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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)

2.56 | 20 ratings
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs the best known works of Rick Wakeman
1978
4.00 | 8 ratings
The Alan Parsons Project Played By Andrew Powell
1983
2.83 | 6 ratings
Beyond The Wildwood - A Tribute To Syd Barrett
1987
4.08 | 3 ratings
Royal Philharmonic orchestra and Great Empire plays Monuments: 12 Hits Of Queen
1991
3.89 | 16 ratings
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays Hits Of Pink Floyd
1994
2.65 | 12 ratings
Nativity In Black - A Tribute To Black Sabbath
1994
3.13 | 5 ratings
Black Night, Deep Purple Tribute According To New York
1995
0.00 | 0 ratings
Carlotto & Cucciolo Già Dik Dik
1995
2.81 | 21 ratings
Us and Them - Symphonic Pink Floyd
1995
2.45 | 42 ratings
Suppers Ready (Genesis tribute)
1995
3.11 | 46 ratings
Tales From Yesterday: A View From The South Side Of The Sky (Yes tribute)
1995
2.29 | 21 ratings
The Moon Revisited (Pink Floyd tribute)
1995
3.05 | 12 ratings
A Saucerful Of Pink: A Tribute To Pink Floyd
1995
3.78 | 8 ratings
In From The Storm
1995
2.37 | 15 ratings
Encomium - A Tribute To Led Zeppelin
1995
3.28 | 31 ratings
To Cry You a Song: A Collection of Tull Tales (Jethro Tull tribute)
1996
3.20 | 45 ratings
Working Man (A tribute to Rush)
1996
3.50 | 26 ratings
Zarathustra's Revenge
1997
3.50 | 4 ratings
Giant Tracks: A Tribute to Gentle Giant
1997
3.03 | 11 ratings
Schizoid Dimension - A Tribute to King Crimson
1997
3.61 | 38 ratings
Encores, Legends & Paradox - A Tribute To The Music Of ELP
1999
3.00 | 4 ratings
Thousand Days of Yesterday: A Tribute to Captain Beyond
1999
2.41 | 8 ratings
Nativity in Black II
2000
3.09 | 9 ratings
Tuonen Tytär - A Tribute To Finnish Progressive
2000
3.00 | 5 ratings
In Too Deep - A Tribute To Genesis
2002
3.11 | 24 ratings
Pigs and Pyramids: The Songs of Pink Floyd [Aka: A Special Tribute to Pink Floyd]
2002
3.14 | 25 ratings
Easy Star All-Stars: Dub Side Of The Moon (Pink Floyd)
2003
3.50 | 4 ratings
A Return to Fantasy - A Tribute to Uriah Heep
2003
3.67 | 6 ratings
The Hits Of Pink Floyd: Darker Side Of The Moon
2004
3.75 | 4 ratings
Giant For An Hour: music inspired by and in tribute to Gentle Giant
2005
2.05 | 4 ratings
A Tribute to Pink Floyd
2005
4.39 | 9 ratings
Visions Of An Inner Mounting Apocalypse (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
2005
2.69 | 11 ratings
Subdivisions (RUSH)
2005
3.25 | 9 ratings
21st Century Schizoid Band (King Crimson alumni group) - Official Bootled v.1
2005
2.50 | 2 ratings
The Royal Dan: A Tribute
2006
2.33 | 3 ratings
Higher And Higher - A Tribute To The Moody Blues
2006
3.91 | 3 ratings
Viva Carlos! A Supernatural Marathon Celebration
2006
3.90 | 33 ratings
Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon
2006
3.05 | 3 ratings
Radiodread (Easy Star All - Stars)
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
Maestros of Cool: A Tribute to Steely Dan
2006
2.58 | 8 ratings
String Quartet Tribute to Dream Theater
2007
4.16 | 57 ratings
Rewiring Genesis - A Tribute To The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
2008
4.40 | 6 ratings
Paolo Chiarandini Plays Genesis
2008
3.85 | 4 ratings
Mahavishnu Re-Defined; A Tribute to John McLaughlin and The Mahavishnu Orchestra
2008
2.25 | 4 ratings
Abbey Road - A Tribute To The Beatles
2009
4.43 | 7 ratings
Hur! Hommage à la Musique de Christian Vander
2009
3.70 | 16 ratings
Rökstenen: A Tribute to Swedish Progressive Rock of the 70's
2009
2.95 | 15 ratings
The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs With Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing The Dark Side of the Moon
2009
2.25 | 5 ratings
Top Musicians Play Genesis
2009
3.00 | 1 ratings
Undercover
2009
4.33 | 3 ratings
Easy Star All-Stars: Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band (The Beatles)
2009
3.96 | 4 ratings
Orchestre National de Jazz: Around Robert Wyatt
2009
4.00 | 3 ratings
Saraswathi-Lounge ... No One Flies Around The Sun (Pink Floyd)
2009
3.00 | 1 ratings
Hawkwind Triad
2010
3.00 | 2 ratings
Mahavishnu Re-Defined II - a tribute to John McLaughlin & Mahavishnu Orchestra
2010
3.58 | 3 ratings
In Search Of Hawkwind
2010
4.54 | 14 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
3.00 | 3 ratings
Dubber Side Of The Moon
2010
4.00 | 1 ratings
Roqueting Through Space
2011
4.08 | 13 ratings
A Flower Full of Stars: A Tribute to The Flower Kings
2011
3.19 | 7 ratings
A Collection of Delicate Diamonds - A Tribute to Pink Floyd
2011
4.00 | 3 ratings
Sorrows Children: The Songs of S.F. Sorrow
2012
3.00 | 4 ratings
Playing Hide and Seek with the Ghosts of Dawn (King Crimson's In the Court of the Crimson King)
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
Spirit Of Talk Talk
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
Everything You Did: The Music of Walter Becker & Donald Fagen
2013
3.00 | 3 ratings
Symphonic Theater of Dreams - A Symphonic Tribute to Dream Theater
2013
3.71 | 7 ratings
Family Snapshot - A Tribute to Genesis solo careers Peter Gabriel
2013
4.30 | 10 ratings
More Animals At The Gates Of Reason - a tribute to pink floyd
2013
3.67 | 12 ratings
The Many Faces Of Pink Floyd: A Journey Through The Inner World Of Pink Floyd
2013
3.50 | 2 ratings
Family Snapshots. A Tribute to Genesis Solo Albums: Steve Hackett
2013
3.22 | 9 ratings
A Psych Tribute to the Doors
2014
4.00 | 1 ratings
In the Land of Geese, Ghosts and Confusion. Tribute to Genesis Solo Careers
2014
5.00 | 1 ratings
Shine on Magic Hotel - Procol Harum Tribute
2014
3.38 | 8 ratings
Echoes of Secrets - A Pink Floyd Tribute
2014
1.00 | 1 ratings
Light My Fire: A Classic Rock Salute to The Doors
2014
3.85 | 13 ratings
An All Star Tribute To Pink Floyd: The Everlasting Songs
2015
3.11 | 9 ratings
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Plays Prog Rock Classics
2015
2.67 | 6 ratings
The Many Faces Of Genesis - A Journey Through The Inner World Of Genesis
2015
3.00 | 3 ratings
Many Faces Of Emerson Lake & Palmer: A Journey Through The Inner World Of ELP
2015
0.00 | 0 ratings
Scandinavia Tributes
2015
1.00 | 1 ratings
Forro In The Dark Plays Zorn
2015
4.00 | 6 ratings
Savoldelli - Casarano - Bardoscia: The Great Jazz Gig in the Sky (Tribute to Pink Floyd)
2016
4.40 | 5 ratings
Tales from the Edge 2 - A Tribute to the Music of Yes
2017
3.25 | 4 ratings
A Life in Yes
2018
3.50 | 2 ratings
Yesterday and Today - A 50th Anniversary Tribute to Yes
2018
0.00 | 0 ratings
Histoires sans paroles - Harmonium symphonique
2020
4.00 | 7 ratings
A Tribute to Pink Floyd - Still Wish You Were Here
2021

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

2.50 | 36 ratings
Symphonic Music of Yes
1993
3.09 | 4 ratings
Zappa's Universe
1993
4.00 | 2 ratings
Soupsongs Live (Robert Wyatt tribute)
2000
1.00 | 3 ratings
Omaggio a Demetrio Stratos
2001
5.00 | 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
4.92 | 6 ratings
21st Century Schizoid Band (King Crimson alumni group) - Pictures Of A City: Live In New York
2006
3.90 | 10 ratings
Celebrating Jon Lord: The Rock Legend
2014
4.33 | 6 ratings
Celebrating Jon Lord: The Composer
2014
4.00 | 3 ratings
Fido Wird 10 Und Feiert - Live At Gare Du Nord & More
2014
4.00 | 7 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
4.02 | 7 ratings
21st Century Schizoid Band (King Crimson alumni group) - Live In Japan (DVD)
2002
2.22 | 4 ratings
A Classic Rock Tribute To Genesis
2003
4.05 | 3 ratings
Un Biglietto Per L'inferno-Concerto Tributo
2005
3.51 | 3 ratings
Moogfest 2006 live
2007
2.90 | 2 ratings
FIDOplaysZAPPA Live On The Dental Floss
2009
4.00 | 6 ratings
Script Revisualised - Mick Pointer Band
2016
3.90 | 2 ratings
Rock Theatre Plays Genesis 1970-77
2019

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

3.08 | 7 ratings
Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
1993
4.26 | 17 ratings
Mannerisms - A Celebration Of The Music Of Geoff Mann
1994
2.50 | 2 ratings
A propos d'ange
1994
3.00 | 2 ratings
Eyewitness: A Tribute to VdGG
1995
4.00 | 3 ratings
Unsettled Scores (Tribute to Cuneiform bands)
1995
3.91 | 2 ratings
Eyesore: A Stab At The Residents
1996
3.90 | 16 ratings
The River of Constant Change; A Tribute to Genesis
1996
2.29 | 5 ratings
Harbour of Joy: A Tribute to Camel
1996
3.25 | 4 ratings
Giant for a Life: A Tribute to Gentle Giant
1997
4.00 | 5 ratings
Fanfare for the Pirates - A Tribute to ELP
1998
2.90 | 13 ratings
The Fox Lies Down; A Tribute to Genesis
1998
5.00 | 3 ratings
A Homage To Neu!
1998
2.11 | 8 ratings
Voices- A Tribute To Dream Theater
1999
3.88 | 7 ratings
To Canterbury And Beyond: A Tribute to the Canterbury Scene
1999
3.33 | 6 ratings
Signs of Life: A Tribute to Pink Floyd
2000
4.00 | 3 ratings
Celebrating The Music Of Weather Report
2000
2.70 | 9 ratings
Wonderous - A Tribute to Yes [Aka: The Revealing Songs of Yes]
2001
2.17 | 3 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
3.85 | 7 ratings
The Letters: An Unconventional Italian Guide To King Crimson
2004
3.61 | 25 ratings
Back Against The Wall (A Tribute To Pink Floyd)
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Sabbath A Tribute (performed by Ozzy Osbourne)
2005
3.03 | 9 ratings
Progressive Rock Covers
2006
3.95 | 3 ratings
Theme Of Appreciation - A Worldwide Tribute To Eddie Jobson
2006
3.12 | 5 ratings
Hamtaï! Hommage à la musique de Christian Vander
2007
3.54 | 10 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
3.60 | 5 ratings
Recital for a Season's End: A Tribute to Marillion
2010
3.96 | 10 ratings
Tales From The Edge - A Tribute To The Music Of Yes
2012
4.00 | 2 ratings
Side Effects
2015
3.67 | 3 ratings
Fanfare for the Uncommon Man: The Official Keith Emerson Tribute Concert
2021

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

2.05 | 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
4.00 | 1 ratings
A Momentary Lapse of Vinyl (Pink Floyd Tribute)
2014

VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) Reviews


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 Encores, Legends & Paradox - A Tribute To The Music Of ELP by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.61 | 38 ratings

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Encores, Legends & Paradox - A Tribute To The Music Of ELP
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by JazzFusionGuy

3 stars If there was some form of progressive CD release recognition like Prog-Grammy or the "Gilded ELP Award" gala event, this tribute album would surely have easily earned "Best of . . .", "Best Tribute", "Most Artist . . .", and "People's Choice . . .", etc., etc. It is warming to this old progger heart to hear so many talented artists paying homage to one of the foundational giants of the progressive rock genre. For those who have never heard of ELP, yes they exist, Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, and Carl Palmer pulled off some of the most imaginative, inspiring, maddening, and daring rock ever recorded. Nothing else like it had been heard before. Perhaps snippets, maybe a phrase or a bar had been dabbled with by others earlier but ELP solidly infused art into art-rock and thankfully had the wisdom to keep it rocking. Wild keyboard solos, polyphonic Moog synth covers of classical music, mean bass runs, golden guitar, strong vocals, and drumming beyond description, giant gong and all, ELP fused it together into interesting compositions, moving ballads. Fugues, overtures, movements, and live shows full of spectacle kept ELP fans thirsting for more.

And now the review . . . selections from Tarkus, Trilogy, the ELP debut Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, and the extravagantly ambitious Brain Salad Surgery are each crafted expertly afresh by such artists as these; Peter Banks, Martin Barre , Robert Berry, Marc Bonilla, Geoff Downes, Trent and Wayne Gardner, Jerry Goodman, Matt Guillory, Glenn Hughes, Igor Khoroshev, James LaBrie, Pat Mastelotto, Erik Norlander, John Novello, Doane Perry, Simon Phillips, Mike Portnoy, Mark Robertson, Jordan Rudess, Derek Sherinian, John Wetton, and Mark Wood. "Whew!" Ah, but the diversity of talents and styles mesh nicely on each track.

Best tracks overall, earning 10 out of 10, (a hard choice), were the 10:16 "The Endless Enigma", simply a monolithically incredible piece of work, "Hoedown", "Tarkus", and "The Barbarian". All the other tracks were each at least 8 or 9's out of 10 in excellence except for "Knife Edge" where Glenn Hughes' vox strained and strayed way too far into bluesy-rock, nite- club crooning angst and left progressive rock boundaries we expected on such a tribute release. My subjective call, of course here.

So, grab this, and if you haven't sampled the real deal of ELP before now, this CD will definitely attract the attention due to the immortal music of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. This is a must-have release for all keyboardists and fans of the 88-stepped, ivory staircase to blissdom.

 To Canterbury And Beyond: A Tribute to the Canterbury Scene by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1999
3.88 | 7 ratings

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To Canterbury And Beyond: A Tribute to the Canterbury Scene
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars How did this 2018 re-release fly under all of our radars?--especially those of us who LOVE Canterbury Scene/Canterbury Style music. For the most part, the artists contributing to this tribute album have chosen to approach these "classic" Canterbury songs with great respect, even reverence, despite still adding their own twists and sound and instrumental palettes to their versions. And, though there are artists here I am not familiar with, there were enough familiar names to pique my interest. And am I glad I checked it out! From ZOO LUNAIRE's perfect opener, Gong's "The Isle of Everywhere" from their 1974 classic Radio Gnome Invisible, Part III: You , into several other classics by originally recorded by Hatfield and the North, National Health, and Caravan, we've got a veritable "greatest hits" album going here. PATRICK FORGAS does an amazing job with Soft Machine' "Echec naturel." Fabio Zuffanti's HOSTSONATEN crew does a kind of Massive Attack version of Robert Wyatt's "Sea Song." It's good! Then ASHQUELON QUILT does a remarkable update of "Dedicated to You (but you weren't listening)." Solo artist DAVID BAGSBY takes on the challenge of covering Bruford's "Hell's Bells" using a 100% synthesizer approach (not too well, but just having the item included in this collection was a big point of excitement for me; not everybody includes Bruford [or Camel, for that matter] in the Canterbury fold as I do) which, I guess, gives more of a nod to Dave Stewart than Bill, Jeff, or Allan. THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD's incredibly faithful rendering of one of my all-time favorites, Egg's "Wring Out the Ground (Loosely Now)" is another highlight for me, but then the band TILION does an acoustic version of one of the sub-genre's masterpieces, Caravan's "Can't Be Long Now / Françoise / for Richard / Warlock"--the whole thing! More Robert Wyatt, Soft Machine, and Caravan are spiced with not one but two Camel songs ("Sasquatch" [GREAT!] and "Unevensong" [awesome!]) as well as one from Fred Frith!

All in all, this is an awesomely pleasing "greatest hits" album that I would think that any Canterbury lover would trample his own mother/brother in order to get to hear. Check it out! It's wonderful! No, they're not perfect or as good as the originals, but, again, done very respectfully.

 Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.90 | 33 ratings

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Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by Lieutenant_Lan

3 stars Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon is a tribute album to Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon which came out around 33 years later. The album consists of many different musicians from a variety of bands and they come together to recreate the album really well. In a lot of ways I prefer this album over the original. Its more energetic, and has better production, and overall funner to listen too. However I think in some ways its worse, like the vocals in The Great Gig In The Sky. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is fan of this album, and Pink Floyd. I cant rate this the same and higher than the original though. I gave the original a 4/5. So I will give this a 3/5.
 Nativity in Black II by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Studio Album, 2000
2.41 | 8 ratings

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Nativity in Black II
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by Hiram

2 stars Black Sabbath songs are catchy and memorable, and it's great fun to play them. Whether it's necessary to record them is another thing, and looking at some of the bands featured here, my hopes aren't exactly high. But let's see and try to keep an open mind.

Godsmack "Sweet Leaf" is a more or less faithful rendition of the original. What's the point?

Machine Head "Hole in the Sky" is nerve-wrecking tough guy nu-metal or whatever. Cool bass sound though.

Static-X "Behind the Wall of Sleep" really puts the band's own touch to the song with fun "industrial" metal disco. Unfortunately it just keeps repeating that single idea and gets boring towards the end. Nice, unusual choice of cover, too.

Megadeth "Never Say Die" is a live recording and very much a playthrough of the original song. Cheers for picking a track outside the first six classic albums though.

System of a Down "Snowblind" is a definite highlight here. They really make the song their own quirky and dynamic alternative metal piece.

Pantera "Electric Funeral" is again more or less faithful to the original. Not bad but nothing special.

Primus with Ozzy "N.I.B." is another faithful rendition. It's sung by Ozzy and I wonder why Les Claypool wouldn't do it himself? Not bad but I expected something more freaky from these guys. Awesome playing throughout of course.

Slayer "Hand of Doom" is yet another near-carbon copy of the original. There's some rather freak out guitar playing though and solos have more notes than Iommi has played in his whole life. Nice to hear Slayer play a bit slower and dynamically for a change.

Soulfly "Under the Sun" is another tough guy version. Why do you have to be so angry? Dramatic outro part is excellent, however, played on acoustic guitar and ethnic instruments.

Hed(pe) "Sabbra Cadabra" begins smooth and jazzy with absolutely horrible vocals. The song grows heavier as it goes on but doesn't get any better.

Monster Magnet "Into the Void" is total space stoner madness. Not my scene, man.

Busta Rhymes "Iron Man" is another highlight. What we have here is the main part of the song and Busta Rhymes rapping on top of it. I'm no rap expert, but to me he does a good job and sounds like he really means what he's saying. As a chorus you got Ozzy singing the familiar melody but new words on the same riff. Nice one! There's also a middle section that uses two other parts of the song to a great effect. Excellent job here and certainly a different take of Sabbath.

Two great tracks, several mediocre or simply bad. Worth a listen if you're a fan of Black Sabbath or completist of any of the bands featured, but otherwise no great need to bother.

 Leader of the Starry Skies: A Tribute to Tim Smith, Songbook 1 by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.54 | 14 ratings

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Leader of the Starry Skies: A Tribute to Tim Smith, Songbook 1
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

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

4 stars TIM SMITH ( 3 July 1961 - 21 July 2020 ) was without doubt one of the most respected musicians of the art rock world to emerge in the last 50 years with his unique mix of psychedelic pop, progressive rock and post-punk with the Cardiacs as well as the lesser known acts The Sea Nymphs, Spratley Japs and Panixphere. Add to that a short stint in Mr & Mrs Smith & Mr Drake as well as a solo album titled "Tim Smith's Extra Special OceanLandWorld." The man is considered a true genius in the world of pronk (prog x punk) for the innovative songwriting techniques employed on the Cardiacs albums that began under the moniker Cardiac Arrest. Albums like "A Little Man and a House and the Whole World Window" and "On Land and in the Sea" are considered by many including myself to be absolute masterpieces of indie DIY art rock that please punk rockers and hardened proggers alike. No easy feat there.

In response to TIM SMITH's combo heart attack and stroke that took place in 2008 and landed him in a London hospital, the compilation LEADER OF THE STARRY SKIES: A TRIBUTE TO TIM SMITH, SONGBOOK 1 was created by a long list of artists who either stated a strong Cardiacs influence or an above average admiration in SMITH's musical heritage including a few musicians who worked with the Cardiacs directly. This album of 17 tracks was released to raise funds for his ongoing care and recovery which also signified how a given artist can be extremely loved in the underground world of music but still reaped very few financial rewards from his / her contributions to the said underground. While the album was released in 2010 and is still available, the original preorder edition offered a 14-track bonus disc titled "A Loyal Companion." Unfortunately there are few samples of this bonus disc so i can only review the one album that clocks in at 73:47 and features popular artists such as Steven Wilson, Oceansize, North Sea Orchestra and Knifeworld covering their favorite TIM SMITH tunes.

This album is the ultimate tribute to a most respected musician in need and not only consists of Cardiacs covers but songs sampled from all of SMITH's projects. "Savour" by former Cardiacs member William D. Drake starts the compilation off and was lifted from SMITH's solo album. Other artists involved in this project include The Magic Numbers covering "A Little Man And A House," Robert White of The Milk And Honey Band with Andy Partridge of XTC covering "Lillywhite's Party" and the Britpop band Ultrasound covering "Big Ship" which reunited specifically to record this one track. Despite the unique idiosyncrasies that TIM SMITH employed to make his music sound like no other, the artists involved in this project, while staying true to the original intent of the music, manage to add their own stamp on these tracks which makes this an unexpected pleasure as i rarely find tribute albums to be worthy of exploration however TIM SMITH evoked something beyond the average musician and clearly garnered nothing but pure respect from the various alternative oriented musicians who followed in his footsteps.

While none of the tracks on LEADER OF THE STARRY SKIES: A TRIBUTE TO TIM SMITH, SONGBOOK 1 eclipse the original recordings, this compilation of TIM SMITH songs is the ultimate tribute to one of the world's greatest songwriters and will be most revered by punk rockers and proggers alike. Despite the album emerging ten years ago in response to SMITH's medical needs, it is more than fitting to finally check out this fine compilation of underground indie artists to celebrate the life of one of the most unique singer / songwriter / guitarists of all time. TIM SMITH was lucky enough to survive another decade but finally left this crazy world at the age of 59 on the 21st of July, 2020 following another heart attack. All i can say is?. THANK YOU, TIM SMITH FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE WORLD OF UNDERGROUND MUSIC! You are truly a hero in my book and deserve a respite from this tumultuous and messed up planet we call home. Your music will live on forever and your legend will only grow. R.I.P, dude!

 Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.90 | 33 ratings

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Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by Zoltanxvamos

4 stars 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗮𝗿𝗸 𝗦𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗮 𝗧𝗿𝗶𝗯𝘂𝘁𝗲

A huge tribute to The Dark Side Of The Moon, a large collaboration between band members in different groups. I find that everything is very well played, the vocals are great, the production is good, everything is very well done. The songs are very well composed, but it's a Pink Floyd tribute so I think that it's going to be good from the get go, just because it's Pink Floyd. That's also one of the reasons I can't give this album a 5 star review, it's all covers.

Even though everything is well done, I just can't give this a 5 star rating.

 Tales From Yesterday: A View From The South Side Of The Sky (Yes tribute) by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.11 | 46 ratings

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Tales From Yesterday: A View From The South Side Of The Sky (Yes tribute)
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by patrickq
Prog Reviewer

2 stars There's too much reverence on Tales from Yesterday for my taste. Steve Morse duplicates "The Clap" and "Mood for a Day" perfectly - - but why? One-off supergroup Stanley Snail and the talented Cairo turn in note-perfect renditions of "Siberian Khatru" and "South Side of the Sky," although each includes a little Easter egg. "Changes" (Enchant) and "Release, Release" (Shadow Gallery) are offered with a slightly metallic tinge, but add little to the originals - - and those were songs which could stand some improvement!

Along those same lines, Billy Sherwood (as World Trade) does "Wonderous Stories" and Annie Haslam performs "Turn of the Century" (with Steve Howe), but neither makes the song their own. At least the solos during the "Würm" section of "Starship Trooper," by Adam Wakeman's band Jeronimo Road, differ from the original.

There are, however, four enjoyable tracks here. In my opinion, Magellan never really distinguished themselves as a band, but "Don't Kill the Whale" shows that they had promise. They ignore much of the original production and present the song as a medley of styles, from electronic to a cappella (á la "Leave It") to double-kick-drum prog metal. Given the obvious fakeness of the drums and the overall lack of fidelity to the original, I have the feeling that a few reviewers have greeted this track with scorn. But would a faithful duplication of the original really be a fitting tribute to Yes?

Patrick Moraz turns in a refreshing reimagining of "Soon," the last movement of "Gates of Delirium." Unlike the Magellan track, this one's just one instrument (piano) and one style all the way through.

The best two songs here are "Roundabout" and "Astral Traveller," both helmed by Robert Berry, with former Yes guitarist Peter Banks as the featured artist on the latter. "Astral Traveller" is presented as an instrumental, and Banks is on fire. Did he have something to prove? He sure plays like it. This song would've fit well on Banks's Self-Contained - - it wouldn't surprise me to learn that it was recorded during the sessions for that album. It's too bad that Moraz and Banks, each of whom has a claim to having been dumped unfairly by Yes, both perform songs from which they can't earn royalties. (Both "Soon" and "Astral Traveller" are credited solely to Jon Anderson.)

And then there's Berry's "Roundabout," on which Howe guests. It's probably the single best cover of a Yes song ever. Berry reinterprets this classic in his own 1980s/1990s style, programming and playing all of the instruments, except for the guitar solo from about 4:00 to 5:00, and providing all of the vocals. Given the esteem in which the original is held, Berry's "Roundabout" is almost as gutsy as Magellan's take on "Don't Kill the Whale." The main difference is Howe's implied imprimatur.

Since "Roundabout," "Soon," and "Astral Traveller" are available for 99¢ each on the US Amazon store, Tales from Yesterday: A View From the South Side of the Sky is far from essential. I'd suggest that any fan of symphonic rock with a few dollars to spare pick up these three .mp3s, as well as "Don't Kill the Whale." But I'd skip the rest.

 Rock Theatre Plays Genesis 1970-77 by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover DVD/Video, 2019
3.90 | 2 ratings

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Rock Theatre Plays Genesis 1970-77
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Last autumn the news was spread among Finnish prog-oriented facebook groups that a brand new GENESIS tribute band called Rock Theatre would soon start performing classic Genesis stuff from the timeline 1970-1977. Having been a fan of exactly that Genesis era since my teens, I was immediately interested. Rock Theatre gave their first gig in September 29th in their hometown Vaasa, and subsequent gigs in other Western/Southern shoretowns -- all of them rather far from where I live, so I haven't yet experienced their set live. However, they wasted no time in filming the beginning of their career to which I wish a long life (comparable to one of Tampere-based P.U.L.S.E. that plays the music of Pink Floyd to growing audiences, varying their sets a lot). This nearly 2-hour DVD contains the very first concert of Rock Theatre. At first only a limited number of copies were made for promotional purposes, but due to warm response from potential buyers such as me, it is now being sold (via internet) for 20 euros plus the posting costs, 3e domestically and 6e abroad. It actually looks rather modest in a simple CD-size cardboard sleeve, but the contents, even without any extras besides the gig itself, absolutely fulfill the expectations.

The set list features 12 classics (plus a drum solo prefacing 'Los Endos' instrumental) and it's truly wonderful. The Gabriel-era songs naturally dominate, but happily the excellent quartet albums A Trick of the Tail and Wind & Wuthering are represented also. Starting with 'Watcher of the Skies', the concert contains a narrative continuity about the extra-terrestrial "Watcher" observing mankind and deciding to help it, ie. brief speeches in between tracks. I don't much like them, as they are just coming somewhere in a deep, theatrical voice. But theatrical and a bit detached approach concerning the whole performance seems to be a deliberate choice: the players on their white clothes are pretty stagnant on the stage and make no notable contact to the seated audience. Vocalist Bo-Anders Sandström -- who actually sounds a lot like Peter Gabriel -- uses various masks and costumes during the show, though nothing very spectacular apart from the encore. And with a good but moderate light show, the gig is a pleasure primarily for the music itself. The quintet plays the Genesis classics very faithfully to the originals, and they're really good at it. By the way, as far as I know, the founder of band is Charles Plogman, who has made a grade as an entertainment singer and now plays Steve Hackett's guitar parts with full confidence! On keyboards is his son Anton.

The first half of the show features e.g. 'Cinemashow', 'The Knife' and 'Firth of Fifth'. The latter half begins with the acoustic guitar solo 'Horizons', played very convincingly by Sandström, followed by 'Supper's Ready'. Wow, this is predictably the biggest highlight. Also 'Dancing With the Moonlit Knight' is excellent. Charles Plogman introduces the band before 'Afterglow', and the whole atmosphere between the band and the audience is by now notably warmer. After the loud applause they come back for an encore, 'The Musical Box', Sandström wearing a fox mask and a red dress. Had the whole gig been this intensive, I might have given even five stars.

I can wholeheartedly recommend this DVD for a fan of Genesis (1970-77), despite Steve Hackett having released quite a many Genesis oriented concert DVD's by now. And I'm pretty certain that I'm going to see Rock Theatre on stage, hopefully soon!

 Tuonen Tytär - A Tribute To Finnish Progressive by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.09 | 9 ratings

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Tuonen Tytär - A Tribute To Finnish Progressive
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

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

3 stars The Colossus Project has become one of Finland's greatest exports for the progressive rock world with their never-ending catalog of releases that compile some of the prog world's most cutting edge talent and unify them under a central theme that continues the fantastical legacies of the early prog universe and expands it exponentially. While the Project hasn't been limited to artists of Finland, that's exactly how it all began.

TUONEN TYTÄR: A TRIBUTE TO FINNISH PROGRESSIVE was the first edition of this series that has continued gracefully for almost two decades now. While Finnish prog hasn't exactly been in the forefront of the various strains of prog that have emerged in the last 50 years, the nation has been more of a player than many would realize and that's exactly why The Colossus Project set out to create this compilation that pays tribute to their favorite 70s offerings.

This is indeed a tribute album which finds 22 different bands covering different tracks from their favorite 70s prog artists from their home nation of Finland. While it's true that most prog lover's can probably only think of enough Finnish prog artists to fit on one hand, unfortunately this tribute doesn't exactly expand into the nooks and crannies as much as i would prefer. The average prog lover could most likely name Wigwam, Tasavallan Presidentti, Pekka Pohjohla and Haikara and it should come as no surprise that these four artists indeed are the most represented on this compilation.

As with any new projects, there are always kinks and inexperience to contend with and that's exactly what this first Colossus Project feels like to me, namely a newly coalesced idea that needed time to gel. One of the first quirks involved is the unusual situation where the band Haikara covers itself with its classic "Yksi Maa &Yksi Kansa" from their classic 1972 debut. I'm not sure i've ever heard of a band covering itself. A most peculiar situation indeed but with a prog legend willing to add itself to your playlist, how could Mellow Label Productions resist.

TUONEN TYTÄR: A TRIBUTE TO FINNISH PROGRESSIVE is a 2-CD release that contains 22 tracks. As stated the lion's share of real estate goes to the four best known bands therefore Wigwam has four tracks represented. Pekka Pohjola has four. Haikara has two and Tasavallan Pesidentti has three. Other Finnish artists represented include Matti Järvinen, Kaamos, Jukka Tolonen, Sahti, Finnforest, Piirpauke, Royals and Mandala.

What can i say about this TRIBUTE album to all things FINNISH PROG? Well, it's somewhat of a botched effort. I'm not really sure if the label was aiming at a Finnish audience to rediscover their lost heritage or if it's trying to export the glories of FINNISH PROG to a greater world audience but personally i would rather hear the original tracks by the artists who released them in the first place. While the bands that pay tribute do indeed worship their heroes quite decently, it doesn't seem like they add anything to the dynamics of the material either.

As it is, it was probably a gimmick to introduce new artists to the world via the material of the classics and i guess on that front it stands on its own, but once again, if the artists that are performing are the main focus then i'd prefer to hear original material from the bands themselves. As far as representing Finnish prog goes, it's true that Colossus covers the major movers and shakers but there were still a few names such as Kalevala, Elonkorjuu, Hector, Tabula Rasa, Fantasia and Nimbus just to name a few that could've been represented with at least a track to demonstrate the greater diversity of the local scene.

When all is said and done, Colossus pumped out a decent slice of TRIBUTE PROG for their FINNISH homeland. There are many exciting tracks on here that make me want to explore some of the albums i've thus missed from that region but unfortunately this particular compilation doesn't really invite many return listens but rather makes me want to explore the artists themselves who are being covered here. Nonetheless, despite not being the crown jewel of the Colossus Project series, it was a decent start that even its founders could've hardly foreseen as to how it would take off and as a piece of this greater collection still finds its way on my shelf for being so.

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

TUONEN TYTAR: A TRIBUTE TO FINNISH PROGRESSIVE (2000)

Kalevala - Finnish Progressive Rock Epic (2003)

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

Odyssey - The Greatest Tale (2005)

The Colossus of Rhodes (2006)

The 7 Samurai - The Ultimate Epic (2006)

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

Treasure Island (2007)

Giallo! One Suite for the Murderer (2008)

The Empire and The Rebellion (2008)

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

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

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

The Spaghetti Epic 3 - The Great Silence (2009)

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

Iliad: A Grand Piano Extravaganza (2010)

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

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

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

Decameron - Ten Days In 100 Novellas - Part II (2014)

Decameron - Ten Days in 100 novellas - Part III (2016)

 Dubber Side Of The Moon by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.00 | 3 ratings

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Dubber Side Of The Moon
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by TenYearsAfter

3 stars "Space reggae version of Dark Side Of The Moon"

As a huge fan of Seventies Pink Floyd I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled upon this extraordinary reggae version of the most legendary progressive rock album, Dark Side Of The Moon. The musicians are the ''house band' of the Easy Star Records label. After the original 2003 release entitled Dub Side Of The Moon this band was frequently asked to perform the album on stage. Eventually this led to a Dub Side Of The Moon worldtour, meanwhile the sales went over 300.000 copies. Due the this success, the live experiences of the musicians and the evolution of the songs during the years, the label decided to re-release the album in 2010, now named Dubber Side Of The Moon.

It looks like a weird idea to do a reggae version of a progressive rock album, but DSOTM is not the usual prog virtuosity and complexity like Gentle Giant, Yes, King Crimson and ELP. In fact Pink Floyd is on DSOTM more close to blues than classical music, with their melodic, accessible and atmospheric prog. And these elements are starting points for the Easy Star All Stars band on Dubber Of The Moon. Mostly without the legendary guitar - and keyboard sound of Gilmour and Wright, but with pleasant catchy rhythms, the distinctive reggae vocals and the inventive use of modern electronics and exotic percussion. DSOTM is 'a wet dream for hifi snobs', well, Dubber Of The Moon is also an exciting experience on that point. Sometimes I had to think of Ozric Tentacles.

My highlights.

Speak To Me/Breathe : captivating blend of Seventies Pink Floyd and modern electronics.

The Great Gig In The Sky : deep echo and excellent vocals by Kirsty Rock.

Money: great groovy bass and echo vocals.

And Any Colour You Like : sensational use of synthesizers and electronics.

Pretty disappointing is the rendition of On The Run, too much relaxed reaggae, too far away from original ominous atmoshpere, created by the VCS 3 synthesizer sound.

The four bonus tracks are nice, no more or less.

Step It Pon The Rastaman Scene: lots of reggae and electronics, along clarinet by Katie Gabriel

Money : fat bass and echo vocals.

Time: nice instrumental version.

On The Run : fat synthesizer runs and surprising work on the Fender Rhodes electric piano.

If you are a PF fan and up to a very special musical adventure, this is an album to discover. And in fact this music is more progressive than tons of prog albums from the last 3 decades.

My rating: 3,5 star.

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

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