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Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) - Wondrous Stories CD (album) cover


Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)


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3.34 | 9 ratings

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Tull Freak 94
3 stars A good introduction into the world of prog rock!

Not the best selection of tracks that could have been chosen (eg Genesis is represented by a track from their first and most obscure album) but all the important artists of the 70s prog-rock movement are represented. I get the feeling that this album was published partly to do with the popularity of Focus' Hocus Pocus due to its use in the Nike Football ad. In fact, the Cd cover comes with a sticker proclaiming 'Features Focus 'Hocus Pocus' as used in the Nike Football ad'. Maybe the guys at universal studios thought it was a good time to bring out a new prog compilation. The version of Hocus Pocus is actually half the length of the original and is slightly rearranged, I think it is actually better than the original! The title track by Yes has an upbeat, feel-good kind of vibe about it and is really a wonderful way to start. Both Cds seem to start with the more well known bands (Yes, ELP, Jethro Tull, Supertramp, Genesis, the aforementioned Focus) and gradually get more and more obscure (Edgar Winter Group, Mountain etc) which is good because it perhaps will inspire you to seek out more stuff written by those obscurer bands. Best track for me: Gypsy by uriah heep! But i dont see why Andrew Lloyd Webber is tagged on at the end, completely out of place!

Tull Freak 94 | 3/5 |


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