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Charles Snider featured in Prog Magazine #109

Charles Snider is featured this month in Prog Magazine's My Record Collection!
"The mastermind behind a unique reference guide gets his favourite albums out and tell us how an American kid covered a world of progressive music and wrote it up for all to enjoy. Strawberry Bricks forever..."

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Identity > Wright, Rick

Artist: Zee
Label: Harvest
Catalog#: SHSP 24 0101 1
Format: Vinyl
Country: UK
Released: 1984-04-09

Happy New Year!

Happy 2019. Thank you to all that purchased the book over the holidays, and to everyone following me on Facebook. I'm going to put the book out of print in April 2019, and split it into two editions: The Record Guide - the timeline of 500 albums - will be available again in late 2019.

Thirty-Three Essential Progressive Rock Albums

Everybody loves lists, myself included. What are my favorite progressive rock albums? Here they are, do you have them all?

Essential: 33 Progressive Rock Albums
1. The Nice – The Thoughts Of Emerlist DavJack (Immediate 1967)
2. Soft Machine – Volume Two (Probe 1969)
3. Colosseum – Those Who Are About To Die Salute You (Vertigo 1969)
4. Jethro Tull – Stand Up (Reprise 1969)
5. King Crimson – In The Court Of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson) (EG 1969)
6. The Pretty Things – Parachute (Harvest 1970)
7. Caravan – In The Land of Grey And Pink (Deram 1971)

Singapore Silk Torpedo Live At The BBC & Other Broadcasts

Artist: The Pretty Things
Label: Repertoire Records (UK) Ltd
Catalog#: REPUK1327
Format: 2xCD, DVD
Country: UK
Released: 2018-09-28

Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets North American Tour 2019

Former Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason will bring his Saucerful of Secrets band to North America in spring of 2019. The band features Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet on guitar and vocals, former Floyd bassist Guy Pratt, and draws its music from the early Pink Floyd albums, including many of Syd Barrett's compositions. See you in Chicago!

March 12 — Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre
March 13 — Seattle, WA The Paramount
March 15 — San Francisco, CA The Masonic
March 16 — Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
March 19 — Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
March 21 — Denver, CO Paramount Theatre

Progtoberfest IV

Reggie's Rock Club will host the fourth edition of Progtoberfest beginning on October 18th (pre-party with Chicago-based Porcupine Tree tribute Cloud Zero, District 97 and Ugly Radio Rebellion with Ike Willis) and running through Sunday, with FM and Soft Machine headlining, and Chicago's Lovely Little Girls and a special performance of Bill Bruford's One Of A Kind album! I'll be there selling books, stop by and enjoy a few great nights of music in Chicago!

The Trio Years > Kraan

Artist: Kraan
Label: Bassball
Catalog#: K-2018-1
Format: CD
Country: Germany
Released: 2018

Romantic Warriors IV - Krautrock

From Charles:
"Like the other movies in this series, Romantic Warriors - A Progressive Music Saga are not superficial documentaries. They are intimate conversations directly with the artists about their history, their music, and their stories. Essential viewing for all progressive music fans!"
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Video: The Hunt for Bo Hansson

Seemingly out of nowhere (actually, TV2 from Sweden) comes a documentary on keyboardist Bo Hansson from 1976, with English subtitles!

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Hawkwind Road to Utopia, new album with Mike Batt, Eric Clapton

News today from Prog/Louder.com:
"Hawkwind have announced that their new studio album will be released later this year. Titled Road To Utopia, it will launch on September 14 on CD and LP and sees the band hook up with songwriter and conductor Mike Batt to reimagine a selection of Hawkwind classics with an orchestral flourish. The tracklist includes Quark, Strangeness And Charm, We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago, Psychic Power and The Watcher – the latter featuring a guest appearance from Eric Clapton."