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This section contains the following types of albums:
- Concept albums by various artists. This includes Rock operas, Rock Musicals, Stories set to music, etc. See below for a few examples of such albums.
- Themed albums. This includes albums which gather together tracks by different artists which are linked by a single theme. Examples might be "The best of progressive rock", "Space rock from the 1970's" etc. (These titles are ficticious!)
- Concert and Festival recording containing music by a range of artists.

Note that only albums with a relationship to progressive rock should be added.

Bob McBeath, October 2006

Examples of concept albums
Peter and The Wolf - Prog Fairytale - 1975
A "Rock" version of PROPKOFIEV's "Peter and the Wolf". This cd also features many occasional members of the UK fusion band BRAND X.

Leonardo - The Absolute Man - 2001
A Rock opera written by Trent GARDNER (MAGELLAN) about the life of Leonardo Da Vinci.

Kalevala - A Finnish Progressive Rock Epic
COLOSSUS proudly presents its new project - now with MUSEA: a concept album based on the Finnish National Epic KALEVALA. The idea of the project is to divide the poems of KALEVALA into 30 parts. Each band participating has chosen one part and will make their music inspired by it.

Zarathustra's Revevenge - 4 Cds for a dream.
A Tribute to Italian progressive rock of the seventies. A fantastic packaging gives justice to this masterpiece.

The Colossus Of Rhodes - 2005
Following on from their Spaghetti Epic project, the Finnish Progressive Music Association prove what a winning formula they have hit on with their latest offering "The Colossus Of Rhodes". Again featuring six bands (4 Italian, 1 Swedish, 1 Finnish), each providing a suite of music approximately 25 minutes in length, the brief being to tell the story of Sergio Leone¡¦s movie of the same title (2 chapters each) utilising only vintage instruments and capturing the symphonic style of 70¡¦s progressive music as typified by YES and GENESIS.
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VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.96 | 28 ratings
The Zodiac - Cosmic Sounds
1967
2.96 | 68 ratings
Zabriskie Point - Original Soundtrack
1970
4.17 | 195 ratings
Jesus Christ Superstar
1970
2.77 | 18 ratings
Tommy - As Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Choir
1972
3.00 | 5 ratings
Tarzan
1972
3.87 | 6 ratings
Morning Of The Earth original soundtrack
1972
3.13 | 5 ratings
Music from Free Creek
1973
4.04 | 87 ratings
Jesus Christ Superstar (The Original Motion Picture Sound Track Album)
1973
4.28 | 55 ratings
La Biblia
1974
3.70 | 71 ratings
Peter And The Wolf
1975
3.75 | 4 ratings
Gubec-Beg (rock opera)
1975
4.04 | 31 ratings
Marscape
1976
3.75 | 4 ratings
Sandokan (O.S.T.)
1976
4.00 | 10 ratings
Давид Тухманов ‎- По волне моей памяти / David Tukhmanov - On The Crest Of My Memory
1976
3.78 | 44 ratings
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Variations
1978
2.00 | 4 ratings
Gricka Vjestica (Rock Opera)
1979
3.53 | 5 ratings
Miniatures (edited by Morgan Fisher)
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
Zold Haju Lany-Zelenokosa (Rock Opera)
1982
4.00 | 2 ratings
Lanzas Coloradas (Opera Rock)
1982
2.55 | 26 ratings
When The Wind Blows
1986
3.05 | 3 ratings
Dali: The Endless Enigma
1990
3.08 | 7 ratings
Enchantement
1990
3.50 | 4 ratings
Kings' Boards
1990
3.00 | 1 ratings
Bohemian Symphony
1992
3.94 | 9 ratings
Seven Days of a Life
1993
3.06 | 14 ratings
Passengers: Original Soundtracks 1 (with U2)
1995
3.07 | 21 ratings
The Bounty (OST)
1995
2.00 | 1 ratings
From the Lyon's Vault
1998
3.00 | 1 ratings
L'odore Della Notte (O.S.T., music by Pivio e Aldo De Scalzi)
1998
2.62 | 7 ratings
Excalibur: La Legende Des Celtes
1999
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Sky Goes All The Way Home
1999
3.99 | 15 ratings
Keyboards Triangle
1999
3.43 | 12 ratings
The Reading Room
2000
3.14 | 3 ratings
Los Jovenes Flamencos - Volumen I/II/II/IV/V/VI/VII (Prog Folk)
2000
0.00 | 0 ratings
Voices
2000
1.25 | 10 ratings
Out Of Phase - The Wall 2000
2000
2.88 | 8 ratings
La Chiesa (O.S.T.)
2001
3.00 | 3 ratings
2001, A Prog Odyssey?
2001
3.04 | 5 ratings
Journey Into Amazing Caves OST
2001
3.52 | 65 ratings
Leonardo - The Absolute Man
2001
1.50 | 2 ratings
Sonic Residue From Vapourspace
2002
3.05 | 3 ratings
Progressive Rock For You: Volume One
2003
3.65 | 65 ratings
Kalevala - A Finnish Progressive Rock Epic
2003
3.68 | 46 ratings
The Spaghetti Epic
2004
3.59 | 43 ratings
The Colossus Of Rhodes
2005
4.25 | 93 ratings
Odyssey - The Greatest Tale
2005
4.04 | 44 ratings
The 7 Samurai
2006
3.47 | 23 ratings
Excalibur II - The Celtic Ring
2007
3.48 | 34 ratings
The Spaghetti Epic 2 - The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
2007
3.53 | 26 ratings
Treasure Island
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Bearded's Project: Hope | Omid
2007
3.93 | 39 ratings
Giallo ! (One Suite For The Murderer)
2008
3.60 | 19 ratings
The Empire And The Rebellion
2008
4.23 | 87 ratings
Inferno - The Divine Comedy, Part 1
2008
4.17 | 55 ratings
The Spaghetti Epic 3 - The Great Silence
2009
4.11 | 53 ratings
Purgatorio -The Divine Comedy, Part II
2009
2.32 | 6 ratings
Anne de Bretagne: Le Rock Opera d'Alan Simon
2009
4.00 | 14 ratings
Cani Arrabbiati: Opening Themes... A Tribute
2010
3.34 | 12 ratings
Wondrous Stories
2010
3.66 | 43 ratings
The Tales Of Edgar Allan Poe - A SyNphonic Collection
2010
3.78 | 9 ratings
Iliad, a Grand Piano Extravaganza
2010
4.13 | 81 ratings
Decameron - Ten Days In 100 Novellas (Part 1)
2011
3.38 | 26 ratings
The Fusion Syndicate
2012
3.00 | 2 ratings
Take The Long Way Home
2012
3.51 | 9 ratings
Excalibur III: The Origins
2012
4.12 | 65 ratings
The Stories Of H.P. Lovecraft - A SyNphonic Collection
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Age of Twilight
2013
3.48 | 6 ratings
Playing the History
2013
3.05 | 3 ratings
Ponder The Mystery (William Shatner featuring Billy Sherwood)
2013
4.03 | 53 ratings
Decameron - Ten Days In 100 Novellas (Part II)
2014
3.82 | 52 ratings
Decameron - Ten Days In 100 Novellas (Part III)
2016
3.93 | 3 ratings
Tripwave 2 - Collection Of Modern Russian Psychedelic Music
2016
3.09 | 3 ratings
Excalibur IV - The Dark Age of the Dragon
2017
4.50 | 2 ratings
Harmony For Elephants
2018
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Sled
2018

VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 2 ratings
Festen på Gärdet
1971
3.40 | 5 ratings
Greasy Truckers Party
1972
3.49 | 3 ratings
Pop Festival Ljubljana '72 - Boom
1972
2.80 | 5 ratings
Mar Y Sol
1972
3.05 | 3 ratings
Boom Pop Fest '73
1973
3.80 | 5 ratings
Greasy Truckers Live At Dingwells Dance Hall
1973
0.00 | 0 ratings
Boom Pop Festival Ljubljana '74
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Ragnarock '73
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Gitarijada Vojvodine Kisac '75
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Kongres Rock Majstora
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Boom Festival '76
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
Pop Parada 1
1977
0.00 | 0 ratings
Boom '77
1978
3.21 | 5 ratings
Kisstadion '80
1980
3.00 | 5 ratings
Progressive's Battle
1988
3.67 | 15 ratings
Progfest '94
1995
4.00 | 14 ratings
Progfest '95
1996
3.04 | 12 ratings
Progfest '97
1997
3.50 | 4 ratings
Proglive 97 Corbigny
1997
4.00 | 2 ratings
Baja Prog '98
1999
3.10 | 2 ratings
Excalibur: Le Concert Mythique
2000
4.00 | 4 ratings
Progfest 2000
2001
4.50 | 6 ratings
Progday Encore?
2001
4.00 | 6 ratings
Progday '98
2002
4.05 | 3 ratings
Progday 2001
2002
3.00 | 1 ratings
Calprog 2004 Offical Bootleg
2004
3.00 | 1 ratings
Calprog 2005 Offical Bootleg
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
Calprog 2006 Offical Bootleg
2006
1.10 | 2 ratings
Anne de Bretagne: Live Au Chateau Des Ducs De Bretagne
2010
4.41 | 13 ratings
Prog Exhibition - 40 anni di musica immaginifica (RPI) (7CD + 4DVD)
2011
3.00 | 1 ratings
FINNFOREST / ELONKORJUU: Pop-Liisa 6
2016
4.00 | 1 ratings
Jesus Christ Superstar: An Australian Cast Recording, Live at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney, 1973
2018

VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.00 | 3 ratings
Progfest '94 Day One
1995
4.00 | 3 ratings
Progfest '94 Day Two
1995
4.09 | 3 ratings
Progfest '95 Day One
1996
5.00 | 2 ratings
Progfest '95 Day Two
1996
2.87 | 4 ratings
Stamping Ground
1998
5.00 | 4 ratings
Progfest 2000
2001
3.58 | 8 ratings
Progressive Rock Anthology
2003
2.95 | 3 ratings
Keyboard Wizards - The Ultimate Anthology
2003
4.00 | 1 ratings
Gouveia Art Rock 2003
2003
1.00 | 1 ratings
Psychedelia: The Anthology
2004
2.08 | 5 ratings
Pinkpop - The Vintage Years 1975-1979, Vol. 2
2004
4.00 | 3 ratings
Rock Legends: Progressive Rock
2005
3.53 | 5 ratings
Krautrock Meeting
2005
4.50 | 2 ratings
Gouveia Art Rock 2004
2005
1.00 | 1 ratings
Psychomania - The Best of Psychedelic Rock
2005
3.95 | 3 ratings
Traditional Hippie Convention 2005 : Burg Herzberg Festival 2005
2006
4.69 | 12 ratings
Best Of Krautrock Vol. 1
2006
4.33 | 9 ratings
Neo- Broadcast
2007
4.05 | 3 ratings
Nearfest 2005 Rising To The Surface
2007
3.00 | 2 ratings
Progressive Rock
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
American Indian Rock Opera - 2006 Holiday Tour Brulé And AIRO
2007
4.25 | 4 ratings
3RP Fest Live 2008
2008
3.90 | 16 ratings
Romantic Warriors: A Progressive Music Saga
2010
4.04 | 6 ratings
Romantic Warriors II: About Rock In Opposition
2012
4.00 | 3 ratings
Romantic Warriors IV: Krautrock, Part I
2019

VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 1 ratings
Sounds '71
1971
0.00 | 0 ratings
Deutsch Rock
1972
0.00 | 0 ratings
Vece Rock Muzike JRT - Opatija '78
1978
0.00 | 0 ratings
Dani Jugoslavenske Zabavne Muzike JRT - Opatija '79 - Rock Grupe
1979
3.08 | 5 ratings
Quadrophenia: Songs from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
1979
0.00 | 0 ratings
Music in Sweden 7 - Alternative Instrumental Music
1980
2.29 | 37 ratings
Risky Business (OST)
1983
4.00 | 1 ratings
The British Psychedelic Trip 1966-1969
1986
3.00 | 1 ratings
The British Psychedelic Trip Vol. 2
1986
4.00 | 1 ratings
The British Psychedelic Trip Vol. 3
1987
3.00 | 1 ratings
The British Psychedelic Trip Vol. 4
1987
1.57 | 3 ratings
Rock Aid Armenia - The Earthquake Album
1990
0.00 | 0 ratings
Rubble Volume Nine - Plastic Wilderness
1991
3.20 | 5 ratings
SI 10th Anniversary Compilation Disc
1991
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Famous Charisma Box
1993
0.00 | 0 ratings
Der Klang der frühen Jahre - Das Beste von Kuckuck Schallplatten 1970-1973
1993
2.98 | 7 ratings
Rime Of The Ancient Sampler - The Mellotron Album
1993
2.95 | 2 ratings
Tales Of Brazilian Rock Chapter 1
1993
5.00 | 2 ratings
Rockandalus
1994
4.50 | 6 ratings
Golden Miles: Australian Progressive Rock 1969-1974
1994
4.00 | 1 ratings
Plima - Progresivna Muzika
1994
3.00 | 5 ratings
Yes, Solo Family Album
1994
3.00 | 2 ratings
70 Minutes de Rock Progressif Français Pour 30 Balles
1994
3.00 | 1 ratings
Le Meilleur du Rock Progressif Instrumental
1995
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Age Of Enlightenment - Prog Rock Volume One
1995
3.33 | 3 ratings
Le Meilleur du Rock Progressif Européen
1996
2.18 | 3 ratings
Supernatural Fairy Tales: The Progressive Rock Era Sampler
1996
2.50 | 6 ratings
Steinway To Heaven
1996
3.86 | 3 ratings
Unprogged
1996
3.08 | 18 ratings
Supernatural Fairy Tales - The Progressive Rock Era
1996
4.00 | 2 ratings
Duende Electrico
1997
1.97 | 18 ratings
Yes, Friends and Relatives
1998
3.88 | 10 ratings
Nuggets From Nuggets
1998
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Show That Never Ends: The Best of Progressive Rock - Live from the King Biscuit Vaults
1998
4.04 | 4 ratings
Le Meilleur du Rock Progressif Japonais
1998
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Electric Lemonade Acid Test
1999
2.00 | 2 ratings
Canterburied Sounds, Vol. 1
1999
2.00 | 2 ratings
Canterburied Sounds, Vol. 2
1999
2.00 | 2 ratings
Canterburied Sounds, Vol. 3
1999
2.00 | 2 ratings
Canterburied Sounds, Vol. 4
1999
2.90 | 2 ratings
Anthology of Cosmic Music
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Electric Lemonade Acid Test - Volume 2
2000
3.00 | 1 ratings
Vous avez aimé les 70's
2000
3.00 | 1 ratings
2001: A Space Rock Odyssey
2001
3.88 | 5 ratings
Nuggets 2
2001
2.91 | 9 ratings
Yes, Friends And Relatives - Volume Two
2001
2.88 | 19 ratings
Best Prog Rock Album in the World... Ever
2003
3.73 | 3 ratings
Essential Progressive Rock
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
Paths Less Traveled
2003
2.49 | 3 ratings
The Yes Story
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Psychedelic Sixties Music French EP Collection
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Electric Lemonade Acid Test - Volume 3
2003
4.00 | 1 ratings
Acid Daze
2003
3.00 | 1 ratings
A History of Progressive Folk
2004
3.95 | 2 ratings
Progressivamente 1973 - 2003
2004
2.78 | 4 ratings
Journey To The Edge
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Prog Rock Collection
2004
2.55 | 5 ratings
Ars Longa Vita Brevis
2004
3.91 | 5 ratings
The Best Symfo Rock
2005
4.00 | 4 ratings
Yes And Friends: "Owner Of A Lonely Heart"
2005
4.22 | 7 ratings
Krautrock - Music For Your Brain
2005
3.03 | 5 ratings
Prog Is Not A Four Letter Word
2005
4.00 | 10 ratings
I Grandi Successi Del Rock Progressivo Italiano
2005
2.29 | 4 ratings
100% Prog Rock
2005
4.00 | 2 ratings
Hijos Del Agobio Y Del Dolor
2006
3.50 | 2 ratings
Prog Rock
2006
3.98 | 15 ratings
Canossa "Rock Opera"
2006
3.98 | 4 ratings
Rock Progressivo Italiano
2006
5.00 | 1 ratings
Deep Purple & Friends (greatest Hits)
2006
4.00 | 2 ratings
After The Storm
2006
3.05 | 2 ratings
Shine On (Classic Rock Cover Disc)
2006
3.00 | 1 ratings
Trip In Time Vol. 1 - Delighted By Psychedelic Rock
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
Trip In Time Vol. 2 - Psychedelic Rock Reflections
2007
4.00 | 4 ratings
Yes And Friends: Hits & More From The Yes Family
2007
3.00 | 3 ratings
Fill Your Head With Prog
2007
2.35 | 6 ratings
In Search Of Syd
2007
4.05 | 6 ratings
Pregnant Rainbow For Colourblind People, The Essence Of Swedish Progressive Music 1967 - 79
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
Yes And Friends (Double Legend)
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
Psychedelic Schlemiels - Lost Sounds From The Britpsych Scene 1966-1969
2007
3.00 | 1 ratings
Psychedelic Jumble Volume 1 - What's The Rush Time Machine Man?
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Real life permanent dreams- A Cornucopia of British Psychedelia 1965-1970
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Cries From The Midnight Circus, Ladbroke Grove 1968 - 1973
2007
4.07 | 8 ratings
Krautrock - Music For Your Brain Vol. 2
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
Prog V1.0: Presented by CHOM 97.7
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Psychedelic Portugal - Hard Psych and Progressive Sounds from Portugal Underground Scene 1968-1974
2008
3.80 | 5 ratings
Krautrock - Music For Your Brain Vol. 3
2008
3.00 | 1 ratings
Le Canzoni Dei Figli Dei Fiori: L'Ora Dell'Anmore
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Well Hung
2008
3.87 | 6 ratings
Prog Spawn
2008
2.83 | 8 ratings
Classic Rock Presents prog: Prognosis
2009
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Electric Asylum Volume 1 - Rare British Acid FreakRock
2009
4.09 | 3 ratings
MLWZ.PL - Maty lLeksykon Weilkich Zespotow, 15th Anniversary 3CD compilation album
2009
3.92 | 7 ratings
Classic Rock presents: Prognosis 2
2009
3.15 | 7 ratings
Classic Rock presents: Prognosis 3
2009
3.08 | 6 ratings
Classic rock presents: Prognosis 4
2009
3.12 | 7 ratings
Classic Rock presents: Prognosis 5
2009
3.09 | 3 ratings
A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble
2009
3.00 | 1 ratings
Slowly... From the South - A Compendium of South African Progressive Music
2009
3.80 | 5 ratings
Krautrock - Music For Your Brain Vol. 4
2009
4.05 | 2 ratings
ProgSphere's Progstravaganza Compilation of Awesomeness - Part 1
2010
4.05 | 2 ratings
ProgSphere's Progstravaganza Compilation of Awesomeness - Part 2
2010
2.50 | 4 ratings
Progressive Rock Trilogy
2010
3.17 | 5 ratings
Wondrous Stories - A Complete Introduction To Progressive Rock
2010
4.04 | 14 ratings
Paradiso - The Divine Comedy, Part III
2010
5.00 | 2 ratings
Deutsche Elektronische Musik: Experimental German Rock And Electronic Musik 1972-83
2010
3.00 | 1 ratings
Chansons Jamais Entendues a la Radio
2010
2.76 | 6 ratings
Classic rock presents: Prognosis 6
2010
3.04 | 4 ratings
Classic Rock Presents: Prognosis 7
2010
3.88 | 11 ratings
Classic rock presents: Prognosis 8
2010
4.07 | 14 ratings
Classic Rock presents: Prognosis 9
2010
2.33 | 8 ratings
Classic rock presents: Prognosis 10
2010
4.00 | 4 ratings
Classic Rock Presents: Prognosis 11
2010
3.33 | 6 ratings
Classic rock presents: Prognosis 12
2010
3.17 | 5 ratings
Classic Rock presents: Prognosis 13
2010
3.10 | 2 ratings
ProgSphere's Progstravaganza Compilation of Awesomeness - Part 3
2011
4.05 | 2 ratings
ProgSphere's Progstravaganza Compilation of Awesomeness - Part 4
2011
3.10 | 2 ratings
ProgSphere's Progstravaganza Compilation of Awesomeness - Part 5
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
ProgSphere's Progstravaganza Compilation of Awesomeness - Part 6
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
ProgSphere's Progstravaganza Compilation of Awesomeness - Part 7
2011
3.95 | 2 ratings
A Progstravaganza Special: The New Generation of Prog
2011
3.56 | 5 ratings
Tripwave - A Retrospective Collection Of Russian Psychedelic Progressive Music
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Believers Roast Presents: The Central Element
2011
5.00 | 1 ratings
More Hope For Japan
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
ProgSphere's Progstravaganza Compilation of Awesomeness - Part 8
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Veterans of the French Underground Meet La Jeune-Garde
2011
3.04 | 6 ratings
Classic Rock presents: Prognosis 14
2011
3.02 | 7 ratings
Classic Rock presents: Prognosis 15
2011
2.11 | 7 ratings
Classic Rock presents: Prognosis 16
2011
3.53 | 9 ratings
Classic Rock presents: Prognosis 17
2011
3.16 | 12 ratings
Classic Rock presents: Prognosis 18
2011
3.11 | 9 ratings
Prognosis 19
2011
2.37 | 8 ratings
Prognosis 2.1
2011
4.02 | 3 ratings
Psychedelic World Music: Discovery
2012
3.33 | 3 ratings
Progfest: The Best in Australian Progressive Music (Progfest Compilation 2012)
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
Head Music
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
ProgSphere's Progstravaganza Compilation of Awesomeness - Part 9
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
ProgSphere's Progstravaganza Compilation of Awesomeness - Part 10
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
ProgSphere's Progstravaganza Compilation of Awesomeness - Part 11
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
ProgSphere's Progstravaganza Compilation of Awesomeness - Part 12
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Progstravaganza I-IX
2013
5.00 | 3 ratings
Strange Fish One
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Progstravaganza XV: Ascension
2013
4.05 | 3 ratings
Strange Fish Two
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
Strange Fish Three
2013
4.05 | 3 ratings
Strange Fish Four
2013
4.00 | 3 ratings
Strange Fish Five
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Progstravaganza XVII: Progression
2014
3.00 | 2 ratings
Progstravaganza XVI: The Moon's Sphere
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
Progressivamente Story 1970-2014
2014
3.92 | 3 ratings
Space Rock - An Interstelar Traveler's Guide
2016
4.00 | 1 ratings
Revolution: Underground Sounds of 1968
2019

VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Dithyrambe
1988
0.00 | 0 ratings
Mind Expansion - Volume 1
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
Mind Expansion - Volume 2
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
Mind Expansion - Volume 3
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
Nordic Progressive Sampler
1999
3.00 | 2 ratings
Kinski / Acid Mothers Temple
2003
3.00 | 2 ratings
The musical history tour (passengers in time) Ft. The Gathering
2005
3.08 | 6 ratings
ProgAID - All Around The World
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Champions Of Sound 2008
2008

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4.00 | 1 ratings

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Jesus Christ Superstar: An Australian Cast Recording, Live at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney, 1973
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Review by sl75

— First review of this album —
4 stars Since the original release of Jesus Christ Superstar in 1970, there have been many re-recordings - various cast recordings, cheap rip-offs, reinterpretations, etc. In Australia, there were two releases in the early 70s - one of the aforementioned cheap rip-offs, and the official (studio recorded) cast album from the production presented here (featuring only selections, not the full show), and we've since had the (in my view awful) David Hirschfelder re- arrangement from the 1990s (the one with John Farnham in the title role, later presented as an arena concert).

Unlike the official cast album released at the time, this new release contains the entire score, recorded as a live performance. As far as I know, it's the only recording of Marcia Hines in the role of Mary (she took on the role after the original cast album had been recorded), alongside Jon English's famed performance as Judas. For added interest to prog-leaning collectors, the bandleader was Michael Carlos, formerly of Tully - Ken Firth from Tully is also in the band.

The original album is of course a classic, but I think the biggest criticism that can be made of it is that in many places it sounds rather stilted, as though everyone was sight-reading the material for the first time as they were recorded (that may even have been the case?). This is certainly true of most of the singers on that record - although there are are some memorable vocal moments, no one sounds like they are connecting to the material as a character. The instrumentalists fared better (particularly in those pieces that gave them the most scope for improvisation), but in general the original album still sounds like the music has not really been played in yet. Yet modern day productions are still largely expected to reproduce the sound of that album - I say this having played in the pit for several productions myself - the older orchestration had a lot of chord charts and remaining scope for improvisation but transcribed much of the original recording, while there is a newer orchestration from the 1990s which fully notates all parts to sound pretty much exactly like the record. That made me particularly interested to hear what Carlos and co did with the score - remembering that Tully had notoriously been the house band for the earlier production of Hair, where they were infamous for their digressions from the score - and especially to hear what they sounded like after a full year of playing together.

They do not disappoint. The band is tight at all times, and creative, rarely directly aping the sound of the original album. The star is pianist Jamie McKinley, who enlivens every single track with his contributions. Carlos takes more of a back seat than you would expect, but his Hammond and Moog contributions are always welcome. I also enjoy the work of the Firth/Henson rhythm section. They have completely their own take on Judas' death, making no attempt to replicate the improvisation from the original record but substituting one of their own (similar basic idea but completely different notes) - similarly with the opening guitar solo to Damned For All Time, or the Crucifixion. Parts of the score are fleshed out with extra material where needed. In general, a much more confident, fully realised performance than the original record.

Vocally? For me, the 1973 film cast (Ted Neely/Carl Anderson etc) are the gold standard, but there are some notable performances here - Jon English killing it as Judas, Marcia Hines as Mary, and Reg Livermore stealing the show with his brief spot as Herod. Stevie Wright (ex-Easybeats) makes a notable cameo as Simon, as does the future pop star John Paul Young as Annas (though he isn't one of the standouts). Elsewhere, Wayne Matthews (Peter) repeats his problematic performance from Hair, singing in a too-classical tone that doesn't suit the material; and Peter North as Caiaphas trys for menace but only delivers gravel and questionable diction. The chorus performance is uneven compared to studio recordings, but that is to be expected - they are actor-singers attempting to be a choir, probably while simultaneously dancing, unlike the professional choristers in the studio. Importantly though, every single singer here is fully inhabiting their character.

Worth noting that Michael Carlos assembled largely the same band for albums he produced at this time, including English's debut Wine Dark Sea and, potentially of more interest to readers here, the first three albums of Jeannie Lewis, including her masterpiece Free Fall Through Featherless Flight. Jeannie may never make it onto this site, since her discography taken as a whole would be a hard sell for the teams here, but those three mid 1970s albums are arguably the high point of Australian art rock - mostly because of her unique singing voice and grand concepts, but also in large part because of Carlos's arrangements and the quality of this band.

 Romantic Warriors IV: Krautrock, Part I by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover DVD/Video, 2019
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Romantic Warriors IV: Krautrock, Part I
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Even among adventurous Progheads (a majority, one hopes), the subversive variations of Krautrock can be an acquired taste. The word describes an attitude more than a set of stylistic conventions, and the range of music is simply too broad to fit our usual pigeonholes, crossing the boundaries of post-rock, space-rock, jazz, ambient electronica, ethnographic raga, industrial noise, and other territories too remote or frightening to identify by name.

And there's a vital historical context to consider also, deeply rooted in the anger of a restless post-war generation of kids unable to abide the crimes of their parents, or the cultural hegemony of their Anglo-American occupiers after 1945. In short: it's a genre of music that requires an explanation rather than a simple definition, and to their credit the co-directors of the ongoing "Romantic Warriors" film cycle avoid doing either.

Don't expect a traditional documentary, with a disembodied third-person narrator reciting all the pertinent facts and dates ("the truth of accountants", as Werner Herzog would say). The film instead is structured as an oral history, related in simple talking-head interviews with the musicians who were at the front of the Krautrock barricades a half-century ago, and with younger artists carrying that torch forward into the new millennium.

Archival footage from the 1970s is included, but only in illustrative snippets: an early Floh de Cologne performance; a rare Klaus Dinger interview from his halcyon La Düsseldorf years; a television gig by the pre-robot Kraftwerk, with new hire Wolfgang Flür sporting an incongruous mustache ("I was a hippy at that time", he ruefully admits). You can probably find most of these clips on YouTube: the ramshackle necropolis for all our cultural daydreams. But they work better when seen in a narrative setting, as fascinating keyhole glimpses into Krautrock's unruly adolescence.

But it's the memories of the participants that make the film such an invaluable document. And the directors enjoyed impressive access to some major players: Irmin Schmidt; Jaki Liebezeit; Malcolm Mooney (who claims he left Can because he couldn't find Louisiana Hot Sauce in Germany!); Michael Rother; Jean-Hervé Peron and Werner 'Zappi' Diermeier of Faust...among many others.

Some of them might be unfairly regarded today as minor sidekicks: Eberhard Kranemann for example, who figured in the embryonic, overlapping biographies of both Kraftwerk and Neu! But as an articulate firsthand witness to changing times he shares some of the film's best anecdotes, and his impersonation of John Coltrane (blink and you'll miss it) is priceless.

The filmmakers remain invisible throughout, never once inserting themselves into their interviews, instead letting the musicians (the "sound-carriers", in Damo Suzuki's memorable phrase) tell their stories without interference. But they nevertheless draw some implicit, important connections between then and now: classic Can and the nomadic career of Damo Suzuki today; the spiritual link between the earlier improvisational Kraftwerk and the new Kranemann/Harald Großkopf collaboration Krautwerk; the evolution of La Düsseldorf into the sadly abbreviated Japandorf; the Faust/FaUSt dichotomy.

Electric Orange is briefly featured, and Stephan Plank (son of the legendary Conny, and the spitting image of his dad) is here too. The implications are never overtly stated, but should be obvious: Krautrock was a product and a portrait of its time, but fifty years later has yet to show its age.

The film is over two-hours long, and still only manages to barely penetrate the surface of a very deep ocean, skipping like a flat stone over still water: from Cologne to Düsseldorf to Hamburg. The ace Zeitgeist Media team of Adele Schmidt and José Zegarra Holder have released other entries in their "Romantic Warriors" film cycle, profiling the Canterbury sound and the Post-Rock scene, each on a single disc. But fear not: their examination of Krautrock needed a wider net, and this is only the first chapter of a proposed three-part saga, with future installments continuing the journey of remembrance through Munich, Wiesbaden, Berlin and beyond.

Fans of the many featured bands will eat it up, of course. But even newcomers lacking a palate for Krautrock's enduring power and deep musical legacy should appreciate the aim behind the project: to preserve, before it's too late, the personal testimony of influential artists who never received the historical recognition they deserved.

 Romantic Warriors IV: Krautrock, Part I by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover DVD/Video, 2019
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Romantic Warriors IV: Krautrock, Part I
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

4 stars Well, just ask one hundred music experts, and you will get one hundred very different explanations when it comes to the complete phenomenon Krautrock, respectively which band will fit this odd genre music-wise. Fortunately Adele Schmidt and José Zegarra Holder avoid the mistake to delve into another new comprehensive essay. And this will also include the following two parts, I'm quite sure. However, what they necessarily have is a concept, of course. They are selective somehow, and that's good. Every other attempt trying to create something all-embracing or so would fail. For me the real fortitute, advantage, is that they let some considerable musicians and other key figures speak, simple as that. Pay attention of the zeitgeist. Let them explain their views, impressions, memories. And the interviewees are fulfilling the demands in an impressing manner throughout, enthusiastic overall, really being proud of their knowledge, experiences, and developed music most notably. Very informative.

Although this issue will support many interpretations, some facts are quite obvious. Less controversal, for example the 'Essener Songtage' in 1968 can be seen as an important point of origin. And let me emphasize the special historical dimension in Germany, coming together with a rebellious youth, for example manifested by the student revolts and protests against the US agression during Vietnam War. Open-mindedness was hip, nearly everything called into question. This benefitted a general atmosphere of departure, having effect on many sectors of the society, especially all sorts of art. One may sum it up with the approach 'unlimited experimentalism', which even infected Schlager music producer and major labels. While most of the musicians outside of Germany still were feeling comfortable with a more standard blues, psychedelic and jazz attempt, German artists started to break all barriers very early. And some of them evolved to real pioneers hereby.

This initially was concentrated on some major cities, those who regularly were equipped with diverse academies respectively universities and a vivid avantgarde scene. Part 1 (out of 3) now is focused on the Düsseldorf/Cologne and Hamburg region. The presented bands, their vita, each of them is rather diverse. Some are still active (Faust), some not (Can), Kraftwerk then completely changed the modus operandi to a totally programmed sound, reaping some critical words by Wolfgang Flür. Protagonists Eberhard Kranemann and Harald Grosskopf recently have founded a new fruitful entity (Krautwerk). 'Actually we were an agitprop theater group' - Floh De Cologne members even insist on not belonging to the Krautrock family in the strict sense (I agree). US duo Wume are in place for those artists from outside of Germany who are adopting diverse stylistical characteristics. And the Electric Orange staff is drawing references too, though nevertheless one of those neo kraut bands which are representing, okay, even are a push for a little renaissance in Germany currently.

Most of the sequences are filmed by Schmidt and Zegarra Holder themselves, often enough linked with music excerpts taken from live sessions or studio recorded songs, just referring to well-known key terms like Autobahn, Hallogallo, Vitamin C, you bet! But they are also incorporating archive material plus simple sightseeing impressions. This probably because several musicians are underscoring inspirations from the immediate evironment like nature or traffic noise, machines, construction areas aso. 'Krautrock Part 1' is a skillful effort, provided in two languages and the option to turn on subtitles in English, French and Italian. Chapeau! The Zeitgeist Media team have successfully started their mission, I would say. This documentation is a recommended add-on to your collection, a must have for Krautrock fans so much the more.

 Romantic Warriors IV: Krautrock, Part I by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover DVD/Video, 2019
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Romantic Warriors IV: Krautrock, Part I
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars Adele Schmidt and José Zegarra Holder have gone well beyond mere fans of progressive rock and have taken things to the next level by writing and producing excellent feature-length documentary films that chronicle the rich history of progressive rock with a series of films that narrate the artistic, cultural and social aspects of the progressive rock paradigm. While the lion's share of the footage is dedicated to the earliest artists who gestated the genre into the long lasting powerhouse that it has become, this married couple also included many of the newer bands that have contributed to the prog revivals that have kept the genre, well?. progressing.

The series started with the 2010 "Romantic Warriors: A Progressive Music Saga" but soon became more focused on the individual sub-genres. The film was followed by 2012's "Romantic Warriors II: A Progressive Music Saga About Rock in Opposition," the 2013 followup "Got RIO? Romantic Warriors II: Special Features DVD," the 2015 "Romantic Warriors III: Canterbury Tales" and 2016's "Got Canterbury? Romantic Warriors III: Special Features DVD." It's quite clear that Schmidt and Zegarra Holder are in no danger of burning out soon and to the contrary seems like their passion for prog has only increased.

The next phase of the ROMANTIC WARRIORS universe comes in 2019 with the first of a planned trilogy of releases. ROMANTIC WARRIORS IV : KRAUTROCK, PART I starts the series by focusing on Krautrock that developed in the Cologne, Düsseldorf and Hamburg regions of Germany. The focus of these films is to highlight the bands that were innovative in the progressive rock scene and for the sake of not including every band that existed, the film opted to leave out bands that were more derivative of English prog and copycats of others. PART I captures many of the musicians who are still alive from Krautrock's early years and allows them to tell their stories while capturing some archival footage. Bands included on this first edition are Can, Faust, Kraftwerk, Floh de Cologne, Neu!, La Düsseldorf, Japandorf, Krautwerk, Electric Orange, Wume and the Damo Suzuki Network.

While there is never enough footage to satisfy the hardcore fans in these kinds of documentaries as i could personally watch entire documentaries for each of the bands involved, this is a very interesting journey into the greater depths of Germany's unique contribution to the progressive rock universe and no matter how much you thought you knew already about this vibrant movement that began in the 70s, ROMANTIC WARRIORS is guaranteed to reveal some of the long lost secrets that have been tucked away behind the scenes for many decades. While only one installment of this series would've been woefully too short for such an all- encompassing music scene, this one is very satisfying for the region of Germany that it covers.

Part 2 is intended to be released in early 2020 and will focus on bands from Munich, Wiesbaden, Ulm and Heidelberg. Bands that will be included: Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Embryo, Kraan, Popol Vuh and Witthüser & Westrupp. Part 3 is intended to follow in late 2020. This third installment will cover bands from Berlin and Hamburg which will include Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Günter Schickert, Agitation Free, Conrad Schnitzler, A.R. & Machines, Nektar and some contemporary bands such as Robert Rich & Markus Reuter and Coolspring. All these films have been financed by Schmidt and Zegarra Holder with crowdfunding on Indiegogo for the post-production.

I have been woefully unaware of these fine Zeitgeist Media documentaries but am glad to have finally delved into the wonderful history of progressive rock in full feature length films. While i cannot compare to previous films, this one is absolutely fabulous as it allows the bands to narrate their own biographies with ample video footage of the venues where all the magic emerged. This one documentary has surely whetted my appetite for more and not only do i eagerly anticipate the next installment of this KRAUTROCK series but now must go back and seek out the previous documentaries that preceded. All i can say is BRAVO!

 Hijos Del Agobio Y Del Dolor  by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2006
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Hijos Del Agobio Y Del Dolor
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by TenYearsAfter

4 stars "An exciting tribute to the unique world of Spanish prog and Rock Andaluz"

The record company is DRO (Discos Radioactivos Organizados) Atlantic, in 1982 founded by the members of Spanish electronic band Aviador Dro. It was one of the first independent Spanish labels, in order to support alternative and modern Spanish music, after these bands and artists were often rejected by the major labels. In 1992 the USA label Warner Music Group took over the label, after financial problems. Under the name DRO Atlantic S.A., A Warner Music Group Company in 2006 this 2CD-1DVD box set (fold out cover with stories and tracklist info) was released entitled Hijos Del Agobio Y Del Dolor, and subtitled Pioneros Y Origenes Del Rock Andaluz. What a wonderful effort to make a compilation from all those interesting Spanish late Sixties and Seventies bands and artists (along some Eighties). It is a perfect way to discover more from the often unique Spanish progressive rock music, especially the Rock Andaluz: this very distinctive Andalusian movement incorporates elements from jazz, blues, rock, classical and progrock into its native flamenco music.

CD 1 and the first part of CD 2 are loaded with Rock Andaluz bands, from legendary Triana and Medina Azahara (the Prog Andaluz anthem Paseando Por La Mezquita) to Qualdalquivir (outstanding jazzrock oriented), Mezquita and Azahar (both strong Arabian undertones), Alameda (featuring the excellent singer Jose Roca), Iman (featuring the 'Andalusian Carlos Santana') and Cai (wonderful vintage keyboards). The one moment you will be carried away by a virtuosic flamenco guitar intro, palmas (handclapping) or wailing, expressive vocals. The other moment you will be stunned by howling electric guitar, Hammond and Mellotron waves or quick synthesizer flights, a very exciting musical experience. Also featured are interesting groups that are more blending flamenco with blues and rock like Miguel Rios (fascinating Morish atmosphere), Goma (flamenco intro, then rock with Hammond and fiery guitar and saxophone) and All & Nothing (flamenco with swinging piano and fiery guitar). Or bands with strong flamenco overtones like Camaron De La Isla (pleasant flamenco guitar work, strong male and female vocals, along a swinging electric piano solo and flashy synthesizer flights) and Vega (accessible and catchy flamenco-pop). The band The Storm is more in the vein of Rare Bird and Procol Harum delivering a Hammond organ drenched sound.

On CD-2 the focus is more on special sounding bands.

A swinging mix of flute, saxophone and piano from Tabletom.

An adventurous progressive blend of flamenco guitar, violin, raw electric guitar and vintage keyboards (like the Solina string- ensemble) from Gualberto.

The bluesy Cuarto Menguante and eclectic Tarantos (1969) delivering a pleasant mix of pop, rock and flamenco, with a distinctive Sixties vibe.

Gong rocks featuring strong Spanish vocals, fiery guitar runs and catchy percussion, with hints from Santana, Eric Clapton and Fleetwood Mac.

Galaxia presents strong vocals (in the Classic Italian Prog tradition), powerful Hammond, saxophone and wah wah electric guitar, blended with flamenco rhythm guitar, this is typical early Seventies rock.

My Rock Andaluz revalation is the song Nuevo Dia by the duo Lole Y Manuel: distinctive flamenco guitar, intense female vocals and short but inventive Mellotron drops (cello and violins section), wow, goose bumps, what compelling blend of the art of flamenco and prog rock!

The DVD features a documentary (from 2003, in Spanish, not subtitled) about the development of the Spanish progressive rock (including the birth of the Rock Andaluz) between the late Sixties and early Seventies, focussed on the known band Smash. Their guitarplayer Gualberto tells his story along many other legendary or known early Spanish progressive rock musicians. The docu also contains stories about the Underground scene, the drugs, the gypsies and the blend of flamenco and fusion. Unfortunately there is little live footage from bands, only some shots from pioneers Gong and Smash.

If you want to discover more of the unique world of Spanish progressive rock and the Rock Andaluz, this box set is highly recommended!

 La Biblia by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 1974
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La Biblia
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars While Argentina was slow to jump on the rock bandwagon, they more than made up for it once the 70s hit and developed a wide range of European styled progressive bands along the way. The very first band to craft a fully developed concept album was the Buenos Aires based Vox Dei who released a double album titled LA BIBLIA (The Bible) early in 1971. Not only was it the first Argentine concept album but also one of the first rock opera albums of the entire Latin American scene. While clearly inspired by the Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" of 1970, LA BIBLIA displayed an exponential leap in the rock simplicity of early Latin American rock and created a work on par with its Anglo counterparts. As expected the concept tackled the narrative of The Bible that began with Genesis and ended with a Revelations styled track called "Apocalypse."

While the Vox Dei album would become an undisputed classic of the Latin 70s rock scene, apparently not everyone was happy with its outcome. Three years later in 1974, Jorge Álverez, the producer teamed up with Billy Bond to re-record the entire album and craft it they way they thought it should've been made. While the original was a double album just shy of an hour's run, the new version would trim the fat and keep things at a single vinyl album's run of just shy of 45 minutes and create more ambitious renditions of the same exact run of tracks. This new version of LA BIBLIA was truly a work of passion with an ambition that was unparalleled at the time. Sparing no expenses, this new recording amassed over 400 hours in the studio and took nine months with the most modern equipment of the era that utilized eight channels.

The cast included an army of musicians and the most well known Argentine bands such as La Pesada, Sui Generis, Espiíritu and Pescado Rabioso. Some of the participants included Alejandro Medina, Carlos Cutaia, Carlos Goler, Charly García, Claudio Gabis, Claudio Martinez, Kubero Díaz, David Lebón, Fernando Bergé, Gustavo Beytelman, Gustavo Kein, Jorge Pinchevsky, Juan Rodriguez (el batero de Sui Generis), Miguel Cantilo, Moro, Nito Mestre, Osvaldo Favrot, Poli Martínez, Raúl Porchetto and Rinaldo Rafanelli. If that wasn't enough the musicians were backed by La Ensamble Musical Buenos Aires. Ironically none of the members of Vox Dei were invited to participate in this newer rendition despite the album serving as a faithful re-recording of that band's efforts.

LA BIBLIA is as magnanimous and monumental as its subject matter suggests which took the Spanish language narrative and dressed it up with epic compositional flair that fused highly developed Western classical music with the heavier edges of hard rock and symphonic prog. The music is so perfectly constructed that it practically narrates the emotional responses despite any language barriers experienced by non-Spanish speakers, a luxury of readapting a prior work instead of inventing one from scratch. Technically speaking, this sonic interpretation of the scriptures utilized a quadraphonic system that utilized live and studio settings as well as the early 70s love affair with the synthesizer in ways made popular by the likes of Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman.

Billy Bond has stated that the intent of remaking this classic is the fact that the original sounded so rushed and was recorded in a mere three to four weeks which was hardly enough to animate such a soundtrack of an epic topic such as the Bible. He also explained that while certain parts were right on target, the mid-section felt pompous and out of balance. The whole affair was tantamount to launching a three ring circus with so many musicians laying down countless tracks as to create a larger sum of the parts. While the album was lauded by critics, the commercial success was disappointing as the ambitiousness of the album coincided with the military dictatorship years of the 70s. While the initial fruits of their labor may have been brushed aside during its time, the album has retained a sense of timelessness and is a less haughty affair than many similarly natured concept musicals that tackle the seemingly inexpressible concepts like the entire works of such a massive historical tome.

This second recording of LA BIBLIA recorded by the plethora of artists and managed by Billy Bond and Gustavo Beytelman is quite the triumphant expression that captures the spirit of not only the Argentine rock scene of the early 70s but also successfully conveys the message of the theme. It's a grand expression of not only the exquisitely delivered classical compositional constructs but also exudes healthy doses of harder edged rock in the vein of contemporary bands like Led Zeppelin complete with heavy guitar riffs and stellar soloing. The production techniques are cleverly utilized to implement the perfect accompanying effects whether it be the backmasking, echo effects or other accoutrements. Like many an Argentine prog band of the 70s, this too has quite an air of the classic prog that was all the rage in Italy since Argentina was colonized by many Italians and even its dialect of Spanish has taken on Italian language characteristics. So too has the musical delivery of this style of symphonic prog and luckily the efforts that went into this one have been rewarded by a sense of longevity as the decades plod on. This is a great work and despite sounding like a major cheeseball is quite tastefully carried out.

 Revolution: Underground Sounds of 1968 by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2019
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Revolution: Underground Sounds of 1968
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
4 stars The era of psychedelic rock in the late sixties has been compiled many times. This new Esoteric Recordings 3-CD box approaches that innovative era from quite a fresh (and definitely prog-minded) view, by concentrating on the year 1968 only, on British music.

The 2-page introduction by Mark Powell is in itself an excellent summarization of the most radical artistic development of rock that took place within a few years. The changes really started in the spring of 1967. The Beatles had a leading role, and all of a sudden bands that had been playing r&b changed their style, e.g. The Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, Cream, Procol Harum.. "The emphasis was now on 'serious' rock music. The single was not seen as an adequate medium to express one's artistic ideas, albums were ambitious and often conceptual in nature and tracks were up to twenty minutes long catering to the demands of an eager 'underground' audience." The terms underground and progressive "came to encompass many different musical styles that were all listened to and purchased by the same social group comprising mainly of hippies and students. Styles such as psychedelic rock, jazz-rock, space rock, folk rock and blues-rock all became classed as 'Progressive' or 'Underground'", Powell writes. The year 1968 is perhaps the most fruitful year ever in the development of rock. There were also various media supporting the new artists, and Powell gives a lot of credit to the legendary DJ John Peel.

The 48-page illustrated booklet introduces each artist in alphabetical order (not the running order) which is wise. I'd preferred the print to be slightly larger. The texts are well written and contain a lot of information in an economic space (roughly one page per artist). Many of the artists aren't that well known by even an advanced listener, so the set is very worthy also as a reference source. Well, especially in the case of GENESIS (represented by 'One Eyed Hound' and 'That's Me') the band's latest phases are a bit irrelevant in this context... About the selection of artitsts; anyone with a good knowledge on early prog can easily name several important bands that are missing: Pink Floyd, The Nice, Family, The Moody Blues, Soft Machine. The best known prog acts included here, besides Genesis, are JETHRO TULL ('My Sunday Feeling'), CARAVAN ('Place of My Own' and 'Magic Man'), VdGG ('People You Were Going to'), PROCOL HARUM ('Shine on Brightly') and BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST ('Early Morning' and 'Mr. Sunshine'). TRAFFIC's here too, and so is GILES, GILES & FRIPP ('Suite No. 1').

Of course this set isn't particularily about [proto] prog, nor about psychedelic rock even though a part of the contents naturally naturally can be pigeonholed into psychedelic rock: TOMORROW (featuring Steve Howe), PRETTY THINGS, SAM GOPAL... First and foremost the set showcases the diversity of styles. There are folk rock acts such as PENTANGLE and JOHN MARTYN, blues-rock such as FLEETWOOD MAC ('Black Magic Woman'), STATUS QUO ('Paradise Flat'), JOHN MAYALL ('Fly Tomorrow') and JEFF BECK ('Shape of Things'). DEEP PURPLE both starts and ends the whole set ('And the Address' and 'Mandrake Root'). BRIAN AUGER & JULIE DRISCOLL's 'This Wheel's on Fire' and ARTHUR BROWN's 'Fire!' were the ones I'd replace for being so often compiled. Examples of musicians that found fame in their later bands are Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood (of IDLE RACE and THE MOVE respectively) before they joined forces in ELO. Also the Shulman Brothers of Gentle Giant are here: Simon Dupree & the Big Sound released the psychedelic single 'We Are the Moles' as THE MOLES, which was rumoured to be The Beatles in disguise!

Well, my review turned out to be more like an overall introduction to this set, but understandably reviewing separate songs would be slightly unfocussed in this case. This is exactly the kind of a compilation of which one doesn't have to like each song, and it's extremely unlikely anyway. But despite having some tracks the average listener probably has already, this gives a wonderful and deeply educational slice of rock history.

 Best Prog Rock Album in the World... Ever  by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2003
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Best Prog Rock Album in the World... Ever
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by patrickq

3 stars Considering that it's 3 CDs, it's not terrible at all: Genesis, Yes, ELP, Jethro Tull, VDGG - - and that's just the first disc. I found this cheap, so I can't complain, but too many songs here are repeats from other compilations. I didn't need third copies of 'Lucky Man,' 'Sympathy,' or 'Hocus Pocus,' thank you. But to be fair, most of the third disc was new to me, so there's that.

Right now it's on Amazon for $13 plus shipping, which is probably too much for most people reading this, since you probably already have much of what's here. On the other hand, with some semi-familiar classic rock from Peter Gabriel, ELO, and Deep Purple, it might not be a bad buy for a friend whom you're trying to get to listen to proggier rock.

Good, but not essential by any definition that I can think of; three stars.

 Supernatural Fairy Tales - The Progressive Rock Era by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1996
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Supernatural Fairy Tales - The Progressive Rock Era
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by patrickq

4 stars On one hand, this is the best prog-rock compilation of which I'm aware. For me personally, this boxed set served its purpose of exposing me to a variety of artists, songs, and styles that I doubt I'd ever have heard otherwise.

Supernatural Fairy Tales was my introduction to Klaus Schulze (represented here by "Searching"), who's since become one of my all-time favorites, as well as to five other great prog groups: Caravan ("In the Land of Grey and Pink"), Premiata Forneria Marconi ("Celebration"), Renaissance ("Kings and Queens"), the Pretty Things ("Private Sorrow / Balloon Burning"), and Van der Graaf Generator ("Killer"). I'd heard the Moody Blues, of course, but "Legend of a Mind," which has become one of my favorites by the Moodies; same with "Lothlorien" by Argent. And then there are great songs by groups I haven't gotten around to investigating further: Rare Bird ("Sympathy," the Savage Rose ("Dear Little Mother"), and Slapp Happy and Henry Cow (who co-perform "War" here).

I'm sure Rhino's purpose in releasing this boxed set was to generate profit, but I also feel that the compilers did their best given the time and licensing restrictions. They managed to represent Zeuhl, Krautrock, RIO, and RPI along with the more obvious subgenres. They also included a fair balance of longer songs (by my count, eleven songs over eight minutes). As others have noted, the liner notes and artwork are nice too, and in this case, that counts for something.

On the other hand, it seems self-evident that a progressive rock compilation album which leaves out Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, and King Crimson could not be "essential," and thus could not rate four stars. Of course, even if Rhino had been able to include Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, and King Crimson, I would complain that they'd licensed the wrong songs! Furthermore, where's the progressive jazz? Why limit the collection to the 60s and 70s? Or, where's the second collection of more recent music, including perhaps some neo-prog or math rock or progressive metal?

Even if Rhino could address all of my concerns and exhaust all of my complaints, the compilation still wouldn't be essential because it would still contain only one song from each of many essential albums.

So: if you're new to prog rock (as I was when I bought this) and you can find an affordable copy of Supernatural Fairy Tales: The Progressive Rock Era, buy it. If it does its job, you'll probably rate it four or five stars to begin with, but at some time in the future, I'll bet you'll agree that it will no longer be "essential."

 Jesus Christ Superstar by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.17 | 195 ratings

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Jesus Christ Superstar
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by jamesbaldwin
Prog Reviewer

5 stars "Jesus Christ Superstar" was a multimedia project: double studio album, musical, film. It had a great success with the public and critics for three main reasons: 1) The idea of ​​staging the story of the last two weeks Jesus actualized in the present was brilliant 2) The writing of music and lyrics was excellent 3) Singers and musicians were talented, and very inspired.

"Jesus Christ Superstar" was written by Tim Rice (lyrics) and Andrew Lloyd Webber (music), two great composers of lyrics and musical music, as attested by this album and by their subsequent career at JCS ("Evita", "Cats" and many other successful musicals).

The album's story follows the Synoptic Gospels and Fulton J. Sheen's Life of Christ. The lyrics put emphasis on the interpersonal relationships between Jesus, Judas and Mary Magdalene, anticipating many studies and many works of art (literary and musical) on the figures of Judas and Magdalene, which in the last 50 years have been re-evaluated and re-interpreted in a new key according to the message of Christian salvation. In particular, Judas is seen today by many not as a traitor but as a man forced to fulfill his role so that the divine plan is accomplished.

The music alternates epic and pompous moments, such as the famous "Overture" melody, at more melodic, more modest moments, at more progressive moments, at moments with a beat and response typical of the musical, at almost psychedelic moments. Overall, the music is always very creative even when not remarkable. I am not a lover of the musical (which tends to get tired, usually), but I recognize in this work a great inspiration both in music and lyrics, and I recognize that these two planes are very well combined with each other. So, although my involvement is alternate in this work, in any case I recognize his excellent inspiration. In the most melodic and dialogue moments, there are some refrains that have made epochs, as catchy and contagious, like this:

"What's the buzz? Tell me What's happening!" Taken from these lyrics (very inspired): "Apostles): What's the buzz? Tell me what's a-happening. (Jesus): Why should you want to know? Don't you mind about the future. Don't you try to think ahead Save tomorrow for tomorrow Think about today instead I could give you facts and figures I could give you plans and forecasts Even tell you where I'm going. (Apostles): When do we Ride to Jerusalem? (Jesus): Why should you want to know Why are you obsessed with fighting Times and fates you can't defy? If you knew the path we're riding You'd understand it less than I. (Apostles): What's the buzz? Tell me what's happening. (Mary Magdalene): Let me try To cool down your face a bit. (Jesus) That feels nice, so nice Mary, oooh, that is good While you prattle through your supper Where and when and who and how She alone has tried to give me What I need right here and now. (Apostles): What's the buzz Tell me what's happening. (Judas): It's a strange thing Mystifying That a man like you Can waste his time With women of her kind I can understand that she amuses you But to let her stroke you Kiss your hair Is hardly in your line It's not that I object To her profession But it doesn't seem to square With what you do or say It doesn't help If you're inconsistant They only need a small excuse To put us all away. (Jesus): Who are you To criticize her? Who are you To despise her? Leave her, leave her Let her be now Leave her, leave her She's with me now If your slate is clean Then you can throw stones If your slate is not Then leave her alone! I'm amazed that men like you Can be so shallow, thick, and slow There is not a man among you Who knows or cares if I come or go (Apostles, except Judas) No you are wrong You're very wrong How can you say that! How can you say that! (Jesus) Not one, not one of you."

The caliber of the performers has allowed some pieces of excellent writing to have great performances, think (to say one) to the vocal and instrumental performance in "Gethsemane (I Only Want to Say)". The singers were: Ian Gillan (Jesus), singer of Deep Purple, Murray Head (Judas Iscariot), Yvonne Elliman (Mary Magdalene), Victor Brox (Caiaphas, High Priest), Barry Dennen (Pontius Pilate). Many of the primary musicians, like guitarists Neil Hubbard and Henry McCullough, bassist Alan Spenner, and drummer Bruce Rowland, they came from Joe Cocker's backing group The Grease Band. John Gustafson (Simon Zealotes) was the singer of Quatermass, then bassist of Roxy Music. Peter Robinson, who plays piano, electric piano, organ, positive organ, was the ingenious mind of Quatermass. Tony Ashton (backing vocals), was a great pianist, present on "It's Only a Movie", album of Family (1973).

Vote album: 9. Rating: Five Stars.

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