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Beards! Capes! Flutes! It's the PROGRESSIVE ROCK Thread!

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Requested by popular demand and formed in the fires of the "SUPERGROUP" thread, I present you with thy coventry for Prog nerdery!

 

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For your viewing pleasure, here's the excellent 2008 BBC4 documentary:

 

"PROG ROCK BRITANNIA: An Observation in Three Movements"

 

...in it's 88 minute entirety! [thank you Richard Dickson]

 

 

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Edited by Art Decade - 3/11/12 at 4:07pm
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I'm home.

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Can I bring in some Peter Gabriel? Is that allowed?

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Can I bring in some Peter Gabriel? Is that allowed?


Yep. Shock that monkey, brother.

 

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Too much to choose from, kept changing my mind. Lets go with this to start with and we can work up to the Kate Bush collaboration...

 

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My absolute favorite bassline:

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Can I store my Mahavishnu Orchestra here, or is that too jazzy?

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I have no issue with noodle-y psychedelia. Go for it.

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Can I store my Mahavishnu Orchestra here, or is that too jazzy?


Might have to drop some Al Di in here too, then.

 

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Kiss your mind goodbye:

 

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My absolute favorite bassline:


That IS a killer bassline. Chris Squire's Rickenbacker is my favorite bass sound. Period. With my last band last summer, I'd spent copious amounts of time trying to get my bassist to start using a flat pick...haha.

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That IS a killer bassline. Chris Squire's Rickenbacker is my favorite bass sound. Period. With my last band last summer, I'd spent copious amounts of time trying to get my bassist to start using a flat pick...haha.


If you want to learn it, this guy is pretty dead on.  He makes a couple mistakes but he's pretty much got it.

 

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Here, have some CAN:

 

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Take a spin with this glorious & rare piece of Canterbury Prog:

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Affinity "Grey Skies" 1971/1972 (Click to show)

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This will absolutely NOT be everyone's cup of tea, but here they are anyways:  Opeth, one of the best prog metal bands out there.  They are the only band with cookie monster vocals that I can enjoy. 

 

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I got 99 woodwinds and I'm swingin' one...

 

 

 

Let loose the balloon...

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My favourite piece of music. Period. I listen to this album at least once a day.

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Beaver & Krause (feat. Gerry Mulligan) "By Your Grace" 1971 (Click to show)

 

Heaven has a Prog soundtrack. Utterly sublime.

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Because someone has to:

 

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Any Gentle Giant fans about? Octopus has to be one of the greatest, oddest prog records out there.

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Any Gentle Giant fans about? Octopus has to be one of the greatest, oddest prog records out there.


Hell yeah.  I kind of hate when they go into all the weird baroque chamber music stuff, but these guys are awesome.

 

 

 

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In 1971, 60s Psych scenesters The Move (featuring ELO man Jeff Lynne and Wizzard man Roy Wood) ventured into Prog territory with terrifically epic results.

 

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The Move "Message From The Country" 1971 (Click to show)

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Oh man this thread is full of so much interesting stuff!

 

I'll admit, I'm mostly familar with King Crimson and some of the more far out avant-garde bands(also Krautrock, all over Krautrock) but I adore this!

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We need to talk about Supersister...

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Debut album "Present For Nancy" (1970) in it's entirety (Click to show)

 

Watch as this Dutch instrumental Prog quartet tears it up for their 2000 reunion show:

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Krautrock could easily justify a thread of its own.

 

The enthusiasm in this thread does warm my heart a bit, I remember back in the day when it got brought up on these forums it tended to get sneered at more often than not. There aren't many genres that got more unfairly stigmatised than classic prog.

 

Here's another fave of mine: Metamorphosis by Curved Air

 

The 'song' bits are a bit cheesy, but the entire piano mid-section is just amazingly gorgeous.

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I suppose you could call Pink Floyd more space rock than prog rock but Dark Side is a prog rock masterpiece. Echoes is just stunning.

 

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If we're getting into Floyd:

 

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As great as The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is, Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd is full-on Psychedelic Rock, not Prog.

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Fucking A this thread. My new favorite.
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In 1971, 60s Psych scenesters The Move (featuring ELO man Jeff Lynne and Wizzard man Roy Wood) ventured into Prog territory with terrifically epic results.

 

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The Move "Message From The Country" 1971 (Click to show)


Have you heard the Nuggets II box set?  A lot of the seeds that would begat the psych (which begat the prog) can be found there.

 



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As great as The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is, Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd is full-on Psychedelic Rock, not Prog.



A thin line, my friend. A thin line.

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Man, some of you guys are making me feel like an entry level prog nerd here.  

 

Pink Floyd opened the flood gates for me, so they will always have a special place in my heart.  Recently, I've been geeking out over those "Immersion" box sets that come with some previously unreleased remastered live stuff from the early-to-mid 70s, including a full performance of DSotM, as well as some live Animals material (back when Dogs / Sheep were Raving and Drooling / You've Got To Be Crazy, respectively).  

 

Its great to hear the whole gang playing together, at their creative peak.  Its one of the reasons I've always preferred that Pompeii live DVD over something like PULSE.  And while I love PULSE a lot, everything sounds a bit too polished, and they can't quite wash away that thick 80s veneer.

 

 

Something about Gilmour's guitar... I dunno, its got this raw bluesy energy that you just can't find in the post-split stuff.  And hey, Waters vocals!  The guy could carry a tune back in the day. 

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Have you heard the Nuggets II box set?  A lot of the seeds that would begat the psych (which begat the prog) can be found there.


Yes! I actually listen to that box set quite often and have for years!

 

 

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A thin line, my friend. A thin line.

 

I'm afraid we'll have to agree to disagree on that point, mate.

 

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Progressive/Symphonic rock veterans Therion.  The band is essentially the main guitarist and a bunch of musicians that he puts together for each album and tour.  He gets some simply amazing opera singers to contribute and tour with him.

 

Anyways, here you go:

 

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Because someone has to:

 


 

Funny, before today I had not thought of Tool as prog rock (my love of their music notwithstanding).  Yet after coincidentally hearing that assertion twice today, I cannot deny that mapping of their lineage.
 

 

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I regret to post immediately after another post, but... wow.  Just... wow.

 


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Lots of prog rockers make concept albums but the Frenchies known as Magma are the only "concept band" I can think of.

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Magma is a French progressive rock band founded in Paris in 1969 by classically trained drummer Christian Vander, who claimed as his inspiration a "vision of humanity's spiritual and ecological future" that profoundly disturbed him. In the course of their first album, the band tells the story of a group of people fleeing a doomed Earth to settle on the planet Kobaïa. Later, conflict arises when the Kobaïans — descendants of the original colonists — encounter other Earth refugees. Vander invented a constructed language, Kobaïan, in which most lyrics are sung.

 

This is some hardcore shit. A 46-minute version of Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh!

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They're usually one of the first bands mentioned when discussing Prog (as one can see just by this thread alone), so, I guess I will take it upon myself to bring some King Crimson to the thread.

 

 

King Crimson - Lark's Tongue in Aspic (Click to show)

 

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Although Judas Booth made the introductions for me, I give you Canadas greatest export. RUSH.

 

 

Goddamn that riff kicks so much ass.

 

Proof that Genesis can deliver a truly kickass rock song.

 

 

Mahavishnu Orchestra have already been represented but really this is just an exhilarating piece of Jazz-rock.

 

 

 

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Not enough stuff after 1985 in here. Allow me to start fixing that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I wouldn't say I'm the biggest Floyd fan in the world, but I will say that the intro to this version of this song may be the best sound I've ever heard.

 

I find them a bit hit and miss but that first Mars Volta record is aces from start to finish. I'm feeling more and more that Amputechture is a very underrated record from them as well.

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Amputechture took dozens of listens to grow on me, but Im very, very close to definitively saying its a good album, if still a rambly in parts. Octahedron, on the other hand, is flawless.

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I wouldn't hesitate to call it good, the only question is how good. Octahedron I haven't processed like their others but I have to say it didn't make a big impression on me either way. Cutting back on the excess was a good idea but it felt uncharacteristically mild.

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For your viewing pleasure, here's the excellent 2008 BBC4 documentary:

 

"PROG ROCK BRITANNIA: An Observation in Three Movements"

 

Sadly, the final part is unavailable


The whole thing is here.

 

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Rush, my favorite band:

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If we're talking contemporary Prog, you kinda have to mention these Godlike genius alien brilliant motherf*ckers:

 

 

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The best band in the world also happens to be Prog as fuck.


Edited by Art Decade - 3/19/12 at 9:23pm
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I'm seeing a lot of prog-influenced metal bands and no mention of these guys?

 

 

For Shame! (Click to show)

 

And for those in the Atlanta area (or those with an iHeartRadio or TuneIn phone app), WRAS 88.5 has a great show every tuesday at 10:00 PM (eastern US time) called Tower of Song.  They cover psych, freak folk, kraut, space rock, prog and pretty much anything resembling any of those genres.  Really worth checking out.


Edited by Ben W - 3/10/12 at 9:17am
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