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Slow down as you approach the gate, and have your change ready....
Label: Threshing Floor Records/Righteous Sinner Records
Length: CD 1-9 Tracks/66:23, CD 2-9 Tracks/64:54
Ah, I have died and gone
to prog-rock heaven. OK, perhaps that is a little over the top, but
I have been spinning this project with amazement non-stop since receiving
it. CPR is an acronym for Christian Progressive Rock. The project
is a two CD compilation of prog-rock artists with two things in
Some background-through the
wonders of the Internet many Christian prog-rock enthusiasts and musicians
met up through a Yahoo group started by Bill Hammell called Cprog (join
For the uninitiated, a progressive rock definitions may be in order. According to The Flower Kings web site (<http://tfk.progjam.com/FAQ.cfm?ShowFAQ=196>) this is what signifies progressive/symphonic rock:
Of course any attempt to define a genre of music is going to be limited, but this may be about as close as a description of this music as possible. If you are familiar with groups like Yes, early Genesis, ELP, Gentle Giant, Camel, and even some Rush and Dream Theater you will have a picture of this genre.
CPR Volume 1 boasts appearances by established progressive artists that are known in the field: Inside Out Music artist Proto-Kaw (featuring Kerry Livgren) with the tour-de-force "Leaven" from their new Before Became After CD, Glass Hammer showcases classic keyboards and layered vocal magic in "Farewell to Shadowlands" from their latest Shadowlands CD, Neal Morse (formerly of Spock's Beard) worships with "I Am Willing", Ajalon shares "What Kind of Love?" (with bassist Randy George and an incredible guest appearance by legendary Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman), Salem Hill features their epic work "The Judgment", and Dave Beegle (guitarist extraordinaire from Fourth Estate) checks in with a flavorful instrumental "Kara Kum." Each of these artists provide unforgettable songs for the project. The pleasant surprise is the strength of the songs from artists that are not as well known (yet): America Gomorrah, Akacia, Dwight Mitchell (from The Diary: A Rock Opera Project), Navigator, Vertical Alignment, Everlasting Arms, Revelation Project, Ten Point Ten, Eric Parker, Theophonic Cloud, Divine In Sight, and Shadowstar. The vision and excitement these new artist provide is evident as you listen to these labors of love. Each of the songs on CPR averages almost 7 ½ minutes, and you won't be bored for a second with these epic musical paintings!
CPR is a project that will have lovers of progressive music scrambling to find more music from these artists. This project serves as a great introduction to established artists with a strong body of work that you will want to delve into, and as a preview to some exciting projects recently released or yet to come. The project succeeds as an entry point for prog-rock newbies and a soundtrack for believers who have a love of the progressive rock genre. The colorful art and booklet are attractive (hey, everyone knows great prog-rock equals great album art!), and each group gets their own page with a nice bio and further information about the artist. The amazing thing about the project is it costs a mere $16 for all of this fun and prog-rock greatness! And guess what? Volume 2 is already in the works!
For more information on the CPR Volume 1 project, the artists on the project, or to purchase the CD check out: http://www.cprogrock.com/.
Barry Nothstine 4/14/2004