Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Best Prog Epics from the 1980s

The 1980s' Best Prog Epics
(9+ minutes in length.)
Here are my top-rated prog epics from the 1980s. The pickings are rather slim--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. "As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls" 
(20:46)
by PAT METHENY & LYLE MAYS 
40/40 = 10.0
from the 1981 album of the same name.



2. "Dream Within a Dream"
(9:08) 
by PROPAGANDA
20/20 = 10.0
from the 1985 album A Secret Wish



3. "Le cri"
(9:03)
by ESKATON
20/20 = 10.0
from the 1981 album 4 Visions



4. "La poderosa muerte"
(11:08)
by LOS JAIVAS
(20/20)
from the 1981 album Alturas de Machu Picchu






NEAR PERFECTION:

5. "Eskaton"
(10:30)
by ESKATON
(19.75/20) = 9.875
from the 1981 album 4 Visions



6. "Minuano in 6/8"
(9:26)
by THE PAT METHENY GROUP 
(19.5/20) = 9.75 
from the album Still Life (Talking)




7. "Lágada"
(9:00)
by GALADRIEL 
(19.5/20) = 9.75
from the 1988 album Mutterred Promises from An Ageless Pond



8. "The Ninth Wave" 
(26:25)
by KATE BUSH 
(48.5/50) = 9.7
from the 1985 album Hounds of Love



9. "Gevecht Met De Engel Deel I, II, & III"
(22:37)
by FLAIRCK
(43.5/45) = 9.67
from the 1980 album Gevecht Met De Engel


10. "Marsibéli Krónikák I-VI"
(23:23)
by SOLARIS
(43.5/45) = 9.67
from the 1984 album Marsibéli Krónikák


11. "Welcome to The Pleasuredome"
(13:40)
by FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
(29/30) = 9.67
from the 1984 album Welcome to The Pleasuredome


12. "1984, Part 1"
(18:41)
by ANTHONY PHILLIPS
(38.5/40) = 9.625
from the 1981 album 1984





Other LP Prog Epic Masterpieces:


13. "Wave"
(9:11)
by DAVID SYLVIAN
(19/20) = 9.5
from the 1986 album Gone to Earth


14. "Présage"
(9:48)
by UNIVERS ZERO
(19/20) = 9.5
from the 1984 album Uzed


15. "All The Fallen People"
(11:57)
by MR. SIRIUS
(28.5/30) = 9.5
from the 1987 album Barren Dreams


16. "Same Deep Water as You"
(9:19)
by THE CURE
(19/20) = 9.5
from the 1989 album Disintegration


17. "The Great Tower"
(9:44)
by IVORY 
(19/20) = 9.5
from the 1980 album Sad Cypress


18. "Combat" 
(12:26)
by UNIVERS ZERO 
(23.5/25) = 9.4
from the 1981 album Ceux du dehors


19. "La Ballade De Lénore" 
(9:00)
by SHUB-NIGGURATH
(18.75/20) = 9.375
from the 1986 album Les mortes sont vites



20. "Barbara" 
(13:45)
by IVORY
(28/30) = 9.33
from the 1980 album Sad Cypress


21. "Tota in The Moya"
(10:14)
by YEZDA URFA
(18.5/20) = 9.25
from the 1989 album Sacred Baboon


22. "Attente"
(10:12))
by ESKATON 
(18.5/20) = 9.25
from the 1981 album 4 Visions



23. "We Are Sane" 
(10:27)
by TWELFTH NIGHT 
(18.5/20) = 9.25
from the 1982 album Fact and Fiction




Other GREAT LP Prog Epics:

24. "Rise and Fall" (10:12) 
by PALLAS (17.3/20) = 9.225
from the 1984 album The Sentinel




25. "La vieille femme et la chandelle"(12:43)
by HECENIA (23/25) = 9.2
from the 1989 album Hecenia




26. "The Crucifixion" (15:39)
by ARAGON (27.5/30) = 9.167
from the 1988 album Don't Bring the Rain



27. "The Enemy Smacks" (13:49)
by IQ (27.5/30) = 9.167 
from the 1983 album Tales from the Lush Attic



28. "Sphinx Lightning" (19:12)
by TANGERINE DREAM (36.5/40) = 9.125
from the 1983 album Hyperborea


29. "Memento z banalnym triptykiem" (20:57)
by SBB (36.5/40) = 9.125
from the 1980 album Memento z banalnym triptykiem



 30. "A Few Minutes After Trancefer" (18:50)
by KLAUS SCHULZE (36.5/40) = 9.125
from the 1983 album Trancefer



31. "Circle in the Forest" (22:21)

by ASTURIAS (41/45) = 9.11
from the 1988 album Circle in The Forest



32. "Dense" (12:34)
by UNIVERS ZERO (22.75/25) = 9.1
from the 1981 album Ceux du dehors




HONORABLE MENTIONS:
"Barren Dream" - MR. SIRIUS (27/30) = 9.0
"Anniversio" - PAZZO FANFANO DI MUSICA (18/20) = 9.0
"Tangram" Set 2 - TANGERINE DREAM (36/40) = 9.0
"The Funeral Plain" (20:24) - UNIVERS ZERO (36/40) = 9.0
"Green Desert" - TANGERINE DREAM (36/40) = 9.0
"1984, Part 2" - ANTHONY PHILLIPS (27/30) = 9.0
"New Impressionist" - PEKKA POHJOLA (27/30) = 9.0 
"Landahl's Cross" - GALADRIEL (36/40) = 9.0
"The Slough of Despond" - MIDAS (27/30) = 9.0
"Communiqué: 'Approach Spiral'" - MICHAEL SHRIEVE with Kevin Shrieve & Klaus Schulze (27/30) = 9.0
"The Rainbow" - TALK TALK (18/20) = 9.0



ALSO REVIEWED:
"Le grimoire" - HECENIA (17.75/20) = 8.875
"Visions of Blue" - JAN AKKERMAN (17.75/20) = 8.875
"Mission 14" - QUASAR (26.5/30) = 8.83
"The Last Requiem" - AMENOPHIS (44/50) = 8.8
"The Network of Sparks" - DAVID TORN (17.5/20) = 8.75
"Tangram" Set 1 - TANGERINE DREAM (35/40) = 8.75
"Hecenia" - HECENIA (17.5/20) = 8.75
"Scottish Suite" - ANTHONY PHILLIPS (26.25/30) = 8.75
"Crises" - MIKE OLDFIELD (35/40) = 8.75
"My Brother" (13:52) - IVORY (26/30) = 8.67
"Incipit Tragaedia" - SHUB-NIGGURATH (26/30) = 8.67
"Kätkävaaran Lohikäärme" - PEKKA POHJOLA (26/30) = 8.67
"Creepshow" - TWELFTH NIGHT (21.667/25) = 8.667
"Funkology" - JAN AKKERMAN (17.25/20) = 8.625 
"Inke Ja Mä"  - PEKKA POHJOLA (17/20) = 8.5
"Blind Curve" - MARILLION (17/20) = 8.5
"Emmanations" - UNIVERS ZERO (25.5/30) = 8.5
"Silent Running" - KLAUS SCHULZE (34/40) = 8.5 
"The Black Knight" - PENDRAGON (17/20) = 8.5
"Beyond the Clean Air" - MIDAS (34/40) = 8.5 
"Heavy Jazz" - PEKKA POHJOLA (17/20) = 8.5
"Třiatřicet" MODRY EFEKT (25.5/30) = 8.5 
"FM Delight" - KLAUS SCHULZE (29.5/35) = 8.429
"Sailor on the Seas of Fate" - OSIRIS - (21/25) = 8.4
"Sampoliini" - PEKKA POHJOLA (21/25) = 8.4 
"Le passage" - HECENIA (20.75/25) = 8.3
"Mystical Adventures, Pts 1-5" - JEAN-LUC PONTY (33/40) = 8.25 
"Widow's Peak" - IQ (16.5/20) = 8.25
"Pressure" - PEKKA POHJOLA (16.5/20) = 8.25
"Mojave Plan" - TANGERINE DREAM (33/40) = 8.25
"Company of Wolves" - ARAGON (16.5/20) = 8.25
"Urban Caravan" - PEKKA POHJOLA (20.5/25) = 8.2
"Alpha Numerique" - KLAUS SCHULZE (24.5/30) = 8.167
"Risto" - PEKKA POHJOLA (24.5/30) = 8.167
"U.F.O." - QUASAR (28.5/35) = 8.14
"Écoute" - ESKATON (20/25) = 8.0
"Transfer Station Blue" - MICHAEL SHRIEVE with Kevin Shrieve & Klaus Schulze (20/25) = 8.0
"Imppu's Tango" - PEKKA POHJOLA (16/20) = 8.0
"Kiew Mission" - TANGERINE DREAM (16/20) = 8.0
"Taurus II" - MIKE OLDFIELD (39/50) = 7.8
"Orabidoo" - MIKE OLDFIELD (19.5/25) = 7.8
"The Last Human Gateway" - IQ (31/40) = 7.75
"Tanz und Tod (15:11)" - ANYONE's DAUGHTER (23/30) = 7.67 
"Formula N-One" - JAN AKKERMAN (15/20) = 7.5

9.0 Songs
"Circles" - TERJE RYPDAL

8.5 Songs
"Before the Bullfight" (8.5) - DAVID SYLVIAN
"Último Entardecer" (8.5) - BACAMARTE
"Script for a Jester's Tear" (8.5) - MARILLION
"Onde" (8.5) - EIDER STELLAIRE
"Esnatzea I & II" (8.5) - ITOIZ



Great Songs Just Under Nine Minutes in Length:
"Brilliant Trees" - DAVID SYLVIAN (19.5/20) = 9.75
"Disintegration" - THE CURE = 9.5
"Are You Going With Me?" - THE PAT METHENY GROUP (19/20) = 9.5
"The Sheltering Sky" - KING CRIMSON (19/20) = 9.5
"Občasná pánská jízda" - MODRY EFEKT (Blue Effect) (19/20) = 9.5
"Heatwave" - UNIVERS ZERO (19/20) = 9.5
"Pitié" - ESKATON (18.5/20) = 9.25
"Alaska" - PENDRAGON (18.5/20) = 9.25
"The Everso Closely Guarded Line" - CARDIACS (13.5/15) = 9.0
"Sleepless" (extended version) - KING CRIMSON (18/20) = 9.0
"Incubus" - MARILLION (18/20) = 9.0
"3, Almost 4, 6, Yea" - YEZDA URFA (18/20) = 9.0
"La corne du bois des pendus" - UNIVERS ZERO (17.5/20) = 8.75



As-yet unreviewed:
"Le poison qui rend fou, Pt. 1" - PRESENT ()
"Le poison qui rend fou, Pt. 2" - PRESENT ()
"Samana" () - PRÉSENT