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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 | 144 ratings
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.27 | 70 ratings
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4.37 | 40 ratings
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4.26 | 75 ratings
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4.33 | 37 ratings
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4.78 | 11 ratings
Various Artists (Tributes)
4.18 | 60 ratings
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4.20 | 47 ratings
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4.17 | 47 ratings
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4.05 | 66 ratings
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4.06 | 41 ratings
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4.00 | 35 ratings
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4.50 | 8 ratings
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4.09 | 19 ratings
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3.98 | 32 ratings
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.41 | 8 ratings
Various Artists (Tributes)
4.09 | 14 ratings
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4.50 | 6 ratings
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3.91 | 26 ratings
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4.25 | 8 ratings
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 Prog P38: Shock The Monkey by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2015
4.00 | 1 ratings

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

Review by sussexbowler

— First review of this album —
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 | 66 ratings

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.

 The Prog Collective- Epilogue by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2013
2.16 | 23 ratings

The Prog Collective- Epilogue
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Star Trek

Even though many of the people who were involved in the first Prog Collective release return here for a second round, this sequel is rather different musically; less Symphonic and more Space Rock. I am reminded of bands like Nektar, Eloy, and Hawkwind which is perhaps not surprising given that Roye Albrighton from Nektar and Nik Turner from Hawkwind show up for the gathering. While listening to some of these songs one can easily imagine the "Prog collective" travelling through deep space on their way to colonize alien planets. Even William Shatner of Star Trek fame is involved!

Like on the first Prog Collective album lead vocals are by various people on different tracks. Returning vocalists include Colin Moulding, John Wetton, and Alan Parsons. New appearances include Fee Waybill who sings lead on Adding Fuel To The Fire which sounds like Lemmy-era Hawkwind (only much better!). Sonja Kristina from Curved Air provides vocals on Tomorrow Becomes Today while the aforementioned Roye Albrighton sings on Memory Tracks which is pure Nekar even though I find it too long for its own good and at least a minute could easily have been shaved off it with no loss of value. Billy Sherwood again acts as the creative leader of the whole project and he himself provides vocals to some tracks.

Impressively, Tony Kaye, Rick Wakeman, Patrick Moraz, and Geoff Downes are all here, which means that every Yes keyboard player from the 1960's through the 1990's is here! In addition, Chris Squire and Peter Banks are again present bringing the total Yes members up to seven! Banks passed away not long after this recording which became one of his last. Mel Collins of King Crimson/21st Century Schizoid Band and Camel, contributes some nice sax and Nik Turner flute and sax which brings an element not present at all on the first Prog Collective record. No less than three guitar playing Steves are involved: Steve Hillage, Steve Morse, and Steve Stevens!

Like the first Prog Collective album, Epilogue is also somewhat disjointed. The songs are generally good but some of the songs don't really fit in among the others. Shining Diamonds sounds a bit like early Yes with some really cool keyboard work by Patrick Moraz. Just Another Day featuring Tony Kaye is in this category as well which doesn't fit so well with the general Space Rock orientation of the album. Nonetheless, this is a fun and enjoyable, although somewhat sprawling, album oozing with diverse talent.

 The Prog Collective by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.26 | 32 ratings

The Prog Collective
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars The Billy Sherwood Project

Apparently modelled on the Alan Parsons Project, this album features a host of well-known musicians from bands like Yes, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, Renaissance, and more. Even Alan Parsons himself makes an appearance. Taking the role that Parsons did in his "project" is the incredibly prolific and multi-talented Billy Sherwood who serves as producer, song writer, and performer. "The Billy Sherwood Project" would perhaps have been a better name for this as "The Prog Collective" is a somewhat ridiculous name.

From Yes we have no less than six members past and present including three from that band's original line-up in keyboard player Tony Kaye, bassist Chris Squire, and guitarist Peter Banks (the latter two of which are sadly no longer with us). In addition to these, the other three Yes-men appearing here are Rick Wakeman, Geoffrey Downes, and of course Billy Sherwood himself. Other progressive Rock luminaries appearing here include John Wetton from King Crimson, UK, and Asia fame; Tony Levin, who played with King Crimson and Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, among others; Gary Green from Gentle Giant, and Annie Haslam from Renaissance.

The album features seven tracks all of which are around seven to nine minutes in length. Each track features a different lead vocalist with Wetton leading off on the opener The Laws Of Nature. Jerry Goodman from The Mahavishnu Orchestra hands in a mean violin on the same track. Over Again features Richard Page with Geoff Downes on keyboards. Next up is Technical Divide on which Alan Parsons sings lead. Social Circles is beautifully sung by Annie Haslam and Peter Banks plays some really nice guitar solos on the track. On Buried Beneath it is Billy Sherwood himself who sings lead which he does very well as usual. Also appearing of the track are Larry Fast of Synergy and associated with Nektar, and Steve Hillage of Khan and Gong. The track reminds slightly of Buried Alive from Rick Wakeman's Return To The Centre of The Earth album (on which Ozzy Osbourse sang lead vocals). Following The Signs features Tony Kaye (with whom Sherwood also plays in Circa) and John Wesley. Finally, the closing track is sung by Colin Moulding and Rick Wakeman plays keys.

Like most albums of this kind, with different people singing and playing on different tracks, this album feels somewhat disjointed with some songs not really fitting in among the others. Nonetheless, I find this album enjoyable and all seven songs are good. My favourites are The Laws Of Nature, Social Circles, and Buried Beneath. This album is surprisingly overlooked given the involvement of such big stars and the music found here will appeal to fans of the people involved and the various bands they are associated with.

 Decameron. Ten Days in 100 Novellas - Part II by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.98 | 32 ratings

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

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Finnish progressive rock appreciation and fan society Colossus has been more active than many other such constellations in their appreciation of progressive rock. With the French label Musea Records as their primary partner they have planned and executed a number of different projects over the years, where artists have made submitted contributions to projects based on a number of different subjects from the arts and art history. Their latest project of this kind is to give musical life to the Decameron. So far this has resulted in to massive box sets of music. This is the second of these, with more than 4 hours of music inspired by tales from the Decameron, spread over 4 full-length CDs. This fairly massive box set was released by Musea Records in 2014.

The second part of the Decameron project is a real behemoth of a production. Even as a fairly seasoned reviewer, taking on this project was a daunting task, and it took me two full working days to navigate my way through this one. It is a rewarding task though, as there are many intriguing and quite a few spectacular contributions as seen merely from a musical point of view here. As a listener you should ideally spend some days getting familiar with this one, as there are many tracks here that will take some time getting used to, and the diversity of styles at hand may make this one a taxing listen. But take one CD at a time, read the detailed booklet while listening, and spend the time needed to get comfortable with this production. Most that do so will treasure this production then, and more likely than not the affection will grow over time as you get familiar with the more than four hours worth of material here. Recommended to anyone with an interest in progressive rock, and especially those who treasure music of this kind to the extent that they are able and willing to invest the time needed to get familiar with a massive quality production, such as this one.

 Side Effects by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2015
4.00 | 1 ratings

Side Effects
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 been around for a good handful of years now, making their name as a niche enterprise releasing newly recorded versions of classic psychedelic material on limited edition vinyl singles, and subsequently developing to release full length albums with the same content as well as a growing interest in the release of new material by contemporary bands. "Side Effects" is among their more unusual projects, were band were asked to record side long cover versions of psychedelic tracks. Or rather, mainly psychedelic tracks, although if the contributions that stretched the boundaries was at the bequest of the label or the artists is for me unknown.

The Soft Bombs opens this mammoth 4 LP box set with their take on Pink Floyd's Echoes, presumably the shortened version of the song given an extended rework rather than the long version of the song that have been shortened I'd estimate. Still, whether this is one or the other it's a brilliant excursion into landscapes remarkably similar to what Pink Floyd did back in the early 70's, warm, organic and cosmic with ethereal distanced lead vocals and a liberal amount of vintage fuzz and fuzzy guitar details with and without supplemental organ emphasizing that vintage spirit. An excellent creation and a brilliant opening track.

Arcade Messiah's take on Aphrodite's Child's Four Horsemen continues in a rather different but still as mesmerizing and breathtaking manner, alternating between delicate and at times post-rock oriented fragile landscapes and a harder edged, guitar and keyboards driven manner, ebbing and flowing in pace and intensity in a hypnotic manner, with clever use of floating keyboard details to add a cosmic tinge to the proceedings.

The Bevis Frond opted to cover the fairly obscure German band Electric Sandwich and their track China, and comes across as a quality, elegant affair with a late 60's or early 70's sound to it, with a driving bassline and a liberal amount of vintage psychedelic guitar soloing as the dominant presence on top. In terms of style this one reminded me quite a lot of the first couple of UFO albums, while Phil Mogg and his merry men were still a reasonably unknown psychedelic rock band.

Next up is Wreaths, who have chosen to take on Gordon Lightfoot's Sundown. This one opens up as a dark toned, subtly garage rock tinged psychedelic rock affair, before heading in to a warmer and less edgy psychedelic instrumental landscape that ebbs and flow in intensity for the concluding ten minutes or thereabouts, a dreamladen and warm late 60's of early 70's sounding affair that should please most people with a taste for psychedelic rock from that era.

Superfjord have chosen The Byrds for their contribution, and the track CTA-102. Apart form recurring interludes of more or less freak-oriented electronic interludes, this is a highly intriguing take on this song, although those with a strong affection for The Byrds might possibly object to this song converted into a creation that sounds like a meeting of minds between Hawkwind and a late 60's psychedelic rock band, with the approach and execution reminding of the former and the sounds and instrumentation reminding of of the latter. Half a cup of Hawkwind, arguably half a cup of The Byrds, with a side dish of The Beatles in experimental mode - as on Tomorrow Never Knows.

US band The Luck of Eden Hall have been rather ambitious I think, when opting to go for Yes' classic Starship Trooper. While not a song I have played all that often, my impression is that the song in this guise have been given quite the makeover, in this guise coming across as more of a garage rock gone power pop angular rendition of the song, with a booming bass, staccato start and stop sections and something of an angular spirit to it. Not quite my cup of tea, and although the warmer, floating textures that dominates the latter parts of the song were highly intriguing for me this wasn't enough to elevate the total experience for me. A bit of a miss and hit affair if you like, but credit to the band for not opting to go for a straight replication. If you've played this song to the point of the original sounding tired and bothersome, a cover version such as this one will most likely be a rejuvenating experience.

Julie's Haircut is the first of the contributors that have chosen to shy away from the psychedelic aspects of this project. Their extended take on Miles Davis' Shhh/Peaceful is an ebb and flow affair that maintains a foundation and a solid foothold inside of jazz, or jazzrock at least, but with subtle instrument details here and there that adds a psychedelic touch to the proceedings. First and foremost a jazz or possibly jazzrock affair however, but a well made one at that I should add.

Then there's Sendelica. The last contribution, and one solidly placed to the left side of anything expected. I don't know if anyone would ever have expected to the see the name Donna Summer mentioned in a psychedelic rock context, but if it hasn't happened before it most certainly has happened now, and the track in Question is I Feel Love. In this rendition a 20 minutes or so long construction, bookended by searching, atmospheric sequences of more or less gentle sounds and effects, with an elongated midsection that sports saxophone and guitar alternating on the solo runs on top of a bass booming and steady rhythms affair, liberally flavored with various kinds oif cosmic effects, that in sum sounds like something not too many light years away from a band like, say, Tangerine Dream.

All in all the 4 LPs of this box set continues Fruits De Mer's tradition of releasing high quality material for those with an interest in psychedelic rock. 150 minutes of cover material in this case, and in this case songs covered in a manner rarely if ever heard before. As usual this production was just about sold out prior to it's official release, but if you're lucky you may find some copies here and there from re-sellers or, although I doubt it, the second hand market. It's worth trying to get though, if you enjoy vintage psychedelic rock in general and especially if songs of that kind that are in the 15 to 20 minute range is of a particular interest.

 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
3.91 | 26 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
4.09 | 2 ratings

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

Review by Michael D

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)

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