My A To Z Music Challenge: Letter D – Deyss

Deyss was a talented melodic progressive rock band from Switzerland. Over the course of their career the band released three albums. The music of Deyss was heavily influenced by the solo work of Steve Hackett. The sound of the first Deyss album, At-King (1985), is very much akin to the music that Steve Hackett was producing … Continue reading My A To Z Music Challenge: Letter D – Deyss

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My A To Z Music Challenge: Letter A – Algebra

Algebra was an interesting, but obscure, Italian progressive rock band. They released two albums of which I own one. That album is entitled Storia Di Un Iceberg. The bulk of the album was recorded in 1994, with two tracks dating back to 1983. On the album Algebra played a melodic style of prog mixing influences … Continue reading My A To Z Music Challenge: Letter A – Algebra

Song Spotlight: Games Of Chance And Circumstance, By Kerry Livgren’s AD

AD was Kerry Livgren's post Kansas melodic progressive rock band. The band consisted of vocalists Warren Ham and Michael Gleason, former Kansas bassist Dave Hope, Livgren on guitar and Dennis Holt on drums. Livgren, Ham and Gleason shared the duties on keyboards. Like many prog bands in the 1980's AD featured a streamlined and more … Continue reading Song Spotlight: Games Of Chance And Circumstance, By Kerry Livgren’s AD

Song Spotlight: Taking In The View, By Kansas

The 1980's were very difficult years for progressive rock. It's safe to say that every major progressive rock band was affected by the transition from the 1970's to the 1980's. Many bands streamlined their sound while others simply disbanded. American progressive rock band Kansas did both. Thankfully their breakup was short lived. Kansas opened the … Continue reading Song Spotlight: Taking In The View, By Kansas

The Music of Valensia, A Queen Fan’s Dream

Valensia is an ultra talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.  Unfortunately he has spent most of his music career in relative obscurity.  Musically he combines the influence of 1970's Queen, Kate Bush, The Beatles and 1980's pop music; i.e. Duran Duran, The Police, and Culture Club. Vocally he sounds like an amalgam of Freddie Mercury and … Continue reading The Music of Valensia, A Queen Fan’s Dream