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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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4.18 | 212 ratings
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.23 | 101 ratings
ODYSSEY - THE GREATEST TALE
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.20 | 93 ratings
INFERNO - THE DIVINE COMEDY, PART 1
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.27 | 56 ratings
LA BIBLIA
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.14 | 85 ratings
DECAMERON - TEN DAYS IN 100 NOVELLAS (PART 1)
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.17 | 59 ratings
THE SPAGHETTI EPIC 3 - THE GREAT SILENCE
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.14 | 69 ratings
THE STORIES OF H.P. LOVECRAFT - A SYNPHONIC COLLECTION
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.16 | 57 ratings
REWIRING GENESIS - A TRIBUTE TO THE LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY
Various Artists (Tributes)
4.03 | 92 ratings
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (THE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUND TRACK ALBUM)
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.09 | 57 ratings
PURGATORIO -THE DIVINE COMEDY, PART II
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.54 | 14 ratings
LEADER OF THE STARRY SKIES: A TRIBUTE TO TIM SMITH, SONGBOOK 1
Various Artists (Tributes)
4.02 | 57 ratings
DECAMERON - TEN DAYS IN 100 NOVELLAS (PART II)
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.01 | 49 ratings
THE 7 SAMURAI
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.02 | 35 ratings
MARSCAPE
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
3.93 | 41 ratings
GIALLO ! (ONE SUITE FOR THE MURDERER)
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
3.94 | 32 ratings
THE ZODIAC - COSMIC SOUNDS
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
3.83 | 56 ratings
DECAMERON - TEN DAYS IN 100 NOVELLAS (PART III)
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.39 | 9 ratings
VISIONS OF AN INNER MOUNTING APOCALYPSE (MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA)
Various Artists (Tributes)
4.30 | 10 ratings
MORE ANIMALS AT THE GATES OF REASON - A TRIBUTE TO PINK FLOYD
Various Artists (Tributes)
3.88 | 32 ratings
RETURN TO THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
Various Artists (Tributes)

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 I Grandi Successi Del Rock Progressivo Italiano by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2005
4.00 | 6 ratings

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I Grandi Successi Del Rock Progressivo Italiano
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by Prog123

4 stars "I grandi successi del Rock Progressivo Italiano" is an excellent compilation to discover the Progressive Rock catalog that Nuova Fonit Cetra offered in the 70's. And there are some of the biggest Italian Progressive bands of that decade (Osanna, Delirium, New Trolls, Raccomandata Ricevuta Ritorno, I Garybaldi or Uno) and other very interesting groups (on all the I Califfi and the extraordinary "Campane" in ELP or Goblin style but without the baroqueism of the English... But with a more Space Rock and Folk streak). In general one could read a certain derivation from English groups, which (as far as it is understood more generalizing) is typical of Italian POP and Rock music, but strong is the graft of the Italian tradition, which makes everything more passionate and colorful. It is also not easy to read, in several cases, where the Rock part ends and where the Progressive part begins, which transforms many songs (and bands) into something to be classified as progressive more for the complexity of their music and for historical period than for musical genre proposed. Luckily, here "1 ° Tempo: Allegro" (from "Concerto Grosso") was chosen to present the New Trolls, because, otherwise, they would have been forced to present them either as a Hard Rock band (due to Nico di Palo) or as a Symphonic Rock band (due to Vittorio de Scalzi). With this I hope to have made it clear what Progressive Rock was in Italy at the time (even if bands like Banco Mutuo Soccorso, Le Orme or PFM were totally devoted to an English-style Progressive).

In conclusion, here are 16 bands with 16 excellent/ good/ honest songs and it is a good/ excellent introduction to a certain kind of understanding of Progressive Rock and what represented in Italy a musical genre that in countries like South Korea or Japan is considered true art.

 Dik Dik- I GiGanti: Due Gruppi Un'Epoca by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1995
2.00 | 1 ratings

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Dik Dik- I GiGanti: Due Gruppi Un'Epoca
Various Artists (Label Samplers) Various Genres

Review by Prog123

— First review of this album —
2 stars When in Italy we mention I Dik Dik and I Giganti we mention two of the most famous and important Beat bands of the 60's. What is forgotten (mostly because of the music critics) is the fact that in the 70's both these bands produced albums of true Progressive Rock. And it is not considered, in the case of I Dik Dik that with the cover of "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" by Procol Harum, re-titled (and sung in Italian with the title "Senza Luce" in 1967) was the first true expression of Progressive Rock in Italy. Generalizing the style of I Dik Dik is similar to that of Procol Harum or The Moody Blues, although remaining more POP and with a non-Progressive Rock approach (but, on closer inspection, Progressive Rock is always, at the end of the analysis). As for I Giganti... Aside from the album "Terra in bocca" (an awkward concept album in terms of theme and, for this reason, rejected by critics and audiences) we can't talk about Progressives but only about good (or honest?) Beat Rock (or POP, to put it as it is used today).

This compilation is very interesting, therefore, as far as the I Dik Dik section is concerned, because if you like Procol Harum, you will find good music (even if limited to "Il Primo Giorno Di Primavera", "Senza Luce", "ll Vento" and "Vendo Casa"). I Giganti section does not feature anything Progressive, although the music is interesting (Like Beat Rock).

In conclusion, I don't recommend this compilation to anyone looking to discover the origins of Italian Progressive Rock. Rather make yours the first 2 albums of Le Orme, the first two albums of New Trolls or one of the many compilations of I Dik Dik (where, however, you find a lot of Beat and Progressive in a slightly misleading mix).

 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.

 Romantic Warrioirs IV: Krautrock, Part 2 by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover DVD/Video, 2021
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Romantic Warrioirs IV: Krautrock, Part 2
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

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

— First review of this album —
4 stars The husband and wife dynamic team of Adele Schmidt and José Zegarra Holder have enthusiastically been seeking out golden age prog heroes for quite some time now in order to create some excellent documentaries about prog's golden age before and extracting their stories before these pioneers leave our Earthly world and take their show to a different realm. The ROMANTIC WARRIORS series has been instrumental in telling the forgotten tales of a classic era from decades with the 2019 edition ROMANTIC WARRIORS IV: KRAUTROCK PART I exploring the massive psychedelic scene from Germany's big bang of unlimited creativity.

Two years later in 2021 the sequel ROMANTIC WARRIORS IV: KRAUTRCOK PART 2 has finally been completed and in it's 123 minutes of playing time serves as the second installment in The Krautrock Trilogy as well as the sixth overall edition of the ROMANTIC WARRIORS documentary series. This edition features bands from Southern Germany and includes interviews with members of Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, Popol Vuh and Electric Orange. Footage includes classic period performances as well as modern festivals.

Individual band members interviewed include Skip Van Wyck III, Mani Neumeier, Chirs Karrer, Daniel Fichelscher, Hellmut Hattler, Jan Fride, Walter Westrupp and an animated chat with Renate Knaup. Once again the stories dig deep into the wellspring of creativity that emerged in the late 60s and flourished throughout the 70s and provided incalculable influences for artists to come. The cities of Germany covered are Munich, Wiesbaden, Ulm and Heidelberg. The third upcoming installment will cover bands from Berlin and Hamburg which will include Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Günter Schickert, Agitation Free, Conrad Schnitzler, A.R. & Machines, Nektar and some contemporary bands such as Robert Rich & Markus Reuter and Coolspring and is slated for 2023.

In this two hour journey into the world of KRAUTROCK, we are treated to the insight of some of the key players that share their experiences and how they fit into the scene that took Germany by storm and forever changed the music terrain for eternity. The scenes are well paced with interviews of individual members of the select bands juxtaposed next to live concert footage and other relevant trips down memory lane to paint a picture that has been unseen by the public for far too long. While primarily focused on the classic golden era of KRAUTROCK, it's refreshing to see a more modern band like Electric Orange included as it displays how newer generations have continued the tradition and brought these experimental sounds into the next millennium.

These documentaries are truly addictive as it only makes you want to know more and explore artists that you have heard of but possibly haven't actually heard. Guru Guru for example is a band i have heard a couple albums but haven't really explored thoroughly. Zeitgeist Media has produced nothing less than visual aphrodisiacs that will whet your appetite to explore the scene even further and if you were lucky enough to live through those glorious times, to transport you back to when the magic was in action and then reel you back to the present to find out where these musicians have landed in the brave new world. I love these so much and can only hope that this series continues to infinity because there are so many tales in the world of progressive rock to tell and nobody does it better than Adele Schmidt and José Zegarra Holder. Bravo!

 Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.88 | 32 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.

 Rockandalus by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1994
4.75 | 3 ratings

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Rockandalus
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by HarmonyDissonan

4 stars SOME VERY FINE MUSIC! Although it took me a few listens to see the excellence in this cd, I've come to realize that it does contain some very fine music in deed! Although there might be some other compilation cd's out there sampling Spanish and/or Andalusian progressive rock, I am not familiar with them. And with that in mind, I can't but recommend this cd highly for a taste of her progressive music. I have grown to admire this disc and the music within. Spain is somewhat neglected in some prog rock sites and circles, along with South America and Eastern Europe. So if you would like a quality starting point to sample some Spanish/Andalusian progressive rock this would be a good place to start. I know that even though I have and know of some of prog rock acts from the neighborhood, this cd gives me 4 or 5 other compelling bands to check into a little further!

Take care and enjoy God's gift of music!

 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
3.88 | 32 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.

 Давид Тухманов ‎- По волне моей памяти / David Tukhmanov - On The Crest Of My Memory by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.44 | 15 ratings

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Давид Тухманов ‎- По волне моей памяти / David Tukhmanov - On The Crest Of My Memory
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

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

3 stars The Soviet Union existed from 1922 to 1991 and in that time created some of the most distorted art forms in all of the 20th century with the communist party dictating exactly what was permissible for its citizens to experience on every possible level and no more was this true than in the field of music. While Russian folk music dominated the behemoth nation's imposed musical palette, a strange genre of pop music dubbed Soviet estrada emerged in the 1930s which showcased government approved songwriters who crafted catchy pop tunes that would be backed up by professional musicians often in the form of orchestras. This music was fronted by strong vocalists with the music being secondary to the stilted themes that focused on romance, comradely and patriotism. Therefore while most of the world went from blues to jazz to rock and beyond, the USSR was pretty much limited to a few styles of music that rarely escaped the censors' strong scrutiny.

One of the major players in the large pool of estrada composers was DAVID TUKHMANOV ( Дави́д Тухма́нов ) who came from a musical family and wrote his first piece of music at the tender age of four. He was scouted out early and became one of the USSR's most famous popular music composers racking up a number of hits but by the time the 70s hit, TUKHMANOV found that even the USSR was faced with the dilemma of worldwide popular music seeping into the hands of the populous and like putting a genie back into the bottle was impossible to contain. Faced with this unique situation, the censors began to loosen their iron grip a bit and allow greater license for more artistic expressions provided of course it didn't go too far in promoting anti-government dissatisfaction or other treasonous ideologies. TUKHMANOV had a huge knowledge of classical music and while some of the most progressive forms of rock and pop were being unleashed on the other side of the Iron Curtain by 1975, the Soviet gestapo was only beginning to allow such forms of music to exist on an official level.

TUKHMANOV envisioned a form of classical music that incorporated the rhythmic forms of pop music accompanied by electronic sounds and progressive rock arrangements. Along with lyrics based on classical poetry from different cultures narrated in the original languages, TUKHMANOV set forth to craft one of the Soviet Union's most famous releases and the end result was "По волне моей памяти" or translated into English "On A Wave Of My Memory." This concept album featured a large number of artists and performers making it a huge endeavor as well as perhaps the Soviet Union's very first art rock album that was released officially. Given the novelty and hunger for something so bold and daring, the album became instantly popular and sold out within the first few days of release and inspired a whole new genre of the Soviet rock opera with many more to follow from 1975 on but this one raised the bar high with few even coming close to the efforts and popularity of "On A Wave Of My Memory."

Coming off as some sort of Soviet estrada version of Aphrodite's Child's "666," "On A Wave Of My Memory" runs the gamut of styles ranging from the expected Russian folk and Soviet estrada influences to Western classic rock, prog, funk and art pop. The rich vocal section included Mechrdad Badi, Natalia Kapustina, Igor Ivanov, Alexander Byrykin, Vladislav Andrianov, Sergey Belikov, Alexander Lerman, Ljudmila Barykina as well as the vocal group Sovremennik Orchestra gave the album a richly varied texture of singing styles and somewhat of a circus effect in the process. Seasoned Soviet musicians such as Boris Pivovarov (guitar), Arkady Feldbarg (bass, violin), Vladimir Plotkin (drums) and TUKHMANOV himself (piano, organ, synthesizers, electric piano provided the tight rhythm section while the lush classical orchestration was provided by the Melodiya Ensemble on brass as well as the USSR RTV Large Symphony Orchestra on strings.

"On A Wave Of My Memory" is quite the wild ride for a Soviet rock album from this era as it's all over the place with classic estrada type sappiness to fully fueled prog workouts but as an album to my Western ears it sounds a bit dated and a whole lot of stilted as it just doesn't flow like a prog album should. It simply sounds like too much is being crammed into too little time and gives the impression that this was supposed to be some sort of double album that got trimmed down for the sake of editing. Given that the music is set to the emotional impact of the lyrics which is primarily in the Russian language, i presume that the album would have a greater significance if the references were understood. This is by no means a bad album but seems like something is missing to make it great. Given the unique situation of the time and place, a miracle of existence for sure but as i listen to this for the first time in the year 2020 it just doesn't seem to stand the tests of time as a musical specimen but is highly recommended as a piece to experience for historical relevance. Very good but not great.

3.5 rounded down

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