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This has some of the band's earliest recordings, from 1969-72, and shows their psychedelic and even 'beat' roots. Surprisingly good sound and well presented. Not the best place to start, but fans need to own this. [Globus]

Legendary Czechoslovakian underground band who were jailed & banned many,many times in their lifetime. "Recorded in late 1983 & finished in January, 1984, this studio recording was intended for release in Canada, but that plan never reached fruition......

Legendary Czechoslovakian underground band who were jailed & banned many,many times in their lifetime. More previously unreleased recordings from their later middle age. This disc contains several historic recordings, including the 100 Points, which wa...

"The long-awaited title extends cooperation with sculptures of the Agon Orchestra. Monumental concert I walked around the field follows the same pet project of Plastic People of 1979, How then will be dead and whose only public performance took place...

Legendary Czechoslovakian underground band who were jailed & banned many many times in their lifetime during the 70's and 80's, only to emerge triumphant when the wall fell and their old friend, Vaclav Havel, became President of the country! Originally...

Xavier Charles clarinet
Katrine Schiøtt cello
Jan Martin Gismervik drums
Jonas Cambien piano, casio SK1

"Flux Reflux is the second recorded outing of this improvising quartet, and the first one for Clean Feed. While Platform’s first album Anthropocene, was recorded right after the French clarinetist Xavier Charles joined three young musicians from Oslo to form a quartet, Flux Reflux is the result of several years of live experience.
The album consists of 6 acoustic, improvised

Joe Williamson, bass / Ken Vandermark, tenor sax / Magnus Broo, trumpet / Michael Vatcher, drums / Steve Swell, trombone.

"Ken Vandermark can be a musician of many projects, but even the name "Platform 1" indicates that this is not...

The trio formed at Havana's Plaza Jazz Festival, with Steve Waterman, trumpet, flugelhorn and electronic valve instrument; George Haslam, baritone sax. and tarogato; Robin Jones, congas and shakere. A progamme of mostly standards in free Latin form, co...

Yet more and quite interesting Peter Dunton archival work, pre-dating and leading to his work with T2!

"Superb and historic collection of 1968-1969 UK psych—excellent somber, moody, minor key demo material taken from original master tapes and restored acetates. Trying to follow the chronology of Peter Dunton’s projects is difficult—these tracks were recorded soon after the demise of Neon Pearl, around the time the other original members of Please were recording the Bulldog Breed album for Deram...

Peter Dunton - Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Drums
Bernie Jinks - Bass, Vocals
Nick Spenser - Guitar, Vocals

Excellent 1969 proto-prog from one of the precursors to T2!

"Please were formed by Peter Dunton and Bernie Jinks in late 1967. They had just returned to Britain from Germany where they had played with Neon Pearl, which also included their third member Jurgen Ermisch. The fourth original member Adrian Gurvitz later co-founded Gun. Unfortunately this line-up left no vinyl legacy...

(UK) W/ T. Tomkins/J. Clyne.

The Paul Plimley Trio seeks to expand the dimensions of composed and improvised music making. This recording focuses on the elements of beauty, rhythm, and the diversity of ways in which piano, bass and drums can create telling textures and how the lead..

Paul Plimley Piano, Voice / Barry Guy Bass, Voice / Lucas Niggli Drums, Voice.

"In the spring of 2012, during a tour of Europe, Plimley, Guy and Niggli recorded this album at a studio session in the "Loft" in Cologne, Germany. Barry Guy and...

Recorded 5/22/00, this has solo sets by pianists Marilyn & Cecil and a powerful duo set between pianist Plimley & Oswald, leaving Plunderphonic mode behind & just ripping into the saxophone.... [Victo]

Piano, bass & drums improvised/composed trios from 3 musicians who are probably best known for their links with the work of Cecil Taylor. [Victo]

''Open Door - music for saxophones and small things by DAN PLONSEY. Recorded 1997-1998, Oakland California. Open Door is Dan Plonsey's second album of music for multiple saxophones, all multitracked by Plonsey in the studio, with the assistance of prod...

"Death Rattle is the noise of two forces of nature in collision. Like a pair of clashing typhoons, Philadelphia-based avant guitarist James Plotkin and Norwegian free-jazz drummer Paal Nilssen-Love generate chaos, disturbance and a terrifying beauty...


A compilation from different variations of groups formed by the duo of Victor Mendex (guitar) and Arturo Romo (percussion), tracing over 10 years of underground activities. Some of the musicians featured on various tracks include Alquimia-keyboards/voc...

The debut album from 2002 by this band was one of the big, pleasant surprises of that year to my. Since that time, the band has changed in that one of the two keyboardists left the band and was replaced by violinist Akishisa Tsuboy of KBB and other...

An extremely good debut album by a quartet from Japan of dual keyboardists, bass & drums. The bassist previously played in 100 Sights of Koenji, & one of the keyboardists plays in Ghost. Additionally, the band backed Lars Hollmer on his 2001 Tokyo tour, playing Samlas tunes! They are obviously a Zeuhl band, as the rhythm section is firmly in that vein, but the lead keyboards tend to be Hammond organ or piano, & they have a Keith Emerson at his early Hammond best kinda sound. So, if you could imagine...

Some albums just come crashing into your life, like a wave escaping the beach, with a mighty life affirming splash of electric guitar...And now, from nowhere, come Pocket, with a dozen guitar, bass and drums instrumentals that dare you to whistle them ...

This is a reissue of the album Knebnagauje, which was the first-ever release of any material by this unknown and lost avant-garde progressive rock band of the late 1970s into the mid 80s. Finally, 25 years after their dissolution, there was a very...

Live performances of improvised group play recorded in Cheltenham during October and December 1999 by Chris Trent. The trio comprises Simon Spencer on Bb clarinet, Mindy Lee alto clarinet and Chris Cundy on bass clarinet and soprano sax. [Slam]


"Singer, guitarist and harmonica player Fabrizio Poggi is back with a new bunch of songs, the fruit of intimate knowledge gotten from years of trawling around Italy’s folk music heritage. Accompanied by Roberto G. Sacchi on accordion, Marco Rovino on...

After 5 albums as leader of Chicken Mambo and collaborations with many US stars, Fabrizio is 'bringing it all back home' with this sincere homage to the culture of Lombardy. Inspiration comes from the old storytellers - known as Turutela - who, armed w...

Pekka's 3rd solo album was recorded in late 1976 and released in 1977 by Virgin under the English title above. It is by far his best known work, due to the active participation of Mike Oldfield (who also co-produced the album), Pierre Moerlen, Sally Oldfield and also Scandanavian musicians. (An amusing aside - there was actually a budget edition of this album that came out of Holland that credited it to Mike Oldfield!). This was a more straightforward progressive rock album than his first two - probably...

The great first solo album by the bassist of Wigwam. This album, which was recorded in 1972 while Pekka was still in Wigwam, is a masterpiece of progressive rock/fusion, mixing progressive rock stylings with elements of what later became known as the c...

Originally released in Finland under the title Keesojen Lehto, outside of Scandanavia Pekka's 3rd solo album, recorded in late 1976 and released in 1977 by Virgin is best known under the English title above. It is by far his best known work, due to the...

Verneri Pohjola - Trumpet
Tuomo Prättälä - Fender Rhodes
Teemu Viinikainen - Guitar
Mika Kallio - Drums
Antti Lötjönen - Bass

"Finnish trumpeter and composer Verneri Pohjola reinterprets the music of his late father, internationally acclaimed and revered prog-rock bassist and composer, Pekka Pohjola. One of the most anticipated albums to emerge from the Finnish progressive, rock and jazz scenes, it combines Pekka's music, adored in Finland and worldwide over the last four...

Really, really pleased to see that his excellent (and funny!) young, modern, French trio have found a home on AltrOck. They put on a wonderful performance (even before they hit the stage!) at the RIO fest in 2013 and this is a band that fan of modern...


"The form of both freeHorn and ii-v-i consists of a continuous modulation between three different harmonic series. freeHorn weaves together the live interaction of acoustic instruments and computer software written by Polansky and Phil Burke. ii-v-i, a reverberant cloud of moving intonation, gradually drifts from one natural harmonic series to another. Only open strings, 2nd, 3rd and 4th harmonics, and notes stopped at the 7th and 12th frets are used, and the guitars are audibly retuned from one...

Here's what I know about this group. Polar Bear are a young UK jazz group who are associated with the scene that Led Bib are also involved with. PB's sound is much different than Led Bib's and also not as consistantly 'out' as Bib, although they do...

First album (of two) from a Argentinian supergroup consisting of ex-memebers of Color Humano, Pescado Rabioso and Sui Generis. When the band originally formed, they were more of a straight-forward progressive hard rock band, but by the time of this...

Managed to snag a few copies of this nearly impossible to find new release of archival jazz rock that was barely released in 1973, and found its first general release 39 years later!

"Very nice instrumental jazz psych record. Not too far from...

One of the profound surprises in the avant-progressive rock world (or at least my avant-progressive rock world) was the release a few years ago of the latest album by this Moscow band whose name is actually in Cyrillic and most closely comes out as...

One of the profound surprises in the avant-progressive rock world (or at least my avant-progressive rock world) was the release a few years ago of the latest album by this Moscow band whose name is actually in Cyrillic and most closely comes out as "Vezhliviy Otkaz", which translates into English as "Polite Refusal".

This is a 1992 release and was their fifth album. It comes in a beautiful little box with a bonus DVD with about 75' of live materials, information, etc etc. from 1989-1993...

One of the profound surprises in the avant-progressive rock world (or at least my world) was the release of the latest album by this Moscow band whose name is actually in Cyrillic and most closely comes out as "Vezhliviy Otkaz". Like Geese and Swans...

Needed reissue of one of the better known Canadian progressive rock albums.

"In 1972, Tom Rivest (vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, keyboard, percussion) and guitarist Richard Lemoyne (guitar, keyboard, percussion) decided to form a progressive...

First-time ever on legit CD for this lost/obscure/rare progressive rock band from Virginia Beach, VA. This was their only release, which originally came out on a tiny label in 1971!

"This was a great, lost find in terms of early progressive...

Collectif Polysons is a French musical collective who seem to specialize in addition to their original works to giving unique twists to musical tributes to the greats. This Soft Machine tribute, recorded live at Le Triton in Paris features Hugh Hopper-...

Much respected, little-heard early underground album.
"Erica Pomerance is a Canadian documentary filmmaker, poet and singer songwriter. In December, 1968, she assembled a diverse group of musicians to record her debut album, with engineering by...

"Let's face it, solo jazz guitar records -- by most guitar masters anyway -- would become rather ho hum unless of course you are a student of the instrument or a die-hard fanatic. There are exceptions: Jim Hall, Bola Sete, Tal Farlow, as well as others purposely omitted for brevity here. Live at the Other End by Jimmy Ponder is not only engaging for its entire 55 minutes' running time, it's downright dazzling, and not only in technical acumen -- which it certainly is -- but in its pure singing musicality...

A well known and respected jazz violinist in his native France, Ponty came to the USA seeking further recognition and embraced the then-new collision of jazz and rock, and gaining renown in the US first with Frank Zappa and later with the mk. II Mahavi...

What do you call a Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention album that isn't exactly a Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention album? Well, in this case you call it a Jean-Luc Ponty album. This album, subtitled "Jean-Luc Ponty Plays the Music of Frank Zappa", includes..

Ponty's first five albums for Atlantic at only $5.00 a pop; There's some terrific playing and musicians on these. You get: Upon The Wings Of Music, Aurora, Imaginary Voyage, Enigmatic Ocean and Cosmic Messenger.

"Having trained as a classical musician before finding fame with Frank Zappa's Mothers and John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra, by 1975 the French virtuoso Jean-Luc Ponty was firmly established as rock's foremost violinist. Taped for broadcast on Chicago's WXRT-FM, this superb set at Amazing Grace, Evanston, Illinois, on April 11, 1975, just preceded the May 1975 release of his landmark Upon the Wings of Music LP, and finds him backed by Daryl Stuermer (guitar), Mike Wolf (keyboards), Tom Fowler...

"Having trained as a classical musician before finding fame with Frank Zappa's Mothers and John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra, by 1975 the French virtuoso Jean-Luc Ponty was firmly established as rock's foremost violinist. Taped for broadcast on Chicago's WXRT-FM, this superb set at Amazing Grace, Evanston, Illinois, on April 11, 1975, just preceded the May 1975 release of his landmark Upon the Wings of Music LP, and finds him backed by Daryl Stuermer (guitar), Mike Wolf (keyboards), Tom Fowler...