Various Artists — Le Meilleur du Progressif Instrumental
(Musea FGBG 4170.AR, 1996, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1996-08-01
This is the third sampler in Musea's Meilleur... series, which extracts material from their regular releases and distribute them as low-cost samplers to familiarize new listeners with their enormous back-catalog. For my money, this is by far the best of the three. The disc opens with "Dreadful Memories" from Asia Minor's classic Between Flesh and Divine album, and follows that with the haunting and surreal "October Dawns" from Edhels' second album, the first CD Musea ever released. Other featured artists include Ivory, Tiemko, Kadwaladyr, Hecenia, Terpandre, Patrick Broguiere, Bertrand Loreau, Bag, Changing Images, Apocalypse, Jean-Pascal Boffo, Carpe Diem, and Minimum Vital. The latter's contribution "Ann Dey Floh" is not exactly an instrumental, but that's easily forgivable. In all, this is an outstanding introduction to fifteen of the brightest gems in Musea's back catalog.
Related artist(s): Jean Pascal Boffo, Edhels, Jean-Luc Payssan, Apocalypse, Minimum Vital / Vital Duo, B.A.G., Ivory, Various Artists, Carpe Diem, Patrick Broguière, Hecenia, Kadwaladyr, Bertrand Loreau, Eloy Fritsch, Tiemko, Terpandre, Asia Minor
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