Sunday, March 17, 2013

Y2K's Best "Epic" Songs

These are my favorite songs of over nine minutes in length from 2000 studio releases.

1. "Castlerigg" - IONA
2. "I Am The Sun (Part 2)" - THE FLOWER KINGS
3. "Divine Design" - KBB
4. "Woven Cord" - IONA
5. "Nessa No Kiuku" - KBB
6. "Storm" - GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR
7. "Songs of Ascent" (Parts 1-3) - IONA
8. "Catastrophe" - KBB
9. "Russia on Ice" - PORCUPINE TREE
10. "The Peter Criss Jazz" - DON CABALLERO
11. "The Seventh House"- IQ
12. "Barbiturus" - TAAL
13. "Gnostalgia" - WHITE WILLOW
14. "Super Flat Moon" - TAAL
15. "Anamnesus" - WHITE WILLOW
16. "Static" - GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR
17. "Flat Spectre" - TAAL
18. "The Reach" - WHITE WILLOW
19. "Antarctica" - KBB
20. "Cathédrale" - CAFEÏNE

* Bold print denotes songs the have risen into the pantheon of my All-time favorite epics.

2001's Best "Epic" Songs

These are my favorite songs of over nine minutes in length from 2001 studio releases.

1. "Bizarre Flowers/A Violent Mist" - MAUDLIN OF THE WELL
2. "Birth Pains of Astral Projection" - MAUDLIN OF THE WELL
3. "Girl with a Watering Can" - MAUDLIN OF THE WELL
4. "Reflection" - TOOL
5. "The Drapery Falls" - OPETH
6. "The Perfect Element" - PAIN OF SALVATION
7. "Tiny Tears" - DEVIN TOWNSEND
8. "Andraiad" - KARDA ESTRA
9. "Hybr'Ys" - SEVEN REIZH
10. "Riseth He, The Numberless" (Parts 1 & 2) - MAUDLIN OF THE WELL
11. "King of Loss" - PAIN OF SALVATION
12. "Lateralus" - TOOL
13. "Sparks that Flash and Fall..." - KARDA ESTRA
14. "Earth Day" - DEVIN TOWNSEND
15. "Close Your Eyes" - NO-MAN
16. "Tad ha Mamm" - SEVEN REIZH
17. "En Las Manos de Dios" - NEXUS
18. "Shrinking Violet" - MOSTLY AUTUMN
19. "With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept" - EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY
20. "Selaou" - SEVEN REIZH
21. "Serious Dreamers" - THE FLOWER KINGS
22. "White Witch" - MAGENTA
23. "Dreamtime" - YES
24. "Stranger in Your Soul" - TRANSATLANTIC
25. "Children of the Sun" - MAGENTA


Honorable Mentions:

"Lighthouse" - NO-MAN
"Triad" - TOOL
"The Grudge" - TOOL
"The Curve That to An Angle Turn'd" - MAUDLIN OF THE WELL
"Light of Day, Day of Darkness" - GREEN CARNATION
"Duel with the Devil" -TRANSATLANTIC

* Bold print denotes songs the have risen into the pantheon of my All-time favorite epics.

2002's Best "Epic" Songs

These are my favorite songs of over nine minutes in length from 2002 studio releases.

1. "Quits" - PAATOS
2. "Hypnotique" - PAATOS
3. "In the Shadow of Our Pale Companion" - AGALLOCH
4. "Waiting for Water" - GRAND STAND
5. "Coming Like Light" - IZZ
6. "Beyond the Pale" - PAIN OF SALVATION
7. "Troum und Spiegelglas" -- Faun
8. "Rockets Fall on Rocket Falls" - GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR
9. "La Maschera di Cera" - LA MASCHERA DI CERA
10. "Pangaia" - HIDRIA SPACEFOLK
11. "Deep Inside" - SYLVAN
12. "A Nod and A Wink" - CAMEL
13. "Artificial Paradise" - SYLVAN
14. "Hym" - ISIS
15. "Star Evil Gnoma Su" - IZZ
16. "A Place in The World" - PAT METHENY GROUP
17. "The Truth Will Set You Free" - THE FLOWER KINGS
18. "The Hawthorne Passage" - AGALLOCH
19. "The Gathering Sky" - PAT METHENY GROUP
20. "Weight" - ISIS
21. "9-15-00" - GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR
22. "Voyage automatique" - 35007
23. "Under the Tree" - THE JELLY JAM
24. "Tsunami" - 35007
25. "motherfucker=redeemer" - GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR
26. "Old Man's Tale" - GRAND STAND


*Bold print denotes a song that has risen into my pantheon of All-time favorite "epics."

Saturday, March 16, 2013

2003's Best "Epic" Songs

These are my favorite songs of over nine minutes in length from 2003 studio releases.

1. "The Manifold Curiosity" - KAYO DOT
2. "Cicatrix ESP" - THE MARS VOLTA
3. "Way Is Open" - CAFEÏNE
4. "The Boat Builder (Searching )" - CLEARLIGHT
5. "On the Run" - SATELLITE
6. "Women Who Love Men Who Love Drugs" - OCEANSIZE
7. "Wayfarer" - KAYO DOT
8. "The Same River" - RIVERSIDE
9. "Il viaggio nell'oceano capovolto" (Parte 2) - LA MASCHERA DI CERA
10. "Marathon" - KAYO DOT
11. "Waterfall Carnival" - FROGG CAFÉ
12. "Skymind" - TAAL
13. "Il viaggio nell'oceano capovolto" (Parte 1) - LA MASCHERA DI CERA
14. "Together We're Stranger" - NO-MAN
15. "Vela" - KARDA ESTRA
16. "I Know You Are But What Am I?" - MOONGARDEN
17. "Photographs in Black and White" - NO-MAN
18. "Long Forgotten" - OCEANSIZE
19. "Stratus" - TAAL
20. "Shutdown" - O.S.I.
21. "All This Time" - FROGG CAFÉ
22. "Singing Deep Mountain" - GORDIAN KNOT
23. "The Egg-Shaped Moon" - TAAL
24. "Invisible Legion" - AFTER CRYING
25. "Ratts of the Capital" - MOGWAI


Honorable Mentions:

"The Purple Queen's Lips" - TAAL

*Bold print denotes a song that has risen into my pantheon of All-time favorite "epics."

2004's Best "Epic" Songs

These are my favorite songs of over nine minutes in length from 2004 studio releases.

1. "Isis and Osiris" - AYREON
2. "Sloth" - MAGENTA
3. "Envy" - MAGENTA
4. "Powder Monkey" - BIG BIG TRAIN
5. "K.A. (Part III)" - MAGMA
6. "The Everlasting Hills" (Parts 1-5) - DAVE BAINBRIDGE
7. "Crime Story" - MY EDUCATION
8. "Symptoms Alone" - FLOORIAN
9. "Greed" - MAGENTA
10. "Five Suns II" - GAUPO
11. "Now" - MATTHEW PARMENTER
12. "Star-Filled Skies" (Parts 1-4) - DAVE BAINBRIDGE
13. "Six Days at The Bottom of The Sea" - EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY
14. "In Fiction" - ISIS
15.  "K.A. (Part I)
16. "Gluttony" - MAGENTA
17. "Altered Course" - ISIS
18. "Tierra Boreal" - AMAROK
19. "Overruled" - FLOORIAN
20. "First Breath After Coma" - EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY
21. "Lust" - MAGENTA
22. "Violence" - ANATHEMA
23. "Harvest of Souls" - IQ
24. "Modern Times" - MATTHEW PARMENTER
25. "Nightside of Eden" - WHITE WILLOW

*Bold print denotes a song that has risen into my pantheon of All-time favorite "epics."

2005's Best "Epic" Song

These are my favorite songs of over nine minutes in length from 2005 studio releases.

1. "Chapter IX" - AETHER
2. "At the Court of Alkinoos" - GLASS HAMMER
3. "The Way Up, Part II" - PAT METHENY
4. "Zilezi" - ARANIS
5. "Second Life Syndrome" - RIVERSIDE
6. "Cassandra Gemini" - THE MARS VOLTA
7. "El Regresso (the Return)" - NEXUS
8. "Sulle ali del sogno Odissea" - C.A.P.
9. "Garden" - WILLOWGLASS
10. "Milanó" - SIGUR  RÓS
11. "Le Gardien" - NIL
12. "Shroud" -- FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM
13. "Sol 29" - NOSOUND
14. "Dérégénération" - NIL
15. "Mourning Sun" -- FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM
16. "From Ismarus to the Land of Death" - XII ALFONSO
17. "Arriving Somewhere But Not Here" - PORCUPINE TREE
18. "Étranger dans sa demure" - MINIMUM VITAL
19. "Chapter VII" - TÉMPANO
20. "Deadwing" - PORCUPINE TREE
21. "Reverie/Harlequin Forest" - OPETH
22. "The Moment She Knew" - NOSOUND
23. "Clair Obscur" - WOBBLER
24. "Late Night Salvation" - IZZ
25. "Minds of Mortal Men" - SIMON SAYS


Honorable Mentions:

"Of Longings, Suitors, Deities, and Quests..." - NATHAN MAL
"Humber Doucy Lane" - THE FUTURE KINGS OF ENGLAND
"She" -- FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM
"Chupacabras" - PHIDEAUX
"L'via l'viaquez" - THE MARS VOLTA
"Miranda That Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore" - THE MARS VOLTA
"Hinterland" - WOBBLER
"Idle End" - NOSOUND

*Bold print denotes a song that has risen into my pantheon of All-time favorite "epics."

2010's Best "Epic" Songs

These are my favorite songs of over nine minutes in length from 2010 studio releases.

1. "Transition" - LUNATIC SOUL
2. "The Sirens Sound" - COLLAPSE UNDER THE EMPIRE
3. "Lashes" - FOURTEEN TWENTY-SIX
4. "Echoes of Madness" - BROTHER APE
5. "Terra Sancta" - FROGG CAFÉ
6. "'Even The Outsider' Suite, Parts i, ii, & iii" - DOMINA CATRINA LEE
7. "Herculean" - KHATSATURJAN
8. "Aurora Borealis" - VESPERO
9. "Lust" - MY EDUCATION
10. "From the Fence" - FROGG CAFÉ
11. "Skellig" - MR. GIL
12. "Phantom Pain Scars" - T
13. "Naise" - ARANIS
14. "Straight Edge" - UNIVERS ZERO
15. "The Empty Hourglass" - HYPNOS 69
16. "Canto 2: Transcendance" - THE PSYCHEDELIC ENSEMBLE
17. "Écailles de lune" (Parts 1 & 2) - ALCEST
18. "Warrior" - UNIVERS ZERO
19. "The Rear View Mirror Suite" - T
20. "The Very Last Number" (Parts 1 & 2) - AREKNAMÉS
21. "Requiem (for a Dying Creed)" - HYPNOS 69
22. "Double Freedom" - SAMSARA BLUES EXPERIMENT
23. "A Garden of Delights" - CICCADA
24. "Center of the Sun" - SAMSARA BLUES EXPERIMENT
25. "Counter Clockwise (Bridge Five)" - QUANTUM FANTAY


Honorable Mentions:

"Celestial Elixir" - HAKEN
"Astro" - THE TEA CLUB
"The Shape Shifter Suite, Parts I & II" - DOMINA CATRINA LEE
"Metal" (1 & 2) - XING SA
"The Great Work" - HYPNOS 69
"A Kid Called Panic" - MOON SAFARI

*Bold print denotes songs that have risen into my pantheon of All-time favorite "epics."

2009's Best "Epic" Songs

These are my favorite songs of over nine minutes in length from 2009 studio releases.

1. "Incubus" - THE BOX
2. "Laboratories of the Invisible World (Rollerskating the Cosmic Palmistric Postborder)" - MAUDLIN OF THE WELL
3. "Sovrano dell-illusione" (Parts 1 & 2) - MAD CRAYON
4. "Vapour Trail" - SYLVAN
5. "Summer Fall" - AISLES
6. "Serenity in a Nutshell" - CIRRUS BAY
7. "Excerpt from 6,000,000,000,000 Miles Before the First, or, the Revisitation of the Blue Ghost" - MAUDLIN OF THE WELL
8. "The Maiden" - AISLES
9. "Ryker Skies" - IQ"
10. "The Underfall Yard" - BIG BIG TRAIN
11. "Ëmëhntëhtt-Ré II" - MAGMA
12. "Sorterargatan 3" - GÖSTA BERLINGS SAGA
13. "Bond of Mutual Distrust" - ANUBIS
14. "Fading" - ARCANE
15. "Deliverance" - THE BLACK NOODLE PROJECT
16. "Change" - KARNIVOOL
17. "Vinden" - PORCELAIN MOON
18. "Deadman" -  KARNIVOOL
19. "Tick Tock" (Parts 1-3) -  GAZPACHO
20. "Re schiavo" (Parts 1 & 2) - MAD CRAYON
21. "Dopo il vento" - DELIRIUM
22. "Can't Feel the Earth" (Parts I-III) - IZZ
23. "Pure as Snow (Trails of the Winter Storm)" - MONO
24. "Abigails Questions (in An Infinite Universe)" - BEARDFISH
25. "Jack the Ripper" - PRESENT



Honorable Mentions:
"Perpetual Twilight" - iNFiNiEN
"Kahden Kuun Sirpit"--VIIMA
"A Last Drop" - PRESENT
"La Roche (Meeting Point)" - MIRIODOR
"Coup de grâce" - BEARDFISH
"The Collapse" - ANUBIS
"Västerbron 05:30" - GÖSTA BERLINGS SAGA
"Vertiges" - PRESENT
"Asylum: Acolyte Zero" - ARCANE
"Thoughts Are Swimming in My Head" (Parts 1 & 2) - SHAMALL
"Until You Comply/entropy" - BEARDFISH

*Bold print denotes songs that have risen into my pantheon of All-time favorite "epics."

2008's Best "Epic" Songs

These are my favorite songs of over nine minutes in length from 2008 studio releases.

1. "Someone Starts to Fade Away" - NOSOUND
2. "Hybrisma" - DATURAH
3. "Ricorre l'abbandono" - J'ACCUSE..!
4. "Tout ce que j'ai rêvé" - JELLY FICHE
5. "Coerenza delle percenuali" - UNIVERSAL TOTEM ORCHESTRA
6. "The Garden" - UNITOPIA
7. "Child of the Thundercloud" - DIAGONAL
8. "From Silence to Noise" - NOSOUND
9. "Bring Out the Sun" - VON HERTZEN BROTHERS
10. "Vento Madre" - UNIVERSAL TOTEM ORCHESTRA
11. "9" - DATURAH
12. "Simurgh" - KOTEBEL
13. "Ouroboros" - ASTRA
14. "Ato piradime" - UNIVERSAL TOTEM ORCHESTRA
15. "Crashmind" - FROM.UZ
16. "What Will Happen" - SHAMALL
17. "The Lighthouse Song" - MOONGARDEN
18. "Malebolge" - IL CASTELLO DI ATLANTE
19. "Semi-Permiable Membrane" - DIAGONAL
20. "The Children Gathering Around the Lake " - STEVE JANSEN, RICHARD BARBIERI, NOBUKAZU TAKEMURA
21. "The Long Fianchetto" - THIEVES' KITCHEN
22. "Imperial Winter White" -  WOBBLER
23. "Cruces y Sombres" - NEXUS
24. "Aggrandizement" - DELUGE GRANDER
25. "Two Blocks from the Edge" - KARMAKANIK


Honorable Mentions: 

"Del abismo al sol" - NEXUS
"The Willing Victim" - VON HERTZEN BROTHERS
"Brother Where'you Bound?" - SIMON SAYS
"Stone Salad" - FROM.UZ
"Beautiful & Monstrous" - SUBSIGNAL
"Ouroboros" - KOTEBEL
"In Taberna" - WOBBLER
"The Weirding" - ASTRA
"Yucatan 65: The Agitation of the Mass" - BIRDS AND BUILDINGS
"Ára bátur" - SIGUR RÓS
"Perpetuum Karma" - NEXUS
"Silent Sleep" - ASTRA
"As the River Runs" - SIMON SAYS
"De astrologia" - UNIVERSAL TOTEM OTCHESTRA
"Caution Congregates and Forms a Storm" - BIRDS AND BUILDINGS
"Chronicle of the Invisible River of Stone" - BIRDS AND BUILDINGS

*Bold print denotes songs that have risen into my pantheon of All-time favorite "epics."

2007's Best "Epic" Songs

These are my favorite songs of over nine minutes in length from 2007 studio releases.

1. "Perfect Cosmic Storm" - BIG BIG TRAIN
2. "Sequencer (from 70 to 07)" - KLAUS SCHULZE
3. "Salt Water Falling on Uneven Ground" - BIG BIG TRAIN
4. "Note from the Past" - HIROMI'S SONICBLOOM
5. "Wald" - ELECTRIC ORANGE
6. "Jacob van Vennepkadell" - OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ
7. "Time Travel" - HIROMI'S SONICBLOOM
8. "Fronteira" - VIOLETA DE OUTONO
9. "Dream of Stone" - GAZPACHO
10. "Sound of the Apocalypse" - BLACK BONZO
11. "Upside Down" - GAZPACHO
12. "Pick Up If You're There" - BIG BIG TRAIN
13. "Deep Into the Night" - HIROMI'S SONICBLOOM
14. "The Black Tomato" (Parts I-III) - ØRESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE
15. "Poet & Pendulum" - NIGHTWISH
16. "What Have We Sown?" - THE PINEAPPLE THIEF
17. "Walk It Off" - MOTH VELLUM
18. "Thank You Evil" - PHIDEAUX
19. "Frank (New Version)" - TRION
20. "Thor (Thunder)" - KLAUS SCHULZE
21. "Time Control, or Controlled by Time" - HIROMI'S SONICBLOOM
22. "The Apocalypse Inside of an Orange" - OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ
23. "Ex-Slave" - THORK
24. "Moon7" - THE GOURISHANKAR
25. "Solar Winds" - DEVIN TOWNSEND


Honorable Mentions:
"One More Time" - THE FLOWER KINGS
"Roulette" - BEARDFISH
"RumBle" (Parts I-V) - ØRESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE
"Against the Suns" - MOTH VELLUM
"Let the Race Begin" - MOTH VELLUM
"Euro Caravan" - KLAUS SCHULZE
"Heaven Can Wait" - SATELLITE
"West Winds" - THE PINEAPPLE THEIF
"Constellation" - OUTER LIMITS

*Bold print denotes songs that have risen into my pantheon of All-time favorite "epics."

2006's Best "Epic" Songs

These are my favorite songs of over nine minutes in length from 2006 studio releases.

1. "Pentacle's Suite" - KOTEBEL
2. "The Bright Ambassadors of Morning" - PURE REASON REVOLUTION
3. "Shimmering Lights" - THE D PROJECT
4. "Pane of Truth" - SYLVAN
5. "Falling Stardrops" - ØRESUND SPACE COLLCTIVE
6. "Are You There?" - MONO
7. "Quando la morte mi colse nel sonno" - YUGEN
8. "Dim" - CULT OF LUNA
9. "Carpe" - RUSSIAN CIRCLES
10. "He Tried to Show Them Magic/Ambassadors Return" - PURE REASON REVOLUTION
11. "Realm of Dreams" - TO-MERA
12. "O redek" - SEVEN REIZH
13. "Milliontown" - FROST*
14. "Visioni di Archimede" - PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI
15. "Ra" - KOTEBEL
16. "Arrival/The Intention Craft" - PURE REASON REVOLUTION
17. "The Flames Beyond The Cold Mountain" - MONO
18. "Cel Din Urma Vis" - NEGURA BUNGET
19. "The Reason of Construction and/or Building a Pyramid" - BEARDFISH
20. "Psychic Jugglers" - UNEXPECT
21. "SAI" - OOIOO
22. "Ignis Fatuus" - AREKNAMÉS
23. "Hope to See Another Day" - BELIEVE
24. "Clover Rd ABC" - COMBINATION HEAD
25. "A Love Story" - BEARDFISH


Honorable mentions:
"Tetragrammaton" - THE MARS VOLTA
"Black Light Machine" - FROST*
"The Mass" - KHATSATURJAN
"Douce mort" - NEMO
"We Love You" - THE PINEAPPLE THIEF
"Consumed by the Goblin" - ØRESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE
"Deceit" - AREKNAMÉS

*Bold print denotes songs that have risen into my pantheon of All-time favorite "epics."

Thursday, March 14, 2013

2011's Best "Epic" Songs

These are my favorite songs of over nine minutes in length from 2011 studio releases.

1. "Fire! Fire!!" - MY BROTHER THE WIND
2. "In Orbit" - WOBBLER
3. "Particelle" - LAGARTIJA
4. "...and so we destroyed everything" - SLEEPMAKESWAVES
5. "Under Crimson Skies" - MY BROTHER THE WIND
6. "Mermaid" - FREQUENCY DRIFT
7. "Welfare Botanico" - MOOGG
8. "Dance" - FREQUENCY DRIFT
9. "Tempest" - FREQUENCY DRIFT
10. "Epitaph for A Mariner" - SEAN FILKINS
11. "a gaze blank and pitiless as the sun" - SLEEPMAKESWAVES
12. "Dreams" - FREQUENCY DRIFT
13. "Searise" - WHITE WILLOW
14. "White Horses at Sea//Utopian Daydream" - AMPLIFIER
15. "Il Tredici" - SANHEDRIN
16. "L'assalto" - AKT
17. "Torbjörn Abelli" - MY BROTHER THE WIND
18. "Snowflake" - KATE BUSH
19. "Le Meurtrier Volant" - CAMEMBERT
20. "Rogue" - DISCIPLINE
21. "The Awakening" - EDISON'S CHILDREN
22. "The Hand That Feeds You" - INTROITUS
23. "A Waning Solace" - FEN
24. "Trading Dark Matter on The Stock Exchange" - AMPLIFIER
25. "Di vento" - AKT



 Honorable Mentions
"The Octopus" - AMPLIFIER
"Seeds of Gold" - NEAL MORSE
"Steam" - SANHEDRIN
"Dreamscape" - INTROITUS
"Voice" - HIROMI 
"Carrier of Echoes" - FEN
"All That Is" - ANUBIS
"Red Leaves" - WHITE WILLOW
"Loin des yeux (Barbares parties VII à XII)" - NEMO
"Pumori" - SOLUS3
"Disillusion" -  EYE 2 EYE
"Untung Untung" - CAMEMBERT
"Siniset Runot" - TENHI
"The Sick Rose" - AMPLIFIER

*Bold print denotes songs that have risen into my pantheon of All-time favorite "epics."

2012's Top "Epic" Songs

These are my favorite songs of over nine minutes in length from 2012 studio releases.

1. "Avatar" - SWANS
2. "Frozen Moment" - NINE STONES CLOSE
3. "Concerto for Piano and Electric Ensemble" - KOTEBEL
4. "Firebears" - THE TEA CLUB
5. "Prologue: Nature Morte/You're Not Welcome Here" - BATTLESTATIONS
6. "Formas-Pensamento" - VIOLETA DE OUTONO
7. "Storm Corrosion" - STORM CORROSION
8. "Pride" - MYSTERY
9. "Comrade/The Way We Grieve" - BATTLESTATIONS
10. "And I Awaken" - I AND THOU
11. "Snardom" - ANGLAGARD
12. "The Apostate" - SWANS
13. "The Fall of Bliss" Suite - METHEXIS
14. "A Piece of the Sky" - SWANS
15. "Heroes for Ghosts" - THE GATHERING
16. "The Seer" - SWANS
17. "All I Am" -  TO-MERA
18. "The Face Behind the Eyes" - I AND THOU
19. "Atlantis" - ELEPHANT9 WITH REINE FISKE
20. "Langtans Klocka" - ANGLAGARD
21. "Speak" - I AND THOU
22. "Obsession" - DISTORTED HARMONY
23. "Summoned By Bells" - BIG BIG TRAIN
24. "The Storm Before the Calm" - ANATHEMA
25. "Hide and Seek" - I AND THOU



 Honorable Mentions:
"I Shall Consume Everything" - THE TEA CLUB
"I Cannot Fly" - THINKING PLAGUE
"We Are What We Are" - RPWL
"Mother of the World" - SWANS
"Guardian Angel" - GALAHAD
"Barefoot in the Head" - ASTRA
"Ur Vilande" - ANGLAGARD
"Sorgmantel" - ANGLAGARD
"One More Moment" - RHYS MARSH & THE AUTUMN GHOST
"A Virtuous Man" - THINKING PLAGUE
"Utopia" - DISTORTED HARMONY
"Another Day" -- MYSTERY


*Bold print denotes songs that have risen into my pantheon of All-time favorite "epics."

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Important "Progressive" Albums from the 1980s


In no particular order, here is a list of albums that, in my opinion, contributed to the progress of music in the 1980s.




Brian Eno:  (with Harold Budd): Ambient 2: Plateuax of Mirror, (with Laraaji): Ambient 3: Day of Radiance, (with Harold Budd): Ambient 4: On Land, (with Jon Hassell): Fourth World, Vol. One: Possible Musics, (with David Byrne): My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks, More Music for Films, Thursday Afternoon








Kate Bush:  Never Forever, The Dreaming and Hounds of Love








King Crimson:  Discipline, Beat and Three of a Perfect Pair





Pat Metheny (Group): As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls, American Garage, Offramp, First Circle, Still Life (Talking), Letter from Home








Peter Gabriel:  "3" and "Security"







Bruce Cockburn:  Humans, Inner City Front, The Trouble with Normal, Stealing Fire, Big Circumstance 








Roxy Music:  Flesh and Blood and Avalon








Rush:  Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures, Signals








Talking Heads:  Remain in Light and Speaking in Tongues








Univers Zero:  Ceux du dehors, UZed and Heatwave







David Sylvian:  Brilliant Trees, Gone to Earth, Secrets of the Beehive








The Fixx:  Reach the Beach








BacamarteDepois do fim










Tears for Fears:  The Hurting















Yes 90120







Cocteau Twins/4 A.D. Treasure, Tiny Dynamine/Echoes on a Shallow Bay, Victorialand, and Blue Bell Knoll







The Cure:  Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me and Disintegration






Ryuichi Sakamoto: Illustrated Music Encyclopedia and Neo-Geo plus soundtracks for Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence and The Last Emperor








Ozric Tentacles:  5 cassette-only releases (all compiled on the 1992 release, Vitamin Enhanced box set) and Pungent Effulgent, (Erpland was released in 1990)








Jesus and Mary Chain:  Psychocandy








It's Immaterial: Life's Hard and Then You Die








Love and Money:  Strange Kind of Love 







Steve Tibbetts:  Yr 










Solaris: Marbéli Krónikák (Martian Chronicles)








Asia Minor:  Between Flesh and Divine









Eskaton: 4 Visions










Talk Talk: The Colour of Spring and Spirit of Eden









Eloy:  Planets and Time to Turn








Zammla Mannas Mamas:  Familjesprickor (Family Cracks)








Shub-Niggurath:  Les mortes vont vite









SBB:  Memento z banalnym tryptykiem








Dün:  Eros













Pazzo Fanfano di Musica:  Pazzo Fanfano di Musica








Yezda Urfa:  Sacred Baboon








Dead Can Dance:  The Serpent's Egg








Kenso:  II








IQ: Tales from the Lush Attic and The Wake








Marillion: Script for a Jester's Tear, Misplaced Childhood, Fugazi, and Clutching at Straws








Jean-Luc Ponty: Individual Choice







Voivod: Killing Technology, Dimensional Hatross, and Nothingface








Present: Triskaidekaphobie and Le poison quie rend fou









Queensryche: Rage for order and Operation: Mindcrime








Art Zoyd: Le mariage du ciel et de l'enfer and Berlin








Cardiacs: The Seaside, A Little Man and a House and the Whole World Window, and On Land and in the Sea







XTC: Black Sea, English Settlement, The Big Express, Mummer, Skylarking, and Oranges and Lemons 









U2: Boy, War, The Unforgettable Fire and Joshua Tree









Simple Minds: New Gold Dream









Prince: Purple Rain soundtrack








The Police: Ghost in the Machine












Blade Runner soundtrack (composed by Vangelis)







The Mark Isham soundtracks and Windham Hill work









Trevor Horn's work with The Buggles, Art of Noise, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Yes, Pet Shop Boys, Propaganda, ABC, Grace Jones, Simple Minds, Paul McCartney and Seal