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The Staff's Top Picks of 2004

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Yves Dube

1. Guapo- Five Suns
2. Ahvak- Ahvak
3. Far Corner- Far Corner
4. Natsuki Tamura Quartet- Exit
5. Black Label Society- Hangover Music Vol VI
6. The Red Masque- Feathers For Flesh
7. Travis, Theo - Earth To Ether
8. The Hidden Hand- Mother* Teacher* Destroyer
9. Threshold- Subsurface
10. Helmet Of Gnats- Helmet of Gnats
11. IQ- Dark Matter
12. Trio96- Quartet99
13. Happy The Man- The Muse Awakens
14. Toubabou- Attente/Le Ble Et Le Mil
15. Saxon- Lionheart
16. Satoko Fujii Trio- Illusion Suite
17. Chris Potter Quartet- Lift
18. Beaten Back To Pure- The Burning South
19. Pain Of Salvation- 12:5
20. Mastodon- Leviathan


Steve Pettengill
1.Marillion-Marbles
2. Nightwish-Once
3. Caffery, Chris-Faces/God Damn War
4. Threshold-Subsurface
5. Ayreon-The Human Equation
6. Dio-Master of the Moon
7. Evergrey-The Inner Circle
8. Fates Warning-X
9. After Forever-Invisible Circles
10. Trans-Siberian Orchestra-The Lost Christmas Eve


Steve Ambrosius
1. Umphrey's McGee: Anchor Drops
2. Manning, Guy: A Matter of Life and Death
3. Saga: Network
4. Happy the Man: The Muse Awakens
5. Ayreon: The Human Equation
6. Marillion: Marbles
7. Sylvan: X-Ray
8. Chain: Chain.exe
9. Glass Hammer "Shadowlands
10. IQ: Dark Matter
11. Knight Area: The Sun Also Rises
12. Nice Beaver: Oregon
13. Far Corner: Far Corner
14. Ken's Novel: Domain of Oblivion
15. Blackfield: Blackfield
16. The Tangent: The World We Drive Through
17. Riverside - Out Of Myself
18. Iona: Open Sky
19. The Flower Kings: Adam and Eve
20. Karmakanic: Wheel of Life


Ken Pierce
1. Iced Earth: The Glorious Burden
2. Nightwish: Once
3. Tad Morose: Modus Vivendi
4. Iron Horse: Bring It On
5. WASP: Neon God Saga
6. Caffery, Chris: Faces/God Damn War
7. Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Lost Christmas Eve
8. Icon and the Black Roses: Icon and the Black Roses
9. Jon Oliva's Pain Tage Mahal
10. Marillion: Marbles


Duncan Glenday
1. IQ: Dark Matter
2. Bainbridge, Dave: Veil Of Gossamer
3. Proto-Kaw: Before Became After
4. Happy The Man: The Muse Awakens
5. Marillion: Marbles
6. Borknagar: Epic
7. Chain: Chain.EXE
8. Morse, Neal: One
9. Ayreon: The Human Equation
10. Time Requiem: The Inner Circle Of Reality
11. After Forever: Invisible Circles
12. Therion: Lemuria / Sirius B
13. Flying Circus: Pomp
14. Disillusion: Back To Times Of Splendor
15. Pain Of Salvation: Be
16. Strangefish: Full Scale
17. Anwar, Faraz: Abstract Point Of View
18. Winds: The Imaginary Direction Of Time
19. Riverside: Out Of Myself
20. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum: Of Natural History
And an important last-minute addition:
21. Manning, Guy: A Matter of Life and Death


Mike Popke
1.Ayreon: The Human Equation
2. Iced Earth: The Glorious Burden
3. Morse, Neal: One
4. BoDeans: Resolution
5. U2: How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
6. Pink Cream 69: Thunderdome
7. Evergrey: The Inner Circle
8. Edguy: Hellfire Club
9. Tad Morose: Modus Vivendi
10. Kopecky: Sunset Gun
11. Far Corner: Far Corner
12. Cryptic Vision: Moments of Clarity
13. Chain: Chain.exe
14. Megadeth: The System Has Failed
15. Umphrey's McGee: Anchor Drops
16. Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Lost Christmas Eve
17. Pain of Salvation: 12:5
18. Burtnik, Glen: Welcome to Hollywood
19. Hourglass: Subsconscious
20. Soul SirkUS: World Play
DVDs
1. Live Aid
2. Blind Guardian: Imaginations Through the Looking Glass
3. Neal Morse: Testimony Live
4. Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston
5. Dream Theater: Images and Words-Live in Tokyo/5 Years In A LIVEtime
6. Iron Maiden: The History of Iron Maiden Part 1- The Early Days
7. Spock's Beard: The Making of Snow
8. R.E.M.: Perfect Square Live
9. The Commitments (Collector's Edition)
10. Peter Gabriel: Play-The Videos


Dean Pierce
1.Rhapsody:Symphony Of Enchanted Lands II - The Dark Secret
2. Star Queen: Your True Self
3. Ayreon: The Human Equation
4. Vision Divine: Stream Of Consciousness
5. Glass Hammer: Shadowlands
6. Morse, Neal : One
7. Iced Earth: The Glorious Burden
8. Wuthering Heights: Far From The Madding Crowd
9. Meisel, Hubi: EmOcean
10. Proto Kaw: Before Became After
11. Trans Siberian Orchestra: The Lost Christmas Eve
12. IQ: Dark Matter
13. Iron Savior: Battering Ram
14. Jag Panzer: Casting The Stones
15. Dead Soul Tribe: The January Tree
16. King Diamond: Deadly Lullabyes - Live
17. Nightwish: Once
18. Edguy: Hellfire Club
19. Metalium: As One
20. Farpoint: From Dreaming To Dreaming
21. Glass Hammer: Live at NEARfest
22. Therion: Lemuria / Sirius B
23. Angra: Temple of Shadows
24. Marillion: Marbles
25. Primal Fear: Devil's Ground


Elias Granillo
Top 20 CD Titles of 2004
1. Ahvak: Ahvak
2. Chain: chain.exe
3. Djam Karet: Live At NEARfest 2001
4. Eccentric Orbit: Attack Of The Martians
5. Exhivision: Exhivision
6. Fates Warning: FWX
7. Gak Omek, The: Return of the All-Powerful Light Beings
8. Gerard: Power of Infinity
9. Glass Hammer: Shadowlands
10. IQ: Dark Matter
11. Lux Nova Umbra Est: Light Is The New Dark
12. Matraz: Gritaré
13. Norlander, Erik: Seas Of Orion
14. Pinnella, Michael: Enter By The Twelfth Gate
15. Pochakaite Malko: Laya
16. Saga: Network
17. Simonetti, Claudio: Il Cartaio
18. Tangerine Dream: Rockface
19. Yang: A Complex Nature
20: Zombi: Cosmos
Top 20 Remasters/Reissues of 2004
1.Arnold, Horacee: Tales Of The Exonerated Flea
2.Bruford, Bill & Moraz, Patrick: Music For Piano And Drums
3. Bruford, Bill & Moraz, Patrick: Flags
4.Caldera: Caldera
5.Djam Karet: No Commercial Potential
6.Jethro Tull: Bursting Out
7.Jethro Tull Stormwatch
8.Jethro Tull: A
9.Kansas: Kansas
10.Kansas: Song For America
11.Tangerine Dream: Green Desert
12.Tangerine Dream: Poland-The Warsaw Concert
13.Triumph: Never Surrender
14.Triumph: Thunder Seven
15.Twelfth Night: Live At The Target
16.Wakeman, Rick: Criminal Record
17.Witsend: Cosmos And Chaos
18.Yes: Tormato
19.Yes: Drama
20.Yes: 90125
Top 10 DVDs of 2004
1. Camel: Footage
2. Dio: Sacred Heart-The DVD
3.ELP: Live At Montreux 1997
4.ELP: Masters From The Vaults
5. King Crimson: Neal And Jack And Me
6. Hagar, Sammy: Long Road To Cabo
7. Kenso:AYR (Are You Ready)
8. Marillion: Live At Loreley
9. SBB: Szczesliwi Z Miasta N.
10. Van Halen: Live-Without A Net


Greg Cummins

1. I.Q. - Dark Matter
2. Neal Morse - One
3. Marillion - Marbles
4. Proto Kaw - Before Became After
5. Blackfield - Blackfield
6. Ayreon - The Human Equation
7. Glass Hammer - Shadowlands
8. Happy The Man - The Muse Awakens
9. Guy Manning - A Matter Of Life & Death
10. Dave Bainbridge - Veil Of Gossamer
11. RPWL - World Through My Eyes
12. Helmet Of Gnats - Helmut Of Gnats
13. California Guitar Trio - Whitewater
14. Watch - Vacuum
15. Magenta - Seven
16. Rhapsody - Symphony Of Enchanted Lands II
17. Gerard - Power Of Infinity
18. Matraz - Gritare
19. Guapo - Five Suns
20. Brian Wilson - Smile
21. Yang - A Complex Nature
22. Eccentric Orbit - Attack Of The Martians
23. Nemo - Prelude de la Ruine
24. IZZ - Ampersand
25. Liquid Scarlet - Liquid Scarlet
26. Carl Hupp Project - Hyper Statue
27. Evergrey - The Inner Circle
28. Edenbridge - Shine
29. Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra - Ocean : Songs For The Night Sea Journey
30. Richard Hallebeek Project - Richard Hallebeek Project
31. Trinity - Precious Seconds
32. Bad Dog U - Bad Dog U
33. The Gak Omek - Return Of The All Powerful Light Beings
34. Eyestrings - Burdened Hands
35. Tangent - The World That We Drive Through
36. Condition Red - II
37. Metaphor - Entertaining Thanatos
38. Time & Tide - Waters Edge
39. Land Of Chocolate - Regaining The Feel
40. Cross - Playgrounds
41. TOC - Loss Angeles
42. Seldon's Inquisitor - Why Not?
43. Saens - Prophet In A Statistical World
44. Solar Project - Force Majeure
45. Tiles - Window Dressing
46. Karda Estra - Voivod Dracula
47. Paatos - Kallocain
48. Fruitcake - Man Overboard
49. Persona Non Grata - Fine Art Of Living
50. Chroma Key - Graveyard Mountain Home


Steven Davies Morris
1. French TV: Pardon Our French
2. Guapo: Five Suns
3. Panzerpappa: Farlig Vandring
4. Amarok: Quentadharken
5. Cast: Nimbus
6. SleepyTime Gorilla Museum: Of Natural History
7. Matraz: Gritare
8. Marillion: Marbles
9. Ahvak: Ahvak
10. Bjork: Medulla
11. Umphrey's McGee: Anchor Drops
12. Ozric Tentacles: Spirals In Hyperspace
13. IQ: Dark Matter
14. Wappa Gappa: Gappa
15. Hidria Spacefolk: Balansia
16. Wilson, Brian: Smile
17. AlexL: Triz
18. Nektar: Evolution
19. Watch, The:Vacuum
20. U2: How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
21. Magenta: Seven
22. Tears For Fears: Everybody Loves A Happy Ending
23. Elbow: Cast Of Thousands
24. Mary Newsletter: L'attenzione debole
25. Pineapple Thief: Variations On A Dream


Jedd Beaudoin
1. Keneally, Mike, and the Metropole Orchestra: The Universe Will Provide
2. Rundstrom, Kirk: Same Ugly Town
3. Keneally, Mike, Band: Dog
4. Opperman, Chris: Concepts Of Non-Linear Time
5. Vai/Keneally: Piano Reductions Volume One
6. California Guitar Trio: Whitewater
7. Sherinian, Derek: Mythology
8. Deninzon, Joe, and Stratospheerius: Live Wires
9. Skolnick, Alex, Trio: Transformation
10. Blackfield: Blackfield
DVD's
1. Iron Maiden: The History of Iron Maiden Part One: The Early Years
2. Dream Theater: Live At Budakon
3. Frank Zappa: Does Humor Belong In Music
4. Blind Guardian: Imaginations Through The Looking Glass
5. Kansas: Sail On


Pete Pardo
1. Mastodon: Leviathan
2. Caffery, Chris: Faces/God Damn War
3.White Willow: Storm Season
4. IQ: Dark Matter
5.Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush: Real Live
6.Happy the Man: The Muse Awakens
7. Ayreon: The Human Equation
8. Evergrey: The Inner Circle
9. Pip Pyle's Bash: Belle Illusion
10. Glass Hammer: Shadowlands
11. Sherinian, Derek: Mythology
12. The Dillinger Escape Plan: Miss Machine
13. Univers Zero: Implosion
14. The Flower Kings: Adam & Eve
15. Helmet of Gnats: Helmet of Gnats
16. Proto-Kaw: Before Became After
17. Nektar: Evolution
18. Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Lost Christmas Eve
19. Red Masque, The: Feathers for Flesh
20. Iced Earth: The Glorious Burden
21. Killswitch Engage: The End of Heartache
22. Nightwish: Once
23. Manning, Guy: A Matter of Life and Death
24. Muffins, The: Double Negative
25. Chick Corea Elektric Band: To the Stars
26. Meshuggah: I
27. Into Eternity: Buried In Oblivion
28. Shadows Fall: The War Within
29. Marillion: Marbles
30. In Flames: Soundtrack to Your Escape
DVD's
1. Gentle Giant:Giant out of the Box
2. Uriah Heep:Classic Heep Live From the Byron Era
3. Echolyn:Stars and Gardens Vol.4
4. Dream Theater:Live at Budokan
5. Glass Hammer:Lex Live
6. Lana Lane: Storybook- Tales From Europe and Japan
7. Threshold: Critical Energy
8. Blind Guardian: Imaginations Through the Looking Glass
9. Fish: Fool's Company-Live in Hollan 2002 Parts 1 & 2
10. Dream Theater: Images and Words Live in Tokyo/5 Years in a Live Time

  

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