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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 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
    The European Perspective 279 – Mike Oldfield part 3

    The European Perspective 279 – Mike Oldfield part 3

    Wilf is joined again by Jon Hunt and James Hendry for the final part of their review of the career of one of the true greats of British music, Mike Oldfield. Mike Oldfield – In The Beginning/Let There Be Light (6:22) from The Songs Of Distant Earth, 1994 Mike Oldfield – The Song Of The [...]

    • 3 hrs 26 min
    The European Perspective 278 – Mike Oldfield part 2

    The European Perspective 278 – Mike Oldfield part 2

    Jon, James and Wilf regroup for the second part of their Mike Oldfield extravaganza, celebrating the music released by the great man in the Eighties, culminating with his leaving Virgin Records and releasing Tubular Bells II in 1992. Mike Oldfield –Five Miles Out (4:23) from Five Miles Out, 1982 Mike Oldfield –Mistake (2:58), single, 1982 [...]

    • 3 hrs
    The European Perspective 277

    The European Perspective 277

    There’ll be more Mike Oldfield-related shenanigans next time, but while you’re waiting for that, I’m back with another selection of top tunes, and Martin drops in with his Progradar’s Picks! Suns of the Tundra – Each of Us (04:59) from Murmuration, 2019 I Am The Manic Whale – Into The Blue (06:21) from Things Unseen, [...]

    • 4 hrs 13 min
    The European Perspective 276 – Mike Oldfield part 1

    The European Perspective 276 – Mike Oldfield part 1

    After literally years of talking about it, Wilf gets together in a socially distanced, responsible fashion with two old friends of The European Perspective, Jon Hunt and James Hendry, to present an extravaganza of music by one of their favourite composers and musicians, Mike Oldfield. In this first show they look at the first ten [...]

    • 3 hrs 12 min
    The European Perspective 275

    The European Perspective 275

    In celebration of the release of a new, all-singing, all-dancing edition of Marillion’s debut album Script For A Jester’s Tear we take a look back at the early days of the New Wave Of British Progressive Rock. Marillion – Script For A Jesters Tear (08:43) from Script For A Jester’s Tear, 1983 Marillion – Market [...]

    • 3 hrs 20 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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