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This CD is a compilation of some of the best independent Progressive Rock (Prog Rock) bands in music today. It was included with each copy of the Summer 2003 issue of "Progression Magazine". If you like bands like Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, Rush, Pink
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pure by Cobweb Strange
11:50 album only
2. Awake (Parts 1 & 2) by Man on Fire
9:20 album only
3. H2Origins by Farpoint
7:44 album only
4. Out of the Clouds by Karma Lingo
7:26 album only
5. Consequences by Paine's Promise
5:46 album only
6. Emperor's Poison by Z-Axis
10:55 album only
7. The Disciple by UT
6:47 album only
8. Trouble with Troubadours by Electric Poem
3:21 album only
9. Oceans (Turn the Moon) by Mantlepiece
5:19 album only
10. You Can't Baptize a Man with a Half Lit Cigarette in his Mouth a
9:30 album only


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This CD is a compilation of some of the best independent Progressive Rock (Prog Rock) bands in music today. It was included with each copy of the Summer 2003 issue of "Progression Magazine". If you like bands like Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, Rush, Pink Floyd and Gentle Giant, this CD will give you a sample of the best bands currently releasing music in that style.

More info. about the bands:

Cobweb Strange was formed in 1995 by bassist/vocalist Wade Summerlin. Along with guitarist Holly Williams, Keyboardist Brandi Byrum and Drummer Soumen Talukder the band has been influenced by many different styles of music resulting in quite a unique sound. Over the years, the band has recorded an EP and three full-length studio albums. They have also been included on numerous compilation CDs, received worldwide radio airplay and had their videos aired on several MTV style video programs. Cobweb Strange has toured the Southeastern United States playing club dates and festivals including the Rockathon 2000 Festival in Louisiana, the 2002 Waterfest in Beaufort, SC and the 2002 Rogue Independent Music Festival in Atlanta, GA. The track on this CD, Pure, is from their third studio album, A Breath of October, which was completed in 2002 with producer Chris Griffin who has worked previously with the bands Live, Drvin' & Cryin' and The Swans.

Man on Fire was officially introduced to the world with the release of their self-titled debut CD in 1998, although its principal members, Jeff Hodges (vocals, keys, production) and Eric Sands (guitars, basses) have been collaborating since the late 80's. Man on Fire is currently poised to build on the foundation of their debut CD with their second release, The Undefined Design, which features the inimitable violin work of special guest David Ragsdale (Kansas, Smashing Pumpkins) and was mastered by legendary award winning producer/mastering engineer Rodney Mills (Rage Against the Machine, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam).

Farpoint formed in 1997 and spent their first year writing, rehearsing, and learning material. The first live performance was at Yescamp '98, a gathering of Yes fans in South Carolina. Farpoint played a variety of Yes covers and originals. The recorded output of Farpoint consists of Just Like You, a two-song cd single released in 2000 as a part of a fundraiser for the Special Olympics, and First Light, Farpoint's first full-length album released in April, 2002. The follow-up to First Light, entitled Grace, is currently being recorded and set for release sometime in early 2003.

Karma Lingo has specialized in what they call the "New Classic Rock" since 1995 - driving, direct songwriting, economical and inventive instrumental arrangements, and elaborate vocal harmonies. Four men and three women, everybody plays, everybody sings, and everybody writes. They play rock and roll like it hasn't been played in 2-3 decades, featuring a big sound, melodies you can actually sing, dynamics and drama, all delivered with emotion, imagination, and total commitment. The track Out of the Clouds is from their second full-length CD, Seven.

Paine's Promise evolved from a project that began as a simple drums-and-guitar duo between full time music instructors Daniel and Veronica Hughes. Daniel and Veronica began playing locally with various bass players around 1996. The band has often been compared to "Heart meets Rush" in that Veronica's vocals are reminiscent of Heart's Ann Wilson and the song arrangements are precise and structured very much like Rush songs. With Daniel on drums, Veronica on guitar and vocals, and Dave Siff on bass, Paine's Promise represents intelligent rock played with precision and feel.

Z-Axis was initially formed in 1997 to perform the music for the multi-media performance event, "Reality Check". They soon discovered a unique chemistry and decided to make Z-Axis an independent entity. Their debut CD, Music From Reality Check, includes music composed by Allen Welty-Green for "Reality Check", which is currently touring colleges, artspaces, festivals & conventions across the Southeast and elsewhere. Meanwhile Z-Axis has begun recording their second CD, due to be released in early to mid 2003. Z-Axis's has opened for a number of progressive rock acts that have passed through their home base of Atlanta, including The Flower Kings, Spock's Beard and French TV.

UT is the brainchild of guitarist/vocalist Bob Hutson. He writes and produces all of the band's songs with the exception of lyrics, which are collaborated on with his wife, Collette. Although Bob attained a white-collar professional career, his passion for progressive music never subsided. His craft was honed over the past 20 years and included diverse training such as a classical foundation with one of Andrés Segovia's star pupils, Russell Brazil, as well as Jazz Improvisation and Theory at The World of Strings in New Orleans, La. The technique that Bob applies to his progressive style has been described as efficient and very expressive melodically.

Electric Poem was formed in the early 1990s by vocalist Thomas Luke. Through passionate performances both in the clubs and on television, numerous independent EP releases and college radio exposure, the band achieved a significant underground cult following before breaking up in the mid 90s. In 1997, the band reformed for a reunion show, which led to renewed label interest and the reformation of the band. 2000 saw the release of The Crystal Mind, which included the song featured on this compilation, Trouble with Troubadours. Electric Poem is currently in the studio working on their next album.

Mantlepiece is a collaboration between the songwriters/musicians Trevon Broad and Kevin Little. The two have been writing together for many years and have had songs featured on numerous albums by a variety of bands. However, Mantlepiece is the first project to feature their music exclusively. Along with a variety of studio musicians who have worked with Kevin and Trevon over the years, songs are currently being recorded for their first full-length album. Oceans (Turn the Moon) is the first track to be released from their upcoming album.

The Datura Blues have crafted an experimental-noise space jam art rock menagerie, which is divinely (and sometimes artificially) inspired for the lasting benefit of this shipwrecked mankind. The Datura Blues literally evolved out of a joke. The original idea was to start a group in one day, as an excuse to go "on tour" to Tijuana. After several incarnations, the Datura Blues have found it impossible to settle down with one set group of musicians. Each of the songs contain pre-written sections, but the shows are now more frequently moving into improvisational parts in a continuous wave of sound and spectacle. Ideally, the songs try to emphasize the experience of climax and space, and the dominance of chaos over structure.



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