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The Amazing Wilf, cynic, mystic and occasional fool, takes you on a wonderful journey through the heady world of British and European progressive music. From the days of the sixties and seventies, when this stuff actually sold, through the New Wave Of British Progressive Rock in the mid-1980s, and bang up-to-date with the new blood. This music has never been more diverse or interesting, but in the competitive world of downloads and global marketing it's difficult for today's progressive acts to get the exposure they deserve and need to thrive. Wilf, therefore, concentrates on getting music by the small bands 'out there', while having a damn good time and a few laughs on the way.

The European Perspective The Amazing Wilf

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    • 4.8 • 10 Ratings

The Amazing Wilf, cynic, mystic and occasional fool, takes you on a wonderful journey through the heady world of British and European progressive music. From the days of the sixties and seventies, when this stuff actually sold, through the New Wave Of British Progressive Rock in the mid-1980s, and bang up-to-date with the new blood. This music has never been more diverse or interesting, but in the competitive world of downloads and global marketing it's difficult for today's progressive acts to get the exposure they deserve and need to thrive. Wilf, therefore, concentrates on getting music by the small bands 'out there', while having a damn good time and a few laughs on the way.

    The European Perspective 285

    The European Perspective 285

    In the first of at least seven shows dedicated to the art of the prog epic, David and Martin visit the worlds of Big Big Train, Wobbler, Transatlantic, The Tangent, Abel Ganz, The Neal Morse Band and The Gift. Make a cuppa, sit back, relax and wallow in the long-form progressive rock song! Big Big [...]

    • 4 hrs 11 min
    The European Perspective #284

    The European Perspective #284

    Continuing with our Scandanavian theme, this time around we play some of the great 21st century progressive music that’s come out of Norway, including tracks from new albums by Wobbler, Motorpsycho and Arabs In Aspic. Wobbler – Imperial Winter White (15:04) from Afterglow, 2009 Major Parkinson – Madeleine Crumbles (05:07) from Blackbox, 2017 Soup – [...]

    • 4 hrs
    The European Perspective 283

    The European Perspective 283

    It’s been a while since we did a country special, so here’s one right here. Ladies and gentlemen, the fantastic progressive music of Sweden! Moon Safari – Too Young To Say Goodbye (06:29) from Himlabacken vol. 1, 2013 Anekdoten – Shooting Star (10:11) from Until All the Ghosts Are Gone, 2015 Introitus – Shadows (09:43) [...]

    • 3 hrs 54 min
    The European Persepective 282

    The European Persepective 282

    Martin is off doing something called the Three Peaks Challenge this weekend. He’s a mad bugger. Apparently it involves running up and down hills. He does it voluntarily, apparently. So I’m gonna spin some choons, as the kids say. Some old choons, some new choons. Choony McChoonface. Dyble Longdon – Astrologers (05:57) from Between A [...]

    • 3 hrs 52 min
    The European Perspective 281

    The European Perspective 281

    Martin is on holiday. I’ll do what I want! Steve Hillage – Hurdy Gurdy Man (06:34) from L, 1976 The Tangent – The Tower Of Babel (04:36) from Auto Reconnaissance, 2020 Sloth Metropolis – Band Together (05:35) from Humanise, 2020 Abel Ganz – The Life of the Honey Bee and Other Moments of Clarity (12:41) [...]

    • 3 hrs 58 min
    The European Perspective 280

    The European Perspective 280

    Back after a break! Here’s our review of the first half of 2020 – the oddest six months of most of our lives, but there’s been some great music released nonetheless. So, sucks to you, Covid-19! Magenta – Reach For The Moon (09:27) from Masters Of Illusion, 2020 Chimpan A – It’s So Real (08:08) [...]

    • 4 hrs 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

McBaldrick ,

TEP

Required listening. The ONLY progcast worth listening to. Wilf had got it bang on. Look, just b****y well download it, OK? Your ears will love you for ever. Your mind will be fairly chuffed too! :)

Chocky100 ,

Prog Never Sounded So Good.

One of the rare breed of podcasts that always keeps you on your toes, the European Perspective has proved to be an utterly unique beast in the confusing forest of Progressive Rock radio. Your host is the Amazing Wilf, a man with a natural talent for finding new and exciting ways in which to present what has become to most, a tired and worn out genre. His shows usually centre around a loose theme which allows Wilf to unfold a unique narrative in the material he presents. One week it could be a program about the lost classics of the genre, the next could be about the cutting edge of Nu Prog. He's not afraid to challenge your preconceptions and in doing so, there is always something interesting to discover. The programme is held together with Wilf’s laconic and disarming wit between the songs which is mixed with a gentle confidence that only comes with knowing your subject matter inside out. I'm usually not a 5 star kind of guy but this show is highly recommended.

whatwhywhenwhere ,

One of the best

One of the best prog rock podcasts around, with an eclectic mix of prog, a great introduction to new music and a DJ who isn't annoying (most of the time); he's just about found the balance between being informative without being dry and adding a touch of whimsical wit to proceedings.

A minor quibble something that should not put anyone off is that there is too much of it (is that really a problem) more than four hours of podcast with no chapters makes it a tad difficult to find particular bits should you ever want to revisit them.

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