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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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4.25 | 146 ratings
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.27 | 70 ratings
INFERNO THE DIVINE COMEDY - PART 1
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.26 | 75 ratings
ODYSSEY - THE GREATEST TALE
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.35 | 41 ratings
LA BIBLIA
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.33 | 37 ratings
THE SPAGHETTI EPIC 3
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.16 | 62 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)
4.78 | 11 ratings
LEADER OF THE STARRY SKIES: A TRIBUTE TO TIM SMITH, SONGBOOK 1
Various Artists (Tributes)
4.12 | 48 ratings
THE STORIES OF H.P. LOVECRAFT: A SYNPHONIC COLLECTION
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.05 | 67 ratings
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (THE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUND TRACK ALBUM)
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.06 | 41 ratings
PURGATORIO THE DIVINE COMEDY - PART 2
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.33 | 15 ratings
THE BLACK CODEX (EPISODES 1 - 13)
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.36 | 14 ratings
THE BLACK CODEX (EPISODES 27 - 39)
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
3.99 | 35 ratings
(THE) 7 SAMURAI
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.44 | 9 ratings
THE BLACK CODEX (EPISODES 14 - 26)
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
3.98 | 33 ratings
DECAMERON. TEN DAYS IN 100 NOVELLAS - PART II
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.09 | 19 ratings
MARSCAPE
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.27 | 11 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)
4.09 | 14 ratings
RETURN TO THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON - A TRIBUTE TO PINK FLOYD
Various Artists (Tributes)

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 Greasy Truckers Party by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1972
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Greasy Truckers Party
Various Artists (Label Samplers) Various Genres

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
4 stars The Greasy Truckers Party was an important live set for Hawkwind - recorded so that choice extracts could be included on the 2LP set to commemorate the occasion, it captured the band at a crucial point in its development - with Rob Calvert, Lemmy, and Stacia all having come onboard since In Search of Space and the group's live set already attaining an early prototype of the sound and mood later captured in Space Ritual. The live version of Silver Machine from the set would also eventually form the basis of the classic single, once Lemmy's vocals were put on in place of Rob Calvert's (whose vocals are probably the one aspect of the release that isn't especially well-mixed). Even a power cut earlier in the evening can't throw them off their stride, though it does mean that they have a bit of a false start as the synthesisers crap out during the first attempt to play This Is Your Captain Speaking.

Various editions of the material exist and circulate; the original LP is the way to go if you just want a couple of tracks from Hawkwind and a sprinkling from the other bands in attendance, but most fans will want more, hence the existence of the Live at the Roundhouse 1972 bootleg. Luckily, the recent 2007 reissue of the Greasy Truckers compilation provides a much more complete record of the event, including the entire Hawkwind set. If you're only interested in the Hawkwind material and don't care for the likes of Man, Brinsley Schwarz, and Magical Michael, the recent This Is Your Captain Speaking... Your Captain Is Dead boxed set presents a two-CD presentation of just the Hawkwind set, with the original LP mixes of Master of the Universe and Born to Go as handy bonus tracks.

 Ponder The Mystery (William Shatner featuring Billy Sherwood) by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2013
2.95 | 2 ratings

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Ponder The Mystery (William Shatner featuring Billy Sherwood)
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

3 stars Now here's one that is just so out of left field that i just had to check it out. WILLIAM SHATNER has done many things in his long career whether it was playing TV host for Rescue 911, celebrity pitchman for "priceline.com" in the 90s or for his acting career whether it be the police sergeant on T.J. Hooker, his roles in The Practice, Boston Legal or in the role that every television viewing human being knows so well which landed him international fame in the 60s as James T. Kirk, Captain of the USS Enterprise in the Star Trek series.

One of SHATNER's lesser known side careers comes in the form of his unique musical parodies that began way back in 1968 with the release of his first album "The Transformed Man" which includes the only track i've ever pretty much heard from the man in the form of "Spleen / Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" where he displays his ability to take a perfectly good song and butcher it beyond recognition with his exaggerated interpretive reading of the lyrics instead of singing. Little did i know that SHATNER has released several albums over the decades and PONDER THE MYSTERY is actually his 8th! Wow. Who's buying this stuff?

OK. I admit it. I bought this one but only because this one is different. This album goes well beyond the kitsch novelty of simply using spoken word over a well-known pop hit for a startling and contrasting effect. This is in fact a Billy Sherwood (guitarist of Yes from 1997 - 2000 as well as with World Trade, Lodgic, Conspiracy, Circa and The Prog Collective) album under the guise of a WILLIAM SHATNER release. Granted SHATNER does exactly what he does and contributes all the poetic lyrics but everything musical here including the songwriting, sung vocals, drums, bass, guitars and keys are done by Sherwood while there is a whole army of guest musicians on board helping out including another Yes family member Tony Kaye.

Right from the beginning you can tell this is a serious project with state of the art production values and symphonic touches that swirl around and smooth out every little sound and note with careful precision. The music sounds like a beautiful progressive rock world of sophistication on the short instrumental opener "Red Shift" and then suddenly it changes to "Where It's Gone? I Don't Know" where we get a slowed down symphonically accompanied acoustic guitar with Billy Sherwood singing in the background and then without further ado enters the Captain's spoken word poetry which philosophically ponders the nebulous concepts of being lost in life in a seemingly roundabout of causes and effects which becomes joined by the lead guitars of Mick Jones (of Foreigner).

This album comes off very much as a symphonic progressive album in the vein of a Neil Morse album except the lead vocals are spoken instead of sung. Despite the novelty effect in full force this is a seriously complex project with well thought out musical accompaniments that includes a huge host of progressive guest stars roster including Simon House (Hawkwind), Steve Vai, Al Di Meola, Rick Wakeman, Edgar Winter, Nik Turner (Hawkwind), Vince Gill (the country singer), Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream), Robby Krieger (The Doors), Dave Koz (smooth jazz saxophonist), George Duke (Jean-Luc Ponty and Frank Zappa) and Zoot Horn Rollo (Captain Beefheart).

The lyrics are as you would expect, goofy with a pretense of being deeply profound. They are indeed SHATNER's own philosophical take on life laid out in a poetic parade of cynicism, regret as well as shock and awe and displays his stance as a perplexed 82 year old man still trying to work out some of the deepest mysteries of life which adds to the irony that supposedly makes the whole thing ludicrous and humorous in a roundabout way. It is to a certain extent but at a running time of 65:13 tends to wear out its welcome by the end.

This is one of those head scratchers actually where i wonder exactly what the participating parties were expecting. I mean i can't imagine anybody being won over to progressive rock through the novelty spoken-word, uh talents (?), of WILLIAM SHATNER and i certainly can't foresee too many progressive rock aficionados feeling the urge to delve into the kitschy novelty act of WILLIAM SHATNER either. By nature this hybrid product ends up in a strange limbo where no musical act has boldly gone before and arguably should never go again!

My opinion of this one is that it's not as bad as it sounds. The music is actually quite good although the restrained spoken word delivery does keep the energy tamped down to a sizzle instead of ever really letting loose. There was obviously a lot put into this one and nurtured some strange aspect of Billy Sherwood's personality that needed to be expressed. After all is said and done i can't say i regret buying this album. The music is very intricate and well suited for the poetic content however i will not be delving into MR SHATNER's discography for more of his contributions to the musical world as i only picked this one up merely for the progressive rock musicians on board. While i would hardly call this an essential album in any musical arena, it is somewhat of a curiosity that will tickle the funny bone of the open-minded music lover who doesn't mind serious music being blended with ridiculousness. Good but not great. Vision expressed, so it's time for Scotty to beam me up and outa here to something more interesting.

 Encores Legends & Paradox (Emerson Lake & Palmer tribute) by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.62 | 22 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
3.31 | 19 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
2.16 | 12 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
2.32 | 25 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
3.15 | 26 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
3.53 | 7 ratings

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Tuonen Tytär II
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

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.

 Prog P38: Shock The Monkey by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2015
3.91 | 2 ratings

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Prog P38: Shock The Monkey
Various Artists (Label Samplers) Various Genres

Review by sussexbowler

4 stars One of the better ones! It's interesting to note that the tracks that stood out initially are different from the ones that have 'staying' power.

'Broken spectre' and 'Debate' seem like 'ambience/atmosphere' music. Both are long, and both are good. Now I'm not a metal person, but there was something that I immediately liked about 'Turntail', by Caligula's Horse. It was Metal, yes, but it seemed somehow different, accessible. I still like it. Alot.

Nad Sylvan's album was acclaimed in the magazine that this free CD comes with. Whilst I'm not sure about his singing voice, I'm sure about the quality of the song - very good.

I have the Enid's 'Bridge' album (which overall is a disappointment), but the World seems to stop when 'First light' begins. It's almost a carol, it's so profound and touching. It strangely stands out on this CD. I hadn't noticed how good it was when listening to the 'Bridge'.

The first song to attract my attention, was 'For Johann', which has some excellent playing on it, in places sounding like the first incarnation of Eddie Jobson's UK. I was surprised by the actual theory behind the project that this song comes from.

After which, there's not much more to say.

The 'core' of this album are tracks 3, 5 & 6. These songs will remain in your head afterwards. Actually, a very listenable 'demo' I have to say.

 Jesus Christ Superstar (The Original Motion Picture Sound Track Album) by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.05 | 67 ratings

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Jesus Christ Superstar (The Original Motion Picture Sound Track Album)
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars Everybody has heard of Andrew Lloyd Webber's collaborative effort with Tim Rice named JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR where Webber crafted the absolute perfect music to fit Rice's lyrics creating one of the catchiest and most widely acclaimed rock opera's of all time. While it's often thought of today as a Broadway production turned album and film, it was in fact started as a rock opera album that debuted in 1970 as a rock album following late 60s rock opera debuts by The Pretty Things (S.F. Sorrow in 1968) and The Who (Tommy in 1969). The Broadway play debuted in 1971 and two years later after the phenomenal success of both album and play came the film which in 1973 which was also an outstanding success. This particular release is the soundtrack of the film and just as captivating as the original album.

Generally speaking i really have to love the music on a soundtrack to want to listen to it apart from the visual aspects that are inextricably tied to every cadence and qualifying musical correspondence to the theme at hand. JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is one of those albums that holds its own as the original rock opera album, film or soundtrack (haven't seen the play but hear it's good too). Well, i love the original 1970 rock opera but the 1973 film soundtrack does have its own special characteristics that make it an essential supplement to your JC SUPERSTAR experience despite not equalling the overall impact of the first release.

First of all, the production of this release is a lot better and a whole bunch of new tracks were included to make this one a more exhaustive depiction of the story. This includes "Then We Decided" which is conspiracy between Caiaphas and Annas which contemplates the demise of our hero. Also new are extra lyrics in "Hosanna" which is a Mary and Peter duet in "Could We Start Again Please?" There are other differences but have been described in better detail than i care to elaborate upon. All i can say is that i really love listening to this. It does have an early 70s type of dated feel to it but it's done so well that when i have the desire to hear an early rock opera, the JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR definitely hits the spot. The story is an enthralling aspect to understand the philosophy and struggles of the man who managed to get a whole religion to carry on his name.

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