A spinoff of its parent magazine, Classic Rock Presents Prog takes a look at progressive music and the artists who weave them together. Each issue takes a soul-searching foray into the hearts and minds of the heroes of rock, reviewing both new and old releases. Building upon the history of some of the most genre-defining pieces ever devised and those who followed who continue to refine, revolutionise and completely discard the formulas of those who came before. Reflecting on the proud genesis of this unexpected genre, Classic Rock Presents Prog is an able tutor for those in the dark about the evolution of progressive music, and a tonic for existing fans.
The Third Edition of the "Nirvana Lounge" Series Carries on with Lead Proponent Claude Challe's Unique Concept that World Music Should Appeal to the Ears of Anyone in Any Country of the World. It Isn't Just that the Music He Selects for his Compilations Comes from So Many Varied Sources around the Globe, the Fact of the Matter is that Each Track is Good and Pleasing to the Ear, If Not Great. The Wide Variety Presents Tracks that have Roots in Soul, R&b, Blues, Disco, Dub, Electro Opera, Trance and Yet More. Challe Has Traveled to the Four Corners of the Earth and Become Familiar with all the Music of Its Inhabitants and Does his Best to Bring it all Together with this Series and Others He Initiated, Thrilling the Sensibilities of Listeners Worldwide. This is the Real Thing Folks, Accept No Imitations…claude Challe is the Master and Always Will Be.
Claude Challe's Nirvana Lounge, Vol. 2 ventures even further in a dance direction than the first volume, thanks to tracks such as the Deep Forest remix of "We Enter" and the Rollo and Sister Bliss remix of "We Come One." However, Challe doesn't completely disown his worldbeat roots, particularly on the hypnotic, string-driven "Latin Masala," the Mediterranean-influenced "Deceptively Similar," and the dramatic, percussive "Batu." "Ponger Star," which samples a ping-pong ball being hit as its main rhythm, is another of the album's highlights, reaffirming that even as Challe's music moves in a more mainstream direction, he still leaves plenty of room for creativity. ~ Heather Phares, All Music Guide