportoaire too. He also decided to form his own label, "Expanding Conciousness", and subsequently have released all productions there.

In 1989 he released the single "Learning to Fly", followed by the album "Power in Your Hands" in 1990. Solo gigs and band sessions followed, and he also got airtime on national radio this time around.

For the next few years Burness is occupied by various other side projects - some experiments with dance music, musical contributions to electronic outfit TUU, gigs with cover bands, promoting other local artists as well as attending business seminars. An extended single, "Infinite Ocean", is recorded in this period as well; and finally released in 1997. More work with TUU follows this release however, and Burness own solo career is mostly on hiatus until he starts working on his next solo album in 2001.

In July 2004 "Finding New Ways To Love" is issued, and is well received; with the internet seeing to it that the album is reviewed internationally this time around. In between solo gigs the work starts on the next solo album in 2005, and in December 2007 "Vision On" is released.


UK-based solo artist Tim BURNESS was suggested to the Neo progressive team on the strength of his album "Vision On" from 2007. The symphonic flavoured, melodic contents on this release; with nods towards GENESIS as well as ambient and contemporary rock; was deemed noteworthy of attention. The distinct symphonic leanings in this particular setting made this album a natural fit for Neo Progressive, and the inclusion was quickly approved by the Neo Progressive team.

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 Whose Dream Are You Living? by BURNESS, TIM album cover Studio Album, 2015
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Whose Dream Are You Living?
Tim Burness Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
3 stars

Originally released digitally towards the end of 2015, Tim has now slightly remixed and extended (three new tracks) and made this album available on CD through the Expanding Consciousness label. As with his 2007 album 'Vision On', the core of the band was Monty Oxymoron (keyboards, vocals, Theremin and percussion), Fudge Smith (drums) and Keith Hastings (bass), while there were contributions from guests such as Gregg McKella (synthisizers and effects), Lee Abraham (sub-bass guitar), and Andrew Bradstreet (bodhran). Tim of course made his name with Burnessence in the Eighties, and had been around the progressive scene for some thirty- five years or more, but doesn't release albums that often, so this was the first since 2007.

That is a real shame, as he has a very English approach to progressive and neo-progressive rock and hits many, many musical bases. He is a bit like a musical magpie, picking up the shiny things and hoarding them, and while they are all valuable they certainly don't all sound the same. The first number, "These Are The Days" could have come from Fudge's previous band Pendragon in the very early Nineties, while "And Set Your Spirit Free' has so much energy that one can imagine it being played in the clubs in Ibiza. Some songs are full on and over the top, while others (such as "Hold Me") are incredibly delicate and restrained. This is what makes this such an incredibly solid album, there is huge variety and depth in what he does.

Tim feels that it is his best work, and even his cynical bass player (his words, not mine), agrees with that. I believe that Tim and the band recorded far more tracks than they used on this album, so hopefully the next album will be here much quicker! For more details on his music, and far more, visit his site

 Vision On by BURNESS, TIM album cover Studio Album, 2007
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Vision On
Tim Burness Neo-Prog

Review by Thierry

3 stars Tim Burness is a prog icon of the eighties who released the excellent Burnessence albums. Tim's comeback is very welcome then. In the previous productions, the influences were clearly King Crimson's with some neo prog spices of course. With this new opus, the colour is more Pendragon-like. Is it because Fudge Smith plays drums on it? I don't think so! This is more by the general tone of the disc. The man is a talented multi-instrumentalist who invited some friends. A pity he didn't hire a singer for the vocals are just correct and they would have added a more professional touch to the whole. Well, you guessed this is not an essential disc but it must be supported for there are very good moments, including some welcome humour.
 Vision On by BURNESS, TIM album cover Studio Album, 2007
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Vision On
Tim Burness Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars UK based artist Tim Burness has been an active solo artist for quite a few years now; and has produced a nice album with his 2007 creation Vision On.

Symphonic rock from the 70's is a big influence on the compositions; and the output of Steve Hackett in particular, as heard on the opening number. There's quite a few spacier moments here too though, in sound perhaps a tad closer to Hawkwind than Burness' stated idols Pink Floyd. Still, the symphonic leanings are most prominent, in tunes which apart from that have leanings towards pop music; and which probably will appeal more to fans of Neo than classic symphonic rock.

It's a mixed production though; some songs just doesn't manage to cut it. Burness' isn't a great singer either, and especially on the calmer, ballad-like songs his vocals tend to grate a bit. Quite a few goodies in here too though, with -Broaden Your Horizons- as my personal selection from this release.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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