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Nov 072020
 

More epic than Ben Hur!

In the first of at least seven shows dedicated to the art of the prog epic, David and Martin visit the worlds of Big Big Train, Wobbler, Transatlantic, The Tangent, Abel Ganz, The Neal Morse Band and The Gift. Make a cuppa, sit back, relax and wallow in the long-form progressive rock song!


Big Big Train – East Coast Racer (15:45) from English Electric: Full Power, 2013
The Gift – The Willows (12:01) from Land of Shadows, 2014
Wobbler – Hinterland (27:32) from Hinterland, 2005
Transatlantic – The Whirlwind (77:54) from The Whirlwind, 2009
The Neal Morse Band – Alive Again (26:45) from The Grand Experiment, 2015
Abel Ganz – Obsolescence (23:23) from Abel Ganz, 2014
The Tangent – Lie Back & Think Of England (28:16) from Auto Reconnaissance, 2020

 Posted by at 4:41 pm
Oct 242020
 

Continuing with our Scandanavian theme, this time around we play some of the great 21st century progressive music that’s come out of Norway, including tracks from new albums by Wobbler, Motorpsycho and Arabs In Aspic.


Wobbler – Imperial Winter White (15:04) from Afterglow, 2009
Major Parkinson – Madeleine Crumbles (05:07) from Blackbox, 2017
Soup – Going Somewhere (08:14) from Remedies, 2017
Seven Impale – Eschaton Horo (08:30) from City of the Sun, 2014
Motorpsycho – Dreams of Fancy (09:37) from The All is One, 2020
Jaga Jazzist – Starfire (08:47) from Starfire, 2015
The Windmill – Not Alone (09:08) from Continuation, 2013
Knekklectric – Ski no (07:35) from For Mange Melodia, 2017
Elephant9 – Mystery Blend (06:17) from Greatest Show on Earth, 2018
35 Tapes – Wasteland (08:21) from Lost & Found, 2019
Progradar’s Picks
Moron Police – Isn’t It Easy (06:58) from A Boat on the Sea, 2019
Airbag – Into The Unknown (10:28) from A Day at the Beach, 2020
Magic Pie – A Life`s Work (00:19) from The Suffering Joy, 2011
Gazpacho – I’ve Been Walking (22:17) from Demon, 2014
Leprous – Third Law (06:19) from The Congregation, 2015
Oak – Lost Causes (08:30) from False Memory Archive, 2018
White Willow – In Dim Days (11:07) from Future Hopes, 2017
Arabs in Aspic – Madness and Magic (06:48) from Madness and Magic, 2020
Gentle Knife – Smother (08:48) from Clock Unwound, 2017
Wobbler – Merry Macabre (19:00) from Dwellers of the Deep, 2020
 Posted by at 3:21 pm
Oct 112020
 

It’s been a while since we did a country special, so here’s one right here. Ladies and gentlemen, the fantastic progressive music of Sweden!


Moon Safari – Too Young To Say Goodbye (06:29) from Himlabacken vol. 1, 2013

Anekdoten – Shooting Star (10:11) from Until All the Ghosts Are Gone, 2015

Introitus – Shadows (09:43) from Shadows, 2019

Nad Sylvan – Meet Your Maker (06:35) from The Regal Bastard, 2019

Ritual – In The Wild (05:56) from The Hemulic Voluntary Band, 2007

Kaipa – Like a Serpentine (12:52) from Children of the Sounds, 2017

Kaipa Da Capo – Det Tysta Guldet (10:42) from Dårskapens Monotoni, 2016

Progradar’s Picks

The Flower Kings – Desolation Road (04:00) from Desolation Rose, 2013

Opeth – Lovelorn Crime (06:34) from In Cauda Venenum, 2019

Karmakanic – Send A Message From The Heart (19:32) from Who’s The Boss In The Factory, 2008

Pain Of Salvation – Icon (13:31) from Panther, 2020

Hasse Fröberg Musical Companion – Can’t Stop The Clock (07:24) from HFMC, 2015

Änglagård – Kung Bore (15:21) from Prog På Svenska – Live In Japan, 2014

Brighteye Brison – The Quest Of Quarrel (12:33) from V, 2019

A.C.T. – A Truly Gifted Man (06:45) from Circus Pandemonium, 2014

Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly – Friendship (13:41) from Friendship, 2018

Dungen – Franks Kaktus (05:40) from Allas Sak, 2015

Carptree – Titans Clash Aggressively To Keep An Even Score (05:31) from Man Made Machine, 2005

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

Moon Safari – Lover’s End Pt. III (Skelleftea Serenade) (24:21) from Lover’s End Pt. III (Skelleftea Serenade), 2012

 Posted by at 2:58 pm
Sep 202020
 

“Take them all out as they run across the mountin, Bodie. All except Hutchinson. He’s useful to us.”

Martin is off doing something called the Three Peaks Challenge this weekend. He’s a mad bugger. Apparently it involves running up and down hills. He does it voluntarily, apparently.

So I’m gonna spin some choons, as the kids say. Some old choons, some new choons. Choony McChoonface.


Dyble Longdon – Astrologers (05:57) from Between A Breath And A Breath, 2020
Neal Morse – Seemingly Sincere (09:34) from Sola Gratia, 2020
Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly – Clean as a Whistle (06:18) from Alone Together, 2020
Sloth Metropolis – Humani2e (06:09) from Humanise, 2020
Porcupine Tree – The Sky Moves Sideways Phase 1 (18:39) from The Sky Moves Sideways, 1995
Wobbler – Five Rooms (08:28) from Dwellers of the Deep, 2020
Tim Bowness – Northern Rain (04:49) from Late Night Laments, 2020
Haze – The Last Post (06:38) from Back To The Bones, 2020
U.K. – In The Dead Of Night/By The Light Of Day/Presto Vivace And Reprise (13:10) from UK, 1978
Allan Holdsworth – Ruhkukah (05:34) from Hard Hat Area, 1993
Gilgamesh – One End More – Phil’s Little Dance – World’s Of Zin (10:22) from Gilgamesh, 1975
Matching Mole – Marchides (08:25) from Little Red Record, 1972
Hatfield And The North – The Stubbs Effect/Big Jobs (Poo Poo Extract)/Going Up To People And Tinkling/Calyx/Son Of “There’s No Place Like Homerton” (16:21) from Hatfield And The North, 1974
Amoeba Split – Blessed Water (12:26) from Dance Of The Goodbyes, 2010
Argos – Parade of Unpainted Dreams (04:13) from Unidentified Dying Objects, 2018
Valdez – No Stone Unturned (05:12) from This, 2017
Sanguine Hum – The Weight Of The World (14:52) from The Weight Of The World, 2013
Billie Bottle & The Multiple – Outward Morning (08:24) from Unrecorded Beam, 2013
Cosmograf – Aspire, Achieve (10:06) from The Man Left in Space, 2013
Kaipa – A Sky Full Of Painters (14:44) from Sattyg, 2014
Magic Pie – King For A Day (27:30) from King For A Day, 2015

 Posted by at 9:25 am
Aug 232020
 

“Wilf goes completely off the rails when Hutchy is on holiday”. “Yeah, he should just leave it aht, Terry”

Martin is on holiday. I’ll do what I want!


Steve Hillage – Hurdy Gurdy Man (06:34) from L, 1976
The Tangent – The Tower Of Babel (04:36) from Auto Reconnaissance, 2020
Sloth Metropolis – Band Together (05:35) from Humanise, 2020
Abel Ganz – The Life of the Honey Bee and Other Moments of Clarity (12:41) from The Life of the Honey Bee and Other Moments of Clarity, 2020
Marta Sui Tubi – Non los sanno (03:14) from Sushi & Coca, 2008
Syncage – Still Unaware (06:20) from Unlike Here, 2017
Phoenix Again – Eppur Si Muore (06:10) from Friends Of Spirit, 2019
Richard Wright – Holiday (06:14) from Wet Dream, 1978
Soft Machine – Day’s Eye (05:03) from Seven, 1973
Caravan – The Show Of Our Lives (05:47) from Cunning Stunts, 1975
The Flower Kings – Stardust We Are (25:03:00) from Stardust We Are, 1997
Steven Wilson – The Same Asylum As Before (05:15) from To The Bone, 2017
Opeth – The Wilde Flowers (06:49) from Sorceress, 2016
Spock’s Beard – What Becomes of Me (06:12) from Noise Floor, 2018
Spock’s Beard – The Doorway (11:36) from Beware of Darkness, 1996
Hemina – High Kite Ride (09:08) from Venus, 2016
Credo – Staring At The Sun (10:02) from Against Reason, 2011
King Crimson – Sleepless (05:36) from Three Of A Perfect Pair, 1984
Cloud Atlas – Siren Song (07:09) from Beyond the Vale, 2014
Half Past Four – All Day and All Night (04:46) from Good Things, 2013
Sand – Coward (06:53) from A Sleeper, Just Awake, 2016
Sanguine Hum – Juniper (05:48) from What We Ask Is Where We Begin, 2016
Magic Bus – Distant Future (07:11) from Phillip the Egg, 2017
Be-Bop Deluxe – Axe Victim (05:19) from Axe Victim, 1974
Gentle Giant – Proclamation (06:57) from The Power and the Glory, 2014
Glass Hammer – Cold Star (07:30) from Dreaming City, 2020
A Secret River – Starbomb (06:32) from Colours of Solitude, 2014
Haken – Crystallised (19:23) from Restoration, 2014
Gomez – Devil Will Ride (07:00) from Liquid Skin, 1999

 Posted by at 3:35 pm
Jul 112020
 

Back after a break! Here’s our review of the first half of 2020 – the oddest six months of most of our lives, but there’s been some great music released nonetheless. So, sucks to you, Covid-19!


Magenta – Reach For The Moon (09:27) from Masters Of Illusion, 2020
Chimpan A – It’s So Real (08:08) from The Empathy Machine, 2020
The Dowling Poole – Made In Heaven (03:49) from See You See Me, 2020
The Sunchymes – Masquerade (04:16) from The Sands Of Time, 2020
Glass Hammer – Cold Star (07:30) from Dreaming City, 2020
Offramp – Vertical Up (07:20) from Turbulence, 2020
CHEER-ACCIDENT – Plea Bargain (04:10) from Chicago XX, 2020
Magic Bus – New Day (05:14) from The Earth Years, 2020
Orange Clocks – Miles Away (06:22) from Metamorphic, 2020
Haken – The Strain (05:24) from Virus, 2020
Arabs in Aspic – Madness and Magic (06:48) from Madness and Magic, 2020
Dim Gray – The Wave We Thought We’d Ride Forever (04:38) from Flown, 2020
Lazuli – Mers lacrymales (05:04) from Le fantastique envol de Dieter Böhm, 2020
Caligula’s Horse – Valkyrie (05:09) from Rise Radiant, 2020
Hibernal – Deep Down (06:10) from Beyond, 2020
Notion Blue – Keeping Apart (05:41) from The Son, The Liar, and The Victor, 2020
I Am The Manic Whale – Build It Up Again (07:02) from Things Unseen, 2020
Zio – Erwin’s Opera (06:49) from Flower Torania, 2020
Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate – Nostalgia For Infinity (07:00) from Nostalgia For Infinity, 2020
Paul Mallyon – Warning Shot (03:59) from Promise of Light, 2020
Once And Future Band – Andromeda (04:07) from Deleted Scenes, 2020
Haze – To Us All (09:21) from Back To The Bones, 2020

Progradar’s Picks
Pendragon – Truth And Lies (08:26) from Love Over Fear, 2020
Airbag – Into The Unknown (10:28) from A Day at the Beach, 2020
Abel Ganz – One Small Soul (05:52) from The Life of the Honey Bee and Other Moments of Clarity, 2020
The Tangent – Life On Hold (05:34) from Auto Reconnaissance, 2020
Blue Rose Code – The Wild Atlantic Way (05:19) from Will Healings Of The Deepest Kind, 2020

Godsticks – Relief (05:04) from Inescapable, 2020
Psychoyogi – Sooner Than Now (04:16) from Dangerous Devices, 2020
Long Earth – Summer (07:41) from Once Around the Sun, 2020
Different Light – Two Faces (07:40) from Binary Suns (Part 1), 2020
Toundra – Akt VI (10:05) from Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, 2020
Pure Reason Revolution – Ghosts & Typhoons (08:46) from Eupnea, 2020
Jargon – Time Is Running Out (06:54) from The Fading Thought, 2020
Fren – Heavy Matter (06:24) from Where Do You Want Ghosts to Reside, 2020
Kavus Torabi – Radio To Their World (04:10) from Hip To The Jag, 2020
Nick D’Virgilio – Where’s the Passion (06:50) from Invisible, 2020
The Bardic Depths – Depths Of Soul (06:40) from The Bardic Depths, 2020
Frost* – Exhibit A (05:35) from Others, 2020
Zopp – The Noble Shirker (09:19) from Zopp, 2020

 Posted by at 3:50 pm
Jun 072020
 

Wilf is joined again by Jon Hunt and James Hendry for the final part of their review of the career of one of the true greats of British music, Mike Oldfield.


Mike Oldfield – In The Beginning/Let There Be Light (6:22) from The Songs Of Distant Earth, 1994
Mike Oldfield – The Song Of The Sun (4:33) from Voyager, 1996
Mike Oldfield – Mike’s Reel (3:54) from Women Of Ireland, 1997
Mike Oldfield – Secrets/Far Above The Clouds (8:50) from Tubular Bells III, 1998
Mike Oldfield – Serpent Dream/The Inner Child (7:42) (live, 1998)
Mike Oldfield – Out Of Mind (3:47) from Guitars, 1999
Mike Oldfield – Lake Constance (11:22) from The Millennium Bell, 1999
Mike Oldfield – Return To The Origin (4:39) from Tr3s Lunas, 2002
Mike Oldfield – Blues/Thrash/Jazz/Ghost Bells/Russian/Finale (13:59) from Tubular Bells 2003, 2003
Mike Oldfield – Tears Of An Angel (5:38) from Light + Shade, 2005
Mike Oldfield – Cook’s Tune (3:15) bonus track from Light + Shade, 2005
Mike Oldfield – Moonlight Shadow (extended version) from Platinum Collection, 2006
Mike Oldfield – Aurora (3:42) from Music Of The Spheres, 2008
Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells/In Dulci Jubilo (11:26) from Isles Of Wonder: Music For The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, 2012
Mike Oldfield – Man On The Rocks (6:11) from Man On The Rocks, 2014
Mike Oldfield – Ommadawn Part 1 (live) (21:58) from QE2 deluxe edition, 2012
Mike Oldfield – Return To Ommadawn Part II (extract) (13:07) from Return To Ommadawn, 2017
Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells Part 2/Sailor’s Hornpipe (11:09) from Exposed, 1979

 Posted by at 9:29 am
May 312020
 

Jon, James and Wilf regroup for the second part of their Mike Oldfield extravaganza, celebrating the music released by the great man in the Eighties, culminating with his leaving Virgin Records and releasing Tubular Bells II in 1992.


Mike Oldfield –Five Miles Out (4:23) from Five Miles Out, 1982
Mike Oldfield –Mistake (2:58), single, 1982
Mike Oldfield – Waldberg (The Peak), B-side of Mistake, 1982
Mike Oldfield – In High Places (3:34) from Crises, 1983
Mike Oldfield – Crises (live) (23:15) from Crises, deluxe edition released 2013
Mike Oldfield – The Lake (12:14) from Discovery, 1984
Mike Oldfield – In The Pool (3:42), B-side of To France, 1984
Mike Oldfield – Evacuation (5:14) from The Killing Fields OST, 1984
Mike Oldfield – Mount Teide (live) (4:33) from The Complete Mike Oldfield, 1985
Mike Oldfield – Pictures in the Dark (4:16), single, 1985
Mike Oldfield – The Wind Chimes (extract) (6:23) from Islands, 1987
Mike Oldfield – Far Country (4:25) from Earth Moving, 1989
The Sallyangie – Branches (6:52), from Children of the Sun, originally released 1969, reissued 2002
Mike Oldfield – Amarok (extract) (7:05) from Amarok, 1990
Michael Oldfield – No Dream (6:01) from Heaven’s Open, 1991
Mike Oldfield – Sunjammer/Red Dawn/The Bell (11:22) from Tubular Bells II, 1992

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