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Let's recommend some prog rock

Discussion in 'Arts & Entertainment' started by mariogreymist, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. mariogreymist

    mariogreymist Chieftain

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    I was having a conversation with a young person recently who said they "love Pink Floyd" only to discover that he'd only heard The Wall, and those tracks from DSOTM and Wish You Were Here that get radio play. After directing him to some of the better Floyd, I got some very grateful thanks. After thinking about it, I am sure there are about a hundred suggestions I could make, and that this site probably has dozens of people who also like progressive rock and who could make similar recommendations; some of which may be new to me.

    So here are mine, divided into a few categories, "wet noodle" (as in you should be flogged to death with one if you like prog rock but haven't heard this), "gems" (great stuff you've missed if you only heard this artist on the radio or haven't gotten into them much), and "tasters' choice" (if you really dig this band, you can't miss this), and finally "Morsels" (works from artists not normally considered prog, but which definitely have the sound):

    Wet Noodle:
    Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon
    Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Filmore East 1971
    King Crimson, In the Court of the Crimson King
    King Crimson, Starless and Bible Black
    Genesis, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
    Yes, Yessongs

    Gems:
    Pink Floyd, Meddle
    Pink Floyd, Animals
    Frank Zappa, Joe's Garage vols 1-3
    King Crimson, The Power to Believe
    Genesis, Selling England by the Pound
    Primus, Sailing the Seas of Cheese

    Tasters' Choice:
    Pink Floyd, Ummagumma
    Pink Floyd, A Saucerful of Secrets
    King Crimson, Larks' Tongues in Aspic
    King Crimson, Red
    Frank Zappa, Absolutely Free

    Morsels:
    Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding, Elton John (from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road)
    In the Light, Led Zeppelin (From Physical Graffiti)
    Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (the whole album), The Beatles


    I am sure there are more omissions than inclusions in my list, and I intended it that way. Many excellent bands that I have never gotten into aren't here at all (ELP, Blue Oyser Cult etc) are excluded specifically because I'd love to know what fans of those bands think are the necessary pieces are for me to check out. That's the whole point, so don't yell at me for not including your favorite...just suggest I check it out!
     
  2. azzaman333

    azzaman333 meh

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    Some more modern prog rock;

    Muse - Butterflies and Hurricanes, Citizen Erased, New Born. For a whole album, Origin of Symmetry is the most prog their current work.
    Cog - What If, "Problem, Reaction, Solution". Both are from the Sharing Space album.
    Karnivool - Set Fire to the Hive, Roquefort, Deadman
    Coheed and Cambria - 2113
     
  3. mariogreymist

    mariogreymist Chieftain

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    cool...will check it out. Hard to find new prog rock.
     
  4. Heretic_Cata

    Heretic_Cata We're gonna live forever

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    As much as i love Pink Floyd, Ummagumma is a HORRIBLE album. I mean really, a "song" with only the sound of leaves and birds chirping ? Oh wow that's so deep and avantgardist. Related to this, don't get me started on Frank Zappa or Captain Beefheart.

    Thats what i never liked about prog rock - lots of bands think that making random sounds and calling it a song would make them be misunderstood geniuses. This somehow worked for fans. Experimentation is good but that's taking it waaay too far.

    __________

    But anyway - to actually contribute to the thread. :D

    Jethro Tull - Aqualung (the song especially!)

    The Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed (best song being Nights in white satin!)

    Aphrodite's Child
    - 666 (best song being Aegian Sea!)

    Mike Oldfield has several very nice songs.

    Uriah Heep has lots of good songs they're more of a "best of" kinda band. And half of their songs are not very prog-rockish.


    Also, i dont like this "new prog" genre very much.
     
  5. Thorn

    Thorn Chieftain

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  6. Chukchi Husky

    Chukchi Husky Lone Wolf

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    I don't think progressive rock would be a genre to recommend to anyone.
     
  7. mariogreymist

    mariogreymist Chieftain

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    Go back and listen to the live album.

    No, please...tell me how much more you know about music than Frank Zappa. :rolleyes:

    None of the people/songs you mention ever did that. Even the bizarre "Music From the Body" (an album completely made with recordings of noises the body makes...including digestion) by Roger Waters and Ron Geesin is organized sound for a cumulative effect. Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict is likewise organized and not random sound. I don't particularly like the song myself, and generally hit the skip button when it comes up, but that doesn't make it just random noise.
     
  8. Yui108

    Yui108 Chieftain

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    How has no one mentioned Rush??
     
  9. mariogreymist

    mariogreymist Chieftain

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    Oversight on my part, as 2012 would be a wet noodle in my book.
     
  10. frunobulax

    frunobulax High Sheriff of Catford

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    It's 2112 (the Rush album), not 2012...

    The Mahavishnu Orchestra - Visions Of The Emerald Beyond
    Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery
    Frank Zappa - Sleep Dirt
     
  11. Heretic_Cata

    Heretic_Cata We're gonna live forever

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    I meant the "studio album" part of Ummagumma.

    The "live album" part, being songs from Saucerfull of Secrets and Piper, are of course, brilliant.
    Sorry i havent listened to all 200 of his albums and dont have an informed opinion about such a "great" artist.
    Ok. But organized random sounds still don't make a song.
     
  12. mariogreymist

    mariogreymist Chieftain

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    lol...I guess we can call that a mayan slip.
     
  13. Sofista

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    There are three bands that are quintessential to prog:

    Genesis (picks: Foxtrot; Selling England)
    King Crimson (In the Court of the Crimson King; Starless and Bible Black; Discipline)
    Yes (Fragile, Yessongs)

    Important prog bands include:

    Emerson Lake & Palmer (EL&P)
    Gentle Giant (Acquiring the Taste; Octopus; Live: Playing the Fool)
    Van Der Graaf Generator (H to He; Still Life)

    Then we get either into bands who are proggy rather than prog (Jethro Tull: I love them, but prog isn't what they were primarily about; Caravan; Rush), less popular even among aficionados (Atomic Rooster, Curved Air, Gong, Renaissance), niches within a niche (Area, Magma...).

    Zappa and Beefheart? Wha...?
     
  14. ParadigmShifter

    ParadigmShifter Random Nonsense Generator

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    Hawkwind, of course.
     
  15. Taliesin

    Taliesin Puttin' on the Ritz

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    Rush's Hemispheres and Caress of Steel are my contributions to the wet noodle category. 'The Fountain of Lamneth' is one of my favourite tracks from any album.
     
  16. Echse

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    You already named all the bands from the classical era that I like the only one missing is Camel. I only have their first Live Album but thats a real masterpiece.

    Most of the time i listen to modern Progressive Rock/Metal.
    Bands/Albums i can recommend are:

    Ayreon - The Human Equation
    Bigelf - Cheat the Gallows
    Chain - Reconstruct
    Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2 Scenes From A Memory
    Evergrey - The Inner Circle
    Neal Morse - Question Mark
    Opeth - Blackwater Park
    Pain Of Salvation - BE
    Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet
    Riverside - Second Life Syndrome
    Symphony X - Paradise Lost
    Transatlantic - SMPTE
     
  17. Taliesin

    Taliesin Puttin' on the Ritz

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    I tentatively also recommend Pain of Salvation's Remedy Lane-- tentatively because I only heard the album once and don't know anything else by PoS. But it was striking and raw and challenging.
     
  18. Chukchi Husky

    Chukchi Husky Lone Wolf

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    I thought that V: The New Mythology Suite was supposed to be their best album.
     
  19. Glassfan

    Glassfan Mostly harmless

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    I grew up with AM Pop Radio (OK, I'm old). Then I saw Mahavishnu Orchestra on Don Kirschner's Rock Concert and "...my life was saved by Rock and Roll..." I didn't know songs could play for more than 3 minutes!

    Yes Tales from Topographic Oceans
    Emerson, Lake and Palmer Tarkus
    Pink Floyd The Wall
    King Crimson Court of the Crimson King
    Jethro Tull Thick as a Brick

    Those were the good old days. No Longer.
     
  20. Riffraff

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    Listen to some more - albums like Entropia and BE are quite a bit better even imo!

    Apart from that, my favorites have pretty much been covered already by Echse...
     

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