Caress Of Steel ($5 Special)

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Atlantic Records
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This is where the progressive elements really start to coalesce ie. the 20 minute "The Fountain Of Lamneth".  Remastered edition.

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    $6.00
  • This album compiles and releases for the very first time all of the studio recordings (as well as two live recordings) made by guitarist and composer Kerry Livgren with the 2nd edition of Kansas, a seven-piece band that immediately preceded the formation of the lineup of the band that the world knows as Kansas. These recordings present a different and fascinating contrast to the music that Kerry would develop and release upon the world with Kansas just a couple of years later. Yet, as composer of all the tracks here, they still have his obvious imprint. In fact, two of the songs here would later reappear in different versions on Kansas' albums; Belexes would show up on the band's self-titled debut album, while Incomudro would appear on their 2nd album, Song For America. With dual keyboards (one of whom doubled on reeds) and an electric saxist/flautist featured in addition to the more standard rock instrumentation, the sound is obviously influenced by jazz/rock pioneers such as Don Ellis, Soft Machine and Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention as well as early progressive rock bands such as Van Der Graaf Generator and King Crimson. Early Recordings From Kansas 1971-73 is an exciting archival release of dark and exploratory early American progressive rock. The fact that these musicians were not able to find success while making this adventurous music in the heartland of agricultural America over 30 years ago should not be a surprise, but the fact that the tapes have survived and are able to finally be presented to the world in an authorized form will give fans of Kansas as well as all fans of early progressive rock a very pleasant surprise. These recordings have been licensed from, and released with the full consent and agreement of all the musicians. Kerry Livgren has returned to the original tapes and worked on all tracks in his studio to present this material in the best possible light. He also contributed liner notes and provided archival photographs.
    $13.00
  • "Ashent, an Italian Progressive Metal band, return in 2012 with their third release, Inheritance. This being a milestone for any band, it also sees Ashent returning after a period of change, with changes in the band's lineup. After the 2009 release of Deconstructive, Ashent announced three new members would be filling in: Titta Tani (Goblin,Daemonia, ex-Necrophagia, ex-DGM) on lead vocals, Gilles Boscolo on keyboards and Alessandro Cossu on second guitar. And so, with lineup changes like these, it comes as no surprise that Ashent are redefining themselves a bit. Inheritance finds Ashent taking a very unique stance on Progressive Metal, melding together various styles and sounds to create a somewhat unusual blend. Along with what might be considered the "typical" combination of Progressive Metal instruments with heavy guitars and synths, Ashent mixes in some Mellotron, Hammond, and Saxophone. This gives their sound an almost Neo Prog take on Progressive Metal. And dynamically, Ashent swings between more atmospheric and mellow sections to some louder, chaotic blends. Ashent has a way of using chord progressions where they fill every chord out to the point of almost bursting, adding dissonant tones to the more conventional structures. This is not only achieved with the instrumentation (often combining atmospheric keyboards that are reminiscent of Devin Townsend with some heavy, rhythmic guitars) but also with some very full harmonies in the vocals. Add to this a very dynamic rhythm section, and the music can at times be a little overwhelming. And Ashent deploys many different textures throughout the album, with modern synths, orchestral parts, sequencers, choirs, and even some fusion, making for a very dynamic experience. All this combined also gives them a sound that has a very new, crisp and modern feel to it. This is definitely an album that breaks the mold, and as such will leave some scratching their heads, while others will praise it highly." - Sea Of Tranquility
    $14.00
  • "Arguments abound regarding the first works of art laid down in the early hard rock/metal age and whether they need to be updated for later generations. Truth be told – a lot of back catalog gets the second effort treatment to gain songwriting copyrights or merely to take advantage of modern recording updates. From Iced Earth to Testament, Destruction to Exodus to Sonata Arctica, it’s been a cash cow of sorts if you are an ardent collector of everything in your favorite artist’s catalog – yet something us old schoolers have a harder time swallowing. Because let’s face it, in our temples and hearts, how can you possibly better that indelible first impression seared in the psyche?Welcome to the dilemma placed before me in discussion of Secret Sphere and their latest recording. A Time Never Come 2015 Edition is in celebration of this Italian power/progressive metal sextet’s second album- originally set for an exclusive Japanese re-release, the band expanded their horizons to re-record this effort with their current lineup, adding in new arrangements and artwork to sweeten the deal. Two-thirds of the lineup has shuffled around in the 14 year interim since its original 2001 appearance, and there’s no doubt that the golden voice of current SS singer Michele Luppi (ex-Vision Divine) runs circles around Roberto Messina. Does it justify another 11 song transformation about Aurienne, the girl who finds a strange magical sphere as we watch her voyage handling a mortal illness?Keyboardist Gabriele Ciaccia definitely fills the sonic landscape on a more theatrical/symphonic path right from the start of “Legend”, but fortunately guitarists Marco Pastorino and Aldo Lonobile also factor heavily in the crunch/wow factor throughout, Aldo’s lead work a mix of semi-shred meets melodic master class. The slightly down-tuned guitar tone gives faster material like “Under the Flag of Mary Read” and “Hamelin” a darker feel than the original album – while the star of this 2015 edition has to be Michele. Singing low and high, accentuating words with texture, anger, excitement, and passion, the man can handle a power number like “The Brave” as easily as “Mystery of Love”, the graceful tear-jerker track. The fairy-tale oriented art from Nathalia Suellen seems better suited to the story on hand than the cyber-oriented first try.In the end, the fans will decide if they need A Time Never Come 2015 Edition and vote with their wallets. While not disputing the quality, give me the first go around – imperfections and all, as Secret Sphere wet appetites for their next original studio record." - Dead Rhetoric
    $15.00
  • "Once considered a hot property, like much of the real estate market, their value has taken a hit in recent years. Jerusalem is something of a thematically linked project, surrounding the problems Christianity has brought to the world: from long ago (title track) to the present (revved up “Operation Freedom”). However, ASTRAL DOORS couldn’t completely stay focused on the plot, opting for tracks like the autobiographical (for singer Nils Patrik Johansson, at least) “Child Of Rock N Roll”, as well as “With A Stranger’s Eye” and the historical (ultra-infectious) “Pearl Harbor”.A greater emphasis was placed on returning to the rocking RAINBOW sound (my comparison, not theirs) of their first two platters. In that regard, they were completely successful. The high energy tracks, punctuated by Hammond organ, virtually segue one into the other. “Lost Crucifix” is a slower, more brooding number, while “Babylon Rise” travels a similar road to the Blackmore/Glover composed “Can’t Happen Here” off the RAINBOW disc of the same name (Joe Lynn Turner’s debut with the band).Talk about throwbacks, the lyrics even mention “Evil Is Forever”, the title of these Swedes’ sophomore effort. “The Day Before Yesterday” begins acoustic, before morphing into a fist pumping anthem, Johansson’s usual high pitched voice in more restrained mode for at least a portion. The titular epic closes things out, referencing the town as a crossroads (and therefore the tinderbox flashpoint for conflicts) for three major religious orders: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Welcome back, ASTRAL DOORS." - Metal Temple
    $15.00
  • "Drop was the first fruit of Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison's collaboration with singer and extended range bass player 05Ric, and featured contributions from Robert Fripp, Dave Stewart and Gary Sanctuary.Nine carefully crafted songs combined with ground-breaking multi-layered guitars, vocal harmonies and rhythms.This is the 2013 Kscope edition of the duo's astonishing debut."
    $15.00
  • "Factory of Dreams is a symphonic metal gothic project consisting of Hugo Flores and Jessica Lehto. Hugo produces and creates all the music while Jessica provides her beautiful vocals. Following their album POLES in 2008, Factory of Dreams are back with a new production bringing a whole new epic and progressive feel to the sound crafted on their debut. More complex, heavier, faster and at the same time catchy, this is a huge album, featuring the hallmark of Factory of Dreams, with great melodic sense and shivering moments and a great cast of guest singers and performers. As a highlight, the near 10 minute Epic E-motions, and the beautiful track Sonic Sensations depicting a World created by Sound and Music."
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  • Newly remixed by Steven Wilson. Lots of stuff here. The CD features the original stereo mix plus three bonus tracks - trio versions of "Red" and "Fallen Angel" plus the full version of "Providence". The real action takes place on the 5.1 DVD remix. In addition to the album completely remixed into 5.1 you get bonus video taken from that legendary French television performance from 1974. That in itself is worth the price of the set. As far as the DVD goes there are lots of options in terms of audio playback. If you are one of the 3 people on the planet with a DVD-Audio player you can play this back in 24/48 5.1 or 24/96 stereo. Any DVD player can play back the 24/48 DTS 5.1 surround mix but there is also a 24/48 LPCM stereo mix as well.
    $19.00
  • Japanese mini-LP sleeve edition at a bargain price. "Rory Gallagher sounds inspired throughout JInx, gamely leading new drummer Brendan O'Neill and keyboardist Bob Andrews through the blues-rock paces, even though the guitarist's personal fortunes were on a downslide from which they would never recover. "Big Guns" and "Bourbon," the album's opening selections find Rory in full fiery form, tossing out muscular guitar lines and fiery solos with descriptive lyrics catering to his infatuation with American gangsters. The album also features two of his best, and least known, songs in the spooky, paranoid title track, complete with simmering sax section, boiling tom-tom drums as well as his own stealthy harmonica, and "Easy Come Easy Go," a beautiful, bluesy ballad where Rory double tracks his acoustic and electric guitars. Gallagher's tough vocals take on a new emotional depth not previously heard, and are particularly poignant throughout. Diving into the blues, Lightnin' Slims' "Nothin' but the Devil," one of the two songs added for this reissue, is an acoustic solo showpiece revealing Gallagher's delta roots and substantial slide abilities. Louisiana Red's "Ride On Red, Ride On" is a crackling double-time burner with Rory charging through with an appropriately whisky-soaked approach and a shimmering electric slide solo. Another extra track, "Lonely Mile," a finished tune previously omitted due to the time restrictions of vinyl, is a worthy addition to Gallagher's mid-tempo grinding rocker catalog. Although not his best album, Jinx is a tough and confident release, and it's 2000 reappearance after being difficult to find for almost 20 years, especially in this pristine edition, is reason to rejoice for Rory Gallagher fans." - Allmusicguide.com
    $13.00
  • Third album from this Hungarian band finds them with a reconstituted lineup including a new vocalist in Matyas Harszti. Everwood are an interesting band. They aren't as technical as Perfect Symmetry or as crunch driven as Nemesis (or Age of Nemesis if you will). They mix elements of progressive metal with symphonic rock. One constant on their three albums is that there is a strong emphasis on melody with Eastern European themes sneaking in now and then. By the way , Haraszti acquits himself quite well in case you were concerned. He solidly conveys emotions in a way that reminds of Daniel Gildenlow.
    $3.00
  • Super-rare German underground band originally released on the Pilz label. Dies Irae didn't get all that proggy - this is psychedelic electric blues rock with extended guitar jamz.
    $16.00
  • Second album from this Italian band dips heavily into the Genesis school of progressive rock. Former PFM vocalist Bernardo Lanzetti fronts the band for the entire disc and VDGG saxophonist David Jackson contributes to two tracks. Parts of this album sound so much like Genesis it's scary. Highly recommended.
    $9.00
  • "Ray Shulman produced this CD of one of the earliest Gentle Giant live gigs at King Alfred's College Winchester. Notably, this album contains the lost track "Peel Off the Paint," which has the same lyrics as Peel The Paint but completely different music. This is the only live recording available to the best of my knowledge with Phil Shulman and Martin Smith. As Phil Shulman comments in the liner notes: ".....For us, this CD provides a real memory jolt - reminding us of songs that we haven't thought about for a long time and brings nostalgia for the early hopes and dreams of a new band, Gentle Giant."
    $10.00
  • Released by Camel some years ago, this is a wonderful archival live set from 1972. Four tracks: "Lady Fantasy", "White Rider", "Six Ate", and the incredible "God Of Light".
    $16.00