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 


11. "Terminal Man"
(15:15)
by BONDAGE FRUIT
(28/30) = 93.33
from the 1996 album II
https://guysegers1.bandcamp.com/track/terminal-man-bondage-fruit


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




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



14. "Humanizzimo" (20:53)

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



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



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




17. "Madrigal Love" (21:57)
by AFTER CRYING (41/45) = 9.1
from the 1990 album Overground Music




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



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



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



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



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




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




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


25. "Omnio?" (26:04)
by IN THE WOODS (45/50) = 9.0
from the 1997 album Omnio



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
"Refractions in the Plastic Pulse" (17:32) - STEREOLAB (31/35) = 8.857 from the 1997 album Dots and Loops
 "Mooloop" (17:04) - PORCUPINE TREE (31/35) = 8.857 from the 1995 album The Sky Moves Sideways
"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
 (22:25)
"A gadarai megszállott" (22:14) by AFTER CRYING (39.5/45) = 8.78 from the 1992 album Megalázottak És Megszomorítottak
"Walk with Me" (14:20) - THE TEA PARTY (26.25/30) = 87.50 from the 1995 album The Edge of Twilight
"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
"Jag, Änglamarks Bane" - SINKADUS (/30) =  
"Snalblast" - SINKADUS (/40) = 
"Agren" - SINKADUS (35) = 
"The Limping Little Girl" - PRESENT (/30) =
"Ceux d'un Bas" - PRESENT (/40) =
"Queen of Hearts" - PENDRAGON (1991 The World) (/45) = 





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