Artists (F)

La Fabbrica dell’Assoluto

– 1984: L’ultimo uomo d’Europa (2015) 4.00 stars


Fabio Zuffanti

– La quarta vittima (2014) 4.00 stars


Face Off

– The Colour of Rain (2013) 3.50 stars


Faces

– First Step (1970) 4.00 stars
– Long Player (1971) 4.00 stars
– A Nod Is as Good as a Wink…to a Blind Horse (1971) 4.50 stars
– Ooh La La (1973) 4.00 stars
– Coast to Coast – Overture and Beginners (1973) 4.50 stars


Factory of Art

– Grasp!!! (1996) 3.00 stars
– The Tempter (2002) 3.00 stars


Failure

– Fantastic Planet (1996) 3.00 stars


Fairyland

– Of Wars in Osyrhia (2003) 4.00 stars
– The Fall of an Empire (2006) 4.00 stars
– Score to a New Beginning (2009) 4.00 stars


Faithealer

– Welcome to the Edge of the World (2010) 4.00 stars


Faith Hill

– Breathe (1999) 3.50 stars
– Cry (2002) 4.00 stars

So hate me, but I adore Faith Hill.  The woman is not only gorgeous, but has a voice much better suited for Blues than Country Rock (in my opinion). I feel that if she ever pursues more of the Blues/Rock material such as “Free” and “One” from the fairly decent Cry album, she could kick some serious butt outside of Nashville.


Falconer

– Falconer (2001) 3.50 stars
– Chapters From a Vale Forlorn (2002) 3.50 stars
– The Sceptre of Deception (2003) 3.50 stars
– Grime vs. Grandeur (2005) 3.50 stars
– Northwind (2006) 3.50 stars
– Among Beggars and Thieves (2008) 3.50 stars


Falkirk

– Magnus Imperium (2003) 3.50 stars
– Gates of Dawn (2006) 3.50 stars


Family

– Music in a Doll’s House (1968) 2.50 stars
– Family Entertainment (1969) 3.50 stars


Fantasia

– Realm of Wonders (2000) 3.00 stars


Fantasy

– Paint a Picture (1973) 3.50 stars


Far ‘n’ High

– Day Off (2005) 1.00 stars


The Far Meadow

– Where Joys Abound (2012) NOT RATED
– Given the Impossible (2016) NOT RATED


Farmhouse Odyssey

– Farmhouse Odyssey (2015) 3.00 stars
– Rise of the Waterfowl (2016) NOT RATED
– Back in NYC (2016) NOT RATED


Faro

– Dawn of Forever (2003) 3.50 stars


Faster Pussycat

– Faster Pussycat (1987) 4.00 stars
– Wake Me When It’s Over (1989) 3.00 stars
– Whipped! (1992) 2.50 stars


Fastway

– Fastway (1983) 4.00 stars
– All Fired Up (1984) 3.50 stars


Fatal Crisis

– Distant Fantasia (2011) 2.50 stars


Fatal Destiny

– Palindromia (2016) NOT RATED


Fatal Force

– Fatal Force (2006) 3.50 stars


Fatal Fusion

– The Ancient Tale (2013) 4.00 stars
– Total Absence (2016) NOT RATED


Fates Warning

– Parallels (1991) 4.00 stars
– Inside Out (1994) 3.50 stars
– A Pleasant Shade of Gray (1997) 4.50 stars
– Disconnected (2000) 4.50 stars
– FWX (2004) 4.00 stars
– Darkness in a Different Light (2013) 4.50 stars
– Theories of Flight (2016) NOT RATED


Fear of Fours

– Never Heaven (2007) 2.00 stars


Feinstein

– Third Wish (2004) 4.00 stars


Felony

– First Works (2005) 4.00 stars


Femme Fatale

– Femme Fatale (1988) 3.50 stars


Fergie Frederiksen

– Equilibrium (1999) 3.50 stars
– Happiness Is the Road (2011) 4.00 stars
– Any Given Moment (2013) 4.00 stars


Fifth Angel

– Fifth Angel (1986) 3.50 stars


Fight

– War of Words (1993) 4.00 stars
– A Small Deadly Space (1995) 4.00 stars


Final Chapter

– The Wizard Queen (2004) 3.50 stars


Final Conflict

– Return of the Artisan (2012) 3.50 stars


Find Me

– Wings of Love (2013) 4.50 stars
– Dark Angel (2015) 4.50 stars


Finisterre

– Finisterre (1994) 4.00 stars
– In limine (1996) 4.00 stars


Finnegans Wake

– Yellow (1994) NOT RATED


Fiona

– Heart Like a Gun (1989) 3.50 stars
– Squeeze (1992) 3.50 stars


Fireballet

Night on Bald Mountain (1975) 4.50 stars


Firecracker

– Born of Fire (2010) 4.50 stars


Fireflight

– Unbreakable (2008) 3.00 stars


Fire Garden

– Far and Near (2016) NOT RATED


Firehouse

– Firehouse (1990) 4.50 stars
– Hold Your Fire (1992) 3.50 stars
– 3 (1995) 3.50 stars


Firewind

– Nocturnal Symphony (1998) 2.00 stars
– Between Heaven and Hell (2002) 4.00 stars
Burning Earth (2003) 4.00 stars
– Forged by Fire (2005) 4.00 stars
– Allegiance (2006) 4.00 stars
– The Premonition (2008) 4.00 stars
– Days of Defiance (2010) 4.00 stars
– Few Against Many (2012) 3.50 stars


The Firm

– The Firm (1985) 3.00 stars
– Mean Business (1986) 3.50 stars


First Shot

– From the Hip (2001) 3.50 stars
– Midnight Madness (2003) 3.50 stars


Fish

– Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors (1990) 4.00 stars
– Internal Exile (1991) 4.00 stars
– 13th Star (2007) 3.00 stars

As much as I loved Fish’s work in Marillion, I find much of his solo material uninspiring, not even close to the same style of early Marillion Prog-Rock. His debut solo effort, Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors, covered some similar styles as Marillion, but it still wasn’t quite what I was praying for. The few subsequent albums I’ve heard also did nothing much for me overall, which is why I don’t own more. It was simply the case that Fish and Marillion combined had a certain magic that neither singer nor band could create on their own. Too bad.


Flamborough Head

– Tales of Imperfection (2005) 4.00 stars
– Looking for John Maddock (2009) 4.00 stars
Lost in Time (2013) 4.00 stars
– Shreds Of Evidence (2017) NOT RATED


Flaming Row

– Elinoire (2011) 4.00 stars
– Mirage – A Portrayal of Figures (2014) 4.50 stars

This is an interesting band. The music is a bit hard to shove into a single category. Sometimes the band sounds Metal, sometimes Progressive Rock, sometimes Rock-Opera, even some Country(!)…regardless, it’s an interesting combination. The band uses a combination of male and female vocals (the latter supplied by Kiri Geile), and uses them to great advantage, especially on songs such as “Initiation Fugato” from the debut album, Elinoire, which delves liberally into Gentle Giant territory with its intricate vocal arrangements. This is one band to watch!


Flash

Flash (1972) 4.00 stars
– In the Can (1972) 3.50 stars
– Out of Our Hands (1973) 3.00 stars


Flashback of Anger

– Splinters of Life (2009) 3.00 stars


Flea on the Honey

– Flea on the Honey (1971) 3.50 stars


Fleetwood Mac

– Kiln House (1970) 3.00 stars
– Future Games (1971) 3.50 stars
– Bare Trees (1972) 3.50 stars
– Penguin (1973) 3.00 stars
Mystery to Me (1973) 3.50 stars
– Heroes Are Hard to Find (1974) 3.50 stars
– Fleetwood Mac (1975) 4.50 stars
– Rumours (1977) 4.50 stars
– Tusk (1979) 3.50 stars
– Fleetwood Mac Live (1980) 4.00 stars
– Mirage (1982) 4.50 stars
– Tango in the Night (1987) 4.50 stars
– Behind the Mask (1990) 3.50 stars
– 25 Years: The Chain (1992) 4.50 stars
– Time (1995) 4.00 stars
– The Dance (1997) 4.00 stars


The Flower Kings

– Back in the World of Adventures (1995) 4.50 stars
– Retropolis (1996) 4.50 stars
– Stardust We Are (1997) 4.50 stars
– Flower Power (1999) 4.50 stars
Space Revolver (2000) 4.50 stars
– The Rainmaker (2001) 4.50 stars
– Unfold the Future (2002) 4.50 stars
– Adam & Eve (2004) 4.00 stars
– Harvest (2005) 4.00 stars
– Paradox Hotel (2006) 4.00 stars
– The Sum of No Evil (2007) 4.00 stars
– Banks of Eden (2012) 4.00 stars
– Desolation Rose (2013) 4.00 stars


Flower Travellin’ Band

Satori (1971) 4.00 stars


Flowing Tears

– Serpentine (2002) 2.50 stars
– Razorbliss (2004) 2.50 stars


Flying Circus

– Starlight Clearing (2016) NOT RATED


Flying Colors

– Flying Colors (2012) 4.50 stars
– Second Nature (2014) 4.50 stars


FM (Canada)

– Black Noise (1977) NOT RATED


FM (UK)

– Indiscreet (1986) 4.50 stars
– Tough It Out (1989) 4.50 stars
– Takin’ It to the Streets (1991) 4.00 stars
– Aphrodisiac (1992) 4.00 stars
– Dead Man’s Shoes (1995) 4.00 stars
– Vintage and Rare (2007) 4.50 stars
– Metropolis (2010) 4.00 stars
– Only Foolin’ EP (2012) 4.00 stars
– Rockville (2013) 4.00 stars
– Rockville II (2013) 4.00 stars
– Futurama (2014) 4.00 stars
Heroes and Villains (2015) 4.00 stars


Focus

– In and Out of Focus (1970) 3.50 stars
– Moving Waves (1971) 4.50 stars
– Focus 3 (1972) 4.50 stars
– Hamburger Concerto (1974) 4.50 stars
– Ship of Memories (1976) 4.00 stars

Like many people I’m sure, Focus first came to my attention with the wickedly wild and yodeling-fun single “Hocus Pocus.” Although I loved the humorous song and thought this band from the Netherlands quite bizarre, I didn’t check out the band’s full albums until several years later. Then I discovered some truly inspired Symphonic Prog-Rock, especially on the albums Moving Waves, Focus 3, and (perhaps my favorite Focus album) Hamburger Concerto. I adored the work of guitarist Jan Akkerman, and Thijs van Leer’s talent on keyboards and flute proved equally commendable. For this trio of albums, Focus had created a perfect balance (for me) of Rock, Classical, and Jazz, with even a bit of Medieval influences thrown into the mix. These albums also had a nice balance of mellow, acoustic tracks and some bombastic, rollicking tracks. Some of the group’s other albums occasionally hit the same heights, but I always felt them somehow lacking, even boring in places. Therefore, I strongly encourage lovers of Symphonic Prog-Rock—especially fans of groups such as Emerson, Lake, and Palmer and Jethro Tull—to investigate the trio of albums I mentioned if you haven’t done so already.


Foghat

– Foghat (1972) 3.50 stars
– Foghat 2 (1973) 3.50 stars
Energized (1974) 4.00 stars
– Rock and Roll Outlaws (1974) 3.50 stars
– Fool for the City (1975) 4.00 stars
– Night Shift (1976) 4.00 stars
– Stone Blue (1978) 3.50 stars
– Boogie Motel (1979) 3.00 stars
– Return of the Boogie Men (1994) 3.50 stars


Fonya

– Earth Shaper (1999) 2.00 stars


For All We Know

– For All We Know (2011) 4.00 stars
– Take Me Home (2017) NOT RATED


Forcefield

– The Talisman (1988) 3.00 stars
– To Oz and Back (1989) 3.00 stars
Let the Wild Run Free (1990) 4.00 stars


Force of Progress

– Calculated Risk (2017) NOT RATED


Foreigner

– Foreigner (1977) 4.00 stars
– Double Vision (1978) 3.50 stars
– Head Games (1979) 3.50 stars
– 4 (1981) 2.50 stars
– Unusual Heat (1991) 3.50 stars


Forevers Edge

– Chaotic Silence (2010) 4.00 stars


Forever Twelve

– Home (2017) NOT RATED


Forgotten Suns

– Fiction Edge I (Ascent) (2000) 4.00 stars
– Snooze (2004) 4.00 stars
– Innergy (2009) 3.50 stars
– When Worlds Collide (2015) 3.50 stars

Please note, the band’s first two albums are in a Neo-Progressive Rock style, but afterward the group changed its focus to Progressive Metal.


Fortune

– Fortune (1985) 4.00 stars


Fractal Mirror

– Strange Attractors (2013) 3.50 stars
– Garden of Ghosts (2014) 3.50 stars
– Slow Burn 1 (2016) NOT RATED


Frameshift

– An Absence of Empathy (2005) 3.50 stars


Francis Dunnery

– Fearless (1994) 4.00 stars
– Tall Blonde Helicopter (1995) 3.50 stars


Franck Carducci

– Oddity (2011) 4.50 stars
– Torn Apart (2015) 4.00 stars


Franke & The Knockouts

– Below the Belt (1982) 4.00 stars


FreddeGredde

– Thirteen Eight (2011) 4.50 stars
Brighter Skies (2014) 4.50 stars
– Eyes on the Edge (2017) NOT RATED


Frederiksen / Denander

– Baptism by Fire (2007) 4.50 stars


Frederiksen / Phillips

– Frederiksen/Phillips (1995) 3.50 stars


Free

– Tons of Sobs (1969) 4.00 stars
Free (1969) 4.00 stars
Fire and Water (1970) 4.00 stars
– Highway (1970) 4.00 stars
– Free at Last (1972) 4.00 stars
– Heartbreaker (1973) 4.00 stars
– Molten Gold: The Anthology [2 CD] (1993) 4.00 stars


Freedom Call

– Crystal Empire (2001) 3.50 stars


Freedom to Glide

– Fall (2016) NOT RATED


Frehley’s Comet

– Frehley’s Comet (1987) 3.00 stars
– Second Sighting (1988) 3.50 stars


French TV

– The Violence of Amateurs (1999) 3.50 stars


Frequency Drift

Personal Effects (Part One) (2008) 4.00 stars
– Personal Effects (Part Two) (2010) 3.50 stars
– Ghosts… (2011) 3.50 stars
– Over (2014) NOT RATED
– Summer (2014) 3.50 stars


Friar Rush

– Alauda Sonare Suavis (2006) 4.00 stars


Fright Pig

– Out of the Barnyard (2013) 4.50 stars


Frijid Pink

Frijid Pink (1970) 4.00 stars
– Defrosted (1970) 4.00 stars
– Earth Omen (1972) 4.00 stars


Frogg Café

– Frogg Café (2001) 3.50 stars
– Creatures (2003) 4.50 stars
– Noodles (2004) 3.50 stars
– Fortunate Observer of Time (2005) 4.50 stars
– The Safenzee Diaries (2007) 4.00 stars
– Bateless Edge (2010) 3.00 stars

From what I understand, Frogg Café started as a Zappa tribute act known as Lumpy Gravy, and it shows. The band plays in a style quite similar to that found on Zappa’s Hot Rats and Waka/Jawaka albums, jazzy and loaded with complicated arrangements, including horns and violin. I find much of the band’s output hit or miss, however, preferring the Creatures and Fortunate Observer Of Time albums, where the band is more Progressive Rock as opposed to top-heavy Brass/Jazz-Rock. Nevertheless, most of the albums are generally above average, so for any fans of the period of Zappa’s career where he included brass in his song arrangements, this is probably a band you will appreciate.


From the Inside

– From the Inside (2004) 4.50 stars
– Visions (2008) 4.50 stars


The Front

The Front (1989) 4.50 stars


Frontline

– Heroes (1997) 4.00 stars
– Against the World (2002) 4.00 stars
– Ultimate Salvation (2010) 4.00 stars


Frost*

– Milliontown (2006) 4.50 stars
– Experiments in Mass Appeal (2008) 4.00 stars
– Falling Satellites (2016) NOT RATED

Although typically labeled Progressive Rock, the band’s debut album (to me) is closer to Prog-Metal.  Therefore, fans of the genre should be aware that this album often straddles the line between Prog-Rock and Prog-Metal and may not be as appealing (considered too light) for some folks.


Frozen

– 3 (2011) 4.00 stars

Although this band is labeled as “Death Metal” on several music-related websites, I didn’t hear much of that on the one album I own, which to me is Prog-Metal instead.


Frumpy

– All Will Be Changed (1970) 3.50 stars
– 2 (1971) 3.00 stars
– By the Way (1972) 3.50 stars

In many ways, Frumpy reminds me of the U.K. band Babe Ruth. Both came onto the music scene at just about the same time, both bands have gruff-sounding female vocalists, and both bands have styles that are a cross between Hard Rock with Progressive Rock leanings. And both bands, as they released more and more albums, seemed to stray from their original Progressive Rock leanings to become more straightforward Hard Rock bands. Therefore, for Prog-Rock fans, beware of that fact when delving into their catalogues of releases. The earlier the release, the more Progressive Rock-related the offering. But also note, neither act were in the vein of Neo-Prog or Symphonic Prog, but rather Hard Rock with only Progressive tendencies.


Fruupp

– Future Legends (1973) 3.50 stars
– Seven Secrets (1974) 3.50 stars
– The Prince of Heaven’s Eyes (1974) 3.50 stars
– Modern Masquerades (1975) 3.50 stars


Fullforce

– One (2011) 4.00 stars
– Next Level (2012) NOT RATED


Futures End

– Memoirs of a Broken Man (2009) 4.00 stars


Fuzzy Duck

Fuzzy Duck (1971) 4.00 stars