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PopEntertainment.com > Reviews > Box Set Reviews > Supernatural Fairy Tales - The Progressive Rock Era

 

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Various Artists

Supernatural Fairy Tales - The Progressive Rock Era (Rhino R2 72451) 1996

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Description:
It almost sounds like a joke.  A five disk set of the best of the art rockers, like Yes, Genesis (the pre-Phil Collins years) and Emerson Lake & Palmer.  What is it?   Five disks with a total of seven insufferably long songs on the whole thing?
What's Good About It?
Knowing most people wouldn't be able to stomach an entire box of straight artsy noodling, the compilers really widened the the parameters of prog rock.  They are some of the best moments on the set, but Electric Light Orchestra, Roxy Music, Argent and Can are only prog rock in the broadest definition. 
What's Bad About It?
See above.  Also, way too much of this stuff is too obscure even in the small prog rock circles.
What's Missing?
Good music.
PopEntertainment.com final grade: D+ 
It is exhaustively researched and put together, but frankly Prog Rock has aged about as well as unrefrigerated fish.  Way too much of this music is pretentious, self-consciously arty and just plain dull.

Sabrina Stevens

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