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    Posted: June 14 2008 at 17:33
I thought this might be an interesting blog topic, write about the stuff you’ve added to your music collection recently, regardless of whether it is actually newly released this year or even considered officially progressive here.  

I think it’s a good idea to let the music sink in a little before pondering the next quarter of the year, so I will start with the first quarter of 2008.

1/7/08: John Abercrombie - Night, a 30th anniversary remaster of Gentle Giant - In A Glass House, and The Nice – Elegy arrive via mail order.  Ordered Night because I’ve been a long time fan and it has Jan Hammer on it.  Didn’t make a great impression due to being overshadowed by other things I was listening to.  IAGH because I’ve been a huge fan of that once since the late ‘70’s.  Disappointed in the CD case.  I’ve had an unremastered version where they printed the darker cover images on the CD case and the lighter ones on the booklet, so it had the same effect as the original LP(vinyl).  The outer cardboard sleeve had a rectangular cut out in the middle backed by a thin sheet of plastic with the darker images on it and the inner sleeve had the lighter ones.  I could have skipped Elegy.  I already have most of those tracks on one or another remastered CD.  Was interested in Hang On To A Dream, which I had the ELP remake of from their box set, oh well.

1/16/08: The first of my orders for Harold Budd/Robin Guthrie’s recent duet, Before the Day Breaks arrives along with Terje Rydal & The Chasers – Blue.  The Budd/Guthrie CD is mixed awfully quiet compared to rest of the stuff in my in collection, probably still haven’t properly listened to it yet.  The Rypdal and Chasers I ordered due to being a big fan of Terje for many years and it was the same band that worked with him on The Singles Collection, which I’ve had for many years.  The companion to BTDB After the Night Falls, comes about a week later, both still need a good sit down and listen.

2/22/08: My first and only addition in February, Gongzilla Live arrives.  Gongzilla is a  real pleasant discovery for ’08 and remains so despite their small discography spanning over ten years.

3/7/08: From separate sources, Col. Bruce Hampton & The Quark Alliance – Give Thanks To Chank and NIN – Ghosts are added.  Hampton’s been a local Atlanta fixture, mostly, usually proggy in most of his projects n some form or the other.  I think The Quark Alliance project may be a little more so than some of his other projects, of course I could totally be deranged.  Ghosts was available first in a free download of the first “movement” and also as a complete download in various formats including pay for high quality digital download and get hard copy to be shipped later.  I did the download on this date.  The all instrumental Ghosts was a bit of a departure from Reznor, but then again, a lot of these elements are not unusual in his previous works.  I think the inclusion of Adrian Belew (not for the first time) made this one a must get for me.  About a week later I got Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D, a bunch of remixes from the NIN – Year Zero sessions.  I liked the original a lot, the remixes are interesting, particularly The Great Destroyer, which I found a little annoying on YZ but really neat in this version.

3/21/08: The month and first quarter of the year finished out in rather interesting fashion with the arrival of Oregon – Out Of The Woods and Root In The Sky in a combo CD package.  I’ve had RITS in LP format for a long time, but hadn’t heard it an a while.  Out Of The Woods I had known about and was familiar with a couple of tracks before.  It’s nice to have both of these in my collection.  Wasn’t too long in years after those were released before Collin Walcott, died in a bus accident, a great loss as these two albums illustrate.



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1st Quarter? Many of my Xmas presents this year were in the form of Amazon vouchers, so the year started pretty heavily in the spend, spend, spend department...
 
Tangerine Dream - Atem*, Sadistic Mika Band - Golden Best (70s Japaneese Art Rock), Mike Oldfield - Songs of Distant Earth, Mike Oldfield - Music Of The Spheres, Summer Indoors - In The Key of H, Roger Taylor - Fun In Space*, Jenny Sorrenti - Com'e Grande Enfermida, X-Perience - Magic Fields, Ayreon - 01011001, Girl's School - Wild At Heart, Spike Jones - Clink Clink Another Drink, Steve Hackett - Guitar Noir*, Wishbone  Ash - Argus*, Michael Chapman - Dangerous When Sober, LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver, Fish - Fellini Days, Alex North's 2001 soundtrack, Agua De Annique - Air, Ahvak - s./t, Little Death Orchestra - s/t, Van der Graff Generator - Trisector, Jemima Price - Easy, Goldfrapp - Seventh Tree, Moi Dix Mois - Beyond The Gate, Happy Rhodes - Building the Colossus, GRM - Archives, Noun - Speed Skating, Malice Mizer - Bara No Seidou, Luc Ferrari  - Son Memorise, Jon Oliva's Pain - Global Warming, Midnattsol - Nordlys, Tim Kaiser - Analog. NIN - Ghosts I-IV, Portishead - Third.
 
Looking through that list there isn't a huge amount of Prog there, VdGG, Ayreon and Jon Oliva i would have bought even if they were complete rubbish, luckily they weren't. Ahvak is something worth seaking out - Israeli RIO/Advant-prog jazz world music. Jenny Sorrenti was the vocalist with Saint Just and her solo album was a pleasure to hear. Air is the first solo album from The Gathering's Anneke van Giersbergen recorded under the name Agua De Annique. Fellini Days Ermm I'd forgotten I'd bought that Embarrassed I really should play it sometime...Shocked
 
...those marked '*' are CD versions of albums already owned on vinyl: I've slowly been getting CD versions of all my favourite Tangerine Dream albums and Atem was next on my list. Toger Raylor's Fun In Space is his first solo album and a fave of mine since its initial release, Guitar Noir and Argus - what can you say? Great albums.
 
Let's dance: X-Perience are a euro-pop dance act featuring the vocal talents of one Claudia Uhle who now records Electro-goth as Angelzoom; Goldfrapp's and Portishead's latest releases have lived up to expectations, Alison Goldfrapp's 7th Tree is her best since Felt Mountain and Portishead was a minor revelation.
 
Ancient: Spike Jones - not quite as good as I remembered, but fun just the same; Alex North (composer of various film scores such as A Streetcar Named Desire, The Rainmaker, Misfits & Spartacus and best known for writing Unchained Melody) was commisioned to score Kubrick's 2001, but as we now know, the music was never used - Gerry Goldsmith recored this version of the score in 1993, two years after North's death.
 
J-Rock: Sadistic Mika Band were (probably) the first Japaneese band to cause an impact in the UK - playing Art Rock in the Roxy Music/Bebop Deluxe vein they were signed to EMI's Harvest label in the mid 70s - after they broke up the drummer went on to form The Yellow Magic Orchestra. Moi dix Mois and Malice Mizer are two of the modern leading lights in Japan's Art Rock visual kei movement, though Moi dix Mois tend towards a more Prog Metal format with mixed death-metal/clean vocals, while Malice Mizer are more Symphonic/Electronic (and sound not unlike Germany's Lacrimosa but without the guitars).
 
The weird and wonderful: GRM - Archive, Luc Ferrari, Little Death Orchestra & Tim Kaiser. Ferrari features inthe GRM Archive - a wonderful collection of Electro-acoustic music from the Paris academy of modern music. The Little Death Orchestra is something I heard on the ClassicFM tv channel and had to buy. Tim Kaiser produces electronic/experimental music using circuit-bending techniques -  even the CD case was a bent piece of electronics, fabricated from scrap circuit boards.


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For my collection, prog wise, things have gotten much better this current quarter.  I was in a bit of dry spell first quarter.  I'm going to wait for the end of the month before reporting on it.  New stuff still on its way. Big%20smile

This quarter so far:

Amos, Tori    Hey Jupiter
Curved Air    Live 1990
Focus    Live at the BBC
Alitheia    Chthonick
Observatory, The    A Far Cry From Here
Phideaux    Chupacabras
Porcupine Tree    Lightbulb Sun
Genesis    From Genesis To Revelation (Remaster)
Supertramp    Crime Of The Century
Jonas Hellborg    Art Metal
Public Image Ltd.    Compact Disc
Nine Inch Nails    Slip, The
Sancious, David    Just As I Thought
Gongzilla    Suffer
Gongzilla    Thrive
Zappa, Dweezil    Zappa Plays Zappa
no-man    schoolyard ghosts
Nektar    Sunday Night at the London Roundhouse 2
Nektar    Book of Days
Head Machine    Orgasm
Hine, Rupert    Wildest Wish To Fly
Talisma    Quelque Part

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Rupert Hine - Immunity
Fred Frith/John Zorn Duo: 50th Birthday
Pierre Moerlen's Gong Pentanine.

I think that about does if for this month and quarter, I'm going to savor what I have and report on these in July.


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I just got:

Gazpacho's Firebird
The Pineapple Thief's Tightly Unwound
Nick Cave's Abattoir Blues
Opeth's Watershed
...Histoires Sans Paroles...
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Yikes, ok, I'm up for this one, though I've been on a tear this year.  We'll start with my January acquisitions:

First, My Christmas / Birthday Presents (most didn't arrive until January, so I'm taking liberties and including them all:

Riverside - Rapid Eye Movement
Spock's Beard - The Light  -  One of my favorite Beard albums
Poverty's No Crime - Save my Soul  -  The Key to Creativity is worth the price of admission
The Flower Kings - Flower Power  -  Still haven't gotten into this one
Riverside - Out of Myself  -  No comment yet
RPWL - World Through My Eyes  -  Great listening, Roses and the title track are fantastic
Spock's Beard - The Kindness of Strangers  -  My Beard collection is now complete.
Genesis - When in Rome  -  Eh, I loved the concert and love the album despite the 'insufficient progginess'

We'll save February for a later time.


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Apart from catching up on back catalogue - in particular a personal  rediscovery of Terry Reid's 60's recordings and now 70's recordings - main emphasis of the last few months has been Indo jazz fusion, e.g completing my Garaj Mahal collection, the second Farque Haque Group ablum , John McLaughlin's Floating Point, a couple of Embryo recordings, (based on recommednations in this month's edition of Jazzwise), Mukta's Jade and The Indian Core - and literally in the last few minutes ordered from Abstract Logix (a specialist in the genre) Pouya Mahmoodi (with Billy Cobham) Mehr (a bit of a cheat with Mahmoodi being Iranian....)
 
I realise I've left out Miles From India - seeing the negative votes I'm getting at Amazon.UK for my review, I feel people are listening to the Miles Davis interpretations, rather than the (IMHO) average and somewhat retro Indo-fusion arrangements.


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Originally posted by Dick Heath Dick Heath wrote:

Garaj Mahal


That's as good of a band name as Dred Zeppelin.


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Sorry!  Ouch   I did not look to see if there was another post reference this.  And I don't have the time to write a descripion, even a brief one, for all that I listed.  So my original post will disappear.  Peace out. 

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In the last 3 months (prog):

albums:
Univers Zero--Univers Zero ~ Very unique, a lot of dissonance with melodies popping up here and there,
very classical-sounding but very avant-garde. I like this one (most parts), though its a hard listen when I'm mildly stressed or down

Faust--Faust IV ~ Pleasantly surprised. I'd think this'd have a higher rating. Nice melodies, the tracks are somewhat varied in terms of sound, but all good. solid album.

Jan Dukes de Grey--Mice and Rats in the Loft ~ my new favorite album! I fell in love with this after listening to it a few times. Must be listened to.

Popol Vuh--In Den Garten Pharaos ~ nothing much to speak of, the bonus tracks are very eerie.. think middle section of PF Echoes but not as noisy or jarring

downloads:
Way too much to write but here are some of my favs:
Amon Duul II--Yeti, Wolf City ~ pretty good, somewhat uneven

Anthony Phillips--The Geese and the Ghost ~ graceful, a softer sounding genesis, very pastoral

Camel--Camel ~ not near as good as latter releases like Mirage but def. good and some very solid songs

Chris Squire--Fish out of Water ~ wow! very good, lives up to the hype

Colosseum--Valentyne Suite ~ very good! reminds me a little of KC's early jazz rock

Comus--First Utterance ~ creepy, pagan and magnificent!

Eloy--Ocean & others ~ eh, not so fond of this although there are some moments

Fairport Convention--all haven't listened to enough

Magma--Kohntarkosz, Live, MDK & others ~ K is very good, I especially like the second half of part 1

Wishbone Ash--Argus ~ I like "time was". the rest is not bad though haven't listened to it much

Traffic--On the Road ~ haven't listened to it enough, but initial impressions are that much from the studio sound is lost and jams don't really hold my attention, kind of like disc 2 of CSNY's Four Way Street

Soft machine--live ~ pretty good from what ive heard so far

Spirogyra--canterbury tale ~ very acidic, dark and beautiful


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Originally posted by Darklord55 Darklord55 wrote:

Well, I cant' really remember exactly when I bought these, but here are the most recent purchases:



Originally posted by listen listen wrote:

In the last 3 months (prog):

albums:


downloads:



Hey, it's a blog not a log.Angry  You are hereby requested to revise those entries with some commentary about what you got, the only requirement I'd ask for adding to this blog. Wink  Being brief like Roland113 isn't a bad approach.

And there is a thread already for most recent purchases, no comments necessary there...


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Some recent albums I got:

Kevin Gilbert - The Shaming of the True (love this one)
The Flower Kings - Space Revolver
Renaissance - Prologue
Todd Rundgren - A Wizard, A True Star
Genesis - A Trick of the Tail
Mike Oldfield - Hergest Ridge
Return to Forever - No Mystery (My RTF collection is now complete)
Frost* - Milliontown
Stanley Clarke - The Toys of Men

I probably I missed a few, I might add them in later

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Recently I went a bit made and got LOADS of new stuff. On top of that, if I take an interest in an artist, I tend to get complete discographies (well, the studio albums). The last few months these have included:
 
Blackfield: Very relaxing and no challenge, but I suppose it's intended that way
Magma: VERY difficult. Can't seem to get into them at all, but I'm working on it.
Mars Volta: OK, but way overrated. Seems old stuff in new wrapping.
Meshuggah: Great, I always liked Coroner, and these guys come very close.
Radiohead: I enjoy these albums a lot, can't say anything against them.
Opeth: Mixture of 'oh my God' (the growls) and 'Yeah!' (the rest)
No-Man: I like 'em very much, but that goes for all Steven Wilson stuff.
Pain of Salvation: Sorry, but that music just hasn't clicked yet. To my ears it sounds very non-descript. Can't remember any melodies that stay in the head on these.


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4/2/08:
Went to one of the few decent used CD stores in my area, Ella Guru, slim pickings.  Wound up with a Tori Amos EPCD, Hey Jupiter.  Seen it around there often, not that great,  Also picked up a copy of the DVD of the first season of Robot Chicken, might have salvaged the trip but the middle parts of each disc don’t play in any of the many DVD playing options I have access to.

4/8/08:
Two cool live blasts from the past, Curved Air - Live 1990, and Focus - Live At The BBC.  Mail order again, of course.  Curved Air being remarkable for reuniting the original band members and performing an excellent show of old material, after they got past what were apparently technical difficulties at the beginning of the show,  Live At The BBC is wonderful for the band being post Akkerman and pre Proby.  Philippe Catherine being a very good choice for replacement of Jan.

4/14/08:
Overload!  On order from CD Baby and The Burning Shed shops comes in. Alitheia – Chthonick, The Observatory - A Far Cry From Here, Phideaux – Chupacabras with Porcupine Tree - Lightbulb Sun.  Overload, overload, overload!  The Alithea was interesting, a bit more metal than I was expecting but certainly demonstrates the worthiness of a prog metal category around here.  The Observatory was another pleasant surprise.  Recommended by someone posting in a CD Baby thread.  Prog from Singapore.  Chupacabras completed my Phideaux collection until something new comes out, quite good for a collection of tracks that didn’t make it to albums from the sessions when it was recorded.  Then Lightbulb Sun came along.  I had become well acquainted with many of the songs as bonus tracks and from the live album, Warzsawa.  The remaster was long overdue and well appreciated by me.  I missed out on this band when they first appeared.

4/18/08:
Genesis To Revelation, I had to have this one to replace the old unremastered CD I still had.  It was used, in Japanese mini LP format, with some extra bonus tracks I hadn’t heard.  The new stuff didn’t make much of an impression, but what the hell, a must have for this collector.

4/30/08:
Someone on PA had suggested making May 1st a special prog day (Sorry screen name does not come immediately to mind, but what the heck?).  Went browsing at my local chain store, OK Purchase (not their real name, feel free to guess).  They’ve been in the neighborhood a while, but it seems their progressive offerings have been steadily diminishing.  Was hoping to find at least a few selections that were in the PA’s top list that I didn’t have already.  They my were last hope after Ella turned out bust.  I headed up the road to them and was prepared to find at least something VDGG, hell no!  They did have Supertramp – The Crime Of The Century and a few others.  A band that really wasn’t considered prog by my fellow fans back in the day.  Turned out to be a pleasant surprise.  Something about that music that makes it stick in my head a little too much.

5/1/08:
Just as I am getting into the ‘Tramp, what the hell should show up in the mail next day but Jonas Hellborg’s Art Metal.  I ordered that one thanks to another streaming track posted here on the PA, Solitude.

5/2/08:
Next up to grace my collection was Public Image Limited’s Album/Compact Disc/Cassette/8-Track/Wax Cylinder/MP3.  Nice concept and actually the music isn’t bad.  Johnny’s demented singing style has a certain appeal.  This is as close as I will ever get to having a Sex Pistols album in my collection.  

5/5/08:
Nine Inch Nails does one up on Radiohead by releasing The Slip totally free for download, even in as good as CD format. Kudos Mr Reznick.  Lot of prog elements in his music even if you don’t consider it prog.

5/12/08: Although David Sancious isn’t yet officially prog on this site, I did get a copy of Just As I Thought, which was a recommendation I found in a dormant thread.  I’d had DS’s Transformation in my collection about a year before, been aware of his music for while, but after checking out his biography and discography, found out he’s gotten around quite a bit in prog circles and elsewhere.

5/24/08:
Double Gongzilla treat, Suffer and Thrive.  The first time I tried to get some Gongzilla, just a couple of months before, they seemed hard to get a hold of.  I probably just got better at the search.  Two wonderful albums.  Having Alan Holdsworth guest on the first and David Torn on the second was a special treat.  The core of the band Bon Lozaga, Hansford Rowe, and Benoit Moerlen are what really makes the band.

5/24/08:
I was one of the fortunate few to win Zappa Plays Zappa DVD and CD for reviewing a few Zappa albums for a Progressive Archives contest/giveaway.  I was expecting just a DVD, but the whole set was two DVDs with an abbreviated CD of the concert.  Dweezil has certainly taken after his Dad musically.  Will be watching to see where he goes as he finds his own path in music.

5/27/08:
no-man schoolyard ghosts.  Unfortunately my only DTS surround sound capable device doesn’t like this the same as a few others, very skippy.  The few moments I do get to enjoy, the sound mix is pretty well done.  When I step back and listen just to the music in stereo, it’s still a great listen.  This is music that those who need stuff to be really loud won’t enjoy.  But for sit down and listen to music, it’s most excellent.  Bowness is a singer/lyricist that tends to put more emphasis on the words than the singing, so some can find his style monotonous.  The dynamics of his singing are subtler.  As is often the case, you’ll find Wilson and Bowness working with an interesting collection of collaborators.

6/9/08:
Nektar from overseas!  Got me a redone Live From The Roundhouse I ordered with the new Book Of Days, which was primary target.  Imagine my surprise when it arrived with the packing slip apparently personally signed by Roye.  It ain’t easy being a prog musician these days.  But then again there’s nothing like having a fiercely devoted though small fan base.  The new album is the best of the latest three since Roye reconstituted the Nektar.  I suspect he’s been listening a little to what’s been going on new in prog today and let it influence him a little.  

6/11/08:
Head Machine – Orgasm, Rupert Hine – The Wildest Wish To Fly.  The former was ordered due to seeing the band recommended for inclusion in a thread and also part for the novelty of it.  It isn’t too bad for 1970, almost quaint due to my familiarity with Zappa’s raunchier stuff.  Bluesy, psychedelicly, proto Uriah Heep.  Hine is a part synth pop part prog artist.  Some of songs on TWWTF rival what many of the usual prog suspects were doing in 1983.

6/13/08:
Talisma – Queleque Part.  This one I’ve been waiting for.  Got hooked on them thanks to a streaming track posted on PA from their last album.  Might have had this sooner, but the website for their label, Unicorn, isn’t well structured.  This label also has some Darryl Steurmer.  Note to self, check out what he’s been up to recently.

6/16/08:
Rupert Hine – Immunity arrives.  This was my first taste of the guy.  Tried it primarily because Phil Collins put in a appearance.  Another mixture of synth pop and prog from Mr. Hine.  About all I know from the guy other than him working some with Anthony Phillips.  Same day Fred Frith and John Zorn - 50th Birthday (Zorn’s) Volume 5.  Difficult listening music, say no more.  

6/17/08:
Found out that Pierre Moerlen had put out an album as Pierre Moerlen’s Gong in this decade,  Penatanine.  Actually the only thing in common personnel wise with PM’s Gong was Pierre himself.  Plays with Russians and the result is quite good.  It has even a (very) few elements reminiscent of Daevid Allen’s Gong.  Pierre’s not with us anymore, died too soon, yet left behind some good stuff.

Well, I’m just getting into the next quarter of 2008.  Going to sit back and enjoy what I have rather than delve too far into new territory.  Still keeping an eye open for new 2008 releases by those I already know.



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the beat goes on... May through to June....
 
Grand Slam: the Best of Babe Ruth,  never was a Babe Ruth fans as such, I bought one single when they were passed their prime, then a chance conversation with a work collegue prompted be to buy this - it's good but I don't feel the urge to rush out an buy a full-length album.
 
Strange Pleasures [Box Set] - Further Sounds Of The Decca Underground, superb 3 CD set of the psyche/prog years of Decca, including many Deram releases.
 
Out of the Mist / Illusion - Illusion, 2for1 CD; the original Renaissance line-up without Keith Relf (who had died the previous year) - unfortunately not as good as the first two Renaissance albums and over-shadowed by Annie Haslam's Renaissance at the time, but still an enjoyable listen... I still love the fragility of Jane Relf's vocals and prefer them to the purer folky style of Annie Haslam.
 
The Greatest Tale [Box set] - Odyssey, this is a great concept album based upon Homer's Odyssey, featuring some great modern Prog bands playing "old school" prog: NATHAN MAHL (Canada), NEXUS (Argentina), GLASS HAMMER (United States), XII ALFONSO (France), SIMON SAYS (Sweden), CONSORZIO ACQUA POTABILE (Italy), TEMPANO (Venezuela), MINIMUM VITAL (France) and AETHER (Brazil) - my personal favourites from here are the Tempano and CAP tracks.
 
No-man - Schoolyard Ghosts, I've been listening to No-Man since before I'd even heard of Porcupine Tree thanks to a sampler from Flowermouth given away free with a long since defunct glossy magazine back in 1994 and truely love them, but this has had no effect on me what so ever. Don't dislike it, it's just failed to move me like the others have.
 
Opeth - Watershed, after the fuss, I really like this album, not as much as Blackwater Part or Still Life, but more than Ghost Reveries.
 
The Best of - Radiohead, Ah, well, as much as I love RH I saw no real need to buy this until I set out one day without any CDs for the car - 15 miles into the journey I'd had as much of the radio as I could stand (why can't the DJs just play music, why do they have to prattle on so much Angry) and was forced to  pull in at the nearest supermarket for some music and this was all I could find. It's not bad, but I prefer listening to their complete albums.
 
Ghosts on Magnetic Tape - Bass Communion, groovy, just groovy. (erm, yeah ... I can't remember what it sounds like at the moment, but I know I liked it when I last played it)
 
Wounded Land - Threshold, I know I bought this once years ago, but cannot find it, so bought it again. Damian is officially my favourite Threshold singerist.
 
Delusions - To-Mera, follow-up to Transcendental, must write a review for it one day.
 
AngL - Ihsahn, best prog metal album this year.
 
Opheliac - Emilie Autumn, Punky goth girl with electric violin sings about angsty girlie stuff - great music though, so...
Laced/Unlaced - Emilie Autumn, Ms Autumn stops singing and lets her violin do the talking - a great instrumental album, half classical and half violindustrial - think Vanessa Mae with real attitude and snit-loads of feedback.
 
Soundtrack - Zabriskie Point, "upgrade" from vinyl, prompted by the use of one of the Pink Floyd tunes in the Direct Line insurance ads on TV - some decent reworkings of old songs by Pink Floyd and a couple of good Greatful Dead tunes, the rest is disposable IMO.
 
Tubular Bells 2003 - Mike Oldfield,
Orchestral Tubular Bells - David Bedford,
Tubular Bells for two pianos - The Piano Ensemble,
Tubular Bells - Duo Sonare,  okay - so I went on a Tubby Bells binge, there's still a couple of "tribute" versions out there I haven't managed to track down (but I do have the "disco" version by The Champs Boys on 45 lurking in my record collection)
 
Amarok - Mike Oldfiled,
Islands - Mike Oldfield, and while I was on the Tubby Bells binge I picked  up a couple of Mike's other albums. Amarok is really good, but the Maggie Thatcher impersonator at the end gets tedious after a few spins. As I write this I couldn't tell you a single thing about Islands...
 
The Deram Anthology - David Bowie, I'm probably one of the few who likes Mr Jones's early years, but amid all the whimsy, there are some excellent songs hidden away and all the themes that he would develop on later albums are present in these little music-hall songs.
 
Oh yes, I've finally managed to get around to playing Felini Days... nope. don't like it.Ouch


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since my last post I have gone on an album hunt, mostly for acid folk:

Synanthesia: Synanthesia ~ very good, acid folk, mix of folk jazz and psych qualities

Shirley Collins and Dolly Collins: Love, Death and the Lady ~ trad. though artsy, beautiful voice though gets tedious after a while

Jan Dukes de Grey: Sorcerers ~ some very good songs

Simon Finn: Pass the Distance, Magic Moments ~ un, mixed opinions. some is good but sometimes i can't stand the rough jarring bantering of finn, somewhat like connor obherst (sp) -bright eyes and bob dylan but harsher

Gnidrolog: Lady Lake, In Spite of Harry's Toenail ~ pretty good. LL is especially good, though not really my style, def hear the comparisons to GG, VDGG and some JT

Trees: The Garden of Jane Delawney, On the Shore ~ i really like the combo of trad/psy UK folk and electric san fran scene. love a lot of it!

Agincourt: Fly Away ~ some remnants of the adolescent 60's brit pop scene but other than that good psych folk.

Broselmaschine: Broselmaschine ~ very very good!!

C.O.B.: Moyshe McStiff..., Spirit of Love. ~ moyshe is awesome!! I love it!

Espers: Espers, II, The Weed Tree ~ very acidic, odd harmonies & beautiful. I'm really happy music like this is still being made

Woven Hand: a bunch of downloads ~ ? good from what I've heard though haven't heard much

Trannosaurus Rex: a bunch of downloads ~ ?

Six Organs of Admittance: a bunch of downloads ~ ?

Devendra Banhart: a bunch of downloads ~ ?

Pearls Before Swine: a bunch of downloads including most of balaklava ~ pretty good!

Holderlin: Holderlin's Traum, Holderlin haven't listened enough, the latter so far is pretty good

Witthüser & Westrupp: Der Jesuspilz (Musik Vom Evangelium), Trips und Träume ~ mixed opinions from listeneng to a few songs, but some good parts

Genesis: Six of the Best (1982 reunion) ~ ?

Ithaca: A Game for All Who Know ~ this has gotten mostly mediocre reviews here but I like this (same lineup as agincourt but 3 years later)! Very mellow, enjoyable. nice vocals and melodies though fairly straightforward. the 3 people i've talked to all like it & recommended it to me. I agree with them.

Yatha Sidhra: A Meditation Mass ~ haven't listened yet

The Pax Cecilia: Blessed are the Bonds ~ ?

Asia Minor: Between Flesh and Divine ~ great!! I wish this were longer, very nice sound and melodies!!

Mark Fry: Dreaming With Alice ~ a lost psy folk gem, very good!

Forest: Forest, Full Circle ~ pretty good! sounds somewhat like incredible string band

Phoenix: Cantafabule ~ don't really understand the hype about this, only listened to several songs, some good parts

David Lanz: downloads ~ no listen yet

Stackridge: friendliness ~ i can def. hear the beatles influence, fairly good though not very prog

Emtidi: Saat ~ pretty good acid folk, haven't listened much yet

Sid Barret: The Madcap Laughs ~ listened to a couple songs, pretty good psych folk

The Incredible String Band: The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter, The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion ~ haven't listened much yet, some good songs/parts

Pentangle: bunch of downloads

Fela Kuti: Bunch of downloads

National Health: National Health, DS al Coda ~ haven't listened to yet (downloads)

Le orme: Bunch of downloads

Banco del Mutuo Soccorso: Bunch of downloads, first album i like and Io Sono Nato Libero

13th Floor Elevators: Bunch of downloads

Red Sparowes: Bunch of downloads ~ from what I've heard I like this a lot

The Dillinger Escape Plan: Bunch of downloads

Don Caballero: bunch of downloads

Agitation Free: Malesch


my pickups at the local public library:

Space Opera: Space Opera ~ got this one b/c it looked interesting, and I am very pleased! First 4 songs are very solid. Not very progressive but good music sort of similar to loggins & messina

Faust: The Faust Tapes ~ haven't listened to more than a few tracks - fairly good

Bert Jansch: The Black Swan ~ good from what i've listened to but haven't really yet

Klaus Schulze: Audentity ~ no listen yet

Captain Beyond: Captain Beyond ~ sorta good, haven't listened much yet

Manfred Mann's Earth Band: The Best Of Manfred Mann's Earth Band Volume II ~ no listen yet


the non prog:

The Magic Numbers: The Magic Numbers, Those The Brokes

Minus the Bear: Highly Refined Pirates

Richard "Groove" Holmes: Soul Massage

The Holmes Brothers: Soul Street

Funkadelic: Maggot Brain, Funkadelic

Smashing Pumpkins: MACHINA/The Machines of God

Bob Weir & Ratdog: Evening Moods

James Brown: Greatest Breakbeats

Butthole Surfers: Rembrandt Pussyhorse

David Byrne: Live From Austin, Texas

David Bromberg: The Player: A Retrospective

The Righteous Brothers: Retrospective 1963-1974

Kenny Loggins: The Essential Kenny Loggins

The Who: It's Hard

Sting: Bring On The Night [Live]

Frank Zappa: Zappa In New York, YCDTOSA Vol 2 [Live]

The Rapture: Pieces Of The People We Love

Arlo Guthrie: The Best Of Arlo Guthrie

Duke Ellington: At The Cotton Club

Dave Brubeck: Private Brubeck Remembers

The Shins: Oh, Inverted World, Wincing The Night Away

!!! (Chk Chk Chk): Myth Takes

Andrew Lloyd Webber: Jesus Christ Superstar


...there's actually much more (not from the library) but I'll stop here

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7/1/08: Well, I decided to put the brakes on new acquisitions for the third quarter of the year. But I started things off with a bang. The remastered and expanded Kansas – Two For The Show, which went from an excellent two LP set in the '70's to an unfortunately abbreviated unremastered CD to finally a CD that is an excellent live showcase of a prog rock band at it's musical peak.


Then I actually took a break from new additions to enjoy my collection with a focus on recently added items. It's been a while since I took nearly a month's worth to add new things, but it was worth it. But, severely addicted collector of music that I am...


7/25/08: Not adding anything truly new to me here, but I heard that Genesis had reissued Trick Of The Tail with a bonus DVD that had a surround sound mix, but more importantly a live concert from the era that I had been hoping would get released on DVD someday. I already had TOTT in the “Definitive Edition”, but dang it, I had to order another copy for the DVD. For good measure I also ordered the new release of Duke, which also has a bonus DVD with surround sound mix and a concert video I wasn't aware of. Also from the Duke era, it's notable for having Darryl Steurmer and Chester Thompson, without whom the three could not have been as good when on tour, and that apparently is still true to this day.


8/15/08: Got that itch for new stuff again and my order arrived. Santana's Borboletta thanks to a PA review. I was not aware of this album, but should have been. Mini LP CD package. Oh, if only this had become the preferred CD format rather than the accursed “jewel” case, I would have so much more room for my collection. Not to mention how fragile the case is. They also had one of the same type for Zappa's Jazz From Hell, which I have in LP format but haven't heard in years. I had to get one of those as the shipping on a second item was discounted. A bit of an odd couple for sure. From different eras, Santana's music was still dominated by progressive and Zappa was getting into a whole weird area.


8/22/08: BMG Music Club beckoned with a sale. The stuff there is really overpriced unless you take advantage of the initial offers and the sales. Shipping and handling charges are obscene, but if you are careful in your orders, you can get your money's worth. The main problem I have with them is their selection, granted they do have some good titles available, but I already have them in my collection. Still, occasionally I will find stuff of interest to me. My order arrived incomplete, four of five with the fifth to follow. The four that came in were John Abercrombie's The Third Quartet, a nice mellow jazz album with guitar violin bass and drums; Paco De Lucia, Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin The Guitar Trio, I think they've been taking turns on who gets listed first for this trio. If you like acoustic guitars, these three can't be beat although there is some competition out there: Al DiMeola/John McLaughlin/Paco DeLucia, Larry Coryell/John Abercrombie/Badi Assad, and John McLaughlin/Paco DeLucia/Larry Coryell. Stanley Clarke's Children Of Forever is a 2007 reissue of the album, which I'm guessing may have been out of print since the LP era. Not quite as progressive as Return To Forever from that era (1972), but if you like RTF, you'll probably like this. Clara Ponty Mirror Of Truth, Jean-Luc you have a lovely daughter. Her first album was just solo piano of an ambient nature. On this 2007 release, she is joined on some tracks by her Dad and various other musicians in various combinations. All of it very mellow, meditative, and relaxing music.




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Playing catchup since August, so this is the last six months...

The Pretty Good Years: a Tribute to Tori Amos - as sung by a very good London based singer/songwriter called Jemima Price (see my June post above) - who also produced an album of Kate Bush covers.
Songs of a Goddess: a Tribute to Tori Amos - a collection of Goth and Ethereal covers.
Live at The Hammersmith Apollo London ~ Tori Amos – the lady herself, live.
 
Some CD replacements of existing vinyls…
In the Land of Grey and Pink ~ Caravan
Still Life: Remastered ~ Van Der Graaf Generator
The Beatles
(aka The White Album) [30th Anniversary Edition]
Nocturne ~ Siouxsie And The Banshees
Music from the Body ~ Ron Geesin and Roger Waters
Hatfield and the North ~ Hatfield & The North 
Up the Junction ~ Manfred Mann - a soundtrack to a 1960's film from a story by Nell Dunn staring Suzy Kendal, Susan George and Dennis Waterman (who didn't sing the feme, Mike D'Abo did)
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner ~ David Bedford

A few oldies that are mine for the first time...
Insane Times: 25 British Psychedelic Artefacts from the EMI Vaults ~ Various Artists
Pinball and Other Stories ~ Brian Protheroe – Pinball was one of the better singles of the 70s – a bit of a one-hit wonder and the rest of the album doesn’t quite live up to the same standard.
The First Day ~ David Sylvian and Robert Fripp … odd I never bought this until now – Damage, the live album from this pairing is one of my favourites.
Shapeshifter ~ Gong – after years of searching I’ve finally got a copy of the 4th installment of the Flying Teapot trilogy – what it all means is still a mystery to me, but it’s jolly good fun.
Grand Hotel ~ Procol Harum – never really listened to 70s PH – a pity because I missed out on some damn fine music.
Once Around the World ~ It Bites – okay, I’ll admit it – I like It Bites.
Destiny ~ Sally French –if you judged her by the scant samples that can be found on the interweb you’d writer Sally off as a folky singer/songwriter, but as full-length songs dripping with mellotrons and Gilmour-esque guitar breaks it’s a fine Neo Prog treasure – a ‘lost’ gem.
And the Glass Handed Kites ~ Mew – the more I hear this the less Prog and more Dream-pop it gets.
The Audience ~ Theaudience – her of the rhomboid jaw, not the 70s Prog band
Tiny Colour Movies ~ John Foxx
Nunsexmonkrock ~ Nina Hagen Band
Utah Saints ~ Utah Saints - okay - it's their "Running Up The Hill" cover that attracts me.
 
some new stuff...
Dandelion Gum ~ Black Moth Super Rainbow – mad as a bucket of monkeys – everyone should hear this.
Ghosts ~ Siobhan Donaghy  - the pixie faced one from the Sugarbabes gets all indie-gothic and serious, and fails miserably, but the title track is a killer.
Silence of Another Kind ~ Paatos
Fusion ~ Eilera - I've forgotten this one already - typical female fronted goffic metal, nothing special.
Etarlis ~ Mermaid Kiss – hasn’t actually been delivered yet, but one of the best of the new bread of rock-oriented, female fronted UK Prog bands
Curse of the Laze ~ The Laze excellent eclectic Prog from a band that didn't know they were prog.
UFOsmosis ~ Cyndee Lee Rule - Our very own ViolinCyndee's solo album Thumbs Up
The Slip ~ Nine Inch Nails- as far as I am concerned 2008 is Trent Reznor's year  - brilliant stuff.
4:13 Dream ~ The Cure … and I’m grinning like a Cheshire Cat.
Dark Side ~ Gregorian – featuring a mock-gregorian cover of Aphrodite’s Child’s Four Horsemen … has to be heard to be believed.
Shrouded Divine ~ In Mourning  - an excellent Opeth-like Prog Metal album
The Western Lands ~ Gravenhurst - proposed for inclusion here, but failed to get in, however an excellent album released through the wonderful Warp Records.
Insergentes ~ Steven Wilson - not much I can say about this - everything I wanted (and expected) it to be
Continuum ~ Bass Communion & Vidna Obmana - yep - a goodie.
Droneworks ~ Bass Communion - I have no idea how he does it, but this doesn't get boring - very clever stuff.
Pure ~ Pendragon - to be frank, I'd given up in Pendragon after Not Of The World, and for my sins, ignored Believe, but this is simply an amazing album and I may just have to go back and check it out.
 
And a couple of albums recorded ages ago but only recently given a proper release…
And Finally ~ Scheer – a 4AD post-punk band from the 90s fronted by Audrey Gallagher.
Crystal Tips and Mighty Mice ~ The Photos – fronted by the delectable Wendy Wu, The Photos sung about being a teenager in Birmingham during the post-punk 80s, this is the “lost” Photos album that was shelved by the record company just before the band split up, sadly the production (by Tony Visconti) loses all of the charm and magic of their first studio release.
 
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Arrgh, just noticed I hadn’t finished out the rest of the third quarter and here we are on the first of 2009.  A blog works best when it’s kept current.

9/3/2008: Mike Oldfield’s The Music Of The Spheres finally arrives.  Not bad at all.  Kind of reminds me of The Orchestral Tubular Bells except Mike has taken over the orchestral writing, I think.  Much better to do an original orchestral piece than the OTB was.

9/6/2008: Since the local used and new independent record store, Ella Guru, relocated away from my area I had to seek out another.  Used CD stores around here have come and gone.  It’s a shame but they appear to have a hard time being viable.  I did find one I had never been to reasonably nearby in downtown Decatur called Decatur CD.  Although I get most of my new stuff from the internet it’s still important to show your local independent store(s) some support.  While browsing I found Fripp & Eno Beyond Even (1992-2006).  Note to self, no one’s added this one to PA yet, need to add and review.  Really still need to sit down and listen to it or play it more often as background music.  Various Artists/Peter Gabriel Big Blue Ball is one of the four I picked up that I enjoyed the most.  Like the F & E, the material spans a period.  It’s a nice compilation of some loose Real World Studio stuff.  Grappeli, Stephane Live 1992 not prog at all.  Released after he died.  He’s an old jazz guy and progressive jazzy when he was young and stretched out some in his older years.  He has intersected prog particularly with his album with L. Subramaniam, Conversations.  Picked this one up for seeing Philip Catherine in the credits.  Basic jazz.    Pastorius, Jaco Jaco Pastorius (Remaster)  I never had this one in my collection though it’s been out for a while and I’ve been a Pastorius fan for a while.  Probably because of the album cover.  Reminds me a little too much of P. Collins’ Face Value.  Could we have some cool progressive art on the cover instead?  A nice set of music from a musician who can no longer create due to having moved on.  No telling what Jaco would be up to today.  Phil still lingers…

9/??/09: Did the free Marillion download.  These free downloads are hard to wrap my head around without the tangible hard copy hold in your hands with a lyric booklet and album art.  I do like the music but it is overshadowed by what I get next.  I vow to actually purchase it to say thanks for the free download.  

9/22/08: I had special ordered the new The Reasoning album, Dark Angel.  I think this has become one of my favorite 2008 releases that I have experienced.  Hasn’t seemed to attract a lot of attention at the PA.  Your loss if you don’t check them out.



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10/18/08:
Crimson Jazz Trio: King Crimson Songbook Volume 1 arrives.  One of those ones I got interested in because I hear of it on PA first.  If you have a taste for jazz, you'll probably love these reinterpretations of KC pieces. 

10/25/08:
Another excursion to the local independent record store results in a couple of scores - Afrocelts: Seed and Brian Eno: Ambient 1Music For Airports.  Afrocelts are on Peter Gabriel's Real World label and are pretty much a mixture of African/Celtic Music/Musicians like the name says.  Not for everyone, but I'm on my fifth disc with this one.  The Eno album is one which I've never added despite being a long time fan of his ambient works.  There's also an interesting version by Bang On A Can, which I have had since 2000.

11/30/08:
Someone shared a link to download Steven Wilson's Insurgentes.  I didn't get in on the advance order, but will be ordering the next hard copy release when available. 

12/26/08:
My sister gave me the only CD gift I got off of a wish list this year, John McLaughlin's Floating Point.  It didn't quite live up to the good word I'd read about it on PA.  Not bad, yet not great.  There seems to be a thing about many musicians who have been around doing great stuff since the '70's or so.  They just have a hard time topping what they did before.


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Well, after a slow last quarter last year, this one got off to a mild start at first.

1/3/2009: I was having the hunger for some new material and several titles I had ordered from CD Universe arrived -

Jon Anderson, Live From La La Land, maybe a little too much JA, but a nice collection nevertheless.

Jean Luc-Ponty, The Acatama Experience, another artist whose latest work I don't find as interesting as it used to be, still a nice album.

Marillion, Happiness Is The Road – Essence & The Hard Shoulder, I had promised myself to buy these in thanks for the free dowload they offered. I don't find them as interesting as they used to be either, still I keep up with them.

The Penguin Café, Music From the Penguin Café, now here's a band I first heard many years ago and this was the album I heard. I had a home made copy of it in my cassette collection for many years, but hadn't listened to it in years, totally forgotten. Someone brought up the band in a thread so I thought it time to get the album as it was new to CD and I had fond memories. I wasn't disappointed.

1/24/09: Since the last batch didn't totally satisfy I decided to venture over to my best local option for an independent brick and mortar CD store, Decatur CD, picked up an interesting trio -

David Byrne and Brian Eno, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, well it's no Bush Of Ghosts, but as they allowed you to preview it in streaming audio on the web, I knew what to expect. I tend not to like it when prog artists try to do the gospel style music that much.

Fripp & Eno, No Pussyfooting, this was one I was overdue to add to my collection and never did during the LP age. This version comes with a bonus disc with the tracks run in alternate fashions like backwards and half speed and they actually work.

Pat Group Metheny, First Circle, I saw this in mini-LP format. Hadn't heard it in many years, but liked it when I bought the LP way back when. Pat's another artist who's still at it but seems not as inspired as he used to be.

So still not getting turned on by what I was getting, yet all the music above is decent stuff. Then I caught some Umphrey's McGee streaming on this site. It sounded rather interesting so I put in an order from three different sellers on half.com for three different titles.

1/31/09: Mantis arrives very quickly. HOLY COW! This album really blew me away and will probably be the album I remember early 2009 most for.

2/12/09: Even though ordered at the same time as Mantis, Local Band Does O.K. arrives. Glad I had a few days to digest Mantis. Another thoroughly enjoyable set of musc.

Anchor Drops never arrives and I have to put in for a refund. First time that's happened with a half.com order that I can recall. I did get a Psychedelic Furs (Forever Now) cassette on an order that I was expecting to be a CD a few years ago.

Umprey's came to Atlanta for two shows 2/19,20. I missed Thursday's one due to my truck breaking down. When I checked on Friday's, it was sold out. But they like to tour so I'll be able to see them in person at another time, I'm sure.

3/9/09: A dirt cheap Kansas Power arrives another half.com mail order. It doesn't really satisfy. Maybe an U.M. effect. Ordered it mainly for nostalgic reasons. I have the LP and a promotional poster still hangs on the wall in the music room that was given out at the long defunct local Turtles record store chain.

I'm realizing now that I've made a grave error by not dating my DVD arrivals as I am building up a good collection of those these days and they are now an important part of the prog music collecting experience.

As consolation for missing the show(s) I ordered a couple of U.M. live DVDs from the band's site along with a couple of t-sh*ts and a sticker for my truck (can we say fan boy?) which arrived sometime in March.

3/18/09: A freebie courtesy of Prog Archives and Baku Llama arrives! Just got in on a giveaway. It's not easy living in the shadow of McGee. I still really haven't given this one a fair hearing/listening, but I will. Plus I owe them a review in thanks.

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