Friday, September 18, 2009

The Dear Hunter - Act III: Life and Death (2009)

Act III: Life and Death is the second full-length studio album by American rock band The Dear Hunter, released on June 23, 2009. According to lead vocalist Casey Crescenzo, it is the third part of a six-act story, following the original in 2006, Act I: The Lake South, the River North, and 2007's Act II: The Meaning of, and All Things Regarding Ms. Leading. The album was produced by Crescenzo and Andy Wildrick in the band's own studio in Providence, Rhode Island, with a number of musicians making guest appearances. - Wikipedia

Casey Crescenzo - Vocals, Piano, Guitar
Andy Wildrick - Guitar
Erick Serna - Guitars
Nick Crescenzo - Drums
Nate Patterson - Bass
Mike Watts - Mixing

1. Writing on a Wall (1:38)
2. In Cauda Venenum (5:29)
3. What It Means to be Alone (4:49)
4. The Tank (4:39)
5. The Poison Woman (4:51)
6. The Thief (5:01)
7. Mustard Gas (4:13)
8. Saved (4:41)
9. He Said He Had a Story (3:39)
10. This Beautiful Life (4:05)
11. Go Get Your Gun (3:15)
12. Son (2:16)
13. Father (3:25)
14. Life and Death (5:45)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Mars Volta - De-Loused in the Comatorium (2003)

De-Loused in the Comatorium is the debut studio album by progressive rock band The Mars Volta, released on June 24, 2003 on Gold Standard Laboratories and Universal Records. Based on a short storywritten by lead singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala and sound manipulation artist Jeremy Michael Ward, the album is an hour-long tale of Cerpin Taxt, a man who tries to kill himself by overdosing on a mixture of morphine and rat poison. The attempt lands him in a week-long coma during which he experiences visions of humanity and his own psyche. Upon waking, he is dissatisfied with the real world and jumps to his death. The story of Cerpin Taxt is based on the death of El Paso, Texas artist - and Bixler-Zavala's friend - Julio Venegas. The music contained in De-Loused is distinguished by its enigmatic lyrics, jazz rhythms, odd time signatures, and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez's frenetic guitar riffs, which are often harshly dissonant. The title of this album is taken from the lyrics of the song "Eunuch Provocateur" on the band's previous release, Tremulant. The cover artwork is by Storm Thorgerson. - Wikipedia

Cedric Bixler-Zavala – Vocals
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez – Guitar
Jon Theodore – Drums
Jeremy Michael Ward – Dound Manipulation
Isaiah Ikey Owens – Keyboards
Flea – Bass

1. Son et Lumiere (1:35)
2. Inertiatic ESP (4:24)
3. Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of) (7:31)
4. Tira Me a las Arañas (1:28)
5. Drunkship of Lanterns (7:05)
6. Eriatarka (6:20)
7. Cicatriz ESP (12:28)
8. This Apparatus Must Be Unearthed (4:57)
9. Televators (6:19)
10. Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt (8:42)
11. Ambuletz (7:03)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Uriah Heep - The Magician's Birthday (1972)

The Magician's Birthday is the fifth album released by British rock band Uriah Heep. The original vinyl release was a gatefold sleeve, the front of which was designed by Roger Dean. The inner of the gatefold had pictures of the band and the LP itself was housed in a liner which had the lyrics printed on it. - Wikipedia

David Byron - Vocals
Ken Hensley - Keyboards, Guitars, Moog Synthesizer
Mick Box - Guitar
Gary Thain - Bass Guitar
Lee Kerslake - Drums, Percussion, Kazoo

1. Sunrise (4:04)
2. Spider Woman (2:25)
3. Blind Eye (3:33)
4. Echoes in the Dark (4:48)
5. Rain (3:59)
6. Sweet Lorraine (4:13)
7. Tales (4:09)
8. The Magician's Birthday (10:19)

Hawkwind - Quark, Strangeness and Charm (1977)

Quark, Strangeness And Charm is a 1977 studio album by Hawkwind. It reached #30 on the UK album charts. This is Hawkwind's seventh studio album, hence "The Hawkwind Part 7" title on the inner sleeve. It is the band's first album without co-founding member Nik Turner, and drummer Alan Powell had also departed. In addition, Adrian "Ade" Shaw from Magic Muscle replaced Paul Rudolph during the recording session. Robert Calvert starts to dominate proceedings with his science fiction inspired lyrics, whereas the music is lighter and more commercial than previous offerings. - Wikipedia

Robert Calvert - Vocals, Percussion
Dave Brock - Guitar, Synthesisers
Simon House - Keyboards, Violin, Vocals
Adrian Shaw - Bass Guitar, Vocals
Simon King - Drums, Percussion

1. Spirit of the Age (7:19)
2. Damnation Alley (9:08)
3. Fable of a Failed Race (3:18)
4. Quark Strangeness and Charm (3:41)
5. Hassan I Sahba (5:22)
6. The Forge of Vulcan (3:05)
7. Days of the Underground (3:10)
8. Iron Dream (1:49)

Amon Düül II - Phallus Dei (1969)

Phallus Dei was the first album by German band Amon Düül II. The album was the result of the Amon Düül commune in Munich splitting, perhaps due to some members of the original Amon Düül's musical ineptitude. The album is a cornerstone of German psychedelic music because of its layered guitars, abstract percussion, and chant-like vocals. It is heavily cited (alongside Can's Monster Movie) as the original Krautrock album. - Wikipedia

Peter Leopold - Drums, Percussion, Piano
Shrat - Bongos, Violin, Vocals
Renate - Vocals, Tambourine
John Weinzierl - Bass, Guitar
Chris Karrer - Violin, Guitar, Sax, Vocals
Falk Rogner - Organ, Synth
Dave Anderson - Bass
Dieter Serfas - Drums, Electric Cymbals

1. Kanaan (4:02)
2. Dem Guten, Schönen, Wahren (6:12)
3. Luzifer's Ghilom (8:34)
4. Henriette Krötenschwanz (2:03)
5. Phallus Dei (20:48)

Van der Graaf Geneator - The Quiet Zone / The Pleasure Dome (1977)

The Quiet Zone / The Pleasure Dome, released in 1977, was Van der Graaf Generator's last studio album before their 2005 reunion. The album features a more energetic, new wave sound than its three immediate predecessors, anticipating singer and songwriter Peter Hammill's late '70s solo work. For this album, original bassist Nic Potter returned to the band, having left in 1970. Violinist Graham Smith, from String Driven Thing, also joined the line-up. Saxophonist David Jackson and organist Hugh Banton had left, modifying the band's sound considerably. Officially, the band's name was shortened to just "Van der Graaf" for this album and the live album Vital that followed, but contemporaneous Charisma Records promotional materials used both the full and shortened name. - Wikipedia

Nic Potter - Bass Guitar
Guy Evans - Drums, Percussion
Peter Hammill - Voice, Piano, Guitars
Graham Smith - Violin
David Jackson - Saxophone

1. Lizard Play (4:29)
2. The Habit of the Broken Heart (4:40)
3. The Siren Song (6:05)
4. Last Frame (6:15)
5. The Wave (3:15)
6. Cat's Eye / Yellow Fever (Running) (5:21)
7. The Sphinx in the Face (5:59)
8. Chemical World (6:12)
9. The Sphinx Returns (1:18)

King Crimson - Larks' Tongues in Aspic (1973)

Larks' Tongues in Aspic is a 1973 album by the British progressive rock group King Crimson. This album is the debut of King Crimson's third incarnation, and features original member and guitarist Robert Fripp and new members John Wetton (vocals, bass), David Cross (violin, mellotron), Jamie Muir (percussion), and Bill Bruford (drums), as well as lyricist Richar Palmer-James. The album sees the band incorporate into its sound violin and also various exotic percussion instruments, including sheet metal and mbiras. The title was invented by percussionist Jamie Muir and is meant to signify what he heard in this album's music: something fragile and delicate (larks' tongues) encased in something corrosive and acidic (aspic).he album opens with a long experimental instrumental piece titled "Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part One." After that there are three vocal pieces, "Book of Saturday", "Exiles" and "Easy Money." These are followed by two more instrumentals, "The Talking Drum" and "Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part Two." The instrumental pieces on this album have strong jazz fusion influences, and portions have an almost heavy metal feel. - Wikipedia

Robert Fripp - Guitar, Mellotron, Electric Piano
John Wetton - Bass, Lead Vocals, Acoustic Piano
Bill Bruford - Drums
David Cross - Violin, Viola, Mellotron, Flute, Electric Piano
Jamie Muir - Percussion

1. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I) (13:36)
2. Book of Saturday (2:49)
3. Exiles (7:40)
4. Easy Money (7:54)
5. The Talking Drum (7:26)
6. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II) (7:12)

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Trout Mask Replica (1969)

Trout Mask Replica is the third studio album by Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, released in June, 1969. The album was produced by Frank Zappa, a friend and former schoolmate of Beefheart, and was originally released on Zappa's own Straight Records imprint. Combining blues, psychedelic rock, avant-garde, free jazz and other disparate genres of American music, Trout Mask Replica is regarded as an important work of experimental music and a major influence in alternative rock, post-punk, noise rock, and grunge. - Wikipedia 
Don Van Vliet - Vocals, Saxophones, Bass Clarinet
Bill Harkleroad - Glass Finger Guitar, Flute
Jeff Cotton - Steel Appendage Guitar, Vocals
Victor Hayden - Bass Clarinet, Additional Vocals
Mark Boston - Bass Guitar
John French - Drums, Percussion

1. Frownland (1:41)
2. The Dust Blows Forward 'n the Dust Blows Back (1:53)
3. Dachau Blues (2:21)
4. Ella Guru (2:26)
5. Hair Pie: Bake I (4:58)
6. Moonlight on Vermont (3:59)
7. Pachuco Cadaver (4:40)
8. Bills Corpse (1:48)
9. Sweet Sweet Bulbs (2:21)
10. Neon Meate Dream of a Octafish (2:25)
11. China Pig (4:02)
12. My Human Gets Me Blues (2:46)
13. Dali's Car (1:26)
14. Hair Pie: Bake II (2:23)
15. Pena (2:33)
16. Well (2:07)
17. When Big Joan Sets Up (5:18)
18. Fallin' Ditch (2:08)
19. Sugar 'n Spikes (2:30)
20. Ant Man Bee (3:57)
21. Orange Claw Hammer (3:34)
22. Wild Life (3:09)
23. She's Too Much for My Mirror (1:40)
24. Hobo Chang Ba (2:02)
25. The Blimp (Mousetrapreplica) (2:04)
26. Steal Softly thru Snow (2:18)
27. Old Fart at Play (1:51)
28. Veteran's Day Poppy (4:31)

Ash Ra Tempel - Schwingungen (1972)

Schwingungen is the second album by the Krautrock band Ash Ra Tempel. It was released in 1972 on Ohr Records. It has been re-released three times, most recently in 2004 on Arcangelo Records. - Wikipedia

Manuel Göttsching - Guitar, Organ, Electronics
Hartmut Enke - Guitar, Bass, Electronics
Wolfgang Mueller - Drums, Vibes

1. Light: Look at Your Sun (6:34)
2. Darkness: Flowers Must Die (12:22)
3. Suche & Liebe (19:23)

Captain Beyond - Dawn Explosion (1977)

Dawn Explosion, the third and final album by Captain Beyond, was released in 1977, and featured former members of Iron Butterfly. Original singer Rod Evans was replaced by Willy Daffern. - Wikipedia

Rhino - Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Slide Guitar
Bobby Caldwell - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Lee Dorman - Bass Guitar, String Ensemble, Vocals
Willy Daffern - Lead Vocals

1. Do or Die (3:38)
2. Icarus (4:17)
3. Sweet Dreams (5:29)
4. Fantasy (6:02)
5. Breath of Fire (6:19)
6. If You Please (4:13)
7. Midnight Memories (3:59)
8. Oblivion (4:00)

Marillion - Script for a Jester's Tear (1983)

Script for a Jester's Tear is the first album by the progressive rock band Marillion. Released in 1983, it included songs like "Forgotten Sons" and the title track, regarded by some as modern classics. The single released before this album was "Market Square Heroes" with the double B-sides, "Three Boats Down from the Candy" and the 19 minute epic "Grendel". (That version of "Grendel" is not the same version as the one on the second CD on the 2 CD version of this album.) "He Knows You Know" and "Garden Party" were also released as singles, and became Top 40 hits in the UK. This is the only Marillion LP to feature Mick Pointer, founding and current drummer for Arena. There was supposed to be a rubber plant featured on the album's cover, per Fish's request; however, Mark Wilkinson who air-brushed this and several other albums for Marillion, forgot to include it. - Wikipedia

Fish - Vocals
Steve Rothery - Guitars
Mark Kelly - Keyboards
Pete Trewavas - Bass
Mick Pointer - Drums

1. Script for a Jester's Tear (8:42)
2. He Knows You Know (5:23)
3. The Web (8:52)
4. Garden Party (7:19)
5. Chelsea Monday (8:17)
6. Forgotten Sons (8:23)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Chris Squire - Fish Out of Water (1975)

Fish Out of Water is the title of progressive rock musician Chris Squire's first solo album. It was released in 1975 during a break between duties for his band Yes. Bill Bruford, Patrick Moraz, and other members of Yes in its various incarnations contribute to the record, while Squire employs his signature bass skills as well as performance of all guitars and vocals. The album is in the same vein as the Yes album of the previous year, Relayer, though the sound is more fleshed out with the help of a full orchestra and the jazz context of "Lucky Seven". Squire's staple thematic oratorios appear on this album. First, "Fish" appears in the title (being "...Out of Water" referring to being out of the usual Yes oeuvre); second, the number seven, manifested as the seven-minute, 7/8 time signature piece "Lucky Seven". Musically, a melodic passage from Yes' song "Close to the Edge" re-appears in the finale of "Safe". - Wikipedia

Chris Squire - Bass, Vocals, Twelve String Guitar
Bill Bruford - Drums, Percussion
Patrick Moraz - Synthesizer, Organ, Keyboards
Barry Rose - Pipe Organ
Andrew Jackman - Piano, Conductor, Orchestration
Mel Collins - Saxophone

1. Hold Out Your Hand (4:13)
2. You By My Side (5:00)
3. Silently Falling (11:27)
4. Lucky Seven (6:54)
5. Safe (Canon Song) (14:56)

Le Orme - Felona e Sorona (1973)

Felona e Sorona is an album by the Italian progressive rock band Le Orme. It was released in 1973. Usually ranked amongst the finest albums of 1970s progressive rock, it is a concept album pivoting on the story of two planets which revolve one around the other, without ever coming in contact. While Felona is shiny and flourishing, Sorona is dark and home to plagues and catastrophes: however, in the second part of the suite, the fate of the two planets is inverted. Apart from two acoustic interludes, the music is mainly keyboard- and synth-driven, producing gloomy and spacey effects, especially in the opening "Sospesi nell'incredibile" and in the famous instrumental ending piece, "Ritorno al nulla" ("Return to Naught"). A version with English lyrics by Van der Graaf Generator's Peter Hammill was issued in 1974. The English title is Felona and Sorona. Hammill now dissociates himself from this project. - Wikipedia

Toni Pagliuca - Keyboards
Aldo Tagliapietra - Voice, Bass, Guitars
Michi Dei Rossi - Drums, Percussions

1. Sospesi nell'incredibile ("In between") (8:43)
2. Felona (1:58)
3. La solitudine di chi protegge il mondo ("The maker") (1:57)
4. L'equilibrio ("Web of Time") (3:47)
5. Sorona (2:28)
6. Attesa inerte ("The Plan") (3:25)
7. Ritratto di un mattino ("The Balance") (3:29)
8. All'infuori del tempo ("Return to Naught") (4:08)
9. Ritorno al nulla (3:34)

King Crimson - In the Wake of Poseidon (1970)

In the Wake of Poseidon is the second album by the progressive rock group King Crimson. By the time this album was released, the band had already undergone their first change in lineup, however they still maintained much of the style of their first album, In the Court of the Crimson King. Also like their first album, the mood of this album often changes from serene to chaotic. The album opens with a poetic vocal piece called "Peace – A Beginning", which is reprised instrumentally in the middle of the album and vocally again at the end. The longest track on the album is a chaotic instrumental piece called "The Devil’s Triangle", which was built around quotations from Gustav Holst's "Mars: Bringer of War" from his The Planets Suite. King Crimson would have called the piece Mars, as they had performed it on tour in the 1969 lineup, but were forbidden by the composer's legal estate. - Wikipedia

Robert Fripp - Guitars, Mellotron
Greg Lake - Vocals
Michael Giles - Drums
Peter Giles - Bass
Keith Tippett - Piano
Mel Collins - Saxophones, Flute

1. Peace - A Beginning (0:49)
2. Pictures of a City (8:03)
3. Cadence and Cascade (4:27)
4. In the Wake of Poseidon (7:56)
5. Peace - A Theme (1:15)
6. Cat Food (4:54)
7. The Devil's Triangle (11:39),
8. Peace - An End (1:53)

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Peter Hammill - The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage (1974)

The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage is the third album by British singer-songwriter Peter Hammill. It was released on Charisma Records in 1974, during a hiatus in the activities of Hammill's progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator. However, like many of Hammill's "solo" albums of this period, all the members of Van der Graaf Generator perform on the recording, blurring the distinction between solo and group work. Hammill has often performed the song "Modern" in concert. "The Lie (Bernini's Saint Theresa)" partly alludes to the Ecstasy of St Theresa by Bernini. "Red Shift" features Spirit guitarist Randy California on lead guitar. The lengthy "A Louse is not a Home" is a full blown prog rock epic, featuring melodramatic lyrics reminiscent of gothic horror writer Edgar Allan Poe's short story The Fall of the House of Usher, upon which Hammill would later base an opera. - Wikipedia

Peter Hammill - Guitars, Piano, Bass Guitar, Harmonium, Keyboards, Vocals, Mellotron
Randy California - Lead Guitar
Hugh Banton - Organ, Bass, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Guy Evans - Percussion, Drums
David Jackson - Flute, Saxophone

1. Modern (7:28)
2. Wilhelmina (5:17)
3. The Lie (Bernini's Saint Theresa) (5:40)
4. Forsaken Gardens (6:15)
5. Red Shift (8:11)
6. Rubicon (4:11)
7. A Louse Is Not a Home (12:13)

Yes - Fragile (1972)

Fragile is the fourth album by the British progressive rock band Yes, released on Atlanti Records, catalogue 7211. It was the band's first album with keyboardist Rick Wakeman after the departure of Tony Kaye, and the first to feature cover art by Roger Dean, his work emblematic of both the band and progressive rock as a whole. Its best known track, "Roundabout," was released in the United States in an edited version as a single. Rick Wakeman contributed to the writing of "South Side of the Sky" and "Heart of the Sunrise" by adding piano interludes to both songs, but wasn't credited due to contractual conflicts. "Cans and Brahms" is an arrangement by Wakeman of the third movement from the Fourth Symphony in E minor by Johannes Brahms, his utilization of synthesizers adapted to classical works in vogue at the time, evidenced in efforts by Wend Carlos and Isao Tomita. "We Have Heaven" is by Jon Anderson in which he sings all the vocal parts, a technique later used on his solo album Olias of Sunhillow. Bill Bruford's "Five Per Cent for Nothing" derives its instrumental passages from the rhythm line, while "The Fish" and "Mood for a Day" serve almost entirely as bass and guitar solo pieces for Chris Squire and Steve Howe, respectively. - Wikipedia

Jon Anderson - Vocals
Steve Howe - Electric Guitar, Steel-string Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals
Rick Wakeman - Hammond Organ, Piano, Mellotron, Moog Synthesizer
Chris Squire - Bass, Backing Vocals
Bill Bruford - Drums, Percussion

1. Roundabout (8:30)
2. Cans and Brahms (1:38)
3. We Have Heaven (1:40)
4. South Side of the Sky (8:02)
5. Five Per Cent for Nothing (0:35)
6. Long Distance Runaround (3:30)
7. The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) (2:39)
8. Mood for a Day (3:00)
9. Heart of the Sunrise (11:27)

Camel - Mirage (1974)

Mirage is Camel's second album, released in 1974. Their self-titled debut Camel came before this one in 1973, and The Snow Goose came after it in 1975. Mirage is one of the group's most remembered albums. It features their best-known song, "Lady Fantasy", and is also a showplace for Andrew Latimer's flute, notably on "Supertwister". There are only 5 tracks on this record, two over 9 minutes. Those two are multi-part epics: "Lady Fantasy" and "Nimrodel/The Procession/The White Rider", the latter being about The Lord of the Rings. - Wikipedia

Andrew Latimer - Guitar, Flute, Vocals
Peter Bardens - Keyboards
Doug Ferguson - Bass, Vocals
Andy Ward - Drums

1. Freefall (5:53)
2. Supertwister (3:22)
3. Nimrodel / The Procession / The White Rider (9:17)
4. Earthrise (6:40)
5. Lady Fantasy (12:45)

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Eloy - Power and the Passion (1975)

Power and the Passion represents something of a transition phase for Eloy, the 'missing link' between earlier heavy hammond-and-guitar driven power-progressive and the ethereal space rock that typified succeeding albums. It is their first concept-album, and it showed that the band went in a more polished and symphonic direction. The album tells the story of Jamie, son of a mad scientist, who accidentally swallows a 'tardis' drug that sends him back in time to 1358 in Paris where he meets and falls in love with a girl called Jeanne, gets embroiled in a peasant uprising, is imprisoned and finally finds his way back to the 20thC to ponder his sense of loss for Jeanne and how little the world has changed in 600 years. The point of Bornemann's story is that humans have made great strides forwards in technology, but little in the way of relationships and humanity: the focus may have shifted, but the world remains full of greed, suppression and exploitation. The story is told in a literal and simplistic manner, barely touching the philosophical aspects. Neither is there any attempt at illustration in musical terms. The music is more symphonic than their earlier albums and the keyboard-arsenal has been broadened considerably and featured now mellotron, piano, organ and various synths. -Progarchives

Frank Bornemann - Vocals, Guitar
Luitjen Janssen - Bass
Fritz Randow - Drums
Detlef Schwaar - Guitar
Manfred Wieczorke - Keyboards, Mellotron

1. Introduction (1:11)
2. Journey into 1358 (2:54)
3. Love Over Six Centuries (10:09)
4. Mutiny (9:08)
5. Imprisonment (3:13)
6. Daylight (2:38)
7. Thoughts of Home (1:05)
8. The Zany Magician (2:48)
9. Back into the Present (3:02)
10. The Bells of Notre Dame (6:21)

Jane - Together (1972)

This debut album from this German band has very passionate and sincere music on it. The influences of blues and organ driven harder rock are treated in a psychedelic manner, and the result should please the fans of krautrock. My favorite tracks are the slow, bluesy opener and the very impressionistic song "Spain". Also the surrealistic covers of this album are very pretty, and I have seen two quite similar versions of it. I have understood, that the other albums by this band should be approached with a caution, as they do not share the style of this. - Progarchives

Klaus Hess - Lead Guitar
Charly Maucher - Bass, Vocals
Werner Nadolny - Organ, Flute
Peter Panka - Drums, Percussion
Bernd Pulst - Vocals

1. Daytime (8:05)
2. Wind (4:52)
3. Try to find (5:24)
4. Spain (11:53)
5. Together (3:43)
6. Hangman (9:58)

Grobschnitt - Solar Music Live (1978)

"Do you hear solar music?" is the musical question being asked here and if this Grobschnitt live album doesn't space you right out, it's time to call up NASA and rent a space shuttle.Of all the live albums in my personal collection I would have to rank Grobschnitt's "Solar Music - Live" as one of the all time classics. I have adored this album for years and was happy to hear that Eroc of the band had re-mastered the original recording adding an extra 13 mins void off of the earlier CD pressings. "Solar Music - Live" rests on its own as yet another one of Grobschnitt's greatest moments and is a fantastic voyage into the heart of the sun. The concert essentially runs as 1 long piece of music offering great guitar, bass and keyboard interplay. Although "Solar Music" does appear on the studio album "Ballermann" it is live where we get to hear the theatrics and the pure energy Grobschnitt were able to muster up. Keyboard work is highly atmospheric and paves a great path for the magical electrical guitar work present on this album. - Progarchives

Stefan Danielak - Guitar, Vocals
Joachim H. Ehrig - Synthesizer, Drums, Vocals
Wolfgang Jäger - Bass
Volker Kahrs - Keyboards, Vocals
Gerd Kühn - Guitar, Vocals

1. Solar Music (4:38)
2. Food Sicore (3:52)
3. Solar Music II (6:03)
4. Mühlheim Special (10:43)
5. Otto Pankrock (6:26)
6. Golden Mist (10:56)
7. Solar Music III (12:26)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Uriah Heep - Demons and Wizards (1972)

Demons and Wizards is the fourth album released by British rock band Uriah Heep. The original vinyl release was a gatefold sleeve, the front of which was designed by Roger Dean and contains a hidden erotic image of male and female genetalia. The inner of the gatefold had pictures of the band and notes by Ken Hensley, whilst the LP itself was housed in a liner on which were printed the lyrics. - Wikipedia

David Byron - Vocals
Ken Hensley - Acoustic, Electric and Slide Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Percussion
Mick Box - Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Gary Thain - Bass Guitar
Lee Kerslake - Drums, Percussion, Vocals

1. The Wizard (2:59)
2. Traveller in Time (3:25)
3. Easy Livin' (2:37)
4. Poet's Justice (4:15)
5. Circle of Hands (6:25)
6. Rainbow Demon (4:25)
7. All My Life (2:44)
8. Paradise (5:11)
9. The Spell (7:21)

Rush - Rush (1974)

Rush is the eponymous debut studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1974 and remastered in 1997. Rush's first release shows much of the heavy metal sound typical of many of the popular rock bands emerging from Britain earlier in the decade. Rush was a fan of such bands as Led Zeppelin and Cream and these influences can be heard in most of the songs on this debut. Original Rush drummer John Rutsey performed all drum parts on the album, but was unable to go on extended tours due to diabetes and left the band after the album was released. Rutsey wrote some lyrics for the debut, but never submitted them to the band and some new lyrics had to be thrown together. He was soon replaced by Neil Peart. - Wikipedia

Geddy Lee - Lead Vocals, Bass
Alex Lifeson - Guitars, Vocals
John Rutsey - Drums, Vocals

1. Finding My Way (5:05)
2. Need Some Love (2:18)
3. Take a Friend (4:24)
4. Here Again (7:37)
5. What You're Doing (4:22)
6. In the Mood (3:33)
7. Before and After (5:34)
8. Working Man (7:11)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Yes - Close to the Edge (1972)

Close to the Edge is the fifth album by British progressive rock band Yes. The spiritual influences introduced by Jon Anderson, which later formed the basis of Tales from Topographic Oceans, are already evident in the music and lyrics of all three tracks on Close to the Edge. Renewal and repetition are other main themes; the title track starts and finishes with the same sound effects of running water and birds, and in "Siberian Khatru" there is the repetition of two-syllable words and phrases. According to the group's fans, the title track is inspired by Hermann Hesse's book Siddhartha. This interpretation, which can cast the cryptic and mysterious lyrics in a new light, reads the song as tracking the awakening of Hesse's character "close to the edge" of a river (and, symbolically, of the serial lifetimes of his soul), where he experiences a spiritual awakening. - Wikipedia

Jon Anderson - Vocals
Chris Squire - Bass, Vocals
Steve Howe - Guitars, Vocals
Rick Wakeman - Keyboards
Bill Bruford - Drums, Percussion

1. Close to the Edge (18:48)
2. And You and I (10:08)
3. Siberian Khatru (8:55)

Rush - A Farewell to Kings (1977)

A Farewell to Kings is the fifth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1977. Geddy Lee played his bass lines on acoustic bass while writing them and also came up with guitar lines. The birds heard on "A Farewell to Kings" & "Xanadu" were recorded outside near Rockfield Studios. The name of the album itself may be derivative of Ernest Hemingway's classic novel A Farewell to Arms. It often deals lyrically with the theme of departure, and through departure, a sort of ascension to a state of better being; this can be said to echo the evolution of society from the days of medieval feudalism and autocratic monarchy, hence "a farewell to kings". - Wikipedia

Geddy Lee - Bass Guitar, 12 String Guitar, Mini-Moog, Vocals
Alex Lifeson - Electric, Acoustic and Classical Guitars
Neil Peart - Drums

1. A Farewell to Kings (5:51)
2. Xanadu (11:08)
3. Closer to the Heart (2:53)
4. Cinderella Man (4:21)
5. Madrigal (2:35)
6. Cygnus X-1 (10:25)

Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. II: Scenes from a Memory (1999)

Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory is the fifth studio album by American progressive metal band Dream Theater, released in 1999. It is a concept album that deals with the story of a man named Nicholas and the discovery of his past life, which involves love, murder, and infidelity as Victoria Page. It was recorded at BearTracks Studios in New York, where the band had previously recorded their second album Images and Words and the EP A Change Of Seasons. The album is the sequel to "Metropolis Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper", a song previously featured on Images and Words. Critical and commercial reaction to the album was extremely favorable, as many fans and critics alike view the album as the band's magnum opus. It was also the first album to feature Jordan Rudess on keyboards, and the last album (as yet) for which John Myung has written lyrics for a song. - Wikipedia

James LaBrie - Lead Vocals
John Myung - Bass Guitar
John Petrucci - Guitars, Backing Vocals
Mike Portnoy - Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals
Jordan Rudess - Keyboards

1. Scene One: Regression (2:06)
2. Scene Two: Overture 1928 (3:37)
3. Scene Two: Strange Deja Vu (5:12)
4. Scene Three: Through My Words (1:02)
5. Scene Three: Part II. Fatal Tragedy (6:49)
6. Scene Four: Beyond This Life (11:22)
7. Scene Five: Through Her Eyes (5:29)
8. Scene Six: Home (12:53)
9. Scene Seven: The Dance of Eternity (6:13)
10. Scene Seven: Part II. One Last Time (3:46)
11. Scene Eight: The Spirit Carries On (6:38)
12. Scene Nine: Finally Free (11:59)

Jethro Tull - Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! (1976)

Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! is a concept album released by British band Jethro Tull. This is the first Tull album to feature John Glascock on bass. The idea for the album was to originally be a rock musical, similar to what the Kinks had been doing. It would follow an aging and retired rock star named Ray Lomas as he wins money on a decadent quiz show, but finds that society has changed so much that with no one left like him anymore, he has no way of enjoying his money the way he did in the 1950s. He then decides to commit suicide via motorcycle crash but fails and lands himself in a hospital coma for an undetermined amount of time. When he awakes he discovers society has changed again, and his style of dress and music are now popular again. In, addition, the cosmetic surgery he is treated with after disfiguring his face in the crash makes him look twenty years younger. He has become an overnight sensation with the young kids who now try to dress and act like him.
However, much of this story is only explained in a cartoon strip included with the album. The actual score of the album does not follow the strip exactly, leaving out details or, in some cases, changing the plot. - Wikipedia

Ian Anderson - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Harmonica
Martin Barre - Electric Guitar
John Evan - Pianos
Barriemore Barlow - Drums, Percussion
John Glascock - Bass Guitar, Vocals

1. Quizz Kid (5:09)
2. Crazed Institution (4:48)
3. Salamander (2:51)
4. Taxi Grab (3:54)
5. From a Dead Beat to an Old Greaser (4:09)
6. Bad-Eyed 'n' Loveless (2:12)
7. Big Dipper (3:35)
8. Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die (5:44)
9. Pied Piper (4:32)
10. The Chequered Flag (Dead or Alive) (5:32)

Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick (1972)

Thick as a Brick is a concept album and song by the British rock band Jethro Tull. This was their first album featuring new drummer Barriemore Barlow. Its lyrics are built around a poem written by a fictitious boy, "Gerald Bostock" a.k.a. "Little Milton" (Ian Anderson himself). The album featured only one song, lasting over 43 minutes. The epic is notable for its numerous time signature and tempo changes (not uncommon to the newly emerging progressive rock subgenre of rock), as well as a large number of themes throughout the piece, resembling a typical classical symphony in this regard, rather than a typical rock song. Released in 1972, Thick as a Brick was Tull's first true prog rock offering, four years after the release of their first album. Not only was the musical structure complex, but many instruments uncommon in rock music were added. Whereas in prior numbers the band were content with guitars, drums, piano, Hammond organ, and Ian Anderson's signature flute, Thick as a Brick additionally included harpsichord, xylophone, violin, lute, trumpet, and a string section. - Wikipedia

Ian Anderson - Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Violin, Trumpet
Martin Barre - Electric Guitar, Lute
John Evan - Piano, Organ, Harpsichord
Jeffrey Hammond - Bass Guitar, Vocals
Barriemore Barlow - Drums, Percussion
David Palmer - Brass

1. Thick as a Brick (22:40)
2.Thick as a Brick (Part II) (21:10)

Monday, May 4, 2009

Captan, obvio - Whachu Min (2008)

Conceived halfway between a basement and an empty swimming pool in Caracas, Venezuela during the summer of 2008, Captan, obvio is a free-form rock n roll band deeply grained in improvisation and psychodelia. Having met some six months prior, the three members passion for discovering new music and experimenting with their instruments fused into what was to be the base for the bands sound. The band consists of Pericles (Bass, programming), Mario Anzola (Guitar, programming) and Alejandro Delgado (Guitar, whiskey). The debut album Wachu Min was recorded in a single day as one session, unrehearsed and completely improvised (true to the bands form and spirit).As of 2009, Captan, Obvio is proud to have Rino as their new drummer and our artist Pelota joining in on the trumpet.

Alejandro Delgado - Guitar
Pericles Snatches - Bass
Mario Anzola - Guitar
Rino - Drummer

1. Bajaron de todos lados. Ju sed guat??? / Guelcome tu dis guorld.
2. Revolution of de tortels (a las puertas del imperio)
3. Caligueva!
4. Black cat blus
5. Uno que les duela
6. Espeis reis estartop
7. De lo anterior salió algo / All the meat you...ll ever need

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Syd Barrett - The Madcap Laughs (1970)

The Madcap Laughs is Syd Barrett's first solo album after being replaced in Pink Floyd by his old school friend David Gilmour. The title of the album comes from a line in the song Octopus. After leaving the group, Barrett began recording sessions with former Pink Floyd-turned-Syd Barrett manager Peter Jenner in May 1968. Although the sessions were brief, and they produced some fine material, the project was abandoned for almost a year while Barrett spent much of the year as a recluse. In April 1969, Malcolm Jones took over the project and Barrett began working on newer material, while reworking the 1968 recordings. Session musicians, namely, members of The Soft Machine, as well as Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley were also called in to augment Barrett's songs. It is still a mystery why Jones abandoned production responsibilities, at the end of May, so soon after having assumed them. Jones' recollections of the sessions are that he and Barrett got on well together and had in fact completed half of the album before the new producers took over. Roger Waters and David Gilmour were in the process of completing Pink Floyd's ambitious Ummagumma album when they got involved with The Madcap Laughs that July and helped Barrett finish his album, "in a two-day sprint" according to Rick Sanders author of Pink Floyd (Futura Publications, 1976). - Wikipedia

Syd Barrett - Guitar, Vocals
David Gilmour - Bass, Guitar
Roger Waters - Bass
Hugh Hopper - Bass
Mike Ratledge - Keyboards
Jerry Shirley - Drums
John Wilson - Drums
Robert Wyatt - Drums

1. Terrapin (5:04)
2. No Good Trying (3:27)
3. Love You (2:29)
4. No Man's Land (3:03)
5. Dark Globe (2:02)
6. Here I Go (3:13)
7. Octopus (3:48)
8. Golden Hair (2:00)
9. Long Gone (2:50)
10. She Took a Long Cold Look (2:06)
11. Feel (2:36)
12. If It's in You (1:57)
13. Late Night (3:12)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Van der Graaf Generator - The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other (1970)

The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other is the second album by the British progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator. It was released in 1970. The album was reissued in remastered form, with two bonus tracks, in 2005. While this is the second album in the Van der Graaf Generator catalogue, it is really the first proper album by the band. Their previous album, The Aerosol Grey Machine had been written and recorded as a solo record by singer and main songwriter Peter Hammill. When the band was signed to Charisma Records, a deal was worked out whereby the earlier album would be released under the Van der Graaf Generator name, in return for Mercury Records releasing him from his earlier contract with them. The album credited Hugh Banton with writing the cello parts, but he was not given an actual songwriting credit. The title is taken from artist John Minton: "We're all awash in a sea of blood, and the least we can do is wave to each other." - Wikipedia

Peter Hammill - Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocals, Piano
Hugh Banton - Organ, Piano, Backing Vocals
Nic Potter - Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar
Guy Evans - Drums, Percussion
David Jackson - Tenor and Alto Sax, Flute

1. Darkness (11/11) (7:28)
2. Refugees (6:23)
3. White Hammer (8:15)
4. Whatever Would Robert Have Said? (6:07)
5. Out of My Book (4:08)
6. After the Flood (11:29)

King Crimson - Lizard (1970)

Lizard is the third album by the British band King Crimson, released in 1970. It was the second recorded by a transitional line-up of the group that never had the opportunity to perform live, following In the Wake of Poseidon. This would be the first (and only) album to feature bassist / vocalist Gordon Haskell and drummer Andy McCulloch as official members of the band. Lizard is arguably King Crimson's most jazz-inflected album, developing further in the direction suggested by the track "Cat Food" on In the Wake of Poseidon (also released as a single). King Crimson lyricist Peter Sinfield's contributions to Lizard include some of his most imaginative and evocative work. - Wikipedia

Robert Fripp - Guitar, Mellotron, Electric Keyboards
Gordon Haskell - Bass Guitar, Vocals
Mel Collins - Saxophone, Flute
Andy McCulloch - Drums
Peter Sinfield - Words, Pictures

1. Cirkus (6:27)
2. Indoor Games (5:37)
3. Happy Family (4:22)
4. Lady of the Dancing Water (2:47)
5. Lizard (23:15)

Friday, May 1, 2009

The Mars Volta - Amputechture (2006)

Amputechture is the third full length studio album by The Mars Volta released on September 12, 2006. Although most of Amputechture was newly recorded, the band also incorporated older material into some of the album's tracks. "Viscera Eyes" evolved from a song originally written by Omar while in At the Drive-In. "Day of the Baphomets" uses lyrics and melody from "A Plague Upon Your Hissing", an un-released song that was recorded for De-Loused in the Comatorium. - Wikipedia

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - Producer, Lead Guitar
Cedric Bixler-Zavala - Vocals
Jon Theodore - Drums
Isaiah "Ikey" Owens - Keyboards
Juan Alderete - Bass
Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez - Percussion
Paul Hinojos - Sound Manipulation
Adrián Terrazas-González - Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
John Frusciante - Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar

1. Vicarious Atonement (7:20)
2. Tetragrammaton (16:42)
3. Vermicide (4:16)
4. Meccamputechture (11:03)
5. Asilos Magdalena (6:34)
6. Viscera Eyes (9:23)
7. Day of the Baphomets (11:57)
8. El Ciervo Vulnerado (8:50)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Marillion - Misplaced Childhood (1985)

Misplaced Childhood is the third studio album of the progressive rock band Marillion. It was released in 1985 and has been their most commercially successful album, reaching number one in the UK album charts in June 1985. Misplaced Childhood was the band's first full concept album, consisting of two contiguous pieces of music on the two sides of the vinyl. In live concerts previewing the album Fish had originally claimed (seriously or as a teaser) that there would only be two tracks, Side One and Side Two, but this idea was evidently dropped. During the Misplaced Childhood tour Fish did announce after playing various tracks culled from the first two albums "Now there is time for one more track and the name of the track is Misplaced Childhood" and the band then performed the entire album in sequence. - Wikipedia

Fish - Vocals
Steve Rothery - Guitars
Mark Kelly - Keyboards
Pete Trewavas - Bass
Ian Mosley - Drums 

1. Pseudo Silk Kimono (2:14)
2. Kayleigh (4:03)
3. Lavender (2:25)
4. Bitter Suite (7:56)
5. Heart of Lothian (4:02)
6. Waterhole (Expresso Bongo) (2:13)
7. Lords of the Backstage (1:52)
8. Blind Curve (9:29)
9. Childhood's End? (4:33)
10. White Feather (2:25)

Can - Future Days (1973)

Future Days is a 1973 album by the rock music group Can. This is the last album to feature Japanese vocalist Damo Suzuki. On Future Days, the band employs more of an ambient sound than on their previous efforts, especially on the title track and the twenty-minute "Bel Air". - Wikipedia

Holger Czukay - Bass
Michael Karoli - Guitar, Violin
Jaki Liebezeit - Drums
Irmin Schmidt - Keyboards, Synthesizers
Damo Suzuki - Vocals, Percussion

1. Future Days (9:30)
2. Spray (8:29)
3. Moonshake (3:04)
4. Bel Air (19:52)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Eloy - Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes (1979)

Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes has a very good balance between hard rock and progressive rock. It is among the best progressive albums made in 1979, which, we must admit, were rare during this year. On side I, there are intense hard rock organ parts. The keyboards are modern, but they do not really sound as modern as on the "Planets" album: the omnipresent floating organ in the background creates here a vintage atmosphere. The overall atmosphere is rather cold. The electric guitar is very loud in the foreground, quite clean without major pedal effects, and there are many excellent guitar solos played. The rhythm is rather slow. Some very good male & female backing vocals retain the attention. The keyboards oriented last part of "Apocalypse" sounds like Tangerine Dream around 1980. The side II is better: it is more catchy and progressive: the electric guitars sounds seem more varied and the keyboards really sound more modern. The modern Eloy has made some almost New Age relaxing songs a la Kitaro: the "De Labore Solis" song is definitely a good one. The electric guitar on "Mighty echoes" is definitely more razor, and there are also some good simple rhythmic piano notes. - Progarchives

Frank Bornemann - Guitars, Vocals
Klaus-Peter Matziol - Bass, Pedals, Chorus
Jürgen Rosenthal - Drums, Percussion
Detlev Schmidtchen - Keyboards, Chorus
Brigitte Witt - Vocals

1. Astral Entrance (3:03)
2. Master of Sensation (6:00)
3. The Apocalypse (14:54)
4. Pilot to Paradise (7:01)
5. De Labore Solis (5:12)
6. Mighty Echoes (7:16)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Rick Wakeman - Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1974)

Journey to the Centre of the Earth is Rick Wakeman's second solo album, released in 1974. It is loosely based on Jules Verne's novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth. It was recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England on January 18, 1974. A big success, this album topped the charts of various countries and sold more than fourteen million copies. It is said that Wakeman had to sell many of his belongings and mortgage his house to record it. He couldn't cut it in the studio because of the restricted budget. It was originally written to be longer, but certain parts had to be cut and overdubbed since the orchestra was expensive and Wakeman couldn't afford to re-record those parts. This album is available in its original recording, a live DVD recording at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne, Australia in 1975, and a later orchestra-free/lyric free studio version is available on the 1994 "Greatest Hits" album. This was the first Wakeman album with vocals. - Wikipedia

Rick Wakeman - Synthesizers
Gary Pickford-Hopkins - Vocals
Ashley Holt - Vocals
David Hemmings - Narrations
Mike Egan - Guitar
Roger Newell - Bass Guitar
Barney James - Drums
London Symphony Orchestra

1. The Journey / Recollection (21:10)
2. The Battle / The Forest (18:57)

Tony Levin - Pieces Of The Sun (2002)

Pieces of the Sun is Tony Levin's third solo record. It is an often jazzy, progressive rock, instrumental record. It features the Tony Levin Band, which includes Levin on bass guitars, stick and cello, Jerry Marotta on drums, Larry Fast playing synthesisers and Jesse Gress on guitars. The California Guitar Trio accompanies the quartet on the opening track, "Apollo." In addition to his percussion duties, Marotta plays acoustic guitar, Omnichord and saxophone on the record. The only vocal performances are a spoken word on "Tequila" and the called "dog one," "dog two" and "dog three!" on "Dog One," which is a new recording of an unreleased Peter Gabriel composition, which Levin, Marotta and Fast had played on." - Wikipedia

Tony Levin - Bass Guitars, Electric Upright Bass, Stick, Cello
Larry Fast - Synthesizer
Jesse Gress - Guitars
Jerry Marotta - Drums, Percussion, Acoustic Guitar, Saxophone
Bert Lams - Acoustic Guitar
Hideyo Moriya - Acoustic Guitar
Paul Richards - Acoustic Guitar

1. Apollo (6:49)
2. Geronimo (3:11)
3. Aquafin (5:13)
4. Dog One (5:15)
5. Tequila (5:20)
6. Pieces of the Sun (7:20)
7. Phobos (7:08)
8. Ooze (4:16)
9. Blue Nude Reclining (3:08)
10. The Fifth Man (5:47)
11. Ever the Sun Will Rise (9:08)
12. Silhouette (4:37)

Genesis - Trespass (1970)

Trespass is the second studio album by Genesis and was recorded and released in 1970. The only album with drummer John Mayhew and the last with guitarist Anthony Phillips, Trespass had a folk-flavoured progressive rock sound that was a marked departure from their earlier work, and foreshadowed the path the band would follow through the 1970s. The compositions were generally much longer and complex than before, featuring several different musical sections. The sound evokes a kind of 'pastoral English idyll' espoused by numerous progressive rock bands of the time. To this end, much use is made of multi-tracked 12-string acoustic guitars, blended with folky vocal harmonies, flute, acoustic piano, and gentle keyboard pads on Hammond organ and mellotron. The drum playing is generally fairly soft, which actually complements the atmosphere, although the band was unhappy with John Mayhew's skills and replaced him with Phil Collins following Trespass' completion and Anthony Phillips' departure. Despite its generally muted, pastoral, folky feel, the album is not without dynamic moments. Peter Gabriel's vocals are soulful and angst-ridden throughout, particularly at the climax of "Stagnation", which also includes a prominent Hammond organ solo from Tony Banks. Closing track "The Knife" is aggressive and bombastic, featuring some biting lyrics from Gabriel, with Mike Rutherford playing fuzz bass. - Wikipedia

Peter Gabriel – Vocals, Woodwind, Percussion
Anthony Phillips – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Mike Rutherford – Bass, Guitar, Backing Vocals
Tony Banks – Keyboards, Guitar, Backing Vocals
John Mayhew – Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals

1. Looking for Someone (7:06)
2. White Mountain (6:45)
3. Visions of Angels (6:51)
4. Stagnation (8:50)
5. Dusk (4:13)
6. The Knife (8:56)

Focus - Moving Waves (1971)

Moving Waves is the 1971 second album by the Dutch band Focus. It includes the hit "Hocus Pocus" which features yodelling and operatic falsetto from Thijs van Leer combined with Jan Akkerman's heavy metal guitar. Even though the sound was highly experimental, it became very successful peaking at #9 in the Dutch Top 40 and later becoming popular in the United States with a #9 position on the Billboard Hot 100 and a #20 position in the UK Singles Chart.The album also features "Eruption" − a 23 minute long adaptation of Jacopo Peri's opera Euridice, which tells the tale of Orpheus and Euridice. Moving Waves was one of the albums in the Isis/Eagle Rock Entertainment television documentary Classic Albums. - Wikipedia

Thijs van Leer – Hammond Organ, Synthesizer, Mellotron, Flutes, Accordion, Vocals
Jan Akkerman – Guitars, Bass Guitar, Percussion
Cyril Havermans – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Pierre van der Linden – Drums, Percussion

1. Hocus Pocus (6:42)
2. Le Clochard (2:01)
3. Janis (3:09)
4. Moving Waves (2:42)
5. Focus II (2:56)
6. Eruption (23:04)

Pink Floyd - A Saucerful of Secrets (1968)

A Saucerful of Secrets is the second album by rock band Pink Floyd, and marks the group's stylistic change from psychedelic to progressive rock. It was recorded at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, at various dates from August, 1967 to April, 1968. Due to Syd Barrett's declining mental state, this was to be the last Pink Floyd album that he would work on. Like The Piper at the Gates of Dawn before it, the album contains space rock and psychedelic rock songs. But unlike Piper, which was dominated by Syd Barrett's compositions, A Saucerful of Secrets contains only one original Barrett song - the painfully poignant "Jugband Blues". The song greatly contrasts with Barrett's work on Piper, which was entirely whimsical and child-like. Instead, "Jugband Blues" is a deeply introspective song, interpreted by some as Barrett's acknowledgment of his declining mental state. With Barrett seemingly detached from proceedings, it came down to Roger Waters and Richard Wright to provide adequate material. The opening "Let There Be More Light" penned by Waters, continues the space rock approach established by Barrett, with its mesmeric opening bass line reminiscent of the material found on Piper. Both "Remember a Day" and "See-Saw" use the child-like approach that was established on their debut. Wright remained critical of his early contributions to the band. "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" (another Waters composition) is a space rock number which was first performed with Barrett in 1967. The success of the track was such that it remained in their live set-list until 1973 where it appeared in a greatly extended form. Waters later performed the track during solo concerts from 1984 and later. Waters borrowed the lyrics from a book of Chinese Poetry from the Tang Dynasty, like Barrett had used in "Chapter 24". "Corporal Clegg" is the first song by Waters to address issues of war and his father's death, themes which would endure throughout his career with Pink Floyd and culminate in the 1983 album The Final Cut. "Corporal Clegg" also features Mason on backing vocals, marking the first official release in which makes use of Mason's vocals. "A Saucerful of Secrets" remains as one of the band's most experimental compositions, and is the first in which David Gilmour contributed to the writing. Like "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun", it became a regular live feature, and was eventually extended to around twenty minutes. - Wikipedia

Roger Waters - Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals
David Gilmour – Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals, Kazoo
Richard Wright – Piano, Organ, Mellotron, Vibraphone, Lead Vocals
Nick Mason – Drums, Percussion Syd Barrett – Rhythm Guitar, Vocals

1. Let There Be More Light (5:38)
2. Remember a Day (4:33)
3. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun (5:28)
4. Corporal Clegg (4:13)
5. A Saucerful of Secrets (11:52)
6. See-Saw (4:36)
7. Jugband Blues (3:00)

Captain Beyond - Captain Beyond (1972)

Captain Beyond, the first album by Captain Beyond, was released in 1972, and featured former members of Iron Butterfly, Deep Purple, Johnny Winter, and Rick Derringer. The album cover for the U.S. release included 3-D artwork (using lenticular printing). Even though there are 13 tracks, it really sounds as if there are only 5 with tracks 1-3, 6-8 & 9-13 segueing together. Tracks 4 & 5 are the only individual songs that don't segue into each other or from other songs. In which case "Dancing Madly Backwards" is 9:19, "Thousand Days of Yesterdays" is 8:21, and "I Can't Feel Nothing" is around 9:13. - Wikipedia

Rod Evans - Lead Vocals
Bobby Caldwell - Drums, Percussion, Piano, Backing Vocals
Lee Dorman - Bass, Piano, Backing Vocals
Larry Reinhardt - Acoustic, Electric & Slide Guitars

1. Dancing Madly Backwards (On a Sea of Air) (4:02)
2. Armworth (1:48)
3. Myopic Void (3:30)
4. Mesmerization Eclipse (3:48)
5. Raging River of Fear (3:51)
6. Thousand Days of Yesterday (Intro) (1:19)
7. Frozen Over (3:46)
8. Thousand Days of Yesterday (Time Since Come and Gone) (3:56)
9. I Can't Feel Nothing (3:06)
10. As the Moon Speaks (To the Waves of the Sea) (2:25)
11. Astral Lady (0:16)
12. As the Moon Speaks (Return) (2:13)
13. I Can't Feel Nothing (Part II) (1:13)

The Alan Parsons Project - Eye in the Sky (1982)

Eye in the Sky is a 1982 album by The Alan Parsons Project. Songs on this album are in a number of different styles, from cool and funky to lyrical and heavily orchestrated. The sleeve was green with an image of the Eye of Horus, which was gold-foil stamped for early pressings of the LP. Variously reported as the band's best-selling album, although others claim that Ammonia Avenue gets this honor. Vocal performers were Eric Woolfson, David Paton, Chris Rainbow, Lenny Zakatek, Elmer Gantry and Colin Blunstone. - Wikipedia

David Paton - Bass, Vocals
Stuart Elliott - Drums & Percussion
Ian Bairnson - Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Eric Woolfson - Keyboards, Vocals
Alan Parsons - Keyboards, Fairlight Programming
Mel Collins - Saxophone
Chris Rainbow - Vocals
Lenny Zakatek - Vocals
Elmer Gantry - Vocals
Colin Blunstone - Vocals

1. Sirius (1:48)
2. Eye in the Sky (4:33)
3. Children of the Moon (4:49)
4. Gemini (2:09)
5. Silence and I (7:17)
6. You're Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned (4:50)
7. Psychobabble (4:50)
8. Mammagamma (3:34)
9. Step by Step (3:52)
10. Old and Wise (4:52)