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Kayak (NL) / Kayak - Discography
« on: June 25, 2016, 09:38:59 AM »
This topic features all the bands main releases, including live records.

Forthcoming releases / Kansas - The Prelude Implicit (2016)
« on: June 25, 2016, 08:27:55 AM »
On September 23, 2016, Kansas will relase a brand new studio album called "The Prelude Implicit".
This will be their first new album in 16 years.

For full details on this forthcoming release, check out:

Anderson / Stolt, the brand new duo of legendary Yes vocalist & singer/songwriter Jon Anderson and progressive rock veteran Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic), have announced the release of their collaborative album ‘The Invention Of Knowledge’ for 24th June 2016 via InsideOut Music.

For full details check:

Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman are proud to announce that after a hiatus of 25 years, they are to reform the definitive YES line-up as Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman (ARW).

Since they last played together in 1990 on the highly successful YES ‘Union Tour’, there have been various hybrid versions of the band. However, none featured the iconic voice of Jon Anderson, the outstanding guitar talent of Trevor Rabin, and the keyboard wizardry of Rick Wakeman. The aim of the band will be to restore the standard of excellence in performance that they established with their 1990 shows – which saw YES members past and present come together for the first (and only) time of the legendary band’s career.

For full details check:

Peter Baumann (D) / Peter Baumann - Machines of Desire (2016)
« on: February 21, 2016, 10:15:32 AM »
33 years after his latest album, Peter Baumann will release a brand new album called Machines of Desire. The release is scheduled for May 2016.

The album will feature 8 new tracks.

Here is a quote from Peter Baumann concerning this forthcoming release:

Machines of Desire is filled with many influences, not least of them, my time with Tangerine Dream. Recording this album has been a very rich experience that fulfilled my creative desires, with more to come. I'm delighted that German record label Bureau B will release the recording in May/June of this year.

The title, Machines of Desire, reflects my belief that as human beings we're driven relentlessly by our deepest desires: the desire to experience life and love, to be heard and seen, to connect with others, to be safe, to find meaning and purpose... and countless more. We find ourselves in the drama of everyday life with uncertainty at every step, with fear of loss and existential loneliness, and only occasionally interrupted by the fundamental joy of being alive."

I´m looking forward to this release.

Loom (Germany) / Loom - 300 003 EP (2016)
« on: February 20, 2016, 06:26:48 PM »
On february 13th 2016, Loom released a new EP called 300 003.

Unfortunately the EP was allready sold out on Pre-sale, so I have to wait for it to get in stock again.

Tracklist of this new EP is as follows:

01. Below The Playfield
02. Bit Byter
03. Time Scanner

Yes (UK) / Yes - Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome 2014
« on: February 20, 2016, 03:45:17 PM »
On 9 December 2014 Frontier Records released Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome on two-CD/DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats.

This live album features recordings of Yes latest tour with their new lead vocalist Jon Davison.

The tracklist features the albums Going for the One and The Yes Album intheir entirety:

01. Going for the One
02. Turn of the Century
03. Parallels
04. Wonderous Stories
05. Awaken
06. Yours Is No Disgrace
07. Clap
08. Starship Trooper
09. I’ve Seen All Good People
10. A Venture
11. Perpetual Change

Yes are:

Jon Davison - lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Steve Howe - electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocals
Chris Squire - bass, backing vocals
Geoff Downes - keyboards
Alan White - drums

Check Yes on YouTube for a snippet of Starship Trooper.

Yes (UK) / YES on Tour in 2016
« on: February 20, 2016, 03:38:52 PM »
Yes will be on tour through the UK & Europe from April - June 2016, playing the entire Fragile & Drama albums live.

The band’s current line-up consists of singer Jon Davison, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes and bassist Billy Sherwood.

Yes (UK) / Yes - Links & Info
« on: February 20, 2016, 03:35:11 PM »
Yes actually needs no further introduction They have been around since 1969.

More on Yes can be found in the other topics from this board and on the following website(s):

Yes Website:

Yes on Facebook:

Yes on Prog Archives:

Yes on ProgGnosis:

Yes on Twitter:

Steve Hackett (UK) / Steve Hackett - Links & Info
« on: February 19, 2016, 06:33:22 AM »
I think Steve Hackett needs no further introduction for those who have been around the Progscene over the last decades.

More on Steve Hackett can be found in the other topics from this board and on the following website(s):

Steve Hackeet´s Website:

Steve Hackett on Facebook:

Steve Hackett on Prog Archives:

Steve Hackett on ProgGnosis:

Steve Hackett on Wilipedia:

Mandalaband (UK) / Mandalaband - Links & Info
« on: February 19, 2016, 06:10:14 AM »
Mandalaband was the brainchild of David Rohl, musician, composer, producer and now eminent Egyptologist.

More on Mandalaband can be found in the other topics from this board and on the following website(s):

Mandalaband´s Website:

Mandalaband on Facebook:

Mandalaband on MySpace:

Mandalaband on Prog Archives:

Mandalaband on ProgGnosis:

Mandalaband on Wikipedia:

Mandalaband (UK) / Mandalaband - Biography
« on: February 19, 2016, 06:02:30 AM »
Mandalaband was the brainchild of David Rohl, musician, composer, producer and now eminent Egyptologist. His was the guiding spirit behind the two albums which appeared on the Chrysalis label under the Mandalaband name in the latter years of the seventies.

The first selftitled album was released in 1975.

The main theme on the first album was "Om mani padme hum" and was inspired by a Tibetan national hymn and by the Tibetan people's brave resistance to the Chinese invasion and subsequent occupation of their country.
The music was composed by David Rohl and featured musicians like the members of Sad Cafe.

For info on this album take a look at:

The second album The Eye of Wendor: Prophesies was released in 1978.

The album was supposed to be the first album from a trilogy based around the theme of a fabulous gemstone with mystical properties.
The first part of the trilogy, The Eye Of Wendor: Prophecies, was act in a prehistoric world peopled by characters who would not be out of place in a Tolkien bestiary.

David Roh took out a large number of musicians to help him out on this project. He was joined by artists like: Justin Hayward (Moody Blues), 10cc, Barclay James Harvest, Maddy Prior, Paul Young (Sad Cafe).

The main characters on the album are played by: Justin Hayward, who sings the pail of King AEnord, ruler of Carthilias, Maddy Prior plays his daughter, Princess Ursula, and Eric Stewart is Florian, the young hero whom the prophecies tell will retrieve the Eye Of Wendor from the evil Witch Queen, Silesandre.

Graham Gouldman, Kevin Godley and Paul Young, describe Florian's adventures in his quest and the characters he meets, including Almar the alchemist in his laboratory, the primeval sea-serpent Elsethea and Damien, the old King's heir.

The vocalists were accompanied by a large number of musicians. For details check:

Unfortunatly the album wasn't a major succes, but when the years past it became a cult album, which every prog fan must have, otherwise his or her collection ain't complete.
The trilogy was never finished, which I think is a pitty.

The album was re-released on CD in 1992, with as bonus tracks the main parts from the first album.
The original album included an illustrated story sheet which has been omitted from the CD.

Greetings from Obiwan

Nick Magnus (UK) / Nick Magnus - N’monix (2014)
« on: February 18, 2016, 08:27:58 PM »
The latest Nick Magnus album called N’monix was released on April 28th 2014. Nick Magnus is known for his work with The Enid and Steve Hackett and he allready recorded some beautiful solo albums like the 2004 Hexameron and Children Of Another God from 2010.

On his new album Nick is accompanied by Steve Hackett and Pete Hicks, which whom he played on in the early 80´s. One of the tracks called Eminent Victorians is now available through

Also see'monix.htm

Some details on this Nick Magnus release:

Time (6:23)
Memory (5:24)
Kombat Kid (6:28)
Headcase (3:49)
Eminent Victorians (7:01)
Broken (8:05)
Shadowland (2:51)
Entropy (6:46)


Nick Magnus - keyboards, percussion, vocals on 4, voice of Richard of York (aged 6) on 3

Joined by:

Tony Patterson - vocals on 1, 3
Tim Bowness - vocals on 7
Kate Faber - soprano voice on 2
Pete Hicks - vocals on 5
James Reeves - vocals on 8
Steve Hackett - guitar on 5, 6, 7
Andy Neve - backing vocals on 5, 8
Rob Townsend - soprano saxophone and flute on 7

Robert Reed (UK) / Robert Reed - Sanctuary (2014)
« on: February 18, 2016, 08:22:37 PM »
On July 21st 2014, Robert Reed (Magenta, Kompendium) released his solo album called Sanctuary.


Rob Reed was inspired to become a musician and composer at the age of seven after discovering Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells. So inspired was he by the album, that he learned to play not just one, but all the instruments featured on the album. Sanctuary is the fruition of a decision that Rob made in January 2013 to utilise his abilities as a multi-instrumentalist and create an album in the style of Tubular Bells. Rob Reed was determined to keep his vision of Sanctuary intact and play all the instruments himself. Reed was conscious that he was treading a fine line in preventing Sanctuary becoming a pastiche of Tubular Bells. The result is an astounding piece of emotional instrumental music in two parts, featuring an astonishingly orchestral sound whilst using a comparatively small amount of instruments.

Like mentioned earlier, the album contains two tracks being Sanctuary Part I (20.41) & Sanctuary Part II (18.09). Being an Oldfield fan from the early days, I was really sceptic before listening to this release. My musical taste matured in the 70´s by listening to albums like Hergest Ridge, Tubular Bells & Omnadawn, among others.

But I must say that I was pleasantly surprised after playing Sanctuary for the first time. The music is very recognizable and it sounds like a mixture of Hergest Ridge & Tubular Bells. Some critics will entitle Sanctuary as plagiarism, but I´m glad I purchased this recording. It brings back good memories of the mid 70´s and it sounds much better than Oldfield´s recent works.

If you check Robert´s website, you will find all the details on this release and you will also have the oppertunity to listen to some soundbites.



Steve Hackett - Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith.

The album consists of a 3CD+2DVD-set, featuring Steve's London show from May 2013 at the Hammersmith Apollo. Besides Steve´s live band, consiting of ...

Steve Hackett - Guitars
Roger King - Keyboards
Lee Pomeroy - Bass
Gary O'Toole - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Rob Townsend - Sax, Flute, Woodwinds
Nad Sylvan - Vocals

... this concert also features guest appearances by Nik Kershaw, John Wetton, Jakko Jakszyk, Steve Rothery & Amanda Lehmann.

The tracklist of the Cd´s and DVD´s is as follows:

1. Watcher of the Skies
2. The Chamber of 32 Doors
3. Dancing with the Moonlit Knight
4. Fly on a Windshield
5. Broadway Melody of 1974
6. The Lamia - featuring Nik Kershaw on vocals & Steve Rothery on guitar
7. The Musical Box
8. Shadow of the Hierophant - featuring Amanda Lehmann on guitar & vocals
9. Blood on the Rooftops

1. Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers
2. In That Quiet Earth
3. Afterglow - featuring John Wetton on vocals
4. I Know What I Like
5. Dance on a Volcano
6. Entangled - featuring Jakko Jakszyk & Amanda Lehmann on vocals
7. Eleventh Earl of Mar
8. Supper´s Ready

1. Firth of Fifth
2. Los Endos

Full live show in 5.1 Surround Sound

Behind The Scenes featurette

And what to tell about this album. It´s just great. People were a bit sceptic before Steve went on tour, but the sceptics were soon silenced by the quality of Steve´s band. Steve himself is at his best, handling some of his best guitar solo´s like on Firth of Fifth and the fantastic guitar duet with Steve Rothery on the closing section of The Lamia.

Actually there is nothing more to tell about this album. It´s just so good. I think every prog fan has to listen for himself to experience how good this album is.

I like to thank Steve and his band for bringing back good memories from the dark seventies.



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