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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to promote the "progressive" and "underground" bands they were falling over each other to sign now serve as collectable historical documents.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 | 2 ratings
Psychedelic Gems 6
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
Psychedelic Underground 13
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Psychedelic Gems 7
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Psychedelic Underground 15
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Psychedelic Underground 16
2010
2.00 | 1 ratings
Psychedelic Gems 9
2010
3.00 | 1 ratings
Psychedelic Underground 17
2013
2.50 | 2 ratings
Prog P37: Welcome To The Machine
2015
3.00 | 3 ratings
Prog P41: The Twilight Zone
2016
4.00 | 2 ratings
Prog P42: No Jacket Required
2016
3.00 | 2 ratings
Prog P43: Strange Magic
2016
3.00 | 3 ratings
Prog P44: Fugue
2016
4.00 | 2 ratings
P45: See Emily Play
2016
2.83 | 3 ratings
Prog P46: Ocean Song
2016
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prog P47: Garden Party
2016
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prog P48: Funky Dung
2016
3.00 | 1 ratings
Prog P49: Dance Of The Dawn
2016
4.00 | 1 ratings
Prog P50: Tales Of The Future
2016
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prog P51: Beam Me Up
2017
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prog P52: Cup of Wonder
2017

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
3.25 | 5 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
3.54 | 8 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
3.50 | 2 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
3.91 | 4 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
3.00 | 1 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
4.00 | 1 ratings
Music In Progress I: Progressive Rock & More
2004
4.00 | 1 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 | 4 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 | 3 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
4.00 | 1 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
3.00 | 1 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
4.00 | 1 ratings
Plankton: A Fruits de Mer Collection
2013
2.00 | 2 ratings
Prog P30: Grand Designs
2014
3.00 | 3 ratings
Prog P20: Elephant Talk
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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 Psychedelic Underground 16 by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Psychedelic Underground 16
Various Artists (Label Samplers) Various Genres

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
4 stars I'm not sure about the continuity now, but at least some years back the German re-issue label Garden of Delights used to put out a promotional samler disc representing its nine latest releases, with a mathematical precision. This 16th sampler offers 59 and ½ minutes of German rarities mainly from the seventies. The first thing that comes to my mind how it could have been better is purely quantitative; more tracks to make the disc 20 minutes longer.

As always with GoD releases, the leaflet is packed up with information (both in German and in English) in a very user-friendly fashion. I'm naturally basing my review on those band introductions. First comes TETRAGON, an instrumental quartet who released one album in 1971. Here's a track from their intended second album that remained unpublished for nearly four decades. It's energetic, jazzy prog-rock starring Hammond and electric guitar. XHOL played psychedelic jazz-rock. The GoD release represented here with a frenzy 12-minute instrumental is a live album "Essen 1970".

YGGDRASIL was a more song-oriented sextet that released their sole LP in 1972, though only as a metal-acetate. Sounds very nice! Lyrics are in English and there's a lot of flute to increase a certain [pre-Aqualung] Jethro Tull flavour. At the time ZOPPO TRUMP appeared only on a compilation album in 1976, but GoD dug out more unreleased studio recordings. Here's a cool, organ oriented jazz-rock instrumental that slightly reminds me of Jukka Gustavson's compositions on the WIGWAM debut. RADIO NOISZ ENSEMBLE was a Third Ear Band reminding successor of the folk group Emma Myldenberger and released their only album in 1982. The chosen fast-paced track is starring oboe.

The next two bands are the best known. The GURU GURU release is their live performance in Wiesbaden 1973 featuring three long tracks full of free improvisation. The sound quality is not very good, and to me this is the sampler's weakest link. EMBRYO had visited New York which brought funk and soul influences into their 1975 album Surfin'. At least the 9-minute, lighthearted instrumental 'Dance of Some Broken Glasses' sounds nice with the cool groove and flutes, but there's not much of progression in the composition. SÜNDENFALL II sounded very much like the early Jethro Tull, up to the vocals in English. (The original LP of 200 copies is worth a small fortune.) And finally on this sampler disc, an excellent slice of bright-sounding insrumental jazz-rock of the year 1980 by SURGERY. - All in all, this issue (or the period of re-issues) is among the finest from Garden of Delights, with only one track that I rather skip.

 Plankton: A Fruits de Mer Collection by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2013
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Plankton: A Fruits de Mer Collection
Various Artists (Label Samplers) Various Genres

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
4 stars UK label Fruits de Mer Records started out back in 2008, with a clear concept in mind and learning the skills of marketing along the way. From the initial phase of being more or less ignored, in the span of a few years they have established themselves as a strong name in their specific field of the music business. The compilation "Plankton" features a selection of material released in the first two years of the label's existence, initially made as a cover CD for Record Collector Magazine in 2013 and then in late 2016 also made available to buy as a regular CD from the label itself.

As usual the quality of the material is good to excellent, and for those with an interest or passion for vintage style psychedelic rock it'll be quite the pleasant experience indeed. From a psyched up take on George Martin's classic Theme One to a cover of Brian Eno's Baby's on Fire there's great variety in the source material covered, ranging from pastoral excursions and 60's psychedelic pop/rock to vintage space rock and krautrock. Tracks originally from Pink Floyd and Amon Duul II representing the latter, while Tudor Lodge and Strawberry Alarm Clock are examples of the former. As they are presented in these cover versions at least: I haven't checked with the originals to hear just how much these reinterpretations are different from the originals.

In my view there's one cut here that stands a head and a shoulder above the rest though, namely Vibravoid's take on Pink Floyd's classic Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun. A firmly retro-oriented take on this track, with a plethora of odd and eerie sounds, but with a firmer and more concise delivery that adds a tension and hardness to this track that manage to elevate the sheer cosmic nature of the song and a highly appealing manner.

If you have an interest in psychedelic rock, be it progressive or not, this is a fine collection of material of classic tracks and forgotten jewels from yesteryear as explored and performed by contemporary artists. Those with an interest for material of this kind should not be disappointed by the material presented here.

 Prog P50: Tales Of The Future by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Prog P50: Tales Of The Future
Various Artists (Label Samplers) Various Genres

Review by sussexbowler

— First review of this album —
4 stars Overall, this is a smasher! Other than the 'Metal' track by Tardive Dyskinesia, which I skip, the rest of this album is great.

The album has a strong opener from Big big train, but never really let's go other than that track 4.

The song from Bellerophon is probably the first to surface, as there are many mood changes, which make you wonder if you're listening to the same band throughout.

The flow continues thereafter, with some strong music, and the excellent vocalist from 'This winter machine' comes to the fore, sounding like Patrick Lundstrom from Ritual.

I found this to be a good album, and very likeable.

 Prog P46: Ocean Song by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Studio Album, 2016
2.83 | 3 ratings

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Prog P46: Ocean Song
Various Artists (Label Samplers) Various Genres

Review by sussexbowler

3 stars I reckon that the Prog magazine demo's have been getting better recently, and demanding more listening to find that something 'new'. I usually 'saturate' myself with these until something (if anything) shines through, and can go sometimes 3 weeks or more quite happily. Whether this proves that eventually I will get used to anything, well, the jury's out!

Amazingly, I bought two albums as a result of songs being on this album, namely albums by Gandalf's fist and Lyrian. Thankfully, both albums ended up being good, so the desired result was achieved.

There's also a track from Bellerophon, who appear again, and make their presence felt on a later Prog magazine demo, P50 'Tales of the future'.

 Psychedelic Underground 17 by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Psychedelic Underground 17
Various Artists (Label Samplers) Various Genres

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
3 stars The German label Garden Of Delights has re-released dozens of -- well, in fact nearly two hundred -- more or less obscure and rare German prog albums over the years, each CD with detailed liner notes and pictures, often also with several bonus tracks. Every tenth CD is a sampler of the nine latest re-releases, and the bands are introduced briefly but on a satisfying level (in German / English).

SUNBIRDS was an instrumental quintet playing jazz fusion. The opening track from their debut (1971) is a pleasant, bluesy composition that emphasizes electric piano and flute. - MISSUS BEASTLY is slightly better known, mostly instrumental jazz-rock group of the 70's. Flute dominates on this one, a fresh and percussively strong little piece.- EMBRYO is probably the best known band on this selection. The title song from Bad Heads and Bad Cats (1976) reminds me of the British group Babe Ruth, with the female vocals and jazzy touch.

GUILDENSTERN, an instrumentally oriented group influenced by e.g. Eloy, Genesis and Camel, never released an album, but a decent release was gathered from live and rehearsal room recordings. With a better sound quality it could have come very close to being an excellent symph prog discovery. - The instrumental jazz-rock piece by TETRAGON is from the release Agape which contains previously unreleased stuff. The Nice comes to my mind from the rather jam-like piece emphasizing on organ and drums. - I was quite delighted by the sole album (1976) of LANGSYNE, an English-language psych-folk group. Peaceful 'Morning' is a fairly good outtake from it.

PANCAKE released three different albums, and the third one from 1979 is said to be the hardest. The female vocalist Biggi Zmierczak is frankly quite bad. - The 8th track is a massive live improvisation (37:34) by COSMIC CIRCUS MUSIC. They are compared to the early Ash Ra Tempel. It's not easy to stay awake during this meditation... - And finally, a 12-minute track by a Pink Floyd influenced one-timer VIRUS. The organ-heavy and instrumentally oriented, slightly jazzy piece features great flute contributions.

Otherwise pretty nice selection of vintage German obscurities, but the piece by C.C.M. could have been edited to a decent length in order to have longer tracks from other, more interesting bands.

 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.

 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.

 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.

 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.)

 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.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to easy livin for the last updates

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