Saturday, April 7, 2007

New CD releases (progressive rock)

Marillion - Somewhere Else (2007 - neo progressive rock)

I guess there's two kinds of Marillion fans. The ones who liked the era when Fish was lead singer back in the 80's and the one who support Marillion lead by Steve Hogarth. You might say I'm inbetween there. I especially like the earlier Marillion stuff. The music was imaginative and cutting edge, even for a neo prog band. Very tasteful, intricate and great sounding keyboards!
Back in the 80's Marillion scored a bunch of hits with Kaleigh, Clutching At Straws and Tuxon. Listening to their latest album Somewhere Else, I rediscovered a whole new Marillion with a different sound. Seems like I have a lot of catching up to to.
Somewhere Else features a classy bunch of neo progressive pieces. Stripped down to the basics. A brand of rock that can be enjoyed by fans of the more radio friendly variety of rock as well as by progressive rock enthousiasts. A far cry from the lush and complicated sound of the old Marillion, but still displaying a lot of sophistication and style. An interesting release.

Try the new Marillion album: get it here.

Van Der Graaf Generator - Real Time (2007 - progressive rock)
A while ago I posted some solo albums by Peter Hamill, the vocalist of VDGG. The band made a surprising comeback in 2005 with the stunning double album Present. Real Time is a live recording of one of VDDG's first live gigs in 29 years...
VDGG consists of legendary vocalist and mastermind Peter Hamill, organ builder and keyboardist Hugh Banton and one of the most inventive horn players in rock history ever – David Jackson – on 'double sax' and flute.
Most of the early VDGG live recordings or bootlegs I know of, are of really inferior sound quality so I'm really happy about this one! This double CD contains the entire VDGG reunion concert held at the Royal Festival Hall in London back in 2005. Apart from tracks from their Present album (Nutter Alert, Every Bloody Emperor) the band tackles some old classics like Lemmings, Man-Erg and the magnificent opening piece The Undercover Man. The band's stage shown still sound as raw and vibrant as it use to 30 years ago...
Real Time is an excellent album by one of rock music's most avant-garde outfit. A real must-have for fans of Van Der Graaf Generator, better yet, a must-have for all serious rock fans.

Look for the link to Real Time in the comments section.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Have you got a link for this be much appreciated !!!!

Salty Dog said...

Hey Anonymous,

Which one are you referring to? Drop me a line and I'll try and look up a link to the album you like.

So check back later!

Anonymous said...

Hi There.. I was after the Van Der Graaf Real time link. BTW if you are interested there is a link here to one of the recent VDGG reunion gigs a couple of weeks ago in Essen ... http://www.megaupload.com/?d=4Z39TJB6

Looking forward to Real Time !!

Salty Dog said...

Hey Anonymous,

Thanks for the link to the Essen bootleg you posted in your comment! I'm especially impressed by the great sound quality.

I didn't even know VDGG had yet another reunion by the way... Even without their valued sax player, the band still seems to be standing strong.

A treat for every VDDG fan!

Salty Dog said...

Here's a link I found for Real Time...

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=4GXPFSNL

Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for two great posts, however, the Marillion link is dead. :(
"file not found" Would you mind uploading it to megaupload or mediafire?

THANKS,
freed

Salty Dog said...
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Salty Dog said...

Hello Freed,

Try this link and let me know how things turn out...
http://www.badongo.com/fr/file/2819757

I noticed there's quite a few torrents out as well.
Good luck and enjoy the music!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Salty for the repost.
badongo works great!

Freed

Nicki said...

Interesting to know.

Anonymous said...

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http://genesis-marillion.blogspot.com