24th 2003 UPDATE
As I promised, I'm back shortly after the last update with three
cd reviews, news and my best wishes of Merry Christmas and happy
new year to all of you !! . Enjoy your stay!! Luca
Lord Of The Rings"
08th 2003 UPDATE
will probably abandon the monthly updates in order to give more
continuity. Smaller but more frequent updates from now on!! .
Enjoy your stay!! Luca
Taproban "Outside Nowhere" - Galleon
"From Land To Ocean" - RH
Factor "s/t" - Arcansiel
"Four Daisies" - Tripod
A new section added ! Deepenings
will contain articles about musical styles, scenes and artist
profiles. I started with an old article (about cd's prices) I
wrote for a local newspaper in 1996 (in italian only, I'm sorry
14th 2003 UPDATE
Last November 6th was Tales Of Wonder's second birthday. Wow,
two years spent writing about melodic and progressive rock with
deep passion. I'm father of two daughters and everyone can imagine
how much time and attentions they need every day. Besides I have
my job of course...My so restricted free time is entirely dedicated
to this site and some sports. The report of these TOW first two
years is the following: 190 cd reviews, 4 gig reviews, 8 interviews......
3190 visitors with an average of four contacts every day. 2002
April 9th has been the day with more visitors (23 contacts) and
August 2002 the highest month (164 contacts). I thought this was
the right time to ask what do you think about this site, so please
give TOW your rating by using the voting box on your right. If
you also want to explain to me why you'll give me a bad rating,
me and it will be strongly appreciated: it could be the greatest
help for me. Thank you very much to all of you. Enjoy your stay!!
"Man Of The Moment" - Mark Knopfler "The Ragpicker's
Dream" - Soniq Theater "The Third Eye" - Gary Hughes
"Once and Future King" - Akacia "An Other Life"
- Thieves' Kitchen "Shibboleth" - Joe Satriani "Strange
Beautiful Music" - Metallica "St. Anger".
Poll: A voting box added. Rate this site !!
there !! This is probably the richest site update of its history:
8 cd reviews, a gig review, new live pictures and 3 (read three)
interviews. I'm tired but really happy ! My wife less. So I thought
I absolutely need someone who wants to help me writing reviews.
me know if you want to start any kind of collaboration, I'm
sure the site could grow up more and more !! Luca Alberici
"The Time Beneath The Sky" -
Lens "A Word In Your Eye"
Special Experiment "Fortune Memories" - Cartoon "Bigorna"
- KBB "Four Corner's Sky" - Heon "Electro-acoustic
Requiem" - Mystere
De Notre Dame "s/t"
Big Wave fest with Distillerie di Malto, Stereokimono, Finisterre.
The full report...
Some pics of Distillerie di Malto, Finisterre and Stereokimono
from "Big Wave Fest" Vercelli 21/09/03
Rc2, Fabio Zuffanti (Finisterre), Distillerie di malto.
16th 2003 UPDATE
there !! Tales Of Wonder is mainly based on reviews, you know.
In order to increase their number I had two possibilities: I could
find a partner helping me (i'm very jelous of my creature but
I'm seriously thinking about it) or I could introduce the so-called
"short reviews" section, a brief but quite detailed
comment (no more than 8-9 lines) of those records not deserving
a deeper one. This doesn't mean bad albums will be shortly reviewed
only. Not always it needs to go deeper and deeper, it's often
enough an exaustive but brief introduction to some records. Six
reviews only this time, much more next update (The Lens, Roz Vitalis,
Quidam, Special Experiment, Arcansiel, Cartoon, Kbb, Martigan
and some others). I'm also arranging a small interview to RC2
from Venezuela. Enjoy your stay !! Luca Alberici
"Curriculum Vitae" DVD - Addison Project "Mood
Swings" - Act
"Last Epic" -
Blackmore's Night "Past Times With Good Company"
- Folque "Vardoger" - John
Wetton "Rock Of Faith".
"Same" - Tony Carnevale "Live-Rock
Synphonic Concert" - Mythologic "Standing In Stillness"
- Flyte "Dawn Dancer" - Warlord
"Rising Out Of The Ashes"- Van & Borner "Miracle"
During my summer holydays I usually like listening prog classics
of my collection. It happened this time too. Also for this reason
you can find seven reviews, three of them regarding really great
old albums that I loved very very much. This new update is certainly
ruled by a new personal great discovery: Root. You can find the
last album reviewed and a small interview to David Kendall.
Proggy regards Luca Alberici
Root "Resolution" - Anyone's Daughter "Adonis"
- Fish "Fellini Days" - Peter Gabriel "Up"
- Novalis "Banished Bridge"/"s/t" - Raimundo
Rodulfo "To Live A Dream"
always updated the site every month till now. This is the first
time I'm a little in late due to a very busy period for me. The
second reason is that I changed the look of the site (again ??!!??
...you're thinking of for sure). Yes, again but I think it's the
last time and the next ones will be only small changes. Unfortunately
not all the sections have already the new dress: it's a long and
hard job and it needs more time. Anyway I hope you'll like it
!!I've just read Fish will play live in Genova next June 21th.
He will be supported by La Maschera di Cera. It will be certainly
a great gig but unfortunately the same day I will leave for my
summer holydays. AAAHHHHHHH !! I will answer to any e-mails sent
from 21/6/03 to 05/07/03 when I come back. Proggy regards Luca
Yello "Thorns Of Anger" - Farpoint
"Grace" - Kerrs
Pink "Tidings" - Metaconciencia "Bestiario"
- Abel Ganz "Gratuitous Flash" - Colin Bass "In
war is finally over (but it shouldn't have never begun !!) and
I'm listening to some interesting albums like "Thorns Of
Anger" by Jack Yello, "To Live A Dream" by Raimundo
Rodulfo, "Grace" by Farpoint, "Bestiario"
by Metaconciencia. In this May update you'll only find some new
review. I'm working hard on a new version of the site. It never
stands still!! Luca Alberici
- Clepsydra "Alone"
Absentia" - Deyss
Dear friends, from the current TOW update on, I will write
some lines about things regarding music and beyond. About fifteen
days of war have already gone. I must confess that I had hoped
in a diplomatic resolution. I've always been, I am and I will
always be for peace but it's not the actual reason why I never
shared the angloamerican decision to invade Iraq. Several wars
have been already fought in different parts of the world so I
can't think of a future without wars. It's really impossible until
human being will populate world, until economic interests will
rule the world. Right wars don't exist, but some are necessary.
This one wasn't neither right nor necessary......How Bush may
think that terrorism will be defeated with the fall of Saddam
Hussein ?? How much will be the human (and innocent) sacrifice
? It's only because Bush couldn't kill Bin Laden? How much of
politic is this war? Please stop this massacre before it's too
late !!! Now let's talk about music: I'm listening to the brand
new albums of Arena, Porcupine Tree and (a little bit in late)
Clepsydra and Asia. I thought to be in time to post the reviews
in the current update, but I preferred to listen to them deeper
and deeper. Please wait for the next April/May update. Enjoy your
stay !! Luca Alberici
Out, Camel, Farpoint, Heon.
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OF FAME section is temporarily under reconstruction. Next month
it will be available again more useful and complete. My favourite
albums of all times will be divided both by genres and by release
Rodulfo "The Dreams Concerto" - Loverboy
"Live, Loud and Loose" -
"Bereavement Before Dawn"
- Nolan/Wakeman "Hound Of The Baskervilles" - Silver
"Dream Machines" - Wurtemberg
"Rock Fantasia Opus 9".
28th 2003 UPDATE
Sublime label, Camel, Caravan and Conscience
Of Salvation "Remedy Lane" - Gratto "Anakin Tumnus
" - Abraxas "99" - Geoff Tate "s/t" -
Rousseau "At The Cinema" - Xinema "Different Ways"
- Colt "From The Fridge".