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No musical genre exists in a vacuum. Not all of the bands that have been a part of the history and development of progressive rock are necessarily progressive rock bands themselves. This is why progarchives has included a genre called prog-related, so we could include all the bands that complete the history of progressive rock, whether or not they were considered full-fledged progressive rock bands themselves.

There are many criteria that the prog-related evaluation team considers when deciding which bands are considered prog-related. Very few bands will meet all of this criteria, but this list will give an idea as to some of the things that help evaluate whether an artists is prog-related or not.

1) Influence on progressive rock - The groundbreaking work of artists like Led Zepplin and David Bowie affected many genres of rock, including at times progressive rock. Although both of these artists created rock music in a dizzying array of genres, both contributed to the ongoing history of progressive rock several times within the span of their careers.

2) Location - Progressive rock did not develop at the same time all over the world. It may surprise some people that as late as the mid-70s the US had very few original progressive rock bands that did not sound like exact copies of British bands. Journey was one of the first US bands to present a uniquely American brand of prog-rock before they eventually became a mainstream rock band. We have collaborators from all over the world who tell us which bands helped the progressive rock scene develop in their corner of the globe, even if those bands were like Journey and were known more for being mainstream rock bands.

3) Members of important progressive rock bands - Although most of the recorded solo output of artists like Greg Lake and David Gilmour falls more in a mainstream rock style, their contributions to progressive rock in their respective bands insures them a place in our prog-related genre.

4) Timeliness - Like many genres, prog-rock has had its ups and downs. In the late 70s and early 80s prog-rock was barely a blip on the radar. During this time artists such as David Bowie and Metallica released albums that captured key elements of the spirit of prog rock and did so while contributing their own original modern elements to the mix.

5) Integral part of the prog-rock scene - Sometimes you just had to be a part of the scene during a certain time period to understand how some bands fit with the prog rock scene of their time. Although Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Wishbone Ash may seem like mere hard rock bands, in their time they stood apart from other hard rockers with their more serious lyrical content and more developed compositions. Put simply, in the early 70s every prog-rock record collector usually had full collections of all three of these artists. These three bands were very much part of the prog-rock scene without being total prog-rock bands them selves.

6) Influenced by progressive rock - From the late 60s till about 1976 the progressive tendency was in full effect in almost all genres of music. Once again, as we enter the second decade of the 21st century a melting pot of prog-metal, math-rock, progressive electronics and post-rock influences have once again made a progressive tendency in rock music almost more a norm than a difference. Yet in other periods of musical history receiving influence from progressive rock could really set a band apart and make them worthy of our prog-related category.
Being influenced by progressive rock is hardly the only factor we look at, and in some periods of musical history it is almost meaningless, but still, it is almost a given that most of the artists listed in prog-related were influenced by the development of progressive rock.

7) Common sense - Nitpicking over the above listed criteria is not necessarily the correct way to evaluate a band for prog-related. Sometimes you just have to use some common sense and look at the big picture.
A very good way to describe prog-related would be to imagine an exhaustive book that covered the history of progressive rock. Would such a book include references to led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven', David Bowie's 'The Man Who Sold the World' or Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'? Probably so.
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Prog Related Top Albums


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4.38 | 1001 ratings
LED ZEPPELIN IV
Led Zeppelin
4.36 | 709 ratings
QUEEN II
Queen
4.51 | 240 ratings
BLACKSTAR
Bowie, David
4.29 | 842 ratings
PARANOID
Black Sabbath
4.27 | 823 ratings
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
Queen
4.23 | 763 ratings
BLACK SABBATH
Black Sabbath
4.21 | 702 ratings
SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON
Iron Maiden
4.22 | 585 ratings
ARGUS
Wishbone Ash
4.21 | 557 ratings
THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS
Bowie, David
4.18 | 444 ratings
RISING
Rainbow
4.13 | 656 ratings
POWERSLAVE
Iron Maiden
4.15 | 415 ratings
HUNKY DORY
Bowie, David
4.11 | 640 ratings
MASTER OF PUPPETS
Metallica
4.10 | 665 ratings
SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH
Black Sabbath
4.17 | 275 ratings
SCARY MONSTERS (AND SUPER CREEPS)
Bowie, David
4.08 | 521 ratings
RIDE THE LIGHTNING
Metallica
4.05 | 753 ratings
PHYSICAL GRAFFITI
Led Zeppelin
4.05 | 652 ratings
MASTER OF REALITY
Black Sabbath
4.17 | 216 ratings
SECRET TREATIES
Blue Öyster Cult
4.02 | 820 ratings
LED ZEPPELIN
Led Zeppelin

Latest Prog Related Music Reviews


 Headroom: Direct to Disc by FM album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.79 | 76 ratings

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Headroom: Direct to Disc
FM Prog Related

Review by Walkscore

3 stars This is the second album from this Toronto-based band, and one with a very interesting history. The album was originally called "Direct to Disc", and this is because it was recorded in one go, very literally direct to disc (or rather direct to special vinyl cutting machinery, producing the vinyl lacquer used to produce the metal stamps for stamping new vinyl albums. This limited the length to about 16 minutes per side, as that is the limit to how much room the lacquer had). The title "Headroom" was added later after MCA records threatened to sue their label because MCA had released the soundtrack to the film 'FM' and did not want this band's record to conflict with their sales strategy. So, 'Headroom: Direct to Disc' it became for later pressings and the international releases of this album. Even more interesting is that only 20,000-30,000 copies of the album could be made from each lacquer, because each lacquer could only make one metal stamp, and that wore out after printing/stamping that many copies. For this album, the limit came at 26,000 copies. After the record sold this many, the record company had to find another lacquer to print the albums. FM recorded their songs four times, creating four lacquers. The last one was consider the best take, and so the first 26,000 albums printed used that lacquer. However, once that limit had been reached, the record company had to use a different lacquer, and so went with the second-best takes. So, anyone who bought later pressings of the album was buying different versions of the songs than those who bought the first 26,000 copies!

The version I am reviewing is the remaster CD re-release on Esoteric Recordings. The sound quality is excellent, and this uses the original versions of the songs (from the first 26,000 pressings). The music is relatively sparse - because it was recorded in one go direct to disc, there are no overdubs, and no opportunities to tweak any errors. With only three musicians, the recording has a very airy and sparse feel to it. It also have a very 'live in your basement' feel (augmented, I think, from the excellent remastered sound quality). This is both the album's strength, and its weakness. Strength - it feels very present, sincere and authentic, the direct opposite to typical over-produced rock music. The music combines classic 1970s progressive rock feel with early electronica and is one of the few bands with an electric violin player. Furthermore, there are solos on this, and the band stretches out in places, which is quite nice. Weakness - in order to get the best out of the compositions, the music here I think could actually benefit from more intricate arrangements, and from more instrumentation (ie overdubs). On the second side there is a drum solo, which is very nice (and I wish there were more drum solos recorded on contemporary albums), but on this track makes it drag out a bit. Compositionally, the music seems a bit rushed, like they had to finish the compositions shortly before recording them, instead of taking them out on the road and refining them based on how they sound played live.

On the whole, this experimental album has an important and unique, if somewhat minor, place in progressive rock history. It is good, but not brilliant. It makes very interesting first, and maybe second, listens, but I doubt one will want to put it on after that. I always listen to an album multiple times before I review it, as albums usually reveal their musicality over subsequent listens, and the best ones get better with each additional listen. This one started becoming boring after the third listen for me. I give this 6.9 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 3 PA stars.

 Pike 251 - Waterfall Cove by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Pike 251 - Waterfall Cove
Buckethead Prog Related

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

— First review of this album —
3 stars BUCKETHEAD (as Bucketheadland) / Pike 251 - Waterfall Cove / 8th release of 2017 / All instrumental / Contains 4 tracks / Clocks in at 28minutes 50seconds / everything played by Buck-buck-buckethead

"Waterfall Cove" (7:41) begins soft and dreamy. Clean guitar, slow and sensual bass. Cymbal action. Then it picks up with heavier drums but still slow and serene like a summer breeze in the Bahamas. It slowly and steadily picks up steam and somewhere over the TWO minute mark adds some more energetic passages as it quickly goes back to soft and serene and then finds enough confidence to pick up the steam a bit. While these sorts of BH tracks are very hit and miss, this one has a decent ambience and overall mood setting to it. Not his peak but still quite pleasant. The guitar has a particularly pleasant tone to its twanging about

"Whispers Way" (11:22) begins slow and easy with breezy ambience and clean guitars and light drumming action. It continues the basic melody with a slow and steady delivery and has tinny guitar solos, bass and drums follow a predictable path down the mellow zone. Yeah, this is similar to countless PIKES before but there's something about the newer technology of production, the slightly tweaked ways of playing (yeah, i'm paying attention) and the attention to percussion not being a lazy follow that works for me. While this doesn't blow me away, it doesn't blow me off either however it does drag on for too long and hasn't enough ideas for totally excitement. It does pick up a bit towards the end with lead guitar albeit in bluesy mode but pleasant enough to prevent suicides

"The Barren Plains" (2:47) starts out with extra echoey clean guitars and creates a guitar melody in clean mode and adds bass and drums. Nice ambience. BH has gotten the overall effect thing down for sure but compositionwise this is pretty standard stuff at this point. If you can't get enough of this, you'll love it but for me. Yawn

"9001" (7:00) seems to take off where the last track left off. It is a clean guitar with bass and light drums but then suddenly after a but totally metamorphoses into a grungy heavily distorted guitar sound that makes me wanna jump in the mosh pit but then just as i've acclimated gets cold feet and becomes clean and echoey again in the most mellow of ways. Oh wait! More moshing to be done! Just as i've acclimated to clean, it rocks again but then simmers down to semi-rock and then grungy rock with a cool sustain on the grunge and then back to clean. Not a bad track actually

This one is somewhat derivative of many of the PIKES of the past but somehow stands out a wee bit more. Yeah a WEEEEE bit more. It's not gonna exactly usurp any of my favorite PIKES for sure but at least has a nice delivery system of previously presented ideas which makes it OK but not outstanding. So a good album it is without being OMG great

 Secret Recipe by BUCKETHEAD album cover DVD/Video, 2006
2.00 | 1 ratings

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Secret Recipe
Buckethead Prog Related

Review by Tapfret
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
2 stars Buckethead's Secret Recipe is a 2 DVD grab bag of concert footage, home movies, and general weirdness all strung together with sloppy graphics and incomprehensibly unintuitive menus. You will find a plethora of Buckethead biographical material among these disorganized menus. Not to mention Bootsy Collins narrating the menus. What you will not find is any high quality tranfers of either video or audio.

Disc 1 is the nostalgia disc. A huge collection of primarily low quality home video with a smattering of artsy hi-8 b/w film. Lots of it in what appears to be Buckethead's bedroom and backyard at his parent's house. 1 or 2 of these might be entertaining, but after that they become pretty annoying. Various clips from past shows are an interesting retrospect, if you can accept the shaky hand camera quality (still better than The Blair Witch Project). There are also a few previously unreleased songs that include his runner-up and honorable mention entries to Guitar Player Magazine contests submitted during his teenage years, as well as a fairly large library of images, flyers and set-lists. Not to mention nunchuck fighting instructions.

Among the various unlabeled clickies within another area of clickies is a section of music videos of both Buckethead videos and collaborative works; the highlight of which (and probably the highlight of the entire DVD) is a piece called Spokes for the Wheels of Torment. A hard hitting song with video conisting of animated snippets derived from the "Hell" panel of Hieronymus Bosch's 'The Garden of Earthly Delights'. By far the cleanest transfer of the DVD set's material.

The second disc consists of 2 live recordings: New York in 2000 and Boston 2004. Having seen Buckethead's live one- man show, I found it entertaining in person. But it just does not work as a video worthy method. For some reason the Boston show even included an option for a 5.1 mix. But it really didn't seem to sound any different with no sound emitting from the rear channels. and I went through all the amplifier settings to no avail. The concert recordings are also contained on the DVD in mp3 files when the discs are placed in a computer DVD drive...in case you want to extend your punishment beyond the video watching.

For the Buckethead fan this collection is worth having for the biographical material. And there is certainly entertainment gems to be found. But poor transfer/source quality (and I am by no means a fidelity thug) and aggravating navigation makes Secret Recipe a non-starter for everyone else. 2 stars, definitely for fans only.

 Kaleidoscalp by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.69 | 7 ratings

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Kaleidoscalp
Buckethead Prog Related

Review by Tapfret
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Back in the early two-thousand and zeroes before Buckethead wrote albums more frequently than he changed his socks, what I call "Lazy Bucket" only produced 2-3 albums per year. Now, while apparently he didn't give much of a crap about his fans who sometimes had to wait for an entire season change for a new album, he managed to produce some rather healthy work. And really, who didn't take a little hiatus to mourn the duration of a Kardashian marriage whence they fell off the market? I shall forgive Mr. Head in that regard, but I digress.

In this case, Kaleidoscalp, his second of three releases in 2005, has become my second favorite of his releases (to this point), coming in runner-up only to Monsters and Robots. This album excites from the intro which loops in a sequence from, György Ligeti's Requiem for Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano (the monolith scene choral sound from 2001: A Space Odyssey). The overall feel of the album is instrumental prog metal with a major avantgarde slant. A slant that takes an increasingly precipitous angle as the album gets into its latter stages. The rhythm guitar sounds can frequently be characterized as complex sludge. And while it has never been in question that Buckethead's soloing style is a predominately metal style, the prevailing rhythm sections have seemed to hit more of a funk angle on previous releases. Kaleidoscalp hits the metal mark in the rhythm department much of the time, at times even introducing djentish polymetrics. And in fact, the solos do not appear nearly as frequently as say Giant Robot or Monsters and Robots. The electronics that permeate so previous albums are there, but do not dominate. The gentlest moment of the album occurs on the finale, She Sells Sea Shells By The Slaughterhouse, which is a sweet instrumental ballad that uses undistorted electric guitars. Well, it is an 11 minute piece and the nice nice part only lasts about 4 minutes of that. After that, a bashing session begins.

To summarize: up to this point in his discography (which as it turns out is about the 4% mark) Kaleidoscalp is by far the heaviest hitter, and as near as I can tell, the most complex. This will be one that won't collect much dust. 4 stars.

 Pike 250 - 250 by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Pike 250 - 250
Buckethead Prog Related

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

— First review of this album —
3 stars BUCKETHEAD (as Bucketheadland)

Pike 250 (affectionately called "250" or "Two Hundred And Fifty" Unaffectionately called "bitch crap from stool samples")

7th release of 2017 One quadrillionth or so release from all time

All instrumental Except for when it's not playing

Contains 4 tracks Except on other worlds where the treaties forbid albums with 4 tracks

Clocks in at 30minutes 27seconds Unless the clock is broken then WTF? Get a new clock. I mean, really?

Everything and i mean EHvRR -eeTHING is played by Buck-buck-buckethead (land)

TWO // - echoey guitars then drums while all spacey and ambience swirling then the metal dam bursts and heavy distorted chords and guitar solo and then no guitar solo and just grungy guitar chords and then back to clean clucking echoey guitars and then bursting into metal heaviness and then back to slow while the melody continues while dynamics change and then more heaviness and then more spaciness and then more heaviness in a heavier way and then soft and then heavy and soft and heavy softheavyrfdkjafkjreqir7t40ujdiajfioeaiodsur803478r1uiofduand thefactthat itgoeson for 17plusminutesIS unnecessarybutnot totally[%*!#]ingoutathequestinbutwhy?why?why?why? oh and around 14 minutes it gets funky but then changes to heavy metal and continues to change things up 0 p 0 p 0 p but wait there's moRE! nice track but nothing that hasn't been done before by BEE AYTCH but still an interMOLESTING experience that leaves me exhilarated and ready to meet Lola at that bar where SpongeBob used to go

HUNDRED C - is pretty free kin cool mon as it begins all funky and becomes all weird with like OMG!!!! guitar solos to the max. I do declare that this is a very superbly original track on the BH line of PIKE-wear where everything sounds like it was totally inspired by brothel talk and a healthy supply of pop tarts purchased in Moldova during certain sunspot activities that lived on the edge while licking flies on sundays as sex toys danced around christmas trees that worshipped lucifer and legos simultaneously while licking themselves like only lucky puppies can

AND & - and what? you expect a BLEEPIN' review of this track? Where's your sense of mystery? Do you really have to know everything? You are a filthy slutty knowledge whore. I know one when i see one because i am one so there. i'm going to blather on about nothing now just so i can make the next track go down a few spaces on my spread sheet. Did you know that the Albanian word for YES is pronounced like the English word TAPE? Yeah i had tape worms once and it kinda gives me pleasure rubbing my butt on the new carpet however it's starting to stink

FIFTY L - is a gift from SATAN. It's about sacrificing goats to Lucifer. Ok, i lied. It's about sacrificing coats to Lucy of Charlie Brown fame. She deserved it because of the football incidents. This track is like the best track ever. It so makes me wanna fly a prog flag. Has anyone made one yet? Why the bleep not? OK, who wants to be Betsy Ross? OK, focus. This is a review, maybe from hell but a review. This is the best track on the album. It is proggy without being froggy. It is clever without being forever. It has time sigs that eschews all the excess figs. It has guitar yumminess that makes me feel oh so good. This is a top notch BH track that is jazzy, metal and prog simultaneously. A brief visit to paradise after OKness turned to well, only OKness

BUCKETHEAD reaches his sestercentennial or semiquincentennial or bicenquinquagenary milestone of 250 PIKEs. Whoah! Like were this many needed? NO!@ Of course NOT. But many were good but WTF? The last two years have been few and far between for inspiration but 250 is a bit different but not a bit great but not a bit bad either so a bit 3.5 stars in ishi mode and may many more PIKES be hatched under inspired chicken vibes and lots

I'm freaking out. TOTALLY! Thanks BUCKETHEAD for a menagerie of everything from the super lame to the super innovative! Please make more crazy weird proggy metal experimental nightmares for nuns! That would make my tail wag like i drank sake (the Japanese drink!) from the doggie pool pool pool pool pool pool poo (stop it, Divine is no longer of this earthly plane, bus or segway)

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 Battle Lines [Aka: Voice Mail] by WETTON, JOHN album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.56 | 46 ratings

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Battle Lines [Aka: Voice Mail]
John Wetton Prog Related

Review by tvtennis

4 stars The passing of John W. has affected me deeply, so I went back and gave a spin to some of his work, that may have not been on the top of my list over the years. "Battle Lines" turned out to be an unexpected pleasant surprise. Initially released under the name of "Voice Mail" in 1994 in Japan only, it was re-released internationally as Battle Lines with the same musical content but different artwork, and again in 1996 with the additional bonus track: "Battle Lines" (acoustic version). I read an interview w/Ron Nevison in 2015, a famous producer, he was the producer and engineer on this release. Here's a short quote from that interview, on how he felt about the record:

"There were two albums I did in the early '90s that got swallowed up because of Kurt Cobain. One of them was an album with John Wetton that didn't do well. John has a sound. We did a wonderful record, I still believe it is a great album. Those albums never saw the light of day because everybody ran to Seattle. So, there are things that don't work out. I was very disappointed in how those were received. That's what happens in the music business."

Initially I just about dismissed it as a too mainstream effort, especially if you are fan of the famous KC trilogy of albums he was a part of. After a more concentrated effort to actually "listen" to each track, I came to a conclusion that it is not such a bad effort after all. I happen to agree w/the producer on the statement that; John has a sound. Now whether you like it or not, it IS his sound, and as much as we all want him to replicate some of the KC or U.K. that we like soooooo much, we need to accept the fact that it was a certain period coupled w/the input from the rest of the musicians at THAT time.

The musicianship is top notch, given John's standard throughout his career it is hardly a surprise. The personnel on the recordings is quite impressive; Steve Lukather / guitar; Robert Fripp / guitar & devices; Simon Phillips / drums ... just a mention a few.

If you have access to it, give it another chance, you might like it a little more than the first time around.

 Pike 249 - The Moss Lands by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2017
2.00 | 1 ratings

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Pike 249 - The Moss Lands
Buckethead Prog Related

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

— First review of this album —
2 stars BUCKETHEAD (as Bucketheadland) / Pike 249 - The Moss Lands / 6th release of 2017 / All instrumental / Contains 6 tracks / Clocks in at 28minutes 30seconds / everything played by Buck-buck-buckethead

"The Moss Lands" (2:49) begins with a grungy groovy metal guitar riff that is quite rhythmic but also repetitive. It basically continues an easily digestible alternative metal hook with a couple break downs and doesn't do much else

"Crescent Moon" (4:15) starts a little slower in tempo but retains the medium distortion of the guitar but then picks up with more energetic strut with some treble squeals and alternates with riffs in the bass range. It then adds a wailing solo. It continues on with different changes in the rhythmic approach but basically alternates riffs with solos

"Antique Wall" (2:36) starts with a slower echoey guitar that creeps in slowly and then is joined in by the bass which is more energetic than the lazy feel of the guitar. The drum is simply tagging along and doesn't perform any vital services. The guitar changes into a grungy series of power chords before developing into a riff that changes up the timing a bit more. It's all rather bluesy but in an alternative way

"City of Lutes" (2:31) i was hoping this would be something cool with lutes but it is actually a series of heavy metal riffs stacked against each other at a fairy fast tempo. Guitar and bass are on fire but drums are lazy and just follow the pack doing nothing more than keeping the beat

"Groves" (3:36) turns down the distortion a bit but not the speed. The drum picks up substantially and a semi-distorted guitar echoes into the scene with the bass. It soon turns into a more metallic rocker with alternating riffs on the guitar

"Sunless Stream" (4:44) begins with a slower distorted guitar arpeggio with bass and drums. It then slows down even more for a while before picking up. Sounds like one of those slower tracks only with the distortion turned up significantly. It basically meanders on and on with some slower breakdowns but a rather generic track

"Faint Clicking" (2:51) is yet another semi-quickened distorted alternative metal riff monster. This one has a little reverb to the mix and adds a much needed break from the monotony of this PIKE. This one has a nice little series of riffs. More catchy than the others

"Vague Visions" (2:33) is a bit more frenetic and progressive than the rest. It is also distorted guitar riffs, bass and drums but a bit more jittery in the beginning before becoming stabilized into the status quo

"Ribbons" (2:35) is also an energetic alternative metal series of riffs that pretty much follows suit

This is an average PIKE that dazzles in playing ability but is quite lackluster in the composition department and it's the kind of stuff that's been done many times before

2.5 rounded down

 Forse Ancora Poesia by POOH, I album cover Studio Album, 1975
2.41 | 12 ratings

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Forse Ancora Poesia
I Pooh Prog Related

Review by progbaby

4 stars Ever have one of those groups that you like but you feel funny admitting to others that you like? So I'm going to be a "tough guy" and say that I grew up loving Metallica's "Master of Puppets" or Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" and "Guns and roses" and many other hard/heavy albums. And of course, Zarathustra, Jumbo, Balletto Di Bronzo, Semiramis, etc...

And then I'm going to be the "mellowing out" 50+ year old guy that I am and also say that I like "I, Pooh's" albums from "Opera Prima" thru "Boomerang" and consider them to be some of the finest mellow/melodic albums ever created.

I respect the "low ratings" this band gets here in progarchives. I, however, am writing that off as "low ratings due to non-progressive material" rather than "just bad music". Seriously, these albums are everybit as melodic as the Beatles in their 1967-1970 era. I'm going on a limb to say they're just as good.

Pooh's trademark tends to be lush vocal harmonies, melodic buildups with key changes as well as dramatic orchestrations (sometimes just with a mellotron).

This album was their answer to a low-selling (but yet excellent) album a few months earlier. Although I agree the songs on this album are mainly of a pop nature, these are some very good songs if you're a fan of the poppier tunes from New Trolls in their 3-"Concerto Grosso"-albums.

"Corri Corri" starts the album out in a melancholic-way with accoustics and a chorus that sounds like CSN/Beatles. The album pretty much maintains that feel all the way thru. Really the only track I skip is the "Wild Track" which tends to be a hint at some sort of country-twang. As the previous poster of this review mentions, "Quinta Stagione" is probably the best from a progressive standpoint even if it is instrumental.

"Cara Bellissima" has an opening piano riff / accoustic orchestra (that repeats itself thruout) and melody that just takes me back to my childhood days. It's "so gorgeous 70's". Great tune even if others may fall asleep to it.

I can't get past how emotional the closing title track is for me. It triggers the childhood memories with my family. I can't place why. It just does. It almost reminds me of the main theme of "Edward Scissorhands" done by Danny Elfman. The wordless/vocals humming along with the orchestration (this could be a mellotron) is some of the best I've ever heard. This could be the answer to "Good Night" which closed out the Beatles - white album. However, this particular/song/melody is infinitely better to my ears. Put it this way, if I died and immediately heard this song. I would know, without a doubt, that the angels of heaven are calling me. The song is that good.

However I will caution others. If you don't like soft/mellow romantic italian-rock, run as far away as you can from this album and ignore everything I said.

I, Pooh's albums from their "Opera prima" thru "Boomerang" period contain some of the best melodies that may have ever come out of Italy. But please do listen with an open-mind and wipe out all of your contexts to the other heavier progressive albums from Italy.

I have to be in the mood to listen to this band. When I'm stressed and/or need to wind down after a long day, this stuff is perfect.

I put this rating here but I honestly feel Pooh's low ratings on this site may be because they're not progressive enough for progressive-ears. I won't dispute that. But I will stand tall and pat and say these melodies are everybit as good as songs like "The long and winding road", "Let it be", "Across the Universe", "Golden Slumbers", "Because", etc.. by the Beatles. And yeah, those were not progressive either.

Give Pooh a try. Check out youtube, there's a bunch of their songs to freely sample. I have not reviewed Alessandra but check out the title track. Perfect for a romantic dinner with your significant other.

I, Pooh, you Pooh, we all Pooh, long live the Pooh!

 Live in London 1978 by WISHBONE ASH album cover Live, 2012
3.91 | 2 ratings

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Live in London 1978
Wishbone Ash Prog Related

Review by tvtennis

4 stars This one is a rare find, a 'bit on the expensive side, if you are fortunate to find it. It appears to be taken from the "No Smoke Without Fire" tour, Recorded at Hammersmith Odeon, London On 25 November 1978 with the MK 2 lineup. The audio is very good, my only gripe is, that it is too short, clearly not the entire show. However if you combine it with the "Live in Tokyo" from the same tour, you get a decent length, close to a full concert. That one has a total of 5 tracks on it, 3 of which appear on this release as well: "The Way Of The World"; "You See Red" & "Blowin' Free". Despite doubling-up on those 3 tracks, it is still enjoyable to combine the two for one "more complete" performance, since the performances differ, after all they were performed on two different times and on different continents. As far as the performance is concerned, it rivals the "Live Dates 2" release, perhaps less polished, but that raw feel gives it even more appeal.
 Asia by ASIA album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.16 | 468 ratings

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Asia
Asia Prog Related

Review by Andre the Aeropagite

5 stars This is a very enjoyable album if you are looking for a classic rock experience, so I based my entire review on this concept. If you are seeking for a progressive rock album you will be desapointed, because Asia is not a progressive rock supergroup, It is a AOR (adult oriented rock) group, despite its members are former musicians from legendary progressive rock groups, such as Yes, King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. In fact, AOR does not get any better than this: "Asia" shows a strong repertoire, with some highlights that everybody knows, like "heat of the moment", "sole survivor" and "only time will tell". The LP itself was a huge hit all over the world, especially in the USA, staying for 9 weeks in the top of the charts. There are no weak tracks here, folks. The musicianship is at high level, both steve howe and Carl palmer plays basic rock tracks with a characteristic progressive rock touch ( wildest dreams for example) and the John Wetton/Geoff downes duo plays in a more basic way but complement each other very well. I strongely recomends to anyone who is searching for a excellent rock release. But if you are looking for a Progressive rock album, stay away. Individual scores: 1. Heat Of The Moment - 10/10 - almost perfect rock/pop song. It was a huge hit all over the world 2. Only Time Will Tell - 10/10 - steve howe shines even when he does not play many guitar lines. Another huge hit 3. Sole Survivor - 9/10 4. One Step Closer - 8/10 5. Time Again - 8/10 6. Wildest Dreams - 9/10 - Carl Palmer´s moment to shine with a short drum solo. 7. Without You - 8/10 8. Cutting It Fine - 7/10 9. Here Comes The Feeling - 6/10 - perhaps the weakest song in the album, but is not a bad one at all.
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