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The Prog Collective

August 14, 2012 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: August 14, 2012
  • Label: Purple Pyramid Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2012 Purple Pyramid Records
  • Total Length: 55:13
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  • ASIN: B008JTLLMK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,025 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

It easily could have been better.
William E. Houser Jr.
My general philosophy is that most of what there is to be "said" in popular music - even the quasi-serious variety represented by "prog" - has already been done.
William Polhemus
A lot of talent goes pretty much nowhere on this album.
Thomas E. Stazer

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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Scott O. Harrell on August 14, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This was a joyful purchase for me, as I've been a long-time fan of most of the artists associated with this project -- in fact, I've had the pleasure of seeing many of the original groups in concert, including Yes, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Renaissance. What a treat to hear Annie Haslam again, and what a bonus to also feature Yes' original guitarist, Pete Banks on the same track!
My initial concern was the quality of the songwriting, but I was pleasantly surprised - these tracks are tuneful and melodic, and thankfully mostly free of the bombast of much of latter-day prog. I also appreciate that Billy Sherwood is willing to share the guitar spotlight with other players, including Gary Green (Gentle Giant) and Steve Hillage (acid glissando king!) Fine vocals from Richard Page and Colin Moulding further enhance the experience. Coming right on the heels of "Squackett", this is a good time for prog fans! Enjoy!
So why "only" 4 stars? This is a fine album, but I'll reserve 5 stars for true classics, such as "Fragile", "Birds of Fire", "Three Friends" and "Larks' Tongues in Aspic". Very few albums (including this one) are in that league, but I heartily recommend this outing without hesitation - it's very good and very well done.
Note: I opted for the "Deluxe" edition (which also contains instrumental versions of each track). My only gripe is that there is no pdf of album artwork or liner notes, so I'll need to search the web myself for details about the recordings, artists and production.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By William E. Houser Jr. on August 27, 2012
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I had such high hopes for this album. With guests like Annie Haslam, John Wetton, John Wesley, Gary Green, Richard Page, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman, Peter Banks, et al, I was expecting so much more. The playing is fine, but somewhat uninspired as it's not a whole band with guest spots. This is a Billy Sherwood production - Billy on drums, Billy on guitar, Billy on keyboard, Billy on bass. The guests are playing with recordings. This does not mean it's bad...it's not. BUT. It easily could have been better. Billy is only average on drums, which is not good enough for me. He's average on bass. He's can play a lot of instruments, but not up to my prog standards.

The songs, while not bad, are not memorable. Melodies are kind of ho hum. The songs don't hold up.

I like Sherwood's work in general. Back Against the Wall, his World Trade Albums, his work with Squire, his work with Yes. This to me is too disjointed. One of the best aspects to prog for me was great musicians playing together. That is missing here, the energy is gone. It's just OK.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Yeatropoulos on August 15, 2012
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I couldn't agree with Scott more. More often than not, a release containing so many great artists in one assembly does not produce a memorable yield of material, but TPC is certainly an exception. I was also pleasantly surprised to see participation by Steve Hillage, Gary Green and Colin Moulding. A great review by Scott and a great disc worthy of your prog collection.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William Polhemus on August 25, 2012
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I cannot get over how many times I am returning to this album for a rehearing. Normally, "new music" just doesn't move me this much. My general philosophy is that most of what there is to be "said" in popular music - even the quasi-serious variety represented by "prog" - has already been done. There is so much stuff out there now, that Sturgeon's Law - "Ninety percent of everything is crud" ([...]) - can be overcome easily; the remaining non-crud ten percent is quite voluminous.

However, this d*mn record is a joy to hear. Every track is at least satisfyingly good. And a couple of them (my favorites, "Over Again" and "Social Circles") are absolutely sublime.

In the 1920s and 30s, Igor Stravinsky turned to the music of the late Baroque/early Roccoco period, and composed such delightful pieces as "The Fairy's Kiss," his Symphonies, and "Oedipus Rex," rehashing 18th Century music forms in a way that makes them fresh.

Well, these guys in their 50s and 60s, are rehashing the music of these same guys in their 20s, yet the same effect presents: it sounds fresh and new again.

I love it, and if you enjoy the Progressive Rock of the early 1970s, I think you will too.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Stazer on December 4, 2012
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A lot of talent goes pretty much nowhere on this album. It is worth a few listens, but the lack of inventiveness makes it wear out its welcome rather quickly. Everyone is quite talented, but Sherwoods compositions don't really do the job this time. You wouldn't regret buying it but might not listen to it for more than a month.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J Futsch on November 16, 2012
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I saw all the fantastic musicians on this cd and couldn't
Wait to hear it,we'll what disappointment,the songs ok but seem to ramble on
With really no cohesion.It is a boring cd and I probably not listen to it in the near
Future
Save your money,don't buy this cd
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Randolph J. Woodard on January 23, 2013
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This is a great big let down it is a bunch of great player that never play together. The guest performers phone in there performances, the recordings are sent to each performer to overdub at different home studios. And the recording sounds like it no real interaction between musicians. This sounded good on paper with such a strong line up. But the CD is a let down.
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