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.

Off on another one with Andy Tillison

 I have no objection to music that makes you want to head-bang, as long as it remembers that you dance with your legs and feet.Andy Tillison, july 2020 The Tangent are one of the most skilled and interesting bands of modern times. Like all naturally gifted musicians, band leader Andy Tillison seems wholly incapable of..

Arena announce new lineup with Damian Wilson

Arena has parted ways with singer Paul Manzi, as announced on their official page 13 July: It is with sadness that we will be parting ways with singer Paul Manzi.He has been with us for ten years, three studio albums and a lot of touring, but these commitments, particularly the touring, were becoming a strain..

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..