Alice DiMicele's new album Lucky Dogs features her incredible band which includes Jeff Pevar on guitar, mandolin, lap steel, dobro and ukulele, Damian Erskine on Bass, Russ Kleiner on Drums, Mikey Stevens on Trumpet and Flugelhorn, and Duke Davis on Saxophones. Mixing folk, funk, and rock, this energetic release features fifteen original songs including a remake of her classic tune "It's A Miracle" from the 1989 release of the same name.
Much like her eleven previous releases, sentiments of...Read more
Looking to step back into the 60's with a 70's sound all recorded in 2011? Loved by two generations of fans, America's latest release "Back Pages" continues their staple sound created by leaders Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell. Taking a cue from many other artists, this release is a collection of twelve wonderful interpretations of songs by other songwriters. One can only assume either they have run out of new material or truly felt it necessary to pay...Read more
Triplet Records has released the 25 year anniversary edition of award winning composer Amin Bhatia's ground-breaking electronic music work, The Interstellar Suite. Initially available as a high-resolution FLAC download 24/96 stereo and surround sound versions, a Pure Audio Blu-ray is planned for release in the near future.
Remixed by award-winning producer/engineer Frank Morrone, the Interstellar Suite has attained cult status in both electronic and progressive rock music circles since its release in 1987. Bhatia has taken electronic synth orchestration...Read more
nathema has release their latest album "Distant Satellites," following up their previous release Weather Systems in much the same format. Producer Christer-Andre Cederberg recorded and mixed the album at his studio in Oslo, featuring additional mixing by Steven Wilson on two of the tracks.
Arriving at their next destination, the album contains the three part "The Lost Song," along with the title track. Containing literally every element of music that Anathema has traversed, Distant Satellites represents this accomplished band...Read more
Anathema has released their HD concert film titled "Universal" by Lasse Hoile which documents Anathema's one-off performance at the Ancient Roman Theatre of Phillippoplis with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra. The Bluray version features bonus audio content and footage of the band recorded at the Union Chapel in London.
The fourth concert film by Anathema technically is an excellent Bluray, however they are not offering fans much uncharted territory on this concert footage. There are striking resemblances to the set...Read more
Anathema formed in Liverpool in 1990 and has embarked on a remarkable musical journey originally debuting as a doom death group and transforming into an atmospheric progressive band. Recorded in Liverpool, North Wales and Oslo, Weather Systems is their latest album produced and mixed by five times Norwegian Grammy nominated Christer-Andre Cederberg (Animal Alpha and In the Woods). Everything from the production to the writing to the performances are a step forward from their previous work.
Following up on...Read more
Step into the world of twice Grammy nominated Pink Floyd engineer Andy Jackson on his solo release "Signal to Noise."
Proclaimed as a fine, modern, progressive work, and drawing on Andy Jackson's exemplary work as an engineer and producer, "Signal to Noise" reflects on what is important in life from the humdrum of everyday existence. Cherry Red Records has released a limited two-disc edition of the album which includes a region free DVD featuring a Quadrophonic mix of the...Read more
It is literally impossible to have a miss with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Multi Grammy award winner Béla Fleck doesn't disappoint on his latest release "Rocket Science". Reconvening the original Flecktones, the extraordinary initial line-up of his incredible combo. Rocket Science marks the first recording by the first fab four Flecktones in almost two decades, with pianist/harmonica player Howard Levy back in the fold alongside Fleck, bassist Victor Wooten, and percussionist/ drumitarist Roy Futureman Wooten. But don't...Read more
Aviv Geffen returns with Blackfield IV, which includes scaled down contributions from Steven Wilson along with guest vocal performances from Brett Anderson of Suede, Jonathan Donahue of Mercury Rev, and Vincent Cavanagh from the band Anathema. After releasing his previous album "Welcome To My DNA," his profile has continued to rise and Aviv has worked with legendary producers Tony Visconti and Trevor Horn, played live with U2 and Placebo, and been a judge on the Israeli TV show...Read more
The self-titled second album by Blood, Sweat and Tears is packed full of hits that classic rock fans likely already have in their collection. Now, Audio Fidelity is continuing their reissue campaign which features both the stereo and original quad mixes on a single hybrid SACD.
This version has dug deep and gone back to both of the original surround and stereo mixes and has been mastered by Steve Hoffman. We find that the warmth and the giant dynamics...Read more
Three legends of rock music came together for this critically acclaimed release "Super Session." Back in the day Al Kooper, Paul Butterfield and Steven Stills were revered by blues fans, effectively cementing the title of their collaborative release. This is an incredible recording that has been released in 5.1 surround sound for the first time, and is produced by Al Kooper. Mastering for the surround sound mix is done by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios, while Steve...Read more
Mixing engineer Bob Clearmountain has made the day for surround sound fans with a release of Bob Marley's compilation Legends on Pure Audio Bluray. Oddly, this album was just released on this format in the fall of 2013 as a stereo only version, but don't question it, the surround sound version is here!
Super cool to note for fans is the entire album is mixed for 5.1 and is paired with a CD both featuring the original, early studio...Read more
Blues fans won't want to miss Bonnie Raitt's new album Slipstream which is steeped with the inimitable slide guitar and soulful vocals that could only be hers. Her first new album in seven years, and released on her newly minted label, Redwing Records. While most of Slipstream is self-produced and features Raitt's longtime touring band, four of the album s songs were helmed by celebrated producer Joe Henry and showcase his usual crew of extraordinary musicians. Hi-fi enthusiasts...Read more
I first heard the mellow and melodic band Bread on AM radio as a kid, and I must admit it was initially hard to listen to what was a thin AM sound I grew up with transformed into a high resolution quad version. Thankfully this has all changed after I picked up their 1973 Best of Bread collection when it was released on Audio Fidelity Hybrid SACD, which includes many of their classics that still get regular play...Read more
Bruce Springsteen has dug down deep with 11 new songs which speak of his vision of modern life on Wrecking Ball, his 17th studio album. Pick up the special edition for two additional tracks and booklet with lyrics and photographs. However, the slightly larger cardboard case won't easily fit into your CD collection.
Produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen and executive producer Jon Landau, this ambitious record combines elements of both Bruce's classic sound and his Seeger Sessions...Read more
Chicago V marks the transitional point of the bands many releases. Albums after this point became significantly more poppy which changed their fan base from the psychedelic influenced sound of the first three recordings. As a huge fan of the first three recordings (and as a bassist), I feel that Chicago V (1972) along with their 1969 debut (Chicago Transit Authority), II, III, and the live recording IV, defines a period where the band was at a creative...Read more
Deep Purple's classic album "Machine Head" was recorded in the Grand Hotel in Montreux, Switzerland, after a fire at the city's entertainment complex where they were scheduled to record caused them to seek another space. Since this hotel in Switzerland was empty during the winter they were granted a right to use the hallways and corridors to complete the album. Thus, the song "Smoke on the water" sums up the story quite nicely. This lp rocks from start...Read more
Depeche Mode’s Delta Machine tour was filmed on location at the O2 World Berlin on November 25th and 27th, 2013 and has been released as “Live in Berlin.” The 32 country tour with over 2.4 million attendees supported their 13th studio album, Delta Machine, which debuted in 12 countries at #1 in March 2013.
This deluxe version offers a total immersion that include the 'Live in Berlin' full show on DVD and audio only version across two CDs. The...Read more
Diana Krall may have been said to have "sold out" on this 2004 release when she decided to record something other than jazz standards, but "The Girl in the Other Room" is truly a fantastic jazz album. While it isn't made up of classics like her prior releases, instead it is a bold recording and is a jazz record made with care, creativity, and a vibrant warmth on its twelve songs. The non-original material ranges from the Mississippi-fueled...Read more
Eight years in the making, Doug Hewitt has surfaced with his latest release “Roots in the Sky.” Melding jazz and rock, with a clear jazz leaning (no this is not fusion), Hewitt has assembled a vast amount of talent to support this well orchestrated album. The overall feeling is extremely live placing the listener in front of a stage at an open air music festival.
The opening track may throw some listeners back to early Chicago tunes, with horns...Read more
Over the past several years a number of Elton John albums were released in both SACD and DVD-Audio, including Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Now, once again, fans are asked to open their wallets for a Blu-ray version of his classic 1974 release. While SACD’s of other albums remain available, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road can be found at ridiculous prices for the SACD version, and the DVD-Audio has all but vanished.
Clearly for those who own the SACD, there is...Read more
Some surround fans may wonder why the Emerson, Lake & Palmer classic album Brain Salad Surgery was advertised to be re-released in surround, when an SACD Deluxe version and a DVD-Audio have already been released in the past. It would have made some sense for a couple of reasons, those previous versions are out of print and fans are being ripped off for the ridiculous prices asked for these previous versions. But, this isn't the case. The 2014...Read more
Emerson, Lake, and Palmer have reissued their genre-defining 1970 debut release as a three disc digipac deluxe edition; disc one includes the original album as released in 1970 and remastered by Andy Pearce and Matt Wortham, disc two is the 2012 stereo remixes and alternate takes, and disc three is a DVD Audio with the remixes in high resolution stereo and lossless 5.1 surround sound or lossy DTS 5.1, all mixed by Steven Wilson
If for some reason this...Read more
No question you'll want to get the Emerson, Lake & Palmer's second release Tarkus, which is presented as a deluxe 2 CD & 1 DVD-Audio version featuring stereo and 5.1 mixes engineered by the King of surround sound, Steven Wilson. The original album is augmented by several previously unreleased songs and alternate versions. There is also a comprehensive booklet containing sleeve notes by Chris Welch.
The title track, "Tarkus," filled the entire first side of the original LP, sprawling...Read more
Take "Old Sock", the latest release from Eric Clapton for what it is, a cover album. Containing nearly 54 minutes of comfortable music, much that has been covered over the past couple of decades. Yet, for those seeking to kick back and take the day slowly, Old Sock serves up a rich treat.
A veteran in the music industry, Clapton has created solid new arrangements of classic tunes, all performed with a band that consists of many greats at...Read more
Rumours took a moderately successful band into the limelight becoming the top selling pop album to date. Their chart success was historic, while the actual legend surrounding the record is born from the group's internal turmoil. Members of Fleetwood Mac had been involved together in marriage and romance, which fell apart during work on this record, these personal tensions fueled nearly every song on Rumours..
But it is not their personal lives that makes this album so rich, rather...Read more
Setting out to recreate the sound of early 70s fusion icons Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, Fontanelle was formed years ago from the ashes of the space rock outfit Jessamine. Led by guitarist Rex Ritter and keyboardist Andy Brown, their latest release Vitamin F genuinely sounds like a mash up of Davis' Bitches Brew and Hancock's Headhunters. Augmented with horns and lots of guests, Vitamin F is possibly 2012's best fusion release.
Let's find out what this Portland, Oregon...Read more
Originally released in July 1975, Free Hand is considered Gentle Giant's most well received effort. Further developing their Renaissance sounding approach, they released one of the most creative recordings in progressive rock history. Regardless of the complexity of the arrangements, the music sounds very accessible with several melodic hooks. With this release, the band had just signed with Chrysalis Records after settling issues with their contract from the previous label WWA.
EMI released this two disc edition that includes...Read more
Unfortunately progressive rock was nearing the end of its initial popularity at the time of Gentle Giant's release of Interview. While they didn't surpass the success of previous efforts, they continued to propel their brand of complex music into surprising new directions. Centering on a fictitious interview based upon the music business, Interview is actually a concept album. Featuring the typical complex harmonies and intricate musical passages, Interview is generally considered to be the last must-have recording from...Read more
Gentle Giant followed up their acclaimed album In A Glass House with The Power And The Glory, which now has been released as your choice of either aCD / Blu-ray or a CD / DVD edition featuring new stereo and 5.1 mixes by Steven Wilson, along with a flat transfer of the original mix, plus instrumental mixes of the album and two bonus tracks.
The new mixes for CD and surround sound contain the following tracks: Proclamation, So Sincere...Read more
On Jerry Garcia's birthday, August 1st, 2013, the previously unreleased Sunshine Daydream concert film was screened for one night only in theaters across America. Those who attended discovered just how amazing this concert was, and why it is regarded as part of the top 20 performances the Dead played during their three decade career.
Available as a deluxe individually numbered limited edition set featuring gloriously remastered picture and all new stereo and 5.1 audio mixes done by Jeffrey Norman...Read more
Take your progressive rock journey into the realm of psychedelic and art-rock with the long awaited deluxe edition of Hawkwind's classic 1975 album, "Warrior On The Edge Of Time." This edition marks the first time that the original analogue stereo master tapes have been used for a remastered edition. The set also features a 5.1 surround sound remix from the original 16-track master tapes by Steven Wilson, who has also provided a new stereo remix. The deluxe version...Read more
There is no stopping Ian Anderson, who is back again with his latest release Homo Erraticus, which finds him using lyrics that offer several predictions for the future. These lyrics are based on an old historical manuscript that have examine key events throughout British history, all thanks to his reuniting with Thick As A Brick lyricist Gerald Bostock for the first time since 1972.
This conceptual piece from Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson continues his unique sounding prog, which...Read more
Honoring a great band's legacy, whilst undoubtedly taking it somewhere new, A Scarcity of Miracles is the King Crimson related album your mellower friends may just fall in love with! Don't expect the heaviness of Thrak and the well known KC releases during the 80's. This ProjeKct is the debut release from Jakko Jakszyk, Robert Fripp, and Mel Collins.Featuring a dream rhythm section comprising of Gavin Harrison and Tony Levin, ASOM is a sonically rich and detailed collection...Read more
A Passion Play by Jethro Tull has received the deluxe box treatment featuring four-discs including both a 5.1 surround sound mix and a new stereo mix by Steven Wilson. Now listeners will get twice as much with the addition of the earlier abandoned Chateau d'Herouville sessions both in surround and stereo mixes too.
The 2 DVD's include the stereo mixes in hi-res with the surround sound available as both DTS and Dolby 5.1 24 bit / 96 kHz. The...Read more
This 40th anniversary commemorative collector's edition of the Jethro Tull classic 1971 Aqualung album, features new stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes by Steven Wilson. Analog audiophiles will relish the included 180g LP and hi-fi enthusiasts will enjoy the two stereo CD's and both the multi-channel high resolution DVD and lossless Blu-Ray discs. The Aqualung LP is cut from the new stereo mixes and housed in the reproduction of the original gatefold sleeve. The first CD includes the...Read more
Over 40 years later Jethro Tull has re-release their pivotal 1970 album "Benefit." The Grammy winning group has expanded the album to include a 2-CD and 1 DVD-Audio collector s edition. The collection comes loaded with an abundant amount of music recorded by the band, which features frontman Ian Anderson, guitarist Martin Barre, drummer Clive Bunker, pianist John Evan, and bassist Glenn Cornick.
The album s 10 original tracks, plus five bonus tracks that include both the U.K...Read more
Fans have eagerly been awaiting the high resolution and surround sound release of Jethro Tull's classic 1972 album Thick as a Brick. In November 2012 the waiting was over, and a two disc set containing a CD featuring a new mix of the album by Steven Wilson, along with a DVD which contains the 5.1 DTS & Dolby Digital surround sound mix, as well as a high quality stereo 96/24 (new mix), and the original 1972 stereo mix...Read more
Marking the 40th anniversary of Thick as a Brick, Ian Anderson asked himself, what would Gerald Bostock - aged fifty in 2012 - be doing today? What might have befallen him? Thus, Thick as a Brick "part two" album examines the possible different paths that the precocious young schoolboy, Gerald Bostock, might have taken later in life. Anderson wrote song-sections that were identities illustrating the hugely varied potential twists and turns of opportunity and fate. These could easily echo...Read more
War Child by Jethro Tull was originally released in 1974, featuring one of the group's most prolific lineups that included front man Ian Anderson, along with Martin Barre, Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond John Evans, and Barrie Barlow. Unlike the previous two releases which contained over 40 minutes of continuous music broken into two parts, the songs on War Child were radio ready, with such hits as “Bungle In The Jungle.”
Although his plan for the project was a multi-faceted release that...Read more
There are moments in life when by some form of magic a connection happens that leads to a wonderful discovery. Jodi Shaw is one of those brilliant connections which initially formed through a mutual friend on Twitter. After seeing many of her posts, mostly related to music, I asked about her latest release "In Waterland." Jodi shared the link to her Band Camp page, and I immediately was captivated by her music.
A refreshing mix of folk, ambient, progressive...Read more
Taking a break as the front man of progressive/psychedelic rock band, KingBathmat John Bassett has released his first solo acoustic album in late March 2014. An English multi-instrumentalist and singer best known for writing and producing several albums by KingBathmat, Basset utilizes his songwriting skills and production magic while playing literally all the instruments excepting the drums which are handled by Nathan Summers. The melancholy collection of songs on Unearth fall on the gentle end of acoustic progressive...Read more
If you don't recognize the name Julie Slick, she is the bassist for the Adrian Belew Power Trio and Crimson ProjeKct bands. Her second release "Terroir", which translates to "from the earth," features luxuriant soundscapes, tangled rythms and an impressive list of guest musicians including sought after drummers Pat Mastelotto and Marco Minnemann along with legendary guitarists Adrian Belew and David Torn.
Guitar Player's Anil Prasad described Slick as being, "One of the best bassists in the world." Using...Read more
Katatonia has release "Dethroned and Uncrowned," a radical reinterpretation of their 2012 release, "Dead End Kings." Fans have been mixed over the album which finds Katatonia exploring the more ambient and Progressive elements of Dead End Kings, while remaining truthful to the core of the album's songs. Katatonia says, "The album is foremost stripped down rather than 'pimped', it's also semi-acoustic and most things have been turned around, completely! The album title doesn't lie, the drums have been...Read more
Many artists during the past decade have been releasing albums of covers, but how often does an artist cover themselves? On her latest release "Director's Cut", Kate Bush revisits earlier songs she recorded on two earlier albums, "The Sensual World" and "The Red Shoes", which did not reflect her original vision. She has reworked some tracks completely: such as the opening track The Sensual World is now called Flower Of The Mountain, and has been expanded to include...Read more
When I first saw the title for Keb' Mo's latest release "The Reflection", I thought it was going to be a greatest hits collection. Thankfully I was wrong, and it is a smooth collection of R&B songs primarily written by the songwriter. His first studio release since the 2006 album "The Suitcase", the August 2011 album "The Reflection" is a self-produced album with twelve tunes that features duets with India.Arie and Vince Gill, as well as performances by...Read more
Discipline's ground breaking exacting guitar, bass, and drum parts marked an evolution for the most respected and creative progressive rock band. The first of what would become a trilogy for Fripp's most capable team of technicians, which included guitarist Adrian Belew and bassist Tony Levin along with Bill Bruford on drums. This quartet is tailor-made for a vibrant, immersive surround experience. A good example is the midrange bass march of the title track, which percolates evenly all around...Read more
Crimson fans, it is time to rejoice, Larks' Tongues In Aspic has arrived as a 5.1 surround sound release with several live discs from that era.
With its raw tone, inspired improvisations and hard hitting odd-metered rhythms, the album marked a radical departure for this most forward thinking of groups and was the first to include Bill Bruford and John Wetton as band members.
Fans can pick up the standard CD and DVD-Audio set, or pay a bunch more coin...Read more
This DVD-A/CD edition of King Crimson's "Starless and Bible Black" features new 5.1 surround sound mixes by Steven Wilson and stereo mixes by Robert Fripp and Steven Wilson, both in high resolution audio formats. Also included is some 1973 footage from New York's Central Park and copious audio extras and rarities, including Doctor Diamond and Guts On My Side.
An experimental hybrid of live material and studio recordings, Starless sits between the astonishing re-inventions of Lark's Tongues In Aspic and...Read more
Continuing the 40th anniversary series, USA is the ninth album to receive the high resolution treatment. The CD features a completely new stereo album mix of the full concert by Robert Fripp & David Singleton, while the DVD features High Resolution Stereo mixes (24bit/96khz) of all three editions of this concert album. The discs come in a slipcase digipack format with Sid Smith sleeve notes, rare photos and archive material.
Originally released as a single album from recordings near...Read more
Sprung from the blood, sweat and tears of Rob Reed, founder of welsh progressive-rock band Magenta, Kompendium's debut concept album follows the spirit of all those great progressive rock albums from the 70s without sounding like any of them. Three years in the making, this exquisite album melds the talents of over two dozen artists and ensembles into an incredible album, Beneath The Waves takes on a rare depth, emotion and intensity. Held together by a dynamic vocal...Read more
On December 10, 2007 Led Zeppelin reunited for a single performance at the London 02 Arena as a tribute to the late Atlantic Records president Ahmet Ertegun. A crowd of 18,000 lucky attendees who had won the lottery from the 20 million that entered for tickets were rocked by a two hour set by this power house quartet. Celebration Day is certainly not a substitute for their original recordings where Robert Plant squeeled out vocals on beloved favorites...Read more
In early June 2014, the first three Led Zeppelin albums were released in a variety of packages, all remastered by producer and guitarist Jimmy Page. The band also has open its vaults containing dozens of unheard studio and live recordings. Each of the first three albums feature a second disc of audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album.
At first glance the options seem overwhelming, but when broken down by album, the there are three media...Read more
The debut release from Berlin based psychedelic prog project Margin titled "Psychedelic Teatime” covers much ground between old and new progressive and psychedelic rock. Flowing together, developing melodies with sounds and noises that are wonderfully fuse together, the spirit of 70’s prog shines through with a unique modern flare.
I first heard this release on progstreaming.com, a site dedicated to featuring full length progressive rock albums. While I primarily focus on high-resolution releases, I was intrigued by the quality...Read more
A long way off from some of the bands to which Marvin Ayres has contributed, such as Culture Club, Simply Red, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and Prefab Sprout, makes his latest release "Harmogram Suite" an intriguing addition to the ambient and modern classical genres. Between his new wave days Ayres delved into film soundtracks, audio-visual installations and ambient jazz. Now he's produced his most ambitious work: a six-movement symphony.
The most amazing facet of the current release is how...Read more
Mike Keneally's inventive 1997 release Sluggo has been reissued as a upper deluxe set including a new surround mix. Out of print for several years, Keneally always had reservations about the original mix, but the upshot is he is completely happy with the sound of the revamped album, and so am I!
The super deluxe set contains a CD with the 2013 stereo mix including two bonus tracks, "Craney" and "Bob Dylan's Nose" The DVD-A contains both MLP 24bit...Read more
Mike Oldfield has re-issued a five disc box set of his 1983 album Crises. This album was responsible for another big hit, titled "Moonlight Shadow," featuring the vocals of Maggie Reilly, hitting number four on the UK charts, along with topping out in several other countries. The title track is a quintessential Oldfield textured 21 minute piece that consists of glistening synth washes which weaved through punchier sections. Fans of Yes will enjoy "In High Places" featuring...Read more
Mike Oldfield has re-released his 1982 "Five Miles Out", as a three disc 2CD+DVD edition, with the DVD featuring a 5.1 surround sound mix. Returning to extended compositions on Five Miles Out, Oldfield continues the "Taurus" series with the mammoth "Taurus II," with references to Irish music, brass bands and Oldfield's beloved Morris. The title track stands out, referring to flying in bad weather, but it would be his song "Family Man" that would become a huge worldwide...Read more
Neil Young and Crazy Horse have released their first album of original music in almost a decade, now available in a few formats. Ahead of his lossless music download site, Pono Audio (www.mypono.com/) planned for mid 2013, Young continues to release his music in high resolution formats. Before we get too deep, it is important to note that the Bluray Audio disc contains additional tracks not found on either the vinyl record, nor compact disc formats. We picked...Read more
While Nick Drake's short career ended with his death in 1974, his popularity since then has only risen. It is no wonder that his 1969 debut release "Five Leaves Left" has received the High Fidelity Pure Audio treatment which includes both a stereo and multi-channel mix.
Besides a fine production, Drake's performance balances between accessibility and self-reflection, while avoiding the pitfalls on either side. Five Leaves Left is considered his most successful effort on which he injects the songs...Read more
For Progressive Rock fans there is an awesome site progstreaming.com that provides streaming of new albums for a couple of months. While the stream is not high quality audio, it offers a way to discover new music, and that is how I heard about No Man's Land's latest release "Unprotected" reviewed here.
One of Athens, Greece's most long-lasting bands started in the mid-eighties releasing their first album ''Zalion'' (1988) with a neo-psychedelic gem sound. The followed this up with...Read more
Founded by Italian guitarist/vocalist Giancarlo Erra, Nosound has already received plenty of accolades. On their newest release, Afterthoughts, the five piece band continue to craft lush bittersweet instrumentation with introspective vocals that mesmerize the listener.
Keyboardist Marco Berni and drummer Giulio Caneponi join the band as full-time members on Afterthoughts, and Chris Maitland, former member of Porcupine Tree and no-man, returns as guest percussionist. The bands line up also includes Paolo Vigliarolo on acoustic guitar, Alessandro Luci playing bass...Read more
In late November 2013 Nosound released their album Lighdark, which was re-mastered as a 2 disc set, including a DVD containing high resolution stereo and 5.1 surround mixes, plus video extras. Grab your copy of the free hires downloads of the track Kite from the promo web sitewww.lightdark.net, which includes FLAC 24/48 stereo and 5.1 files!
Recorded in Italy, England and the US throughout 2006 to 2007, their album Lightdark further enhanced the depth of their debut album Sol29...Read more
The Dark Side of The Moon became Pink Floyd's first number 1 album in the US, remaining on the chart for 741 weeks from its release in 1973. Fans whom have grown up with this recording have likely purchased all formats that have been available starting with vinyl, compact disc, and SACD. For the person on the go, an eight track and cassette were available through the 70's and early 80's. Well, it's probably time to get out...Read more
Should fans rejoice or proclaim their displeasure of the 20th anniversary box set of the Division Bell by Pink Floyd. This seven disc set includes a newly remastered two-LP edition of the album directly from the original analogue tapes. It has been expanded to include all the full length tracks that were edited down to fit on a single LP with cover art by Hipgnosis/StormStudios, and is presented in a gatefold sleeve.
So far the set is more of...Read more
In the summer of 2014 Pink Floyd surprised fans with an announcement of their first new release since 1994. Produced by David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth, and Andy Jackson, "The Endless River" utilizes and expands upon music from the sessions of The Division Bell.
After listening to over 20 hours of material, the three musicians spent the last year adding new parts. The group also we re-recorded tracks and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink...Read more
Fans will be delighted with this lavish reissue of Pink Floyd's 1975 Wish You Were Here album, which topped the album charts in both the UK and the US. Containing the classic cut Shine On You Crazy Diamond, a tribute to founder member Syd Barrett, the Immersion version features the classic Studio album mixed in surround sound and digitally remastered. This limited edition high quality box set features rare and unreleased audio and video material, plus a new...Read more
Esoteric Records has released a two disc deluxe edition of the one and only album by Quatermass, originally released in 1970 on the Harvest label, but difficult to find for many years. Crossing genres from progressive rock instrumentals to hard rock vocal sections, Quatermass was somewhat unique while also having similarities to bands like ELP, Deep Purple, Atomic Rooster, and even the Nice. This 2013 edition features new mixes by member Peter Robinson in both Stereo and 5.1...Read more
Prior to Wakeman’s 2015 U.K. tour, the second of his two deluxe reissues have hit the street on February 2. His 1975 “The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table were released via Universal Music and the CD/DVD contains what is reportedly an all new quadraphonic mix.
Remastered at Abbey Road, a CD, Vinyl LP and digital format are also available in new packaging. Reaching no2 in 1975, Wakeman’s third title, “The Myths...Read more
At the age of seven Robert Reed was inspired to become a musician after hearing Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells." He went on to learn how to play not just one, but all the instruments featured on the album. Released in July 2014, Sanctuary is the fruition of his desire to create an album in the style of Tubular Bells; As a multi-instrumentalist, Reed composed "Sanctuary," and has played all the instruments, without any synthesizers or sampling, he wanted...Read more
Germany based art rock band RPWL has followed up their celebrated album “Beyond Man and Time” with their 2014 multi format release “Wanted.” Available as a limited edition CD and DVD with 5.1 Dolby-Digital surround sound, which includes the bonus track "Still Asleep" on DVD only. For analog audiophiles, a double vinyl version is available, as well as a single CD copy.
For high resolution fans, like myself, it is surprising that “Wanted” is only available as a Dolby...Read more
Originally released in 1976, 2112 was the Canadian three-piece band's breakthrough album. Guitarist Alex Lifeson described it as, "the first record where we sounded like Rush." Fans have been waiting for the high resolution surround sound version, which was released on Dec 18, 2012 as three deluxe editions. These include a CD/DVD or CD/Blu-ray, with the package including the remastered album and three bonus live tracks on CD. The second disc includes 5.1 surround sound mix and an...Read more
Seven years in and their ninth release, Rush released their critically acclaimed Moving Pictures, often considered one of the greatest hard rock albums of all times. Taking some cues from the new wave movement they superbly blend their progressive hard rock approach, all honed to perfection. This release is chalk full of classics, and the band performs several songs regularly in concert and classic rock radio often pulls from this album too. While other hard rock bands at...Read more
In late November 2011, just in time for the holidays, Universal Music released three separate six-disc box sets by Rush. Collecting the entire Rush output between 1974 and 1989, including both live and studio albums, the Rush Sector box sets span the entire historic Mercury Records tenure of Geddy Lee (bass, keyboard, vocals), Alex Lifeson (guitar) and Neil Peart (drummer). (John Rutsey drummed on Rush's debut.) Each 'Sector' contains five of their 15 Mercury albums in chronological order...Read more
OriBased in Athens, Greece, Sorrows Path has been a long time in the making, and members have endured a tough road along the way. Originally formed by Takis Drakopoulos (bass) and Kostas Salomidis (guitar) back in 1993, playing gigs and releasing their first demo a few years later. Tragically their original founding bassist died, and after being signed to a label and recording a release in 1998 that was subsequently shelved, they took a two year break due...Read more
Debuting at number one on the Billboard charts when first released in 1994, Superunknown went on to sell over nine million copies worldwide. Certified five-times Platinum in the US, Sungarden received two Grammys for their singles 'Black Hole Sun' and 'Spoonman' in 1995.
2014 is the 20th anniversary of this beloved album, and is receiving the deluxe box packaging that includes four CD’s and a Blu-ray. The first disc contains the re-mastered album with 16 tracks, including bonuses found...Read more
Squackett is the collaboration pairing progressive rock veterans Chris Squire bassist for Yes, and former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, who have been working on the release of "A Life Within a Day" for four years now. The two began working together after having actually met in the mid-80s in the U.S while Chris Squire was working on a solo Christmas album (Swiss Choir) and needed some guitar parts. Squire was put in touch with Hackett, who contributed guitar...Read more
As an avid listener of music, I am constantly seeking new artists and unearthing forgotten gems. Also, as a audio enthusiast, I turn my attention to releases that have been well recorded, produced, and mastered. I came across Steve Katz recently, and was excited to find a new artist that easily met my expectations of good music and excellent sound quality.
A New York based singer/songwriter, Steve Katz often performs in the northeast and self-released his five song EP...Read more
Steven Wilson released a second album in 2013 titled "Drive Home," featuring unreleased tracks, videos, and live recordings, all available in high-definition surround sound audio.
There is a new video for lead track Drive Home, along with the video for The Raven That Refused To Sing (both directed by Jess Cope), and four tracks recorded live in Frankfurt during Wilson's recent tour.
Additionally, you'll get high resolution (96/24 stereo and 5.1 surround) audio recordings of two previously unreleased tracks, The...Read more
Producer, writer, and musician Steven Wilson released his second solo album "Grace for Drowning," on September 27, 2011. Building on his artistic depth that has made him a twice Grammy winner, the new release is more experimental and eclectic that his first outing "insurgence." Wilson says, "It's my biggest project to date," and includes slowly changing pictures that accompany the music.
We suggest skipping the double CD version, and getting the Blu-ray edition featuring the album in 5.1 surround sound, 2 bonus...Read more