One of the Pioneers on the British Neo Prog scene (apologies to Martin ORFORD - I know you hate the Neo Prog concept), IQ is one of the few bands from the 80's and 90's scene that superbly delivers a full symphonic, rich in emotion music. The outstanding vocals of Peter NICHOLLS give the band its trademark, but the keyboard arrangements from the multiband man Martin ORFORD (JADIS) really add to the atmosphere here. Not enough, the guitar work from Mike HOLMES completes the last essential ingredient of the band's musicianship.
"The Wake" - recorded live at De Boerderij, Holland, June 19, 2010
Written between 2006-2008 and recorded in 2008 in the famous Belgian ACE Studio (Ghiribizi, Mindgames) with equally famous keyboard player-producer Frank van Bogaert (Ohm, Fish on Friday) and the original line-up, this first full CD was released early 2009 on the own WAMP-label. The full CD immediately got a lot of attention and positive feedback in the worldwide specialized press, some songs appeared on samplers and lead to some interesting live gigs. The typical Neo-sound became more distinct and while still having some Classic Rock roots the sound got typically labelled as Symfo or Neo-Prog…
Recorded live at the Bucklein Theatre, Krakow, Poland, October 14th 1995 and at the Hall of TV in Krakow, Poland, 11th October 1995. On the 25th of April 1958 there's a great singer born in Edinburgh: Derek William Dick (FISH). Because he finds it very nice to lie in the bath for hours, with his rubber duck, he gets this nickname from his friends: FISH. Later Derek shall use this name as his artists name. Derek grows up in the little village Dalkeith, where his parents have a garage. He's in school there, where he has a easy time, and has good results. Derek too is a fan of THE BEATLES in that period, and he wants to learn to play an instrument. But he never gets beyond playing a tennis racket in front of the mirror. The first single he buys is "Lola" of THE KINKS.
Millenium is a Polish five-piece neo-progressive band with Polish vocals on their 1st album and English vocals dominating after their 2nd production, generally in the Pendragon and early MarIllion styles but also with some spices of Pink Floyd and classical Genesis. There are influences of older Polish bands like Collage (as you can in every Polish neo-prog band).
Insurgentes is a film by Lasse Hoile about SW, a musical road movie that follows the making of his solo record of the same name, and is a portrait of an increasingly rare artist who works with music and media out of love and not for fame and fortune, persisting in making art on his own terms in a world where ‘throw away’ mentality is increasingly becoming the norm. The 2 disc set also features a host of extras including 6 exclusive bonus audio tracks from the album sessions, a 31 minute film of SW/Pig live in Mexico City, and the Harmony Korine video. Subtitled in Spanish, French, German and English. Sound mixed in stereo and 5.1 surround sound.
Fish On Friday is a Belgian duo consisting of William Beckers (keyboards) and Frank Van Bogaert (keyboards, vocals). With guest musicians they recorded in 2010 the well-received debut album Shoot The Moon. Great melodic symphonic neo-prog from Belgium. Pink Floyd and Moody Blues meets Alan Parsons Project and Phideaux. Beautiful harmony vocals (Frank's voice is reminiscent of David Gilmour), and great symphonic songs.
Karnataka is a Welsh band that was formed in 1997 by Ian and Rachel Jones. Rachel has since left the band, while Ian steers the helm of the band forward. The band has recently undergone some major changes, including the addition of Haley Griffiths, replacing Lisa Flury on lead vocals, Louie Palmer, replacing Ian Harris on drums, and multi–instrumentalist, Colin Mold replacing Enrico Pinna and Gonzalo Carrera on guitar and keyboards. Symphonic, Folk or Neo Prog? Perhaps all of these styles combined together. Folk is here also in element of unusual instruments like whistles and Uilleann pipes. This album is simply the brightest side of Prog releases of 2010. It's masterpiece of positivity, of good mood, optimistic thinking.
Greatest Ever Prog Rock beings together some of the very finest progressive rock from the giants of the genre. Incorporating both the classic and the contemporary, this 3CD set boasts bona fide prog masterpieces from Yes, Hawkwind and Rick Wakeman, avant-garde wonders from Aphrodite s Child and The Moody Blues, plus modern tracks from Marillion, Galahad and Twelfth Night to create a brilliantly atmospheric and surprisingly accessible collection for the die-hard fan and the recent convert alike.