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This section contains the following types of albums:
- Concept albums by various artists. This includes Rock operas, Rock Musicals, Stories set to music, etc. See below for a few examples of such albums.
- Themed albums. This includes albums which gather together tracks by different artists which are linked by a single theme. Examples might be "The best of progressive rock", "Space rock from the 1970's" etc. (These titles are ficticious!)
- Concert and Festival recording containing music by a range of artists.

Note that only albums with a relationship to progressive rock should be added.

Bob McBeath, October 2006

Examples of concept albums
Peter and The Wolf - Prog Fairytale - 1975
A "Rock" version of PROPKOFIEV's "Peter and the Wolf". This cd also features many occasional members of the UK fusion band BRAND X.

Leonardo - The Absolute Man - 2001
A Rock opera written by Trent GARDNER (MAGELLAN) about the life of Leonardo Da Vinci.

Kalevala - A Finnish Progressive Rock Epic
COLOSSUS proudly presents its new project - now with MUSEA: a concept album based on the Finnish National Epic KALEVALA. The idea of the project is to divide the poems of KALEVALA into 30 parts. Each band participating has chosen one part and will make their music inspired by it.

Zarathustra's Revevenge - 4 Cds for a dream.
A Tribute to Italian progressive rock of the seventies. A fantastic packaging gives justice to this masterpiece.

The Colossus Of Rhodes - 2005
Following on from their Spaghetti Epic project, the Finnish Progressive Music Association prove what a winning formula they have hit on with their latest offering "The Colossus Of Rhodes". Again featuring six bands (4 Italian, 1 Swedish, 1 Finnish), each providing a suite of music approximately 25 minutes in length, the brief being to tell the story of Sergio Leone¡¦s movie of the same title (2 chapters each) utilising only vintage instruments and capturing the symphonic style of 70¡¦s progressive music as typified by YES and GENESIS.
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VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.81 | 11 ratings
The Zodiac : Cosmic Sounds
1967
2.92 | 48 ratings
Zabriskie Point - Original Soundtrack
1970
4.25 | 138 ratings
Jesus Christ Superstar
1970
2.69 | 11 ratings
Tommy - As Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Choir
1972
4.00 | 1 ratings
Tarzan
1972
4.00 | 3 ratings
Morning Of The Earth original soundtrack
1972
3.05 | 2 ratings
Music from Free Creek
1973
4.04 | 60 ratings
Jesus Christ Superstar (The Original Motion Picture Sound Track Album)
1973
4.37 | 39 ratings
La Biblia
1974
3.71 | 58 ratings
Peter and The Wolf
1975
4.00 | 1 ratings
Gubec-Beg (rock opera)
1975
4.09 | 18 ratings
Marscape
1976
4.67 | 3 ratings
Sandokan (O.S.T.)
1976
3.81 | 32 ratings
Andrew Lloyd Webber - Variations
1978
1.00 | 1 ratings
Gricka Vjestica (Rock Opera)
1979
3.72 | 4 ratings
Miniatures (edited by Morgan Fisher)
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
Zold Haju Lany-Zelenokosa (Rock Opera)
1982
4.00 | 2 ratings
Lanzas Coloradas (Opera Rock)
1982
2.50 | 20 ratings
When The Wind Blows
1986
3.05 | 3 ratings
Dali: The Endless Enigma
1990
3.00 | 5 ratings
Enchantement
1990
3.50 | 2 ratings
Kings' Boards
1990
3.92 | 4 ratings
Seven Days of a Life
1993
3.06 | 12 ratings
Passengers: Original Soundtracks 1 (with U2)
1995
0.00 | 0 ratings
From the Lyon's Vault
1998
3.00 | 1 ratings
L'odore Della Notte (O.S.T., music by Pivio e Aldo De Scalzi)
1998
2.59 | 6 ratings
Excalibur: La Legende Des Celtes
1999
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Sky Goes All The Way Home
1999
3.94 | 15 ratings
Keyboards Triangle
1999
3.38 | 8 ratings
The Reading Room
2000
3.14 | 3 ratings
Los Jovenes Flamencos - Volumen I/II/II/IV/V/VI/VII (Prog Folk)
2000
0.00 | 0 ratings
Voices
2000
1.16 | 7 ratings
Out Of Phase - The Wall 2000
2000
2.57 | 7 ratings
La Chiesa (O.S.T.)
2001
3.33 | 3 ratings
2001, A Prog Odyssey?
2001
3.49 | 51 ratings
Leonardo - The Absolute Man
2001
3.04 | 4 ratings
Journey Into Amazing Caves OST
2001
1.50 | 2 ratings
Sonic Residue From Vapourspace
2002
3.05 | 3 ratings
Progressive Rock For You: Volume One
2003
3.58 | 53 ratings
Kalevala - A Finnish Progressive Rock Epic
2003
3.65 | 34 ratings
The Spaghetti Epic
2004
3.52 | 31 ratings
The Colossus Of Rhodes
2005
4.23 | 75 ratings
Odyssey - The Greatest Tale
2005
3.33 | 15 ratings
Dracula Opera Rock Original Cast Recording
2006
4.01 | 34 ratings
(The) 7 Samurai
2006
3.45 | 20 ratings
Excalibur II: The Celtic Ring
2007
3.43 | 25 ratings
The Spaghetti Epic 2: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
2007
3.53 | 19 ratings
Treasure Island
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Bearded's Project: Hope | Omid
2007
3.90 | 25 ratings
Giallo! One Suite for the Murderer
2008
4.33 | 35 ratings
The Spaghetti Epic 3
2008
3.66 | 13 ratings
The Empire And The Rebellion
2008
4.27 | 70 ratings
Inferno The Divine Comedy - part 1
2008
4.06 | 41 ratings
Purgatorio The Divine Comedy - part 2
2009
2.00 | 2 ratings
Anne de Bretagne: Le Rock Opera d'Alan Simon
2009
3.94 | 12 ratings
Cani Arrabbiati: Opening Themes... A Tribute
2010
3.34 | 9 ratings
Wondrous Stories
2010
3.59 | 35 ratings
The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe - A syNphonic Collection
2010
3.83 | 6 ratings
Iliad, a Grand Piano Extravaganza
2010
4.18 | 60 ratings
Decameron: Ten Days in 100 Novellas (Part 1)
2011
3.34 | 31 ratings
The Prog Collective
2012
3.30 | 20 ratings
The Fusion Syndicate
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
Take The Long Way Home
2012
3.44 | 7 ratings
Excalibur III: The Origins
2012
4.16 | 45 ratings
The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft: A SyNphonic Collection
2012
3.87 | 22 ratings
The Rome Pro(G)ject
2012
1.88 | 20 ratings
The Prog Collective- Epilogue
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Age of Twilight
2013
3.50 | 4 ratings
Playing the History
2013
4.12 | 25 ratings
Decameron. Ten Days in 100 Novellas - Part II
2014

VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Festen på Gärdet
1971
4.00 | 3 ratings
Greasy Truckers Party
1972
3.50 | 2 ratings
Pop Festival Ljubljana '72 - Boom
1972
2.33 | 3 ratings
Mar Y Sol
1972
3.14 | 3 ratings
Boom Pop Fest '73
1973
3.75 | 4 ratings
Greasy Truckers Live At Dingwells Dance Hall
1973
0.00 | 0 ratings
Boom Pop Festival Ljubljana '74
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Gitarijada Vojvodine Kisac '75
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Kongres Rock Majstora
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Boom Festival '76
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
Pop Parada 1
1977
0.00 | 0 ratings
Boom '77
1978
3.23 | 5 ratings
Kisstadion '80
1980
3.25 | 5 ratings
Progressive's Battle
1988
3.68 | 12 ratings
Progfest '94
1995
4.02 | 12 ratings
Progfest '95
1996
3.07 | 8 ratings
Progfest '97
1997
4.00 | 2 ratings
Proglive 97 Corbigny
1997
4.00 | 2 ratings
Baja Prog '98
1999
3.00 | 1 ratings
Excalibur: Le Concert Mythique
2000
4.00 | 4 ratings
Progfest 2000
2001
4.50 | 6 ratings
Progday Encore?
2001
4.00 | 6 ratings
Progday '98
2002
4.05 | 3 ratings
Progday 2001
2002
3.00 | 1 ratings
Calprog 2004 Offical Bootleg
2004
3.00 | 1 ratings
Calprog 2005 Offical Bootleg
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
Calprog 2006 Offical Bootleg
2006
1.00 | 1 ratings
Anne de Bretagne: Live Au Chateau Des Ducs De Bretagne
2010
4.71 | 7 ratings
Prog Exhibition - 40 anni di musica immaginifica (RPI) (7CD + 4DVD)
2011

VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.60 | 5 ratings
Progfest '94 Day One
1995
4.60 | 5 ratings
Progfest '94 Day Two
1995
4.17 | 5 ratings
Progfest '95 Day One
1996
4.50 | 4 ratings
Progfest '95 Day Two
1996
2.86 | 3 ratings
Stamping Ground
1998
4.50 | 4 ratings
Progfest 2000
2001
3.65 | 10 ratings
Progressive Rock Anthology
2003
3.82 | 19 ratings
Keyboard Wizards - The Ultimate Anthology
2003
4.00 | 1 ratings
Gouveia Art Rock 2003
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
Psychedelia: The Anthology
2004
1.95 | 3 ratings
Pinkpop - The Vintage Years 1975-1979, Vol. 2
2004
4.00 | 2 ratings
Rock Legends: Progressive Rock
2005
3.52 | 4 ratings
Krautrock Meeting
2005
4.50 | 2 ratings
Gouveia Art Rock 2004
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Psychomania - The Best of Psychedelic Rock
2005
4.00 | 2 ratings
Traditional Hippie Convention 2005 : Burg Herzberg Festival 2005
2006
4.67 | 11 ratings
Best Of Krautrock Vol. 1
2006
4.36 | 7 ratings
Neo- Broadcast
2007
4.05 | 2 ratings
Nearfest 2005 Rising To The Surface
2007
1.00 | 1 ratings
Progressive Rock
2007
4.50 | 2 ratings
3RP Fest Live 2008
2008
3.90 | 13 ratings
Romantic Warriors: A Progressive Music Saga
2010
4.00 | 2 ratings
Romantic Warriors II: About Rock In Opposition
2012

VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 1 ratings
Sounds '71
1971
0.00 | 0 ratings
Deutsch Rock
1972
0.00 | 0 ratings
Vece Rock Muzike JRT - Opatija '78
1978
0.00 | 0 ratings
Dani Jugoslavenske Zabavne Muzike JRT - Opatija '79 - Rock Grupe
1979
3.05 | 2 ratings
Quadrophenia: Songs from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
1979
0.00 | 0 ratings
Music in Sweden 7 - Alternative Instrumental Music
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
The British Psychedelic Trip 1966-1969
1986
0.00 | 0 ratings
The British Psychedelic Trip Vol. 2
1986
0.00 | 0 ratings
The British Psychedelic Trip Vol. 3
1987
0.00 | 0 ratings
The British Psychedelic Trip Vol. 4
1987
1.50 | 2 ratings
Rock Aid Armenia - The Earthquake Album
1990
0.00 | 0 ratings
Rubble Volume Nine - Plastic Wilderness
1991
3.20 | 5 ratings
SI 10th Anniversary Compilation Disc
1991
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Famous Charisma Box
1993
0.00 | 0 ratings
Der Klang der frühen Jahre - Das Beste von Kuckuck Schallplatten 1970-1973
1993
2.98 | 4 ratings
Rime Of The Ancient Sampler - The Mellotron Album
1993
3.18 | 3 ratings
Tales Of Brazilian Rock Chapter 1
1993
5.00 | 1 ratings
Rockandalus
1994
4.52 | 5 ratings
Golden Miles: Australian Progressive Rock 1969-1974
1994
4.00 | 1 ratings
Plima - Progresivna Muzika
1994
3.09 | 7 ratings
Yes, Solo Family Album
1994
2.00 | 1 ratings
70 Minutes de Rock Progressif Français Pour 30 Balles
1994
0.00 | 0 ratings
Le Meilleur du Rock Progressif Instrumental
1995
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Age Of Enlightenment - Prog Rock Volume One
1995
3.50 | 2 ratings
Le Meilleur du Rock Progressif Européen
1996
2.84 | 7 ratings
Steinway To Heaven
1996
3.95 | 2 ratings
Unprogged
1996
3.04 | 15 ratings
Supernatural Fairy Tales - The Progressive Rock Era
1996
2.33 | 3 ratings
Supernatural Fairy Tales: The Progressive Rock Era Sampler
1996
4.05 | 2 ratings
Duende Electrico
1997
1.92 | 14 ratings
Yes, Friends and Relatives
1998
3.87 | 9 ratings
Nuggets From Nuggets
1998
4.00 | 1 ratings
Le Meilleur du Rock Progressif Japonais
1998
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Show That Never Ends: The Best of Progressive Rock - Live from the King Biscuit Vaults
1998
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Electric Lemonade Acid Test
1999
2.00 | 2 ratings
Canterburied Sounds, Vol. 1
1999
2.00 | 2 ratings
Canterburied Sounds, Vol. 2
1999
2.00 | 2 ratings
Canterburied Sounds, Vol. 3
1999
2.00 | 2 ratings
Canterburied Sounds, Vol. 4
1999
2.90 | 2 ratings
Anthology of Cosmic Music
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Electric Lemonade Acid Test - Volume 2
2000
3.00 | 1 ratings
Vous avez aimé les 70's
2000
3.00 | 1 ratings
2001: A Space Rock Odyssey
2001
3.87 | 4 ratings
Nuggets 2
2001
2.93 | 10 ratings
Yes, Friends And Relatives - Volume Two
2001
2.89 | 17 ratings
Best Prog Rock Album in the World... Ever
2003
3.83 | 3 ratings
Essential Progressive Rock
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
Paths Less Traveled
2003
2.52 | 4 ratings
The Yes Story
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Psychedelic Sixties Music French EP Collection
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Electric Lemonade Acid Test - Volume 3
2003
4.00 | 1 ratings
Acid Daze
2003
3.10 | 2 ratings
A History of Progressive Folk
2004
4.00 | 1 ratings
Progressivamente 1973 - 2003
2004
2.78 | 4 ratings
Journey To The Edge
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Prog Rock Collection
2004
2.58 | 5 ratings
Ars Longa Vita Brevis
2004
3.88 | 5 ratings
The Best Symfo Rock
2005
4.00 | 4 ratings
Yes And Friends: "Owner Of A Lonely Heart"
2005
4.21 | 6 ratings
Krautrock - Music For Your Brain
2005
3.03 | 5 ratings
Prog Is Not A Four Letter Word
2005
3.84 | 10 ratings
I Grandi Successi Del Rock Progressivo Italiano
2005
2.29 | 4 ratings
100% Prog Rock
2005
4.00 | 1 ratings
Hijos Del Agobio Y Del Dolor
2006
3.50 | 2 ratings
Prog Rock
2006
3.85 | 17 ratings
Canossa "Rock Opera"
2006
3.98 | 4 ratings
Rock Progressivo Italiano
2006
5.00 | 1 ratings
Deep Purple & Friends (greatest Hits)
2006
4.00 | 1 ratings
After The Storm
2006
3.05 | 2 ratings
Shine On (Classic Rock Cover Disc)
2006
3.00 | 1 ratings
Trip In Time Vol. 1 - Delighted By Psychedelic Rock
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
Trip In Time Vol. 2 - Psychedelic Rock Reflections
2007
4.00 | 4 ratings
Yes And Friends: Hits & More From The Yes Family
2007
3.00 | 3 ratings
Fill Your Head With Prog
2007
2.34 | 5 ratings
In Search Of Syd
2007
4.02 | 5 ratings
Pregnant Rainbow For Colourblind People, The Essence Of Swedish Progressive Music 1967 - 79
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
Yes And Friends (Double Legend)
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Psychedelic Schlemiels - Lost Sounds From The Britpsych Scene 1966-1969
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Psychedelic Jumble Volume 1 - What's The Rush Time Machine Man?
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Real life permanent dreams- A Cornucopia of British Psychedelia 1965-1970
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Cries From The Midnight Circus, Ladbroke Grove 1968 - 1973
2007
4.04 | 6 ratings
Krautrock - Music For Your Brain Vol. 2
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
Prog V1.0: Presented by CHOM 97.7
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Psychedelic Portugal - Hard Psych and Progressive Sounds from Portugal Underground Scene 1968-1974
2008
3.33 | 3 ratings
Krautrock - Music For Your Brain Vol. 3
2008
3.00 | 1 ratings
Le Canzoni Dei Figli Dei Fiori: L'Ora Dell'Anmore
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Well Hung
2008
3.87 | 6 ratings
Prog Spawn
2008
2.83 | 8 ratings
Classic Rock Presents prog: Prognosis
2009
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Electric Asylum Volume 1 - Rare British Acid FreakRock
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
MLWZ.PL - Maty lLeksykon Weilkich Zespotow, 15th Anniversary 3CD compilation album
2009
3.92 | 7 ratings
Classic Rock presents: Prognosis 2
2009
3.15 | 7 ratings
Classic Rock presents: Prognosis 3
2009
3.08 | 6 ratings
Classic rock presents: Prognosis 4
2009
3.12 | 7 ratings
Classic Rock presents: Prognosis 5
2009
3.09 | 3 ratings
A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble
2009
3.67 | 3 ratings
Krautrock - Music For Your Brain Vol. 4
2009
3.00 | 1 ratings
Slowly... From the South - A Compendium of South African Progressive Music
2009
4.05 | 2 ratings
ProgSphere's Progstravaganza Compilation of Awesomeness - Part 1
2010
4.05 | 2 ratings
ProgSphere's Progstravaganza Compilation of Awesomeness - Part 2
2010
2.50 | 4 ratings
Progressive Rock Trilogy
2010
3.17 | 5 ratings
Wondrous Stories - A Complete Introduction To Progressive Rock
2010
4.00 | 10 ratings
Paradiso The divine comedy - Part 3
2010
5.00 | 1 ratings
Deutsche Elektronische Musik: Experimental German Rock And Electronic Musik 1972-83
2010
3.00 | 1 ratings
Chansons Jamais Entendues a la Radio
2010
2.76 | 6 ratings
Classic rock presents: Prognosis 6
2010
3.04 | 4 ratings
Classic Rock Presents: Prognosis 7
2010
3.73 | 11 ratings
Classic rock presents: Prognosis 8
2010
3.82 | 14 ratings
Classic Rock presents: Prognosis 9
2010
2.33 | 8 ratings
Classic rock presents: Prognosis 10
2010
4.00 | 4 ratings
Classic Rock Presents: Prognosis 11
2010
3.33 | 6 ratings
Classic rock presents: Prognosis 12
2010
3.17 | 5 ratings
Classic Rock presents: Prognosis 13
2010
3.10 | 2 ratings
ProgSphere's Progstravaganza Compilation of Awesomeness - Part 3
2011
4.05 | 2 ratings
ProgSphere's Progstravaganza Compilation of Awesomeness - Part 4
2011
3.10 | 2 ratings
ProgSphere's Progstravaganza Compilation of Awesomeness - Part 5
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
ProgSphere's Progstravaganza Compilation of Awesomeness - Part 6
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
ProgSphere's Progstravaganza Compilation of Awesomeness - Part 7
2011
3.95 | 2 ratings
A Progstravaganza Special: The New Generation of Prog
2011
3.55 | 4 ratings
Trip Wave - A Retrospective Collection Of Russian Psychedelic Progressive Music
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Believers Roast Presents: The Central Element
2011
5.00 | 1 ratings
More Hope For Japan
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
ProgSphere's Progstravaganza Compilation of Awesomeness - Part 8
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Veterans of the French Underground Meet La Jeune-Garde
2011
3.04 | 6 ratings
Classic Rock presents: Prognosis 14
2011
3.02 | 7 ratings
Classic Rock presents: Prognosis 15
2011
2.11 | 7 ratings
Classic Rock presents: Prognosis 16
2011
3.53 | 9 ratings
Classic Rock presents: Prognosis 17
2011
3.16 | 12 ratings
Classic Rock presents: Prognosis 18
2011
3.11 | 9 ratings
Prognosis 19
2011
2.33 | 8 ratings
Prognosis 2.1
2011
4.02 | 3 ratings
Psychedelic World Music: Discovery
2012
3.33 | 3 ratings
Progfest: The Best in Australian Progressive Music (Progfest Compilation 2012)
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
Head Music
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
ProgSphere's Progstravaganza Compilation of Awesomeness - Part 9
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
ProgSphere's Progstravaganza Compilation of Awesomeness - Part 10
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
ProgSphere's Progstravaganza Compilation of Awesomeness - Part 11
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
ProgSphere's Progstravaganza Compilation of Awesomeness - Part 12
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Progstravaganza I-IX
2013
2.00 | 1 ratings
Epilogue
2013
4.82 | 3 ratings
Strange Fish One
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Progstravaganza XV: Ascension
2013
3.95 | 3 ratings
Strange Fish Two
2013
3.95 | 2 ratings
Strange Fish Three
2013
4.00 | 3 ratings
Strange Fish Four
2013
3.91 | 3 ratings
Strange Fish Five
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Progstravaganza XVII: Progression
2014
3.00 | 2 ratings
Progstravaganza XVI: The Moon's Sphere
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
Progressivamente Story 1970-2014
2014

VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Dithyrambe
1988
0.00 | 0 ratings
Mind Expansion - Volume 1
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
Mind Expansion - Volume 2
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
Mind Expansion - Volume 3
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
Nordic Progressive Sampler
1999
3.00 | 2 ratings
Kinski / Acid Mothers Temple
2003
3.00 | 1 ratings
The musical history tour (passengers in time) Ft. The Gathering
2005
3.08 | 6 ratings
ProgAID - All Around The World
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Champions Of Sound 2008
2008

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3.90 | 25 ratings

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Giallo! One Suite for the Murderer
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Review by andrea
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Giallo! - One Suite For The Murderer is a compilation of pieces inspired by Profondo Rosso (Deep Red), a seminal thriller directed in 1975 by Dario Argento featuring a famous soundtrack by Goblin. It was released in 2008 on the independent French label Musea Records in collaboration with the Finnish Colossus. Some talented Italian artists were recruited to interpret with their own music and lyrics the scenes and the characters of the film, creating something new while paying in the same time a due tribute to Dario Argento's work, one of the best known Italian Gialli. In fact, "giallo" is an Italian word that means "yellow" but that also defines a genre of literature and film named after the colour of the cover background of a series of cheap paperback mystery novels... All the artists involved in this project showed a great respect for the film that inspired it and for its mood. Anyway, if you are not familiar with it, do not worry: the rich booklet with its nice artwork and the extended liner notes will make you understand what the music is about.

The opener is a short instrumental track, "Frammento Rosso / Intro", that sets the atmosphere. Composer and keyboardist Alfio Costa (from Prowlers, Tilion, Daal) here plays Grand piano and Minimoog with great effectiveness conveying a strong sense of mystery and tension...

Then comes the first suite, "Visions of Helga" by Dark Session. Dark Session is mainly the brainchild of composer and multi-instrumentalist Flavio Costa (from Tilion) who, with the help of his brother Alfio (keyboards) and Hamadi Trabelsi (vocals), here paints in black feelings and notes trying to explore what's behind the mind of the murderer. This piece describes the part of the film where a famous psychic, Helga Ulmann, perceives the evil presence of a serial killer during a public meeting... Through his eyes and his hands she looses her soul and her life! It's a prevalently instrumental track that, in my opinion, perfectly fits the subject matter mirroring in some way the images of the film with sounds and words.

The second suite, "Vecchi giochi" (Old Games), was provided by Leviathan, a Roman band whose roots date back to 1985. Here the line up features Fabio Amici (keyboards, Hammond), Fabio Donna (bass), Andrea Moneta (drums, electric guitar) plus the guests vocalists Pierfrancesco Drago (from Revelation and Arcadelt) and Rossella Salvucci. This piece is divided into four parts and it was inspired by the private investigations of the main character of the film, Marcus Daly. The music and the intriguing lyrics by Beatrice Pietrangeli describe this particular hunting game from the point of view of the lurking murderer rather than that of the improvised detective. So, Marcus Daly here becomes the pray. The first part, "L'avvertimento" (The warning) begins softly with organ and piano in the forefront and theatrical male vocals... The killer's house is like a piano where he composes his troubled existence, every fear is like a black and white sequence, a music from the heart that is driving him insane, he's ready to strike and he's biding his time in the dark... Thin deadly melodies soar on the second part, "L'indagine" (The investigation), delivered by the wonderful voice of Rossella Salvucci. The third part, "L'assassinio" (The murder) features a long instrumental section and the rhythm rises... Run away if you can, but beware! The killer knows where and when he can get you... The final part, "La villa" (The manor), is disquieting and darker than ever, there are some narrative vocals and a church-like choir in the background, then the music and lyrics lead you to the closed gates of mysterious, abandoned villa... A great track!

The third suite, "Suite dall'inconscio dell'assassino" (Suite from the subconscious of the murderer), is the contribute by Floating State, an experienced band from Bari featuring Marco Esposito (vocals, classical guitar, flute), Grazia Stella (sax), Mimmo Ferri (Theremin, electric piano, organ, synthesizers), Gigi Ferri (electric guitars), Francesco Antonino (electric bass) and Beatrice Birardi (drums, percussion, vibraphone). This piece is divided into ten sections and begins where the previous track left you: in front of the gate of the mysterious manor. You can hear the gate creaking on its hinges, then the music and lyrics take you in and welcome you to a nightmare where the insane instincts of the murderer, his feelings and sensations unfurl as if they were on trial in a hazy court of justice, accused by his subconscious. There's delirium and madness, evil and mercy in this outstanding track that features also some short excerpts from "School at Night (Lullaby)", from the original soundtrack of the film.

A short, evocative instrumental track by Alfio Costa, "Mirrors / Outro", ends this excellent album where the music flows away in perfect coherence without weak moments.

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 The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe - A syNphonic Collection by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.59 | 35 ratings

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The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe - A syNphonic Collection
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

3 stars Having discovered the Colossus Project's put out by Musea Records with the excellent 'The Stories Of H.P. Lovecraft: A SyNphonic Collection' i decided to dive in once again randomly and check out another compilation that came out two years early. Part of the same exact theme of taking a literary figure and setting them to his life's work, i decided to try the similarly laid out THE TALES OF EDGAR ALLEN POE: A SYNPHONIC COLLECTION. Unlike the Lovecraft set which contains a whopping three discs of music, this one has only two but two filled to the brim ones they are. Not exactly familiar with POE's tales of mystery and the macabre i wasn't exactly sure what to expect except some serious prog that is symphonic in nature. Well, that's what we get alright, but unlike the Lovecraft set that blew me away on first listen and continued to retain its strong character, i can't say the same for this one.

Right from the start we get a lengthy 'Intro' by Marco Lo Muscio, which sounds like a Bach inspired church organ that sets the mysterious vibe that is supposed to be the theme here i guess. Not a bad 'Intro' at all and ushers in the next strong track 'The Black Cat' by Senogul that takes the baton and continues the mysterious mood building and progifies it. This is a really cool track by a band i never knew and am eager to check out more of their output. The track is the epitome of symphonic prog and has satisfying time sig changes, keyboard outbursts and creative changes. At this point i'm very pleased i bought this!

This attitude changes with the next track though. 'A Descent Into The Maelstrom' by La Th'orie des Cordes is a decent track but lacks the interesting touches and seems more like a symphonic prog by the numbers piece. The next track is one of my favorites. The Canadian prog metal band Oracle delivers the most energetic and satisfying track on the album IMHO in the form of 'Tall Tale Heart.' Unfortunately after investigating, this band has not released any album and only three tracks that appear on three separate compilations this being one of them. Well, unfortunately the tide turns here and the rest of disc one devolves into decently done but hardly outstanding tracks that tend to wear out their welcome. Disc one ends with a particularly limp track by Jinetes Negros.

Disc two begins a lot like disc one with some Baroque sounding organ by Jukka Kulju which quickly turns into a decent mid-70s Genesis feel track but never really goes anywhere truly interesting and meanders on and on way too long. The next track by Anima Morte is ok but not outstanding but followed by the jazzy 'The Gold Bag' by Blank Manuscript which is a much better track and another of my faves. It is short but sweet and although not significantly different than much of this album it just has a slight edge over the rest in keeping things more interesting. The rest of disc two treads the waters of mediocrity much in the same way that disc one does with the exception of the excellent finale by Daal 'The Fall Of The House Of Usher' which at 16:18 is the longest track on the entire compilation but this track is available on their 'Echoes Of Falling Stars' album so nothing new for me.

Overall i am disappointed with this one. It is worth owning for the few strong tracks and really the rest of the tracks are mostly decent with only a few that are irritating but i have read that this is one of the weakest offerings in the Colossus Projects and i have to agree so i will sally forth into the great unknown and when i pick up the next one and hope it is indeed better than this one.

In case you're wondering here is the whole list of Colossus Project released so far:

Tuonen Tytar: A Tribute To Finnish Progressive (2000)

Kalevala - Finnish Progressive Rock Epic (2003)

The Spaghetti Epic - Six Modern Prog Bands For Six Seventies Prog Suites (2004)

Odyssey - The Greatest Tale (2005)

The Colossus of Rhodes (2006)

The 7 Samurai - The Ultimate Epic (2006)

The Spaghetti Epic 2 - The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly (2007)

Treasure Island (2007)

Giallo! One Suite for the Murderer (2008)

The Empire and The Rebellion (2008)

Dante's Divine Comedy Part I - Dante's Inferno (2009)

Dante's Divine Comedy Part II ? Purgatorio (2009)

Rökstenen - a Tribute to Swedish Progressive Rock of the 70's (2009)

The Spaghetti Epic 3 - The Great Silence (2009)

Tuonen Tytar-A Tribute To Finnish Progressive Rock Of The Seventies - Volume Two (2009)

Iliad: A Grand Piano Extravaganza (2010)

THE TALES OF EDGAR ALLEN POE: A SYNPHONIC COLLECTION (2010)

Decameron-Ten Days In 100 Novellas - Part I (2011)

The Stories Of H.P. Lovecraft: A SyNphonic Collection (2012)

Decameron - Ten days in 100 novellas - Part II (2014)

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 Pregnant Rainbow For Colourblind People, The Essence Of Swedish Progressive Music 1967 - 79 by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2007
4.02 | 5 ratings

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Pregnant Rainbow For Colourblind People, The Essence Of Swedish Progressive Music 1967 - 79
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by GruvanDahlman
Prog Reviewer

4 stars An entire box, consisting of four fully packed CD:s, of swedish prog, is that really necessary? Well, yes. Focusing on 1967-1979 it showcases all needed develepment of this genre in Sweden. Progressive rock in Sweden was either politically infused (lyrically), musically progressive or a bit of both. There are certainly varying degrees of excellence here. Some is more amusing than good, while others are simply outstanding.

I have loved the swedish progressive movement for many a year, now reaching the two decade mark. While lyrical content is important it is essentially the musical overcoat that makes it worthwhile. To me the inclusion of Samla Mammas Manna or Trettioåriga Kriget goes without saying. They are among the finest, alongside Kaipa and others. These groups are examples of the great musical skill and vision that blossomed during these years (and have continued to do so). Träd, Gräs och Stenar are, on the other hand, more charming than skilled. While not bad they do struggle with some musical difficulties, though not necessarily in vision.

There are some truly swedish sounds on here, especially evident when listening to Fläsket Brinner or Arbete & Fritid. Fusing swedish folk music with all out (hard) rock, the tapestry is really exciting. On the political side of things you may enjoy Midsommar's "Illusionen av en färdiskomad akademiker", with it's Santana-ish sound or Nationalteatern's "Jack the Ripper". Great tracks, both musically and in lyrics.

Other highlights are Panta Rei (a truly mindblowing, energetic track), Pop Workshop (amazing fusion), Life (with it's heavy, proto- metal sound), Hansson & Karlsson (instrumental organ and drums) and so forth. There is so much music to enjoy on here. And while I miss some bands (Mr. Brown, Atlas or Heta Linjen for instance) this is most likely the greatest way to start investigating the progressive music in Sweden, at least between the years 1967-1979. It is a labor of love, this box, and if you are able to get hold of it, do not hesitate. Buy it and revel in times gone by and the sounds of a swinging, evolving Sweden. I dare say that every aspect of prog is well represented here.

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 Zabriskie Point - Original Soundtrack by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 1970
2.92 | 48 ratings

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Zabriskie Point - Original Soundtrack
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This is the album that determines if you are a true Pink Floyd fan or not. If you didn't know about this album before, then you still have a little more to learn about PF. If you did know, about it, then you probably know that the main album has 2 otherwise unavailable PF tracks on it plus 1 renamed track. But, not only that, if you get the 1997 re-release, you get a bonus disc with 4 more tracks that were previously unavailable that were written for the movie, but unused because of some issues between the band and the director. That is enough for the true PF fan to already know about and the PF music lovers to get excited about.

So, overall, is it worth it to search this out? Well, if you love the music the PF produced in the era between the departure of Barrett and "Atom Heart Mother" then this is definitely worth your while to check it out. The main feeling of the entire album (which also has some instrumentals by Jerry Garcia and other songs by other bands) is a very folky/psychedelic feeling. The songs for the most part are decent and enjoyable, but other than only a few of the PF tracks, there is not much progressive rock to talk about here. I only want to talk about the PF tracks here because I feel that is why most people on this site would want to check this album out.

"Heart Beat, Pig Meat" is the first PF track (and 1st album track). It is mostly psychedelic sounding but consists of an interesting percussion pattern with some ambient electronics flowing in and out and also a lot of what sounds like old soundtrack music clips from old movies thrown in here and there throughout the track. The next PF track is #4 on the album and it's called "Crumbling Land" This is a decent track with harmonic vocals that almost sound like what you would hear from a folk band like CSN&Y, so it fits into the feeling of the album. However, the ending gets somewhat spacey just so that you are reminded who this really is. The last track on the main album is also the last PF track and it's called "Come in Number 51, Your Time is Up". This is really not an original track in that it is very much like "Careful With That Axe, Eugene", so yes, it's psychedelic.

On the bonus disc, you get another vocal track called "Country Song" which sounds very similar to the music from "More", very mellow at first with a electric guitar joining in on the last part of the track. Nice track, but nothing really outstanding. Then you get "Unknown Song" which is a mellow full band instrumental, mostly acoustic sounding. "Love Scene Number 6" is a very nice blues instrumental which is a welcome change of pace for PF and then the disc closes with "Love Scene Number 4" which is simply Rick White on piano, nice and relaxing, but again nothing really outstanding here.

As far as the rest of the album, if you like folk rock with a little psychedelia mixed in, it's a pleasant listen. On the bonus disc, the other 4 tracks are Jerry Garcia pretty much noodling around on an acoustic guitar, so nothing too exciting there.

There was another track that was later released on a PF box set called "Fingal's Cave" which is a mellow psychedelic track. There were also two other tracks that were not released on any album that I am aware of called "Oenone" (on "The Tree Full of Secrets" bootleg and another psychedelic track) and "The Violent Sequence" (on the "Violence in Birmingham" bootleg and is a beautiful piano piece, much nicer than "Love Scene Number 4" and why it hasn't been released on a proper album, I don't know).

So, I guess it all depends on how curious you are and how big of a fan you are as to whether you want to look into locating this album. I can't consider it anything that is groundbreaking but it is pleasant like I said before, so give it a 3 star rating.

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 The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft: A SyNphonic Collection by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.16 | 45 ratings

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The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft: A SyNphonic Collection
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars THE STORIES OF H.P. LOVECRAFT: A SYNPHONIC COLLECTION is one of those various artists releases that I decided to pick simply because of a couple artists involved despite not knowing many of the others involved in the project. Those artists were Daal and Nexus. Two eclectic symphonic bands that have kept my attention time and time again. As expected the two tracks by them are outstanding and worth the price of admission alone, however what was most unexpected is that I find every track on this sprawling triple disc album to be worth having, albeit some are far superior to others. The majority are really very good and I am quite happy to have purchased this release despite my usual dislike for such projects where more often than not it is only a few select tracks that warrant heightened enthusiasm and mental orgasmic activity.

I was also surprised to learn that this is actually the 19th release of a lofty ongoing collaboration between The Finnish Progressive Music Association and Musea Records. The idea is to pick a concept and ask various bands to write a track within the parameters of its subject matter. Although I have not yet savored the fruits of the other installments in the grandiose project, I have to admit that if they are anywhere close to being as enjoyable as this release then sign me up for MOOORE!!! Despite the unfounded fears that the thematic unification would be a total train wreck of clashing sounds and ideas, the total opposite rings true with THE STORIES OF H.P. LOVECRAFT: A SYNPHONIC COLLECTION.

Howard Phillips Lovecraft was, of course, the author who haunted pulp magazines and lived a most eccentric life before he died in poverty due to the fact he never made it big during his lifetime but had great success posthumously. He was obsessed in his stories with forbidden and occult knowledge. The characters in his stories were seekers of dark and esoteric wisdom often meeting their own demise by going just a tad too far in their quest. The music on this release perfectly represents these themes and I am utterly amazed at how well it holds together despite the twenty bands existing in seemingly different corners of the symphonic prog realm.

The album just bursts into your consciousness with the first attention grabbing track by The Samurai Of Prog and continues throughout the entire 02:58:25 duration. This was love at first listen with a few tracks seeming a little lackluster but only in comparison to the better ones. I have never been a huge Glass Hammer fan and I have to admit it's one of my lesser faves here but like I said, there is no bad track here. Only outstanding and very good. Most tracks are instrumental and the few that aren't incite LOVECRAFT's poetry and literary themes. I am happy to say that my favorite band on here Daal is the one who carries the weight of his most popular tale "The Call Of Cthulu" where they deliver their appropriate creepy symphonic take on it. There is no need to go through this track by track and I would bore you to tears if I did. All I can say is that this is one massively brilliant behemoth of well-LOVECRAFT-ed symphonic prog going on here.

Of the bands I know well including The Samari Of Prog, Glass Hammer, Jinetes Negros, Daal, Nexus and Simon Says, I have to say that they deliver their best here and all the other bands I have not yet encountered give me a gleeful introduction to their particular sounds that warrant further exploration. The musicianship on here is outstanding and the tracks really spice it up so as to keep the theme unified over the need for self-expression yet every track is clearly by a different musical entity. GREAT stuff on this one.

In case you're wondering here is the whole list of Colossus Project released so far:

Tuonen Tytar: A Tribute To Finnish Progressive (2000)

Kalevala - Finnish Progressive Rock Epic (2003)

The Spaghetti Epic - Six Modern Prog Bands For Six Seventies Prog Suites (2004)

Odyssey - The Greatest Tale (2005)

The Colossus of Rhodes (2006)

The 7 Samurai - The Ultimate Epic (2006)

The Spaghetti Epic 2 - The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly (2007)

Treasure Island (2007)

Giallo! One Suite for the Murderer (2008)

The Empire and The Rebellion (2008)

Dante's Divine Comedy Part I - Dante's Inferno (2009)

Dante's Divine Comedy Part II - Purgatorio (2009)

Rökstenen - a Tribute to Swedish Progressive Rock of the 70's (2009)

The Spaghetti Epic 3 - The Great Silence (2009)

Tuonen Tytar-A Tribute To Finnish Progressive Rock Of The Seventies - Volume Two (2009)

Iliad: A Grand Piano Extravaganza (2010)

The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe: A SyNphonic Collection (2010)

Decameron-Ten Days In 100 Novellas - Part I (2011)

THE STORIES OF H.P. LOVECRAFT: A SYNPHONIC COLLECTION (2012)

Decameron - Ten days in 100 novellas - Part II (2014)

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 Marscape by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.09 | 18 ratings

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Marscape
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Marscape is a soundtrack performed by some of the finest British jazz-rock musicians, mostly schooled within Brand X and under the leadership of keyboardist Robin Lumley and lyricon (an electronic wind instrument) player Jack Lancaster , both having glorified previous careers with the Brit prog universe. Brand X back up is provided by guitarist extraordinaire John Goodsall, the slippery fretless master Percy Jones and the ridiculously talent drummer turned future torch singer Phil Collins. Finally, Simon Jeffes (Penguin Café Orchestra) arranges the necessary orchestrations where needed. I had this LP since its release and only recently found a CD version, so I was thrilled to add this puppy into my collection.

The material is mostly instrumental, but sort of strange and ethereal, purposefully so in order to really expand on its uniqueness. The sound is obviously closely associated with Brand X, as well as cousin projects Wilding-Bonus, Quantum Jump, Isotope and John G.Perry solo. Percy Jones needs no introduction, for my money among the top bassists ever (Perry not far behind), his fretless technique way more complex and technical than say the master of wobble Mick Karn of Japan legend. His playing is simply remarkable throughout, in perfect alignment with Collins' terrific rifling style. But this is really Robin Lumley's pet project, fully developing his piano artistry, adding harmonium, synths, organ and autoharp to his ivory arsenal, as well as being helped by Lancaster's saxes, flutes and the much- maligned lyricon.

The material for the most part is relatively mid-tempo, at times out right spacy like on the opener and on the unreservedly thrilling two-part "With a Great Feeling of Love" (an album highlight) and gets all stitched up on "Olympus Mons". This killer track really is typical of the British jazz rock scene, starting out with brooding sax, a driving rhythm and sudden plunges into oddball weirdness, such as the echoing gongs swimming in aquatic samples and traversed by blitzing piano rivulets, to then explode into a manic excursion into neo- Mahavishnu Orchestra land, everyone soloing like madmen but in controlled harmony with each other (Jones, Goodsall and Collins just cook and broil). Lumley really develops incredible mastery on his piano in particular, displaying a lavish style that is unafraid of jumping to intense zones of expression, whist doing the traditional jazz thing too.

Then when you least expect it, a synth-bass introduces "Hopper", an homage to the Soft Machine bassist I presume but cleverly camouflaged as the nickname for a Martian land rover, a rollicking excursion over sand, rocks, valleys and peaks, the lads having a ball bouncing all over their instruments with a little tchaka-tchaka guitar and calypso drum outro. At times, the mood becomes experimental and outer-worldly. This is no pop record as "Dust Storm" is just like its title would claim, an opaque and cross winded blizzard of microscopic molecules that rustle and inflict odd sensorial reactions (hey, 1976, okay!). After the koto infused "Blowholes" adding even more oddness to the proceedings, things revert to more rational behavior with the choir-led "Desolation", a 6 minute magnificent hymn to the galactic entities, a track that has all the traits that thrill the prog fan to no end. Sublime mood, incredible confidence, scintillating bass and drums, all built as a platform to dish out some sizzling soloing, as both Lancaster and Lumley let it rip, but in this cool jazz way. Jeffes' orchestrations are spot on, too. This track alone is worth pursuing the album, finally available nicely re-mastered and at a reasonable price (for a very long time only available as a Japanese import for mucho dinero).

'Domo arigato', Jeffes plays the koto again, in accordance with Lancaster's delicate flute, "Release" is the final cut of a true prog collector's addition. A classic.

4.5 Alien chocolates

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 Miniatures (edited by Morgan Fisher) by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.72 | 4 ratings

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Miniatures (edited by Morgan Fisher)
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by Dobermensch

3 stars Each track on 'Miniatures' lasts exactly one minute. This is actually a really good, sharp and straight to the point experimental album with a huge number of participants, each of whom add a certain individuality to proceedings,

If I tried to review this album track by track I'd be here all night. There are 40 tracks after all and that would bore most folk senseless. Most tracks are with vocals and outside the realm of normality. Of particular note is the hilarious rendition of 'Cum on Feel The Noiz' by Slade. It's rendered by the son of Neil Innes of Monty Python "Brave Sir Robin Ran Away" fame. Just a wee boy and a set of kid drums singing said song.

Each contributor has a painstakingly short entry where you can almost feel the frustration at the effort of fitting everything in within one minute. Intentionally, there's literally no drums or conventional instruments present in order to maintain continuity between tracks.

Interestingly the Residents also had an album of forty 'one minute tracks' released in the same year - one of which appears on this compilation.

'Miniatures' has a scatter gun approach with bullets flying at all angles replete with memorable quotations and rapid fire non sequiturs which will leave you none the wiser after listening. A truly bizarre and one off recording that says and means nothing.

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 Jesus Christ Superstar by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.25 | 138 ratings

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Jesus Christ Superstar
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by GruvanDahlman
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Musicals. Now there's a genre. Pompous and overblown. Doesn't that sound alot like progressive rock? In the case of ye olde Jesus Christ Superstar it couldn't be a more fitting description than that. I would not say, however, that it is a musical. For me, musicals are stories told through the musical medium, just like any concept album in the world of prog. I am not stating that prog and musicals are equals, simply that there are similarities. Jesus Christ is not, I say, a musical. Rather it is a supreme rock opera of huge proportions.

The birth of rock operas is debatable but this one, being released in the year of 1970, do belong to the first ones. Maybe Kinks was first. Or The Who. That is not the point. The point being that this opera is a seminal and awesome piece of progressive rock, bound together by the most cohesive pieces of music ever written. The theme, the last days of Christ, is also fantastic. No matter your religious beliefs it is a great story ande makes for a wide range of variety in moods, structures and psychological evaluations of all the concerned parties.

Each song is impressive in itself but the great thing is the way themes and songs are revisited and used again to great effect. For instance, "I don't know how to love him" is great sung by Mary Magdalene but dramatic and heart wrenching when Judas sings the same song. The angst portrayed vocally are moving, really.

The cast makes for great performances. Gillan makes a perfect Jesus, torn by his fate and destiny on the cross. Murray Head is fantastic as Judas and his vocals are really extraordinary acting through singing. The way he portrays Judas as torn between his destiny and beliefs, doubts and fears is truly wonderful to hear. I feel moved everytime he sings.

This edition, the first recording of many, is by far the best in my opinion. It is vibrant, alive and really raw, rough and hard rocking. A true masterpiece of early progressive concept rock. Easily five shining stars.

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 Deutsche Elektronische Musik: Experimental German Rock And Electronic Musik 1972-83 by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2010
5.00 | 1 ratings

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Deutsche Elektronische Musik: Experimental German Rock And Electronic Musik 1972-83
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by Fido73

— First review of this album —
5 stars Wow! talk about a incredible best of Krautrock, this compilation has it all & it's well balance, it really sound like all the songs in there are related and came from the same year, but no, you cover 11 years of great Krautrock. Some song in there are edited version of the original, but the edit are well made and fit the flow of this compilation. If you are new to the german world of Krautrock, that compilation should be a good place to start. For the expert, there is nothing you haven't heard but is a really good mix of the best Krautrock, it might be a good addition to your Krautrock collection. A double compilation of this quality is rare and all of the track are 1st rate music so it deserve a 5 star rating.

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 Supernatural Fairy Tales: The Progressive Rock Era Sampler by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1996
2.33 | 3 ratings

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Supernatural Fairy Tales: The Progressive Rock Era Sampler
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

2 stars I defended the boxed set SUPERNATURAL FAIRY TALES: THE PROGRESSIVE ROCK ERA because despite being far from perfect it included various different artists that I had never heard of. This on the other hand is a sampler of a sampler that makes me wonder why in the world would someone have thought to release this? First of all how can you some up an entire monster genre like prog rock with ten songs. The full 5-cd set barely scratches the surface and imperfectly at that. On this release not only are 3 of the tracks proto-prog but they include a song by ELP, one by Yes and "Hocus Pocus" by Focus. EVERYONE knows these group's music even if they don't know a thing about prog! I just find the existence of this ridiculous and had to share it with the world. I'm rating this as a compilation not as a bunch of songs because I actually like most of this stuff, just not in this jumbled uninspired order.

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