Monday, October 24, 2016

Prog & Roll Radio Show (23/10/2016). A small "review" & the complete playlist.

Hello all!
  Last night one more Prog & Roll Radio Show was online, this time with a special "theme" show, as I mentioned a few days ago with a post I wrote in this blog.
  We had a 'Symphonic Prog' show prepard for our listeners, and the choice of the bands was according to Prog Archive's list. As I wrote in a previous post, I don't agree in many ocassions with Prog Archive's categories, but what can you do? 
  We had many people listening once more, mostly from Greece, UK and France as far as I know, and many of them were participating on the chatbox as well.
  Personally speaking, I don't think that this was a very good show. I think we chose the wrong songs (or the wrong bands), and the show had a slow tempo in general. Yes, we played some very good songs, some melodic ones etc, but something was missing. But despite that, I was glad to see our usual listeners being there once more, participating in the "song of the month" contest, by grading the songs we were playing, while chatting with us and eachother.
  On next Sunday's show we are going to have the final stage of the "Song of the Month" contest, where our listeners will have to choose which song will be announced as the best song of October. The song they will choose will reserve a spot in Prog & Roll's Top-10 songlist.
It is going to be a very interesting show I believe, not to mention that we are going to play some really great songs, one after the other!
  As for last night's playlist, you can see it here:
Part 1: SHADOW CIRCUS: Uriel / ANIMA MUNDI: The Human House / ESPIRITU: Libre Y Natural / TEMPUS FUGIT: The Sight / KARMAKANIC: Eternally Pt.2.
Part 2: GENESIS: Blood on the Rooftops / FANTASY: Paint a Picture / EMERSON LAKE & PALMER: Battlefield / DISCIPLINE: Before the Storm Pt.2 / LIFE LINE PROJECT: Moment / XII ALFONSO: Physics & Hunting
Part 3: HOSTSONATEN: On the Sea / SOLARIS: Book of Prophecies / AMAGRAMA: Recluso Artista / TRANSATLANTIC: Black as the Sky.
Part 4: HANDS: Mutineer’s Panorama / FOCUS: Focus IV / KANSAS: Dust in the Wind / RENAISSANCE: Ocean Gypsy / FRUUPP: The Perfect Wish.
I would like to thank you all for tuning in last night, hoping you had some nice time. We renew our appointment for Sunday the 30th of October.
We'll "see" you there!
Thank you! :-)

Saturday, October 22, 2016

GFreedom's Juke Box No.175

Hello all! :-)
It is a beautiful rainy morning here in Athens, and here I am again with my usual weekly Top-5 songlist for you.
During this week I listened to lots of music, especially because I was trying to prepare a nice playlist for tomorrow's Prog & Roll radio show.That's why some of the songs in my list will be included in tomorrow's radio show as well.
So, for this week, these are the songs I chose as best ones:
OPETH: The Seventh Sojourn (Sorceress - 2016)
DISCIPLINE: Before the Storm Pt.1 (Unfolded like Staircase - 1997) 
GENESIS: Blood on the Rooftops (Wind & Wuthering - 1977)
TIM BUCKLEY: Goodbye & Hello (Goodbye & Hello - 1967)
KARMAKANIC: Eternally Pt.2 (Who's the Boss in the Factory - 2008)
I will also add the YT links for the songs in my list, so you can listen to them immediately if you want to. Well, the ones I was able to find at least.
DISCIPLINE: Before the Storm Pt.1
GENESIS: Blood on the Rooftops
TIM BUCKLEY: Goodbye & Hello
KARMAKANIC: Eternally Pt.2
Enjoy the music and have a nice weekend.
Thank you! :-)

Friday, October 21, 2016

PROG & ROLL presents: A 'Symphonic Prog' special show.

I'm writing this piece in order to inform you about this Sunday's special Prog & Roll radio show.
As the title implies, we are going to dedicate the whole 2-hour show to bands that fall under the category of 'Symphonic Prog', from the '70's 'till nowadays.
We have some very famous bands in our playlist, along with some not so famous and some really unknown ones.
The selection of the bands is made according to Prog Archive's list of Symphonic Prog bands, with which I don't fully agree. But we decided to do it this way. Maybe in the future we will do it according to my idea of what is 'Symphonic Prog'.
The playlist we prepared includes 20 songs in total, and many of them are instrumental pieces.
The main  idea was to create an atmospheric, melodic and kind of "dreamy" playlist, and I hope we succeeded.
So, if you are free and in the mood on this Sunday night, tune in to Prog & Roll radio show.
At 20.00 UK time you can listen to our show by clicking this link:
I hope to "see" you there! :-)
Thank you!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

KANSAS: The Prelude Implicit (2016)

  Starting this piece I should mention that I was never a fan of Kansas. I respect them a lot, I like their music the normal amount, I have some of their albums in my music collection, but that’s all. So, when I heard about the release of the new album I didn’t pay much attention.
So, I am not going to write a detailed review, but I will write some of my thoughts instead.
  The Prelude Implicit is the first album that the band released after 16 years of silence. Their previous studio work was ‘Somewhere to Elsewhere’ that was released in 2009. I wasn’t sure if that album was a good idea, especially since two of their most important members were not in the band anymore. (For those who are not so familiar with Kansas, I should mention that Kerry Livgren and Steve Walsh, who used to be the basic songwriters are not a part of Kansas anymore). But despite all that, I decided to give the album a try, and I was really surprised! 
  The Prelude Impicit is a very good album and it includes all the classic elements and the typical sound of Kansas, that the band became famous for, and it is very pleasant to the ears. But further than the sound, there is one more very important matter. The singer! Steve Walsh had a very characteristic voice, and it is always a risk to replace the singer. But in this case, there is no problem at all. His replacement (Ronnie Platt) has a very similar voice and his overall performance is excellent!
  The album includes some fine moments, starting with the beautiful With this Heart, which is the opening song. As for the Progressive Rock fans, they will surely love 'The Voyage of Eight Eighteen', the longest song in the album, which is simply wonderful! 
  The truth is that, The Prelude Implicit requires a few listenings in order to fully appreciate it, so give it some time before you make your final decision.
In general, the album sounds “fresh” enough, and the band seems to be in a good form.
  I definitely recommend this album, not only to the “hard-core” fans of Kansas, (who already bought it I guess), but to all those who, like me, respect this great band and can appreciate a really good album.
By clicking on the following YT link you will be able to listen to the album's opening song 'With this Heart'.
                    My rating would be 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Monday, October 17, 2016

PROG & ROLL Radio Show (16/10/2016). A small "review" & the complete playlist.

Hello all! :-)
Last night Prog & Roll radio show was online once more as usual, and I dare say it was a very good one!
We had many people on the chatbox, and many more who were just listening.
Among our listeners we had Trevor Tabone, the leader of the band Different Light, who was last night's special guest. Altogether we talked for many things while we were listening to music. We played some songs from Different Light's new - and very good - album The Burden of Paradise, we had a music quiz, we had some fun on the chatbox, and the 2 hours of the show passed very fast.
Here you can take a look at the whole playlist:
1st Part: FISH ON FRIDAY: Welcome / MAGIC PIE: Trick of the Trade / PANIC ROOM: Velocity / GENTLE STORM: The Greatest Love / DIFFERENT LIGHT: Transient Dream. 
2nd Part: DRIFTING SUN: Drifting Sun / DIFFERENT LIGHT: Voice of Outside / IQ: You Never Will / MARILLION: Cindrella Search.
3rd Part:  NEKTAR: Africa (Music Quiz) / PROFUSION: Forgetfull Hero / DIFFERENT LIGHT: In Love & War.
4th Part: COMEDY OF ERRORS: In a Lifetime / TRANSATLANTIC: We all Need Some Light / DIFFERENT LIGHT: Eternal Return (6 Parts).
I would like to thank all those who tuned in to our show, hoping you enjoyed it. A special thanks to Trevor for participating, for the interview and for the CD he offered as a prize to the winner of the music quiz.
 Thank you all very much, we will "see" you again on Sunday the 23rd of October.
Have a nice week! :-)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

GFreedom's Juke Box No.174

Hello all!:-)
Another Saturday morning is here, therefore it is time to write down my weekly Top-5 songlist for you. This time it includes many new songs, so there is a possibility you never heard of them.
So, for this week, these are the songs I picked as the best ones:
ELOY: Waves of Intuition (Ocean 2 - the Answer - 1998)
FISH ON FRIDAY: Welcome (Airborne - 2012)
VERBAL DELIRIUM: Fear (The Imprisoned Words of Fear - 2016)
MOTHER TURTLE: The Art of Ending a Revolution (Mother Turtle II)
DIFFERENT LIGHT: Eternal Return (6 parts) (The Burden of Paradise - 2016)
By clicking on the following YT links you will be able to listen to only 2 of the songs in my list right away.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find in YT the other 3, most probably because they are new and by not so famous bands. It is really pity, because all 3 of them are really fantastic!
ELOY: Waves of Intuition
Have a great weekend all!
Thank you. :-)

Friday, October 14, 2016

PROG & ROLL Radio Show Presents: DIFFERENT LIGHT: The Burden of Paradise (2016)

  I'm writting this piece in order to inform you that on this Sunday the 16th of October, Prog & Roll radio show will present the new excellent album The Burden of Paradise, that was released this year by Different Light. We will have on the chatbox the band's leader Trevor Tabone, and during the 2 hours of the show we will play some songs out of the album, and chat with him. To be honest, we are expecting more musicians to tune in, like Pat Sanders, the leader of Drifting Sun for example. 
 We prepared a really nice and interesting playlist, and I'm pretty sure that it is going to be an enjoyable and fun show.
So, if you are free and in the mood for some good music on this Sunday night, tune in to Prog & Roll. You will have the chance to 'meet" some musicians, and maybe chat with them, while listening to music.

  Have in mind that Prog & Roll is a live show, and the broadcast is mostly in English, but also in Greek as well. It begins at 20.00 UK time, and you can listen by clicking on the following link at the time I just mentioned:
I hope to "see" some of you there.
Thank you! :-)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

VERBAL DELIRIUM: The Imprisoned Words of Fear (2016)

The very talented Greek band Verbal Delirium is back with a new album, which can be   characterized as their most “serious” one.

  The style and the sound seems similar with their 2 previous works (So close and Yet so far Away & From the Small Hours of Weakness), but now the band sounds more mature than ever. The compositions have become more complicated, the sound became heavier, and the performance of Jargon, their singer, is more theatrical than ever.
  Those who know Verbal Delirium from their previous works will not be surprised, because they already know what to expect more or less. But those who don’t know them yet, will find themselves in front of a dark and heavy album, filled with beautiful and haunting melodies, that suddenly are changing to heavy guitar riffs, in an endless chance of rhythm and pace in almost all the songs.
  The album includes 7 songs, and has a total running time of almost an hour. For the first time, there are 3 songs over 11 minutes in length included.
  The album’s opening track  is Words, which gives to the listener a first idea of what is going to follow. Dark, melancholic, almost haunting I could say. It’s nothing really special actually, but it works fine as the album’s intro. And exactly after that, the powerful guitar riff of Close to You enters and catches you by surprise. The guitar riff lasts only for a few seconds, before the rhythm turns to a jazzy cool part with the flute entering and changing it completely. But that part doesn’t last too much also. The guitar enters again, and the song is changing once more, becoming something different as it evolves. Close to You is a very good and musically interesting song, one of the album’s highlights and one of my personal favourites.
Next, comes Misleading Path, another favourite of mine. It begins with a cool Jazz rhythm, but very soon it will start changing into something more complex and beautiful. Very nice “touch” are the small parts that the band shows its Greek heritage and influences.
Images from a Grey World that follows, is a powerful – almost Prog Metal in parts – song, which proves that Verbal Delirium can compose and perform powerful songs equally well.
And now we come to the 3 last and long songs. All 3 of them are musically interesting, but the absolute highlight of the album is the 13-minute-long Fear. Words cannot express its quality. Definitely one of the best songs I’ve listened to this year, and a true epic!
It begins with a melancholic first part, that tends to be Verbal Delirium’s trademark, it evolves on and on, and every time it becomes better and better. If for nothing else, then it’s worth buying the album only for this song. Yes, it's that good!
  Before you decide to buy this album, you should have in mind that this is not something that you will have it play in the background, while you are washing your dishes. It will require your full attention in order to totally appreciate its beauty. It is a dark, melancholic, powerful, gentle, romantic - and  kind of noisy in parts - album, that already occupied a spot in my yearly Top-10 list. 
  I don’t think I can put under 4 stars to it. Highly Recommended!
 By clicking on the following YT link, you will be able to watch the video of Images from a Grey World.