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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)

3.82 | 16 ratings
The Zodiac : Cosmic Sounds
1967
2.92 | 56 ratings
Zabriskie Point - Original Soundtrack
1970
4.23 | 157 ratings
Jesus Christ Superstar
1970
2.67 | 13 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
4.05 | 71 ratings
Jesus Christ Superstar (The Original Motion Picture Sound Track Album)
1973
4.36 | 43 ratings
La Biblia
1974
3.71 | 64 ratings
Peter and The Wolf
1975
4.50 | 2 ratings
Gubec-Beg (rock opera)
1975
4.07 | 22 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
3.53 | 5 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
2.51 | 23 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
3.86 | 5 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
3.42 | 10 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
1.21 | 9 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
3.50 | 54 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
3.62 | 59 ratings
Kalevala - A Finnish Progressive Rock Epic
2003
3.66 | 39 ratings
The Spaghetti Epic
2004
3.55 | 35 ratings
The Colossus Of Rhodes
2005
4.27 | 78 ratings
Odyssey - The Greatest Tale
2005
3.36 | 16 ratings
Dracula Opera Rock Original Cast Recording
2006
4.03 | 38 ratings
(The) 7 Samurai
2006
3.47 | 21 ratings
Excalibur II: The Celtic Ring
2007
3.44 | 27 ratings
The Spaghetti Epic 2: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
2007
3.57 | 20 ratings
Treasure Island
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Bearded's Project: Hope | Omid
2007
3.92 | 28 ratings
Giallo! One Suite for the Murderer
2008
4.33 | 41 ratings
The Spaghetti Epic 3
2008
3.67 | 15 ratings
The Empire And The Rebellion
2008
4.27 | 72 ratings
Inferno The Divine Comedy - part 1
2008
4.09 | 43 ratings
Purgatorio The Divine Comedy - part 2
2009
2.22 | 4 ratings
Anne de Bretagne: Le Rock Opera d'Alan Simon
2009
3.94 | 14 ratings
Cani Arrabbiati: Opening Themes... A Tribute
2010
3.34 | 11 ratings
Wondrous Stories
2010
3.60 | 36 ratings
The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe - A syNphonic Collection
2010
3.86 | 7 ratings
Iliad, a Grand Piano Extravaganza
2010
4.16 | 68 ratings
Decameron: Ten Days in 100 Novellas (Part 1)
2011
3.27 | 34 ratings
The Prog Collective
2012
3.38 | 21 ratings
The Fusion Syndicate
2012
3.00 | 2 ratings
Take The Long Way Home
2012
3.44 | 7 ratings
Excalibur III: The Origins
2012
4.15 | 52 ratings
The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft: A SyNphonic Collection
2012
3.73 | 26 ratings
The Rome Pro(G)ject
2012
2.16 | 24 ratings
The Prog Collective- Epilogue
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Age of Twilight
2013
3.50 | 4 ratings
Playing the History
2013
2.95 | 2 ratings
Ponder The Mystery (William Shatner featuring Billy Sherwood)
2013
4.25 | 20 ratings
The Black Codex (Episodes 1 - 13)
2014
4.31 | 13 ratings
The Black Codex (Episodes 14 - 26)
2014
4.00 | 39 ratings
Decameron. Ten Days in 100 Novellas - Part II
2014
4.14 | 21 ratings
The Black Codex (Episodes 27 - 39)
2015
4.05 | 20 ratings
The Black Codex (Episodes 40 - 52)
2015
4.02 | 16 ratings
The Rome Pro(g)ject - Of Fate And Glory
2016
4.86 | 10 ratings
Decameron - Ten Days in 100 Novellas - Part III
2016

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
3.67 | 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 | 14 ratings
Progfest '94
1995
4.02 | 13 ratings
Progfest '95
1996
3.08 | 10 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
4.78 | 9 ratings
Prog Exhibition - 40 anni di musica immaginifica (RPI) (7CD + 4DVD)
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
FINNFOREST / ELONKORJUU: Pop-Liisa 6
2016

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 | 14 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
4.00 | 1 ratings
The British Psychedelic Trip 1966-1969
1986
0.00 | 0 ratings
The British Psychedelic Trip Vol. 2
1986
4.00 | 1 ratings
The British Psychedelic Trip Vol. 3
1987
0.00 | 0 ratings
The British Psychedelic Trip Vol. 4
1987
1.57 | 3 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
2.33 | 3 ratings
Supernatural Fairy Tales: The Progressive Rock Era Sampler
1996
2.48 | 5 ratings
Steinway To Heaven
1996
3.95 | 2 ratings
Unprogged
1996
3.04 | 15 ratings
Supernatural Fairy Tales - The Progressive Rock Era
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
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Show That Never Ends: The Best of Progressive Rock - Live from the King Biscuit Vaults
1998
4.00 | 1 ratings
Le Meilleur du Rock Progressif Japonais
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 | 2 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
4.05 | 6 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
3.00 | 1 ratings
Slowly... From the South - A Compendium of South African Progressive Music
2009
3.67 | 3 ratings
Krautrock - Music For Your Brain Vol. 4
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
4.03 | 11 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
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 | 2 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

VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) Reviews


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 The Rome Pro(G)ject by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.73 | 26 ratings

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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars Monuments and statues everywhere

The first instalment of Vincenzo Ricca's Rome Pro(g)ject opens with a track of unaccompanied narration in Italian which functions well enough to set the mood for the album but is somewhat lost on those of us who do not speak the language. The actual music begins with track two (which also features some further narration). The primary influence seems to be Genesis which may be forgiven given the presence here of the great Steve Hackett. Indeed, many parts of this album do sound a bit like an instrumental version of Genesis circa 1971-73.

Another contributor is David Cross of King Crimson on violin and that band is also brought to mind when listening to the Rome Pro(g)ject, but more so their early efforts before Cross was part of the band. Richard Sinclair is most well-known for his contributions to Caravan, but he was also a member of Camel and the latter band is a more relevant comparison point than Caravan in this case. David Jackson of Van Der Graaf Generator contributes saxes and flutes.

Comparing this first album to the more recent second Rome Pro(g)ject album Of Fate And Glory, it is clear that - even though much was already in place here - Of Fate And Glory is a more accomplished and overall more satisfying effort. Both albums are enjoyable and if you appreciate the strong Of Fate And Glory you will enjoy this one as well.

 The Rome Pro(g)ject - Of Fate And Glory by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.02 | 16 ratings

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The Rome Pro(g)ject - Of Fate And Glory
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

4 stars "This is a story of fate and glory"

The Rome Pro(g)ject is a progressive Rock project led by the Italian musician Vincenzo Ricca. Of Fate And Glory is the second album released under this moniker and like on the first album Steve Hackett and David Jackson are again involved. In addition, Ricca has this time enlisted the talents of the amazing Billy Sherwood. The names of these four men (Ricca, Hackett, Jackson, and Sherwood) are printed on the front cover of the album, but there are also some further people involved in the recording.

The presence of Hackett and Sherwood obviously invites comparisons to Genesis and Yes, and while references to these bands (as well as to some other classic progressive Rock giants) are indeed relevant, perhaps even more relevant are references to Hackett's solo work and also to the solo work of Rick Wakeman whose keyboard playing is an obvious influence on Ricca's. David Jackson's flutes and saxophones, however, remind more of Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson and Mel Collins' contributions to King Crimson and Camel than they bring to mind anything by Jackson's day job in Van Der Graaf Generator.

Since the music found here is lighter than that of bands like Genesis and Yes, and also in virtue of being completely instrumental, comparisons can also be made to more mellow and folky acts like Gandalf (see, for example, the latter's collaborations with Hackett) and to Mike Oldfield. Occasionally, a jazzier aspect can also be detected in some tracks.

As indicated above, there are no vocals on this album. But the opening track does have some spoken word courtesy of Steve Hackett's wife Joanna, which is basically just a matter of reading out the titles of each subsequent track of the album! I find this aspect pretty lame and pointless and the fact that this opening track also includes a melody that comes a bit too close for comfort to Genesis' Hairless Heart does not help the track. Once you get past this, however, you are in for some excellent music.

My favourite tracks are The Wolf And The Twins and The Conquest Of The World both co-written by Sherwood and S.P.Q.R. co-written with Hackett. Overall, a very nice album!

 The Rome Pro(g)ject - Of Fate And Glory by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.02 | 16 ratings

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The Rome Pro(g)ject - Of Fate And Glory
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars After three and a half years the cleverly named ROME PRO(G)JECT are back as a collective offering a sequel to the eponymous release that took conceptual instrumental symphonic prog to new heights. The PRO(G)JECT consists of the three permanent members: founder and keyboard junkie Vicenzo Ricca, bassist extraordinaire Billy Sherwood who simply loves these ongoing PRO(G)JECTS but also contributes percussion and guitar and Genesis guitar god and solo eclectic progger Steve Hackett on guitars. Also on board are David Jackson of Van Der Graaf Generator fame on winds. There are several other musicians on board who contribute more keys, more guitars, more bass and just more! Noticeably absent as i was sitting through this just waiting for some horrible vocalist to mar the beautiful music is the absence of any vocals whatsoever save the introductory narration as the guiding voice by Joanna Lehmann Hackett, poetic author and wife of, yes, Steve Hackett.

Released on April 21st, 2016, which happens to be the 2769th anniversary of Rome's foundation, the subject matter tackles exactly what it proposes. This is indeed a concept album that tells the musical tale about ancient ROME and the story OF FATE AND GLORY. These types of concept albums usually tackle such subjects with vocals and lyrics of some sort, but this one is totally instrumental except for Ms Hackett's short narrative introductions on the very first track. The rest of the album is supposed to be a completely accurate representation of ROME's history throughout the ages in musical form and as the music segues from one passage to another somehow also is supposed to represent the continuing developments of the city that began in 753 BC and took 870 years of conquests to reach its apex in 117 AC before its ultimate decline.

The music is very much like the first edition (only better) and continues the symphonic prog rock style that floats around in a dreamy neo-prog meets the late "Wind Or Wuthering" Genesis style of symphonic prog that floats around, drops a few bombs and marches down into new musical thoroughfares. The focus is primarily on the multi keyboard parts and their melodic meanderings that weave together to deliver an emotional response to what is being sonically depicted. Hackett's guitar contributions are just as strong showing emotional counterpoints to the keyboard runs and thorough well thought out progressive rock workouts. The album has eleven tracks in all and each track tells a particular tale of various stages of ROME's long standing history as one of the world's greatest and most formidable empires. While i personally can't say i understand any these connections between the might and symphonic pomp that the music delivers and which stories it supposedly represents, i am happy to inform you that it doesn't really matter if you connect to this as intended by the artists or not. The music more than stands on its own without any arcane references to antiquity or the trials and tribulations of life in the Mediterranean empire.

THE ROME PRO(G)JECT might sound a little familiar if you are already familiar with the Colossus Project series. It has the same type of symphonic prog rock sound encountered on a majority of those types of releases that are also conceptual in nature. Billy Sherwood has been behind the scenes on many of these and seems indefatigable in this regard. Perhaps my one complaint about this album is that the lack of vocals leaves the listener a little perplexed and lost in the sea of antiquity and implores a more descriptive analysis that can act as training wheels for the uninitiated of the long history that only true historians would completely comprehend. Another slight issue i have is that from what i know of the ROMAN empire through my limited reading of it and the excellent cable TV series ROME is that it was particularly brutal and the mellow and suave music that is exhibited here doesn't necessarily bring conquest and plunder to mind! That said, this is a strong collection of tracks that may not quite warrant its bloated 66 minute and 22 second run but wrests out only the most appropriate emotional responses from the listener throughout a majority of the minutes within it.

One of my favorite tracks, for example, is the sublime "Seven Hills And A River" which at 13:12 never outstays its welcome at all. It begins with a repetitive marching type riff with a sustained key that builds and builds and builds. It continues to slowly blossom into an ever more melodic and complex progressive behemoth that pulls out all the symphonic prog and space rock punches and ekes out all the appurtenant and desired effects. It is punctuated by beautiful classical guitar segments as well as heavy rock approaches and conjures up the journey at hand quite successfully while other tracks may leave the listener a bit perplexed. Overall i wouldn't call this a stunningly successful conceptual masterpiece of any sort however this is a ridiculously pleasant slice of symphonic prog done right with perfect production, meliorable mixing and the majestic melding of seasoned musicians taking turns pouring out their hearts to bring a larger than life experience. Quite recommended and musically more challenging than the first eponymous release.

 Decameron - Ten Days in 100 Novellas - Part III by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.86 | 10 ratings

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Decameron - Ten Days in 100 Novellas - Part III
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

5 stars In 1353 Giovanni Boccaccio completed his famous book Decamerone, in which a company of ten young Florentians have escaped the Black Death epidemic of 1348. During ten days each of them tells a daily story; thus the complete Decamerone contains full 100 short stories. It's undoubtedly the most important book in the whole history of short stories. The word 'novella' of Italian origin, used in this three-part anthology series, actually means (in today's English) a short novel, so it's a bit out of place... But anyway, the now-completed massive international project organized by the Finnish prog society Colossus and its Italian chairman Marco Bernard wasn't to make any compromises: each and every story has been given a musical interpretation on three 4-disc sets. Sadly I haven't listened to the previous parts.

In one word, it's a cornucopia! I have been listening to these approx. 70-minute CD's several days now, and I really could have continued to do so for many more days before reviewing. But now to the music. Quite a few of the artists participating in this anthology have favoured notable Medieval/Renaissance flavours (that I'm fond of) in their compositions or arrangements. That would not be the point at all, it simply wouldn't feel natural if all the dozens of prog bands/artists with their own styles tried to catch the spirit of the 1400th century. It's enough that the bands more or less share the spirit of the Golden Age of progressive rock. Downright modern stuff you won't find here. Who would want or expect to? Mellotron, Hammond, Korg, Moog, clavinet... and of course violin and flute are frequently listed on these pages.

My favourites on the first CD include instrumentals by AGENESS (Finland), WILLOWGLASS (UK), and a song by a US group ELEPHANTS OF SCOTLAND, one of the few using recorder to bring some Medieval touch. Before I forget, the best thing about this anthology has nothing to do with bygone centuries, it is the fact that it's exhaustingly full of excellent prog. The second best thing is that it introduces to me - and surely to anyone - numerous interesting prog acts I hadn't even heard of. I never would have guessed STELLA LEE JONES to be a Japanese prog group.

The most frequent countries are Italy and USA. Italian bands feature e.g. LATTE E MIELE, IL TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE, TAPROBAN and IL CASTELLO DI ATLANTE. There are artists from Canada, France, Spain, Argentina, Australia (UNITED PROGRESSIVE FRATERNITY), Russia, etc.

Less than 1/3 of all artists I had earlier listened to, but I daresay everyone has taken this project with passion and high artistic goals. The existent stylistic variety naturally means that not a single listener can be impressed by all 36 tracks. However, only a very few tracks I rather skip (and I am generally pretty fond of the skip button, believe me). I'm glad that the majority of the tracks are instrumentals. Sometimes the lyrics are slightly clumsy as they concentrate in telling the story. Amusingly there are a couple of tracks with a theatrical or even opera-reminding dialogue approach: 'Put a Tail On It' by CASTLE CANYON (USA) is guaranteed to raise a smile. Usually an instrumentally oriented OZONE PLAYER (Finland) has invited four vocalists.

"Intro" piece by ROBERT WEBB (of England fame) and "outro" by Castle Canyon, again (their 'Nephile's Song' is one of my favourites) aren't directly based on Decamerone stories. Nearly each of the remaining 34 tracks are accompanied with a story synopsis, which is very nice. The thick booklet designed by Ed Unitsky deserves all the praise, managing to be both informative in a user-friendly way and visually beautiful. The same way as the CD's by The Samurai Of Prog, which as a multi-national virtual band can be seen closely related to these Colossus projects. Also here there are pieces featuring musicians from various corners of the globe. In the Internet Age it's not necessary to even meet in person in order to make music that matters.

It's not often that I'm willing to give a full rating to a various artists set, but this is such occasion. If I was imprisoned for months and was allowed to have just one CD release, this might be the one.

 The Zodiac : Cosmic Sounds by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 1967
3.82 | 16 ratings

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The Zodiac : Cosmic Sounds
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Cosmic at the time

One of the first releases to feature the Moog, and also one of the first concept albums, "Cosmic Sounds" is a collaborative project realized by multiple professional studio musicians and arrangers. Consisting in twelve short pieces representing the signs of the Zodiac, it features all the various psychedelic elements of the late 60's, and an important usage of keyboards, especially the well-known synthesizer, played by Paul Beaver. Each track is built around small musical patterns and narration interludes pronounced by Cyrus Faryar. The words were written by Jacques Wilson, and, most important, the music was composed by Mort Garson, who will later become one of the Moog's audacious explorers.

True story: the back cover includes the mention "Must Be Played In The Dark"...

The opener "Aries - The Fire-Fighter" is a psychedelic rock typical of the 60's. One of the best passages of the record, very catchy! Then comes "Taurus - The Voluptuary", a soft pastoral ballad, followed by the strange "Gemini - The Cool Eye", displaying various spacey ambiances but a bit uneven. "Cancer - The Moon Child" opens with a mysterious threatening ambiance, to then release furious guitars (at the time). Although "Leo - The Lord Of Lights" is a nice psyché-rock, my personal favorite track is undoubtedly the stellar "Virgo - The Perpetual Perfectionist" is. A perfect (short) trip into the stars!

The trippy meditative "Libra - The Flower Child" uses Indian instruments, whereas the martial "Scorpio - The Passionate Hero" is more oppressive. On the contrary, the weird circus "Sagittarius - The Versatile Daredevil" sounds a little out of place. No the best sign here... Much more mysterious is the sinister ritual "Capricorn - The Uncapricious Climber". The record finishes with the aerial crystalline "Aquarius - The Lover Of Life" and the peaceful melancholic "Pisces - The Peace Piper".

Despite its short tracks and length, the music manages to offer multiple varied atmospheres. For sure, the disc sounds a bit dated now and contains a few weak moments, but the result is very nice, ahead of its time and spacey for 1967. Accessible and not too experimental, "Cosmic Sounds" is a colorful and trippy journey around the Zodiac.

This album will influence other bands, such as MOODY BLUES for their pioneering "Days of Future Passed", usually considered as one of the first progressive record ever. An innovative and historic proto-prog album, and an essential listen for psychedelic and space rock lovers. Cosmic pop from the sixties!

 The Show That Never Ends: The Best of Progressive Rock - Live from the King Biscuit Vaults by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1998
3.00 | 2 ratings

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The Show That Never Ends: The Best of Progressive Rock - Live from the King Biscuit Vaults
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

3 stars "THE SHOW THAT NEVER ENDS: The Best of Progressive Rock Live From The KING BISCUIT Vaults" is one of the many releases from the famous American syndicated radio show THE KING BISCUIT FLOWER HOUR that broadcast on Sunday nights from 1973 to 2007. While encompassing everything from B.B.King and Bruce Springsteen to Billy Squier, the show covered more than its share of progressive rock bands as well.

This release is basically a sampler pack highlighting some of their progressive releases with two tracks each from a total of six artists which include Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Dixie Dregs, Renaissance, Gentle Giant, Rick Wakeman and Greg Lake. These tracks are simply taken off each artist's retrospective full live album released on the King Biscuit label.

This is a rather strange mix of company here indeed and i can never fully recommend these kinds of samplers unless you are utterly clueless about progressive rock in general and really just want to sample some of the greats at their prime. I would steer the prospective listener to simply acquiring the entire "King Biscuit Flower Presents" album for the artists of choice. For example of these i actually own the Gentle Giant album from which "Proclamation" and "Experience" emerged and can highly recommend that album as a whole.

I doubt any serious progger would track this down but all the performances are top notch so if you happen to find it at a decent price it is by no means a bad album. It's just not what i'd call the least bit essential either so my 3 star rating is simply a reflection of the compilation itself and not the contents of the music although i can't say that the ELP tracks are my top pick for inclusion nor are those of the Dixie Dregs. The inclusion of Greg Lake covering King Crimson tracks as if they were his own rubs me the wrong way as well, but as i stated, everything is performed extremely well and well worth a listen if you happen to find this jumping into your stereo system.

 Ponder The Mystery (William Shatner featuring Billy Sherwood) by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2013
2.95 | 2 ratings

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Ponder The Mystery (William Shatner featuring Billy Sherwood)
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

3 stars Now here's one that is just so out of left field that i just had to check it out. WILLIAM SHATNER has done many things in his long career whether it was playing TV host for Rescue 911, celebrity pitchman for "priceline.com" in the 90s or for his acting career whether it be the police sergeant on T.J. Hooker, his roles in The Practice, Boston Legal or in the role that every television viewing human being knows so well which landed him international fame in the 60s as James T. Kirk, Captain of the USS Enterprise in the Star Trek series.

One of SHATNER's lesser known side careers comes in the form of his unique musical parodies that began way back in 1968 with the release of his first album "The Transformed Man" which includes the only track i've ever pretty much heard from the man in the form of "Spleen / Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" where he displays his ability to take a perfectly good song and butcher it beyond recognition with his exaggerated interpretive reading of the lyrics instead of singing. Little did i know that SHATNER has released several albums over the decades and PONDER THE MYSTERY is actually his 8th! Wow. Who's buying this stuff?

OK. I admit it. I bought this one but only because this one is different. This album goes well beyond the kitsch novelty of simply using spoken word over a well-known pop hit for a startling and contrasting effect. This is in fact a Billy Sherwood (guitarist of Yes from 1997 - 2000 as well as with World Trade, Lodgic, Conspiracy, Circa and The Prog Collective) album under the guise of a WILLIAM SHATNER release. Granted SHATNER does exactly what he does and contributes all the poetic lyrics but everything musical here including the songwriting, sung vocals, drums, bass, guitars and keys are done by Sherwood while there is a whole army of guest musicians on board helping out including another Yes family member Tony Kaye.

Right from the beginning you can tell this is a serious project with state of the art production values and symphonic touches that swirl around and smooth out every little sound and note with careful precision. The music sounds like a beautiful progressive rock world of sophistication on the short instrumental opener "Red Shift" and then suddenly it changes to "Where It's Gone? I Don't Know" where we get a slowed down symphonically accompanied acoustic guitar with Billy Sherwood singing in the background and then without further ado enters the Captain's spoken word poetry which philosophically ponders the nebulous concepts of being lost in life in a seemingly roundabout of causes and effects which becomes joined by the lead guitars of Mick Jones (of Foreigner).

This album comes off very much as a symphonic progressive album in the vein of a Neil Morse album except the lead vocals are spoken instead of sung. Despite the novelty effect in full force this is a seriously complex project with well thought out musical accompaniments that includes a huge host of progressive guest stars roster including Simon House (Hawkwind), Steve Vai, Al Di Meola, Rick Wakeman, Edgar Winter, Nik Turner (Hawkwind), Vince Gill (the country singer), Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream), Robby Krieger (The Doors), Dave Koz (smooth jazz saxophonist), George Duke (Jean-Luc Ponty and Frank Zappa) and Zoot Horn Rollo (Captain Beefheart).

The lyrics are as you would expect, goofy with a pretense of being deeply profound. They are indeed SHATNER's own philosophical take on life laid out in a poetic parade of cynicism, regret as well as shock and awe and displays his stance as a perplexed 82 year old man still trying to work out some of the deepest mysteries of life which adds to the irony that supposedly makes the whole thing ludicrous and humorous in a roundabout way. It is to a certain extent but at a running time of 65:13 tends to wear out its welcome by the end.

This is one of those head scratchers actually where i wonder exactly what the participating parties were expecting. I mean i can't imagine anybody being won over to progressive rock through the novelty spoken-word, uh talents (?), of WILLIAM SHATNER and i certainly can't foresee too many progressive rock aficionados feeling the urge to delve into the kitschy novelty act of WILLIAM SHATNER either. By nature this hybrid product ends up in a strange limbo where no musical act has boldly gone before and arguably should never go again!

My opinion of this one is that it's not as bad as it sounds. The music is actually quite good although the restrained spoken word delivery does keep the energy tamped down to a sizzle instead of ever really letting loose. There was obviously a lot put into this one and nurtured some strange aspect of Billy Sherwood's personality that needed to be expressed. After all is said and done i can't say i regret buying this album. The music is very intricate and well suited for the poetic content however i will not be delving into MR SHATNER's discography for more of his contributions to the musical world as i only picked this one up merely for the progressive rock musicians on board. While i would hardly call this an essential album in any musical arena, it is somewhat of a curiosity that will tickle the funny bone of the open-minded music lover who doesn't mind serious music being blended with ridiculousness. Good but not great. Vision expressed, so it's time for Scotty to beam me up and outa here to something more interesting.

 Jesus Christ Superstar (The Original Motion Picture Sound Track Album) by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.05 | 71 ratings

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Jesus Christ Superstar (The Original Motion Picture Sound Track Album)
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars Everybody has heard of Andrew Lloyd Webber's collaborative effort with Tim Rice named JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR where Webber crafted the absolute perfect music to fit Rice's lyrics creating one of the catchiest and most widely acclaimed rock opera's of all time. While it's often thought of today as a Broadway production turned album and film, it was in fact started as a rock opera album that debuted in 1970 as a rock album following late 60s rock opera debuts by The Pretty Things (S.F. Sorrow in 1968) and The Who (Tommy in 1969). The Broadway play debuted in 1971 and two years later after the phenomenal success of both album and play came the film which in 1973 which was also an outstanding success. This particular release is the soundtrack of the film and just as captivating as the original album.

Generally speaking i really have to love the music on a soundtrack to want to listen to it apart from the visual aspects that are inextricably tied to every cadence and qualifying musical correspondence to the theme at hand. JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is one of those albums that holds its own as the original rock opera album, film or soundtrack (haven't seen the play but hear it's good too). Well, i love the original 1970 rock opera but the 1973 film soundtrack does have its own special characteristics that make it an essential supplement to your JC SUPERSTAR experience despite not equalling the overall impact of the first release.

First of all, the production of this release is a lot better and a whole bunch of new tracks were included to make this one a more exhaustive depiction of the story. This includes "Then We Decided" which is conspiracy between Caiaphas and Annas which contemplates the demise of our hero. Also new are extra lyrics in "Hosanna" which is a Mary and Peter duet in "Could We Start Again Please?" There are other differences but have been described in better detail than i care to elaborate upon. All i can say is that i really love listening to this. It does have an early 70s type of dated feel to it but it's done so well that when i have the desire to hear an early rock opera, the JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR definitely hits the spot. The story is an enthralling aspect to understand the philosophy and struggles of the man who managed to get a whole religion to carry on his name.

 The Prog Collective- Epilogue by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2013
2.16 | 24 ratings

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The Prog Collective- Epilogue
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Star Trek

Even though many of the people who were involved in the first Prog Collective release return here for a second round, this sequel is rather different musically; less Symphonic and more Space Rock. I am reminded of bands like Nektar, Eloy, and Hawkwind which is perhaps not surprising given that Roye Albrighton from Nektar and Nik Turner from Hawkwind show up for the gathering. While listening to some of these songs one can easily imagine the "Prog collective" travelling through deep space on their way to colonize alien planets. Even William Shatner of Star Trek fame is involved!

Like on the first Prog Collective album lead vocals are by various people on different tracks. Returning vocalists include Colin Moulding, John Wetton, and Alan Parsons. New appearances include Fee Waybill who sings lead on Adding Fuel To The Fire which sounds like Lemmy-era Hawkwind (only much better!). Sonja Kristina from Curved Air provides vocals on Tomorrow Becomes Today while the aforementioned Roye Albrighton sings on Memory Tracks which is pure Nekar even though I find it too long for its own good and at least a minute could easily have been shaved off it with no loss of value. Billy Sherwood again acts as the creative leader of the whole project and he himself provides vocals to some tracks.

Impressively, Tony Kaye, Rick Wakeman, Patrick Moraz, and Geoff Downes are all here, which means that every Yes keyboard player from the 1960's through the 1990's is here! In addition, Chris Squire and Peter Banks are again present bringing the total Yes members up to seven! Banks passed away not long after this recording which became one of his last. Mel Collins of King Crimson/21st Century Schizoid Band and Camel, contributes some nice sax and Nik Turner flute and sax which brings an element not present at all on the first Prog Collective record. No less than three guitar playing Steves are involved: Steve Hillage, Steve Morse, and Steve Stevens!

Like the first Prog Collective album, Epilogue is also somewhat disjointed. The songs are generally good but some of the songs don't really fit in among the others. Shining Diamonds sounds a bit like early Yes with some really cool keyboard work by Patrick Moraz. Just Another Day featuring Tony Kaye is in this category as well which doesn't fit so well with the general Space Rock orientation of the album. Nonetheless, this is a fun and enjoyable, although somewhat sprawling, album oozing with diverse talent.

 The Prog Collective by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.27 | 34 ratings

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The Prog Collective
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars The Billy Sherwood Project

Apparently modelled on the Alan Parsons Project, this album features a host of well-known musicians from bands like Yes, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, Renaissance, and more. Even Alan Parsons himself makes an appearance. Taking the role that Parsons did in his "project" is the incredibly prolific and multi-talented Billy Sherwood who serves as producer, song writer, and performer. "The Billy Sherwood Project" would perhaps have been a better name for this as "The Prog Collective" is a somewhat ridiculous name.

From Yes we have no less than six members past and present including three from that band's original line-up in keyboard player Tony Kaye, bassist Chris Squire, and guitarist Peter Banks (the latter two of which are sadly no longer with us). In addition to these, the other three Yes-men appearing here are Rick Wakeman, Geoffrey Downes, and of course Billy Sherwood himself. Other progressive Rock luminaries appearing here include John Wetton from King Crimson, UK, and Asia fame; Tony Levin, who played with King Crimson and Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, among others; Gary Green from Gentle Giant, and Annie Haslam from Renaissance.

The album features seven tracks all of which are around seven to nine minutes in length. Different tracks features different people with Wetton leading off on the opener The Laws Of Nature. Jerry Goodman from The Mahavishnu Orchestra hands in a mean violin on the same track. Over Again features Richard Page with Geoff Downes on keyboards. Next up is Technical Divide on which Alan Parsons sings lead. Social Circles is beautifully sung by Annie Haslam and Peter Banks plays some really nice guitar solos on the track. On Buried Beneath, Billy Sherwood sings lead which he does very well as usual. Also appearing of the track are Larry Fast of Synergy and associated with Nektar, and Steve Hillage of Khan and Gong. The track reminds slightly of Buried Alive from Rick Wakeman's Return To The Centre of The Earth album (on which Ozzy Osbourse sang lead vocals). Following The Signs features Tony Kaye (with whom Sherwood also plays in Circa) and John Wesley. Finally, the closing track is sung by Colin Moulding and Rick Wakeman plays keys.

Like most albums of this kind, with different people singing and playing on different tracks, this album feels somewhat disjointed with some songs not really fitting in among the others. Nonetheless, I find this album enjoyable and all seven songs are good. This album is surprisingly overlooked given the involvement of such big stars and the music found here will appeal to fans of the people involved and the various bands they are associated with.

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