July 14, 2020

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.

Frank Zappa – The Mothers 1970 (Zappa / Universal)

Without having done the math, it's quite possible that we have reached the point where there have been more posthumous volumes in the Frank Zappa catalogue than were released while he was alive. Hardcore fans continue to be spoiled by the endless wellspring that is the Zappa Family Trust, whose every trip to the vault..

Steve Hackett – A Genesis In My Bed: The Autobiography

At a dinner party, (Robert Fripp) reprimanded me for eating too much of his cheese. To his displeasure, I ate another piece…forty years on, I’ve never been invited back.' ...that may not be the most intriguing, revealing or touching quote from Steve Hackett's new autobiography A Genesis In My Bed, and it probably says more..

Gösta Berlings Saga – Konkret Musik (InsideOut)

In preparation for my first listen to Konkret Musik, the sixth album from spectacular Swedish sound wizards Gösta Berlings Saga, I did something I'd never done before a review: I listened to every one of their previous albums top to bottom, in chronological order. Each CD I pulled from the shelf prompted fond memories, but..

Magenta – Masters Of Illusion (Tigermoth)

A headlong leap into the symphonic progressive rock waters, where every trick in the bag is sprinkled liberally throughout... A lone middle-aged actor sits in a rickety dressing room, bottle of spirits within arm's reach, gazing into the mirror while a dozen ghoulish faces of his past roles stare back at him. It is a..

Morse/Portnoy/George – Cov3r To Cov3r (InsideOut)

For seventeen years, Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy and Randy George (MPG) have been playing epic, grandiose prog rock together, recording numerous albums for Neal's solo catalogue as well as three colossal works as part of the five-man Neal Morse Band. But the slick proggers also have a firm love of classic rock and pop music..

Lonely Robot – Feelings Are Good (InsideOut)

Since the 2015 debut Please Come Home first landed, John Mitchell's Lonely Robot has proved unexpectedly prolific, producing a total of four albums in just five years. It seems odd that an artist who claims to be a lazy procrastinator is also this creatively fertile, particularly considering Lonely Robot is far from the only music..

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Nick D’Virgilio: Right Place, Right Time

A richly varied and ultimately beautiful listening experience... Remember that progressive rock band with the strange storybook epics, grand keyboard solos, and charismatic front man who left the group following their concept double album about a young man on a bizarre journey in New York City? You may recall that the drummer also had a..

Frost* – Others (InsideOut)

a unique and curious blend of heavy rock riffs, thumping electronica, and anthemic choruses... Happenings in the Frost* camp have been fairly intermittent in the four years since their third album Falling Satellites was released to largely positive reviews. But recently the good news broke: a new album is due to be released in September..

Haken – Virus (InsideOut)

An engrossing listen that never loosens its grip, but provides ample breathing room with well-placed changes of pace peppered throughout... It's unlikely Haken will ever experience a greater coincidence in their career than the christening of the latest gem in their catalogue. If their buddies in Dream Theater had their own such freakish moment on..