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Fernando Perdomo’s Remarkably Expressive Guitars

Fernando Perdomo – Out To Sea (Forward Motion Records, 2018)

Out To Sea is the debut instrumental progressive rock album by multi-instrumentalist and composer Fernando Perdomo, who is best known as guitarist and bassist of the Dave Kerzner Band.

Perdomo is deeply influenced by the pioneering progressive rock bands of the 1970s, especially guitarists such as Steve Hackett (Genesis), Peter Banks (Yes), Steve Howe (Yes), and Jan Akkerman (Focus).

The album features tributes to various musical heroes, including Peter Banks, Focus, John Wetton, Nektar, and Curved Air. It’s a set of mini progressive rock and psychedelic epics that feature stellar electric and acoustic guitar work enriched with symphonic keyboards and drums. However, there is one gorgeous long suite titled Dreaming in Stereo Suite that strolls with ease and grace between memorable laid back and up tempo passages.

On Out to Sea, Perdomo uses 11 different types of guitars that appear on the CD booklet.

Fernando is individually donating $1 for every copy of the album sold to Macmillan Caring Locally, a charity preferred by Lisa Wetton for donations from Fernando’s release of his “Starless” cover in honor of John Wetton. The “Starless” cover is the bonus track on the Cherry Red version of the album “Out To Sea”.

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Prog’Sud Reveals 2018 Lineup

French progressive rock festival Prog’Sud has announced the lineup for the 2018 edition of the festival. The festival will take place May 10-12 at Jas’rod in Les Pennes-Mirabeau, in southern France, not from Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence.

Thursday, May 10
Telescope Road (France)
Godsticks (Wales)
Lazuli (France)

Friday, May 11
Giorgio “Fico” Piazza Band ex PFM (Italy)
Aerostation (Italy)
The Watch (Italy)

Saturday, May 12
Ex’odd (France)
Blank Manuskript (Austria)
Franck Carducci (France)

Jas’rod
1506 Avenue du Capitaine de corvette Paul Brutus
13170 Les Pennes-Mirabeau
Tèl : 04 91 51 87 46

More at http://www.progsudfestival.fr

headline photo: Aerostation

Remixed Fish Out Of Water

Chris Squire – Fish Out Of Water (Esoteric, 2018)

The original Fish Out Of Water album by Yes’ bassist Chris Squire was released in 1975. This is the 2018 remastered edition available as a 2-CD set and also as a limited boxed set.

Musically, the album has a strong Yes feel. It features Patrick Moraz, who was Yes’ keyboardist at the time, and the versatile Yes drummer Bill Bruford. It’s a master class in progressive rock bass playing. Chris Squire was one of the finest progressive rock bassists and he delivers outstanding bass lines throughout the album.

In addition to prog rock musicians, Fish Out of Water also features a symphonic orchestra that enriches the album considerably. Chris Squire provided the lead and backing vocals. The backing vocals will sound very familiar to Yes fans. Squire’s lead vocals, on the other side, were more pop-oriented than Jon Anderson’s so there is an interesting clash of influences.

Patrick Moraz delivered an outstanding set of performances on electric organ and synths. The album also features other progressive rock heavy weights: Caravan’s Jimmy Hastings on flute and King Crimson’s Mel Collins on saxophone. Pianist Andrew Pryce Jackman conducted the orchestra. And Barry Rose added a masterful performance on pipe organ.

The instrumental sections, which are numerous, are outstanding. The two CD set includes the original recording a superb new mix by Jakko Jakszyk that brings forward the remarkable bass work.

The deluxe boxed set includes 2CDs, 2DVDs, 1LP and 2×7-inch singles.

Chris Squire – Fish Out Of Water boxed set

 

Fish Out Of Water showcases the talent of an influential progressive rock musician at his best, focusing on the bass a lead instrument.

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Spock’s Beard Reveals ‘To Breathe Another Day’ Video

American progressive rock band Spock’s Beard has announced the release of its 13th studio album ‘Noise Floor’ for May 25th, 2018. Ted Leonard, Alan Morse, Dave Meros & Ryo Okumoto are joined in the studio once again by drummer and original member Nick D’Virgilio.

The band has launched the first single from the double album, the opening track ‘To Breathe Another Day’:

Edensong Announces April 2018 Tour

American progressive rock band Edensong has announced its upcoming North American tour that begins tomorrow, April 13.

The band is releasing its entire 2017 performance from the Terra Incognita festival in Quebec in a very limited run available exclusively at the shows mentioned below. It’s in CD format and includes access to download an HD video of the whole show.

Edensong’s previous recordings include: The Fruit Fallen (2008), Echoes of Edensong: From the Studio and Stage (2010) and Years in the Garden of Years (2016).

 

Tour Dates:

4/13 – Cambridge, MA (The Lilypad) with Ben Levin Group
4/14 – Winooski, VT (The Monkey House) with Zeus Springsteen
4/15 – Quebec, QC (Centre d’art la Chapelle) with the Night Watch
4/16 – Ottawa, ON (Cafe Dekcuf) with the Night Watch and Pantomime
4/17 – Albany, NY (Savoy Taproom) with Seaspan
4/19 – New York, NY (DROM) with Stratospheerius and 2Birds Band
4/20 – Nyack, NY (Olive’s) with Stratoshpeerius and Thrilldriver

The Flower Kings Announce Second Boxed Set: ‘A Kingdom of Colours 2 (2004 – 2013)’

Acclaimed Swedish progressive rock band The Flower Kings has a new boxed set titled A Kingdom of Colours 2 (2004 – 2013). The new anthology includes the albums from ‘Adam & Eve’ to ‘Desolation Rose’ and also contains 3 discs of bonus material dating back from 1995.

This new collection is a follow-up to ‘A Kingdom of Colours (1995-2002)’ released late last year, that covered the period starting with ‘Back in the World of Adventures’ to ‘Unfold the Future’ over the course of 10 discs.

Full track-listing for the boxed set:

Adam & Eve
1 Love Supreme 19:50
2 Cosmic Circus 3:00
3 Babylon 2:41
4 A Vampires View 8:50
5 Days Gone By 1:10
6 Adam & Eve 7:50
7 Starlight Man 3:30
8 Timelines 7:40
9 Drivers Seat 18:22
10 The Blade of Cain 5:00

Paradox Hotel

CD1
1 Check In 1:37
2 Monsters & Men 21:21
3 Jealousy 3:22
4 Hit Me With a Hit 5:32
5 Pioneers of Aviation 7:49
6 Lucy Had a Dream 5:28
7 Bavarian Skies 6:34
8 Selfconsuming Fire 5:49
9 Mommy Leave the Light On 4:38
10 End on a High Note 10:43

CD2
1 Minor Giant Steps 12:13
2 Touch My Heaven 6:09
3 The Unorthodox Dancinglesson 5:23
4 Man of the World 5:59
5 Life Will Kill You 7:02
6 The Way the Waters Are Moving 3:11
7 What If God Is Alone 7:00
8 Paradox Hotel 6:30
9 Blue Planet 9:43

The Sum of No Evil

1 One More Time 13:04
2 Love Is the Only Answer 24:28
3 Trading My Soul 6:25
4 The Sum of No Reason 13:25
5 Flight 999 Brimstone Air 5:00
6 Life in Motion 12:34

Banks Of Eden

1 Numbers 25:20
2 For the Love of Gold 7:30
3 Pandemonium 6:05
4 For Those About to Drown 6:50
5 Rising the Imperial 7:40

Desolation Rose

1 Tower One 13:37
2 Sleeping Bones 4:16
3 Desolation Road 4:00
4 White Tuxedos 6:30
5 The Resurrected Judas 8:24
6 The Silent Masses 6:17
7 Last Carnivore 4:22
8 Dark Fascist Skies 6:05
9 Blood of Eden 3:12
10 Silent Graveyards 2:52

Bonus Disc 1

1 Kite 07:32
2 Buffalo Man 05:28
3 The Flower King (re-recording 1998) 11:46
4 Stardust We Are (re-recording 1998) 08:57
5 Last Exit 09:17
6 Brazilian Woman 04:18
7 Dexter Frank Jr. 02:24
8 Agent Supreme 02:34
9 Space Traveller 13:10

Bonus Disc 2

1 Petit Heritage 02:02
2 A Good Heart 05:21
3 The Crown and The Cross 04:54
4 King of Grief 03:51
5 She Carved Me a Wooden Heart 05:59
6 Space Revolver 07:33
7 Jupiter Backwards 06:25
8 The River 05:43
9 Turn The Stone 05:07
10 Regal Divers 06:01

Bonus Disc 3

1 Illuminati 06:20
2 Fireghosts 05:50
3 Going Up 05:10
4 LoLines 04:40
5 Runaway Train 04:41
6 Interstellar Visitations 08:24
7 Lazy Monkey 02:25
8 Psalm 2013 02:10
9 The Wailing Wall 03:18
10 Badbeats 05:24
11 Burning Spears 03:15
12 The Final Era 02:57

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Progressive Rock Icons David Cross and David Jackson Release “Another Day”

Another Day” (Cherry Red Records) is the title of the new album by two influential progressive rock musicians. David Cross was a member of King Crimson in the 1970s and David Jackson was a member of Van der Graaf Generator.

The album also includes Mick Paul on bass, Craig Blundell on drums and was produced by Jake Jackson.

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Spontaneous Progressive Psychedelic Jazz

Vantomme – Vegir (Moonjune, 2018)

Belgian keyboardist Dominique Vantomme has released a fabulous genre-defying album where progressive jazz meets psychedelic rock.

Vegir has a cutting edge sound where analog keyboards (including distorted electric piano) meet the spellbinding psychedelic guitar and effects of Michel Delville, Tony Levin’s remarkable bass and Chapman stick sounds, and the powerful, creative drumming of Maxime Lenssen.

Vegir is an exceptionally good album featuring engaging and instinctive progressive jams that highlight the beauty of electronic keyboards.

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The Vintage Prog of Malady

Malady – Toinen toista (Svart Records, 2018)

Malady is a young Finnish band deeply influenced by the classic progressive rock bands of the early 1970s. The band member’s love the vintage sound of the era and apply it to the recording and musical instruments used.

Toinen toista features four average length pieces and one long epic suite. You’ll find outstanding dual guitar and organ work, along with glorious mellotron, creative bass lines and drums. Guitarist Babak Issabeigloo sings in Finnish, which gives the band a special charm.

Track two strays away from the rest of the musical pieces. It features what sounds like a chamber music ensemble.

The highlight of the album is, of course, the last piece, “Nurja puoli” (22:58). Malady does a great job building up the momentum and reaching an epic musical climax that will please fans of authentic progressive rock.

The lineup includes Tony Björkman on guitar; Babak Issabeigloo on guitar and vocals; Juuso Jylhänlehto on drums; Ville Rohiola on Hammond organ and keyboards; and Jonni Tanskanen on bass.

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Phenomenal Perfect Beings

Perfect Beings – Vier (InsideOut/Sony Music, 2018)

Vier, released by Los Angeles-based band Perfect Beings is one of the finest progressive rock albums so far this year. I wasn’t sure what to expect because the band had a really strong debut album and then a mixed bag with album II. With Vier, Perfect Beings has blossomed into a truly exciting progressive rock outfit.

What’s exciting about Vier is the masterfully crafted instrumental and vocal work. Perfect Beings draw their influences from classic 1970s progressive rock, especially Yes and Pink Floyd and more modern influences from Steven Wilson as well. However, the band injects new elements like exquisite vocal overdubs, magnificent guitar work throughout the album, world music elements from East Asia and truly impressive keyboard work. One of the most notable aspects of Vier is that Perfect Beings incorporates German-style electronic music passages. This is truly a forward-thinking attitude by combining various progressive music genres.

Vier contains four beautifully orchestrated suites that will likely please progressive rock fans: Guedra (18:23), Vibrational (18:17), The Golden Arc (16:47) and Anunnaki (18:42).

The lineup on the album includes Ryan Hurtgen on vocals and piano; Johannes Luley on guitars and bass; Jesse Nason on keyboards; and Ben Levin on drums. Additional musicians: Fred Doumbe on bass; Max Kaplan on tenor saxophone; Dave Richards on trumpet, flugelhorn and trombone; Yanran He on erhu; Yuki Yasuda on koto; and Robin Hathaway on backing vocals.

 

 

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