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Alan Simon – “Big Bang”    – a symphonic grand concept album

Alan Simon – “Big Bang”    – a symphonic grand concept album

Ross McGibbon April 25, 2018 0

CHERRY RED RECORDS          Out now Grand concept prog on a wide sonic stage. Pounding piano chords, strings and a bit of mock-Gregorian chant. For me, this is a little like indulging in a huge

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Peter Banks – “BE WELL, BE SAFE, BE LUCKY… THE ANTHOLOGY” is a treasury of progressive rock guitar

Peter Banks – “BE WELL, BE SAFE, BE LUCKY… THE ANTHOLOGY” is a treasury of progressive rock guitar

Ross McGibbon April 25, 2018 0

CHERRY RED RECORDS      Out now Limpidly beautiful guitar. Eclectic drops of world sounds (Arabic singing on track two). The gentle plod of seventies progressive rock. Many guitar tones. Vintage keyboards. Very fine musicianship, complex

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Shob – “Karma Obscur” – funky bass rules the show

Shob – “Karma Obscur” – funky bass rules the show

Ross McGibbon March 28, 2018 0

April 2018 Massive amounts of showboating from French bassist, Shob, makes this album a lot of funky fun. Not that it’s all funky–there are hard rock moments too–but this leans heavily to funky tracks and

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Hawkwind – iconic space-rockers coming to Leeds Refectory

Hawkwind – iconic space-rockers coming to Leeds Refectory

Ross McGibbon January 15, 2017 1

With a gig coming up in Leeds on the 16th March, it’s a good excuse to look briefly at the career of this iconic band. In more than forty-five years as a band, Hawkwind

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Moulettes- Preternatural      Delightfully dippy prog-pop-folk

Moulettes- Preternatural Delightfully dippy prog-pop-folk

Ross McGibbon May 25, 2016 0

REPUBLIC OF MUSIC      May 27th 2016 The creaky, spooky opening tones, leading into Behemooth, remind me of the delightfully dippy gig I saw the Moulettes perform last year. They were clearly very proud of

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Steve Hackett – Live at Leeds Town Hall   20th October, 2015

Steve Hackett – Live at Leeds Town Hall   20th October, 2015

Ross McGibbon October 22, 2015 0

What does a reader want from a review? A detailed note-by-note comparison with the recordings and previous gigs, or the opposite extreme, the sensations of a neophyte? It’s the latter tonight and the sensations

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