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Supernatural Fairy Tales: The Progressive Rock Era [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 20, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: August 20, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B0000033T5
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,678 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. America - The Nice
2. Paper Sun - Traffic Featuring Stevie Winwood
3. Repent Walpurgis - Procol Harum
4. Private Sorrow/Balloon Burning - Pretty Things
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The System/Babylon - Aphrodite's Child
2. Death Walks Behind You - Atomic Rooster
3. Der Vierte Kuss - Ash Ra Tempel
4. Killer - Van Der Graaf Generator
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Perpetual Change - Yes
2. Lothlorien - Argent
3. Ladytron - Roxy Music
4. Radio - Supersister
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight - Genesis
2. Siberian Khatru - Yes
3. Virginia Plain - Roxy Music
4. Warrior - Wishbone Ash
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Star Palace Of The Sombre Warrior - Seventh Wave
2. Perfect Mystery - Gong
3. Free Hand - Gentle Giant
4. War - Henry Cow/Slapp Happy
See all 12 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Wow, and furthermore, wow. Rhino has a history of doing things up right, but this time it's outdone itself. More than five hours of prog, from The Nice to Golden Earring, presented thoroughly and largely chronologically. Depending on your outlook, it's either heaven or hell. There's plenty here to occupy the idle, drug-riddled mind; some well known (Focus's "Hocus Pocus," ELP's "Knife Edge," Genesis) and some wonderfully obscure (Wigwam in their pre-Virgin days, when they were an obscure, Finnish-Irish outfit, and Hatfield and the North's delicious first single, "Let's Eat Again [Real Soon]," which had nothing to do with food). Of course, it's mostly European, but that's where prog was, (as was punk, but that's another discussion altogether). You even get the Italians from outer space, PFM, and one of the few French bands to mean anything--Magma. Toss in some Roxy Music, a few Krauts, early ELO, and a whole host of others, and you have something close to paradise, or overkill. With cover art by--who else--Roger Dean, and a tab of windowpane (just kidding, really!), it's everything you could imagine a prog rock box being. Bloody glorious. --Chris Nickson

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great Prog Rock sampler package, nonetheless... June 14, 2001
By Rykre
Format:Audio CD
I love progressive rock. It's most plausable era was between 1968 and 1975. It continued to exist, but it lost it's charm as late 70's album rock became the norm for FM radio. Guitar rock with more simple-minded lyrics became more radio friendly. Progressive Rock took us to other worlds, other dimensions, other levels of consciousness. In other words, Prog rock was intelligent music. It was science-fiction in a form of unique music. It explored realms of fantasy, not everyday social dilemas. From my perspective, it was the keyboard-oriented rock that captured my fancy. Progressive rock artists were artists that wanted to explore other sounds and ideas that nobody may have approached before. Today's record companies probably frown on such ideas. Today's record companies are only concerned about the fast buck, not an artist pouring his (or her) heart into a unique idea for creative venturing in music. Progressive Rock ruled as music for the psyche. Supernatural Fairy Tales is a pretty good box set designed to represent the Progressive Rock era. Everyone has their own idea what some Prog Rock artist's best projects were, so, true, not every track here will satisfy everyone's idea of which track best represents the band. Just be grateful that your favorite Prog band has, at least, been represented here. And, if they were overlooked entirely, well, what can Rhino do about a sound genre that has thousands of bands world-wide. I'm remotely satisfied. There's some good stuff here. My favorite Prog bands, Emerson, Lake, & Palmer, Strawbs, Yes, The Moody Blues and the such, are here. My only grumble is that Aphrodite's Child has more adventurous music than this bleak example they selected (Babylon). But, the best thing Le Orme has ever done is here (Ritorno Al Nulla). Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding Musicians, Astounding Sounds March 28, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I noticed that there's some grousing about the contents of this box set and what's been left out; in the accompanying booklet it explains that some of the groups (King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, and Camel are mentioned) were left out because of Licensing Restrictions, but look at what's included; Nice (w/ Keith Emerson), Moody Blues, ELP, ELO, Genesis, Yes, and Frank Zappa are the obvious choices, but there are also groups that do not get the attention they deserve though they are equally impressive; Can, Roxy Music, Strawbs, Savage Rose, Nektar, Van Der Graaf Generator, Amon Duul II, Atomic Rooster, Focus, and a host of other bands that rarely get any radio play even on so-called progressive music stations. A lot of these songs aren't available on CD (domestically anyway). Ok, I'll admit I groused a bit too (no Goblin, to name one band), but hey, if you want Rush buy a Rush CD. If you want Pink Floyd buy a Pink Floyd CD. I think this is a cool collection of bands that I would haven't even consider listening to had not Rhino taken the time to produce this anthology. I doubt very much you'll find a better collection of this type of music in one place. I love it! (and I have my Goblin CDs too now, thank you very much).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
As a long-time progressive rock fan, I already own most of this stuff and as such, did not find the set particularly enlightening. Admittedly however, there were a few pleasant surprises including the unreleased track by electronica giant Klaus Schulze and the appearance of the hard rock group Wishbone Ash and a few other bands that I did not think fit under the progressive rock umbrella (and that I now enjoy very much). Regardless however, I do feel that for the prog "newbie", the set is somewhat misleading in that it delves far too deeply into styles related to progressive rock. I also wish that the compilers had restricted their coverage to the 1971 to 1976 timeframe, which was essentially the "golden age" of progressive rock.

Most (not all) musicologists define progressive rock through the work of the English symphonic progressive rock groups. In this regard, Yes, Genesis, ELP, Gentle Giant, Curved Air, Renaissance and Van der graaf Generator are represented on this box set. King Crimson, Jethro Tull and Camel were not included, yet are very much part of the English progressive rock scene (evidently, Rhino experienced licensing problems). Of these groups, the absence of King Crimson on a box set (ostensibly) devoted to progressive rock is pretty bad. I say "pretty bad" because it was their 1969 debut In the Court of the Crimson King that signaled the emergence of progressive rock as a distinct genre and was an extraordinarily influential album.

A number of musical styles related to progressive rock are, however, well-represented, which is a nice aspect of this box set. Progressive rock was, above all else, highly eclectic and borrowed from these related styles to varying degrees.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Three cheers to Rhino. This is a wonderful collection of progressive rock music. The songs were chosen based on how well they represent the era and the genre and, as such, this 5 CD collection progressively leads takes you from the early prog movement of the mid-to-late 60s to the later mid 70s offerings. This is an incredible selection of hard to find European progressive rock (Note: the only American artist included is Frank Zappa). Unfortunately, not all record labels would contribute songs to this incredible collection (Pink Floyd, King Crimson, and Camel are not included). The accompanying booklet is a wonderful collection of pictures and liner notes. A MUST buy for progressive rock fans! Note for YES fans: although Siberian Khatru is listed on this collection, the actual recording is of And You And I.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good sampler of progressive rock
I was getting into prog-rock in a big way right around the time this boxed set came out, so I immediately bought a copy. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Bice
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!!!
A great 5cd box which was still sealed and then in Mint condition.
A cd box I have been looking for for some years, and its great to have in my collection. Read more
Published on November 4, 2011 by Erik
5.0 out of 5 stars Old people and Closed minded music snobs are so funny...
All the naysayers in this review seem to limit their definiton of musical tastefulness to the classicaly oriented, virtousity driven side of progressive rock and complain about... Read more
Published on April 22, 2009 by Greggory E. Nelson
1.0 out of 5 stars Rhino took on an unachievable challenge...but there is a silver...
Rating systems attempt to convey a sense of value for the item being reviewed - "Is this thing (cd, book, movie, gadget, etc.) worth your time and/or money? Read more
Published on April 3, 2007 by Squire Jaco
4.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure Box Full of Progressive Rock - Dip In!
This 5 CD set covers a lot of ground and there is something here for everyone, particularly if you are a fan of progressive rock. Read more
Published on February 25, 2006 by David Lusher
3.0 out of 5 stars What do you expect from a compilation
Every review (mine included) talks of bands left off and ones who shouldn't be there.

This is partly because, WHAT IS PROGRESSIVE ROCK??? Define it. Hard isn't it. Read more
Published on August 30, 2004 by Oymaprat
1.0 out of 5 stars the worst box set I have ever heard
If I could give this zero stars I would. First of all, I'm a big fan of Yes, ELP, Genesis, Gentle Giant and Roxy Music. I'm not one of these people who hates this genre. Read more
Published on August 22, 2004 by prog fan
3.0 out of 5 stars I expected MUCH MORE
When i read the reviews of this collection, it has 5 stars, i bought it expecting the greatest progressive rock i ever heard. Read more
Published on February 26, 2001 by Jose Ramon Hernandez
2.0 out of 5 stars What?
Archie Patterson, who compiled this strange collection, cannot seperate Progressive Rock from any wierd sounding music. Read more
Published on March 29, 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice sampler.
This is an odd but enjoyable collection of familiar and obscure music from the progressive-rock school of the late-sixties to mid-seventies. Read more
Published on December 27, 1999
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