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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 | 36 ratings
The Zodiac - Cosmic Sounds
1967
2.96 | 76 ratings
Zabriskie Point (OST)
1970
4.18 | 219 ratings
Jesus Christ Superstar
1970
2.79 | 20 ratings
Tommy - As Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Choir
1972
3.00 | 6 ratings
Tarzan
1972
3.87 | 6 ratings
Morning Of The Earth original soundtrack
1972
3.15 | 9 ratings
Music from Free Creek
1973
4.03 | 94 ratings
Jesus Christ Superstar (The Original Motion Picture Sound Track Album)
1973
4.29 | 60 ratings
La Biblia
1974
3.65 | 76 ratings
Peter And The Wolf
1975
3.13 | 5 ratings
Gubec-Beg (rock opera)
1975
4.02 | 39 ratings
Marscape
1976
3.75 | 4 ratings
Sandokan (O.S.T.)
1976
3.44 | 15 ratings
Давид Тухманов ‎- По волне моей памяти / David Tukhmanov - On The Crest Of My Memory
1976
3.80 | 51 ratings
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Variations
1978
2.00 | 4 ratings
Gricka Vjestica (Rock Opera)
1979
3.51 | 7 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
2.61 | 32 ratings
When the Wind Blows - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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
0.00 | 0 ratings
L'Enfant Lion
1993
3.89 | 10 ratings
Seven Days of a Life
1993
3.06 | 16 ratings
Brian Eno & U2: Passengers - Original Soundtracks 1 (OST)
1995
3.07 | 21 ratings
The Bounty (OST)
1995
0.00 | 0 ratings
Survival: The Music of Nature
1997
3.00 | 1 ratings
L'odore Della Notte (O.S.T., music by Pivio e Aldo De Scalzi)
1998
2.00 | 1 ratings
From the Lyon's Vault
1998
4.01 | 16 ratings
Keyboards Triangle
1999
2.61 | 8 ratings
Excalibur: La Legende Des Celtes
1999
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Sky Goes All The Way Home
1999
3.42 | 14 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
1.29 | 11 ratings
Out Of Phase - The Wall 2000
2000
3.11 | 9 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
3.45 | 71 ratings
Leonardo - The Absolute Man
2001
1.33 | 3 ratings
Sonic Residue From Vapourspace
2002
3.05 | 3 ratings
Progressive Rock For You: Volume One
2003
3.68 | 69 ratings
Kalevala - A Finnish Progressive Rock Epic
2003
3.66 | 52 ratings
The Spaghetti Epic
2004
3.58 | 50 ratings
The Colossus Of Rhodes
2005
4.23 | 104 ratings
Odyssey - The Greatest Tale
2005
4.00 | 50 ratings
The 7 Samurai
2006
3.46 | 26 ratings
Excalibur II - The Celtic Ring
2007
3.46 | 40 ratings
The Spaghetti Epic 2 - The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
2007
3.50 | 29 ratings
Treasure Island
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Bearded's Project: Hope | Omid
2007
3.93 | 42 ratings
Giallo ! (One Suite For The Murderer)
2008
3.59 | 24 ratings
The Empire And The Rebellion
2008
4.20 | 94 ratings
Inferno - The Divine Comedy, Part 1
2008
4.17 | 61 ratings
The Spaghetti Epic 3 - The Great Silence
2009
4.08 | 58 ratings
Purgatorio -The Divine Comedy, Part II
2009
2.32 | 6 ratings
Anne de Bretagne: Le Rock Opera d'Alan Simon
2009
3.91 | 15 ratings
Cani Arrabbiati: Opening Themes... A Tribute
2010
3.35 | 13 ratings
Wondrous Stories
2010
3.65 | 44 ratings
The Tales Of Edgar Allan Poe - A SyNphonic Collection
2010
3.45 | 11 ratings
Iliad, a Grand Piano Extravaganza
2010
4.15 | 87 ratings
Decameron - Ten Days In 100 Novellas (Part 1)
2011
3.36 | 28 ratings
The Fusion Syndicate
2012
3.67 | 3 ratings
Take The Long Way Home
2012
3.52 | 12 ratings
Excalibur III: The Origins
2012
4.12 | 71 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
2.96 | 6 ratings
Ponder The Mystery (William Shatner featuring Billy Sherwood)
2013
4.02 | 58 ratings
Decameron - Ten Days In 100 Novellas (Part II)
2014
3.88 | 55 ratings
Decameron - Ten Days In 100 Novellas (Part III)
2016
3.95 | 4 ratings
Tripwave 2 - Collection Of Modern Russian Psychedelic Music
2016
3.32 | 9 ratings
Excalibur IV - The Dark Age of the Dragon
2017
0.00 | 0 ratings
Phil Collins - Plays Well with Others
2018
4.00 | 3 ratings
Harmony For Elephants
2018
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Sled
2018
4.00 | 6 ratings
Excalibur V: Move, Cry Act, Clash!
2021

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
3.17 | 6 ratings
Mar Y Sol
1972
3.05 | 3 ratings
Boom Pop Fest '73
1973
3.89 | 9 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
3.00 | 1 ratings
Kongres Rock Majstora
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz- och Rockstipendiater 1976
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
Boom Festival '76
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
Pop Parada 1
1977
0.00 | 0 ratings
Boom '77
1978
3.25 | 7 ratings
Kisstadion '80
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
Tonkraft 1972-1974: Levande Musik Från Sverige - Live Music from Sweden
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
Ton Kraft 1977-78: Levande Musik Från Sverige . Live Music From Sweden
1982
3.00 | 5 ratings
Progressive's Battle
1988
3.66 | 16 ratings
Progfest '94
1995
3.98 | 15 ratings
Progfest '95
1996
3.04 | 13 ratings
Progfest '97
1997
3.50 | 4 ratings
Proglive 97 Corbigny
1997
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Show That Never Ends: The Best of Progressive Rock - Live from the King Biscuit Vaults
1998
3.67 | 3 ratings
Baja Prog '98
1999
3.09 | 3 ratings
Excalibur: Le Concert Mythique
2000
3.80 | 5 ratings
Progfest 2000
2001
4.38 | 8 ratings
Progday Encore?
2001
4.00 | 8 ratings
Progday '98
2002
4.04 | 5 ratings
Progday 2001
2002
3.00 | 1 ratings
Calprog 2004 Offical Bootleg
2004
3.00 | 1 ratings
Guitar Wars
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
4.35 | 14 ratings
Prog Exhibition - 40 anni di musica immaginifica (RPI) (7CD + 4DVD)
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
4-way split / Live COH Festival
2013
3.00 | 2 ratings
FINNFOREST / ELONKORJUU: Pop-Liisa 6
2016
4.09 | 2 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)

4.33 | 3 ratings
Progfest '94 Day One
1995
4.33 | 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
2.88 | 5 ratings
Stamping Ground
1998
5.00 | 4 ratings
Progfest 2000
2001
3.58 | 8 ratings
Progressive Rock Anthology
2003
2.96 | 4 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
2.26 | 4 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
4.70 | 13 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 | 18 ratings
Romantic Warriors: A Progressive Music Saga
2010
3.00 | 1 ratings
Electric Garden Progressive Rock Festival 2011
2011
4.15 | 8 ratings
Romantic Warriors II: About Rock In Opposition
2012
4.02 | 5 ratings
Romantic Warriors IV: Krautrock, Part I
2019
4.05 | 2 ratings
Romantic Warrioirs IV: Krautrock, Part 2
2021

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
Diplom
1973
0.00 | 0 ratings
Beyond an Empty Dream
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Vi kan leva utan kärnkraft
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Peanuts
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Christiania
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
Heavy Norsk
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
Music from Sweden
1976
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
3.12 | 6 ratings
Quadrophenia: Songs from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
1979
0.00 | 0 ratings
Music in Sweden 7 - Alternative Instrumental Music
1980
2.33 | 39 ratings
Risky Business (OST)
1983
0.00 | 0 ratings
A Beginner's Guide to Coma
1985
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
0.00 | 0 ratings
La Mosaique
1988
1.57 | 3 ratings
Rock Aid Armenia - The Earthquake Album
1990
0.00 | 0 ratings
Rubble Volume Nine - Plastic Wilderness
1991
3.40 | 5 ratings
SI 10th Anniversary Compilation Disc
1991
0.00 | 0 ratings
Der Klang der frühen Jahre - Das Beste von Kuckuck Schallplatten 1970-1973
1993
2.98 | 8 ratings
Rime of the Ancient Sampler - The Mellotron Album
1993
2.95 | 3 ratings
Tales Of Brazilian Rock Chapter 1
1993
0.00 | 0 ratings
Let Your Freak Flag Fly - A Collection of Swedish Psychedelia Pop and Progressive Sounds
1993
4.75 | 3 ratings
Rockandalus
1994
4.50 | 6 ratings
Golden Miles: Australian Progressive Rock 1969-1974
1994
4.00 | 1 ratings
Plima - Progresivna Muzika
1994
3.02 | 6 ratings
Yes, Solo Family Album
1994
3.00 | 3 ratings
70 Minutes de Rock Progressif Français Pour 30 Balles
1994
3.00 | 3 ratings
Le Meilleur du Rock Progressif Instrumental
1995
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Age Of Enlightenment - Prog Rock Volume One
1995
3.00 | 3 ratings
Le Meilleur du Rock Progressif Européen
1996
2.17 | 4 ratings
Supernatural Fairy Tales: The Progressive Rock Era Sampler
1996
2.52 | 7 ratings
Steinway To Heaven
1996
3.86 | 3 ratings
Unprogged
1996
3.14 | 18 ratings
Supernatural Fairy Tales - The Progressive Rock Era
1996
4.00 | 2 ratings
Duende Electrico
1997
1.97 | 19 ratings
Yes, Friends and Relatives
1998
3.88 | 11 ratings
Nuggets From Nuggets
1998
3.96 | 5 ratings
Le Meilleur du Rock Progressif Japonais
1998
0.00 | 0 ratings
Svensk Instrumental Musik
1998
0.00 | 0 ratings
Symphonic Rock
1998
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
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Electric Lemonade Acid Test
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
2.93 | 10 ratings
Yes, Friends And Relatives - Volume Two
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
It's For You! A New Day Jethro Tull
2001
3.00 | 1 ratings
Prog in USA
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
33 Svenska Proggklassiker Från 1969-1982
2002
2.88 | 20 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 Electric Lemonade Acid Test - Volume 3
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Psychedelic Sixties Music French EP Collection
2003
4.00 | 1 ratings
Acid Daze
2003
2.95 | 2 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
0.00 | 0 ratings
Vol. 6 - Progressiv rock 1971-1977
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
ProgAID - All Around the World
2005
3.91 | 5 ratings
The Best Symfo Rock
2005
4.00 | 4 ratings
Yes And Friends: "Owner Of A Lonely Heart"
2005
4.24 | 7 ratings
Krautrock - Music For Your Brain
2005
3.03 | 5 ratings
Prog Is Not A Four Letter Word
2005
4.00 | 6 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 | 16 ratings
Canossa "Rock Opera"
2006
3.98 | 5 ratings
Rock Progressivo Italiano
2006
5.00 | 1 ratings
Deep Purple & Friends (greatest Hits)
2006
4.00 | 3 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
Psychedelic Phinland: Finnish Hippie & Underground Music 1967-1974
2006
4.00 | 1 ratings
Prog V1.0: Presented by CHOM 97.7
2007
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
2.38 | 7 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
0.00 | 0 ratings
Cries From The Midnight Circus, Ladbroke Grove 1968 - 1973
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
4.07 | 8 ratings
Krautrock - Music For Your Brain Vol. 2
2007
3.80 | 5 ratings
Krautrock - Music For Your Brain Vol. 3
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Psychedelic Portugal - Hard Psych and Progressive Sounds from Portugal Underground Scene 1968-1974
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
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Electric Asylum Volume 1 - Rare British Acid FreakRock
2009
2.83 | 8 ratings
Classic Rock Presents prog: Prognosis
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
3.17 | 5 ratings
Wondrous Stories - A Complete Introduction To Progressive Rock
2010
2.80 | 5 ratings
Progressive Rock Trilogy
2010
4.06 | 16 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
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
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Haiti Projekt - Relief for Haiti Through Music
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
4.20 | 5 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
3.58 | 7 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
3.20 | 13 ratings
Classic Rock presents: Prognosis 18
2011
3.13 | 10 ratings
Prognosis 19
2011
2.52 | 10 ratings
Prognosis 2.1
2011
4.00 | 1 ratings
Head Music
2012
4.02 | 3 ratings
Psychedelic World Music: Discovery
2012
3.33 | 3 ratings
Progfest: The Best in Australian Progressive Music (Progfest Compilation 2012)
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
Swedish Progressive Rock
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
0.00 | 0 ratings
Mojo Presents: David Gilmour & Friends
2015
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Many Faces of King Crimson: A Journey Through the Inner World of King Crimson
2016
4.00 | 1 ratings
Periplo : Navegando Por Los Mares De Mi Interior
2016
3.92 | 3 ratings
Space Rock - An Interstelar Traveler's Guide
2016
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Prog Rock and Beyond
2017
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Lullabies for Catatonics - A Journey Through the British Avant-Pop / Art Rock Scene 1967-74
2019
4.00 | 1 ratings
Revolution: Underground Sounds of 1968
2019
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Living On The Hill: A Danish Underground Trip 1967-1974
2020

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Greenpeace sange med...
1983
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Dithyrambe
1988
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Mind Expansion - Volume 1
1996
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1996
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1996
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Nordic Progressive Sampler
1999
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Kinski / Acid Mothers Temple
2003
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2005
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2008

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 Music from Free Creek by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.15 | 9 ratings

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Music from Free Creek
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

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

3 stars MUSIC FROM FREE CREEK is one of those strange releases that only could've come out in the free spirit era of the late 1960s / early 1970s. This various artists album went under the fictitious band name FREE CREEK but in reality was a collection of session recordings from 1969 that included dozens of musicians including the famous names Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Keith Emerson, Buzz Felten, Mitch Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt and Dr. John.

This album featured 18 tracks, each with a different set of musicians basically performing jamming sessions on various themes and sometimes cover songs from famous bands such as The Beatles' "Mother Nature's Son" which inadvertently caused a logically nightmare concerning copyrights and other legal wrangling. The sessions were recorded in 1969 but wouldn't find an actually release until 1973 in England on Charisma Records and in the US on Buddha Records as a double-vinyl set. Lake Eerie Records finally rereleased a remastered CD in 2006.

This is basically a show up and let loose set of material here. All these impromptu showcases a diverse set of musicians in the moment with no worries or pressures from record company execs. Given the rather spontaneous nature of the whole thing, these tracks turned out pretty damn good i must admit with particular kudos to Keith Emerson's amazing adaptability to craft keyboard solos around virtually anything. The album is mostly instrumental but a few vocal parts do occur.

Most of the tunes are based on a bluesy rock style with soloing and period organ sounds but Linda Ronstadt offers some country rock tunes which have been universally deemed as sounding out of place and break's the otherwise seamless flow of the album's constant nature. I tend to agree with these although for country rock songs Linda does an amazing job and the musicians are quite competent as well. My favorite tracks are more of the boogie shuffle styled ones such as "Earl's Shuffle" featuring Harvey Mandel on lead guitar and Jimmy Greespoon playing a mean organ while augmented by an excellent slide guitar.

Tracks like "Getting Back To Molly" exemplify the free spirit mood on this release. With a jamming bluesy groove of Eric Clapton on guitar with Dr John joining in as a second guitarist, the baritone vocal deliveries of Earl Down and the backing Free Creeks Singers offer the perfect glimpse into the sounds of an undisclosed bayou in Louisiana as if Parliament, Three Dog Night and Taj Mahal had secretly gotten together to record. There are also rumors that many other artists participated in these sessions but due to legal reasons remained anonymous. Such names that are brandished about in Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan.

Apparently the then 19-year old organist Moogy Klingman provided an interview for the booklet on the reissue recounting the tales of working in these projects. This is certainly one of those albums that gives a glimpse into a less controlled aspect of the music industry for the era it was crafted since by 1969 rock music had become the dominant music form and controlled by the record industry with an iron fist. I wouldn't call this album essential by any means but it is a much more brilliant and pleasing to the ears experience than i expected it to be. Well worth checking out despite the rather ridiculous album cover art of a chained young Tarzan(?) waiting to be consumed by a bird of prey! Definitely one for the anomalous release in the history book!

 Marscape by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.02 | 39 ratings

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Marscape
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

4 stars I am delighted that this album was finally reissued as a CD.

While the album was produced & written by and released under the names of Jack Lancaster and Robin Lumley, it has the distinct sound of Brand X. Actually, this album was recorded in the same studio, and released shortly before Unorthodox Behavior, and is performed by the entire original members of Brand X (Lancaster played on one track on Unorthodox Behavior). Among the remaining band members on this is Morris Pert as well.

So yes, this sounds very much like Brand X, but somewhat moodier. One of the main themes that pop up throughout the album reminds me very much of a theme on one of the later Brand X albums.

The album does a good job of assigning different musical emotions to the staged of traveling to Mars. All of it in the style that we have come to love from Brand X.

And, like a Brand X album, all of the musicianship is spectacular.

I'd say, give it a listen alongside Rick Wakeman's recent album The Red Planet.

 Peter And The Wolf by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.65 | 76 ratings

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Peter And The Wolf
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

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

3 stars You just gotta love the wild 1970s for all the musical experiments, most of which went absolutely nowhere at the time but are now available for all to sample. Not only did we get some of the best music from multiple genres that more than stands the test of time but the decade also produced a large number of crazy releases such as this various artists album that featured prog rock adaptations of Sergei Prokofiev's classical score PETER AND THE WOLF!

Prokofiev's orchestral children's story was once very popular with schoolchildren and recounts a young boy named Peter and his animal friends who spent a day by his grandfather's pond when a wolf attacks him however Peter outsmarts the wolf with the help of his cunning bird friend and captures the wolf which ultimately ended up in a zoo. The music is roughly based on the original score but mostly is interpreted in a funky jazz-fusion style of progressive rock.

This 1975 release featured a prog rock interpretation of this tale with an amazing all start cast that included Jack Lancaster, Bill Bruford, Gary Brooker, Julie Tippett, Keith Tippett, Stephane Grappelli, Brian Eno, Alvin Lee, Gary Moore, Cozy Powell and Manfred Man amongst others. The album is probably most famous for featuring all the members of what would become the first lineup of Brand X which included Phil Collins, John Goodsall, Percy Jones, Jack Lancaster and Robert Lumley.

Due to the narration parts of Viv Stanshall which loosely recounts the tale in spoken words and then interpreted by the musicians, the album was released in several languages therefore in Germany the album was released as "Peter und der Wolf," in France "Pierre et le Loup," etc. The album very much comes off as some sort of rock opera with most tracks sounding like the early formations of Brand X only in an easier to digest funk fueled style of jazz-fusion in the vein of Herbie Hancock's "Headhunter" however a few tracks are more of their original classical styled presentation. "Rock and Roll Celebration" is very much the standout and sounds more like an Electric Light Orchestra tune in the vein of the early years such as "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle."

While an interesting quirk of the gift that never stops giving 1970s, in the end this version of PETER AND THE WOLF is a pleasant little album that features some top notch musicians delivering the goods but also doesn't feel like it reaches it potential. In other words this is an idea that is loftier than its final results. While not bad in any way, it just feels like the album should've been crafted better.

To my ears the whole thing sounds a bit monotonous and i'm not sure why funky jazz-rock was deemed the appropriate musical style to convey the story since it is not nearly as all-encompassing on the emotional spectrum as the traditional classical score. While hardly something to shell out large amounts of money which may be tempting since the original vinyl featured a 12-page illustrated booklet with the story text, from a musical point of view this comes off as competent and engaging but rather incomplete at the same time.

The Cast: - Narrator / Vivian Stnshall - Peter / Manfred Mann - Bird / Gary Brooker - Duck / Chris Spedding - Duck / Gary Moore - Cat / Stephane Grappelli - Wolf / Brian Eno - Pond / Keith Tippett - Grandfather / Jack Lancaster - Hunters / Jon Hiseman, Bill Bruford, Cozy Powell, Phil Collins Additional Musicians: - John Goodsall, Pete Haywood, Alvin Lee / guitars - Percy Jones, Andy Pyle, Dave Marquee / bass - Robin Lumley / keyboards - Cozy Powell & Phil Collins / drums - Bernie Frost, Julie Tippetts, The English Chorale / vocals

3.5 rounded down

 Excalibur V: Move, Cry Act, Clash! by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2021
4.00 | 6 ratings

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Excalibur V: Move, Cry Act, Clash!
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by alainPP

4 stars ALAN SIMON is releasing his 5th chapter here on Excalibur, 20 years after his first. Ah, I forgot to present to you this touch to everything which also militates for the respect of the planet and which gives texts targeted and committed on it; surrounded by Steve Hackett, John Helliwell and Jesse Siedenberg, Martin Barre, Jeremy Spencer, Michael Sadler, Roberto Tiranti, Jerry Goodman as well as the singers Shira Golan and Miriam Toukan and the late John Wetton he launches 12 manifest titles of an opera-rock Celtic to make swallowing the pill a little easier? Alan SIMON whom I have followed since 2007 for the innovative Celtic side, where does he take us there?

"Move, Cry, Act, Clash" shouting title, distress call on a news-TV intro about the end of our planet's life, global warming in the sights; a punchy track comes in, a voice, a rising tune like the surf of the waves at the edge of the cliff, nervous, aggressive with Martin's guitar. "The Prisoner" metal riff of the end of the world, kind of arrival before the Lord to know where we are going to be able to go; AYREON-style title made for rock opera, viscous guitar behind on DEEP PURPLE, it is more the emotion released than the musical rhythm that takes effect with the melancholy Jerry Goodman violin. "The Last Bird" and immediate stop! Yes I have to tell you that I have been a fan of SAGA since their beginnings, so listening to Michael is always a magical moment for me; I feel like I hear her 80s voice,he must rejuvenate the bugger with his sensual voice; ballad embellished with the cry of the bird until the end, delicate acoustic guitar for a dark tune from which the light can still appear. "Messaline" landed folk rock, Irish ballad suddenly reminding me of KANSAS, hold a title of IRON MAIDEN for the intro; yes they also started to prog metal on their last one. In short, the warrior guitar solo potentiates even more the Celtic aspect with violins in order of battle weighting the voice of dramatic bernie shaw. "I Said Shout" in the sequel, nervous, on a title of musical comedy 'Shaft' for the imposing choirs, short rhythmic folk-rock of BOF genre 'Starsky & Hutch'. "Heaven" on an acoustic basis and the presence of Martin BARRE for an absolutely brilliant vintage moment, the notes,the agreement melts the speakers on a typical 80's heavy metal prog sound; any resemblance to 'Stairway To Heaven' can only be made on purpose.

"The Lady of the Lake" begins from the 2nd side, I like to cut the albums: blues here relaxing the atmosphere, thundering vocals, groovy choirs, sax by John Helliwell for a cheerful restful track. "When Your Feelings Grow" heartbeat, horse cry, titanic bass in 80's PINK FLOYD style; it's rhythmic, the violins add to it, the sensual choirs too; sometimes I say to myself like ALAN PARSONS just like that. "Wake Up (Before the Last War)" still PINK FLOYD era 'Division Bell', the sax which makes jump the hairs, Roberto Tiranti gives with his airy voice to give in the introspective, Celtic fund which returns in the station wagon; moment of caution with this crystalline piano just destroyed by the dark, deafening finale, the baby being unable to do anything about it."Hey" which I let you find the similar air going to see on the side of "Silent Hill" for example, psychedelic; Roberto Tiranti uses his soft voice to melt us, the sax of course adds a layer until the end. "A Brand New Day" folk and world music filled with hope with Shira Golan and Miriam Toukan, Palestine and Israel united, language in Hebrew, Arabic and English with Michael in the background for a dreamlike musical intensity and the Génésisien solo of Steve; back to noisy life. "The Vision" slide guitar à la 'Paris, Texas', John Wetton, tribute song covering 'De l'Autre Côté' with a Celtic and intimate tone."A Brand New Day" folk and world music filled with hope with Shira Golan and Miriam Toukan, Palestine and Israel united, language in Hebrew, Arabic and English with Michael in the background for a dreamlike musical intensity and the Génésisien solo of Steve; back to noisy life. "The Vision" slide guitar à la 'Paris, Texas', John Wetton, tribute song covering 'De l'Autre Côté' with a Celtic and intimate tone."A Brand New Day" folk and world music filled with hope with Shira Golan and Miriam Toukan, Palestine and Israel united, language in Hebrew, Arabic and English with Michael in the background for a dreamlike musical intensity and the Génésisien solo of Steve; back to noisy life. "The Vision" slide guitar à la 'Paris, Texas', John Wetton, tribute song covering 'De l'Autre Côté' with a Celtic and intimate tone.

ALAN SIMON took 3 years to release this militant album where the titles are very varied, well the covid has also been there: on a pop-rock, rock, Celtic, intimate variation, with symphonic arrangements bringing haunting heat to travel safely. At the moment when he withdraws a little from this world too crazy, unhealthy, there remains this message to be shared around a round table to discuss with these famous musical knights performers; an album which increases in creative power as the said album progresses, going from the 70's to the 80's then 90's for a timeless hymn. An album made to actively reflect on a future with hope: Move, cry, act, face!

 Periplo : Navegando Por Los Mares De Mi Interior by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2016
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Periplo : Navegando Por Los Mares De Mi Interior
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by TenYearsAfter

— First review of this album —
4 stars Periplo is an amazing, unique and ambitious project by Juan Antonio Vergara, the prime mover of the Spanish website/mailorder-service 5Lunas, dedicated to the cultural movement Rock Andaluz. In 2016 he released his first book (162 pages) entitled Periplo : Navegando Por Los Mares De Mi Interior, featuring personal emotional experiences (with his wife, two children, family, money, dignity, work and music) . This book is supported by a double CD that contains 30 tracks, inspired by the Periplo story, and performed by a fine selection of 50 musicians, mainly from old and new Rock Andaluz bands (from Smash, Cai, Azahar, Qualdalquivir, Alameda and Mezquita to Taifa and Mendigo) and Spanish prog bands (like Storm and Bloque), an incredible bunch of Andalusian talent, experience and passion! When I stumbled upon 5Lunas, a few months ago, I got in touch with Juan Antonio, he told me proudly about his 'magnum opus' Periplo. Of course I was highly interested, as a huge aficionado of the Rock Andaluz since I listened to early Triana in the late Seventies.

The 30 tracks on the 2-CD Periplo deliver not only many Rock Andaluz sounding songs, but also other musical genres.

Examples of the variety on CD-1:

Old School symphonic rock with hints from Pink Floyd and Camel in the wonderful Obertura Inesperada: first spacey synthesizers flights and moving guitar play, then tender piano, blended with sensitive electric guitar and soaring keyboards.

Folk meets Heavy Prog in In La Raiz De Mi Destino: guitar player Juan Delola plays both virtuosic flamenco guitar runs (with handclapping) as a heavy electric guitar solo.

Rock Andaluz in Empujado Al Precipicio (with an 'Arabesca' undertone, by Mezquita members), Galopando Por Mis Deseos (delicate sequencing, bombastic keyboards, powerful Fender Jazz bass, and in the end spectacular synthesizers runs) and Mis Besos En Esta Canci'n (intense flamenco guitar, blended with spacey syntheiszer flights, and passionate vocals by Alameda legend Pepe Roca).

Neo-Prog in Date Coraje: first a flashy synthesizer solo, then a fiery guitar solo with powerful bass runs, it sounds as the 'Andalusian Pendragon'.

Swinging bluesrock with a catchy beat and the distinctive mouth organ in Perro Callejero.

An electronic climate with wonderful work on keyboards by I'aki Ega'a (Iman) in Isla Del Amor.

A folky duet between flute and guitar in the first part of Descendiendo De La Ca'ailla.

The compelling eclectic track Mar De Fondo Andalusi features a spacey intro, then mellow organ, hypnotizing percussion and moving guitar work (evoking Eric Clapton), and finally a Morish sounding synthesizer solo, wow!

Examples of the variety on CD-2:

Rock Andaluz in Dibujando Sue'os (from twanging acoustic guitar to fiery electric guitar and mouth organ, topped with Randy Lopez his excellent flamenco inspired vocals), Mirada Al Infinito (great blend of flamenco guitar and palmas with a howling electric guitar, embellished by the singer of Triana tribute band Zaguan), So'ando Con La Luna (strong 'Arabesca undertone', and a spectacular synthesizer solo by Juan Antonio Vergara himself) and Algazara (flamenco guitar intro and outro by Juan Delola, in between a compelling atmosphere with senstitive electric guitar and a synthesizer solo, with castagnettes, wow).

Ethnic prog in Isla De Los Sue'os (hypnotizing percussion, then sensitive electric guitar and djembe), Tetralog'a (first sitar and tablas, halfway a heavy eruption with a wah-wah drenched guitar, then a spectacular Moog solo, and finally Spanish guitar) and Al Abordaje (sitar-like sound, blended with tablas, theatrical female vocals and finally a Peter Frampton-like talk box).

A Romantic ballad with warm vocals from the Cai singer in Encontrar La Vida.

Jazzrock in La Gaviota, El Cangrejo Y Yo and Singular (by several Quadalquivir members).

Santana-like guitar with propulsive ethnic percussion in Buscando La Semilla Del Amor Eterno.

An electronic atmosphere in Futuro (dreamy with a celestial female voice) and Reflexiones (first sequencing and spacey synthesizers, then an exciting blend of electronic, Rock Andaluz and psychedelia with a distorted Steve Hillage-like guitar solo, wow)

Blues in Doble Caracola: wonderful bluesy guitar and piano, along cheerful synthesizers flights and excellent passionate vocals with a strong flamenco undertone by the Mendigo singer.

Romantic Spanish guitar in the instrumental Una Simple Oraci'n.

WHAT A CAPTVATING MUSICAL JOURNEY BY THESE ROCK ANDALUZ MUSICIANS, NOT ONLY PLAYING THEIR BELOVED MUSIC BUT ALSO BLUES, ROCK, FOLK, ETHNIC, JAZZROCK AND ELECTRONIC, WITH PASSION AND SKILLS, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

 Leonardo - The Absolute Man by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.45 | 71 ratings

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Leonardo - The Absolute Man
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by lukretio

2 stars Leonardo, The Absolute Man is an ambitious multi-singer prog rock opera orchestrated by Trent Gardner, the mastermind of Magellan, where he played keyboards, trombone and vocals. For this project, Gardner recruited his brother Wayne (Magellan's guitarist) and the rhythm section of US proggers Dali's Dilemma (Jeremy Colson on drums, Patrick Reyes on rhythm guitar, Steve Reyes on bass). The line-up is completed by a dozen singers, each interpreting a different character in the saga of Leonardo da Vinci, the famous Italian polymath who lived during the High Renaissance. The vocalists are drawn from the US prog rock/metal scene and feature some notable names, such as Mike Baker (Shadow Gallery), Robert Berry (3 with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer), Dream Theater's James LaBrie (in the role of Leonardo himself), Michelle Young (Glass Hammer), and Steve Walsh (Kansas).

As a huge fan of Ayreon, Avantasia, Kompendium, and Nikolo Kotzev's Nostradamus, I am a sucker for this type of multi-singer productions, so I was really looking forward to sinking my teeth in Gardner's magnum opus. Alas, although there were a couple of tasteful bites here and there throughout the 63+ minutes of the album, overall the experience left a bitter aftertaste in my mouth.

Given the quality of the line-up, there is obviously nothing wrong with the musicians' performances, which are all of high quality. The music itself is also generally pleasant. Unsurprisingly given that Gardner is the project's mastermind, the songs are very much keyboard-driven and filled with lush and spacious orchestral arrangements, but they do not lack bite and the music can rock too, when necessary. This gives the album an overall musical-like flavour, which I find suitable for this type of productions. However, differently from many Broadway musicals, the music here is much more complex, both in terms of songwriting and arrangements. Gardner often chooses the untrodden path when it comes to deciding how his compositions should progress, although at times he can also let the music open up into beautiful melodies, like on the chorus of "Reins of Tuscan", on the soulful ballad "Mona Lisa", on the grandiose "First Commission" and "This Time, This Way", and the initial part of the piano-driven ballad "Shaping the Invisible".

Sometimes, however, there is a sense of over-indulgence in the sheer amount of technical complexity and cleverly-constructed arrangements that permeate the 18 songs of the album. I have the impression that, by trying to showcase his progressive chops, Gardner at time completely lost sight of the song itself, leading to overly difficult episodes such as "Apprentice", "Inventions" or - perhaps the most notable example - the second-half of "Shaping the Invisible", a song that starts beautifully with a soulful performance by LaBrie accompanied by the piano, before progressing to a dreadful, messy crescendo that approaches cacophony, completely ruining the atmosphere of the song.

I was also mildly disappointed by the vocal parts. It is not about the singers' performances per se, which are all good (special praise goes to LaBrie, Walsh and the two female singers Michelle Young and Lisa Bouchelle). Rather, my issue is about the way the vocal parts integrate with the music. There are two problems, in my view. First, as with the musical background (and perhaps because of it), I sometimes felt that the vocal melodies were overly difficult, sacrificing immediacy and euphony in favour of technicality ("Heart of France", "Apprentice"). Second, many of the singers involved in the project have a rather similar timbre and it is really hard to tell them apart. This is a major shortcoming, in my opinion, as one of the things I appreciate the most in this type of multi-singer projects is the variety of the vocal performances. This is almost completely lost here, with only Steve Walsh possessing a distinctive timbre that sets him apart from the rest of the male vocalists. In truth, Leonardo feels a lot like a LaBrie-dominated project, with many other singers that sound a lot like LaBrie extras.

Overall, although there are a few moments of brilliance (above all, the two male-female duets "First Commission" and "This Time, This Way"), Leonardo was a mildly disappointing release for me, with too many dull moments and shortcomings. If you, like me, are a fan of multi-singer rock/metal operas, it may still be worth to give this album a try, as the objective quality of the musicians involved is high and there are a few standout episodes here and there throughout the 60+ minutes of the record. However, anyone else would do better by trying some of the other rock/metal operas that exist out there, like anything by Ayreon or, if you want something less metal, the awesome Nostradamus record by Nikolo Kotzev.

 Gubec-Beg (rock opera) by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.13 | 5 ratings

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Gubec-Beg (rock opera)
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

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

3 stars The rock opera which combined the musical effects of rock music with musical theatric delivery became a phenomenon in the late late 1960s with bands like The Pretty Things, The Who and others had the desire to create a larger than life thematic presentation in a rock context. While the stylistic hybridization remained primarily in the English speaking world for several years after the initial explosion of popularity, other nations followed suit only after the phenomenal success of Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Jesus Christ Superstar" which reverberated around the world and in many ways alerted that the rest of the world that rock had evolved beyond its rather trite and predictable origins although The Who also played a part in upping the ante with its success in "Tommy".

The very first non-English rock opera seems to have come from the Japanese collaborative efforts of Tenjo Sajiki and the Tokyo Kid Brothers with its 1971 smash hit " サントラ盤‼ 書を捨てよ町へ出よう (Santora-ban‼ Sho o suteyo machi e deyō) " but soon the rest of the world was adapting the sound of rock music to their own interpretations of the rock opera. One of the more successful of these came from the region of Croatia which was then a part of the former Yugoslavia and titled GUBEC-BEG which was created by the primary trio of Karlo Metiko? (composer), Ivica Krajač (libretto) and Miljenko Prohaska (orchestration) along with a cast of talented vocalists and musicians to pull it all off.

The theme of this rock opera was to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Peasant Revolt of 1573 when the situation of the population was so desperate that they were forced to collaborate their efforts to defeat the ruling aristocracy of the day. The project began as far back in 1971 and premiered on March 5, 1975 in the concert hall of Vatroslav Lisinski. The play was a huge success within Yugoslavia and even spilled outside its borders despite being performed exclusively in the Croatian language. The most famous and highly regarded of the entire musical output from this rock opera has remained "Ave Maria" performed by Josipa Lisac and although the play has been revived from time to time, it has never been as successful as when it was first released. The original lineup starred Branko Blaće, Marijan Ka?aj, Josipa Lisac, Miro Ungar, Đani ?egina, Boris Pavlenić, Vlado Kovačić, Tomislav Borić, Sanda Fidersheg and others. The album featured nine tracks with a wide range of moods and motifs.

While i know next to nothing about Croatian music history, this one is not a bad example at all about the sentiments experienced in the era of the communist hegemony as it rather perfectly exemplified a new form of dictatorship in an area of the world that had been suppressed for a very long time. Given that this album is thematically relevant and performed exclusively in Croatian automatically means that most who don't speak the lingo won't comprehend the meaning of its relevance and on the musical side of the equation there is nothing here to get overly excited about either as it rather reflects the trend of ethnic folk musical flavors incorporating rock music into its fabric of existence. For those in the ex-Yugoslavia this very well may be of extraordinary importance in historical terms but for those of us who are clueless as to the experiences of the time and place, this one is decent indeed but hardly something that will speak to us on a higher level. Well worth the time to experience this Eastern European for its historical significance alone but not something that musically transcends beyond its thematic relevance.

 The Many Faces of King Crimson: A Journey Through the Inner World of King Crimson by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2016
3.00 | 1 ratings

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The Many Faces of King Crimson: A Journey Through the Inner World of King Crimson
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
3 stars This is quite a peculiar 3-disc set. No, it doesn't contain music of King Crimson performed either by the band itself or by other artists. Nor is it a various artists compilation all the way. Each of the discs have completely different approaches. The first disc does contain various artists' tracks featuring past or present King Crimson members, mostly as guests only. The second disc is entirely dedicated to the late 60's pre-Crimso act GILES, GILES & FRIPP. And the third disc is, one to one, the sole album released in 2005 by a band called FISSION TRIP that consists of members from King Crimson and HANDS.

The various artists disc in itself feels patchy and confusing. Sadly the set doesn't have systematic release information (such as the years or source albums), and searching the information from the two-page text is difficult, since it doesn't even proceed in the running order. Some of the music is indeed unquestionably Crimsonesque. For example the avantish instrumental music of JAMIE MUIR, MICHAEL GILES & DAVID CUNNINGHAM has evident stylistic roots in the Larks Tongues era King Crimson. The two tracks are scattered on the disc the same foolish way as three tracks from PETER SINFIELD's album Still (1973) and two tracks by JOHNNY WARMAN featuring Tony Levin & Jerry Marotta. Another instrumental piece which easily could be mistaken to be King Crimson, albeit the newer stuff, is recorded by PAT MASTOLETTO & TREY GUNN.

The rest of the selection has 'Salmon Leap' by ANTHONY PHILLIPS (the KC connection is the drummer Ian McCulloch), a beautiful IONA song 'Divine Presence', a smooth 2000's song 'Wonderland' by GORDON HASKELL (the vocalist on the 1970 Lizard album) and a hair-raising song 'Still Moving in Fear' by SANDY DILLON & HECTOR ZAZOU, from 1995. The musical diversity on this disc is awesome, and the music is interestingly more or less Crimson-related in many various ways, but the representation leaves a lot to be desired.

I'm not going to deal with the GILES, GILES & FRIPP disc in deeper details. The 1968 home recording material has been published as The Brondesbury Tapes (not that it was mentioned in the liner notes), although this set has only twelve tracks, roughly 45 minutes of the 72½ of the mentioned release. One may ask why their only proper album The Cheerful Insanity Of (1968) is not represented. As a side note, I once saw in a supermarket the GENESIS set of "The Many Faces of" series, and in it one disc was dedicated, in a similar manner, to the 60's pre-Trespass era. This Crimson set I borrowed from library; I don't think I would have bought this one either.

FISSION TRIP were suggested for ProgArchives several years ago, and sadly the addition process still hasn't started properly it seems. The liner notes in this set are pretty insufficient concerning this group; it's not even mentioned that most of the key members came from the prog band HANDS. The former KC drummer Ian Wallace is the main vocalist, co-writer and producer on their only album Volume One. Crimson-guitarist Adrian Belew is actually a guest musician only. I googled a nice description by the label's marketing: "a jarringly great amalgam of archival prog, witty pop, and buoyant fusion - as though Weather Report made toast from a loaf of Beatles bread and buttered it with Selling England by the Pound marmalade." Well said! The album sounds good and I'd be glad to review it here.

How on earth to rate such a schizoid and seedy release like this? Sure, with a more balanced structure and with proper release informations The Many Faces of King Crimson would function much better. However, for the interesting and diverse musical contents three stars are deserved.

 I Grandi Successi Del Rock Progressivo Italiano by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2005
4.00 | 6 ratings

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I Grandi Successi Del Rock Progressivo Italiano
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

Review by Prog123

4 stars "I grandi successi del Rock Progressivo Italiano" is an excellent compilation to discover the Progressive Rock catalog that Nuova Fonit Cetra offered in the 70's. And there are some of the biggest Italian Progressive bands of that decade (Osanna, Delirium, New Trolls, Raccomandata Ricevuta Ritorno, I Garybaldi or Uno) and other very interesting groups (on all the I Califfi and the extraordinary "Campane" in ELP or Goblin style but without the baroqueism of the English... But with a more Space Rock and Folk streak). In general one could read a certain derivation from English groups, which (as far as it is understood more generalizing) is typical of Italian POP and Rock music, but strong is the graft of the Italian tradition, which makes everything more passionate and colorful. It is also not easy to read, in several cases, where the Rock part ends and where the Progressive part begins, which transforms many songs (and bands) into something to be classified as progressive more for the complexity of their music and for historical period than for musical genre proposed. Luckily, here "1 ° Tempo: Allegro" (from "Concerto Grosso") was chosen to present the New Trolls, because, otherwise, they would have been forced to present them either as a Hard Rock band (due to Nico di Palo) or as a Symphonic Rock band (due to Vittorio de Scalzi). With this I hope to have made it clear what Progressive Rock was in Italy at the time (even if bands like Banco Mutuo Soccorso, Le Orme or PFM were totally devoted to an English-style Progressive).

In conclusion, here are 16 bands with 16 excellent/ good/ honest songs and it is a good/ excellent introduction to a certain kind of understanding of Progressive Rock and what represented in Italy a musical genre that in countries like South Korea or Japan is considered true art.

 Romantic Warrioirs IV: Krautrock, Part 2 by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) album cover DVD/Video, 2021
4.05 | 2 ratings

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Romantic Warrioirs IV: Krautrock, Part 2
Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) Various Genres

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

4 stars The husband and wife dynamic team of Adele Schmidt and José Zegarra Holder have enthusiastically been seeking out golden age prog heroes for quite some time now in order to create some excellent documentaries about prog's golden age before and extracting their stories before these pioneers leave our Earthly world and take their show to a different realm. The ROMANTIC WARRIORS series has been instrumental in telling the forgotten tales of a classic era from decades with the 2019 edition ROMANTIC WARRIORS IV: KRAUTROCK PART I exploring the massive psychedelic scene from Germany's big bang of unlimited creativity.

Two years later in 2021 the sequel ROMANTIC WARRIORS IV: KRAUTRCOK PART 2 has finally been completed and in it's 123 minutes of playing time serves as the second installment in The Krautrock Trilogy as well as the sixth overall edition of the ROMANTIC WARRIORS documentary series. This edition features bands from Southern Germany and includes interviews with members of Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, Popol Vuh and Electric Orange. Footage includes classic period performances as well as modern festivals.

Individual band members interviewed include Skip Van Wyck III, Mani Neumeier, Chirs Karrer, Daniel Fichelscher, Hellmut Hattler, Jan Fride, Walter Westrupp and an animated chat with Renate Knaup. Once again the stories dig deep into the wellspring of creativity that emerged in the late 60s and flourished throughout the 70s and provided incalculable influences for artists to come. The cities of Germany covered are Munich, Wiesbaden, Ulm and Heidelberg. The third upcoming 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 and is slated for 2023.

In this two hour journey into the world of KRAUTROCK, we are treated to the insight of some of the key players that share their experiences and how they fit into the scene that took Germany by storm and forever changed the music terrain for eternity. The scenes are well paced with interviews of individual members of the select bands juxtaposed next to live concert footage and other relevant trips down memory lane to paint a picture that has been unseen by the public for far too long. While primarily focused on the classic golden era of KRAUTROCK, it's refreshing to see a more modern band like Electric Orange included as it displays how newer generations have continued the tradition and brought these experimental sounds into the next millennium.

These documentaries are truly addictive as it only makes you want to know more and explore artists that you have heard of but possibly haven't actually heard. Guru Guru for example is a band i have heard a couple albums but haven't really explored thoroughly. Zeitgeist Media has produced nothing less than visual aphrodisiacs that will whet your appetite to explore the scene even further and if you were lucky enough to live through those glorious times, to transport you back to when the magic was in action and then reel you back to the present to find out where these musicians have landed in the brave new world. I love these so much and can only hope that this series continues to infinity because there are so many tales in the world of progressive rock to tell and nobody does it better than Adele Schmidt and José Zegarra Holder. Bravo!

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to easy livin for the last updates

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