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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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4.22 | 161 ratings
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.27 | 80 ratings
ODYSSEY - THE GREATEST TALE
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.36 | 44 ratings
LA BIBLIA
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.25 | 73 ratings
INFERNO THE DIVINE COMEDY - PART 1
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.34 | 41 ratings
THE SPAGHETTI EPIC 3
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.19 | 68 ratings
DECAMERON: TEN DAYS IN 100 NOVELLAS (PART 1)
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.21 | 47 ratings
REWIRING GENESIS: A TRIBUTE TO THE LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY
Various Artists (Tributes)
4.15 | 53 ratings
THE STORIES OF H.P. LOVECRAFT: A SYNPHONIC COLLECTION
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.78 | 11 ratings
LEADER OF THE STARRY SKIES: A TRIBUTE TO TIM SMITH, SONGBOOK 1
Various Artists (Tributes)
4.06 | 76 ratings
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (THE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUND TRACK ALBUM)
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.27 | 22 ratings
THE BLACK CODEX (EPISODES 1 - 13)
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.09 | 43 ratings
PURGATORIO THE DIVINE COMEDY - PART 2
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.17 | 28 ratings
DECAMERON - TEN DAYS IN 100 NOVELLAS - PART III
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.04 | 38 ratings
(THE) 7 SAMURAI
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.02 | 40 ratings
DECAMERON. TEN DAYS IN 100 NOVELLAS - PART II
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.25 | 16 ratings
THE BLACK CODEX (EPISODES 14 - 26)
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.05 | 24 ratings
MARSCAPE
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
3.95 | 28 ratings
GIALLO! ONE SUITE FOR THE MURDERER
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)
4.08 | 17 ratings
RETURN TO THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON - A TRIBUTE TO PINK FLOYD
Various Artists (Tributes)
4.41 | 8 ratings
VISIONS OF AN INNER MOUNTING APOCALYPSE (MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA)
Various Artists (Tributes)

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 Savoldelli - Casarano - Bardoscia: The Great Jazz Gig in the Sky (Tribute to Pink Floyd) by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.09 | 4 ratings

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Savoldelli - Casarano - Bardoscia: The Great Jazz Gig in the Sky (Tribute to Pink Floyd)
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars The impact of being different!

It is not a secret that Pink Floyd's Darkside of the Moon is one of the most influential and loved albums in the history of music, which has modified (positively, I guess) the lives of countless individuals and groups, and has led to the creation of several covers, tributes and renditions. Most of those tributes ?at least the ones I've heard- continued with the rock potion all over the music, creating nice covers but in the end covers that maintain the same spirit, I mean, that don't really make us think: "this is different", no. Fortunately, Boris Savoldelli decided to create something quite different, a surprise that someone who expects a tribute with a similar sound from the original work will not really dig. So yeah, I warn you, this is a rue creative tribute, so go forward or turn around right now.

The Great Jazz Gig in the Sky is a pretty cool name for this tribute album, which of course tells that jazz is what we might find here. Though Savoldelli might be the mastermind behind, the project consists on a trio, greatly complemented by Rafaelle Casarano on sax and Marco Bardoscia on bass. The songtitles are the same you already know, but the music is what is drastically different.

The jazz does not appear in the short opener "Speak to me", in fact, this is a loony introduction in which vocals and spacey-noises can be heard, a bit freaky. With "Breath" now we can notice the important role bass will play during the album, because it is the only instrument here, creating the rhythm we are used to know. Of course there are vocals, Savoldelli is the singer and man, he does it really good but I have to say that the first time I listened to it I felt kind of disconcerted, maybe it is an acquired taste. The "second" part of this song is amazing. Saxophone appear along with some spacey electronic atmospheres, sensual and relaxing, but probing and stimulating. This was the first moment in which I said to myself "this is gonna be great".

"On the Run" is a short lunatic track with some quirky noises here and there. When it vanishes, we are already listening to "Time" which has a very disarming sound provoked by the vocals and double bass, it is beautiful and becomes even better when sax adds its melancholic sound. I dare saying that the mood of this piece is actually sad, so if you are sensitive, it could even make you cry. "The Great Gig in The Sky / Money" is a challenging combo. The first minute continues with the melancholic sound, but then all of a sudden electronics appear creating a quite different atmosphere, while vocals enter singing the Clare Torry part. Those electronics keep beating but now is Savoldelli's vocals singing the Gilmour part. When vocals finish, the music changes again, bass stays and produce once again, some disarming sounds.

The longest creation comes next with the mighty "Us and Them". Man, I was obsessed with its depth the first time I listened to it. Here the trio has a wonderful guest musician, Dewa Budjana plays guitar in a very soft way but totally accurate to create the ideal atmosphere. Tender vocals surrounded by ambient and electronic nuances will transport you to another threshold, so you can close your eyes and feel the charm and magic of this amazingly arranged song that despite being the longest, it has been the one I have repeated the most. In the last part the guitar becomes a bit more protagonist with some nice riffs included. It is great how after a long instrumental (interlude?) vocals return in order to finish this enchanting track.

"Any Colour You Like" brings some electronic noises, like spacey and futuristic; in a passage bass appear in a subtle way. It leads to "Brain Damage" which has Boris' vocals with a loony spirit, you know, the lunatic is on the grass. Bass and sax are here all the way, the vocals create strange textures and we can also notice some soft but deep atmospheric backgrounds. The song flows and the last two minutes are deliciously highlighted by Casarano's sax. A gem! The album finishes with "Eclipse" which has a kind of humoristic mood that contrasts with what we had been listening. It is a cool way to finish an amazing and unique tribute that I would like to recommend to any open mind aiming to discover memorable tunes.

Enjoy it!

 Plankton: A Fruits de Mer Collection by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2013
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Plankton: A Fruits de Mer Collection
Various Artists (Label Samplers) Various Genres

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
4 stars UK label Fruits de Mer Records started out back in 2008, with a clear concept in mind and learning the skills of marketing along the way. From the initial phase of being more or less ignored, in the span of a few years they have established themselves as a strong name in their specific field of the music business. The compilation "Plankton" features a selection of material released in the first two years of the label's existence, initially made as a cover CD for Record Collector Magazine in 2013 and then in late 2016 also made available to buy as a regular CD from the label itself.

As usual the quality of the material is good to excellent, and for those with an interest or passion for vintage style psychedelic rock it'll be quite the pleasant experience indeed. From a psyched up take on George Martin's classic Theme One to a cover of Brian Eno's Baby's on Fire there's great variety in the source material covered, ranging from pastoral excursions and 60's psychedelic pop/rock to vintage space rock and krautrock. Tracks originally from Pink Floyd and Amon Duul II representing the latter, while Tudor Lodge and Strawberry Alarm Clock are examples of the former. As they are presented in these cover versions at least: I haven't checked with the originals to hear just how much these reinterpretations are different from the originals.

In my view there's one cut here that stands a head and a shoulder above the rest though, namely Vibravoid's take on Pink Floyd's classic Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun. A firmly retro-oriented take on this track, with a plethora of odd and eerie sounds, but with a firmer and more concise delivery that adds a tension and hardness to this track that manage to elevate the sheer cosmic nature of the song and a highly appealing manner.

If you have an interest in psychedelic rock, be it progressive or not, this is a fine collection of material of classic tracks and forgotten jewels from yesteryear as explored and performed by contemporary artists. Those with an interest for material of this kind should not be disappointed by the material presented here.

 Prog P50: Tales Of The Future by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Prog P50: Tales Of The Future
Various Artists (Label Samplers) Various Genres

Review by sussexbowler

— First review of this album —
4 stars Overall, this is a smasher! Other than the 'Metal' track by Tardive Dyskinesia, which I skip, the rest of this album is great.

The album has a strong opener from Big big train, but never really let's go other than that track 4.

The song from Bellerophon is probably the first to surface, as there are many mood changes, which make you wonder if you're listening to the same band throughout.

The flow continues thereafter, with some strong music, and the excellent vocalist from 'This winter machine' comes to the fore, sounding like Patrick Lundstrom from Ritual.

I found this to be a good album, and very likeable.

 Prog P46: Ocean Song by VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.00 | 2 ratings

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Prog P46: Ocean Song
Various Artists (Label Samplers) Various Genres

Review by sussexbowler

3 stars I reckon that the Prog magazine demo's have been getting better recently, and demanding more listening to find that something 'new'. I usually 'saturate' myself with these until something (if anything) shines through, and can go sometimes 3 weeks or more quite happily. Whether this proves that eventually I will get used to anything, well, the jury's out!

Amazingly, I bought two albums as a result of songs being on this album, namely albums by Gandalf's fist and Lyrian. Thankfully, both albums ended up being good, so the desired result was achieved.

There's also a track from Bellerophon, who appear again, and make their presence felt on a later Prog magazine demo, P50 'Tales of the future'.

 Yes, Friends and Relatives by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1998
1.94 | 15 ratings

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Yes, Friends and Relatives
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

2 stars What may have come across as a wonderful idea in the planning stages ended up becoming one of the most bungled and convoluted compilation albums in all of the 90s. YES, FRIENDS AND RELATIVES is supposed to be a continuation of the previous compilation "The Family Album" that featured samples from the greater Yes family. On this botched attempt of continuing that idea however the material was geared more from the 90s pool of solo releases but the brilliant minds at Eagle Rock Entertainment somehow misplaced these lofty ambitions on a shelf in the back room and somehow came up with a totally ill-prepared product instead.

While i thought this one would introduce me to the best works of Yes members past and present (prior to 1998 of course) what we get is not only a ver random hodgepodge of solo samplings but for some reason live group efforts from the "Keys To Ascension" albums which unfortunately accomplish nothing except making most of this solo rubbish sound like weak crap. It doesn't take long to discover how misconceived this effort is when the very first track is a remix of Yes' big pop hit "Owner Of A Lonely Heart." Now don't get me wrong, i'm a big fan of "90125" and some of Yes' progressive pop material but not only is this remix a very BAAAD remix but also leaves me scratching my head as to why they possibly include it on a so-called "family & relative" compilation much less place it as the first track.

As the album continues the listener gets bombarded with the worst pop shlop aspects of the individual family members with an extra heaping helping of Rick Wakeman dishing out his most banal and cheesy attempts to create catchy pop hooks. I can't say the Jon Anderson are much better. The only tracks i really like on here (other than the live tracks from the band) are the live performances of Steve Howe doing a decent acoustic version of "Excerpts From Tales From Topographic Oceans" despite his weak vocals, the good but not really improved upon version of the 1954 track "Walk, Don't Run" made more famous by The Ventures and excellent "Arthur" from Wakeman's "Live At Hammersmith" which only serves to show how weak all the other Wakeman tracks are on this one.

I must say that i am by no means an expert on Yes' members' solo projects but i still have heard enough to know that i could have picked out a better selection of tracks than this! What's most glaring about this pratfall of a project is the distinct absence of many members like Chris Squire, Tony Banks, Patrick Moraz, Peter Banks or even decent Bill Bruford projects while others like Wakeman are overly represented. Not to mention even Squire's ex-wife Nikki gets her band Esquire included! Yikes! A total wipeout of a compilation. At the end of the day, there is good material on this one so i couldn't possibly give this the worst rating but when i rate compilations i rate them on their effectiveness at representing what they intended to represent and this one falls off the mark big time. My advice is to simply not even bother with this one, unless by chance you get it for super cheap at a thrift store or something. Instead, just go straight to the sources of where these tracks were lifted. All except two track had been released before (the exceptions are "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" which didn't need to be made and is also included as a bonus track on remastered versions of "90125" and "10 Million" which doesn't thrill me).

Tracks with original album sources included:

DISC 1 (71:26) Jon Anderson - Owner of a lonely heart ('98 remake) (3:31) Rick Wakeman - Ice (4:50) from "Time Machine" 3. Steve Howe - Red and White (3:33) from "Home Brew" 4. Esquire - Zone of O (5:19) from "Coming Home" 5. Earthworks/Bill Bruford - Up North (5:22) from "Earthworks" 6. Rick Wakeman - The Pyramids of Egypt (7:06) from "Seven Wonders Of The World" 7. Steve Howe - Roundabout (2:29) from "Not Necessarily Acoustic" 8. Wakeman with Wakeman - Sync or Swim (6:05) from "Wakeman & Wakeman" 9. Rick Wakerman - Arthur (12:57) from "Live At Hammersmith" 10. Yes - Close to the edge (19:40) from "Keys To Ascension 2"

DISC 2 (69:14) 1. Wakeman with Wakeman - No expense spared (5:30) from "Wakeman & Wakeman" 2. Jon Anderson - Say (3:47) from "The More You Know" 3. Steve Howe - Walk Don't Run (3:01) from "Quantum Guitar" 4. Esquire - Tron Thomi (7:52) from "Coming Home" 5. Jon Anderson - 10 Million (3:39) 6. Steve Howe - Excerpts from Tales from Topographic Oceans (9:08) from "Not Necessarily Acoustic" 7. Jon Anderson - The more you know (3:44) from "The More You Know" 8. Rick Wakeman - Journey to the centre of the earth (Extract) (21:26) from "Live At Hammersmith" 9. Yes - America (live) (10:37) from "Keys To Ascension 1"

 Space Rock - An Interstelar Traveler's Guide by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2016
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Space Rock - An Interstelar Traveler's Guide
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by Kingsnake

— First review of this album —
4 stars This is essentially a great album wich features almost any spacerock band (sans Pink Floyd and Eloy) from the sixties uptil now. We get soundscapes, psychrock, stonerrock, krautrock, more ambient music, progressive spacerock etc. Everything is gathered on this 6cd boxset.

For me it doesn't work well. Because a lot bands, I really don't like. To experimental and going nowhere. Especially bands like Popol Vuh and Can just don't rock my boat.

On the other hand there are pretty nifty bands featured like Ozric Tentacles and Hidria Spacefolk. All in all, it's a really great introduction to a wide variety of bands and styles. And a welcome and handy set to discover new bands.

Hopefully I will discover some new bands. Because I like a lot of Spacerock, just not so into krautrock and psychrock.

 Tripwave 2 - Collection Of Modern Russian Psychedelic Music by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Tripwave 2 - Collection Of Modern Russian Psychedelic Music
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars US label TRAIL RECORDS has a good track record of being a high-quality label, specializing in psychedelic progressive rock in general and Russian artists active in that genre in particular. They have released several compilation albums over the years, and "Tripwave 2" is the follow-up to the first "Tripwave" album-project from 2011, showcasing some well known and quite a few lesser known Russian artists. This second CD in the series was released in the fall of 2016.

"Tripwave 2" is a solid collection of contemporary Russian psychedelic progressive rock. The album manage to showcase that there are many bands exploring rather different types of this music in Russia today, and while the more established bands does come across as slightly more interesting with their contributions this CD as a whole comes across as a worthwhile, quality product. If you have a taste for psychedelic progressive rock in many flavors, this is a production that merits an inspection. Especially if you are curious about music of this nature from the Russian scene, to state the obvious.

 Tripwave 2 - Collection Of Modern Russian Psychedelic Music by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Tripwave 2 - Collection Of Modern Russian Psychedelic Music
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

4 stars The first Tripwave sampler saw the light of day in 2011 already. Man, how time flies! When this CD arrived, I still can remember that, it was a pleasant surprise for me. Five years later now I have the second edition in my hands. As is usual worked out with passion, concerning the sleeve and the musical content either. About half of the bands are already added to the PA database. The others are featured with previously unreleased songs recorded this year, without exception. Predominantly tracks by young bands who want to express their bright and affecting ideas concerning the psychedelic/space genre.

So probably we have to await some newcomer albums soon, released on the label Trail Records, which is run by Vlad Milyavsky and Alex Tsalikhin from New York. Both have excellent relations to the Russian psych / space / ethno scene. Genre fans definitely can rely on their taste, this manifested by a sought out catalogue. Female vocals with ethereal, ethno, shamanic expression are properly represented on this album. Nine bands and songs are offered in total, and the compilation starts with a CIOLKOWSKA contribution taken from their debut album, showing a distinctive interplay of two guitars, a common electric one as well as the ukulele.

A highlight for sure is the extended Ethno Song featuring expressive guitar appearance and Rada singing in a rather ecstatic manner. Wow, this one is worthwhile alone! SONORA comes with Canyon, stylistically akin to Sky Cries Mary a bit. And OLE LUKKOYE veterans won't be missed of course with an excerpt from their current album. Rounded up by POLSKA RADIO ONE with the retro styled Shagri-La, 'Tripwave 2' is a neat appetizer overall, calling for some attention with reason.

 The Rome Pro(G)ject by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.71 | 27 ratings

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

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Monuments and statues everywhere

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

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

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

 The Rome Pro(g)ject - Of Fate And Glory by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.00 | 20 ratings

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

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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