Progressive rock

Steve Howe – Homebrew 5 (2013)

Steve Howe – Homebrew 5 (2013)

Steve Howe has probably never got the credit he deserved for his role in fashioning the legends of both Yes and Asia. The Homebrew series, whether intended or not, has done much to underscore his privotal role

Halloween special: Glass Hammer, “Cool Air” (2013)

Halloween special: Glass Hammer, “Cool Air” (2013)

“Cool Air,” Glass Hammer’s contribution to the recent The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft: A Synphonic Collection, will provide a chill-raising scare on this Halloween.

The Flower Kings – Desolation Rose (2013)

Desolation Rose might have been described as a classic-era throwback, what with the use of reel-to-reel tape and vintage instruments. But the Flower Kings aren’t exploring prog’s typical dreamscape themes.

Roy Harper – Man and Myth (2013)

Roy Harper has, it seems, always existed in the place between this album title’s two words. He’s famous enough to have been the subject of a Led Zeppelin song, and to have sung another for Pink Floyd, but yet somehow largely unknown too.

Exclusive stream: The Flower Kings, “White Tuxedos” from Desolation Rose (2013)

The disembodied voice of Richard Nixon — eerie, foreboding, completely full of it — heralds the arrival of this stark indictment of pols who tell you they want peace even while escalating conflict

William Shatner with Billy Sherwood – Ponder the Mystery (2013)

William Shatner with Billy Sherwood – Ponder the Mystery (2013)

What do you get when you lock Sgt. T.J. Hooker in a room with one of the most polarizing recent figures in progressive rock? You get an interesting cosmic trip called Ponder The Mystery.

Exclusive stream: Steve Hackett with John Wetton, “Afterglow” from Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith (2013)

Exclusive stream: Steve Hackett with John Wetton, “Afterglow” from Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith (2013)

John Wetton has found new levels of interpretive genius alongside Steve Hackett over the course of two loving looks back into the guitarist’s 1970s-era stint in Genesis — and “Afterglow” is no different.

‘I keep going back and adding things': Greg Lake’s book is overstuffed with memories of ELP, King Crimson

‘I keep going back and adding things': Greg Lake’s book is overstuffed with memories of ELP, King Crimson

Greg Lake has been mentioning an on-going autobiography project for some time, one with the very appropriate title of Lucky Man. No word yet, however, on when we’ll be lucky enough to read it.

‘It would have been the end of Deep Purple': Ian Gillan wasn’t sorry to see Ritchie Blackmore go

‘It would have been the end of Deep Purple': Ian Gillan wasn’t sorry to see Ritchie Blackmore go

With time comes nostalgia, for the way we want to remember things — rather, sometimes, than the way they actually were. Such is the case, Ian Gillan argues, with Deep Purple fans and Ritchie Blackmore.

‘One of the best shows Yes ever did': The threat of gun fire in Argentina didn’t slow Jon Anderson

‘One of the best shows Yes ever did': The threat of gun fire in Argentina didn’t slow Jon Anderson

Yes arrived in Argentina with “Owner of a Lonely Heart” in their back pocket as a charttopping smash. Turns out, however, that the date was still a bit too close to the end of the Falklands War.