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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Prog Rock compilation should be, 30 Sept. 2011
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This review is from: Prog Rocks! (Audio CD)
This double CD compilation is somewhat unusual in that it is not packed with tracks that every prog lover will already have. The selection has been chosen by Jerry Ewing, editor of Prog magazine, clearly a man who knows his prog. This is an EMI sampler so all the bands featured are from labels associated with EMI.

The compilation can roughly be divided into a first CD that contains mainly classic prog bands from the 70s, and the second CD that concentrates more on tracks that go right up to the present day. The tracks have been chosen for their proggyness, length and relative unfamiliarity. So with Hawkwind, instead of the ubiquitous Silver Machine, we get The Psychedelic Warlords from Hall of the Mountain Grill. There are will known classic period bands such as Jethro Tull and Barclay James Harvest but in amongst them are real finds from relatively unknown bands like Rare Bird and Eloy. There are then prog contributions from bands like Roxy Music and ELO that you wouldn't normally expect to see on such an album.

The second CD continues with classic bands like Tangerine Dream and Marillion but then takes us through Pallas and The Flower Kings to some of the cutting edge prog bands like Frost* and Beardfish.

There are no fillers on this album at all. The album comes in at 2 hours 34 minutes. The tracks are all worth listening to and they are all definitely prog. The booklet has an introduction from Jerry Ewing, full details of each track and includes a thumbnail sized photo of the front of each album. Well worth five stars!
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Initial post: 12 Oct 2011 10:20:56 BDT
Great Album - Jerry Ewing is a legend - If you're into Prog, check out HAKEN from the UK - Two albums - AQUARIUS 2010 - VISIONS - Released 24 Oct 2011. Cheers mate.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2012 00:07:34 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Apr 2012 00:08:14 BDT
Glenn Cook says:
I agree a great review there's no such thing as the definitive Best ever prog Rock because there's too much stuff and everyone has favourites.#
Nice to see this one has quite a few different offerings though- good to see 'new' stuff.

Have you noticed how each and every other prog rock collection seems to have roundabout by Yes on it?
I love yes and the tracks not bad but do you think there is an 'in' joke that people like me don't get?

Have you read my eview and coments about Strangly Strange But oddly Normal on Island??

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2012 16:45:00 BDT
R. Hughes says:
There are a number of the original compilations could do with a re-issue. I have Bumpers and Nice Enough To Eat on vinyl and am always looking for stuff at car boot sales. Strangely Strange and a number of others are on my Christmas Present. They lost out this year to the Pink Floyd extended reissues!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2012 17:28:55 BDT
Glenn Cook says:
Well time and money dictates!!
But I d get the earlier edition of the Island one (with King Crimson) while you can.

Posted on 29 Mar 2013 02:39:14 GMT
Noel Jealous says:
The description says 5 disc set. Are you reviewing a different album, or have Amazon merged the reviews from two similarly named albums?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Oct 2014 16:19:11 BDT
R. Hughes says:
This is a different compilation, though by the same people, with similar logo just to add to the confusion. Not the same as the double compilation with the same name. The tracks are completely different. There are several in the series. We are now up to Prog Rocks volume four, at the time of writing. They are all great value for money.

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Posted on 17 Apr 2015 10:27:10 BDT
Prog Rob says:
Yes, this looks like a really interesting compilation of Prog Rock with a huge variety of acts - many of which I confess to not having heard before.

Posted on 2 May 2015 10:06:33 BDT
Prog Rob says:
Having now listened to this product extensively, I am less enthusiastic about it than you are. To say there are no fillers on this album is a really bold claim - I certainly don't think this is a 5 star album - but I will concur that it is pretty good and is certainly a better compilation than 'Prog Rocks! Volume 2'.
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