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BARRY CLEVELAND

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Barry Cleveland's guitar playing is rooted in progressive and psychedelic
rock, branching into ambient, experimental, funk, and various "world
music" styles-enhanced by cutting-edge electronics and unorthodox playing
techniques. He's also a deft engineer and producer with an idiosyncratic
and sometimes iconoclastic approach to recording and mixing.

Cleveland's early work was ambient and impressionistic, and his last
recording explored instrumental world fusio-but Hologramatron pushes
multiple musical envelopes simultaneously.

Largely a response to contemporary social, political, and even spiritual
realities, Hologramatron may be viewed as a modern-day "protest album"
that draws inspiration from a musical continuum spanning art rock,
psychedelia, avant-metal, ambient, global fusion, trance, and fun-with two
early-'60s pop covers tossed in for kicks. Cleveland is all about
sound-from his guitar playing to his compositions to his production-and it
is the deeply layered, highly nuanced, and cutting-edge sonics that unify
this wildly eclectic material.

Hologramatron features virtuoso bass innovator Michael Manring, drummer
and percussionist Celso Alberti (Steve Winwood, Airto Moriera), and
pedal-steel guitarist Robert Powell (Peter Gabriel, Jackson Browne), along
with "avant-cabaret" vocalist Amy X Neuburg, and guest vocalists Harry
Manx and Deborah Holland (Animal Logic). Additional musicians include
Turkish electro-acoustic guitarist Erdem Helvacioglu, percussionists Gino
Robair and Rick Walker, and Michael Masley, a.k.a. the infamous "Artist
General."

In addition to playing acoustic and electric 6- and 12-string guitars on
Hologramatron, Cleveland utilized a prototype of the revolutionary Moog
Guitar and both acoustic and electric GuitarViols-hybrid bowed instruments
tuned like a guitar-along with myriad effects processors and alternative
playing devices such as a Chinese erhu bow, Masley Bowhammers, and the
Ebow.

Other than the two covers-Malvina Reynolds' anti-nuke anthem "What Have
They Done to the Rain" and Joe Meek's iconic "Telstar"-Cleveland wrote all
of the songs on Hologramatron. Bonus tracks include remixes by Evan
Schiller ("Lake of Fire") and Forrest Fang ("Abandoned Mines"), as well as
an alternate mix of "You?ll Just Have to See It to Believe." Grammy
Award-winning engineer John Cuniberti mastered the album.

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Mythos
1986
2.33 | 2 ratings
Volcano
2004
3.79 | 15 ratings
Hologramatron
2010

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 Volcano by CLEVELAND, BARRY album cover Studio Album, 2004
2.33 | 2 ratings

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Volcano
Barry Cleveland Eclectic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

2 stars Resided in the San Francisco Bay Area, Barry Cleveland has a long history as a musician and author.He released two albums of New Age/Ambient/Electronic Music during the 80's (''Mythos'', 1986 and ''Voluntary Dreaming, 1989), the best moments of which are included in the 2003 compilation ''Memory & Imagination''.During the 90's he performed with the improvisation band Cloud Chamber, they even had a CD out entitled ''Dark Matter'' (1998).In 2002 Cleveland joined the Guitar Player magazine as an editor and in 2004 he returned with the album ''Volcano'', where he is helped by many musicians he has worked in the past like bassist Michael Manring, Michael Masley on cymbals or Michael Pluznick on congas, percussion and other traditional instruments.

The album reminds me of KING CRIMSON more Ambient textures to go along with a PETER GABRIEL-esque flavor into World Music with many hypnotic textures, semi-improvised soundscapes and traditional rhythms.There are a lot of influences from African to Eastern to Caribbean Music, completing a vast pallette of ethnic inspirations with a slight rock context.Cleveland is actually responsible for all the non-traditional instruments of the album like electric and acoustic guitars, electric bass and synths, the guest musicians being the driving forces behind the ethnic orientations and vocal moments of ''Volcano''.The album offers trully exotic sounds and tropical atmospheres and many of the titles recall the region of inspiration.Of course it appears that the traditional instruments are heavily used with the mass of percussions and wind instruments eventually creating again an Ambient mood overall.The few tracks, where the guitar work is more apparent, have definitely a CRIMSON-ian feeling, albeit coming from their least succesful albums of the early-80's.

''Volcano'' has limited to no lack to be appreciated by a fan of Progressive Rock music, although some of its tastes have a nice Ethnic/Fusion touch.The album has more possibilities to be warmly received by lovers of Ethnic Music or Ambient/New Age, so it is recommended to be purchased by this kind of listeners and only.

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 Hologramatron by CLEVELAND, BARRY album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.79 | 15 ratings

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Hologramatron
Barry Cleveland Eclectic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars On this his fifth album, which was nominated for a Grammy in 2010, Barry has responded to contemporary social, political, and even spiritual realities, and has produced a modern-day "protest album" that draws inspiration from a musical continuum spanning art rock, psychedelia, avant-metal, ambient, global fusion, trance, and fun?with two early-'60s pop covers tossed in for kicks. He has brought together a fine group of musicians to assist him in producing his vision, so while he concentrates mainly on guitars of various types including synth guitars, this also involved his long-time collaborator Michael Manring (they were both members of the improvisational quintet Cloud Chamber), drummer and percussionist Celso Alberti (Steve Winwood, Airto Moriera), and pedal-steel guitarist Robert Powell (Peter Gabriel, Jackson Browne), along with "avant-cabaret" vocalist Amy X Neuburg, and guest vocalists Harry Manx and Deborah Holland (Animal Logic). Additional musicians include Turkish electro-acoustic guitarist Erdem Helvacioglu, percussionists Gino Robair and Rick Walker, and Michael Masley (also from Cloud Chamber).

I have played this album numerous times, each listening giving me even more, but for some reason the same question kept going through my brain, "How on earth am I going to write about this?". T is complex yet simple, cutting edge yet mainstream, prog and jazz and pop and rock. I mean, what on earth is going on? Years ago I read a very wise review, where the critic said that he was fed up of trying to fit music into pigeonholes and that in future he was going to put music into just two categories, namely "good" and "bad". Well, this definitely fits in the former and if anyone feels that it fits in the latter then I feel sorry for their musical tastes. I suppose one could describe it as art-rock, and Fripp has obviously been an influence, but musically it is all over the show. As with every recording he is involved with, Manring's warm fretless bass is a key to the overall sound seemingly at the heart of all of the layered complexity. This is such an easy album to listen to musically, with melodies in abundance, and a surprise around every corner. One of these has to be the version of "Telstar" which is just wonderful as the Sixties song is taken into a new age. Barry has written some books on Joe Meek and obviously this is his homage.

This is a great album, one that I have enjoyed playing immensely. Highly recommended. www.moonjune.com

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 Volcano by CLEVELAND, BARRY album cover Studio Album, 2004
2.33 | 2 ratings

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Barry Cleveland Eclectic Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars An album now re-released as a free download on Barry Cleveland's website.

His 2010 album Hologramatron has been praised a lot around the world. Volcano is his debut album and it was released back in 2004 though. It is also a far more eclectic album too which takes in world music and jazz into a melting pot (sorry, could not find any better pun). The world music is pretty dominating on the first half with it's Middle East theme. A theme that really runs through the whole album. Lygia Ferra's vocals is being supported by percussion and Barry Cleveland's subtle guitar picking.

Subtle is the perfect word for the whole of this album. A raging infernal volcano, this album is not. Michael Manring's bass is always present and so is Barry Cleveland's subtle guitars too. Nothing on this album is overpowering. Unfortunate, there is no really outstanding music here too. The music being a bit too understated and does not really hit me.

This is a free download and it is most certainly a must-download album. The music on Volcano is not easy accessible though. That means some will regard it as the best album ever released and some will hate it. It is a love/hate album from an artist who never ever compromises. In my case, I really like this album, but it does not resonates with me beyond that point. But......

3.5 stars

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 Hologramatron by CLEVELAND, BARRY album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.79 | 15 ratings

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Hologramatron
Barry Cleveland Eclectic Prog

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
Special Collaborator Symphonic Prog Specialist

4 stars Mind-Blowing

Some days ago I was reading the reviews about BARRY CLEVELAND'S album "Hologramatron", and had some curiosity, being that the music is described almost as a blend of everything, but still was not convinced to spend my hard earned bucks, being that the reviews were somehow contradictory.

I almost couldn't believe my luck when the door bell rang and the mailman brought a package of albums from "Moonjune Records" sent by courtesy of Leonardo Pavkovic and found a copy of "Hologramatron", can't deny I was surprised being that this label works mostly with Jazz music and Hologramatron is cataloged as Eclectic Prog, but later I understood why.

So opened the album and started to listen it, and WOW!, this music blew my mind, it's like a fusion of all styles and genres, from Avant Garde, Psychedelia and Funk, all worked in Jazz style. It's evident that the album is amazingly complex, with dissonances, jamming and elaborated sections plus the voice of "Amy X Neuburg" (who reminds me a bit of Eartha Kitt). Even when I don't like protest lyrics too much, have to accept they are intelligent enough not to collision with the adventurous music.

The opener "Lake of Fire" summarizes what the album is, starting with a complex intro that blends ELP and King Crimson influences but changes radically when Amy adds her aggressive lyrics in a real protest mood.

But what surprised me more is the brilliant work of Michael Manning and Celso Alberti in the bass and percussion respectively. No matter all the insane changes and radical dissonances created by the keyboards, guitar and vocals, the rhythm section manages to make the band keep their feet in the ground and avoid wandering through a mystical and violent amalgam of moods.

Of course we can expect dramatic contrasts, like in the second song "Money Speaks" with a more evident Jazz and Funk mixture that I enjoyed from start to end, all enhanced with the fantastic guitar of Barry Cleveland.

Won't even try to describe the whole album in a song by song review, because expecting the unexpected is part of the adventure that "Hologramatron" offers to the listener, and I don't want to ruin the experience for others, but will recommend the album with confidence, because is simply hallucinatory and a whole new musical conception.

The rating in this case is only an anecdote, because it's almost impossible to transform more than an hour of adventurous music into a cold number, but if you ask me, less than 4 stars would be criminally unfair.

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 Hologramatron by CLEVELAND, BARRY album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.79 | 15 ratings

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Hologramatron
Barry Cleveland Eclectic Prog

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

4 stars It's rare to find protest kind of lyrics in Prog. The Wall, Kevin Gilbert's Shaming can be taken like that, but it's just small number of such albums. Maybe also because lyrics aren't considered important by majority of Prog listeners. However, I'm used to such album (even Czech ones with topics like communistic terror or just common complains about modern society).

Torodd already said important things about music, I'll add my personal feelings then and leave theory aside (I'm not that good on describing it anyway) and give you just brief summary. Eclectic here stands for big variety of styles. Maybe Crossover would be the most suited for this album. Some of you may know X-over artist Rick Miller, especially his album Falling Through Rainbows. Well, especially Stars of Sayulita reminds me it. It's calm, beautiful song and certainly not one of the difficult ones on this album, but the very next song, Warning is one of these unpleasant ones (I can take Torodd's opinion about "stretching his skin, ears, brain quite easily, as it's disharmonic hell, which isn't instantly bad thing).

Then the listener is confused again (which looks like common trait of this album and makers have probably a lot of fun from the sheer number of confused people that must be out there, listening this album) with What Have They Done to the Rain, because this song is nothing like previous song, or even pre-previous song. It's melodic, but not calm. Another kerf to their variety element.

And it's just three songs, 10 of them (+ some remixes). There isn't single truth, I'm used to say that there is as many truths as there is people's opinions. But some things are more true than others. And difficulty of this album in general is one of these, where many people will have the same opinion (I suppose).

4(-), nevertheless, there is a lot of magic in this album (second magic album this afternoon, it seems like this will be Perfect Day (tm).

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 Hologramatron by CLEVELAND, BARRY album cover Studio Album, 2010
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Hologramatron
Barry Cleveland Eclectic Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars I have to admit that this album is perhaps a bridge too far for me.

But I got it from Barry as a gift/promo and I always review what I get. Therefore, I have to describe what I hear because this is a type of music I simply do not "get".

The music here is a mix of vocals based songs and some avant-garde and drone stuff. The vocals is a mix of female and male vocals. Barry Cleveland uses guest vocals here and some of his friends from the scene/other bands helps him out. Their names is unknown to me so I am not walking down this "impressing the readers" path by namedropping them. See the full list of vocalists in the presentation of the musicians here. Ditto for the other musicians.

The music has a jazz feeling. In particular on the vocal tracks. In short, this album feels like a jazz project with some hints of the west coast. I am off course referring to California. There is also an eastern or even middle east feeling here. Mostly due to the inclusion of Erdem Helvacioglu on this album. His contributions is good. The same goes for Barry Cleveland himself and in particular; the bassist Michael Manring. His work here is excellent.

The quality of the musicianship is excellent. The music......... well, it is an acquired taste. This album is by no means easy listening. In particular for a guy like myself. I feel I am stretching my skin, my ears and my brain cells to breaking point on this album.

........... but I have grown to like it. The guitar sound is excellent. The overall result is good. But this album is too diverse for me to call it a true great album. It feels like I am browsing through a photo album with pictures from both the South Pole and the French Riveria. But I will though recommend it and Barry Cleveland's music to those who are seeking a challenge in the Jazz/ Eclectic Prog area. You will be truly challenged by this album.

3 stars

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