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BEST PROG ROCK ALBUM IN THE WORLD... EVER

Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)

 

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2.89 | 17 ratings

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Dick Heath
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Jazz-Rock Specialist
3 stars What a parson's egg of compilation and the record label should be taken to a court of law with the exaggerations of the title of the album. But there appears to be some degree of thought put into the selection offered here and has to be aimed at the newcomers to the genre. The first Van Der Graaf track is odd, (little distance between it and George Martin's original - or if come to that Cozy Powell's version), the second is good. And Roxy Music.......? Deep Purple's inclusion is inspired because they were included amongst the "progressive music" bands at the end of the 60's. Good to see one of the most jazz rock of prog albums "Hot Rats"represented. But as ever there are some major omissions because the record company doesn't have access nor prepared to get a license from a competitor - so where is the representative Crimson track (or is this Fripp being awkward?)? Why do these British compilations always have "Silver Machine" and "Back Street Luv" - this is parallelled in 60's rock compilations, which always have Hendrix's "All Along The Watch Tower" and Cream's "White Room"?

Footnote: IMHO the best Prog Rock Album of 2003 was the 3 CD set compilation offered by Decca: "Legend Of A Mind". This contained a fascinating collection of tracks (and artists), many long forgotten and the label even specifically remastered tracks for the compilation (e.g. T2's "No More White Horses").

Dick Heath | 3/5 |

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