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Ars Longa Vita Brevis: A Compendium Of Progressive Rock 1967-1974 [Box set]

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  • Audio CD (26 Feb 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B00008YGVN
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 216,355 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack - The Nice
2. Aeroplane - Jethro Tull
3. This Wheel's On Fire - Julie Driscoll
4. Song of a Baker - Small Faces
5. Fire - The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
6. America - The Nice
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Billy The Monster - The Deviants
2. Spunk Box - Man
3. Who Do You Love - Juicy Lucy
4. Kings and Queens - Renaissance
5. Down the Dustpipe - Status Quo
6. Come to the Sabbat - Black Widow
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Prelude To The Arena - Marsupilami
2. Blind To Your Light - Carol Grimes
3. Devil's Answer - Atomic Rooster
4. Mice and Rats in the Loft - Jan Dukes De Grey
5. Wishful Thinking - Hiroshima
6. Gone With The Mouse - Fuchsia
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Product Description

(2004/CASTLE) 53 tracks progressive rock 1967-74Medium 1
  1. The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack - NICE
  2. Aeroplane - JETHRO TULL
  3. This Wheels On Fire - DRISCOLL, J. & B. AUGER &...
  4. Song Of A Baker - SMALL FACES
  6. America - NICE
  7. One Inch Rock - TYRANNOSARUS
  8. Road To Cairo - DRISCOLL, J. & B. AUGER &...
  9. The Sky Is Burning - GOPAL, Sam
  10. Xoanan Bay - KERN, Woody
  11. I Keep Singing That Same Old Song - HEAVY JELLY
  12. Walking In The Park - COLOSSEUM
  13. Hibbou, Anemone And Bear - SOFT MACHINE
  14. Man Of The World - FLEETWOOD MAC
  15. Sinnin For You (live) - KEEF HARTLEY BAND
  16. Seen Through A Light - MOOCHE
  17. Mrs Moon And The Thatched Shop - OLDFIELD, Mike
  18. Natural Born Bugie - HUMBLE PIE
  19. Shangri-La - KINKS
Medium 2
  1. Billy The Monster - DEVIANTS
  2. Spunk Box - MAN
  3. Who Do You Love? - LUCY, Juicy
  4. Kings And Queens - RENAISSANCE
  5. Down The Dustpipe - STATUS QUO
  6. Come To The Sabbat - BLACK WIDOW
  7. The Green Manalishi - FLETTWOOD MAC
  8. All In Your Mind - STRAY
  9. Bath Sister - GRIND, Jody
  10. The Answer - BARDENS, Pete
  11. Tomorrow Night - ATOMIC ROOSTER
  12. Juniors Wailing - STATUS QUO
  13. Follow You Home - UFO
  14. Money Can't Save Your Soul - BROWN, Savoy
  15. Lucky Man - LAKE, Emerson & PALMER
  16. Levinia - STEAMHAMMER
  17. Diana - COMUS
Medium 3
  1. Prelude To The Arena - MARSUPILAMI
  2. Blind To Your Light - GRIMES, Carol
  3. Devils Answer - ATOMIC ROOSTER
  4. Mice And Rats In The Loft - GREY, Jan Dukes De
  5. Hiroshima - WISHFUL THINKING
  6. Gone With The Mouse - FUCHSIA
  7. E...

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78 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia satisfied. 3 July 2005
Format:Audio CD
This superb boxed set took me back to my fifth form days at school when we were allowed to bring in our albums and play them on the common room record player. Being pretty much strapped for cash most of the time, samplers were very popular.
These were usually cheap and often double albums. They usually featured resident bands on labels like Vertigo, Island, who released the excellent "El Pea" and CBS who released the equally impressive "Fill Your Head With Rock" etc. They were a great way to hear a lot of music at a relatively cheap price.
We were very much in to progressive rock then and this album reflects the inventiveness of the era. Names you've heard of and names you haven't. Somehow I managed to have heard of the bands if not the music.
But while we have the giants of the genre such as ELP, Jethro Tull, The Nice, The Kinks, Fleetwood Mac, Uriah Heep and Atomic Rooster represented here, there are gems from lesser known names such as Black Widow (how we got away with playing a song called Come to the Sabbat with the RE master in the room beats me), early, pre Annie Haslam Rennaisance, Man (Always worth hearing) and Savoy Brown (Oh, the memories).
On board too are oddities by Mike Oldfield, Gothic folksters Comus, Pre T.Rex Tyrannosaurus Rex and, oh, look at this, even some Status Quo. Something for everyone then but maybe you need to be of a certain age to really appreciate this.
Or maybe you just need to appreciate well thought out and often intelligent music that didn't follow the set formula.
This 3 CD set is the best I've heard in amany a long year. Better even than the also superb Vertigo Retrospective. For a 50 something and rapidly aging male nurse, rejuvenation was suddenly discovered and I was 17 again. Please release more like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Highly' recommended 28 Aug 2005
By Chris R
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This collection has had some negative remarks. I was born in 1959 and have spent most of my life as a musician (including some prog rock stints), music lover, and importantly, a collector of music (10,000 plus recordings, various media), of especially 'adventurous' music (within every context of my stages of life). Suffice it to say, I personally view this collection as 'manna', most enjoyable and a true gift for it's release. Thats all ;-). Was this review helpful to you (just kidding ;-))
btw, I am listening to these recordings as I write, wish you were here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every night I just want to play out 11 Mar 2006
By Junglies - Published on Amazon.com
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There has been a spate of these compendia recently in Britain, mainly in celebration of the so-called progressive movement, an all encompassing term for non-pop music from the mid 1960-s through to the early 1980s. Personally I have been very attracted to these as I grew up in the era of the sampler album where you could get a taste of new bands for a low price and then buy an album or twelve.

I opted for this particular gem because it had a number of tracks which I had previously only had on 45's or where the album is no longer/not available on CD.

And gem it is, although there are bound to be some dissenting voices about the tracks and whether or not rarities should be included. The title is the same as an old Nice album and unsurprisingly the first track is a Nice song entitled the Thoughts of Emerllist Davjack a combination of the names of the musicians who made up that particular band. Given space considerations I will restrain myself and not go through track by track but will select some highlights and I am sure others will have a different view.

I recall vividly in the mid 1960s being totally transfixed by the voice of Julie Driscoll emanating from our television set whilst she sang the Dylan song Wheel's On Fire as the vocalist for the Brian Auger Trinity. With her short hair, mary Quandt makeup and Carnaby Street gear she epitomised Swinging London and what would now be termed Cool Britannia but the song remains to this day a classic of the period and one which I had only on a single vinyl disc on the Marmalade label. Sticking with singles, disc 1 includes the Crazy World of Arthur Brown with Fire, a top ten hit in England and the subject of a rather bizarre performance by Arthur on the rather odd movie, the Committee. Also is the single mix of the Nice's America, an eloquent testimony to Keith Emerson's classical training and his uncanny ability to turn a symbol of America into an anti-war song. There are a number of great blues and avant-garde tracks on this first disc including those of Fleetwood Mac and Soft Machine but the concluding track is the simply superb song of the Kinks undermining growing middle class aspirations in Shangri-La. For you younger folks the Kinks are still, to this day, the ultimate social commentary band although most of there best material dates from the 1960s.

Disc 2 offers Man's Spunk Rock (a rose by any other name) their version of a grateful dead song before the jamming starts. Juicy Lucy in an awesome rendition of Who Do you Love, enhanced by the novel use of the pedal steel but only a shadow of the Quicksilver Messenger Service version. After the morning mania music we have a number of heavier boogie type bands such as Status Quo and UFO as well as Peter Bardens and the Sunderland Locarno smock dressed ladies favourite Come to the Sabbat by Black Sabbat.

Disc three is in many ways the most interesting of the discs eschewing the more popular material and including tracks by Jan Dukes De Grey alongside lesser known material from the Groundhogs and Uriah Heap although I suspect many will be disappointed by the failure to include the classic track of that last group, Gypsy. I know that Jan and Pauline will be. This disc has by far the greatest range of material and reflects better than most of these compilations the variation and experimentation of the progressive era.

I heartily recommend this album to all lovers of progressive music even if your only intention in buying it is to play it in the car and think of standing on one leg, playing the flute and living in the past.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Is Your Latin, Rusty? 18 Dec 2007
By Philip S. Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There are Good points and bad about the contents of this box.

Good Points: It is offered at a low price
It begins at exactly the correct Place, with The Nice
It has the normal bunch, ELP, Atomic Rooster & Uriah Heep
It spotlights lesser-knowns: Gryphon,Renaissance & Tempest

Bad Points: With groups such as: Chicken Shack, Status Quo, Keef Hartley,
UFO, Fleetwood Mac & Savoy Brown. The selection featured on these
discs in question here as to their connection {If at all, to
this type of music) Progressive Rock.

Some of the minor bands featured are just plain lousy!
The important progressive bands that are not a part of this
such as: Yes, Asia, King Crimson, UK {ETC.}

Take a very good look at the track selection of these three discs. Is this for you? That is for you to decide. For me, it does not suit it's function as advertised as the definitive progressive rock box. There are some interesting things on this. But after it's only play in my CD Machine, I have not returned for repeated listenings of these discs.

The bottom line is that the best works of: Yes, ELP, King Crimson and of Course The Nice, tell the Story much better than this. If you are serious about progressive rock, and what it REALLY WAS, You do need to start your journey by exploring the records already available from those bands.

This could have been so much better...THREE STARS.
4.0 out of 5 stars solid compilation 8 Oct 2014
By Joseph L. Kolb - Published on Amazon.com
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great compilation of prog rock bands from '67 - '74. this has a nice representation of a great number of bands: Nice, Man, Uriah Heep, Soft Machine, Fleetwood Mac, Groundhogs, etc. what i like about this collection is the track selection. much of the music are "deeper tracks" and not the obvious/popular tracks that are carried on other compilations. For instance; "sad go round' by the groundhogs from their "solid" release. very enjoyable to hear something other than their early Liberty releases. but that is just an example. this nice boxed set comes with a 15 page booklet discussing bands and tracks. overall an very worthwhile compilation of popular, moderate and relatively unknown bands. certainly a must-have if you're into prog rock from the 60s/70s.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars UK Psych and Prog Archives Mined Again - Successfully 3 Feb 2014
By T. Pettit - Published on Amazon.com
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Three CDs with 53 tracks of UK psych and prog culled from 1967-1974. Favorite tracks include Jethro Toe' s Aeroplane (first single backed by Sunshine Day), Heavy Jelly's I Keep Singing The Same Old Song (Skip Bifferty side project - probably one of the best Spooky Tooth influenced 8 minute rockers ever), Wishful Thinking' s epic memorial to the victims of Hiroshima and interesting tracks from Sam Gopal, Woody Kern, The Mooche, Fuchsia, Comus and Black Widow. As usual we will quibble about which tracks were selected from Status Quo, Savoy Brown or Fruupp but the overall selection is fun and different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lover, not critic 28 Aug 2005
By Chris R - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It must have been on the UK Amazon, this collection had some negative remarks. I was born in 1959 and have spent most of my life as a musician, lover, and collector of music (10,000 plus recordings, various media), especially 'adventurous' music (within every context of my stages of life). Suffice it to say, I personally view this collection as 'manna', most enjoyable and a true gift for it's release. Thats all ;-).

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