Saturday, September 23, 2017

GFreedom's Juke Box No.202

Hello all!
Here I am again, with my usual Saturday post, which is my weekly Top-5 song list for you.
I listen to lots of music during this week, and the songs I've picked as best ones are the following:
GARY MOORE: Military Man (Run for Cover - 1985)
THE SAMURAI OF PROG: Growing Up (On We Sail - 2017)
BLACK HEART PROCESSION: Topics of Love (Amore Del Topico - 2002)
THE NEAL MORSE BAND: Broker Sky/Long Day (Reprise) (The Similitude of a Dream - 2016)
CLIVE NOLAN: Solitary Man (King's Ransom - 2017)
I will conclude this post by adding the YouTube links of the songs in my list, so you will be able to listen to them right away. (Assuming that you will be interested of course). Unfortunately, once more I wasn't able to find all the songs in YT, so I added just the ones I found.
Enjoy the music and have a nice weekend.
Thank you!
GARY MOORE: Military Man
BLACK HEART PROCESSION: Topics of Love
THE NEAL MORSE BAND: Broken Sky/Long Day

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

KING’S RANSOM – A Musical by CLIVE NOLAN (2017). My review...

   Clive Nolan is one of the greatest musicians in the modern Progressive Rock music scene. His name is involved in a rather big number of bands or projects, such as Pendragon, Arena, Casino, Shadowland and others. 
  However, as Clive told me once, he always has been a great fan of musicals.  In 2008 he released his first musical named as She, under the name Caamora. (The story  was based on the book with the same name, written by H. Rider Haggard).
  His second musical was Alchemy and it was released in 2013, under his name this time. The plot took place in Victorian England in “Alchemy Universe”, and it was based on a fictional story, written by him.  
  When I bought Alchemy, I couldn’t believe how wonderful it was, and I have no idea how many times I listened to it! (Even today, it still is one of my most beloved albums of the last decade).    
  When I learned about King’s Ransom, which is the sequel of Alchemy, I wasn’t very surprised, mainly due to the fact that at the end of Alchemy there was a hint that the story could be continued in the future. I was also a little bit worried, because Alchemy was a really great album and I wasn’t sure if he could repeat something like that again. Thankfully, my fears were unfounded…  
  I pre-ordered King’s Ransom, and what I received was a box set, including 4 CD’s, 1 DVD and 3 booklets. A very impressive and expensive production as it seems.
       Now, let’s take a look at the album itself.
 It is divided in 2 parts (Act I & Act II), and includes 33 tracks in total. Don’t forget that it's not a Progressive Rock album, it’s a musical.
For the recordings of the album, Clive used 6 musicians and 11 singers who play the different characters of the story.
  In comparison with Alchemy, I think that King’s Ransom is more sophisticated, and a bit “darker”. The music is astonishing once more, and it changes according to the situations that the characters find themselves in. As for the performance of the singers, it is excellent on most occasions. (But that’s totally a matter of personal taste).   
  I will not get into details for each song separately, because that is an unfair thing to do. The songs follow a story line, and each of them has something to offer to the story. Therefore, there might be some songs not so “strong” like others, but they add something and they move the story forward.
Also, I enjoyed the dialogues that bind the songs together, because it gives a theatrical touch to the album.
  Despite the fact that I put the CD’s in my CD player and listen to them without skipping not even one song, there are some songs that I enjoy more than others. Some of them are the following:
Act I: Poison Runs the Course, Silent Army, The Deal is Made, Legend of the Unicorn Orchid, and of course the wonderful Solitary Man, with the fantastic voice of Gemma Ashley. (Goosebumps. Everytime!)
Act II: In Harm’s Way, Stand Fast, Turning the Tables, St Paul’s and Epilogue.
  I will conclude this post by saying that, King’s Ransom is a definite must-have for every fan of Clive Nolan, but not only for them. Every person can enjoy this, because it is definitely a serious piece of art! I don’t know about you, but I know I am going to enjoy it for a long long time.
  And as Clive Nolan writes in the first page of the booklet; “Turn the lights down, and the speakers up… and immerse yourself once more in the ‘Alchemy Universe’…
In case you are interested, check here: www.kingsransomthemusical.com 
   My rating: 5 solid stars without a second thought.

  By clicking on the following YouTube links you can watch a couple of trailers for King's Ransom and have a small idea:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiuz57TkCv8 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VawfdxfXt-A 

   
         

Monday, September 18, 2017

Prog & Roll's premier show of the 6th Radio Season...

Hello all!
  After a long Summer break, last night Prog & Roll had its premier show for the 6th radio season. As I wrote here a few days ago, we had a special show prepared for our listeners, and I am very glad to say that it was a blast!
  We did make a presentation to the new album of Drifting Sun, Twilight, we had the band's leader Pat Sanders on the chatbox, but also as the show's co-host. (In a manner of speaking). Because he couldn't be with us, we decided to pre-record a few parts, where he was introducing his songs to our audience. To be honest, the whole thing was kind of confusing, but everything went fine and we had a good laugh. Furthermore, we did 2 music quizzes, and the winners won a copy of Twilight, gently offered by Pat. (Thank you Pat).
 We had a good crowd that was listening, from many countries once more, and some of them were listening to Prog & Roll for the first time. Like Chris for example, who was listening from California, and he used to be Drifting Sun's singer in the 90's; or the owner of the famous site Progradar. And near the end, Colin Tench joined our company, even for a little while.
The playlist was including songs taken from new releases exclusively, with only one exception; the song we played in the 2nd music quiz.
  Personally speaking, I am very pleased with last night's show, and I hope that everybody enjoyed it.
I would like to thank all those who listened to Prog & Roll last night, and especially Pat Sanders for his help and for the prizes he offered.
Here you can take a look at the complete playlist:

1st Part: COBALT BLUE: Bereaved / SIENA ROOT: Sundown / SOEN: Jinn / TIME COLLAPSE: The Messiah Complex Pt.1 / EARTH ELECTRIC: The Endless Road.
2nd Part: DRIFTING SUN: Twilight / COMEDY OF ERRORS: One Fine Day / CELLAR NOISE: Move the Stone / DRIFTING SUN: Wings of Hope.
3rd Part: FUN LOVING CRIMINALS: I’m not in Love (Music Quiz) / ROGER WATERS: Picture That / DRIFTING SUN: Soldiers / STEVE HACKETT: Inca Terra.
4th Part: DRIFTING SUN: Remedy / BIG BIG TRAIN: The Second Brighter Star / BAROCK PROJECT:  Alone / DRIFTING SUN: Summer Skies.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

GFreedom's Juke Box No.201

Hello all!
As many of you know already, on every Saturday morning I am posting here my weekly Top-5 song list, under the name 'GFreedom's Juke Box', and today is not an exception to that.
I listened to lots of music during this week, mostly new album releases, as you will understand by looking at my list.
There are some really great albums that has been released this year, and I am trying to catch up.
So, for this week, these are the songs that I chose as the best ones:
DRIFTING SUN: Twilight (Twilight - 2017)
MACHINES DREAM: Weimar (Black Science - 2017)
CAMEL: Nimrodel (Mirage - 1974)
STEVEN WILSON: Pariah (To the Bone - 2017)
THE SAMURAI OF PROG: Growing Up (On We Sail - 2017)
I will conclude this post as usual, by adding the YouTube links of the songs in my list, so you will be able to listen to them right away. (Assuming that you are interested of course).
I'm affraid that this time I wasn't able to find all the songs in YT, so two of them are missing.
Sorry for that.
Enjoy the music and have a beautiful weekend!
Thank you.
DRIFTING SUN: Twilight
CAMEL: Nimrodel
STEVEN WILSON: Pariah


GFreedom's Spot reached 1000 posts!


 This is the 1000th post!
 Hello everybody!
 When I begun this blog, on April 2012, never thought that it was going to reach that far.
  I started mostly because I wanted something to do; I was living away from my country, without friends, relatives etc, and without many things to deal with, except for my job and a few other things.
  So, I was thinking about creating something like a music site, but it was too hard for me. Then, I thought "why not a blog? It will be just for me. Who is going to read it anyway?"
Six years later, my blog had grown, and has reached at almost 77.000 views (so far).
For that, I would like to say a very big THANK YOU, for visiting my blog and reading my posts.
From my part, I will always try to do my best, for as long as I can continue...
Thank you all very much!
George

Friday, September 15, 2017

Prog & Roll radio show presents: Twilight by Drifting Sun

  I am writing this piece to inform you that, on Sunday the 17th of September, Prog & Roll will enter its 6th radio season, with a really special show, which will be including Pat Sanders (the leader of Drifting Sun) as co-host.
  During the show, we will present Drifting Sun's new excellent album Twilight, we are going to have 2 music quizzes with CD's as presents for the winners, and a great playlist filled with songs taken from new releases exclusively.
  A couple of days ago, I uploaded here a video teaser that we made especially for the occasion, so you can also check it if you want. (You will see it if you scroll down the page a little bit).
So, this Sunday at 20.00 UK time, tune in to Prog & Roll, for some good music and a very friendly company on the chatbox. Here is the link of the radio station: www.justincaseradio.com
Have in mind that, Prog & Roll is a bilingual live broadcast, and it lasts for 2 hours.
I hope to "see" you there!
Thank you!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

STEVEN WILSON: To the Bone (2017). My point of view...



  Before anything else, I think I should write that I consider myself as a “fan” of Porcupine Tree, but not Steven Wilson as a solo artist. I have all the albums he released either with Porcupine Tree or Blackfield, together with his solo albums.
  When I heard the first rumours about his new album To the Bone, I must say that I was surprised. Steven Wilson will be releasing a Pop album? How is that even possible?
Well, everything is possible you know, especially when some gifted and talented musician is fed up, and he wants to try something different. That’s not bad in my opinion, especially since he kept his usual high quality standards intact.
  Many people rushed to “bury” him, but I don’t understand why. David Bowie for example, was praised by doing the same thing. He never stood still, and for that reason he was called the “chameleon” of Rock music. He played many different styles, he changed his image I don’t know how many times, and he was worshiped for that. So, why are you accusing Steve Wilson for trying to do something like that? (I am not trying to compare these two musicians, I am trying to set an example).
So, To the Bone is really a Pop album? The answer is no! Is it a Prog album? Again, no!
  This time Steven Wilson tried to combine many different music styles, including Pop, Rock, Prog, etc. And the result is this really enjoyable album, easy to listen to, which is including some really fine moments.
  There are songs here that will remind you his days with Porcupine Tree, some others that sound like Blackfield, and some others that doesn’t sound like anything Steven Wilson did before. But they do sound like Peter Gabriel of the 80’s for example, or even Abba!
As you can probably understand, To the Bone is a music “salad” which is including some fine ingredients in it.
I don't believe that the “devoted” Progressive Rock fans will appreciate it a lot to be honest. But all the others will definitely find something that they will like in it.
Favourite songs: To the Bone, Pariah, Blank Tapes, and Song of Unborn.
                  My rating is 3.5 (out of 5.0) stars 
By clicking on the following YT link you will be able to listen ot Pariah, and get a first idea.
Enjoy!




Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Prog & Roll enters its 6th radio season with a special show...

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                       Ladies and Gentlemen, fasten your seat belts!
After a long Summer break, Prog & Roll enters its 6th radio season, with a special show, that will be including 3 (!) hosts, 2 music quizzes, (with prizes for the winners), musicians as special guests on the chatbox, and a presentation of a very good new album.
Well, what else can you ask for?
So, this Sunday the 17th of Septemeber, try to tune in to Prog & Roll! 
The show begins at 20.00 UK time.
The only think you have to do is to click on the following link: www.justincaseradio.com
I hope to "see" you there.
Thank you!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

GFreedom's Juke Box No.200

Hello all!
After almost 2 months, my usual weekly Top-5 song list is back!  
I listened to lots of music during this week, so it wasn't very easy to pick only 5 songs.
But I think that the ones I added on my list are some of the best.
MACHINES DREAM: Heavy Water (Black Science - 2017)
ROGER WATERS: Picture That (Is This the Life We Really Want? - 2017)
GARY MOORE & PHIL LYNOTT: Out in the Fields (single - 1985)
BIG BIG TRAIN: The Second Brightest Star (The Second Brightest Star - 2017)
BLACK SABBATH: Lonely in the Word (Heaven & Hell - 1980)
I will conclude this post as usual, by adding the YouTube links for the songs in my list. So, if you want to listen to them, just click on the following links.
Enjoy!
MACHINES DREAM: Heavy Water
ROGER WATERS: Picture That
GARY MOORE & PHIL LYNOTT: Out in the Fileds
BIG BIG TRAIN: The Second Brighter Star
BLACK SABBATH: Lonely in the Word

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Prog & Roll's Top-10 song list is uploaded as a podcast (radio season 2016-2017)

Hello all!
  After a long Summer break, it is almost time for the new radio season to kick in. But before that,
I thought of sharing with you the show that was including the Top-10 song list of the previous season. The really interesting thing is that, the list was built month after month, by our listeners and not by us.
  As some of you know already, during the last season we were playing the "Grade the Song" game with our audience, and at the end of each month, we were having the "Song of the Month" contest. There, we were playing the 3-4 songs that gathered the highest average rating during the month, and our listeners were grading them once more, but in a more serious manner so to say. And finally, the song with the highest average rating was announced as The Song of the Month.
  Now, knowing that Prog & Roll was on air for 10 months, you can understand where this Top-10 list came from. (1 song for each month X 10 months).    
  So, at the end of July, we had the final show of the season, where we presented the Top-10 list to our listeners. They did deserve it after all!
 And now, a few days before Prog & Roll's new season, I decided to upload on our page on Mixcloud that show, for you to listen and enjoy!
 Have in mind that I uploaded the 3 (out of 4) parts of the show, which are the ones where we presented the Top-10 list.
Also, you should know that the broadcast is in English and Greek.
 If you visit our page on Mixcloud you can listen to some other shows that are uploaded there as well, if you are interested of course.
Just click on this link: https://www.mixcloud.com/ProgandRoll/prog-rolls-top-10-song-list-for-the-radio-season-2016-2017/
 I hope you will like it!
Thank you!