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    Andrew Roussak: a review of his two latest CD's

    Progressive rock musician Andrew Roussak was born in 1968 in the Russian town of Ufa. In 2011, after playing in numerous bands and getting quite a lot of experience as a studio musician, he moved to Germany where he has settled down. So far he has released four solo albums and two as member of...
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    Renewed member....

    It's been about 10 years between the post I made a few hours ago and the post before that, so maybe I should re-introduce myself, even though I've been a member here since 2006. I'm Dutch, retired from an industrial R&D management position in 2012, and now running an art gallery in the main...
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    Prog from the 2010's

    Hi! Back after a long break from this forum (I've been active on Talk Classical). In this thread, please post some of your favourite prog albums from the past decade. L'Enigma Della Vita (Logos, 2014) L'Enigma Della Vita is the third studio album by the Italian Progressive rock band Logos...
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    Rock Omnibus (book review)

    Copy/paste from my blog: Book reviews are not a topic for this blog, but rock music is - so here we go. This is a work of love if I ever saw one. Rusty Southwick, a classic rock and music lover from Oregon (USA), has compiled a list of 17,800 important songs by 4,156 artists, covering six...
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    Crusade 1212 by Dorian Opera, a prog metal masterpiece

    Three years after their very worthwhile debut album No secrets, German prog metal band Dorian Opera have returned with a masterpiece. Crusade 1212 is a fascinating concept album with a tragic opera-like storyline, inspired by the historical Children's crusade. The original four members are still...
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    Blue Intermezzzo - Andrew Roussak

    The recently released Blue Intermezzzo is the second album of Andrew Roussak - I have reviewed his debut (No Trespassing) before here. One of my few complaints about that debut was the bewildering mix of styles - well, for his second, he has opted for a solo piano record which indeed makes for a...
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    Nazatron - Fork in the road

    QUOTE from the artist: Nazatron is the musical vehicle of Genaaron Diamente. Genaaron grew up in a small town in Victoria, Australia and started playing guitar as soon as he was big enough to hold one. A steady diet of beatles records, 90s metal, school jazz bands and guitar lessons quickly...
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    Abstracted Architecture Photography

    The popular photography site Photo Tuts Plus had a feature on abstracted architecture in photography. Amongst the 80 examples picked, one is mine: What amazed me even more was that for the first of the five tips (Find the Fantasy), they used another shot of mine as the prime illustration...
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    Lessons learned from a hard drive crash

    Fortunately, I had backed up my important files (especially my pictures), but I still found out I made two errors - the hard way. So let me share it: [1] If you rip a lot of your CD's to the computer for easy compilation or MP3 player use - make a back-up of those files. That may sound absurd...
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    Favourite Requiems

    Inspired by Brahms, currently playing on my CD player. Mine: 1. Brahms - Deutsches Requiem 2. Mozart - Requiem 3. Faure - Requiem 4. Britten - War requiem 5. Verdi - Requiem Yours?
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    If only.... (imaginary compositions)

    A few speculations....
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    Art for Art's sake

    As some of you know I have been running a blog on art (visual arts, photography, music, architecture) since over 2 years. This year I really suffered from blogging blues and the blog was nearly dead. So I decided to purge the whole content and start afresh. Result: a wave of inspiration and 90...
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    No secrets by Dorian Opera (incl our Andrew Roussak)

    The band: Dorian Opera is the original name chosen by four German musicians for their band who have just released their debut album No secrets mid 2008. I have reviewed a solo album by their keyboard player Andrew Roussak (No trespassing) before. For more information on this band (and music...
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    Gorecki's 3d: a decade after the hype

    In the mid nineties, a recording of Gorecki's third symphony (Dawn Upshaw with the London Sinfonietta under Zinman) sold in equivalent amnounts as pop and rock albums and reached a wide audience. The reaction in classical music circles was rather sceptical at the time. I am listening again at...
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    Prog rock from around the globe

    Outside the UK (and to a lesser extent the USA), there is plenty of excellent prog rock to be found. Please post in this thread some suggestions, with a recommended album or song. I'll kick off with a song I just added to my list of (now 605) favourite songs. ISRAEL - ASHQELON QUILT Song: The...
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    What to give to someone who has everything

    How about this? :grin: Don't forget to check out what other things the buyers were looking for. :eek:
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    PrOgLAND

    Having just listened to the self-titled debut album of Abraxas yesterday, I am amazed how much great prog has come out of Poland the last 10 years or so. Apart from Abraxas, my favourites are Quidam (excellent neo prog, IMO superior to bands like IQ, Pallas, Arena and Pendragon) and best of all...
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    Renaissance - Scheherazade and other stories

    Category: Progressive rock Track listings 1. Trip To The Fair (10:48) 2. The Vultures Fly High (3:07) 3. Ocean Gypsy (7:05) 4. Song Of Scheherazade: (24:52) a) Fanfare (2:37) b) The betrayal (4:55) c) The sultan (2:46) d) Love theme (2:29) e) The young prince and princess as told...
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    The Watch

    This contemporary Italian band started out as Genesis cover band - and you can still hear that! By now they have released their fourth album, and although the closeness in sound to early seventies' Genesis can sometimes be a bit too close for comfort (the singer also sounds like Peter Gabriel)...
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    Kayak

    This Dutch prog band never got the international recognition that they deserved. They started out as a prog rock band in 1973 (in particular the first two albums) and still managed to have surprising success in Holland with singles from those as well. Near the end of the seventies their sound...
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