March 7, 2021

Author: Lorne Murphy

Charming, handsome, brilliant and humble Canadian. Wine lover and Python fanatic. Prog, jazz, rock and metal listener for most of his forty-something years.

Liquid Tension Experiment – LTE 3 (InsideOut)

It's almost beyond comprehension that the last time muso quartet Liquid Tension Experiment recorded an album was 22 years ago. Yes, more than two decades. A pre-9/11 world. Five U.S. presidents ago. People not yet born then are now adults… you get the drift. In those days, Jordan Rudess was a long-haired newcomer to the..

…Now we sob: Return To Forever, Chick

Technically, the first time I ever heard Chick Corea on record was as a teenager when I bought Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, pretentiously thinking I was so much more sophisticated than my rock loving peers. But I didn't actually know which musicians I was listening to, apart from Miles himself, and I couldn't make sense..

Transatlantic – The Absolute Universe: Forevermore (InsideOut)

They make Tales From Topographic Oceans look like a 45 rpm single... It's fair to say that Transatlantic are not exactly renowned for subtlety or brevity. The much-lauded supergroup doesn't do anything small, consistently crafting immense prog epics that seem loftier with each new release. Now, twenty-something years into their existence, they are taking 'epic'..

Curved Air – The Albums 1970-1973 (Esoteric)

Meticulous attention to detail... what a beauty. Without wishing to sound like a broken record (or even acknowledging that pun), I have to again recognize Esoteric's admirable dedication and meticulous attention to detail with their tireless reissue campaign over the years. Dusting off ancient back catalogues of countless bands and artists and propelling them back..

Steve Hackett – Under A Mediterranean Sky (InsideOut)

Hackett is easily swept up in the romance of these cities and their vast histories... A dozen years have cruelly stampeded by since Steve Hackett's last full album of acoustic-based compositions (and that last year was the cruelest of all). In that time he has proven himself a tireless stalwart of the rock world with..

Grumblewood – Stories Of Strangers (Gravity Dream)

Exquisite, skillful, rich in imagination and feel... The debut album from Grumblewood plays like a lost classic. It certainly doesn't have much 21st century about it, and yet it's a wonderfully refreshing change. You see, this quartet from Wellington, New Zealand merrily ignores boundaries, feeling every bit at home playing trippy bass lines and groovin'..

Frost* – 13 Winters (InsideOut)

An eight-disc treasure chest that rewards the patience of starved Frost*heads... When it rains, it pours. Or maybe in Frost's case, when it snows, it… er, never mind. The fact is, until this year there hadn't been a new Frost* release in four years. Then in June came Others, a digital EP of new material..

Mark Kelly’s Marathon (earMUSIC)

Kelly's first foray away from the Marillion mothership is a somewhat breezier affair. Incredibly, it's already been a dozen years since the short, moody piece Liquidity (on Marillion's Happiness Is The Road vol. I) begged the question: what could Mark Kelly do on his own, and why hasn't he done that yet? He's contributed playing..

Steve Hackett – Under A Mediterranean Sky released 22 Jan 2021

Iconic guitarist Steve Hackett releases his new acoustic album Under A Mediterranean Sky on 22nd January 2021 as a limited CD Digipak, Gatefold 2LP + CD + LP-booklet and Digital Album via InsideOut Music. Under A Mediterranean Sky is Steve Hackett’s first acoustic solo album since Tribute in 2008 and takes inspiration from Steve’s extensive..