The prog track currently getting the most spins in my apartment is this one from Steve Howe's first solo album, Beginnings. Dig that sax hook:
Because I've been listening to their latest album, I've fallen deep into the mars volta. The second half of Frances the Mute is all over the place but the first half is just pure epic prog rock bliss.
Omar Rodriguez is one of the most electrifying guitar players currently existing.
Yep, Sacred Songs is one of those "Holy shit! This exists?! I thought I'd dreamt that!" albums.
Daryl Hall & Robert Fripp "The Farther Away I Am" Recorded 1977 / Released 1980 (Click to show)
Islands is the King Crimson bastard album. Even when discussing some of the 'lesser' Crimson albums, I always hear "well maybe its not great, but at least it isn't Islands". I hated it initially, but I've warmed up to it considerably and I respect its place within their discography.
I've had this stuck in my head all week:
The Alan Parsons Project (which I believe was some sort of hovercraft) (Click to show)
My perpetual annoyance with that album is that the best track on the album is buried between 8 minutes of CD player/iPod breaking white noise.:
I don't know how you can call him "underappreciated" when he's a consensus top 5 guy.
I personally think that Peart and Lee get so many (well-deserved) accolades that Leifson's stellar guitar work is actually the underappreciated/unrecognized part of the Rush sound.
One thing I've found about Rush in general is that fellow musicians appreciate them much more than the average music listener. So in a sense, you could say they aren't under-appreciated because pretty much every modern Prog band cites them as an influence. But at the same time, a large part of the general public doesn't recognize them at all (as opposed to say Pink Floyd). I guess it's all relative.
Anyway, my contribution to the thread is Storm Corrosion (Steven Wilson + Mikael Åkerfeldt collaboration). So far, I'm digging it much more than Heritage (which I thought was pretty poor actually) and possibly on the same level as Grace for Drowning.
I came across the Emerson Lake and Palmer LP Works over the weekend and listened to it. Fanfare For the Common Man is such an epic piece of prog-rock, I grew up listening to it, they were great musicians but someone really should've told Greg Lake he had no business writing pop songs, Pirates is a fucking awful song, I'm amazed it didn't end their career.
The opening to Food For Your Soul is so great, like the soundtrack to a seventies action film that exists only in my mind.
I am shocked, SHOCKED that the recent AV Club primer on prog has not been linked yet. Here ya go.
Boo this man. Boo him!
I finally popped my King Crimson cherry. I listened to 'In the court of the crimson king', it feels like they took a Moody Blues record and made it a shitload more interesting. The interplay between Fripp, Lake and Giles is incredible on tracks like 21st Century Schizoid Man. Epitaph is a thoroughly haunting song, it's a shame this line-up didn't last beyond the first album, it would've been interesting to see where they were headed.
Court is very good and everything, but for me it's when Bruford and co joined that they really came alive. It's not often pointed out how much Larks Tongues In Aspic predicts the later Post-Rock scene, not to mention math rock/metal.
Can I be honest in really not like Emerson Lake and Palmer at all?
Prog tends to appeal to me when it's either a natural extension of some of the more musically confident psychedelic bands(Yes, Moody Blues. Pink Floyd) or when it's an offshoot of the avant-garde(Henry Cow, Magma) or a strong combination of the two.(King Crimson, the Krautrock groups, Soft Machine) The heay-duty "We're going to rock out all classical like" tends to appeal to me a lot less.
I mean Yes has all of these long drawn out songs, but due to folks like Jon Anderson and Steve Howe you can still hear echos of The Hollies in there. And King Crimson might riff on Holst, but that's in addition to taking on everything from Indonesian folk sounds to dance music.
Hearing Emerson Lake and Palmer just sounds like a bunch of talented musicians who can't create songs that aren't boring.
True story: though I was somewhat familiar with The Nice, I hadn't heard of the formation of ELP until I saw that they would be doing what I believe was their first U.S. show-- and while I didn't know them from Adam, I was all over the support act: Delaney and Bonnie and Friends with special guest Bo Diddley (!).
So, Bo cancels the night of the show, and since my folks had already dropped me off, there was no point in taking the offered refund and hanging around all night, so I went in. I liked Delaney and Bonnie well enough, and figured the headliner was probably some blues/jam band I'd never heard of.
To say I was not prepared for Keith Emerson attacking his organ with knives, or the giant armadillo projected behind the stage, would be an understatement.
I think it also bares mentioning that I discovered a lot of prog bands either through my interest in Psychedelic music or through a link to punk or glam rock. It's why King Crimson with it's constant experimentation and Yes with it's warm sounds(I'm fundamentally of the belief that Steve Howe with his love of country and Jimmy Bryant is the MVP of the band) holds a lot of appeal to me, while bands that skirt just on virtuoso playing just come across as forgettable.
It's the same reason most of Progressive Metal or the bands that emerged post-70's also tend to bore me.
I like classical music, but if I wanted to listen to Aaron Copland I'd listen to him and not a group of guys who think playing Fanfare for the Common Man on keyboards is amazing. It reminds me of Yngwie Malmsteen who can sure imitate the fuck out of Paganini but doesn't have an ounce of spontaneity in his body.
I did once prank a few of my mom's friends by playing Emerson's Piano Concerto (on the record player-- I'm not much of a pianist) and asking them to place it. I got a Prokofiev, a Bartok (WTF?), and two guesses that it was a film score. Always had a soft spot for "Nutrocker," though.
So, yeah. The new Can Lost Tapes boxset is pretty great.
I haven't listened to the whole thing yet but the packaging is fan-fucking-tastic: basically it comes in a full size 1/4 inch tape reel box.
They really give people an incentive to buy the physical product instead of mp3s.