Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Uriah Heep - Wake The Sleeper (Heavy Prog - 2008)

Check out the long awaited new album of 70's heavy prog legends Uriah Heep. Keep rockin'!
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds (1978 - progressive rock)

Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds was a 1978 concept album by Jeff Wayne and others, retelling the story of The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. The War of the Worlds (1898), by H. G. Wells, is an early science fiction novel which describes an invasion of England by aliens from Mars. It is one of the earliest and best-known depictions of an alien invasion of Earth, and has influenced many others, as well as spawning several films and radio dramas, and a television series based on the story. The 1938 radio broadcast directed and narrated by Orson Welles caused public outcry against the episode, as many listeners believed that an actual Martian invasion was in progress, a notable example of mass hysteria.

This 2007 release of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version contains a limited edition 7 disc set of the famous rock musical. Like the regular edition it features the original album on the first two CDs. In addition there is one disc of remixes, and 3 CD's of unreleased material of various outtakes and the actors reading from the unabridged script. There is a DVD which features a making of documentary and new interviews with Jeff Wayne.

Some facts...
The album was recorded on 48 tracks.
The War of the Worlds stars Richard Burton as the narrator-protagonist, Justin Hayward (of The Moody Blues), Phil Lynott, Julie Covington, David Essex and Chris Thompson.
Forever Autumn, The Eve of the War, Thunder Child, and The Spirit of Man are the most recognised individual songs on the album. In fact, if you were born or grew up during the seventies, you might be able to recognize the classic The Eve of the War, which even today gets considerable airplay on classic rock stations.
Forever Autumn was a UK Top 5 single, sung by Justin Hayward. The album itself spent 290 weeks in the UK album charts. It was in the top 10 in 22 countries and reached number 1 in 11 countries.

This comprehensive collector's edition might interest fans of classic progressive rock in general. People who like Alan Parson's, Rick Wakeman's or ELO's music will love this.
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

GORE (avant garde/prog noise 1986-1996)

About 20 years ago this Venlo based trio left a considerable impression on the progressive music press in their native country Holland. But I guess a few years later people gave up on them. That might be the reason why very little information about the band is available on the web. Nevertheless, their music still deserves some attention.

How would one even begin to describe the sound of GORE? I would say: the ideal horror soundtrack – heavy and grim – driven by monolithic guitars, bass and drums... Yet at times quite complex (the
unique time signatures of their music found favour with the proto-math rock scene in the USA). Some claim that GORE's sound would have influenced bands like Melvins, Helmet and Godflesh.

Gore broke up in '88 but were resurrected in 1992. Further albums Lifelong Deadline (1992) and Mest/694'3" (1996) followed but apparently couldn’t hold a candle to Gore’s 80s output.

For those who want to check out the band's unique music, I've located links to some of GORE's early albums: Hart Gore (1986), Mean Man's Dream (1987),
Gore Live (1987) and Wrede (A Cruel Peace) (1988). The first three are vinyl rips.
Although the music is exclusively instrumental, GORE's first three albums all contained lyric sheets – meant to add a horrorshow element to the music and make it all the more ominous and hardcore. However, these lyric sheets are not included in the links.
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