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on 30 September 2011
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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This is not a review.

I must admit I am a Prog Rock fan but this 5 CD set leaves me a little cold- each to their own.

The sad fact is that I have seen 24 of the acts live- Thank you the Hull Brick Company!

At the time of writing Amazon have not given us the actual tracks on these 5 Cds from the labels Harvest, Charisma, Virgin, Liberty, and Inside Out

So here they are.

If I've made a typo please add a not and I will adjust it and credit you with the info., Track Listing
DISC 1:
1. Bird Has Flown - Deep Purple
2. Lady Rachel - Kevin Ayers
3. Round and Round - Panama Limited Jug Band
4. Searching for Shadows - Forest
5. Baby Lemonade - Syd Barrett
6. Angelina - Greatest Show on Earth
7. Got a Letter from a Computer - Pete Brown & Piblokto!
8. Queen of the Hours - Electric Light Orchestra
9. The Words of Aaron - The Move
10. Galadriel - Barclay James Harvest
11. Fleance - Third Ear Band
12. The Mexican - Babe Ruth
13. Chilly Morning Mama - Edgar Broughton Band
14. Sabre Dance - Spontaneous Combustion
15. Sister Seagull - Be Bop Deluxe
16. Moments - Machiavel
17. Cut and Run - Pallas

DISC 2:
1. Country Pie - The Nice
2. What You Want to Know? - Rare Bird
3. Nothing You Do - Audience
4. Doubting Thomas - Jackson Heights
5. January Song - Lindisfarne
6. High Priest of Memphis - Bell & Arc
7. Theme 1 - Van der Graaf Generator
8. Freedom Jazz Dance - Keith Emerson
9. United States of Mind - Alan Hull
10. Why Can't I Be Satisfied? - Jack the Lad
11. Heartfeeder - String Driven Thing
12. I Am and So Are You - Capability Brown
13. Red Shift - Peter Hammill
14. Mountains - Robert John Godfrey
15. Pt. 1 Hands of the Priestess - Steve Hackett
16. Nuclear Burn - Brand X

DISC 3:
1. The Pothead Pixies - Gong
2. Just a Second (Starts Like That!)/Picnic on a Frozen River/Deuxieme Tableaux - Faust
3. Fol de Rol - Hatfield and the North
4. Marlene - Kevin Coyne
5. Teenbeat - Henry Cow
6. Wring Out the Ground (Loosely Now) - Egg
7. To Keep from Crying - Comus
8. Dawn - Slapp Happy
9. Lady and Friend - Gilgamesh
10. Jungle Bubbles - Clearlight
11. Stratosfear - Tangerine Dream
12. Good Morning - Daevid Allen
13. Electrick Gypsies - Steve Hillage
14. The Phaeacian Games - David Bedford
15. M.A.N. Series Two - Peter Baumann

DISC 4:
1. Mr. Apollo - The Bonzo Dog Band
2. Futilists Lament - High Tide
3. Come with Me - The Idle Race
4. Green-Eyed Lady - Sugarloaf
5. Master of the Universe - Hawkwind
6. Cherry Red - Groundhogs
7. Lost Hearts - Cochise
8. So Lonely - Ernie Graham
9. Out of My Tree - Clive John
10. Happy Doing What We're Doing - Brinsley Schwarz
11. California Silks and Satins - Man
12. The Aerospaceage Inferno - Robert Calvert
13. Shake Some Action - Flamin' Groovies
14. Hiding in the Darkness - Deke Leonard

DISC 5:
1. Night time Sky - Enchant
2. Undertow - Pain of Salvation
3. On a Perfect Day - Spock's Beard
4. Conceiving You - Riverside
5. Sunrise - Beardfish
6. Life in Motion - The Flower Kings
7. The Perfect Symmetry - Demians
8. A Place Called Freedom - Steve Hackett
9. The Escape - It Bites Last
10. Lost in the New Real - Arjen Anthony Lucassen
11. Gosh Glenn You Really Did It- Beverley Westwood.

Total Playing time is 354 minutes and no time wasted having to turn the records
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on 16 April 2012
"Prog Rocks!" is a 2 CD compilation of some of the greatest prog artists on the planet and it comes in at a nice price and jam packed with wonderful music; one of the best Prog compilations. There is not a bad choice here and not surprising as "Prog Magazine" editor Jerry Ewing compiled the music. In his liner notes he states what Prog is "intelligently stimulating and thought provoking music that draws from a myriad of influences by musicians unsullied by a fear of displaying a prodigious talent." That's an apt description for this music. It also mentions the progarchives website in passing as follows, "when one leading prog rock website lists almost 30 differing sub-genres of prog, and given the somewhat obsessive nature of the fans themselves, it is perhaps not surprising that debate rages on well over 40-years after progressively inclined artists helped change the face of rock music forever." The obsession we all feel can be found right here on this compilation. A lot of the songs and artists that are well discussed online are here including legends of prog on the first CD and more recent up and comers on the second. Every track is unique and epitomises what is great about prog. As such this makes an excellent introduction to Prog without a doubt. For me personally I had heard most of the songs on CD1 but I was delighted to discover some bands on CD2 that I will definitely pursue further such as Frost. The other great thing about this compilation is the songs are all from original albums but are remastered for some solid gold quality sound. Even songs I had heard before sound even better and it is great to hear them one after another like listening to a prog radio show without having to put up with any breaks. Furthermore the tracks are listed in a quasi-chronological order which is better than thrown together thoughtlessly.

The song choices themselves are very unusual so instead of the usual songs that appear on countless compilations we have the like of some of the strangest songs such as Deep Purple's `Bird Has Flown', The Nice's `Country Pie/ Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 (Live) from "Five Bridges", and ELO's `Look At Me Now.' The choice for Eloy, `Madhouse', is awesome from "Floating", and I loved hearing Hatfield and The North's `The Yes No Interlude' again. The CD also features tracks from some of the greatest prog albums, The Roxy Music debut is represented as is Hawkwind's "Hall of the Mountain Grill". Jethro Tull's "Aqualung", VDGG's "The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other", Gentle Giant's "Free Hand" and Gong's "Angel's Egg". It was a nice touch to include all the album covers in the booklet too and where each song belongs for newcomers to prog who want to pursue these masterpieces further.

CD2 features more recent prog from the Neo prog 80s to the modern era. It begins with mesmirising Tangerine Dream's `Rubycon', Kevin Ayer's `Blue', and then onto Neo classics from Marillion, Pallas and Frost. The 10 minute `Black Light Machine' of Frost really made me take notice and the album "Milliontown" is a definite album I will get hold of as a result. It was good to hear from relative newcomers Oceansize, The Tangent, Beardfish, IQ, Ayreon and The Flower Kings. Beardfish's `Tightrope' reminded me of how brilliant the "Mammoth" album is. Sweet Billy Pilgrim is another artist I had not heard of and he has an incredible guitar style with odd meters and general weirdness. And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead is here again but I have yet to hear the album it comes from.

On the complaints department I have to say that if one had bought "Prog Magazine" and received the 1 CD sampler titled also "Prog Rocks!" just for confusion, some of the songs chosen on that CD are the same as here such as the choices for Ayreon, IQ, Beardfish, and The Flower Kings. It would have been better to have different choices here so that both CDs could be listened to together without repetition. Also interestingly enough some of the artists on the 1 CD mag sampler such as Karmakanic and Transatlantic are not included on the 2 CD release. Might I add also that there are some bands that are criminally missing such as Genesis, ELP, King Crimson, Pink Floyd and Rush. I guess it doesn't affect me as I have everything from these legends but as a sampler perhaps it needed to include them. The problem stems from the fact that the sampler is totally dedicated to EMI and Inside Out Music labels so in this case it is actually a better than average sampler spanning a huge plethora of musical styles within the prog umbrella.

It could be looked upon as a marketing tool for those labels and indeed "Prog Magazine", blatantly given an ad in the booklet for subscribers. However I still maintain that this compilation is excellent for all the reasons mentioned. It is purely stunning music and it fits into 2 and a half hours very neatly. It is very cheap and has quintessential prog for your ears to feast on. Hopefully it will introduce thousands to the world of prog.
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on 30 October 2011
Listen to the top 40 charts and what do you hear - somebody featuring somebody elsewith each track consists of a voice a bass line and a computerised clicking sound that's supposed to be a drum.
Have a listen to this cd and you will find great tunes, all the real instruments you could want and actually hear ie not so overproduced so that all you can hear is dross , great musicianship by people who can actually play live. It is the music of the classic era of rock - let's hope there will be another one day !
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on 23 April 2015
This 2 CD sampler is an interesting and highly varied compilation of progressive rock from the late 1960s onwards. Disc 1 generally concentrates on the older masters of this genre but, even so, there was plenty of fascinating material which I hadn't heard before including choice cuts from the likes of Van Der Graaf Generator, Gong and the highly impressive Eloy. Disc 2 features many cutting edge prog outfits of varying quality - of these, Frost* stood out as one of the most distinctive whilst our old friends from the 1980s, 'IQ' are also represented in the shape of 2009's 'Frequency'.

The beauty of this compilation album (and the follow-up albums in this series) is that it allows fans of challenging music the opportunity to discover new acts and catch up on some old classics that you missed first time around - of course I can easily quibble with some of the selections that the compiler has decided to include but, overall, I think this serves as a decent introduction to the EMI back catalogue and is pretty good value for money. N.B THIS ALBUM IS NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE 5 CD BOX SET OF THE SAME NAME. AMAZON HAS, UNHELPFULLY, COMBINED ALL THE REVIEWS UNDER 1 HEADING SO BEWARE!!
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on 3 March 2012
Over 2 and a half hours of pure genious. At just £3.99!!!
This is a brilliant album giving many well-known artists, and some not as popular. Even the well-known artists' songs are less popular ones you're not as likely to have heard before.
Been meaning to get this album for a while now, so glad I finally have done.
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on 9 December 2013
The idea to make an anthology by label seems good, the only problem is in the choice of tunes presenting each one of them. Sometimes very good songs are chosen, but also very forgetable ones who presents some of de bad aspects of the genre : autoindulgence, vainglory and lack of melody. ut, for such a little price, this remains a valuable choice.
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on 17 April 2014
I got this as a nostalgic reminder of the past. Loads of bands I did not know way back then but some good bands Steve Hillage, Steve Hackett and Barclay James Harvest to name just a few. Worth a try if that prog rock was your thing way back then.
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on 20 February 2013
Much like the Sampler albums I used to buy on a regular basis many years ago.
The title says it all.
A great era in which I was lucky enough to be part of.
There are some great tracks on this album along with the usual stuff.
Thoroughly enjoyed the ride on this album.
Prog does Rock and there are still some good prog bands around.
Keep listening.
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on 26 May 2013
Firstly a big shout out to the compilers of this set: Although I've got quite an extensive collection of prog from the period covered, there is very little on here I already possess
It also covers right into the "second wave" of Prog with the likes of Pallas
All in all pretty excellent for the price
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