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DVD/Video, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Emerson, Lake And Palmer - Take A Pebble
2. Caravan - For Richard
3. Curved Air - Vivaldi
4. Family - The Weaver's Answer
5. Focus - Hocus Pocus Medley
6. Nektar - Desolation Valley
7. Rick Wakeman - Journey To The Centre Of The Earth
8. Barclay James Harvest - Mockingbird

Special Features:
9. Mostly Autumn - Mother Nature
10. Karnataka - Heaven can Wait

Line-up / Musicians

- Emerson Lake & Palmer / Caravan / Curved Air / Family / Focus / Nektar / Rick Wakeman / Barclay James Harvest / Mostly Autumn / Karnataka

Releases information

DVD CRP1100 (2003)

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VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) Progressive Rock Anthology ratings distribution

(8 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(75%)
Good, but non-essential (12%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (12%)


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Review by Matti
4 stars A collection of old and newer prog concert clips on a low-priced DVD by the Classic Rock Society, the company that has supported Mostly Autumn and Karnataka (included as bonuses). All other bands have existed since late 60's or early 70's. I think the band choices are quite nice; it's hardly anyone's dream list but nor is it full of not-exactly- prog, like Various Artists prog compilations tend to be. All are acclaimed prog bands (+ solo artist Rick Wakeman), though being in a middle league in fame - except Wakey and ELP of course.

An introduction text - slow and big fonts - runs on the screen during the track beginnings, which gets irritating in time. It would have been better to have just the needed concert infos in the cover sheet. And track lengths. Otherwise the editing is good.

'Take a Pebble' (ELP -71, edited) has artistic film material of tree branches and ripples mixed into the concert shooting and it looks fine. Curved Air ('Vivaldi') are intruded irrationally by tropical fish that the text excuses. So what, it is overlong anyway to keep watching Darryl Way's violin play. Sonja Kristina is present too. Family's 'Weaver's Answer' is the third rarity from early 70's, sadly the monotonous song fails to show the band at its best. Also Focus is from the 70's, nothing special to say about it. They were visually quite uninteresting band it seems.

Caravan, Wakeman (correction: a track from Six Wives of Henry XIII, I forgot which one), Nektar and Barclay James Harvest are each from a concert dating around early 90's, but 'Desolation Valley' (originally on Nektar album Tab in the Ocean) mixes old and new concert shootings surprisingly seamlessly and is a highlight of the DVD. BJH's 'Mocking Bird' is another highlight even if fat John Lees' voice sounds stuffy. Caravan ('For Richard') sounds as good as ever.

Mostly Autumn's 13-minute 'Mother Nature' is fine (but I'd chosen something else) and Karnataka reminds me of Clannad. Hopefully I sometimes hear more of them. In all, not a bad purchase at all for 10 euros.

Review by Seyo
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars It is challenging to review a video/DVD, especially if it contains your favourite artists or music genre. Reviewing visual material should avoid or at least not put forefront the music itself, but rather the purpose and quality of video material. It is of course, tricky. "Progressive Rock Anthology" is a catchy and extremely misleading title because we can't call "anthology" any collection that lacks giants of the genre like GENESIS, YES, KING CRIMSON, to name a few. On the other hand, this collection is interesting because it features the famous "second league" prog stars (except ELP and Wakeman), those who never reached big commercial success or popularity like the above.

ELP's "Take a Pebble" is only an excerpt from a gig in 1971 and apart from being interesting for the fans, nothing special to see. CARAVAN's "For Richard" is an excellent performance of the reformed original line-up, with mostly static camera giving you a feel you are there in the audience. CURVED AIR's "Vivaldi" is a dissapointment. Camera is focused too much on Darryl Way during his lengthy violin exhibition, you don't see much of the band and Sonja is present only for few seconds. Of course there is that irritating aquarium fish sequences. Blah, the director was stoned or something... FAMILY shot was nothing special, I expected more interesting stuff. FOCUS are portrayed performing "Hocus Pocus" live in a studio, and Van Leer exposed his showmanship extravanganza with organ/flute/vocals, while Akkerman bursting out in laugh when looking at him during the yodeling part. Nice and funny to see. NEKTAR performs a composition not familiar to me, with interesting "overlapping" edit between an old 1975 and newer 199? performances of the same song. During the Wakeman's "Journey to the Center of the Earth" I fell asleep due to his boring "look at me surrounded by ten thousand keyboards" performance, as usual. Finally, BJH did a nice retrospective to their famous hit "Mockingbird", performed in recent years. As a bonus, two songs by a "new generation" of prog rockers are included: MOSTLY AUTUMN and KARNATAKA, and they are both interesting, featuring female vocals, but again they can hardly break any new grounds. At least IMO based on this watching and not hearing them before.

I cannot recommend this DVD as an essential or obligatory watching to average prog fans. Only glimpses of what these artists can or could do are present, so it is more suited for collectors of rare video shots. Still, those novices who never got a clear picture of what that "progressive rock" represents, can get a decent "background information" on this often disputed genre.

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4 stars Take a Pebble, by ELP, is probably the best feature here, it's one of the first concerts ofthe band, and you can see they're really enjoying the show. Greg Lake sings very, very well, and in the end he can make a siimple child song become a great prog tune, with his powerful voice. Caravan plays ... (read more)

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