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..
The ambitious and adventurous band's most engaging era restored in a comprehensive new boxed set... Ahhhh, now here's a fun one. Those of us with a love of 1970s bands that never managed to achieve mass success (but were every bit as good as the ones that did) have had a lot to thank Esoteric..
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..
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..
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..
While bobbing around the huge melting pot of 1970s British rock, one of the more unique bands that floats to the surface is Jade Warrior. While not exactly dwelling in obscurity, neither were they fortunate enough to win the 'right place, right time' lottery that some of their contemporaries did. To their fans, of course,..
The vast landscape of lesser-known albums from the 1960s and 1970s is dotted with gems of varying degrees of brilliance. It's easy to get lost down slippery YouTube rabbit holes or dig through rows of records and CDs, combing for worthy relics to discover and add to our collections. It's even easier to have the..
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..
Two hours and forty minutes of prime recordings from the undisputed heavyweight champions of space rock... It can be so boring to be a Hawkwind collector, as we're rarely treated to much in the way of archival releases or boxed sets… …okay, I tried to say that with a straight face and failed. Yes, the..
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..