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masque 01-02-2021 09:41 AM

2020 Top Ten
Now that the dumpster fire that was 2020 is over and done, what top 10 CDs carried you through the year?

Here are mine:
1. Drew Charron - Spring Moons
2. The Samurai of Prog - Behind The Wardrobe
3. Rick Wakeman - The Red Planet
4. Abel Ganz - The Life of the Honey Bee and Other Moments of Clarity
5. AmuZeum - New Beginnings
6. Kraan - Sandglass
7. Darryl Way - Destinations
8. Magenta - Masters of Illusion
9. Flower Kings - Islands
10. Good Night Owl - Liars

What music saved your sanity this year? :-V

schupdoggy 01-07-2021 06:24 PM

Re: 2020 Top Ten
OK, so in my opinion 2020 was an incredible year of progressive rock music. Normally in years past I have been able to narrow my selections down to a top 10 and in order of favorite, but this year I cannot select only 10, so I am giving a top 20 and in no specific order as on any day of the week the order could change. These particular selections are the ones that have had the most play time for me in 2020. I still have quite a few releases that are on my to listen list, so I might have to make additions to this list at some point down the road, but for now here is my top 20 list in no particular order...

Arabs In Aspic - Madness And Magic
Glass Hammer - Dreaming City
Swappers Eleven - From A Distance
Karfagen - Birds of Passage
Pattern-Seeking Animals - Prehensile Tales
The Samurai Of Prog - Bernard And Porsti - Gulliver
The Samurai Of Prog - Bernard And Porsti - La Tierra
The Samurai Of Prog - Beyond The Wardrobe
Wishbone Ash - Coat of Arms
JPL - Sapiens Chapitre 1-3 - Exordium
The Pineapple Thief - Versions of the Truth
Neal Morse - Sola Gratia
The Tangent - Auto Reconnaissance
Gungfly - Alone Together
The Flower Kings - Islands
Legacy Pilots - Aviation
La Maschera Di Cera - S.E.I.
Mad Crayon - Drops
Darwin - Darwin 2: A Frozen War
Red Sand - Crush The Seed

schupdoggy 01-11-2021 05:36 AM

Re: 2020 Top Ten
I must say that I am surprised that just myself and masque are the only ones who gave a top ten list. I would be interested in seeing other peoples choices, as this helps me discover new music.

schupdoggy 01-12-2021 06:28 PM

Re: 2020 Top Ten
Add 'Abel Ganz - The Life of the Honey Bee and Other Moments of Clarity' to my list.

nicola 01-13-2021 10:21 AM

Re: 2020 Top Ten
This is my 2020 list of favorite albums in alphabetical order by group or artist:


Juan Ricardo Weiler-Ojo de Horus

Kansas-The Absence of Presence

Karfagen-Principles And Theory Of Spektra

Karfagen-Birds of Passage

La Maschera Di Cera-S.E.I.

Lunatic Soul-Through Shaded Woods

Nicola Denti-Egosfera

Pendragon-Love Over Fear (Disc One)

Plini-Impulse Voices

The John Irvine Band-The Machinery of the Heavens

The Samurai Of Prog-Gulliver

The Tangent-Auto Reconnaissance

Tiger Moth Tales-Still Alive A Visit To Rockfield 2020

Wobbler-Dwellers of the Deep

mariocc 02-06-2021 08:24 AM

Re: 2020 Top Ten
Here s my Top Ten 2021.

THE JERRY GRANELLI TRIO Plays Vince Guaraldi and Mose Allison

Absolutely far far far away from any other recent recording. I haven't been impressed in a long time for a work like this. Long time. Priceless. I hear it looouddd.
just in case some of you have some curiosity

Not order for the following of the list; just what I have considered great music for a very productive year,,despite all :

EVAN MARIEN = Parallels

BLEY SWALLOW SHEPPARD = Life Goes On..... ( fantastic . Swallow once again)



OJKOS = Alea Lacta Est

BILL FRISELL = Valentine

Q-BIZM = Corduroy Shorts


KRAAN = Sandglass

FIRST MOUNTAIN = T-Minus Your Highness


mariocc 02-06-2021 08:48 AM

Re: 2020 Top Ten
just one more comment EVAN MARIEN just great; outstanding

mariocc 02-09-2021 12:48 PM

Re: 2020 Top Ten
Sorry my delay but I must to mention as a special recognition two more albums :

POTTER S DAUGHTER = Casually Containing Rage


JOHN SCOFIELD = Swallow Tales

with his lifetime trio ( Steve Swallow - mentioned higher or earlier in my list - and Bill Stewart ); tracks written by Swallow.

Steve Swallow
Jack Bruce

are my all time favorites electric bass players, and let s include Pastorius.

Then all the rest of the great electric bass players,, so many.

Both Albums here in library. Thank You JIM

teermin8r 02-10-2021 08:26 AM

Re: 2020 Top Ten
1. Fish on Friday - Black Rain
2. Lee Abraham - Harmony/Synchonicity
3. Airbag - A Day at the Beach
4. Gungfly - Alone Together
5. Abel Ganz - Life of the Honeybee
6. Pendragon - Love Over Fear
7. Glass Hammer - Dreaming City
8. Wobbler - Dwellers of the Deep
9. Red Sand - Crush the Seed
10. Pineapple Thief - Versions of the Truth

mariocc 02-11-2021 06:02 PM

Re: 2020 Top Ten
While I m drinking a nice coffee cup, SO FAR :

Abel Ganz - Life of.. (3 preferences)

Fish on Friday - Black Rain (2)
Kraan - Sandglass (2)
The Samurai of Prog - Behind... (2)
The Samurai Of Prog - Gulliver (2)
The Flower Kings - Islands (2)
Wobbler - Dwellers of the Deep (2)
Gungfly - Alone Together (2)
La Maschera Di Cera - S.E.I. (2)
Pendragon - Love Over Fear (2)
The Pineapple Thief - Versions of... (2)
The Tangent - Auto Reconnaissance (2)
Karfagen - Birds of Passage (2)

as Schup said "I would be interested in seeing other peoples choices, as this helps me discover new music...."
I am so agree

take a minute friends

artw 02-25-2021 09:11 PM

Re: 2020 Top Ten
Here's my list of great music I heard (and made note of) in 2020.

I would say the majority of these items were heard on New Moon On Monday shows.
Jim does a fantastic job curating the library and presenting the new stuff for us during
those shows and on the impromptu new add's sessions. Thanks Jim!!

I didn't buy much music last year and only one 2020 release so that's what I'll call my #1:

Nicola Denti – Egosfera | great guitar player and song writer

The rest, in no particular order (and not limited to 10) are:

Hooffoot - The Lights in the Aisle Will Guide You | Actually you can call this my #2, really good

Echorec - The Island | Great 3 piece band – The Lamb Returns LT !!
Chuz Estrada – Doméstico | track: Triskaidekaphobia great Mexican jazz fusion!
Majestic - Monument
Phil Doran - Into The Unknown | great player, prog
The Backstage - Isolation | Jonas Reingold
Shwizz – Big Things | Lively Fusion, heavy Zappa influence
Ryan Cohan – Originations | great Jazz Fusion, piano
Osiris - Take a Closer Look | from Bahrain, great prog, vocals
Kari Band - Nimaime | Kick ass fusion!
Chris Poland - Resistance
el tubo elástico - el tubo elástico en directo
Wolfgang Muthspiel - Angular Blues | Fantastic jazz
The Samurai Of Prog – Gulliver | Lilliput Suite
Michael Abdow - Heart Signal | great player
Baast - Trident

And these two, but I believe they are considered 2019's:

Mark Lettieri - Things of That Nature | Snarky Puppy's guitarist
Ploy - Ploy


mariocc 02-25-2021 09:52 PM

Re: 2020 Top Ten
ART ! so right with Wolfgang Muthspiel ,,,I heard it on NMOM as well and I remember saying that now library has Colley and Blade...among of the most popular and demanding players. They have been playing with so many great musicians.
Muthspiel was a surprise. Thank you for include him amigo.

Baast ,,of course.. another great 2020. So right.

Shwizz ..same.

Great list amigo,,thanks for sharing

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