Prog Collective ~ Songs We Were Taught

This is a nice collection of cover songs done by many different Progressive rock musicians. Starting off with Jon Davison with Geoff Downes both of Yes, covering Simon & Garfunkle’s “The Sound Of Silence”. Next up is Billy Sherwood & David Sancious covering Al Stewart’s “Year Of The Cat”. The album keeps going in this type of pattern with artists such as David Clayton Thomas, Steve Hillage, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thai, Roine Stolt, Steve Morse, Sonja Kristina, Martin Barre, Rod Argent, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Patrick Moraz, Martin Turner & many more. Songs covered by Bob Dylan, Carole King, Cat Stevens, The Band, James Taylor & more. Some songs are better than others, but this is an enjoyable listen. I give this 4 out of 5 Music Guru stars.

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Ryo Okumoto ~ The Myth Of The Mostrophus

Not only is Ryo Okumoto one of the great progressive rock keyboardist, that makes Spock’s Beard one of the greats that they are, but, there are a ton of guest stars on this album as well. These would include Steve Hackett of ex-Genesis on guitars, Mike Keneally on guitars, Dave Meros on bass, Alan Morse on guitars, Nick D’Virgilio on drums & vocals, Jimmie Keegan on vocals, Ted Leonard on vocals, Michael Sadler on vocals, & many, many others share this great album with Ryo. Prog at it’s finest. Give this one a listen. I’d love to hear what you think. I give this 5 out of 5 Music Guru stars. All this and a great cover too.

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Virgil & Steve Howe ~ Lunar Mist

This is a very nice light hearted album. Virgil Howe, son of Steve howe has unfortunately passed away in 2017. As you listen to this album, you can hear the 2 of them speaking to the listeners through their instruments. Steve Howe is my favorite guitarist, so can anything that he does be bad? No! This album did have a new-age sound. Give this one a try, I think you’ll enjoy it. I give this 4.5 out of 5 Music Guru stars.

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Arjen Lucassen’s Star One ~ Revel In Time

This album starts off in a big progressive way. Keyboard strong, with other instruments strongly moving in. Most of the stuff Arjen Lucassen does, I really like. Give this one a listen, I think that you’ll like this as well. Strong keyboards, strong guitar work, strong drums & really strong vocals with a really wide range. This is a 2 CD set, so there is a lot of music to listen to hear. Listen hard, listen strong. This is more similar to Ayreon, which is a Lucassen project, and more hard & metal than other Lucassen projects. There are many musicians/vocalists on this album. Some songs are better than others, but, this is a strong album. Thank you Arjen & friends. I give this 4 out of 5 Music Guru stars.

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Shanana ~ Woodstock 20 years later

Are you a fan of 50s music. This may be the album for you. Remember, Shanana had a TV show back in the 1970s as well. They are part of american culture. The current roster for Shanana is Screaming Scott Simon on keyboards & vocals, Jocko Marcellino on drums & vocals, Donald York on vocals, the previous three were from the original 1969 version of Shanana except Scott Simon who joined in 1970. Also in the band is David Ryan on bass & vocals, Lennie Baker on sax & vocals, Reggie De Leon on vocals, James Huntoon on keyboards, guitar & vocals, Bryan Cumming on guitar & vocals, and Pamela Day on vocals. There are some old great songs such as “Rock Around The Clock”, “The Stroll”, “Chantilly Lace”, “Tequila”, and so much more. If you were a fan of the band back then, you will like this album. I give this 3.5 out of 5 Music Guru stars.

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Motihari Brigade ~ Algorithm & Blues

I’ve been asking for a long time to hear something new in music…finally it is here with this album. It has an alternative pop feel, but, much better. Good music, good vocals & all around fun in 13 songs. There are 12 original songs and one cover song of the Rolling Stones’ “Street Fighting Man”. This may be the album of the year that you must listen to. The music must have been done by singer, songwriter & guitarist Eric Winston. I know that there must be other musicians, but, the CD doesn’t have that information. I would have liked to give them their applause as well. I don’t say this often but GO OUT AND BUY THIS ALBUM. I give this 5 out of 5 Music Guru stars. This will be available to purchase on September 8th, 2022.

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Sick N’ Beautiful ~ Starstruck

I’m not sure whether to like this album or to hate it. The musicians have talent, as does Greta Di Locovo, otherwise known as Herma Sick. The problem that I have is that while I can hear the talent in the musicians & the vocals, sometimes the vocals don’t fit the songs. That is not always the case, but, there is enough songs that it bothered me. I don’t hate the album, but, I don’t love it either. I’m interested to hear what others say. Let me know. I give this 3 out of 5 Music Guru stars. The band has 3 albums out including this one.

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Art Griffin’s Sound Chaser ~ The Seven Ages Of Starlight

Another album which took groundme by surprise. This is an album that you have to really listen to. This is fully instrumental, with some great guitar work, keyboard work, & the great violin work. A guitarist from Canada, named Kelly Kerelluk, Steve Negus, who you may remember from Saga is on drums, and Victoria Yeh on the violin, play some great music together. This album was written by Art between 2015 – 2017, and is just now being released in 2022, so that Art could gather some other great musicians to the album. Some of these guests include Jamie Glaser of Jean Luc Ponty on guitar, Todd Sucherman from Styx, on drums, Michael Sadler of Saga, added some background vocals on 1 song, Frank Wyatt of Happy The Man and Sarah Westbrook add some great keyboard work. This album does sound similar to Jean Luc Ponty. If that is what you like, you will love this. I give this 4 out of 5 Music Guru stars.

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Styx in Camden August 13, 2022, with REO Speedwagon & Loverboy

Before I start this, I can tell you before I heard any of these bands play, that STYX was going to be the band that was going to wow the crowd. I wasn’t wrong. Loverboy started the night off with a very good greatest hits package. Mike’s voice was in good form. Next up was REO Speedwagon, which again, was mostly a greatest hits concert. Both bands were in fine form. All 3 bands seemed really happy to be out & playing their music. The headliner here in Camden, was STYX. They mostly played hits, but, thankfully, they had recently put out a new album called “Crash Of The Crown”, which is an incredible piece of music. You can read that review further down on this review page. Styx played a great assortment of songs starting off with the opening track from the “Crash Of The Crown”. The setlist from there was “Blue Collar Man”, “Grand Illusion”, “Lady”, “Crash Of The Crown”, “Light Up” going all the way back to the album “Equinox”, then coming right up to the present with “Sound The Alarm”, “Rockin’ The Paradise”, Then the band brought Chuck Panazzo on the stage to play “Fooling Yourself”, then a nice keyboard solo with Lawrence Gowen called “Keydive”, then Chuck Panazzo came back to play “Lost At Sea” with Lawrence, and, “Come Sail Away”. The band then left the stage & came back to play “Mr. Roboto” & finishing off with “Renegade”. A great show, and my first one since 2019 or before. I had a great time & am looking forward to hearing Styx’ next album & seeing Styx again. If you have not seen Styx before, I highly recommend. They are in my top 10 of bands to see who put on a great show. Styx is…Tommy Shaw on guitar & lead vocals, Lawrence Gowen on keyboards & lead vocals, Ricky Philips on bass, and Chuck Panazzo also on bass, Todd Sucherman on drums, and J.Y. Young was absent from this show, so to take his place for this show was Will Evankovitch, who produced “Crash Of The Crown” & I’ve seen him play before with Tommy Shaw & Jack Blades, and he is a great musician. I hope J.Y. Young is OK, and healthy. Again, if you haven’t seen Styx play before, go see this tour. It is one of the best that I’ve seen. This gets 5 Music Guru stars out of 5 Music Guru stars.

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Skunk Baxter ~ Speed Of Heat

Skunk Baxter, if you don’t already know, is one of the great guitar players of our time. He played with Steely Dan, as a founding member, where he appeared on such great albums as “Can’t Buy A Thrill”, “Countdown To Ecstasy” & “Pretzel Logic”. Skunk Baxter moved on from Steely Dan to join the Doobie Brothers. Starting on their 1975 album titled “Stampede”. He also brought Michael McDonald into the Doobie Brothers, who also sings on this solo album from Skunk Baxter. As you listen to the man play, you can hear what a great guitar player he really is. This album is top notch & Baxter plays some great originals as well as some covers including “My Old School” from Steely Dan. Skunk also sings on the album & he sings really well. In addition to playing with Steely Dan & The Doobie Brothers, Baxter, being a session player, has also played with Dolly Parton, Donna Summer, Sheryl Crow, Barbara Streisand, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, Gene Simmons, and even Ringo Starr, as well as many others. I give this album 5 out of 5 Music Guru stars. Buy this ASAP.

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