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The term 'eclectic' in the context of progressive rock describes a summation of elements from various musical sources, and the influences and career paths of bands that take from a wide range of genres or styles. While progressive music can be, in a larger sense, eclectic, the 'Eclectic Prog' term is specially meant to reference bands that trespass the boundaries of established Progressive Rock genres or that blend many influences.

Eclectic Prog combines hybrids of style and diversity of theme, promoting many elements from different sources. The Eclectic category recognizes bands that evolved markedly over their career (in a progressive, evolutionary way), or have a plural style without a clear referential core.

The basic features lie within the music's variety, rich influences, art tendencies and classic prog rock elements. Among the representative bands are KING CRIMSON, VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR, and GENTLE GIANT.

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Eclectic Prog Top Albums


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4.61 | 3637 ratings
IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING
King Crimson
4.53 | 2862 ratings
RED
King Crimson
4.49 | 1727 ratings
GODBLUFF
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.42 | 2439 ratings
LARKS' TONGUES IN ASPIC
King Crimson
4.42 | 1843 ratings
PAWN HEARTS
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.35 | 1416 ratings
IN A GLASS HOUSE
Gentle Giant
4.31 | 1394 ratings
H TO HE, WHO AM THE ONLY ONE
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.29 | 1627 ratings
OCTOPUS
Gentle Giant
4.29 | 1311 ratings
THE POWER AND THE GLORY
Gentle Giant
4.32 | 713 ratings
THE SILENT CORNER AND THE EMPTY STAGE
Hammill, Peter
4.29 | 1274 ratings
STILL LIFE
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.28 | 1264 ratings
FREE HAND
Gentle Giant
4.25 | 1269 ratings
ACQUIRING THE TASTE
Gentle Giant
4.23 | 1183 ratings
VOYAGE OF THE ACOLYTE
Hackett, Steve
4.27 | 454 ratings
ANABELAS
Bubu
4.27 | 403 ratings
BANTAM TO BEHEMOTH
Birds And Buildings
4.25 | 360 ratings
MEMENTO Z BANALNYM TRYPTYKIEM
SBB
4.20 | 635 ratings
SLEEPING IN TRAFFIC: PART TWO
Beardfish
4.16 | 734 ratings
SPECTRAL MORNINGS
Hackett, Steve
4.11 | 1828 ratings
LIZARD
King Crimson

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OJCIEC CHRZESTNY DOMNIKA
Skrzek, Józef
KRYWAN, KRYWAN
Skaldowie
SNAFU
East Of Eden
MARIONETKI
Niemen, CzesŁaw

Latest Eclectic Prog Music Reviews


 Snafu by EAST OF EDEN album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.16 | 143 ratings

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Snafu
East Of Eden Eclectic Prog

Review by Zephyr

4 stars Probably the place to begin and end your East of Eden experience. The more psych-rock of their debut has not aged very well. In contrast, Snafu is an engagihg listen every time. I think about how Kansas' song "Leftoverture" was a series of stitched-together musical ideas and favorite warm up jams; maybe because we have become so familiar with that great piece that it all seems to naturally flow together. But, of course, you can certainly hear the not so subtle transitions within the piece that one could argue make it sound exactly the way it was made. With Snafu I get that same feeling, but the changes that occur (the many that don't build on the theme, that just start a new one) seem very exciting. That anticipation of changes of tempo is, dare I say enthralling. This is a real solid album, and any critique I've read about lack of cohesion is exactly what is great about it. Lots of musical ideas to consume....and in the end, just like Leftoverture, it all seems just as it should be. Adding to the many melodies and anti-melodies explored here are an array of fascinating instruments that add a non-western flavor that is quite exotic to these New York ears. I listen to a lot of prog and I keep coming back to this. Other reviewers have done a great job with the song by song rundown. Listen with a nice system for max affect.
 De Fluff by BOOTCUT album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.08 | 11 ratings

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De Fluff
Bootcut Eclectic Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 3.5 stars really

This band from Sweden named Bootcut formed by Beardfish keybordist and singer Rikard Sjöblom helped by a bunch of musicians with quite high skills. Bootcut released so far two albums, the latest being their best so far. De Fluff is the name of the release issued in 2006. This is keyboard orientated prog, with a slightly jazzy feel. The entire album is quite accesible in sound, but has plenty of tricks in instrumental sections, the hammond is present and in combination with the drums and guitar in places and even sax are quite enjoyble most of the time. The music is groovy and has that jazzy atmosphere, the pieces are kinda short all are under 6 min, but all are energic and well played. All in all a decent album towards great in places, I do prefer this band Bootcut more then anything Beardfish released over the years. Very fine booklet and all package. A little known band who gone under the radar of prog collectors.

 Self-Loathing Joe by BOB LAZAR STORY, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2015
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Self-Loathing Joe
The Bob Lazar Story Eclectic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

— First review of this album —
4 stars Released in 2015, Matt said this EP "sounds like two small bands having a fight on some stairs.". I guess one of those bands plays acoustic guitars, while the other is into harder rock, and somehow they have to share a drummer. And they all like Zappa, and Fripp, and jazz, and being able to make musical sense out of intricate melodies where nothing should gel, but does. Somewhere along the line Chris and Matt managed to misplace Mike, so they were down to a duo. There are even quite a few "vocals" here, but they are mostly spoken word so it doesn't detract too much from the instrumental insanity that is going on for the rest of the piece. One of the songs is nearly nine minutes long, but another is only sixteen seconds, with the seven songs getting just past the twenty-minute mark.

All their albums/EPs stretch musical boundaries without ever seeming to do so, as this music is just so easy to listen to, yet shouldn't be. I was playing this at work the other day, and I was asked what on earth it was as it was so compelling. When I told him that they were a local band (I now work in the city these guys are from) he was amazed and immediately went off to find out more. Which is exactly what you should be doing right now. Music as adventurous and wonderful as this needs full support. They have signed to Bad Elephant for their next album, which should be out in a few months' time. Until then get over to Bandcamp and listen to some music that will blow your mind.

 Ghost of Foodstool by BOB LAZAR STORY, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2014
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Ghost of Foodstool
The Bob Lazar Story Eclectic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

— First review of this album —
4 stars Looking at their Bandcamp page, I can see that Matt Deacon describes his band as "Purveyor of tritonal wankery, The Bob Lazar Story hail from Christchurch, NZ and offer you an oasis of ProgMathsyFusion to soothe your weary earholes". I've been lucky enough to hear both their albums, and their first EP, with this one following in 2014. Seven songs, with a total playing length of fourteen minutes, this is even more eclectic and brilliant than normal! One could argue that this is a close relative to Zappa, while I have also seen someone describe their music as "a tasty cake of dribbly madness". Chris Jago has an incredibly important part to play behind the drums, making them much more of an in your face instrument, very much in keeping with jazz, than one may expect from a rock act. Mike Fudakowski has a similar role with the bass, and they both try to keep up with the manic Matt on guitar.

They are all obviously off their rockers, as this music is hard to describe, yet also always makes total perfect sense. It is melodic, controlled, easy to listen to, yet takes King Crimson to whole new level. Why these guys aren't huge I will never understand, but until the world sits up and takes notice, us in the minority will smile and nod knowingly that these guys are musical geniuses

 Singles and EPs by QUARTETO 1111 album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2006
3.00 | 2 ratings

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Singles and EPs
Quarteto 1111 Eclectic Prog

Review by VianaProghead

3 stars Review Nº 106

"Singles And EP's" is a compilation of Quarteto 1111 and was released in 2006. It has songs released by the band on EP's, singles and also on their eponymous debut studio album, Quarteto 1111, released in 1970.

As I wrote before when I reviewed their debut compilation "A Lenda De El-Rei D. Sebastião", the importance of Quarteto 1111 to Portuguese popular music is completely undeniable, especially for the birth of Portuguese progressive rock music. The band was formed in 1967, in Estoril, a place near Lisbon, and can be considered the father of Portuguese progressive rock music. They opened the door for some excellent albums made by great progressive bands in Portugal.

"Singles And EP's" has fifteen tracks. The first track "A Lenda De El-Rei D. Sebastião" was their first song and was recorded on their debut EP, with the same name, released in 1967. It's a song based in a Portuguese legend and is about the missing of El-Rei D. Sebastião, a Portuguese king, allegedly killed in the fields of Morocco during the battle of Alcácer-Kibir. The legend said that he should appear again on a foggy morning to help Portugal to recover its independence lost to Spain in the XVII century. The second track "Os Faunos" was also released on their debut EP. It's a song about fauns, which was a rustic Latin god or goddess of Roman mythology often associated with enchanted woods and the Greek god Pan and his satyrs. The third track "Gente" was another song released on their debut EP. It's a song about anonymous poor persons abandoned in the world, without having home, care and love of someone. The fourth track "Balada Para D. Inês" was released on their second EP, with the same name, in 1968. It's a song about a famous and very popular episode of the history of Portugal, in the XIV century, the tragic love of the infant D. Pedro, heir of Portuguese throne and future king D. Pedro I with D. Inês de Castro, a noble Galician, which was executed by order of father's king, the king of Portugal D. Afonso IV, because he felt their love immoral and illegitimate. The fifth track "Partindo-se" was also released on their second EP. It's a sad song about emigration. It's about the anguish and the sadness in our eyes when we see our beloved family depart to distant places in search of a better life. The sixth track "Dona Vitória" was released on their third EP, with the same name, in 1968. It's about the big difference that separated the rich from the poor in those times in Portugal, in the dictatorship regime. It tells us about the contrast between those who lived well and had a good job and those who lived in the suburbs and had no job. The seventh track "Nas Terras Do Fim Do Mundo" was released as a single, with the same name, in 1969. It's a song based in one of the most brilliant chapters of the Portuguese History. It's about the deeds of the heroic Portuguese navigators, who in the XV century, discovered new lands, "giving new worlds to the world". The eighth track "Meu Irmão" was released as a single in 1968. It's a psychedelic song that speaks about love, solidarity, friendship and brotherhood among men. The ninth track "Domingo Em Bidonville" was also released on their first album. It's a song about the Portuguese emigrants who left their country in search of a better life, but who still miss their country, family and friends. The tenth track "João Nada" was released on their first album. It's another song about emigration. This is a very sad song about a man who returns to his homeland at the end of a hard working life far way from Portugal. The poem tells us that he has no longer his family, his friends and his dog waiting for him. Nothing is waiting for him, except his coffin. The eleventh track "As Trovas Do Vento Que Passa" was released on their first album. It's a cover of a song of Adriano Correia de Oliveira with a poem of Manuel Alegre. Originally, it was an important song, a symbol of the resistance of Portuguese Universitary students to the dictatorship regime in Portugal. The twelfth track "Epílogo" was also released on their first album. It's a song with short lyrics and is an ode to the nature and to the men, in their effort to find perfection in the search of God. The thirteenth track "Back To The Country" was released on their single with the same name, in 1970. It's an appeal to men to their return to the fields. It represents the first attempt to internationalize the band singing in English. The fourteenth track "Ode To The Beatles" was released as a single in 1971, with the same name, and represents a homage to The Beatles. It represents the second attempt to internationalize the band singing in English. The fifteenth and last track "Uma Nova Maneira De Encarar O Mundo" was released on their single "Sabor A Povo", in 1972. It's a song, as its name indicates, which makes an appeal to a new way of seeing the world. This is a way of seeing it with peace and love.

Conclusion: Like "A Lenda De El-Rei D. Sebastião", their debut compilation, this is also a very interesting and important compilation released by Quarteto 1111, because it was possible to have in only one album many of the songs released by the group in so many singles and EP's. However, of the fifteen tracks recorded on "Singles And EP's", only six are new in relation to that previous compilation. So, actually it doesn't bring to us practically any new stuff. Anyway, this is perhaps preferable to "Singles And EP's" because it has more three songs than the first one has.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 The Total Experience Live In Liverpool by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2016
3.93 | 22 ratings

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The Total Experience Live In Liverpool
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars A mixed bag

Steve Hackett has been touring relentlessly for a long time and he has been extremely prolific when it comes to releasing live albums/videos from his tours going all the way back to the late 90's with the release of The Tokyo Tapes. For the last five years or so he has been touring extensively under the concept of "Genesis Revisited" and this period alone has already spawned several live releases including Genesis Revisited: Live At Hammersmith in 2013 and Genesis Revisited: Live At The Royal Albert Hall in 2014. The most recent in this series is the present one released in 2016 entitled The Total Experience: Live In Liverpool. The "total experience" refers to the fact that about half the show is Steve Hackett solo material and the other half a straight continuation of the "Genesis revisited" concept with Nad Sylvan's convincing Peter Gabriel impersonation. Personally, I found the concept of the tour a bit confusing and separating the solo stuff from the Genesis stuff in this way only helped emphasise how different these are from each other.

The first half of the show draws material from two main sources: Steve's 1975 solo debut album, Voyage Of The Acolyte, and his latest studio release at the time, Wolflight, which explains the "from Acolyte to Wolflight" part in the name of the tour and in the subtitle of this live album. We also get here a few songs from other early solo albums like Please Don't Touch, Spectral Mornings, and Defector. Most of these songs, if not all of them, have been included on other live recent albums. As I remarked in my review of the Wolflight studio album, it sounds very much like Steve's previous albums going back at least to 2004's To Watch The Storms. It is not bad, but feels a bit like more of the same.

Turning now to the Genesis stuff, any fan of that band is bound to get interested in these selections. It is particularly nice to see that they have included a few "new" songs that were not performed on the previous couple of tours, including Get 'em Out By Friday and Can-Utility And The Coastliners from Foxtrot and The Cinema Show/Aisle Of Plenty from Selling England By The Pound. These are all excellently performed and will not disappoint anyone. Still, even with these excellent surprises I think that Steve has now come to the end of the road with the "Genesis revisited" concept. Continuing on with this beyond this point would be milking it.

The Total Experience is not a bad live album, but there are many others in Steve's extensive live catalogue that are much better than this one. (I should add that I am only familiar with the audio of this release and not the accompanying DVD. I did however see Steve live in Malmö, Sweden on this tour where the same set list was performed.)

 Years In The Garden Of Years by EDENSONG album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.01 | 78 ratings

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Years In The Garden Of Years
Edensong Eclectic Prog

Review by HarmonyDissonan

4 stars Hi. It's been a while and I admit that I'm not really prepared to do a review that will do this cd (album) justice, but if I wait much longer, it just won't happen like so many other - albums that I would have loved to review! So here goes and I apologize in advance for all that is lacking. I have to say that this cd was one of those that had reached the coveted 'hard to remove' potion from my cd player in my van! I've used that expression before, but that is where a large percentile of my listening is done. After many listens, I had found that I was still finding new bytes of audio taste sensations that made the listening experience a slightly 'new' flavor with each subsequent listen. I enjoyed the great variety on the album without that variety causing the album to lose any coherency or flow. I highly recommend this cd (album). I discovered it through PA and am glad that I did so. Most of my music purchases in the last decade or so were discovered that way. Although I can't quite give it the 5 star masterpiece rating, it is just about as close to reaching it as possible and I would definitely give it 4.5 stars if I were able.

Take care and enjoy God's gift of music!

 In Spite Of Harry's Toenail by GNIDROLOG album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.97 | 157 ratings

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In Spite Of Harry's Toenail
Gnidrolog Eclectic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

5 stars Out of the primeval ooze of the big bang of progressive rock in the early 70s emerged an astounding number of bands who were agglutinating hitherto unthinkable musical genres and ideas together in unique and fresh ways. Many of these bands were influenced by each other and those similarities can be quite derivative but every once in a while a group emerged that sounded absolutely unique and while GNIDROLOG were compared to bands like Gentle Giant and Van Der Graaf Generator, they truly were an odd duck of the day. Not only for their wild and outlandish musical compositions but also for the fact that they totally eschewed the use of the keyboard altogether in the days when it seemed like the only constant in prog was the use of healthy doses of synthesized sounds in the form of mellotrons or moog organs with Emerson inspired precision. Not only did the keys not dominate but really no instrument dominated in this band. This was truly a democratic version of a progressive rock band where every tiny detail was cleverly crafted to fit the larger artistic vision and any trace of one member dominating the scene was jettisoned into the musical trash bin.

The twin Goldring brothers Stewart and Colin were destined for an eclectic career after displaying their extrovert tendencies at a young age and gravitated towards music when they learned violin and trumpet however it was when they discovered folk music, that their realities were totally blown away and they would become obsessed with mastery of compositional lyrical content backed up by expressive musical accompaniment. In those days nobody could have predicted just how far they would take their passions including the twins, themselves. As luck would have it, the fertile English music scene was like a field of spring flowers blooming under the regalia of the bountiful sun's rays and the perfect place for the like minded to find synergy in their musical ambitions and talented musicians were creeping out of every nook and cranny of universities, music schools and many a London pub.

As their folk ambitions morphed into the rock arena, the adventurous twins hooked up with a couple classically trained musicians in 1969 to create their first true fledgling of band called GNIDROLOG which is an anagram of their surname plus an extra 'o'. While folk music had inspired them, the twins quickly outgrew it and found a new home in the burgeoning prog scene of the early 70s as the Goldrings (Colin on lead vocals, guitar, recorders, tenor sax, harmonica and Stewart on lead guitar and vocals) would hook up with bassist and cello master Peter Cowling and Nigel Pegrum who would contribute not only the fine tuned percussive section of the band but also delivered wild and virtuosic performances on flute and oboe and occasionally contributed the piano when it was needed. The fact that the members of the band were all multi-instrumentalists earned them comparisons with Gentle Giant with whom they even played however GNIDROLOG proved they were even more eclectic and daring than even the most adventurous prog masters of the days including Gentle Giant as heard on their first of two albums that would spring up in 1972.

IN SPITE OF HARRY'S TOENAIL is a title that tells you that this is going to be a very different listening experience and that's exactly what it turns out to be. While primarily based in English folk music, GNIDROLOG was all about taking simple melodies and eking out every possible way of making them more complex with unexpected deviations from the norm at any given moment making IN SPITE OF HARRY'S TOENAIL a very demanding experience that takes even the most hardened progger quite a few spins to get one's head around as this album throws every single prog trick in the book at the listener in ample unrelenting amounts. The very first track "Long Live Man Dead" begins the album with a near ten minute length track that consists of distinct sections that usher in dissonant distorted guitars and Colin's quite distinct vocal style followed by unusual polyrhythms primarily led by the extraordinary bass skills of Cowling that magically morph from one passage into another while the other band members perfectly synchronize and adapt their prog workouts to the overall sound.

The track "Peter" is the least adulterated on the album that exposes the progressive folk underpinnings of the compositions and the perfect stripped down sound to inure oneself to the idiosyncratic time signatures, twisted polyrhythmic counterpoints and excessively complex chord progressions all woven into somewhat traditionally sounding folk melodies. After this short track though things really get wild beginning with "Snails" which begins with a sultry oscillating rhythm that like a snail slowly creeps in and leaves a slime trail that slowly fades to black. This track really took progressive rock to bizarre new heights for the day with bizarre exchanges between the guitar lines, percussion and vocal delivery and for an unrelenting seven minute and counting straddles between the avant-garde and accessibly melodic. Although it begins as a slow creeper becomes increasingly more hostile and down right jarring with angry sax and oboes fighting it out towards the end until all totally melts down and dysrhythmically dissipates towards in the final moments. "Time And Space" likewise is based on a fairly accessible folk melody with sensual flutes that wouldn't sound out of place on a Jethro Tull album but more pastural and almost sounds like medieval fairytale music that slowly ups complexity and energy until a full progressive rock behemoth is unleashed which ultimately cedes into one of the trippiest bass meets flute segments ever heard. One of my favorite tracks on the album and most contrasting.

The tiny "Who Spoke" is more of a connecting link between the two prog behemoths around it and is a stripped down unaccompanied acoustic guitar folk track with vocals and barely lasts over two minutes. The album ends with the jaw-dropping antics of the near ten minute title track which consists of the two parts "Goodbye - Farewell - Adieu" and "Harry's Toenail." Despite the time length this track contains some of the easiest to digest melodies and find the band playing together like a "normal" folk rock band instead of merely dazzling with polyrhythms and time signatures freak outs. While the beginning sounds a bit like a depressive version of Fairport Convention or Steeleye Span, it picks up steam and enters bluesy rock territory which displays GNIDROLOG's ability to firmly grasp emotional heartwarming melodic prowess as gracefully as they do with their most complex and hard hitting progressive elements. The track continues down a groovy and melodic jam complete with heavy bass, harmonica sections and totally rocking guitar solos that would feel at home on any Led Zeppelin album but ultimately cedes to a crazy chaotic ending that ends as it strikes a single harmonic chord and successfully challenges the listener to question the music they have just experienced.

IN SPITE OF HARRY'S TOENAIL is a bonafide 10 on the progometer having taken me a ridiculous amount of listens to penetrate despite easily accessible melodies peeking around every corner. During the time of release this music went over most people's heads but was quite revered by musicians as this is very much the musical porn that ardent adventurous musicians crave to create. While i began as most do by appreciating the much more accessible "Lady Lake" somewhere along the line HARRY'S TOENAIL surpassed the second installment of 1972 as my GNIDROLOG album of choice and has even become one that makes the desert isle list as these tracks are so beautiful and delicately balanced with the perfect amount of melody, counterpoint, dissonance, tempo changes, thematic displays and lyrical delivery. I cannot think of prog much more complex than what GNIDROLOG created on this ambitious first release. While "Lady Lake" has the superior album cover, IN SPITE OF HARRY'S TOENAIL contains the true progressive gems of their career and one that requires a great deal of effort to truly comprehend. Beyond brilliant and a classic for the ages that was light years ahead of its time.

 A Lenda de El-Rei D. Sebastião by QUARTETO 1111 album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1996
3.00 | 1 ratings

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A Lenda de El-Rei D. Sebastião
Quarteto 1111 Eclectic Prog

Review by VianaProghead

— First review of this album —
3 stars Review Nº 105

"A Lenda De El-Rei D. Sebastião" is a compilation of Quarteto 1111 and was released in 1993. It has songs released by the band on EP's, singles and also on their eponymous debut studio album, Quarteto 1111, released in 1970.

Quarteto 1111 was a Portuguese band formed in 1967, in Estoril, a place near Lisbon. The story of Quartet 1111 began when José Cid was invited to join the band Mystery, in 1966. Later, they decided to form a new group named "Quarteto 1111, whose name was inspired by the phone number of one of the band's members, since they spent few months working on their music in his garage. It has been suggested to the group to sing in Portuguese, despite the great influence of the British music on the band. In reality, London and Lisbon were the only centres of attraction that guided all the music of Quarteto 1111 during their short life. Their main objectives were to create music influenced by the style of the new British music, marrying it in an intelligent way with some of the main typical Portuguese features of music.

"A Lenda De El-Rei D. Sebastião" has twelve tracks. The first track is the title track, "A Lenda De El-Rei D. Sebastião". It was their first song and was recorded on their debut EP, with the same name, released in 1967. It's based in a very well known Portuguese legend about the disappearing of El-Rei D. Sebastião, a Portuguese king, allegedly killed in the fields of Morocco during the battle of Alcácer-Quibir. The legend said that he should appear on a foggy morning to help Portugal to recover its independence lost to Spain in the XVII century. The second track "Meu Irmão" was released as a single in 1968. It's a psychedelic song that speaks about love, solidarity, friendship and brotherhood among men. The third track "Ode To The Beatles" was released as a single in 1971, with the same name, and represents a homage to The Beatles. It represents also the second attempt to internationalize the band singing in English. The fourth track "As Trovas Do Vento Que Passa" was released on their first album. It's a cover of a song of Adriano Correia de Oliveira with a poem of Manuel Alegre. Originally, it was an important song, a symbol of the resistance of the Portuguese Universitary students against the dictatorship regime in Portugal. The fifth track "Domingo Em Bidonville" was also released on their debut album. It's a song about the Portuguese emigrants who left their country in search of a better life, but who still miss their country, family and friends. The sixth track "Balada Para D. Inês" was released on their second EP, with the same name, in 1968. It's a song about a famous and very popular episode of the history of Portugal, in the XIV century, the tragic love of the infant D. Pedro, heir of Portuguese throne and future king D. Pedro I with D. Inês de Castro, a noble Galician, which was executed by the father's hing, the king of Portugal D. Afonso IV, because he felt their love immoral and illegitimate. The seventh track "Dona Vitória" was released on their third EP, with the same name, in 1968. It's about the big difference that separated the rich from the poor in those times in Portugal, in the dictatorship regime. It tells us about the contrast between those who lived well and had a good job and those who lived in the suburbs and had no job. The eighth track "João Nada" was released on their first album. It's another song about emigration. This is a very sad song about a man who returns to his homeland at the end of a hard working life, far way from Portugal. The poem tells us that he has no longer his family, his friends and his dog waiting for him. Nothing is waiting for him, except his coffin. The ninth track "Dragão" was released on their second EP, "Balada Para D. Inês". It's a song about the sad, dull, hard and routine life of any working man. The tenth track "Nas Terras Do Fim Do Mundo" was released as a single, with the same name, in 1969. It's a song based in one of the most brilliant chapters of Portuguese history. It's about the deeds of the heroic Portuguese navigators, who in the XV century, discovered new lands, "giving new worlds to the world". The eleventh track "Pigmentação" was released on their first album. It's an anti-racist song about the difference of the pigmentation of the skin colour of the black people in contrast with the skin of the white people. It says that both are natural and both have blood with the same colour. The twelfth track "Fantasma Pop" was released on their debut EP "A Lenda De El-Rei D. Sebastião". It's a very nice and simple instrumental song.

Conclusion: The importance of Quarteto 1111 to Portuguese popular music is completely undeniable, especially for the birth of the Portuguese progressive rock music. This compilation, "A Lenda De El-Rei D. Sebastião" is a very interesting and important release of the group, because for the first time it was possible to have in only one album so many songs released by the group, usually separated for so many singles and EP's. This is even more important because, as far as I know and unfortunately, their debut album was never released in CD. Fortunately and lucky for me, I have a vinyl copy purchased in the 70's. My main concern on this review was to focus all my attention in lyrics, trying to explain the subjects covered in each song. I did it because I know the majority of the readers don't know any word of Portuguese, and as we know, music is a universal language. I hope you can enjoy both, the music and the review too.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Death's Crown by HAPPY THE MAN album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.53 | 50 ratings

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Death's Crown
Happy The Man Eclectic Prog

Review by poito

3 stars It's being a long time since their last release. Probably the band was waiting favorable winds to the prog, which always blew so week in the band's hometown continent. They still keep great musicianship, but there is less inspiration in the composition, freshness is gone, and they adopted jazzy airs. It is not easy to keep it high when there is so little support. The album contains a long multipart epic, mostly based on organ creations. Some parts are really excellent, like Parts 3,5,7 and 10, but globally it is kind of deja vue. Definitely, one misses the allegro style and brightness of the former two albums.
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