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  1. Jon Gomm - The Faintest Idea (for fans of proggy acoustic guitar songs)

    Jon Gomm may probably be an unfamiliar name - he certainly was for me, until the Kscope label signed him up and released his new album The Faintest Idea last week.

    If you're into the kind of...
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    The story behind Jimi and Miles, was that Alan...

    The story behind Jimi and Miles, was that Alan Douglas wanted to nudge Jimi towards a jazz direction - Jimi was becoming over-reliant on Douglas to make all his decisions for him, but agreed that a...
  3. Album will be released in early November - my...

    Album will be released in early November - my article was based on a preview copy, to whet your appetite. As I understand from the band, it'll be available as a download on CDBaby, but there will be...
  4. Thudwail - Ignition (for fans of Roy Harper and John Martyn)

    If you are into the acoustic guitar effects used by Roy Harper or John Martyn, or the more tranquil moments of Dave Gilmour's solo material, then the wonderfully titled Thudwail will definitely...
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    Excellent album review, telling me everything I...

    Excellent album review, telling me everything I need to know about the music and the contents and packaging.

    It's funny to see so many folk mentioning Waverley Steps, as I climbed up them most...
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    It’s reassuring that while the world accelerates...

    It’s reassuring that while the world accelerates around us, the universal constant that is Ozric Tentacles remains unchanged, bringing their healing feelings to those of us who want to simply relax...
  7. Jóhann Jóhannsson and Yair Elazar Glotman – Last And First Men

    For those of you who enjoy music which mixes electronic ambience with contemporary classical, or experimental soundscapes like Steven Wilson’s Bass Communion, then Johann Johannsson might be a...
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    Here's a thought. Petrucci and Portnoy...

    Here's a thought.

    Petrucci and Portnoy continue the bromance, having played together on Petrucci's solo album. Portnoy is invited back to DT, LaBrie throws a hissy fit and storms off, and they...
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    The big man has been rushed off his feet...

    The big man has been rushed off his feet packaging and posting all the pre-orders from his home, but it's paid off sales wise.

    If his album had been eligible for inclusion in the UK albums charts,...
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    I watched this clip, as I haven't heard the last...

    I watched this clip, as I haven't heard the last album, and this track was supposed to be a highlight.

    Riffs and drums - check. But when LaBrie starts trying to sing, I just cringed. I get that he...
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    I've been on a Hendrix kick for the last few...

    I've been on a Hendrix kick for the last few weeks, and didn't realise it was the 50th anniversary until the other day.

    I already had the first three albums, but decided to buy the 4 disc box set...
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    My copy arrived a few days back and I've been...

    My copy arrived a few days back and I've been giving it a fair bit of time.

    Not perhaps as immediate as previous albums, but I have a feeling this will be a grower.

    Here's my take on it, for...
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    The Ed posted this on Facebook last month: ...

    The Ed posted this on Facebook last month:

    MESSAGE TO INTERNATIONAL PROG SUBSCRIBERS
    We are now in a position to update subscribers about their stockpiled back issues. These have now been cleared...
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    Max Richter - Voyager retrospective

    For those of you who enjoy music where contemporary classical meets ambient and electronica, then you may be familiar with composer Max Richter. Even if you haven’t heard his solo albums, chances are...
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    It was simply the turn of phrase that popped into...

    It was simply the turn of phrase that popped into my head at the time of writing - the music can be dense, repetitive and uncompromising. It might not be an accurate description, but some you win....
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    It wasn't until Kscope signed the band that they...

    It wasn't until Kscope signed the band that they appeared on my radar, with Missa Atropos.

    Since then the label have reissued all the earlier albums, but Night is probably the strongest of these,...
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    Kscope reissued Nucleus last week, and it's been...

    Kscope reissued Nucleus last week, and it's been nicely remastered.

    Slightly lower in volume, and sounding a bit more open, but losing nothing of the original sound.

    It's missing the original...
  18. I watched the video last night, and that moment...

    I watched the video last night, and that moment with the solitary tear was very moving.

    I'm not entirely sure what the background to the song is - failed relationships, regrets, coming to terms...
  19. Tangerine Dream: Force Majeure – The Autobiography written & compiled by Edgar Froese

    Tangerine Dream. Pioneers of electronic music, releasing over a hundred albums and influencing future generations of keyboard players and composers of soundtracks.

    And behind it all, Edgar Froese....
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    That Kscope compilation - Chapters - was my...

    That Kscope compilation - Chapters - was my introduction to the band, and it's a good way to reacquaint yourself with them before going for individual albums.

    There's a good spread of tracks from...
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    Hi Mozo Perhaps this link will help? ...

    Hi Mozo

    Perhaps this link will help?

    https://burningshed.com/index.php?route=product/search&filter_name=anekdoten&filter_sub_category=true
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    Anekdoten - Kscope reissues

    Anekdoten were a highly regarded band in the Scandinavian prog scene in the late nineties, and they released a handful of excellent albums before adopting a lower profile over the last few years.
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  23. I've seen the band several times, and the backing...

    I've seen the band several times, and the backing vox didn't sound canned to me. At least three of the band were singing, and it was the tiniest of venues, so I was close enough up to hear.

    But...
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    My set dropped yesterday, and I spent an...

    My set dropped yesterday, and I spent an enjoyable evening working my way through it.

    I've put together a blog review of the two discs, offering some thoughts on the remastering, and the contents...
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    Came out a couple of months back. Here's my take...

    Came out a couple of months back. Here's my take on the contents:

    https://momentstransition.wordpress.com/2020/03/02/porcupine-tree-in-absentia-deluxe-edition-2020/
  26. According to the interview in the latest issue of...

    According to the interview in the latest issue of Prog magazine out this month, new music is unlikely.

    Banks is open to the idea, Collins shrugs non-commitally, and then Rutherford states that...
  27. Looks like pre-orders from the likes of Burning...

    Looks like pre-orders from the likes of Burning Shed are now shipping again.

    I received my copy last week, and after going through every disc, I've put together a blog review, offering some...
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    Full announcement: "As with many of my albums,...

    Full announcement:

    "As with many of my albums, The Future Bites is not just about the music, it's a high concept project which involves design, artwork, video and a tour production, all on a...
  29. Here's a link to the UK site: -...

    Here's a link to the UK site: - https://store-uk.nin.com/products/ghosts-v-together-and-ghosts-vi-locusts

    Sorry for the wrong link earlier - our work servers are under strain and laptop sluggish....
  30. Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts (Parts V & VI) - Released yesterday as free downloads

    Nine Inch Nails unexpectedly released the next two instalments of their ambient Ghosts music yesterday, for free.

    You can download the two albums from their website at no cost, and the results...
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    Demon - The Plague (1983)

    “It’s a visitation to us all…”

    Take a trip back to 1983 and a concept album that feels strangely prescient in these interesting times. One for fans of bands such as Pallas and Arena.
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  32. Jonathan Hultén - Chants From Another Place (for fans of Nick Drake and Popol Vuh)

    Jonathan Hultén, is a new signing to the Kscope label, and his debut album Chants From Another Place offers a welcome opportunity to step back from the strife of the world and reconnect a little more...
  33. "The best cycle of songs the band ever recorded"...

    "The best cycle of songs the band ever recorded" according to Steven Wilson when interviewed for this deluxe reissue of Porcupine Tree's album In Absentia.

    My latest blog review explores the...
  34. Sleepwalking - solo album from Iamthemorning's Mariana Semkina

    I know there's some love around here for Kscope act Iamthemorning, so you probably already know that Marjana has just released her first solo album.

    I wondered how much it would differ from the...
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    You can purchase a legal download from 7digital...

    You can purchase a legal download from 7digital here.
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    Or you could stitch in Bangkok from Manchester...

    Or you could stitch in Bangkok from Manchester 1980 if you've got this version of 2112.
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    Sounds like there were issues on all sides. The...

    Sounds like there were issues on all sides. The band may also have been under pressure if their InsideOut contract was up after Dreams Of Men.

    If the band did think Alan was on an ego trip, you...
  38. Godsticks - Inescapable (New Kscope release)

    Godsticks sit at the heavier end of Kscope's roster, with their songs written around strong guitar riffs and a heavy groove.

    They've been compared to The Pineapple Thief, probably because both...
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    I'm not sure it was entirely a case of Alan being...

    I'm not sure it was entirely a case of Alan being kicked out. The band were based in the far north of Scotland, and Alan was based in London, so it was challenging for all parties to get together...
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    I think you have to approach the Pallas bandcamp...

    I think you have to approach the Pallas bandcamp downloads with an expectation that they are not going to be top audio quality.

    Their merch manager, Mike, has put a lot of work into cleaning up...
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    In his own parlance, the man's a charlatan. ...

    In his own parlance, the man's a charlatan.

    What surprises me is how many fans sit through the performance, cringe, and then come out afterwards convincing themselves that it was actually ok.

    I...
  42. I like' em too. They've got the hunger and the...

    I like' em too.

    They've got the hunger and the drive that Dream Theater seem to have sacrificed for musical perfectionism.

    SoP are great fun to see live, whether it be Bumblefoot's crazy...
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    My copy of Recurring Dreams arrived over the...

    My copy of Recurring Dreams arrived over the weekend, and having given it a fair few spins on the hi-fi and on the headphones, my feelings are mixed.

    Here's my take on the album:
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  44. For those of you who already have the Marquee...

    For those of you who already have the Marquee 1982 set in the Early Stages box, that show is taken from the 30th December. The gig in this new Script set is taken from the night before.

    If you've...
  45. The Blackheart Orchestra (for fans of Kate Bush)

    I'm not sure how familiar some of you may be with the UK duo The Blackheart Orchestra?

    They recently toured as support to Hawkwind, so folks in the UK may be more aware of them.

    Essentially...
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    I'm working my way through the catalogue, one...

    I'm working my way through the catalogue, one album a day.

    I just tune out everything else for those 40 minutes, and savour the music, and discover nuances I'd not appreciated before.

    Even 40...
  47. I spent my xmas hols with this book,...

    I spent my xmas hols with this book, sound-tracking my reading sessions with various Rush bootlegs, and ended up totally absorbed.

    So much so, that I've put together a blog review of the book,...
  48. If you read my opening post, you'll see that the...

    If you read my opening post, you'll see that the original two cd edition is being expanded to include the bluray edition which was previously sold separately, and more expensively.
  49. Steven Wilson - Grace For Drowning (Reissue 2020)

    Steven's second solo album is getting the reissue treatment from Kscope next month, with the original double cd edition being bundled with the bluray edition for a budget priced triple disc set.
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  50. That's exactly how I felt after exploring the...

    That's exactly how I felt after exploring the Early Years sets, which I bought individually. Meddle/DSOTM/WYW are probably always going to be the highlights for me, but I find myself more drawn to...
  51. If those are your "quick comments", I'd better...

    If those are your "quick comments", I'd better brew up a pot of coffee for the full expose :D

    Looking forward to reading it.
  52. I picked up the single cd sampler and spent the...

    I picked up the single cd sampler and spent the weekend comparing the remixes against the originals.

    You can read more on my blog review here:...
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    Received a nice message from Tim last night,...

    Received a nice message from Tim last night, thanking me for my review and mentioning the 10cc connection I made:

    "You're the fourth or fifth person who's made the I'm Not In Love observation. It...
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    No-Man: new album Love You To Bits

    Sometimes the best things happen when you least expect them.

    I'd assumed Steven Wilson and Tim Bowness were now too busy to reactivate their No-Man collaboration, but here we are with a new album...
  55. Those of you who saw The Pineapple Thief on the...

    Those of you who saw The Pineapple Thief on the UK and European legs of the recent Dissolution tour, or who are heading out to see them on the current US leg, might be interested in this new live...
  56. I was lucky enough to be able to buy my copy over...

    I was lucky enough to be able to buy my copy over the counter in my favourite store, on release day.

    I've pretty much been immersed in it over the weekend, and I've put together a new blog review,...
  57. UK fans can now grab their copies in-store today...

    UK fans can now grab their copies in-store today (Friday 15th).

    I've just bought a copy in Fopp Edinburgh, and they had plenty copies for sale, upfront as today's new release, and also spares in...
  58. Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief) - new solo album All This Will Be Yours

    For those of you who enjoy The Pineapple Thief, and who perhaps are about to enjoy their current US tour, main man Bruce Soord has also just released a second solo album All This Will Be Yours.
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    Cheers John. I guess it's about finding that...

    Cheers John.

    I guess it's about finding that niche where I'm not stepping on other toes, and it's taken a couple of years to find that sweet spot.

    I try to keep my pieces brief but informative,...
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    I've just finished working my way through the...

    I've just finished working my way through the four discs, and I'd say it's a winner.

    Here's my take on it, with some thoughts on the new mix, having compared 2009 and 2019 cd mixes and the dvd vs...
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