Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Comparing ProgArchives' Top Albums from the 80s & 90s

Here are the Top Albums from the "Middle Decades" of the prog era, the 1980s and 1990s, according to the ratings system of the world's foremost database for progressive rock music, ProgArchives.com:


The 80s & 90s:
1. Rush – Moving Pictures
2. Änglagård -  Hybris
3. Opeth – Still Life
4. Dream Theater – Metropolis Part 2 – Scenes from a Memory
5. Dream Theater – Images and Words
6. Rush – Permanent Waves
7. Bacamarte – Depois Do Fim
8. Marillion – Misplaced Childhood
9. Marillion – Script for a Jester’s Tear
10. Queensrÿche – Operation: Mindcrime
11. Univers Zero - Uzed
12. Dün – Eros
13. Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel 3 (aka “Melt”)
14. SBB – Memento Z Banalnym Tryptykiem
15. Edge of Sanity - Crimson
16. Death - Symbolic
17. Discipline – Unfolded Like Staircase
18. Voivod - Nothingface
19. Cardiacs – Sing to God
20. Eskaton – 4 Visions
21. Solaris – Marsbéli Krónikák (Martian Chronicles)
22. Gorguts – Obscura
23. Thinking Plague – In Extremis
24. Marillion – Clutching at Straws
25. Death – The Sound of Perseverance
26. Cynic - Focus
27. Los Jaivas – Alturas de Machu Picchu
28. Atheist – Unquestionable Presence
29. Cardiacs – A Little Man and A House and The Whole World Window
30. Dream Theater – Awake



My own prog-exclusive list for the same period would have to include the following:


FLAIRCK Gevecht Met De Engel
MR. SIRIUS Barren Dreams
THE CURE Disintegration
KATE BUSH The Sensual World
PAT METHENY & LYLE MAYS As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls
SIGUR RÓS Ágætus Byrjun
HÖYRY-KONE Huono Parturi
DISCIPLINE Unfolded Like Staircase
PÄR LINDH PROJECT Mundus Incompertus
PORCUPINE TREE Sky Moves Sideways
COLLAGE Moonshine
OZRIC TENTACLES Jurassic Shift
PAT METHENY Secret Story

AFTER CRYING Megalázottak é Megszomorítottak
GALADRIEL Muttered Promises from an Ageless Pond
SOLARIS Marsibéli Krónikák
SBB Memento z banalnym triptykiem
KING CRIMSON Discipline
UNIVERS ZERO Uzed
KATE BUSH The Dreaming
THE PAT METHENY GROUP Still Life (Talking)
PAZZO FANFANO DI MUSICA Pazzo Fanfano di Musica
KINGSTON WALL III - Trilogy
LANDBERK Indian Summer
THE MOON AND THE MELODIES The Moon and the Melodies
SOLSTICE Silent Dance
ECHOLYN Suffocating the Bloom
THE FLOWER KINGS Flower Power
IN THE WOODS Omnio
AFTER CRYING Overground Music
DEAD CAN DANCE Aion
DAVID SYLVIAN Gone to Earth
DAVID SYLVIAN Brilliant Trees
ANTHONY PHILLIPS 1984
BARK PSYCHOSIS Hex
LANDBERK One Man Tells Another
JANE SIBERRY The Walking
FATES WARNING A Pleasant Shade of Grey
ART ZOYD Häxan
KATE BUSH Hounds of Love
UNIVERS ZERO Ceux de dehors
SHUB-NIGGURATH Les mortes sont vites
LOS JAIVAS Alturas de Machu Picchu
STEVE TIBBETTS Yr
CONVENTUM Le bureau central des utopies
ASIA MINOR Between Flesh and Divine
ANDREAS VOLLENWEIDER Behind the Gardens - Behind the Wall - Under the Tree...
JEAN-LUC PONTY Individual Choice
DAVID SYLVIAN Secrets from the Beehive
PROPAGANDA A Secret Wish

Sunday, February 23, 2020

The Best LP Prog Epics from The 1990s

The 1990s' Best
Long-Playing Prog Epics (14 + mins.)
These are my top-rated long-playing prog epics from the decade of the 2000s, songs longer than 14 minutes. I'm sure I haven't heard everything released during the decade, but I'm working on it--which means I'll be adding to the list as I discover new masterpieces!

PROG PERFECTION:

1. "The Sky Moves Sideways - Phase 1"
(18:37)
by PORCUPINE TREE 
(40/40) = 10.0 
from the 1995 album The Sky Moves Sideways



NEAR PERFECTION:

2. "Glissements Progressifs Du Plaisir (extraits)"
(30:44)
by ART ZOYD
(59/60) = 9.83
from the 1997 album Häxan


3. "The Real Thing"
(18:02)
by KINGSTON WALL
(34/35) = 9.71 
from the 1994 album III - Trilogy


4. "A Suite for The Everyman"
(28:13)
by ECHOLYN
(58/60) = 9.67
from the 1992 album Suffocating the Bloom



5. "The Garden of Dreams"
 (59:34) 
by THE FLOWER KINGS
(114.75/120) = 9.5625
from the 1999 album Flower Power


6. "Slow Dance, Part Two"
(26:27)
by ANTHONY PHILLIPS
(47.75/50) = 9.55
from the 1990 album Slow Dance




Other LP Prog Epic Masterpieces:


7. "The Cathedral"
(19:33)
by PÄR LINDH PROJECT
(38/40) = 9.5 
from the 1994 album Gothic Impressions



8. "Before The Storm/The Storm"
(15:51)
by DISCIPLINE
(28.5/30) = 9.5 
from the 1997 album Unfolded Like Staircase



9. "299 796 km/s"

(14:46)

by IN THE WOODS
(28.5/30) = 9.5 
from the 1997 album Omnio


10. "A Change of Seasons"
(23:09)
by DREAM THEATER
(42/45) = 9.33 
from the 1995 EP A Change of Seasons 



Other GREAT LP Prog Epics:
11. "Jack Luminous" (17:28) 
by VOIVOD (32/35) = 9.143 
from the 1993 album The Outer Limits




12. "The Nile for A While" (21:29)
by MR. SIRIUS (36.5/40) = 9.125
from the 1990 album Dirge



13. "Humanizzimo" (20:53)

by ROINE STOLT (36.5/40) = 9.125
from the 1994 album The Flower King



14. "Mundus Incompertus" (26:43)
by PÄR LINDH PROJECT (45.5/50) = 9.1 
from the 1997 album Mundus Incompertus



15. "Stardust We Are" (25:02)
by THE FLOWER KINGS (45.5/50) = 9.1 
from the 1997 album Stardust We Are




16. "A Pleasant Shade of Gray" (53:46)
by FATES WARNING (95/105) = 9.05
from the 1997 album A Pleasant Shade of Gray


17. "Kingdom Come" (13:45)
by THINKING PLAGUE (27/30) = 9.0 
from the 1998 album In Extremis



18. "The Last Man on Earth" (14:45)
by PENDRAGON (27/30) = 9.0 
from the 1993 album The Window of Life


19. "A Gadarai Megszállott (The Fanatic Of Gadarai)" (22:25)
by AFTER CRYING (40.5/45) = 9.0 
from the 1992 album Megalázottak És Megszomorítottak


20. "Höstsejd (Rites of Fall)" (15:34)
by ÄNGLAGÅRD (27/30) = 9.0 
from the 1994 album Epilog



21. "Further Away" (14:30)
by IQ (27/30) = 9.0
from the 1993 album Ever




22. "Book of Prophecies" suite (20:35)
by SOLARIS (36/40) = 9.0 
from the 1999 album Nostrodamus: Book of Prophecies




23."The Divine Wings of Tragedy"(20:43) 
by SYMPHONY X
(36/40) = 9.0
from the 1997 album The Divine Wings of Tragedy




HONORABLE MENTIONS:
"A Mind Beside Itself" - DREAM THEATER (35.75/40) = 8.9375 from the 1994 album Awake
"Slow Dance, Part One" - ANTHONY PHILLIPS (44.5/50) = 8.9 from the 1990 album Slow Dance
"Joosan Lost / The Fate" (21:42) by FRENCH TV (40/45) = 8.89 from the 1999 album The Violence of Amateurs
"When the Water Breaks" - LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT (31/35) = 8.857
"Vagabonds Home" - U TOTEM (26.5/30) = 8.833 from the 1990 album U Totem
"Les Études d'Organisme" - THINKING PLAGUE (26.5/30) = 8.83 from the 1998 album In Extremis
"In Your Eyes" - COLLAGE (26.5/30) = 8.833 from the 1994 album Moonshine
"Los Angeles 2026" (23:21) by SOLARIS (44/50) = 8.8 from the 1990 album Solaris 1990
"The Sky Moves Sideways - Phase 2" (16:46) - PORCUPINE TREE (30.75/35) = 87.86 from the 1995 album The Sky Moves Sideways
"Symphonic Holocaust" (17:51) by MORTE MACABRE (30.5/35) = 87.14 from the 1998 album Symphonic Holocaust
"One Nail Draws Another" - U TOTEM (26/30) = 8.67 from the 1990 album U Totem



ALSO REVIEWED:
"Omnio" - IN THE WOODS (43.25/50) = 8.65
"Bleak, Uncertain, Beautiful..." (19:01) - GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR (34.5/40) = 8.625
"Somewhere But Yesterday" - CITIZEN CAIN (21.5/50) = 8.6
"The Narrow Margin" - IQ (34/40) = 8.5
"How to Measure a Planet?" - THE GATHERING (51/60) = 8.5
"Into The Dream" - DISCIPLINE (38/45) = 8.44
"Épreuves d'Acier" (17:56) by ART ZOYD (29.5/35) = 84.29 from the 1997 album Häxan
"Nervous, Sad, Poor..." (20:55) GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR (33.5/40) = 8.375
"Sono-bank"- BONDAGE FRUIT (33/40) = 8.25

"Récit" - BONDAGE FRUIT (46.5/60) = 7.75
"Amarok" - MIKE OLDFIELD (84/120) = 7.0



As Yet Unreviewed:
"Eyes of a Seer" (21:13) by KALABAN from the 1993 album Resistance Is Useless
"Hotash Slay" (14:01) by KALABAN from the 1993 album Resistance Is Useless
"Sleepless" (9:46) by KALABAN from the 1993 album Resistance Is Useless
"Procyon's Demise" (9:52) by KALABAN from the 1990 album Don't Panic 
"Mutants Over Miami" (12:17) by KALABAN from the 1990 album Don't Panic 
"Midnight Comet Dreams" (12:56) by KALABAN from the 1990 album Don't Panic
"Terminal Man" - BONDAGE FRUIT (/30) = from the 1996 album II
"Jag, Änglamarks Bane" - SINKADUS (/30) =  
"Snalblast" - SINKADUS (/40) = 
"Agren" - SINKADUS (35) = 
"The Limping Little Girl" - PRESENT (/30) =
"Ceux d'un Bas" - PRESENT (/40) =


Friday, February 21, 2020

The Best Mid-Length Prog Epics of the 1990s

The 1990s' Best Prog Epics
(9 to14 minutes in length)
Here are my top-rated prog epics from the 1990s. I haven't been able to find as many as there are from the last two decades, and I'm sure there are some that I've missed, but there are a few choice ones to get excited about.

PROG PERFECTION:

1. "Isis and Osiris"
(11:11)
by AYREON
(20/20) = 10.0 
from the 1998 album Into The Electric Castle


2. "Hole"
(11:08)
by ANEKDOTEN
(20/20) = 10.0 
from the 1999 album From Within


3. "The Truth Will Always Be"
(9:15)
by PAT METHENY
(20/20) = 10.0 
from the 1992 album Secret Story


4. "Jurassic Shift"
(11:05)
by OZRIC TENTACLES
(20/20) = 10.0 
from the 1993 album Jurassic Shift



NEAR PERFECTION:
5. "Kétezer Év"
(13:21) 
by AFTER CRYING
(29.5/30) = 9.833 
from the 1996 album Föld És Ég




Other Mid-Length Prog Epic Masterpieces:

6. "Baroque Impression No. 1"
(9:13)
by PÄR LINDH PROJECT
(19/20) = 9.5
from the 1997 album Mundus Incompertus


7. "Skogsranden (Eaves of the Forest)"
(10:47)

by ÄNGLAGÅRD
(19/20) = 9.5
from the 1994 album Epilog



8. "Big Puzzle"
(13:36)
by THE FLOWER KINGS
(28.5/30) = 9.5 
from the 1995 album Back in The World of Adventures



9. "Shining (...to the Powers of Fairyland)"
(10:45)
by AFTER CRYING
(19/20) = 9.5 
from the 1990 album Overground Music


10. "Svefn-G-Englar"
(10:04)
by SIGUR RÓS
(19/20) = 9.5 
from the 1999 album Ágætus Byrjun


11. "Carolina IV"
(10:23) 
by ANGRA
(19/20) = 9.5
from the 1996 album Holy Land



12. "Sista Somrar (The Last Summer)"
(13:10)
by ÄNGLAGÅRD
(23.5/25) = 9.4 
from the 1994 album Epilog


13. "Megalázottak És Megszomorította"
(11:46)
by AFTER CRYING
(23.5/25) = 9.4
from the 1992 album Megalázottak És Megszomorította


14. "Storm Bird Storm Dreamer"

(11:51)

by BONDAGE FRUIT
(23.5/25) = 9.4 
from the 1999 album Bondage Fruit IV


15. "Trial of Tears"
(13:06)
by DREAM THEATER
(23.5/25) = 9.4 
from the 1997 album Falling Into Infinity


16. "Jordrök (Earth Smoke)"

(11:11)

by ÄNGLAGÅRD
(18.75/20) = 9.375 
from the 1993 album Hybris



17. "A Gift of Wings"
(9:48)
by OZRIC TENTACLES
(18.75/20) = 9.375
from the 1990 album Erpland



18. "Scarred"

(10:59)

by DREAM THEATER
(18.75/20) = 9.375 
from the 1994 album Awake


19. "Third Eye"

(13:54)

by TOOL
(28/30) = 9.33
from the 1996 album Ænima


20. "Butterfly" 
(9:21)
by PSYCHOTIC WALTZ 
(18.5/20) = 9.25
from the 1992 album Into the Ever Flow





Other GREAT Mid-Length Prog Epics:
21. "Lines in the Sand" (12:05)
by DREAM THEATER (23/25) = 9.2
from the 1997 album Falling Into Infinity



22. "The Moor" (11:25) 
by OPETH (18.25/20) = 9.125 
from the 1999 album Still Life



23. "Struggle For Life" (9:12)
by AFTER CRYING (18.25/20) = 9.125 
from the 1997 album 6 



24. "Travel" (9:11)
by THE GATHERING (18.25/20) = 9.125 
from the 1998 album How to Measure a Planet?



25. "Stalker" (12:21)
by AFTER CRYING (22.75/25) = 9.1 
from the 1996 album De Profundis



26. "Canto IV" (13:44)
by DISCIPLINE (27.25/30) = 9.083 
from the 1997 album Unfolded Like Staircase




HONORABLE MENTIONS:
"De Profundis"  by AFTER CRYING (22.5/25) = 9.0 from the 1996 album De Profundis
"You" - KINGSTON WALL (18/20) = 9.0 from the 1993 album II
"Junk And Donuts" - CITIZEN CAIN (18/20) = 9.0 from the 1994 album Somewhere But Yesterday
"Crutches" - DISCIPLINE (22.5/25) = 9.0 from the 1997 album Unfold Like Staircase
"Finding and Believing" - PAT METHENY (18/20) = 9.0
"The Accolade" - SYMPHONY X (18/20) = 9.0
"World of Adventure" - THE FLOWER KINGS (27/30) = 9.0 from the 1995 album Back in The World of Adventures
"Learning to Live"(11:30) by DREAM THEATER (18/20) = 9.0 from the 1992 album Words and Images
"After The Flood" - TALK TALK (18/20) = 9.0 from the 1991 album Laughing Stock
"Tabula Rasa" - ABRAXAS (18/20) = 9.0 from the 1996 album Cykl obraca się. Narodziny, dzieciństwo pełne duszy, uśmiechów niewinnych i zdrady... 

"Chewbacca" - LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT (26.75/30) = 8.9167 from the 1999 album Liquid Tension Experiment 2
"Wings in The Night" - COLLAGE (17.75/20) = 8.875 from the 1994 album Moonlight
"The Flower King" - ROINE STOLT (17.75/20) = 8.875 from the 1994 album The Flower King  
"Sanktuarium" - QUIDAM (17.75/20) = 8.875 from the 1996 album Quidam
"Nurses Whispering Verses" - CARDIACS (17.75/20) = 8.875 from the 1992 album Sing to God
"Scene Four: Beyond This Life" - DREAM THEATER (17.75/20) = 8.875 from the 1999 album Scenes from a Memory
"Another Dimension" - LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT (17.75/20) = 8.875 from the 1998 album Liquid Tension Experiment 2
"Pushit" - TOOL (17.75/20) = 8.875 from the 1999 album Ænimus
"Moonshine" - COLLAGE (22/25) = 8.8 from the 1994 album Moonshine
"Masters Of Illusion" - PENDRAGON (22/25) = 8.8 from the 1996 album The Masquerade Overture
"Feng Shui" - OZRIC TENTACLES (17.5/20) = 8.75 from the 1992 album Jurassic Shift
"Baśnie (Fairy Tales)" - COLLAGE (17.5/20) = 8.75 from the 1991 album Baśnie  
"Metropolis - Pt. I "The Miracle And The Sleeper" - DREAM THEATER (17.75/20) = 8.75 from the 1992 album Images and Words
"Ajudah" - ABRAXAS (17.5/20) = 8.75 from the 1996 album Cykl obraca się. Narodziny, dzieciństwo pełne duszy, uśmiechów niewinnych i zdrady... 
"30 Seconds of Weightlessness" (11:02) by CHEER ACCIDENT (17.75/20) = 8.75 from the 1996 album Not a Food


ALSO REVIEWED:
"Night on Bare Mountain (incl. Black Stone)" - PÄR LINDH PROJECT (13:50) (26/30) = 8.67 from the 1994 album Gothic Impressions
"The Walls of Babylon" - PENDRAGON (17.25/20) = 8.625
"Jonny Had Another Face" - CITIZEN CAIN (17.25/20) = 8.625
"Amazing Flight" - AYREON (17.25/20) = 8.625
"Even Has a Half-Life" (9:34) by CHEER ACCIDENT (17.25/20) = 8.625 from the 1996 album Not a Food
"Goodbye to All That" - MARILLION (21.5/25) = 8.6
"Deaf, Numb and Blind" - THE FLOWER KINGS (17/20) = 8.5
"Mysticum Arabicola" - OZRIC TENTACLES (17/20) = 8.5
"Breaking the Spell" - PENDRAGON (17/20) = 8.5
"Desert Song" (13:08) by CHEER ACCIDENT (21.25/25) = 8.5 from the 1997 album Enduring the American Dream
"Frost and Fire" - BONDAGE FRUIT (21.25/25) = 8.5
"Niespełnienie" - QUIDAM (17/20) = 8.5
"Time Will Tell" - ROYAL HUNT (17/20) = 8.5
"Souls at Zero" - NEUROSIS (17/20) = 8.5 
"The Butterfly Effect" (9:38) by CHEER ACCIDENT (17/20) = 8.5 from the 1992 album Babies Shouldn't Smoke
"The Shadow" - PENDRAGON (16.75/20) = 8.375
"Clouded" - GORGUTS (16.75/20) = 8.375
"White Cluster" - OPETH (16.75/20) = 8.375
"Calling Home" - THE FLOWER KINGS (16.75/20) = 8.375
"Sand and Mercury" - THE GATHERING (16.75/20) = 8.375

"Prayer" - BONDAGE FRUIT (16.5/20) = 8.25
"The Bends" - MR. BUNGLE (16.5/20) = 8.25
"Guardian Of My Soul" - PENDRAGON (20.5/25) = 8.2
"A Chronology for Survival " - NEUROSIS (16.25/20) = 8.125
"The Darkest Hour" - IQ (16.25/20) = 8.125
"To Dance The Enamel-Faced Queen" - CITIZEN CAIN (16/20) = 8.0

"Odd-Job" - BONDAGE FRUIT (15/20) = 7.5




As Yet Unreviewed:
"Scene Six: Home" - DREAM THEATER (/25) =  from the 1999 album Metropolis 2: Scenes from a Memory
"Scene Nine: Finally Free" - DREAM THEATER (/25) =  from the 1999 album Metropolis 2: Scenes from a Memory
"Vandringar I Vilsenhet (Wanderings in Confusion)" - ÄNGLAGÅRD (22.5/25) =
"Kung Bore (King Winter) (12:57) - ÄNGLAGÅRD (22.5/25) =
"Godhead's Lament" - OPETH (/20) =
"Moonlapse Vertigo" - OPETH (/20) =
"Serenity Painted Death" - OPETH (/20) =
"The Pilgrim's Inn" - ROINE STOLT (/20) =
"Dissonata" - ROINE STOLT (/20) =
"Through Silver In Blood" - NEUROSIS (/25) =  
"Purify" - NEUROSIS (/25) =   
"Strength Of Fates" - NEUROSIS (/20) =  
"Aeon" - NEUROSIS (/20) =  
"Enclosure In Flame" - NEUROSIS (/20) =
"The Garden of Emotions" - AYREON (/20) =
"Liquid Dreams (10:48)" - LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT (/20) =
"Il Passo del Soldato" - NUOVO ERA (/25) =
"Lawrence" - CAMEL (/20) =
"Sad Rain" - ANEKDOTEN (/25) =
"Book of Hours" - ANEKDOTEN (/20) =
"Merry Go Bye Bye" - MR. BUNGLE (/25) =
"These Empty Places" - SIEGES EVEN (/20) =
"Mail Order Quarks" - (10:27) FRENCH TV (/20) =  
"Tiger Tea" - FRENCH TV (/25) = 
"Kodomo No Guntoi" - BONDAGE FRUIT (/20) =  
"The Judas Goat" - U TOTEM (/20) = 
 "Valkyria" - SINKADUS (/20) = 
"Ulv I Farakläder" - SINKADUS (/20) =
"Manuel" - SINKADUS (/20) = 
 Attestupan" - SINKADUS (/25) = 
"Júdás" - AFTER CRYING (/20) =
"V - Conclusion: "(Tribute to Keith Emerson) (10:45)" - AFTER CRYING (/20) = 
"Hey Joe" - OZ MUTANTES (/25) =
"Strange Barbarians" - CITIZEN CAIN (/25) =
"Detras dal Umbral" - NEXUS (/20) =
"Eterno y Fugaz" - NEXUS (/20) =
"New Grass" - TALK TALK (/20) =
"Weeping Willow" - IN THE WOODS (/20) =
"The Siren of The Woods" - THERION (/20) =