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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


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Eloy (Germany) / Re: Eloy - The Vision the Sword and the Pyre
« on: February 20, 2016, 06:20:23 PM »
Another update from Eloy´s Facebook page:

Dear ELOY friends,
Firstly, sorry for the long communication hiatus on our part. The band has been on a break and as such there has been no news.
Unfortunately, we no longer live all in one place, have very different lives, and it has become more difficult to organise things together. Nevertheless... »the fire is still burning« and I have always succeeded in reactivating ELOY in a mostly stable formation!

Our very successful concerts in 2011, 2012 and 2013 were met with truly sensational feedback – both in the media and by you. This has led me to take on a very special, highly complex work whose realisation will require more time and effort than was ever necessary for any of the band’s other projects. I am aware of what I am letting myself in for but, motivated by the experience of the tour, I wanted a lofty goal and have set the bar very high.

I have chosen a topic that I have had in mind for many years and originally intended to use for a solo project and stage work: namely the equally unique, touching and fantastic story of Joan of Arc, for which I have found the highly appropriate and distinctive title, »The Vision – The sword – And The Pyre«.

With my deep knowledge of the story, I had no shortage of musical vision for this ambitious work. I envisaged a musical melange combining diverse tonal and stylistic elements that merge by the end to a coherent whole. An emotional musical firework with powerful choirs and symphonic orchestral arrangements but also forceful guitars, pulsating rhythms and atmospheric waves from the keyboards. Since those are indeed all essential aspects represented by ELOY, I quickly came upon the idea of producing the work not only as a musical spectacle for the stage, but to invite my fellow musicians from the band for a creative role in creating a two-CD concept album.

Although the circumstances mentioned above mean the working conditions are not optimal, and therefore everything will take significantly longer, this creative challenge is certainly worth it. I am therefore very pleased that I could persuade my scattered bandmates to once again accept such a challenge, despite the significant organisational difficulties.
Thank you for your patience. I am of the firm conviction that we will be able to put an end to the wait before the year is out. You can expect a work full of energy and passion. Let yourself be surprised!

Faithfully yours,

Frank Bornemann

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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.


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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.


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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: http://www.yesworld.com/

Yes on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yestheband?sk=app_178091127385

Yes on Prog Archives: http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=105

Yes on ProgGnosis: http://www.proggnosis.com/ARTIST_Detail.aspx?AID=320

Yes on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yesofficial


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Listening Profiles / Re: Obi´s playlist
« on: February 20, 2016, 03:16:28 PM »
Watching & Listening RPWL´s The RPWL Live Experience.

One of or the best prog band Germany has to offer recently.


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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: http://www.hackettsongs.com/

Steve Hackett on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stevehackettofficial/?ref=mf

Steve Hackett on Prog Archives: http://www.proggnosis.com/ARTIST_Detail.aspx?AID=134

Steve Hackett on ProgGnosis: http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=782

Steve Hackett on Wilipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Hackett


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Mandalaband (UK) / Re: Mandalaband - Biography
« on: February 19, 2016, 06:23:57 AM »
David Rohl left music in the 1980s to pursue his interest in Egyptology, but in 2009 he re-appeared in the music scene with a brand new Mandalaband album called BC – Ancestors

The Mandalaband consisted of a bunch of new memebers, but also some members from the 70´s project, like for instance Woolly Wolstenholme (BJH).
BC – Ancestors was a concept album, focussing on the pre-Christian era of ancient Egypt, Israel and Mesopotamia.



A year later a second album appeared called AD Sangreal. The concept of this album takes us to the first one thousand years of early Christianity as its theme – specifically the legend of the Holy Grail or Sangreal. Unfortunately Woolly Wolstenholme (keyboards and vocals) died during the last stages of recording AD - Sangreal.



Check http://legendrecords.co.uk/news/ for more details on both albums.

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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: http://mandalaband.co.uk/home/

Mandalaband on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mandalaband

Mandalaband on MySpace: https://myspace.com/mandalaband3

Mandalaband on Prog Archives: http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=904

Mandalaband on ProgGnosis: http://www.proggnosis.com/ARTIST_Detail.aspx?AID=405

Mandalaband on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandalaband


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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:

http://www.progarchives.com/Progressive_rock_discography_CD.asp?cd_id=4920

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:

http://www.progarchives.com/Progressive_rock_discography_CD.asp?cd_id=4921

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

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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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vStLVtXNYxc.

Also see http://www.magnus-music.com/n'monix.htm

Some details on this Nick Magnus release:

Tracklist:
 
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)

Line-up:

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


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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.

Quote:

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.

Regards,

Obiwan


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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:

CD1
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

CD2
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

CD3
1. Firth of Fifth
2. Los Endos

DVD1
Full live show in 5.1 Surround Sound

DVD2
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.

Regards,

Obiwan


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Arena (UK) / Arena - The Unquiet Sky (2015)
« on: February 18, 2016, 07:58:52 PM »
On april 27th 2015, Arena released their 8th studio album called The Unquiet Sky

Line-up:

Clive Nolan - Keyboards
Mick Pointer - Drums
John Mitchell - Guitars
Kylan Amos - Bass
Paul Manzi - Vocals

Tracklist:

1-The Demon Strikes
2-How Did it Come to This?
3-The Bishop of Lufford
4-Oblivious to the Night
5-No Chance Encounter
6-Markings on a Parchment
7-The Unquiet Sky
8What Happened Before
9-Time Runs Out
10-Returning the Curse
11-Unexpected Dawn
12-Traveller Beware

See http://www.arenaband.co.uk/ for more.


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Steven Wilson (UK) / Steven Wilson - Hand Cannot Erase (2015)
« on: February 18, 2016, 07:56:08 PM »
Steven Wilson album called "Hand Cannot Erase", was released on March 3rd, 2015.

Tracklist:
1. First Regret (2:01)
2. 3 Years Older (10:18)
3. Hand Cannot Erase (4:13)
4. Perfect Life (4:43)
5. Routine (8:58)
6. Home Invasion (6:24)
7. Regret #9 (5:00)
8. Transience (2:43)
9. Ancestral (13:30)
10. Happy Returns (6:00)
11. Ascendant Here On... (1:54)

Line-up:

Steven Wilson - vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass guitar
Guthrie Govan - lead guitar
Nick Beggs - bass guitar
Marco Minnemann - drums
Adam Holzman - keyboards
Theo Travis - saxophone, flute

Check http://stevenwilsonhq.com/ for more.


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