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Scanning the Greenhouse

The Flower Kings, The Flower KingsAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 30, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Outer Music
  • ASIN: B000007P32
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,189 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In The Eyes Of The World
2. World Of Adventures
3. Pipes Of peace
4. The Flower King
5. There Is More To This World
6. Stardust We Are: Part 3
7. Retropolis
8. Compassion

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Current all-time favorite progressive rock CD July 8, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Scanning the Greenhouse by the Flower Kings is my pick for 'best prog CD' in the past two decades at least, if not all time. It is the one I give as a gift to entice friends into the prog genre. Everything about this CD is great: Roine Stolt's guitar work, his brother Michael's all-knowing bass support, flawlessly integrated and creative keyboards, state-of-the-art drums, hearty and satisfying vocals, and some of the best writing ever in the genre. Also, unlike some of the other best bands in the genre, there is a consistently positive and inspiring spirit behind the lyrics. The recording and production quality are top notch.
The CD comprises selected best recordings from 1993 to 1995, but the influences are firmly rooted in the finest traditions of progressive rock.
To give you an idea whether you might feel as I do when you hear this CD, I was born in 1953 and have followed progressive rock since its inception. I have played in various prog bands over the years,(and still do), supported myself as a guitar player for a few years in the 70s, and I occasionally compose in the genre. My favorite albums pre-1980 (when progressive rock was somewhat mainstream) were Fragile and Close to the Edge by Yes, Pictures at an Exhibition by ELP, and the like. My favorite "recent discoveries", thanks to John Szpara's "Exposure" radio show devoted to progressive rock, are Ever by IQ, and a few cuts by Spock's Beard. I most like hard-hitting, musically intricate, positive-energy, sonically rich, chordally complex, classically inspired, frequently contrasting progressive rock, played by "musician's musicians" in terms of their playing skill. The Flower Kings really nail it for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK introduction to a brilliant band October 27, 1999
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A sampler CD of the half-dozen or so full- (and sometimes double-) length albums released by Sweden's Flower Kings. There's nothing wrong with the selection, but the overall effect is a little anemic compared to the actual albums. Flower Kings are one of the very best 90s bands extant, and SCANNING is certainly no dog, but try instead to grab one of the proper releases: THE FLOWER KING, WORLD OF ADVENTURES, RETROPOLIS, STARDUST WE ARE, FLOWER POWER or the related solo albums by Roine Stolt and Tomas Bodin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Flower Kings September 14, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I was extrememly fortunate last year when my brother won tickets to see the Flower Kings first New York City performance at the Wetlands, September 1998. From the first moment the band took to the stage and played "Retropolis" from begininning to end, I was totally enthralled!!!! Their outstanding musicianship impressed me for days, and weeks to come. I now have all of their records. "Hydronphonia", the solo record by Roine Stolt is my absolute favorite. Check out the Flower Kings' website for retailers who carry their records. They are more than well worth the effort!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent March 29, 2001
Format:Audio CD
If you like Yes and Genesis (Peter Gabriel era), you definitively should try this band. They really huge. The band may not be as famous as Yes, Genesis and the others, but their music is simply brillant.
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The Flower Kings are simply amazing. The beauty and power of their music will overwhelm you. For all those progressive rock lovers who thought that the music died in the 70's, here it is in all its glory in a fresh, modern interpretation. All lovers of Yes, Genesis, Spock's Beard, etc. will simply love this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album December 9, 2013
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I buy only albums that I listen to them first and if I rate them 5 stars I buy the CD after... This album like others from the band is a must listen too for lovers of progressive rock in the Neo-Prog or Symphonic Prog genre!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Introductory Compilation October 18, 2011
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So it seems there are at least three versions of this floating around. Mine is the Japanese import that includes Cinema Show, but lacks some of what is on the others. So even though amazon lumps all reviews together, mine will refer to the Japanese version.
Scanning the Greenhouse is an excellent introduction to the music of the Flower Kings for newbies who don't know where to start with the band's daunting catalogue. It is even a great go-to recording for the experienced listener having a hard time deciding whick FK CD to bring on a road trip.
Every song is well chosen and delightful, but I particularly enjoy In the Eyes of the World, the re-recorded version of The Flower King, the re-recorded Stardust We Are, and the dynamic cover of Genesis' Cinema Show.
This version is accompanied by an attractive booklet containing lots of pictures, pertinent album information, and the lyrics as well as an informational insert in Japanese. If you can't obtain this version, you'll miss out on Cinema Show but in return you'll get to hear something I didn't. But do obtain one of the versions however you can and you will be rewarded with some fine music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This isn't an import?!?!
I enjoy intelligent rock & roll, and The Flower Kings are that. This LP I downloaded from the web-site eMusic, of which I am a member. Read more
Published on April 13, 2008 by Belle
3.0 out of 5 stars Well produced, technically superb, bland prog rock
This is my first experience with Flower Kings. Upon first listen, this band reminds me immediately of old Yes, but also of ELP. Read more
Published on December 5, 2005 by Lavode
5.0 out of 5 stars Scanning the Kings
Excellent compilation, with 2 updated tracks in 1998. Powerful, melodic, beautiful, soaring, contemplating, etc. The Kings reward! Roine rules!
Published on May 10, 2004 by Russ Bellinger
4.0 out of 5 stars Proggin for Jesu...I mean the Flower King
...I finally found a copy of this (along with Retropolis and the original Roine Stolt release titled The Flower King) at a used CD store (Thank You-Sound Exchange). Read more
Published on September 22, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars The best prog band currently around - by far!!!
The comparisons to Yes and others are often valid, but these guys more than stand on their own! At times I feel there is more of an influence of 70's fusion - headphone friendly... Read more
Published on May 12, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars No doubt,one of the best 90's prog-rock bands.
Simply majestic, beautiful and colorful progressive rock music. This is a great compilation with two re-recorded 1998 versions. You will not be disappointed.
Published on February 12, 1999
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