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Prog Issue 96

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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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ed’s letter

It’s a rather special editorial I write for this issue, for Prog Magazine has reached the grand old age of 10 this month. That’s right, it was a whole decade ago that Prog first hit the newsagents’ shelves. How many of you reading this have been with us from day one, I wonder? If you have, then myself and the team thank you for your sterling support. And hey, even if you’re a more recent convert, thank you, too, for your support. You may wonder why we’re not trumpeting our 10th birthday from the rooftops. Well, there’s the little matter of issue 100 looming on the horizon, too, a little closer to our big night of the year, which will be the eighth Progressive Music Awards. So we’re holding back the…

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bloody well write

CELLO, BOYS I was very tickled to read Dom Lawson’s piece on The Deep Freeze Mice’s I Love You Little Bobo With Your Delicate Golden Lions in the last edition of Prog [It’s Prog Jim, issue 95]. The “untitled, 25-minute splurge of free jazz and amorphous improvisation” included me on cello, having been a rather obsessive fan of the band previously! I regard the experience as one of life’s highlights, so thanks for shining a spotlight on the Mice and Alan Jenkins. Paul Devlin GOING GAGA FOR GREENSLADE Given that we are some way into an excellent programme of reissues by Esoteric in expanded format of Greenslade’s classic four-album run from 1973-1975, is it not time for Prog to give this band the attention it deserves? As I remarked to the proprietor of Trading Boundaries during their…

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tweet talk

JAKKO M JAKSZYK @JakkoJ Phone rings. It’s Gav. ‘Seen Prog Mag’s poll results? You’re in the vocal top 10 list.’ Where? ‘9th or… to put it another way, 2nd worst!’ At which point the penny drops. ‘You bloody won best drummer didn’t you?’ It’s good to have friends. NICK BEGGS @NickBeggs When you know you’re in the best band in the world. MIKE PORTNOY @MikePortnoy Awesome evening watching my friend @Jcrudess play a wonderful concert and having a great dinner together afterwards! RICK WAKEMAN @GrumpyOldRick this afternoon it’s off for a walk by the seaside. I’ve never understood why I love the sea so much considering I get queasy on boats, swim appallingly & through various exploits in my younger days, (which I won’t go into), have had sand go in the most unwanted areas.…

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alan parsons returns with his magical new record

“I love the mystery and the appeal that magic has to so many people.” Alan Parsons has exclusively revealed to Prog The Secret behind his new studio album, out on Frontiers on April 26. The songs on the mysterious 11-track all have a connection to magic, which has been one of his biggest passions since he was a child. “I love the mystery and the appeal that magic has to so many people,” he says of the concept. “I do a bit of magic myself; card tricks, coin tricks and so on. I’m a member of the Magic Castle in Hollywood, which is the most famous magic club in the world, and I used to attend The Magic Circle in London before I moved to the States as well.” The album opens with…

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lonely robot’s starry third opus

Remember to look up. That’s the message that Frost* and It Bites frontman John Mitchell has imprinted on the sound of Lonely Robot’s third album. Under Stars, out through InsideOut on April 26, continues the theme of 2016’s The Big Dream with the wandering astronaut heading back to earth. “The title track came about because I came home from the pub one evening and noticed the sky was perfectly clear. My girlfriend and I jumped on my telescope, and we took photographs of the moon. If I hadn’t looked up, I would have missed that opportunity,” says Mitchell. “There’s so much we don’t see because we don’t look. “There’s another song called The Signal which is a bit like a very dark version of The Carpenters’ Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft. It…

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archive to celebrate their 25th anniversary

Archive release 25 via Dangervisit on May 10. It’s available on four-CD and deluxe vinyl boxes with an exclusive a 160-page book, and contains material from the band’s 12 studio albums as well as eight new tracks. “One new song, Heart Beats, is one of the most profound pieces we’ve ever written. It’s really deep and powerful,” says founder Darius Keeler. The collection includes new collaborations with Steve Mason and Band Of Skulls, and Microdot’s Brian Cannon (Oasis/The Verve) has created the artwork. A double CD version of selected highlights will also be available. Archive’s extensive 25th anniversary tour starts in May, and there’s a show at London’s Alexandra Palace on September 27. “The last two tours have been really visual, so we want to make this one more about the songs,” says Keeler. See…