The list author says: "Progressive music is probably my favorite style of rock music. I enjoy the lengthy solos and concepts along with the genre's connection to classical and jazz music. This list showcases bands from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. I wanted to show the beginnings of many of these bands to help you to trace the group's history and development. I think you will be familiar with most of them, but there are a few relatively unknown musicians on this list as well."
"Released 10/68. Even though this is a very bluesy album, many songs have a progressive feel to them, especially the lead track. This is only one of two albums with Mick Abrahams on guitar instead of the more well known Martin Barre. If you prefer a more hard rockin' Tull, this may not be for you."
"Released 7/70. These guys are most obviously known for the smash 'Breakfast In America'. Although many of their mid to late 70s albums don't sound very progressive that's the kind of band they were in 1970. I would describe their sound as a jazzy 1970s Pink Floyd. Great album, but I'm shocked that so many Amazon reviewers agree with me."
"Released 12/71. Also known simply as 'Electric Light Orchestra', this album is pretty weird. This sounds like some experimental music they wanted to do after the original band, The Move broke up. Classical and avant garde music combine to make a odd, but decent album. "10538 Overture" still gets radio play to this day."
"Released 6/72. Typically this band gets referred to as art rock in the David Bowie vein. I would personally call them punky prog rock. The band has 2 keyboard players, they have instrumentals on certain albums and they are talented as Hell, sounds progressive to me. Regardless of whatever they are, this record is definitely one of the best on this list."
"Released 2/73. Camel is one of the lesser known, but more immensely talented bands in the field of progressive rock. Most band members play dozens of instruments here and they do this on a mostly instrumental album. Each song hovers in the 6 to 7 minute range. Out of every 1st album from my 2 lists on the subject, this is the most pure example of progressive rock."
"Released 5/73. This album was so big I'll bet either you or your parents own it. Every record he did after this one was a commercial failure in comparison. This is an excellent debut from a man who played over 20 instruments on this conceptual piece. This album showcases progressive rock combined with classical, world and electronica music."
"Released 4/75. Some members of the Santana band moved on and created Journey. Now even though this album doesn't have Steve Perry as a vocalist and doesn't contain any pop hits, it does still sound a lot like the Journey that everyone knows and loves. Gregg Rolie is a strong vocalist and the few instrumentals here rock! Probably my favorite album on the list."
"Released 10/76. I have this album, but it's called 'Triumph' on Attic Records. Now these guys are often looked at as a lesser Rush, but ignoring that fact they are still a great band. Rik Emmett was greatly influenced by progressive and classical music and songs like "Blinding Light Snow / Moonchild" show that."
"Released 3/77. A founding member of Genesis, Ant Phillips was on the band's first two albums and then he was gone. Seven years later, he gave us this majestic sounding work of jazzy and creepy rhythms and sounds. Kind of a prog rock / new age blend similar to Mike Oldfield. I read that Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford play on this disc."
"Released 6/79. Although Fripp played with many others in the past, this was his first solo, non collaborative effort. He is obviously into many different musical styles, but most songs have hard rock elements to them. He was recently ranked #47 on Gibson's top 50 guitarist list and #42 by Rolling Stone!"
"Released 9/82. Well this CD was actually released in 1987, but it contains the band's first album 'Nuns Have No Fun' from 1982 along with some early singles. Although these songs sound a tad like punk metal, their later releases would be progressive metal all the way. King Diamond plays the keyboards and wails in his usual opera like fashion."
"Released 1984. This is a prog rock group made up of Alan Parsons Project sidemen along with Zombies' lead singer Colin Blunstone. This band's sound can be described as pop oriented progressive rock and this was the only album they made. Too bad because Blunstone is always good and the musicians here are very talented."
"Released 9/84. They released 3 demos before this, but Brocken is their first official record. To my ears this band's first few albums sound exactly like Iron Maiden, but that's not at all a bad thing. Later albums would be more progressive, but their are plenty of signs of prog rock here. The concept of witchcraft flows through the albums lyrics."
"Released 1991. Why is ELO on this list twice? Because this is a different band, with no Jeff Lynne, the major contributor and genius of the original group. Regardless, this band put out some really good, poppy, progressive rock. If you are a fan of Asia or GTR give these guys a listen. If you're an ELO fanatic, this might piss you off."
"Released 3/92. This album was a good mix of heavy metal, psychedelia and live tracks, but not very progressive. Their later albums would show their great worship of the band King Crimson. They have amazing visual stage shows and each member likes to show off their talents. This album is good to listen to the beginnings of a new prog metal sound."