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Alan White Ramshackled
(Wounded Bird WOU 8167, 1976/2006, CD)
Reviewed by Jeff Melton

NEMO - Immersion Publique - Live
Reviewed by Chris Goodall

Reviewed by Chris Goodall

Jean-Pierre Louveton - Cannibales
Reviewed by Chris Goodall

Trigon Emergent
Reviewed by Cindy Koscinski

Gary Boyle Electric Glide
(Air Mail Archive AIRAC-1160, 1978/2006, CD)
Reviewed by Jeff Melton

Dream Machine Trilogia
Reviewed by Martin Leamon of Crimson Sky

Dream Machine Video
Reviewed by Gypsy


Walter Kolosky
Interview By Jeff Melton

Walter Kolosky has written two books for publisher AbstractLogix. His second book is a dedicated and objective effort surrounding the brief history of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and its members. His single-minded approach to addressing the story of Mahavishnu allowed him to speak with many famous rock and jazz musicians who were directly influenced by their unique power and intensity.  Mr. Kolosky has provided a distinctive insight into the inner workings of the group, and he has shed new light on arguably the first and finest fusion band on the planet (the book is subtitled "The greatest band that ever was"). I am indebted to the author for his time and candor for this interview. Also, many thanks to Scott Steele for editorial assistance.  Jeff Melton.

Eclectic Moonlight:  How were you first introduced to the music of the Mahavishnu Orchestra?

Walter Kolosky:  When I was a kid, there used to be a show on the ABC TV Network called In Concert. It was on every Friday night at 11:30.  It featured all the great rock acts of the day. One night I was watching it and it was pretty bad.  I was thinking of turning it off and going to bed because I was bored and tired.  For some reason, I left the show on.  Finally the last act came on.  I'll never forget the announcer saying, "Ladies and Gentlemen.  The Mahavishnu Orchestra",   I thought to myself what kind of name is that?  The music started immediately.  I was mesmerized by the visual and sonic power of the band. It was like nothing I ever heard.  It was wild, yet organized.  It was powerful, threatening to crack my television screen. The audience was beside itself in exultation.  It was draining, yet invigorating.  What was this music?  I would say I was hooked within ten seconds.  It was one of those moments of discovery that affected the rest of your life.  I knew it right away.  In fact, within a few weeks I had given away all of my Black Sabbath and Ten Years After records. I would return to those bands years later on CD, but the mold had been cast.
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Remembering Pip Pyle
By Enrique Jardines and Aislinn Quinn of Absolute Zero

I received the terrible news on a rainy Monday morning around 5:30 AM. The car had a flat tire and a tropical storm was expected to hit Miami in a couple of days.

Aislinn called, more than worried, telling me that Phil Miller had left a message on our machine saying he had something very important to tell us, and that we were to call him right away.
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PIP PYLE  1950-2006
By Hugh Hopper
I began playing with Pip Pyle in 1978, when we started the band Soft Heap with Alan Gowen and Elton Dean (all, sadly departed now). Pip and I found that we got on well rhythmically, although we were neither of us correct metronomic players what we discovered together was a sort of organic, tumbling octopus that crashed and lurched through people's tunes, but always got there in the end!
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There is no way that a piece of writing can begin to convey what an extraordinary experience this was, but I shall have a go. I think it's fairly safe to say that everyone who witnessed or participated in these three days would consider it a once in a lifetime experience of rare quality. I do not make that statement lightly. "A joyous Full Moon conspiracy" and a mind-blowing musical and creative extravaganza of the highest order!
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The Viper Queen
By David Lilly

When is the term, Viper Queen, a compliment? When it involves space-rocking electric violin and a gifted musician that ain't afraid to use it. She came out of Long Island, New York, with her violin on fire. They call her Cyndee Lee Rule (taking the cue from Cyndee, herself, of course). Some call her righteous in her gifts and exuberance. Life has taken Rule from her LI home to her base in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and beyond (her home on the web is ). Music has taken her to play in a symphony as first violinist, touring with a root of the Hawkwind family tree, recording with various artists and teaching, among other things.
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Amon Duul II: German Psychedelic Rock in the Modern Age
By Jeff Melton with John Weinzierl

Amon Duul II has been a staple of German psychedelic rock for over thirty years with many changes in personnel and style but retaining a strong international following that has thrived over the years. Guitarist John Weinzierl has been there through it all as the group prepares to enter the studio for a new set of recordings in 2006. Close to the Edge caught up with the founding member just prior to entering the studio for new recording sessions spring 2006.
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Dream Machine
To Sleep, Perchance to Dream
Interview By Jeff Nutkowitz

Sleep was in short supply as I made my way, via planes, trains, and automobiles, with several intermediary stops along the way, to a small, charming flat, in an old Victorian building, located in a mostly quiet, South London residential area. I was on my way, as a surrogate for PB's Melo, to interview one of UK's newest, up and coming, A-list spacerock ensembles, Dream Machine, and to then later to experience one of their absolutely incendiary performances. Unlike sleep, there was plenty of Dream to be had!
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Saga returns to Europe
By Per-Helge

After the release of the much acclaimed back-to-form-album in "Trust" earlier this year, Canadian progrockers Saga launched a extensive tour in Europe in the spring.They played for sold out-venues in Germany, Scandinavia and England before returning to USA and Canada and playing a few gigs there for the first time in many years.
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Progressive Music Now versus Then
By Jeff Sherman of Glass

I am currently 54 years old and started playing music when I was eight on the accordion. We'll skip the early years except to say I had an array of mostly dull and unimaginative music teachers on a variety of instruments that included cello and saxophone.
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OMEGA ... The Sun Is A Bitch
by MoonFever
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By Tim Burness

From an astrological point of view, these two musical giants had a lot going for them from the start. With their birthdays next door to each other (Steve born 12th February 1950, Peter born 13th February 1950) a combined chart of the two shows the most important features. Everyone born on those two days shares the same basic chart. Obviously not everyone born at that time grew up to be key members of legendary progressive rock greats Genesis, or for that matter, then go on to have hugely successful and artistically brilliant international solo musical careers!
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