May 202020
 
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“I sentence you to listen to progressive rock for a period of twenty years, or one Transatlantic album. It amounts to the same thing”.

There’ll be more Mike Oldfield-related shenanigans next time, but while you’re waiting for that, I’m back with another selection of top tunes, and Martin drops in with his Progradar’s Picks!


Suns of the Tundra – Each of Us (04:59) from Murmuration, 2019
I Am The Manic Whale – Into The Blue (06:21) from Things Unseen, 2020
Long Road Down – Blood Red Skies (03:49) from 2020 – EP, 2020
Kavus Torabi – You Broke My Fall (07:03) from Hip To The Jag, 2020
Chimpan A – It’s So Real (08:08) from The Empathy Machine, 2020
The Dowling Poole – The Light Dies Down (03:57) from See You See Me, 2020
Homunculus Res – Mentre dormi (04:17) from Della stessa sostanza dei sogni, 2018

Twelve From Twelve – the USA
The Mars Volta – Goliath (07:16) from The Bedlam In Goliath, 2008
Phideaux – Gift of the Flame (06:58) from Number Seven, 2009
Glass Hammer – Beyond, Within (11:46) from If, 2010
Neal Morse – Time Changer (06:08) from Testimony 2, 2011
Echolyn – Past Gravity (07:11) from (untitled), 2012
Jolly – You Against the World (05:11) from The Audio Guide To Happiness Part 2, 2013
Dream the Electric Sleep – To Love Is To Leave (08:01) from Heretics, 2014
The Dear Hunter – The Old Haunt (04:36) from Act IV: Rebirth In Reprise, 2015
The Neal Morse Band – Breath Of Angels (06:32) from The Similitude Of A Dream, 2016
Brett William Kull – My House is Loud (05:23) from Open Skies Exploding, 2017
3RDegree – Olympia (05:16) from Ones & Zeros: Vol. 0, 2018
Bent Knee – Hold Me In (04:50) from You Know What They Mean, 2019
Cheer-Accident – Life Rings Hollow (05:41) from Chicago XX, 2020

The Tea Club – Creature (27:46) from If/When, 2019
Orange Clocks – Floating Temple (04:59) from Metamorphic, 2020
A Formal Horse – Lonely Doe Young Doe (03:47) from Here Comes The Man From The Council With A Flamethrower, 2019
Thieves’ Kitchen – Mirie It Is (08:52) from Genius Loci, 2019
Cheeto’s Magazine – Outflow (07:10) from Amazingous, 2019
Nick Magnus – A Widow In Black (05:08) from Catharsis, 2019
IQ – Rise (06:49) from Resistance, 2019

Progradar’s Picks
Psychoyogi – Dangerous Devices (04:48) from Dangerous Devices, 2020
Haken – Prosthetic (05:58) from Virus, 2020
Airbag – Machines And Men (10:48) from A Day at the Beach, 2020
Mothertongue – Blooper’s Theme (04:02) from Unsongs, 2016

Marillion – This Strange Engine (16:18) from With Friends from The Orchestra, 2019

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May 122020
 
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After literally years of talking about it, Wilf gets together in a socially distanced, responsible fashion with two old friends of The European Perspective, Jon Hunt and James Hendry, to present an extravaganza of music by one of their favourite composers and musicians, Mike Oldfield. In this first show they look at the first ten years of his remarkable career, with a few rarities mixed in with the major releases. There’ll be a second installment in due course!


Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells Part 1 (extract) (05:54) from Tubular Bells, 1973
Mike Oldfield – Mike Oldfield’s Single (03:57), 1974/
Mike Oldfield – Hergest Ridge Part 2 (extract) (05:34) from Hergest Ridge, 1974
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by David Bedford, featuring Mike Oldfield – The Orchestral Tubular Bells Part 2 (extract) (04:24) from The Orchestral Tubular Bells, 1974
Mike Oldfield – Ommadawn Part 1 (extract) (12:08) from Ommadawn, 1975
Mike Oldfield – The Path (03:31) from B-side of Shine, recorded 1976, released 1986
Mike Oldfield – Argiers (04:00) from Boxed, 1976
Mike Oldfield – Pipe Tune (03:30) from B-side of Cuckoo Song, 1977
Mike Oldfield – Incantations Part 4 (17:04) from Incantations, 1978
Mike Oldfield – Wrekorder Wrondo (02:37) from Take Four EP, 1978
Mike Oldfield – Guilty (live) (06:22) from Exposed, 1979
Pierre Moerlen’s Gong, featuring Mike Oldfield – Downwind (06:58) from Pierre Moerlen’s Gong Live, 1979
Mike Oldfield – Sally/Punkadiddle (09:55) from Platinum, 1979
Mike Oldfield – Platinum (live) (14:25) from The Complete Mike Oldfield, 1985
Mike Oldfield – Taurus 1 (10:17) from QE2, 1980
Mike Oldfield – Taurus 2 (24:44:00) from Five Miles Out, 1982

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May 032020
 
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Martin was slowly coming to realise that getting involved with TEP wasn’t a great move.

In celebration of the release of a new, all-singing, all-dancing edition of Marillion’s debut album Script For A Jester’s Tear we take a look back at the early days of the New Wave Of British Progressive Rock.


Marillion – Script For A Jesters Tear (08:43) from Script For A Jester’s Tear, 1983
Marillion – Market Square Heroes (04:18) from Market Square Heroes, 1982
Twelfth Night – We Are Sane (10:23) from Fact And Fiction, 1982
IQ – The Last Human Gateway (20:21) from Tales From The Lush Attic, 1982
Pendragon – Oh Divineo (06:50) from The Jewel, 1985
Solstice – Return of the Spring (07:26) from Silent Dance, 1984
Pallas – Rat Racing (08:10) from The Wedge, 1986
Marillion – Garden Party (07:20) from Script For A Jester’s Tear, 1983
Twice Bitten – Endplay (05:02) from Late Cut, 2015

Progradar’s Picks
Genesis – Turn It on Again (03:52) from Duke, 1980
Yes – Hold On (05:18) from 90125, 1983
Asia – Heat Of The Moment (03:55) from Asia, 1982
Rush – The Spirit Of Radio (04:59) from Permanent Waves, 1980
Marillion – Heart Of Lothian (04:05) from Misplaced Childhood, 1985
IQ – Awake And Nervous (07:57) from Tales From The Lush Attic, 1982
Pendragon – Leviathan (06:14) from The Jewel, 1985
Abel Ganz – Little by Little (07:47) from Gratuitous Flash, 1984
Pallas – Heart Attack (08:00) from The Sentinel, 1984

Pallas – Ark of Infinity (07:07) from The Sentinel, 1984
Haze – The Vice (07:33) from Stoat & Bottle, 1987
Marillion – Forgotten Sons (08:26) from Script For A Jester’s Tear, 1983
Marillion – Grendel (17:17) from Market Square Heroes, 12”, 1982

 

 Posted by at 5:27 pm
Apr 182020
 
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It all got a bit chaotic!

The general idea here was to play some cheerful music. And most of it is. There’s a really tiny bit of swearing – twice, in fact, with the first one being near the start of the show.

Thanks to Martin for joining me for the whole show once again!


Hatfield and the North – Share It (03:03) from The Rotters’ Club, 1975
Mike Oldfield – Platinum (19:13) from Platinum, 1980
P.F.M. – Celebration (06:59) from Paper Charms: The Complete BBC Recordings 1974 – 1976, 2014
Mike Keneally – Click (03:56) from Pup, 2004
Steve Hillage – The Salmon Song (08:29) from Fish Rising, 1974
Genesis – I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) (04:10) from Selling England by the Pound, 1973
Moon Safari – Yasgur’s Farm (08:06) from Blomljud, 2008
Chasing The Monsoon – Into The Light (06:01) from No Ordinary World, 2019
Henry Cow – Ruins (12:11) from Unrest, 1974
Discipline – The Nursery Year (05:20) from Push & Profit, 1994
Gilgamesh – One End More/Phil’s Little Dance/World’s Of Zin (10:22) from Gilgamesh, 1975
Jellyfish – Joining A Fan Club (04:03) from Spilt Milk, 1993
Gandalf’s Fist – Supplies for the Festivities (05:34) from The Clockwork Prologue, 2019
Ezra – Summer Again (08:18) from Songs from Pennsylvania, 2006

Progradar’s Picks
Glass Hammer – The Dreaming City (07:15) from Dreaming City, 2020
Long Earth – We Own Tomorrow (08:06) from Once Around the Sun, 2020
Ms Amy Birks – Jamaica Inn (04:14) from All That I Am And All That I Was, 2019
The Tangent – A Spark In The Aether (04:20) from A Spark In The Aether, 2015

Knekklectric – Vi e mindre (05:17) from For Mange Melodia, 2017
Peter Hammill – Imperial Zeppelin (03:39) from Fools Mate, 1971
I Am The Manic Whale – Valenta Scream (07:10) from Things Unseen, 2020
Hasse Fröberg & Musical Companion  – Parallel Life (21:46) from Parallel Life, 2019
Pure Reason Revolution – Eupnea (13:23) from Eupnea, 2020
Zopp – V (06:37) from Zopp, 2020
Guranfoe – Night’s First Light (09:04) from Sum of Erda, 2019
Gracious – The Dream (17:00) from Gracious!, 1970
Haken – Manifolds (07:35) from Enter The 5th Dimension, 2008
Lazuli – Dieter Böhm (05:32) from Le fantastique envol de Dieter Böhm, 2020
Big Big Train – Hedgerow (08:54) from English Electric: Full Power, 2013

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Apr 082020
 
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The only time you’ll ever see Emerson, Lake & Palmer mentioned in this show.

In this episode of the European Perspective, Martin and Wilf ramble on about progressive rock, and play some very long tunes. It’s far more enjoyable than it sounds.


Tinyfish – Rainland (06:54) from The Big Red Spark, 2010
Pendragon – Water (07:58) from Love Over Fear, 2020
Anathema – Dreaming Light (05:44) from We’re Here Because We’re Here, 2010
Big Big Train – The Underfall Yard (22:54) from The Underfall Yard, 2009
Abel Ganz – Thank You (06:57) from Abel Ganz, 2014
Marillion – Fantastic Place (06:12) from Marbles, 2004
Phideaux – Micro Softdeathstar (11:16) from Doomsday Afternoon, 2007
Echolyn – When Sunday Spills (08:48) from Echolyn, 2012
Southern Empire – Crossroads (29:15) from Civilisation, 2018
The Tangent – GPS Culture (10:08) from A Place in the Queue, 2006
Wobbler – The River (10:04) from Rites At Dawn, 2011
The Gift – The Willows (12:01) from Land of Shadows, 2014
Fish – 13th Star (05:55) from 13th Star, 2008
Sky Architect – The Campfire Ghost Song (10:01) from A Dying Man’s Hymn, 2011
IQ – The Province (13:42) from Frequency, 2009
Big Big Train – Curator Of Butterflies (08:44) from English Electric Part Two, 2013
jh – Making Tea Is Freedom (18:25) from Truth & Bullshit, 2008
Frost* – Milliontown (26:24) from Milliontown, 2006
Transatlantic – Duel With The Devil (26:44) from Bridge Across Forever, 2001
Karmakanic – Send A Message From The Heart (19:32) from Who’s The Boss In The Factory, 2008

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Mar 312020
 
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In this episode of The European Perspective – Matt Stevens from The Fierce And The Dead chats to Wilf and chooses some of his favourite music. We also take a look back at Matt’s career as a band member and solo artist, as well as his collaborations with some of the biggest talents on the progressive rock scene.


Matt Stevens – Oxymoron (02:46) from Lucid, 2014
Orange Clocks – Magical Fields (03:45) from Tope’s Sphere 2, 2017
Emmett Elvin – Medicine Box (02:19) from Bloody Marvels, 2014
The Fierce And The Dead – I Like It, I’m Into It (04:08) from Spooky Action, 2013
Trojan Horse – Fire (01:44) from Fire Ep, 2012
Judy Dyble – She Now Owns a Heart of Stone (07:01) from Earth Is Sleeping, 2018
The Fierce And The Dead – Part 6 (The 8th Circuit) (03:57) from Magnet, 2015
Suns of the Tundra – Each of Us (04:59) from Murmuration, 2019
Nine Stones Close – Frozen Moment (13:35) from One Eye On The Sunrise, 2012
Matt Stevens – Scapegoat (04:51) from Relic, 2011
Robert Ramsay – Ego Power (01:53) from Confound And Disturb, 2017
Kalman Filter – Karus (14:34) from Exo-Oceans, 2018
The Fierce And The Dead – Flint (05:28) from If It Carries On Like This We Are Moving To Morecambe, 2011
The Bloody Mallard – Ceremonious Synapses ii (06:22) from Realm, 2020
Gandalf’s Fist – Drifter on the Edge of Time (06:38) from A Forest of Fey, 2014
Matt Stevens – Burning Bandstands (04:19) from Echo, 2008
Sanguine Hum – Bedhead (05:50) from Now We Have Power, 2018
Robert Ramsay – The Black Box Society (03:02) from Confound And Disturb, 2017
Matt Stevens – Big Sky (05:39) from Ghost, 2010
Valdez – Little Keys (04:01) from This, 2017
Cosmograf – The Vacuum That I Fly Through (04:50) from The Man Left in Space, 2013
The Fierce And The Dead – 666…6 (04:43) from On VHS, 2012
Nine Stones Close – Complicated (05:00) from Leaves, 2016
The Fierce And The Dead – I Like It, I’m Into It (04:09) from Live USA 17, 2019
Shineback – Kill Devil Hills (13:24) from Dial, 2018
Charlie Cawood – Garden of the Mind (06:44) from The Divine Abstract, 2017
The Fierce And The Dead – Let’s Start A Cult (03:10) from Live USA 17, 2019
Kavus Torabi – The Sentinel (04:20) from Hip To The Jag, 2020
The Fierce And The Dead – Part 7 & Part 8 (06:48) from The Euphoric, 2018

 Posted by at 8:19 pm
Mar 152020
 
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An Eighties prog convention was a very different sort of affair….

In this week’s show:


King Crimson – Frame by Frame (05:09) from Discipline, 1980
Genesis – Domino (10:45) from Invisible Touch, 1986
Yes – Changes (06:20) from 90125, 1983
Yes – Into The Lens (08:32) from Drama, 1980
Asia – Sole Survivor (04:52) from Asia, 1982
Peter Gabriel – San Jacinto (06:34) from Peter Gabriel 4, 1981
Talk Talk – Inheritance (05:25) from Spirit Of Eden, 1988
Camel – Lies (05:00) from Nude, 1981
Bacamarte – Depois do Fim (06:33) from Depois do Fim, 1983
Rush – Freewill (05:24) from Permanent Waves, 1980
Rush – Limelight (04:20) from Moving Pictures, 1981
Rush – Subdivisions (05:35) from Signals, 1983
David Sylvian – Silver Moon (06:19) from Gone to Earth, 1986
David Sylvian – The Ink in the Well (04:30) from Brilliant Trees, 1984
David Sylvian – Orpheus (04:51) from Secrets Of The Beehive, 1987

Progradar’s Picks
Lazuli – Sol (04:29) from Le fantastique envol de Dieter Böhm, 2020
Pendragon – Truth And Lies (08:26) from Love Over Fear, 2020
Pure Reason Revolution – Silent Genesis (10:20) from Eupnea, 2020
Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe – Order Of The Universe (09:03) from Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, 1989

Italian Rolling Stone top ten progressive rock albums of the 1980s
Abel Ganz – Little by Little (07:47) from Gratuitous Flash, 1984
Solstice – Peace (06:33) from Silent Dance, 1984
It Bites – Old Man And The Angel (09:21) from Once Around The World, 1988
Castanarc – The Fool (08:49) from Journey To The East, 1984
Pendragon – Leviathan (06:14) from The Jewel, 1985
Pallas – Ark of Infinity (07:07) from The Sentinel, 1984
Cardiacs – Is This The Life? (05:38) from A Little Man And A House And The Whole World Window, 1988
IQ – Awake And Nervous (07:57) from Tales From The Lush Attic, 1982
Marillion – The Web (08:52) from Script For A Jester’s Tear, 1983
Twelfth Night – Creepshow (11:50) from Fact And Fiction, 1982

 Posted by at 6:09 pm
Feb 082020
 
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In this episode of The European Perspective:

  • A shorter show than usual!
  • Martin, with Progradar’s Picks from Moon Halo, Blind Ego and Different Light
  • The usual mix of new stuff and old stuff

Men Without Hats – The Safety Dance (02:45) from The Safety Dance, 1982

Orange Clocks – Miles Away (06:22) from Metamorphic, 2020

Suns of the Tundra – Four Corners (06:33) from Murmuration, 2019

Zopp – Before The Light (06:05) from Zopp, 2020

National Health – Brujo (10:17) from National Health, 1978

Egg – Germ Patrol (08:32) from The Civil Surface, 1974

Hatfield and the North – The Yes No Interlude (07:01) from The Rotters’ Club, 1975

The Tangent – The Canterbury Sequence (09:10) from L’Etagere Du Travail, 2013

Caravan – The Love In Your Eye (12:32) from Waterloo Lily, 1972

The Osiris Club – Wormwood Grange (06:05) from The Wine-Dark Sea, 2018

Snarky Puppy – Shofukan (12:07) from Live At The Royal Albert Hall, 2019

Discipline – Canto IV (Limbo) (13:47) from Unfolded Like Staircase, 1997

Machiavel – The Spirits Fly Again (04:30) from Eleven, 2011

Manning – A Road Less Travelled (10:34) from Number Ten, 2009

Marillion – Estonia (07:57) from With Friends from The Orchestra, 2019

 

Progradar’s Picks

Moon Halo – Seventh Heaven (04:54) from Chroma,

Blind Ego – Preaching To The Choir (06:06) from Preaching To The Choir, 2020

Different Light – Amphibians (08:52) from Binary Suns (Part 1), 2020

Spock’s Beard – Waiting For Me (12:37) from Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep, 2013

Rush – La Villa Strangiato (09:35) from Hemispheres, 1978

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