Song Spotlight: Throw Me Down By Kerry Livgren

Solo careers are an interesting aspect of the music industry.  As a member of a band a singer/musician/songwriter may experience a great deal of success.  Once that same member  launches a solo career it truly is a crapshoot.  There are many examples of solo career success stories including Phil Collins, Sting and Don Henley.   But … Continue reading Song Spotlight: Throw Me Down By Kerry Livgren

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Album Spotlight: Blues With A Feeling By Steve Hackett

Initially released  in 1994, Blues With A Feeling is a Steve Hackett blues album.  Mixing original compositions with cover songs, there is very little progressive rock to be found.  And that is okay with me.  The album may be a blues album, but it is clearly  Steve Hackett music.  His distinctive guitar and vocals carry … Continue reading Album Spotlight: Blues With A Feeling By Steve Hackett

Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe

Barcelona, Freddie Mercury's collaboration with opera superstar Montserrat Caballe, is his crowning achievement.  I have long felt this way about this incredibly special album.  Barcelona is the logical fulfillment of the  bombastic pop/rock opera fusion that Freddie Mercury helped to create within the context of Queen.  The music featured on the Barcelona album toned down … Continue reading Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe

A Dying Planet – Facing The Incurable: A Vital Progressive Metal Debut Album

A Dying Planet may be a brand new progressive metal band, but the architects behind the music are veterans of the metal scene.  Jasun and Troy Tipton arrived on the scene in 1999 with the debut album of their progressive metal powerhouse Zero Hour. The band's second release, the brilliant concept album, The Towers Of … Continue reading A Dying Planet – Facing The Incurable: A Vital Progressive Metal Debut Album