Anderson Rabin Wakeman Live at the Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA.


A great show featuring the voice, guitars & keyboards of YES. Going through a setlist of YES music from the Yes Album on up. Rick Wakeman sounded great & was smiling a lot behind the keys. He seemed to really be enjoying playing the theater tonight. Trevor Rabin, was right on, just as when I saw him in the 80’s & 90’s, while Jon Anderson’s voice sounded wonderful. During “And You And I”, I did miss Steve Howe’s slide guitar, but, this was not a YES show, but, man, was it close. I’ve seen Jon with no band during the past few years, but, with this band, he was in prime form. Starting off the set with Trevor & Rick, also on bass guitar was Lee Pomeroy, who really seemed to do a great Chris Squire, even though, he can’t be replaced, he surely made me feel as though Chris Squire was there. On Drums we had Louis Molina. They started off with “Cinema”. Jon Anderson, then walked onto the stage as they went into “Perpetual Change”, one of my favorite Yes songs. “Hold On” followed that. They continued with songs from “Fragile”, “The Yes Album”, “90125”, “Big Generator”, “ABWH” & more. Lee Pomeroy really shined during “Heart Of The Sunrise” & “The Fish”. I’ve seen a lot of Yes shows since 1972, & this was one of the best that I’ve heard in a long time, even though it wasn’t a traditional Yes show, but, it could have been. The Keswick Theatre, as always is a great place to see a show in the Philadelphia area. This show gets 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. I wish they would have played longer however. I can never get enough of a great show. I would love to hear a new album from this band. I believe that they may trade up some songs for other songs as they go through the tour. They certainly have enough songs to do so.

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Aisles ~ Hawaii


The new album from Aisles, while not quite what I expected from this band, is still rather good. This is a 2 CD set, but, in my opinion, could have been a 1 CD set & would have worked out better. Disc 1 flows as smoothly as Aisles’ previous work, while disc 2, which I was looking forward to, kind of let me down. The best track on disc 2 would be Pale Blue Dot, while most of the rest of disc 2 just kind of goes on. Disc 1 however would be worth the price of this album. These 5 tracks will get you lost in their progressive Rock world & you’ll love it. I would give this a 3.5 – 4 Music Guru Stars.

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Seven Kingdoms EP



This 4 song EP is both good & bad within the same songs. The band plays well with a lot of guitar work while the drums thrash around. The female vocals are very good, while I’m not a fan of the cookie monster grumblings of the other vocalist. There are people that do like this however & you are the people that they’re aiming for. For me, I would give this 3 Music Guru Stars, but, if you like the grumblings you would probably rate this higher.

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Narnia ~Narnia



This album from Progressive Christian Metal Rockers is musically very good. If you didn’t know this was a christian album, you might overlook it, however, as you listen to the lyrics, you can hear the christian rock come through. If you’re a fan of this type of music intermixed with some great progressive music, you’ll like this. Vocals could be a little bit more melodic, but, it fits this band. The band celebrates their 20th Anniversary with this album. I give this 3.5 Music Guru Stars.

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For those of you that would like NEW AGE music or instrumental mind relaxing music, this is the album for you.  There are 8 songs on this album, which, seemed to me, played out as one long song. The songs merge together so well, that you can’t tell where one stops & the other continues, except maybe a change in tempo. There’s not much change in tempo but it does happen. There are 3 musicians on this album. Colin Edwin on Basses & Programming, Jon Durant on Guitars & Pianos (Keyboards), & Vinny Sabatino on Drums & Percussion.  All songs are written by Edwin & Durant as well. This is the third in a trilogy of Emergent albums. This is a nice relaxing disc to listen to. This gets 4.5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars

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A REALLY FUN ROCK POP ALBUM.  This is a drive in the car with your radio blaring album. Songs with great melodies, good lyrics & good vocals. There are great hooks that catch you from the very first song. It doesn’t stop there either. It continues with the rest of the album. The slowest song on the album, which, is not slow, would be track 5, “Let Your Love Come Down”. the album finishes off on an up note, just like the opening track. Bands that you may compare them to would be BON JOVI, ALICE COOPER (Early), BEATLES, or maybe even ZZ TOP. Neon Alley is a great, fun album & highly recommended. 5 out of 5 Music Guru stars on the Music Guru charts.

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Holon ~ The Time Is Always Now



This album seems to be a bit of a story, since it starts off with an overture. The album is progressive, but, not the same way as a YES album, or an ELP album. The album is very melodic & pleasing, but, not what you may expect. The Closest that I could put them up against would be DEAR HUNTER. My favorite tracks are “Dancer In The Sky” & “Time To Go”, which seems to go off into different directions within the same song. This song would be similar to YES’s “Close To The Edge”, and the same way that, “Close To The Edge” goes off into different tangents. The vocals aren’t bad, but, to me, they don’t stand out either, although there are moments when they really do. I rate this 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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