Thursday, 18 December 2014

Albums of the year 2014


Well, everyone does it! So, here's my choice as of today. Like all things, it may be different tomorrow, but this is as good as I can make it. Again, it has been a very good year for prog rock. It gladdens my heart that the music I loved as a teenager back in the 70's is now not only accepted again but celebrated and even embraced by new groups and artists. Long may it continue. So here's my personal favourites of the year in no particular order. That would be asking too much!

Opeth - Pale Communion

Motorpsycho - Still Life with Eggplant

Spleen Arcana - The Light Beyond the Shades

Cosmograf - Capacitor

Zuffanti - La Quarta Vittima

Anathema - Distant Satellites

IQ - The Road to Bones

Flying Colors - Second Nature

Tim Bowness - Abandoned Dancehall Dreams

United Progressive Fraternity - Fall in Love with the World

Schnauser - Protein For Everyone

Tin Spirits - Scorch

Nick Magnus - N'monix

Engineers - Always Returning

Rhys Marsh - Sentiment

RPWL - Wanted

Syd Arthur - Sound Mirror

Stars in Battledress - In Droplet Form

Kaukasus - 'I'

The Samurai of Prog - The Imperial Hotel

The top spot still goes to Sentiment by Rhys Marsh. A quite magnificent album. Faultless in my opinion.

Label of the year without a doubt is Esoteric Antenna. They have released the most distinctive and stylistically broadest albums this year. The quality has been consistently outstanding. Well done to Mark and Vicky Powell.

The annual King Crimson Box Set of the Year Award goes to Starless of course. I do love those boxes but I hope we can get back to having the rest of the studio back catalogue released next year.

That's all for now!


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