October 12, 2015

Progressive Rock Review: Telergy-Hypatia

Release Date: 19th June 2015
Label:  Telergymusic

Hypatia is release number 3 for the band, Telergy, the name for the creative vehicle of composer and multi-instrumentalist, Robert McClung. I had not heard of this band prior to The Legend Of Goody Cole arriving on my desk for review in 2013. That release followed on from the debut by Robert, The Exodus, in 2011. All 3 albums are concept releases, with each telling the story of an important historical event. The new release, Hypatia, is based on the life of Hypatia of Alexandria, who was a great mathematician, astronomer, philosopher and teacher who met a tragic death in 415 AD.

Robert recruits musicians to help out in his recordings and he turned his attention to progressive music in 2009 after 2 decades of playing in a variety of genres.

On Hypatia, Robert is responsible for guitar, bass, violin, viola, piano, mandolin, organ, keyboards, flute, balalaika, ukulele, sitar, lap steel guitar, bodhran, percussion and tenor/baritone vocals, along with no less than 38 guest musicians and vocalists, including Durga McBroom-Hudson on vocals (Pink Floyd), Blake Carpenter on vocals (Minstrel’s Ghost) and Oliver Wakeman on keyboards (Yes).

Hypatia is a 17 track album which lasts just over 63 minutes. Nine of the tracks are narrative scene setters which link the main tracks and carry the concept through the album. They tend to be very short and vary in length from just under, to just over, a minute. The longest track on offer is track 4, “Philosopher” with a playing time of 11:44 minutes and the shortest of the main tracks is track 12, “Scapegoat” with a running time of just under 3 minutes. (2:54)
The first main track is track 2, “Astronomer” (7:15) and follows the directional narration of “Scene 1” (0:38). The initial building up of gentle sounds, slowly increasing in intensity, is suddenly blown away by the thundering entry of “the band” at just over a minute. Chunky guitar chords and stunning keyboards/synths run riot and a superb lead guitar weaves a melody over the solid background. Around the 2:30 minute mark, the lead instrument morphs into a stunningly emotive violin with a particularly memorable theme. A little muffled atmospherics carries the track into a very upbeat flute passage which reintroduces a level of chunkiness whilst maintaining an almost Eastern feel. Once again the guitar gets a chance to show off a little as the track starts to drive along and then settle back into the chunky feel of the starting point. This track works very well and bodes well for the album, remembering that it is a concept album and is mainly instrumental in nature.

A second short narrated scene setter, “Scene 2” (0:37) leads the listener into the longest track on offer, but only by seconds, “Philosopher”.(11:44) This time the band is piano based and has a magnificent arrangement of choral voices set against majestic strings. The slow “burn” of the choir fades to usher in some subtle synths which are joined by drums and bass to form a driving track with a terrific feel. The choir splits and leaves the male and female voices at times harmonizing and at others juxtaposing for the lead. The violin sweeps along with an excellent theme as the track approaches the halfway point before giving the piano a chance to lead the way. A change to a slower, almost melancholy, theme backed by some excellent strings lulls the listener into a false sense of security before the band “up the stakes” with a very metal section leading into a frenetic synth section which morphs into an electric guitar theme before returning to the synth. The track ends with a gentle orchestral fade out. 

One of the best tracks on offer is track 14, “Murder” (9:30) which aurally illustrates the brutal ending which befell Hypatia, when a small riot caused by rivals of her ideas, climaxed with Hypatia being attacked and killed by having pieces of her body cut off. The track conjures up the atmosphere of the unfolding brutal killing by constantly building in intensity, together with “shouting from the mob” in the background. The choir adds to the mesmeric soundscape being produced and there is a distinct slant to a metal style in the driving music. The slow section coinciding with the realization of the actions of the mob is stunning, bookended as it is by the metal style of the rest of the track.

Telergy has successfully produced another concept album which works very well, considering that the “storyline” for the most part is only being suggested by the instrumental nature of the music and the details of the story are being formulated inside the head of the listener. The music echoes the developing concept so well and shows that instrumental music that is well thought out, properly produced and played with passion will indeed “speak” to the listener.
Hypatia is not an “immediate” album and indeed I had listened several times before it suddenly all just worked and I found the album eye-opening (or should that be ear-opening?). My advice would be to give the album a chance, it does require multiple listens, but hopefully you will then appreciate just over an hour of excellent instrumental progressive music and the concept held within.

4.5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: Astronomer, Philosopher, Murder

Scene 1
Scene 2
Scene 3
Scene 4
Scene 5
The Burning of the Library of Alexandria
Scene 7
Scene 8
Scene 9

Jim “The Ancient One” Lawson-Sr. Reviewer Prog Rock Music Talk
October 12, 2015
Review Provided By Prog Rock Music Talk

October 9, 2015

King Crimson and Asia Legend John Wetton Releases “Live Via Satellite” OUT NOW!

London, UK - JOHN WETTON is the lead singer of ASIA, UK and the “Red” era of KING CRIMSON, with an extensive solo catalogue, which now includes “Live via Satellite”

This 2 CD set collects together both of John Wetton’s acoustic solo concerts for radio broadcasts. The XM radio broadcast was only available for sale via his website over 10 years ago and has never had a commercial release.

The Swedish radio broadcast (previously unreleased) was thought lost in a fire, until a duplicate of the master tapes was found thanks to a long and tireless search by John Wetton’s fans.

Of the release, John Wetton said: “Both of these shows are from the same time period, but come from very different sources. The first, a Circus tent-like venue in a funfair in Stockholm: the second, a state-of-the-art facility in Washington DC, so the repertoire is similar, but venues could not be more different. Recording production is superb on both, it's a document of a slice of my life.”

As a lead singer, bassist and songwriter, John Wetton initially rose to fame with King Crimson and after that Wetton co-founded UK. In the early 1980s he was the frontman of the super-group Asia, his biggest commercial success.  ASIA’s self-titled debut album was the biggest selling album in the world in 1982 and the band continues to this day.

He later formed the duo Icon with Geoff Downes (YES and The Buggles) and has had a successful solo career releasing a large number of studio and live albums, including the recent compilation The Studio Recordings Anthology.

John Wetton's “Live via Satellite” will be released 9th October 2015 and is part of the ongoing release schedule of his own Primary Purpose label, working via Cherry Red.

9. 30 YEARS

6. 30 YEARS

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October 7, 2015

Music Legend Jon Anderson Visits LA Radio Shows To Promote New AndersonPonty Band “Better Late Than Never” Album Release

Los Angeles - Legendary YES singer/songwriter Jon Anderson recently visited several radio shows in Los Angeles to promote the new release of the AndersonPonty Band “Better Late Than Never” CD and DVD. Starting with the longest running Beatles radio show “Breakfast With The Beatles”, hosted by Chris Carter, Jon gave the listening audience a rare treat by performing an unreleased song titled “Tony & Me” live on air.

Jon also appeared on KSWD-FM 100.3 The Sound's popular morning show Mark in The Morning with Mark Thompson (live), and nationally syndicated program Uncle Joe's Garage will Joe Benson (air date to be announced). Jon was also interviewed on the show “Off The Record”, which will air the weekend of October 24/25th. It will also air on KSWD-FM 100.3 The Sound & stream live at on Sunday 10/25 at 8pm PST. Jon ended his visit at The Sound with an interview on the show “My Turn” (air date to be announced)

After which, Jon appeared on KLOS-FM's national radio show The Side Show Classic with Nikki Sixx which aired on October 3 and 4. He played music from the AndersonPonty Band's “Better Late Than Never,” as well as his favorite songs from the YES catalogue. Jon also share stories from his legendary music career, including his experience seeing the Beatles perform in 1963, hanging out with Jimi Hendrix, and his favorite Neil Young concert. Visit for additional information, or to find a local radio station and listen online. Fans can also tune into the Sixx Sense channel on iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia's free all-in-one streaming music and live radio service.

To conclude the radio promo tour Jon appeared on the Jim Ladd show on SiriusXM, where he played tracks from the new AndersonPonty Band CD as well as discussed his fascinating and incredible history in music!

The AndersonPonty Band, featuring music icons Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty, new CD/DVD titled “Better Late Than Never” hit the streets on September 25th! It features outstanding performances by the band from September 2014 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado, as well as some innovative production.

The AndersonPonty Band also includes Jamie Glaser on guitars - well known guitarist who has worked with Jean Luc Ponty, Chick Corea, Bryan Adams and Lenny White; Wally Minko on keyboards - virtuoso player and composer who has performed and recorded with many worldwide stars including Pink, Toni Braxton, Jean Luc Ponty, Tom Jones, Gregg Rolie and Barry Manilow; Baron Browne on bass who has played with Steve Smith, Billy Cobham and Jean Luc Ponty; and Rayford Griffin on drums and percussion, who has played with Stanley Clarke Band, George Duke, Jean Luc Ponty and Michael Jackson. The band visit the music created by Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty over the years with new arrangements, virtuosic performances and new energy.

The AndersonPonty Band's “Better Late Than Never” has been receiving rave reviews worldwide!

“Jean-Luc Ponty’s expressive violin lines play counterpoint to Jon Anderson’s colorful vocals, giving added dimension.” - Fabrications HQ, Scotland

“After all these years, Jon Anderson is still out there on a quest to create new music and move ever forward in new directions...Give it a listen – Anderson and Ponty are moving forward, not looking back!” - The Afterword, UK

“..Anderson Ponty with a different kind of musical spice are the real winners here.” - Midwest Record, USA

“Much-anticipated collaboration reinvigorates its two legends...The optimistic (Anderson) voice and Ponty's elegantly emotional violin is a fusion made just south of heaven...This album is made with love, which shines through.” - PROG magazine, UK

“Simply captivates with its beauty.” -, Poland

“The Yes compositions are given a fusion treatment, and elevates the songs.” - Progarchives, USA

“It is a perfect confluence of two wonderful talents, that is both risky and highly rewarding...Prog fans, spread the word about Better Late Than Never. brings together the golden age of progressive music and the modern era. This album belongs in your library.” - Classic Rock Revisited, USA

“That I found this project to be a wonderful way of introducing themselves as a group. The older music presented a foundation on which to build a new structure. Enough new material added to make it feel like a new experience. One that you'll want to repeat again and again.” - Classic Rock Radio EU, USA/UK

“ album that rewards with close listening and one that gets better the more you invest into it.” - Vintage Rock, USA

“This is definitely one that will make my best of 2015 list. It’s one of the best progressive rock releases of the year.” - Music Street Journal, USA

AndersonPonty Band tour dates:

10/23 - Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater
10/27 - Philadelphia, PA - Keswick Theater
10/29 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
10/30 - Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse

11/1 - Munhall, PA - Carnegie Theater
11/3 - St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theatre
11/4 - Milwaukee, WI - South Milwaukee PAC
11/6 - Detroit, MI - Detroit Music Hall
11/7 - Toronto - Danforth Music Hall
11/10 - Washington, DC - Howard Theater
11/11 - Long Island, NY - Paramount Theater
11/13 - NYC - Ethical Culture
11/14 - Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center
11/17 - San Francisco, CA - Regency
11/18 - Sacramento, CA - Crest Theater
11/20 - Los Angeles, CA - Saban Theater
11/21 - Scottsdale, AZ - Talking Stick

For more information and forthcoming tour dates visit the official AndersonPonty Band website:

Jon Anderson official website:
Jean Luc Ponty official website:

Manager: Jim Lewis,

Label Contact: Liaison Music, Jim Snowden,

Booking agent: APA
O: (212) 205-4328 | C: (310) 895-6144 | F: (212) 245-5062

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(interview requests contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR)

October 6, 2015

Audio Fidelity To Release Tangerine Dream “Thief” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack On 180g Vinyl

“An impressive soundtrack...a signature film score and certainly one of the best electronic scores of the 80's.”

Camarillo, CA – Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity will be releasing Tangerine Dream's Theif OST on 180g vinyl in November 2015. Tangerine Dream is among the most successful electronic groups of all time. The band was chosen by Michael Mann to write and produce the original score for Thief, his 1981 directorial debut. Tangerine Dream added their patented pulses, blips and whooshes to the film's highly stylized visual scenes. Up to this time, no one had ever used a sequencer for a neo-noir film...this score is one of the most unusual of its kind for American cinema.

Rather than a full orchestral score, Tangerine Dream's techno-based score uses synthesizer, percussion and electric guitar making for a fascinating and exciting soundtrack. Tracks like “Dr. Destructo” have a fast-paced percussion tempo. An engaging melody on “Beach Theme” makes it one of the album's most familiar and popular tracks, while “Trap Feeling” has a delicacy that compares favorably to Brian Eno's Music for Films.

There were two versions of the album only the US release included “Confrontation” an actual rock song of guitars, bass and drums written by Craig Safan. Band member, Edgar Froese stated at the time,”It was a pleasure working on the film because the exotic and shifting moods of Thief were perfectly suited to the kind of music we played...and yet we knew the music would also stand on its own.”

The soundtrack and the movie are inseparable. The music and movie have grown beyond cult classic status becoming an important part of the collected works of Tangerine Dream and Mann.

1. Beach Theme
2. Dr. Destructo
3. Diamond Diary
4. Burning Bar

1. Scrap Yard
2. Trap Feeling
3. Igneous
4. Confrontation

Edgar Froese– keyboards, electronic equipment, guitar
Christopher Franke– synthesizers, electronic equipment, electronic percussion
Johannes Schmoelling– keyboards, electronic equipment
Craig Safan– composed and performed “Confrontation”

Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

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October 5, 2015

Concert Review: The Winery Dogs In Concert At The Ridgefield Theater

The Winery Dogs In Concert At  The Ridgefield Theater
With Guest Kicking Harold
Ridgefield, CT October 3, 2015

It has been two years since I have had the opportunity to see The Winery Dogs in concert. The band consists of Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals), Billy Sheehan (bass, vocals) and Richie Kotzen (lead vocals, guitar and keyboards). They are a true super group and they just released their second studio album Hot Streak.

To kick off their Double Down World Tour 2015/2016 they chose the charming town of Ridgefield, Connecticut. The venue was the Ridgefield Playhouse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit performing arts center with a capacity of 500. As soon as I got there it was a reminder that I was there once before in 2005 to cover Mountain and Rick Derringer. 10 years has past so quickly! This time I am going to keep an eye on who is playing there so I can go back.

Before the stars of the evening took the stage a three piece called Kicking Harold warmed up the crowd. The band is Michael Odabashian (drums/vocals), Tim David Kelly (vocals, guitar) and Julia Lage (bass, vocals). They are hard edged and heavy with influences of metal and punk in their presentation. I hear influences like The Ramones, Black Sabbath and others. They did a few covers like “Born To Be Wild” and “Working Man” and their original material stood up well. I never place any expectations for an opening act but they were one of the better bands I have seen in that slot.

The Winery Dogs set started off with one of their new tracks “Oblivion.” The packed house were treated to all the new songs as well as cuts from the first album which it made it a very diverse set.  This is a band that is hard to categorize, they cover rock, pop, progressive, blues, everything it seems. Ritchie Kotzen is the multi-talented centerpiece of the band. This of course takes nothing from Portnoy and Sheehan who both are incredibly talented musicians. I have seen Portnoy play with Dream Theater 8 times and now with one of his newer bands twice. Portnoy amazes me; he is part of many bands and has helped so many other bands get some much needed exposure. His importance in the music community goes beyond words at this point.

Kotzen just oozes with soul and emotion when he plays and sings and Sheehan and Portnoy are perpetual motion machines that are a joy to watch.  Kotzen is equally talented with his vocal delivery, guitar and keyboards. He is also the consummate showman pulling the crowd in like a large magnet. We witnessed this when he took the stage by himself and sang “Fire” with his acoustic guitar. I also found his apparel interesting; he looked as though he was ready to take the stage with Blackmore’s Night (another one of my favorite performers).

So as this super group made their way through their set many things were going on all at once. With so much talent on one stage it’s like spontaneous combustion and the chemistry these three men have just sparkle and shines all night long. 

One my favorites is “Time Machine from their first album. It provides a showcase for everyone’s talent in the band. They really know how to stretch it out on this one out and rock the house. What I continue to find a wonder is how Kotzen plays his guitars without a pick. Not many professionals do it that way particularly with an electric and in their style of music.

If you happen to be looking for a concert to attend that features some of the best musicians in the world on the same stage I would encourage you to go see The Winery Dogs. I guarantee you will walk away stunned at how good they are. They are not main stream so they are still a bit under the wire but just watch as their following continues to grow. Get out there and support live music, buy their CDs and swag at the merchandise table. Doing those things will keep the music alive and make it worthwhile for these folks to continue to entertain us.

October 5, 2015

Set List:
Captain Love
We are one
How long
Time Machine
Think it Over
The Other Side
Not Hopeless
Ghost town
Hot Streak
I'm No Angel