Thursday, April 30, 2015

STEVE HACKETT: Wolflight (2015)

 Steve Hackett needs no introduction. He is one of the finest guitar players of the last decades. He was present in the first and most important period of Genesis before quitting the band and follow a solo career. As a solo artist, he released not less than 24 studio albums, with 'Wolflight' being his latest one.
 I'm not a music critic, so I will try to approach this album from the side of a music lover and a fan of Rock & Progressive Rock.
 For starters, I would like to say that in my opinion 'Wolflight' is probably his best work since 'Voyage of the Acolyte' (1975) and 'Spectral Mornings' (1979).
   I have listened to the album 3-4 times so far, and every time I discover something new which I hadn't noticed before. The compositions are of high standards, the production is excellent, and the participating musicians are extremely talented ones.
  The album's main "theme" is the relation between a man and a wolf. So we can say that it is a 'concept' album in a way. 
 Let's take a look at the music now: What Steve Hackett is presenting here, is a mixture of many different styles of music styles, including Rock, Ethnic, Flamenco, Jazz, Classical etc, blended altogether in a beautiful way, and underlined with his wonderful guitar playing. What I enjoyed the most is the changes of music styles within the songs. For example, a song can start with an acoustic guitar playing a flamenco-based tune, which is turning into a classical inspired music theme, and suddenly an electric guitar appears playing wonderful melodies, changing the style of the song completely.
 (The first time I listened to the album I wasn't so much impressed I must say, but when I started listening to it over and over again it started revealing its musical beauty to me).
   The musicians who are participating are all very talented ones as I mentioned above, and further than the 6 standard ones, there are 4 more participating as guests, with Chris Squire of 'Yes' being one of them.
  The album consists of 10 songs, and has a total running time of almost an hour. As for my favorite songs, these are: 'Love Song to a Vampire', 'Corycian Flame' and 'Dust and Dreams/Heart Song'.
 Concluding this post I would like to mention that 'Wolflight' is one of these - rare in our days - albums which you can listen from the start 'till the end, without having to skip not even one song. Of course there are 'stronger' and 'weaker' moments, but the overall quality is a very high one!
  The album is available in MP3 and CD version, and as a double vinyl album. (On which an MP3 version is included). Speaking for myself, I have the MP3 version so far, but I'm going to buy the vinyl version very soon. :-)
 I totally recommend 'Wolflight' to all those who are fans of Rock or Progressive Rock music. I'm sure you will not regret buying this album!
           As for my rating, this would be 4.00 out of 5.00 stars.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Prog & Roll radio show (26/4/2015) with 'Mother Turtle' as guests on the chatbox.

Hello everybody!
  Last night one more Prog & Roll radio show was online, and here I am today in order to write a few things about it, together with the full playlist.
  On last night's show we were very happy to have as "special guests" on the chatbox 2 members from the very good and promising Greek band 'Mother Turtle' among our listeners. Further than that, we had a whole community of French people, and that's because one of our listeners (Florian Decros) advertised our show to a French Prog forum. We want to thank him for that, hoping that all those who logged in enjoyed it. (As it seemed they did though).
 Once more we had listeners from many countries, like for example England, Greece, Mexico, France and India. We are very happy  and honored to see that Prog & Roll has become a rather "international" show, and our audience is increasing show by show.
 As for the music, we played songs from many different musical genres once more, we had our music contest once more, we played the "epic" song at the end of the show once more, and we also played an "encore" song, because the people were asking for it.
Here you can check the whole playlist from last light:

SCALE THE SUMMIT: Colossal / INDUKTI: Shade / SUBTERRANEAN MASQUERADE: Early Morning Mantra / BLACK SABBATH: Lonely is the Word /  MOTHER TURTLE: The Elf / MAGIC PIE: The Clown / KAYAK: Merlin / DAVID BOWIE: I Can’t Explain (Music contest) / MOTHER TURTLE: Bridge / STRAWBS: Stormy Dawn / FAIRPORT CONVENTION: Farewell Farewell / GENESIS: Visions of Angels / MIDLAKE: Acts of Man / MOTHER TURTLE: Mother Turtle & the Evil Mushroom / SALANDER: Aldri Sakleysi Er Farinn / THE KORDZ: Save us.   "Epic" song: PORCUPINE TREE: Arriving Somewhere  
"Encore"  song: RORY GALLAGHER: Moonchild.

  I would like to thank all those who logged in and listened to the show, participating or not in the chatbox. A special thanks to the guys of 'Mother Turtle', and Florian Decros for advertising Prog & Roll, and for being a faithful fan.
Thank you all! :-)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

GFreedom's Juke Box Nο.125

Hello all!
 All those who are following my blog know that on every Saturday morning I'm posting the "Juke Box" series post, which is my weekly Top-5 songlist.
 So, since it's Saturday again, here I am! :-)
 I listened to lots and lots of music during this week, and it wasn't easy to decide which songs I'll put on the list. After listening to some of them again, I decided that the best 5 songs are the following:
LOVE: Always See Your Face (Four Sail - 1969)
FOCUS: Focus III (Focus III - 1973)
MIDLAKE: Acts of Man (The Courage of Others - 2010)
ROY BUCHANAN: Sweet Dreams (Roy Buchanan - 1972)
TIM BUCKLEY: Once I Was (Goodbye & Hello - 1967)
I use to upload a couple of videos on each of those posts for you to listen to, but something is happening and YouTube doesn't seem to let me do it. I don't know what's going on, but this time I will not add the usual 2 videos as it seems.
I'm sorry for that...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

GFreedom's channel in youTube: the 1st birthday.

Hello all!
  I'm writing this post in order to inform you that today my channel on YouTube has its 1st birthday.
Exactly one year before, on the 22nd of April 2014 I uploaded the first video.
Today, after one year, here I am again writing down a few things about it.
  So, during this year I uploaded 297 songs in total from many different musical genres. Lately I don't upload so many videos like before, because I received 2 warnings. Which means that if I will receive 1 more, they will shut it down. So, I'm waiting for the penalty period to end, and I will start again. :-)
Let's take a look at some stats now:
 During this 12 months my channel had 186 subscribers in total, and the number of total views is almost 200.000. The total number of 'likes' is 1216, and of 'dislikes' is 11. That means most of the people are really enjoying the songs they find in there. Also, the number of 'shares' is 2120 in total.
  I have to say that I'm very pleased with these numbers, and also with the increase in the number of visits.
 You should know that in order to make it easier for you, I have created 5 playlists which are actually musical categories. 
 The playlists are:
Rock in General: Including 94 videos
Progressive: Including 170 videos
Hard & Heavy: Including 33 videos
Folk Rock: Including 25 videos
Other: Including 12 videos
In order to be able to locate my channel on YouTube, go to "channels search", and write George Eleftheriou. Mine is the one with the 'Jester' as an avatar.
Concluding this post, I would like to say a very big thanks to all those who subscribed, commented, shared and visited my channel. I hope you are enjoying the music I'm uploading.
Be sure I will continue doing so, and I will always try to improve it.
Thank you all very much! :-)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

DRIFTING SUN: Trip the Life Fantastic (2015)

      Drifting Sun were formed in the early '90's after the French musicians Pat Sanders (keyboards) and Manu Sibona (bass), who left France and moved to England in order to start a band and follow their dream.       
There, they met with the American singer Rafe Pomeroy, and the new band started to take its shape. After a couple more members additions, Drifting Sun released their first eponymous album in 1996. Two years later they released the very good 'On the Rebound', and then disappeared.
 Now, almost 17 yeas later, they re-appeared again, with a brand new album which is a true jewel!
 From the old members only Pat Sanders is remaining, who found new members and decided to start all over again.This new line up sounds so fresh, and it includes some very good musicians.
 (I had the pleasure of having Pat Sanders and Dan Storey (guitars & bass) on my radio show Prog & Roll as guests on the chatbox two days ago, and we spend two hours chatting as we were listening to some songs from their new album. Both were very friendly and cool guys, but above all they are very good musicians, and that's what matter the most).
 Now, let's take a closer look on the album, shall we?
 'Trip the Life Fantastic' includes 10 songs + 1 demo, and has a total running time of almost an hour.
The album opens with the title song, which is one of the best moments of the album. It's a typical Neo - Prog song, with the keyboards having the leading role before the 3rd minute on which guitar takes over.  'Trip the Life Fantastic' is followed by the (2 -minute long) beautiful and melodic instrumental 'Peach Blossoms'
 Next comes 'The Wizard' which is another typical Neo - Prog song, with melodic and mellow passages and very good guitar riffs.
 Another small instrumental piece comes next, the melodic and mellow 'Sunsets' with keyboards and acoustic guitar.
 (I must say that I really enjoyed the idea of putting small instrumental pieces among the songs, because they seem to "bind" the songs together).
  The album continues with 'Lady Night' another beautiful composition, which includes some excellent guitar work. I'm not going to continue writing for each one of the songs, but I would like to say which are the best ones here in my opinion:
 Trip the Life Fantastic, The Wizard, Tormented, and Last Supper. Especially 'Last Supper' is the "progiest" track of the whole album.
 But the most important thing is that 'Trip the Life Fantastic' is one of those albums which you listen from the start 'till the end, without having to skip any of the songs. Surely there are stronger and weaker moments, but all the songs are of high synthetic standrads.
 I strongly recommend this album to all those who are fans not only of Progressive Rock or Neo - Prog, but Rock in general. It is a really wonderful album!
 You can find it for downloading in various online shops, such as amazon for example.
                As for my rating, this would be 3.5 out of 5.00 stars

Monday, April 20, 2015

Prog & Roll radio show (19/4/2015). A "review" and the full playlist.

After a week of absence, last night Prog & Roll was online again.
In last night's show we had the pleasure of having 2 members of the English Neo-Prog band 'Drifting Sun' on the chatbox. The mastermind behind the band Pat Sanders (keyboards), and the guitar/bass player Dan Storey. The guys logged in at the time of the show, and together we spend 2 hours chatting, listening to music, etc...We had planned to play 3 songs from their new excellent album, but finally we played 4, because we had many people who logged in later, and they didn't have the chance to listen to the songs we played before.
 I'm glad, because I saw that almost everybody appreciated Drifting Sun's songs, because I believe they deserve more attention.
 During the show, some of our usual listeners were asking if you are going to have an "encore", so we decided to make one. We picked 3 songs, and let the people on the chatbox vote on them. As for the winning song, you can see it in the list below.
Here is last night's full playlist:

Game of Thrones music theme (cover version) / NIGHTWISH: Elan / KARNATAKA: Road to Cairo / STEVE HACKETT: Corycian Fire / DRIFTING SUN: Trip the Life Fantastic / ARENA: The Demon Strikes / STEVE ROTHERY: The Ghosts of Pripyat / DRIFTING SUN: The Wizard / BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST: See Me See You / CURVED AIR: Easy / RARE BIRD: Baby Listen / TRAFFIC: Light up or Leave Me Alone / THE WHO: Love Reign O’er Me / DRIFTING SUN: Tormented / MARILLION: Easter / BEARDFISH: Can You See Me Now?  
"Epic" song: DRIFTING SUN: Last Supper 
"Encore": RAINBOW: Kill the King. 
 A very big thanks to all of you who logged in the show last night, and especially to Pat and Dan on 'Drifting Sun'. The next Prog & Roll will be online on Sunday the 26th of April, and this time we will have as "special guests" the members of the really good Greek band 'Mother Turtle'
Thank you all! :-)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

GFreedom's Juke Box Nο.124

Hello all!
Since it's Saturday once more, it's time for me to write down my Top - 5 songlist for this week.
During the week I had an extremely busy schedule, and I wasnt able to listen to as much music as I would like. Therefore  my options were kind of limited, but I will write my list anyway.
So, without further ado these are my best 5 songs for this week:
DRIFTING SUN: Trip the Life Fantastic (Trip the Life Fantastic - 2015)
KEEF HARTLEY BAND: Not Foolish, Not Wise (The Battle of North West Six - 1969)
KARNATAKA: Road to Cairo (Secrets of Angels - 2015)
SUBTERRANEAN MASQUERADE: Early Morning Mantra (The Great Bazaar - 2015)
GREEN ON RED: 16 Ways (Gas Food Lodging - 1985)
I will conclude this post as usual, by adding 2 songs from my list as videos, so you can listen right away if you want to.
Enjoy the music, and have a nice weekend!
Thank you. :-)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Prog & Roll's 100th special show is available as a Podcast...

Hello all!
   A couple of weeks ago, it was Prog & Roll's 100th broadcast, and in order to celebrate it we played a "game" with our listeners among other things. I believe it was a really good show, and everybody seemed to enjoy it.  
During the show many people were asking if we are going to upload it as a podcast, in order to be able to listen to it again, and maybe download it as well. I promised them that I was going to do it, so... here it is!
  So all of you who want to listen to it once more or download it, you can do it now. As for all those who wasn't able to join our show that night, here's your chance to listen to it.
 At the start of the podcast you'll listen to the radio station's ad for a few seconds, and then comes Prog & Roll's intro spot. After that, the show starts.
 If you want to read a few info & take a look at the playlist beforehand, please check here:
And here you can listen and/or download the whole show:
I hope you'll find it interesting and enjoyable.
Thank you! :-)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

CICCADA: The Finest of Miracles (2015)

  Ciccada is one of the most talented and promising bands in Greece right now. (In my opinion at least).
  I discovered them a few years ago, when they released their first album 'A Child in the Mirror'. While I was listening to that album I was surprised by their rather unique sound (for the Greek standards at least), which combines many different elements such as Folk, Jazz and Progressive Rock, just to name a few.
  A couple of months ago, Ciccada released their second album 'The Finest of Moments', which is better than their first one in everything. Better compositions, more "mature" sound, and a lot of guest musicians playing a huge variety of instruments, giving their music a beautiful "color".
 (I had the chance to meet the drummer Giannis Iliakis, and the mastermind behind the band Nikos Nikolopoulos, and I have to say that they are cool and interesting guys, but above all very good musicians).
  As for the album, it includes 10 tracks and has a total running time of almost 45 minutes. There are 3 small tracks included, which can be characterised as "passages" between songs, and they are under 2.00 minutes long. All the rest are between 3.00 and 9.00 minutes in length.
 The album's opening track is the dreamy instrumental 'A Night Ride' having as leading instruments the keyboards and the violin at the start, but there are more instuments added later on, such as the flute and guitar. Definitely one of the best songs here.
  With the second track 'Eternal' the band is presenting to the listeners their female singer Evangelia Kozoni, with the soft and beautiful voice.
 As for their influences, most probably are bands like: Gentle Giant, Jethro Tull, Camel etc, but you can't say that Ciccada are a "copy" of those bands. They have some elements from those bands in their music yes, but they are combined in such a way that the final outcome sounds very personal.
 At the moment I got the album's in MP3 version, waiting for the release of the vinyl version which will probably come out in May.
 I strongly recommend the album to those who can enjoy and appreciate an album with "dreamy" passages, beautiful melodies, and in many occasions complex compositions.
           If I had to rate it, I would give 4.00 out of 5.00 stars.
(In Prog Archives Ciccada's albums have a rating of 3.80 for 'A Child in the Mirror' and 4.06 for 'The Finest of Miracles)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Game of Thones Season 5: 4 episodes leaked...

  All Game of Thrones fans SHOULD read this!
 All of you who are fans of the TV series Game of Thrones and you have been waiting for season 5 to start, you should know that since Saturday night (1 day before the premiere of the 5th season), the first 4 episodes were leaked on the internet and they are available for downloading.
The quality is 480 (normal TV quality), but I don't think that's a problem really.
What I'm saying here is not based on rumours, I downloaded them as well, so I can assure you it's 100% true!
So, don't loose time! You have the chance to watch all 4 of them even before their official release!
Enjoy! :-)

Saturday, April 11, 2015

GFreedom's Juke Box Nο.123

Hello all!
Since it's Saturday once more, it's time for me to write down the list with my 5 best songs for this week. Despite my very busy schedule during the week, I found out time to listen to music, and these are the songs I picked as my best ones:
GRATEFUL DEAD: St. Stephen (Aoxomoxoa - 1969)
KAIPA: Map of Your Secret world (Sattyg - 2014)
ANDREW LLOYS WEBBER: Gethsemane (O.S.T Jesus Christ Superstar - 1973)
CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX: No! (White Light Generator - 2014)
ARENA: The Demon Strikes (The Unquiet Sky - 2015)
I will conclude this post as usual, by adding 2 videos with songs from my list for you to listen to.
Enjoy the music, and have a nice weekend! :-)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Goodies from GFreedom's Music Collection # 18

                          ALICE COOPER: Love it to Death (1971)
  The Detroit-born Vincent Furnier took the name Alice Cooper for his band at the start and later for himself, after a 17th century witch.
  The band was formed in the mid-60's, but it was 1968 when they were named as 'Alice Cooper'. The band moved to Los Angeles and became known in the underground rock community for its theatrical horror shows. Frank Zappa discovered them, and offered the band a contract in his record company, on which they released their first 2 albums 'Pretties for You' (1969) and Easy Action (1970), but without any success. Everything seemed to go wrong, until they were discovered by the 19-year old Bob Ezrin, when he saw them performing live in 'Max's Kansas City'. He convinced the band to become their producer, despite that Furnier was calling him as a 'nineteen-year-old Jewish hippie'. Bob Ezrin devoted himself to the band, working with them up to 10-12 hours per day, trying to make their sound more appealing and 'acceptable'.
  With the help of Ezrin they recorded a few songs, but the failure of their previous albums was a "barrier" they had to overcome in order to be able to release the new one. The record company was refusing to release the album, and they finally agreed on releasing a single, and if the sales were satisfying, they would proceed with the album. Among their recordings was an 8-minute-long jam named 'I wish I was eighteen again', on which Bob Ezrin was focused on. After hours and hours of rehearsing,
recording, mixing etc, Ezrin managed to present the 3-minute-long 'I'm eighteen' (including 'Is it my body' as B-Side'). 'I'm eighteen' became famous, climbing up to No.21 in the singles charts, and received a massive airplay from the radio stations across the country. (It also reached at No.7 in Canada). After that, the record company agreed to release the band's next album.
 'Love it to Death' was released on the 8th of March 1971, and it was the first of a series of great albums the band released until their break up in 1974. ('Killer - 1971', 'School's Out - 1972', 'Billion Dollar Babies - 1973', and 'Muscle of Love- 1973').
  The album includes 9 songs, and almost all of them are very good compositions. The main style is a rather dark and gloomy rock, which includes bizarre and provocative lyrics in many occasions. The first 3 songs are straightforward American Rock, followed by the 9-minute-long 'Black Juju' which is one of the album's strongest moments. Black Juju was deeply influenced by The Doors and Pink Floyd's early works.
 The B-side opens with 'Is it my Body' which was the B-side on the single 'I'm eighteen' as I mentioned above. Next comes the 2.30-minute long 'Hallowed Be My Name' which in my opinion is one of the album's "weakest" songs. But what comes next can be easily included among the band's finest moments ever! 'Second Coming' at first, and especially 'The Ballad of Dwight Fry' are both incredible compositions and a "must" in Alice Cooper's live performances even in our days.
'The Ballad of Dwight Fry' is a dramatic piece about the inmate of a mental asylum, and it opens with a young girl's voice asking her mommy if her daddy 'will ever come home', supported by a childlike piano background. This part is kind of chilling to be honest. Alice Cooper himself is "playing" the role of the father, and his performance is stunning to say the least!
 The album's last song is a cover version of 'Sun Arise' by the Australian entertainer Rolf Harris, but it doesn't add anything more in the album.
 'Love it to Death' achieved good sales in USA Canada and UK (mostly), climbing on the album charts in these countries, but it received mixed critics. Despite that, the band's fame was suddenly increased, and it will continue to grow with every new album in the years to come.
  'Love it to Death' is considered as one of the foundational albums for Heavy Metal and Punk, having influenced many groups and musicians. The Punk-Rock band 'Ramones', were often referring to 'Love it to Death' as one of their main influences during their early years. Vocalist Joey Ramone based the group's first song 'I Don't Care' on the chords of the main riff to 'I'm eighteen'. Another example is Sex Pistol's song 'Seventeen' which came as a response to 'I'm eighteen', and it is also said that Johnny Rotten auditioned for the Sex Pistols singing the Alice Cooper's song.
There are numberless examples of how influential and important album 'Love it to Death' was, but there is no meaning of writting them down.
 I will conclude this post by saying that for me 'Love it to Death' is a "must" in the discography of every Rock fan, together with 'Killer' and 'Billion Dollar Babies'.
                            If I had to rate it I would give 8 out of 10.
Thank you for reading.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Prog & Roll's 100th broadcast: A "review" and the full playlist...

As I wrote here a few days ago, last night Prog & Roll radio show was celebrating its 100th broadcast. It was a very important and happy day for us, that's why we wanted to present a really special show, and I believe that we did!
  We had lots of people listening from many different countries once more, and the chatbox was really on fire! Last night we had listeners from UK, Germany, France, Greece, Turkey, Mexico, Canada, USA and India! And I'm referring to those who were active on the chatbox only, because there were many who were just listening without participating.
 All of you who are listening to our show on a frequent basis know that we have musicians among our listeners, but this time we had too many! The ones who logged in during the show were: Anton Roolaart from USA, Staphane Desbienes (The D Project) from Canada, Jens Kipper (Archonaut) from Germany, David Curnow (Salander) Benjamin Bell and Mike Kershaw from England.
 At some point during the show, we received a mail from Benjamin Bell which was including a poem based on Rush's 'The Temples of Shyrinx', but with different lyrics which were referred to Prog & Roll. As you can understand we did read it online, and it was the following:

And the Greeks shall inherit the Earth"

They've taken care of everything.
The bands you'll hear, the songs they'll sing,
The playlist full of prog and rock and more,
It's one for all, all for one,
We chat together, quote Python,
Always vote for Epic #4,

We are the guests of the Justin Case Shoutbox,
Our great contributions,
Fill this scrolling wall.
We are the guests of the Justin Case Shoutbox,
Every Sunday night,
Here on Prog and Roll!

Look around the site they've made,
The quality of songs they've played,
Come and join the conversation man!
"That sounds like Crimson's mellotron,"
"The Yes influence in this one's strong,"
"Does anyone else here know about this obscure band?"

We are the guests of the Justin Case Shoutbox,
Our great contributions,
Fill this scrolling wall.
We are the guests of the Justin Case Shoutbox,
Every Sunday night,
Here on Prog and Roll!
It was a very touchy gesture with which we laughed a lot, and we want to thank him for that!

 As for the playlist, it was in a way made by our listeners. How's that? During the last 2-3 weeks all together we played a "game", on which we were asking to send us a list with the 10 albums they would take with them in a deserted island. I received many lists, much more than I was expecting to be honest, and thank you all for taking some time to make them. So what we did was that we picked the most famous bands and albums from those lists, and we just chose the songs.
 Here you can see which bands or artists which were more commonly included in the lists:
15 Times: PINK FLOYD
9 Times: GENESIS
7 Times: YES / QUEEN
 Further than that, we added 2 small parts from older shows in the playlist, and we were very happy when some people told us that they were there when these shows were "aired".
Anyway, I think it's time to write down the full playlist from last night, so here it is:
BLACK SABBATH: Snowblind / LED ZEPPELIN: Going to California / RUSH: The Trees / MARILLION: Heart of Lothian / PORCUPINE TREE: The Joke's on You / Intro from Prog & Roll No.5 on 28/10/2012 (Tribute to 'The Lord of the Rings') / CAMEL: Nimrodel / ELOY: The Sun Song / IRON MAIDEN: Powerslave / JETHRO TULL: Cup of Wonder / DAVID BOWIE: Ziggy Stardust / Part from Prog & Roll No. 75 on 28/9/2014 (Prog & Roll's special birthday show) / GENESIS: Dancing with the Moonlight Knight / YES: Wonderous Stories / PINK FLOYD: Comfortably Numb / QUEEN: White Queen / RAINBOW: Stargazer / MONTY PYTHON: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
 I would like to inform you that we will not have a show on next Sunday, because of the Orthodox Easter, and we will be back on Sunday the 19th of April.
 A very big thanks to all of you who are supporting our show and advertise it on every given ocassion.
Your love and support means a lot!
Thank you!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

GFreedom's Juke Box Nο.122

Hello all!
  During this week I listened to a really huge amount of music, because I was trying to prepare the
playlist for tomorrow's 100th Prog & Roll radio show. During these last 2-3 weeks we are playing a "game" with our listeners, on which I asked them to send me a 10-album list that they would take with them on a deserted island. The main idea was to make a playlist based on their preferences. Because I received really many lists, I spend this week listening to songs & albums from those lists, trying to figure out which songs I will include in tomorrow's playlist.
 As you can understand, it is really impossible to pick only 5 songs to put in my list, so I just chose 5 of the best and I'm adding them here.
RAINBOW: Stargazer (Rising - 1976)
CAMEL: Nimrodel (Mirage - 1974)
MADRUGADA: Higher (Industrial Silence - 1999)
GENESIS: Firth of Fifth (Selling England by the Pound - 1973)
IRON MAIDEN: Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Powerslave - 1984)
I'll conclude this post as usual, by adding 2 videos with songs from my list for you to listen to if you want.
Enjoy the music, and have a nice weekend! :-)

Friday, April 3, 2015

PROG & ROLL Radio show Presents: The 100th Broadcast!

 I'm very happy and proud to announce that on this Sunday (5th of April) we will celebrate Prog & Roll's 100th broadcast! It's been more than 2.5 years Prog & Roll is 'on air', and during these years we had the pleasure to have listeners from many countries, and to "meet" people and musicians who can now call as our friends, despite the fact we never met them from close. The truth is that your love and support are giving us strength to continue and try to improve all the time.
That's why it's very important to us to celebrate it altogether.
  During the last 2-3 weeks we are playing a "game" altogether, and on this Sunday you will learn of the results. The "game" is that we asked of our listeners to make a 10-album list, which they would take with them on a deserted island. (And this time we are participating as well). The response was impressive, and I want to thank you for that.
 So, what we did is to collect all your lists and see which bands and albums are your most favourite ones, and we prepared the playlist according to your choices. I believe that the playlist I have right now in my hands, is a very interesting one to say the least. ;-)
 Further than that, we have a couple of small surprises prepared as well, but I'm not going to say what they are.
 So, if you are free on this Sunday, we will be very glad to "see" you online, and speak with you through the chat box, as we will be listening to nice music. As far as I know, there will be many musicians who will join our show once more, so if you want to "meet" and chat with them this is a good chance to do so.
 I want to remind you that Prog & Roll start at 20.00 UK time, and the broadcast is in English and Greek. 
You can join our show by clicking the following link:
 That's all for now, I hope to see you there! :-)
 Thank you.