Curved Air – The Albums 1970-1973 (Esoteric)

Meticulous attention to detail... what a beauty. Without wishing to sound like a broken record (or even acknowledging that pun), I have to again recognize Esoteric's admirable dedication and meticulous attention to detail with their tireless reissue campaign over the years. Dusting off ancient back catalogues of countless bands and artists and propelling them back..

Grumblewood – Stories Of Strangers (Gravity Dream)

Exquisite, skillful, rich in imagination and feel... The debut album from Grumblewood plays like a lost classic. It certainly doesn't have much 21st century about it, and yet it's a wonderfully refreshing change. You see, this quartet from Wellington, New Zealand merrily ignores boundaries, feeling every bit at home playing trippy bass lines and groovin'..

Frost* – 13 Winters (InsideOut)

An eight-disc treasure chest that rewards the patience of starved Frost*heads... When it rains, it pours. Or maybe in Frost's case, when it snows, it… er, never mind. The fact is, until this year there hadn't been a new Frost* release in four years. Then in June came Others, a digital EP of new material..

Mark Kelly’s Marathon (earMUSIC)

Kelly's first foray away from the Marillion mothership is a somewhat breezier affair. Incredibly, it's already been a dozen years since the short, moody piece Liquidity (on Marillion's Happiness Is The Road vol. I) begged the question: what could Mark Kelly do on his own, and why hasn't he done that yet? He's contributed playing..

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..