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haLLo! Meist zum Wochenende findet ihr hier ein nettes musikalisches Machwerk, das ich euch Menschen und anderen Wirbeltieren ans Herz legen möchte…

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    Transatlantic – The Whirlwind This is what people talk about, when they mention the term "supergroup". Neal Morse (formerly of Spock's Beard fame), Roine Stolt (Flower Kings and all over the place), Peter Trewavas (Marillion) and Mike Portnoy (Sons Of Apollo, co-founder of Dream Theater) got together as "Transatlantic" to form an alliance. Whirlwind is … Weiterlesen
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    Howard Shore – The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring – Soundtrack) I've been away for a while, but this is worth coming back. And it is NOT about the soundtrack really, although it is great and the movie is the best of the three adaptations. This is to honor the memory … Weiterlesen
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    Steven Wilson – To The Bone It's back to the roots for this entry. Wilson gave us the very first Album of the Week and we will get back to him once in a while. Today we have the Brit's latest studio album (with another on announced for most probably next year), a venture into … Weiterlesen
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    Pink Floyd – The Wall Okay, this is a big one. Today, we have to talk about The Wall. It is quite hard to find the right words about an album as big as this one, as influential on me personally as this one. No, this is not my favourite album of this, my ultimately … Weiterlesen
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    Haken – The Mountain This album and the band behind it has just recently appeared on my horizon and already blown me away. I don't even own a physical copy yet (which I prefer to streaming) but I just have to share it. On this album Haken manage to combine all sorts of different styles … Weiterlesen
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    Queensrӱche – Promised Land When it comes to this band, people mostly look at Operation Mindcrime, but personally I like this one even better. It doesn't have this big concept or story but it loses the whole 80s metal sound and it's much more experimental. Can't really tell you anything else, I just like it…
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    The Alan Parsons Project – Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Edgar Allan Poe A Halloween late comer… What Eric Woolfson and his partner in crime Alan Parsons (engineer on several milestones albums like Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon") have cooked up in their project's debut is an homage to one of the godfathers … Weiterlesen
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    Prince and the Revolution – Around the world in a day Let's stay in the eighties – the era that brought forth many abominations like parachute pants, pastel blazers and menacingly excessive use of shoulder padding. While the late sixties and seventies have birth to many great bands and styles, this time seemed to have … Weiterlesen
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    Frankie goes to Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome Another trip down memory lane: It's Frankie, and Frankie only. These lads shook up the clean pastel world of the eighties with sexual innuendo that wasn't really hidden… with political statements, references to the British classics like Coleridge and a lot of foul mouthed street smarts. … Weiterlesen
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    King Crimson – In The Court of the Crimson King This too is now half a century old. By many, this album is considered to have given birth to the movement of progressive rock. This album is a definite classic and has been the inspiration for many to outgrow the boundaries of popular music. Surprise: … Weiterlesen
  • SQuiShY’s aLbuM of tHE WeeK vOl. 20
    Monty Python – Sings Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the birth of Monty Python celebrating the broadcast of the first show of the Flying Circus. This calls for finally getting back to these albums after a two month hiatus. Monty Python Sings collects all the musical goodies of these masters of British comedy from … Weiterlesen
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    Jethro Tull – Thick As A Brick Legend has it that this album was conceived as a parody to all the pretentious concept albums of the early 70s just to become one of the best that came from this period. What I always liked about Jethro Tull was the fact how frontman, main composer and … Weiterlesen
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    Jon Lord – Sarabande This is a true oddity. One might know Lord from his praised work as Deep Purple's keyboardist with his snarling Hammond-solos. While Purple is pretty straightforward rock music (and actually nothing that I am really fond of – sorry, I find them terribly boring), Lord proves with this mid-70s extravaganza that … Weiterlesen
  • SQuiShY’s aLbuM of tHE WeeK vOl. 17
    Marillion – Fugazi You might remember Marillion for its 80s hymn "Kayleigh" and the bestselling album "Misplaced Childhood", but instead of that, their third album, I picked this one. Fugazi is their sophomore effort. Why? Well… in the early 1980s Punk and New Wave seemed to have killed rock music, especially progressive. But bored by … Weiterlesen
  • SQuiShY’s aLbuM of tHE WeeK vOl. 16
    Gentle Giant – Octopus Well, why might I have picked this one? Gentle Giant is one of the greatest bands you’ll most likely never have heard from. These rather obscure progressive rockers managed to include not only Folk or Blues and even some Jazz into their music or have not only included some classical music. … Weiterlesen
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    Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway Should you only know Genesis for songs like Mama, Land of Confusion or I Can't Dance, this will be a little disturbing. Still fronted by Peter Gabriel, the band here presents its only concept album and it actually is one of the most important ones of the … Weiterlesen
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    Waltari – Yeah! Yeah! Die! Die! (Death Metal Symphony in Deep C) While being released on its own as well, "Yeah! Yeah! Die! Die!" was also added as a bonus disc with Space Avenue They're from Finland. Need I say More? Waltari managed to bring fun into Death Metal before and toyed with stretching the … Weiterlesen
  • SQuiShY’s aLbuM of tHE WeeK vOl. 13
    (Who's Afraid Of) The Art Of Noise Music facepalm Having borrowed their name from writings of the Italian futurists of the early 20th century, Art Of Noise (AON) were founded by electronics specialists and musicians J. J. Jeczalik and Gary Langan, composer Anne Dudley (by now an Academy Award winner), publicist Paul Morley and producer … Weiterlesen
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    Pain of Salvation – In The Passing Light Of Day For personal reasons another album by these Swedes. An album about love and loss, fathers and sons, life and death. How fitting…
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    Emerson, Lake and Palmer – Brain Salad Surgery Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends…. This album is, again, something completely different. Look at the cover, the artwork, that opens at the front to reveal a different image. That alone is just cool. The music? Well, there's a hymn, an abstract (if … Weiterlesen
  • SQuiShY’s aLbuM of tHE WeeK vOl. 10
    Jeff Wayne – The War of the Worlds A true classic! This is a musical… but it's the musical adaptation of one of the ground-breaking stories by H. G. Wells, which is also known for its radio play version by Orson Welles, that was so realistic that many people panicked thinking there was truly an … Weiterlesen
  • SQuiShY’s aLbuM of tHE WeeK vOl. 9
    Opeth – Sorceress The title made Flöbbl want to participate. Swedish prog metal giants Opeth have gradually changed their style from harsh growling to more epic and melodic compositions. Thus they've gained a larger variety of styles using the traditional Opeth sound but augmenting it. It's bigger, it's better, it's, well, magical.
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    John Williams – Episode VI, The Return Of The Jedi Let you, me and Tim celebrate Star Wars Day with my favourite soundtrack from the franchise. This version includes the original "Yub-Nub" Ewok Celebration. Please note the little Lego Chewbacca to honour Peter Mayhew who passed away last Tuesday. Raaaawwwrrr!!!
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    Pink Floyd – Animals It is quite difficult to choose one first album of my all time favourite band if there are so many greats. I picked this one which is a lesser obvious choice. Do I have to tell anything about it? Roger Waters' lyrics paint quite a dark picture of society that is … Weiterlesen
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    Frost* – Falling Satellites Quite a wild project by music producer Jem Godfrey who for the third time not only showcases his own amazing keyboard skills and composing qualities but also those of his extremely crafty friends John Mitchell (guitar), Nathan King (bass) and Craig Blundell (one of the 21st century's gratest and most versatile … Weiterlesen
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    Ayreon – Into The Electric Castle Who said rock operas are dead? Dutch mastermind Lucassens's third strike is arguably one of his best. Ranging from Folk via Classical to Death Metal with a cast from former Marillion spearhead Fish to Within Temptation's Sharon den Adel. A true epic. In autumn this year Lucassen will finally … Weiterlesen
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    Pain of Salvation – BE Breaking our from their progressive metal hunting grounds, this Swedish band headed by @danielgildenlow present nothing less than the history of God an mankind. The music is as ambitious as the concept, taking from metal, folk, gospel, classical and even medieval. Fascinating from God's coming into consciousness up to mankind's … Weiterlesen
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    Dead Can Dance – Within the Realms of a Dying Sun I am unable to classify this masterpiece. Bittersweet, tragedy and melancholy, pure beauty. Close your eyes and dream of dark, gloomy but enchanting landscapes…
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    Yes – Close to the Edge One of, if not THE defining album of classic progressive rock. Hailing back from ancient times when musicians relied on instrumental prowess and creativity instead of plug and play songs, this album is as confusing, challenging and unsettling as it is enchanting. What a ride..
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    Steven Wilson, The Raven that Refused to Sing and Other Stories Brilliant musicianship and awesome compositions. From wild rollercoaster rides with the first song to feelings beyond heartbreak with the last. What an album by former Porcupine Tree mastermind Wilson.