Tentative Reviews

by The Christopher Currie

(at their Largactil Café tentative home)



Please excuse a brief interruption: YesNews
See the YesNews page within for details. (Includes the reviews of all three shows Yes gave in Poland in 1988, and news about the upcoming Yes album, The Ladder, to be released in Sept. 1999)


Collected below are reviews of assorted releases by progressive-rock (and related) artists. The reviews, all authored by The Christopher Currie, have been recently posted to alt.music.yes and rec.music.progressive newsgroups. Usenet being a temperamental and erratic beast, many of those interested in discussing the reviews missed them repeatedly. Here is an alternative, then: instead of posting my private sentimental blatherings re the greatest rock band this side of Big Bang, I offered to host the Tentative Reviews series, which speaks in more informed way then I could hope to about Yes and other prog(-ish) artists. Enjoy. And oh, BTW: should you like to comment, or happen to disagree with opinions contained herein (you will!), you may do so by replying to the author via email (see links at bottom) but it is probably a better idea to post your comments to alt.music.yes or rec.music.progressive. Take it away, Christopher!



Contents:

  1. Introduction to the series
  2. Mike Oldfield - Crises
  3. Jon Anderson - Change We Must
  4. Patrick Moraz - Timecode
  5. Frank Zappa - Chunga's Revenge
  6. Frank Zappa - Them Or Us
  7. Frank Zappa - The Lost Episodes
  8. Bootleg review 1: Yesoteric vol 3 (Solos and Related)
  9. various artists - Guitar Speak 1
  10. Steve Howe - Homebrew
  11. Starcastle - Real to Reel
  12. The Nice - Nice
  13. Marillion - Fugazi
  14. Midge Ure - The Gift
  15. Giles, Giles & Fripp - The Cheerful Insanities Of Giles, Giles & Fripp
  16. Renaissance - Song For All Seasons
  17. Bootleg review 2: Yesoteric vol 2 (ABWH & Asia)
  18. Mike Oldfield - QE2
  19. Pink Floyd - Animals
  20. Frank Zappa - Sheik Yerbouti
  21. Peter Hammill - Skin
  22. King Crimson - Discipline
  23. Ryuichi Sakamoto - 1996
  24. ELP - Trilogy
  25. Annie Haslam - Annie Haslam
  26. Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica
  27. Miles Davis - In a Silent Way
  28. Synergy - Audion
  29. Jon & Vangelis - Page of Life
  30. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
  31. Peter Hammill - Nadir's Big Chance
  32. David Bowie - Never Let Me Down
  33. Frank Zappa - Shut Up'n'Play Yer Guitar Some More
  34. The Tear Garden - Last Man To Fly
  35. Manzanera & Mackay - Up In Smoke
  36. Split Enz - Waiata
  37. Geinoth Yamashirogumi - Akira Soundtrack
  38. Yes - Big Generator
  39. David Gilmour - David Gilmour
  40. John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola & Paco DeLucia - Friday Night In San Francisco
  41. Tony Banks - Soundtracks
  42. The Residents - Intermission (EP)
  43. Peter Gabriel - I Don't Remember (EP)
  44. Tears For Fears - Songs From The Big Chair
  45. Tears For Fears - Sowing The Seeds Of Love
  46. Kevin Ayers, Eno, Nico & John Cale - June 1, 1974
  47. Toyah - Prostitute
  48. Tim Finn - Tim Finn
  49. Rush - Chronicles
  50. ELP - Works, Volume Two
  51. ELP - Works Live
  52. Pink Floyd - The Wall
  53. Robbie Robertson - Robbie Robertson
  54. Frank Zappa - Shut Up'n'Play Yer Guitar
  55. Tomorrow - Tomorrow
  56. Yes - 9012Live - The Solos
  57. Nick Mason's Fictitious Sports
  58. various artists - Tales From Yesterday
  59. Yes - Close To the Edge
  60. Yes - Yessongs
  61. Yes - Keys to Ascension
  62. Yes - Keys to Ascension (video)
  63. Anthony Phillips - Sides
  64. Vangelis - The City
  65. Miles Davis - Milestones
  66. Steve Hackett - Guitar Noir
  67. Tanita Tikaram - Ancient Heart
  68. Peter Hammill - Sitting Targets
  69. Yes - Keys to Ascension 2
  70. Prince - Sign O'The Times
  71. Pink Floyd - A Momentary Lapse of Reason
  72. various artists - Plus From Us
  73. Alan Parsons Project - Eye In The Sky
  74. Ultravox - Ingenuity
  75. Ultravox - Future Picture
  76. Bauhaus - The Sky's Gone Out
  77. Roger Eno - Between Tides
  78. Rick Wakeman - Silent Nights
  79. Bill Bruford - If Summer Had Its Ghosts
  80. Mike + The Mechanics - Mike + The Mechanics
  81. Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
  82. Al Di Meola - Splendido Hotel
  83. Joni Mitchell - Don Juan's Reckless Daughter
  84. David Bowie - Starting Point
  85. Alan White - Ramshackled
  86. Peter Hammill - And Close As This
  87. Artists United Against Apartheid - Sun City
  88. Intergalactic Touring Band - Intergalactic Touring Band
  89. David Sylvian - Gone To Earth
  90. Patrick Moraz - Out In The Sun
  91. Starcastle - Fountains Of Light
  92. Justin Hayward - Moving Mountains
  93. Autechre - Amber
  94. Strawbs - Deep Cuts
  95. Genesis - We Can't Dance
  96. Alan Parsons Project - Ammonia Avenue
  97. John McLaughlin - After The Rain
  98. Jennifer Warnes - Famous Blue Raincoat
  99. A Clockwork Orange (Soundtrack)
  100. Jethro Tull - Living In The Past
  101. Frank Zappa - Make A Jazz Noise Here
  102. Midge Ure - Breathe
  103. Klaatu - Klaatu
  104. various artists - A Taste Of ... Vol. 3
  105. Rick Wakeman - Myths And Legends Of King Arthur
    And The Knights Of The Round Table
  106. Bootleg review 3: Yesoteric vol 11 (Yessolo 1)
  107. Legendary Pink Dots - Nine Lives To Wonder
  108. Van Der Graaf - The Quiet Zone/The Pleasure Dome
  109. David Baerwald - Bedtime Stories
  110. Al Stewart - Modern Times
  111. Midge Ure - Answers to Nothing
  112. Mahavishnu Orchestra - Between Nothingness And Eternity
  113. Crowded House - Temple Of Low Men
  114. Renaissance - Novella
  115. Steve Vai - Passion And Warfare
  116. various artists - Tower of Song
  117. Anthony Phillips - The Living Room Concert
  118. Moody Blues - The Present
  119. various artists - Thunder Before Dawn
  120. Split Enz - Time And Tide
  121. The Residents - Stars And Hank Forever
  122. The Residents - Fingerprince
  123. Tom Waits - Big Time
  124. Gowan - Great Dirty World
  125. King's X - Ear Candy
  126. various artists - Guitar Speak 3
  127. Jethro Tull - Live: Bursting Out
  128. Art Bears - Winter Songs
  129. Marvin K. Mooney - Marvin K. Mooney
  130. GTR - GTR
  131. GTR - The Making of GTR (video)
  132. various artists - Night Of The Guitar
  133. Synergy - Cords
  134. Peter Gabriel - Birdy
  135. Peter Hammill - Room Temperature Live
  136. Chick Corea - My Spanish Heart
  137. Bootleg review 4: Yesoteric vol 17 (Andersonic Boom 2)
  138. Brian Eno - Another Green World
  139. Marillion - Clutching At Straws
  140. FM - Black Noise
  141. King Crimson - THRaKaTTaK
  142. Synergy - Electronic Realizations For Rock Orchestra
  143. Greg Lake - Manoeuvres
  144. Peter Gabriel - So
  145. Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
  146. Moe Koffman - The Four Seasons
  147. Jerry Harrison: Casual Gods - Walk On Water
  148. Frank Zappa - Sleep Dirt
  149. Steve Howe - Quantum Guitar
  150. Camel - Breathless
  151. Anthony Phillips - The Geese And The Ghost
  152. Boud Deun - Astronomy Made Easy
  153. Frank Zappa - Uncle Meat
  154. Frank Zappa - Ahead Of Their Time
  155. Frank Zappa - Our Man In Nirvana
  156. Steve Hackett - Momentum
  157. Jethro Tull - Catfish Rising
  158. King Crimson - Three Of A Perfect Pair
  159. Ultravox - Vienna
  160. Amon Duul II - Wolf City
  161. Gong - Expresso II
  162. Ike Willis - Should'a Gone Before I Left
  163. Legendary Pink Dots - Faces In The Fire
  164. Peter Hammill - Chameleon In The Shadow Of Night
  165. Percy Jones - Cape Catastrophe
  166. Future Sound Of London - ISDN
  167. Bill Bruford - Gradually Going Tornado
  168. Bill Laswell - Emerald Aether: Shape Shifting
  169. Soft Machine - Third
  170. Moody Blues - The Other Side Of Life


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