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Eclectic Prog definition

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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4.61 | 3558 ratings
IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING
King Crimson
4.53 | 2803 ratings
RED
King Crimson
4.49 | 1673 ratings
GODBLUFF
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.41 | 2386 ratings
LARKS' TONGUES IN ASPIC
King Crimson
4.41 | 1787 ratings
PAWN HEARTS
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.35 | 1383 ratings
IN A GLASS HOUSE
Gentle Giant
4.31 | 1352 ratings
H TO HE, WHO AM THE ONLY ONE
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.33 | 696 ratings
THE SILENT CORNER AND THE EMPTY STAGE
Hammill, Peter
4.28 | 1586 ratings
OCTOPUS
Gentle Giant
4.29 | 1286 ratings
THE POWER AND THE GLORY
Gentle Giant
4.29 | 1234 ratings
STILL LIFE
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.28 | 1235 ratings
FREE HAND
Gentle Giant
4.24 | 1240 ratings
ACQUIRING THE TASTE
Gentle Giant
4.22 | 1147 ratings
VOYAGE OF THE ACOLYTE
Hackett, Steve
4.27 | 436 ratings
ANABELAS
Bubu
4.25 | 381 ratings
BANTAM TO BEHEMOTH
Birds And Buildings
4.26 | 348 ratings
MEMENTO Z BANALNYM TRYPTYKIEM
SBB
4.20 | 625 ratings
SLEEPING IN TRAFFIC: PART TWO
Beardfish
4.16 | 713 ratings
SPECTRAL MORNINGS
Hackett, Steve
4.31 | 192 ratings
1000 AUTUNNI
Ske
4.11 | 1785 ratings
LIZARD
King Crimson
4.11 | 1592 ratings
DISCIPLINE
King Crimson
4.11 | 1032 ratings
THREE FRIENDS
Gentle Giant
4.20 | 293 ratings
MULTIPURPOSE TRAP
Birds And Buildings
4.19 | 301 ratings
BORIS
Yezda Urfa
4.24 | 207 ratings
SI PARTIE 1
Nemo
4.16 | 385 ratings
MOTORPSYCHO AND STĹLE STORLŘKKEN: THE DEATH DEFYING UNICORN
Motorpsycho
4.20 | 228 ratings
PAMIęć
SBB
4.26 | 171 ratings
SBB [AKA: WOłANIE O BRZęK SZKłA AND SLOVENIAN GIRLS]
SBB
4.09 | 495 ratings
UK
UK
4.13 | 316 ratings
IN CAMERA
Hammill, Peter
4.05 | 849 ratings
THE LEAST WE CAN DO IS WAVE TO EACH OTHER
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.16 | 219 ratings
COMA
Nemo
4.26 | 133 ratings
DETTA HAR HÄNT
Gösta Berlings Saga
4.18 | 183 ratings
ZE SłOWEM BIEGNę DO CIEBIE
SBB
4.10 | 258 ratings
BARBARES
Nemo
4.12 | 229 ratings
CITY OF THE SUN
Seven Impale
4.10 | 253 ratings
LAST EPIC
A.C.T
4.05 | 432 ratings
SLEEPING IN TRAFFIC: PART ONE
Beardfish
4.14 | 185 ratings
DIAGONAL
Diagonal
4.39 | 77 ratings
NIL NOVO SUB SOLE
Nil
4.12 | 209 ratings
TODD RUNDGREN'S UTOPIA
Utopia
4.22 | 113 ratings
AEROLIT
Niemen, CzesŁaw
4.05 | 295 ratings
LADY LAKE
Gnidrolog
4.08 | 218 ratings
DODECAHEDRON
Daal
4.17 | 131 ratings
SNAFU
East Of Eden
4.05 | 251 ratings
NIGHTINGALES & BOMBERS
Mann's Earth Band, Manfred
4.20 | 114 ratings
HAIKARA
Haikara
3.96 | 998 ratings
THE POWER TO BELIEVE
King Crimson
4.03 | 296 ratings
CHAMELEON IN THE SHADOW OF THE NIGHT
Hammill, Peter
4.26 | 90 ratings
ECHOES OF FALLING STARS
Daal
4.06 | 226 ratings
IN EXTREMIS
Days Between Stations
4.04 | 250 ratings
THE LOW SPARK OF HIGH HEELED BOYS
Traffic
4.02 | 283 ratings
THE MUSIC THAT DIED ALONE
Tangent, The
3.97 | 538 ratings
MAMMOTH
Beardfish
4.01 | 279 ratings
SOLAR FIRE
Mann's Earth Band, Manfred
3.98 | 385 ratings
+4626 - COMFORTZONE
Beardfish
4.22 | 89 ratings
ET CETERA
Et Cetera
4.05 | 179 ratings
NOT A GOOD SIGN
Not A Good Sign
4.07 | 160 ratings
DANCES OF THE DRASTIC NAVELS
Daal
4.12 | 119 ratings
PICTURES
Island
3.91 | 1512 ratings
STARLESS AND BIBLE BLACK
King Crimson
3.96 | 396 ratings
DESTINED SOLITAIRE
Beardfish
4.00 | 265 ratings
LE VER DANS LE FRUIT
Nemo
4.01 | 230 ratings
THE SANE DAY
Beardfish
4.00 | 261 ratings
BEHIND THE SUN
Motorpsycho
3.97 | 297 ratings
LE SACRE DU TRAVAIL
Tangent, The
4.10 | 121 ratings
SKYMIND
Taal
4.20 | 82 ratings
THE APOCALYPSE INSIDE OF AN ORANGE
Rodriguez-Lopez, Omar
3.90 | 1009 ratings
GENTLE GIANT
Gentle Giant
4.15 | 95 ratings
MOVIN' ON
Circus
4.43 | 47 ratings
SEN BALıK DEğILSIN KI
Gevende
4.36 | 53 ratings
SHESHET
Sheshet
4.06 | 138 ratings
IMAGINARY FRIENDS
A.C.T
4.04 | 143 ratings
SI PARTIE II - L'HOMME IDÉAL
Nemo
4.19 | 78 ratings
OF THINGS THAT NEVER WERE
Worm Ouroboros, The
3.98 | 212 ratings
THE FINEST OF MIRACLES
Ciccada
3.95 | 278 ratings
OVER
Hammill, Peter
4.06 | 124 ratings
EVER AFTER
Sanhedrin
4.28 | 59 ratings
KOROWOD
Grechuta, Marek
4.15 | 85 ratings
SENNA
Mahogany Frog
4.04 | 130 ratings
IN CASE OF LOSS..
Areknamés
4.38 | 46 ratings
ONDE, QUANDO, COMO, PORQUĘ, CANTAMOS PESSOAS VIVAS
Quarteto 1111
4.29 | 55 ratings
BIGORNA
Cartoon
4.12 | 89 ratings
STRANGE IS THIS WORLD
Niemen, CzesŁaw
4.07 | 106 ratings
SODOM & GOMORRAH
From.uz
4.05 | 117 ratings
MERCATOR PROJECTED
East Of Eden
4.22 | 63 ratings
DIALOG S VESMÍREM
Progres 2
3.97 | 189 ratings
REWOTOWER
Profusion
4.16 | 74 ratings
MARIONETKI
Niemen, CzesŁaw
4.02 | 121 ratings
ENIGMATIC
Niemen, CzesŁaw
4.00 | 138 ratings
THE TIME IT TAKES
Nice Beaver
4.11 | 82 ratings
PHANEROTHYME
Motorpsycho
4.04 | 100 ratings
BELIEVERS & DECEIVERS
Brighteye Brison
3.96 | 154 ratings
2ND HANDS
Gourishankar, The
3.90 | 282 ratings
JOHN BARLEYCORN MUST DIE
Traffic
4.51 | 32 ratings
PLAT DU JOUR
Plat Du Jour
4.18 | 61 ratings
MOTORPSYCHO + JAGA JAZZIST HORNS: IN THE FISHTANK 10
Motorpsycho
3.82 | 1766 ratings
IN THE WAKE OF POSEIDON
King Crimson
3.86 | 437 ratings
GENESIS REVISITED II
Hackett, Steve

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Zapotec
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Seamus
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Skrzek, Józef

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 The  Show by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1980
2.12 | 9 ratings

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The Show
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

1 stars Good grief, how bad a single from one of my favourite artists can be. First, I like quite a lot all the early albums by Steve Hackett, definitely including Defector (1980) which contains some atmospheric stuff full of unique, timeless, English charm that I consider to be one of Hackett's trademarks -- witnessed already in the Genesis output, e.g. 'Blood on the Rooftops' from Wind & Wuthering. But Defector is notably more uneven than Steve's preceding solo albums, mainly due to some throwaway songs like 'The Show'. It is musically very mediocre pop song with a kitchy synth riff going on and on. And the lyrics that try to be satirical about rock business, they are hardly even slightly amusing.

I didn't know the B-side song 'Hercules Unchained' in advance, so I listened to it on YouTube. At first I wondered can this really be the right track, or is YouTube accidentally playing me some Slade or something in that vein instead. Noisy electric guitar sound walls of metallic rock'n'roll, and fast-tempo vocals like on the worst songs of Billy Joel (such as 'Still Rock'n'Roll to Me'). The best thing about this horrible song is its length of under three minutes. It has been included as a bonus on Defector's CD release. Frankly to me it would be a very negative, unwanted addition to a fairly nice album.

(One star reviews are very rare in my reviews list, because I prefer to write about music I can recommend to at least someone, but this was just a case of a quick ex tempore review, and if I yesterday gave two stars to a decent album just because I wasn't really turned on by it, this single is a plain one-star release for me.)

 Contrapasso by SEVEN IMPALE album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.86 | 21 ratings

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Contrapasso
Seven Impale Eclectic Prog

Review by javajeff

4 stars I was reading a review from another reviewer that mentioned groups like Beardfish and Van Der Graaf Generator, so I was immediately intrigued since those are two favorites of mine. I gravitate towards eclectic stuff since I find it interesting, but I also still love a good symphonic piece. Contrapasso is a very good album on it's own, but it is more experimental than the superb City Of The Sun. I actually hear many similarities to Motorpsycho, another Eclectic Progressive Rock band from Norway. There are times like listening to the track Inertia, where I could stick that right in the middle of The Death Defying Unicorn. There is also an injection of space rock in the mix. The vocals are very different on Contrapasso, with a deeper darker tone than the more softer singing approach on City Of The Sun. Contrapasso is a worthy addition to any prog lovers catalog. If you are new to Seven Impale, I would start with City Of The Sun first.
 Contrapasso by SEVEN IMPALE album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.86 | 21 ratings

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Contrapasso
Seven Impale Eclectic Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars

After a great first album, the band is back with this new album. Could they match up the first one? After playing together for 2 years, the band is much tighter and it really shows in this new work. From the opener "Lemma", we are in space territory with a big voice from the deep and the sax of Benjamin Widero who will be a highlight throughout this album. There is a break with a funny atmosphere, but the song switch to more dark melodies. "Heresey" brings a female voice, a Frank Zappa like part and some strange time signatures and strange keyboards passages remind me of VDGG. "Inertia" brings the first psychedelic guitar solo between some furious sax passages. "Langour" is where the album is starting to pick up with some brilliant music! The band is switching from the intensity of the heavy guitars to the calm piano and bass lines. There's another type of vocal harmonies here, some Jazzy parts and weird synths. The sax plays in a different mode. "Convulsion" has some brilliant bursts of energy and breaks with vocals and music that remind me of Killing Joke. We are again in some dark territory where the melody is built slowly in the fusion of the vocals and the instrumentation. "Helix" has some cool synths effects, dark atmosphere, and various piano/keys tones. The band is playing with many tempo changes.In "Serpenstone", the vocals are quite unique and the melody is again building his momentum slowly with some beautiful keyboards in the Beardfish style, an influence that is spread out all over this album with many others of course. The last song starts with samples of conversations with some strange atmosphere, spacey keyboards, ambient passages and a special guitar break.The song was meant to slow things down after all the previous intensity. If this long song is not the most impressive track , it end up very well the album. If you enjoy adventurous music and are not afraid of dissonant music, oppressive atmosphere covering different styles, this is an album to look for.

 The Roaring Silence by MANN'S EARTH BAND, MANFRED album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.82 | 205 ratings

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The Roaring Silence
Manfred Mann's Earth Band Eclectic Prog

Review by maryes

4 stars The Boariang Silence" in my scale from MANFRED MANN be in second place ( not so far from the first place - "Solar Fire ) . The first track "Blinded by the light" is a good instrumental and vocal piece with two highlights: the phased guitar solo and the vocal counterpoint in the end of track. Track 2 "Singing the dolphin through" is a bucolic song and the highlights comes again by guitar and vocals ( at this time this last in unison with the lead voice ). Track 3 "Waiter, there's a yawn in my ear" the Mann's Keyboards "take the scenery" in the first part and Guitar/Drums in second part and all band "attacks" in final part ( one of most progressive themes of this album ) ! Other great moments be in track 4 "The road to Babylon" where in spite the performance of all musicians , I like above all the drums: track 5. "This side of paradise" with Moog Synthesizer and Wah-Wah guitar duel between vocal intermission and . But, to me the best track is 6 "Starbird" mainly by the incredible instrumental with 2 guitars and keyboards "dispute" ( almost taking the audience breath ), The perfection escapes only due track 7 "Questions" a weak ballad. My rate is 4 stars !!!
 Snapshots by DISEN GAGE album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Snapshots
Disen Gage Eclectic Prog

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars If there is someway to explain what goes on in this Disen Gage, 2016, "Snapshots", the easy way would be to point out some kind of music references and these will turn out to be many and yet not that accurate.

Eclectic to the top but also very close to the RiO/A.G. styling as daring to break some rules along its way. Its non-stop mutability (just that) reminds me of Radiohead's early efforts. Let me throw some names, but as told, these all are just references.

The playful and folkish like attitude of Samla Mammas Manna, the undercovered complexity of The Thinking Plague, the ignored Rock in Opposition side of Alice Cooper's very early works, the controlled cacophony of Schoenberg's ways, the hot guitar riffs of Carlos Santana, the unfriendly "friendly" nature of Frank Zappa's instrumental humor, the clean cut guitar of Chet Atkins, the ongoing distant solos of Manuel Gottsching as the cosmic sweeping synths' nature of Ash-Ra Tempel, the colors of Miles Davis experimental Jazz works (Tutu), the clockwork like abrupt change of time signatures and variety in instrumentation of King Crimson and whatever else you can detect as some kind of reference.

All blended in perfect and polished balance adding up to a unique sound formula to the point of trascending the repetition of influences tagging. In fact all these references happen simultaneously or instantly.

Rich in creativity and extremely fresh, their lack of "stardom hunger", allows the music to go places most hungry for fame musicians will never dare to even dwell into. These freedoms are explored but never to the point of self-indulgence, opposite to that everything just falls into place making perfect sense and believe it or not lots of fun happens here.

What else? Well, no mainstream Prog found here!

****4 PA stars.

p.d.-Track one is the weak point of this release, so just let it run past it.

 Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind by KING CRIMSON album cover DVD/Video, 2016
4.79 | 24 ratings

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Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by CapnBearbossa

5 stars Pretty sure I can justify a five-star rating for this one.

Even being that I've only been listening to it for a week, I can see the evidence of how much work went into this new "Radical Action..." box set. If you are not convinced, first consider that this is a live album in which the best performances of each track have been culled from their 2015 tours of the UK, Canada and Japan, and the audience sounds have been thoroughly removed to bring about sonic perfection - making it a (what did they call it?) "virtual studio album." And if you still aren't swayed, go on over to All About Jazz's website and read their review of this 3-cd + video (extra dvd's if you get the limited edition) box. You will gape at how many mic tracks had to be manually examined and processed to isolate the drum parts alone!

This purchase is a decent-sized outlay of money, so some might consider it a stretch to say the first track (the current 7-headed-beast's rendition of LTIA-1) is worth the price of admission. To be honest though, it's not that much of a stretch - this version sounds awesome, spacious, and *huge*.

The live/studio versions of "Pictures Of A City," "Easy Money," "Level Five," "Red," "Starless," "LTIA-II," and many other tracks are brilliant too, and the band are as on-form as they were in their recently published Toronto (20 November 2015) "Collector's Bootleg" ... if not quite as on-fire. It's fine though: for the group's intensity seeming just slightly lower, they've certainly since then developed - or at least discovered how to evince on record - more instrumental flourishes than in that unadulterated full concert recording. This may well -- efficaciously if not definitively -- be rounding out a chapter in the development of King Crimson, which hopefully will not be their final one. (Why would it be, with everyone in the band, particularly Fripp, playing with enough vim and vigor to put most other acts to shame).

The new strategy of three drummers in the front line is used to full effect here. Mel Collins's wind parts and Jakko Jakzsyk's vocals are solid and well-suited for this incarnation of the band. I am not going to lend any credence to those who maintain otherwise ... nor should you.

Which leads me on to my complaint that entirely too many have wailed (or at least whinged) that Crim in their current mode are doing solely nostalgia - heck, I think I myself may have semi-seriously joked about that in my Toronto review. But I'd be remiss not to mention that "Radical Action" includes nearly a half-hour of new material by the band. So pipe down, all you complainers. Take radical action by putting on this DVD ( or blu-ray) and submit to getting a better-than-best-seat-in-the-house view of a virtual studio concert at a fraction of the cost of the real thing ! (Or if you can't afford the $30 price tag, at least visit DGM Live's youtube publication of the "Easy Money" and "Starless" viddie excerpts.) Times are good.

 Far From Home by TRAFFIC album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.07 | 47 ratings

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Far From Home
Traffic Eclectic Prog

Review by aglasshouse

3 stars Traffic is by far one of my favorite bands of all time. The innovative music they cranked out in such an early stage of progressive rock was nigh unparalleled by many other bands. Traffic split up rather early in the seventies (in '74), but at the same time had released a studio album practically every year up to that point since their debut in 1967. The split couldn't be more appropriate. Traffic was releasing great material seemingly effortlessly, until that year with When The Eagle Flies, debatably their weakest album of the period. They went quiet for three decades until in 1994, they released a sudden comeback album out of the blue. This was none other than Far From Home, a haphazard assemblage of 90's pop rock and very vague progressive undertones. Was it as great as any of the classics?

No, not really. Now you could say that with such an old band as Traffic, thinking that an album released thirty years after their golden era would be as great as when the band was young is wishful thinking. I don't believe that Far From Home should match any of their old albums in the slightest. To me, a comeback album is one that is more of a callback to old material, replicating it slightly but with other sounds and gadgets to make up for weak points. This is especially the case when an album is such a flash-fire like Far From Home was (the band released and nothing subsequently). But this didn't happen. FFH was a complete overhaul of Traffic's sound, demolishing the eclectic folk influence, the progressive construction, and any semblance of what made Traffic Traffic. If every element of the band was removed, then what exactly was left? Nothing particularly remarkable.

Far From Home, in layman's terms, is a glorified Steve Winwood solo album, the only difference being that drummer Jim Capaldi from the original lineup joined him on it. The album is over-saturated, much like Winwood's albums, with harmonized synth keyboards, slow echoing drumming, and soul backing vocals. To call Far From Home a prog record would be a stretch, but you could make a case for it. The album does have many Latin and salsa jazz influences, no matter how badly used they may be. Funnily enough this album features some of Traffic's longest tracks, which have little-to-no experimentation in them; this may be a trap for you if you're going into the album looking for some hardened progressive rock, so it's better to be aware. Winwood's vocals in their early stages were quiet, yet when required were able to belt out power notes. However after spending the 80's successful with just using the latter, Winwood's over-enthusiastic yell became the centerpiece of the vocal arrangements. Capaldi, who I know is a great drummer, is restricted within this genre with slow, linear drum patterns that rarely shift from their solid mold. Mick Dolan and Davy Spillane appear as newcomers to the band, on rhythm guitar and Uilleann pipes (a type of Irish bagpipe) respectively. Even with their presence though, it's undoubtedly primarily Capaldi and Winwood doing the work.

The album has some pretty good moments, the title track is stand-able and features one of those super-filtered guitar solos from Winwood at the end of the song. The tracks that I always come back to are that of 'Nowhere Is Their Freedom', a punchy film-score esque epic, and the wonderful closing instrumental 'Mozambique'. The other tracks are forgettable, but I wouldn't necessarily go so far as to say they wouldn't appeal to anybody because this music definitely still has an audience.

Far From Home is not a fantastic record. It has more ups than downs, and unfortunately isn't that great of a resurrection of such a classic band. Yet if you are open minded I'm sure this album would have it's fans. My two- cents don't mean anything in the wider picture. Happy listening.

2.5 rounded to a 3.

To think of it, maybe Traffic needed a little more Mason after all. If anyone can do campy right, it's him.

 Exposure by FRIPP, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.65 | 177 ratings

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Exposure
Robert Fripp Eclectic Prog

Review by Ali.A

3 stars this album is kind of weird it has some nice moments and strange too.

"Preface" is just some spoken words(weird). "You Burn Me Up I'm a Cigarette" is kind of punk rock song with Daryl Hall on vocal. overall its ok. "Breathless" is heavy and very good actually ..great guitar work by fripp."Disengage" another heavy song with hammill on vocals..it is good but not great. "North Star" its a mellow song with Daryl Hall on vocal.its pretty good. "Chicago" a great song in my opinion with great peter hammill and nice piano. "NY3" has a great intro with guitar but as song continues i lose my interest in it (maybe for its vocal..i can't hear what the singer in singing) "Mary" a good mellow song with great guitar..Terre Roche sounds very good.

and side two:

"Exposure" good guitar with Terre Roche screaming. "H''den Two" i don't like this very much.some spoken words with a little bit of guitar. "Urban Landscape" great atmosphere ..reminds me of his work with brian eno . "I May Not Have Had Enough of Me but I've Had Enough of You" its similar to Disengage good..but i don't like Terre Roche here..hammill is good tho. "First Inaugural Address to the I.A.C.E. Sherborne House" a 4 second noise i don't know why its on the album. "Water Music I" and "II" similar to Urban Landscape. "Here Comes The Flood" a great mellow song (vocals by peter gabriel). i can't find anything wrong with it.

i think that 3.66 star fits well with it

 Lizard by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.11 | 1785 ratings

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Lizard
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

5 stars

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While KING CRIMSON took the world by storm only a year previous in 1969 with their game changing debut, their follow up "In The Wake Of Poseidon" has always felt to me like a collection of B-sides from the leftover bin of tracks from the initial sessions that created them. With LIZARD, the second album of 1970 and third album overall, it feels like Robert Fripp and company took the whole project to a new level of complexity by not only keeping the previous elements that came before but also by upping the ante in pretty much every way. While not the only top class album to take complexity to new levels in the year 1970 (to my knowledge only Marsupalami, Soft Machine and Magma were contenders at this level), Robert Fripp steered his KING CRIMSON project into new grounds a mere fourteen months after the extraordinary "In The Court Of The Crimson King" was unleashed on an unsuspecting public and proved that he was a serious force to be reckoned with. LIZARD is a testament to a focused individual driven to evolve light years above the newly aroused competition nipping at his heals. LIZARD hasn't always been a bonafide masterpiece in my world but i can happily say that i've reached a point of understanding where it all makes perfect sense.

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Only two years into the band's formation, Fripp was already seeing a rotating door policy of musicians who just couldn't jive with his ambitious visions. In only a year since the debut that ignited the progressive rock powder keg, vocalist and bassist Greg Lake jumped ship to join Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Drummer Michael Giles and wind instrumentalist Ian McDonald would jump ship together to create a lighter version of KC called McDonald And Giles (but McDonald would reunite on "Red") leaving Fripp as the only original member on LIZARD. The new KING CRIMSON circa last half of 1970 featured Fripp on guitar, Mellotron, synth, organs and other sundries, Mel Collins (Circus) on sax and flute, Andy McCulloch (Manfred Mann, Fields, Greenslade, Crazy World Of Arthur Brown) on drums and Gordon Haskell (Les Fleur de Lys), a long time school friend of Fripp who had contributed one vocal track previously on "Poseidon" and now took the role as lead vocalist on side one. Jon Anderson of Yes would join in for the long behemoth title track that encompassed the entire second half of the original LP release. Also on board were the phenomenal Keith Tippett who also played as a session keyboardists on "Poseidon" as well as other session musicians who added oboe, cornet, trombone and extra vocals.

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Everything about LIZARD is more ornate than anything before starting with the album art cover itself. The original LP release was graced by two sides of medieval art with one side spelling KING and the other CRIMSON. While the music doesn't exactly lead to anything medieval per se save a few classical guitar workouts by Fripp, the album does display a sense of Renaissance in the music scene with its relentless fusion of classical, rock and jazz with the greatest emphasis on the latter. The jazz elements on here are off the hook with saxophone solos, jazzified song structures within the tracks and even segments of progressive big band interaction in full swing. Therefore if you don't haven't gotten an A in your jazz appreciation course you probably won't enjoy this as much as the full-blown jazz fusionist lovers. Miles Davis appears to have been a major influence on this one since the very same year as the KC debut, Davis himself was adopting rock into the jazz world. A year later and following in the footsteps of other rock to jazz fusionists like Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Prevention, KING CRIMSON was gracefully taking it on to create equally complex and sophisticated music.

A

Just to give you a sense of how complex this album is, most of the lyrics are actually represented in the art work itself. For example, the "I" in CRIMSON is a caricature of The Beatles and is a direct reference to the track "Happy Family" which referred to the breakup of the band. The lyrics get even more detailed about certain aspects of the band. The artwork and lyrics go hand in hand to create a much larger story as does the music thus creating a never ending level of complexity that the listener can delve into as deeply as the listener wants. The downside to all this complexity including the hardcore jazz aspects is that it is a bit alienating for the uninitiated and non-adventurous listeners especially following much more digestible tracks like "20th Century Schizoid Man" that had put KING CRIMSON in the eyes and ears of a totally new generation of music lovers only a year prior. LIZARD perhaps had gone too far too fast for many fans, however this album is not without its instant gratification. There are melodies aplenty to be savored albeit with allusions to all kinds of obscurities in the mix, both lyrically and musically. The music literally has taken decades for fans to catch up with.

R

The album seems to be as divided musically as it is divided from the front and back side of the album cover. Side one sporting Haskill's vocals is the jazzier of the two sides which focuses more on the jazz meets rock aspects fueled with dissonant yet melodic hooks and horn heavy segments with occasional avant meanderings, whilst side two is much more in the symphonic prog world with Jon Anderson displaying sublime vocals and a glimpse into his future solo career projects. It also has a propensity to delve into the world of free jazz and the avant-garde including warped time perception and utter detachment from the musical world altogether. While the two album sides are clearly delineated by style, they somehow form a cohesive mood and feel after many listens. The prog behemoth that constitutes the title track includes four segments with the third being subdivided into three subparts and successfully manages to create a frenzied prog workout that takes the listener on a true musical journey very much in accord with classical music symphonies, operas, concertos and sonatas. The transitions from one style to another are somewhat subtle as they never just jump into each other's turf. The transitions are gradual like gentle sand dunes slowly changing the topography of a vast desert where mirages from a camel ride slowly merge into each other. It's really hard to grasp upon just a listen or two how much was put into this one.

D

The simple truth is that LIZARD is one of the very first progressive rock albums that is like climbing Mt Everest. You need to acclimate yourself to comprehend its sheer intensity. For the uninitiated this is the equivalent of a sea level dweller accustomed to an ample air supply gasping for air in an oxygen depleted environment and thus will come across like an atmospheric hypoxia induced sleepless night at the base camp where only groggy faded memories of what occurred will semi-percolate into the consciousness. This is an album that is a true 10 on the progometer scale. A code red, 3rd degree progressive jazz/classical/rock behemoth of the ages. That means that it requires several stages of musical development to truly "get it." You must not only have your rock and classical musical sensibilities in top shape but you will go nowhere until your jazz appreciation skills have been fine tuned and honed to the point that mutli-genre fusion is like second nature. A true work of art that was perhaps overly ambitious for its era but sophisticated enough to evoke a sheer sense of timelessness.

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Anabelas
Bubu Eclectic Prog

Review by Kingsnake

4 stars Thanks to this website, and it's users I came across this album. Sad to say I had to listen to it thorugh YouTube (kind of illegal and not respectful to the artists, but soit). I don't own a recordplayer of cdplayer since a long time. All the music I listen to is streamed. I know I'm missing out on a lot of music, but I don't intend to do it otherwise. I used to have 1000+ records and cd's. I'm happy they all left my house.

The jazzrock/fusion with Canterbury-stylistics that Bubu plays is right up my creek. I can here all the things I like. And because of the different styles of music in the music, it's not a surprise that's in the Eclectic genre. Because eclectic it is.

Jazzrock, fusion, rock, worldmusic, symphonic rock, avantgarde even psychrock. I'm glad that this album was tipped to me. I cannot, however, give it 5 stars. I really don't like the rockish parts with vocals. It takes away the splendour and beauty of the songs. Especially the chanting, the violin, piano and the flute add some wonderful colurs to the music.

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