Category: Reviews

Prog Reviews, Prog Music Reviews

Dec 13 2017

Virgil & Steve Howe | Nexus

Being a Yes fan for all of my adult life pretty much means it is prerequisite to enthuse about the work of Steve Howe. Steve is a virtuoso guitarist and always commands attention whether listening to via your preferred medium or watching his always lively performances.  Nexus finds Steve teamed up with son Virgil who …

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Nov 23 2017

No Man | Returning Jesus (2017 Reissue)

It’s a sign of the times that so many record companies and artistes remaster back catalogues and include musical sketches, demo songs and alternative mixes. Many are worthwhile purchases and some are not. So when No Man’s reissue of their 2001 album Returning Jesus arrived for review at Progmeister towers it was greeted with a …

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Nov 15 2017

Unitopia | More Than A Dream – The Dream Complete

Unitopia seems to have been a band who have managed to elude me. Another fine example of Australian musical talent Unitopia are essentially the writing partnership of Mark Trueak (lead and backing vocals) and Sean Timms (keyboards, programming, mandolin, banjo & BV’s). Joined here for the best part by regular cohorts contributing guitars, Bass, drums, …

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Oct 24 2017

Lifesigns | Cardington

  Cardington! is it the name of a battle?, a place? or an historic event? Well, until Lifesigns latest album i simply didn’t know. Cardington is the location in Bedfordshire UK were the R101 airship was developed in 1929. Sadly it crashed over France on it’s maiden voyage in 1930 killing 48 of the 54 …

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Sep 29 2017

The Second Brightest Star | Big Big Train

I remember watching a documentary many years ago in which David Gilmour said of the Pink Floyd album The Final Cut that “I see no reason for resurrecting materiel we had rejected for The Wall when it wasn’t good enough then, why should it be good enough now”. With this in mind I was a …

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Sep 16 2017

Gentle Giant | Three Piece Suite

I recently received a parcel from BJFPR containing a rather intriguing two disc digipak entitled Three Piece Suite. I was all the more intrigued as  I glanced at the rear of the beautifully presented case and read through the myriad of tracks in their many guises. Three Piece Suite it turns out is selected tracks …

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Aug 31 2017

Steven Wilson | To The Bone

Like many prog fans I was at work when Steven Wilson appeared on BBC breakfast news. And like many I suspect felt robbed of the experience. Thank goodness for BBC i-player eh? I listened and watched intently as the current messiah of Prog spoke and conducted himself so eloquently. As Steven discussed his new album …

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Aug 27 2017

Doug Melbourne | How Much Do We Get For This Gig Anyway?

Having recently read Greg Lake’s biography and that of Phil Collins I was about ready for another book to read. As luck had it I was checking out my social media page when amongst the myriad of posts I happened upon one containing an image of a book that looked like it would just fit …

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