your top twenty classic/neo prog albums??

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your top twenty classic/neo prog albums??

Post by shanocles » Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:53 pm

ha. i've just noticed Rufusboy's thread on the first and last albums you bought and was thinking last night to post this thread.

This has no doubt been done here as it has on every prog forum, but seeing as I’m new it’s a great way to see what all you guys and gals are into musically. I sat down last night to go through my cd’s and choose what are my favourite ten in both classic and neo prog, and then I quickly decided ten wasn’t nearly enough so I pushed it out to twenty! It makes you go and listen to those albums you haven’t heard in a while and remember back to when you got that record/cassette/cd that you just couldn’t put down which blew your ears away.
So here’s a list of my top 20 albums of classic prog and top 20 neo prog albums.
[I guess I’m saying classic prog is late 60’s to late 70’s, and neo prog is from 90’s onwards. Yeah nothing happened in the 80’s right!!! ;)]

So here we go, and in no particular order…
(except for Maxophone & Transatlantic they’re definitely my all-time favs)

Classic Prog
Maxophone - Maxophone
Genesis – Selling England By The Pound
Genesis – Foxtrot
Rick Wakeman – Myths & Legend Of King Arthur…
Jethro Tull – Thick As A Brick
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso – Io Sono Nato Libero
Caravan – For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night
Soft Machine - Third
ELP – Brain Salad Surgery
Gentle Giant - Octopus
Latte E Mieli – Papillon (Italian Version)
Le Orme – Uomo Di Pezza
Premiata Forneria Marconi – Per Un Amico
Museo Rosenbach – Zarathrusta
Nektar - A Tab In The Ocean
Nektar – Remember The Future
New Trolls Atomic System – New Trolls Atomic System
Yes – Close To The Edge
Phil Keaggy – The Master & The Musician
Todd Rundgren – A Wizard A True Star


Neo Prog
Transatlantic – Bridge Across Forever
Spock’s Beard – V
Kaipa - Keyholder
Kaipa - Mindrevolutions
Glass Hammer – Lex Rex
Glass Hammer – The Inconsolable Secret
Dream Theater – Scenes From A Memory
Dream Theater – Train Of Thought
The Tangent – A Place In The Queue
Ritual – The Hemulic Voluntary Band
Salem Hill – Be
Neal Morse – One
Neal Morse - ? (Question Mark)
Iona – Woven Cord (Live)
Dave Bainbridge – Veil Of Gossamer
Izz – My River Flows
Izz – I Move
Flowerkings – Adam & Eve
Karmakanic – Wheel Of Life
Flowerkings – Meet the Flowerkings (Live)


Phew! No doubt I’ve missed some, Pink Floyd just couldn’t make it in the top 20 I’m afraid as didn’t many others. Is Todd Rundgren prog pre-Utopia? You decide.
ELP almost didn’t make it either. By the way did anyone watch that BBC4 doco on early british prog called ‘Prog-Brittania’? it was great. Looking forward to what you all select as your favs, and of course this list is always going to be subject to change – its progressive right! :roll:

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Post by Physicist » Tue Feb 03, 2009 7:43 pm

Great list, Shano! I'm not up to a top twenty, but a few others came to mind reading your list:

Premiata Forneria Marconi - The World Became the World
Todd Rundgren - Todd
Barclay James Harvest - Barclay James Harvest
Vangelis - Heaven and Hell

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Post by yeshead 777 » Wed Feb 04, 2009 8:45 am

ok, i'll give it a go-in no particular order:
CLASSIC:
Yes-The Yes Album
Yes-Fragile
Yes-Close to the Edge
Yes-Going For the One
Yes-Relayer
ELP-Tarkus
ELP-Brain Salad Surgery
Todd Rundgren's Utopia-RA
Genesis-Foxtrot
Genesis-Selling England by the pound
Genesis-The Lamb lies down on Broadway
Genesis-Duke
UK-UK
Allan Holdsworth-Metal Fatigue
Pink Floyd-Animals
Rush-A Farewell to Kings
Rush-2112
Rush-Hemispheres
Gentle Giant-Freehand
Jethro Tull-Songs fom the Wood

Neo-Classic:
Glass Hammer-Shadowlands
Glass Hammer-Lex Rex
Glass Hammer-Inconsolable Secret
Glass Hammer-Culture of Ascent
IQ-Dark Matter
Spocks Beard-Kindness of Strangers
Spocks Beard-V
Spocks Beard-Snow
Neal Morse-Testimony
Neal Morse-One
Transatlantic-smpte
Transatlantic-Bridge across forever
Flower Kings-Stardust we are
Flower kings-unfold the future
Dream Theater-Images and Words
Dream Theater-Scenes of a memory
Jordan Rudess-The Road Home
Opeth-watershed
Salem Hill-Be
Porcupine Tree-Stupid Dream
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Post by Joe-× » Thu Feb 05, 2009 8:57 pm

Interesting topic. Probably too hard for me to do. I grew up on my older sister's prog in the 70's, but moved away from it during most of the 80's. I was fully into hair metal (not in image or lifestyle only as a music interest), and clung onto Rush through the horrid (digital, natch) synthesizer years. I heard Dream Theater in 92 on the radio, and it reminded me of hair metal + Rush. I got on the Intertubes in '94 and discovered the band's ytsejam mailing list, TNMS (who permanently banned me after my third attempt to post something up to the demanding standards of the moderators), and Rec.Music.Progressive (RMP). I eventually started rediscovering all the 70's stuff again - above and beyond my sister's semi-commercial limited catalog. This decade I've dived into the pasta on a small scale despite my fears about liking music also liked by the arsehats who used to post on RMP and now post on ProgressiveEars. So far, I like some of what I've tried (which isn't much). My choices for classic would be mostly pedestrian and mostly the big names - not really pedestrian of course, but you know what I mean. For newer prog music, I gravitate more towards the melodic stuff. I automatically filter jazz and fusion out of my mental prog box though there's no good reason for that. Let me see if I can whip something up that doesn't involve Clive Nolan toooooo much. :-)

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Post by mflorio » Thu Feb 05, 2009 10:15 pm

A few off the top of my head:

Kansas - Point of Know Return
Yes - Close to the Edge
Yes - Drama
ELP - Brain Salad Surgery
ELP - Pictures at an Exhibition
King Crimson - Red
UK - Danger Money
Genesis - Three Sides Live
Dream Theater - Images and Words
Magellan - Impending Ascension
Magellan - Hour of Restoration
Spock's Beard - The Kindness of Strangers
Spock's Beard - V
Glass Hammer - Lex Live
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Post by yanks07 » Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:30 pm

Such a hard list to narrow down! I guess by Neo, you mean "new progressive", since I think of neo as the Marillion/IQ kind of prog style. Anyway, here goes:

Yes - Close to the Edge
Genesis - Selling England by the Pound
Yes - Fragile
Genesis - Foxtrot
ELP - Brain Salad Surgery
Rush - A Farewell to Kings
King Crimson - Red
Kansas - Song For America
Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick
RDM - Contaminazione
Banco - Darwin
Pink Floyd - Wish you Were Here/Dark Side -take your pick
Kansas - Leftoverture
Styx - Grand Illusion -prog in my book
Genesis - Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

New prog - 1990 to present

Anglagard - Epilogue
Dream Theater - Images and Words
Flower Kings - Unfold the Future
Ars Nova - Transi
Ars Nova - Book of the Dead
Echolyn - As the World
Dream Theater - 6 Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Glass Hammer - Culture of Ascent
Pallas - Dreams of Men
Marillion - Happiness is the Road
Aghora - Formless
Flower Kings - Stardust We Are
Porcupine Tree - In Absentia
Kenso - Yume no Aka
I'm drawing a blank, but there are tons more I rank nearly as high.
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Post by MayorOfLongview » Wed Feb 25, 2009 2:09 pm

neo='bad word' <g>

How about 'Third-wave'?
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Post by shanocles » Wed Feb 25, 2009 5:11 pm

MayorOfLongview wrote:neo='bad word' <g>

How about 'Third-wave'?
sure. i guess neo can have a certain style grouped with it.
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Post by MayorOfLongview » Thu Feb 26, 2009 6:58 am

shanocles wrote:
MayorOfLongview wrote:neo='bad word' <g>

How about 'Third-wave'?
sure. i guess neo can have a certain style grouped with it.
We even thought we were neo for a time. We weren't sure what it meant. I didn't hear 'third wave' till a couple of years ago. Usually we've been referred to as a 'symphonic-progressive' band - referring to the style more than the time. I'm good however it plays out :)
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Post by yanks07 » Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:54 pm

I would say the first few GH albums are close to neo-prog, but I think all that changed with Chronomotree. I don't see neo as a negative conotation at all. But I do think symphonic prog is a more wide open format, and isn't nearly so predictable when done right, which of course I think GH does!
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Post by MayorOfLongview » Thu Feb 26, 2009 5:29 pm

yanks07 wrote:I would say the first few GH albums are close to neo-prog, but I think all that changed with Chronomotree. I don't see neo as a negative conotation at all. But I do think symphonic prog is a more wide open format, and isn't nearly so predictable when done right, which of course I think GH does!
I think you're probably dead-on with our back catalog. OTE was certainly heading toward neo.
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Post by shanocles » Thu Feb 26, 2009 6:22 pm

MayorOfLongview wrote:
shanocles wrote:
MayorOfLongview wrote:neo='bad word' <g>

How about 'Third-wave'?
sure. i guess neo can have a certain style grouped with it.
We even thought we were neo for a time. We weren't sure what it meant. I didn't hear 'third wave' till a couple of years ago. Usually we've been referred to as a 'symphonic-progressive' band - referring to the style more than the time. I'm good however it plays out :)
yeah. definitely symphonic. and it sounds much cooler on your resume! like street cred or something.

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Post by yanks07 » Fri Feb 27, 2009 8:16 pm

It's funny, I got OTE when it came out, and wasn't terribly thrilled by it. But I could tell there was something about it I liked, enough to check out the next album. Glad I did. All these years later, I'm enjoying that album a bit more, it's been a slow grower...
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Post by theHermit » Sun Apr 05, 2009 10:28 pm

okey doke, I'll play.

classic:

King Crimson: Red
Novalis: Sommerabend
Barclay James Harvest: Octoberon
Bo Hansson: Lord of the Rings
Camel: Moonmadness
Caravan: In the Land of Grey and Pink
Cathedral: Stained Glass
Eloy: Planets
Emerson Lake & Palmer: ST
Genesis: Foxtrot
Grobschnitt: Rockpommel's Land
Gentle Giant: Freehand
Kansas: Leftoverture
Locanda Delle Fate: Forse le lucciole non si amano piu'
Picchio Dal Pozzo: ST
Pink Floyd: Animals
Pulsar: Halloween
Renaissance: Turn of the Cards
Steve Hackett: Voyage of the Acolyte
Wigwam: Fairyport
Van der Graaf Generator: Pawn Hearts
Yes: Relayer

Post-70's Prog:

Willowglass: ST
Ultravox: Rage in Eden
Marillion: Misplaced Childhood
Uzva: Uoma
White Willow: Signal to Noise
Steve THorn: Emotional Creatures
Starcastle: Song of Times
GH: Inconsolable Secret, Shadowlands
Anglagard: Hybris
Wobbler: Afterglow
Fish: 13th Star
Shaun Guerin: EPic Quality of Life
Pendragon: Pure (by far the best thing they have ever done!)
Paatos: Timeloss
Morte Macabre: Symphonic Holocaust
Like Wendy: Rainchild
Black Bonzo: Lady of the Light
Martin Orford: The Old Road
Lunatic Soul: ST
Hostsonaten: Springsong
Hawkwind: Chronicle of the Black Sword (1984)
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Post by Bnielsen » Mon Oct 19, 2009 8:09 pm

I picked up a bunch of classic prog this weekend:

Genesis - Foxtrot
Yes - Relayer
Yes - Tales from Topographic Oceans
Yes - The Yes Album
Camel - The Snow Goose
Camel - Mirage

I nearly wept at several points during 'Supper's Ready'... what an amazingly beautiful song!
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