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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)

3.85 | 18 ratings
The Zodiac : Cosmic Sounds
1967
2.91 | 60 ratings
Zabriskie Point - Original Soundtrack
1970
4.22 | 165 ratings
Jesus Christ Superstar
1970
2.74 | 16 ratings
Tommy - As Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Choir
1972
3.50 | 2 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 | 79 ratings
Jesus Christ Superstar (The Original Motion Picture Sound Track Album)
1973
4.34 | 47 ratings
La Biblia
1974
3.71 | 66 ratings
Peter and The Wolf
1975
4.50 | 2 ratings
Gubec-Beg (rock opera)
1975
4.05 | 24 ratings
Marscape
1976
3.67 | 3 ratings
Sandokan (O.S.T.)
1976
3.80 | 36 ratings
Andrew Lloyd Webber - Variations
1978
1.50 | 2 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
2.50 | 23 ratings
When The Wind Blows
1986
3.05 | 3 ratings
Dali: The Endless Enigma
1990
3.04 | 6 ratings
Enchantement
1990
3.49 | 3 ratings
Kings' Boards
1990
3.88 | 8 ratings
Seven Days of a Life
1993
3.03 | 13 ratings
Passengers: Original Soundtracks 1 (with U2)
1995
3.07 | 20 ratings
The Bounty (OST)
1995
2.00 | 1 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
2.62 | 7 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
3.43 | 11 ratings
The Reading Room
2000
1.21 | 9 ratings
Out Of Phase - The Wall 2000
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
2.57 | 7 ratings
La Chiesa (O.S.T.)
2001
3.33 | 3 ratings
2001, A Prog Odyssey?
2001
3.57 | 58 ratings
Leonardo - The Absolute Man
2001
3.04 | 5 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
3.64 | 62 ratings
Kalevala - A Finnish Progressive Rock Epic
2003
3.68 | 43 ratings
The Spaghetti Epic
2004
3.58 | 40 ratings
The Colossus Of Rhodes
2005
4.27 | 82 ratings
Odyssey - The Greatest Tale
2005
3.42 | 17 ratings
Dracula Opera Rock Original Cast Recording
2006
4.05 | 41 ratings
(The) 7 Samurai
2006
3.60 | 23 ratings
Treasure Island
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Bearded's Project: Hope | Omid
2007
3.47 | 23 ratings
Excalibur II: The Celtic Ring
2007
3.47 | 31 ratings
The Spaghetti Epic 2: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
2007
3.94 | 32 ratings
Giallo! One Suite for the Murderer
2008
4.33 | 45 ratings
The Spaghetti Epic 3
2008
3.68 | 17 ratings
The Empire And The Rebellion
2008
4.25 | 77 ratings
Inferno The Divine Comedy - part 1
2008
4.11 | 47 ratings
Purgatorio The Divine Comedy - part 2
2009
2.29 | 5 ratings
Anne de Bretagne: Le Rock Opera d'Alan Simon
2009
4.00 | 14 ratings
Cani Arrabbiati: Opening Themes... A Tribute
2010
3.34 | 11 ratings
Wondrous Stories
2010
3.67 | 38 ratings
The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe - A syNphonic Collection
2010
3.78 | 9 ratings
Iliad, a Grand Piano Extravaganza
2010
4.14 | 74 ratings
Decameron: Ten Days in 100 Novellas (Part 1)
2011
3.00 | 2 ratings
Take The Long Way Home
2012
3.52 | 8 ratings
Excalibur III: The Origins
2012
4.13 | 60 ratings
The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft: A SyNphonic Collection
2012
3.26 | 38 ratings
The Prog Collective
2012
3.38 | 21 ratings
The Fusion Syndicate
2012
2.20 | 27 ratings
The Prog Collective- Epilogue
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Age of Twilight
2013
3.48 | 6 ratings
Playing the History
2013
2.95 | 2 ratings
Ponder The Mystery (William Shatner featuring Billy Sherwood)
2013
4.33 | 24 ratings
The Black Codex (Episodes 1 - 13)
2014
4.32 | 19 ratings
The Black Codex (Episodes 14 - 26)
2014
4.06 | 48 ratings
Decameron. Ten Days in 100 Novellas - Part II
2014
4.00 | 26 ratings
The Black Codex (Episodes 27 - 39)
2015
4.00 | 24 ratings
The Black Codex (Episodes 40 - 52)
2015
4.07 | 47 ratings
Decameron - Ten Days in 100 Novellas - Part III
2016
4.00 | 2 ratings
Tripwave 2 - Collection Of Modern Russian Psychedelic Music
2016

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

3.00 | 1 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
3.21 | 5 ratings
Kisstadion '80
1980
3.25 | 5 ratings
Progressive's Battle
1988
3.67 | 15 ratings
Progfest '94
1995
4.00 | 14 ratings
Progfest '95
1996
3.06 | 11 ratings
Progfest '97
1997
3.33 | 3 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
4.75 | 12 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)

4.00 | 3 ratings
Progfest '94 Day One
1995
4.00 | 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
2.95 | 3 ratings
Stamping Ground
1998
4.50 | 4 ratings
Progfest 2000
2001
3.58 | 8 ratings
Progressive Rock Anthology
2003
2.95 | 3 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 | 3 ratings
Rock Legends: Progressive Rock
2005
3.53 | 5 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
4.69 | 11 ratings
Best Of Krautrock Vol. 1
2006
4.33 | 9 ratings
Neo- Broadcast
2007
4.05 | 2 ratings
Nearfest 2005 Rising To The Surface
2007
1.00 | 1 ratings
Progressive Rock
2007
4.33 | 3 ratings
3RP Fest Live 2008
2008
3.90 | 15 ratings
Romantic Warriors: A Progressive Music Saga
2010
4.00 | 4 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
3.04 | 4 ratings
Quadrophenia: Songs from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
1979
0.00 | 0 ratings
Music in Sweden 7 - Alternative Instrumental Music
1980
2.29 | 37 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
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
2.95 | 2 ratings
Tales Of Brazilian Rock Chapter 1
1993
5.00 | 1 ratings
Rockandalus
1994
4.50 | 6 ratings
Golden Miles: Australian Progressive Rock 1969-1974
1994
4.00 | 1 ratings
Plima - Progresivna Muzika
1994
3.00 | 5 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
3.86 | 3 ratings
Unprogged
1996
3.04 | 15 ratings
Supernatural Fairy Tales - The Progressive Rock Era
1996
4.05 | 2 ratings
Duende Electrico
1997
1.94 | 16 ratings
Yes, Friends and Relatives
1998
3.88 | 10 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 | 2 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
3.88 | 5 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
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
2.58 | 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
4.00 | 12 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 | 7 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
3.50 | 4 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
4.05 | 2 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
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
4.04 | 14 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
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
3.16 | 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
4.00 | 1 ratings
Space Rock - An Interstelar Traveler's Guide
2016

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

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

4 stars Despite the Colossus Projects beginning their ambitious projects in 2001 to promote the outstanding accomplishments of Finnish progressive rock (which there have been many), the whole thing kinda took on a life of its own as the collaboration with Musea Records created a synergistic effect that guaranteed an exposure to a worldwide network of tuned in prog aficionados salivating for something both creative, traditional and, of course, entertaining! After a diverse eclectic palette paving the way for even more sophisticated projects, in 2011 Musea Records released "Decameron - Ten Days in 100 Novellas - Part I" which isn't remotely Finnish but rather a collection of Italian tales excavated from the 14th century. The word DECAMERON is a neologism of the Greek words deca (ten) and mera (days) and THE DECAMERON which is subtitled Prince Galehaut is a collection of novellas written by the author Giovanni Baccaccio (1313-1375) and is structured as a frame story that contains 100 tales told by a group of seven young women and three young men who were sheltered in a secluded villa outside of Firenze (Florence), Italy in order to escape the black death plague that was rampant at the time. Well, three years after the first installment of this series comes DECAMERON - TEN DAYS IN 100 NOVELLAS - PART II which continues the themes in musical form with some artists making a reprise and yet others entering the Musea equation for the very first time.

Once again, this collection also consists of 4 compact disc each clocking in over an hour's length, holds a whopping 35 tracks beautifully played out by 34 exquisite artists. Only Robert Webb who provides the "Intro" and the "Outro" is represented twice. Once again most of these tracks are instrumental but many are not and exist in the realms of the world of classic 70s symphonic prog only with the most updated production values and interesting and compelling creativity attached to the sense of traditional prog values. Several artists like The Samarai Of Prog, Nexus, Karda Estra, Jinetes Negros and Ars Ephemera seem to owe their career to the Colossus Projects utilizing their prog talents on seemingly every album but there are many other newbies fully represented here as well with an equal variation of styles that despite being limited to the subject matter at hand with a stylistic approach to boot, all seem to rise to the occasion to unify under one thematic flag and produce some of the best that melodic symphonic prog has to offer in the 21st century.

Because of the retro nostalgic nature of these albums, DECAMERON - TEN DAYS IN 100 NOVELLAS - PART II also exudes a prog-by- the-numbers check list approach as it basically takes the playbook of the 70s bigwigs such as Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Yes, Jethro Tull, Genesis and Pink Floyd amongst others and takes excruciatingly detailed notes and then constructs their compositional prowess accordingly. While that may sound like a turn off from the get go, it is anything but as these artists under the confines of the musical limitations of the thematic structure are forced to exude their creative forces in limited yet seemingly unfettered ways. In that regard, all tracks are very much connected in not only theme but musically as well and the creative outlet comes in finding new ways of extending these limitations in various methodologies. The results are similar to the first installment of this sequel and utterly stunning in scope and delivery. Overall i would say that this 2nd edition is a bit more sensual than #1 with bands finding it in them to exude a slightly folkier take on the symphonic prog of the first edition.

Four discs of material at FOUR hours THIRTY-SIX minutes and THIRTY-THREE seconds is a whole lotta music to digest and despite the sense of overwhelming proportions is reigned in by one addictive take on symphonic prog after another with all bands rising to the occasion of producing incredibly melodic hooks that exude the truest sense of traditional prog elements but not over exaggerated nor overly sentimental as to sound like mere ripoffs of the greats of the past. While the influences are clearly worn on drooping sleeves, enough reverence for the past greats detracts from any disrespectful treading on sacred territories. This reverence is felt in full effect on the entire album as bands steer their influences into fresh new territories that sufficiently distance themselves from the past masters.

Some of my favorite tracks on this one include: the prog Italian funk of Intarsia on "9th Tale," the exquisite folky rock "First Tale (V, 1)" of The Samarai of Prog which even has sort of a Steely Dan jazz-rock vibe with its symphonic keyboards antics. Good guitar soloing as well, Steve Unruh's "Second Tale (V, 2) with its classical guitar meets Tullish folk flute escapades that take off into way cool heights, the tango turned synthpop symphonic prog track "Third Tale (V, 3)" by Ars Ephemera, the intriguing "Senogul - Ninth Tale (V, 9) which starts out sounding like an Indian raga but turns into the ever so rare mix of prog rock with traditional African tribal music, the synth rich riffs of the Italian "Camelias Garden - Tenth Tale (V, 10), the multi-themed 20 minute "Ninth Tale (VI , 9) by Unitopia, Karda Estra's "First Tale (VII, 2) with its tasty piano, chime action and cool progressive epic feel and D'AccorD's Bowie-esque "Third Tale (VII , 3).

This is yet another outstanding collection of prog tracks in the Colossus Project collection. I have to admit overall i prefer "Decameron - Ten days in 100 novellas - Part I" over this PART II ever so slightly as the tracks on here are just a tad below that high quality mark but there are no bad tracks here and so many great ones that i could write a review for each and every one. The packaging is off the charts beautiful with not only colorfully painted CDs but also contains a big fat booklet with not only gorgeously illustrated artwork but is also chock full of liner notes, lyrics and philosophical mythology all coming to gather in one sanctified place. Once again this is a whopping 4 disc album clocking in at over 4 and 1/2 hours and not even one track is worthy of skipping. I cannot recommend these Colossus Projects more for those who love the zeitgeist of 70s melodic symphonic prog with modern day spins and production value. It certainly doesn't get any more diverse or divine than this.

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

Tuonen Tytar: A Tribute To Finnish Progressive (2000)

Kalevala - Finnish Progressive Rock Epic (2003)

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

Odyssey - The Greatest Tale (2005)

The Colossus of Rhodes (2006)

The 7 Samurai - The Ultimate Epic (2006)

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

Treasure Island (2007)

Giallo! One Suite for the Murderer (2008)

The Empire and The Rebellion (2008)

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

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

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

The Spaghetti Epic 3 - The Great Silence (2009)

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

Iliad: A Grand Piano Extravaganza (2010)

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

Decameron - Ten days in 100 novellas - Part I (2011)

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

DECAMERON - TEN DAYS IN 100 NOVELLAS - PART II (2014)

Decameron - Ten Days In 100 Novellas - Part III (2016)

 Decameron: Ten Days in 100 Novellas (Part 1) by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.14 | 74 ratings

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Decameron: Ten Days in 100 Novellas (Part 1)
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

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

4 stars Although the Colossus Projects was begun at the turn of the millennium with the intent to promote outstanding Finnish progressive rock which began with the first installment 'Tuonen tyt'r: A Tribute to Finnish Progressive,' the collaboration with Musea Records has become quite ambitious in its output with one various artist compilation after another tackling all kinds of esoteric history from well beyond the land of where the Suomi and Saami coincide with reindeer and Nokia! In 2011, the ambitiousness continued with the first installment of the DECAMERON - TEN DAYS IN 100 NOVELLAS - PART I, which isn't remotely Finnish but rather a collection of Italian tales excavated from the 14th century. The word DECAMERON is a neologism of the Greek words deca (ten) and mera (days) and THE DECAMERON which is subtitled Prince Galehaut is a collection of novellas written by the author Giovanni Baccaccio (1313- 1375) and is structured as a frame story that contains 100 tales told by a group of seven young women and three young men who were sheltered in a secluded villa outside of Firenze (Florence), Italy in order to escape the black death plague that was rampant at the time. Seemingly intent to represent each novella with a prog track from a different band, PART I tackles a staggering 35 of them alone with as many bands contributing their sonic forces to unleash a whopping 4-CD symphonic prog extravaganza that takes on each novella in musical form. While most of these musical expressions are purely instrumental, a scant few actually contribute a significant lyrical storyline and focus on the lyrical delivery rather than the usual instrumental prog wankery. These Colossus Projects seemed to have made a career for many of the artists involved as they tend to utilize the talents of the same bands for each of these! Once again i'm treated to the side-project tracks of some of my favorite modern symphonic prog heroes such as Nexus, Roz Vitalis, The Samarai Of Prog and Daal but mostly i am pleased to have discovered many more with whom i have not been familiarized and eagerly awaiting to check out further explorations.

Thematically the subject matter adheres strictly to the subject of the DECAMERON but musically it evokes a classic Rick Wakeman sophistication as heard on similar period pieces on his famous 'The Six Wives Of Henry VIII' or 'The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table.' However, with 35 bands contributing to a single theme, it's quite an interesting listen to hear as many interpretations of the period and eisegeses in a modern 20th to 21st century context. While the theme may be the same, there is ample wiggle room for deciphering and DECAMERON - TEN DAYS IN 100 NOVELLAS - PART I is unbelievably packed with one addictive melodic symphonic prog track after another. It's almost too good to be true actually. The quality of the 4 discs is surprisingly consistent and each one could easily hold up on its own as a single release. There are, of course, highlights and a few turkeys that while not bad per se simply sound a tad lackluster in the mix of great company.

Throughout the 4 discs, the general rule of thumb is that the music composed is instrumental and focuses on rather catchy traditional symphonic prog melodies based on Western classical music with jazz and rock interminglings and develop and deviate where each band sees fit. Although in a way it's like checking off all the boxes on the 'prog for dummies' checklist, there is a lot of creative input interspersed throughout this release as well. Those few bands that didn't get the rules-and-regulations memos and went above and beyond the call of duty include the following excellent tracks: 'Sixth Tale' by the USA band Resistor on disc one is perhaps my favorite track on the album (although that's a tall statement since everything is good and above.) This track is perfectly constructed with a prog folk guitar build up that turns into an Irish jig type of groove but provides an excellent lyrical delivery with an Ian Anderson type of vocal style only as much more sophisticated offering vocally and instrumentally than most Jethro Tull albums. It mixes folk, hard rock and progressive elements and lets them dance together in the most satisfying ways with time signatures and dynamics changing it up in all the right places. Also on the 'fish out of water' list is track 4 on disc 4 by Ozone from Finland which sort of has a James Bond theme melody but has an ample supply of male vocal spoken word narration with female sung parts and a rather explorative trade-off type of delivery. Quite the stand out in the mix of great quality. Also on my love list: Index provides a stellar keyboard solo action with their 'Lauretta's Tale,' love the exquisite harmonica laden grooves that build on Serdimontana's 'Campaign' and although there are many others, i should also mention that i'm quite smitten with the Ars Ephemara track 'DECAMERON 3:7' with its incessant prog slaps in the face as well as

With 4 discs of prog music one would obviously expect a few lackluster performances and i have to say i have pigeonholed a few tracks to make my least pleasurable list but they are a mere very good in the sea of great on this one. Tracks that displease me are the unfortunate opener by La Conscienza Di Zeno as well as those by Kate (can't seem to relate to this band), Jinetes Negro (same), Safar' also has a rather ho hum performance. But let me state that no tracks are bad on here. There are precious few releases that take up a staggering 4 CDs of real estate that can keep my interest but THIS ONE can!!!! Not only am i highly impressed with this album in not only in its ability to adhere to the script delivered but also for the fact that 35 progressive rock bands were corralled into the same pen for the same purpose and delivered the goods. Musea Records is truly the masters of prog talent control for all these wonderful Colossus Projects that have been released. This compilation is intended for the truest sense of prog lover as no one else could possibly appreciate it. Prog addicts will salivate over this one and those who don't should not venture into these territories and will find it quite outside their musical realities. If you take it for what it was meant to be then it's an utterly brilliant collection of music, if you feel otherwise then don't even bother. This is classic sounding symphonic prog with the extra bonus of production perfection and every band has contributed a unique sound to a series of novellas from the past. This is truly my favorite edition of the Colossus Projects so far!

4.5 but rounded down

 Leonardo - The Absolute Man by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.57 | 58 ratings

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

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nº 117

"Leonardo - The Absolute Man" is a very personal project of Gardner's brothers, who created the musical project Magellan, and where all music and lyrics were composed by the creative Magellan's man, Trent Gardner. If you're familiar with the music of Magellan, you will know that Trent Gardner's composition are not of the usual chorus and verse type of songs, but complex epics, with developing melodies and reoccurring themes. Their music is quite heavy and usually takes some time to grow on you. The same goes for this new project of both Gardner's brothers.

This project is about the life of one of the greatest figures of the Renaissance period and one of the greatest men of all time, Leonardo da Vinci. This project represents a very personal point of view and a tribute of Gardner's brothers to him. As we all know, Leonardo was an Italian polymath man, who studied a significant of different subject areas such as painting, sculpture, architecture, music, science, mathematics, engineering, anatomy, geology, cartography, botanic and writing. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance man. He is also considered to be one of the greatest painters of all times, and perhaps he also can be the most diversely talented person that ever has lived. I completely agree with Trent Gardner's idea that the life is unfair because some have everything and others have nothing. But for Leonard's happiness, we can say that, in life, Leonardo had almost everything we can get from life.

"Leonardo - The Absolute Man" is a conceptual album with the format of a rock opera performed by a great constellation of progressive rock singers. The cast of the singers is very extensive and corresponds to figures who took part in the life of Leonardo. So we have in this musical project: James Labrie (Dream Theater) is Leonardo da Vinci. Davey Pattison is Ser Piero da Vinci, the father of Leonardo. Michelle Young (Glass Hammer) is Caterina, the mother of Leonardo. Lisa Bouchelle (Mastermind) is Mona Lisa, the subject of Leonardo's favourite painting. Mike Baker (Shadow Gallery) is Giovan Francesco Melzi, a personal friend, companion and apprentice of Leonardo. Chris Shyrack (Under The Sun) is Ludovico il Moro Sforza, one of the powerful princes of Renaissance in Italy. Bret Douglas (Cairo) is François I the King of France. Josh Pincus (Ice Age) is Lorenzo de Medici, the man who ruled Florence. Steve Walsh (Kansas) is Bartolemeu Calco, the advisor of Sforza. Trent Gardner (Magellan) is Andrea del Verrocchio, the master of Leonardo. Robert Berry (Three) is Salai, the protégé and also the "adopted son" of Leonardo.

Beyond the singers, we have also the musicians. But when we look at the musicians we realize that Gardner's "Magellan" Bros, Trent and Wayne, are who really conduct the whole work. So, the line up of the musicians on this album is Trent Gardner (keyboards and trombone), Wayne Gardner (guitar), Patrick Reyes (guitar), Steve Reyes (bass), Jeremy Colson (drums), Luis Maldonado (guitar and bass) and Joe Franco (drums and orchestral percussion).

"Leonardo - The Absolute Man" has eighteen tracks. Of all, there are ten vocals tracks and eight instrumentals tracks. The structure of the work is like a rock opera. The characters sing depending on their roles and the music accompanies without too much protagonism. And I'm surprised to see Gardner's great sense of the composition structuring different intensities depending on the moment. But mainly this album has lots of melody. Vocally, this is a stupendous project, and all the participants really shine in their solo spots. Sections that feature Labrie and Pincus together, and Walsh, Shryack, Baker and Douglas, are quite good. The Magellan stamp is always present, especially in the chorus sections, where the Gardner vocals are full force. The women of the group, Young and Bouchelle, also turn in fine performances as well. Musically, there are some neat keyboard passages, very orchestral sounding, and some heavy guitar riffs here and there, but this is mainly about the vocals and the story behind it. I'm sure it must have taken Trent Gardner a while to put this all together and find the right singers to fill each part, but the end result is quite polished and enjoyable.

Conclusion: First, a word about Magellan and Gardner's brothers. I'm a big fan of Magellan. Magellan represents the second wave of American progressive rock music. About Gardner's brothers I've always respected and admired them. Their great fascination for the great values of culture was once more proven with this work. They had already done it with the choice of the name Magellan. Ferdinand Magellan (Fernão de Magalhães in Portuguese), was the name of a Portuguese navigator. He was the first man to complete the first circumnavigation around the world. As unfortunately the brothers are no more within us, here is my homage and tribute to them. "Leonardo - The Absolute Man", is an ambitious project where the concept works very well. It has great music and lyrics and is a very well balanced and modern work. The choice of the singers was very good and they made a perfect rock opera. The complex compositions and arrangements may take some time to get into, but at least you won't get bored. This is an album not to be missed.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Decameron - Ten Days in 100 Novellas - Part III by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.07 | 47 ratings

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

Review by snelling

4 stars There is a lot of positives I can say about this collection. First of all, you get 4 1/2 hours of prog, for the price of maybe 2 discs. Second, you get tracks by artists that are unavailable elsewhere, or, in some cases, different versions. Third, there are artists from all over the world, five continents, contibuting to this project. Granted, not all of the tracks are great. I admit to skipping a few tracks, particularly on the 4th disc. But at the same time, there is some truly excellent music as well. I will point out that the lengthy instrumentals by Cirrus Bay and Ageness are outstanding, with some jaw-dropping moments throughout each of their pieces, and the track by Spanish artist "s.a.l.u.e.n.a", whom I had not heard of, is just fantastic. Notable here is the vocal section, with some beautiful vocals by Steve Unruh, who also provides a killer violin solo, and who is featured in several tracks in this collection. These three tracks alone are worth the price of the disc in my opinion. Other favorites include those by Latte e Miele, from Italy, Ars Ephemera, from Canada, and Stella Lee Jones, from Japan. The intro, by Robert Webb, is a fun slice of proggy heaven to start things off with as well. One curious track is that from Japanese artist "Interpose". This one started off a bit bland to me, like weak Renaissance, and I was nearly ready to hit the skip button, when suddenly it became rather glorious. The middle section was quite poignant, before getting into soloing and, after a nice Floydian section, back to the intro section to conclude the song. So this one song (nearly 12 minutes) would be curious to rate. Sometimes the vocals sound too thin, to high, or a little shrill. Other times they sound great. Some of the music is so-so, some of it, great. But that's the fun thing about prog, and this collection, and there are several tracks like this, where certain parts stand out over others. But all of this music for the price I paid, is the best purchase value I've paid all year.
 Paradiso The divine comedy - Part 3 by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2010
4.04 | 14 ratings

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Paradiso The divine comedy - Part 3
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The Finnish prog association Colossus and its Italian chairman Marco Bernard have been very active since 2000 in producing numerous 4-disc projects for various prog artists around the world to participate in. Perhaps two of the largest ordeals have been the trilogies based on Boccaccio's Decameron (Pt. 3 of it was released in 2016) and Dante's The Divine Comedy. "Paradiso" is naturally the final part of the latter. Here's my modest look at it, to accompany Octopus-4's more detailed review.

Marco Piva has written a 7-page essay of Dante's work. The lay-out of the thick booklet lists, including little pics too, all the performers and their instruments, with (mainly?) Gustave Doré's graphic art in the background instead of being lavishly illustrated with full-colour paintings as in the Decameron series. Looks very good anyway. Marco Lo Muscio's Intro is a piano solo. Disc One's highlights include beautiful, keyboard-centred instrumentals by NUOVA ERA, Dutch keyboardist MATTHIJS HERDER, Argentinan NEXUS and TOMMY ERIKSSON (better known as the frontman of Finland's Ageness).

Disc Two contains a bit more vocal stuff. ORACLE (ie. Canadian Cary Clouser) may not be an excellent singer but the retro-style arrangement is good. (NB! the whole set, as actually all Clossus projects, is intentionally meant to sound rather 70's.) The vocals on ARMALITE's Wakemanesque piece are not very cultivated either. GROOVECTOR offers a good composition with Finnish lyrics and a flute in a big role. ECHOES from Venezuela features as many as three guitarists; the instrumental track is moody and dynamic. The vocals are slightly average on otherwise gorgeous 10-minute track of JAIME ROSAS from Chile.

While the listener is hardly not even expected to love each participation, Disc Three is perhaps most notably uneven. Fine instrumentally oriented pieces by e.g. KBRIDGE and MATTHIJS HERDER. The female vocals grace RAIMUNDO RODULFO's 'El sol de sus ojos'. The 4th disc is stronger. Finnish MIST SEASON featuring female guest vocals is a bliss, and the Dutch bands FLAMBOROUGH HEAD and LADY LAKE are in good shape here, the latter citing Dido's Lament of Henry Purcell. The Hungarian group YESTERDAYS comes with perhaps the poppiest song of the set, sung by Hanna Horvath. Of course it would be more elegant to end the whole set with the real Outro (an organ piece by Marco Lo Muscio) instead of having a separate "Bonus Track" by Atlantis1001...

These Colossus projects are always a great way of getting to know dozens of prog acts all over the world and to hear how they are inspired by the literary source material and how they obey the producer's wish to sound like 70's prog. Italy is however much more represented than any other country, and it's understandable that often the same artists reappear on several projects. "Paradiso" could well be among the finest ones, even if the content is not as celestial as one could think, starting from the beautiful cover art.

 Yes, Friends and Relatives by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1998
1.94 | 16 ratings

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Yes, Friends and Relatives
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

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

2 stars What may have come across as a wonderful idea in the planning stages ended up becoming one of the most bungled and convoluted compilation albums in all of the 90s. YES, FRIENDS AND RELATIVES is supposed to be a continuation of the previous compilation "The Family Album" that featured samples from the greater Yes family. On this botched attempt of continuing that idea however the material was geared more from the 90s pool of solo releases but the brilliant minds at Eagle Rock Entertainment somehow misplaced these lofty ambitions on a shelf in the back room and somehow came up with a totally ill-prepared product instead.

While i thought this one would introduce me to the best works of Yes members past and present (prior to 1998 of course) what we get is not only a ver random hodgepodge of solo samplings but for some reason live group efforts from the "Keys To Ascension" albums which unfortunately accomplish nothing except making most of this solo rubbish sound like weak crap. It doesn't take long to discover how misconceived this effort is when the very first track is a remix of Yes' big pop hit "Owner Of A Lonely Heart." Now don't get me wrong, i'm a big fan of "90125" and some of Yes' progressive pop material but not only is this remix a very BAAAD remix but also leaves me scratching my head as to why they possibly include it on a so-called "family & relative" compilation much less place it as the first track.

As the album continues the listener gets bombarded with the worst pop shlop aspects of the individual family members with an extra heaping helping of Rick Wakeman dishing out his most banal and cheesy attempts to create catchy pop hooks. I can't say the Jon Anderson are much better. The only tracks i really like on here (other than the live tracks from the band) are the live performances of Steve Howe doing a decent acoustic version of "Excerpts From Tales From Topographic Oceans" despite his weak vocals, the good but not really improved upon version of the 1954 track "Walk, Don't Run" made more famous by The Ventures and excellent "Arthur" from Wakeman's "Live At Hammersmith" which only serves to show how weak all the other Wakeman tracks are on this one.

I must say that i am by no means an expert on Yes' members' solo projects but i still have heard enough to know that i could have picked out a better selection of tracks than this! What's most glaring about this pratfall of a project is the distinct absence of many members like Chris Squire, Tony Banks, Patrick Moraz, Peter Banks or even decent Bill Bruford projects while others like Wakeman are overly represented. Not to mention even Squire's ex-wife Nikki gets her band Esquire included! Yikes! A total wipeout of a compilation. At the end of the day, there is good material on this one so i couldn't possibly give this the worst rating but when i rate compilations i rate them on their effectiveness at representing what they intended to represent and this one falls off the mark big time. My advice is to simply not even bother with this one, unless by chance you get it for super cheap at a thrift store or something. Instead, just go straight to the sources of where these tracks were lifted. All except two track had been released before (the exceptions are "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" which didn't need to be made and is also included as a bonus track on remastered versions of "90125" and "10 Million" which doesn't thrill me).

Tracks with original album sources included:

DISC 1 (71:26) Jon Anderson - Owner of a lonely heart ('98 remake) (3:31) Rick Wakeman - Ice (4:50) from "Time Machine" 3. Steve Howe - Red and White (3:33) from "Home Brew" 4. Esquire - Zone of O (5:19) from "Coming Home" 5. Earthworks/Bill Bruford - Up North (5:22) from "Earthworks" 6. Rick Wakeman - The Pyramids of Egypt (7:06) from "Seven Wonders Of The World" 7. Steve Howe - Roundabout (2:29) from "Not Necessarily Acoustic" 8. Wakeman with Wakeman - Sync or Swim (6:05) from "Wakeman & Wakeman" 9. Rick Wakerman - Arthur (12:57) from "Live At Hammersmith" 10. Yes - Close to the edge (19:40) from "Keys To Ascension 2"

DISC 2 (69:14) 1. Wakeman with Wakeman - No expense spared (5:30) from "Wakeman & Wakeman" 2. Jon Anderson - Say (3:47) from "The More You Know" 3. Steve Howe - Walk Don't Run (3:01) from "Quantum Guitar" 4. Esquire - Tron Thomi (7:52) from "Coming Home" 5. Jon Anderson - 10 Million (3:39) 6. Steve Howe - Excerpts from Tales from Topographic Oceans (9:08) from "Not Necessarily Acoustic" 7. Jon Anderson - The more you know (3:44) from "The More You Know" 8. Rick Wakeman - Journey to the centre of the earth (Extract) (21:26) from "Live At Hammersmith" 9. Yes - America (live) (10:37) from "Keys To Ascension 1"

 Space Rock - An Interstelar Traveler's Guide by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2016
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Space Rock - An Interstelar Traveler's Guide
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by Kingsnake

— First review of this album —
4 stars This is essentially a great album wich features almost any spacerock band (sans Pink Floyd and Eloy) from the sixties uptil now. We get soundscapes, psychrock, stonerrock, krautrock, more ambient music, progressive spacerock etc. Everything is gathered on this 6cd boxset.

For me it doesn't work well. Because a lot bands, I really don't like. To experimental and going nowhere. Especially bands like Popol Vuh and Can just don't rock my boat.

On the other hand there are pretty nifty bands featured like Ozric Tentacles and Hidria Spacefolk. All in all, it's a really great introduction to a wide variety of bands and styles. And a welcome and handy set to discover new bands.

Hopefully I will discover some new bands. Because I like a lot of Spacerock, just not so into krautrock and psychrock.

 Tripwave 2 - Collection Of Modern Russian Psychedelic Music by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Tripwave 2 - Collection Of Modern Russian Psychedelic Music
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars US label TRAIL RECORDS has a good track record of being a high-quality label, specializing in psychedelic progressive rock in general and Russian artists active in that genre in particular. They have released several compilation albums over the years, and "Tripwave 2" is the follow-up to the first "Tripwave" album-project from 2011, showcasing some well known and quite a few lesser known Russian artists. This second CD in the series was released in the fall of 2016.

"Tripwave 2" is a solid collection of contemporary Russian psychedelic progressive rock. The album manage to showcase that there are many bands exploring rather different types of this music in Russia today, and while the more established bands does come across as slightly more interesting with their contributions this CD as a whole comes across as a worthwhile, quality product. If you have a taste for psychedelic progressive rock in many flavors, this is a production that merits an inspection. Especially if you are curious about music of this nature from the Russian scene, to state the obvious.

 Tripwave 2 - Collection Of Modern Russian Psychedelic Music by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Tripwave 2 - Collection Of Modern Russian Psychedelic Music
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

4 stars The first Tripwave sampler saw the light of day in 2011 already. Man, how time flies! When this CD arrived, I still can remember that, it was a pleasant surprise for me. Five years later now I have the second edition in my hands. As is usual worked out with passion, concerning the sleeve and the musical content either. About half of the bands are already added to the PA database. The others are featured with previously unreleased songs recorded this year, without exception. Predominantly tracks by young bands who want to express their bright and affecting ideas concerning the psychedelic/space genre.

So probably we have to await some newcomer albums soon, released on the label Trail Records, which is run by Vlad Milyavsky and Alex Tsalikhin from New York. Both have excellent relations to the Russian psych / space / ethno scene. Genre fans definitely can rely on their taste, this manifested by a sought out catalogue. Female vocals with ethereal, ethno, shamanic expression are properly represented on this album. Nine bands and songs are offered in total, and the compilation starts with a CIOLKOWSKA contribution taken from their debut album, showing a distinctive interplay of two guitars, a common electric one as well as the ukulele.

A highlight for sure is the extended Ethno Song featuring expressive guitar appearance and Rada singing in a rather ecstatic manner. Wow, this one is worthwhile alone! SONORA comes with Canyon, stylistically akin to Sky Cries Mary a bit. And OLE LUKKOYE veterans won't be missed of course with an excerpt from their current album. Rounded up by POLSKA RADIO ONE with the retro styled Shagri-La, 'Tripwave 2' is a neat appetizer overall, calling for some attention with reason.

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

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

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