Archive for July, 2009

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum – Of Natural History (2004) U.S.A.

Posted in RIO/Avant Prog with tags on July 29, 2009 by MarkProg

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Sleepytime Gorilla Museum – Of Natural History

Genre: RIO/Avant-Prog
Country : U.S.A.

Studio Album, released in 2004

Track Listings

1. A Hymn to the Morning Star (5:40)
2. The Donkey-Headed Adversary of Humanity Opens the Discussion (6:01)
3. Phthisis (3:44)
4. Bring Back the Apocalypse (4:10)
5. FC: The Freedom Club (10:48)
6. Gunday’s Child (6:56)
7. The 17-Year Cicada (3:41)
8. The Creature (6:00)
9. What Shall We Do Without Us? (2:38)
10. Babydoctor (13:59)
11. Cockroach (2:12)
12. Bonus-/Hiddentrack (5:56)

Total Time: 71:45

Line-up/Musicians

– Nils Frykdahl / guitars, flute, voice
Matthias Bossi / drums, glockenspiel, xylophone, voice
– Dan Rathbun / bass, log, roach, trombone, lute, voice
– Moe! Staiano / metal, wood, bowed spatula, glockenspiel, spring, paper
– Carla Kihlstedt / violins, percussion guitar, autoharp, organ, voice
– Frank Grau / drums, melodica

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Anthony Phillips – Wildlife (2008) U.K.

Posted in Symphonic Prog with tags on July 28, 2009 by MarkProg

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Anthony PHILLIPS was one of the original founding members of GENESIS featuring Peter GABRIEL, Tony BANKS, and Michael RUTHERFORD. Following “Trespass”, GENESIS’ second album, PHILLIPS left (purportedly due to stage fright) and was replaced by Steve HACKETT. Nothing was heard again from Anthony until 1977, when he favored us with his first solo, “The Geese and the Ghost”, although PHILLIPS wasn’t the first member of the band to release a solo album (that honor goes to Steve HACKETT, by releasing “Voyage of the Acolyte”, in 1975).

Anthony Phillips – Wildlife

Symphonic Prog • United Kingdom

Released: 21st December 2007 (Japan), 21st April 2008 (UK)

A collaboration between Ant and Joji Hirota

Produced by Anthony Phillips and Joji Hirota

Graphic design by GRDD

Cover photography by Dirk Smorgasbord

Initially released in Japan by Disk Union on the Arcangelo label

Released in other territories by Voiceprint Records

Track Listing

1. Creatures of the Magic Water – Opening Theme (0:59)

2. Green Hell (0:30)

3. Jaguar and the Terrapin (0:49)

4. Flooded Forest (1:59)

5. Hidden Shadow (1:03)

6. River God (1:35)

7. Secrets of the Amazon (1:37)

8. Killing Grounds (1:31)

9. River Dolphins (1:09)

10. Faces in the Forest (0:44)

11. Final Journey (1:40)

12. Onza – Eater of Souls (1:46)

13. Relentless Sun – in Half-Drowned Lands (1:49)

14. Serengeti Jigsaw – Opening Theme (1:20)

15. Massacre of the Termites (1:20)

16. Web of the Spider Monkey – Opening Theme (2:32)

17. Island of Stone (2:37)

18. Fireflies (1:12)

19. Courting Chameleons (1:34)

20. Rock Spires, Crocodile Caves (1:21)

21. Dusty Track (0:43)

22. Fathomless Caverns (2:15)

23. Storm Breaks (1:35)

24. Morning Call (0:47)

25. Autumn Dusk (0:52)

26. Bears of Kamchatka – Opening Theme (0:56)

27. In the Tundra (0:43)

28. Across the Frozen Wastes (3:12)

29. Nighthunt (0:54)

30. Cubs (1:35)

31. Mother of the Moon (1:59)

32. Jurassic Shark – Opening Theme (1:41)

33. Ray’s Song (1:28)

34. Voyage of the Whale Shark (2:33)

35. Megalodon (0:58)

36. The Only Good Shark is a Dead One (0:50)

37. Back Through Time – Under The Ocean (2:10)

38. Jurassic Shark – Closing Theme (0:38)

39. Midway: Island of Life – Opening Theme (2:09)

40. Dolphins at Play (1:57)

41. Dolphins, Seals & Rays (1:34)

42. Mysteries of the Wreck (1:37)

43. Sunset Flight (1:14)

44. Fight to the Death (2:14)

45. From the Jaws of Death – Touching the Face of God (3:08)

The release of the album in Japan was in a limited edition mini-vinyl sleeve

Credits

Anthony Phillips: Keyboards, Guitars

Joji Hirota: Assorted Percussion & Flutes, Recorder, Shakuhaci

Martin Robertson: Soprano Saxophone on tracks 12 & 13

Laura Melluish: Violin on track 43

Planet X – Quantum (2007) U.S.A.

Posted in Jazz Rock Fusion with tags on July 23, 2009 by MarkProg

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Keyboardist Derek Sherinian, guitarist Tony MacAlpine, drummer Virgil Donati and guest musicians beat you in the face with high intensity chops. They recorded the album “Planet X”, that would later give its name to his future band. PLANET X is a Traditional Hard Rock Band – with influences that range from the 60’s and 70’s, to the 90’s, from classic rock artists such as BOSTON, UFO and DEEP PURPLE.

They perform a truly original music, their own blend of the meeting of heavy-metal, progressive rock and jazz-rock. “Moonbabies” (2002) includes the exceptional participation of bassist Billy SHEEHAN (WHITESNAKE). If you are a fan of chops records this will satisfy.

Jazz Rock/Fusion • United States


Studio Album, released in 2007

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Alien Hip-Hop (7:09)
2. Desert Girl (6:02)
3. Matrix Gate (4:07)
4. The Thinking Stone (4:10)
5. Space Foam (4:44)
6. Poland (5:21)
7. Snuff (4:55)
8. Kingdom Of Dreams (6:46)
9. Quantum Factor (7:09)

Total Time: 50:33
Line-up / Musicians

– Derek Sherinian / keyboards
– Virgil Donati / drums

Guests:

– Brett Garsed / guitar
– Allan Holdsworth / guitar (2), guitar solo (4)
– Jimmy Johnson / bass
– Rufus Philpot / bass (5,9)
– Virgil Donati / orchestration (1)

La Tulipe Noir – Faded Leaves (2002) Greece

Posted in Neo - Progressive with tags on July 22, 2009 by MarkProg

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Neo-Prog • Greece

Studio Album, released in 2002

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Silence (7:29)
2. Castle On The Sand (8:27)
3. Winter In Your Heart (8:19)
4. Lost Souls Ballad (5:39)
5. Carnival In Venice (7:49)
6. A Beggar’s Tale (4:15)
7. Le Fond Du Ciel (8:13)
8. Wanderer (9:05)
9. A Memory Picture (5:42)

Total Time: 64:58
Line-up / Musicians

– Ima / vocals
– Alix / keyboards
– S Kontakis / guitars
– Y Barkoulas / guitars
– Hyde / bass
– Nick Kassavetis / drums

Guest star:

– Kostas Savvides / guitar

Zu – Carboniferous (2009) Italy

Posted in RIO/Avant Prog with tags on July 16, 2009 by MarkProg

carboniferous

RIO/Avant-Prog • Italy

Studio Album, released in 2009

Track Listings

1. Ostia (4:55)
2. Chthonian (6:48)
3. Carbon (4:24)
4. Beata Viscera (3:57)
5. Erinys (3:43)
6. Soulympics (5:05)
7. Axion (5:21)
8. Mimosa Hostilis (4:09)
9. Obsidian (6:29)
10. Orc (5:20)

Total Time 50:11

Line-up/Musicians

– Jacopo Battaglia / drums
– Massimo Pupillo /bass
– Luca T. Mai / saxophone

Amon Duul II – Lemmingmania (1975) Germany

Posted in Krautrock with tags on July 16, 2009 by MarkProg

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AMON DÜÜL II was born of an artistic and political community called AMON DÜÜL (which recorded during the late sixties a long live session made around collective and free musical improvisations). The band emerged from the underground German rock scene with a very original and eccentric album called “Phallus Dei” (1969). The musicians who participated to this delirious and psychedelic experience were (among others) Peter Leopold (ex AMON DÜÜL), the front woman and singer Renate Knaup, John Weinzierl on the guitars… with guests as Holger Trützsch who plays tribal percussions (original member of Popol Vuh). Then almost with the same musicians the band recorded the seminal “Yeti” (1970). An album in a similar vein than the previous but more accomplished (with a few structured songs and numerous pieces of epic improvisations). “Yeti” will launch AMON DÜÜL II career outside Germany. The same year the bass guitarist Dave Anderson leaves the band to join HAWKWIND.

“Tanz Der Lemminge” which follows directly “Yeti” is an impressive work with a great diversity of powerful, emotional songs with some folk accents next to long free space jamming. Recorded in 1972, “Carnival in Babylon” announces a slight new musical direction taken by the band. This album is dominated by shorter songs with the omnipresent and beautiful Renate Knaup’s vocals. A more conventional work with a few memorable prog-folk ballads. The classical period of the band will end with “Wolf City” (1972) and “Viva La Trance” (1973). After the departure of Renate Knaup who joins Popol Vuh in 1974 and the release of a few albums, AMON DÜÜL II split up. In 1981, with the album “Vortex” Chris Karrer tried without success to reform the band.

Amon Duul II – Lemmingmania

Krautrock • Germany

Boxset/Compilation, released in 1975

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Archangel’s thunderbird (3:30)
2. Light (3:48)
3. Between the eyes (2:24)
4. Green bubble raincoated man (5:04)
5. Tables are turned (3:34)
6. Rattlesnakeplumcake (3:16)
7. All the years round (4:07)
8. Jail-house frog (4:54)
9. Soap shop rock (3:41)
10. Lemmingmania (3:00)

Total Time: 37:18

Line-up / Musicians

– Dave Anderson / bass (1-9)
– D. Secundus Fichelscher / drums
– Karl-Heinz Hausmann / keyboards & electronics (5-7)
– Chris Karrer / acoustic & electric guitars, violin, Soprano sax, vocals
– Renate Knaup-Krötenschwanz / vocals
– Peter Leopold / drums, synthesizers (4)
– Lothar Meid / bass, vocals
– Falk U. Rogner / organ, synthesizers
– Shrat / bongos, vocals (1-9)
– John Weinzierl / acoustic & electric guitars, vocals

+ Jimmy Jackson / piano, choir organ (4-8)
– Olaf Kübler / backing vocals (8)
– Rolf Zacher / backing vocals (8)

Gryphon – Red Queen to Gryphon Three (1974) U.K.

Posted in Prog Folk with tags on July 15, 2009 by MarkProg

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Genre: Prog Folk
Origin: United Kingdom

Studio Album, released in 1974

Track Listings

Side 1

1. Opening Move (9:42)
2. Second Spasm (8:15)
Side 2
3. Lament (10:45)
4. Checkmate (9:50)

Total Time: 38:32

Line-up/Musicians

– Richard Harvey / keyboards, recorders, Krumhörn
– Brian Gulland / bassoon, Krumhörns
– David Oberlé / drums, percussion, & tymps
– Graeme Taylor / guitars
– Philip Nestor / bass guitar
– Ernest Hart / organ
– Peter Redding / acoustic bass