Orchestral arrangement by Robert Reed
Christina Booth - vocal
Chris Fry - classical guitar
Les Penning - story teller
featured soloists
Katie Axelsen - flute
Sam Baxster - oboe

"Magenta's brand new, and long awaited, 9th studio album sees a major change in direction from past works. A fully orchestrated affair with no drums or bass anywhere to be found, with Christina, like a fine wine, getting better with age and really gelling gloriously with the music. Chris Fry...

I hope that there will be more from the Magic Band (now consisting of John French, Mark Boston, Denny Walley and Gary Lucas), but for now, this album of well recorded live rehearsals of 17 classic tracks by the band - some now recast as instrumentals and some featuring John's very appropriate vocals - will more than suffice!

If you read John French's amazing book, "Through the Eye of Magic", you'll know how much these musicians suffered to bring you this music. Still, 40-45 years later, the joy and greatness of these pieces remains and if anyone can play this music...

John [Drumbo] French – vocals, harmonica, sax, guitar, drums
Mark [Rockette Morton] Boston – bass
Denny [Feelers Rebo] Walley - slide guitar, vocals
Eric Klerks – guitar, bass, vocals
Craig Bunch - drums.

This is an excellent recording of a fiery gig by John French’s revived Magic Band in 2013. Not convinced? I think one listen to them tear through the opening track, “My Human Gets Me Blues” will convince!

"A stellar concert of the Captain's music recorded in London at

"Magic Bus have pretty strongly established their style in the two albums preceding new release Phillip the Egg, and they don't really deviate from it here - again, it's an intoxicated bland of Canterbury-esque whimsy (drawing largely on the warm humour of Caravan and the mystical interests of Gong) with West Coast hippy sensibilities, as well as tight jamming in the instrumental sections reminiscent of the overlap between Ozric Tentacles and You-era Gong. If that sounds like the sort of thing you'd....

“Totnes, Devon-based psychedelic rangers Magic Bus have been weaving together their own cosmic tapestry for 10 years with sources as diverse as the Canterbury scene, California jam bands, eastern mysticism, and '70s prog. There are some new and familiar sonic influences on this one... certainly a hint of The Grateful Dead, Gong and maybe even The Beatles... but very much the Magic Bus sound.”

“On their second album, Magic Bus continue their style of psychedelic-oriented, Canterbury-influenced music, once again producing material reminiscent of the angle that Land of Grey and Pink-era Caravan or Khan produced in the early 1970s. This time around, a bit more West Coast hippy folk rock influence is brought into the mix, with the album opener Sunflower in particular being rooted in that style, which makes this a bit more a mixed bag of an album. This isn't quite the amazing eye-opener that...

I discovered Magic Malik about a decade ago when he and his group played at the French Embassy. He's an amazing flute player and he and his group performed an interesting and unique 'rehearsal intensive' jazz/rock thing. He's little known in the USA...

"Despite the fact that the band has been effectively on ice since the mid nineties there remains a strong and highly motivated fan base that appreciates the Magic Mushroom Band. This live recording dates from 1989 when the band was breaking out of the...

Kim Stenberg - guitars, vocals
Eirikur Hauksson - lead vocals
Erling Henanger - keyboards, backing vocals
Eirik Hanssen - vocals
Lars Petter Holstad - bass, backing vocals
Jan T. Johannessen - drums

“Magic Pie’s Fragments of the 5th Element is outstanding. It showcases outstanding musicianship. There are hooks galore. It is not a concept album, and yet there is something of a lyrical theme. This is one of my favorite releases of 2019.”-Sonic Perspectives

"It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since these proggers from Norway released their promising debut "Motions of Desire". At that time, their music struck me as an enthusiastic combination of classic prog and classic hard rock. (Think Deep Purple....

“Where has this set been? It should have come around 1982 in the wake of Delmark's "Alex Club/Ann Arbor set. This is certainly, at the least, the equal of any other live Magic Sam issue.
First, to save us all time, if you liked the Ann Arbor set, you may as well buy this one now. It is the same band, slightly better sound quality, and a similar (but expanded) set list. In addition, I feel that the performance here is even better!
There are three great BB King covers, including "I've Got Papers"...

"The second and all-time best Mako album, originally issued by Japanese Polydor in 1975. Packaged in mini-lp jacket sleeve. Although MPM went on to record 20+ more records after this one, he would never exceed the spatial exuberance of Super Record....

Eva Muntada: piano, synthesizers, organ, mellotron & vocals
Xavi Sandoval: bass & guitars
Marc Tena: drums & vocals
Maya Fernández: flute

Very enjoyable folky / freaky / proggy / psych music from Barcelona, with much more than a passing nod to their Canterbury-ish namesakes, most notably If I Could and first album-era Caravan!
This has a very nice, soft, fuzzy, very late night vibe, even at its most rocking.

"Music, more than all the arts, has the ability to move us to

Daevid Allen - guitar & vocals
Graham Clarke – violin
Mark Robson - keyboards& didgeridoo.

“Apparently a one-time side project for Gong main man Daevid Allen. 'Live At The Witchwood, 1991' is basically good trippy 'head' music. Plenty of that Allen type of wit that many of us have come to expect.
Eleven tracks with a duration of 73:10. Some exclusive cuts to this disc as well as several Gong obscurities, like "Zero Theme", "Magick Brothers" (off the very first Gong lp of the same..

Vocals and instruments by Joost Maglev
Mark Bogert (5)
David Clarkson – drums (6)
Valensia Clarkson – instruments, backing vocals (6)
Ben Craven – guitars (3, 7)
Marie Doesburg – vocals (1, 9)
Annie Haslam – vocals (4)
Sebas Honing – guitars (4, 7)
Arjen Anthony Lucassen – guitars (4)
Stefan Maas – drums (2, 3, 4, 5. 7, 8)
Joop de Rooij – piano (8)
Faried Verheul – guitars (2, 8)

“A Dutch multi-instrumentalist / composer

Magma's final album of the 1970s isn't a bad album and it has some incredibly great moments (and a great cover by H.R. Giger), but it isn't the best place to start with this brilliantly original and idiosyncratic band.
Newly remastered and in a digipack.

One of the greatest, most idiosyncratic & original bands ever. This is a live recording (of reasonably good quality, given the time-period) featuring the 1001o Centigrade band! [Seventh]

The official story is that like Kohntarkhosz Anteria, Emenhntehtt Re (note: I've left many umlats off of the title) was a major, long-form work. It was part of a trilogy along with Kohntarkhosz and K.A. and was written circa in the early/mid 1970s, but never recorded. Unlike K.A., a very good portion all of the parts have appeared on various albums over the years. So, it's hard for a non Kobaian to know if the official story is true or if the story is just a way to make a new, major statement without....

Since re-emerging in the late 90s, Magma have put on countless simply great performances and 2 stunning albums. But both of those albums (Kontarkosz Anteria (K.A.) and Emenhntehtt Re (E.R.)) were both recordings of 'big pieces' written during the band's 1970s heyday, but unrecorded until now. So, for me at least, the big question has been, "What happens when they run out of old, unrecorded things to record? Can C.V. come up with new material worthy of the band he's assembled?" Happily, the answer is yes...

One of the greatest, most idiosyncratic & original bands ever. This is all otherwise unavailable material, from 6/72-1/75. Musically great with awesome basswork by Janik Top, but it suffers from mediocre-at-best sound. Be prepared for some intense list...

If my Kobaian doesn't fail me, the 45' Kohntarkhosz Anteria was written circa 1972/1973, but never officially recorded, although a tiny piece of it appears on Inedits, and other little bits were grabbed and used in various other works (most notably the...

One of the greatest, most idiosyncratic & original bands ever. This is rightly considered a avant/prog classic and features a great lineup of the band (Christian, Stella, Klaus, Bernard Paganotti, Didier Lockwood, Benoit Widemann, Jean-Pol Aseline, Gabriel Federow).
This is probably their most accessible work, as it is their most 'fusion sounding work' with extremely strong soloing from violinist Didier Lockwood, but it in no way compromises their vision.
And what a great live recording!...

Klaus Blasquiz-vocals, percussion
Claude Osmos-guitar
Michel Graillier-keyboards
Gerard Bikialo-keyboards
Jannick Top-bass
Christian Vander-drums

There are certain bands and certain tours in music that assume rightly legendary status.
The European tour of April 1964 by Charle Mingus comes to mind as one for me, as does – in an entirely different way – the European tour in the early spring of 1974 by this edition of Magma.
There are several live recorded sets...

One of the greatest, most idiosyncratic & original bands ever. This is their 3rd & is rightly considered a avant/prog classic and the start of Zeuhl. Very strongly vocal, which either makes it a great place to start, if you love 'Klingon opera', as someone once called Magma, or one of the very worst places to start with this magnificent band!
Be prepared for some intense listening, as these all feature amazing playing & a truly twisted vision.

One of the greatest, most idiosyncratic & original bands ever. This is a previously unheard version of MDK, recorded about 9 months before the released version, & with some unique differences too! Be prepared for some intense listening, as these all fe...

One of the greatest, most idiosyncratic & original bands ever. This is a previously unheard version of MDK, recorded about 9 months before the released version, & with some unique differences too! Be prepared for some intense listening, as these all feature amazing playing & a truly twisted vision.

"From the very first short version recorded in the summer of 1971 on the compilation album “PUISSANCE 13 + 2” to the spring 1973 version on the eponymous album, “MEKANIK DESTRUKTIW KOMMANDOH” slowly...

One of the greatest, most idiosyncratic & original bands ever. This is from their reunion concert in Paris in 1980. This is sorta weak; don't start here! [Seventh]

A duo from Geisenkirchen, Germany using organ/piano/synths/vocals and drums/vocals, playing music somewhat like Hardin and York or Hansson and Karlsson

Recorded live at Magma's 30th anniversary concerts in May, 2000, this is the first time that the complete Theusz Hamtaahk trilogy has been released in one set. Excellent live recording and terrific energy coming off of the stage. While you've heard the...

This amazing document has been lying in the archives at Radio Bremen for 40 years. A decade ago, when we were licensing a lot of material from Radio Bremen, I tried to get permission from the band to release this incredible show and they said 'no'. Why they said 'yes' to someone else a decade later, I don't know, but the world is a better place because of it!
This is the entire radio broadcast, featuring the touring version of the Köhntarhosz band:...

Some of you with long memories and/or big record collections from the days of imports with JEM stickers on them, will recognize this name from his two releases on the Egg label ("The Most Progressive European Music Experience") from 1978 and 1980.
This is his 1st release from 1959, and is obviously, quite different, but is still interesting and avant music.

"Originally released in 1959, Musique Tachiste is the first in a series of rare records by French experimentalist Michel Magne. One of...

Excellent second release - even better than their very good first - by this Italian jazz/rock quintet (Fender Rhodes & keyboards, alto sax, guitar, bass and drums. This really has that Italian jazz/rock sound; think Perigeo, Arti E Mestieri, etc! Not...

I went looking for a good review of this very little noticed Italian jazz-rock album that was released in 2008 and I found almost nothing. What I did find was this: " If you like Perigeo "Chromatic Tunes" is the CD for you. A perfect mix between rock...

Swedish progressive hard rock from guitar, bass, drums, vocals. You can hear elements of November, Cream, West, Bruce and Laing, etc. here.

Nick Magnus - keyboards, synth, vocals (1,5), programming, composer & arranger, producer
Andy Neve - vocals (1)
Pete Hicks - vocals (2)
Tony Patterson - vocals (4,8)
Amanda Lehmann - vocals (7)
Steve Hackett - guitar solo (1)
Steve Unruh - violin (5)

“Nick’s sixth progressive rock album is a personal journey inspired by the landscape, history and legends of the Ariège
Catharsis is a deluxe two-disc, hardback Mediabook with audio CD, 20-minute DVD video, and 36 fu

“'INHALING GREEN' [2020] Comes Remastered From The Original Tapes With 2 Bonus Tracks And Packaged With Re-Vamped Art In A Mini LP Gatefold Card Sleeve!
Having Served His Musical Apprenticeship In The 70's With The Symphonic Rockers The ENID, Nick Magnus Became Steve Hackett's Keyboard Player During The Guitarist's Rise To Fame As A Solo Artist, Following His Departure From GENESIS. Since The Mid 90's Nick Has Released A String Of Superbly Crafted Solo Albums, One Of Which Is 'Inhaling Green'....

“Old Waysiders (is there any other kind?) will remembers Croa Trio. Adriano Magoo is their piano and accordion player and Sol Futuro is his first solo album with lots of guests, including members of Croa and the incredible Cuca Teixeira on drums (from Mr. Motaba).
On some tracks, background sounds captured by NASA are mixed with Magoo's Rhodes piano, acoustic guitars, electric bass, Brazilian percussion, with echos of Chick Corea, early Weather Report, Hermeto Pascoal, and some folkloric Brazilian...

Alex Maguire - piano / Hammond organ
Martin Pyne - vibraphone / drums / percussion / electronics
Mark Hewins - guitars / electronics

“MPH is a trio featuring three of the most creative musical minds on the improv scene today.
Their music draws from a huge range of genres to create bewitching and astonishingly original sound pictures, shot through with vitality, tenderness and humour.
Taxonomies is the trio’s debut album, taking inspiration from a quirky perspective on th

This has the great UK keyboardist Alex Maguire, someone who is at home in any style from rock to jazz to jazz-rock to free improvisation, performing a modern sort of swinging electric jazz with four members of the Wrong Object and a saxist in a sweaty...

Stephanie Griffin, viola
Oscar Noriega, clarinet, saxophone
Carl Maguire, piano
John Hebert, bass
Dan Weiss, drums

"Sided Silver Solid is keyboardist/composer Carl Maguire's Firehouse 12 debut and the second release.

"M C Maguire is a Canadian based composer who has created a personal and quirky hybrid blending classical and popular culture. The two works presented here are expansive concertos that pit a virtuoso soloist against a complex computer processed...

Another title that has not been available in many years, this starts out pretty badly, with a basically awful pop song...but...by the 4th track or so, this has veered very far to the far out - heading into spacerock territory, ala Korai Oram or the Ozr...

“The duo kicks off with 'all Jazz is free' ... we first hear Mahall's bass clarinet with a loopimg mid-register melody shadowed by rhythmic and, mostly consonant, comping by Schlippenbach. Soon, it isn't Mahall leading but Schlippenbach's jazz inflected streams of consciousness darting about. The duo proceeds in a good natured pursuit - handing off leads and supporting roles, intensifying as they go. Schlippenbach's rhythms get punchy, giving Mahall something to run into and bounce off in a new...

"Once again the outside world has provided a launching point and a system of order to draw from for Rudresh. The music on Codebook stems from ideas and concepts related to cryptography. The varied systems provided the groundwork for Rudresh to approach th

"Kinsmen is a groundbreaking project by alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa that melds jazz and South Indian Carnatic music into a single organic whole. Features Kadri Gopalnath, a living legend of Carnatic music and a true innovator in introducing...