Wednesday, October 18, 2017

SUBTERRANEAN MASQUERADE: Vagabond (2017). A first point of view...

The multinational / Israel based band Subterranean Masquerade with its rather unique sound is back with a  brand new album!
  I learned about them with the release of their previous work The Great Bazaar (2015). It was an album I really liked, listened to it a lot, and played lots of its songs on my radio show. And finally, I included The Great Bazaar in my annual Top-10 albums list of 2015.

Almost 2 weeks ago I learned about Vagabond, and having in mind how much I loved the previous album, I added it in my music collection without a second thought.  
  Vagabond continues where The Grand Bazaar stopped. Everything is present again; the beautiful melodies, the strong Mediterranean and Middle Eastern “essences”, the sudden changes of music styles and even the growls from time to time. Although the sound and style is almost the same, the major change is the addition of Brass instruments which makes their sound even richer.
  I will not get into details this time, because the album is still fresh, and I haven’t listened to it as much as I would like; but I believe that this is an album that requires lots of listenings in order to be appreciated. But based on the first 3-4 listens, I have to say that it is a very good work, with strong and very interesting compositions.
  Subterranean Masquerade are inviting us in a "Mediterranean Feast" of sounds and colours once more, and it’s up to you to accept the invitation. I did, and haven’t regretted it.
  This is a 3.5 (out of 5.0) star album for me, but I will add half star more, for the excellent and unexpected cover version of Space Oddity, that closes the album in the best way possible!
                      My Rating: 4.0 stars!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Prog n Roll radio show (15/10/2017). The complete playlist...

Hello all!
  Last night, Prog n Roll radio show was online again as usual, and I dare say it was an interesting one. Everything was simpler; we had no contests, no guests, so special stuff; only good - I hope - music.
  Last night's show was all about Prog. We played Neo-Prog, Classic Prog and Prog Metal. We also played songs from new releases, mostly during the first part.
  It was a relaxing evening, with good music and some cool chat with our wonderful listeners on the chatbox.
Here you can see the playlist:

1st Part: INFRINGEMENT: Adolescence / THE SAMURAI OF PROG: On we sail / KAIPA: Shadowy sunlight / SOUL ENEMA: Octopus song.
2nd Part: MACHINES DREAM: Unarmed at sea / IQ: From the outside in / PALLAS: Shadow of the sun / GENTLE STORM: Shores of India.
3rd Part: THRESHOLD: Subliminal Freeways / KAMELOT: March of the Mephisto / SYMPHONY X: The eyes of Medusa / BEYOND THE BRIDGE: The call.
4rth Part: ILLUSION: Madonna blue / GENESIS: Blood on the Rooftops / CURVED AIR: Melinda / RENAISSANCE: Ashes are Burning.
  I would like to thank all those who chose to spend their evening with us, hoping they enjoyed it. Next Sunday we will have something special for you, but more info on that, later...
Have a nice day!
Thank you.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

GFreedom's Juke Box No.205

Hello all!
Another very busy week came at an end thankfully, and now it is time to sit down and write my weekly Top-5 song list for you.
So, from all the songs I've listened to during this last week, here are those I picked as the best ones:
IQ: From the outside in (The road of bones - 2014)
GENESIS: Blood on the rooftops (Wind & wuthering - 1977)
SUBTERRANEAN MASQUERADE: Space oddity (Vagabond - 2017)
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA: Can't get it our of my head (Eldorado - 1974)
LOREENA McKENNITT: The bonny swans (The mask and the mirror - 1994)
If you want to listen to any of the songs in my list, just click on the following YouTube links. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find the very good cover version Subterranean Masquerade did on Space Oddity.
Enjoy the music.
Thank you!
IQ: From the outside in
GENESIS: Blood on the Rooftops
E.L.O: Can't get it out of my head
LOREENA McKENNITT: The bonny swans

Monday, October 9, 2017

PROG & ROLL Radio Show (8/10/2017). The complete playlist...

Hello all!
  Last night on more Prog & Roll radio show was online as usual. This time we had nothing special prepared, only two hours of good music.
  We played lots of new releases once more, because we are trying to catch up and inform our listeners about the albums that has been released this year.
We also included a half-hour part with some classic Hard & Heavy songs from the 80's, which proved to be a good idea.
Here you can take a look of the whole playlist:

1st Part: AYREON: Condemned to Live / FATES WARNING: Seven Stars / CALIGULA’S HORSE: Fill My Heart / THRESHOLD: Small Dark Lines.
2nd Part: STEVEN WILSON: Nowhere now / MONARCH TRAIL: Missing / THE WATCH: Darkest Deeds / DRIFTING SUN: Mystery of Lies / DAVID GILMOUR: On an Island (Live).
3rd Part: BLUE OYSTER CULT: Joan Crawford / WHITESNAKE: Don’t Break My Heart Again / DEEP PURPLE: Perfect Strangers / BLACK SABBATH: The Sign of the Southern Cross.
4rth Part: VERBAL DELIRIUM: Close to You / OPETH: Spring MCMLXXIV / SIENA ROOT: We are Them.
A very big thanks to those who chose to spend their Sunday evening/night with our show. We will "see" you again on Sunday the 15th of October.
Thank you!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

GFreedom's Juke Box No.204

Hello all!
Here is one "Juke Box" post for you, which is my weekly Top-5 song list.
I listened to lots of music during this week, so it wasn't easy for me to pick only 5 songs.
But I think that the following list includes some fine tunes.
DRIFTING SUN: Soldiers (Twilight - 2017)
SIENA ROOT: We are Them (Different Realities - 2009)
MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND: The Road to Babylon (The Roaring Silence - 1976)
BLACK SABBATH: The Sign of the Southern Cross (Mob Rules - 1981)
PORCUPINE TREE: Anesthetize (Fear of a Blank Planet - 2007)
In case you are interested, click on the following YT links, and you will be able to listen to the songs in my list right away.
Enjoy! :-)
SIENA ROOT: We are Them
BLACK SABBATH: The Sign of the Southern Cross

Friday, October 6, 2017

KAIPA: Children of the Sounds (2017). My 'review-like' point of view...

Children of the Sounds is the brand new album of the Swedish band Kaipa, which was released a few weeks ago. It is their 13th studio album, and the 8th since the band was re-formed in 2000. It comes 3 years after the release of – the very good – Sattyg, but I’m afraid that it is a "weaker" album.
 I have the band’s latest four releases in my collection, and I believe that “Children” is the weakest album of all four. The style of the album is the usual style of Kaipa, with the familiar Folk Rock influences, the beautiful guitar passages, the nice female vocals on most occasions, and the long complicated compositions. 
But there is something missing, and I can’t realize what. Maybe the fact that many songs remind me of other songs from the band’s previous albums, but this time they are not so inspired.

  The album includes five songs, and has a total running time of almost an hour. There are three songs more than ten minutes in length, and the remaining two songs are seven and nine minutes long. I must also mention the wonderful cover, that continues the line of the beautiful album covers of Kaipa.

  Speaking for myself, I listened to the album 4-5 times so far, but almost every time I stop and turn back to their previous works. That surely means something, don’t you think?
Favourite songs: Like a Serpentine and What's Behind the Fields.

  Children of the Sounds is a decent album, but I wouldn’t recommend it easily to people who are not fond of the music of Kaipa.

I’m afraid I cannot give more than 3.0 (out of 5.0) stars.



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Prog & Roll's presentation on King's Ransom is now available on Mixcloud.

Hello all!
  I would like to inform you that, today I uploaded the presentation we did on King's Ransom a few
days ago in Prog & Roll. The upload includes only the 2 (out of 3) parts of that show. That means that you can listen only to the presentation, and not the rest of the show.
  The presentation includes Clive Nolan himself in the role of the narrator.
  I believe that it is a very good and interesting show to listen to, so just click on the following link and check it out. In Prog and Roll's page on Mixcloud, you will also find some other very interesting shows to check if you want to.
Have in mind that the whole file is almost 80 minutes long, and the broadcasting is mostly in English, but also in Greek as well.
Here's the link:

Monday, October 2, 2017

PROG & ROLL Radio Show, including the presentation of Clive Nolan’s KING’S RANSOM. A small review and the complete playlist. (1/10/2017).

Hello all!
  Last night we had the long anticipated radio show, that was including the extended presentation of the new Rock Opera/ Musical, King’s Ransom by Clive Nolan. We worked very hard for almost 3 weeks for this show, but the result was really excellent!    
So, last night’s Prog & Roll was all about musicals. 
  It was divided into 3 uneven parts, with the 2nd and 3rd being dedicated to the presentation exclusively. As for the 1st, we played songs from other Rock musicals and/or Rock Operas, mixed with parts of the interview we took from him a couple of weeks ago.
  We had a good crowd listening, from many different countries, including many musicians once more. We also had the honour to have Clive Nolan on the chatbox, for the 2nd time this year, together with his PR manager Magda, and the Director of the theatre productions of Alchemy and King’s Ransom, Ian. 
  Furthermore, we also had Clive himself as the narrator of the 2 acts of the musical. So, at the beginning of each Act, he was explaining to us and to our listeners what was going to happen.
  I believe that it was a very interesting and different show, and that was proved by the fact that almost no one left till the end. Everybody was chatting with Clive, while listening to his wonderful music.
  I would like to say a very big thanks to Magda, because without her, none of those things would have happened, and to Clive for being a part of last night’s show. Also, a very big thanks to all those lovely people, who are there on every Sunday to support us and our show.
  Here is the complete playlist from last night:
Part 1: O.S.T Rocky Horror Show: Sweet Transvestite / O.S.T: Little Shop of Horrors: Dentist! / Interview with Clive Nolan Pt.1 / O.S.T: Faust: How Great Our Lord / O.S.T Jesus Christ Superstar: Heaven on their Minds / Interview with Clive Nolan Pt.2 / O.S.T: Phantom of the Opera: Phantom of the Opera Theme Song / Clive Nolan (from ALCHEMY):  The End Justifies the Means / Interview with Clive Nolan Pt.3 / Clive Nolan (fromALCHEMY): Amelia.
Part 2: KING’S RANSOM’S Presentation:
ACT 1: Intro by Clive Nolan / Prologue / Overture / Narration by Clive Nolan / Poison Runs the Course / Silent Army / Salvation has a Name / The Deal is Made / A Country on the Brink / Solitary Man.
Part 3: ACT 2: Interlude and Narration by Clive Nolan / In Harm’s Way / In the Palm of My Hand / Stand Fast / Serpent in the Grass / Turning the Tables / St. Paul’s / Epilogue.