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Albums or CD's where more than one artist is featured either as a SAMPLER or a TRIBUTE to a particular band. Examples: - Peter and The Wolf - Prog Fairytale - 1975 / The Reading Room - 2000 / Leonardo - The Absolute Man - 2001 / Best Prog Rock Album in the World... Ever - 2003 / Un Voyage En Progressif Volume 1 to 8 / Kalevala - A Finnish Progressive Rock Epic.

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4.23 | 157 ratings
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.27 | 78 ratings
ODYSSEY - THE GREATEST TALE
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.27 | 72 ratings
INFERNO THE DIVINE COMEDY - PART 1
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.36 | 43 ratings
LA BIBLIA
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.33 | 41 ratings
THE SPAGHETTI EPIC 3
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.16 | 68 ratings
DECAMERON: TEN DAYS IN 100 NOVELLAS (PART 1)
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.21 | 46 ratings
REWIRING GENESIS: A TRIBUTE TO THE LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY
Various Artists (Tributes)
4.86 | 10 ratings
DECAMERON - TEN DAYS IN 100 NOVELLAS - PART III
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.15 | 52 ratings
THE STORIES OF H.P. LOVECRAFT: A SYNPHONIC COLLECTION
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.78 | 11 ratings
LEADER OF THE STARRY SKIES: A TRIBUTE TO TIM SMITH, SONGBOOK 1
Various Artists (Tributes)
4.06 | 72 ratings
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (THE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUND TRACK ALBUM)
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.09 | 43 ratings
PURGATORIO THE DIVINE COMEDY - PART 2
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.25 | 20 ratings
THE BLACK CODEX (EPISODES 1 - 13)
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.03 | 38 ratings
(THE) 7 SAMURAI
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.00 | 39 ratings
DECAMERON. TEN DAYS IN 100 NOVELLAS - PART II
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.31 | 13 ratings
THE BLACK CODEX (EPISODES 14 - 26)
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.07 | 22 ratings
MARSCAPE
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.05 | 22 ratings
THE BLACK CODEX (EPISODES 27 - 39)
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.05 | 20 ratings
THE BLACK CODEX (EPISODES 40 - 52)
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.41 | 8 ratings
VISIONS OF AN INNER MOUNTING APOCALYPSE (MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA)
Various Artists (Tributes)

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 The Rome Pro(G)ject by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.73 | 26 ratings

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The Rome Pro(G)ject
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Monuments and statues everywhere

The first instalment of Vincenzo Ricca's Rome Pro(g)ject opens with a track of unaccompanied narration in Italian which functions well enough to set the mood for the album but is somewhat lost on those of us who do not speak the language. The actual music begins with track two (which also features some further narration). The primary influence seems to be Genesis which may be forgiven given the presence here of the great Steve Hackett. Indeed, many parts of this album do sound a bit like an instrumental version of Genesis circa 1971-73.

Another contributor is David Cross of King Crimson on violin and that band is also brought to mind when listening to the Rome Pro(g)ject, but more so their early efforts before Cross was part of the band. Richard Sinclair is most well-known for his contributions to Caravan, but he was also a member of Camel and the latter band is a more relevant comparison point than Caravan in this case. David Jackson of Van Der Graaf Generator contributes saxes and flutes.

Comparing this first album to the more recent second Rome Pro(g)ject album Of Fate And Glory, it is clear that - even though much was already in place here - Of Fate And Glory is a more accomplished and overall more satisfying effort. Both albums are enjoyable and if you appreciate the strong Of Fate And Glory you will enjoy this one as well.

 The Rome Pro(g)ject - Of Fate And Glory by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.02 | 16 ratings

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The Rome Pro(g)ject - Of Fate And Glory
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

4 stars "This is a story of fate and glory"

The Rome Pro(g)ject is a progressive Rock project led by the Italian musician Vincenzo Ricca. Of Fate And Glory is the second album released under this moniker and like on the first album Steve Hackett and David Jackson are again involved. In addition, Ricca has this time enlisted the talents of the amazing Billy Sherwood. The names of these four men (Ricca, Hackett, Jackson, and Sherwood) are printed on the front cover of the album, but there are also some further people involved in the recording.

The presence of Hackett and Sherwood obviously invites comparisons to Genesis and Yes, and while references to these bands (as well as to some other classic progressive Rock giants) are indeed relevant, perhaps even more relevant are references to Hackett's solo work and also to the solo work of Rick Wakeman whose keyboard playing is an obvious influence on Ricca's. David Jackson's flutes and saxophones, however, remind more of Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson and Mel Collins' contributions to King Crimson and Camel than they bring to mind anything by Jackson's day job in Van Der Graaf Generator.

Since the music found here is lighter than that of bands like Genesis and Yes, and also in virtue of being completely instrumental, comparisons can also be made to more mellow and folky acts like Gandalf (see, for example, the latter's collaborations with Hackett) and to Mike Oldfield. Occasionally, a jazzier aspect can also be detected in some tracks.

As indicated above, there are no vocals on this album. But the opening track does have some spoken word courtesy of Steve Hackett's wife Joanna, which is basically just a matter of reading out the titles of each subsequent track of the album! I find this aspect pretty lame and pointless and the fact that this opening track also includes a melody that comes a bit too close for comfort to Genesis' Hairless Heart does not help the track. Once you get past this, however, you are in for some excellent music.

My favourite tracks are The Wolf And The Twins and The Conquest Of The World both co-written by Sherwood and S.P.Q.R. co-written with Hackett. Overall, a very nice album!

 The Rome Pro(g)ject - Of Fate And Glory by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.02 | 16 ratings

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The Rome Pro(g)ject - Of Fate And Glory
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars After three and a half years the cleverly named ROME PRO(G)JECT are back as a collective offering a sequel to the eponymous release that took conceptual instrumental symphonic prog to new heights. The PRO(G)JECT consists of the three permanent members: founder and keyboard junkie Vicenzo Ricca, bassist extraordinaire Billy Sherwood who simply loves these ongoing PRO(G)JECTS but also contributes percussion and guitar and Genesis guitar god and solo eclectic progger Steve Hackett on guitars. Also on board are David Jackson of Van Der Graaf Generator fame on winds. There are several other musicians on board who contribute more keys, more guitars, more bass and just more! Noticeably absent as i was sitting through this just waiting for some horrible vocalist to mar the beautiful music is the absence of any vocals whatsoever save the introductory narration as the guiding voice by Joanna Lehmann Hackett, poetic author and wife of, yes, Steve Hackett.

Released on April 21st, 2016, which happens to be the 2769th anniversary of Rome's foundation, the subject matter tackles exactly what it proposes. This is indeed a concept album that tells the musical tale about ancient ROME and the story OF FATE AND GLORY. These types of concept albums usually tackle such subjects with vocals and lyrics of some sort, but this one is totally instrumental except for Ms Hackett's short narrative introductions on the very first track. The rest of the album is supposed to be a completely accurate representation of ROME's history throughout the ages in musical form and as the music segues from one passage to another somehow also is supposed to represent the continuing developments of the city that began in 753 BC and took 870 years of conquests to reach its apex in 117 AC before its ultimate decline.

The music is very much like the first edition (only better) and continues the symphonic prog rock style that floats around in a dreamy neo-prog meets the late "Wind Or Wuthering" Genesis style of symphonic prog that floats around, drops a few bombs and marches down into new musical thoroughfares. The focus is primarily on the multi keyboard parts and their melodic meanderings that weave together to deliver an emotional response to what is being sonically depicted. Hackett's guitar contributions are just as strong showing emotional counterpoints to the keyboard runs and thorough well thought out progressive rock workouts. The album has eleven tracks in all and each track tells a particular tale of various stages of ROME's long standing history as one of the world's greatest and most formidable empires. While i personally can't say i understand any these connections between the might and symphonic pomp that the music delivers and which stories it supposedly represents, i am happy to inform you that it doesn't really matter if you connect to this as intended by the artists or not. The music more than stands on its own without any arcane references to antiquity or the trials and tribulations of life in the Mediterranean empire.

THE ROME PRO(G)JECT might sound a little familiar if you are already familiar with the Colossus Project series. It has the same type of symphonic prog rock sound encountered on a majority of those types of releases that are also conceptual in nature. Billy Sherwood has been behind the scenes on many of these and seems indefatigable in this regard. Perhaps my one complaint about this album is that the lack of vocals leaves the listener a little perplexed and lost in the sea of antiquity and implores a more descriptive analysis that can act as training wheels for the uninitiated of the long history that only true historians would completely comprehend. Another slight issue i have is that from what i know of the ROMAN empire through my limited reading of it and the excellent cable TV series ROME is that it was particularly brutal and the mellow and suave music that is exhibited here doesn't necessarily bring conquest and plunder to mind! That said, this is a strong collection of tracks that may not quite warrant its bloated 66 minute and 22 second run but wrests out only the most appropriate emotional responses from the listener throughout a majority of the minutes within it.

One of my favorite tracks, for example, is the sublime "Seven Hills And A River" which at 13:12 never outstays its welcome at all. It begins with a repetitive marching type riff with a sustained key that builds and builds and builds. It continues to slowly blossom into an ever more melodic and complex progressive behemoth that pulls out all the symphonic prog and space rock punches and ekes out all the appurtenant and desired effects. It is punctuated by beautiful classical guitar segments as well as heavy rock approaches and conjures up the journey at hand quite successfully while other tracks may leave the listener a bit perplexed. Overall i wouldn't call this a stunningly successful conceptual masterpiece of any sort however this is a ridiculously pleasant slice of symphonic prog done right with perfect production, meliorable mixing and the majestic melding of seasoned musicians taking turns pouring out their hearts to bring a larger than life experience. Quite recommended and musically more challenging than the first eponymous release.

 Psychedelic Underground 17 by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Psychedelic Underground 17
Various Artists (Label Samplers) Various Genres

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
3 stars The German label Garden Of Delights has re-released dozens of -- well, in fact nearly two hundred -- more or less obscure and rare German prog albums over the years, each CD with detailed liner notes and pictures, often also with several bonus tracks. Every tenth CD is a sampler of the nine latest re-releases, and the bands are introduced briefly but on a satisfying level (in German / English).

SUNBIRDS was an instrumental quintet playing jazz fusion. The opening track from their debut (1971) is a pleasant, bluesy composition that emphasizes electric piano and flute. - MISSUS BEASTLY is slightly better known, mostly instrumental jazz-rock group of the 70's. Flute dominates on this one, a fresh and percussively strong little piece.- EMBRYO is probably the best known band on this selection. The title song from Bad Heads and Bad Cats (1976) reminds me of the British group Babe Ruth, with the female vocals and jazzy touch.

GUILDENSTERN, an instrumentally oriented group influenced by e.g. Eloy, Genesis and Camel, never released an album, but a decent release was gathered from live and rehearsal room recordings. With a better sound quality it could have come very close to being an excellent symph prog discovery. - The instrumental jazz-rock piece by TETRAGON is from the release Agape which contains previously unreleased stuff. The Nice comes to my mind from the rather jam-like piece emphasizing on organ and drums. - I was quite delighted by the sole album (1976) of LANGSYNE, an English-language psych-folk group. Peaceful 'Morning' is a fairly good outtake from it.

PANCAKE released three different albums, and the third one from 1979 is said to be the hardest. The female vocalist Biggi Zmierczak is frankly quite bad. - The 8th track is a massive live improvisation (37:34) by COSMIC CIRCUS MUSIC. They are compared to the early Ash Ra Tempel. It's not easy to stay awake during this meditation... - And finally, a 12-minute track by a Pink Floyd influenced one-timer VIRUS. The organ-heavy and instrumentally oriented, slightly jazzy piece features great flute contributions.

Otherwise pretty nice selection of vintage German obscurities, but the piece by C.C.M. could have been edited to a decent length in order to have longer tracks from other, more interesting bands.

 Decameron - Ten Days in 100 Novellas - Part III by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.86 | 10 ratings

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

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

5 stars In 1353 Giovanni Boccaccio completed his famous book Decamerone, in which a company of ten young Florentians have escaped the Black Death epidemic of 1348. During ten days each of them tells a daily story; thus the complete Decamerone contains full 100 short stories. It's undoubtedly the most important book in the whole history of short stories. The word 'novella' of Italian origin, used in this three-part anthology series, actually means (in today's English) a short novel, so it's a bit out of place... But anyway, the now-completed massive international project organized by the Finnish prog society Colossus and its Italian chairman Marco Bernard wasn't to make any compromises: each and every story has been given a musical interpretation on three 4-disc sets. Sadly I haven't listened to the previous parts.

In one word, it's a cornucopia! I have been listening to these approx. 70-minute CD's several days now, and I really could have continued to do so for many more days before reviewing. But now to the music. Quite a few of the artists participating in this anthology have favoured notable Medieval/Renaissance flavours (that I'm fond of) in their compositions or arrangements. That would not be the point at all, it simply wouldn't feel natural if all the dozens of prog bands/artists with their own styles tried to catch the spirit of the 1400th century. It's enough that the bands more or less share the spirit of the Golden Age of progressive rock. Downright modern stuff you won't find here. Who would want or expect to? Mellotron, Hammond, Korg, Moog, clavinet... and of course violin and flute are frequently listed on these pages.

My favourites on the first CD include instrumentals by AGENESS (Finland), WILLOWGLASS (UK), and a song by a US group ELEPHANTS OF SCOTLAND, one of the few using recorder to bring some Medieval touch. Before I forget, the best thing about this anthology has nothing to do with bygone centuries, it is the fact that it's exhaustingly full of excellent prog. The second best thing is that it introduces to me - and surely to anyone - numerous interesting prog acts I hadn't even heard of. I never would have guessed STELLA LEE JONES to be a Japanese prog group.

The most frequent countries are Italy and USA. Italian bands feature e.g. LATTE E MIELE, IL TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE, TAPROBAN and IL CASTELLO DI ATLANTE. There are artists from Canada, France, Spain, Argentina, Australia (UNITED PROGRESSIVE FRATERNITY), Russia, etc.

Less than 1/3 of all artists I had earlier listened to, but I daresay everyone has taken this project with passion and high artistic goals. The existent stylistic variety naturally means that not a single listener can be impressed by all 36 tracks. However, only a very few tracks I rather skip (and I am generally pretty fond of the skip button, believe me). I'm glad that the majority of the tracks are instrumentals. Sometimes the lyrics are slightly clumsy as they concentrate in telling the story. Amusingly there are a couple of tracks with a theatrical or even opera-reminding dialogue approach: 'Put a Tail On It' by CASTLE CANYON (USA) is guaranteed to raise a smile. Usually an instrumentally oriented OZONE PLAYER (Finland) has invited four vocalists.

"Intro" piece by ROBERT WEBB (of England fame) and "outro" by Castle Canyon, again (their 'Nephile's Song' is one of my favourites) aren't directly based on Decamerone stories. Nearly each of the remaining 34 tracks are accompanied with a story synopsis, which is very nice. The thick booklet designed by Ed Unitsky deserves all the praise, managing to be both informative in a user-friendly way and visually beautiful. The same way as the CD's by The Samurai Of Prog, which as a multi-national virtual band can be seen closely related to these Colossus projects. Also here there are pieces featuring musicians from various corners of the globe. In the Internet Age it's not necessary to even meet in person in order to make music that matters.

It's not often that I'm willing to give a full rating to a various artists set, but this is such occasion. If I was imprisoned for months and was allowed to have just one CD release, this might be the one.

 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.
 The Zodiac : Cosmic Sounds by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 1967
3.82 | 16 ratings

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The Zodiac : Cosmic Sounds
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Cosmic at the time

One of the first releases to feature the Moog, and also one of the first concept albums, "Cosmic Sounds" is a collaborative project realized by multiple professional studio musicians and arrangers. Consisting in twelve short pieces representing the signs of the Zodiac, it features all the various psychedelic elements of the late 60's, and an important usage of keyboards, especially the well-known synthesizer, played by Paul Beaver. Each track is built around small musical patterns and narration interludes pronounced by Cyrus Faryar. The words were written by Jacques Wilson, and, most important, the music was composed by Mort Garson, who will later become one of the Moog's audacious explorers.

True story: the back cover includes the mention "Must Be Played In The Dark"...

The opener "Aries - The Fire-Fighter" is a psychedelic rock typical of the 60's. One of the best passages of the record, very catchy! Then comes "Taurus - The Voluptuary", a soft pastoral ballad, followed by the strange "Gemini - The Cool Eye", displaying various spacey ambiances but a bit uneven. "Cancer - The Moon Child" opens with a mysterious threatening ambiance, to then release furious guitars (at the time). Although "Leo - The Lord Of Lights" is a nice psyché-rock, my personal favorite track is undoubtedly the stellar "Virgo - The Perpetual Perfectionist" is. A perfect (short) trip into the stars!

The trippy meditative "Libra - The Flower Child" uses Indian instruments, whereas the martial "Scorpio - The Passionate Hero" is more oppressive. On the contrary, the weird circus "Sagittarius - The Versatile Daredevil" sounds a little out of place. No the best sign here... Much more mysterious is the sinister ritual "Capricorn - The Uncapricious Climber". The record finishes with the aerial crystalline "Aquarius - The Lover Of Life" and the peaceful melancholic "Pisces - The Peace Piper".

Despite its short tracks and length, the music manages to offer multiple varied atmospheres. For sure, the disc sounds a bit dated now and contains a few weak moments, but the result is very nice, ahead of its time and spacey for 1967. Accessible and not too experimental, "Cosmic Sounds" is a colorful and trippy journey around the Zodiac.

This album will influence other bands, such as MOODY BLUES for their pioneering "Days of Future Passed", usually considered as one of the first progressive record ever. An innovative and historic proto-prog album, and an essential listen for psychedelic and space rock lovers. Cosmic pop from the sixties!

 The Show That Never Ends: The Best of Progressive Rock - Live from the King Biscuit Vaults by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1998
3.00 | 2 ratings

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The Show That Never Ends: The Best of Progressive Rock - Live from the King Biscuit Vaults
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

3 stars "THE SHOW THAT NEVER ENDS: The Best of Progressive Rock Live From The KING BISCUIT Vaults" is one of the many releases from the famous American syndicated radio show THE KING BISCUIT FLOWER HOUR that broadcast on Sunday nights from 1973 to 2007. While encompassing everything from B.B.King and Bruce Springsteen to Billy Squier, the show covered more than its share of progressive rock bands as well.

This release is basically a sampler pack highlighting some of their progressive releases with two tracks each from a total of six artists which include Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Dixie Dregs, Renaissance, Gentle Giant, Rick Wakeman and Greg Lake. These tracks are simply taken off each artist's retrospective full live album released on the King Biscuit label.

This is a rather strange mix of company here indeed and i can never fully recommend these kinds of samplers unless you are utterly clueless about progressive rock in general and really just want to sample some of the greats at their prime. I would steer the prospective listener to simply acquiring the entire "King Biscuit Flower Presents" album for the artists of choice. For example of these i actually own the Gentle Giant album from which "Proclamation" and "Experience" emerged and can highly recommend that album as a whole.

I doubt any serious progger would track this down but all the performances are top notch so if you happen to find it at a decent price it is by no means a bad album. It's just not what i'd call the least bit essential either so my 3 star rating is simply a reflection of the compilation itself and not the contents of the music although i can't say that the ELP tracks are my top pick for inclusion nor are those of the Dixie Dregs. The inclusion of Greg Lake covering King Crimson tracks as if they were his own rubs me the wrong way as well, but as i stated, everything is performed extremely well and well worth a listen if you happen to find this jumping into your stereo system.

 To Cry You a Song: A Collection of Tull Tales (Jethro Tull tribute) by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.29 | 23 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*)

 Classic Rock Society: New Species - Volume VII by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2013
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Classic Rock Society: New Species - Volume VII
Various Artists (Label Samplers) Various Genres

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
4 stars Compilation CDs of the sampler variety, most often found as attachments to music magazines of various kinds, is a feature that has become increasingly more common in the digital age, presumably as a selling point for paper publications as they try to add a selling point when competing with uncountable numbers of music news outlets available for free on the internet. The value of such sampler CDs is contested, as many find that they devalue the worth of music in general. But outside of the circles of ardent, dedicated music fans these have proven to be rather popular, as they do manage to be of interest to many, especially more casual fans as well as those who don't take the time to search for new music themselves but rather opts to rely on guidance by others. Playing through such a sampler CD is a time efficient manner in which to discover new music that may be worthwhile getting more familiar with.

"New Species Volume VII" dates back to 2013, and was assembled by the Classic Rock Society, attached to their magazine Rock Society (issue 194). As far as such samplers go it features all the low and high points of such compilations: The songs included are of a generally high quality throughout, but the sheer diversity at hand means that the overall appeal will be something of a hit and miss affair, the number of listeners that will find all the songs of an equally high interest will be finite and limited.

Roughly speaking the tracks from 12 artists included may be described in this manner: - Kompendium: Gentle, symphonic progressive rock with orchestral movements and pastoral sequences. - Kingbathmat: Psychedelic rock with space rock elements and a vintage hard rock undercurrent. John Lawton And Diana Express: Classic 70's piano driven hard rock. - The Room: Early 80's Rush meets early 80's Magnum, with a touch of 80's AOR hard rock thrown in for good measure. - Jolly: Dark, oppressive and bleak progressive metal. - Antony Kalugin's Kinematics Orchestra: Careful, exotic material in an Ozric Tentacles meets symphonic progressive rock kind of way. - Tusmorke: Organ and flute driven 70's progressive rock, not all that far removed from the likes of Black Widow. - Panzerballett: Tight, intense metal combined with jazz and jazzrock on top of a reggae backbone. - The Aurora Project: Majestic and tight classic era progressive metal combined with atmospheric laden neo-progresive rock. Ebony Tower: Tight and distinct folk-oriented rock combined with vibrant hard rock. - Karfagen: Scandinavian and Middle East inspired folk music themes explored in a multifaceted symphonic progressive rock context. - Argos: Playful and whimsical progressive rock with firm nods in the direction of the Canterbury bands, with darker undercurrents and occasional classic era Genesis tendencies.

A lot of variety in other words, not all of it material most would categorize as progressive rock either, but first and foremost a case of great diversity.

Sampler CDs of this kind will often turn up as flea market items at giveaway prices or plain and simply given away by people, some will even throw these in the garbage can. Personally I'd recommend this one, as most others of it's kind, as a CD that is a worthwhile listen, and then first and foremost for those with an interest in discovering new music and new artists. Not everything will be as interesting to everybody, true enough, but the very premise of such productions is to include everything alongside the proverbial kitchen sink, so that as broad an audience as possible may discover some music to their liking. As far as I'm concerned this CD accomplish that very well, and as a person with a fairly broad taste I'll readily admit that this was a CD I really enjoyed giving a spin.

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