prog Archive

Capsule Reviews: January 2013, Part One

Here’s another installment in my occasional series of capsule reviews, this time covering new reissues and compilations. My self-imposed limit for this particular exercise is 150 words on each album. Nektar – Man in the Moon / Evolution Nektar is one of those mildly progressive yet accessible 70s bands that never broke through big time

Album Review: Renaissance – Tour 2011 Live in Concert

“Carpe diem,” quoth the poet Horace. Even in a dead language, wiser words have rarely been written. And while F. Scott Fitzgerald limited his observation to Americans when he claimed “there are no second acts…” occasionally, there are. Renaissance was never an easy act to pigeonhole. At first blush, some might peg them as part

Album Review: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays the Music of Rush

Normally, I don’t write negative reviews. Yes, I will point out those qualities that make a work less than it could be, but if a release is mostly or wholly without merit (in my estimation) I don’t bother to cover it. This is especially true if it’s by an artist who is not well-known. But

Album Review: Porcupine Tree — Lightbulb Sun

The 2008 reissue of Lightbulb Sun makes one of the rarest parts of the Porcupine Tree catalog readily available again. The group’s seventh album of studio material, Lightbulb Sun was originally released in 2000. Release was originally scheduled for 2007, in fact, as Steven Wilson told me during an interview. Porcupine Tree were selling Lightbulb

DVD Review: Emerson, Lake & Palmer — Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Released (or more accurately, repackaged and re-released) in 2009, this is actually a live performance of Emerson, Lake and Palmer dating from 1992. As such, it’s dated in a number of ways. The opening makes use of late 80s/early 90s visual effects familiar to anyone who watched MTV during that era. And both Greg Lake

EP Review: UKZ — Radiation

UKZ represents the first recorded work from Eddie Jobson (violin/keyboard with King Crimson, Roxy Music, UK and others) in many years. The debut EP, Radiation is four songs spread out over about twenty minutes. Two with vocals, two instrumentals. In addition to Jobson, the group features Trey Gunn (King Crimson) on “10-string touch guitar” and

The Machine: A Living, Breathing Thing

The Machine are a four-piece band based in New York and dedicated to bringing the music of Pink Floyd to concert audiences. Since the last Pink Floyd concert (not counting the brief Live 8 reunion gig) was in October 1994, bands like The Machine are one of only a precious few ways to get a

Todd Rundgren / Utopia / Nazz: A Critical Essay

DISCOGRAPHY Todd Rundgren Runt (Bearsville) 1970 The Ballad of Todd Rundgren (Bearsville) 1971 Something / Anything? (Bearsville) 1972 A Wizard / A True Star (Bearsville) 1973 Todd (Bearsville) 1974 Initiation (Bearsville) 1975 Faithful (Bearsville) 1976 Hermit of Mink Hollow (Bearsville) 1977 Back To The Bars (Bearsville) 1978 Healing (Bearsville) 1981 The Ever Popular Tortured Artist

Pink Floyd: A Critical Essay

Pink Floyd Discography Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Tower) 1967 A Saucerful of Secrets (Tower) 1968 More (Tower) 1969 Ummagumma (Harvest) 1969 “Zabriskie Point” Soundtrack (MGM/Rhino Movie Music) 1970/1997 Atom Heart Mother (Harvest) 1970 Meddle (Harvest) 1971 Relics (Harvest) 1971 Obscured by Clouds (Harvest) 1972 Dark Side of the Moon (Harvest) 1973 A Nice