Archive for February, 2017

Vangelis – Delectus (2017)

Vangelis – Delectus (2017)

If you’re a progressive rock fan, the question is whether you should splurge on the new 13-CD box set from Vangelis. Here’s your answer.

Ross Hammond – Follow Your Heart (2017)

Ross Hammond – Follow Your Heart (2017)

A back-to-basics record that flows forth with natural ease, ‘Follow Your Heart’ is Ross Hammond practicing what he’s preaching with the title.

John Ginty, feat. Aster Pheonyx – Rockers (2017)

John Ginty, feat. Aster Pheonyx – Rockers (2017)

Pheonyx is a singing talent that’s a good match for Ginty’s keyboard talent because both rock with a lot of soul, and the songwriting partnership is already paying off dividends. ‘Rockers’ could be the beginning of a beautiful musical relationship.

Toto, “Fahrenheit” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Fahrenheit” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

Steve Porcaro was already creating synth orchestrations and introductory motifs for Toto’s live show, but “Fahrenheit” took things to another level.

Thinking Plague – Hoping Against Hope (2017)

Thinking Plague – Hoping Against Hope (2017)

feature photo: Sal DeVincenzo, courtesy of Cuneiform Records The notion of progressive rock often suggests the melding of rock with some elements of jazz or jazz fusion, due to extended song forms and an emphasis on instrumental prowess. Thinking Plague sets

Nick Finzer – Hear and Now (2017)

Nick Finzer – Hear and Now (2017)

‘Hear and Now’ packs the instrumental prowess we’ve come to expect from Nick Finzer, paired with a finely honed compositional edge and stellar musicianship.

Chicago, “Dialogue (Part I) and (Part II)” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Dialogue (Part I) and (Part II)” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

“Dialogue (Part I)” and “(Part II)” further cemented my view that Robert Lamm was – and is – Chicago’s greatest writer.

Blackfield, “From 44 to 48” from Blackfield V (2017): Something Else! sneak peek

Blackfield, “From 44 to 48” from Blackfield V (2017): Something Else! sneak peek

Today marks the worldwide release of ‘Blackfield V,’ the fifth installment of the Aviv Geffen/Steven Wilson collaboration – except in North America.

Steve Hackett, “In the Skeleton Gallery” from The Night Siren (2017): One Track Mind

Steve Hackett, “In the Skeleton Gallery” from The Night Siren (2017): One Track Mind

Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett’s “In the Skeleton Gallery” arrives in advance of ‘The Night Siren’ with a hint of the familiar – at least at first.

The Dream, featuring Terje Rypdal – Get Dreamy (1967, 2017 reissue)

The Dream, featuring Terje Rypdal – Get Dreamy (1967, 2017 reissue)

‘Get Dreamy’ is a little more than a curiosity for the Terje Rypdal freaks, fans of original psych-rock who hadn’t already discovered this obscure relic of its time will find much to trip over.