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Ayreon (NL) / Ayreon - The Theater Equation (2016)
« on: July 09, 2016, 07:39:10 AM »
In September 2015, Ayreon's legendary progressive rock concept album 'The Human Equation' was brought to life as a full-blown musical production at the Nieuwe Luxor theater in Rotterdam.

This limited run of performances was witnessed by die-hard fans from across the world, but now Arjen Lucassen's story can be witnessed by all, as a recording of the final night of those special evenings is being released as both a DVD & Blu-Ray package, subtitled in nine different languages and including nearly one-and-a-half hours of bonus content.

'The Theater Equation' show stars Dream Theater frontman James Labrie in his original roll as “Me” and features nearly the entire cast of vocalists from the original 2004 album. The main cast is supported by a specially put-together 19-strong Epic Rock Choir. This is a unique document of an undertaking that was surely once in a lifetime.

For full details on this release, check out: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/release.aspx?IdRelease=1924



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Agitation Free (D) / Agitation Free - Biography
« on: July 09, 2016, 07:05:24 AM »
A short bio written by Melo the Prog Goddess:

The band AGITATION FREE emerged in 1967 from the fusion of two Berlin rock groups. Towards the end of 1967 the quartet, which initially had mainly played coverversions before developing lengthy improvisations, experimented on stage with psychedelic novelty visuals similar to those of Californian underground bands of the same era like Jefferson Airplane or Iron Butterfly. Soon the band, which in the early days had Christopher Franke (later of Tangerine Dream-fame) drumming, was hailed as one of Berlins most interesting groups. After some Iine-up changes Agitation Free in 1970 performed on the "First German Progressive Popfestival" at the "Berliner Sportpalast". In April 1972 the band, now a quintet formed by Lutz Ulbrich, Michael Günther, Jörg Schwenke, Michael Hoenig and Burghard Rausch, was invited by the Goethe-Institute to embark on a tour of Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus and Greece. The varied impressions from that trip resulted in the first Iongplay ,,Malesch", a fascinating conglomerate comprised of exotic sound recordings from the Near East journey and a good deal of "Krautrock".

Extensive concert activities made the band increasingly popular throughout Europe. In 1972 they appeared on the music festival of the summer Olympics in Munich. Early 1973 saw the group touring through France, before participating in the "German Rock Super Concert" in Frankfurt in May. During the same year they produced their next album "2 nd " and afterwards toured through Germany's bigger towns. Public stations SFB and WDR broadcasted portraits and concerts of AGITATION FREE. In 1974 symptoms of fatigue became obvious within the band, resulting in its split after a farewell concert.

In retrospective it becomes clear that AGITATION FREE with its openness to constant experimentation was one of the most important groups of the so called "Berlin School" and also a career catalyst for many musicians. Christopher Franke helped Tangerine Dream to become globally respected. Michael Hoenig worked with Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream and recorded a solo album before establishing himself as a soundtrack composer in Hollywood. Axel Genrich joined Guru Guru, Burghard Rausch cofounded BeI Ami. Gust Lütjens toured with Shirley Bassey and later attracted a huge following with his New Age act Living Mirrors in the US. Lutz ,,Lüül" Ulbrich joined Ashra, worked with former Velvet Underground-singer Nico, produced soloalbums as well as music for theatre productions and is nowadays successfull with his group 17 Hippies.

In 1998, almost 25 years after their split, the former AGITATION FREE members Ubrich, Lütjens, Günther and Rausch met at the birthday bash of founding member Lutz "LüüI" Ulbrich and spontaneously decided to revive AGITATION FREE. In early summer of 1999 the new AGITATION FREE album "River Of Return", produced by former SpIiff-guitarist Potsch Potschka, was released by BSC Music. The new music connects smoothly with the experimental earlier sound of the group, often flowing in meditative moods just to explode surprisingly in powerful rock. In the near future AGITATION FREE will play live at some festivals and some selcted gigs in winter 1999 together with keyboarder Michael Hoenig. Thus the story of one of Germanys most interesting rockbands continues in a contemporary manner.

May 1999

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Agitation Free (D) / Agitation Free - Links & Info
« on: July 09, 2016, 07:01:30 AM »
Agitation Free is a progressive rock band from Berlin, Germany, which has been active since 1967.

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


Agitation Free´s Website: http://www.agitationfree.com/

Agitation Free´s Fansite: http://www.agitation-free.de/

Agitation Free on German Rock: http://www.germanrock.de/lexikon_show_band.php?ID=42

Agitation Free on Wikipedia:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agitation_Free

Agitation Free on Prog Archives: http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=627

Agitation Free on ProgGnosis: http://proggnosis.com/ARTIST_Detail.aspx?AID=505

Agitation Free on Krautrock-Musikzirkus: http://www.krautrock-musikzirkus.de/en,Agitation-Free_8,N.html


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Armed Cloud (NL) / Armed Cloud - Links & Info
« on: July 09, 2016, 06:43:58 AM »
Armed Cloud is a Dutch band from Nijmegen playing symphonic rock with influences from (progressive) rock, metal, and pop.

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


Armed Cloud´s Website: http://armedcloud.net/

Armed Cloud on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/armedcloud/

Armed Cloud on Metal Archives: http://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/Armed_Cloud/Obsidian_Desert/504400/



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Groove Unlimited

http://www.groove.nl/index2.html

Specialized in Electronic Music.

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Inside Out Music

http://www.insideoutmusic.com/index.aspx

Quote from Inside Out´s website:

Inside Out Music was born out of a genuine passion for progressive rock and metal. From the very beginning our goal has been to use all of our resources and experience to find and acquire the very finest new progressive music in the world - and - in turn - to present it back to the world in a meaningful way. Quite simply, we are dedicated to developing progressive music as a genre by developing the best acts that the genre has to offer.

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Kinesis

http://www.kinesiscd.com/index.html

Kinesis® is a compact disc & DVD mail-order (and formerly a label) founded in 1991 and devoted to Progressive Rock, Art Rock, Symphonic Rock, Sophisticated Rock.

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Unfortunately, Klaus had to cancel this concert due to his bad health. He was replaced by Tangerine Dream.

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Kayak (NL) / 1973 - See See The Sun
« on: June 25, 2016, 01:46:21 PM »
See See The Sun is a 1973 Studio release by Kayak.

Tracklisting:

1.Reason For It All (6.29)
2.Lyrics (3.42)
3.Mouldy Wood (5.16)
4.Lovely Luna (8.19)
5.Hope For A Life (6.49)
6.Ballet Of The Cripple (4.39)
7.Forever Is A Lonely Thought(5.26)
8.Mammoth (2.57)
9.See See The Sun (4.13)

Bonus Tracks
10.Still Try To Write A Book (2.01)
11.Give It A Name (2.44)

Line up:

Ton Scherpenzeel - Piano's, Synths, Organ, Harpsicord, Vocals, Accordion
Pim Koopman - Drums, Percussion, Marimba, Vocals
Johan Slager - Guitars, Vocals
Max Werner - Drums, Mellotrons, Percussion, Lead Vocals
Cees van Leeuwen - Bass, Harmonica

Coverart:


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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.

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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: http://kansasband.com/prelude-implicit.php


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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:

http://www.jonanderson.com/news.html
http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=16848&IdCompany=8



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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:

http://www.arw-tour.com/

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Tangerine Dream (Germany) / Re: Tangerine Dream - The Legacy
« on: February 21, 2016, 10:41:45 AM »
Another TD update, taken from The Zest - The unofficial Tangerine Dream Newsletter (http://thezest-2010.blogspot.nl/).

News from Tangerine Dream's Tour promoter

THE CONTINUATION OF THE QUANTUM YEARS....
CONCERT TOURNÉE IN MEMORY OF EDGAR FROESE
HONOURING THE LEGEND OF TANGERINE DREAM

New Release "QUANTUM KEY". This is the first release of newly composed music by TANGERINE DREAM after Edgar Froese’s sudden change of his cosmic address early last year. A part of his last compositions are forming the fundament of this stunning EP.
But QUANTUM KEY is only the vanguard of the coming QUANTUM GATE album – also based on Edgar Froese’s compositions - which the members of Tangerine Dream Thorsten Quaeschning, Ulrich Schnauss and Hoshiko Yamane are currently working on.
Edgar Froese, the head and founder of Tangerine Dream, had the wonderful idea of translating the current knowledge of the quantum physics - which he was very much interested in - into sound and already started this project before his sad death in January 2015. The EP MALA KUNIA was the first music out of “The Quantum Years” series which was published in November 2014 on the occasion of the MMW Festival concert in Melbourne.

It was a great fortune that Edgar still had the chance to discuss his vision with the remaining band members and that Bianca Froese-Acquaye, Edgar's wife, decided to continue with Tangerine Dream upon his wish. She knew that Thorsten, Ulrich and Hoshiko could face this huge challenge with their beautiful talents. At the same time this task would be a unique chance for the music coming into life. So the band continued developing these musical ideas after Edgar's sudden "change of his cosmic address" and you will have the chance now to listen to some wonderful tracks and experience the extraordinary musical world of Tangerine Dream again: In honour and memory of Edgar Froese. It is also planned to invite great VIP guest musicians on this tournée who consider Edgar and Tangerine Dream as their inspiring example.
Tangerine Dream, this seven time Grammy nominated European band, is a singular phenomenon. As an instrumental band using just high-end modern technology, simultaneously surrounded by a strong rock «n« roll identity, they will hardly fit into any given musical pigeonhole. Many have tried to copy what‘s became known after years as «The Tangerine Dream Sound« - so far absolutely unsuccessfully.

They always had their little secrets; how all the musical layers were structured and finally glued together to an indescribable musical experience and how they‘ve managed to always be ahead of any fashionable movement. Tangerine Dream has never produced anything calculated to make the masses jump off their chairs and start screaming Top 40 tunes. Nevertheless, many of the 120 (and counting!) CD, Studio, Live and Soundtrack releases by the band, have their own driving hypnotic pieces and it is nearly impossible to escape from the race of fast driving bass notes and sequencings.

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