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Allan Holdsworth, RIP

Guitarist Allan Holdsworth passed away on April 16th, 2017, the news from a post by one of his daughters on Facebook. Uniquely talented, I would steer anyone to Gong's Gazeuse! album for a prime example of his guitar technique. When I was a teenager, I went to my local record shop (Spec's Music) and asked if they had Holdsworth's Velvet Darkness album, or if they could order it for me. The manager said to me, "He's pretty good guitarist, how do you know about him?" I replied that I had a Soft Machine and Gong album that he played on.

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Chariot Rising > Dantalian's Chariot

Artist: Dantalian's Chariot
Label: Wooden Hill
Catalog#: WHCD005
Format: CD
Country: UK
Released: 1996

Esoteric set to reissue Patto catalog

Esoteric Recordings are set to reissue the entire Patto catalog, with a load of bonus material; SPOILER ALERT:

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Automatic Fine Tuning

Artist: A. F. T.
Label: Charisma
Catalog#: CAS 1122
Format: Vinyl
Country: UK
Released: 1976

Thirty-Three Essential Progressive Rock Albums

Essential: 33 Progressive Rock Albums
1. The Nice – The Thoughts Of Emerlist DavJack (Immediate 1967)
2. Soft Machine – Volume Two (Probe 1969)
3. Colosseum – Those Who Are About To Die Salute You (Vertigo 1969)
4. Jethro Tull – Stand Up (Reprise 1969)
5. King Crimson – In The Court Of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson) (EG 1969)
6. The Pretty Things – Parachute (Harvest 1970)
7. Caravan – In The Land of Grey And Pink (Deram 1971)
8. Atomic Rooster – In Hearing Of (Elektra 1971)
9. Van der Graaf Generator – Pawn Hearts (Charisma 1971)

John Wetton, RIP

John Wetton has passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. I had the honor of interviewing him via phone last summer, an interview that will feature prominently in the next edition of the book. Here's the portrait that Plastic Crimewave drew for it and an excerpt from my interview:

John spent the next few years in King Crimson as part of the monster rhythm section with Bill Bruford.

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Jean-Michel Jarre's Electronica World Tour 2017

Jean-Michel Jarre's Electronica World Tour is coming to the US. See you in Chicago!

5/9/2017 Toronto, ON Canada Sony Center for the Performing Arts
5/11/2017 Montreal, QC Canada Bell Centre
5/16/2017 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
5/18/2017 Upper Darby, PA Tower Theatre
5/20/2017 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
5/22/2017 Chicago, IL Auditorium Theatre
5/24/2017 Broomfield, CO 1st Bank Center
5/26/2017 Berkeley, CA The Greek Theatre
5/27/2017 Los Angeles, CA Microsoft Theater

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Jaki Liebezeit, RIP

From Can's Facebook page: "It is with great sadness we have to announce that Jaki passed away this morning from sudden pneumonia. He fell asleep peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones. We will miss him hugely."

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Oxygene 3 > Jarre, Jean Michel

Artist: Jean-Michel Jarre
Label: Sony Music, Columbia
Catalog#: 88985361882, 88985361882
Format: CD
Country: Europe
Released: 2016-12-02

Yes inducted to Hall Of Fame

Today, it was announced that the "Union Tour" lineup of Yes will be inducted this year to the Rock-N-Roll Hall Of Fame. Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Steve Howe, Tony Kaye, Trevor Rabin, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White will get the honors, Squire of course, posthumously. No mention of Peter Banks, their original guitarist who also gave the band their name, as well as the Buggle duo of Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes, and keyboardist Patrick Moraz.

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