Spock’s Beard: X

Artist / Title: Spocks’ Beard: X Month Reviewed: October 2010 Format: CD 10th studio album from this US band (I wonder how they came up with the album title?!) and quite possibly their best. Having said that, it took a good few spins to come to that conclusion. Featuring 5 …

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Ben Folds: Songs for Silverman

Artist / Title: Ben Folds: Songs for Silverman Month Reviewed: May 2005 Format: CD Buy: As will be obvious by now, I am a huge Ben Folds fan and the man returns with his first new album since the classic Rockin’ the Suburbs. First listen to this CD is not …

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Ben Folds: Rockin the Suburbs

Artist / Title: Ben Folds: Rockin the Suburbs Month Reviewed: January 2002 Format: CD Buy: Apparently, Mr Folds has disbanded his three piece band ‘Ben Folds Five’ and gone solo! This is his first such release and is one of the best albums I have ever heard in any style …

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After Crying: Show

Artist / Title: After Crying: Show Month Reviewed: August 2003 Format: CD Buy: After Crying are a Hungarian band mixing progressive rock with jazz and orchestral themes. In fact, they are the best band I have ever heard at seamlessly combining these elements without sounding clumsy or forced. Show is …

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Dream Theater: Octavarium

Artist / Title: Dream Theater: Octavarium Month Reviewed: August 2005 Format: CD Buy: I will begin by saying that I think this is the bands best album to date! Yep, even better than Scenes From a Memory and Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence. Whether you like it heavy, complex, melodic, …

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Les Holroyd: Revolution Days

Artist / Title: Les Holroyd: Revolution Days Month Reviewed: May 2002 Format: CD Buy: This is, of course, billed as BJH featuring Les Holroyd! Regardless, this is still a solo effort from Les, accompanied by BJH drummer Mel Pritchard. Now, Les always wrote the more poppy/contemporary sounding numbers in the …

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Dream Theater: Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence

Artist / Title: Dream Theater: Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Month Reviewed: February 2002 Format: CD Buy: So, just how do you follow the classic that is ‘Scenes From A Memory’? Well, it looks like you follow it up with a double CD! Yep, that’s right. A double. DT’s new …

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Kalevala: a Finnish Progressive Rock Epic

Artist / Title: Kalevala: a Finnish Progressive Rock Epic Month Reviewed: September 2003 Format: CD Buy: Famous among Progressive rock fans worldwide for being probably the classiest (and most complete) publication in this style, the Finnish magazine Colossus had the great idea to ask thirty (Yes, thirty !) bands of …

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Pendragon: Believe

Artist / Title: Pendragon: Believe Month Reviewed: September 2005 Format: CD Buy: This is an interesting album, as it sounds exactly like you would expect a Pendragon album to sound like, yet it also sounds nothing like a Pendragon album! Altogether, this is a good thing, as the band have …

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Uriah Heep: The Magicians Birthday

Artist / Title: Uriah Heep: The Magicians Birthday Month Reviewed: June 2002 Format: CD Buy: Yet another Uriah Heep live album!? Well, this one is a little different in that it re-unites the band with former stars Ken Hensley and John Lawton. And what a show the boys put on! …

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Francis Dunnery: Man

Artist / Title: Francis Dunnery: Man Month Reviewed: March 2002 Format: CD Buy: Apparently, this album will only be available via the Internet, but don’t let that stop you from buying it! Having dropped the band format of his last album – the totally brilliant ‘Let’s Go Do What Happens’ …

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Spock’s Beard: Feel Euphoria

Artist / Title: Spock’s Beard: Feel Euphoria Month Reviewed: October 2003 Format: CD Buy: As many of you reading this will know, SB parted company, or the other way round, with main songwriter and vocalist Neal Morse. Enter stage left the drummer! And what a great job he makes of …

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Opeth: Ghost Reveries

Artist / Title: Opeth: Ghost Reveries Month Reviewed: November 2005 Format: CD Buy: Giddy Up!!!! Buy this CD – it’s incredible. Really, no kidding, this is a must buy album.

Quidam: the Time Beneath the Sky

Artist / Title: Quidam: the Time Beneath the Sky Month Reviewed: July 2002 Format: CD Buy: Quidam release their latest album (their 3rd studio work) and it features 10 tracks, among which is a cover of Led Zeppelin‘s ‘No Quarter’. Apart from that track, all the others are sung in …

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Porcupine Tree: Stars Die

Artist / Title: Porcupine Tree: Stars Die Month Reviewed: April 2002 Format: CD Buy: Stars Die is a double CD of the bands best work for the Delirium Records label in the period 1991-1997. It comes in a nice box with a rather excellent 36 page booklet packed with interviews, …

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Kayak: Merlin – Bard of the Unseen

Artist / Title: Kayak: Merlin – Bard of the Unseen Month Reviewed: February 2004 Format: DVD Buy: This double concert DVD took some finding, but it sure was worth it! This set features the full concert version of the bands last studio album, 45 minutes of greatest hits and a …

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Deep Purple: Rapure of the Deep

Artist / Title: Deep Purple: Rapure of the Deep Month Reviewed: December 2005 Format: CD Buy: I bought this album in its limited edition variant (tin plus extra track!) and I am so glad I did. This album is one of the bands best; it positively burst with wit, great …

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