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Archive for September 2009

Rush: Fly By Night

September 30, 2009

When I was younger (much), this was considered a great album in my circle of friends. I didn’t argue. As years went by, it came out less frequently. There was a point when it had been dormant for years. In the more recent past, my collection has been in a state of reconstruction (the reasons […]

Cracker: Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey

September 28, 2009

This is a review by request, but it’s not unfamiliar territory. Back in the early ‘90s, WXRT in Chicago had Cracker songs in steady rotation. Because “Low” and “Get Off This” were especially appealing, I purchased  “Kerosene Hat.” As much as I enjoyed the tracks I heard on the radio, my CD never got played […]

Edhels

September 27, 2009

Edhels is led by multi-instrumentalist Marc Ceccotti (but most praised for his acoustic guitar work), and was co-founded by guitarist Jean-Louis Suzzoni in the early 1980’s. They met at the Monaco Academy of Music, and soon added percussionist, and keyboard player, Noel Damon. For the first album, 1981’s “The Bursting,” violinist Sandrine Brisson, keyboardist Philippe […]

Tom Jones: The Tom Jones Fever Zone

September 17, 2009

Tom Jones, Tom Jones, Tom Jones! There is a lot I could say, especially considering the length of his career. But because this album is from the tail end of his popularity in the ’60s, I shall focus on that. By this time Mr. Jones already had a string of hits. He didn’t write them, […]

Egoband

September 17, 2009

Even though they started out on Musea, Egoband, from Pisa, is another Mellow Records Italian obscurity. What does that mean? It means it’s hard to find band information. But there is enough to paint a picture. The first album’s lineup consisted of Alessandro Accordino on vocals and keyboards,
Fabio Cioni on drums,
Massimo Fava on guitars, and […]

Circle: Foreign Skies

September 15, 2009

CIRCLE is a difficult band to evaluate. In the first place, their albums were pressed in limited numbers, and were never released on CD. Once the music itself is found, then comes the task of deciphering what is going on here. If I hadn’t had the chance to converse with Volker Stern, there would have […]

Circle: Twist of Events

September 15, 2009

The battle for musical direction continues on “Twist of Events,” and leads to the band’s demise. Is it pop, or is it prog? Where prog was the dominant force on “Foreign Skies,” pop seems to be winning on this one. There is no overall theme, and there is no epic. There are moments where there […]

The Beartles: With the Beatles

September 13, 2009

Now with the second time out, we are really on to something. This album was where the Beatles’ signature sound was defined. They don’t sound remotely like anyone else on any of the tracks. There are still several covers, but they have been given the complete Beatle treatment. There is an energy, and excitement that […]

Tabula Rasa

September 12, 2009

From Kangsala, Finland, Tabula Rasa was founded in 1972 by guitarist Heikki Silvennoinen, drummer Asko Pakkanen, and bass player Tapio Suominen. During the band’s run, Mikko Alatalo played the Peter Sinfield role as contributing lyricist, and unofficial member. They are considered one of the top Finish prog bands, but tend be overlooked when put alongside […]

Circle

September 11, 2009

This was a tough one. Circle was listed on Prog Archives with one album to tis credit, and no other information. I searched, and searched, but turned up nothing. I couldn’t even find the album for sale. As fortune would have it, I somehow located a email address that seemed likely to be for one […]