Prog Noir

// September 1st, 2017 // 2 Comments » // Prog Rock

STICK MEN / PROG NOIR Limited Edition 180-gram 2 x LP pressing. Includes a vinyl-only bonus track.

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One Way Glass: Dancefloor Prog Brit Jazz & Funky

// July 28th, 2017 // Comments Off on One Way Glass: Dancefloor Prog Brit Jazz & Funky // Prog Rock

ONE WAY GLASS is a very different kind of RPM compilation. Instead of the usual cross-section of Sixties collectables, this unique 3-CD set takes a fresh look at British music from the late 60s through to the mid-70s, with an eye on overlooked dancefloor-friendly finds. The rhythmic backbone of One Way Glass lies in Progressive Rock outfits who – every so often – would emulate their jazz heroes and record funky sides tucked away on albums or B-sides. Many of these tracks (Jonesy, Hardin & York) have been known to collectors of Funky Breaks for years. In addition, One Way Glass boasts some excellent funky Folk tracks which lighten the load for the listener – tracks by Alan James Eastwood, Bridget St. John, Dana Gillespie, Joan Armatrading and Melanie, for example. More typical Funk Rock selections come from Hanson (featuring future Bob Marley & The Wailers mainstay Junior Marvin on guitar) and Curtis Knight Zeus (fronted by Jimi Hendrix’s old bandmate and featuring future Motorhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke). Maybe it all started – in terms of Breaks and Hip Hop culture, at least – with DJ Kool Herc, who would spin key segments from old Rock records to create the Funky Break. Ever since, fans of funky music have been crate digging to find any tunes which have that infectious shuffle, regardless of their musical heritage or background. In some ways, One Way Glass is the next chapter in the musical story told on previous RPM box sets, Looking Back, Keep Lookin’ and Night Comes Down, which documented British artists who made music inspired by black America, aimed squarely at the clubs. Now, instead of borrowing from R&B and Soul, the Prog-era bands took a leaf from American jazz and funk artists

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Prog Pa Svenska

// July 21st, 2017 // 2 Comments » // Prog Rock

2 CD live album released in 2014 by this amazing Swedish progressive rock band. Nice digisleeve packaging. Essential!

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The Spaghetti Epic – Six Modern Prog Bands For Six Seventies Prog Suites

// July 15th, 2017 // Comments Off on The Spaghetti Epic – Six Modern Prog Bands For Six Seventies Prog Suites // Prog Rock

What was the link between Progressive rock and “”Once Upon A Time In The West”” ? Probably none, until the French label Musea and the Finnish fanzine Colossus came to release “”The Spaghetti Epic – Six Modern Prog Bands For Six Seventies Prog Suites””. As indicated by its name, this double-album musically revisits Sergio LEONE’s famous cinema masterpiece that highlighted the so-called spaghetti-western. Moreover, the booklet is a work of art in itself, including a documented story of the movie, a summary of it, photographs, the storyboard, etc. So six bands of the current Progressive rock scene each composed a 20-25 minute long epic. Thus they followed Sergio LEONE’s regular composer Ennio MORRICONE’s concept, creating one mucical theme for each of the main characters. Then HAIKARA (Finland), Nicola RANDONE (Italy), TILION (Italy), LA VOCE DEL VENTO (British band created on this occasion by the duo of PARALLEL OR 90 DEGREES and THE TANGENT, Guy MANNING & Andy TILLISON.), TAPROBAN (Italy) and TRION (The Netherlands) appear on the menu of this “”dance with death””, according to the director’s words. Some echoes, sounds and themes of the original film are present, but these are indeed new creations, revisiting every genre of the Seventies Progressive rock with class, from mini-symphony to daring experimentations. Keyboards sounds keep faithful to the spirit and the letter of the Golden Age. Obviously, the contribution of the leading lights of the genre, mostly Italian musicians (BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO, PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI, LE ORME…), are not forgotten. This second collective work takes further the success of the brilliant “”Kalevala – A Finnish Progressive Rock Epic”” (2003), which was a triple concept-album to which thirty groups had taken part with enthusiasm ! Taste it “”al dente””… The synopsis of the second volume “”The Good, The Bad And The Ugly”” (2007) says it all: Nicola RANDONE is the Good, LA VOCE DEL VENTO is the Bad, and TILION is the Ugly. Everyone has 25 minutes to express his dominance. What else would you expect but an all-Italian cast, for such a treasure of the western-spaghetti genre ? Sure, but… Behind LA VOCE DEL VENTO hide two strange characters known under the names Andreas TILLISONI and Guy De M’ANNINGI. Do you recognize them ? They are our old friends of the British band PARALLEL OR 90 DEGREES of course ! Their intentions don’t seem to be that good, so you’d better prepare for the fight… Colts will talk soon ! The third volume is based on, and inspired by Sergio CORBUCCI’s “”The Great Silence””, one of the best and most unusual spaghetti-westerns ever made, set in the beautiful desolation of the snow-covered high plains. The three protagonists here are russian band LITTLE TRAGEDIES, romanian group YESTERDAYS and italian musicians N.O.T. (NOISE OVERTONES THERAPY). As ever, this is vintage Progressive rock at its best !

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Prog Rock & Beyond

// April 10th, 2017 // Comments Off on Prog Rock & Beyond // Prog Rock

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Veruno Prog Festival: Best of 2 Days Prog 2016

// March 1st, 2017 // Comments Off on Veruno Prog Festival: Best of 2 Days Prog 2016 // Prog Rock

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