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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)

3.95 | 33 ratings
The Zodiac - Cosmic Sounds
1967
2.95 | 73 ratings
Zabriskie Point (OST)
1970
4.18 | 215 ratings
Jesus Christ Superstar
1970
2.79 | 20 ratings
Tommy - As Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Choir
1972
3.00 | 6 ratings
Tarzan
1972
3.87 | 6 ratings
Morning Of The Earth original soundtrack
1972
3.27 | 7 ratings
Music from Free Creek
1973
4.03 | 93 ratings
Jesus Christ Superstar (The Original Motion Picture Sound Track Album)
1973
4.28 | 57 ratings
La Biblia
1974
3.70 | 72 ratings
Peter And The Wolf
1975
3.13 | 5 ratings
Gubec-Beg (rock opera)
1975
4.02 | 35 ratings
Marscape
1976
3.75 | 4 ratings
Sandokan (O.S.T.)
1976
3.44 | 15 ratings
Давид Тухманов ‎- По волне моей памяти / David Tukhmanov - On The Crest Of My Memory
1976
3.80 | 47 ratings
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Variations
1978
2.00 | 4 ratings
Gricka Vjestica (Rock Opera)
1979
3.52 | 6 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
2.59 | 28 ratings
When The Wind Blows
1986
3.05 | 3 ratings
Dali: The Endless Enigma
1990
3.08 | 7 ratings
Enchantement
1990
3.50 | 4 ratings
Kings' Boards
1990
3.00 | 1 ratings
Bohemian Symphony
1992
0.00 | 0 ratings
L'Enfant Lion
1993
3.89 | 10 ratings
Seven Days of a Life
1993
3.09 | 15 ratings
Brian Eno & U2: Passengers - Original Soundtracks 1 (OST)
1995
3.07 | 21 ratings
The Bounty (OST)
1995
0.00 | 0 ratings
Survival: The Music of Nature
1997
3.00 | 1 ratings
L'odore Della Notte (O.S.T., music by Pivio e Aldo De Scalzi)
1998
2.00 | 1 ratings
From the Lyon's Vault
1998
4.01 | 15 ratings
Keyboards Triangle
1999
2.63 | 8 ratings
Excalibur: La Legende Des Celtes
1999
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Sky Goes All The Way Home
1999
3.42 | 14 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
1.29 | 11 ratings
Out Of Phase - The Wall 2000
2000
3.11 | 9 ratings
La Chiesa (O.S.T.)
2001
3.00 | 3 ratings
2001, A Prog Odyssey?
2001
3.04 | 5 ratings
Journey Into Amazing Caves OST
2001
3.44 | 67 ratings
Leonardo - The Absolute Man
2001
1.33 | 3 ratings
Sonic Residue From Vapourspace
2002
3.05 | 3 ratings
Progressive Rock For You: Volume One
2003
3.66 | 67 ratings
Kalevala - A Finnish Progressive Rock Epic
2003
3.66 | 50 ratings
The Spaghetti Epic
2004
3.58 | 48 ratings
The Colossus Of Rhodes
2005
4.23 | 102 ratings
Odyssey - The Greatest Tale
2005
4.01 | 49 ratings
The 7 Samurai
2006
3.47 | 25 ratings
Excalibur II - The Celtic Ring
2007
3.46 | 37 ratings
The Spaghetti Epic 2 - The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
2007
3.50 | 29 ratings
Treasure Island
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Bearded's Project: Hope | Omid
2007
3.93 | 41 ratings
Giallo ! (One Suite For The Murderer)
2008
3.58 | 22 ratings
The Empire And The Rebellion
2008
4.20 | 94 ratings
Inferno - The Divine Comedy, Part 1
2008
4.17 | 59 ratings
The Spaghetti Epic 3 - The Great Silence
2009
4.09 | 57 ratings
Purgatorio -The Divine Comedy, Part II
2009
2.32 | 6 ratings
Anne de Bretagne: Le Rock Opera d'Alan Simon
2009
3.91 | 15 ratings
Cani Arrabbiati: Opening Themes... A Tribute
2010
3.35 | 13 ratings
Wondrous Stories
2010
3.65 | 44 ratings
The Tales Of Edgar Allan Poe - A SyNphonic Collection
2010
3.45 | 11 ratings
Iliad, a Grand Piano Extravaganza
2010
4.14 | 85 ratings
Decameron - Ten Days In 100 Novellas (Part 1)
2011
3.37 | 27 ratings
The Fusion Syndicate
2012
3.67 | 3 ratings
Take The Long Way Home
2012
3.51 | 11 ratings
Excalibur III: The Origins
2012
4.11 | 70 ratings
The Stories Of H.P. Lovecraft - A SyNphonic Collection
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Age of Twilight
2013
3.48 | 6 ratings
Playing the History
2013
2.96 | 4 ratings
Ponder The Mystery (William Shatner featuring Billy Sherwood)
2013
4.02 | 57 ratings
Decameron - Ten Days In 100 Novellas (Part II)
2014
3.83 | 56 ratings
Decameron - Ten Days In 100 Novellas (Part III)
2016
3.95 | 4 ratings
Tripwave 2 - Collection Of Modern Russian Psychedelic Music
2016
3.23 | 7 ratings
Excalibur IV - The Dark Age of the Dragon
2017
0.00 | 0 ratings
Phil Collins - Plays Well with Others
2018
4.00 | 3 ratings
Harmony For Elephants
2018
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Sled
2018

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

3.00 | 2 ratings
Festen på Gärdet
1971
3.40 | 5 ratings
Greasy Truckers Party
1972
3.49 | 3 ratings
Pop Festival Ljubljana '72 - Boom
1972
3.17 | 6 ratings
Mar Y Sol
1972
3.05 | 3 ratings
Boom Pop Fest '73
1973
3.88 | 8 ratings
Greasy Truckers Live At Dingwells Dance Hall
1973
0.00 | 0 ratings
Boom Pop Festival Ljubljana '74
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Ragnarock '73
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Gitarijada Vojvodine Kisac '75
1975
3.00 | 1 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
3.25 | 7 ratings
Kisstadion '80
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
Tonkraft 1972-1974: Levande Musik Från Sverige - Live Music from Sweden
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
Ton Kraft 1977-78: Levande Musik Från Sverige . Live Music From Sweden
1982
3.00 | 5 ratings
Progressive's Battle
1988
3.66 | 16 ratings
Progfest '94
1995
3.98 | 15 ratings
Progfest '95
1996
3.04 | 13 ratings
Progfest '97
1997
3.50 | 4 ratings
Proglive 97 Corbigny
1997
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Show That Never Ends: The Best of Progressive Rock - Live from the King Biscuit Vaults
1998
3.67 | 3 ratings
Baja Prog '98
1999
3.09 | 3 ratings
Excalibur: Le Concert Mythique
2000
3.80 | 5 ratings
Progfest 2000
2001
4.38 | 8 ratings
Progday Encore?
2001
4.00 | 8 ratings
Progday '98
2002
4.04 | 5 ratings
Progday 2001
2002
3.00 | 1 ratings
Calprog 2004 Offical Bootleg
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
Guitar Wars
2004
3.00 | 1 ratings
Calprog 2005 Offical Bootleg
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
Calprog 2006 Offical Bootleg
2006
1.10 | 2 ratings
Anne de Bretagne: Live Au Chateau Des Ducs De Bretagne
2010
4.35 | 14 ratings
Prog Exhibition - 40 anni di musica immaginifica (RPI) (7CD + 4DVD)
2011
3.00 | 1 ratings
FINNFOREST / ELONKORJUU: Pop-Liisa 6
2016
4.09 | 2 ratings
Jesus Christ Superstar: An Australian Cast Recording, Live at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney, 1973
2018

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

4.33 | 3 ratings
Progfest '94 Day One
1995
4.33 | 3 ratings
Progfest '94 Day Two
1995
4.09 | 3 ratings
Progfest '95 Day One
1996
5.00 | 2 ratings
Progfest '95 Day Two
1996
2.88 | 5 ratings
Stamping Ground
1998
5.00 | 4 ratings
Progfest 2000
2001
3.58 | 8 ratings
Progressive Rock Anthology
2003
2.96 | 4 ratings
Keyboard Wizards - The Ultimate Anthology
2003
4.00 | 1 ratings
Gouveia Art Rock 2003
2003
1.00 | 1 ratings
Psychedelia: The Anthology
2004
2.08 | 5 ratings
Pinkpop - The Vintage Years 1975-1979, Vol. 2
2004
2.26 | 4 ratings
Rock Legends: Progressive Rock
2005
3.53 | 5 ratings
Krautrock Meeting
2005
4.50 | 2 ratings
Gouveia Art Rock 2004
2005
1.00 | 1 ratings
Psychomania - The Best of Psychedelic Rock
2005
3.95 | 3 ratings
Traditional Hippie Convention 2005 : Burg Herzberg Festival 2005
2006
4.69 | 12 ratings
Best Of Krautrock Vol. 1
2006
4.33 | 9 ratings
Neo- Broadcast
2007
4.05 | 3 ratings
Nearfest 2005 Rising To The Surface
2007
3.00 | 2 ratings
Progressive Rock
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
American Indian Rock Opera - 2006 Holiday Tour Brulé And AIRO
2007
4.25 | 4 ratings
3RP Fest Live 2008
2008
3.90 | 17 ratings
Romantic Warriors: A Progressive Music Saga
2010
3.00 | 1 ratings
Electric Garden Progressive Rock Festival 2011
2011
4.12 | 7 ratings
Romantic Warriors II: About Rock In Opposition
2012
4.00 | 4 ratings
Romantic Warriors IV: Krautrock, Part I
2019
4.00 | 1 ratings
Romantic Warrioirs IV: Krautrock, Part 2
2021

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
Peanuts
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Beyond an Empty Dream
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Christiania
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
Heavy Norsk
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
Music from Sweden
1976
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
3.08 | 5 ratings
Quadrophenia: Songs from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
1979
0.00 | 0 ratings
Music in Sweden 7 - Alternative Instrumental Music
1980
2.32 | 38 ratings
Risky Business (OST)
1983
4.00 | 1 ratings
The British Psychedelic Trip 1966-1969
1986
3.00 | 1 ratings
The British Psychedelic Trip Vol. 2
1986
4.00 | 1 ratings
The British Psychedelic Trip Vol. 3
1987
3.00 | 1 ratings
The British Psychedelic Trip Vol. 4
1987
0.00 | 0 ratings
La Mosaique
1988
1.57 | 3 ratings
Rock Aid Armenia - The Earthquake Album
1990
0.00 | 0 ratings
Rubble Volume Nine - Plastic Wilderness
1991
3.40 | 5 ratings
SI 10th Anniversary Compilation Disc
1991
0.00 | 0 ratings
Der Klang der frühen Jahre - Das Beste von Kuckuck Schallplatten 1970-1973
1993
2.98 | 8 ratings
Rime of the Ancient Sampler - The Mellotron Album
1993
2.95 | 3 ratings
Tales Of Brazilian Rock Chapter 1
1993
4.75 | 3 ratings
Rockandalus
1994
4.50 | 6 ratings
Golden Miles: Australian Progressive Rock 1969-1974
1994
4.00 | 1 ratings
Plima - Progresivna Muzika
1994
3.02 | 6 ratings
Yes, Solo Family Album
1994
3.00 | 3 ratings
70 Minutes de Rock Progressif Français Pour 30 Balles
1994
3.00 | 3 ratings
Le Meilleur du Rock Progressif Instrumental
1995
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Age Of Enlightenment - Prog Rock Volume One
1995
3.00 | 3 ratings
Le Meilleur du Rock Progressif Européen
1996
2.17 | 4 ratings
Supernatural Fairy Tales: The Progressive Rock Era Sampler
1996
2.52 | 7 ratings
Steinway To Heaven
1996
3.86 | 3 ratings
Unprogged
1996
3.14 | 18 ratings
Supernatural Fairy Tales - The Progressive Rock Era
1996
4.00 | 2 ratings
Duende Electrico
1997
1.97 | 18 ratings
Yes, Friends and Relatives
1998
3.88 | 10 ratings
Nuggets From Nuggets
1998
3.96 | 5 ratings
Le Meilleur du Rock Progressif Japonais
1998
0.00 | 0 ratings
Svensk Instrumental Musik
1998
0.00 | 0 ratings
Symphonic Rock
1998
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
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Electric Lemonade Acid Test
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
3.88 | 5 ratings
Nuggets 2
2001
2.91 | 9 ratings
Yes, Friends And Relatives - Volume Two
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
It's For You! A New Day Jethro Tull
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
33 Svenska Proggklassiker Från 1969-1982
2002
2.88 | 20 ratings
Best Prog Rock Album in the World... Ever
2003
3.73 | 3 ratings
Essential Progressive Rock
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
Paths Less Traveled
2003
2.49 | 3 ratings
The Yes Story
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Electric Lemonade Acid Test - Volume 3
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Psychedelic Sixties Music French EP Collection
2003
4.00 | 1 ratings
Acid Daze
2003
2.95 | 2 ratings
A History of Progressive Folk
2004
3.95 | 2 ratings
Progressivamente 1973 - 2003
2004
2.78 | 4 ratings
Journey To The Edge
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Prog Rock Collection
2004
2.55 | 5 ratings
Ars Longa Vita Brevis
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
Vol. 6 - Progressiv rock 1971-1977
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
ProgAID - All Around the World
2005
3.91 | 5 ratings
The Best Symfo Rock
2005
4.00 | 4 ratings
Yes And Friends: "Owner Of A Lonely Heart"
2005
4.22 | 7 ratings
Krautrock - Music For Your Brain
2005
3.03 | 5 ratings
Prog Is Not A Four Letter Word
2005
4.00 | 6 ratings
I Grandi Successi Del Rock Progressivo Italiano
2005
2.29 | 4 ratings
100% Prog Rock
2005
4.00 | 2 ratings
Hijos Del Agobio Y Del Dolor
2006
3.50 | 2 ratings
Prog Rock
2006
3.98 | 16 ratings
Canossa "Rock Opera"
2006
3.98 | 5 ratings
Rock Progressivo Italiano
2006
5.00 | 1 ratings
Deep Purple & Friends (greatest Hits)
2006
4.00 | 3 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
Psychedelic Phinland: Finnish Hippie & Underground Music 1967-1974
2006
4.00 | 1 ratings
Prog V1.0: Presented by CHOM 97.7
2007
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
2.38 | 7 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
Cries From The Midnight Circus, Ladbroke Grove 1968 - 1973
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
Psychedelic Schlemiels - Lost Sounds From The Britpsych Scene 1966-1969
2007
3.00 | 1 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
4.07 | 8 ratings
Krautrock - Music For Your Brain Vol. 2
2007
3.80 | 5 ratings
Krautrock - Music For Your Brain Vol. 3
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Psychedelic Portugal - Hard Psych and Progressive Sounds from Portugal Underground Scene 1968-1974
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
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Electric Asylum Volume 1 - Rare British Acid FreakRock
2009
2.83 | 8 ratings
Classic Rock Presents prog: Prognosis
2009
4.09 | 3 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
3.80 | 5 ratings
Krautrock - Music For Your Brain Vol. 4
2009
3.17 | 5 ratings
Wondrous Stories - A Complete Introduction To Progressive Rock
2010
2.80 | 5 ratings
Progressive Rock Trilogy
2010
4.08 | 14 ratings
Paradiso - The Divine Comedy, Part III
2010
5.00 | 2 ratings
Deutsche Elektronische Musik: Experimental German Rock And Electronic Musik 1972-83
2010
3.00 | 1 ratings
Chansons Jamais Entendues a la Radio
2010
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
2.76 | 6 ratings
Classic rock presents: Prognosis 6
2010
3.04 | 4 ratings
Classic Rock Presents: Prognosis 7
2010
3.88 | 11 ratings
Classic Rock Presents: Prognosis 8
2010
4.07 | 14 ratings
Classic Rock presents: Prognosis 9
2010
2.33 | 8 ratings
Classic Rock Presents: Prognosis 10
2010
4.20 | 5 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
3.58 | 7 ratings
Tripwave - 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
3.20 | 13 ratings
Classic Rock presents: Prognosis 18
2011
3.13 | 10 ratings
Prognosis 19
2011
2.52 | 10 ratings
Prognosis 2.1
2011
4.00 | 1 ratings
Head Music
2012
4.02 | 3 ratings
Psychedelic World Music: Discovery
2012
3.33 | 3 ratings
Progfest: The Best in Australian Progressive Music (Progfest Compilation 2012)
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
Swedish Progressive Rock
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
ProgSphere's Progstravaganza Compilation of Awesomeness - Part 12
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Progstravaganza I-IX
2013
5.00 | 3 ratings
Strange Fish One
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Progstravaganza XV: Ascension
2013
4.05 | 3 ratings
Strange Fish Two
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
Strange Fish Three
2013
4.05 | 3 ratings
Strange Fish Four
2013
4.00 | 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
0.00 | 0 ratings
Mojo Presents: David Gilmour & Friends
2015
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Many Faces of King Crimson: A Journey Through the Inner World of King Crimson
2016
3.92 | 3 ratings
Space Rock - An Interstelar Traveler's Guide
2016
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prog Rock and Beyond
2017
4.00 | 1 ratings
Revolution: Underground Sounds of 1968
2019
0.00 | 0 ratings
Living On The Hill: A Danish Underground Trip 1967-1974
2020

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

0.00 | 0 ratings
Greenpeace sange med...
1983
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) feat. 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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 Leonardo - The Absolute Man by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.44 | 67 ratings

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Leonardo - The Absolute Man
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by lukretio

2 stars Leonardo, The Absolute Man is an ambitious multi-singer prog rock opera orchestrated by Trent Gardner, the mastermind of Magellan, where he played keyboards, trombone and vocals. For this project, Gardner recruited his brother Wayne (Magellan's guitarist) and the rhythm section of US proggers Dali's Dilemma (Jeremy Colson on drums, Patrick Reyes on rhythm guitar, Steve Reyes on bass). The line-up is completed by a dozen singers, each interpreting a different character in the saga of Leonardo da Vinci, the famous Italian polymath who lived during the High Renaissance. The vocalists are drawn from the US prog rock/metal scene and feature some notable names, such as Mike Baker (Shadow Gallery), Robert Berry (3 with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer), Dream Theater's James LaBrie (in the role of Leonardo himself), Michelle Young (Glass Hammer), and Steve Walsh (Kansas).

As a huge fan of Ayreon, Avantasia, Kompendium, and Nikolo Kotzev's Nostradamus, I am a sucker for this type of multi-singer productions, so I was really looking forward to sinking my teeth in Gardner's magnum opus. Alas, although there were a couple of tasteful bites here and there throughout the 63+ minutes of the album, overall the experience left a bitter aftertaste in my mouth.

Given the quality of the line-up, there is obviously nothing wrong with the musicians' performances, which are all of high quality. The music itself is also generally pleasant. Unsurprisingly given that Gardner is the project's mastermind, the songs are very much keyboard-driven and filled with lush and spacious orchestral arrangements, but they do not lack bite and the music can rock too, when necessary. This gives the album an overall musical-like flavour, which I find suitable for this type of productions. However, differently from many Broadway musicals, the music here is much more complex, both in terms of songwriting and arrangements. Gardner often chooses the untrodden path when it comes to deciding how his compositions should progress, although at times he can also let the music open up into beautiful melodies, like on the chorus of "Reins of Tuscan", on the soulful ballad "Mona Lisa", on the grandiose "First Commission" and "This Time, This Way", and the initial part of the piano-driven ballad "Shaping the Invisible".

Sometimes, however, there is a sense of over-indulgence in the sheer amount of technical complexity and cleverly-constructed arrangements that permeate the 18 songs of the album. I have the impression that, by trying to showcase his progressive chops, Gardner at time completely lost sight of the song itself, leading to overly difficult episodes such as "Apprentice", "Inventions" or - perhaps the most notable example - the second-half of "Shaping the Invisible", a song that starts beautifully with a soulful performance by LaBrie accompanied by the piano, before progressing to a dreadful, messy crescendo that approaches cacophony, completely ruining the atmosphere of the song.

I was also mildly disappointed by the vocal parts. It is not about the singers' performances per se, which are all good (special praise goes to LaBrie, Walsh and the two female singers Michelle Young and Lisa Bouchelle). Rather, my issue is about the way the vocal parts integrate with the music. There are two problems, in my view. First, as with the musical background (and perhaps because of it), I sometimes felt that the vocal melodies were overly difficult, sacrificing immediacy and euphony in favour of technicality ("Heart of France", "Apprentice"). Second, many of the singers involved in the project have a rather similar timbre and it is really hard to tell them apart. This is a major shortcoming, in my opinion, as one of the things I appreciate the most in this type of multi-singer projects is the variety of the vocal performances. This is almost completely lost here, with only Steve Walsh possessing a distinctive timbre that sets him apart from the rest of the male vocalists. In truth, Leonardo feels a lot like a LaBrie-dominated project, with many other singers that sound a lot like LaBrie extras.

Overall, although there are a few moments of brilliance (above all, the two male-female duets "First Commission" and "This Time, This Way"), Leonardo was a mildly disappointing release for me, with too many dull moments and shortcomings. If you, like me, are a fan of multi-singer rock/metal operas, it may still be worth to give this album a try, as the objective quality of the musicians involved is high and there are a few standout episodes here and there throughout the 60+ minutes of the record. However, anyone else would do better by trying some of the other rock/metal operas that exist out there, like anything by Ayreon or, if you want something less metal, the awesome Nostradamus record by Nikolo Kotzev.

 Gubec-Beg (rock opera) by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.13 | 5 ratings

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Gubec-Beg (rock opera)
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

3 stars The rock opera which combined the musical effects of rock music with musical theatric delivery became a phenomenon in the late late 1960s with bands like The Pretty Things, The Who and others had the desire to create a larger than life thematic presentation in a rock context. While the stylistic hybridization remained primarily in the English speaking world for several years after the initial explosion of popularity, other nations followed suit only after the phenomenal success of Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Jesus Christ Superstar" which reverberated around the world and in many ways alerted that the rest of the world that rock had evolved beyond its rather trite and predictable origins although The Who also played a part in upping the ante with its success in "Tommy".

The very first non-English rock opera seems to have come from the Japanese collaborative efforts of Tenjo Sajiki and the Tokyo Kid Brothers with its 1971 smash hit " サントラ盤‼ 書を捨てよ町へ出よう (Santora-ban‼ Sho o suteyo machi e deyō) " but soon the rest of the world was adapting the sound of rock music to their own interpretations of the rock opera. One of the more successful of these came from the region of Croatia which was then a part of the former Yugoslavia and titled GUBEC-BEG which was created by the primary trio of Karlo Metiko? (composer), Ivica Krajač (libretto) and Miljenko Prohaska (orchestration) along with a cast of talented vocalists and musicians to pull it all off.

The theme of this rock opera was to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Peasant Revolt of 1573 when the situation of the population was so desperate that they were forced to collaborate their efforts to defeat the ruling aristocracy of the day. The project began as far back in 1971 and premiered on March 5, 1975 in the concert hall of Vatroslav Lisinski. The play was a huge success within Yugoslavia and even spilled outside its borders despite being performed exclusively in the Croatian language. The most famous and highly regarded of the entire musical output from this rock opera has remained "Ave Maria" performed by Josipa Lisac and although the play has been revived from time to time, it has never been as successful as when it was first released. The original lineup starred Branko Blaće, Marijan Ka?aj, Josipa Lisac, Miro Ungar, Đani ?egina, Boris Pavlenić, Vlado Kovačić, Tomislav Borić, Sanda Fidersheg and others. The album featured nine tracks with a wide range of moods and motifs.

While i know next to nothing about Croatian music history, this one is not a bad example at all about the sentiments experienced in the era of the communist hegemony as it rather perfectly exemplified a new form of dictatorship in an area of the world that had been suppressed for a very long time. Given that this album is thematically relevant and performed exclusively in Croatian automatically means that most who don't speak the lingo won't comprehend the meaning of its relevance and on the musical side of the equation there is nothing here to get overly excited about either as it rather reflects the trend of ethnic folk musical flavors incorporating rock music into its fabric of existence. For those in the ex-Yugoslavia this very well may be of extraordinary importance in historical terms but for those of us who are clueless as to the experiences of the time and place, this one is decent indeed but hardly something that will speak to us on a higher level. Well worth the time to experience this Eastern European for its historical significance alone but not something that musically transcends beyond its thematic relevance.

 The Many Faces of King Crimson: A Journey Through the Inner World of King Crimson by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2016
3.00 | 1 ratings

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The Many Faces of King Crimson: A Journey Through the Inner World of King Crimson
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
3 stars This is quite a peculiar 3-disc set. No, it doesn't contain music of King Crimson performed either by the band itself or by other artists. Nor is it a various artists compilation all the way. Each of the discs have completely different approaches. The first disc does contain various artists' tracks featuring past or present King Crimson members, mostly as guests only. The second disc is entirely dedicated to the late 60's pre-Crimso act GILES, GILES & FRIPP. And the third disc is, one to one, the sole album released in 2005 by a band called FISSION TRIP that consists of members from King Crimson and HANDS.

The various artists disc in itself feels patchy and confusing. Sadly the set doesn't have systematic release information (such as the years or source albums), and searching the information from the two-page text is difficult, since it doesn't even proceed in the running order. Some of the music is indeed unquestionably Crimsonesque. For example the avantish instrumental music of JAMIE MUIR, MICHAEL GILES & DAVID CUNNINGHAM has evident stylistic roots in the Larks Tongues era King Crimson. The two tracks are scattered on the disc the same foolish way as three tracks from PETER SINFIELD's album Still (1973) and two tracks by JOHNNY WARMAN featuring Tony Levin & Jerry Marotta. Another instrumental piece which easily could be mistaken to be King Crimson, albeit the newer stuff, is recorded by PAT MASTOLETTO & TREY GUNN.

The rest of the selection has 'Salmon Leap' by ANTHONY PHILLIPS (the KC connection is the drummer Ian McCulloch), a beautiful IONA song 'Divine Presence', a smooth 2000's song 'Wonderland' by GORDON HASKELL (the vocalist on the 1970 Lizard album) and a hair-raising song 'Still Moving in Fear' by SANDY DILLON & HECTOR ZAZOU, from 1995. The musical diversity on this disc is awesome, and the music is interestingly more or less Crimson-related in many various ways, but the representation leaves a lot to be desired.

I'm not going to deal with the GILES, GILES & FRIPP disc in deeper details. The 1968 home recording material has been published as The Brondesbury Tapes (not that it was mentioned in the liner notes), although this set has only twelve tracks, roughly 45 minutes of the 72½ of the mentioned release. One may ask why their only proper album The Cheerful Insanity Of (1968) is not represented. As a side note, I once saw in a supermarket the GENESIS set of "The Many Faces of" series, and in it one disc was dedicated, in a similar manner, to the 60's pre-Trespass era. This Crimson set I borrowed from library; I don't think I would have bought this one either.

FISSION TRIP were suggested for ProgArchives several years ago, and sadly the addition process still hasn't started properly it seems. The liner notes in this set are pretty insufficient concerning this group; it's not even mentioned that most of the key members came from the prog band HANDS. The former KC drummer Ian Wallace is the main vocalist, co-writer and producer on their only album Volume One. Crimson-guitarist Adrian Belew is actually a guest musician only. I googled a nice description by the label's marketing: "a jarringly great amalgam of archival prog, witty pop, and buoyant fusion - as though Weather Report made toast from a loaf of Beatles bread and buttered it with Selling England by the Pound marmalade." Well said! The album sounds good and I'd be glad to review it here.

How on earth to rate such a schizoid and seedy release like this? Sure, with a more balanced structure and with proper release informations The Many Faces of King Crimson would function much better. However, for the interesting and diverse musical contents three stars are deserved.

 I Grandi Successi Del Rock Progressivo Italiano by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2005
4.00 | 6 ratings

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I Grandi Successi Del Rock Progressivo Italiano
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by Prog123

4 stars "I grandi successi del Rock Progressivo Italiano" is an excellent compilation to discover the Progressive Rock catalog that Nuova Fonit Cetra offered in the 70's. And there are some of the biggest Italian Progressive bands of that decade (Osanna, Delirium, New Trolls, Raccomandata Ricevuta Ritorno, I Garybaldi or Uno) and other very interesting groups (on all the I Califfi and the extraordinary "Campane" in ELP or Goblin style but without the baroqueism of the English... But with a more Space Rock and Folk streak). In general one could read a certain derivation from English groups, which (as far as it is understood more generalizing) is typical of Italian POP and Rock music, but strong is the graft of the Italian tradition, which makes everything more passionate and colorful. It is also not easy to read, in several cases, where the Rock part ends and where the Progressive part begins, which transforms many songs (and bands) into something to be classified as progressive more for the complexity of their music and for historical period than for musical genre proposed. Luckily, here "1 ° Tempo: Allegro" (from "Concerto Grosso") was chosen to present the New Trolls, because, otherwise, they would have been forced to present them either as a Hard Rock band (due to Nico di Palo) or as a Symphonic Rock band (due to Vittorio de Scalzi). With this I hope to have made it clear what Progressive Rock was in Italy at the time (even if bands like Banco Mutuo Soccorso, Le Orme or PFM were totally devoted to an English-style Progressive).

In conclusion, here are 16 bands with 16 excellent/ good/ honest songs and it is a good/ excellent introduction to a certain kind of understanding of Progressive Rock and what represented in Italy a musical genre that in countries like South Korea or Japan is considered true art.

 Romantic Warrioirs IV: Krautrock, Part 2 by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover DVD/Video, 2021
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Romantic Warrioirs IV: Krautrock, Part 2
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

— First review of this album —
4 stars The husband and wife dynamic team of Adele Schmidt and José Zegarra Holder have enthusiastically been seeking out golden age prog heroes for quite some time now in order to create some excellent documentaries about prog's golden age before and extracting their stories before these pioneers leave our Earthly world and take their show to a different realm. The ROMANTIC WARRIORS series has been instrumental in telling the forgotten tales of a classic era from decades with the 2019 edition ROMANTIC WARRIORS IV: KRAUTROCK PART I exploring the massive psychedelic scene from Germany's big bang of unlimited creativity.

Two years later in 2021 the sequel ROMANTIC WARRIORS IV: KRAUTRCOK PART 2 has finally been completed and in it's 123 minutes of playing time serves as the second installment in The Krautrock Trilogy as well as the sixth overall edition of the ROMANTIC WARRIORS documentary series. This edition features bands from Southern Germany and includes interviews with members of Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, Popol Vuh and Electric Orange. Footage includes classic period performances as well as modern festivals.

Individual band members interviewed include Skip Van Wyck III, Mani Neumeier, Chirs Karrer, Daniel Fichelscher, Hellmut Hattler, Jan Fride, Walter Westrupp and an animated chat with Renate Knaup. Once again the stories dig deep into the wellspring of creativity that emerged in the late 60s and flourished throughout the 70s and provided incalculable influences for artists to come. The cities of Germany covered are Munich, Wiesbaden, Ulm and Heidelberg. The third upcoming installment will cover bands from Berlin and Hamburg which will include Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Günter Schickert, Agitation Free, Conrad Schnitzler, A.R. & Machines, Nektar and some contemporary bands such as Robert Rich & Markus Reuter and Coolspring and is slated for 2023.

In this two hour journey into the world of KRAUTROCK, we are treated to the insight of some of the key players that share their experiences and how they fit into the scene that took Germany by storm and forever changed the music terrain for eternity. The scenes are well paced with interviews of individual members of the select bands juxtaposed next to live concert footage and other relevant trips down memory lane to paint a picture that has been unseen by the public for far too long. While primarily focused on the classic golden era of KRAUTROCK, it's refreshing to see a more modern band like Electric Orange included as it displays how newer generations have continued the tradition and brought these experimental sounds into the next millennium.

These documentaries are truly addictive as it only makes you want to know more and explore artists that you have heard of but possibly haven't actually heard. Guru Guru for example is a band i have heard a couple albums but haven't really explored thoroughly. Zeitgeist Media has produced nothing less than visual aphrodisiacs that will whet your appetite to explore the scene even further and if you were lucky enough to live through those glorious times, to transport you back to when the magic was in action and then reel you back to the present to find out where these musicians have landed in the brave new world. I love these so much and can only hope that this series continues to infinity because there are so many tales in the world of progressive rock to tell and nobody does it better than Adele Schmidt and José Zegarra Holder. Bravo!

 Rockandalus by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1994
4.75 | 3 ratings

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

Review by HarmonyDissonan

4 stars SOME VERY FINE MUSIC! Although it took me a few listens to see the excellence in this cd, I've come to realize that it does contain some very fine music in deed! Although there might be some other compilation cd's out there sampling Spanish and/or Andalusian progressive rock, I am not familiar with them. And with that in mind, I can't but recommend this cd highly for a taste of her progressive music. I have grown to admire this disc and the music within. Spain is somewhat neglected in some prog rock sites and circles, along with South America and Eastern Europe. So if you would like a quality starting point to sample some Spanish/Andalusian progressive rock this would be a good place to start. I know that even though I have and know of some of prog rock acts from the neighborhood, this cd gives me 4 or 5 other compelling bands to check into a little further!

Take care and enjoy God's gift of music!

 Давид Тухманов ‎- По волне моей памяти / David Tukhmanov - On The Crest Of My Memory by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.44 | 15 ratings

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Давид Тухманов ‎- По волне моей памяти / David Tukhmanov - On The Crest Of My Memory
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

3 stars The Soviet Union existed from 1922 to 1991 and in that time created some of the most distorted art forms in all of the 20th century with the communist party dictating exactly what was permissible for its citizens to experience on every possible level and no more was this true than in the field of music. While Russian folk music dominated the behemoth nation's imposed musical palette, a strange genre of pop music dubbed Soviet estrada emerged in the 1930s which showcased government approved songwriters who crafted catchy pop tunes that would be backed up by professional musicians often in the form of orchestras. This music was fronted by strong vocalists with the music being secondary to the stilted themes that focused on romance, comradely and patriotism. Therefore while most of the world went from blues to jazz to rock and beyond, the USSR was pretty much limited to a few styles of music that rarely escaped the censors' strong scrutiny.

One of the major players in the large pool of estrada composers was DAVID TUKHMANOV ( Дави́д Тухма́нов ) who came from a musical family and wrote his first piece of music at the tender age of four. He was scouted out early and became one of the USSR's most famous popular music composers racking up a number of hits but by the time the 70s hit, TUKHMANOV found that even the USSR was faced with the dilemma of worldwide popular music seeping into the hands of the populous and like putting a genie back into the bottle was impossible to contain. Faced with this unique situation, the censors began to loosen their iron grip a bit and allow greater license for more artistic expressions provided of course it didn't go too far in promoting anti-government dissatisfaction or other treasonous ideologies. TUKHMANOV had a huge knowledge of classical music and while some of the most progressive forms of rock and pop were being unleashed on the other side of the Iron Curtain by 1975, the Soviet gestapo was only beginning to allow such forms of music to exist on an official level.

TUKHMANOV envisioned a form of classical music that incorporated the rhythmic forms of pop music accompanied by electronic sounds and progressive rock arrangements. Along with lyrics based on classical poetry from different cultures narrated in the original languages, TUKHMANOV set forth to craft one of the Soviet Union's most famous releases and the end result was "По волне моей памяти" or translated into English "On A Wave Of My Memory." This concept album featured a large number of artists and performers making it a huge endeavor as well as perhaps the Soviet Union's very first art rock album that was released officially. Given the novelty and hunger for something so bold and daring, the album became instantly popular and sold out within the first few days of release and inspired a whole new genre of the Soviet rock opera with many more to follow from 1975 on but this one raised the bar high with few even coming close to the efforts and popularity of "On A Wave Of My Memory."

Coming off as some sort of Soviet estrada version of Aphrodite's Child's "666," "On A Wave Of My Memory" runs the gamut of styles ranging from the expected Russian folk and Soviet estrada influences to Western classic rock, prog, funk and art pop. The rich vocal section included Mechrdad Badi, Natalia Kapustina, Igor Ivanov, Alexander Byrykin, Vladislav Andrianov, Sergey Belikov, Alexander Lerman, Ljudmila Barykina as well as the vocal group Sovremennik Orchestra gave the album a richly varied texture of singing styles and somewhat of a circus effect in the process. Seasoned Soviet musicians such as Boris Pivovarov (guitar), Arkady Feldbarg (bass, violin), Vladimir Plotkin (drums) and TUKHMANOV himself (piano, organ, synthesizers, electric piano provided the tight rhythm section while the lush classical orchestration was provided by the Melodiya Ensemble on brass as well as the USSR RTV Large Symphony Orchestra on strings.

"On A Wave Of My Memory" is quite the wild ride for a Soviet rock album from this era as it's all over the place with classic estrada type sappiness to fully fueled prog workouts but as an album to my Western ears it sounds a bit dated and a whole lot of stilted as it just doesn't flow like a prog album should. It simply sounds like too much is being crammed into too little time and gives the impression that this was supposed to be some sort of double album that got trimmed down for the sake of editing. Given that the music is set to the emotional impact of the lyrics which is primarily in the Russian language, i presume that the album would have a greater significance if the references were understood. This is by no means a bad album but seems like something is missing to make it great. Given the unique situation of the time and place, a miracle of existence for sure but as i listen to this for the first time in the year 2020 it just doesn't seem to stand the tests of time as a musical specimen but is highly recommended as a piece to experience for historical relevance. Very good but not great.

3.5 rounded down

 Electric Garden Progressive Rock Festival 2011 by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover DVD/Video, 2011
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Electric Garden Progressive Rock Festival 2011
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
3 stars For the first time I'm writing a review with a mobile phone, and frankly it's a bit more uncomfortable than using a PC, but here goes... The title of this DVD tells what it's about. At least my purchase doesn't have a supplementary leaflet/booklet, which would be very useful in giving more information on both the 3-day event (held somewhere in North West UK) and the artists involved. All in all the whole product is done in a rather off-hand way. And why the set list is in wrong order in the disc's starting page? Nor is the camera work very professional. But nevertheless, the viewer gets nearly three hours of live prog performances from 12 artists. Some of them I knew in advance as an album listener, while several were totally new acquaintances for me.

The first in line is solo guitarist MATT STEVENS, who uses loops to deepen his playing. It's not as boring as you might think! British neo prog act ALSO EDEN performs two songs, followed by CREDO and a 12-min. 'Round & Round'.

DROPSHARD and NERVE TOY TRIO (both never-heard names) aren't bad at all either. The latter is an instrumental g-b-dr trio. The festival's second day is finished by the Italian THE WATCH, known for their Peter Gabriel sounding frobtman and Mellotron-loaded vintage sound.

EATHRLING SOCIETY has a female vocalist... no, she just dances while the guitarist sings badly. Disappointing band. SEYES perform the Yes epic 'Close to the Edge'. Of course it's nowhere near the real thing but they do a decent job. Aafter two more neverheard-bands it's nice to see ABEL GANZ (14-min. 'Rain Again') and THE TANGENT (21-min. 'Where Are They Now?').

Despite being a bit amateurish DVD, this was worth purchasing as it offers plenty of rare-ish but fairly good prog as if you were there in the audience.

 Marscape by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.02 | 35 ratings

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

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars Both Jack Lancaster and Robin Lumley are two classic musicians who straddled the line between the jazz and the progressive rock worlds of the 1970s after making names for themselves in other roundabout ways. Lancaster played with Jethro Tull's ex-guitarist Mick Abraham in Blodwyn Pig and both Lancaster and Lumley played together in a band called The Soul Searchers which included the stellar lineup of John Goodsall (guitar), Gary Moore (guitar), Percy Jones (bass) and Bill Bruford (drums).

Lancaster and Lumley would collaborate to release two albums with a wealth of guest musicians that remain unique in the prog history books even within the vast canon's of all the musicians that participated. The first would be the rock version of "Peter The Wolf" based on the Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev's works in which the duo collaborated to create an eclectic modern version that was released in five different languages with different narrators for each one. The music was created to exist within the jazz-fusion and progressive rock worlds and sounded like nothing else within either. It was released in 1976.

Lancaster and Lumley crafted a second surprise released the same year only this time based on a completely different theme. MARSCAPE was a mostly instrumental album (voices were used as effects only) that is most famous for featuring the musicians who would become Brand X the very same year. Lumley himself has been with Brand X from the beginning and even in 2019 is still officially a member but MARSCAPE also features the guitar antics of John Goodsall, the fretless bass bantering of Percy Jones and of course, Genesis drummer Phil Collins who displays his most technical chops. Lumley himself handled all keyboards, pianos, harmoniums, autoharps and organs. Lancaster provided the wind instruments including sax (alto, tenor and soprano), flutes (alto, bamboo, glass), violin, panpipes, watergong and all the brass arrangements.

This bizarre soundtrack to a movie that never existed emerged before the first Brand X album "Unorthodox Behavior" was released also in 1976 and is indeed the very first album where that band played together. While this album could be thought of as a Lancaster / Lumley meets Brand X album, it was Lancaster and Lumley who composed the entire score therefore despite the musicians playing together, this does not resemble any of the Brand X albums that followed as the focus is more on creating musical textures and ambient atmospheric accompaniments to the themes presented in the track titles. MARSCAPE is an incredible varied type of album ranging from trippy free jazz to bouncy space disco.

Despite this album being more famous for Brand X playing on it than the music itself, the album actually contains many more musicians adding to the richness of the stylistic shifts including Morris Pert on percussion, Bernie Frost on voice and Simon Jeffres on the koto as well as string quartet arrangements. The album also employed the help of Geoff Leach on synth programming and if all this talent on board sounds like quite the elaborate project underway, then you would be correct to assume as much. It's apparent upon a single listen that this album was seriously fussed over. Every single detail was polished out to create a cohesive flow where every track cedes into the next and great attention was paid to keeping the tracks unique with each exhibiting a different flavor.

Thematically, MARSCAPE takes on exactly what it insinuates, namely a trip to the red planet where life has purportedly existed in one shape or another for eons. Each track is like a tribute to different aspects of the red planet and are reflected by a diverse roster of rhythms, tones, timbres, tempos and time signature dynamics. Part progressive rock and part jazz-fusion, MARSCAPE expands its horizons well beyond those limiting labels and also displays its fair share of ethnic world music sounds and even a cheesy ballad in the form of "Realization" which sounds like a cheap muzak version of "Hair." The rest of the album however shines like the sun in the sky with an intriguing mix of technical chops tamed into emotional gemstones that perfectly evoke the subject matter at hand.

The beauty of this unique confluence of talent is that it runs the gamut of the most avant-garde on tracks like the opening "Take Off" which builds the mood through the ratcheting up effect of sounds and the surreality of space flight experienced in "Sail On Solar Winds" to the seemingly danceable disco grooves of "Hopper (Machine for Negotiating the Rough Martian Terrian)." Both rock and jazz elements are used to paint strokes on the canvas rather than exist for the sake of connecting them to their respective genres. All sounds are crafted to represent the themes at hand and are surprisingly effective. From the minimalistic sparseness of "Phobos And Deimos" to the bombastic fusion workouts of "Olympus Mons," MARSCAPE is an album of mastery.

While a mere blip on the 70s music scene, MARSCAPE exudes a timelessness to it unlike many albums of the era. It's more akin to a classical work such as Gustav's "The Planets" than to related Brand X and prog rock bands, however the one track "Homelight (Reflecting on Distant Earth)" very much points to the future sounds that Brand X would fully bring to life which in a way proves that they really played on this album. While the album is brilliant it doesn't always convey the Mars mission at hand and therefore falls short of perfection by a couple tracks that don't really gel well with the rest of the pack. The silly "Hopper" would make a great new wave novelty track but seems out of place here and "Realization" is a little too sappy for its own good but otherwise this is unique and well worth the listen especially for anyone interested in everything Phil Collins related and the origins of Brand X.

 Rock Legends: Progressive Rock by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover DVD/Video, 2005
2.26 | 4 ratings

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Rock Legends: Progressive Rock
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

2 stars I'm giving this seedy compilation DVD its first review, having ordered it recently at a very cheap price. I'm sure many of you are aware of Classic Rock company who have released loads of these low-price live DVD's. Two tracks here I've seen before on another of their prog compilations: 'Vivaldi' by CURVED AIR and 'The Weaver's Answer' by FAMILY, while some other tracks are probably taken from the same gigs as different songs on other compilations (and of course there are Classic Rock's DVD's of the represented artists separately, at least for most of them). RICK WAKEMAN's number here is 'Catherine Parr', ELP appear with vintage instrumental 'Barbarian', and FOCUS perform their excellent sidelong epic 'Eruption', albeit not the classic line-up featuring guitarist Jan Akkerman; nevertheless, this is among the highlights.

JOHN WETTON starts the 88-minute DVD in style with a faithful version of the King Crimson classic 'Starless'. After all the artists mentioned above comes BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST (a post-Wolstenholme line-up) and John Lees's 'Nights in White Satin' -imitating 'Poor Man's Moody Blues'. I do like it. STEVE HACKETT and his band perform instrumental 'Clocks' from Spectral Mornings (1979). Judged by Steve's looks I guess it's from the early 90's. The biggest minus of this DVD is the lack of more precise information on the performances. No years, no line-ups, not even song credits... What a pity, because a proghead like me would love to know especially the source years that vary from early 70's to - who knows, the 90's?

In my DVD collections there's the final part of VDGG's 'Plague of the Lighthouse Keepers' on the "Psychedelia" compilation (and it wasn't indicated on the cover as the finale only!); here is the George Martin instrumental 'Theme One'. No Peter Hammill in sight, but it's amusing to watch drummer Guy Evans and saxophonist David Jackson too. And premiering altogether in my DVD collections are SOFT MACHINE ('Tale of Taliesyn') and URIAH HEEP ('Paradise / The Spell'). I really would have wanted to know the exact line-ups for both! Anyway I'm glad of the latter's song choice: Demons and Wizards (1972) is my fave Heep album.

So, just another cheapie DVD with a varying quality of contents, but there surely are enough interesting numbers of prog classics to keep this on my shelves. 2½ stars rounded down for the lack of information.

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

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