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PROG IS NOT A FOUR LETTER WORD

Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)

 

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3.03 | 5 ratings

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questionsneverknown
3 stars I was surprised to find only one review of this fine little sampler, which opens up a small window onto the great diversity of prog outside the English symphonic tradition. The Delay 68 label and Finders Keepers Productions, and Andy Votel in particular, has released a number of cool little collections that show off the hard work of digging through cut-out bins and rummage and boot sales and coming up with some remarkable, obscure gems. So, unlike compilations that aim to give you the best of the best, the Votel collections unearth rarities we may never otherwise get to hear.

The range here is truly international, with acts coming from Italy, France, Hungary, Korea, England, Turkey, Poland, Wales, Germany, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. Obviously, some of these acts are not as obscure as others, especially for readers of this website (I'm thinking especially of Egg and Embryo). Still it's a fairly sure thing that there's some stuff here you never knew about before.

Aside from the international range, there's a wide span here of musical shapes and sizes, wide enough to test many definitions of prog. For me some of the outstanding tracks are "Toledo" by the Czech Martin Kratochvil & Jazz Q, "Lambaya Puf De" by the Turkish Baris Manco, "Merta" by the Italian Pozzo Del Pichio and "Le Roi des Mouches" by the French Jean Claude Vannier. I also have to send out a gleeful smile out into the universe for the inclusion of "Breuddwyd" by Bran. As a fan of Roc Cymraeg (Welsh rock), I'm so happy to find Bran on here. Their music is not easy to find and it should definitely be made more available.

Andy Votel has also released two discs called "Folk is Not a Four Letter Word," that are well worth checking out, as are the two discs of rare Welsh folk and rock,"Welsh Rare Beat."

While some of the tracks found here aren't going to be the best thing you'll ever hear, I have to say that I just love this disc and have let it ride in the CD carousel for many days straight.

Let's call it a 3.5.

questionsneverknown | 3/5 |

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