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Barclay James Harvest are among the dozens of bands from the 1970s who never really got their due outside of Europe. The group’s blend of pastoral and atmospheric music would surely appeal to fans of The Beatles, Moody Blues and Nektar, and even folk-rock groups such as America, yet the original BJH foursome of John […]

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Nektar – Down To Earth

by TW on February 2, 2010

For many progressive rock fans, the German band Nektar hit their grand slam with the 1973 concept album Remember The Future – essentially one song spread across two album sides. The band’s 1974 follow-up, Down To Earth, takes a wacked-out circus as its theme; Nektar tighten the song structures and create another prog-rock classic. The […]

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Dead Heroes Club – A Time Of Shadow

by TW on December 14, 2009

For whatever reason progressive rock has never established a foothold in Ireland. Just across the Irish Sea, in neighboring England, progressive rock flourished in the 1970s so much that entire “schools” of prog were born. Maybe it was the political climate of the land that kept the often fantasy-themed explorations of prog from finding roots […]

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Tightly Unwound is the seventh studio release from England’s The Pineapple Thief and their first release for Kscope/Snapper Records.  Led by guitarist/singer/songwriter Bruce Soord, the quartet is rounded out by bassist John Sykes, drummer Keith Harrison and keyboardist Steve Kitch.  After cultivating a following over nearly ten years, the band was encouraged by Porcupine Tree […]

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Nektar – Down To Earth review

by TW on December 30, 2008

For many prog-rock fans, the German band Nektar hit their grand slam with the 1973 concept album Remember The Future – essentially one song spread across two album sides. The band’s 1974 follow-up, Down To Earth, takes a wacked-out circus as its theme; Nektar tighten the song structures and hit another one over the fence. […]

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Mahogany Frog – DO5 review

by TW on December 22, 2008

Mahogany Frog are a four-piece progressive rock outfit from Winnipeg, Manitoba, composed of Graham Epp (keyboards, guitars, trumpets), Jesse Warkentin (guitars, keyboards), Scott Ellenberger (bass, keyboards, percussion, trumpets) and J.P. Perron (drums, electronics). Mahogany Frog’s most recent release, DO5 (Moonjune Records), is their fifth, and served as my introduction to the band. DO5 features nine […]

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