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Archive for October 2009

Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

October 23, 2009

Much like Yes’ “Tales from Topographic Oceans,”  “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” stirs up a certain amount of controversy. It is a big, grandiose concept album, that some will say is pretentious and too long. Honestly, I don’t think anyone could approach progressive rock in the 70s without a certain amount of pretense. These […]

First+Aid: Nostradamus

October 23, 2009

I don’t know if it was planned, or if it is just a coincidence, but “Nostradamus” has the appearance of being a big farewell to grandiose ’70s prog. Being that it was released in 1977 (the golden age of punk), and it is First+Aid’s only release, leads me to believe this. The classic prog bands […]


October 10, 2009

I originally wrote a bio for Izz on Prog Archives, but I was never very happy with it. I thought I’d try again because this band deserves it. Izz, from New York, originates with the Galgano brothers. Tom (keyboards, vocals) and John (bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals) grew up listening to music together, so it was […]

Traffic: John Barleycorn Must Die

October 9, 2009

My first Traffic album was “The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys.” It became an instant favorite, and I couldn’t imagine this band doing any better. Years later I heard “John Barleycorn Must Die,” and realized that they had indeed topped my old love. “John Barleycorn Must Die” was not even supposed to be a […]


October 7, 2009

Jadis was formed by guitarist / vocalist Gary Chandler, and drummer Stephen Christey in the late 1980s. They quickly achieved notoriety by opening for IQ, and then Marillion on the “Clutching at Straws” tour. Steve Rothery was impressed enough to produce some demo tapes, which became very popular. As often happens during a band’s beginnings, […]

Bob Skon: 2nd Time Around

October 2, 2009

Right up front, I need to say that Bob is a very good friend of mine. So, it might be implied that I am biased. That is only true to the extent that I wanted to like his music when I first heard it. However, I take a lot of pride in the integrity of […]

Blind Ego

October 2, 2009

Blind Ego is the “solo” side project of RPWL guitarist Karlheinz “Kalle” Wallner. Wallner states that the Ego part of the name is derived from his desire to make music from a very personal space. He says that Blind comes from his total commitment to this solo work. The band assembled for this project is […]