Whoever came up with the over-pretentious, collective term “progressive rock” couldn’t have been less forward thinking. Prog rock in its truest form was not a ‘restrictive’ genre – it was a movement that unified ALL genres.
Forget such flamboyant cover stars such as Genesis, Yes and ELP, what of the truly progressive international rock musicians who started their own hybrid-hurricanes outside the rectangular iris of prog’s media storm? What about the unintentionally progressive musicians from the far reaches of the globe who were forced to create their own brand of psychedelic rock in a country shielded from the influence of the western world? Why don’t we spare a thought (and some needle time), for the culturally progressive crusaders carrying the rock-music flag in the face of political adversity risking social ostrasization or even death?
Even though most of the 15 tracks on this compilation were recorded over 30 years ago they still, individually embody a wide range of challenging progressive musical ideas which are as relevant today as they were when the vinyl first came off the press in each of their scattered countries of origin.
Prog Is Not A Four Letter Word is the follow-up to Andy Votel’s critically acclaimed Folk Is Not A Four Letter Word (CDDELAY01), which caused quite a stir earlier this year.
The majority of these tracks have never before been on CD, many appear here for the first time away from their highly sought after, and stupendously rare, original releases.