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First and foremost I am a long time music fan with Rush having been my favorite band for almost 20 years now, followed closely by Yes.  Progressive rock tends to be the dominant style of music that I listen to, however, I am a fan of much classic rock and more straightforward rock bands and artists as well.  I suppose that I am a prog fan trapped in a pop fan's mind.  I am also a long time fan of metal but I have my limits and I am quite adverse to extreme metal and extreme metal vocals.  My musical achilles heel seems to be the heavy metal pop ballad, which I have always had a soft spot in my ear for, no matter how cheesy.  My ability to rate music is quite limited, however, I do give it the old college try and hopefully there is some sort of pattern or consistency that can be found amongst my reviews.
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Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Van Halen - The Best of Both Worlds 2004, Best Of
8.5
Non-Prog Metal
Hard to go wrong with a 2 CD set that includes 36 Van Halen songs, including 3 new songs with Sammy Hagar singing. I saw them live in concert in 2004 during their reunion tour promoting this greatest hits package.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Various Artists - Armageddon 1998, Compilation
7.8
Non-Prog Rock
This movie soundtrack album to the movie Armageddon features songs from Aerosmith, Journey, Jon Bon Jovi and the theme music from ex-Yes man Trevor Rabin. For me, this is one of the better movie soundtracks that have been created in the choice of songs and bands fit my tastes quite well.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Vasil Zook - The Last Live Show 1997, Live
7.2
Prog Rock
Live album recorded in 1977 that had 5 live performances together but no albums. The music is mostly instrumental and jamming and includes covers of Knights from Peter Banks, the Close Encounters theme song, and King Crimson's Talking Drum and Larks Tongues in Aspic Pt. 2. It is a bit quirky but quite good. Lots of drums, mini-moog, and mellotron, with some good bass playing as well.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
The Strawbs - Recollection 2006, Live
7.6
Prog Rock
Live album from 1970 with Rick Wakeman manning the ivories.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Various Artists - After the Storm 2005, Compilation
9.5
Prog Rock
24 songs from 24 different prog rock bands for a good cause. You have to check out the roster of artists on this compilation!!!!
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
AcromaListen - Orbitals 2003
7.7
Non-Prog Rock
Acroma is an alternative rock band that sounds eerily like Tool, A Perfect Circle, and somewhat like Soundgarden. I don't think that they are a prog band, but since I don't know what makes Tool considered a prog band, maybe Acroma are an alternative prog band in the vein of Tool.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Flash - Out of Our Hands 1973
8.5
Symphonic Prog Rock
Ex-Yes guitarist Peter Banks leads the band Flash on their 3rd album which sounds quite a lot like Yes. It is well worth tracking down and listening too for that alone.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Seventh KeyListen - Live in Atlanta 2005, Live
8.0
Prog-Related Album Oriented Rock/Pop
Generic Progressive pop rock/metal from Billy Greer of Kansas fame. Enjoyable to listen to, but nothing that would excite most progressive rock fans.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Satellite - A Street Between Sunrise And Sunset 2003
9.7
Symphonic Neo Prog Rock
This is a magnificent first album from this band from Poland led by drummer Wojtek Szadkowski. It is the first of a three album set based around a similar concept. The music, singing, and lyrics are all extremely well and tastefully done.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Engine - Engine 1999
7.4
Non-Prog Metal
The debut side project from Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder and Bassist Joey Vera. It is good but not great. Fates Warning is an excellent progressive metal band. Engine, unfortunately, lacks the progressive and is mostly just a metal band. Thus, good but not great.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Flash - Psychosync 1997, Live
7.6
Eclectic Prog Rock
Flash was ex-Yes guitarist's band following his departure from Yes. I figured a live album with this much feedback deserved a little feedback as a result. I guess this is a release of a former live bootleg. The music is good, but the sound quality is quite poor.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Qango - Qango Live in the Hood 2000
8.0
Prog Rock
Live album by short-lived band formed by Carl Palmer and John Wetton, which played mostly cover songs of Asia and ELP songs. Enjoyable show, but really not much more than what an ELP or Asia show might sound like.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Cairo - Cairo 1994
9.5
Symphonic Prog Rock
The very good debut album from Cairo with a sound tracing back to Emerson Lake and Palmer.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Judas PriestListen - Metal Works '73-'93 1993, Best Of
8.9
Non-Prog NWoBHM
32 of the best metal songs from the Metal Gods. Sadly, no unreleased tracks on this one.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Various Artists - A Tribute to Judas Priest Legends of Metal 1997, Tribute
8.3
Non-Prog NWoBHM
A Who's Who of Heavy Metal and Prog Metal got together on this Century Media tribute album to Judas Priest. Like most tribute albums, this is a good listen for curiosity sake, but there is no improvements on the originals.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Judas PriestListen - Angel of Retribution 2004
8.2
Non-Prog Power Metal
It is 2004 and all is well with the world. There is a new Judas Priest album, and the vocalist is Rob Halford. Admittedly, this album doesn't have the memories associated with it that the earlier albums do, but it is still a really good album.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Judas PriestListen - Demolition 2001
8.0
Non-Prog Thrash Metal
It is hard to get used to Judas Priest with Ripper Owens as their singer, but this album is actual quite decent. Much better than Ripper's debut Jugulator. Tracks like Hell Is Home, Jekyll and Hyde, and Bloodsuckers are actually quite good.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Judas PriestListen - 98 Live Meltdown 1998, Live
7.8
Heavy Non-Prog NWoBHM
This is an interesting live album. This is a 2 CD live set of the first tour with Ripper Owens on vocals. It includes 24 songs, including 5 new ones, but includes many songs from all eras of Priest. Quite a good song selection, and Ripper Owens does an honorable job as the lead singer.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Judas PriestListen - Jugulator 1997
5.0
Non-Prog Thrash Metal
Admittedly, I haven't listened to this album enough to give it a fair shake, but it is too thrashy for my tastes. On occasion, with the screams Ripper Owens sounds a lot like Rob Halford, but on the rest of the album he just sounds like a run of the mill thrash metal singer. Ironically, Rob Halford left the band to pursue a different type of metal, and he became for thrashy too, and quite frankly I don't care all that much for his solo career either.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Judas PriestListen - Painkiller 1990
9.3
Heavy Prog-Related Power Metal
This is the final Judas Priest album with Rob Halford on the microphone. It would be 7 years until another Priest album, with a new singer and a thrashier sound. Yet 7 years later, in 2004, Halford will return but by then the Priest were just a distant memory. This album has a bit of everything and I suppose may be their first progressive "metal" album, although it is more metal than progressive. And the Priest still knows how to start off an album with the heavy drum beat of Painkiller. Other highlights include Metal Meltdown and Night Crawler, but again all songs are worth the listen.
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SubsignalListen - La Muerta
 #1
9.3
Prog Rock
Frequency Drift - Letters To Maro
 #2
9.3
Prog Rock
W.E.T.Listen - Earthrage
 #4
9.2
Non-Prog Album Oriented Rock
Auri - Auri
 #5
9.0
Prog-Related Metal
GazpachoListen - Soyuz
 #6
8.9
Neo Prog Rock
Judas PriestListen - Firepower
 #7
8.8
Non-Prog NWoBHM
Neal MorseListen - Life & Times
 #8
8.8
Non-Prog Si/So
Gleb Kolyadin - Gleb Kolyadin
 #9
8.7
Prog Rock
Joe Satriani - What Happens Next
 #10
8.7
Instrumental Prog Metal
Elephant9Listen - Greatest Show On Earth
 #11
8.7
Instrumental Prog Rock/Jazz
Path Of Ilya - Path Of Ilya
 #12
8.6
Instrumental Prog Rock
The Sea Within - The Sea Within
 #13
8.5
Symphonic Prog Rock
Ty TaborListen - Alien Beans
 #14
8.5
Non-Prog Hard Rock
IOEarthListen - Solitude
 #15
8.5
Neo Prog Rock
KamelotListen - The Shadow Theory
 #16
8.4
Prog Metal
Gong Expresso - Decadence
 #17
8.4
Instrumental Prog Canterbury
Karibow - The Unchosen
 #18
8.4
Prog Rock
Umphrey's McGeeListen - It's Not Us
 #19
8.4
Prog Rock
Galahad - Seas of Change
 #20
8.4
Neo Prog Rock
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Sebastien GramondListen - Homeworks Vol. 1 - 2001-2002 2002, Compilation
 6 hours ago
8.0
Instrumental Prog Rock
Lou Gramm - The Lou Gramm Band 2009
 7 hours ago
6.5
Non-Prog Rock
America - Harbor 1977
 8 hours ago
7.3
Non-Prog Rock
Lou Gramm - Long Hard Look 1989
 8 hours ago
7.3
Non-Prog Album Oriented Rock
Lou Gramm - Ready Or Not 1987
 8 hours ago
7.0
Non-Prog Album Oriented Rock
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin 1969
 18 hours ago
9.8
English/British Heavy Prog-Related Metal
GrafiteListen - Crawling Up 2008
 23 hours ago
6.0
Non-Prog Hard Rock
GPSListen - Window to the Soul 2006
 one day ago
8.0
Neo Prog Rock
GowanListen - Best of Gowan 1997, Best Of
 one day ago
8.0
Prog-Related Rock/Pop
GowanListen - Lost Brotherhood 1990
 one day ago
8.4
Prog-Related Hard Rock
GowanListen - Strange Animal 1985
 one day ago
5.0
Non-Prog Pop/Rock
Jean-Philippe GoudeListen - Drones 1980
 one day ago
7.9
Instrumental Prog Rock
Manuel Göttsching - E2-E4 1984
 one day ago
6.0
Minimalistic Prog Krautrock
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin 1969
 one day ago
9.8
English/British Heavy Prog-Related Metal
Tadashi GotoListen - Innervisions 2008
 3 days ago
8.2
Instrumental Prog Metal
America - Hideaway 1976
 4 days ago
7.3
Non-Prog Rock
Gothic Lunch - Gothic Lunch 1992
 4 days ago
6.0
Prog Rock
Gösta Berlings Saga - Sersophane 2016
 4 days ago
7.9
Instrumental Prog Rock
Gösta Berlings Saga - Tid är Ljud 2006
 4 days ago
8.7
Instrumental Prog Rock
Stone GossardListen - Bayleaf 2001
 4 days ago
6.0
Non-Prog Rock
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