Monday, May 21, 2018

Prog n Roll Radio Show (20/5/2018). The complete playlist.

Hello all!
  Last night, one more Prog n Roll Radio Show was on air as usual. This time we had nothing special prepared; no special guests, no presentations, no quizzes; just some good music.
  Once more, we divided the 2-hour-show into 4 shorter parts and during each part we played different styles of music. We included many bands/artists that we don't play often and some that we played for the first time.
The result was a very interesting show, which our listeners enjoyed.
Here you can take a look at the playlist:

Part 1: SPOOKY TOOTH: Waiting for the Wind / FREE: Wishing Well / MOTHER SUPERIOR: Love the One you’re With / JOE COCKER: Something to Say / STONE THE CROWS: Don’t Think Twice.
Part 2: RIVERSIDE: Cybernetic Pillow / TOOL: Vicarious / FAR FROM REALITY: Waiting / CYRCUS FLYGHT: At the End of all Time / GRETA VAN FLEET: Safari Song.
Part 3: HORSLIPS: Blindman / THE ROLLING STONES: Dead Flowers / QUEEN: ’39 / ELTON JOHN: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road / JOHN LENNON: Watching the Wheels / VAN MORRISON: Brand New Day.
Part 4: THE ROME PRO(G)JECT: Of Fate and Glory / SPRIGGAN MIST: The Good Ship Polyphemus / DELUSION SQUARED: Necessary Evil / ARENA: Sirens.
I would like to thank all those who listened to Prog n Roll once more. It is very important to know that many people are there for us on every Sunday evening, waiting for the show.
Thank you all!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

GFreedom's Juke Box No.225

Hello all!
One more difficult and busy week reached at an end, and because of my busy schedule I couldn't listen to as music as I would like once more. I found a couple of new releases, but I couldn't pay too much attention, so my weekly Top-5 song list is based on classic and older stuff.
So, for this week, here's my Top-5 song list:
VAN MORRISON: Brand New Day (Moondance - 1970)
STONE THE CROWS: The Touch of Your Loving Hand (Stone the Crows - 1969)
ELTON JOHN: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - 1973)
MADRUGADA: Higher (Industrial Silence - 1999)
IRON MAIDEN: Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Powerslave - 1984)
In case you are interested, you can listen to the songs by clicking on the following YT links.
Enjoy the music and have a great and relaxing weekend!
VAN MORRISON: Brand New Day
STONE THE CROWS: The Touch of Your Loving Hand
ELTON JOHN: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
MADRUGADA: Higher
IRON MAIDEN: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Monday, May 14, 2018

Prog & Roll's special show, incl.Galahad's Seas of Change presentation and lots of musicians on the chatbox. (13/5/2018)

Hello all!
  Last night Prog n Roll radio show was on air once more, this time with a special show, incl. the presentation of the new album of Galahad, Seas of Change. (The album consists of one very long suite, divided into 2 major parts).
 We had the pleasure and honor to have on the chatbox musicians from many bands among our audience, such as: Mike Kershaw, Stu Nicholson and Dean Baker of Galahad, Ben Bell and Stefan Hepe of Gandalf's Fist, Pat Sanders of Drifting Sun and Karl Groom, the leader of Threshold, who also did the production of Seas of Change.
 From our behalf, in order to thank them for supporting our show, we played one song from each of their bands. Further than that, we played some parts of the interview we conducted with Stuart Nicholson a few days ago, and played the whole Seas of Change album.
  But that wasn't all! We also had a music quiz prepared, and the winner took as prize a copy of Seas of Change, signed by all the members of Galahad! Just for the record I should mention that the winner was Sarah Barker from UK. Congratulations Sarah!
 I believe that it was very good and interesting show and I hope that our listener's enjoyed it.
Here you can check the complete playlist:
1st Part: THE SAMURAI OF PROG: Growing up / KAYAK: Love, Sail Away / Interview with Stuart Nicholson Pt.1 / PATCHWORK CACOPHONY: Maybe / MIKE KERSHAW: Guardian.
2nd Part: GANDALF’S FIST: Winter’s Mourning / Interview with Stuart Nicholson Pt.2 / GALAHAD: Richelieu’s Prayer / DRIFTING SUN: Wings of Hope / THRESHOLD: State of Independence.
3rd Part: GALAHAD: Mein Herz Brennt (Music Quiz) / Interview with Stuart Nicholson Pt.3 / Seas of Change Pt.1.
4rth Part: Seas of Change Pt.2
  I would like to thank Stuart Nicholson and Dean Baker for being there last night, for the interview and for the CD that they offered. A special thanks to all the member of our "musical community" for supporting this show during all those years. And finally, a very big thanks to all our listeners, who are there on every Sunday evening, listening to Prog n Roll and with their love and support are giving us strength to carry on.
Thank you all!

Friday, May 11, 2018

PROG & ROLL welcomes GALAHAD! (13/5/2018)

Hello all!
  I am writing this piece in order to inform you that on this Sunday (13/5/2018) we will have the honour and pleasure to have on Prog n Roll's chatbox Stu Nicholson, the singer and leader of Galahad.
  Stu was the first musician that ever appeared on our chatbox, almost 4 years ago, and we are very glad to have him back once more. But he will not be the only musician there. We are expecting a bunch of musicians, including Karl Groom, the leader of Threshold, members of Galahad, Gandalf's Fist and Drifting Sun, to name a few.
  From our behalf, we prepared a very interesting playlist, including songs from the bands I mentioned above, as a small "thank you" to all these guys who are supporting our show during these years. We will also play some parts of the interview we conducted with Stu a few days ago, and finally, we will present Galahad's brand new album Seas of Change. ( In case you are interested, you can read the review I wrote for Seas of Change here: http://gfreedomathina.blogspot.gr/search?q=galahad+seas+of+change ).
 Also, one of our listeners will have the chance to win a copy of Seas of Change, signed by all the members of Galahad.
 So, if you think you are interested, tune into Sunday's Prog n Roll radio show. Our show is a bilingual live broadcast, and it begins at 20.00 UK time. In order to listen, just click on the following link: www.justincaseradio.com
I hope to "see" you there!
Thank you!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

MAIDEN UNITED: EMPIRE OF THE CLOUDS (2018). My review...

I am sure that many people aren’t familiar with the name Maiden United, so I will begin this post by providing some info about them.
  Maiden United is not a band; is an acoustic side project, including musicians from many English and Dutch bands. They are driven by the charismatic singer Damian Wilson (ex-Threshold, Ayreon) and the guitar player Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation). They are active for almost a decade now and their discography consists of 4 studio albums, with Empire of the Clouds being their brand new one.
  As you can understand from their name, they are some kind of an Iron Maiden tribute band, but they sound like no other. For the needs of the project, many musicians from different bands joined together to play an all-acoustic tribute to Iron Maiden; but all the songs are played with new arrangements. In their live performances, they have a very big list of guest musicians, including Paul Di’ Anno, Blaze Bayley and Anneke among others.
   This year, they decided to record an extended version of Iron Maiden’s epic Empire of the Clouds, which became a 24-minute long song, divided into 4 parts and it includes a dramatic narration. The result is simply wonderful! 
  The song tells the dramatic (and true) story of the R101 airship, which crashed on its maiden voyage in northern France on 5 October 1930. The narration parts help us understand what exactly happened back then, and they add a lot to the song’s dynamic.
   Empire of the Clouds is available in digital format and a double-CD edition. For the vinyl lovers there is also a vinyl edition available. 
  The first CD includes all 4 parts of Empire of the Clouds. The 2nd CD includes again the same song, but in a wonderful live version, that was recorded in Amsterdam and includes lots of guest musicians. The last track of this double CD is a very interesting cover version of Killers, which is totally changed and really difficult to recognize.
  I think that this is a very interesting, enjoyable and rather unique release, which I recommend not only to the fans of Iron Maiden, but to all the fans of Rock music. Now I have to find their older releases, because these guys totally worth it!
                  My Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars.


 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Prog & Roll radio show (6/5/2018). The complete playlist...

Hello all!
  Last night one more Prog & Roll radio show was on air as usual.
This time we had a smaller crowd than usual and the conversations on the chatbox were cool and easy going.
  I think we had a good playlist prepared and as it seemed the people enjoyed it.
  From today and on I have to begin preparing next Sunday's show which is going to be a very special one and it will be including some guests. I will inform you it during the following days.
Here you can take a look at last night's playlist:

1st Part: DIFFERENT LIGHT: A St. Martin’s Summer / TRANSATLANTIC: Black as the Sky / CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX: Rise up & Fight / PURSON: The Sky Parade / BLUES PILLS: Little Boy Preacher.
2nd Part: RORY GALLAGHER: Secret Agent / RAINBOW: Self Portait / UFO: Martian Landscape / WHITESNAKE: Here I go Again.
3rd Part: ADVENTURE: A Crack in the Ice Pt.2 / MARILLION: Blind Curve / GALAHAD: Termination / ARENA: Medusa.
4rth Part: ROGER GLOVER & DIO: Love is All / ALICE COOPER: Welcome to My Nightmare / PAICE,ASHTON,LORD: Ghost Story / LUCIFER’S FRIEND: Spanish Galleon.
Thank you for listening to Prog & Roll.
You know that we are always trying to do our best!
Thank you!


Saturday, May 5, 2018

GFreedom's Juke Box No.224

Hello everybody!
  Another fine Saturday morning is here, therefore it is time to write my weekly Top-5 song list for you.
This week was a rather busy one, so I couldn't enjoy as much music as I would like to.
From all the songs I've listened to, I picked the following as my best ones:
MARILLION: Blind Curve (Misplaced Childhood - 1986)
PINK FLOYD: Not now John (The Final Cut - 1983)
ALICE COOPER: Steven (Welcome to my Nightmare - 1975)
THE FLOWER KINGS: Train to Nowhere (Back in the World of Adventures - 1995)
CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX: The Heart of Every Country (Mankind/The Crafty Ape - 2012)
If you are interested to listen to the songs, just click on the following YT links and enjoy!
Thank you!
MARILLION: Blind Curve
PINK FLOYD: Not now John
THE FLOWER KINGS: Train to Nowhere
CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX: The Heart of Every Country

Thursday, May 3, 2018

DELUSION SQUARED: Anthropocene (2018). A few info and my point of view...

If I want to be honest, I must say that I had no idea about this band ‘till a week ago.
Then I saw their album climbing in the Prog Archive’s album charts and I became curious to learn more about them.
So, Delusion Squared is a French band that begun as a trio, but now they are continuing as a duo. Their discography consists of 4 studio albums so far. The first 3 albums are a trilogy about doomsday, nuclear explosion, genetic experiments, etc.…

  Anthropocene means The Human World  and it’s a concept album, about a dark future that awaits us.
The album includes 11 tracks, and has a total running time of almost an hour. It is available as a CD and as a digital download.
  I can’t compare this album with any of their previous works, because I don't know them, but I must say that I’m pleased with this first “touch”. Their style is rather melodic and soft, the vocals are very good, (they sing in English), their compositions are very interesting, and the overall outcome is satisfying to say the least. Their music consists of soft melodies, beautiful guitar passages and solos and some keyboards that adding a sci-fi feeling to the album.
  I feel that I should listen to this album a few more times in order to be able to appreciate it better, but as I wrote, I’m already pleased with it.
              My Rating: 3.00 (out of 5.00) stars.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Prog & Roll Radio show, including the Listener's Happy Hour (29/4/2018). The complete playlist...

Hello all!
  Last night, the last Prog n Roll radio show of April was online, therefore it was including the  Listener's Happy Hour, during which, we are playing the song requests of our listeners.
  This time we had less requests, but all the songs were really good!
  During the show, we had a very good crowd listening, from many countries once more, with England, Germany, Australia and Greece being some of them.
  I believe that last night's show was a very good and interesting one, so the 2 hours passed quickly, with good music and a very good company on the chatbox.
  Here you can take a look at the complete playlist:
Part 1: EDITH: Another Door / PENDRAGON: King of the Castle / SUBTERRANEAN MASQUERADE: Kind of a Blur / MAJESTIC: Wish. 
Part 2: GREENSLADE: An English Western / CAN: Vitamin C / JUNIPHERE GREEN: Witche’s Daughter / ELOY: Inside / 8 DAYS IN APRIL: When the Dream is Over / LOVE SCULPTURE: In the Land of the Few.
THE LISTENER'S HAPPY HOUR:
Part 3: THE ANIMALS: It’s my Life / FLEETWOOD MAC: Oh Well / 100 WATT VIPERS: My Father’s Cross / MONKEY3: Motorcycle Broer.
Part 4: PAGAN ALTAR: Room of Shadows / DIO: Egypt / FATES WARNING: The Light and Shade of Things. 
 I would like to thank all those who chose to spend their evening/night with us, and especially Gotrek, who was listening from Australia and in order to be able to catch our show he woke up at 5:00 in the morning!
Prog n Roll will be online again on Sunday the 6th of May.
'Till then, take care!
Thank you!