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This section contains albums which pay tribute to bands, artists or albums listed on the site. The artists who recorded the tracks on these albums may or may not be listed on the site themselves.

Note - Only tributes to bands and albums listed on this site should be included. Tributes to bands classified as proto-prog and prog related bands should not normally be added. If the title of the album does not include the name of the band or album, this should be added in brackets to the title, for example "A tribute to a great band" would be shown as "A tribute to a great band (URIAH HEEP)".

Bob McBeath, October 2006

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VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.60 | 17 ratings
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs the best known works of Rick Wakeman
1978
4.00 | 5 ratings
The Alan Parsons Project Played By Andrew Powell
1983
3.00 | 2 ratings
Beyond The Wildwood - A Tribute To Syd Barrett
1987
4.00 | 2 ratings
Royal Philharmonic orchestra and Great Empire plays Monuments: 12 Hits Of Queen
1991
2.50 | 7 ratings
Nativity In Black - A Tribute To Black Sabbath
1994
3.92 | 8 ratings
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays Hits Of Pink Floyd
1994
3.00 | 1 ratings
Black Night, Deep Purple Tribute According To New York
1995
2.76 | 12 ratings
Us and Them - Symphonic Pink Floyd
1995
0.00 | 0 ratings
Carlotto & Cucciolo Già Dik Dik
1995
2.63 | 10 ratings
The Moon Revisited (Pink Floyd)
1995
2.93 | 5 ratings
A Saucerful Of Pink: A Tribute To Pink Floyd
1995
3.95 | 3 ratings
In From The Storm
1995
2.19 | 8 ratings
Encomium - A Tribute To Led Zeppelin
1995
3.39 | 18 ratings
To Cry You a Song - A Collection of Tull Tales (Jethro Tull)
1996
3.16 | 29 ratings
Working Man (A tribute to Rush)
1996
3.50 | 21 ratings
Zarathustra's Revenge
1997
3.33 | 3 ratings
Giant Tracks: A Tribute to Gentle Giant
1997
2.92 | 5 ratings
Schizoid Dimension - A Tribute To King Crimson
1997
3.33 | 3 ratings
Thousand Days of Yesterday: A Tribute to Captain Beyond
1999
2.67 | 3 ratings
Nativity in Black II
2000
3.04 | 6 ratings
Tuonen Tytär - A Tribute To Finnish Progressive
2000
3.02 | 14 ratings
Pigs And Pyramids: The Songs Of Pink Floyd, AKA A Special tribute to Pink Floyd
2002
3.83 | 6 ratings
In Too Deep - A Tribute To Genesis
2002
3.11 | 19 ratings
Easy Star All-Stars: Dub Side Of The Moon (Pink Floyd)
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
A Return to Fantasy - A Tribute to Uriah Heep
2003
1.60 | 5 ratings
The Hits Of Pink Floyd: Darker Side Of The Moon
2004
4.00 | 1 ratings
Giant For An Hour: music inspired by and in tribute to Gentle Giant
2005
2.05 | 3 ratings
A Tribute to Pink Floyd
2005
4.44 | 7 ratings
Visions Of An Inner Mounting Apocalypse (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
21st Century Schizoid Band (King Crimson alumni group) - Official Bootled v.1
2005
2.65 | 7 ratings
Subdivisions (RUSH)
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Maestros of Cool: A Tribute to Steely Dan
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Royal Dan: A Tribute
2006
4.10 | 11 ratings
Return to the Dark Side of the Moon - A Tribute to Pink Floyd
2006
3.00 | 1 ratings
Radiodread (Easy Star All - Stars)
2006
4.00 | 2 ratings
Higher And Higher - A Tribute To The Moody Blues
2006
3.90 | 2 ratings
Viva Carlos! A Supernatural Marathon Celebration
2006
2.49 | 6 ratings
String Quartet Tribute to Dream Theater
2007
4.21 | 42 ratings
Rewiring Genesis: A Tribute to The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
2008
4.73 | 6 ratings
Paolo Chiarandini Plays Genesis
2008
4.08 | 3 ratings
Mahavishnu Re-Defined; A Tribute to John McLaughlin and The Mahavishnu Orchestra
2008
4.50 | 6 ratings
Hur! Hommage à la Musique de Christian Vander
2009
4.11 | 9 ratings
Rökstenen: A Tribute to Swedish Progressive Rock of the 70's
2009
3.00 | 10 ratings
The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs With Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing The Dark Side of the Moon
2009
2.10 | 2 ratings
Top Musicians Play Genesis
2009
3.00 | 1 ratings
Undercover
2009
2.50 | 2 ratings
Easy Star All-Stars: Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band (The Beatles)
2009
4.09 | 3 ratings
Orchestre National de Jazz: Around Robert Wyatt
2009
1.00 | 1 ratings
Abbey Road - A Tribute To The Beatles
2009
4.00 | 2 ratings
Saraswathi-Lounge ... No One Flies Around The Sun (Pink Floyd)
2009
5.00 | 1 ratings
Mahavishnu Re-Defined II - a tribute to John McLaughlin & Mahavishnu Orchestra
2010
4.00 | 1 ratings
In Search Of Hawkwind
2010
4.79 | 9 ratings
Leader of the Starry Skies: A Tribute to Tim Smith, Songbook 1
2010
3.88 | 16 ratings
Honor Thy Drummer - A Tribute to Mike Portnoy
2010
4.00 | 1 ratings
Roqueting Through Space
2011
4.00 | 5 ratings
A Flower Full of Stars: A Tribute to The Flower Kings
2011
3.05 | 3 ratings
A Collection of Delicate Diamonds - A Tribute to Pink Floyd
2011
4.05 | 2 ratings
Sorrows Children: The Songs of S.F. Sorrow
2012
3.00 | 1 ratings
Playing Hide and Seek with the Ghosts of Dawn (King Crimson's In the Court of the Crimson King)
2012
4.33 | 3 ratings
Family Snapshot - A Tribute to Genesis solo careers Peter Gabriel
2013
4.25 | 4 ratings
More Animals At The Gates Of Reason - a tribute to pink floyd
2013
3.80 | 5 ratings
The Many Faces Of Pink Floyd: A Journey Through The Inner World Of Pink Floyd
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Everything You Did: The Music of Walter Becker & Donald Fagen
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Family Snapshots. A Tribute to Genesis Solo Albums: Steve Hackett
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Symphonic Theater of Dreams - A Symphonic Tribute to Dream Theater
2013
3.00 | 4 ratings
A Psych Tribute to the Doors
2014
3.00 | 3 ratings
Echoes of Secrets - A Pink Floyd Tribute
2014

VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.49 | 31 ratings
Symphonic Music Of Yes
1993
3.09 | 3 ratings
Zappa's Universe
1993
3.00 | 1 ratings
Soupsongs Live (Robert Wyatt tribute)
2000
3.00 | 3 ratings
Omaggio a Demetrio Stratos
2001
3.50 | 2 ratings
This Was: the first album of Jethro Tull performed by the original member Mick Abrahams
2001
2.00 | 2 ratings
Live In Tour: Teatro Romano Di Verona (performed by Big One, official Italian Pink Floyd tribute band)
2006
5.00 | 3 ratings
21st Century Schizoid Band (King Crimson alumni group) - Pictures Of A City: Live In New York
2006
4.20 | 5 ratings
Celebrating Jon Lord: The Rock Legend
2014
4.25 | 4 ratings
Celebrating Jon Lord: The Composer
2014
3.86 | 3 ratings
Fido Wird 10 Und Feiert - Live At Gare Du Nord & More
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
Marillion's Script Revisited (by Mick Pointer Band)
2014

VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.03 | 4 ratings
Rock Aid Armenia: The Earthquake Video
1990
4.00 | 3 ratings
21st Century Schizoid Band (King Crimson alumni group) - Live In Japan (DVD)
2002
2.44 | 6 ratings
A Classic Rock Tribute To Genesis
2003
4.13 | 5 ratings
Un Biglietto Per L'inferno-Concerto Tributo
2005
3.57 | 4 ratings
Moogfest 2006 live
2007
3.10 | 2 ratings
FIDOplaysZAPPA Live On The Dental Floss
2009

VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 4 ratings
Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
1993
3.33 | 3 ratings
A propos d'ange
1994
4.32 | 18 ratings
Mannerisms - A Celebration Of The Music Of Geoff Mann
1994
2.38 | 22 ratings
Supper's Ready (Genesis)
1995
3.19 | 28 ratings
Tales From Yesterday : A View From The South Side Of The Sky (Yes)
1995
4.00 | 3 ratings
Unsettled Scores (Tribute to Cuneiform bands)
1995
3.50 | 2 ratings
Eyewitness: A Tribute to VdGG
1995
2.79 | 5 ratings
Harbour of Joy: A Tribute to Camel
1996
3.85 | 17 ratings
The River of Constant Change; A Tribute to Genesis
1996
4.00 | 1 ratings
Eyesore: A Stab At The Residents
1996
3.00 | 2 ratings
Giant for a Life: A Tribute to Gentle Giant
1997
4.00 | 5 ratings
Fanfare for the Pirates - A Tribute to ELP
1998
4.83 | 3 ratings
A Homage To Neu!
1998
2.95 | 12 ratings
The Fox Lies Down; A Tribute to Genesis
1998
3.74 | 25 ratings
Encores Legends & Paradox; A Tribute to the Music of ELP
1999
2.00 | 5 ratings
Voices- A Tribute To Dream Theater
1999
2.75 | 4 ratings
To Canterbury And Beyond: A Tribute to the Canterbury Scene
1999
2.67 | 3 ratings
Signs of Life: A Tribute to Pink Floyd
2000
3.95 | 3 ratings
Celebrating The Music Of Weather Report
2000
2.69 | 7 ratings
Wonderous - A Tribute To Yes (aka The Revealing Songs Of Yes)
2001
2.00 | 1 ratings
Justin Hayward & Friends Sing The Moody Blues Classical Hits
2003
3.00 | 1 ratings
Moody Bluegrass: A Nashville Tribute To The Moody Blues
2004
4.00 | 6 ratings
The Letters: An Unconventional Italian Guide To King Crimson
2004
3.58 | 17 ratings
Back Against The Wall (A Tribute To Pink Floyd)
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Sabbath A Tribute (performed by Ozzy Osbourne)
2005
2.97 | 6 ratings
Progressive Rock Covers
2006
3.91 | 3 ratings
Theme Of Appreciation - A Worldwide Tribute To Eddie Jobson
2006
3.13 | 4 ratings
Hamtaï! Hommage à la musique de Christian Vander
2007
4.00 | 7 ratings
Tuonen Tytär II
2009
3.00 | 1 ratings
Assemblage de pièces comeladiennes du plus bel effet
2009
3.00 | 1 ratings
Guitars Dancing in the Light (A Tribute to Santana)
2010
3.75 | 4 ratings
Recital for a Season's End: A Tribute to Marillion
2010
3.96 | 8 ratings
Tales From the Edge: A Tribute to the Music of Yes
2012

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

2.35 | 7 ratings
The Symphonic Music of Yes (sampler)
1993
3.00 | 1 ratings
A Visit to Newport Hospital
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
Shrunken Head Music
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
A Momentary Lapse of Vinyl (Pink Floyd Tribute)
2014

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 21st Century Schizoid Band (King Crimson alumni group) - Official Bootled v.1 by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

— First review of this album —
3 stars Early King Crimson resurrected to great effect!

I think it is a real shame that this brilliant group of King Crimson alumni needs to be hidden away in the tributes section. With two founding members of King Crimson - Ian McDonald and Michael Giles - and a further two - Peter Giles and Mel Collins - who were part of that band very early on it is hard to complain about the band members pedigree. Jakko Jakszyk was the only one here that at the time of this "live in the studio" recording had not previously been a member of King Crimson, but Jakszyk too has now recently joined the ranks of King Crimson and is touring with them at the moment.

The present album was recorded live in the studio just before the band performed some great shows in Japan, one of which was captured on film and released as Live In Japan. The track list of this teaser CD is a little selection of tracks that they performed on those shows all of which originally came from the 1969 to 1972 period of King Crimson when these guys were part of that band (but never all of them at the same time).

Three tracks represent the ground breaking 1969 debut In The Court Of The Crimson King, two from the second album In The Wake Of Poseidon, and two from the fourth album Islands. Lizard is however overlooked. Everything is excellently performed and Jakszyk does a fantastic job as a vocalist and guitarist. Having these brilliant songs recreated by some of the people who originally wrote and performed them back in the days utilizing modern recording technology is simply great. This is especially significant in virtue of the fact that Robert Fripp and co had completely turned their backs on material from the band's early days. The 21st Century Schizoid Band is much truer to King Crimson's original sound and spirit and they carry on the flame and preserve the great legacy of that band better than anyone else.

This "official bootleg" disc is a very nice addition to any progressive Rock collection, but the subsequent live releases from 21st Century Schizoid Band are even more interesting. I highly recommend the aforementioned live concert video Live In Japan and even more so the later double live CD Pictures Of A City - Live In New York both of which offer a wider range of tracks from King Crimson's early days as well as a few selections from the members solo albums.

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 The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs With Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing The Dark Side of the Moon by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.00 | 10 ratings

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Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by SteveG

2 stars Ain't nothing like the real thing, baby. As much as I love the Lips and appreciate their love of classic progressive rock music from KC to Yes, this take on PF's DSOTM just comes up short. First of all, they share the bill with Wayne Coyne's brother's band Stardeath and White Dwarfs, and neither have the vocal abilities to carry this material, showing us just how good the vocal abilities are of the Floyd themselves.

Another problem with the material is that it's not going through the usual filter of Flaming Lips distinctive quirky sound as the FL's weave acid rock motifs around the opener Breath, it's reprise and Any Color You Like. Money starts off as a more chunky version of the well known song that immediately sinks as Wayne Coyne's vocal is robotized by vocoder effects. The less said about the butchering of the Great Gig In the Sky by a guest vocalist named Peaches, the better.

This album only drives one to seek out the original upon completion of listening instead of driving you on to other Flaming Lips albums. Bypass this turkey and grab the dark existential Popol Vuh like 2012 album The Terror, or stick with the older feel good psych pop of Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots and get back into what the Flaming Lips do best. For completists only, 2 stars.

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 21st Century Schizoid Band (King Crimson alumni group) - Live In Japan (DVD) by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover DVD/Video, 2002
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Impressive Show by King Crimson Alumnus PLUS

Anything about King Crimson has always attracted my attention as the band is truly a progressive band: it evolves in many forms and styles of music. 21st Century Schizoid Band were a King Crimson alumnus plus one musician formed sometime in 2002. Everyone who claims as prog head must have known that "21st Century Schizoid Man" is a legendary name that refers to a brilliant song by King Crimson from their debut album, sung by Greg Lake (originally). I love the early years of King Crimson where they had Mel Collins on saxophones, flute and keyboards, Michael Giles on drums, Peter Giles on bass, Ian McDonald on saxophones, flute and keyboards which span across four albums - all of them are excellent ones. Those alumni plus Jakko Jakszyk on guitar and vocals formed the new band. The band played live and filmed in this DVD, recorded in November 6, 2002 at Shinjuku Kouseinenkin Hall, Tokyo, Japan.

When the concert starts off with "A Man, A City" I was so stunned by the excellent performance they play especially on the ability to provide energy and harmony of this wonderfully crafted track from Lizard album. One that really impresses me is Michael Giles who still can play drums wonderfully as it was in the late sixties or early seventies with his varied shots plus raw drum sounds. It's really wonderful especially looking at the fact that he is no longer young by the time the concert was recorded. The other is Mel Collins who has been very consistent in prog music since then until now. My favorite "Cat Food" was performed in slower tempo that at first listen did not impress me at all ...but later I like it because it's different than the studio version. Jakko is really good in vocal as well as guitar work.

To me it's something like a trip to the past where most of legendary tracks performed again live in 2002 with much better audio technology so I can feel the vintage "In The Court of Crimson King" performed with better sound quality but maintaining the raw drums sound. I think Michael Giles creates the character of the music here as his work makes the overall music rich in nuances. Flute work also nice and it's performed sometimes by Collins and sometimes by Ian McDonald (like in I Talk To The Wind where he gave long flute solo). "Formentera Lady" from Islands album is another great performance, in some way it's better than the studio version. I think the most interesting part is "Ladies of The Road" as the song was performed differently with excellent delivery of complex arrangement at the end.

The performance was peaked at Epitaph where at the end of the song the band members closed the performance. It's quite a joy having "Epitaph" performed by maintaining its vintage nuances. Jakko's voice can produce great voice even though quite different from the original studio version. The mellotron-drenched composition still make the song enjoyed as if it was the seventies performance. The band gave two songs as encore: one from McDonald's instrumental song "Birdman" and the really last one is the wonderfully-crafted song "21st Century of Schizoid Man". WOW!!! This last song really make my day! It's really great performance and almost flawless from the beginning until the end part. I do enjoy the sax improvisations as well as stunning guitar solo by Jakko. Oh by the way ... Peter Giles also played wonderful bass guitar throughout the show. The sax solo is played initially by Collins and then followed wonderfully by McDonald ...Oh man ......! You will be amazed with this performance!!! I always replay this last song as it's really top notch! In fact the distorted sound of vocal by Jakko is also great.

Overall , this is an excellent performance by King Crimson alumnus plus Jakko as lead vocals and guitar. I envy on Japanese who had the opportunity to watch this excellent performance. Long live King Crimson! Keep on proggin' ...!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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 21st Century Schizoid Band (King Crimson alumni group) - Pictures Of A City: Live In New York by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Live, 2006
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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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5 stars The best of classic King Crimson performed live by some of its original creators!

Pictures Of A City - Live In New York is a double live album recorded in 2004. Compared to Live In Japan--a live album and video they recorded a couple of years earlier--there has been one change in the line-up of the 21st Century Schizoid Band with Ian Walace having taken the place of Michael Giles behind the drum kit. Ian Walace was the original drummer on the Islands album from 1971. Peter Giles and Mel Collins first participated in the making of 1970's In The Wake Of Poseidon and both of them are still here along with original Crimson member Ian McDonald who played a central role in the creation of the ground breaking 1969 debut album In The Court Of The Crimson King. The fifth and final member of the 21st century Schizoid Band, Jakko Jakszyk, is the only one that had not previously been a member of King Crimson at the time of this live recording (however, Jakszyk too has become a King Crimson member at the time of writing).

The set list featured here overlaps to a significant degree with that of the aforementioned Live In Japan release but there are several noteworthy differences. With Michael Giles gone it was perhaps natural that they dropped the songs from his non-Crimson career including songs from the 1971 McDonald & Giles album. Instead we get two 21st Century Schizoid Band originals, one written by Mel Collins and one by Jakko Jakszyk. There is still one song from Ian McDonald's 1999 solo album Driver's Eyes, but otherwise they concentrate on material from King Crimson's first four albums to which the members of the 21st Century Schizoid Band originally contributed in various constellations.

We get four out of the five songs originally from In The Court Of The Crimson King, two of which for Ian McDonald single-handedly wrote the music (with Peter Sinfield writing the lyrics) and the other two also bearing writing credits to him. In The Wake Of Poseidon is represented by three tracks in Pictures Of A City, Cat Food and Cadence And Cascade. Giles and Collins participated in the original recording of that album and McDonald is credited with writing some of the material that ended up on it even though he had left the band before this album was recorded. Spend Us Three is the Collins original and it is a piece written for three (!) flutes which here functions as an introduction to Cadence And Cascade. The other 21st Century Schizoid Band original, credited to Jakszyk, is Catley's Ashes. This is an instrumental workout which works well among the classics.

1970 also saw the emergence of Lizard, the band's third album to which Mel Collins contributed as a full band member. This album is here represented by its best track, Circus--excellently performed, like everything else here. This brings us to the fourth album, Islands, to which Collins and Ian Walace originally contributed. Formentera Lady, Ladies Of The Road and Sailor's Tale were originally on that album. The second disc of this live album is pure bliss with I Talk To The Wind, Epitaph, 21st Century Schizoid Man and Starless. These are just the four best King Crimson songs ever all in one place! The original version of Starless featured both Mel Collins and Ian McDonald as guest performers.

Compared to the already very good Live In Japan release, Pictures Of A City - Live In New York is even more solid with one great classic after another and not a single sub par song. 21st Century Schizoid Band is an extremely tight unit with a goldmine of great material to draw from. The existence of this great band and this fantastic live recording in particular is especially significant in light of the fact that Robert Fripp and co have entirely turned their backs on material from the band's early days. 21st Century Schizoid Band is much truer to the original sound and tradition of King Crimson than the band bearing that name today. Yet, the 21st Century Schizoid Band is not just about recreating the old, but also about re-interpreting it and quite a few of these songs sound better than ever in these confident live versions. In my view this double live CD is a lot more interesting than anything King Crimson proper has put out since the 1970's.

An absolutely superb live album!

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 21st Century Schizoid Band (King Crimson alumni group) - Live In Japan (DVD) by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover DVD/Video, 2002
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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

4 stars The original and best!

The 21st Century Schizoid Band is a King Crimson "alumni group" consisting of Ian McDonald, Michael Giles, Peter Giles, Mel Collins and Jakko Jakszyk. Ian McDonald and Michael Giles were of course founding members of King Crimson contributing to the ground breaking 1969 debut In The Court Of The Crimson King and Mel Collins and Peter Giles both have histories with that pioneering progressive Rock group that go all the way back to the recording of the second album In The Wake Of Poseidon. Jakko Jakszyk was the only one here that at the time of this live recording had not previously been a member of King Crimson, but Jakszyk too has now recently joined the ranks of King Crimson. Here we have these five men performing an excellent concert in front of an ecstatic audience in Japan in November 2002.

With only two exceptions, the set list consists entirely of material that was written or co-written by someone on the stage. The show opens with a brief ambient instrumental credited to Jakszyk which sets the mood for the show and leads into A Man, A City. The latter is a song that was originally performed live by King Crimson after the release of In The Court Of The Crimson King and later became Pictures Of A City which first appeared in studio form on the follow up album In The Wake Of Poseidon. Next up is Cat Food which is another song from that second Crimson album. It bears a writing credit of Ian McDonald even though he didn't play on the original album version of the song since he and Michael Giles decided to leave the group around this time. After Cat Food comes a song of a much more recent origin, taken from Ian McDonald's 1999 solo album Driver's Eyes (which also featured Michael Giles as well as John Wetton and Steve Hackett and many others) Let There Be Light is a good song that sounds better live than in the studio and fits very nicely into the 21st Century Schizoid Band repertoire. The same must be said of Progress which is the only song in the set that I had not heard before. It is taken from Michael Giles solo album of the same name which was recorded around 1978 but was not released until 2002.

No less than four out of the five tracks from In The Court Of The Crimson King are here, every one of them excellently performed. Not only is this by far King Crimson's best album, it is also an eternal milestone of the whole genre of progressive Rock. Having these brilliant songs recreated in 2002 by some of the people who originally wrote and performed them back in the days utilizing modern recording technology is amazing. This is especially significant in virtue of the fact that Robert Fripp and co have entirely turned their backs on material from the band's early days. Hearing these great performances, I don't miss Fripp for a second.

The title track from In The Court Of The Crimson King as well as I Talk To The Wind were both written by Ian McDonald (with lyrics by Peter Sinfield) while Epitaph and 21st Century Schizoid Man were group compositions credited to Fripp, Greg Lake, McDonald, Giles and Sinfield. Moonchild is the sole song from that classic debut album album that is not included in this live set. Even though I certainly would not have minded hearing the first, harmonic, melodic part of this song, it is a blessing not to have to hear that aimless second part of the song. In a way, what we have here is the best of early King Crimson without any of the dross that made it onto some of their albums.

While the band's third album Lizard is not represented in this set list, we get two songs from the fourth album Islands. These are Formentera Lady and Ladies Of The Road, both credited to Fripp and Sinfield. Both of these live versions are in my opinion improvements over the original albums versions that had a very weak sound. The same can be said of Tomorrow's People and Birdman which both come from the 1971 McDonald & Giles album. The first of these features Michael Giles on lead vocals and the second is (in the present version) a great symphonic instrumental. The only song in the whole show that doesn't really fit in is If I Was, another one from McDonald's Driver's Eyes. It is a conventional Pop song on which McDonald himself takes the lead. While in general McDonald is an underrated and brilliant song writer, this is hardly his finest moment and his voice is too weak to carry the song.

Overall, this is a great live concert recording. The 21st Century Schizoid Band is much truer to King Crimson's original sound and spirit and they carry on the flame and preserve the great legacy of that band better than anyone else.

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 Fido Wird 10 Und Feiert - Live At Gare Du Nord & More by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Live, 2014
3.86 | 3 ratings

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Fido Wird 10 Und Feiert - Live At Gare Du Nord & More
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions

4 stars Consisting of 11 members in total, FIDOPLAYSZAPPA, in short FIDO, is an excellent crew hailing from Basel/Switzerland. As you can imagine - the band name tells it all - they have a clear preference on interpreting Frank Zappa songs - in their own special manner of course. Manifested on a concert at Gare du Nord the band recently has celebrated its 10th anniversary, this in parallel with the 20th anniversary of the master's day of death. The line-up has not changed in any way since many years (if ever?), where bass player Pascal Grünenfelder is the driving force, besides front man Dave Muscheidt, appearing as a cool singer/entertainer and drummer Remy Sträuli, the only one whom I already know for playing with other bands too, I mean several jazz and avant incarnations basically.

I've already reviewed another concert presented by them some years ago, where I was simply fascinated by the prolific playing and interaction, which proves them a deserved Zappa follow-up. This concert is in no way inferior to that, probably even better, when counting in some more years of experience in the back. A damn tricky presence is to state in any case. The production comes as a audio/video hybrid, available as physical DVD/Blu-Ray or as a nice little stick, containing two movies and MP3 respectively FLAC files. Professionally filmed with several cameras it makes a lot of fun to follow the performance, here and there interrupted by short episodes showing them in other situations like in the studio or preparing for the gig.

FIDO is consisting of a standard rock foundation, furthermore keyboards, vibraphone, percussion and additionally several wind instruments. The song collection does not tell me much to be honest, as I'm not a Zappa specialist, by no means, only somebody who is familiar with 'Hot Rats', 'Over-Nite-Sensation', 'Sheik Yerbouti' - and that's it basically. Black Napkins impresses me much in particular, as well as the middle section starting with Father O'Blivion, followed by Echidna's Arf (Of You) and finally leading over to the highlight Zoot Allures, this all including diverse solos and a freestyled sax and drum collaboration.

Frequently they are weaving reminiscences to other bands respectively musicians in, for example Gary Moore, Steve Hackett, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and some more. And yes, the real Muffin Man offers a moving speech performance at Gare du Nord too. Overall FIDO is providing an impressing performance, for what it's worth, an excellent jazz rock and avantgarde hybrid which obviously is a must have for Zappa lovers. This band definitely needs a lot more attention.

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 Shrunken Head Music by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Shrunken Head Music
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
4 stars One of six releases launched by UK vinyl specialist label Fruits de Mer Records in November 2013, "Shrunken Head Music" see the label revisiting one of their most popular projects from 2012, "Head Music", by way of a double 7 inch vinyl production focusing more on krautrock and space rock.

It's all kraut on the first single, where Frobisher Neck fill up side A with their take on Brainticket's To Another Universe. A core motif based on reverberating successions of singular tones is fleshed out by a distinct organ and a nervous Mellotron motif, with surging keyboard textures coming and going. The composition ebbs back and forth from sparse sequences sporting the core motif almost as a standalone feature to richly layered passages with more of a majestic feel to it combining all layers into a compelling one. Nice one.

Black Tempest's run through Tangerine Dream's Rubycon Part 1 on the B side should please all with a firm interest in progressive electronic music, with cosmic inspired surges light and dark in tone both, a dark toned sequencer then taking hold supplemented by a distinct organ and futuristic effects, eventually developing into more of a machine inspired, bleak sounding construction.

Russian band Vespero takes on Faust's J'ai Mal aux Dents on side C, and following an initial acid flavored prologue with spoken lead and backing vocals beneath a distinct guitar solo, this one develops into a layered longing and cosmic guitar solo construction flavored with futuristic effects, developing to a more compact expression with guitar reverbs and flute solo in it's final phase. High quality elegant space rock with a certain late 70's or early 80's Hawkwind feel to it, a delightful run for all space cadets out there.

Jay Tausig's take on Gong's The Glorious Om Riff is another one with distinct Hawkwind qualities to it. Smooth keyboards and chantlike vocals backed by elegant rhythms developing into a compact guitar riff driven affair with longing guitar soloing and smooth keyboard textures supplementing alongside futuristic sound effects, with a nice spirited but dampened saxophone solo given a run a few minutes in too. Dampened and smooth space rock of the kind that Hawkwind explored on Levitation is the end result, and those who love that album should be thrilled at how Tausig converts this Gong classic into a song that easily could have been added to that album. Brilliant, especially for those who love that particular era of Hawkwind obviously.

Personally I found "Shrunken Head Music" to be the most interesting of the six singles that Fruits de Mer launched in the for the Christmas season. Good productions all of them, but this one the superior production among the half a dozen very good ones. An easy vinyl single to recommend, especially to those with a firm interest in the more cosmic oriented parts of the psychedelic rock universe.

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 Supper's Ready (Genesis) by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1995
2.38 | 22 ratings

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Supper's Ready (Genesis)
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

3 stars Few days ago I reviewed "Top Musicians Play Genesis" and mentioned this one as far better of the two. Now looking at the previous reviews & ratings I'm surprised about 2,2 stars average. The main fault seems to be the performances being too close to the originals. That's quite true, but still I'd say this is above the average level of tribute albums (not that I've heard very many). Track selection is fairly good and balanced, spread pretty evenly over the Genesis dicography except that the newest song is 'Mama' (1983). Does someone miss Invisible Touch or We Can't Dance songs here? Me neither.

Faithful soundalike attempts surely aren't the ideal thing on tributes. However, I don't have big complaints about the openers, ROBERT BERRY's 'Watcher of the Skies' or OVER THE GARDEN WALL's 'Firth of Fifth'. The vocals in the latter are a bad Peter Gabriel clone which disturbs me. DAVID HENTSCHEL (the Genesis producer!) with JAY TAUSIG on vocals do a good, and again, quite faithful, version of 'Undertow'. Fantastic ANNIE HASLAM from Renaissance is a perfect performer for 'Ripples'.

And as in the aforementioned "Top Musicians" CD, 'Back in N.Y.C.' is just a bad song to me even though KEVIN GILBERT does a good job with it. RICHARD SINCLAIR (of Caravan fame) gives a charming version of 'For Absent Friends', backed only by David Rees-Williams on keyboards. MAGELLAN's carbon copy of 'Mama' clearly loses to the powerful original, especially for the vocals. Sadly one of the worst Duke songs is represented, 'Man of Our Times', and the vocals resemble of bands like Toto.

'Many Too Many' is a pleasing one, sung excellently by Nick D'Virgilio from Spock's Beard, and so is SHADOW GALLERY's 'Entangled' or 'Carpet Crawlers' by the Brand X guitarist JOHN GOODSALL with MICHAEL ZENTNER on vocals. Again, these stick close to the originals but are fairly good nevertheless. CAIRO have chosen 'Squonk' and manage to add some new things in it. Probably my least fave here is 'I Know What I Like' by CRACK THE SKY. For a closer, WORLD TRADE (ie. Billy Sherwood on vocals, bass, guitar and keyboards) have chosen a surprising track from Abacab album but 'Keep It Dark' turns out to be interesting.

The leaflet kindly lists all the musicians and the cover art is nice. On the long run this isn't as clearly better than "Top Musicians Play Genesis" as I first thought, because there's so little originality in the performances. Therefor there aren't many songs I want to save to myself. Good, but non-essential.

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 Top Musicians Play Genesis by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Studio Album, 2009
2.10 | 2 ratings

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Top Musicians Play Genesis
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

2 stars (With gratitude to a friend who lent me two Genesis tribute albums.) < The other one is called Supper's Ready and is by far better than this one, which neither is actually badly done. Maybe it's just so that tribute albums tend to be a mere curiosity, very rarely succeeding to have a more permanent listening value. You see, the usual fact is that one knows the originals by heart and probably doesn't even want to listen to them often, but they are so dear nevertheless that the covers tend to be either uninteresting soundalike attempts, or the differences can irritate the fan. In the case of Genesis there's one more problem: the big division into the old progsters who dislike the pop-era stuff and the later generation who may not be into classic prog. And that dilemma is central concerning this compilation of various artists.

The opening track is like a compromise: JOHN WETTON - an old school prog legend himself - sings 'Your Own Special Way', a simple ballad which originates from the prog era. It's OK, nothing special (oops), in fact quite the same soft pop approach as with Paul Garrack in Hackett's Genesis Files. THE FLOWER KINGS deliver a tasty, not-too-faithful reading of the lovely 'Cinema Show' (7:02). A pity that it fades far too soon, cutting off the whole instrumental tail. The next three tracks are aimed at the pop-era listeners. The artists ought to be really brave and innovative to make something interesting out of 'Tonight, Tonight, Tonight', 'Tell Me Why' and 'In Too Deep', but they stick very close to the uninteresting originals.

G2ENESIS - I wonder how they pronounce it! - is a live tribute band specialized in Seconds Out Tour 1978. No doubt they are good at it, but a CD has different values, so their faithful live take 'Squonk' is nothing I'd return to. SHAUN GUERIN, whose own output shows strong influence from Peter Gabriel, has chosen my least enjoyed track from The Lamb, 'Back in N.Y.C.'. I dislike the original too, so it doesn't help that Guerin's version is technically good. BRAND X II's 'Can- Utility and the Coastliners' seems to have completely lost the spark of the superb original, especially in sound, and the piece feels far less progressive now.

CONTROLLED BLEEDING's 'Broadway Melody of 1974' includes also the instrumental section of 'Fly on a Windhield' and is one of the more valuable tracks here, even though the vocals are a bit too murky. I had high hopes towards JOHN FORD (of the Strawbs fame) doing 'Carpet Crawlers', but it didn't sound like what I expected (ie. earthy, airy, folky and fresh), nor were his vocals very recognizable in that totally non-folky arrangement.

DARXSTAR's 'Dancing With the Moonlit Knight' is here clearly the best example of an interesting and highly personal version done with big artistic freedom at the risk of pissing off the puritans. Just few of the numerous ideas of the fantastic original are used, and very freely anyway, and this chill- out track surely deserves repeated listenings. 'Los Endos' by PATRICK MORAZ & RONNIE CIAGO is an obvious enjoyment for most listeners, I think, featuring effective keyboards & drums firework.

The leaflet is rather poor, only 8 (of 12) artists are briefly introduced, and no full lists of performers at all. This was an interesting curiosity, all right, but I can't give more than 2 stars since the real goodies were so scarce.

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 A Collection of Delicate Diamonds - A Tribute to Pink Floyd by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.05 | 3 ratings

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A Collection of Delicate Diamonds - A Tribute to Pink Floyd
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

3 stars There are myriads of, probably way too many Pink Floyd tribute albums (and bands), this 2-CD is the first album I've listened to, and I suppose it's from the better side of the scale. The main man responisible is Billy Sherwood (known from YES) who has produced the music - apart from the last five tracks that I need to handle separately later on - and who plays several instruments here and there plus sings on a couple of tracks. The cast is very vast, consisting musicians from Yes, Toto, King Crimson, etc., and such prog heroes as John Wetton ('Hey You' and 'Mother') and Ian Anderson ('Thin Ice') as vocalists.

(NB! To simplify things, I speak of this set first as if there wasn't the final "bonus" section.) Well, partly I enjoyed this but for the major part I didn't. Firstly, it consists only of Dark Side of the Moon / Wish You Were Here (though only about 20 minutes worth) / The Wall material. Some tracks, like the opener 'Speak To Me - Breathe' with Malcolm McDowell's loonie spoken intro and Adrian Belew's vocals, or 'Us and Them' or the songs mentioned earlier, work quite well - even though they lack any fresh artistic view. But especially on the first disc there's a string of songs ('Welcome to the Machine', 'Money', 'Have a Cigar', 'Run Like Hell' and 'Young Lust') that I find mostly irritating. They have bad, cocky vocals from e.g. Doug Pinnick and Bobby Kimball, and a strong emphasis on bold electric guitar playing. Of course also the way those three albums' pieces - and naturally including so many of their most straightforward, rockier songs especially from The Wall - are scattered haphazardly throughout two discs feels stupid. There isn't much of a flow between the tracks, even 'Brain Damage' and 'Eclipse' don't click together as the performers change.

Disc Two starts awfully with a ballsy version of 'Another Brick... Pt. II' (I'm not fond of the PF original either...). This disc has Billy Sherwood on a various playing role on most tracks. He frankly isn't a good vocalist! Nor is Gentle Giant's Gary Green on 'Time'. From the instrumental point of view the guests very seldom bring their own unique approach. Rick Wakeman's piano on 'The Great Gig in the Sky' has some nice difference to the original, but practically the guest list is overblown for a very little reason, apart from the merchandising values.

But the best is yet to come. At the end we're given glimpses of what a fantastic Pink Floyd tribute album could have been like. These 5 tracks are produced by the performers themselves and they do have a unique personal approach. ALIEN SEX FIEND's 'Echoes' (5:43) is highly interesting as it's very far from the mighty original, and so is UMMAGUMMA's (never heard of them) 'Obscured by Clouds' which actually reminds more of 'Time' for the first two minutes. LARRY FAST & ALAN WHITE serve yet another piece from DSotM, 'On the Run', but without a slightest feeling of "so predictable!" around. Excellent performances by PSYCHIC TV ('Set the Controls...') and NIK TURNER ('Careful With That Axe, Eugene') widen up the Pink Floyd output beyond the best-selling era backwards into their psychedelic and more innovative era.

Now, if only the whole 2-CD was made this way! The art work in multi-folding DigiPak naturally pays tribute to the Hipgnosis style.

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