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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)

2.44 | 15 ratings
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs the best known works of Rick Wakeman
1978
3.96 | 7 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
3.90 | 11 ratings
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays Hits Of Pink Floyd
1994
2.56 | 8 ratings
Nativity In Black - A Tribute To Black Sabbath
1994
3.00 | 2 ratings
Black Night, Deep Purple Tribute According To New York
1995
0.00 | 0 ratings
Carlotto & Cucciolo Già Dik Dik
1995
2.80 | 14 ratings
Us and Them - Symphonic Pink Floyd
1995
2.35 | 27 ratings
Suppers Ready (Genesis tribute)
1995
3.17 | 29 ratings
Tales From Yesterday: A View From The South Side Of The Sky (Yes tribute)
1995
2.20 | 14 ratings
The Moon Revisited (Pink Floyd tribute)
1995
3.00 | 7 ratings
A Saucerful Of Pink: A Tribute To Pink Floyd
1995
3.96 | 4 ratings
In From The Storm
1995
2.31 | 9 ratings
Encomium - A Tribute To Led Zeppelin
1995
3.29 | 22 ratings
To Cry You a Song: A Collection of Tull Tales (Jethro Tull tribute)
1996
3.17 | 31 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
2.96 | 6 ratings
Schizoid Dimension - A Tribute To King Crimson
1997
3.63 | 23 ratings
Encores Legends & Paradox (Emerson Lake & Palmer tribute)
1999
3.25 | 4 ratings
Thousand Days of Yesterday: A Tribute to Captain Beyond
1999
3.00 | 4 ratings
Nativity in Black II
2000
3.04 | 6 ratings
Tuonen Tytär - A Tribute To Finnish Progressive
2000
2.75 | 4 ratings
In Too Deep - A Tribute To Genesis
2002
3.06 | 16 ratings
Pigs And Pyramids: The Songs Of Pink Floyd, AKA A Special tribute to Pink Floyd
2002
3.12 | 21 ratings
Easy Star All-Stars: Dub Side Of The Moon (Pink Floyd)
2003
5.00 | 1 ratings
A Return to Fantasy - A Tribute to Uriah Heep
2003
3.00 | 3 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
2.13 | 4 ratings
A Tribute to Pink Floyd
2005
4.41 | 8 ratings
Visions Of An Inner Mounting Apocalypse (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
2005
2.67 | 7 ratings
Subdivisions (RUSH)
2005
3.09 | 3 ratings
21st Century Schizoid Band (King Crimson alumni group) - Official Bootled v.1
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Royal Dan: A Tribute
2006
3.00 | 2 ratings
Higher And Higher - A Tribute To The Moody Blues
2006
3.91 | 3 ratings
Viva Carlos! A Supernatural Marathon Celebration
2006
4.09 | 14 ratings
Return to the Dark Side of the Moon - A Tribute to Pink Floyd
2006
3.10 | 2 ratings
Radiodread (Easy Star All - Stars)
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
Maestros of Cool: A Tribute to Steely Dan
2006
2.49 | 6 ratings
String Quartet Tribute to Dream Theater
2007
4.21 | 46 ratings
Rewiring Genesis: A Tribute to The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
2008
4.38 | 4 ratings
Paolo Chiarandini Plays Genesis
2008
4.08 | 3 ratings
Mahavishnu Re-Defined; A Tribute to John McLaughlin and The Mahavishnu Orchestra
2008
1.00 | 2 ratings
Abbey Road - A Tribute To The Beatles
2009
4.50 | 6 ratings
Hur! Hommage à la Musique de Christian Vander
2009
4.00 | 8 ratings
Rökstenen: A Tribute to Swedish Progressive Rock of the 70's
2009
3.00 | 11 ratings
The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs With Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing The Dark Side of the Moon
2009
2.14 | 3 ratings
Top Musicians Play Genesis
2009
3.00 | 1 ratings
Undercover
2009
3.50 | 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
4.00 | 3 ratings
Saraswathi-Lounge ... No One Flies Around The Sun (Pink Floyd)
2009
0.00 | 0 ratings
Hawkwind Triad
2010
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
4.78 | 11 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 | 7 ratings
A Flower Full of Stars: A Tribute to The Flower Kings
2011
3.09 | 4 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
2.91 | 2 ratings
Playing Hide and Seek with the Ghosts of Dawn (King Crimson's In the Court of the Crimson King)
2012
4.25 | 4 ratings
Family Snapshot - A Tribute to Genesis solo careers Peter Gabriel
2013
4.00 | 5 ratings
More Animals At The Gates Of Reason - a tribute to pink floyd
2013
3.56 | 9 ratings
The Many Faces Of Pink Floyd: A Journey Through The Inner World Of Pink Floyd
2013
3.00 | 1 ratings
Family Snapshots. A Tribute to Genesis Solo Albums: Steve Hackett
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Everything You Did: The Music of Walter Becker & Donald Fagen
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Symphonic Theater of Dreams - A Symphonic Tribute to Dream Theater
2013
3.25 | 4 ratings
Echoes of Secrets - A Pink Floyd Tribute
2014
3.17 | 6 ratings
A Psych Tribute to the Doors
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
In the Land of Geese, Ghosts and Confusion. Tribute to Genesis Solo Careers
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
Shine on Magic Hotel - Procol Harum Tribute
2014
3.71 | 7 ratings
An All Star Tribute To Pink Floyd: The Everlasting Songs
2015
2.83 | 6 ratings
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Plays Prog Rock Classics
2015
2.80 | 5 ratings
The Many Faces Of Genesis - A Journey Through The Inner World Of Genesis
2015
3.00 | 2 ratings
Many Faces Of Emerson Lake & Palmer: A Journey Through The Inner World Of ELP
2015
0.00 | 0 ratings
Scandinavia Tributes
2015
0.00 | 0 ratings
Forro In The Dark Plays Zorn
2015
5.00 | 1 ratings
Savoldelli - Casarano - Bardoscia: The Great Jazz Gig in the Sky (Tribute to Pink Floyd)
2016

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

2.49 | 32 ratings
Symphonic Music Of Yes
1993
3.09 | 4 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
4.96 | 4 ratings
21st Century Schizoid Band (King Crimson alumni group) - Pictures Of A City: Live In New York
2006
3.86 | 7 ratings
Celebrating Jon Lord: The Rock Legend
2014
4.20 | 5 ratings
Celebrating Jon Lord: The Composer
2014
3.86 | 3 ratings
Fido Wird 10 Und Feiert - Live At Gare Du Nord & More
2014
4.04 | 5 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 | 4 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
4.32 | 18 ratings
Mannerisms - A Celebration Of The Music Of Geoff Mann
1994
3.33 | 3 ratings
A propos d'ange
1994
3.50 | 2 ratings
Eyewitness: A Tribute to VdGG
1995
4.00 | 3 ratings
Unsettled Scores (Tribute to Cuneiform bands)
1995
4.00 | 1 ratings
Eyesore: A Stab At The Residents
1996
3.93 | 13 ratings
The River of Constant Change; A Tribute to Genesis
1996
2.09 | 2 ratings
Harbour of Joy: A Tribute to Camel
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
2.88 | 10 ratings
The Fox Lies Down; A Tribute to Genesis
1998
4.83 | 3 ratings
A Homage To Neu!
1998
2.13 | 5 ratings
Voices- A Tribute To Dream Theater
1999
3.00 | 3 ratings
To Canterbury And Beyond: A Tribute to the Canterbury Scene
1999
3.00 | 4 ratings
Signs of Life: A Tribute to Pink Floyd
2000
3.95 | 3 ratings
Celebrating The Music Of Weather Report
2000
2.71 | 8 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
3.60 | 20 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
3.54 | 8 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
3.50 | 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
3.95 | 2 ratings
Side Effects
2015

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

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 Marillion's Script Revisited (by Mick Pointer Band) by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Live, 2014
4.04 | 5 ratings

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Marillion's Script Revisited (by Mick Pointer Band)
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars A tribute to one of the best if not the best Neo-Prog album, (don't like that label but this is another debate) with musicians from other prog rock bands and with ex- Marillion member, Mick Pointer. The full album and many great songs from B-sides of the band are played. They choose the right vocalist, Brian Cummings singer of The Carpet Crawlers Genesis tribute band, and also singing in the new Peter Gabriel tribute. He has the shape and the big voice to match Fish vocal range. And this is what make this tribute a success. The songs have a lot of energy and keep the spirit of the music intact. If you like this album and Marillion Fish era, you will enjoy that double cd.
 To Cry You a Song: A Collection of Tull Tales (Jethro Tull tribute) by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.29 | 22 ratings

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To Cry You a Song: A Collection of Tull Tales (Jethro Tull tribute)
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by VianaProghead

3 stars Review Nº 60

I bought this CD a couple of years. Honestly, I picked it up, mainly because of two reasons. The names of the artists involved in this project and because this is a tribute to one of the best and most important bands, but also because they're one of my favorite progressive groups of ever. Sincerely, I must confess that I gave only a very small importance to this album, when I bought it, and because of that, I just listened to it a few months ago.

The album was released in 1996 by Magna Carta and has fourteen tracks. The first track "A Tull Tale" is an instrumental track written specifically for this tribute by Magellan featuring Stan Johnson, Trent Gardner and Roger Patterson. The second track "Aqualung" is the title track of "Aqualung" and is also performed by Magellan featuring Trent Gardner, Wayne Gardner and Roger Patterson. The third track "Up The 'Pool" is a track of "Living In The Past" featuring Roy Harper and Colm O'Sullivan. The fourth track "Nothing Is Easy" is a track of "Stand Up" featuring John Wetton, Mick Abrahams, Clive Bunker, Glenn Cornick, Ian McDonald, Phil Manzanera and Robert Berry. The fifth track "Mother Goose" is a track of "Aqualung" featuring Lief Sorbye, Mike Varney and Robert Berry. The sixth track "Minstrel In The Gallery" is the title track of "Minstrel In The Gallery" featuring Robert Berry and Lief Sorbye. The seventh track "One Brown Mouse" is a track of "Heavy Horses" and is performed by Echolyn featuring Brett Kull, Ray Weston and Paul Ramsey. The eighth track "Cat's Squirrel" is a track of "This Was" featuring Charlie Musselwhite, Derek Trucks, Mick Abrahams, Clive Bunker, Mike Summerland and Robert Berry. The ninth track "To Cry You A Song" is a track of "Benefit" featuring Glen Hughes, Mick Abrahams, Clive Bunker, Glenn Cornick, Derek Sherinian and Robert Berry. The tenth track "A New Day Yesterday" is a song of "Stand Up" featuring Robby Steinhardt, Ian McDonald, Mick Abrahams, Phil Manzanera, Robert Berry, Clive Bunker, Glenn Cornick and Mike Vible. The eleventh track "Teacher" is a track of "Benefit" and is performed by Wolfstone featuring Ivan Drever, Stuart Eaglesham, Duncan Chisholm, Derek Sherinian, Mike Abrahams, Clive Bunker and Glenn Cornick. The twelfth track "Living In The Past" is the title track of "Living In The Past" featuring Keith Emerson, Mick Abrahams, Clive Bunker and Glenn Cornick. The thirteenth track "Locomotive Breath" is a track of "Aqualung" and is performed by Tempest featuring Robert Berry, Lief Sorbye, Rob Wullenjohn, Adolfo Lazo, Jay Nania and Michael Mullen. The fourteenth track "Life Is A Long Song" is a track of "Living In The Past" featuring Matt Pegg, Dave Pegg, Tom Mates and Rob Armstrong.

"To Cry You A Song" is a very nice album and very pleasant to listen to. It has a very interesting set of songs from Jethro Tull, despite it comprises almost only tracks from their first albums, but the new versions are in general good. For me, the album has four tracks of quality far above the others, which are "A Tull Tale", "Aqualung", "Minstrel In The Gallery" and "One Brown Mouse". About the remaining tracks, some are more interesting than others, with the exception of "Cat's Squirrel", which is for me, a track which passed by me in relation to the other remaining tracks.

About the four songs mentioned by me, I have to say something more about them. "A Tull Tale" is a great performance of Magellan that fits perfectly well into the music of Jethro Tull and is a great tribute to them that passes through various pieces of their music. The version of "Aqualung" made by Magellan is, in my humble opinion, a perfect choice by this great band, not only because, it's for me, one of the best songs of Jethro Tull, but also because it fits perfectly in the Magellan's music. I've listened to this version many times, and honestly, I don't consider this version inferior to the original. "Minstrel In The Gallery" is also, in my humble opinion, one of the best tracks of Jethro Tull and represents also a great version of the original composition. "One Brown Mouse" is one of the simplest and most beautiful songs of Jethro Tull and to my taste, this startlingly original version of Echolyn is simply brilliant and amazing. This is probably my favorite track of the album. It makes shining the name of this great American band.

Conclusion: Like Gatot, I also think that a tribute album can't be considered as a masterpiece. However, I would like to put the question in another way. Can a tribute album to a band be essential to any progressive musical collection? I think the answer can be yes if it's an album with a bunch of good songs that perfectly represents the band's repertoire, or when the new versions are great and well performed by those artists. However, in this case and unlike Gatot, I don't consider this album essential to any progressive musical collection mainly due to two reasons. First, it isn't fully representative of the repertoire of the band. Second, in general, I don't consider it, an album of great new versions of the original titles. Anyway, in spite of everything I wrote before, "To Cry You A Song", consists in the vast majority, of interesting versions, especially the wonderful versions made by Magellan and Echolyn, of which I'm a big fan.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Encores Legends & Paradox (Emerson Lake & Palmer tribute) by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.63 | 23 ratings

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Encores Legends & Paradox (Emerson Lake & Palmer tribute)
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Toccata

There is sometimes talk of a "big five" or "big six" of progressive Rock - referring, not necessarily to the best five or six bands, but at least to those that are most well-known among the wider public - even though there is probably no consensus on exactly which bands should be included. If you would ask Magna Carta records they would probably tell you that the big six consists of Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Rush, and Emerson Lake & Palmer. At least it is precisely these six bands that this label has released tribute albums to.

Encores Legends & Paradox is a tribute to Emerson Lake & Palmer and is one of the better tribute albums in the series by Magna Carta. As could be expected, keyboard players play an important role here given the nature of the music of Emerson Lake & Palmer. Geoff Downes, Erik Norlander, Derek Sherinian, Jordan Rudess, and Igor Khoroshev are some of the keyboarders who pay their respects to Keith Emerson on this tribute. Emerson's influence on these players is undeniable.

Among the vocalists we find John Wetton whose career is intertwined with that of Greg Lake in interesting ways. Both Lake and Wetton were of course part of King Crimson at different times, and Lake at one point (albeit very briefly) stood in for Wetton in Asia (as documented on the live video Asia In Asia). Other singers involved in this tribute are Glenn Hughes, Robert Berry, and Dream Theater's James LaBrie. Berry, as ELP fans will know, was Lake's replacement in the band in the late 80's when they adopted the moniker of "3" for one album; To the Power of Three, released in 1988.

On the drum stool we find, among others, Mike Portnoy from Dream Theater and Doanne Perry from Jethro Tull. Interestingly, guitars are more prominent on these cover versions than they ever were on the originals. Original Yes guitarist Peter Banks contributes to a couple of tracks and long-time Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre contributes to one. Marc Bonilla is another guitar player involved and he would later go on to collaborate with Keith Emerson himself. They did a good studio album in 2008 under the name "Keith Emerson Band featuring Marc Bonilla", and an excellent live album and video followed in 2011. (See the entry for Keith Emerson for these releases.) I have often thought that ELP would have benefited from the addition of a permanent guitar player and my view is confirmed by versions including more guitars. (Also Greg Lake have performed ELP material live with guitar players to great effect; see, for example, the very good DVD Greg Lake Live.)

All of the ten cuts cover tunes from ELP's first four albums, released between 1970 and 1973. As most fans would agree, this was the best period of the band, and the song selection reflects the band's greatness. No tribute album can ever be essential and Encores Legends & Paradox is no exception. But it is a worthy celebration of a great band and one of the better entries in Magna Carta's series of tributes released between 1995 and 1999.

 To Cry You a Song: A Collection of Tull Tales (Jethro Tull tribute) by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.29 | 22 ratings

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To Cry You a Song: A Collection of Tull Tales (Jethro Tull tribute)
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Living in the past

I am not a big fan of tribute albums, but the series of such albums released by the Magna Carta label in the 1990's is interesting enough for me to sit up and take notice. As I have mentioned in previous reviews of other entries in the same series (which includes tributes to Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Rush, and Emerson Lake & Palmer), these tributes are special in that they do not only include a bunch of younger generation bands and artists paying tribute to their childhood heroes, but also involve some contemporaries and peers of the celebrated bands, and in some cases even former band members themselves! Examples from the series include Annie Haslam of Renaissance singing a Yes song, Peter Bardens of Camel doing Genesis, and on the present album we have such luminaries as John Wetton and Ian McDonald of King Crimson (among other bands), Keith Emerson, Roy Harper, and Robbie Steinhardt of Kansas, interpreting Jethro Tull! We even have several members of Jethro Tull itself contributing, including no less than three of the original members of the band! This adds a legitimacy to the proceedings unusual of tribute projects.

From the younger generation artists we have Tempest and their main man Lief Sorbye contributing to several songs. Sorbye sounds quite a lot like Ian Anderson! Tempest was singed to Magna Carta at the time and their masterpiece album Turn Of The Wheel (featuring a guest performance by Keith Emerson) was released in the same year as this tribute album. Also appearing is Tempest collaborator Robert Berry who also was part of all the other tribute albums in the series. Magellan is another band present and that band's Trent Gardner even contributes some original material on the opener A Tull Tale.

In my review of the Genesis tribute Supper's Ready, I complained that the song selection was slanted towards albums from past that band's peak. To Cry You A Song actually suffers from the very opposite; this song selection is heavily slanted towards the very earliest period(s) of Jethro Tull's long career. The focus is almost exclusively on the Blues Rock/Folk Rock/Hard Rock that characterised Jethro Tull in the late 60's and very early 70's before they became a fully progressive Rock band. With the exception of the title track from 1975's Minstrel In The Gallery and One Brown Mouse from 1978's Heavy Horses all of the songs covered here are from the band's very early days: from 1968 to 1971. (My personal favourite period of Jethro Tull is from 1971 to 1982.) Having this said, however, some of these old songs are "updated" to sound a bit more like later Jethro Tull, and to be honest I actually enjoy this tribute album more than I do Jethro Tull's first couple of albums!

Overall, To Cry You A Song is better than the Genesis tribute Supper's Ready, but not quite as good as the Yes tribute Tales From Yesterday.

 The Moon Revisited (Pink Floyd tribute) by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Studio Album, 1995
2.20 | 14 ratings

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The Moon Revisited (Pink Floyd tribute)
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

1 stars Brain damage

Part of a series of tribute albums dedicated to major progressive Rock acts of the classic era that was created by the Magna Carta label in the 1990's, The Moon Revisited is a tribute to Pink Floyd. Or, actually, it is not so much a tribute to the band, but specifically to one album - namely, the 1973 album The Dark Side Of The Moon. Here, the well-known Pink Floyd album is faithfully recreated and little or nothing is different from the original arrangements.

Many of the same bands and artists that were involved in the creation of two other instalments in the series by Magna Carta - the Yes tribute Tales From Yesterday and the Genesis tribute Supper's Ready - also appear here, including World Trade, Cairo, Shadow Gallery, Enchant, Magellan, and Robert Berry, all of which were signed to the label at the time. I respect and appreciate most of these bands and artists and everything here is competently executed, but one cannot help asking the obvious question: what is the point of this exercise?

I must admit, first, that I am not a very big fan of Pink Floyd, and, secondly, that The Dark Side Of The Moon is not my favourite Pink Floyd album. I think it is a good album, but no more than good (I rate it with three stars). Given its status as one of the most loved Rock albums of all time, I have always thought that it is massively overrated. But regardless of what you think of the original album, this re-visitation is unnecessary.

 Suppers Ready (Genesis tribute) by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Studio Album, 1995
2.35 | 27 ratings

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Suppers Ready (Genesis tribute)
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

2 stars Supper's not included!

Released in the same year as the Yes tribute album Tales From Yesterday and part of the same series of tributes to major progressive Rock acts of the classic era released by Magna Carta in the 1990's, this tribute to Genesis involves many of the same performers as the Yes tribute. As I mentioned in my review of Tales From Yesterday, these tribute releases from Magna Carta are special in that they do not only include a bunch of younger generation bands and artists paying tribute to their childhood heroes, but also involve some contemporaries and peers of the celebrated band itself. On the present album we find, for example, Peter Bardens of Camel, Richard Sinclair of Caravan, and Annie Haslam of Renaissance doing their versions of Genesis' music. These people's three respective numbers are actually among the most enjoyable even though the songs they are covering are not among Genesis more progressive songs.

Bands and artists that were also involved in the creation of the aforementioned Yes tribute Tales From Yesterday include World Trade, Cairo, Shadow Gallery, Enchant, Magellan, and Robert Berry - all of which were signed to the Magna Carta label at the time. I like several of these bands, but not all of them fit here. Shadow Gallery, for example, is an excellent band, but they are out of character on Entangled; they are just not right for that song.

With the exception Wind & Wuthering (which is my personal favourite Genesis album), every album from 1971's Nursery Cryme to 1983's Genesis are represented. In almost every case, it is the less progressive songs from the respective albums that are being covered. While I can only applaud that they don't ignore underrated, post-Steve Hackett albums like 1978's And Then There Were Three and 1980's Duke, most fans would certainly have preferred to hear more songs from the band's earlier albums at the expense of 80's numbers like Mama and Keep It Dark. I personally don't mind these latter two songs too much, but they are hardly among Genesis better songs or even the best songs from the albums from which they originate.

Supper's Ready is nonetheless a half-decent tribute album to one of my all-time favourite bands, but it is not as good as the Yes tribute Tales From Yesterday. (If you feel nostalgic for Genesis, you would be much better off with Steve Hackett's recent Genesis Revisited releases, especially the live albums).

 Tales From Yesterday: A View From The South Side Of The Sky (Yes tribute) by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.17 | 29 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 SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Paying tribute to ... themselves!

In the mid-1990's, the record label Magna Carta initiated a series of tributes to major progressive Rock acts of the classic era. Starting in 1995 with tribute albums dedicated to Genesis (Supper's Ready), Pink Floyd (The Moon Revisited), and the present tribute to Yes entitled Tales From Yesterday: A View From The South Side Of The Sky. (The series then continued with tributes to Jethro Tull and Rush in the following year, and, finally, to Emerson, Lake & Palmer in 1999.)

The typical tribute album has a bunch of younger generation bands and artists paying tribute to their childhood heroes, but these tribute releases from Magna Carta are special in that they also involve contemporaries and peers, a case in point being Annie Haslam of Renaissance who does a Yes number on this album, and, in the case of the present album, even several Yes members themselves! Some of the tracks are therefore even better described as re-makes rather than as covers in virtue of involving the original performer. This is, for example, true of the version of Astral Traveler which features the original Yes guitarist Peter Banks and also of Soon which is performed by Patrick Moraz. Both of these are instrumental versions of pieces that originally contained vocals. Astral Traveler is particularly compelling in this new version.

Other Yes members present here include Steve Howe and Billy Sherwood, the latter as part of World Trade. Howe contributes to Roundabout with Robert Berry and to Turn Of The Century with the aforementioned Annie Haslam, whilst World Trade do a version of Wondrous Stories. (This was just before Billy became a full member of Yes, but he had already worked with the band for several years both live and in the studio). Other people involved who are part of the extended Yes family are Rick Wakeman's son Adam and visual artist extraordinaire Roger Dean who created the appealing art work for this album (like he did for so many real Yes albums). Adam Wakeman performs here as part of Jeronimo Road which also include long-time Rick Wakeman collaborator Tony Fernandez on drums as well as the wonderful Damian Wilson, who also was part of Rick's band for some years, on vocals. Even though Rick himself is absent, their version of Starship Trooper here sounds very much like the version that Rick performs live with his band.

The great Steve Morse shows his admiration for Steve Howe by contributing versions of Mood For A Day and Clap. Among the younger generation bands we find (in addition to the aforementioned World Trade) Shadow Gallery, Cairo, Magellan, and others, acts signed to Magna Carta at the time.

The song selection reflects mainly the classic period between 1971's The Yes Album and 1978's Tormato, but it also reaches back to the Peter Banks-era with the aforementioned Astral Traveler and forward to the Trevor Rabin-era with Changes.

I'm not big on tribute albums - in fact, this is the first one that I have ever reviewed, having actively ignored them up till now - but as far as tribute albums go, it probably doesn't get much better than this! Tales From Yesterday is actually a worthy tribute to my favourite band.

 Tuonen Tytär II by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2009
3.54 | 8 ratings

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Tuonen Tytär II
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

3 stars The Finnish prog association Colossus has organized a series of various artists album projects (usually 3-CD sets), collaborating at first with Mellow Records and later with Musea. The first release was 2-CD "Tuonen Tytär: A Tribute to Finnish Progressive Rock of the 70's" (2000). Later it was felt that there were too many bands uncovered in the first issue. As a rather unnecessary link also this issue includes HAIKARA's re-recording of 'Yksi Maa - Yksi Kansa' originating from the band's debut album. Nevertheless, this set contains roughly three hours of prog covers made exclusively for this project, mostly by artists from Finland and, to a lesser extent, foreign artists such as Trion (NL), Jinetes Negros (ARG), Simon Says (S), Pinnacle (US), Equilibrio Vital (Venezuela) and three Italian artists (Colossus Of Prog, suitably performing Wigwam's 'Colossus', was at this point just Marco Bernard, the captain of Colossus projects).

The 1st CD is clearly better than the other two. Even two tracks originate from NOVA's sole album Atlantis,1976. Tommy Eriksson (Ageness) performs a strong version of WIGWAM's 'Cheap Evening Return' (-77); Overhead do 'Vuorellaistuja by TABULA RASA; Willowglass' instrumental version of the WIGWAM classic 'Fairyport' is wonderful! Also TASAVALLAN PRESIDENTTI ('Last Quarters' from Lambertland) and FINNFOREST are being covered. [The disc's weakest track is Pax Romana's 'Nobody Never Knows Nothing' by ROCKRESSIO, a short-lived and not-so-proggy rock band not much deserving the tributing.]

It's harder to spot highlights from the 2nd CD. Tracks of bands such as KAAMOS, KALEVALA and PIIRPAUKE are good choices, but the further inclusion of post-Nuclear Nighclub WIGWAM is very questionable. There's also a mistake in the track list: TABULA RASA track is actually 'Tuho', not 'Gryf' which surely would have been a better choice. The 3rd CD's best justified choices include Mist Season's version of 'Pan' (MARU & MIKAEL, unknown abroad I'm afraid), Kosmos performing PEKKA STRENG's 'Takaisinvirtaan' and tracks by FANTASIA, SCAPA FLOW and JUKKA TOLONEN ('Impressions of India'). For some reason FINNFOREST is covered by as many as four artists in this set. WIGWAM's Pembroke-ballad 'Lost Without a Trace' is worth covering.

Of course it must be remembered how massive task it is to organize a various artists 3-CD set, and all the respect for the great things that's been achieved here, but for a big part the track choices seem to favour too much of the same artists instead of finding more of the less-known gems, and some songs would never be my choices of the artists in question. Also the info texts concerning the original music could have been more detailed.

 Side Effects by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2015
3.95 | 2 ratings

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Side Effects
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars UK label FRUITS DE MER RECORDS have been around for a good handful of years now, making their name as a niche enterprise releasing newly recorded versions of classic psychedelic material on limited edition vinyl singles, and subsequently developing to release full length albums with the same content as well as a growing interest in the release of new material by contemporary bands. "Side Effects" is among their more unusual projects, were band were asked to record side long cover versions of psychedelic tracks. Or rather, mainly psychedelic tracks, although if the contributions that stretched the boundaries was at the bequest of the label or the artists is for me unknown.

The Soft Bombs opens this mammoth 4 LP box set with their take on Pink Floyd's Echoes, presumably the shortened version of the song given an extended rework rather than the long version of the song that have been shortened I'd estimate. Still, whether this is one or the other it's a brilliant excursion into landscapes remarkably similar to what Pink Floyd did back in the early 70's, warm, organic and cosmic with ethereal distanced lead vocals and a liberal amount of vintage fuzz and fuzzy guitar details with and without supplemental organ emphasizing that vintage spirit. An excellent creation and a brilliant opening track.

Arcade Messiah's take on Aphrodite's Child's Four Horsemen continues in a rather different but still as mesmerizing and breathtaking manner, alternating between delicate and at times post-rock oriented fragile landscapes and a harder edged, guitar and keyboards driven manner, ebbing and flowing in pace and intensity in a hypnotic manner, with clever use of floating keyboard details to add a cosmic tinge to the proceedings.

The Bevis Frond opted to cover the fairly obscure German band Electric Sandwich and their track China, and comes across as a quality, elegant affair with a late 60's or early 70's sound to it, with a driving bassline and a liberal amount of vintage psychedelic guitar soloing as the dominant presence on top. In terms of style this one reminded me quite a lot of the first couple of UFO albums, while Phil Mogg and his merry men were still a reasonably unknown psychedelic rock band.

Next up is Wreaths, who have chosen to take on Gordon Lightfoot's Sundown. This one opens up as a dark toned, subtly garage rock tinged psychedelic rock affair, before heading in to a warmer and less edgy psychedelic instrumental landscape that ebbs and flow in intensity for the concluding ten minutes or thereabouts, a dreamladen and warm late 60's of early 70's sounding affair that should please most people with a taste for psychedelic rock from that era.

Superfjord have chosen The Byrds for their contribution, and the track CTA-102. Apart form recurring interludes of more or less freak-oriented electronic interludes, this is a highly intriguing take on this song, although those with a strong affection for The Byrds might possibly object to this song converted into a creation that sounds like a meeting of minds between Hawkwind and a late 60's psychedelic rock band, with the approach and execution reminding of the former and the sounds and instrumentation reminding of of the latter. Half a cup of Hawkwind, arguably half a cup of The Byrds, with a side dish of The Beatles in experimental mode - as on Tomorrow Never Knows.

US band The Luck of Eden Hall have been rather ambitious I think, when opting to go for Yes' classic Starship Trooper. While not a song I have played all that often, my impression is that the song in this guise have been given quite the makeover, in this guise coming across as more of a garage rock gone power pop angular rendition of the song, with a booming bass, staccato start and stop sections and something of an angular spirit to it. Not quite my cup of tea, and although the warmer, floating textures that dominates the latter parts of the song were highly intriguing for me this wasn't enough to elevate the total experience for me. A bit of a miss and hit affair if you like, but credit to the band for not opting to go for a straight replication. If you've played this song to the point of the original sounding tired and bothersome, a cover version such as this one will most likely be a rejuvenating experience.

Julie's Haircut is the first of the contributors that have chosen to shy away from the psychedelic aspects of this project. Their extended take on Miles Davis' Shhh/Peaceful is an ebb and flow affair that maintains a foundation and a solid foothold inside of jazz, or jazzrock at least, but with subtle instrument details here and there that adds a psychedelic touch to the proceedings. First and foremost a jazz or possibly jazzrock affair however, but a well made one at that I should add.

Then there's Sendelica. The last contribution, and one solidly placed to the left side of anything expected. I don't know if anyone would ever have expected to the see the name Donna Summer mentioned in a psychedelic rock context, but if it hasn't happened before it most certainly has happened now, and the track in Question is I Feel Love. In this rendition a 20 minutes or so long construction, bookended by searching, atmospheric sequences of more or less gentle sounds and effects, with an elongated midsection that sports saxophone and guitar alternating on the solo runs on top of a bass booming and steady rhythms affair, liberally flavored with various kinds oif cosmic effects, that in sum sounds like something not too many light years away from a band like, say, Tangerine Dream.

All in all the 4 LPs of this box set continues Fruits De Mer's tradition of releasing high quality material for those with an interest in psychedelic rock. 150 minutes of cover material in this case, and in this case songs covered in a manner rarely if ever heard before. As usual this production was just about sold out prior to it's official release, but if you're lucky you may find some copies here and there from re-sellers or, although I doubt it, the second hand market. It's worth trying to get though, if you enjoy vintage psychedelic rock in general and especially if songs of that kind that are in the 15 to 20 minute range is of a particular interest.

 A Momentary Lapse of Vinyl (Pink Floyd Tribute) by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2014
4.00 | 1 ratings

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A Momentary Lapse of Vinyl (Pink Floyd Tribute)
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
4 stars UK label Fruits de Mer Records have an annual habit of creating something special for their regular customers. A little something the regular buyers and a few reviewers are sent towards the end of each year, small treasures they can hoard over and possibly gloat over owning that will be out of bonds for everyone else. In 2014 they really outdid themselves by assembling a double CD of material featuring cover versions of early Pink Floyd compositions and Syd Barrett songs, in a package called "A Momentary Lapse of Vinyl".

How interesting or not cover versions is to you will probably be a deciding fasctor in whether or not you'll desire to hunt down someone in possession of this double CD package, as well as just how much you treasure Pink Floyd as they came across prior to the universally well known Dark Side album. Those that treasure this period of Floyd and Barrett will most likely find this production to be an interesting one though, especially as the contributing artists all have their little special take on their chosen songs.

Personally I was most amazed by the song that bookends the first of these two CDs, Ilona V and I Am Voyager 1 both covering the tune Golden Hair. Each in their very own way, each of them managing to achieve a magical run through this brief Barrett solo tune. Among this massive collection of material, 30 songs and a playtime of more than two hours, it is difficult to point out any core traits of course, and the generally high quality of this production makes it just about impossible to describe the best ones in a brief and coherent manner. One core trait that applies tom many of these submissions is that they are fairly lo-fi sounding though. Little studio magic have been applied to polish the overall sound here, and among the most notable is the almost singer songwriter run through four songs assembled into one package by one man band Extra, where Cymbaline is the song that takes up the greater majority of time through this almost 14 minutes long rendition that also covers Pastoral Symphony, Crying Song and Green Is the Colour.

The most standout contribution in a negative sense, due to my personal tastes I guess, is the chaotic, constantly fragmenting improvisational sounding Interstellar Overdrive by Interstellar Emily. While some firmer and often compelling themes do rise, and subsequently defragment, the overall impression on this elongated trek is chaotic more than anything else. Personally I was much more fond of Rob Gould's more carefully controlled take on A Saucerful of Secrets, also a chaotic affair that twists and turns but in this take with more of a melodic, ambient feel to it. And with liberal use of Mellotrons too, unless I'm, much mistaken.

Many of the shorter songs are amongst the most vital here. The Jet Age's Let's Split amongst the most compelling one in that department, and James McKeown's careful take on Dominoes another one that merits a mention. The Magic Mushroom Band is another contributor worth taking note of, and while they have a relatively easy task when their chosen song is Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun, I found their take on this song to be a vibrant and intriguing one anyhow, and the female whispered vocals really suit this song, at least in this version. On the subject of female lead vocalists many more should probably be mentioned too. Cary Grace and Crystal Jacqueline both contribute high quality renditions too, of Cirrus Minor and Grantchester Meadows respectively, and Wild Pink Yonders take on Two of a Kind is another one that needs to be mentioned in this particular context.

All in all this is a solid package, and one many fans of Barrett era Pink Floyd most likely would have liked to experience. If you belong inside that audience and you should happen to chance upon this production, I'd advice you to get a hold of this one. Until that happens, visiting someone with this double CD in their possession will be the only possible way to experience this material presumably.

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