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This section contains albums released by record labels to promote their catalogues of artists.

In the days before the internet and MP3 downloads, it was not nearly as easy for record companies to promote their artists. Advertising campaigns in the music press had some effect, but the prospective audience could not of course hear the music.

While specialist radio stations have been around for some time in the US, in many other countries even today, the availability of anything other than mainstream pop and perhaps classical music is extremely limited.

An effective way to address these issues is for record companies to issue "samplers". These compilations of tracks by bands and artists signed to the label usually sell for well below the standard price for an album. One track by each artist is normally included. How representative that track is of their music varies widely, and as such samplers should be approached with some caution when considering whether a particular band is right for the listener.

The proliferation of samplers released by labels such as Island, CBS, Vertigo etc. in the early 1970's to promote the "progressive" and "underground" bands they were falling over each other to sign now serve as collectable historical documents. Some of the bands went on to secure fame and fortune while others simply disappeared altogether. On these albums, such bands sit side by side.

The advent of the internet and free downloads has largely removed the reason from record companies to release samplers, although they have not disappeared altogether.

Bob McBeath, October 2006

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5.00 | 2 ratings
Molecole
1995
0.00 | 0 ratings
Psychedelic Gems 5
2001
1.00 | 1 ratings
Psychedelic Gems 6
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
Psychedelic Gems 7
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Psychedelic Gems 9
2010
1.00 | 1 ratings
Prog P37: Welcome To The Machine
2015

VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 1 ratings
The New Universe Music Festival 2010
2011
3.00 | 1 ratings
Scion A/V Presents: Label Showcase - Prosthetic Records
2012

VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.09 | 4 ratings
The Rock Machine Turns You On
1968
3.00 | 3 ratings
Rock Machine I Love You
1968
3.52 | 4 ratings
You Can All Join In
1969
3.22 | 4 ratings
Nice Enough To Eat
1969
3.67 | 4 ratings
Wowie Zowie! The World Of Progressive Music
1969
4.09 | 2 ratings
Picnic - A Breath of Fresh Air
1970
4.08 | 6 ratings
Bumpers
1970
3.00 | 1 ratings
Reunion
1970
3.53 | 7 ratings
Fill Your Head With Rock
1970
4.00 | 3 ratings
The Age of Atlantic
1970
3.00 | 3 ratings
In good company
1970
3.96 | 5 ratings
Rockbuster
1970
0.00 | 0 ratings
Nova sampler
1970
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Vertigo Annual
1970
0.00 | 0 ratings
SiebenSiebzig
1970
3.90 | 2 ratings
The Vertigo Trip
1971
0.00 | 0 ratings
Puissance
1971
3.00 | 3 ratings
All Good Clean Fun
1971
2.22 | 4 ratings
El Pea
1971
3.05 | 2 ratings
New Age Of Atlantic, The
1972
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Music People
1972
3.95 | 2 ratings
Greasy Truckers Party
1972
0.00 | 0 ratings
There is Some Fun Going Forward
1972
0.00 | 0 ratings
Rock Generation Volume 7
1972
3.00 | 1 ratings
Rock Generation Volume 8
1972
3.00 | 2 ratings
Suck It And See!
1973
3.95 | 2 ratings
Charisma Disturbance
1973
4.81 | 2 ratings
The Progressives
1973
3.97 | 4 ratings
Charisma Keyboards
1974
3.00 | 1 ratings
This is Island
1974
3.69 | 7 ratings
V - Virgin Sampler
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Pop Start (Selection of the Best Pop Groups in Yugoslavia)
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Vece uz radio
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Leteca Diskoteka: Zoran Modli i Putnici u Odiseji 70's
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
Randevu s muzikom
1977
0.00 | 0 ratings
CAP-FM: What's In-Store For You 2
1977
0.00 | 0 ratings
CAP-FM: What's In-Store For You 3
1977
3.59 | 8 ratings
Rock Scene
1978
3.00 | 1 ratings
Formaţii De Muzica Pop 3
1978
4.95 | 4 ratings
Recommended Records Sampler (1982)
1982
3.10 | 2 ratings
Fire In Harmony
1985
4.00 | 3 ratings
Formaţii Rock 9 - Grupurile Pro Musica / Accent
1986
3.02 | 4 ratings
Enneade
1987
2.02 | 3 ratings
Angels in the Architecture
1987
0.00 | 0 ratings
Back On The Road - The Very Best Of Progressive Underground
1988
4.00 | 3 ratings
The 20th Anniversary Album
1989
0.00 | 0 ratings
Past, Present, Future
1990
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of the 01/W
1992
4.00 | 2 ratings
Fafnir
1993
3.04 | 4 ratings
The SI Music Sampler Vol. 1
1993
3.00 | 1 ratings
Ambient Volume 2 Imaginary Landscapes
1993
3.50 | 2 ratings
SI Compilation Disk Too
1993
0.00 | 0 ratings
Progressive Voyage
1993
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Famous Charisma Box
1993
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Cyclops Sampler
1994
2.96 | 5 ratings
SI Music Sampler vol. 2
1994
3.33 | 3 ratings
SI Music Sampler vol. 3
1994
2.50 | 2 ratings
Anna Mulle Lovee
1994
0.00 | 0 ratings
Vild I Skogen - Silence 25 År
1995
2.00 | 1 ratings
Dans l'antre du dragon
1995
3.00 | 2 ratings
Pick'n'Mix
1995
2.95 | 2 ratings
Cyclops: The Second Sampler
1995
0.00 | 0 ratings
Dik Dik- I GiGanti: Due Gruppi Un'Epoca
1995
4.91 | 4 ratings
Sometimes God Hides: The Young Persons' Guide To Disciplne
1996
3.02 | 4 ratings
Love Proge
1996
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Third Cyclops Sampler
1997
0.00 | 0 ratings
Psychedelic Gems 2
1997
0.00 | 0 ratings
Psychedelic Gems 3
1997
3.00 | 1 ratings
MetaZoon
1998
3.95 | 3 ratings
Sometimes God Smiles: The Young Persons' Guide To Discipline Volume II
1998
0.00 | 0 ratings
30 ans d agitation musicale en France
1998
4.02 | 3 ratings
Love Proge 2
1998
3.00 | 1 ratings
Moonchild 98
1998
3.50 | 2 ratings
Lions & Fables - Verglas Music Sampler vol. 1
1999
4.17 | 3 ratings
Harvest Festival
1999
4.00 | 1 ratings
Dreams And Visions, Vergals Music Sampler Vol 2
1999
2.50 | 2 ratings
The Dawn Anthology
1999
4.00 | 1 ratings
Think Tank Media Sampler Volume One
1999
3.82 | 3 ratings
Frog Pest Tree (Magna Carta)
1999
4.00 | 1 ratings
Tribute to the Titans
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
Psychedelic Gems 4
1999
3.00 | 2 ratings
Un Voyage en Progressif Volume 1
1999
3.00 | 2 ratings
Un Voyage en Progressif Volume 2
1999
4.00 | 2 ratings
Think Tank Media Sampler Volume Two
2000
0.00 | 0 ratings
Children of Black Widow
2000
0.00 | 0 ratings
Canterbury Tales
2000
2.51 | 3 ratings
Cyclops Sampler 4
2000
3.00 | 4 ratings
Un Voyage en Progressif Volume 3
2000
0.00 | 0 ratings
Un Voyage en Progressif Volume 4
2000
0.00 | 0 ratings
Un Voyage en Progressif Volume 5
2000
0.00 | 0 ratings
Shroom Productions Progressive Music Sampler
2001
4.00 | 1 ratings
Arktinen Hysteria: Suomi-avantgarden esipuutarhureita
2001
1.52 | 4 ratings
Anderson, Wakeman, Howe (Original Members of Yes)
2001
3.00 | 1 ratings
Un Voyage en Progressif Volume 6
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
Un Voyage en Progressif Volume 7
2001
4.01 | 6 ratings
Legend Of A Mind
2002
4.00 | 1 ratings
Cuneiform Progressive II
2002
3.32 | 5 ratings
Cyclops Sampler 5
2002
3.00 | 1 ratings
When Worlds Collide: Inside Out Music Sampler - Vol. 2
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
Un Voyage en Progressif Volume 8
2003
3.95 | 2 ratings
Analecta, Volume 1
2004
3.00 | 1 ratings
Ghost Notes
2004
3.00 | 1 ratings
Unicorn Digital (VA) - Progression In Balance Vol. 1
2004
4.00 | 1 ratings
Song of the Silent Land
2004
3.00 | 1 ratings
Think Tank Media Sampler Volume Three
2004
4.00 | 2 ratings
All Good Clean Fun
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prog-Resiste
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
Music In Progress I: Progressive Rock & More
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
Music In Progress 2: Progressive Metal & More
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Un Voyage En Progressif (Volume 9)
2005
2.57 | 4 ratings
Ars Longa Vita Brevis: A Compendium Of Progressive Rock 1967-1974
2005
3.50 | 2 ratings
One World Tapestry - Progressive Rock from Around the World
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
Think Tank Media Sampler Volume Four
2005
4.92 | 3 ratings
Vertigo Mixed (Mixed By Andy Votel)
2005
3.18 | 2 ratings
Successi Di Dik Dik & I Giganti
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
More Arctic Hysteria / Son of Arctic Hysteria
2005
3.72 | 10 ratings
Time Machine: Vertigo Retrospective
2005
4.00 | 9 ratings
Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Harvest Showdown
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Cyclops Sampler 6
2006
3.00 | 1 ratings
Cuneiform Records Music Sampler
2006
3.95 | 2 ratings
Unicorn Digital (VA) - Progression In Balance Vol. 2
2006
4.00 | 1 ratings
A Taste Of Belgium
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
Cleveland Prog-Fusion Conglomerate
2006
3.00 | 1 ratings
Psychedelic Phinland - Finnish Hippie & Underground Music 1967-1974
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
Real Life Permanent Dreams - A Cornucopia of British Psychedelia (1965-1970)
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
A Visit to the Spaceship Factory - 20 Gems From the Early Years of Prog
2007
2.00 | 1 ratings
Insane Times - 25 British Psychedelic Artefacts From The EMI Vaults
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Delirium of the Senses/ Psychedelia in Italian Cinema
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Wayside Sampler 3
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Wayside Sampler 2
2007
4.02 | 4 ratings
A Breath Of Fresh Air: A Harvest Records Anthology/ 1969-1974
2007
4.02 | 5 ratings
Strange Pleasures
2008
4.00 | 3 ratings
Spirit Of Joy - Tales From The Polydor Underground 1967 - 1974
2008
4.91 | 5 ratings
L'Ultime rock progressif du Québec
2008
4.00 | 1 ratings
Analecta Volume 2
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Die Extralangen XXL Rock-Klassiker
2009
2.47 | 4 ratings
Refugees: A Charisma Records Anthology 1969-1978
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Aufbrüche!
2009
2.00 | 1 ratings
Prog Around The World
2009
0.00 | 0 ratings
Empire Art Rock 89
2009
3.67 | 28 ratings
Emkog Sampler
2010
4.00 | 1 ratings
Compilado De Musica Progresiva
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Spirit Of December
2011
4.00 | 4 ratings
Prog Rocks! (Magazine sampler)
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Best of Folk Prog: Black Widow Songs
2011
3.00 | 1 ratings
Classic Rock Society - New Species
2011
3.87 | 4 ratings
Prog Rocks!
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Classic Rock Society: New Species - Volume II
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
Classic Rock Society: New Species - Volume III
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
Classic Rock Society: New Species - Volume IV
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
Classic Rock Society - New Species - Volume V
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
Classic Rock Society: New Species - Volume VI
2012
4.02 | 5 ratings
Five Years in Space 2007-2012
2012
3.00 | 2 ratings
Prog Rocks 2
2012
2.92 | 6 ratings
Prognosis 2.2
2012
2.33 | 3 ratings
Prognosis 2.3
2012
2.80 | 5 ratings
Prog mag sampler 24 A New Day Yesterday
2012
2.50 | 4 ratings
Prog mag sampler 25 P2: Stormwatch
2012
3.33 | 3 ratings
Prog mag sampler 26 P3: The Butterfly Effect
2012
3.75 | 4 ratings
Prog mag sampler 27 P4: Suits You, Sir
2012
3.50 | 2 ratings
Prog mag sampler 28: Into The Lens
2012
3.67 | 3 ratings
Prog mag sampler 29: P6 Big Big Terrain
2012
3.50 | 2 ratings
Prog mag sampler 30: P7 Cod Bluff
2012
4.00 | 3 ratings
Prog mag sampler 31 P8: Take the long way home
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Crabs Sell Out / The Crabs Freak Out
2012
3.00 | 2 ratings
MOJO Mag Sampler: Echoes
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prog Rocks! (CD 1: Harvest)
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prog Rocks! (CD 2: Charisma)
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prog Rocks! (CD 3: Virgin Records)
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prog Rocks! (CD 4: Liberty)
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prog Rocks! (CD 5: Inside Out Music)
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prog mag sampler 39: P17 Awaken the Stone King
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prog mag sampler No. 38 - P16: Arriving Somewhere... But Not Here
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prog mag sampler 37: P15 Tangerine Dreaming
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prog mag sampler 36: P14 Brave New World
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prog mag sampler 35: P13 The Spirit of Radial
2013
1.00 | 1 ratings
Prog mag sampler 34: P11 Sailing Uncharted Seas
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
Prog mag sampler 33: P10 Tipplers Tales
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prog mag sampler 32: P9 Head Space
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prog mag sampler 40: P18 Childhood's End
2013
3.00 | 2 ratings
Prog P19: Smash And Scatteration!
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
Classic Rock Society: New Species - Volume VII
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Classic Rock Society: New Species - Volume VIII
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Classic Rock Society: New Species - Volume IX
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Classic Rock Society: New Species - Volume X
2013
3.00 | 3 ratings
Prog P20: Elephant Talk
2014
2.00 | 2 ratings
Prog P30: Grand Designs
2014
3.60 | 5 ratings
Prog P21: Pigs On The Wing
2014
4.00 | 3 ratings
Prog P22: A Wilderness of Mirrors
2014
3.25 | 4 ratings
Prog P23: A Lifetime Of Adventure ...
2014
3.67 | 3 ratings
Prog P24: Little Fluffy Clouds
2014
1.50 | 2 ratings
Prog P25: Airborne
2014
2.00 | 2 ratings
Prog P26: As Sure As Eggs Is Eggs
2014
1.50 | 2 ratings
Prog P27: All The World's A Stage
2014
3.00 | 1 ratings
Prog P28: The Missing Piece
2014
2.00 | 1 ratings
Prog P29: Lilywhite Lilith
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
Classic Rock Society - New Species - Volume XII
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
Classic Rock Society - New Species - Volume XIII
2014
4.00 | 1 ratings
Classic Rock Society: New Species - Volume XIV
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prog Sphere Promotions - Progstravaganza: Selections II
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prog Sphere Promotions - Progstravaganza XIX: Convergence
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prog Sphere Promotions - Progstravaganza XX: Landmarks
2014
3.94 | 4 ratings
Beyond Frontiers
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prog Box
2014
2.33 | 3 ratings
Prog P31: The Start Of Something Beautiful
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
Prog P35: Can't Afford No Shoes
2015
2.33 | 3 ratings
Prog P32: Lords Of The Backstage
2015
4.00 | 2 ratings
Prog P33: The Great Marsh
2015
2.33 | 3 ratings
Prog P34: The Chamber of 32 Doors
2015
0.00 | 0 ratings
Women in Prog
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
Prog P36: Fish out of Water
2015
3.91 | 2 ratings
Prog P38: Shock The Monkey
2015
3.00 | 1 ratings
New Way Of Krautrock - Volume 2
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
Prog P39: Windowpane
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
Prog P40: Fantastic Voyage
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
New Way Of Krautrock - Volume 1
2015

VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Dandelion Sampler EP
1971
3.00 | 1 ratings
Classic Rock
1994
0.00 | 0 ratings
Frog Pest
1994
3.00 | 1 ratings
Frog Pest Too
1995
0.00 | 0 ratings
Passenger Sampler split CD
2006
2.38 | 7 ratings
God of War: Blood & Metal
2010

VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) Reviews


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 Classic Rock Society: New Species - Volume VII by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2013
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Classic Rock Society: New Species - Volume VII
Various Artists (Label Samplers) Various Genres

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
4 stars Compilation CDs of the sampler variety, most often found as attachments to music magazines of various kinds, is a feature that has become increasingly more common in the digital age, presumably as a selling point for paper publications as they try to add a selling point when competing with uncountable numbers of music news outlets available for free on the internet. The value of such sampler CDs is contested, as many find that they devalue the worth of music in general. But outside of the circles of ardent, dedicated music fans these have proven to be rather popular, as they do manage to be of interest to many, especially more casual fans as well as those who don't take the time to search for new music themselves but rather opts to rely on guidance by others. Playing through such a sampler CD is a time efficient manner in which to discover new music that may be worthwhile getting more familiar with.

"New Species Volume VII" dates back to 2013, and was assembled by the Classic Rock Society, attached to their magazine Rock Society (issue 194). As far as such samplers go it features all the low and high points of such compilations: The songs included are of a generally high quality throughout, but the sheer diversity at hand means that the overall appeal will be something of a hit and miss affair, the number of listeners that will find all the songs of an equally high interest will be finite and limited.

Roughly speaking the tracks from 12 artists included may be described in this manner: - Kompendium: Gentle, symphonic progressive rock with orchestral movements and pastoral sequences. - Kingbathmat: Psychedelic rock with space rock elements and a vintage hard rock undercurrent. John Lawton And Diana Express: Classic 70's piano driven hard rock. - The Room: Early 80's Rush meets early 80's Magnum, with a touch of 80's AOR hard rock thrown in for good measure. - Jolly: Dark, oppressive and bleak progressive metal. - Antony Kalugin's Kinematics Orchestra: Careful, exotic material in an Ozric Tentacles meets symphonic progressive rock kind of way. - Tusmorke: Organ and flute driven 70's progressive rock, not all that far removed from the likes of Black Widow. - Panzerballett: Tight, intense metal combined with jazz and jazzrock on top of a reggae backbone. - The Aurora Project: Majestic and tight classic era progressive metal combined with atmospheric laden neo-progresive rock. Ebony Tower: Tight and distinct folk-oriented rock combined with vibrant hard rock. - Karfagen: Scandinavian and Middle East inspired folk music themes explored in a multifaceted symphonic progressive rock context. - Argos: Playful and whimsical progressive rock with firm nods in the direction of the Canterbury bands, with darker undercurrents and occasional classic era Genesis tendencies.

A lot of variety in other words, not all of it material most would categorize as progressive rock either, but first and foremost a case of great diversity.

Sampler CDs of this kind will often turn up as flea market items at giveaway prices or plain and simply given away by people, some will even throw these in the garbage can. Personally I'd recommend this one, as most others of it's kind, as a CD that is a worthwhile listen, and then first and foremost for those with an interest in discovering new music and new artists. Not everything will be as interesting to everybody, true enough, but the very premise of such productions is to include everything alongside the proverbial kitchen sink, so that as broad an audience as possible may discover some music to their liking. As far as I'm concerned this CD accomplish that very well, and as a person with a fairly broad taste I'll readily admit that this was a CD I really enjoyed giving a spin.

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 Greasy Truckers Party by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1972
3.95 | 2 ratings

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Greasy Truckers Party
Various Artists (Label Samplers) Various Genres

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The Greasy Truckers Party was an important live set for Hawkwind - recorded so that choice extracts could be included on the 2LP set to commemorate the occasion, it captured the band at a crucial point in its development - with Rob Calvert, Lemmy, and Stacia all having come onboard since In Search of Space and the group's live set already attaining an early prototype of the sound and mood later captured in Space Ritual. The live version of Silver Machine from the set would also eventually form the basis of the classic single, once Lemmy's vocals were put on in place of Rob Calvert's (whose vocals are probably the one aspect of the release that isn't especially well-mixed). Even a power cut earlier in the evening can't throw them off their stride, though it does mean that they have a bit of a false start as the synthesisers crap out during the first attempt to play This Is Your Captain Speaking.

Various editions of the material exist and circulate; the original LP is the way to go if you just want a couple of tracks from Hawkwind and a sprinkling from the other bands in attendance, but most fans will want more, hence the existence of the Live at the Roundhouse 1972 bootleg. Luckily, the recent 2007 reissue of the Greasy Truckers compilation provides a much more complete record of the event, including the entire Hawkwind set. If you're only interested in the Hawkwind material and don't care for the likes of Man, Brinsley Schwarz, and Magical Michael, the recent This Is Your Captain Speaking... Your Captain Is Dead boxed set presents a two-CD presentation of just the Hawkwind set, with the original LP mixes of Master of the Universe and Born to Go as handy bonus tracks.

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 Prog P38: Shock The Monkey by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2015
3.91 | 2 ratings

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Prog P38: Shock The Monkey
Various Artists (Label Samplers) Various Genres

Review by sussexbowler

4 stars One of the better ones! It's interesting to note that the tracks that stood out initially are different from the ones that have 'staying' power.

'Broken spectre' and 'Debate' seem like 'ambience/atmosphere' music. Both are long, and both are good. Now I'm not a metal person, but there was something that I immediately liked about 'Turntail', by Caligula's Horse. It was Metal, yes, but it seemed somehow different, accessible. I still like it. Alot.

Nad Sylvan's album was acclaimed in the magazine that this free CD comes with. Whilst I'm not sure about his singing voice, I'm sure about the quality of the song - very good.

I have the Enid's 'Bridge' album (which overall is a disappointment), but the World seems to stop when 'First light' begins. It's almost a carol, it's so profound and touching. It strangely stands out on this CD. I hadn't noticed how good it was when listening to the 'Bridge'.

The first song to attract my attention, was 'For Johann', which has some excellent playing on it, in places sounding like the first incarnation of Eddie Jobson's UK. I was surprised by the actual theory behind the project that this song comes from.

After which, there's not much more to say.

The 'core' of this album are tracks 3, 5 & 6. These songs will remain in your head afterwards. Actually, a very listenable 'demo' I have to say.

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 Love Proge by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1996
3.02 | 4 ratings

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Love Proge
Various Artists (Label Samplers) Various Genres

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

2 stars First I must say that Eetu's review on this 2-CD compilation (subtitled on the back cover as "Progressive Rock and Popjazz of the Love Records' output 1968-1979"; the front cover's word "prog classics" is partly very inaccurate) is more informative and detailed than mine. The second issue was compiled too, and together they paint a comprehensive picture of the proggy side of that pioneering, legendary Finnish label. However, it must be pointed out thatit's not the same thing as the Finnish prog in general; there were at least two important bands - HAIKARA, KALEVALA - and a bunch of short-lived worthy groups that were NOT released via Love. Even some groups here made their main albums elsewhere and are thus represented by 7" or V.A. compilation tracks.

Nor is it a puristic "prog only" compilation. Probably more than half of the artists are not to be found in ProgArchives, but then again the representative tracks of those internationally best known household names such as TASAVALLAN PRESIDENTTI, WIGWAM and all the related solo paths (TOLONEN, GUSTAVSON, POHJOLA) form the majority of the contents. Examples of the choices: TP - 'Deep Thinker' (7", 1970) and 'Lounge' from Lambertland. WIGWAM - 'Luulosairas' (7", 1969), 'Crisader' from Being, 'Do Or Die' from Nuclear Nightclub and 'Oh Marlene' from 1977' Dark Album. Hmm, the fourth one is already rather unnecessary... PEKKA POHJOLA - 'Virtojen kiharat' (from the 1972 debut Pihkasilmä Kaarnakorva). JUKKA TOLONEN - 'A Passenger to Paramaribo'.

Other PA-included prog bands featured here are NIMBUS (though their only album wasn't released by Love, here's a previously unreleased track), NOVA (the 9-minute title track of their sole album Atlantis, 1976), TABULA RASA (the wonderful 'Vuorellaistuja' from the eponymous 1975 debut), FINNFOREST ('Pablo' from their final - and in comparison weaker - album Demonnights, 1979) and PEKKA STRENG (beautiful song 'Sisältäni portin löysin' from the Tasavallan Presidentti -featured 1970 album Magneettimiehen Kuolema).

The rest of the artists/groups are more or less unknown for non-Finnish listeners and some of them are not prog artists, such as PEPE WILLBERG (popular singer whose track is a Finnish translation of Wigwam's non-prog song 'Wishful Thinker'). CHARLIES played heavy blues-rock in the late 60's. ROYALS were an ambitious supergroup of mid-70's, but not considerably progressive in style. Guitarist-composer JUKKA HAURU and a one-album (1979) group SUKELLUSVENE played instrumental Fusion and are not very well remembered by us Finns either.

Many groups are only obscure footnotes to the Finnish rock history, such as FERRIS (featuring Dave Lindholm), MANIFEST (f. vocalist Harri Saksala also known from Apollo), MANDALA (whose vocalist made a couple of solo albums as "Kristian"), LIMOUSINE (whose leader Zape Leppänen participated in Kalevala) or DONNA who managed to record one single only. A single-only rarity is also JANUS featuring Maarit & Sami Hurmerinta; the latter - best known as the main collaborator of his popular singer-wife - made a solo album in 1977, represented here with a good instrumental 'Summer -72'. MAGYAR's sole album unfortunately cannot be considered progressive unlike 'Elävien hauta' and other single releases from the beginning of the 70's.

If you're non-Finnish and use these "Love Proge" compilations in order to widen up your picture of the Finnish prog history, please note that texts are only in Finnish, and also the musical contents should be taken with a pinch of salt; these two compilations are not compiled (and simply couldn't have been compiled) with such goal in mind. If you primarily want to have a good selection of the Finnish prog legends, it's more recommendable to purchase their own albums or compilations in order to avoid overlapping as your music libary grows, and because so many of the lesser - and less proggy! - acts here may not be very interesting for you.

The cover designs are hideous and totally unsuitable for a context of vintage prog. (PS. As I corrected some details I also decided to drop my rating from three stars to two that may be more honest for an international audience.)

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 Picnic - A Breath of Fresh Air by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1970
4.09 | 2 ratings

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Picnic - A Breath of Fresh Air
Various Artists (Label Samplers) Various Genres

Review by Michael D

4 stars I was 15 in1971 when I imported this as budget set from England. I was just discovering the astonishing world of progressive music - a journey that still fascinates me. I had never heard of most of these bands at the time, and it is fair to say this album changed my life.

Embryo was my first Pink Floyd song and remains one of my desert island discs to this day. Into the Fire just blew me away - I had never heard anything so fierce and heavy at that point, and so Deep Purple became one of my all time favourite bands.

Barclay James Harvest, Roy Harper and Michael Chapman soon became favourites as well and I have since bought all the Harvest albums.

My musical landscape was never the same after this, and Picnic was soon joined by the Vertigo Trip, Bumpers, etc. Picnic was where my great life prog. journey really began.

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 New Way Of Krautrock - Volume 1 by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2015
2.95 | 2 ratings

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New Way Of Krautrock - Volume 1
Various Artists (Label Samplers) Various Genres

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

3 stars In cooperation with the Underground Ãxpärten team, which is on the air via Radio Sunrise with regularity, Tonzonen Records have released an interesting song collection for a thorough investigation here. Just another cause for those who are willing to discuss it to death - is this krautrock or psychedelic/space or progressive electronic stuff what I hear? There are certainly a lot of transitions to remark, thus concerning this production at least pretty much everyone who claims to be a fan of this sort of music will be on a solid ground somehow.

Hereby ELECTRIC ORANGE are one of the forerunners, which nobody seriously will deny, I'm sure. Hence it's not a surprise that they are contributing - a must so much the more, and Chorg means an excellent excerpt from their killer album 'Krautrock From Hell'. SOUNDS OF NEW SOMA are an encouraging newcomer duo from Krefeld, On their debut, released in 2014, you are encountering a cosmic sound which has its roots in the Berlin School, dreamy soundscapes enhanced due to some saxophone support. Their song Mahatma Macht Mittag comes from the subsequent EP 'Gandhis Labyrinth' though, including soaring guitars and sampled drums.

Featuring Biene on keyboards and theremin Berlin based APHODYL are a quartet on high altitude currently. They are offering the extremely extended excursion Pyramide Of Slave, dedicated to fans of unbounded psychedelic/space jamming. For me it's a bit too much, too stretched, however this is purely a matter of taste of course. While adding the track Weed Porn to the compilation the band KNALL appears with lesser spacey appeal, they are more from the heavier blues rooted psychedelic department. Their passion is to celebrate and record improv sessions whenever there is some free time, having the focus on a vivid and multi-faceted electric guitar work.

The SPACELORDS are far behind a newcomer status in the meanwhile with three praised albums in the back. Prelude-Rhinoceros-Bison seems to be a previously unreleased exemplar, a constant on live gigs anyhow. Combined with some narration this is alternating between a relaxed spacey flow and heavier escapes. LOVER 303 includes - surprise surprise - iconic figure Mani Neumeier on drums. Alongside with Conni Maly he offers the song Jetzt geht's los venturing an ambitious blend of space kraut, ethno and electro pop. LARMAN CLAMOR finally closes the session with a dreamy nightfall.

There is unquestionably a new movement to recognize in Germany during the last years, with the purpose to revitalize the inspiration of the 1960/70s, which means the approach to celebrate experimental and innovative music in other words. And this without solely rehashing the good old times. 'New Way Of Krautrock - Volume 1' sums it up in a favourable manner. A bunch of new impressions is waiting for you. Well, this will not be the end of the story, as a series of five albums in total is at the planning stage - 3.5 stars.

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 Refugees: A Charisma Records Anthology 1969-1978  by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2009
2.47 | 4 ratings

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Refugees: A Charisma Records Anthology 1969-1978
Various Artists (Label Samplers) Various Genres

Review by Jeff Carney

1 stars Much of the music contained on this 3 disc set would surely earn 4-5 stars from yours truly. However, given that this release is a set of its own, I feel obliged to review it on its own merits.

What we have here is some of the worst digital mastering one is likely to encounter. While the credits state that fresh transfers were done, some of the tracks on Disc 1 clearly seem to originate from previous digital sources. For example, when Genesis hit their turn with "Looking For Someone," it appears to be butchered with the same no-noising problem for which the Trespass "Definitive Edition Remaster" is now fairly legendary. I do suspect most tracks here were from fresh transfers where necessary, possible or desired, but regardless ... everything is mastered in a manner where you'd never know how good some of these albums sounded. Tinny, shrill frequencies abound, and some tracks sound excessively dehissed to the point of rendering things downright lifeless. Dynamically it's fine, but the EQ moves and no-noising just ruin the party. Listening on headphones I almost thought somebody had to be kidding.

The extensive book is wonderfully detailed. Probably worth it for the Charisma completist. Just don't think for a second that this kind of modern digital butchery will give you any indication of what great music was brought to the world by Charisma.

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 Classic Rock Society - New Species by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2011
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Classic Rock Society - New Species
Various Artists (Label Samplers) Various Genres

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
3 stars This is the first "New Species" volume of Classic Rock magazine's supplementary prog sampler discs that have rapidly grown in numbers within few years. I presume the magazine gives more information on the artists of each sampler, but I have received this - and one other - separately, and therefor my review won't be very informative. Instead I'm approaching this solely as a listening experience.

FREQUENCY DRIFT, one of those I've just heard the name of. 'Tempest' is a dreamy and melancholic track that continues four minutes before the female vocals arrive. The chorus repeating "fierce (fears?) the tempest" sticks out as more intense. A great 10-minute track that makes me interested in the band. - Norwegian WHITE WILLOW, Metal-oriented prog band with female vocals, I already know more or less. The track has some fine keyboard work and a nice but short guitar solo, while the song itself leaves me a bit cold. - DAY SIX is depressive Metal, not much to impress me. Or wait, that proggy instrumental section stepping further from the Metal style is pretty good.

WOBBLER is a highly appreciated Norwegian prog band with lots of nearly Gentle Giant-ish complexity and a strong YES flavour in sound. 'La Bealtaine' (7:53) shows their skills in an economic form and is a perfect choice for a sampler. - CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX, haven't heard before. A cross between Muse and Porcupine Tree perhaps. They try hard to sound original and occasionally - without the wailing vocals - they also succeed in it. - Australian UNITOPIA play pop-oriented modern cleanly produced prog. Longish 'What Kind of World' has many good things but slightly too much of quite average vocals.

Who's PAUL MENEL? His chosen track is tightly packed pop song with an ambitious sonic texture. Some less of political voice samples would do, thanks. - MORPHEUS RISING: what else can I say than that they sound to me like dozens of other Metal bands. - The U.S. artist PHIDEAUX I have already an interest in; having heard two albums I think 'Tempest of Mutiny' isn't Phideaux at his best, especially on the vocals. - And finally KONCHORDAT (??), whose 'Panic Room' (9:20) is abbreviated here. It's so exhaustingly full of energy and in-your-face edginess that I'm not encouraged to find out more.

"No moths were harmed in the making of this CD!" I like the covers of this series (that echo TALK TALK's The Colour of Spring - perhaps unintentionally). Musically this volume has some great things and some not exactly up to my taste. I've listened to many worse compilations, so three stars are easily earned.

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 Beyond Frontiers by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2014
3.94 | 4 ratings

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Beyond Frontiers
Various Artists (Label Samplers) Various Genres

Review by OldSchoolProg

4 stars Having listened to this release in depth, a slight edit to my review this day, 11/2/15, but I will still maintain the 4 star rating, maybe closer to 3.5 now: I've found that people either love sampler CD's, or absolutely hate them. Personally, I've always found them enjoyable and look forward to getting them in magazines or as promotional material. Progstravaganza's release is no different, I've given "Beyond Frontiers" multiple listens off their audio stream link, and with each listen, it get's better and better. Seconds Before Landing starts us off with a very solid offering, "I'm All Alone." It's haunting lyrics sent chills up my spine with the closing whispers and gunshot, very powerful. Fughu picks up where the previous track left off and then draws you in with its arpeggio like organ runs before the theater opens. I find myself listening to this story with its unique lyrical qualities that peak my interest and "Quirk of Fate" offers up a little bit of everything prog that I like. Traffic Experiment is no accident; this is a smooth poetic track of coolness called "Weight of the World." The easiness explodes at the end with its electric guitar solo giving way to a chorus of organ outro. Machines Dream "Broken Door" has that dreamy quality before giving way to the guitar also. The flute bridge ties the two halves together nicely. The Moonling literally takes you "Backstage" in the theater of life, taking over from where Fughu started earlier in the disc. "Backstage" took a couple listens with the vocal gymnastics and circus sounds, but its quirkiness is quickly becoming a favorite. There are some tempo issues in the recording that I question as being purposeful, to me more bothersome. Rolf Remlinger gives us our first instrumental track. The section after the opening is very well developed with hints of mellotron, booming bass, and gentle synth solo. "Corrosive Exponent Too" explodes in the last half with an epic battle between guitar and synthesizer. Some studio polishing could still take place as the recording sounds rushed and underdeveloped in places, although, it maintains many progressive elements that an instrumental should have, in a perfect 4 minutes! Riccardo Sandri takes us on a folksy waltz style journey in his native language with classical guitar and simple percussion, accordion and organ. Just when you think you've heard the whole song and melody over and over again (which is still playing in my head!), he rocks it out at the end and really kicks it in overdrive. Sandri's piece just suffers from being a couple minutes too long ans it repeats and repeats, a shorter version wouldn't be as tedious, get to the ending sooner. Cea Serin, "The Victim Cult," cooks from beginning to end. I may not be a fan of some of the vocal styles used, but they make it work and balance throughout the piece. This song really rocks this disc and adds a whole new layer for the listener, a lot going on here (which I'm liking more and more). Overhaul, "Three Judges," shows multiple progressive qualities in different sections tied together with some real nice solo piano work. A lot of unique rhythmic changes and textures keep the listener interested. Celluloid Winter "Feigning Insanity (Part 1)," offers up some nice acoustic guitar work and vocals. I need to hear part 2 now! "Tin Man" by Amber Herd picks up the tempo with some almost "surf" sounding guitars throughout, a straightforward fun piece from beginning to end with a little march style bridge. The only other instrumental track, Fed Colombo "Midgar" takes us on a relaxing journey adding more and more layers as we go along finally driving home a rocking beat. The fade out at the end appropriately closes the disc in perfect fashion. Overall, I look forward to getting the physical CD and spinning it in the car stereo on many trips. I like the variety, all are solid quality recordings and the artists should be recognized for their efforts. There are minor flaws, some tracks may not be to every one's taste, but as far as samplers go, I can listen to this one from beginning to end without any track skipping.

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 Beyond Frontiers by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2014
3.94 | 4 ratings

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Beyond Frontiers
Various Artists (Label Samplers) Various Genres

Review by lucas
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Progstravaganza is a series of samplers that saw the light of day in 2010, at the instigation of enthusiastic founder of Prog Sphere website, Nikola Savic. The aim was to get the word out about new artists, be they self-produced or signed on a label, that lack exposure on the progressive scene.

After 20 samplers proposed in digital version, the talent digger decided to give his samplers a physical format. 'Beyond the frontiers' is the first of a series of samplers that will now be released as physical copies. Since this support doesn't offers the same time possibilities as digital versions, the number of artists sampled had to be reduced. The diversity in the material has also been restrained, for a specific focus on traditional progressive rock. The previous samplers proposed indeed a very wide range of musical styles, including ambient, jazz-fusion and extreme metal, besides progressive rock. The originality and the diversity of the bands' material on the new sampler allows nonetheless to realize that the current trends in progressive rock are far from being fixed and predictable.

As an example, one can senses the influence of trip-hop with Seconds Before Landing and their sensitive frailty, just like with the hybridous Fred Colombo where a Glass-like piano ensures the transition to a galloping progressive metal. The theatricality of Genesis can be witnessed in Fughu's music, who even benefit from the collaboration of the ever passionate Damian Wilson (Landmarq, Threshold) on vocal duties. As for Traffic Experiment, we navigate in cheerful pop seas yet with that 60's psychedelic vibe, where those exhilarating guitars and majestic Hammond fire on all cylinders. In a different range, Rolf Remlinger invites us to a devilish rockabilly supported by blazing guitars and keyboards. Conversely, our ears delight to a solar folk, first with Riccardo Sandri and a passion for traditional vibes, second with Celluloid Winter, in a more modern approach to the music. Progressive metal is not forgotten, as the music of Cea Serin, a band that went out of the silence after 10 years, is celebrated with its dynamic structures and a wide range of voices. One will also notice that Porcupine Tree continues to have disciples, with Machines Dream and their hazy music. Post-punk of the eighties is also feasting on the sampler, in its tribal form on one hand with The Amber Herd and their mesmerizing guitars, and gothic form on the other hand with The Moonling and their spectral guitars, together with the obviously snoring bass of Joy Division. With Overhaul, we are amazed by the diversity of the sound canvas, that ranges from symphonic pop to heavy prog and to traditional hard-rock and Chopin-like piano.

Progstravaganza is therefore the key to a very creative world, yet in need of help to surface from the vast progressive ocean. This projet is acclaimed by progressive rock lovers since its inception, and even if the number of bands sampled will be reduced with the new support, the diversity will still be there. A welcome return to ambient and extreme digressions is even planned on the forthcoming samplers. In short, this is a project to follow if you wish to be aware of the evolution of the progressive movement, and support original bands and artists. The release is planned for October 14th of 2014. The sampler can be pre-ordered at Progify.

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