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    Posted: January 04 2006 at 12:24

Prog Archives Collaborators’ Top 5 Albums Of 2005:

The inaugural Collaborators annual top 5 certainly has a controversial edge to it. Some commentators might be of the view that 3 of the 5 albums aren’t even Prog Rock, but there can be no denying the freshness and vitality that Porcupine Tree, Opeth and TMV bring to the scene. Traditional Prog Rock is represented by “Present” from the re-emergent VDGG and Wobbler’s paean to the 70’s “classic era”. There was very little between the top 3 albums and in all over 80 albums were nominated.

 

 

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Porcupine Tree – Deadwing.

This album follows the pattern (plan?) of PT’s albums getting progressively heavier musically, but still managing to be Prog Rock. A real grower it features emergent Porcupine Tree classics such as Halo, Deadwing, Open Car, Lazarus and the fans-favourite Arriving Somewhere But Not Here. To quote reviewer Bryan Adair:” Deadwing has the best flow of any release they've made since Signify…recommended for all music fans, but hardcore progheads may frown upon it.”

 

 

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VDGG  - Present.

Twenty –Seven years VDGG fans have waited for a new studio release and they weren’t to be disappointed. Two CDs “Songs” and “Improvs” prove that musically they still have what it takes and in Hammill they have a vocalist who transcends time. Choice tracks include Nutter Alert, Every Bloody Emperor and the sax-driven instrumental Boleas Panic.

“I was hooked! Right from the first moment Hammill's vocals filled my speakers and ears, shivers ran down my spine , goose bumps stated appearing all over my starved body” enthused Prog Archives own Hugues Chantraine

 

 

 

3.

Opeth - Ghost Reveries

Seen as a more honest representation of Opeth’s Prog Rock credentials than the well-received but restrained Damnation, this album is almost the perfect synthesis of Death Metal and Prog. Open-minded prog-fans will be able to see beyond the growls and enjoy the joyous power-prog of such tracks as Ghost of Perdition and The Baying Of The Hounds as well the exotic Atonement and quirky The Grand Conjuration.
“Highly recommended album, intelligent music for progressive metal lovers of all ages, only those suffering from chronic allergic reactions to progressive death metal should stay far away from Ghost Reveries.” Reported PA Prog-Metal Specialist Vanwarp.

 

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The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute

Seen by many as the future of Prog Rock this TMV magnum opus has certainly helped re-awaken mainstream press interest in our favourite genre. The 30 minute epic Cassandra Gemmini will tell you everything you need to know about TMV and more besides.

As PA Collaborator Kurt Zander put it:” stop reading this review and go buy this, whooaaaaah!!” Quite.

 

 

5.

Wobbler – Hinterland

Brimming with Mellotron and unabashed 70’s prog references this is an album that most Prog Rock fans should enjoy immensely. The title track Hinterland is the best of a very good bunch and clocks in at a very pleasant 27 minutes.

“This album harkens back to the glory days of symphonic prog and is a must have for your prog collection” stated PA’s The Progtologist back in July.

 



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 04 2006 at 12:48
An interesting selection
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 04 2006 at 13:25
Originally posted by Winter Wine Winter Wine wrote:

An interesting selection


Not really much of an "interesting" selection. These were all standout albums
that deserved to be in the top 5. I would have chose them all (with the
exception of Wobbler, for not hearing it) just in a different order.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 04 2006 at 15:00
Not my top 5 of the year, although pretty consensual choices. I personaly give a honourable mention to Riverside's "Second Life Syndrome" and Kate Bush's "Aerial".
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 04 2006 at 15:15

...some interesting choices...

I must admit, I wondered what you lot did in there....

February's Listens:
Above Symmetry: Ripples 4/5
Nightwish: Imaginaerum 4.5/5
Pathosray: Sunless Skies 3/5
Shadow Gallery: Digital Ghosts 3.5/5
Vanden Plas: Seraphic Clockwork 3.5/5
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 04 2006 at 15:24

Excelent albums

 I wonder what place is "Riverside - Secobd Life Syndrom"

could you please put a top 10 guys??

Most listened albums last week

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 04 2006 at 15:34
I'll probably post the Top 15 at some stage,but for now let's let the Top 5  be the topic of conversation....
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 04 2006 at 15:41

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 04 2006 at 16:57

No Neal Morse!

No Roine Stolt!

 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 04 2006 at 17:09
I must say that I can't help but agree that Deadwing was the album of 2005 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 04 2006 at 18:18
Bah. I tried to rig things by voting for the Residents as my no 1 choice but it just wasn't going to happen, was it?

Anyway, good to see 3 of my choices there at least.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 04 2006 at 18:56
I still have to hear Wobbler and Van Der Graaf Generator, but the other three are surely in my top list.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 04 2006 at 19:05
Only one of my choices made the top 5 (VDGG). It's a good selection of contemporary progressive rock, although the absence of Guapo is a bit of a mystery (or am I biased?).
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 04 2006 at 19:18
Originally posted by Trouserpress Trouserpress wrote:

Bah. I tried to rig things by voting for the Residents
as my no 1 choice but it just wasn't going to happen, was it?

Anyway, good to see 3 of my choices there at least.



Which 3?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 04 2006 at 19:21

TMV IN TOP 5.... YES.

Otherwise, couldn't say much for other albums.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 05 2006 at 11:45
Kotro wrote: my top 5 of the year, although pretty consensual choices. I personaly give a honourable mention to Riverside's "Second Life Syndrome" and Kate Bush's "Aerial".

Yup, Aerial was on my list - a cd-long concept piece. Perfectly conceived and executed. Defintely one of the standout albums of the year for me. Just unfortunate that not enough of the other collabs thought so too... Shame on them
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 05 2006 at 14:52
All pretty safe and mainstream. What were the top 5 jazz fusion albums, Tony?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 05 2006 at 16:11
Originally posted by FragileDT FragileDT wrote:

Originally posted by Trouserpress Trouserpress wrote:

Bah. I tried to rig things by voting for the Residents
as my no 1 choice but it just wasn't going to happen, was it?

Anyway, good to see 3 of my choices there at least.



Which 3?


Van Der Graaf, Volta and Wobbler.

I also voted for Animal Lover by the Residents and Fantomas' Suspended Animation.


...oooh hang on. I voted for Guapo too, I seem to recall. Maybe I didn't vote for Wobbler after all.
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