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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.

- written by Ricochet (Victor)

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Eclectic Prog Top Albums


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4.62 | 3773 ratings
IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING
King Crimson
4.54 | 2976 ratings
RED
King Crimson
4.48 | 1808 ratings
GODBLUFF
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.42 | 2539 ratings
LARKS' TONGUES IN ASPIC
King Crimson
4.42 | 1919 ratings
PAWN HEARTS
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.36 | 1481 ratings
IN A GLASS HOUSE
Gentle Giant
4.31 | 1446 ratings
H TO HE, WHO AM THE ONLY ONE
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.30 | 1377 ratings
THE POWER AND THE GLORY
Gentle Giant
4.29 | 1701 ratings
OCTOPUS
Gentle Giant
4.29 | 1331 ratings
STILL LIFE
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.28 | 1322 ratings
FREE HAND
Gentle Giant
4.31 | 743 ratings
THE SILENT CORNER AND THE EMPTY STAGE
Hammill, Peter
4.25 | 1330 ratings
ACQUIRING THE TASTE
Gentle Giant
4.23 | 1241 ratings
VOYAGE OF THE ACOLYTE
Hackett, Steve
4.27 | 486 ratings
ANABELAS
Bubu
4.27 | 433 ratings
BANTAM TO BEHEMOTH
Birds And Buildings
4.26 | 373 ratings
MEMENTO Z BANALNYM TRYPTYKIEM
SBB
4.20 | 655 ratings
SLEEPING IN TRAFFIC - PART TWO
Beardfish
4.15 | 770 ratings
SPECTRAL MORNINGS
Hackett, Steve
4.12 | 1906 ratings
LIZARD
King Crimson
4.11 | 1700 ratings
DISCIPLINE
King Crimson
4.17 | 421 ratings
MOTORPSYCHO & STĹLE STORLŘKKEN: THE DEATH DEFYING UNICORN
Motorpsycho
4.11 | 1090 ratings
THREE FRIENDS
Gentle Giant
4.19 | 323 ratings
MULTIPURPOSE TRAP
Birds And Buildings
4.21 | 248 ratings
PAMIęć
SBB
4.23 | 217 ratings
SI, PARTIE 1
Nemo
4.20 | 262 ratings
COMA
Nemo
4.17 | 316 ratings
BORIS
Yezda Urfa
4.23 | 213 ratings
1000 AUTUNNI
Ske
4.24 | 192 ratings
SBB [AKA: WOłANIE O BRZęK SZKłA AND SLOVENIAN GIRLS]
SBB
4.10 | 540 ratings
UK
UK
4.14 | 332 ratings
IN CAMERA
Hammill, Peter
4.05 | 918 ratings
THE LEAST WE CAN DO IS WAVE TO EACH OTHER
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.18 | 205 ratings
ZE SłOWEM BIEGNę DO CIEBIE
SBB
4.24 | 153 ratings
DETTA HAR HÄNT
Gösta Berlings Saga
4.13 | 226 ratings
TODD RUNDGREN'S UTOPIA
Utopia
4.37 | 88 ratings
NIL NOVO SUB SOLE
Nil
4.05 | 454 ratings
SLEEPING IN TRAFFIC - PART ONE
Beardfish
4.15 | 193 ratings
DIAGONAL
Diagonal
4.10 | 266 ratings
BARBARES
Nemo
4.10 | 256 ratings
CITY OF THE SUN
Seven Impale
4.24 | 123 ratings
AEROLIT
Niemen, CzesŁaw
4.07 | 318 ratings
LADY LAKE
Gnidrolog
4.07 | 265 ratings
LAST EPIC
A.C.T
4.20 | 124 ratings
HAIKARA
Haikara
4.27 | 98 ratings
ECHOES OF FALLING STARS
Daal
4.15 | 151 ratings
SNAFU
East Of Eden
4.06 | 266 ratings
NIGHTINGALES & BOMBERS
Mann's Earth Band, Manfred
4.07 | 234 ratings
DODECAHEDRON
Daal
4.03 | 311 ratings
CHAMELEON IN THE SHADOW OF THE NIGHT
Hammill, Peter
4.06 | 241 ratings
IN EXTREMIS
Days Between Stations
4.02 | 316 ratings
THE MUSIC THAT DIED ALONE
Tangent, The
3.95 | 1069 ratings
THE POWER TO BELIEVE
King Crimson
4.04 | 269 ratings
THE LOW SPARK OF HIGH HEELED BOYS
Traffic
4.13 | 141 ratings
PICTURES
Island
3.97 | 565 ratings
MAMMOTH
Beardfish
4.01 | 296 ratings
SOLAR FIRE
Mann's Earth Band, Manfred
3.92 | 1617 ratings
STARLESS AND BIBLE BLACK
King Crimson
4.19 | 102 ratings
ET CETERA
Et Cetera
3.97 | 415 ratings
DESTINED SOLITAIRE
Beardfish
4.00 | 282 ratings
LE VER DANS LE FRUIT
Nemo
3.96 | 423 ratings
+4626 - COMFORTZONE
Beardfish
4.05 | 176 ratings
DANCES OF THE DRASTIC NAVELS
Daal
4.36 | 59 ratings
SHESHET
Sheshet
3.97 | 325 ratings
LE SACRE DU TRAVAIL
Tangent, The
4.06 | 166 ratings
THE SLOW RUST OF FORGOTTEN MACHINERY
Tangent, The
3.91 | 1068 ratings
GENTLE GIANT
Gentle Giant
4.17 | 98 ratings
PHANEROTHYME
Motorpsycho
4.03 | 192 ratings
NOT A GOOD SIGN
Not A Good Sign
4.00 | 243 ratings
THE SANE DAY
Beardfish
4.14 | 106 ratings
MOVIN' ON
Circus
4.42 | 51 ratings
ONDE, QUANDO, COMO, PORQUĘ, CANTAMOS PESSOAS VIVAS
Quarteto 1111
4.07 | 143 ratings
IMAGINARY FRIENDS
A.C.T
4.10 | 125 ratings
SKYMIND
Taal
4.18 | 90 ratings
THE APOCALYPSE INSIDE OF AN ORANGE
Rodriguez-Lopez, Omar
3.97 | 287 ratings
BEHIND THE SUN
Motorpsycho
3.96 | 297 ratings
OVER
Hammill, Peter
4.05 | 152 ratings
SI, PARTIE II - L'HOMME IDÉAL
Nemo
4.19 | 82 ratings
NIEMEN VOL. 1 [AKA: MARIONETKI]
Niemen, CzesŁaw
4.13 | 94 ratings
STRANGE IS THIS WORLD
Niemen, CzesŁaw
4.54 | 38 ratings
PLAT DU JOUR
Plat Du Jour
4.26 | 64 ratings
SEN BALıK DEğILSIN KI
Gevende
4.06 | 128 ratings
MERCATOR PROJECTED
East Of Eden
4.13 | 91 ratings
OF THINGS THAT NEVER WERE
Worm Ouroboros, The
4.04 | 132 ratings
ENIGMATIC
Niemen, CzesŁaw
4.23 | 66 ratings
MAREK GRECHUTA & ANAWA: KOROWÓD
Grechuta, Marek
4.11 | 91 ratings
SENNA
Mahogany Frog
4.06 | 113 ratings
SODOM AND GOMORRAH
From.uz
3.96 | 196 ratings
REWOTOWER
Profusion
3.94 | 240 ratings
THE FINEST OF MIRACLES
Ciccada
4.05 | 113 ratings
THE TOWER
Motorpsycho
3.99 | 146 ratings
IN CASE OF LOSS ...
Areknamés
4.17 | 69 ratings
MOTORPSYCHO & JAGA JAZZIST HORNS: IN THE FISHTANK
Motorpsycho
3.97 | 164 ratings
IN SPITE OF HARRY'S TOENAIL
Gnidrolog
4.17 | 68 ratings
DIALOG S VESMÍREM
Progres 2
3.90 | 300 ratings
JOHN BARLEYCORN MUST DIE
Traffic
4.00 | 127 ratings
THE SECOND MECHANISM
Diagonal
3.97 | 161 ratings
2ND HANDS
Gourishankar, The
4.04 | 105 ratings
PRÉLUDE Ŕ LA RUINE
Nemo
3.99 | 133 ratings
EVER AFTER
Sanhedrin

Eclectic Prog overlooked and obscure gems albums new


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CLOSE GRIP
Gourishankar, The
DIAGONAL
Diagonal
SNAFU
East Of Eden
INTERPOSE+
Interpose+

Latest Eclectic Prog Music Reviews


 Ever After by SANHEDRIN album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.99 | 133 ratings

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Ever After
Sanhedrin Eclectic Prog

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

3 stars According to Merriam-Webster, Sanhedrin is the supreme council and tribunal of the Jews during postexilic times headed by a High Priest and having religious, civil, and criminal jurisdiction. That's the sort of all encompassing portfolio that can raise hackles, and indeed this instrumental band is all over the map, with CAMEL, FOCUS, and KING CRIMSON being among the classic acts they might cite as influences. They also appear to owe some debt to jazz and fusion. The primary instrumentation is organ, electric guitar, and flute, with bass also offering melodic counterpoint. The passages alternate from reflective to chaotic. While these attributes might shout CAMEL from the temple tops, that band's compositions tended to be rather tight and with an underlying theme on which the members would expound, while SANHENDRIN seems more interested in going with the flow and seeing where they end up. As such, "Ever After" appeals to me as a collection of sonic ventures that are offered up with precision and skill, but they don't appear to begin, end, or transition between beginning and end with any authority. The Levine tribunal council has passed judgement - 3 stars for the journey
 The Complete Radio Sessions 1972/1974 by NURT album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2013
3.00 | 3 ratings

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The Complete Radio Sessions 1972/1974
Nurt Eclectic Prog

Review by GruvanDahlman
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Nurt was a band from Poland playing some sort of jazzy prog, though very eclectic in the sense that they seemed to plaý whatever came to them. That can be a good thing but could also spell confusion and bewilderment. But! I do feel that they get away with it.

The sound on this album is very raw and though recorded in the studio for radio airplay I get the feeling that this is the way they sounded live and that makes me very interested indeed. The music is very bluesy and quite typical, to some extent, of the early progressive scene that came out of jazz, rock and blues. You won't find many classical ingredients, rather a stripped down and dirty progressive rock, bordering on hardrock.

The two opening tracks are great stuff, especially the second. It's heavy and raw bluesy, progressive rock. The fourth track, Syn strachu, reminds med of Deep Purple bar the organ but holds a surprising trumpet solo, performed in a sort of primitive Miles Davis fashion. Interesting track, which leaves the Purple territory and heads into some sort of ballad and back to the jazzy menace of Davis vs. Purple. Morze ognia is more hardrock, Holograficzne Widmo is progressive and Gato is simply raucious but great.

It is an interesting piece of history, this compilation. It showcases the diversity of Eastern bloc progressive. I like it because of the rawness but also the vision of music as something more than genres and cohesiveness. Interesting but not for everyone. I would rate it three stars but some of the music is worth more. Still, I would never part from it. It attracts me in a primitive, earthy way.

 Julian Jay Savarin : Waiters On The Dance by JULIAN'S TREATMENT album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.98 | 39 ratings

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Julian Jay Savarin : Waiters On The Dance
Julian's Treatment Eclectic Prog

Review by GruvanDahlman
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Me and this album has been going through the years together like an old couple and just as love fades the fire could rekindle, given the right time and effort. The stormy passion of our first time together was replaced by lukewarm affection for some years but then something happened. I returned and found something completely different, a Cosmic reunion that sort of caught me off guard.

On the surface this album has Always provided the things I love the most about early progressive music. There's the Hammond organ, obviously, and it comes in abundance. The glorious Power of the ever so Mighty organ strikes down like the hammer of the Gods. Then there's the fuzzed out guitar, the sort of dry drum sound and great bass playing. To top things off the singer, lady Jo Meek, offers great passionate vocals. Oh, and then there's the sci-fi or fantasy lyrics. Just amazing.

But then I sort of grew tired of it. I now know that I did not spend as much time listening to all the songs as I did with the opening, Child of the night 1&2. Now there's a song, ef ever there was one. Dramatic and climatic with an organ that simply overwhelms you. Now, the years passed and listening to the album seemed less important. But then I picked it up again and to my surprise I found it was way better than I remembered.

Apart from the amazing opener the remainder of the album is really outstanding. The music shifts and turns but retains the overall feel. I will not go through every track but "Dance of the golden flamingoes" is really Worth mentioning. It is by far the heaviest track on the album with a brutally simple but effective riff played by the guitar. It's got some of that groovy sound of London in the early 70's but not without a serious amount of prog. The ending "Soldiers of time" leaves the listener in a desire for more but from what I can gather Julian Jay Savarin never made another album, which is a shame.

If you are into early 70's prog rock with fantasy lyrics, demanding but not that overly complex, this album is a real treat. Earthy, powerful, emotional, dramatic, surging and passionate. Great stuff and one of my favorite albums. My love for it endured and grew over time. Top stuff.

 Blackbox by MAJOR PARKINSON album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.12 | 68 ratings

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Blackbox
Major Parkinson Eclectic Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars Norwegian band MAJOR PARKINSON was formed back in 2003, and have steadily built themselves a reputation as a quality act in the experimental rock music scene, at some point crossing over to gain increased interest also from fans of progressive rock. They have four studio albums to their name so far. "Blackbox" is the most recent of these, and was released through Norwegian label Karisma Records in the late fall of 2017.

While I am one of many swayed by the charms and music of Major Parkinson, I'm still a bit unsure about just how broad a reach a band like this have. They are creative, make challenging compositions that are still easy to enjoy and listen to, managing to be challenging without being overly demanding, but they also create material that is very much their own and a few left turns away from most other bands out there. Eclectic progressive rock with synth pop tendencies and a bit of classic Gary Numan style sounds at that, flavored with cabaret tendencies and a dark circus atmosphere. If that description sounds enticing, Major Parkinson might well be the band you never knew about that you always hoped to discover.

 Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 2016
4.72 | 23 ratings

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Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by HarmonyDissonan

5 stars THE HALL BECAME THE KING'S HALL LAST NIGHT! Wow! What a show! I just saw KC on their Radical Action tour last night at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI! Tremendous!! This cd/dvd 4 disc set does a very good job of encapsulating what we saw last night. I, not being the absolute card carrying KC fan was blown away! Although there was no way that I was going to miss the chance to see this classic group (ensemble)! Hell, none of us are getting any less finite! It was so impressive to just see consummate musicians performing their craft! No pussyfooting around, just damn fine music! Although this may or may not be the way many a long time fan of KC who are far more knowledgeable about them and their music feel, I personally love this box set. Both the live cd's and the fine blu ray! To me the interpretations on this set aren't quite as cold and sterile as mostof the original studio recordings. It was cool to see Robert Fripp and all of his cohorts as they directed crimson waves of energy deep into our auditory cortices! It was an awesome experience! I really love this set and although I was a slightly greater than slight fan of the band before, this has raise their stock in my book substantially! To anyone who likes KC but doesn't love their music or doesn't know it too well, I highly recommend this set! It is a monumental statement and a fine, classy representation of a considerable overview of this amazing King's oeuvre! Well that's it, take care and enjoy God's gift of music!
 Edit Peptide by BUBBLEMATH album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.12 | 74 ratings

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Edit Peptide
Bubblemath Eclectic Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team

5 stars A sophomore album release 15 years after their debut! This can only happen in Minnesota! This amazing music reminds me of bands like 3RDegree, Echolyn, The Tea Club, Frogg Café, The Cardiacs, and Gentle Giant--only these guys might be better! Top notch musicianship, complex and quirky compositions with lots of sudden and unexpected dynamic shifts, presenting lyrics that are very humorous while being head-on with their biting socio-political commentary.

1. "Routine Maintenance" (12:41) comparisons to bands like NATIVE CONSTRUCT and HAKEN are warranted here. The busy background and singing/lyric don't seem to fit as well as other songs here, but these guys can play! At the three minute mark it seems as if Todd Rundgren snuck in, then it goes all flowery, syrupy with a flute-led section. The vocal performance here is quite nice. This singer could have quite a career as a pop singer or on the Broadway stage. Somewhat Gentle Giant-like. Then it goes seriously jazz-fusion--shades of Jaco Pastorius tickling my ears. Nice mixing of the multiple tracks of lead electric guitar (or is it just one guitar phased through multiple chorus pedals?)! How all of the band members can remain so tightly glued to the constant twists and turns of this song is beyond my comprehension. The shift to djenty prog metal at the 8:00 mark is awesome--astonishing! The dénouement at 9:38 is sheer prog perfection! Anybody else hear flashes of AMBROSIA c.1976, first album, here? (9/10)

2. "Avoid That Eye Candy" (3:53) an okay song that is carried more by its clever lyric. (8/10)

3. "Perpetual Notion" (6:56) opens with very staccato instrumental performances weaving their support of the jazzy mathematic vocal. When the instruments begin to sustain their sounds a little more in the second half of the third minute things begin to actually slip a little. The RUSH instrumental section at the end of the fourth minute is a little obvious. But then the King Crimson-like guitar weave that plays up till the next vocal section. A multiple voice weave begins around 5:30 but then as quickly desists, leaving the original vocalist and his jumpy delivery to finish the song. Not my favorite. (8.5/10)

4. "A Void That I Can Depart To" (10:07) the smooth music and singing at the start of this one are such a refreshing change (reprieve) from those of the previous song. As the song amps up into its full-blown instrumental sound it just as suddenly switches to a kind of white-man's Rasta beat before switching back to --with multiple voices singing the lyric. This sound so much as if you mixed RUSH, QUEEN, GENTLE GIANT, and HALL & OATES into one band/sound! The second, and more prominent, appearance of the faux/tongue-in-cheek death metal growls. Hilarious! Almost too much going on in this one to make it memorable or totally lovable. The bands MOON SAFARI and THE GABRIEL CONSTRUCT come to mind in the sixth minute. Some quite stage-worthy vocal theatrics in the eighth and ninth minutes. Nice nod to GENESIS with the ending. (9/10)

5. "Get a Lawn" (6:20) What a lyric! What music! Even the faux death metal growls are hilarious! Quite similar to some of work on 3RDEGREE's last two albums, Ones & Zeroes, Vol. 1 and The Long Division. (9/10)

6. "Making Light Traffic" (8:58) Joined to the previous song by the sounds of night cricket song, the muted "radio" play that enshrouds the opening 1:15 is a bit unusual--setting us up for the moment when the music "breaks through/out of" the "radio" and into a more normal stereo sonic scape. The music has a heavier low end edge to it while at the same time supporting the use of mandolin and tenor sax. The lull in the sixth minute leads into a wildly dynamic and exciting section that plays out till 7:43 when another lulling section leaves us back into the cricket-diffused nightscape. (9/10)

7. "Destiny Repeats Itself" (7:23) opens with an almost Soul/R&B/Adult jazz teasing sound--fretless bass and quick high octave guitar chord strums. Very sultry, seductive. Then the singing joins in with some other instruments and it turns more 90120 YES-like--but then it goes UTOPIA Ikon on us! Some other reviewer mentioned the amazing job the engineers/producers did with the mixing of these songs. This is nowhere so apparent as on this song. Incredible clarity and definition for each and every instrument. Amazing bass play in the fourth and fifth minutes. Jay Burritt, you have my attention! Some nice guitar shredding to follow. Such an unusual, refreshing, remarkable song! (10/10)

8. "The Sensual Con" (7:36) melodic, dynamic, catchy, instrumentally intimidating, this is just a great song, great ending to a great album. (9/10)

Sorry for the sparse song descriptions but the music is so busy, so complex, so unusual, and so fast-changing that it'd take weeks to write anything justified. This is just music, an album, that simply must be heard to be believed (and appreciated). The intellectual and meaningful lyrics are worth some study, too, I believe.

4.5 stars; a near-masterpiece of progressive rock music. This one is so close to being five stars--it FEELS like it should be five stars. Keep posted: I may upgrade it as I get to know it more. Those first and last songs are real growers.

 Live'71 by MOUTH album cover Live, 2017
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Live'71
Mouth Eclectic Prog

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

— First review of this album —
3 stars Welcome to everybody who is keen on following courageous live music expeditions. But attention, transposed numbers! Though it may sound to you as such, not really a live take from 1971. Yeah, recently recorded at the BluNoise Fest instead, this comes rough and elemental. Complementing to the band's new corporate design in any case on the other hand. Including current bass player Gerald Kirsch here we have three motivated musicians on the stage. A little differing outfit as known from the recent studio recordings, where they were a duo more or less.

Most important, head Christian Koller is acting in multitasking mode on this occasion. That means continuously alternating between keyboards and guitar, by simultaniously performing some special vocal art on top of it. They are starting with the obvious, the centerpiece. While offering nearly the complete Vortex suite of course, their excellent psych-kraut follower album released last year, which sounds that blatantly vintage. It doesn't take long and you will know, especially Chris gives all his blood, sweat and tears, in German we would say 'die Sau rauslassen'.

A compressed 'Rhizome' medley is following and they are closing with the wild and furious On The Boat and the skilful Master Volume's Voice, a standard track concerning every gig since years. Hey, this might be something polarizing, just like a matter of get in or get out! Preferably to celebrate in front of the stage, by drinking or smoking this and that ... wow, somewhat reminds me of those adventurous Vibravoid gigs I already was able to attend. As for that, being at home, having a choice, I usually do prefer listening to the Vortex studio version. Nevertheless this a recommended album for sure, worth it to be checked out on their bandcamp page - 3.5 stars.

 The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other by VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.05 | 918 ratings

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The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other
Van Der Graaf Generator Eclectic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nş 147

'The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other' is the second studio album of one of the most original British progressive rock bands of the 70's, Van Der Graaf Generator, and was released in 1970. Although it can be considered the second official studio album of the band, it's, in a certain way, the first proper album of the group. This happened because their previous debut studio album, 'The Aerosol Grey Machine' should have been released as a solo album of Peter Hammill, but due to a deal with the record company. It was released under the name of Van Der Graaf Generator.

'The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other' was recorded at Trident studios in London in December of 1969 and all songs were written by Hammill with the exception of 'Out Of My Book' which was written by Hammill and David Jackson, and Hugh Banton wrote the cello parts on 'Refugees'.

The line up of the album is Peter Hammill (vocals, acoustic guitar and piano on 'Refugees'), Hugh Banton (backing vocals, piano and organ), Nick Potter (bass guitar and electric guitar), Guy Evans (drums and percussion) and David Jackson (backing vocals and flute, tenor and alto saxophones).

The title of the album was based on a phrase taken from John Minton who was a British painter and an illustrator of landscapes, portraits, and figures, as well a theatrical designer: 'We're all awash in a sea of blood, and the least we can do is wave to each other'.

With this album, the band established their style and it sounds more impressive than the first one, probably caused by Jackson, who joined in 1969. The songs have more progressive influences and the overall sound is excellent. Drum section is very good and Banton organ is also awesome. Guitar parts are almost simple but this doesn't matter because piano, organ and sax replace it. Very strange and fantastic are sax parts. The way Jackson plays the instrument is innovative. Like in all other albums, the lyrics are wonderful. Despite Hammill has a very peculiar and strange voice, he can use it in an awesome way. The changes of tone from loud to silent, from high to low makes his vocals intensive.

'The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other' has six tracks. The first track 'Darkness (11/11)' is a great opener for the album and is also one of the best songs. This is a song dominated by the continued presence of the keyboards of Banton and by a very good and strong bass line. It's the song where we can hear, for the first time, the incredible and unique sound of the saxophones of Jackson. This is a great track. The second track 'Refugees' is the most sentimental moment on the album. This is a very beautiful song, very melodic and peaceful with nice flute by Jackson. It's a song that reminds me very much 'Running Back', the third track of their debut album 'The Aerosol Grey Machine'. This is one of the most beautiful songs written by Hammill. The third track 'White Hammer' is an intense dark song about the torture and the crimes of the Inquisition in the fifteenth century. It's a song dominated by powerful saxophone and great keyboard works with good dark lyrics. The music in the end is very aggressive, dissonant and disturbing, providing us a dramatic final. The fourth track 'Whatever Would Robert Have Said?' is a good song with several different musical passages and with different rhythms throughout the song. We can consider it one of the most progressive songs of the album. However, it isn't one of my favourite songs on the album and isn't as good as all the previous songs. The fifth track 'Out Of My Book' is the smallest song on the album. It's a very different song, a light, melodic and beautiful ballad, which we even can say that it's unusually melodic for Van Der Graaf Generator. This song reminds me, in some moments, the second studio album of Genesis, 'Trespass'. Like the previous song I think it isn't as good as the other songs of the album. The sixth track 'After The Flood' is the longest song of the album. It's the epic song on the album and I think it's also its highlight point. This is a song progressively and gradually very well developed with different musical passages, some more aggressive and some more melodic. This is a perfect end for this amazing album.

Conclusion: 'The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other' is without any doubt the first great studio album of Van Der Graaf Generator. It has everything what made of this band be so great. It has the complex, dark and beautiful lyrics of Hammill and also his beautiful, original and unique voice, the fantastic keyboard sound of Banton, the incredible sound of the saxophones and flute of Jackson, the original drumming of Evans and the strong bass line of Potter. Like 'Trespass' from Genesis, 'The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other' is an album almost perfect. Comparing these two albums, we may say that both are near of the perfection and both show the type of music that both bands wanted to do in the future. For me, there's only a slight difference between both albums. The music on 'Trespass' is more simple, pure and na've, while the music on 'The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other' is more complex, mature and adult.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Live In Toronto by KING CRIMSON album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
4.58 | 56 ratings

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Live In Toronto
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by thesameoldfears

5 stars I started listening to King Crimson my sophomore year in college 2006-07 and by then there was no active Crimson and wouldn't be for quite a while longer. Certainly, I never thought that any future lineup would give an airing to the classic 70s material, but when this band formed, it was one of the most pleasant of surprises. Having three drummers adds even more texture to material that was already rich and complex. I've seen them live in person twice and it neat to see how the drummers trade lines, play off each other, and accentuate unusual beats and patterns. I love it how Pat Mastelotto has picked up where Jamie Muir left off in 1973 with all the unconventional percussion in addition to the regular kit. This album focuses on the 70s material, though I appreciate a nod to the underappreciated 2000s lineup with Level Five and The Construkction of Light (though I wish they hadn't cut out the vocals on the latter). The return of Mel Collins on sax and flute was really exciting, and it's especially interesting to hear him interpret songs that were originally recorded without winds, like VROOM and Level Five. Also nice that they didn't just play the hits, and instead dived into the catalog and gave great readings to a couple really great tracks from the Islands album, Sailors Tale and The Letters. See this band live if you get the chance.
 Red by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
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King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by thesameoldfears

5 stars What can I say that hasn't already been said? This is one of the true masterpieces of the prog rock genre and one of my favorite albums. This album the 7th and last before a long hiatus, and as well as being the the 3rd album in the trilogy of the Bruford/Wetton lineup. So it has "finale" written all over it, and boy does it deliver. Red takes all the distinctive elements of previous albums (the heavy guitars, the improv, the wind instruments, the mellotron) and wraps into one package. The last song Starless is one of my favorites of all time, the last two minutes of this song are incredibly moving. Essential listening.
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AVIATOR United Kingdom
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