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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1:
1. The Nice: The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack
2. Jethro Tull: Aeroplane
3. Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity: This Wheels On Fire
4. Small Faces: Song Of A Baker
5. Crazy World Of Arthur Brown: Fire
6. The Nice: America
7. Tyrannosaurus Rex: One Inch Rock
8. Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity: Road To Cairo
9. Sam Gopal: The Sky Is Burning
10. Woody Kern: Xoanan Bay
11. Heavy Jelly: I Keep Singing That Same Old Song
12. Colosseum: Walking In The Park
13. Soft Machine: Hibou, Anemone And Bear
14. Fleetwood Mac: Man Of The World
15. Keef Hartley Band: Sinnin For You (Live)
16. The Mooche: Seen Through A Light
17. Mike Oldfield: Mrs Moon And The Thatched Shop
18. Humble Pie: Natural Born Bugie
19. The Kinks: Shangri-La

CD 2:
1. The Deviants: Billy The Monster
2. Man: Spunk Box
3. Juicy Lucy: Who Do You Love?
4. Renaissance: Kings And Queens
5. Status Quo: Down The Dustpipe
6. Black Widow: Come To The Sabbat
7. Fleetwood Mac: The Green Manalishi
8. Stray: All In Your Mind
9. Jody Grind: Bath Sister
10. Pete Bardens: The Answer
11. Atomic Rooster: Tomorrow Night
12. Status Quo: Juniors Wailing
13. UFO: Follow You Home
14. Savoy Brown: Money Can't Save Your Soul
15. Emerson Lake & Palmer: Lucky Man
16. Steamhammer: Levinia
17. Comus: Diana

CD 3:
1. Marsupilami: Prelude To The Arena
2. Carol Grimes / Delivery: Blind To Your Light
3. Atomic Rooster: Devils Answer
4. Jan Dukes De Grey: Mice And Rats In The Loft
5. Wishful Thinking: Hiroshima
6. Fuchsia: Gone With The Mouse
7. Kingdom Come: Eternal Messenger
8. Chicken Shack: Daughter Of The Hillside
9. Uriah Heep: Easy Livin
10. Skin Alley: Skin Valley Serenade
11. Writing On The Wall: Buffalo
12. Groundhogs: Sad Go Round
13. Emerson Lake & Palmer: Karn Evil 9 1st Impression Pt 2
14. Gravy Train: Starlight Starbright
15. Tempest: Funeral Empire
16. Gryphon: Opening Move
17. Fruupp: The Seventh Secret

Line-up / Musicians

Multi-artist recording

Releases information

Cheap triple CD boxset issued in a nice cardboard box, with copious notes about the artists in a booklet. Originally issued by Castle Communication Records in 2005 (Cat. No.: 5050159172726), reissued by Sanctuary Records in 2008 (Cat. No.: SANCTUARY 0105). As such Castle Records as a specialist in reissuing back catalogue licensed from other labels, have a relatively odd assortment of artists, who originally would not have been signed to a single label.

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Review by Sean Trane
3 stars Unlike the previous progressive box-sets I reviewed (not the Nuggets compilations that were Garage rock though), this little "baby" is not based on a record label and this might just be its strength, but somehow it fails to capitalize on this strength (the multi-label freedom) to the fullest. Compared to the Vertigo, the island, the Decca-Deram and the Harvest box-set, this one starts in 67 to end relatively later. If you already own the other four, you will be likely to not need this one so much because there will be some overlapping, but this was probably already the case already with those sets and your albums collection

As I said above, the multi-label possibilities are not fully exploited, but for understandable royalty/author's rights reasons, some managers and record companies not always being philanthropic (to say the least ;-), anyway who needs Zep, Beatles and Purple tracks on such a box-set if it is going to raise the price by over 50%. Among the interest of this compilation are a few tracks that are borderline progressive inclusions, including B Auger & The Trinity, Humble Pie and Kinks and a few more. The object I believe followed by this to give us a good explanation on how mid-60's rock evolved into full-blown prog by the early 70's and that goal is fully achieved in these track selection, even if no-one will ever fully agree with the actual choices that were operated.

Among the notable tracks worthy of note to the collectors is a Sam Gopal track (Lemmy's very first group), Heavy Jelly, Marsipulami just to name a few. But the pure progressive content of this compilation is certainly a more diluted one than a ll of the single label ones, but the enjoyment is the same: You can put those on when you have a party and no-one will be annoyed by the bombardment of a full album from say a rather guests not liking your RIO tastes.

What one must realize is that all of these box-sets are only for the progheads being able to afford these rather non-essential (this is debatable, though) compilations or make the investment (this was the cheapest I paid for those box-sets) just for a few rare and not-easy- to-find tracks, however beautiful may they be.

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2 stars A mix of cows and birds, I would say. Some of the stuff here is not what I would call prog rock. The Kinks, Small Faces and Humble Pie is as much progressive rock as I am a cat. But some of the tracks fits the bill well. Soft Machine and ELP is well represented. So is The Nice. Of the three C ... (read more)

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