Album Review: Nektar – Time Machine

In 2013, there aren’t all that many bands making progressive rock of the sort that walked the Earth in the first half of the 1970s. But while the popular thinking is that punk killed off prog, that simply didn’t happen: it merely went back to being a slightly underground movement – as did punk, really

All the Interviews (A-Z)

If, like some of my readers, you’re primarily interested in reading my interviews, features and conversations, then you may find the list below useful. It’s a complete (updated when I remember) index of all my published interviews. Right now there are nearly 1000 here. 1964 The Tribute / Mark Benson 50 Shades! The Musical Parody

Album Review: Days Between Stations – In Extremis

I truly mean no disrespect to the man, but experience has taught me not to get too excited about any musical project that involves Billy Sherwood. He’s clearly a talented musician: skilled and appealing on many instruments including guitar, keyboards and drums, he’s also a fine singer, and skilled at production, engineering, songwriting and so

Album Review: Conspiracy – Conspiracy Live

As the sole member of Yes to appear on every single album, Chris Squire has stayed quite busy these last several decades. Though he released but one solo album (1975’s Fish Out of Water), Squire has found time for quite a number of projects outside Yes. One of these is a band called Conspiracy, a

Album Review: Various Artists – Who Are You

I’m cool with the concept of tribute albums. Hell, I play in a cover band, so I get it. Paying respect to a group or artist is a worthy goal, if perhaps not the world’s most creative endeavor. But for it to be more than an exercise in futility, there needs to be something of

Album Review: The Fusion Syndicate

Progressive rock musicians are — by their very nature and out of necessity – an ambitious, adventurous lot. So it’s not an insurmountable conceptual leap to get a bunch of them together to make a jazz fusion album. And that’s precisely the conceit upon which the self-titled album credited to The Fusion Syndicate is built.

Album Review: Yes – Open Your Eyes (vinyl reissue)

For some bands, personnel changes are the mile markers by which we chart their history. Members come and go, and (usually) each time, the character of the group changes in some measurable way. For whatever reason or reasons, progressive rock bands seem to engender the most frequent lineup changes; are prog players more difficult to

CD Review: CIRCA: – And So On

I’ve long been a fan of Pete Frame’s rock family trees. Frame has a way of untangling the knotty threads of who-played-with-whom and presenting the information in a distinctive visual format. But even the redoubtable Frame would have a tough time keeping up with the members of Yes (don’t even get me started on King

John Wetton: (Not) Lost for Words, Part 2

Continued from my previous entry, here’s Part Two of my conversation with legendary bassist/vocalist John Wetton. Bill Kopp: Two tracks on your new album, Raised in Captivity, feature Tony Kaye. Have the two of you worked together before? John Wetton: That came straight from Billy Sherwood. [Ex-Yes members Sherwood and Kaye have a band called

Yes: A History of Perpetual Change

In July 2011, progressive legends Yes released Fly From Here, their 18th (or 20th, depending on how and what you count) album of studio recordings. The one thing constant with Yes has always been change: Fly From Here marks a new – yet familiar — lineup of the classic band. On the eve of the