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Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) - Supernatural Fairy Tales - The Progressive Rock Era CD (album) cover


Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)


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3.14 | 18 ratings

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5 stars I can really see what this box set was going for. I very diverse collection of prog songs designed to give a nice taste of the many facets of classic prog rock to anyone curious to discover the genre. Even someone with a little classic prog knowledge should be pleased with this collection.

The reason this boxset excels is the fact it ventures into some lesser traveled territory. We get some avant-prog, Krautrock, Canterbury, and a brief glimpse of Zeuhl on the single Magma track. We also get some of the very first prog with bands like The Moody Blues and The Nice. I'm sure there aren't many that will enjoy everything here, but that's aside from the point. It's made to give you the idea of what bands are for you or not, and it does well here.

Now of course, it's not perfect. For instance, a couple bands were unable to be featured due to them not allowing it. Three huge examples are Pink Floyd, King Crimson and Jethro Tull. Also some songs seem like odd choices, such as Perpetual Change from Yes, Roll Over Beethoven from Electric Light Orchestra, and Legends of a Mind from The Moody Blues. Then there are some that are arguably not prog related whatsoever, such as the Roxy Music tracks and most notably so Radar Love by Golden Earring.

But other than this, this is a wonderful set for budding proggies. If they aren't aiming just to be impressed, but instead learn about a wide range of prog, this set is perfect, and there's nothing else quite like it.

DisgruntledPorcupine | 5/5 |


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