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Prog - - Contents - This is­sue’s star let­ter wins a goodie bag from The Merch Desk at www.the­mer­chdesk.com.

Just a short mail from South Africa. Here, like Aus­tralia, mag­a­zines take a bit longer to reach our shores. Luck­ily I’m a flight at­ten­dant and man­age to get my mu­sic mag­a­zines quite fast. I just read the June 2017 is­sue [Prog 77, with Mar­il­lion on the cover] – stun­ning cover! I saw the Fish-era band dur­ing that time at Mil­ton Keynes. My eyes caught the Prog 75 [100 Great­est Prog An­thems] is­sue on the Let­ters page and it hit me that my three favourite LPs were all EMI: Sgt Pep­per, The Dark Side Of The Moon and A Night At The Opera. For a kid grow­ing up in ru­ral South Africa, that mu­sic was be­yond any­thing we heard on the ra­dio. Thank you for a great mag­a­zine.

What I would love to see in one of your is­sues is the great­est band no one ever heard – Free­dom’s Chil­dren and their amaz­ing As­tra al­bum. That is one of the most sought-af­ter al­bums, and in mint con­di­tion may pay a lot of your re­tire­ment fund.

Thank you for a great read, and for the Mar­il­lion poster! Wow. Even a 58-yearold felt like a child again when I saw the Mark Wilkin­son draw­ing.

Charl Barry, Cape Town

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