Edition 218 of THE PROG MILL for Progzilla Radio (438 in total), first broadcast 12 July 2020, is now also available to stream on demand or download. Another two hours of superb melodic and symphonic progressive rock, including the latest review from The Progressive Aspect and (if listening before 10pm UK 15 July) a chance to win the new Gravity Machine album on CD.

Here’s This Week’s Playlist

1 Magenta – Reach For The Moon (Masters of Illusion)
2 Finisterre – Asia (Finisterre XXV)
3 IS Project –The City and the Sky (The Archinauts)
4 Gravity Machine – She’s Calling Me Home (Red)
5 Mesmerising – Feel My Dream (The Clutters Storyteler)
6 Logos – Il Sarto/Origami in Sol (Sadako e le Mille Gru di Carta)
7 Obiymy Doschu – Kryla (Son)
8 Band of Rain – Witchfinder (Petrichor)
9 Celelalte Cuvinte – Comoara (Collection Vinil)
10 2:45 – Nothing (Single)
11 Abel Ganz – Sepia and White (The Life of the Honey Bee…)
12 Pink Floyd – Summer 68 (Atom Heart Mother)
13 Amon Duul II – Archangels Thunderbird (Yeti)

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Broadcast 12th July  2020

Show 121

1.    Be My Lover Alice Cooper
2.    You’re Opening Doors Budgie
3.    Siberian Khatru Yes
4.    Positive Vibrations Bob Marley & The Wailers
5.    Maggie Redbone
6.    Slippin’ Into Darkness War
7.    Cigarettes, Wedding Bands Band of Horses
8.    Metro Deathfire Phideaux
9.    Focus Focus
Sizzlin’ Summer 6-Pack
10. Summer In The City The Lovin’ Spoonful
11. Boys of Summer Don Henley
12. Saturday In The Park Chicago
13. Surfer Girl The Beach Boys
14. Summer Wind Frank Sinatra
15. Summertime J Joplin/Big Bro. & the Holding Co
16. Good To Be Alive (Long) John Baldry
17.  When you Wish Upon a Fag Leon Russell/Marc Benno
18. Sweet Fire of Silence Robbie Robertson
19. Wonderful One Lene Lovich
20. Welcome to the Cruise Judie Tzuke
21. My City Was Gone Pretenders
22. Property Kinks
SIAS-Moody Blues – A Question of Balance side 2
23. It’s Up To You Moody Blues
24. Minstrel’s Song Moody Blues
25. Dawning Is the Day Moody Blues
26. Melancholy Man Moody Blues
27. The Balance Moody Blues
Charlie Daniels – A Legacy, R.I.P. Charlie Daniels
28. Rainbow Ride Charlie Daniels
29. Cabaillo Diablo Charlie Daniels
30. The Devil Went Down to Georgia Charlie Daniels
31. Going Back to Okinawa Ry Cooder
32. Boogie The Clifton Chenier Band
33. Modern Lovers Garland Jeffries
34. Spin the Black Circle Pearl Jam
35. I Hear You Knocking Ace Canon
36. Paul B. Allen, Omaha Nebraska Buddy Miles
37. Tell Me How Do You Feel/Don’t Want No Woman Lee Michaels
38. Soon But Not Today Pattern-Seeking Animals
39. Balloni Green Desert Tree
40. Radio Silence Rise
Chillin’ Down
41. Fire & Rain James Taylor
42. All Out of Love Air Supply
43. I’m Not In Love 10cc
44. Always There Willie Bobo




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Broadcast 12th July 2020

  1. How Dare You – 10CC
  2. Life On Hold – The Tangent
  3. Wake Up And Make Love With Me – Ian Dury And The Blockheads
  4. Eternal Return – Zopp
  5. Some Things Never Change – Supertramp
  6. Si Senor The Hairy Grill – Yello
  7. Red Blood On White Stone – Nick Magnus
  8. Mainline Florida – Eric Clapton
  9. Forever – Kanataka
  10. Ride Like The Wind – Christopher Cross
  11. Between Blue And Me – Family
  12. The North Plain – Rick Wakeman
  13. You Lie Down With Dogs – The Alan Parsons Project
  14. A Gift From God – Magenta
  15. Something In The Air – Thunderclap Newman
  16. Darktown – Steve Hackett
  17. The Light Shines Out – Abel Ganz
  18. Watcha Gonna Tell Me – Caravan
  19. Prayin 4 A Miracle.


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This news story was originally published here: https://theprogressiveaspect.net/blog/2020/07/10/professor-tip-top-tomorrow-is-delayed/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=professor-tip-top-tomorrow-is-delayed

Tomorrow is Delayed. Could there be any more appropriate album title this year? The world is on hiatus. Parts of it are coming, cautiously, out of lockdown. Postponements of events are the norm. Even this review was delayed. I received the album for review at least a couple of months ago, but it was a victim of my own hiatus. My reviewing of albums slowed, then stopped completely. Ironically, what has brought me back into action is the death of a friend. In his memory, I decided to get back on the horse. It was no coincidence that two of the first albums I reviewed on coming back were Simon Lyngroth’s Looking for the Spark… and Coridian’s Eldur, as both hold a premise that it is the present which is most important. The future is uncertain, tomorrow is delayed – live for now.

And so I find myself returning to this rather beautiful album from Professor Tip Top. Ironically, perhaps, the first song I ever heard from the band was Procrastination Song on one of the “New Species” sampler albums. So, perhaps it was inevitable my review for this album might be delayed, due to my own apathy. The album is certainly not deserving of such apathy, either. It’s a beautiful album, which should be listened to, in the words of David Bowie, “now. Not tomorrow.” Tomorrow is delayed.

The album begins with the appropriately dark and melancholy Erebus. For most of the world, this name probably conjures up the idea of Greek mythology, and darkness – either as a deity, or a region of Hades. For most Kiwis of a certain age, I suspect it brings back memories of a mountain. When Air New Zealand flight 901 crashed into Mount Erebus in 1979, instantly killing all on the plane, it was the first time that the airline had ever lost any passengers in an accident. It remains New Zealand’s deadliest peacetime disaster. Almost all of the wreckage still lies where it came to rest, due to the remote location, and often inclement weather conditions. The recovery effort was called “Operation Overdue”.

A lovely drum roll leads us into psychedelic sounds that are menacing, and lyrics that are ooze malevolence. Although I can relate the lyrical content to the mythology I’m sure inspired the song, I can’t help but draw allusions also to the disaster that so shocked a nation, and the ripples of which drew attention for years afterwards. After all, I was only four when the Erebus disaster occurred, but thanks to a mini series in 1988, it was brought to the attention of a new generation. The legacy of the disaster has never been forgotten, and was given national prominence again last year on the 40th anniversary.

Erebus is a glorious start to the album, and one of its strongest songs. The spacey sounds are captivating, and despite the heaviness of the lyrical theme, there is a lightness of touch in the instrumentation that prevents the song from being too weighed down. I absolutely love the vocals of Sonja Otto, too. In a way, her presence could have made or broken this album, as Professor Tip Top were so associated previously with the compositions and singing of Svein Magnar Hansen. For me, they elevate this album to the best yet from the band. Otto is a perfect match for the music, and I love her tone. Her addition to the band is an absolute highlight for me.

Despite having a very spacey, psychedelic sound, they are also reminiscent of bands such as Camel and Curved Air, and perhaps a little Gryphon. The guitar playing of Sam Fossbakk often reminds me of Andy Latimer and there’s some gorgeous guitar of this style in second track, In the Mirror. This song is probably my favourite from the album, though the following Under Crystal Stars comes close. As much as I love Otto’s vocals, the band really takes things to a whole new level within the extended instrumental passages.

The Ghost Within slows down the pace, and is perhaps the most Camelesque piece here. Although I do like it, it’s probably my least favourite of the album, as the band never seem to reach full gear. It’s without doubt a beautiful song, and I actually wouldn’t be surprised if it is many people’s favourite, but I prefer it when the band take off fully into flights of fancy. They hint at blasting off, but never quite get there.

This changes immediately, though, with the title track. Another favourite, and full-on from the outset. There’s a real sense of urgency within this track, allied with a sense of mystery. When the track slows down for the bridge, the impact is immense. The final two minutes are sublime, full of swirling keys floating over the rhythmic base. It’s impossible not to be swept away, and I don’t think I’ve ever listened without feeling as if it’s a magic carpet that I’m being swept away upon.

Beneath the Silence slows things down again, but I prefer this song to The Ghost Within. In fact, it’s probably my third favourite track on the album. Professor Tip Top are often compared to Pink Floyd, but I rarely get that impression. This song, though, definitely does provide a Floydian vibe, with some particularly Gilmouresque guitar. I’m reminded as much of Procol Harum as I am of Floyd, though – and particularly in the later stages of the song – so it’s not as if you could outright call this track Floydian.

I suspect Objet Petit A might be the track which puzzles most listeners, as it is quite different from the remainder of the album – while still, paradoxically, retaining many similarities. This is as spacey and psychedelic as the album gets, and it’s a trip. I love it! This is an expansive piece that just keeps expanding. My only issue with it, is that it just seems to get better and better as it progresses, and so starts to fade out far too soon. I could do with this track being at least twice the length!

The album ends with another beautiful track, the wonderfully melancholic Earth. I can’t help but notice how similar the rhythm for Earth is to Procrastination Song. Honestly, if you listen to that song immediately after Earth, you could be forgiven for assuming at first that Earth had a false ending, and was starting back up again. Earth is by far the better of the two songs, though, and generally speaking, that is how I feel about this album, and Professor Tip Top’s new line-up. No matter how important Svein Magnar Hansen was to the band, they have not only survived his leaving, they have surpassed all that came before. Tomorrow may be delayed, but today is the best yet.

01. Erebus (3:28)
02. In the Mirror (7:07)
03. Under Crystal Stars (4:02)
04. The Ghost Within (5:56)
05. Tomorrow is Delayed (5:36)
06. Beneath the Silence (7:43)
07. Objet Petit A (6:11)
08. Earth (3:05)

Total Time – 43:08

Sonja Otto – Vocals, Keyboards
Sam Fossbakk – Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals
Stein Høgseth – Bass
Charles Wise – Drums

Record Label – Apollon Records
Country of Origin – Norway
Date of Release – 26th June 2020

Professor Tip Top – Facebook | Bandcamp | YouTube

Northern Star 9th  July 2020.

Arse About Face and Back end of the Alphabet !

Theme Pallas – Northern Star

  • Porcupine Tree – Russia on ice /the pills I’m Taking
  • Qadesh – Ilmarinen’s Fruitless Wooing
  • Soft machine – why are we sleeping
  • Walter Becker – Selfish gene
  • Thonk – Kapittu 45,46 (Chapter 45,46)
  • Richard Barbieri –Lights On Glass
  • UK – Rendezvous 6.02
  • Iron Maiden – Rime of The ancient Mariner
  • Quarkspace – Somebody else’s dream
  • Umphrey’s McGee – Sad But Clint Eastwood
  • Shaun Guerin – Without You
  • We Lost The Sea – Forgotten People
  • Quicksilver Night – Legerdemain
  • Warren Zevon – Lawyers Guns N money
  • We Are Kin – The Fawn
  • Unaka Prong – Anxious Summer
  • Zonder – Wehrkamp – it’s not the end
  • Vanilla Fudge – Do ya think I’m sexy
  • Haken – Canary Yellow
  • Voivod – we Are Connected
  • Roger Waters – Comfortably Numb



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This news story was originally published here: https://theprogressiveaspect.net/blog/2020/07/09/guru-guru-live-in-china/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=guru-guru-live-in-china

The long-running Deutschrock originals celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2018, and on the last day of this merry year, band leader and drummer extraordinaire Mani Neumeier will be a mere 80 years young. In between those two anniversaries, on 19th May 2019, the band made a first foray into China, to play at the Tomorrow Festival in Shenzen, and this album and DVD is the record of that event.

When they started out, Guru Guru were a fiercely innovative collision of free jazz and lysergically assisted free rock, and they were led then, as they are now, by their wild-eyed drummer, but their edge-of-seat lunacy was not just down to him, as they also had the fabulously monikered Ax Genrich on guitar, a man so far removed from the orthodox blues scales of USA/UK rock, he would probably have thought that if you asked him to play a twelve-bar that you were asking him on a pub crawl. Held together by the human anchor that was Uli Trepte on bass, how could they fail? Over the course of several albums in the first half of the ’70s they added influences from non-European rhythms and musics to the blend, and produced a heady gumbo stew of the aforementioned freewheeling Ur-rock, and what would become known as “World Music”, always an oxymoronic label, for is not all music of one world or another?

Like all originally innovative bands, they eventually settled into a more predictable form, and continued releasing new music, right up to 2018’s Rotate. The setlist here goes right back to 1972’s Känguru, and although you won’t find quite the wild experimentation of that vintage LP here, the set is nonetheless energetic, and entertaining, with the current settled line-up going through their paces. Instrumentally, Roland Schaeffer’s guitar is usually at the front, but Mani’s rhythmic heft is ever-present as is his court jester lunacy, particularly on Izmiz, which features scat singing and what I can only assume is a lengthy kazoo/duck-call solo! At least I assume it’s Mani, as I don’t have the DVD to check, but the loon does have form!

Mani also turns in a sprightly drum solo on Auf Alle Felle, working the crowd into a frenzy with some great call-and-response kit work, as well as some percussive jesting, as is his wont. Much like the similarly aged John Marshall in Soft Machine, Mani proves that age is no barrier to nailing it down.

All in all an entertaining 75 minutes, and the Chinese crowd lap it all up, sounding much less restrained than their Japanese cousins are known to be. Sometimes when you investigate later (in this case much, much later!) albums by heroes of your musical youth, the results can be somewhat disappointing to say the least, but I will admit that Guru Guru’s Live In China was much better than I was expecting. Probably one for the fans, for all that.

01. Dark Blue Star (7:03)
02. Iddli Killer (4:01)
03. Wonderland (5:22)
04. Read Air (3:41)
05. Living In The Woods (7:22)
06. Space Baby (7:41)
07. Izmiz (10:46)
08. Magic Tree (5:38)
09. Rock’N’Roll Machine (4:27)
10. Ooga Booga Special (4:03)
11. Auf Alle Felle (8:44)
12. Digital-Analog (4:59)

Total Time – 74:57

Mani Neumeier – Drums, Percussion, Kaossilator, Vocals
Roland Schaeffer – Guitar, Saxophone, Nadaswaran, Vocals …
Peter Kühmstedt – Bass, Vocals
Jan Lindqvist – Guitar, Lapsteel Guitar, Vocals

Record Label: Trance Music (possibly, it’s hard to tell… )
Country of Origin: Germany
Date of Release: 10th April 2020

Guru Guru – Website | Facebook

Being an inveterate hippy, and in a self-defeating “stick it to the Man” show of defiance, Mani does not make tracking down a link to buy his band’s album an easy task. The best I can find is to contact him through the band website link above. Bloody hippies! … or you could try HERE.

Edition 249 of Sounds That Can Be Made is now available as a podcast!


Magenta – Reach For the Moon (from Masters of Illusion)
Abel Ganz – Summerlong (from The Life Of The Honey Bee and Other Moments Of Clarity)
Long Distance Calling – Ashes (from How Do We Want To Live)
Kristoffer Gildenlöw – Like Father, Like Son (from Homebound)
Grey Daze – Soul Song (from Amends)
Darwin’s Radio – The Illusion Is Freedom (from Template For A Generation)
Starcastle – Lady of the Lake (from Starcastle)
Barclay James Harvest – Ra (from Octoberon)
Ulver – 1969 (from The Assassination of Julius Caesar)
Tame Impala – Yes I’m Changing (from Currents)
Steven Wilson – Hand Cannot Erase (from Hand. Cannot. Erase.)
Mauricio Ibáñez – I Don’t Hate You (from Melancholia)
Arena – Out of the Wilderness (from Songs From The Lions Cage)
Jadis – Everywhere I Turn (from Across the Water)
Odd Logic – The Traveler (from Penny For Your Thoughts)
The Dear Hunter – Fall And Flee (from White EP)
King’s X – Summerland (from Gretchen Goes To Nebraska)
Knight Area – Summerland (from Nine Paths)
Public Service Broadcasting – White Star Liner (from White Star Liner)
John Carpenter – Persia Rising (from Lost Themes II)
Alice In Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (from The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here)
Giraffe Tongue Orchestra – No-One Is Innocent (from Broken Lines)
David Bowie – Suffragette City (from The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars)

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Proving that prog isn't just for dinosaurs!

I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 348 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this edition we heard the following music:

  • Bill Bressler – Normal Boy
  • 25 Yard Screamer – The Storyteller
  • Captain Beyond – Thousand Days Of Yesterday/Frozen Over/Time Since Come And Gone
  • Elephant9 – I Cover The Mountain Top
  • Decameron – Journey’s End
  • Goantum Fantay – Kukuriku
  • The Claypool Lennon Delirium – The Court Of The Crimson King
  • Quasar – Fire In The Sky
  • Griot – The Leap (Chapter V Pt.I)
  • McStine & Minnemann – Voyager
  • Bruford – Five G
  • Tangerine Dream – Force Majeure
  • Oceanica – I’m Not OK With This
  • Pain Of Salvation – Spirit Of The Land/Inside
  • Saris – Beyond The Rainbow
  • Agents Of Mercy – The Fading Ghosts Of Twilight
  • Soft Machine – Nettle Bed
  • The Osiris Club – The Bells (Live)
  • That Joe Payne – What Is The World Coming To?

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This week on Prog-Watch my special guest is Nick D’Virgilio, who is perhaps best known as a drummer and vocalist for Spock’s Beard and Big Big Train! Nick and I chat about his illustrious career, and along the way I’ll be spinning lots of great music from Spock’s Beard and various side projects in which Nick has participated (including Rewiring Genesis, Deckchair Poets, and Zorbonauts)! We will also hear a number of tunes from his solo career, including a couple from his wonderful new album ‘Invisible’!

727: In Conversation with Nick D’Virgilio