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Initial post: May 9, 2012, 4:33:35 AM PDT
BigBadAzz says:
Some of you may be familiar with the 1996 Rhino release "Supernatural Fairy Tales" - a 5CD prog rock box set. This compilation is quite comprehensive, featuring many well-known artists and tracks, as well as some more obscure and international selections. As great as this set is, it is quite incomplete, as it only spans the era of 1967-1975, and it leaves off a number of the major players like Pink Floyd, Crimson, Soft Machine & Camel (due to licensing restrictions).

Here's your chance to rectify this by creating your own set. You may list up to 50 tracks from any era. Anything goes, as long as it's prog or prog-related.

Here's mine:
Disc One -
Shine On You, Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V) - Pink Floyd
In The Wake of Poseidon - King Crimson
A Salty Dog - Procol Harum
Roundabout - Yes
A Quick One, While He's Away - The Who
Tuesday Afternoon - The Moody Blues
Firth of Fifth - Genesis
Spray - Can

Disc Two -
Take a Pebble - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
My God - Jethro Tull
Space Shanty - Khan
Righteous Rhumba - Matching Mole
Share It - Hatfield & The North
Sold To the Highest Buddha - Gong
Second Spasm - Gryphon
Focus III - Focus
Madhouse - Eloy
The Dog, The Dog, He's At It Again - Caravan

Disc Three -
Xanadu - Rush
Song Within a Song - Camel
Moribund the Burgermeister - Peter Gabriel
RDNZL - Frank Zappa
The Turn of a Friendly Card - Alan Parsons Project
Blind Curve - Marillion
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Iron Maiden
Paranoid Android - Radiohead
Metropolis Part 1: The Miracle & the Sleeper - Dream Theater

Disc Four -
Even Less - Porcupine Tree
I Am the Sun, Part 1 - The Flower Kings
The Odyssey - Symphony X
Suite Charlotte Pike - Transatlantic
Televators - The Mars Volta
Ultimate Trip - Riverside
On a Perfect Day - Spock's Beard
Remainder the Black Dog - Steven Wilson

Posted on May 9, 2012, 4:38:16 AM PDT
@BigBad: interesting how you restricted yourself to only four discs when the original was five! I'm going to have a hard time of this...even five discs seems like too few to me. I may have to make it a six-disc set (hey, The Kinks "Picture Book" set was six discs and that just covered one band!) if I'm going all the way to the present day, but I need time to think of a good track listing etc. Will get back to you on this!

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2012, 4:58:38 AM PDT
BigBadAzz says:
@Michael Topper,
I gotta admit, my list is kind-of a last-minute rough sketch and I could easily elaborate on it. I may add another disc on, or pop a few other tracks in here or there when they spring to mind.

Please feel free to ignore my restriction of 50 songs. After all, we're talking about prog, where "excess" is the name of the game, so let's throw that rule out the window. Gimme a 10-disc set, if you want. Heck, I'd probably buy it if it existed! :)

Posted on May 9, 2012, 8:46:29 AM PDT
i've made a good bit of my own collections of various tunes in the past.Best ofs,compilations,etc..this will be fun.Might take me a few days.

Posted on May 11, 2012, 11:01:44 PM PDT
BigBadAzz says:
So...any takers?

Posted on May 12, 2012, 9:15:59 AM PDT
BigBad,,im still working on it.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012, 12:57:15 PM PDT
Progtologist says:
I wish I could. You've listed some great songs. But one of the things I've always loved about prog is the album oriented production. I don't want it to lose that.

Posted on May 12, 2012, 2:23:43 PM PDT
@BigBad: yikes! I keep saying I'm going to get around to working on my set, and then something keeps coming up. I'll get to it today, promise!!

@Progtologist: I hear you. Also, the long song lengths preclude including any more than one or two songs per artist. Still, I think it's an interesting challenge. For all of its flaws, I thought "Supernatural Fairy Tales" was a pretty cool listen.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012, 4:14:09 PM PDT
Captain Ogre says:

Are you going daft?

I don't know what, I don't know why, but something's wrong down there

This thing's outrageous, I tell you on the level
It's really so contagious, must be the work of the devil...

It will take more than a spare 15-20 minutes to get my discs together, but I'll give it a go soon

No one will tell what it will be about, but you will find out, you will find out

Posted on May 12, 2012, 6:27:42 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 21, 2012, 12:21:31 AM PDT
OK, this took me 2 1/2 hours to compile, and I still didn't quite get it right, but this is the best I could do for now. I had to make it six discs and really wanted to make it seven (see notes below the tracklisting), but decided that six was big enough for a box.


1. 21st Century Schizoid Man--King Crimson
2. Hang On To A Dream--The Nice
3. Repent Walpurgis--Procol Harum
4. Peaches En Regalia--Frank Zappa
5. Out-Bloody-Rageous (live version)--The Soft Machine
6. Killer--Van Der Graaf Generator
7. Vivaldi--Curved Air
8. My God--Jethro Tull
9. Winter Wine--Caravan
10. Toxicological Whispering--Amon Duul II
11. Heart Of The Sunrise--Yes


1. One Of These Days--Pink Floyd
2. Oh Yeah--Can
3. Hocus Pocus--Focus
4. Il Banchetto--Premiata Forneria Marconi
5. Hoedown--Emerson, Lake And Palmer
6. Watcher Of The Skies--Genesis
7. And You And I--Yes
8. Picnic On A Frozen River--Faust
9. The Runaway--Gentle Giant
10. La Citta Sottile--Banco
11. Fils De Lumiere--Ange
12. Ritorno Al Nulla--Le Orme


1. Modern--Peter Hammill
2. Escape Of The Piper--Trace
3. Time--Pink Floyd
4. Big Tree, Blue Sea--Golden Earring
5. Autobahn--Kraftwerk
6. Mother Russia--Renaissance
7. One More Red Nightmare--King Crimson
8. A Sprinkling Of Clouds--Gong
9. The Cinema Show--Genesis
10. Karn Evil 9, 1st Impression 1&2--Emerson, Lake And Palmer


1. Sea Song--Robert Wyatt
2. Inca Roads--Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention
3. Song For America--Kansas
4. Without Words--Clearlight
5. March To The Eternal City--Triumvirat
6. Beautiful As The Moon, Terrible As An Army With Banners--Henry Cow
7. Lunar Sea--Camel
8. Service With A Smile--Happy The Man
9. Decay Of The Logos--Eloy
10. Slogans--Steve Hackett
11. Mental Medication--UK


1. The Last Seven Minutes--Magma
2. Dreams Wide Awake--National Health
3. Widow's Peak--IQ
4. Jordrok--Anglagard
5. Always Never--Porcupine Tree
6. Dance Macabre--Ars Nova
7. Nucleus--Anekdoten
8. Preaching To The Converted--Doctor Nerve
9. Gnostalgia--White Willow
10. The End Of Innocence--The Flower Kings


1. Rock & Young--Happy Family
2. The National Anthem--Radiohead
3. Roulette Dares--The Mars Volta
4. Puzzle--Cold Fairyland
5. The Island--The Decemberists
6. Fear Of A Blank Planet--Porcupine Tree
7. Trail Of Fire--Oceansize
8. Yasgur's Farm--Moon Safari
9. Victorian Brickwork--Big Big Train
10. Knights Of Cydonia--Muse

While I very much like the track selection and running order I came up with, it's still missing a bit. I am well aware that several major acts like Argent, Neu, Hatfield & The North, Utopia, and Transatlantic are nowhere to be found, as well as many other deserving bands like Spring, Osanna, Gryphon, Maxophone, Solaris, Thinking Plague, Echolyn, Pineapple Thief etc. Enough groups for a seventh disc at the least! Some artists like Mike Oldfield, Utopia and Transatlantic were impossible to fit in because all of their songs were just too d**n long. This also made Tull's prog stuff hard to figure in (I couldn't bear to have only an excerpt from "Thick" or "Passion Play"), although I thought "My God" was a good compromise (I see BigBad came to a similar conclusion). Also, while I realize Rush and Spock's Beard are quite popular, I couldn't bring myself to include anything by either as I just never warmed to those two, I'm afraid.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012, 7:00:16 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 12, 2012, 7:03:26 PM PDT
BigBadAzz says:
@Michael Topper,

Wow, 2 1/2 hours to compile! I can't believe I have the power to make someone on the other side of the world whom I've never met face to face devote so much of their personal time to completing a challenge that I've set. ;).

But seriously, that's a great set-list you've come up with; extremely varied and interesting, with lots of excellent popular choices, sprinkled with some more obscure ones. I can't believe I left Gentle Giant off my own compilation!

Posted on May 12, 2012, 7:09:12 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 12, 2012, 7:10:45 PM PDT
@BigBad: I'm listening to Solaris' "The Martian Chronicles" right now and am enjoying it so much I'm thinking I should add one of its songs to disc five of my set, but I can't bear to take anything off to make room for it. Ah well! Back to the drawing board for that seven-disc set. ;)

PS 2 1/2 hours is easily the longest I've ever spent on a thread post on any of these forums.

Posted on May 12, 2012, 11:08:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 12, 2012, 11:09:30 PM PDT
Ok here goes,after several days and several hours i came up with this.Something a tad different but some great stuff.With bonus epics and slow tunes.
Disc 1
Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Steve Hackett - Ace Of Wands
Yes - Siberian Khatru
ELP - Hoedown
Jethro Tull - My God
Gentle Giant - free Hand
King Crimson - Red
U.K. - In The Dead Of Night
Quiet Sun - Sol Caliente
Camel - Lunar Sea
Disc 2
Steve Hillage - Salmon Song
Gong - Magic Mother Innvocation/Master Builder/A Sprinkling Of Clouds
Kayak - Trust In The Machine
Bonfire - Sage Of The Running Nose
Brian Eno - No One Receiving
Genesis - The Waiting Room
Carptree - Dragonfly
Disc 3
Soft Machine - Hazard Profile pt 1
Brand X - Nightmare Patrol
Shadowfax - The Shape of a Word
JLP - Cosmic Messenger
Bill Bruford - Seems Like A Lifetime Ago
Bill Bruford - Sahara Of Snow
Gordian Knot - Singing Deep Mountain
Pekka Pohjola - Mathematical Air Display
Gong - Expresso
Shadowfax - Song For My Brother
Disc 4
Marillion - Seasons End
Genesis - Entangled
Big Big Train - Pick Up If Your're There
Simon Says - Paradise Square
Flower Kings - Retropolis
RPWL - World Thru My Eyes
Spock's Beard - The Ghosts of Autumn
Neal Morse - Sweet Elation
It Bites - This Is England
Disc 5
Porcupine Tree - Russia on Ice
Marillion - The Invisible Man
Carptree - Father's House
Steven Wilson - Index
After Crying - Invisible Leqion
OSI - Shutdown
Ambeon - Sweet Little Brother
Steven Wilson - Sectarian
Marillion - Brave
Disc 6
IQ - Dark Matter
Carptree - Taxonomic Days
Carptree - Flesh
OSI - Invisible Men
Porcupine Tree - Deadwing
Porcupine Tree - Bonnie The Cat
Lunatic Soul - Impression 2
White Willow - Terminal Twilight
Chroma Key - Hell Mary
Steve Hogarth - Only Love Will Make You Free
Disc 7 Epic
Satellite - Evening Games
Sunchild - Wonderworld
U.K. - Carrying No Cross
Steven Wilson - Raider II
Genesis - Duke's Travels/Duke's End
Disc 8 Kick Back
Transatlantic - Bridge Across Forever
Spock's Beard - June
Genesis - Harlequin
Marillion - A Collection
Steve Hackett- Star Of Sirius
Peter Gabriel - Here Comes The Flood
Carptree - Sleep
Pink Floyd - Goodbye Blue Sky
Porcupine Tree - Heartattack In A Layby
Unitopia - So Far Away
Genesis - Here Comes The Supernatural...
Porcupine Tree - Yellow Windows Of The Evening Train
ABWH - The Meeting
Anthony Phillips - Collections
Mike Oldfield/David Bedford - The Rio Grande
Brian Eno - Spider And I

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012, 4:15:59 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 13, 2012, 4:16:48 AM PDT
BigBadAzz says:
Fantastic collection of tunes there, Russell! There are some artists in your compilation with whom I'm not yet familiar (e.g. Carptree, Lunatic Soul, Shadowfax, Big Big Train, It Bites, Chroma Key, White Willow) so that has given me some recommendations to check out. Much appreciated!

Care to shed some light on the styles of those bands I mentioned, eg comparisons to other similar, more well known artists?

Posted on May 13, 2012, 12:55:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 13, 2012, 1:00:23 PM PDT
BigBad,,thanks..all of those bands mentioned above are top notch.For Carptree,start with "Superhero",then "Insekt" and it's sequel "Nympf"(darkish and dramtic,but not metal,with Extremely good keys by the Very talented Carl Westholm)..Big Big Train is Great British prog old school influenced with a more modern touch,(Nick DV) from Spocks Beard plays drums.Check out "The Difference Machine","The Underfall yard" and their long EP "Far Skies Deep Time".It Bites (revival with John Mitchell at the helm)"The Tall Ships" and their newest.Shadowfax started in 76 with a great jazz fusion album "Watercourse Way",then several years later they re-emerged as new age(didnt care for that)...White Wiilow is another great scandinavian band with both male and female vocals.Slight P Tree influences.Check out their album
"Terminal Twilight". Chroma Key is a project of Kevin Moore(ex DT keyboardist).Nothing like DT at all but some good stuff.

Posted on May 13, 2012, 1:04:19 PM PDT
Lunatic Soul is a project of bassist/singer for Riverside.Very good stuff.A touch of P Tree here too at times.No guitar solos or growling.They have 3 albums,LS 1,LS 2 and LS Impressions.Mellower,quieter with a slight trippy feel at times but not too far out,Very good stuff in my opinion.Some great violin,woodwinds,etc long with more modern sounds,no big drumming or rocking out but really good music.

Posted on May 13, 2012, 1:50:23 PM PDT
@BigBad: "White Willow" is a great band with a folky symphonic sound, but also lots of other diverse influences and a great female vocalist. Big Big Train are one of my favorite recent discoveries, and I started a thread about them on this forum a few weeks back; check it out! (the thread is simply titled "Big Big Train!")

Posted on May 13, 2012, 1:56:42 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 13, 2012, 2:00:00 PM PDT
Captain Ogre says:
Who's more anal, Topper or me?

I just spent about 4-1/2 hours putting my songs together, arranging them to fit on CD's in some cohesive fashion and playing order, and even naming each one, and then I see that he beat me to it...

Some pretty interesting stuff I've seen here so far, lots of names I don't know, and I hope to check out most of them

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012, 1:59:12 PM PDT
Captain Ogre says:

RE: Lunatic Soul

I can hook you up, let me know if you're interested

Posted on May 13, 2012, 2:02:34 PM PDT
Captain Ogre says:
So you can get about 80 minutes of music on a CD, right?

Disc 1: In the Beginning... (78:02)

From the Beginning - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
Interstellar Overdrive - Pink Floyd
21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson
The Musical Box (live) - Genesis
Close to the Edge: The Solid Time of Change/Total Mass Retain/I Get Up, I Get Down/Seasons of Man- Yes
Peel the Paint - Gentle Giant
Back Door Angels - Jethro Tull
The End - The Doors

Posted on May 13, 2012, 2:03:51 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 13, 2012, 4:46:35 PM PDT
Captain Ogre says:
Disc 2: Get Your Metal On (79:50)

Scene One: Regression / Scene Two: Overture 1928 / Strange Déjà Vu - Dream Theater
Drunkship Of Lanterns - The Mars Volta
Dawn of Creation / Prophecy - Judas Priest
Driven To Destruction - Riverside
Moribund the Burgermeister - Peter Gabriel
The Ring in Return / In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 - Coheed and Cambria
Salvolatile - HeadenD
Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Iron Maiden
Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun - OSI

Posted on May 13, 2012, 2:05:12 PM PDT
Captain Ogre says:
Disc Three of a Perfect Pair (77:53)

Coil / Heir Apparent - Opeth
Thela Hun Ginjeet - King Crimson
Deadwing - Porcupine Tree
Mordet i Grottan - Sörskogen
The Lone Rhinoceros - Adrian Belew
Drag Ropes - Storm Corrosion
Shesmovedon (Deadwing version) - Porcupine Tree
Death Whispered a Lullaby - Opeth
Writing On The Wall - Adrian Belew
Strip the Soul - Porcupine Tree
Postcard - Steven Wilson
I Can't Get Behind That - William Shatner, Henry Rollins & Adrian Belew
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Posted on May 13, 2012, 2:11:48 PM PDT
Captain Ogre says:
Disc 4: Outside the Box (78:21)

What's He Building? - Tom Waits
Trapped! - Utopia
Southbound Pachyderm - Primus
Flight Response / The Real / Enemy - Days of the New
Red Hands - The Dear Hunter
The World Wasn't Built In a Day - Nomeansno

The Hazards of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won't Wrestle the Thistles Undone) / A Bower Scene / Won't Want for Love (Margaret in the Taiga) / The Hazards of Love 2 (Wager All) / The Queen's Approach - The Decemberists

Une Nuit a Paris - 10cc
Maggot Brain - Funkadelic

Posted on May 13, 2012, 2:12:28 PM PDT
Captain Ogre says:
Disc 5: Too long to fit on the other discs... (78:08)

Welcome To the Machine - Pink Floyd
The Power and the F..kery - I.E.M.
Djohariah - Sufjan Stevens
Thick as a Brick- Jethro Tull

Posted on May 13, 2012, 3:15:02 PM PDT
Captain Ogre says:
That was a daunting task, prog does not lend itself well to a compilation

The Days of the New, Decemberists, and Dream Theater were especially problematic. I just had to cut them off at some point to fit them on the discs, but all three of those albums really must be heard the way they were intended to be, as a whole

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