Some of it was good...but more of it was bad. For the good stuff, I'd take the first five Jethro Tull albums thru 'Thick As a Brick', most of ELP's stuff, Procol Harum, some early King Crimson, early Queen and Roxy Music (though perhaps they fall more under the category of 'glam rock'). I never cared for Yes and thought they were incredibly pretentious; same goes for Genesis. Pink Floyd I respect more than actually like, although I can admit that I still get enjoyment out of 'Dark Side of the Moon' and 'Wish You Were Here' when I listen to them. My vote for best progressive rock album would be ELP's 'Brain Salad Surgery' - I still think that's an amazing tour-de-force of ferocious playing.
On the Progressive Side - - at the start of the revolution;
The Nice The Moody Blues King Crimson Yes Emerson, Lake & Palmer Jethro Tull Genesis (w' Peter Gabriel) Pink Floyd Chicago (yea, Chicago) Kate Bush I hedge (only because he fits into so many categories) but have to add - David Bowie
a wee bit later on but still a unique sound - Kansas
My question is why has Prog all but dead in the U.S.A.? There are plenty of amazing Prog bands today. Anything Neal Morse (Spocks Beard, Transatlantic, Solo stuff), Spocks Beard (post Neal), Sieges Even, Flower Kings, Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, Riverside, Proto-Kaw Honestly the list goes on and on, but the point is, it's not recognized here in the States.
Of the 70's I like: Yes, Moody Blues, Gentle Giant, Kansas, ELP, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Rush, Genesis
Spring by Spring - 3 mellotrons - very sweet Ashes are Buring - Rennaisence Close to Edge - Yes Snow Goose - Camel Blue Water - Vermillion Sands Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield Days of Future Past - Moody Blues Per un amico - PFM Demonds and Wizards - Uriah Heep Dark Side of Moon - Pink Floyd
The Shaming of the True - Kevin Gilbert UK - UK Live In America - Transatlantic B'Boom - King Crimson Bursting Out - Jethro Tull Live At The Rainbow - Focus Seconds Out - Genesis Roxy & Elsewhere - Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention An Evening Of Yes Music Plus - Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe Fire Merchants - Fire Merchants
I highly recommend giving the "internet streaming radio" at www.deliciousagony.com a listen.
And the 12-part "Evolution of Prog" podcasts archived at http://www.calprog.com/TEOP_musical_documentary_series.htm
I might not agree with "Papa J" 100% as to what is and what is not prog, but it is an excellent overview of Prog (and almost-Prog) through the '70s. At the very least, an opportunity to find out which artists capture your imagination enough to go on a buying spree...
Nice list Steven Marks i was suprised to see Uriah Heep in there but i guess Heavy Prog or Proto Prog counts i love the heep. For me Yes-Close To The Edge is my number one i love all three songs on the album and the title cut could be the best prog suite ever. Van Der Graaf Generator-H To The He Who Am The Only One would be in there same with Emerson, Lake And Palmer-Tarkus and Perhaps something by Focus. There was a prog band from Switzerland that released one album in 1977 there were called Island other than the great musicianship that album is terrible. Prog is tricky because it can go either way i believe if it is really good then it is leaps and bounds above all other music but if it is bad then its bad. I dont like prog that is weird for the sake of being weird take Genesis for example great band and i love some of the Peter Gabriel era but for the most part i find it to strange and hard to listen to take The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway album i have tried so many times to like that album but i just cant get into it does anyone feel the same????. Oh one more i love Kansas they were tight and Steve Walsh had a killer voice too bad he has lost it. Kansas were able to combine great prog songs and regular rock songs on the same album Kerry Livgren is a great songwriter.
The prog genre is such a big one.. people say its dead or near to it but i say its booming in a lot of areas. Think of bands like Dream Theater, Opeth, Mastodon.. These are all great prog bands from our time that pay great homage to the greats of the seventies (mastodons '"colony of birchmen" comes to mind). I really think alot of people who care about prog nowadays can thank them for sparking some flame. I know it was them that got me interested, well them and pink floyd. My essential prog albums have gotta be.. (no order) Pink floyd- a saucerful of secrets, the wall Frank Zappa- hot rats Tool- laterus (another modern great that introduced the genre to me) King Crimson- 21st century (side one just about sums it up!) Yes- fragile (side two..) Rush- 2112 (probably the most essential.. havent heard much else by them i like but this..) That about sums it up..
I guess im a little new to the genre yet considering i couldnt tell ya what ELP even sounds like.. Im not to big on Kansas either (atleast what ive heard- that just being the leftoverture album) there not bad but just dont do it for me. When im in the mood i spin it and really enjoy it but then im good on it for awhile. I was introduced to them from youtube and loved what i heard but i just havent found that yet again i guess. I love Blue Oyster Cult and think there very underrated.. Camel is pretty alright to- I only know there Live Record but its not bad at all. I certainly agree Livgren is one of the best songwriters of that era..
I don't get it either. I loooooove progressive rock and if I didn't have Rhapsody I would never know about great bands like porcupine tree ,Blackfield and glass hammer. They just don't know what they are missing.
I agree - more bad than good. But the good was great. My dad had "Tarkus" by Emerson Lake and Palmer, and I have tried and tried over the years, but damn if can get into it. It's almost unlistenable. Hate to say it because I consider myself a music junkie and a lover of just about all styles, but generally speaking, my favorite prog is also the most accessible prog. When it ventures too far from center, it becomes quite a challenge. Yeah, I get it. That's why some people like it, and on occasion, I like to be challenged too, but more often, I'm not in that mood to be challenged. But "Karn Evil 9" rocks! As does "Yours Is No Disgrace". As does "Cross Eyed Mary" .....
To me, Pink Floyd isnt really prog. And they are THE most overrated group of all time. Not saying they dont have some good songs, but overall, way overrated.