Author: Steve Pilkington

Former editor of the CRS magazine 'Rock Society'. Presenter of weekly radio show A Saucerful Of Prog on Rock Radio UK. Author of several music biographies. 70s throwback...

STACKRIDGE – 50: Recordings 1971-2021 (Angel Air)

Stackridge never lost the twinkle in their collective eyes while delivering some absolute musical jewels, and they should be celebrated. Perhaps this set might help right that oversight! Now, excuse me while I return to the saga of Syracuse The Elephant again… I am fairly that sure I can't be the only person of a..

THE GARDENING CLUB – The Blue Door (MRR)

Anyone following the activities of The Gardening Club (a loose assembly based around Toronto-based UK ex-pat Martin Springett) will be aware of a quite remarkable spike in activities just at the moment. Indeed, there can be few cases of a greater swing from one extreme to the other, with over three decades separating the first..

IO EARTH – Acoustic Vol. 1

This isn't so much about showing a completely new side of the band, it is more a case of lifting a side of their identity out from its unassuming support role and giving it the chance to have its turn in the spotlight. And it turns out that they are very, very good at it...

RICK WAKEMAN ANNOUNCES ‘CAPED CRUSADER COLLECTOR CLUB’

Members will receive rare memorabilia and unreleased music Rick Wakeman has announced the setup of the 'Caped Crusader Collector Club for fans Sign up to the Caped Crusader Collector Club and receive a membership pack containing an individually numbered membership card, a welcome letter signed by Rick, an exclusive year book full of rare photos,..

BLACK SABBATH – Technical Ecstasy (Super Deluxe Edition) (BMG)

Hopefully this beautifully put-together reissue will allow this most underrated of Sabbath recordings to finally undergo some long overdue reassessment. It surely deserves it! There is a certain received wisdom among Black Sabbath fan circles that 1976's Technical Ecstasy album was an abrupt shift in direction which represents the first dramatic loss in quality following..

DAVE BRONS – NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST

If you have a Tolkien-loving prog fan in your life (and hey, that's a Venn Diagram with a sizeable intersection I'm sure we can agree!), then here's this year's Christmas present... If the name Dave Brons is familiar to some contemporary prog aficionados, it may be from his work with Celestial Fire - the superb..