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Various Artists (Label Samplers) V - Virgin Sampler album cover
3.69 | 7 ratings | 2 reviews | 29% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1975

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Yesterday Man - Robert Wyatt (3:07)
2. Don Alfonso - Mike Oldfield and Kevin Ayers (6:04)
3. Go and Sit Upon the Grass - Ivor Cutler (2:20)
4. Overture - Tangerine Dream (11:06)
5. Marjory Razorblade - Kevin Coyne (8:30)
6. Looking for the River - Kevin Coyne (3:06)
7. Mirror Man (live) - Captain Beefheart (4:42)
8. Upon the My-O-My - Captain Beefheart (4:00)
9. Extract from the Messiah - Slapp Happy (1:45)
10. A Worm Is at Work - Henry Cow (1:48)
11. Sad Sing - Tom Newman and Mike Oldfield (2:17)
12. Super Man - Tom Newman (3:30)
13. Charles Semba - Chili (3:20)
14. Baile (They Are Gone) - Jabula (4:33)
15. Extract from Part 1 - Clearlight Symphony (4:00)
16. Your Majesty Is Like a Cream Donut - Hatfield and the North (6:08)
17. White Noise II (extract) - White Noise II (4:00)
18. Pentagramaspinn - Steve Hillage (5:45)

Total Time 80:01

Releases information

UK: Virgin 2LP: VD 2502
France: Virgin/CPF 2LP: 940 801/2
Germany: Virgin/Ariola 2LP: 88 588 XBT
Italy: Virgin/Orrizonte 2LP: ORL 8309/10
Yugoslavia: Virgin/RTB 2LP: LP 5518/19-VD2502

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VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) V - Virgin Sampler ratings distribution

(7 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(29%)
Good, but non-essential (43%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by fuxi
3 stars I don't believe this double album has ever been released on CD, but I have fond memories of the time when it appeared (1975), since this must have been just about the last time Virgin Records could pass themselves off as one of Britain's prime prog labels.

Just look at all the stuff that's included here! Henry Cow, Slapp Happy, Hatfield and the North, Jabula, Clearlight Symphony and Tangerine Dream are all represented. The late great Kevin Coyne is awarded two songs, as is Captain Beefheart. Steve Hillage provides the exhilerating "Pentagramaspinn", which must have remained unavailable to ordinary listeners until the recent (2007) re-release of FISH RISING.

Most glorious of all are the album's first three tracks. Robert Wyatt opens the party with a cover version of "Yesterday Man", one of his most delightful performances. I love the way Kevin Ayers accompanies him on spoons, but I'm afraid I don't know the original version of this song - anyhow, it sounds even more inspired than Robert's cover of "I'm a Believer". David Bedford (on vocals) and Mike Oldfield (guitar) then follow, with an unforgettable performance of the nursery rhyme-like "Don Alfonso", featuring the immortal verse: 'She told me she was single / it made me tingle / my heart went jingle-jingle / I said: let's mingle!' To top it all, Ivor Cutler sings his magisterial "Go and sit upon the grass", which is almost as good as his contribution to Wyatt's ROCK BOTTOM. (Apparently, Robert Wyatt himself later covered Cutler's song under the title "Grass".) By now, old memories have taken hold of me... I don't own a record player and I don't even know where I left this album, but Cutler's voice - he made a few CDs, I wonder if I'd find "Grass" anywhere, I'm going to have to rush off and check it out quickly...

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5 stars I've been looking for this album for a very long time due to SIRIUS 16 The Vault playing the majority of these songs and I was so impressed with what I was hearing that I've had to have this album and luckily I was able to get this album, I also like how this album has a wide diversity of music ... (read more)

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