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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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 Love Proge by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1996
3.02 | 4 ratings

Love Proge
Various Artists (Label Samplers) Various Genres

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

2 stars First I must say that Eetu's review on this 2-CD compilation (subtitled on the back cover as "Progressive Rock and Popjazz of the Love Records' output 1968-1979"; the front cover's word "prog classics" is partly very inaccurate) is more informative and detailed than mine. The second issue was compiled too, and together they paint a comprehensive picture of the proggy side of that pioneering, legendary Finnish label. However, it must be pointed out thatit's not the same thing as the Finnish prog in general; there were at least two important bands - HAIKARA, KALEVALA - and a bunch of short-lived worthy groups that were NOT released via Love. Even some groups here made their main albums elsewhere and are thus represented by 7" or V.A. compilation tracks.

Nor is it a puristic "prog only" compilation. Probably more than half of the artists are not to be found in ProgArchives, but then again the representative tracks of those internationally best known household names such as TASAVALLAN PRESIDENTTI, WIGWAM and all the related solo paths (TOLONEN, GUSTAVSON, POHJOLA) form the majority of the contents. Examples of the choices: TP - 'Deep Thinker' (7", 1970) and 'Lounge' from Lambertland. WIGWAM - 'Luulosairas' (7", 1969), 'Crisader' from Being, 'Do Or Die' from Nuclear Nightclub and 'Oh Marlene' from 1977' Dark Album. Hmm, the fourth one is already rather unnecessary... PEKKA POHJOLA - 'Virtojen kiharat' (from the 1972 debut Pihkasilmä Kaarnakorva). JUKKA TOLONEN - 'A Passenger to Paramaribo'.

Other PA-included prog bands featured here are NIMBUS (though their only album wasn't released by Love, here's a previously unreleased track), NOVA (the 9-minute title track of their sole album Atlantis, 1976), TABULA RASA (the wonderful 'Vuorellaistuja' from the eponymous 1975 debut), FINNFOREST ('Pablo' from their final - and in comparison weaker - album Demonnights, 1979) and PEKKA STRENG (beautiful song 'Sisältäni portin löysin' from the Tasavallan Presidentti -featured 1970 album Magneettimiehen Kuolema).

The rest of the artists/groups are more or less unknown for non-Finnish listeners and some of them are not prog artists, such as PEPE WILLBERG (popular singer whose track is a Finnish translation of Wigwam's non-prog song 'Wishful Thinker'). CHARLIES played heavy blues-rock in the late 60's. ROYALS were an ambitious supergroup of mid-70's, but not considerably progressive in style. Guitarist-composer JUKKA HAURU and a one-album (1979) group SUKELLUSVENE played instrumental Fusion and are not very well remembered by us Finns either.

Many groups are only obscure footnotes to the Finnish rock history, such as FERRIS (featuring Dave Lindholm), MANIFEST (f. vocalist Harri Saksala also known from Apollo), MANDALA (whose vocalist made a couple of solo albums as "Kristian"), LIMOUSINE (whose leader Zape Leppänen participated in Kalevala) or DONNA who managed to record one single only. A single-only rarity is also JANUS featuring Maarit & Sami Hurmerinta; the latter - best known as the main collaborator of his popular singer-wife - made a solo album in 1977, represented here with a good instrumental 'Summer -72'. MAGYAR's sole album unfortunately cannot be considered progressive unlike 'Elävien hauta' and other single releases from the beginning of the 70's.

If you're non-Finnish and use these "Love Proge" compilations in order to widen up your picture of the Finnish prog history, please note that texts are only in Finnish, and also the musical contents should be taken with a pinch of salt; these two compilations are not compiled (and simply couldn't have been compiled) with such goal in mind. If you primarily want to have a good selection of the Finnish prog legends, it's more recommendable to purchase their own albums or compilations in order to avoid overlapping as your music libary grows, and because so many of the lesser - and less proggy! - acts here may not be very interesting for you.

The cover designs are hideous and totally unsuitable for a context of vintage prog. (PS. As I corrected some details I also decided to drop my rating from three stars to two that may be more honest for an international audience.)

 Giallo! One Suite for the Murderer by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.90 | 25 ratings

Giallo! One Suite for the Murderer
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by andrea
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Giallo! - One Suite For The Murderer is a compilation of pieces inspired by Profondo Rosso (Deep Red), a seminal thriller directed in 1975 by Dario Argento featuring a famous soundtrack by Goblin. It was released in 2008 on the independent French label Musea Records in collaboration with the Finnish Colossus. Some talented Italian artists were recruited to interpret with their own music and lyrics the scenes and the characters of the film, creating something new while paying in the same time a due tribute to Dario Argento's work, one of the best known Italian Gialli. In fact, "giallo" is an Italian word that means "yellow" but that also defines a genre of literature and film named after the colour of the cover background of a series of cheap paperback mystery novels... All the artists involved in this project showed a great respect for the film that inspired it and for its mood. Anyway, if you are not familiar with it, do not worry: the rich booklet with its nice artwork and the extended liner notes will make you understand what the music is about.

The opener is a short instrumental track, "Frammento Rosso / Intro", that sets the atmosphere. Composer and keyboardist Alfio Costa (from Prowlers, Tilion, Daal) here plays Grand piano and Minimoog with great effectiveness conveying a strong sense of mystery and tension...

Then comes the first suite, "Visions of Helga" by Dark Session. Dark Session is mainly the brainchild of composer and multi-instrumentalist Flavio Costa (from Tilion) who, with the help of his brother Alfio (keyboards) and Hamadi Trabelsi (vocals), here paints in black feelings and notes trying to explore what's behind the mind of the murderer. This piece describes the part of the film where a famous psychic, Helga Ulmann, perceives the evil presence of a serial killer during a public meeting... Through his eyes and his hands she looses her soul and her life! It's a prevalently instrumental track that, in my opinion, perfectly fits the subject matter mirroring in some way the images of the film with sounds and words.

The second suite, "Vecchi giochi" (Old Games), was provided by Leviathan, a Roman band whose roots date back to 1985. Here the line up features Fabio Amici (keyboards, Hammond), Fabio Donna (bass), Andrea Moneta (drums, electric guitar) plus the guests vocalists Pierfrancesco Drago (from Revelation and Arcadelt) and Rossella Salvucci. This piece is divided into four parts and it was inspired by the private investigations of the main character of the film, Marcus Daly. The music and the intriguing lyrics by Beatrice Pietrangeli describe this particular hunting game from the point of view of the lurking murderer rather than that of the improvised detective. So, Marcus Daly here becomes the pray. The first part, "L'avvertimento" (The warning) begins softly with organ and piano in the forefront and theatrical male vocals... The killer's house is like a piano where he composes his troubled existence, every fear is like a black and white sequence, a music from the heart that is driving him insane, he's ready to strike and he's biding his time in the dark... Thin deadly melodies soar on the second part, "L'indagine" (The investigation), delivered by the wonderful voice of Rossella Salvucci. The third part, "L'assassinio" (The murder) features a long instrumental section and the rhythm rises... Run away if you can, but beware! The killer knows where and when he can get you... The final part, "La villa" (The manor), is disquieting and darker than ever, there are some narrative vocals and a church-like choir in the background, then the music and lyrics lead you to the closed gates of mysterious, abandoned villa... A great track!

The third suite, "Suite dall'inconscio dell'assassino" (Suite from the subconscious of the murderer), is the contribute by Floating State, an experienced band from Bari featuring Marco Esposito (vocals, classical guitar, flute), Grazia Stella (sax), Mimmo Ferri (Theremin, electric piano, organ, synthesizers), Gigi Ferri (electric guitars), Francesco Antonino (electric bass) and Beatrice Birardi (drums, percussion, vibraphone). This piece is divided into ten sections and begins where the previous track left you: in front of the gate of the mysterious manor. You can hear the gate creaking on its hinges, then the music and lyrics take you in and welcome you to a nightmare where the insane instincts of the murderer, his feelings and sensations unfurl as if they were on trial in a hazy court of justice, accused by his subconscious. There's delirium and madness, evil and mercy in this outstanding track that features also some short excerpts from "School at Night (Lullaby)", from the original soundtrack of the film.

A short, evocative instrumental track by Alfio Costa, "Mirrors / Outro", ends this excellent album where the music flows away in perfect coherence without weak moments.

 Picnic - A Breath of Fresh Air by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1970
4.00 | 1 ratings

Picnic - A Breath of Fresh Air
Various Artists (Label Samplers) Various Genres

Review by Michael D

— First review of this album —
4 stars I was 15 in1971 when I imported this as budget set from England. I was just discovering the astonishing world of progressive music - a journey that still fascinates me. I had never heard of most of these bands at the time, and it is fair to say this album changed my life.

Embryo was my first Pink Floyd song and remains one of my desert island discs to this day. Into the Fire just blew me away - I had never heard anything so fierce and heavy at that point, and so Deep Purple became one of my all time favourite bands.

Barclay James Harvest, Roy Harper and Michael Chapman soon became favourites as well and I have since bought all the Harvest albums.

My musical landscape was never the same after this, and Picnic was soon joined by the Vertigo Trip, Bumpers, etc. Picnic was where my great life prog. journey really began.

 The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe - A syNphonic Collection by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.59 | 35 ratings

The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe - A syNphonic Collection
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

3 stars Having discovered the Colossus Project's put out by Musea Records with the excellent 'The Stories Of H.P. Lovecraft: A SyNphonic Collection' i decided to dive in once again randomly and check out another compilation that came out two years early. Part of the same exact theme of taking a literary figure and setting them to his life's work, i decided to try the similarly laid out THE TALES OF EDGAR ALLEN POE: A SYNPHONIC COLLECTION. Unlike the Lovecraft set which contains a whopping three discs of music, this one has only two but two filled to the brim ones they are. Not exactly familiar with POE's tales of mystery and the macabre i wasn't exactly sure what to expect except some serious prog that is symphonic in nature. Well, that's what we get alright, but unlike the Lovecraft set that blew me away on first listen and continued to retain its strong character, i can't say the same for this one.

Right from the start we get a lengthy 'Intro' by Marco Lo Muscio, which sounds like a Bach inspired church organ that sets the mysterious vibe that is supposed to be the theme here i guess. Not a bad 'Intro' at all and ushers in the next strong track 'The Black Cat' by Senogul that takes the baton and continues the mysterious mood building and progifies it. This is a really cool track by a band i never knew and am eager to check out more of their output. The track is the epitome of symphonic prog and has satisfying time sig changes, keyboard outbursts and creative changes. At this point i'm very pleased i bought this!

This attitude changes with the next track though. 'A Descent Into The Maelstrom' by La Th'orie des Cordes is a decent track but lacks the interesting touches and seems more like a symphonic prog by the numbers piece. The next track is one of my favorites. The Canadian prog metal band Oracle delivers the most energetic and satisfying track on the album IMHO in the form of 'Tall Tale Heart.' Unfortunately after investigating, this band has not released any album and only three tracks that appear on three separate compilations this being one of them. Well, unfortunately the tide turns here and the rest of disc one devolves into decently done but hardly outstanding tracks that tend to wear out their welcome. Disc one ends with a particularly limp track by Jinetes Negros.

Disc two begins a lot like disc one with some Baroque sounding organ by Jukka Kulju which quickly turns into a decent mid-70s Genesis feel track but never really goes anywhere truly interesting and meanders on and on way too long. The next track by Anima Morte is ok but not outstanding but followed by the jazzy 'The Gold Bag' by Blank Manuscript which is a much better track and another of my faves. It is short but sweet and although not significantly different than much of this album it just has a slight edge over the rest in keeping things more interesting. The rest of disc two treads the waters of mediocrity much in the same way that disc one does with the exception of the excellent finale by Daal 'The Fall Of The House Of Usher' which at 16:18 is the longest track on the entire compilation but this track is available on their 'Echoes Of Falling Stars' album so nothing new for me.

Overall i am disappointed with this one. It is worth owning for the few strong tracks and really the rest of the tracks are mostly decent with only a few that are irritating but i have read that this is one of the weakest offerings in the Colossus Projects and i have to agree so i will sally forth into the great unknown and when i pick up the next one and hope it is indeed better than this one.

In case you're wondering here is the whole list of Colossus Project released so far:

Tuonen Tytar: A Tribute To Finnish Progressive (2000)

Kalevala - Finnish Progressive Rock Epic (2003)

The Spaghetti Epic - Six Modern Prog Bands For Six Seventies Prog Suites (2004)

Odyssey - The Greatest Tale (2005)

The Colossus of Rhodes (2006)

The 7 Samurai - The Ultimate Epic (2006)

The Spaghetti Epic 2 - The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly (2007)

Treasure Island (2007)

Giallo! One Suite for the Murderer (2008)

The Empire and The Rebellion (2008)

Dante's Divine Comedy Part I - Dante's Inferno (2009)

Dante's Divine Comedy Part II ? Purgatorio (2009)

Rökstenen - a Tribute to Swedish Progressive Rock of the 70's (2009)

The Spaghetti Epic 3 - The Great Silence (2009)

Tuonen Tytar-A Tribute To Finnish Progressive Rock Of The Seventies - Volume Two (2009)

Iliad: A Grand Piano Extravaganza (2010)


Decameron-Ten Days In 100 Novellas - Part I (2011)

The Stories Of H.P. Lovecraft: A SyNphonic Collection (2012)

Decameron - Ten days in 100 novellas - Part II (2014)

 Pregnant Rainbow For Colourblind People, The Essence Of Swedish Progressive Music 1967 - 79 by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2007
4.02 | 5 ratings

Pregnant Rainbow For Colourblind People, The Essence Of Swedish Progressive Music 1967 - 79
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by GruvanDahlman
Prog Reviewer

4 stars An entire box, consisting of four fully packed CD:s, of swedish prog, is that really necessary? Well, yes. Focusing on 1967-1979 it showcases all needed develepment of this genre in Sweden. Progressive rock in Sweden was either politically infused (lyrically), musically progressive or a bit of both. There are certainly varying degrees of excellence here. Some is more amusing than good, while others are simply outstanding.

I have loved the swedish progressive movement for many a year, now reaching the two decade mark. While lyrical content is important it is essentially the musical overcoat that makes it worthwhile. To me the inclusion of Samla Mammas Manna or Trettioåriga Kriget goes without saying. They are among the finest, alongside Kaipa and others. These groups are examples of the great musical skill and vision that blossomed during these years (and have continued to do so). Träd, Gräs och Stenar are, on the other hand, more charming than skilled. While not bad they do struggle with some musical difficulties, though not necessarily in vision.

There are some truly swedish sounds on here, especially evident when listening to Fläsket Brinner or Arbete & Fritid. Fusing swedish folk music with all out (hard) rock, the tapestry is really exciting. On the political side of things you may enjoy Midsommar's "Illusionen av en färdiskomad akademiker", with it's Santana-ish sound or Nationalteatern's "Jack the Ripper". Great tracks, both musically and in lyrics.

Other highlights are Panta Rei (a truly mindblowing, energetic track), Pop Workshop (amazing fusion), Life (with it's heavy, proto- metal sound), Hansson & Karlsson (instrumental organ and drums) and so forth. There is so much music to enjoy on here. And while I miss some bands (Mr. Brown, Atlas or Heta Linjen for instance) this is most likely the greatest way to start investigating the progressive music in Sweden, at least between the years 1967-1979. It is a labor of love, this box, and if you are able to get hold of it, do not hesitate. Buy it and revel in times gone by and the sounds of a swinging, evolving Sweden. I dare say that every aspect of prog is well represented here.

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

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

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Zabriskie Point - Original Soundtrack by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 1970
2.92 | 48 ratings

Zabriskie Point - Original Soundtrack
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This is the album that determines if you are a true Pink Floyd fan or not. If you didn't know about this album before, then you still have a little more to learn about PF. If you did know, about it, then you probably know that the main album has 2 otherwise unavailable PF tracks on it plus 1 renamed track. But, not only that, if you get the 1997 re-release, you get a bonus disc with 4 more tracks that were previously unavailable that were written for the movie, but unused because of some issues between the band and the director. That is enough for the true PF fan to already know about and the PF music lovers to get excited about.

So, overall, is it worth it to search this out? Well, if you love the music the PF produced in the era between the departure of Barrett and "Atom Heart Mother" then this is definitely worth your while to check it out. The main feeling of the entire album (which also has some instrumentals by Jerry Garcia and other songs by other bands) is a very folky/psychedelic feeling. The songs for the most part are decent and enjoyable, but other than only a few of the PF tracks, there is not much progressive rock to talk about here. I only want to talk about the PF tracks here because I feel that is why most people on this site would want to check this album out.

"Heart Beat, Pig Meat" is the first PF track (and 1st album track). It is mostly psychedelic sounding but consists of an interesting percussion pattern with some ambient electronics flowing in and out and also a lot of what sounds like old soundtrack music clips from old movies thrown in here and there throughout the track. The next PF track is #4 on the album and it's called "Crumbling Land" This is a decent track with harmonic vocals that almost sound like what you would hear from a folk band like CSN&Y, so it fits into the feeling of the album. However, the ending gets somewhat spacey just so that you are reminded who this really is. The last track on the main album is also the last PF track and it's called "Come in Number 51, Your Time is Up". This is really not an original track in that it is very much like "Careful With That Axe, Eugene", so yes, it's psychedelic.

On the bonus disc, you get another vocal track called "Country Song" which sounds very similar to the music from "More", very mellow at first with a electric guitar joining in on the last part of the track. Nice track, but nothing really outstanding. Then you get "Unknown Song" which is a mellow full band instrumental, mostly acoustic sounding. "Love Scene Number 6" is a very nice blues instrumental which is a welcome change of pace for PF and then the disc closes with "Love Scene Number 4" which is simply Rick White on piano, nice and relaxing, but again nothing really outstanding here.

As far as the rest of the album, if you like folk rock with a little psychedelia mixed in, it's a pleasant listen. On the bonus disc, the other 4 tracks are Jerry Garcia pretty much noodling around on an acoustic guitar, so nothing too exciting there.

There was another track that was later released on a PF box set called "Fingal's Cave" which is a mellow psychedelic track. There were also two other tracks that were not released on any album that I am aware of called "Oenone" (on "The Tree Full of Secrets" bootleg and another psychedelic track) and "The Violent Sequence" (on the "Violence in Birmingham" bootleg and is a beautiful piano piece, much nicer than "Love Scene Number 4" and why it hasn't been released on a proper album, I don't know).

So, I guess it all depends on how curious you are and how big of a fan you are as to whether you want to look into locating this album. I can't consider it anything that is groundbreaking but it is pleasant like I said before, so give it a 3 star rating.

 New Way Of Krautrock - Volume 1 by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Studio Album, 2015
2.95 | 2 ratings

New Way Of Krautrock - Volume 1
Various Artists (Label Samplers) Various Genres

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

3 stars In cooperation with the Underground Ãxpärten team, which is on the air via Radio Sunrise with regularity, Tonzonen Records have released an interesting song collection for a thorough investigation here. Just another cause for those who are willing to discuss it to death - is this krautrock or psychedelic/space or progressive electronic stuff what I hear? There are certainly a lot of transitions to remark, thus concerning this production at least pretty much everyone who claims to be a fan of this sort of music will be on a solid ground somehow.

Hereby ELECTRIC ORANGE are one of the forerunners, which nobody seriously will deny, I'm sure. Hence it's not a surprise that they are contributing - a must so much the more, and Chorg means an excellent excerpt from their killer album 'Krautrock From Hell'. SOUNDS OF NEW SOMA are an encouraging newcomer duo from Krefeld, On their debut, released in 2014, you are encountering a cosmic sound which has its roots in the Berlin School, dreamy soundscapes enhanced due to some saxophone support. Their song Mahatma Macht Mittag comes from the subsequent EP 'Gandhis Labyrinth' though, including soaring guitars and sampled drums.

Featuring Biene on keyboards and theremin Berlin based APHODYL are a quartet on high altitude currently. They are offering the extremely extended excursion Pyramide Of Slave, dedicated to fans of unbounded psychedelic/space jamming. For me it's a bit too much, too stretched, however this is purely a matter of taste of course. While adding the track Weed Porn to the compilation the band KNALL appears with lesser spacey appeal, they are more from the heavier blues rooted psychedelic department. Their passion is to celebrate and record improv sessions whenever there is some free time, having the focus on a vivid and multi-faceted electric guitar work.

The SPACELORDS are far behind a newcomer status in the meanwhile with three praised albums in the back. Prelude-Rhinoceros-Bison seems to be a previously unreleased exemplar, a constant on live gigs anyhow. Combined with some narration this is alternating between a relaxed spacey flow and heavier escapes. LOVER 303 includes - surprise surprise - iconic figure Mani Neumeier on drums. Alongside with Conni Maly he offers the song Jetzt geht's los venturing an ambitious blend of space kraut, ethno and electro pop. LARMAN CLAMOR finally closes the session with a dreamy nightfall.

There is unquestionably a new movement to recognize in Germany during the last years, with the purpose to revitalize the inspiration of the 1960/70s, which means the approach to celebrate experimental and innovative music in other words. And this without solely rehashing the good old times. 'New Way Of Krautrock - Volume 1' sums it up in a favourable manner. A bunch of new impressions is waiting for you. Well, this will not be the end of the story, as a series of five albums in total is at the planning stage - 3.5 stars.

 Refugees: A Charisma Records Anthology 1969-1978  by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2009
2.47 | 4 ratings

Refugees: A Charisma Records Anthology 1969-1978
Various Artists (Label Samplers) Various Genres

Review by Jeff Carney

1 stars Much of the music contained on this 3 disc set would surely earn 4-5 stars from yours truly. However, given that this release is a set of its own, I feel obliged to review it on its own merits.

What we have here is some of the worst digital mastering one is likely to encounter. While the credits state that fresh transfers were done, some of the tracks on Disc 1 clearly seem to originate from previous digital sources. For example, when Genesis hit their turn with "Looking For Someone," it appears to be butchered with the same no-noising problem for which the Trespass "Definitive Edition Remaster" is now fairly legendary. I do suspect most tracks here were from fresh transfers where necessary, possible or desired, but regardless ... everything is mastered in a manner where you'd never know how good some of these albums sounded. Tinny, shrill frequencies abound, and some tracks sound excessively dehissed to the point of rendering things downright lifeless. Dynamically it's fine, but the EQ moves and no-noising just ruin the party. Listening on headphones I almost thought somebody had to be kidding.

The extensive book is wonderfully detailed. Probably worth it for the Charisma completist. Just don't think for a second that this kind of modern digital butchery will give you any indication of what great music was brought to the world by Charisma.

 21st Century Schizoid Band (King Crimson alumni group) - Live In Japan (DVD) by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover DVD/Video, 2002
4.00 | 4 ratings

21st Century Schizoid Band (King Crimson alumni group) - Live In Japan (DVD)
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

4 stars A very good concert DVD recorded by this band which was formed by former members of KING CRIMSON plus a new lead singer and guitarist (Jakko Jakszyk). They played for some years, and in fact they came to my country once in 2004 to play at the "Gran Forum" auditorium of the Musicians Union, a concert that I could not attend, and in fact there was very few publicity about their concert there. That time they came with Ian Wallace on drums instead of Michael Giles, who it seems he was tired of touring.

This band played some songs from some late sixties and early seventies KING CRIMSON`s albums from the time when Peter Sinfield was the lyricist of the band ("In the Court of the Crimson King", "In the Wake of Poseidon" and "Islands", with not songs being played from "Lizard"), two songs from the "McDonald and Giles" album, one soloist song from Michael Giles, and two soloist songs from Ian McDonald. But every member of the band has the chance to show their individual talents. Even Michael Giles and McDonald sang one song each, but the main lead singer is Jakko Jakszyk, who also plays very good guitar parts. This was a very good band which apparently don`t play together anymore.

I expected to see them playing the full "Birdman" suite from the McDonald and Giles" album, but they only played the final part. From the same album they played Michael Giles `s "Tomorrow`s People". The band really sounded and played very well, showing that all these musicians are very good, and that in fact they sounded very much like the late sixties-seventies version of KING CRIMSON wih Peter Sinfield as lyricist. Even the soloist songs from Michael Giles and Ian McDonald sound very related in style to the very good old KING CRIMSON from that period. Robert Fripp is not really missed while this band is playing those old songs. The same could be said about Greg Lake, Boz Burrell and other former members of KING CRIMSON from that period.

I never liked Adrian Belew`s KING CRIMSON, which for me it was not related to the old KING CRIMSON from the seventies in musical style, looks and sound. So, I prefer to watch and to listen to this 21ST CENTURY SCHIZOID BAND a lot more to than any video from KING CRIMSON with Belew in the line-up. Maybe they deserved to use the KING CRIMSON`s name more than the Belew line-ups... even without Fripp.

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