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Progressive Biography

Age 54 but 19 of those years spent in Toronto, Canada (from age 10 to 29), now living in Brussels. My parents introduced me to classical music but my first exposure to rock was when I was 6 and my father bought STAND UP from JETHRO TULL on the strenght of Bouree and I just loved the sublime art work and the pop-up in the gatefold. A second introduction would be the Hair musical soundtrack later that year. I started buying records at the tender age of 12 in 74 and started with "Crime Of the Century", "Selling England By the Pound", and "Dark Side Of The Moon" and Harmonium's debut album - as you can see destiny exists. I bought around five thousand records (and got rid of well over half of them to finance new acquisitions and storage issues), and I have heard many more through friends and the Belgian Mediatheque where you can rent the albums for one week (and fairly cheaply I might say), so I can say that at least if not well-read I am well-heard. I have also seen many concerts (roughly 50/year all styles considered)..

The period of music that I like best is from 65 until 75 (with the core from 67 to 73), but it can be extended from 59 to 79. This is valid for almost all of the musical styles (except classical musis of course) from Jazz , Blues , Rock , Folk , Soul-Funk , even la chanson francaise. Among the music I highly regard is Jazz in general (especially COLTRANE, MINGUS, McCoy TYNER and DAVIS), Folk from most countries in the world (as long as it is real/authentic, not overtly commercial), Rock (many styles but rather not hair metal and glam rock and certainly not New Wave - where image is more important than music), Classical music (especially DVORAK, HAYDN & SCHUBERT) etc... But my real tastes are complex music developped by the artists included on this site. In a few words, I consider music as an art or a form of expression, but dislike the industrial side of music and the blatant form of exploitation (MTV) and plagiarists. What I expect from an artist is honesty , inspiration and personality (be yourself).

Among my fave albums: "A Love Supreme" - John COLTRANE ; "Caravanserai" - SANTANA ; "Les Porches" - MANEIGE ; "Elastik Rock" - NUCLEUS ; "Grey And Pink" - CARAVAN ; "Nursery Cryme" - GENESIS ; "Crime Of The Century" - SUPERTRAMP ; "Lark's Tongue In Aspic" - KING CRIMSON ; "In Rock" - DEEP PURPLE ; "Babylon By Bus" - MARLEY ; "12 Dreams of Dr Sardonicus" - SPIRIT ; "M. D. K." - MAGMA ; "Bitches Brew" - MILES DAVIS ; "Obsolete" - DASHIELL HEDAYAT (& GonG) ; "Stand Up & Thick As A Brick" - JETHRO TULL ; "Mice and Rats in the Loft" -.JAN DUKES DE GREY ; "The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys & Shootout at the Fantasy Factory - TRAFFIC ; "UZed" - UNIVERS ZERO ; "Solar Music Live" - GROBSCHNITT ; "Obras De Violeta Parra" - LOS JAIVAS ; "Crown Of Creation" - JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, etc.....

A few too-little-known-gems IMO : "Cinquième Saison" - HARMONIUM ; "Stadacone" - SLOCHE ; "Movin' On" - CIRCUS ( swiss) ; "Contre Courrant " - OPUS-5; "First Utterances" - COMUS ; "Sahara" - McCOY TYNER, "St Radiguns" - SPIROGYRA; "Eris" - BAKU LLAMA ; "Et le Troisi�¨me Jour " - DIONNE-BREGENT... Also works from more unknown groups such as AUDIENCE , GNIDROLOG , OUT OF FOCUS etc...

Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Jazz Rock/Fusion5623.39
2 Prog Folk3893.31
3 Symphonic Prog3142.87
4 RIO/Avant-Prog2713.29
5 Eclectic Prog2683.25
6 Prog Related2242.67
7 Crossover Prog2122.71
8 Canterbury Scene1623.38
9 Heavy Prog1523.02
10 Krautrock1183.25
11 Psychedelic/Space Rock1133.37
12 Proto-Prog1053.19
13 Rock Progressivo Italiano872.93
14 Progressive Electronic643.38
15 Neo-Prog572.30
16 Post Rock/Math rock563.02
17 Zeuhl423.60
18 Indo-Prog/Raga Rock213.19
19 Various Genres163.75
20 Progressive Metal92.33
21 Tech/Extreme Prog Metal43.00
22 Experimental/Post Metal33.67

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