Progressive Rock Revivalists: Examining the Current Crop

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Suddenly we find Emerson Lake and Palmer getting renewed love via recent reissues (Tarkus), and even obscure English outfits like Van Der Graaf Generator offering up a new album (the all-instrumental Alt) and exhuming an old concert from the archives (Live in Concert at Metropolis Studios, London). 

Mostly though, this represents the work of some old vets getting back to biz, either under their own auspices or in new configurations. Asia, for example, prog's first self-proclaimed super group, recently reconvened with its original line-up (ELP drummer Carl Palmer, Yes guitarist Steve Howe, Buggles keyboardist Geoff Downes, and bassist/vocalist for hire John Wetton) to claim its birthright after being usurped by a floating cast of characters who used their name. Thirty years after their bestselling debut, with their new album which is titled like a porno flick, Asia XXX, the foursome sounds as epic and assured as ever. 

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Lee Zimmerman