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Well, in both cases light, no make that very light versions of these styles. Poppy, accessible, slick. At times the music reminds a bit of Steely Dan which in itself is pretty positive. Very enjoyable music as a musical backdrop or for in your car. LP Trend CD CD British singer, bassist and guitarist - a legend of rock so to say, having been a member of seminal bands like King Crimson on their first album!
He was born 10 NovemberBournemouth, Dorset. Lake had a short solo career in the early s, which was rather melodic hard rock oriented than progressive rock. At first Lake went to Los Angeles where he worked with Toto, but most Staffan Scheja - Opus Europa-The Collection (CD the material from these sessions was rejected. Lake went back to England where he eventually came across ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore and the partnership with him worked very fine. The debut album presented a patchy collection of tracks recorded with different musicians including Moore, but also Steve Lukather, Jeff Porcaro and David Hungate.
Actually it was an unfinished Dylan piece that Greg was allowed to use and finish. With a proper band to back him Greg started working on the second solo LP where some members especially Moore were invited to contribute to the songwriting.
This one hurts a bit. Lake presents on his first solo LP is most of all mainstream hard rock with a few progressive but also funky sprinklers. Gary Moore shines on guitar, but both musically and lyrically the disc lacks substance.
One for in the car. Shame on them! Lakomy played also as a keyboardist in various other bands and projects. Tasteful and melodic! Nils does most of the instruments on his first album himself incorporating elements of jazz, electronica and postrock. The second album presented this new six man line-up mentioned above with guests Karolin Rosalie Broosch and Ingeborg Marie Mohn on violin. My wife found the CD depressing, but I love the great tension, variation and dynamics.
Recommended, especially if you like postrock. Fine music, but a bit too standard and mainstream for my taste. What I can say, however, is that I found the CD to be a very coherent compilation with a pleasant kind of electronic music - clearly influenced by the greats of the German school. Most tracks are rather melodic with slowly developing themes and motives, with a fairly upbeat and rhythmic feel to them. They got together indriven together in a desire to express their passion for music, counting among their inspirations both gothic rock like Christian Death and progressive rock in the line of Pink Floyd and King Crimson, as well as jazz, tango and cabaret music.
Apparently they released no less than seven tapes until Note: The line-up mentioned above is the version. French group fusing prog with ethnic elements sitar, ethnic flutes and the like. CD New Zealand multi-instrumentalist guitars, bass, tablas, sitar, flute, keys who makes psychedelic rock. His solo album brings music by Bach played on steel guitar. He also was the producer for acts like Kayak. Musicians involved included Lancaster and musical partner Robin Lumley synths, keys and clarinet plus Gary Moore.
The two were backed by drummer Barry Morgan and the English Chorale. Some brilliant pieces e. The music is very spacious, cosmic and celestial. To be honest, I would have liked things to be a bit more rock-oriented. Probably one of my favourite versions of this piece.
As a whole I find that the LP sounds very organic, keeping in mind that it is almost entirely done with electronic instruments. And it sounds very coherent. Strange this never got a follow-up. For the second album John Buzby changed the entire line-up. The musicianship is quite astonishing and they know to put variety in the songs.
There is a lot of high energy and rhythmic stuff on this disc with some cooking percussives and heavy riffing and fine jazzy keyboard work. The overall sound is pretty much in the jazz-rock and fusion mould with prog tendencies.
John is just not a good vocalist. His voice is rather thin and weak and the vocal-lines are more suited for Echolyn, on the aforementioned ballads he somehow reminds me a little like Seal lacking strength. They wanted to play old-style prog with reggae elements. The trio worked with several keyboard players and in March Matt Giblin flute joined.
In may of the same year they recorded a six track demo but then the band fell apart. Clink joined some space rock groups and the others did session work. Long pieces in which they present their long winded music - somwhere between old Marillion and slowly creeping Pink Floyd. By the musicians themselves would not call Lands End a band anymore but a project. The reason for calling them a project is that all musicians have not been together in the same room since February At least, it feels like a concept to me.
If there is a storyline, Gospeliana - Björn J:son Lindh didn t get it, but to be honest I haven t really worked myself into the lyrics, so I can t tell you what can be found there. A remarkable thing is that Land s End doesn t sound American at all. They have a typical British neo-prog sound.
I think it may sound negative if I say that they sound like many other Cyclops-bands. They do, but that s not necessarely a bad thing. What s more - there s a chance that you will find the CD too quiet, maybe even boring at first hearing. It surely takes some listening to get into the CD.
After you get used to this, things get better and you ll discover some very nice musical parts on "Terra Serranum" like "A castle, mother, nanny and a warm soft bed" cool title or the final track on which some rockier parts can be found as well. Also the contributions of Steve Anderson and Bruce Soord on guitar are impressive. But the musician who most of all colors the music is Fred Hunter.
His playing on several other Lands End albums already made me realize that this man is a very talented musician. The many synthesizer solos and Mellotron sounding keyboards move the music more and more into a direction which is known as neo progressive rock.
The result in a superb album. Probably the best work so far. This CD thus took me a bit by surprise and managed not too make me enthusiastic for that the music is waay too laidback and relaxed but at least it left me with a majorly positive impression.
The CD featured guest St. This version lacked the cover song, and had a different mix without sitar on the title track. When it was reissued a few years later through Record Heaven it presented a bonus track with Simon Steensland.
A new recording with drummer Jonas Lidholm appeared two years later, stylistically a bit modern. Both later appeared in Paatos. A great album, notably for Mellotron freaks those opening chords just give me shivers of pleasure! Highlights all around for retro proggers. I just have to stress again that the opening of the album Mellotron galore!
The songs that follow to have a slight alternative rock to them and regrettably do not follow the style of the fabulous debut like I hoped they would. Lande is a gifted rock singer, but the music lacks a bit of originality to me. Little surprises make that none at all with regard to repertoire sounds as expected and deliverance typical hard rock posing and performance.
Professionally done, alright, and probably mainly aimed at fans of the man and the style who get a satisfying product. But they were already playing together in different bands probably a year before that. They recorded three demos with singer Bob Daisly during that time. After looking for a singer for some time, they first recorded one track for the first SI Magazine compilation which was their recording debut with Rob LewisJones.
He is an actor who also sings. He is at moment also working for television. When we met him he found it strange to sing with a microphone. He was not used to that. He was not really happy singing with us. He did not feel fine with our style. Shortly after, they found an exceptional singer in Damian Wilson.
Inbetween, Landmarq had contributed a non-album track to the second SI compilation disc. But again the title track was not totally recorded when the album was ready for release.
Ian Gould, later found in Medicine Man was a member for some time and even performed with them on the second Planet Pul festival in Damian is a very busy man. It was always a problem to get everybody together. We all live very near each other but Damian was always very hard to get on rehearsals and concerts.
But that was not the main reason. When we came at the point of recording the new album, Damian had just released his first solo album. That was all right for us, but he simply had no time to work with us on the new album. We had to wait a very long time and there was also no time for playing live. Tracy was our first choice 8 years ago. When we made our first album she came with her first solo album. We thought that it would not be a good idea to let her sing in the band and at the same time have her own career.
When Damian left, Tracy was available. With Tracy, the band band finally found a stable line-up and came with new material, concerts and even with their own record label, Synergy Records.
On this label they did the first studio album with Tracy and some time later a live album, which suffered some serious delay through a production error until it finally appeared in late Due to time restrictions and personal reasons, the label was to be shortlived and inLandmarq completely turned to Cyclops, which label reissued their entire back catalogue as well as a new album. In lateSteve Leigh retired from the band, due to personal and family commitments, as well as some musical differences.
His place was taken by Spanish keyboardist Gonzalo Carrera, who used to be a member of Galadriel and Yes tribute band Fragile to name but a few of his many projects. The question is: how does Landmarq sound with her? Well, in the instrumental department little has changed. Now its time for a new era and the start is not too bad for neo proggies of course, the rest just go elsewhere.
The earth moved when I put it into my CD-player. All the recordings are wonderful done and the band plays in full strength. The band gives a great performance. Too bad that the CD has a time of only 58 minutes.
Why not another 15 or 20 minutes extra to give the CD its full length? But we have to be satisfied with what the band has given us.
On the CD are 4 songs which were originally sung by Damian Wilson. But then again they should have released a double album if they wanted fulfilled all my wishes, Staffan Scheja - Opus Europa-The Collection (CD.
In the end I can only be positive about this wonderful live document. It has not only perfect music, but they also had taken a lot of care on the layout. It has been released because it says to bare proof of Landmarq with Tracy Hitchings instead of Damian Wilson, being able to play music from the older albums as well.
Because the instrumentalists are in top form and the sound-quality is very good remastering by Karl Groomthis album, though rather short for a live one, is well worth while listening to. But I must confess that I always prefered Landmarq as a studio band. Neo proggies could do worse than buying this one, but I stick to the studio stuff. The second disc brings more pleasant neo prog in typical Landmarq style. Overall a really good album that will probably end up among the neo prog highlights of It sounds like a heavy folk song.
It s not my cup of tea and what bothers me most is that I don t understand what Mateusz is singing about; his English is rather weak, to put it mildly. The title track is probably one of the best songs on the album as it is rather diverse with an outstanding guitar solo. All in all you could say that this isn t a bad album, but I ve heard it all before and better. Maybe if these guys would work more on their own sound in the future then the next album will be a lot better. Listen and judge for yourself!
Her husband and steady companion, producer and songwriter is Erik Norlander. Erik and I wanted to find a name that people could easily remember and that would roll off the tongue. Lana came from a musical family. Her mother and her sister were singers in Europe in the s in a vocal group called The Vocal Touches with a record deal on Decca Records.
Lana played Erik a tape of their music and asked if he would be interested in joining and he did. In LIAA had been recorded on a very tight budget and was in need or so Erik and Lana thought of some improvements. Three bonus tracks were recorded, some musical interludes were extended and most of the guitar parts were re-recorded. The second disc was said to have a slightly more progressive orientation while the third CD from combined the styles from the first and second.
The CD was a big success in Japan and sold ten times the number of the two previous releases. After the release of a mini-album, she went to play live in Japan backed by Rocket Scientists and Citron and released a live album and a Japan only ballad compilation.
The Japanese journalist who wrote the liner notes mentioned my name because I was a huge fan of Ayreon, but Arjen was not familiar with Lana Lane at the time. Arjen did a search on the Internet for me and found me through Think Tank Media, which is Erik s and my production company in Los Angeles. Arjen downloaded a few songs and really loved my voice. That s Staffan Scheja - Opus Europa-The Collection (CD he asked if I would sing on his albums and if Erik would play keyboards.
But we all know what happened on the 11th of September So the plan was canceled and put on ice. Instead she asked a couple of people that already worked with her before, like Neil Citron guitarsMark McCrite guitars and Don Schiff Chapman stick. And also of course her husband Erik Norlander keyboards and production and Vinnie Appice drums, who by the way happens to be Lana s neighbourGerman guitar player Helge Engelke and singer Mark Boals.
Lana kept up the release schedule of at least one album including live, cover collections and compilations a year. In the liner notes written by keyboardist, co-composer and producer Erik Norlander, one can read that it is not just about the three coldest months of the year, but the concept of winter is explored metaphorically as well.
The songs deal about endings: of relationships, seasons and endings of life. In life endings bring new beginnings, hope for new life. Just like when the winter ends a new season gives new life every year. Fans of Lana Lane had to wait five long years for a new album. Therefore after nearly fifteen years of working nonstop it was time for a sabbatical of a few years in order to reload the batteries.
Also did she start a small bakery. AOR-like, lots of rhythm guitar, very lustily sung on the vocals - there is a similarity to Heart. Not to forget Tony Franklin on bass. The version is over 15 minutes longer because of the three extra tracks and sounds more serene and clear, maybe even more modern, whereas the version is a bit warmer. So untrue! And so this album continues.
Unfortunately the rock stops half way through the song, but as compensation I get a very nice guitar solo. His creative and imaginative play vaguely reminds me of Steve Vai. The fact that I think the record collapses after the first half should not be a reason for you to leave this album alone. The musicianship and compositions are quite in order to say the least.
All beautiful tracks with strong vocal performances of Lana herself and tasteful keyboard playing by Erik Norlander on Mellotron, synthesizers and Hammond. She sings in about the same regions as the sisters but Lana seems to have been on a better singing school. It all just sounds so American, polished and slick.
The guitar, which by the way does not dominate, sometimes sounds rocky in a smooth REO Speedwagon-style. Also the guitar solos are pleasant; not too short, not too flashy, not too heavy, just like the whole record is: well balanced, well crafted, not excessive in any way. Just a pleasant album ready for listening at every moment of the day. Lana Lane has more rock in her songs but we can certainly enjoy some fine synthesizer and guitar work on this album. It could be a Rocket Scientists song because it has all the ingredients this band uses.
All in all a strong live album. To me this was the first time I actually had a proper excuse to listen to her music. Pumping keyboards as wide as the mind. It has a real good production - a distinctive clear and polished sound. Also there is use of a wide variety of keyboards, such as Mellotron, Minimoog, Rhodes Piano and Hammond organ. But this does not change my opinion on the album as I have a programmable CD player.
Hope that last line makes sense to you. Nice stuff. Well, this time I was surprised in a pleasant way! Powerful bombastic melodic rock with a healthy dose of progressive elements. Great music with much commercial potential. Well, just a matter of taste, I presume… Recently, a new double CD came out and offered a new start for my relationship with Lana.
A postivive start this time! The first disc contains all newly recorded material, while the second disc has been released successfully! The booklet contains all lyrics and extensive liner notes, which give insight in the recordings and thoughts behind the inclusion of certain songs. If you like melodic rock, but prefer it with a proggy edge, try this one.
Especially the keys are really delicious at times, and the sound is a few times close to a steamlined version of Ayreon with Lana on vocals. Not everything is great, however. Apart from that this is one that comes rather recommended. Again full of both romantic and heavy prog, which I did enjoy quite a bit, until Lana does her attempt at the famous Andrea Boccellisong including the attempt at the American-Italian accent!
Same concept, same musicians, same everything. This does it. Eject and forget. This album still is Lana s best to date as it features the most progressive tracks ever recorded by her. But all albums can not be the same and Lana s plan for this album was to travel new paths in bringing a nice combination of ballads and up tempo tracks in AOR and progressive rock style together on one record.
Another fine album indeed. I always loved them; no matter how strange some versions sometimes were performed.
This time 11 tracks were recorded and all of them are worth listening to. The tracks that I did not know sounded as if they were written by Erik or Lana. This comes mainly by the production, song arrangements and keyboard playing done by Erik himself.
But most of all the strong vocals done by Lana. It only shows that she can sing anything she wants. The other well-known ones certainly added something extra to the original versions. Oh, and don t forget your lighter. You certainly should take his advice because this is not just a DVD that you can watch while you are doing the dishes. Three hours of live, backstage and interview footage is a long sit in front of your TV.
It could have been much longer because they had a stack of videotapes, which reached the height of a pro basketball player. They had 60 candidates to choose from but finally 20 live tracks made it on the DVD.
The new album has some musical references which remind me of this strong record. The same sequencer and synthesizer sounds are cleverly integrated in the newly written songs. She certainly lifts every song to a higher level, but unfortunately the level of the album mentioned above is not be reached.
Nevertheless I again enjoyed another Lana Lane release. As it appears little has changed on her side and little has changed in my appreciation of this.
Main exception is the symphonic title track that closes the disc one to check out and the occasional ballads in-between are also worthwhile. This time the veteran symphonic rock diva takes the listener to a hotel with ten rooms behind the doors of which you ll discover some fantastic music in different musical styles. In general, the ten songs are based on AOR, melodic rock and progressive rock, but influences from folk rock, ethnic music and even Spanish music are noticeable as well.
It s really striking how the marvellous keyboard playing by Norlander lifts the music to a higher level. Unfortunately, the band only released one LP with remarkably - English lyrics, unlike other folkies. What sets Langsyne apart from other German progressive folk bands, is the use of English lyrics - accent free! The music, of course, is strongly on the acoustic side, but extremely varied and thoughtfully built with unusual sounds and instruments, giving it a fresh and original approach.
The most surprising guest is Dominique Leonetti, the lead singer of the French prog band Lazuli. We know that Mr. Lang is an excellent keyboard player which can be heard on all RPWLreleases. Many of his synthesizer solos sound as if Manfred Mann is sitting behind the controls of his MiniMoog.
His first musical love was classical music Mozart, Bach, Chopinlater he feel in love with the progressive rock of ELP and Ekseption and his two favourite instruments: piano and Hammond. In he pursued his love for progressive rock as the keyboardist in sympho-band Survival. This band lasted until After this Jack decided to make a solo album, which was a concept inspired by the Bible book of Revelations.
Several years later also a CD by Survival appeared. Overall a fine instrumental symphonic keyboard album. Another ten year break occurred until another album came out under the Jeromy moniker and then nearly ten years to his third. Several guests appear on the LPs, playing guitars and woodwind instruments. Slight references to folk and over all probably a bit more proggy than the major labell LP that would follow. Short songs, pretty accessible and overall nice, although the instruments sound sometimes a bit offtune, which puts a certain tension in the music, preventing to make it too shallow.
Languirant has released several LPs. Word is, that his first three are the best and very good, equaling the level of his inspirations. There is a fine and dense instrumentation on the LP and good French vocals.
One to check out! He started with two solo demos under the name of A. At least until now. On all three Lanvall albums Arne guitars, piano, keys, flute was backed by the rhythm section of Ulbi Ulbricht bass and Thomas Schaufler drums, percussionboth of which can be heard on many other WMMS releases.
As indicated by the titles of both tapes the meldoies are quite dreamy and suitable for both intense and background hearing. Classical influences are clearest through song structures and harmonies, reminding of people like J. Bach, and of course the adaption of classical pieces like Pachebel.
On one track we hear female vocals which adds an additional dimension and is recommended for further development, preferably with a singer who sings slightly higher.
Also a band of flesh and blood would be a positive development. Arne is a highly talented guitar player and knows to write good melodies that make listening to this album pure joy.
In a way a very relaxing CD, even though the flowing music has a lot more power and spirit than the common new age oriented disc. The great instrumental guitar dominated symphonic-new-age-prog is continued here, but on about half of the tracks there is this choir. Giving it along with a church music feeling, also a definite kitsch factor and making this a step back compared to the debut. Would have been wise if Arne had restricted himself a bit more to his guitar work.
His success is much thanks to his crossing over in other genres at the same time such as rock, pop, jazz and prog. Lanz was born in in Seattle, Washington and started as keyboard player in various pop and rock groups. Besides playing in bands he also worked as a session musician.
Gradually he started performing as a solo artist, playing in bars and smaller venues, developing his own style as he went along.
He took part in a chakra workgroup and made a tape with meditative music that was received very well - many people at the course wanted a copy of the cassette!
The collaborative work of David and Paul was highly successful. I like Lanz a lot. Afterwards the two brothers formed an electropop duo called Triangolo.
Note: Some source said the album was from They hailed from the town called Harjavalta where they were formed in Their were very popular in their home country especially from on with major airplay on radio, great reviews and chart notations, even before they came with an album on a major label.
This partly caused by the hectic music that incorporates all kinds of styles from prog to alternative and not at least because of the high voice of the lead singer. Over the entire playing time of the disc I find it a tad tiring because there are too few breathing points and things sound fairly similar as we get further on the album so after a few tracks I have to listen to something else.
His solo work goes more into a jazz direction. AR CD French neo prog with lyrics in their mother tongue. Guitarist and singer was Magus Florin. The second album was very much a solo effort by Artman.
In the French Spalax label released a CD with previously unreleased work. The second piece then combines neurotic synths with slow eerie Garbarek-like sax and the third piece has jazz-rock guitar McLaughlin in a neurotic phase. The longer the album lasts, the more we are in the field of e. The 12 songs on this CD album vary in length from just over three to just over five minutes and were recorded between and Musically I was reminded to e.
Horky made guest appearances. Most of the releases featured Manuel Landy a. Gerhard Haensch, a. Delle Haensch who also cowrote much of the music. A rather large part of the LPs below appear to be library discs. This one clearly falls in the latter category: upbeat synth themes that would do very well on a fairground. Nothing for me. CD This Swedish keyboard player studied in Vienna. But the project took some additional years… It was delayed because of the funding and the time required for recording the documentary.
His light and sparkling touch of the keys reveals a liking for jazz, but at the same time, the classical composers obviously influenced his compositions on WeaveWorld. This is pure prog heaven! These lengthy songs need time to develop, so the listener has a lot to enjoy. Looking forward to hear more from Lalle! In the late s he also joined Dixie Dregs. His solo CD was recorded with a. T Lavitz. CD This American keyboardist and composer had a Cherokee background.
She has been playing the keyboards since she was three years old or rather, young - ed. She is a tribal member of the federally recognized United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma, where she also serves as tribal historic preservation officer. Before working truly within the progressive rock genre, Lisa recorded an instrumental debut album, "Beloved Tribal Women", which was produced by Will Alexander Keith Emerson, Herbie Hancock, etc.
Her first progressive rock CD became "Transformation " that was released in December On the album Lisa again was supported by Hale, Adams and Payne. In my opinion this 18 minute track is the highlight of the album, because it has a very high level of musicianship. Especially the music of Yes must have been an inspiration for this long instrumental piece, although I clearly recognize the music of Steve Hackett s early albums as well.
The outstanding percussion parts sound very dramatically and are very well performed. The guitarists and keyboard players get enough room to play some excellent solos, especially Ryo Okumoto.
The acoustic guitar and the cello create a very mellow mood. The beautiful melody played on the piano made me think of the music of Eric Satie. This song leads gently to the second epic piece. A choral group creates a dark and church-like sound which works excellent. This song starts rather mellow and peaceful, but the use of some aggressive guitar playing changes the music to a symphonic metal-like sound.
John Payne is present on the title track. Due to this familiar voice it s obvious that this piece sometimes reminded me of Asia. A top-notch album! According to rumors he had signed to a major company to join either Iron Maiden or a new super group called LaSalle - none proved to be true, or at least, nothing officially appeared, although some LaSalle demos are circulating among collectors and Damien himself sold a CD of the recordings at concerts and through his website.
To find an original copy of the LP seems to be impossible and if you do - prepare to cash out a lot of money! It has been speculated that the LP was recorded several years before its release. The album in symphonic prog style seems to be sort of a concept and some effects like the voice-over opening the album or an air raid towards the end add to this feeling.
Inthe album was reissued on CD through Mellow - the source for this was a vinyl album in good shape as the mater tapes had been lost. A stress is on the vocal side - several members of the group and guests I presume add their Italian voices to the music. Some of the singers admittedly have a limited range, but somehow it works fine together and the passion put into the vocal delivery makes up for the shortcomings on the technical side.
Her varied voice fits the dynamic music perfectly: from dreamy to sweeping and heavy with regular powerful eruptions. Those who like tasteful progressive pop should pick this band.
His solo work is not as much Zeuhl but tends more towards minimal and electronic music. The concept was set in a Tron-like virtual world dealing with the relationship between man and technology, the move from physical reality to virtual spaces and what these changes mean to our human lives and art.
The lyrics are expressed from the point of view of an artificial intelligence facing the violent reality of a videogame world. Within the Dutch prog underground they were sort of a cult group for a while, but they never really made it. They planned more new work a new CD was in the preparational stagesbut after internal problems the band disbanded in the summer of Some years later Julian also appeared in For Absent Friends. Not bad or with a lot of accents, but just typical.
A large part of the music on this record is rather oriented towards the s with some beatinfluences, but also a healthy dose of prog. The Tull cover is one of the highlights, a sparkling and perfect version - including brief drum solos and some shredding sax! A very entertaining affair! Their album contained a 30 minute psychedelic folk piece bedded between two shorter tracks.
The music was extremely eclectic between folk, Oldfield, Kate Bush, soundscapes and Queen. They started in late as a trio, influenced by the music of bands like Led Zeppelin, Primus and King Crimson. After some demo tapes they did a CD single in that still featured drummer Damp. Thanks to this single they landed a deal with Record Heaven which label released their debut album.
Following the release and expiration of their record deal the band encountered some troubles. They struggled finding their sound on new demo recordings and had also problems within the line-up. His place was quickly taken by Michael Olsson with whom new demos were recorded, reportedly in a more straightforward style.
A new CD was in the planning stages around but has not surfaced yet. Nothing for neo proggies! Reissued by Kissing Spell. Martin also was the first one confronting the band with the idea of making a record. Still far away from any record deal, the band decided to produce an album fully on their own, using the money from pre-sold vouchers. Numerous live-gigs followed and brought an immense crowd of supporters, so the band had to release a second edition only a few months later.
At the same time, several record companies approached the band and soon the album was re-released on CD. For that, Last Turion recorded three bonus tracks in a new studio the band had built themselves. The music of Last Turion was often compared with bands like Marillion, Yes or Saga, yet with an original edge and the very good vocals by Martin Garden.
But just before the recording sessions started, the band had some trouble with their record company. The band started to gig again and felt reassured to go into the studio. The new album was another fine effort and well received. Regrettably, the next year the band decided to split up! No official comments were made on this subject, but so far it seems to be the case.
On the other hand, some people have heard some new tunes out of their meanwhile built up studio. The album not only deserves this status because of the instrumental work and the songs but also because of the outstanding vocal capabilities of Martin Garden. Recommended to sympho and neo proggies - and a reissue is long overdue! They manage to grab me on a few moments with Saga like guitar patterns in a. Lead singer Adriana came to join the ranks the next year. After the release Brian Torres joined the group as their bass player.
In late they recorded a first demo that gained positive response and sold over copies. One track also appeared on a sampler of Italian progmetal. In the band recorded a second demo which was not sold but send to magazines and record companies. In Stuttgart they recorded their first album which came out that same year.
Guest on the album was soprano Isabella Comand. Work on the third CD started already in summer of but it would take until January before it finally was released. Not even the help of an opera singer does really help. For die-hard fans of the style. The rest can easily skip this one. In order to do so Langlois temporarily reformed Lasting Weep with all of his former Maneige colleagues plus some additional Quebec musicians performing a multi-media show which was recorded and in released on CD.
These featured guest musician Gilles Schetagne also of Maneige on percussion. Bill started out as a guitar player but soon switched to bass. At first he played in a couple of Detroit based funk groups. During the late s he moved to New York, playing around and eventually there emerged a group that later would be called Material. For this LP Laswell did the production, played bass on all the songs and co-wrote most of the material.
This was very much an improvisional live band, but Laswell cut together an album in the studio as well. During the s Bill Laswell worked closely with and for the Celluloid label in he started his own label Axiom Records, backed by Chris Blackwell of Island Records.
The most successful release from Axiom Records was Praxis. But Praxis became a proper band in the s with guitarist Buckethead. Guests were Jah Wobble and Zakir Hussain among others. Selective discography below! Compliment for that. The drummer was only 16 years young when they played their first live gig in at the Villa Pamphili pop festival where they met good response.
The title track was a 20 minute suite. After some live appearances during the band dissolved, but drummer Vitanza decided to carry on. Latte E Miele s third and final album in the s was thus recorded almost by a completely different band, as drummer Alfio Vitanza was the only remaining original member. The band had also expanded to a four piece with a line-up of Vitanza, Massimo Gori guitarsLuciano Poltini keys and Mimmo Damiani guitars, piano. This third LP, for which they signed to the Magma label, had a more rocky progressive direction, but was still very classically influenced.
After the LP they did a number of poppier singles and then he group folded. In the s, however, the band made a comeback and return to old form, this time under the slightly changed name Latte Miele. They had three members of the original line-up. In also a new studio album appeared. In my book these two elements may be regarded as very positive and the music is delicious and pretty ambitious with its great variation choir, churd organ and church music, prog rock from heavy to calm.
It has ELP written all over it. In capitals as it should. And the Italians also manage to add an original touch by being at a few moments much more classical than ELP and not just resort to organ shred and again, the organ play is undeniably influenced by Keith E.
If you prefer more complex and adventurous prog, I recommend the first two albums to start with but if you like more melodic prog, this is one to discover. Further tracks confirm all of this: hard rock oriented with weak to very weak singing dreadful accent! Staffan Scheja - Opus Europa-The Collection (CD shame, regarding what came before this!
The first part concerns a selection of their first album, we can enjoy a great blend of classical and symphonic rock with awesome vintage keyboard work Grand piano, Hammond organ, Mellotron, synthesizers and some splendid harpsichord runswonderful moving guitar solos, warm Italian vocals and lots of variety, from a tender Grand piano solo or classical guitar with flute-Mellotron to mid-tempo with powerful organ and bombastic with a choir sound, propulsive drum beats and beautiful interplay between guitar and piano.
I hope so! My conclusion: great musicians, great music, great album! However, Latte Miele sounds more varied, inventive and virtuose. Every time I play this CD, I discover new things, which is the case with every good prog rock album. What a comeback! The next year came their first EP, followed by a single inwhich got a gained attention in the media.
After their debut, produced by Konrad Plank who also played some guitar and Hans Lampe, nothing was heard of them anymore. The LP contained many styles of progressive and psychedelic rock. After a couple of live cassettes they released a live CD in Lavitz started piano lessons at the age of seven and was apparently good at it since he was offered a scholarship at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.
From there he went on to study at the University of Miami s School of Music. Meanwhile he had also started a solo career on the side of his frequent playing with others. In Lavitz was asked to join jam rock group Widespread Panic after he had played keys on their albums. He toured with this band throughout but left them when Dixie Dregs reunited once more in late Still Lavitz played live with both bands when they shared two bills in February On his solo-album he worked with two different bands: an acoustic band featuring Marc Johnson acoustic bassDanny Gottlieb drums, percussionRod Morgenstein drums, percussionKim Park saxophone and Dave Samuels vibes.
This group played music from the Grateful Dead in a jazzy and instrumental manner. During the early s Lavitz participated in a variety of projects and in he started teaching at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Lavitz died unexpectedly in his sleep on the night of 7 October Still rather laidback, but quite enjoyable nevertheless.
CD German symphonic gothic group with a lot of electronic influences. His albums present a variety of styles from classically influenced symphonic and solo piano to experimental electronic. After he left Uriah Heep he did at first many commercials, but later picked up a solo career. This was his first attempt at a solo album, recorded in August and September of In former Heep-buddies Ken Hensley organ and John Lawton vocals briefly reunited for live shows.
Quite pleasant to the ear melodic rock that sometimes sounds like a heavier version of Huey Lewis And The News and at others as Asia in their weaker moments. This CD brings good bluesy songs with powerful vocals, warm acoustic guitar play, sensitive electric guitar solos and vocal harmonies in the vein of Uriah Heep.
The good old days of Uriah Heep come to mind and this may even be more Heep than the albums that Lawton actually did make with the band! A good progressive hard rock album that will please many fans of DP and Heep!
They were formed in Rome in Michel Lazaro graduated from the famous Music Academy International in Nancy and worked as a composer after that.
In he met Stefan Deriau-Reine from the jazz rock band The Fusion Project and both musicians tried out many different musical styles. Simple Minds. The title track is a sort of love hymn with a nice melody and a short, but good sounding guitar solo.
However, I feel that the rest of the song material is rather tiresome. The songs don t come to life and they never seize to impress me. For people who are into slightly experimental melodic rock with many jazz influences this album might work, but for me it s a bit too cool, too relaxed and too mellow.
I like my music a bit more dynamically and with more power, but nevertheless Michel Lazaro did a nice job. They got bored with this style - despite a rather large following which they decided to ignore - and chose to play space prog instead.
Due to school work recordings demos were planned progressed slowly and are so far unknown to the editor. Not quite as heavy or noisy as GYBE! Recommended to people who like both quieter postrock and NoMan. After twelve years of playing together Lazuli split up over musical difference and personal problems in two separate groups in late Ged, Claude and Dom continued as Lazuli with classically trained newcomers Romain Thorel keyboards, French horn and Vincent Barnavol drums, percussions, marimba, also playing in metal band Hordwhile Fred, Sylvain and Yohan started a new group.
Megan Hunt was one of the founders of this band and still plays with them as well as in alternative rock band The Switch. Darrell Lea used to be a part of the early Uncle Dirtytoes lineup, then quit and rejoined in - only to leave once more two years later. Ramblers and currently in Grateful Dead-style dance band The Deal. The Leaf Hound LPs are very expensive nowadays and sell for over 1. Nothing I take for an intensive listen. It will be no surprise that the sound coming from the League Of Gentlemen presents typical Fripp-styled neurotic guitar sounds.
The remaining tracks are shorter tracks in a s King Crimson style. But to continue a bit the KC-thought: this disc may be called kind of a predecessor of the resurrected KC from a few years later and the s with Bruford, Levin and Belew.
The music is all instrumental, crisp and energetic played with joy which shows and the response from the audience acknowledges this. Meehan had earlier worked with Robbie Williams and Bryan Ferry. So why a review, you might ask?
The answer is easy. When some great names in progressive rock like to do something other than the expected music, I am curious what the result would be. Musically this is melodic rock with references to the pop music of the s, but the orchestrated keyboards still have a progressive touch. Farrah s vocals are very pleasant to listen to, relaxed and never shouting or over the top like a combination of Kim Wilde and the lighter parts of Lana Lane. The orchestrated parts have a slight Within Temptation feeling over them but the music overall is too different to compare to this band.
As expected the majority of the songs are keyboard orientated, melodic and radio friendly. It is nice to hear some progressive rock musicians cover a different side of the music we are used to hearing them in.
The result is a very solid album; Farrah has a beautiful voice, which suits perfectly this kind of music. Richard plays quite different than he does in Threshold- here the keyboards are much more orchestrated and piano minded, which I think sound great.
League Of Lights is a nice album you can play to people who always nag you about the complicated music you normally play; a perfect melodic album. Leap Day was more or less a continuation of the group King Eider. They had promised a live performance if 1. When they reached that number they contacted Koen who was preparing the band that was to become Leap Day. This was so successful that they wanted to carry on.
For practical reasons Hans, who lived in another part of the country, bailed out. Leap Day came with a three track demo and quickly followed up with a full-length album that was received pretty well. The next release of Leap Day was to be a live CD, planned to be released on 29 Februarytheir first anniversary leap day. Some people considered him to be the weakest link in the band.
Jos is a great vocalist who also plays acoustic guitar when needed. Still they sell enough albums to make a living. However, this is not the case with Leap Day. For them making prog rock music is most of all a hobby that makes many people happy including me.
It is good to see that another new prog rock band from The Netherlands has been born with such a professional debut album after we already had fine releases of other Dutch bands like Mangrove, Knight Area, Silhouette, Flamborough Head and Kayak. On the first one you can hear Mulder playing very relaxed on his acoustic guitar, only accompanied by the sound of a string-synthesizer.
The second track is more of a band effort. While the acoustic guitar plays a fine guitar riff Harteveld wonderfully sings in a more falsetto style of singing accompanied again by the string-synthesizer. Occasionally the sound of an electric guitar shows up to give the song something extra. After I had listened to the album for the first time I had a big smile on my face. This album proves that Leap Day belongs to the top of the neoprog genre in The Netherlands.
Skylge s Lair can also easily compete with albums recorded by many foreign neo-prog bands. Leb I Sol was quite prolific with no less than eleven LPs in progressive jazzrock direction. In latethey original quartet became a trio. Trivia: The second LP was recorded by the same line-up but with different forms for their first names: Vlatko, Koki, Bodan and Garo respectively.
Not all tracks are allinstrumental like the opener and the vocal pieces are a bit more poppy and less exciting but enjoyable nevertheless. All tracks are vocal and very much trimmed on radio friendliness and a larger audience. A fine pop disc maybe, but of little interest elseway. Also Pappo appeared on the LP. The group was founded in Principally it s all about movies as the band s name and the album title already reveal.
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