All posts for the month September, 2016

I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for Edition 40 of The Ancient One is now available.


1 Erik Norlander El Gran Final (Surreal)
2 Genesis The Return Of The Giant Hogweed (Nursery Cryme)
3 Poor Genetic Material Absconded (Absence)
4 Kyros Cloudburst (extended single from Vox Humana)
5 The Emerald Dawn Beyond The Wall (Searching For The Lost Key)
6 Coalition Fantasy Island (Bridge Across Time)
7 Umit Mark Of Cain (The Sound Of Umit)
8 Hoggwash Out Of The Darkness (The Last Horizon)
9 Pilgrym Circus Of The Absurd (Pilgrimage)
10 Big Big Train The Transit Of Venus Across The Sun (Folklore)
11 Colin Tench Project And So, Today ( Hair On A G-String)
12 Argos Not In This Picture (A Seasonal Affair)
13 Mangrove Time Will Tell (Beyond Reality)
14 Alex Carpani Band The Silk Road (4 Destinies)
15 Galleon House Of Plenty (Mind Over Matter)

I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 167 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this Summer’s End preview edition we heard the following music:

  1. City Boy – 5-7-0-5
  2. Ghost Community – Rise Up
  3. Magic Pie – Introversion
  4. Galahad – Empires Never Last – ‘Orchestral’
  5. Tiger Moth Tales – Don’t Let Go, Feels Alright
  6. Sylvium – Signal To Noise
  7. Seven Steps To The Green Door – Ordinary Maniac
  8. Heather Findlay – Mona Lisa
  9. IQ – The Road Of Bones
  10. Bill Bailey – Love Song
  11. Firefly Burning – Pioneer
  12. Manning – The Root, The Leaf & The Bone
  13. Strangefish – Shifting Sands And Turning Tides
  14. Karnataka – Feels Like Home
  15. RPWL – Arnold Layne
  16. RPWL – Roses (Ft. Ray Wilson)
  17. Kyros – Cloudburst

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The podcast for THE PROG MILL “Long Ones Special”  is now available for you to listen to anytime or download.  Just seven epic progressive rock tracks in two hours featuring music from Introitus, Unreal City, Fatal Fusion, Kaipa, Doracor, Millenium and Kaprekars Constant.

You can hear the PROG MILL every Sunday 10pm UK time on Progzilla Radio, repeated Tuesdays 0400 UK time.

I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 166 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this edition we heard the following music:

  1. Donald Fagen – I.G.Y.
  2. Gong – Rejoice!
  3. Under A Banner – Snow Song
  4. Cirrus Bay – First Departure
  5. Magnum – Les Morts Dansant
  6. Led Zeppelin – The Rain Song
  7. Matt Berry – The Peach & The Melon
  8. Can – Sing Swan Song
  9. Dave Kerzner – Paranoia
  10. North Sea Radio Orchestra – The British Road
  11. Sphelm – Prince Rupert’s Drop
  12. Franck Carducci – Torn Apart
  13. Devin Townsend Project – Higher
  14. Parzivals Eye – Longings End
  15. Neil Cowley Trio – Duty To The Last
  16. Verbal Delirium – The Decayed Reflection
  17. Colin Tench Project – And So, Today

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101-dimensions-sept-2016This podcast of this past weekend’s (17 and 18 September) 101 Dimensions is available HERE

That Harvest Moon was shining in the sky telling us that fall is almost here! So join me for a few hours of cool, electronic and ambient musical entertainment as we prepare to bid adieu to Summer 2016. Here’s what I have on tap for you this month, o faithful listener:

  1. British Theater – Defeat Skeletons (from the album Dyed In The Wool Ghost, 2012)
  2. Doug Woods and Colin Powell – Rats In The Attic (from the album The Haunting Of Sally Caster, 2015)
  3. Shpongle – Shpongle Falls (from the album Are You Shpongled?, 1998)
  4. Darkroom – Some Of These Numbers Mean Something (from the album Some Of These Numbers Mean Something, 2008)
  5. Eddie Jobson – The Sojourn (from the album Theme Of Secrets, 1985)
  6. Synergy – Warriors (from the album Reconstructed Artifacts, 2002)
  7. Tangerine Dream – Cloudburst Flight (from the album Force Majeure, 1979)
  8. Vangelis – Alpha (from the album Albedo 0.39, 1975)
  9. Andreas Vollenwweider – Behind The Gardens, Behind The Wall, Under The Tree (from the album The Essential Andreas Vollenweider, 2000)
  10. George Winston – Colors /Dance (from the album Autumn, 1980)
  11. Shpongle – Around The World In A Tea Daze (from the album Tales Of The Inexpressible, 2001)
  12. Ian Boddy & David Wright – Comets (from the album Shifting Sands, 2009)
  13. Trevor Rabin – Roundabend (from the album Gone In Sixty Seconds (Original Soundtrack), 2000)
  14. Jean-Michel Jarre – Rendez-vous 2 (from the album Images, 1991)
  15. Resonant Drift – On The Edge Of Doubt (from the album Resonant Drift, 2004)
  16. Patrick Moraz – Time For A Change (from the album Out In The Sun, 1977)

Until next time…be good to each other, and remember to Prog On, brothers and sisters!




Yes… you can finally hear the show that caused Progzilla Radio to ‘blow up’ for an entire hour last Friday morning!

Maybe it was a corrupt file, but I personally think it was intentional government action due to the subject matter and the music.  Hey, can you prove it wasn’t?     ;o)       Anyway, Progressive Tracks Show #176 (Downward Spiral), originally intended for broadcast on Friday September 16, 2016, is now available to download or listen to any time you desire.


  • Aphrodite’s Child “The Four Horsemen” from 6 6 6 on Universal International Music B.V.
  • OSI “Cold Call” from Fire Make Thunder on Metal Blade Records
  • Peter Gabriel “The Veil” composed by Peter Gabriel from The Veil – Single on Peter Gabriel Ltd.
  • Jambinai “They Keep Silence” from A Hermitage on Bella Union / PIAS / Hostess
  • Deep Stare “Words of Wisdom” from Triplet – Single on Deep Stare
  • Arcade Messiah “The Four Horsemen” from ii on Stereohead Records


Mike “ProgTracks” Pollack


  • Choronzon – Tangerine Dream (Exit)

A very accessible and uptempo number to kick things off. Heard it for the first time when I went to my first ever proper gig at the Glasgow Apollo when I was aged 12. The second ‘classic’ lineup of TD, with Edgar Froese, Chris Franke and Johannes Schmoelling.

  • Oscillations – Silver Apples (Silver Apples)

Silver Apples were a psychedelic duo who formed in New York in 1967. Simeon Coxe created his own primitive performance synthesizer (called ‘The Simeon’) out of audio signal generators and various control mechanisms. All the sounds you hear could be (and still are!) performed on stage in real time.

  • Welcome to the Machine – Pink Floyd (Wish You Were Here)

This will need no introduction, but it is probably the most distinctly electronic and ‘synthy’ song of Floyd’s back catalogue, using such iconic machines as the VCS3, Mini Moog and ARP Solina strings.

  • Overture (Reprise) – Louis and Bebe Barron (Forbidden Planet)

The Barrons were a married couple working out of New York. They were commissioned to create the ‘Electronic Tonalities’ which accompanied the MGM science-fiction movie Forbidden Planet. Louis would create electronic devices based on the cybernetics theories of Norbert Wiener. They would record the audio output of these devices as they were manipulated (some might say ‘tortured’). It was then Bebe’s job to splice together these sounds into a layered, musical composition. The Forbidden Planet soundtrack could not be nominated for an Oscar, as it was not considered ‘music’. Please be sure to use the reprise version of this track (at the end of the album) as it is presented without the roars of the MGM lion, unlike its first appearance on track 1.

  • Equinoxe 1 – Jean Michel Jarre (Equinoxe)

JMJ’s 1978 follow-up to the groundbreaking Oxygene was even more polished and multi-layered as its predecessor. This track was used as the theme tune for The BBC’s Holiday programme in the UK.

  • To The Unknown Man – Vangelis (Spiral)

Funnily enough, another BBC theme tune choice, this time for snooker. Be sure to fade at the 06:20 mark (if not before), as it rapidly becomes pants after that point.

  • Force Majeure – Tangerine Dream (Force Majeure)

The first long-form track of the show, this is probably my first choice for introducing a newbie to the world of Tangerine Dream. It has rocky grooves, ambient sections, hypnotic sequencers and even abstract soundscapes. It has real focus and leanness, with not a single second wasted. It has a lot in common with Tubular Bells, with new themes being introduced on a regular basis. The main thing is that it’s all about the MUSIC for 80% of the time, with the remaining 20% being meticulous attention to detail in the sound department. This was created in the transition years between the Froese, Franke, Baumann lineup and the Froese, Franke, Schmoelling lineup, when they had a real live drummer in the form of Klaus Krieger.

  • Clock – Node (Node)

OK, so Node are a bunch of modular synth nuts, with members of such high profile as producers Flood and Ed Buller. They recently put on a concert at the Royal College Of Music in London, with almost certainly the biggest gathering of modular synths in history. This track is menacing and can be a bit challenging, but it has something in common with the dark ambient movement of the ’90s.

  • Oxygene 2 – Jean Michel Jarre (Oxygene)

It’s difficult to decide where to start with this track. Yes, JMJ can be a bit of a knob at times; all show and no substance. But this…this is something magical which he created in a ‘bedroom studio’ when he was an unknown. The instrumentation was magical, too. VCS3, Korg Mini Pops drum machine, Eminent 310 string machine, Mellotron, ARP 2600. It is a psychedelic universe of colours, warmth, melodic invention and sonic fireworks.

  • Down In The Park – Tubeway Army (Replicas)

So Gary Numan landed on the UK like The Man Who Fell To Earth, with an entire mythos and musical identity already sharpened to perfection. The dark, dystopian worldview seemed to be just what we needed in the Winter of Discontent. Certainly I personally latched onto it instantly. He got a bit of a snubbing from other synth artists at the time, but he has proved himself eminently worthy 30-plus years later.

  • Deep Distance – Ashra (New Age Of Earth)

New Age Of Earth is arguably the most beloved album of Ashra’s output. It is very accessible, and can easily be dismissed as a fluffy “New Age” album. But it really lies within the Berlin School of electronic music, treading a path of gothic majesty rather than wooly-headed wispiness.

  • Rubycon pt 1 – Tangerine Dream (Rubycon)

The greatest recording ever produced by the human race. This is organic, fluid, psychedelic, melodic (in a weird way) and just…..beautiful. Somehow, the stars and planets and personalities and technology aligned in Virgin’s Manor Studios for a few days in 1975, and this is what happened. The blueprint for so many disciples to worship (including Under the Dome).

  • So Long Ago, So Clear – Jon and Vangelis (Heaven and Hell)

The angelic voice of Jon Anderson and the sensitive orchestration of Vangelis on a variety of instruments including his beloved Yamaha CS-80. What’s not to like in this gloriously romantic epic?

  • Europa Endlos – Kraftwerk (Trans-Europe Express)

Kraftwerk get called a lot of things by the music press: Godfathers of Techno, Cold Robotic Germans, etc, etc. To me, their greatest strengths were their love of melody, and being in the right place at the right time to adopt gorgeous, warm, analogue musical technology. I much prefer the German-language version of this song to the English one.

  • I Feel Love – Donna Summer (I Remember Yesterday)

The historic sound of the future. Psychedelic, hypnotic, darkly sexual, and quite unlike anything which had come before. Giorgio Moroder was the producer, and so much more on this track, playing and recording the entire backing on an enormous Moog Modular system. To this day, it sounds like something which has teleported from the future like a T-1000.

  • Le Petit Oranger – Irene Papas (Odes)

Not quite sure which category to place this one in. It’s quite folky and world-music in a sense. But the subtle interplay between Papas and Vangelis is just something beautiful to behold. A gorgeous melting-pot of warm, analogue synths and emotive vocals.

  • Tomorrow Never Knows – The Beatles (Revolver)

The Beatles, George Martin and Goeff Emerick pull out all the stops to create THE blueprint psychedelic single. Tape loops, classical Indian instrumentation, and all that Abbey Road studio could throw at them.

  • Hunger For The Flesh – Howard Jones (Dream Into Action)

Often dismissed as a pretty-boy pop icon, Howard Jones produced at the very least two incrdible albums in the form of Human’s Lib and Dream Into Action. He was also able to get some very decent sounds out of the Yamaha DX-7. It was a toss-up between this track and “Hide and Seek”. This won out for some mysterious reason.

  • Rubycon pt 2 – Tangerine Dream (Rubycon)

OK, the second half of the greatest album in the world. It follows no rules, simply making the best music in its ability. It is gothic, majestic, and finishes on achingly beautiful sweeps of synth, then mellotron flute fading into the distance.

Grant Middleton

Under The Dome


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Pallas Theme Northern Star

  • 40 – Ra- Utopia Sunburst Finish
  • 39 – Uk – Uk – Thirty Years
  • 38 – Forse Le Lucciole Non Si Amano Piu- Locanda Della Forte
  • 37 – Please Don’ Touch – Steve Hackett –Icarus Ascending
  • 36 – Heavey Horses Jethro Tull – No Lullaby
  • 35 – Incantations – Mike Oldfield- PT Incantations
  • 34 – War of the Worlds – Jeff Wayne- Thunderchild
  • 33 – Fugazi – Marillion- Incubus
  • 32 – 90125 – Yes – Changes
  • 31 – The Broadsword & the Beast – Jethro Tull – Watching you Watching me
  • 30 – Tormato – Yes – On the silent wings of freedom
  • 29 – Tales from the Lush Attic – IQ – The Enemy Smacks
  • 28 – The Final Cut – Pink Floyd – Paranoid Eyes
  • 27 – Point Of No Return – Kansas – Hopelessly Human
  • 26 – The Pros & Cons Of Hitchhiking – Roger Waters – 4:50am (Go Fishing)
  • 25 – Songs from the wood – Jethro Tull – Velvet Green
  • 24 – 4 – Peter Gabriel- The Family & the fishing Net
  • 22 – Duke – Genesis – Dukes Travels
  • 21 – And then there were three – Genesis – Deep in the Motherlode
  • 20 – Wind and Wuthering – Genesis – Blood on the roof tops
  • 19 – 3 – Peter Gabriel – Family Snapshot
  • 18- Permanent Waves- Rush – Jacobs Ladder
  • 17 – Spectral Mornings – Steve Hackett – Tigermoth
  • 16- Seconds Out – Genesis – Cinema Show
  • 15 – Drama – Yes – Tempus Fugit
  • 14 – Moving Pictures – Rush – Tom Sawyer
  • 13 Asia – Asia – Cutting it Fine
  • 12 – Discipline – King Crimson- Sheltering Skies
  • 11 – A Farewell to Kings – Rush – Cygnus X-1
  • 10 – The wake – IQ – Magic Roundabout
  • 9 – Live & Let Live – Twelfth Night _ Sequences
  • 8 – Hemispheres – Rush – La Villa Strangiato
  • 7 – Going For The one – Yes – Awaken
  • 6 – fact & Fiction – Twelfth Night – We Are Sane
  • 5 – Script For a Jester Tear – Marillion – The web
  • 4 – The Sentinel – Pallas – Rise & fall pt 1
  • 3 – Animals – Pink Floyd – Dogs
  • 2 – Misplaced Childhood – Marillion – Bitter Suite/
  • 1 – The Wall – Pink Floyd – Run Like hell

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