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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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4.60 | 2949 ratings
IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING
King Crimson
4.52 | 2272 ratings
RED
King Crimson
4.50 | 1349 ratings
GODBLUFF
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.42 | 1445 ratings
PAWN HEARTS
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.39 | 1903 ratings
LARKS' TONGUES IN ASPIC
King Crimson
4.35 | 1108 ratings
IN A GLASS HOUSE
Gentle Giant
4.36 | 533 ratings
THE SILENT CORNER AND THE EMPTY STAGE
Hammill, Peter
4.31 | 1093 ratings
H TO HE, WHO AM THE ONLY ONE
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.28 | 995 ratings
STILL LIFE
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.26 | 1264 ratings
OCTOPUS
Gentle Giant
4.26 | 1002 ratings
THE POWER AND THE GLORY
Gentle Giant
4.26 | 1000 ratings
FREE HAND
Gentle Giant
4.24 | 986 ratings
ACQUIRING THE TASTE
Gentle Giant
4.21 | 899 ratings
VOYAGE OF THE ACOLYTE
Hackett, Steve
4.29 | 286 ratings
MEMENTO Z BANALNYM TRYPTYKIEM
SBB
4.27 | 331 ratings
ANABELAS
Bubu
4.24 | 326 ratings
BANTAM TO BEHEMOTH
Birds And Buildings
4.19 | 516 ratings
SLEEPING IN TRAFFIC: PART TWO
Beardfish
4.16 | 563 ratings
SPECTRAL MORNINGS
Hackett, Steve
4.24 | 258 ratings
BORIS
Yezda Urfa
4.20 | 348 ratings
MOTORPSYCHO AND STĹLE STORLŘKKEN: THE DEATH DEFYING UNICORN
Motorpsycho
4.10 | 1301 ratings
DISCIPLINE
King Crimson
4.12 | 842 ratings
THREE FRIENDS
Gentle Giant
4.09 | 1453 ratings
LIZARD
King Crimson
4.25 | 173 ratings
SI PARTIE 1
Nemo
4.30 | 143 ratings
SBB (WOłANIE O BRZęK SZKłA AKA SLOVENIAN GIRLS)
SBB
4.31 | 131 ratings
1000 AUTUNNI
Ske
4.19 | 233 ratings
MULTIPURPOSE TRAP
Birds And Buildings
4.15 | 244 ratings
IN CAMERA
Hammill, Peter
4.18 | 192 ratings
PAMIęć
SBB
4.05 | 675 ratings
THE LEAST WE CAN DO IS WAVE TO EACH OTHER
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.07 | 431 ratings
UK
UK
4.14 | 234 ratings
BARBARES
Nemo
4.27 | 112 ratings
DETTA HAR HÄNT
Gösta Berlings Saga
4.12 | 228 ratings
LE VER DANS LE FRUIT
Nemo
4.18 | 154 ratings
ZE SłOWEM BIEGNę DO CIEBIE
SBB
4.05 | 343 ratings
SLEEPING IN TRAFFIC: PART ONE
Beardfish
4.10 | 216 ratings
LAST EPIC
A.C.T
4.14 | 160 ratings
DIAGONAL
Diagonal
4.08 | 212 ratings
NIGHTINGALES & BOMBERS
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
4.05 | 251 ratings
LADY LAKE
Gnidrolog
3.97 | 840 ratings
THE POWER TO BELIEVE
King Crimson
4.08 | 180 ratings
TODD RUNDGREN'S UTOPIA
Utopia
4.05 | 208 ratings
IN EXTREMIS
Days Between Stations
4.18 | 102 ratings
AEROLIT
Niemen, CzesŁaw
4.02 | 234 ratings
CHAMELEON IN THE SHADOW OF THE NIGHT
Hammill, Peter
3.96 | 459 ratings
MAMMOTH
Beardfish
4.23 | 81 ratings
THE APOCALYPSE INSIDE OF AN ORANGE
Rodriguez-Lopez, Omar
4.00 | 245 ratings
THE MUSIC THAT DIED ALONE
Tangent, The
4.16 | 94 ratings
HAIKARA
Haikara
4.12 | 109 ratings
SKYMIND
Taal
4.16 | 95 ratings
PICTURES
Island
4.21 | 79 ratings
NIL NOVO SUB SOLE
Nil
3.99 | 234 ratings
SOLAR FIRE
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
4.41 | 49 ratings
DIALOG S VESMÍREM
Progres 2
4.13 | 102 ratings
SNAFU
East Of Eden
4.01 | 194 ratings
THE LOW SPARK OF HIGH HEELED BOYS
Traffic
3.95 | 338 ratings
DESTINED SOLITAIRE
Beardfish
3.97 | 253 ratings
LE SACRE DU TRAVAIL
Tangent, The
3.89 | 1222 ratings
STARLESS AND BIBLE BLACK
King Crimson
3.98 | 219 ratings
OVER
Hammill, Peter
4.08 | 117 ratings
EVER AFTER
Sanhedrin
4.24 | 67 ratings
ECHOES OF FALLING STARS
Daal
4.00 | 176 ratings
DODECAHEDRON
Daal
4.05 | 131 ratings
IMAGINARY FRIENDS
A.C.T
4.18 | 78 ratings
STRANGE IS THIS WORLD
Niemen, CzesŁaw
3.99 | 182 ratings
THE SANE DAY
Beardfish
4.32 | 51 ratings
KOROWOD
Grechuta, Marek
4.04 | 122 ratings
SI PARTIE II - L'HOMME IDÉAL
Nemo
4.15 | 78 ratings
MOVIN' ON
Circus
3.87 | 818 ratings
GENTLE GIANT
Gentle Giant
4.04 | 117 ratings
IN CASE OF LOSS..
Areknamés
3.97 | 174 ratings
REWOTOWER
Profusion
4.02 | 126 ratings
IN SPITE OF HARRY'S TOENAIL
Gnidrolog
4.19 | 64 ratings
PHANEROTHYME
Motorpsycho
3.99 | 145 ratings
NOT A GOOD SIGN
Not A Good Sign
4.23 | 58 ratings
ZALMOXE
Sfinx
4.15 | 70 ratings
ET CETERA
Et Cetera
4.08 | 88 ratings
BELIEVERS & DECEIVERS
Brighteye Brison
4.05 | 92 ratings
DESTRUKTIVE ACTIONS AFFECT LIVINGS
Daal
4.59 | 28 ratings
PLAT DU JOUR
Plat Du Jour
4.34 | 41 ratings
SHESHET
Sheshet
3.95 | 142 ratings
2ND HANDS
Gourishankar, The
4.30 | 42 ratings
ONDE, QUANDO, COMO, PORQUĘ, CANTAMOS PESSOAS VIVAS
Quarteto 1111
4.22 | 50 ratings
MOTORPSYCHO + JAGA JAZZIST HORNS: IN THE FISHTANK 10
Motorpsycho
4.01 | 101 ratings
MERCATOR PROJECTED
East Of Eden
3.87 | 290 ratings
NOT AS GOOD AS THE BOOK
Tangent, The
4.67 | 24 ratings
THE AMERICAN STANDARD
Dreadnaught
3.93 | 151 ratings
STILL LIFE WITH EGGPLANT
Motorpsycho
3.99 | 106 ratings
MARGARET'S CHILDREN
Manning
4.00 | 101 ratings
ENIGMATIC
Niemen, CzesŁaw
3.86 | 310 ratings
THE VOID
Beardfish
3.84 | 369 ratings
GENESIS REVISITED II
Hackett, Steve
3.85 | 321 ratings
BEYOND THE SHROUDED HORIZON
Hackett, Steve
3.85 | 290 ratings
REVOLU$ION
Nemo
3.88 | 216 ratings
JOHN BARLEYCORN MUST DIE
Traffic
4.08 | 65 ratings
MARIONETKI
Niemen, CzesŁaw
3.79 | 1438 ratings
IN THE WAKE OF POSEIDON
King Crimson
4.07 | 66 ratings
LALLE LARSSON'S WEAVEWORLD
Larsson, Lalle
3.92 | 136 ratings
SACRED BABOON
Yezda Urfa

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 Starless And Bible Black by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.89 | 1222 ratings

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Starless And Bible Black
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by thesameoldfears

4 stars "Starless and Bible Black" is perhaps the misunderstood second act of a glorious trilogy. While "Larks Tongues" and "Red" are focused and methodical, this album is a little bit more meandering, heavy on improv and has dramatic shifts in style and temperament over the course of the disc.

This albums ends about a million miles from where it starts. The first two tracks are more straight-ahead rock (which I think is the least interesting part of the album) whereas the entire second side of the album is completely instrumental, and actually pretty scary and intense. "Fracture" closes the album and is one of the most well-structured instrumentals I've ever heard. Starts of curiously quiet and dissonant and explodes to a thunderous crescendo with overlapping time signatures. Pretty thrilling.

The improv "Trio" is a Crimson classic and the fact that they made up such a well-structured piece on the spot is really mind-blowing. I really like "The Night Watch" too, and I only learned later that the first half is live, and was spliced with the second half in the studio (the reason for this was that the mellotron broke down halfway through the song). But it sounds fine even with this edit and you don't catch it if you're not listening for it. See the Rembrandt painting on which the lyrics are based for context.

There are a few uneven parts on this album. I still don't understand "The Mincer" since it is very unsettled and meandering, and just kind of drops off because the tape ran out. But I like it that they put this strange track on the album because even though it doesn't work for me, it shows the band trusted the listener enough to follow them on the journey.

Great stuff.

 Absent Lovers - Live in Montreal, 1984  by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 1998
4.46 | 216 ratings

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Absent Lovers - Live in Montreal, 1984
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by thesameoldfears

5 stars What can I say that hasn't already been said? This album dispels any doubt that the 81-84 lineup accurately carried on the Crimson legacy. I'd say it's one of the finest live albums currently available by the band from any lineup. When you think of studio albums you think of "polish" and when you think of live albums you think of "raw energy." But Absent Lovers has both, all the raw energy of a live album, but all the polish of a studio album, both in that it was well-recorded, and performed with great precision. With most bands (and even some earlier Crimson lineups) there is the occasional off-key note here and there, but I can't really identify any clams on this disc, and Adrian Belew's voice sounds great.

They play the big "hits" from the 81-84 era and really do them justice, but I love that they also play some of the "weird stuff" as Adrian Belew refers to, such as "Industry" and "Dig Me." Also, the only pre-81 tracks on here "Red" and "Larks Tongues in Aspic" are totally menacing, which works to dispel any notion that this lineup is the most pop-oriented Crimson lineup. I personally love the rendition of "Disclipline" here, which is clearly a very complex piece of music played perfectly, but also with a little bit of a bounce that is missing from the studio version. Essential stuff.

 5 by EKSEPTION album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.18 | 36 ratings

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5
Ekseption Eclectic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars Time has gone since I reviewed "Trinity" and now it's time for Ekseption's fifht release with the name and number "5". The record was recorded 1972, three years after the debut record. I purchased it for a cheap amount on a second hand store and got a lot of nice minutes for this morning's work out. The musicians were Rick van der Linden (piano, organ, spinet and syntheziser), Rein van den Broek (trumpet, flugelhorn and trombone), Cor Dekker(bass guitar), Dick Remelink(saxes and flute) and Peter de Leeuwe(drums, percussion and 12 string guitar).

There are some ingrendients that make Ekseption unique. The use a lot of brass instruments - horns and they play often classical music in rock but quite near its original form. On this record I think it's the "classical" pieces that succeed. I like "A la turka" a Mozart piece, "Siciliano in G" a Bach piece and "Finale" a Beethoven thing the most(8/10). Besides classical music Ekseption here play their own form of jazz rock with roots in big band jazz and free jazz. "Midbar session" is such interesting jazz compossion with influences from here and there(7/10) and it's also the album's longest work. "For example/For sure" is another exemple of an eclectic and inspiring song(7/10).

Over all though is this record too modest to reach particular intriguing realms. This music doesn't contain uninteresting or bad notes though and the quality is high so it's definitely a record to relisten and reexamine. For me, according to my standards this is a strong three star record with a great average but with few highlights.

 In The Court Of The Crimson King by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.60 | 2949 ratings

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In The Court Of The Crimson King
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by inkblowout

5 stars Was this the first prog rock album... I would disagree. Was this the first prog rock album to be labeled as progressive rock? Yes it is.

In The court of the crimson king should be in everyone's album prog rock collection considering the fact that this first "started prog rock" but it's an undeniable classic and definitely a masterpiece in the progressive rock universe in many different ways. First, that cover art. Even when I was a kid who didn't listen to music at the time. I somehow remembered the cover art and when I first listened to king crimson on YouTube I was like " oh my god this is the picture I seen as a kid". But for some reason it would take me a while to like a progressive rock song with a couple of listens. but king crimson's in the court of the crimson king got my attention the second I heard. "In the court of the crimson kinggggggggg ahhhhhhhh" it's one of those albums that changed how I listened to music.

21st century schizoid man (A+)

I talk to the wind (A-)

Epitaph (A+)

Moon child (C-)

The court of the crimson king (A)

Overall album rating ( somewhere between A and A+) which it is almost prefect.

While there were 3 prefect songs in the album (except for the court of the crimson king was a tad repetitive) I talk to the wind felt like an oddball because it was different. It didn't catch my attention right away and it feels like it shouldn't be in the album. But it still a great song but it doesn't feel right in this album's set list. And moonchild would have gotten a D- if it wasn't for the 2 minute vocal portion of the song which was great but weaker then "talk to the wind" but the worst part about that song which almost everyone can agree with me that the 10 minute "jam" was included. This was probably the most disappointing song in the album. It should have been 2 minutes long instead of 12. But I do admit I like the last portion of the jam, but nevertheless the jam felt lifeless, pointless, and more importantly it shouldn't have been added. This is the song that makes my rating go from a 5 star album to a 4.7 star Album, I don't care if it was experimental, this is the kinda stuff that should have been added to an "special edition" of the court of the crimson king.

But overall I see a brilliant album with some flaws which is why I would give this album a 4.7 which is almost prefect. Sure king crimson must have taken credit for the "first prog rock album" but this album plays a important role in the progressive rock universe and this is the album that should be in everyone's progressive rock collection.

 Aripi by ALTERNATIV QUARTET album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.08 | 7 ratings

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Aripi
Alternativ Quartet Eclectic Prog

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Surfing these Archives is like taking an armchair musical package tour around the world: if it's Tuesday, this must be Romania. And like any trip abroad it's always more rewarding when you step off the beaten path, in this case with an Eastern European quartet playing a style of twin-guitar rock not too far removed (in spirit, more than actual practice) from the heavy sound of RUSH or PORCUPINE TREE.

The band's 2010 debut album was a confident first step. But this follow-up shows signs of compositional fatigue, as if the quartet had to work twice as hard to achieve the same worthwhile results. You won't find any fault in the playing, still as sharp the second time around, and anchored as before by the crystalline baritone of a lead singer resembling Eddy Vedder on a Carpathian vacation. But the effort is sometimes audible in the songwriting: these eleven selections might have been leftovers from the earlier session, reheated and served up as a fresh meal.

The inscrutably titled 'Uite Pe Ce Calc' is a thrilling exception. And the band finally regains its stride late in the album, from the swelling quasi-orchestral chords of 'Carne Vie' toward a final pair of songs comparing favorably to the ethereal metal of Steve Wilson at his most assertive. The first album included a track named with the mathematic symbol for pi; this one ends with the even more cryptic '6582738073'...more random digits from the same irrational number?

Once again the album was self-produced (and self-released, as a freebie on the band's currently dormant web site), but the quality is superb. Singing in their native-born tongue might deny them the larger audience they certainly deserve, but this is a group with the sound of an international sensation, minus only the encouragement that comes with wider exposure.

 Linistea Astupa Goluri by ALTERNATIV QUARTET album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.96 | 7 ratings

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Linistea Astupa Goluri
Alternativ Quartet Eclectic Prog

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

4 stars With Steve Wilson's PORCUPINE TREE now on indefinite hiatus, fans looking for a similar blend of moody Hard Rock might consider this young Romanian band instead, and especially their year 2010 debut album. The quartet's preferred brand of heavy AOR shows more than enough style and atmosphere to fit snugly in a Progressive Rock forum, and like PT presents a very tight, very together group with a weakness for minor keys and chord structures.

Despite their classification in these Archives the music isn't really very eclectic, unless you consider singing in a language that reads like bastardized Latin to be eclectic, or naming a track with the mathematic symbol for pi (and shouldn't the song be 3-minutes, 14-seconds long?) With a little effort the band could have dipped their toes into the noisy, overcrowded Post Rock pool (the AQ Facebook page actually identifies them as Post Rockers). But the music is too comfortably song-based, even with all the aggressive ambiance. The twin guitars suggest a Post Rock mindset; the occasional trumpet and theremin do not.

I'm convinced the band would be enjoying a much higher international profile if they had chosen to sing in English, but I have to applaud their provincial integrity. Music is always more genuine when expressed in its local vernacular, and wasn't Prog Rock always meant to convey a larger global perspective? Breaking down musical boundaries while blurring geographic frontiers?

Consumer addenda: good luck trying to hear this and other Alternativ Quartet efforts. The band's website is currently defunct, only four short years after the album was first made available as a free download. Sometimes I wonder if the benefits of instant digital gratification outweigh the subsequent downside: an almost equally immediate drift toward obsolescence.

 Other World by HAMMILL, PETER album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.49 | 49 ratings

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Other World
Peter Hammill Eclectic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars Impressive but...

Soon after that I had heard "The Silent corner and the empty stage" beacame I very curious about hearing the totally new record by htis romantic hero, Peter Hammill, the record "Other world" from 2014 which is done together with guitarist Gary Lucas.

On the cover we see and area of antoher planet and it feels like the theme of emptyness is present also here, but actually even more here. I was overwhelmed when I realized that Peter Hammill could still perform pure musical art just as that romantic stage poet he is. On "Other world", Hammill's thirty-eighth studio album it's just he and Gary Lucas, the guitarist who play. They do perform impressive things on these minutes. Lucas is a great guitarist who can capture every feeling and play both rough and sophisticated.

But, when I am impressed do I just rate this three? Well I think the record is too calmed down, too ambient and partially even too weird. I like experimental stuff and I know it's progressive but I want to hear more of the Hammill I am used to. I would like to recommend some beautiful songs though such as: " Of Kith & Kin" a quite acoustic song with the famous voice poet telling us the truth and "Cash"- rough and mighty , "This is Showbiz" - fast and furious, "Black Ice" an experimental beauty and "The Kid" which all deserve (8/10) from me. Some of the others are also good but I wouldn't recommend them.

This is definitely a record for fans of Peter Hammill but perhaps even more for fans of very experiemtal and/or calm ambient music. I look forward to hear all the other Hammill records!

 Three Friends  by GENTLE GIANT album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.12 | 842 ratings

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Three Friends
Gentle Giant Eclectic Prog

Review by FragileKings

4 stars Gentle Giant was one of those classic bands with which I felt I had to become acquainted for my prog education. The problem was that every time I tried to listen to samples from their albums I was quickly put off. They just sounded too weird to me. Renaissance barbershop quartet with jazz and eclectica. Let's just be as obtuse and peculiar as we can, boys! Nope. I wasn't getting it.

As it so happened, I never gave up and eventually downloaded 'Alucard' from their debut from iTunes. That song captured me and soon I was looking at the reviews of their albums. 'Three Friends' was said to have some hard rock on it and that was the selling point. I ordered it and sunk my ears into this concoction of Gentle Giant's.

Surprisingly, I found the album to be quite listenable. It's actually not as weird as some of what I had heard (I now have 'Acquiring the Taste' as well and that's more bizarre at times). The prologue is a pretty decent rock song with a strong progressive vibe, featuring some of their unique vocal arrangements but in an easy to follow way. The three main story songs about the three friends are also very good, in my opinion. 'Working All Day' is lower in tone with some saxophone and vocals in the lower register. 'Mister Class and Quality?' is fairly typical of early seventies music with organ, a nice beat, some violin, and some good electric guitar playing.

'Peel the Paint' is where the album really hits it home though. The beginning is cautious and suspenseful as we see the artist painting. There are some lovely violins to add class. However, the second part of the song turns into a heavy rocker with Kerry Minear delivering a husky, gravel-voiced rock vocal as the lyrics turn to the darker side of the artist's life. There's a guitar and drum duet that is simply calls for wringing the air with an air guitar performance by the listener. It reminds me of the battle between the two wizards (guitar and drums) on Uriah Heep's 'The Magician's Birthday'. Wonderful stuff. Though the strained guitar notes get replaced by milder effects the song by no means lays low. It concludes with more of Kerry and a dramatic closure of guitar, sax, bass, drums, and organ.

The only real weird part on the album I feel is 'Schooldays' which includes some of GG's more adventurous vocal works and features a shaky performance by young Calvin Shulman, the son of one of the Shulman brothers. The boy was nervous claim the CD liner notes and it shows. But if I were recording an album and needed a boy's voice I am sure I would ask my son too.

The music here is bold and vigorous but not as experimental as on some of their other albums. As such, this is an easy album to enjoy and a safe stepping stone to access the band. It still has the band showing off their skill though. As I mentioned above, I also have 'Acquiring the Taste' which is a lot more off the beaten path. I'm tempted to buy 'Octopus' and maybe one or two albums more as there are a few here that are highly rated but I am not sure what to expect yet. Definitely a good album but compared to some of GG's other more progressive works, I am not sure that it is exactly essential. But I still feel it has enough highlights to make it better than just good.

 The Silent Corner And The Empty Stage by HAMMILL, PETER album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.36 | 533 ratings

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The Silent Corner And The Empty Stage
Peter Hammill Eclectic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

5 stars Peter Hammill was born in London 1948 and has a huge discography of progressive rock. I know him particularly for his twelve Van der Graaf Generator record but he is also a solo artist which has done thirty-eight records. These records was in the beginning done with the same line-up such as Van der Graaf Generator so it's not strange that I like this record very much. "The silent corner and the empty stage" from 1974 is Peter Hammill's third studio album. It is amazing that this one celebrates its fourtieth birthday this year. The cover is discreet, showing something soft I don't figure out. The line up is Peter Hammill of course who plays guitar, piano, bass, harmonium, keyboards, mellotron and oscillator and sings, Randy California who plays guitar, Hugh Banton who plays organ, guitar and keyboards, Guy Evans who plays drums and percussion and David Jackson who plays flute and saxophone. So it's almost a common Van der Graaf Generator-record. But I would consider this record different from VDGG anyway. The compositions are more artistic and romantic and not as bombastic, even if they're bombastic enough.

I haven't heard this many times but I know that I love this record. If a musician wonder how to do rock music as pure art this is the answer. The music is brutal as punk and the vocal performance of Hammill is monumental. He extends the though of what you can do on an empty stage. When you listen to this record the stage is definitely not empty anymore. The record has also a longer playing time than other lp:s which is great. The record starts with the new thinking and heavy "Modern" which hits the romantic level this album happens to stand for(9/10). The "Wilhelmina" starts which is one of the most lovely songs I have found in a very long time. The lyrics, the melody and Hammill's vocals make my feelings swell over(10/10). "The Lie" is almost as fantastic, a track of a genius(10/10) and "Forsaken gardens" has a lot of drama and the famous Jackson saxophone and I love this too(10/10). The little acoustic piece "Rubicon" is the least fantastic part of this album(8/10) because the bottom is high. The final is of course "A louse is not a home", the longest track which is a fantastic symphonic tale for those ears which are not afraid of new thinking rock and cacophony. How I wish more musicians were blessed with a musical mind as Hammill(10/10). This record has a self-written place in every prog rock collection and I do not doubt a second to rate this high. A have hard to pick the best songs but "Wilhelmina" holds a special place in my heart, partially because I love the name, and the final "A Louse is not a Home" can you not hear to many times I pick them.

 Reunion - Live In Tokyo by UK album cover DVD/Video, 2013
5.00 | 3 ratings

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Reunion - Live In Tokyo
UK Eclectic Prog

Review by Gerinski
Prog Reviewer

5 stars In 2009 John Wetton and Eddie Jobson joined to tour under the name U-Z Project (Ultimate Zero), with guests musicians including the likes of Tony Levin, Trey Gunn, Marco Minnemann or Greg Howe, playing music from U.K., King Crimson and other compositions by their members. The experience encouraged Wetton and Jobson to go for what could be called a proper U.K. Reunion and tour as from 2011.

U.K. are one of the few of the 'classic dinosaurs' which I could never see live, their video material is rather scarce, and unfortunately I also missed seeing them live in their recent reunion, so seeing them in this DVD was like an old pending item in my wishing list finally being ticked.

We don't have Bruford or Bozzio at the drum kit but the great Marco Minnemann does an outstanding job, and few guitarists could be a better choice for filling in for Allan Holdsworth than the Austrian Alex Machacek.

The filming and sound quality are clearly sub-par for such a recent release, but for me, the quality of the music and performance more than compensate for that. This is superb Prog played masterfully.

The set list could not be much better, the tandem "In The Dead Of Night ? By The Light Of Day ? Presto Vivace ? Reprise" opens the show leaving no doubt that these guys are in for serious business. Wetton's voice is in great shape and Machaceck replicates Holdsworth faithfully even if a bit too clinical, not daring to go further than what is supposed for a guest musician. "Danger Money" follows with a great performance by Jobson and Minnemann. "Thirty Years" is such a beautiful composition with those original progressions and harmonies. Eddie Jobson displays his Emersonian influences in "Alaska" followed by "Time To Kill" where he squeezes his electric violin full of effects. Then we have the beautiful King Crimson's "Starless" with a great crescendo where Jobson does another amazing display with his violin.

"Carrying No Cross", the epic in their Danger Money album, is another display for Jobson, making it clear that he should be more considered among the top Prog keyboardists and not just as a violin player. Alex Machacek stays absent for this one. Then we have a very good drum solo by Minnemann and a violin solo by Jobson, very effects-driven. "Nevermore" is another highly beautiful piece with great soloing by Jobson and Machacek, followed by King Crimson's "One More Red Nightmare" were Jobson delivers new violin solos.

"Caesar's Palace Blues" and "The Only Thing She Needs" continue the fantastic track choice.

As an encore, Wetton and Jobson stay in the stage and perform an intimate version of "Rendezvous 6:02" just on e-piano and voice.

Wetton does not look too enthusiastic but he sings very well, Jobson confirms how good a keyboardist he is besides his violin playing, Minnemann is a delight to watch and Machacek successfully does the difficult job of covering for Holdsworth. Overall a wonderful release for fans of this supergroup.

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AKT Italy
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ALBATROS Germany
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ALTERS Poland
COSTE APETREA Sweden
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ARBATEL Mexico
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ARTCANE France
PETER ASHBY United Kingdom
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ATHELSTONE Malta
ATLANTIDE France
AUDIENCE United Kingdom
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AVE ROCK Argentina
AVIATOR United Kingdom
ÁVORA DI CARLLA Brazil
BAD ALCHEMY United States
VLADIMIR BADIROV Uzbekistan
BAG France
DAVID BAGSBY United States
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BARBARO Hungary
AL BASIM Iraq
BATABEAT Canada
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BEARDFISH Sweden
ADRIAN BELEW United States
SERGIO BENCHIMOL Brazil
IL BERLIONE Japan
MICHAEL BERNIER United States
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BLOQUE Spain
THE BOB LAZAR STORY New Zealand
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EMMANUEL BOOZ France
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BRIGHTEYE BRISON Sweden
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C & K VOCAL Czech Republic
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JOSE CARBALLIDO Spain
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DEBOCO France
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ECHOES France
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EFECTO Chile
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ERE G Canada
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ET CETERA Canada
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