One of the finest progressive rock acts in France, Eye 2 Eye, has a new album titled The Wish on the Musea label. The Wish is the group’s third title and their first concept-album, inspired by Oscar Wilde’s “Picture of Dorian Gray”.
Eye 2 Eye was formed in 2003 by former ADN musicians, Philippe Benabes and Didier Pegues. Their first album was One In Every Crowd (2006) and After All… (2009). Their style was initially influenced by 1980s Neoprog and Pink Floyd.
The current line-up includes Djam Zaidi (Transperception), Amirouche Ali Benali on guitars, Philippe Benabes on keyboards, Elise Bruckert on violin, Aymeric Delteil on bass and Didier Pegues on drums & keyboards.
Hunting The Fox (Tempus Fugit), a much-admired debut album by female keyboardist and composer Ines is now available as a digital download or CD on demand in some territories.
The album was originally released on CD in 1994. In 2010, Hunting The Fox was remastered and is now available worldwide for the first time.
In 1994 “Hunting The Fox” surprised the world of progressive rock with Ines Fuchs’ masterful keyboard work in the fine tradition of renowned keyboardists such as Martin Orford (IQ), Matthias Ulmer (Anyone’s Daughter) or Tony Banks (Genesis).
Aside from Ines on keyboards, the album features her husband Hansi Fuchs, Chris Bianchi d’Espinosa and Massimo “Max” Michieletto from Asgard on guitars, as well as a few studio musicians.
Hansi Fuchs sings a few of the songs. Other pieces were sung by Italian singer Kikko Grosso (Asgard), and four tracks were sung by Harald Bareth, the former lead singer of Swabian grand masters of progressive rock, Anyone’s Daughter.
Harald Bareth’s contribution was a real surprise to the progressive rock scene as he is one of the most popular singers in this genre, and since the 1984 Anyone’s Daughter live album he hasn’t sung anywhere else. Harald’s four songs on this album – “Water”, “Earth, Sun and Moon”, “Meet Me on the Mountain”, and “Innocent Girl” – are some special highlights on this throughout well done neo-progressive album. Those four songs quickly achieved iconic status among the many Anyone’s Daughter fans around the world.
Hunting The Fox is one of the leading German neo-prog albums from the mid-1990s. Ines also released Eastern Dawning (1996), The Flow (1999), and Slipping Into the Unknown (2002).
Renowned Argentine musician Guillermo Cides, who is one of the best Stick performers in the world, has released a new album after returning from his tours throughout Mexico and Spain. This recent concert was broadcast live on Facebook and Myspace. Meanwhile, he is preparing a new collaboration with Truey Mark’s project featuring Jon Anderson (Yes).
The live performance celebrated Cides’ 20 years of experience with the Stick. The concert was captured through a web camera located in a theater in Tarragona, Spain. Now this recording is released in CD format, signed by the musicians and sent directly to their fans.
Cides, who removed his CDs from the recording industry years ago, returns now with a live album in “a world without record companies, intermediaries and a real independent music” according to his official Facebook statement from where people can get a copy of the new album.
The album was recorded with drummer Alex Leys drummer and mastered by Tonica Studios in Buenos Aires. It is a limited edition and it is numbered and signed like “a simple object for collector,” says Cides.
Meantime he is preparing a new collaboration with Australian Truey Mark and Jon Anderson, former Yes frontman. This project directed by Truey Mark will born in 2012 under the name “Hope”.
Vagalume (Musea Parallèle) is the title of the new album by Madrid-based progressive rock band Absente H. Absente H plays original symphonic progressive rock, inspired by bands such as Genesis, Yes, Camel, Pink Floyd, The Flower Kings and Porcupine Tree.
Absente H produced and recorded the album on its own and licensed it to Musea for worldwide distribution. Band members include David Pérez on vocals, Juan Pedro Miralles on keyboards, Jesús González on drums, Alfonso Pazos on bass, María José Izquierdo on flute & backing vocals, María Sánchez on violin & backing vocals, and Víctor García on guitars.
The lyrics include topics such as environmental issues, nostalgic poems, mythology and exploration of the time and space domain.
Live at the Mar y Sol Festival ’72 (2011) is another archival release of live music by legendary progressive rock band Emerson Lake & Palmer (ELP). This is the first-ever official release of this Emerson Lake & Palmer legendary concert. The Mar y Sol Festival was a Woodstock-like rock music festival that took place in Manatí, Puerto Rico, on April 1–3, 1972.
The album features the classic ELP line-up with Keith Emerson on keyboards, Greg Lake on bass and vocals and Carl Palmer on drums.
1 – Hoedown
2 – Tarkus
3 – Take A Pebble
4 – Lucky Man
5 – Piano Improvisation
6 – Pictures At An Exhibition
7 – Rondo
One of the pioneering bands of symphonic progressive rock, Renaissance, has released a limited edition live CD/DVD set. The collection was filmed and recorded during Renaissance’s recent United States tour. With the exception of someone using a black and white camera at the back of a theater in the 1970s, this is the first time Renaissance has ever been filmed and professionally recorded in concert.
“The love and energy bestowed upon us by those of you that were able to attend, reflects in our performance,” say band leaders Annie Haslam Michael Dunford. “It is especially exciting for us to have fans all around the world able to see and hear our wonderful new band. We now have five strong vocalists within the band, two keyboard players, an orchestral drummer/percussionist and phenomenal bass player who capture all the lush and richness of our orchestrations.”
Robert Rich, one of the leading musicians in the area of ambient electronica, has a new CD titled Medicine Box. The album includes great artwork from John Bergin, in bright 3-fold Digipack.
Medicine Box features Cheri Chuang’s wordless crystalline voice on three songs, with traces of Persian inflection. There are deep basslines that hint at dub, while analog synth skitters and chuffs the outlines of a rhythmic grid, propelled forward by pulsing north African drums.
Sustaining guitars bring a psychedelic edge. Cello and reeds echo plaintively in the distance. Rich’s sparse piano adds droplets of modal jazz to this dark tea.
Robert Rich: synths & amp; MOTM, flutes, steel guitars, piano, bass, percussion
Haroun Serang: guitar on 1
Cheri Chuang: voice on 2,6,9
Edo Castro: bass on 3,6,9
Hans Christian: cello on 3,5,7,9
Slim Heilpern: chromatic harmonica, 4
In 1995, progressive rock band Yes reformed its most celebrated line-up: Jon Anderson on vocals, Chris Squire on bass, Steve Howe on guitars, Rick Wakeman on keyboards and Alan White on drums. This reunion was greeted with anticipation by millions of fans worldwide.
New studio tracks were recorded at Yesworld studios in San Luis Obispo, California throughout the winter of 1995 and spring of 1996. They then embarked on a series on a series of live concerts in March 1996 at The Freemont Theatre in San Luis Obispo, performing timeless classics from all phases of their career.
The result was Keys To Ascension. The 5-disc box set presents for the first time all of these performances in one package. The original artwork is by Roger Dean.
Disc: 1 – Recorded Live at San Luis Obispo 1996
1. Siberian Khatru
2. The Revealing Science Of God
Disc: 2 – Recorded Live at San Luis Obispo 1996
2. Starship Trooper
3. Studio Tracks Recorded 1996 – Be The One
4. That, That Is
Disc: 3 – Recorded Live at Recorded Live at San Luis Obispo 1996 – 1996
1. I’ve Seen All Good People
2. Going For The One
3. Time And A Word
4. Close To The Edge
5. Turn Of The Century
6. And You And I
Disc: 4 – Studio Tracks Recorded 1995/1996
1. Mind Drive
2. Foot Prints
3. Bring To The Power
4. Children Of Light
5. Sign Language
Disc: 5 – DVD Recorded Live at SLO 1996
1. Siberian Khatru
2. Close To The Edge
3. I’ve Seen All Good People
4. Time And A Word
5. And You And I
6. The Revealing Science Of God
7. Going For The One
8. Turn Of The Century
13. Starship Trooper
Progressive rock, jazz-rock fusion, ambient electronic music and beyond