Sep 172017
 
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…and we’re back! The two hundred and fiftieth European Perspective – who would have thought I’d still be doing this after all this time? Certainly not me…

Thanks to everyone who has made enquiries about the show, and its return to the podsphere. It wouldn’t be half as much fun without you.

To mark this landmark I’ve asked a number of regular listeners and musicians in the progressive rock arena to list their ten favourite albums released since the year 2000. There’s a total of 250, and over the next shows I’ll be unveiling them piecemeal. The first selection is from Mike Morton, composer and lead singer with The Gift, a regular favourite on the show. Mike’s selections are fascinating, and really not what you’d think from a gent who by his own admission is a huge lover of Seventies’ progressive rock.

Also, of course, Martin Hutchinson is back with another set of Progradar’s Picks!


The Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You (03:32) from Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia, 2000
Steven Wilson – Nowhere Now (04:04) from To The Bone, 2017
Discipline – The Body Yearns (09:25) from Captives Of The Wine Dark Sea, 2017
Sky Architect – Dune (06:26) from Nomad, 2017
My Tricksy Spirit – Always With You (08:18) from My Tricksy Spirit, 2017
Schnauser – The Monday Club (07:44) from Irritant, 2017
Valdez – Colorado/Smile For The Camera (17:22) from This, 2017

The European Perspective Top 250 – Mike Morton
Frost* – Hyperventilate (07:32) from Milliontown, 2006
Spock’s Beard – The Great Nothing (27:02:00) from V, 2000
Mothertongue – A Poem that the Sky Wrote (03:37) from Unsongs, 2016
The Dear Hunter – Waves (04:12) from Act IV: Rebirth In Reprise, 2015
Bigelf – The Evils of Rock and Roll (06:37) from Cheat the Gallows, 2008
Porcupine Tree – Arriving Somewhere But Not Here (12:02) from Deadwing, 2005
Steven Wilson – Home Invasion/Regret #9 (11:25) from Hand. Cannot. Erase., 2015
It Bites – The Tall Ships (06:17) from The Tall Ships, 2008
The Neal Morse Band – Broken Sky/Long Day (Reprise) (09:59) from The Similitude Of A Dream, 2016
Big Big Train – Curator Of Butterflies (08:45) from English Electric: Full Power, 2013

Steely Dan – Aja (08:01) from Aja, 1977
Rosie Vela – Interlude (04:07) from Zazu, 1986
Radiohead – Polyethylene (Parts 1 & 2) (04:23) from OKNOTOK, 2017

Progradar’s Picks
Blue Rose Code – Over The Fields (For John) (04:11) from The Water Of Leith, 2017
The Wynntown Marshals – Odessa (03:58) from After All These Years, 2017
Nordic Giants – Dystopia (05:31) from Amplify Human Vibration, 2017

Pain Of Salvation – Ending Theme (04:59) from Remedy Lane: Revisited, 2016
Linus Kåse – Winter Season (05:11) from I, 2017
The Tangent – The Sad Story Of Lead and Astatine (16:00) from The Slow Rust Of Forgotten Machinery, 2017
Pink Floyd – Echoes (23:35) from Meddle, 1971

 Posted by at 5:18 pm
Dec 262015
 
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As always, demand for the Boxing Day edition of The European Perspective is sky high.

As always, demand for the Boxing Day edition of The European Perspective is sky high.

Christmas is over for another year – but don’t be glum! Here’s part 3 of The European Perspective’s review of 2015 to warm the cockles of your heart, and get you ready for New Year!


  1. Barock Project – Gold (08:40) from Skyline, 2015
  2. Cherry Five – Terra Rossa (05:30) from Il Pozzo dei Giganti, 2015
  3. William D. Drake – Distant Buzzing (03:27) from Revere Reach, 2015
  4. Box Of Shamens – Intruder (05:22) from Belief and Illusion, 2015
  5. Yak – Quest For The Stones (23:59) from Quest For The Stones, 2015
  6. Everything Everything – Zero Pharaoh (03:39) from Get To Heaven, 2015
  7. Grice – Leftside (04:00) from Alexandrine, 2015
  8. Vennart – A Weight in the Hollow (05:39) from The Demon Joke, 2015
  9. District 97 – All’s Well That Ends Well (07:49) from In Vaults, 2015
  10. Kingcrow – The Deeper Divide (07:38) from Eidos, 2015
  11. Tiger Moth Tales – A Kids Tale (06:08) from Story Teller – Part 1, 2015
  12. Llamassence – Half Heart (05:27) from Abyssal Gigantism EP, 2015
  13. Purposeful Porpoise – Cycles (12:20) from The Water Games, 2015
  14. The Enid – My Gravity (07:08) from The Bridge, 2015
  15. Tame Impala – Yes I’m Changing (04:31) from Currents, 2015
  16. This Oceanic Feeling – Radio (05:28) from Universal Mind, 2015
  17. Tim Bowness – Sing To Me (05:46) from Stupid Things That Mean the World, 2015
  18. Octopie – Blastoff (04:18) from The Adventure of Harry and Walrus Kane, 2015
  19. Emmett Elvin – Electropipe (03:18) from Emmettronica 1998-2012, 2015
  20. Echolyn – Empyrean Views (09:18) from I Heard You Listening, 2015
  21. Corvus Stone – Cinema Finale (06:02) from Corvus Stone Unscrewed, 2015
  22. Abigail’s Ghost – King of All (05:23) from Black Plastic Sun, 2015
  23. Maddison’s Thread – The Viking’s Daughter (05:14) from The Viking’s Daughter, 2015
  24. The Fierce And The Dead – Palm Trees (04:00) from Magnet, 2015
  25. Advent – Voices from California (07:34) from Silent Sentinel, 2015
  26. 3RDegree – Life At Any Cost (08:49) from Ones & Zeros: Vol. 1, 2015
  27. Big Hogg – Turn to Prayer (05:51) from Big Hogg, 2015
  28. Spock’s Beard – Tides Of Time (07:48) from The Oblivion Particle, 2015
  29. Halo Tora – The Bones That Rock the Cradle (05:38) from Omni\One, 2015
  30. The Dear Hunter – Waves (04:12) from Act IV: Rebirth In Reprise, 2015
  31. Godsticks – Exit Stage Right (05:46) from Emergence, 2015
  32. Karfagen – Alight Again (09:25) from 7, 2015
  33. Nemo – Coma (12:46) from Coma, 2015
 Posted by at 3:26 pm
Nov 292015
 
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"Quick! We're missing The European Perspective!"

“Quick! We’re missing The European Perspective!”

After a bit of a hiatus, we’re back with the first part of The European Perspective’s end of year review for 2015!

1. Franck Carducci – Journey Through The Mind (08:00) from Torn Apart, 2015

2. Beardfish – Comfort Zone (09:34) from +4626-COMFORTZONE, 2015

3. Red Jasper – Ray of Darkness (06:02) from The Great and Secret Show, 2015

4. Mike Kershaw – An Ordinary Poison (05:27) from Departure, 2015

5. Le folli arie – Alien’s Trip (04:08) from Le folli arie, 2015

6. Alco Frisbass – Induction Magnétique (09:09) from Alco Frisbass, 2015

7. La Coscienza di Zeno – Libero Pensatore (05:12) from La Notte Anche Di Giorno, 2015

8. Audioplastik – Distant Skies (05:22) from In the Head of a Maniac, 2015

9. Karda Estra – Strange Relations 4 (06:47) from Strange Relations, 2015

10. The Neal Morse Band – The Call (10:16) from The Grand Experiment , 2015

11. Hasse Fröberg Musical Companion – Something Worth Dying For (05:33) from HFMC, 2015

12. Nice Beaver – Timeline (06:36) from The Time It Takes, 2015

13. Lonely Robot – The Boy In The Radio (04:52) from Please Come Home, 2015

14. Public Service Broadcasting – Sputnik (07:09) from The Race For Space, 2015

15. Sanguine Hum – On The Beach (06:07) from Now We Have Light, 2015

16. Steven Wilson – Routine (09:03) from Hand. Cannot. Erase., 2015

17. Ciccada – Around the Fire (09:16) from The Finest of Miracles, 2015

18. Not a Good Sign – Pleasure of Drowning (05:54) from From a Distance, 2015

19. Herba D’hameli – Claritat (10:38) from Interiors, 2015

20. Firefly Burning – Beloved (05:41) from Skeleton Hill, 2015

21. Argos – Not In This Picture (12:33) from A Seasonal Affair, 2015

22. Christina – Last Breath (04:40) from The Light, 2015

23. Different Strings – Fatal Chronic Damage (11:29) from The Sounds of Silence, Pt. II: The Counterfeits, 2015

24. jh – I’ll See You Tomorrow In A Different Light (06:34) from Morning Sun, 2015

25. Steve Hackett – Love Song To A Vampire (09:18) from Wolflight, 2015

26. Karnataka – Secrets Of Angels (20:04) from Secrets Of Angels, 2015

 Posted by at 5:39 pm
Feb 152014
 
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Carrying on from where we left off in June 2011, here’s The European Perspective’s review of the great progressive rock albums released in 1977. They said that punk killed prog in 1976, but nothing could be further from the truth – as this collection of music proves. I’ve ignored the ‘Europe only’ rule this time around, so you can get Happy The Man and Rush alongside old show favourites such as Yes, Genesis and Pink Floyd.


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 Posted by at 9:45 pm
Oct 272013
 
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This episode of the show features an extended interview with Guy Manning, talking about his latest album, The Root, The Leaf & The Bone.

Plus new music from The Fierce And The Dead, Touchstone, Roy Harper (amongst others) together with some old favourites.


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 Posted by at 5:58 pm
Sep 152013
 
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The only time work ever really stopped at Grace Brothers was when a new European Perspective went live.

The only time work ever really stopped at Grace Brothers was when a new European Perspective went live.

Listener’s requests this week, in another largely extemporised show – could this be the way of the future? New albums from Fish, Magenta and Haken loom large, as well as an excellent new track from Knifeworld.


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 Posted by at 2:38 pm
Aug 312013
 
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Pope Francis gives the ‘thumbs up’ to Vatican reform and to the latest, compact edition of The European Perspective.

For the first time ever, this week’s European Perspective is the product of ‘making it up as we go along’! New albums from Magenta, Haken, Regal Worm and Moon Safari, requests for Robert Wyatt and Kevin Ayers, and some other great British and European progressive rock music that I just plucked out of my music library and thought you all might like to hear.

Oh yes, and welcome to the new, shorter format….


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 Posted by at 5:29 pm