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. Only vaguely aware of anything else going on.

Van Der Graaf Generator – 14 disc boxed set out 23 Sep

Van der Graaf Generator were one of the most original and inspiring bands of the 1970s. When Peter Hamill, Hugh Banton, Guy Evans and David Jackson announced their reformation in 2005 to perform concerts and to record a new album, it took many by surprise, but the group proved they were still making relevant and..

Topographic Tangents: Tillison Talks

Photo: Kate Abbey The twelfth and latest Tangent album Songs From The Hard Shoulder finds Andy Tillison the same supercharged creative powerhouse he was twenty years ago when the band's debut album hopped into the spotlight and won over an unsuspecting progressive rock crowd. In fact, he may be even more invigorated now. With the..

Farewell, Alan White

It's no small feat to seamlessly assume the drum throne from one of the true greats of the classic progressive rock era. But with breathtaking courage and a touch of swagger, that's just what Alan White did when the baton was passed from the suddenly departing Bill Bruford of Yes back in 1972. He was..

Yes Management Announce Change To Tour Lineup

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  YES MANAGEMENT ANNOUNCE CHANGE TO TOUR LINE-UP  22nd May 2022: YES Management have announced today that due to current health issues Alan White will not be taking part on the forthcoming 50th Anniversary Close to the Edge UK Tour.   Alan was really looking forward to playing live again preparing to celebrate 50..

Envy Of None – Envy of None (Kscope Records)

It's astonishing to think that it's been over a quarter-century since Alex Lifeson released Victor, his first big project outside of Rush. That record had some brilliant cuts but was somewhat polarizing; praised by some for its variety and deviation from his day job, disappointing to others for not containing a dozen Tom Sawyers or..

Marillion – An Hour Before It’s Dark (Ear Music)

Sunnier segments and crisper arrangements than on FEAR… Photos by: Anne-Marie Forker Photography No one knows how much time they've got left… sings Steve Hogarth in Care, the immaculate closing track of Marillion's twentieth and latest album An Hour Before It's Dark. Simple but compelling words to those of us who have not only weathered..