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Tony Carnevale is a very talented Italian keyboardist that made the killer "La Vita Che Grida" album a few years back. This is an orchestrated concert put together by Carnevale focusing on his solo work as well as an interesting reworking of Pictures Of An Exhibition. Notable participants of the concert are Banco's Francesco Di Giacomo and Rudolfo Maltese. This is killer symphonic prog rock as only the Italians can do it!

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  • Not to be confused with the Greek metal band Persona Non Grata, Persona Grata are a progressive rock band from Slovakia.  There has been a bit of a buzz about this band, even catching the ear of Mike Portnoy who invited them onboard for the upcoming Progressive Nation cruise.  So what's the deal with these guys (and girl)?Persona Grata work in a contemporary style - this isn't really old school prog rock.  Lots and lots of keyboards with more than enough solos over these long and developed tracks.  Guitars veer toward the heavier side crossing over into metal at times.  I can see the reviewers' comparisons to Yes and Dream Theater but really if anything they owe a lot more to the former rather than the later but this isn't Close To The Edge.  Vocals are handled by Martin Stavrovskỳ and he's got a killer set of pipes.  Hiding out in the background, augmenting the sound are female vocals and flute of Jana Vargova.  As a bit of a respite, about halfway through the album the band throws in some Middle Eastern motifs on the long three part instrumental "Orient Express" that will bring a huge grin to your face.  All in all it has a modern feel but with the long instrumental solos and interplay it should also appeal to fans of old school prog.  Looks like Persona Grata is the real deal and we will be hearing a lot more of them.  BUY OR DIE!!
    $12.00
  • Third album from this superb Italian prog ensemble now reduced to a trio.  The band now consists of two keyboardists Beppe Colombo and Corrado Grappeggia, and multi-instrumentalist Claudio Colombo who plays drums, flute, guitar, and bass.  The trio is augmented by some special guests: David Jackson (ex-VDGG), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), and Dino Fiore (Il Castello Di Atlante).  The music takes on a little bit more of a modern feel but for the most part it stays true to the roots of "Rock Progressivo Italiano".  Plenty of wicked keyboard parts mixed with some heavy guitar leads.  Yeah vocals are in Italian as if you didn't already know. Over the past 3 or 4 years the Italian prog scene has exploded with excellent bands.  Pandora is clearly near the top.  The whole package comes in a nice tri fold mini-lp sleeve.  Highly recommended.
    $18.00
  • In 2013 Renaissance ran a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds and self-release the album Grandine Il Vento.  The response was an overwhelming success.  Sadly shortly after the recording of the album, Michael Dunford suddenly passed away so there is a bittersweet aura around the album.  The album never went into distribution - you could only buy it from the band's website.  Renaissance has now licensed the album and repackaged and renamed it.  Symphony Of LIght contains all of the tracks from Grandine Il Vento but with an additional three tracks.""Though the release of Renaissance's brand new album Grandine il Vento has been tempered somewhat by the recent passing of guitarist Michael Dunford shortly before its release, let's not fail to state what is pretty obvious...this is a wonderful little album. Coming 12 years after their last studio album Tuscany, Grandine il Vento manages to successfully recreate the classic Renaissance sound just like its predecessor. The line-up for the album is Annie Haslam (vocals), Michael Dunford (acoustic guitar, backing vocals), David J. Keyes (bass, vocals), Rave Tesar (keyboards), Frank Pagano (drums), and Jason Hart (keyboards).If anyone has caught the band live over the past few years, you've no doubt witnessed Haslam's voice sounding quite good, and she's in great form here as well. Just listen to her gentle touch and soaring lines on the epic & majestic opening song "Symphony of Light", a remarkable tune that has all the classic Renaissance elements; stunning piano & keyboards, nimble bass lines, deft acoustic guitar work, and powerful vocals. This track wouldn't have been out of place on Turn of the Cards or Ashes Are Burning. "Waterfall" is a lovely little ditty, complete with Haslam's charming vocal and warm guitar chords from Dunford, while the alluring title track offers up some fascinating lyrics to match the majestic musical arrangements. Tesar and Hart have really laid down some exquisite keyboard tapestries on this one, and the soaring chorus from Annie is a thing of beauty.The band goes for a more groove laden pop feel on "Porcelain", but again, Annie steals the show with her soothing delivery on the chorus. "Cry to the World" is for all the folk lovers in the house, complete with lush acoustic guitar and guest flute from Jethro Tull legend Ian Anderson, while "Air of Drama" is a quirky, mysterious little song that has a majestic feel thanks to some glorious keyboards, lush guitars, and a great vocal duet between Haslam and Keyes. Tesar's gorgeous piano leads in the dramatic "Blood Silver Like Moonlight", another song with that classic era feel, and none other than John Wetton (Asia/King Crimson/UK) makes a guest appearance to join Annie on vocals. The album closes with the dark, ominous "The Mystic and the Muse", a powerful song that features plenty of bombast and drama, thanks to some huge symphonic swells, complex passages, and soaring vocals from Annie. It's easily another one of the main highlights of the album.Though it took over a decade, Renaissance have truly delivered a stunning album here with Grandine il Vento. Sadly, it's also the last appearance of the late Michael Dunford, but he most certainly has gone out on a high note. The band have regrouped after Dunford's unexpected passing, with new guitarist Ryche Chlanda, and are taking the new album out on the road. Expect to be wowed, as much of this latest CD should slot right in alongside all those great Renaissance classics." - Sea Of Tranquility
    $14.00
  • Excellent post-Skip Bifferty band led by keyboardist Mick Gallagher and guitarist John Turnbull. This was categorized as progressive rock in 1971. Don't expect epic length tracks. Do expect interesting arrangements and some superb guitarwork. First legit reissue taken from the original master tapes. This one gets the full blown Mark Powell love.
    $17.00
  • Second album from this Dutch retro band.  Gingerpig is led by ex-Gorefest guitarist Boudewijn Bonebakker.  When the band was originally conceived, Hammond organ played a very important role in their sound.  Keyboardist Jarno Van Es split before Hidden From View was recorded and it was decided to carry on without him.  So while there are some keys on the album (and some nice flute) its very much a guitar driven band.  Definitely tries and achieves the 70s sound.  While the label is pushing this to fans of Deep Purple and Atomic Rooster, it would more likely appeal more to fans of Budgie, Clear Blue Sky, and May Blitz.
    $15.00
  • "Oceans of Mountain fans discovered them by witnessing one of their roaring rock shows, and this one's a doozy, captured in Osaka in '73. Pappalardi/West/Mann/Schwartzberg set fire to staples like Mississsippi Queen; Theme from an Imaginary Western , and Never in My Life plus an epic (nearly 32-minute) Nantucket Sleighride . Raging guitar solos all around!"
    $5.00
  • We don't typically stock CDs by unknown solo artists but when I saw all the musicians involved I realized this wasn't a typical album!  American guitarist Jeff Green has collaborated with a number of musicians entrenched in the British prog scene and come up with a nice symphonic rock album that deserves your attention.  Nice Yes vibe!"In 2011 the American born musician Jeff Green, who lives in Ireland, recorded his first solo album Jessica (see review). The album contained a sad but true story dealing with the death of his daughter and the awareness of stillbirth. During the interview I had, I asked him about his future plans (see interview). Green told me that he was working on a second album called Elder Creek which should be released in the spring of 2012. Moreover, he said that this would be a prog project dealing with the subject of memory, and how memory or loss of memory makes us who we are. The musicians on this record would be the same as the ones who played on Jessica. Well, apparently the recordings of this album took more time since its release was only early 2014.Elder Creek isn't released as Green's second solo album, but as the Jeff Green Project. While listening to the album I realized why he had called it a project, because it definitely sounds as a band effort. Apart from Jeff Green (lead and rhythm electric guitars, six and twelve-string acoustic guitars, mandolin, guitar synthesizer, lead and backing vocals, programming) crucial roles are for Mike Stobbie (keyboards, ex-Pallas), Pete Riley (drums, Guthrie Govan, Wetton & Downes, Icon, Keith Emerson), Andy Staples (bass), Garreth Hicklin (lead and backing vocals, Illegal Eagles) and Imogen Hendricks (lead and backing vocals). Several guest musicians have minor parts, but strangely enough these parts are just as important because their contributions are really significant on certain tracks. These musicians are Phil Hilborne (Keith Emerson, Brian May, Glen Hughes, Steve Vai), who plays some guitar solos, Alan Reed (ex-Pallas, lead vocals on A Long Time From No) and Sean Filkins (ex-Big Big Train, lead vocals on Elder Creek).As Green already explained in the interview Elder Creek indeed explores the concept of memory, amnesia and the part it plays in our personal lives in particular and in society in general. Using both anecdotal and mythological subjects, the album evokes the question: if memories define who we are, then who are we without them? Many lyrics were based on poems written by Jeff's father. In a way this was very important because his grandmother, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, was the inspiration for the concept of this record. He was very close to her and she always believed in his musical aspirations and talents.The music written for this personal concept is a wet dream for all devotees of prog and neo-prog rock. From the beginning until the end I got carried away on a musical roller coaster that blew me out of my chair. Especially Jeff's collaboration with keyboardist Mike Stobbie makes Elder Creek an amazing album. The synergy between both musicians can be heard throughout. Green excels on guitar and mandolin by playing strong riffs and outstanding solos; Stobbie just knows how to play an excellent solo on his MiniMoog and how to create an atmosphere with his keyboards by playing impressive parts on the Mellotron, amongst others. Of course, this doesn't mean that all the other contributors didn't do their job properly. Certainly not; all of them succeeded in putting everything in the right place to create seven superb sounding songs.These seven songs do not always sound originally. But hey, which band is still original nowadays? I guess none! So I don't see a problem here; what really matters is the music and this grabbed me by the throat. So I don't care at all that the MiniMoog sometimes sounds as if it was played by Rick Wakeman (ex-Yes) or Rob Reed (Magenta, Kompendium), and I don't mind that the guitar occasionally sounds like the way Steve Howe (Yes) plays the guitar or Joe Walsh (The Eagles). Well, by the way, sounding like Joe Walsh isn't that strange because Jeff Green was and still is a member of the tribute band Illegal Eagles. I also heard influences from Yes, especially from Close To The Edge (1972) and Drama (1980), and from Keith Emerson on the epic piece A Long Time From Now, which in my opinion belongs to the highlights of this CD.Not only the music of Elder Creek has been worked out well; this also applies to the booklet. All tracks are visualized with photos and paintings; all lyrics have been included as well as the line-up per track. A detailed explanation of the concept of this great album is given by Tom and Jeff Green. Jeff can be seen on one of the pictures in the booklet surrounded by albums recorded by Pink Floyd, The Who, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles, although hardly any influences of these artists can be heard on the album.I kept playing Elder Creek over and over again. I just couldn't get enough of the wonderful music. I love it so much that I can only give the highest possible rating of five stars. In my opinion this is a true masterpiece that deals with a delicate subject, but performed in a pleasant way. It's highly recommended to people who enjoy acts such as Yes, Magenta, Rick Wakeman and Keith Emerson. As far as I'm concerned this is one of the best albums I've heard in 2014! " - Background Magazine
    $16.00
  • "When Whitesnake broke into the spotlight with Slide It In (1984), a battalion of cynical critics predicted the band's success couldn't last, but Coverdale and company silenced all the naysayers with 1987's self-titled album, which rocketed to No. 2 on the Billboard album chart. The record was driven by the pumping rocker "Here I Go Again" and the tender power ballad "Is This Love," but the band's mainstream appeal might have had as much to do with their unabashedly sexual videos as with their bubblegum metal. The clips, which seemed to splash across MTV every 20 minutes, starred Coverdale's girlfriend and B-movie actress Tawny Kitaen, and highlighted her busty, scantily clad body in various provocative poses. Volume and T&A--a metalhead's wet dream."
    $5.00
  • Musician/producer Billy Sherwood has been milking his association with Yes for years. Now he's collaborating with exploitation label Cleopatra Records on a new project. Cashing in all his prog rock street cred in one shot, Sherwood has created a "supergroup" of sorts, although I doubt any of these people were ever in the same room together during the recording of this album. I'll give him credit - its an impressive list of contributors..."The idea of assembling a collection of amazing artists from the progressive rock genre all on one record was an especially exciting concept to me. Inspired, I began writing and recording the 7 songs that would become this album. I then sent those recordings out to some of my friends and musical heroes from bands like King Crimson, XTC, Asia, Gentle Giant, and of course my former band Yes. Soon, I started receiving vocal tracks and guitar and keyboard overdubs from studios all over the world, which I then mixed at my recording studio in Los Angeles. Despite the distances in geography, however, the feeling of the entire production is one of musical and spiritual unity - The Prog Collective! - Billy SherwoodThe biggest super group of Progressive Rock players ever assembled!Features performances by John Wetton (Asia), Tony Levin (King Crimson), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Geoff Downes (Yes/Asia), Alan Parsons (Alan Parsons Project), Chris Squire (Yes), Rick Wakeman (Yes), Gary Green (Gentle Giant), Annie Haslam (Renaissance), Steve Hillage (Gong), John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), Tony Kaye (Yes), Colin Moulding (XTC) and more!"
    $15.00
  • Great instrumental symphonic band led by Finisterre leader Fabio Zuffanti. This is the 3rd of 4 parts celebrating the seasons. Pure analog keyboards (Mellotron, Moog, Hammond), flute, sax, guitar, etc. The music has a bit of a melancholy and sombre feel but at the same time it can be quite exhilarating. In some ways it reminds me of SFF... Highly recommended.
    $16.00
  • 2 DVD pro-shot set featuring highlights from the 2 Days Prog + 1 festival in Veruno Italy, from September 6-8, 2013.Featured bands include:MirrormazeSoul SecretGalahadNeal Morse BandLa Coscienza Di ZenoEloraHakenThree FriendsPsycho PraxisMoon SafariCurved AirAlan Sorrenti 
    $31.00
  • This is the new 40th anniversary edition.  The CD features the expanded set and given a new mix courtesy of Robert Fripp, Tony Arnold, and David Singleton.  The DVD-A features a hi-rez (24/96) stereo mix and hi-rez (24/48) versions of the 2005 mix as well as the 30th anniversary remaster.  You also get a 24/96 vinyl transfer.  I think Robert has definitely beaten this one to death.  Once you have this version there isn't anything left.
    $21.00
  • Superb remaster features extensive liner notes and 2 unreleased bonus tracks.
    $15.00
  • The Italian band The Watch are probably the pre-eminent prog band to capture the classic Gabriel-era sound of Genesis.  While the band tours doing covers of Genesis tunes hey write original material that could easily have been lifted from Nursery Cryme.  Tracks From The Alps is their latest.  It includes all original compositions except their reinterpretation of "Going Out To Get You", a track from Genesis' debut album.  If you like "the sound" The Watch will be indispensible.  I consider them a guilty pleasure and have enjoyed all of their releases.  Highly recommended.
    $17.00