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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
Rush - All The World's A Stage 1976, Live
8.5
Technical Prog Hard Rock
The first live album from the greatest band on the World's stage. Thus ends phase 1 of their career and the beginning of a pattern of 4 albums per phase followed by a live album. This is their first official live album, but I do have the pleasure of owning a couple of bootlegs that precede this fine release.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Rush - Caress Of Steel 1975
8.8
Heavy Prog Hard Rock
Album number three from the greatest band to grace these ears. Whilst their first two albums were very good, Caress of Steel is their first excellent album, and yet it still only foreshadows what is yet to come.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Rush - Fly By Night 1975
8.0
Heavy Prog Hard Rock
Album number two from the greatest band on Earth. Neil Peart is now in the fold, and there is a slight shift towards becoming a prog band, but still for the most part this is a good hard rock album. Not quite the "Best I Can" yet, but those are on their way.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Rush - Rush 1974
8.0
Heavy Prog-Related Hard Rock
The debut album by the greatest band in the world. This album is the only Rush album to not have Neil Peart on drums, but John Rutsey does an admirable job in the drum seat. When songs from this album were first played on the radio, they were mistaken as new Led Zeppelin songs, which is quite a compliment given the greatness of the Zep. I don't listen to this album as often as their others, but it is always a fun album to listen to.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Ray Wilson - Change 2003
7.6
Non-Prog Rock
Solo album by Stiltskin vocalist, better known as Phil Collins replacement in Genesis. Mostly mellow singer-songwriter songs that you might hear on an easy listening radio station.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Dream TheaterListen - Live at the Marquee 1993, Live
9.0
Prog Metal
A wonderful live album from their earlier years covering songs from Images and Words and their debut album.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Army of AnyoneListen - Army of Anyone 2006
7.5
Non-Prog Rock
Decent debut album by alternative supergroup featuring the vocalist from Filter and the DeLeo brothers from Stone Temple Pilots.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Queen - Stone Cold Classics 2006, Best Of
7.8
Prog-Related Album Oriented Rock
Just another Queen compilation album. Good collection of songs, but only reason to purchase is if you are a newbie to Queen or a collector of all things Queen. Includes two bonus live songs featuring Paul Rodgers which at least provides something different than what you might find elsewhere.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
OpethListen - Damnation 2003
9.1
Prog Rock
No growls makes my ears much happier. This is a magnificent album.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
OpethListen - The Roundhouse Tapes 2007, Live
7.0
Prog Extreme Metal
Songs sound even worse live than recorded. Probably pretty good if you can handle the vocal growls, but I can't. Thought I would try it to see if it sounded any better, but it doesn't.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Rush - Feedback 2004, EP
9.0
Heavy Retro Non-Prog Rock
This is an EP of covers that Rush put together so that they would have "new" material to play during their 30th anniversary tour. I absolutely love this EP. These are fun songs to listen to and to hear Rush's interpretation of. Unlike many, I tend to like cover songs and hearing a band apply their style to well-known music. And of course, I am a huge Rush fan, although there are many huge Rush fans who don't like this covers album. For Prog Archives website users, as much as I like this EP, I will probably only give it 2 stars since it really is for Fans/Collectors only.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
GTR - GTR 1986
7.6
Prog-Related Rock
Steve Hackett from Genesis meets Steve Howe from Yes. I enjoy this more than most seem to. Not as progressive as one might hope coming from two of the elite prog guitarists, but then again Genesis and Yes were both quite poppish even in their proggiest days.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
TilesListen - Window Dressing 2004
9.0
Heavy Prog Rock
Magnificent album from Rush-type band produced by former Rush producer Terry Brown. 2nd disc is a bonus disc containing a live bootleg for the Dream Theater support tour.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Triumph - Classics 1989, Best Of
8.7
Prog-Related Metal
A greatest hits package from the other rock band trio from Canada. This has a nice selection of both prog and nonprog songs.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Triumph - Progressions of Power 1980
8.2
Prog-Related Metal
The Other Canadian Trio with both progression and power in the album title provide for a less progressive album than their previous releases but still a good listen. Alternating vocals between guitarist Rik Emmett and drummer Gil Moore.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Triumph - In The Beginning... 1995
7.8
Prog-Related Metal
This is a re-issue of their debut self-titled album. This is the beginning of the development of their sound which is a mix of heavy metal with some progressiveness.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Collage - Changes 1995
8.3
Prog Rock
Musically this album is very good. It is a compilation from songs from the earlier portion of their career. This band is a precursor to the band Satellite. On some songs the lyrics are sung in Polish and sound fine, but are a bit of a letdown for me since I don't know the language.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Then And Now 1998, Live
8.0
Prog Rock
My version of the album is called Pomp and Ceremony Live, but it is the exact same playlist as Then and Now, and Then and Now is what is called up on iTunes so I think it is the same album.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Stream of Passion - Live in the Real World 2006, Live
8.5
Symphonic Prog Metal
Live album from Ayreon mastermind Arjen Lucassen's side project Stream of Passion. The set consists of songs from the 1 Stream of Passion album, as well as songs from Ayreon.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
TransatlanticListen - Bridge Across Forever 2001
10.0
Symphonic Prog Rock
I absolutely love Transatlantic. This band is one of the ultimate supergroups with Neal Morse from Spock's Beard, Roine Stolt from The Flower Kings, Pete Trewavas from Marillion, and Mike Portnoy from Dream Theater. I was led to this album because I was a Spock's Beard and Dream Theater fan. It was because of this album that I discovered the Flower Kings and Marillion. All 5 of these bands (including Transatlantic) are some of favorites over the past 5 years.
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XandriaListen - Theater of Dimensions
 #1
9.5
Non-Prog Power Metal
Thinking PlagueListen - Hoping Against Hope
 #2
9.3
Avant-Garde Prog Rock
Miriodor - Signal 9
 #3
9.3
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Kaipa - Children of the Sounds
 #4
9.3
Symphonic Prog Rock
Gentle Knife - Clock Unwound
 #6
9.3
Prog Rock
Magenta - We Are Legend
 #8
9.3
Neo Prog Rock
Mindmaze - Resolve
 #9
9.2
Non-Prog Power Metal
Big Hogg - Gargoyles
 #10
9.2
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AyreonListen - The Source
 #11
9.2
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GungflyListen - On Her Journey to the Sun
 #12
9.1
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CastListen - Power And Outcome
 #13
9.1
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EnslavedListen - E
 #14
9.0
Prog Extreme Metal
WobblerListen - From Silence to Somewhere
 #15
9.0
Symphonic Prog Rock
Big Big TrainListen - Grimspound
 #16
9.0
Symphonic Prog Rock
Lovebites - Awakening From Abyss
 #17
8.9
Non-Prog Power Metal
Deluge GranderListen - Oceanarium
 #18
8.9
Symphonic Prog Rock
Lunatic SoulListen - Fractured
 #19
8.9
Prog Rock
Barenaked Ladies - Fake Nudes
 #20
8.8
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The Tangent - The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery 2017
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Kaipa - Children of the Sounds 2017
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9.3
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John Hackett - We Are Not Alone 2017
 13 hours ago
8.7
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Jono - Life 2017
 13 hours ago
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Jag PanzerListen - The Deviant Chord 2017
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Prog Extreme Metal
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Lovebites - Awakening From Abyss 2017
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Thinking PlagueListen - Hoping Against Hope 2017
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NickelbackListen - Feed The Machine 2017
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7.0
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Stone SourListen - Hydrograd 2017
 2 days ago
7.3
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Quiet Riot - Road Rage 2017
 2 days ago
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Stephen Pearcy - Smash 2017
 2 days ago
7.0
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Primus - The Desaturating Seven 2017
 2 days ago
8.3
Prog Rock
Revolution Saints - Light In The Dark 2017
 3 days ago
7.5
Non-Prog Album Oriented Rock
Revolution Saints - Light In The Dark 2017
 3 days ago
7.5
Non-Prog Album Oriented Rock
Ten - Gothica 2017
 3 days ago
8.0
Non-Prog Rock
Alice CooperListen - Paranormal 2017
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7.8
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