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Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Brain Salad Surgery (1973) Manticore/MC 66669 – Original US Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Brain Salad Surgery
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Label: Manticore/MC 66669 | Released: 1973 | Genre: Symphonic-Rock

Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music
One thing is quite certain: ou can love this album to death or loathe it with every fiber of your being, but you can’t really ignore it. From the gorgeusly disturbing gatefold sleeve, displaying a masterpiece of Gothic artwork by Swiss cult artist R.H. Giger (of “Alien” fame), down to the unabashed self-indulgence of its musical content, “Brain Salad Surgery” is a compendium of everything progressive rock is all about, the good, the bad and the ugly. It is loud, metallic, and harsh, undeniably bombastic, though it can also be melodic and soothing – a true rollercoaster ride of an album, swinging from the beautiful, English choirboy vocals of “Jerusalem” (with wonderful lyrics courtesy of one Mr William Blake) to the all-out progressive orgy that is “Karn Evil 9”.
Elton John – The Elton John ‘Live’ Collection (1979) Pickwick Records/PDA 047 – 2 LP/UK Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Elton John – The Elton John ‘Live’ Collection
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Label: Pickwick Records/PDA 047 | Released: 1979 | Genre: Pop-Rock

The British label Pickwick/Hallmark, is characterized by making re-editions. This time I scored another point by purchasing this double LP’s live by Elton John many, many years ago, with two concerts recorded in the 70s decade (1970 – 1974). I say a success because the records are intact, just like their original versions and the best in a single double album! What more can I ask for?
Quarteto 1111 – Onde Quando Como... (1974) GUESS062 – SP 180g Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Quarteto 1111 – Onde Quando Como Porquê Cantamos Pessoas Vivas
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Label: Guerssen/GUESS062 | Released: 1974 | This Issue: 2009 | Genre: Progressive-Rock

Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music
As a “Tronmaniac” it was inevitable that one day I would stumble upon the album 10.000 Anos Depois Entre Vénus E Marte by singer and keyboard player José Cid, this is Mellotron Heaven on Earth! Then I discovered that José Cid once joined the Portuguese five piece band Quarteto 1111 and from that moment I was very determined to get an album. Thanks to a Portuguese PA friend (you know who you are) I got a copy and was finally able to listen to this highly acclaimed and most progressive Portuguese progrock effort.
Schola Hungarica – Magyar Gregorianum 2 (1979) Hungaroton/SLPX 12048 – Original HU Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Schola Hungarica – Magyar Gregorianum 2 (Gregorian Chants From Medieval Hungary)
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Label: Hungaroton/SLPX 12048 | Released: 1979 | Genre: Gregorian Chant

One of my favorite group of “Flat Chant”, the Schola Hungarica ensemble. In this LP there are some exceptions: There are polyphonic pieces and others accompanied by some instrument (organ or percussion).
An awesome LP example from this vocal group.
The John Renbourn Group – Live In America (1982) Flying Fish/FC 27103 – 2 LP/Original US Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

The John Renbourn Group – Live In America
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Label: Flying Fish/FC 27103 | Released: 1982 | Genre: Progressive-Folk

Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music
When the network did not exist and at the time of purchase music, I often faced sealed LPs, without oportunity able to listen them. How to choose and buy without a mistake?
Well, in my case I always depended on my instincts. Sometimes a simple but attractive cover was the final choice (evidently based on artists I knew). An excellent example is this double LP of “The John Renbourn Group”, knew about John Renbourn next to Jacqui McShee (Both from Pentangle).
The Flower Kings – Stardust We Are (1997) Inside Out Music/IOMLP 048 – 3 LP/Original EU Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

The Flower Kings – Stardust We Are
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Mastered At Zima Studio
Label: Inside Out Music/IOMLP 048 | Original CD Released: 1997 | Original LP Issue: 2014 | Genre: Symphonic-Rock

Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music
On this extensive triple-LP set, the key to sorting out the wheat from the chaff is song length. The longer the song, the better it is. And I will not beat about the bush: the title song is one of the best epics ever written. Not the most original, but certainly the most beautiful.
The attractive thing about this set is how THE FLOWER KINGS gradually introduce the themes that eventually come together in the final track. Such a presaging is very much in the symphonic tradition. I love listening to a record where themes are introduced, varied and reprised; it never fails to please. This is such a record, if you’re patient.
Jethro Tull – Live/Bursting Out (1978) Chrysalis/301 275-420 – 2LP/DE Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz - NEW 2017 RIP!!

Jethro Tull – Live/Bursting Out
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Mastered By Bobby Hata
Label: Chrysalis/301 275-420 | Released: 1978 | Genre: Progressive-Folk

Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music
After playing this album for literally months, I have finally sat my skinny arse down to lend some ink to the wonderful JETHRO TULL recording “Bursting Out – Live”. It is now remastered — thank you very much Chrysalis/Capital records for doing so, and Ian ANDERSON, of course, for being there to supervise and lend your personal touch with colorful liner notes.
Cressida – Asylum (1971) Repertoire Records/REP 2224 – UK 180g Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Cressida – Asylum
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Half Speed Mastering At Abbey Road Studios By Jon Astley
Label: Repertoire Records/REP 2224 | Released: 1971 | This Issue: 2014 | Genre: Progressive-Rock

Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music
5 stars CRESSIDA’s “Asylum” is a wonderful example of early British symphonic progressive rock. This 1971 release mixes catchy Paul McCartney-esque vocals with adventurously colorful instrumental passages. The new listener will probably notice singer Angus Cullen, whose voice comes close to McCartney’s (not totally, but close). His vocal melodies are some of the finest I’ve heard in 70s English prog, and the subtle British storytelling style in the lyrics is amusing to listen to.
Beggars Opera – Waters Of Change (1971) Vertigo/6360 054 – DE Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Beggars Opera – Waters Of Change
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Label: Vertigo/6360 054 | Released: 1971 | This Issue: 1974 | Genre: Progressive-Rock

Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music
Swimming in mellotron
“Waters of change” was Beggar’s opera’s best album in my opinion, full of strong melodies and well constructed songs. Having introduced themselves with the innovative, classically driven “Act one”, the band invested in a mellotron, which instantly became the dominant instrument in their sound. The band moved away from the intricate symphonic prog of their first album, towards the art rock of the Moody Blues and Barclay James Harvest.
Cressida – Cressida (1970) Repertoire Records/REP 2225 – UK 180g Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Cressida – Cressida
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Half Speed Mastering At Abbey Road Studios By Jon Astley
Label: Repertoire Records/REP 2225 | Released: 1970 | This Issue: 2014 | Genre: Progressive-Rock

Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music
Cressida’s short career will be unfortunately unnoticed, despite having a lot of trumps in their hands. Just two albums, but both fetching small fortunes (partly due to the fact that they were released on Vertigo’s Swirl label), but the music quality is simply excellent on both records although there are very notable differences between them.