Saturday, June 16, 2018

GFreedom's Juke Box No.228

Greetings all from rainy Athens!
 Today is a perfect day to stay indoors and deal with some stuff, like my blog for example.
  During this week I've listened to lots of songs, from many different styles and genres, so once more it wasn't easy to pick only 5 and add them to my weekly Top-5 song list.
  But I'm pretty sure that these are some of the best ones:
PALLAS: Ghost Dancers (The Dreams of Men - 2005)
JUDAS PRIEST: Jawbreaker (Defenders of the Faith - 1984)
SABATON: Long Live the King (Carolus Rex - 2012)
FISH: The Company (Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors - 1990)
OSCILLAZIONI ALCHEMICO KREATIVE (O A K): Dance Macabre (Giordano Bruno - 2018)
In case you are interested, just click on the following YT links and listen to them.
Enjoy the music and have a great weekend!
PALLAS: Ghost Dancers
JUDAS PRIEST: Jawbreaker
SABATON: Long Live the King
FISH: The Company
O A K: Danse Macabre

Monday, June 11, 2018

Prog & Roll radio show, inluding Spriggan Mist as special guests. (10/6/2018). The complete playlist and more...


Hello all!

  Last night one more Prog n Roll radio show was on air as usual. This time we had the pleasure to have on the chatbox the members of the very talented English Folk-Rock band Spriggan Mist as our special guests. A few days ago I wrote here that I have a very good feeling about this show, and you know what? I couldn't be more right! 
  At the time of the show, almost all the members of Spriggan Mist joined the chatbox, and they stayed there for the whole duration of the show, chatting with us and our listeners, while listening to the music we chose to play.

  The guys of Spriggan Mist were super friendly and cool people and as it seemed they enjoyed the show to the maximum.

  From our behalf, we prepared a rather melodic and cool playlist, that was including 6 songs taken from the band's new album The Portal, plus songs in the same style (more or less) by other bands.

  We also did our usual music quiz, and the winner was Tim who was listening from London. His prize was a CD copy of The Portal, signed by the members of the band. Not bad, eh?

  I believe that last night's show was a very pleasant, informative and fun one and judging from the people's reactions I am sure that everybody had some great time! Well, that's the point, right?

Here you can take a look at the complete playlist:

Part 1: TIGER MOTH TALES: Beauty Falls / JETHRO TULL: King Henry’s Madrigal / THE GENTLE STORM: The Heart of Amsterdam / SPRIGGAN MIST: Dance of Pan / LOREENA McKENNITT: Sun, Moon and Stars. 

Part 2: SPRIGGAN MIST: The Portal / BREATHING SPACE: Lantern for a Smile / THE HEATHER FINDLAY BAND: Dark Eyes–The Dreamer’s Wake / SPRIGGAN MIST: The Handfasting.

Part 3: GLASS HAMMER: Air Born (Music Quiz) / SPRIGGAN MIST: Magical Ways / MOSTLY AUTUMN: Things that we Notice / SPRIGGAN MIST: The Spellmaker.

Part 4: FISH: Credo / FLYING COLORS: The Storm / SPRIGGAN MIST: The Good Ship Polyphemus / KAIPA: In the Wake of Evolution.

  I would like to thank all those who chose to spend their Sunday evening with our show. Also, a very big thanks to the guys of Spriggan Mist for being there, and for the CD that they offered. And last but not least, a very big thanks to Graham Steel, for organizing the whole thing.

Prog n Roll is going to have a day off on Sunday the 17th, and it will be back after 2 weeks, on Sunday the 24th of June.

Thank you all!

Take care!


Friday, June 8, 2018

Prog n Roll radio show welcomes Spriggan Mist and presents their new album The Portal. (10/6/2018)

Hello all!
  I am writing this piece to inform you that on this Sunday (10/6/2018), the members of the English Prog-Folk band Spriggan Mist will be on Prog n Roll's chatbox as our special guests.
  If you are not familiar with the band, I should tell you that I also had no idea about them until a month ago. Then, I found a copy of their new album, named as The Portal, which I really enjoyed, and I decided to contact the band and invite them to Prog n Roll. 
  The Portal is their 5th studio album, and it has a really enjoyable modern Folk Rock (or Prog Folk if you like) sound. They have both male and female vocals, and their compositions are very interesting, to say the least.
 When I was listening to the album, the band that came to my mind was Mostly Autumn, in their older albums.
  So, on Sunday evening, we are going to have some of their members on our chatbox, and they will be chatting with us and our listeners as we will be listening to music altogether.
  From our behalf, we prepared a rather melodic (and kind of  Folky) playlist, that is including 6 songs from The Portal. That way, everybody will have the chance to listen to their music and form a personal opinion.
 Also, we are going to have our usual music quiz once more, and the winner will take as prize a CD copy of The Portal, signed by the band.
  I have a very good feeling about this show to be honest, because they look like cool and friendly people, that I believe are going to match perfectly with the warm and fun atmosphere of  Prog n Roll's chatbox.
  So, if on Sunday evening you will be in the mood for some good music and a very friendly company, tune in and listen to Prog n Roll.
 The show begins at 20.00 UK time and it is a live bilingual broadcast. You can listen to Prog n Roll online, by clicking on the following link: www.justincaseradio.com
I hope to “see” you there.
Thank you!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Prog & Roll radio show, incl. the presentation of Double Vision by Arena. (3/6/18). The complete playlist and more...

Hello all!
  Last night's special Prog n Roll radio show was on air at its usual hour, at the usual internet radio station. As it was announced, we had the great pleasure and honour to have on our chatbox Clive Nolan of Arena and Pendragon, as our special guest. We also had musicians from other bands, who joined our chatbox in order to meet him and listen to the show.
  From our behalf, we played 5 songs taken from the new album of Arena, Double Vision, mixed with other songs of course.
  We had a good crowd last night, from many countries once more. As far as I know, we had listeners from England, Greece, Germany, Norway and USA.
  We also did a music quiz, and the winner took as a prize a CD copy of Double Vision, signed by the band. Not bad at all, eh?
  I believe that it was a very pleasant and interesting show, because further than the music, we were also chatting with Clive about his live gigs, the recordings of the album, etc.
Here you can take a look at the whole playlist: 
Part 1: GUNGFLY: On her Journey to the Sun / TNNE: Eye of the Storm / INFRINGEMENT: Adolescence / ARENA: Red Eyes.
Part 2: SPOCK’S BEARD: Somebody’s Home / ARENA: The Mirror Lies / KAYAK: God on Our Side / ARENA: Scars.
Part 3: TRANSATLANTIC: Conquistador (music quiz) / PENDRAGON: Faces of Light / SPRIGGAN MIST: White Swan / ARENA: Poisoned / COMEDY OF ERRORS: One Fine Day.    
Part 4: INNERSPACE: In Motion / ARENA: The Legend of Elija Shade.
 I would like to thank all those who chose to spend their evening with us and of course Clive, for being on our chatbox once more. (If I'm not mistaken it was his 3rd time in Prog n Roll). I hope everybody enjoyed the show. Thank you all very much!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

GFreedom's Juke Box No.227

Hello all!
  Another fine Saturday morning is here, so it is time to sit down and write my weekly Top-5 song list for you.
  This week I listened to lots of music and I chose the following songs as the best ones: 
FISH: Internal Exile (Internal Exile - 1991)
JETHRO TULL: King Henry's Madrigal (20 Years of Jethro Tull - 1988)
ARENA: The Mirror Lies (Double Vision - 2018)
GRETA VAN FLEET: Safari Song (From the Fires - 2017)
METALLICA: Master of Puppets (Master of Puppets - 1986)
In case you are interested, click on the following YT links in order to listen to the songs.
Thank you!
FISH: Internal Exile
JETHRO TULL: King Henry's Madrigal
ARENA: The Mirror Lies
GRETA VAN FLEET: Safari Song
METALLICA: Master of Puppets

Friday, June 1, 2018

Prog & Roll radio show welcomes Arena and presents their new album Double Vision. (3/6/2018)

Hello all!
  I am writing this piece to inform you that, on Sunday the 3rd of June we are going to have on Prog n Roll's chatbox some members of Arena as our special guests. We are expecting the band's keybord player (and basic member since the 80's) Clive Nolan, together with his PR manager, Magda. There is also a strong possibility that more musicians of Arena (and other bands) will show up, but we are not sure yet. 
  From our behalf, we prepared a very interesting playlist especially for the occasion, which includes many songs taken from new releases, plus 5 songs from Double Vision; the new album of Arena.
  Further than that, one of our listeners will have the chance to win a CD copy of Double Vision, signed by the band.
  Double Vision is a really good album, and if you scroll down a little bit you will be able to read the review I wrote about it a couple of days ago.
  So, if on Sunday evening you will be in the mood for a fun and interesting radio show, tune in to Prog n Roll. You are going to listen to some fine music and have the opportunity to meet and chat with some musicians on our usually warm and friendly chatbox.
  Have in mind that Prog n Roll is a live bilingual broadcast and it begins at 20.00 UK time.
In order to listen, just click here: www.justincaseradio.com
I hope to "see" some of you on our chatbox.
Thank You!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

ARENA: Double Vision (2018). My Review...

  It’s almost 3 years since the release of The Unquiet Sky and Arena returned with a new album. Double Vision was released a few weeks ago, and as it seems, it is the best album the band recorded since Contagion (2003).

  In Double Vision Arena re-discover their musical identity, and present an album that totally worth its money. Personally speaking, I didn’t like the two previous albums as much as their older ones, so I had no idea what to expect with this new one. 
You can read the review I wrote about The Unquiet Sky (2015) here: http://gfreedomathina.blogspot.com/search?q=arena+the+unquiet+sky
  In my opinion, this album can be characterized as Arena’s come back! With the heavy riffs of  John Mitchell’s guitar, the beautiful passages of Clive Nolan’s keyboards, the nice melodic turns, the very good compositions and the excellent overall performance of the band, it is definitely a good album!
  Double Vision includes 7 songs, all of them good ones, and has a total running time of almost an hour. It begins with Zhivago Wolf, a rather powerful song, (which I didn’t like so much to be honest), but right after that, the rest of the album is a real treat for the ears and the soul.
  The album is closing in the best way possible, with the 22-minute-long epic The Legend of Elijah Shade, a really strong composition, which is going to be loved by every Progressive Rock fan, with its endless turns and changes.
  Favourite songs (so far): The Mirror Lies, Scars, Red Eyes, Paradise of Thieves, The Legend of Elijah Shade.
  Although it is kind of early yet, I believe that Double Vision has very serious possibilities to be included in my Top-10 album list of 2018.
  This is a very serious piece of work and I recommend it to all the Progressive Rock and Neo Prog fans. Give this album a try and you won’t regret it!
                   My Rating: 4.5 (out of 5.0) stars.
 By clicking on the following YT link you will be able to listen to the song The Mirror Lies and get a first idea.

ARENA: The Mirror Lies