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    If you can only make one cd with your favorite music throughout the years

    So max 80 minutes of the music that will feel like a soundtrack to your life. Not only prog but whatever style.

    Not an easy thing I know. It took me ages to compile mine. I had to go through my collection without mercy and with the knowledge that there will be no space for some of the songs that mean the most to me, simply because they are too long to include on a compilation were every band and solo artist is urging me to give them some of those 80 minutes.

    How would yours look like? Looking forward to see them :-)

    Here is my list.

    1. Bo Hansson: Fog on the Barrow-Downs (from "Lord of the Rings" 1970)
    2. Yes: Long Distance Runaround (from "Fragile" 1971)
    3. Emerson, Lake & Palmer: From the Beginning (from "Trilogy" 1972)
    4. Black Sabbath: Who are You? (from "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" 1973)
    5. Gandalf: Alone Again (from "Gallery of Dreams" 1992)
    6. Rainbow: Sixteenth Century Greensleeves (from "Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow" 1975)
    7. Renaissance: Kalynda (A Magical Isle) (from "Azur D' Or" 1971)
    8. Uriah Heep: Sunrise (from "the Magician's Birthday" 1972)
    9. Jethro Tull: Coronach (from "20 years of Jethro Tull" 1988)
    10. Kansas: Can I Tell You (from "Kansas" 1974)
    11. Camel: Harbour of Tears (from "Harbour of Tears" 1996)
    12. Dio: Don’t Talk to Strangers (from "Holy Diver" 1983)
    13. Love: Andmoreagain (from "Forever Changes" 1967)
    14. Rory Gallagher: Tattoo’d Lady (from "Tattoo" 1973)
    15. Fairport Convention: Crazy Man Michael (from "Liege and Lief" 1969)
    16. Yngwie Malmsteen: Rising Force (from "Odyssey" 1988)
    17. Stratovarius: Speed of Light (from "Episode" 1996)
    18. Immortal: Blashyrk (Mighty Ravendark) (from "Battles in the North" 1995)
    19. Górecki: Concerto for Harpsichord and String Orchestra (from "Harpsichord Concerto" 1995)
    20. Wolves in the Throne Room: Mother Owl, Father Ocean (from "Thrice Woven" 2017)
    21. King Crimson: Starless (first four minutes) (from "Red" 1974)
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    Very tough; I also had to omit most lengthy tracks. I'm not at all satisfied with this, but just for fun, here's 80 minutes:

    The Smiths - That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
    Simon and Garfunkel - The Boxer
    Kate Bush - Jig Of Life
    Area - La Mela Di Odessa (1920)
    Genesis - Entangled
    Miles Davis (2nd quintet) - Gingerbread Boy
    Cardiacs - Foundling
    Rachel Portman - Opening Credits (The Human Stain score - but there are ten trillion pieces of film score music I could easily choose)
    Metallica - Blackened
    Jethro Tull - Life Is A Long Song
    Weather Report - Unknown Soldier
    Peter Hammill - This Side Of The Looking Glass
    Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street
    Handel - Sarabande - played by any competent orchestra... a 'classical 101' choice, but I had to keep it short (* see also: film scores)
    Änglagård - Jordrök

    ... I had to lop off a couple of beloved songs (Elton John - Sixty Years On and Le Orme - Rittorno Al Nulla) in order to have Änglagård on there.

    (EDIT: and I completely blanked on Joan Baez's Diamonds And Rust. )

    Stay tuned for my next 109,556 choices (or I could go with only 109,077 if I don't include any Zappa).
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    I'm going to need one of those 5D optical crystals that can hold terabytes of data.
    One cd is never going to cut it, never.
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    Impossible for me too. Maybe I could cut it down to 1 cd if I included 1 minute of 1 song from each band/artist that I hold dear.
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    This is tough, but I'm going to give it a try. It's an interesting mental exercise.

    I'll come back and post in this thread once I've got a track list made.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Progatron View Post
    Very tough; I also had to omit most lengthy tracks. I'm not at all satisfied with this, but just for fun, here's 80 minutes:

    The Smiths - That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
    Simon and Garfunkel - The Boxer
    Kate Bush - Jig Of Life
    Area - La Mela Di Odessa (1920)
    Genesis - Entangled
    Miles Davis (2nd quintet) - Gingerbread Boy
    Cardiacs - Foundling
    Rachel Portman - Opening Credits (The Human Stain score - but there are ten trillion pieces of film score music I could easily choose)
    Metallica - Blackened
    Jethro Tull - Life Is A Long Song
    Weather Report - Unknown Soldier
    Peter Hammill - This Side Of The Looking Glass
    Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street
    Handel - Sarabande - played by any competent orchestra... a 'classical 101' choice, but I had to keep it short (* see also: film scores)
    Änglagård - Jordrök

    ... I had to lop off a couple of beloved songs (Elton John - Sixty Years On and Le Orme - Rittorno Al Nulla) in order to have Änglagård on there.

    (EDIT: and I completely blanked on Joan Baez's Diamonds And Rust. )

    Stay tuned for my next 109,556 choices (or I could go with only 109,077 if I don't include any Zappa).
    Haha I understand it's not only fun. Would have loved some Van der Graaf Generator on my list, since you mentioned Peter Hammill.

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    Not even going to try. It would be pointless. I'm with Mark.

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    Interesting thought experiment, there would have to be at least 1 children's song on there to represent your first decade. Check with your parents they surely remember your favorites!

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    My favorite songs are already on 1 cd. Its called Sing to God.

    (Okay, maybe I would replace Angleworm Angel with the Everso closely guarded line)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave (in MA) View Post
    Not even going to try. It would be pointless. I'm with Mark.
    That makes three of us!

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    Since the criteria is a "soundtrack for your life", I picked shorter songs by prog bands and I basically picked one song by each band that introduced me to a new sound or style and expanded my listening into new directions. I also went from the 60's through the 90's and stopped there because I had already accumulated around 80 minutes. From the late 90's onward would have to be a separate disc....

    The Monkees - The Girl I Knew Somewhere
    Chicago - Make Me Smile (radio edit)
    Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick (radio edit)
    Yes - Heart of the Sunrise
    Humble Pie - Hot n' Nasty
    Horslips - Wrath of the Rain
    Angel - Tower
    Be Bop Deluxe - Crystal Gazing
    Dave Edmunds - The Trouble Boys
    Elvis Costello - Lipstick Vogue
    Raven - Take Control
    Manowar - Manowar
    Helstar - Toward the Unknown
    Steeleye Span - Thomas the Rhymer
    Mississippi Fred McDowell - Shake 'em on Down
    RL Burnside - When My First Wife Left Me
    Dave Hole - Workin' Overtime
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    H'mmm. Pikers. One CD? I'll fill it with MP3s, get hours out of it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by thedunno View Post
    My favorite songs are already on 1 cd. Its called Sing to God.

    (Okay, maybe I would replace Angleworm Angel with the Everso closely guarded line)
    So funny....I was actually gonna write this

    (Not the Angleworm part)

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    Roy Harper - The Spirit Lives
    Henry Cow - Beautiful As The Moon, Terrible As An Army With Banners
    King Crimson - Larks Tongues In Aspic Pt2
    Mike Oldfield - Theme For Tubular Bells
    Univers Zero - Doctor Petiot
    Vezhlivy Otkaz - Lz
    Amon Duul II - Wolf City
    Nik Bartsch Ronin - modul 42
    Black Sabbath - Symptom Of The Universe
    Cardiacs - Fiery Gun Hand
    John Coltrane - Resolution Pt2
    The Comet Is Coming - Summon The Fire
    Alec K Redfearn & The Eyesores - The Seven & Six
    Pink Floyd - Astronomy Domine
    Van Der Graaf Generator - Theme One

    Total time 79 minutes 54 seconds
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    Not even a double CD, tough rules. Interesting, but I have to think on this a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    Roy Harper - The Spirit Lives
    Henry Cow - Beautiful As The Moon, Terrible As An Army With Banners
    King Crimson - Larks Tongues In Aspic Pt2
    Mike Oldfield - Theme For Tubular Bells
    Univers Zero - Doctor Petiot
    Vezhlivy Otkaz - Lz
    Amon Duul II - Wolf City
    Nik Bartsch Ronin - modul 42
    Black Sabbath - Symptom Of The Universe
    Cardiacs - Fiery Gun Hand
    John Coltrane - Resolution Pt2
    The Comet Is Coming - Summon The Fire
    Alec K Redfearn & The Eyesores - The Seven & Six
    Pink Floyd - Astronomy Domine
    Van Der Graaf Generator - Theme One

    Total time 79 minutes 54 seconds
    Great one. Some of the songs I have to check out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tangram View Post
    Not even a double CD, tough rules. Interesting, but I have to think on this a bit.
    I considered to make a 2 CD set for a while, so I didn’t have to kick out some of my beloved bands, but it felt like cheating. Before you know you will end up with a boxset of 26 CDs ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkenralph View Post
    I considered to make a 2 CD set for a while, so I didn’t have to kick out some of my beloved bands, but it felt like cheating. Before you know you will end up with a boxset of 26 CDs ;-)
    Well played sir, you know this group well!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tangram View Post
    Not even a double CD, tough rules. Interesting, but I have to think on this a bit.
    OK, this of course is of right this moment, it would definitely change day to day. This is going to not have many tracks.

    King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King Epitaph 8:44
    Pink Floyd - The Wall Comfortably Numb 6:22
    Chicago - Chicago II 25 or 6 to 4 4:58
    Yes - Fragile Heart of the Sunrise 8:04
    Tangerine Dream - Phaedra Mysterious Semblance at the Strand of Nightmares 9:55
    Jeff Beck - Wired Led Boots 4:03
    Elton John - Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy Better Off Dead 2:37
    Kitaro - Asia Clouds 6:14
    Genesis - And Then There Were Three Undertow 4:47
    Gary Wright - The Dream Weaver Dream Weaver 4:17
    Johannes Schmoelling - Wuivend Riet Zeit 6:37
    ELP - Emerson Lake and Palmer Lucky Man 4:37
    Peter Gabriel - Security I Have the Touch 4:35
    Finally, in keeping with the suggestion of a childhood song and I'm out of time
    The Royal Guardsman - Snoopy's Christmas 3:09

    CD Time 78:59
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    Barry Manilow - Copacabana (19 times). 79+ minutes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tangram View Post
    Peter Gabriel - Security I Have the Touch 4:35
    Lots of good choices in your list, but I wanted to single this one out because I feel it's a real overlooked gem in Pete's catalog. Love this tune (and the reworked version from Shaking the Tree)


    Quote Originally Posted by chalkpie View Post
    Barry Manilow - Copacabana (19 times). 79+ minutes
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    Quote Originally Posted by chalkpie View Post
    Barry Manilow - Copacabana (19 times). 79+ minutes
    on shuffle play!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tangram View Post
    OK, this of course is of right this moment, it would definitely change day to day. This is going to not have many of tracks.

    King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King Epitaph 8:44
    Pink Floyd - The Wall Comfortably Numb 6:22
    Chicago - Chicago II 25 or 6 to 4 4:58
    Yes - Fragile Heart of the Sunrise 8:04
    Tangerine Dream - Phaedra Mysterious Semblance at the Strand of Nightmares 9:55
    Jeff Beck - Wired Led Boots 4:03
    Elton John - Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy Better Off Dead 2:37
    Kitaro - Asia Clouds 6:14
    Genesis - And Then There Were Three Undertow 4:47
    Gary Wright - The Dream Weaver Dream Weaver 4:17
    Johannes Schmoelling - Wuivend Riet Zeit 6:37
    ELP - Emerson Lake and Palmer Lucky Man 4:37
    Peter Gabriel - Security I Have the Touch 4:35
    Finally, in keeping with the suggestion of a childhood song and I'm out of time
    The Royal Guardsman - Snoopy's Christmas 3:09

    CD Time 78:59
    Wonderful list. And to start with Epitaph...it can't get any better than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chalkpie View Post
    Barry Manilow - Copacabana (19 times). 79+ minutes
    You need to leave space for this:

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    Quote Originally Posted by aith01 View Post
    Lots of good choices in your list, but I wanted to single this one out because I feel it's a real overlooked gem in Pete's catalog. Love this tune (and the reworked version from Shaking the Tree)
    Thanks. Probably spend too much time making the list but it was fun to do. Security is one of my all-time favorite albums which makes it his best in my book. Mr Perfection, I mean Peter Gabriel, polished the notes to well, perfection. Love the drum sound he has on this album, and his lyrics are as always excellent.

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