Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Favorite Albums of 2012

I bought more albums in 2012 than I remember buying lately. I downloaded some and actually purchased discs of several. Here are my favorites that were released in 2012, in no particular order.

Genesis Revisited 2 -- Steve Hackett

This is a double disc set of mostly classic Genesis tunes that Steve has re-recorded. They stay mostly true to the originals. There are several of Steve's solo tunes from that era included.

Clockwork Angels -- Rush

It's hard to argue with Rush. These tunes are more rock and less prog, but I like them.

Sounds that Can't be Made -- Marillion

The band playes a bit more rock-like on this disc than on some recent efforts. H stil mumbles too much. I haven't bothered to look at the insert to see what he is supposed to be singing.

And The Band Played On - Music Played on the Titanic -- I Salonisti

This disc includes songs that were played on the Titanic's ill fated voyage. It's a nice way to hear the soundtrack of the doomed.

Masterworks -- California Guitar Trio

This is a nice collection of classical pieces given the CGT treatment. Very nice. The disc showcases the CGT's superb musicianship. Tony Levin plays upright bass and cello on three tracks.

Sea of Smiles -- Squackett

Steve Hacket and Chris Squire team up for some near prog. The combination is nice and works well. This disc does not rank up there with the best of their work with Genesis or Yes, but it is worth listening to.

Live Blood -- Peter Gabriel

These are versions of some of Peter's songs performed with an orchestra and not his usual band. There are some interesting interpretations of his songs on here.

Forbidden Planet -- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

This is a re-release of the music from the classic film. I quite like this. I had forgotten how much the soundtrack added to the film.

All the Wars -- The Pineapple Thief

This is another nice collection of prog songs from The Pineapple Thief.

Sceneries -- Sylvan

More nice prog from Sylvan. Each song is presented in three or four parts. They range from mellow to rockin'.

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