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Issue 116

Since its arrival at the tail end of the 60s progressive rock has offered the world some of the most fascinating music ever heard, in varying guises over the years. Prog magazine brings you the stories behind the people who create these astounding sounds and amazing music, be they the classic originators such as Genesis, Pink Floyd and Yes, to the 80s revivalists such as Marillion and IQ, all the way through to those musicians today who have done so much to help rejuvenate the genre such as Muse, Radiohead, Steven Wilson, Opeth and Anathema. In depth and behind the scenes stories of classic albums and tours sit side by side with widespread coverage of what‘s happening at today’s cutting edge of progressive music.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
11 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
ed’s letter

NEXT ISSUE FEB 09 ON SALE Hello, and welcome to the new issue of Prog, our final issue of 2020. I think we can all agree, it’s been quite a ride… although maybe not quite the one we were expecting back in January. But, as we end this strange year, there certainly seems to be more than a hint of positivity with the rolling out of the vaccines. Here’s hoping things continue to get better throughout 2021. As is tradition with our end-of-year issue, not only do we present our annual seasonal graphic – courtesy, as always, of John Langton – but this issue also features the Readers’ Poll. Looking at the results, it suggests to me that the adaptability of bands and their fans has been paramount in maintaining some sort…

6 min.
bloody well write

A WONDERFUL DISCOVERY You can take the view that music taste stops at 33 [according to online research] – this is supposed to be the age that most people apparently stop listening to new music, but my own musical taste got wider and wider at this age through listening to the late, great John Peel. I was a Beatles and a Stones fan, then it was Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and anything metal. Now at the age of 67, I’ve found myself getting into all sorts of stuff I wouldn’t have imagined I ever would: Frank Zappa, Gentle Giant, Yes, Rick Wakeman, Dream Theater, Kansas and loads of other new bands. It’s all thanks to your illustrious magazine, which I now can’t live without. I’m constantly fascinated by the groups in the…

1 min.
tweet talk

MARJANA (MARIANA) SEMKINA @marjanasemkina You know what feels really weird? My solo album was also released this year. Feels like another life. MIKE PORTNOY @MikePortnoy It’s been an AMAZING year for music… these are the 2020 essentials that are sitting on my turntable @MrBungle @tallah__ @Haken_Official @DizzyMizLizyy @thetimchristian @ stevendrozd @theflaminglips ADAM WAKEMAN @Wakemanofficial I had an email today threatening me that unless I pay a significant amount of money to a Bitcoin account, my business would be destroyed. I thought about it, but remembered that my business has already been destroyed by the pandemic, so fuck it, I’ll have another gin. PETER HAMMILL @Sofa_sound This day last year was the last time I was onstage, in Halmstad with @ IBExpo [Isildurs Bane] CLIVE NOLAN @operafanatica I couldn’t go to the German Christmas markets this year (for obvious reasons), so I brought a bit…

1 min.

The new Greg Lake anthology [The Anthology: A Musical Journey, reviewed in Prog 115] is a really good intro to Greg Lake but the ELP work does open one mystery: how on earth did Oh, My Father fail to get on any of ELP’s albums? Okay, it may not have suited Tarkus but could easily have fitted in on Trilogy (instead of The Sheriff?), or Works Volume 2 which was full of material left over from other album sessions. It outshines Show Me The Way To Go Home. It not only highlights Lake’s voice at its finest but has a guitar solo that the likes of Gilmour, Blackmore et al would be proud to have produced! What it highlights too is that if Lake really wanted a solo career, with a…

3 min.
dba celebrate the good old days

Geoff Downes and Chris Braide will release their fourth Downes Braide Association studio album, and fifth album overall, on February 5 via Cherry Red. Halcyon Hymns is their response to the lockdown blues – an attempt to reflect the sounds and feelings of the “bucolic halcyon summer” very few of us got to enjoy in 2020. The duo had been basking in the glory of two successful live shows at Trading Boundaries in East Sussex when lockdown was announced in the UK. While Yes, Asia and Buggles keyboardist Downes was happy enough to keep himself busy with various projects in Wales, songwriter and composer Braide found himself more frustrated in California. “Marc Almond suggested I get stuck into another DBA record to lift the malaise,” he recalls. “Somehow it was hard to muster…

1 min.
strawbs reach a settlement

Strawbs will release what they describe as “extraordinary” new album Settlement on February 21 via Cherry Red. Leader Dave Cousins notes that they’ve been releasing LPs for 51 years – but reports there’s still plenty to say. “I can’t think of another band who can go from metal grunge to the lilt of an Irish ghost story – or from a song in 6/8 time to singing in 4/4 over a 5/4 backbeat – in half an hour,” he argues. He adds that the lyrics reflect the “political and social upheaval” of 2020, which saw the band working on the record remotely. “‘Once we went dancing through quicksilver days’, or ‘What the autocrats are selling you is sturm und drang’, or ‘All bear witness, come together, we are everyone’ – I’m…