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US outfit SKY CRIES MARY can trace it's history back to 1986, when Roderick Wolgamott Romero first came in contact with performance artist Anisa (later Anisa Romero), sowing the seeds of a musical and personal relationship. Some European complications occured before this relationship bloomed creatively though, and the 1989 debut album Until the Grinders Cease was made with Roderick, John Auer and Ken Stringfellow. Matters were still somewhat complicated in 1990, and for the EP Don't Eat the Dirt Scott Mercado (drums), Alfred Butler (bass), Stephan Byron-Salit (guitars), Mark Ultra (tape AFX), Kevin McCoy (bass, guitar) and Jeff Guess (tape AFX) supplemented the original trio.

Fast forward one more year, and the release of a the EP Exit at the Axis is the first effort of Sky Cries Mary as more of a regular, US-based outfit. Sporting main man Roderick and aforementioned Anisa, with DJ Fallout (scratches, samples), Joseph E. Howard (bass), Bennett James (drums, percussions), Ivan Kral (guitars) and Gordon Raphael (keyboards) making up the rest of the line-up at this point in time.

By 1992 Kral was gone, replaced by Marc Olsen, and this slightly revamped line-up issued the first full length album by Sky Cries Mary as a band unit in 1993: A Return to the Inner Experience. Some more line-up changes was in store for the band though, as a result of the promotion and touring that followed the album release.

When This Timeless Turning was issued in 1994 Olsen and Howard were out of the band, replaced by Juano (bass) and Michael Cozzi (guitars). Tours in the Americas and Japan followed, they appeared on the Conan O'Brian show and had the honour of holding the first ever internet concert to boot. And as the band writes in their biography: 15.000 miles of truckstops. 1996: Even more truckstops.

Moonbathing on Sleeping Leaves follows in 1997, and is their first album for Warner Bros. This was followed by Fresh Fruits for the Liberation in 1998. Cozzi leaves the band the same year, and is replaced by William Bernhard for the 1999 EP Seeds. Shortly after the band decides to go on hiatus, as the individual band members have other projects they want to follow up at this point.

In 2004 they decide to get back together again, and after a legal dispute with their former label they are given back the rights to the band name, and in 2005 they release their first ever live album, the double CD Here and Now. In 2007 their first studio effort for...
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Until the Grinders Cease
1989
2.75 | 4 ratings
A Return to the Inner Experience
1993
2.80 | 5 ratings
This Timeless Turning
1994
2.80 | 5 ratings
Moonbathing on Sleeping Leaves
1997
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Fresh Fruits for the Liberation
1998
2.67 | 3 ratings
Small Town
2007

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Here & Now
2005
3.02 | 3 ratings
Taking The Stage: Live 1997 - 2005
2011

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3.95 | 6 ratings
Space Between The Drops
2009

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Don't Eat the Dirt
1990
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1991
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Seeds
1999

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 Taking The Stage: Live 1997 - 2005 by SKY CRIES MARY album cover Live, 2011
3.02 | 3 ratings

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Sky Cries Mary Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
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3 stars US outfit SKY CRIES MARY has been around for 25 years at the time of writing, with a string of albums from the late 80's and throughout the 90's that saw them build a good-sized following. In the last few years the independent US label Trail Records has taken an interest in this act, issuing a compilation disc in 2009, followed by "Taking the Stage: Live 1997-2005" now in 2011. The latter item is a remastered version of the band's live recordings made between 1997 and 2005.

As far as progressive rock goes, this is a disc residing on the border between psychedelic art rock and indie rock. If you're a newcomer to Sky Cries Mary and have an interest in psychedelic music, I'd recommend getting hold of the compilation disc "Space between the Drops" rather than this live CD initially. But if you know and like the band, be it on a superficial level or as a dedicated fan, "Taking the Stage" is a production that can be recommended with ease. This is another high-quality production courtesy of the US label Trail Records, where the level of interest is determined by musical taste alone.

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 Taking The Stage: Live 1997 - 2005 by SKY CRIES MARY album cover Live, 2011
3.02 | 3 ratings

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Sky Cries Mary Crossover Prog

Review by Rivertree
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3 stars SKY CRIES MARY are an insiders' tip when it comes to rock music coupled with the emphasis on a spacey atmosphere and exceptional vocals Trail Records already had masterfully produced the band's studio compilation 'Space Between The Drops' in 2009 ... so consequently they were also entrusted with the task to elaborate this new one. Cover art is carefully designed by Alexander Tsalikhin and Vlad Milyavsky again. New album does not mean new song material, to make it clear - here we have a collection of live settings, most of it already placed on their sold out double album 'Here & Now', so that points to recordings around 2004/2005 on different locations.

The first two tracks however were taken some years before in 1997 by Krist Novoselic(!). Taking The Stage represents a more straightforward rocking behaviour. The band featuring Ben Ireland (drums). Michael Cozzi (guitar), Juano (bass) and keyboardist Todd Robbins celebrate a short warm-up first, until the Romeros - attended by applause - finally enter the stage. The following Rain then is band typical, speaking of the implemented cosmic vibe, especially due to the gilmouresque guitar and interesting synthesizer gimmicks. Cornerman belongs to their top songs by all means, now additionally featuring William Bernhard and Jill Wangsgard, both are alternating on keyboards and guitar. This, when necessary, guarantees a really lush sound.

Don't Forget The Sky expresses extraordinary vocal presence. As for the main chorus Anisa cares for the lead voice with celestial sentiment where Roderick backs a bit restrained. In between the band jam a little. A brillant implementation which shows great spirit. I would also point out Want in the same breath. The trippy flow - soaring guitar, keyboard patterns sounding like strings respectively mellotron, wow ... and the Romeros are acting with great harmony again. While rocking the venue with much dynamic Elephant Song is leaving the common path a bit. Roderick undertakes the lead, his vocals are more of recitative though.

The Ant, The Stars, The Owl And Its Prey convinces with nicely interacting guitars and finally they add an interesting remake of The Mamas & The Papas song California Dreamin' as a bonus track - the sole studio outake and previously only digitally available via download. It all proceeds in an hallucinogenic ambience first and definitely takes some time to recognize this very popular melody.

The compositions are not of a complex respectively experimental nature mostly, so this may not challenge every die-hard prog music lover. SKY CRIES MARY are unique though in any case, those dual vocals at foremost, however the band's instrumental section alone is worth it at all events. Furthermore on 'Taking The Stage' you can listen to songs reworked with top-notch audio quality, so this overall is a real treat if you like dreamy rock songs presented by a technically skilled band - 3.5 stars.

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 Space Between The Drops by SKY CRIES MARY album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2009
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Sky Cries Mary Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars A really nice and at times stunning compilation of tracks from the long career of this US band.

Sophisticated, dreamy compositions is the name of the game for this ensemble seemingly, with drawn out psychedelic tinged guitar licks and soloing as something of a key feature alongside the dual male/female lead vocals.

Rhythms are either subdued and meditative like the rest of the compositions or more energetic, the latter often with world music touches, and symphonic backdrops are used to good effect on select occasions.

While the musical canvas the band explores is a somewhat limited one, at least on this compilation, there's a high degree of sophistication to their dreamy excursions, and on tracks like opener Cornerman and the following Elephant Song the end result are stunning creations, managing to utilize subtle sophisticated features to perfection to create intriguing songs as well as interesting moods and strong atmospheres.

Those who enjoy the dreamier parts of the back catalogues of acts such as Hawkwind and Pink Floyd should investigate this outfit, if they haven't already.

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Review by Rivertree
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4 stars SKY CRIES MARY are driven by US couple Anisa and Roderick Romero. Formed in the late 1980s they work out ethereal dreamy (rock) songs often provided with exceptional vocal harmonies. Before I got this album the band was unknown to me - a new surprise quasi. While the Romeros are responsible for songwriting, lyrics and vocals they have excellent musicians alongside. 'Space Between The Drops' is a new compilation including their most spacey/trancy output so far - eleven tracks, predominantly already published material, but some songs are even new.

Starting with Cornerman they immediately catch you with an intriguing hypnotic behaviour. Interesting delayed drums are striking and a stoic bass which rarely gets out of control. Triphop adapted tricky effects, above all male/female vocals and guitars which are lost in reverie. The Elephant Song is puzzling because up-tempo and ponderous at once where Rain convinces with top-notch keyboard work speaking of decent organ, synth and sparkling piano.

The album's gem is Four AM - a 15 minute trippy cosmic example. It all starts similar to a typical soundcheck of a space rock band when opening the performance. Ambient keyboard patterns are initiating and after a while it all fades into a relaxed flow which I really like. Anisa's extraterrestrial vocals give me the shivers really, supported by a sensitive guitar work, obviously inspired by Pink Floyd. Okay, this is applicable for nearly every second album in the meanwhile. But this time they really make it, believe me.

Then I should mention the extended version of Want - initiated by a nice percussion drive - another worthy candidate for the album's crown comprising a cool bass. This is so melancholic and catchy - but dramatic pure as well! Gliding follows as an example for a mainstream psych folk orientation and Missing finally appears with two differing sections - the first wraps you up in a charming dreamy mood supported by trumpet and the second is folksy with acoustic guitar and accordion.

This album features wonderful melodic songs, hand-picked from their comprehensive ouput, provided with excellent musicanship and passion for detail. It's the trippy atmosphere headed by charming vocals and a bunch of psychedelic guitars which strikes. So it could be easily considered as a best-of compilation if you ask me. Would really like to know how this works on a stage. Another big hit offered by TRAIL Records. Suitable for special laid-back moments you definitely need in your life ... and which not necessarily must be proggy the whole way through.

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