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The Sea of Tranquility Staff Picks Their Best CD's of 2004!
Posted on Saturday, January 01 2005 @ 15:10:11 CST by Pete Pardo
General Want to know what what CD's the staff of SoT thought were the best of 2004? It's all here, the releases that stood head and shoulders above the rest in the eyes of your favorite writers.

Read on for the complete details!

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
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
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
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
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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