Progressive Rock is definitly one of my favourite kind of music. What I like about it is that the music is so complex. You sometimes wonder, "How did they think about that melody!? It's so original" I also like the fact that to listen that kind of music, you shouldn't do anything else like driving your car or going on the computer. With that kind of music, you must concentrate on it, and if you don't like it at first, you must hear it again to get the song.
Right now I am really digging many of the Genesis albums, especially "And Then There Were Three" (1978) and also ''Duke'' (1980). Those two albums were the lasts before they went into a more pop direction. The keyboardist, Tony Banks is the guy that creates the melodies. I really like his compositions with Genesis. Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins were also good composers, but they were more simple. After these two albums, there were only some songs of their albums that were progressive rock. Genesis was also great with Peter Gabriel, but my personal preference is the Phil Collins era from 1976.
Also Pink Floyd of course is a classic. I just bought the Division Bell album from 1993 but I haven't got the chance to listen to it yet, I hope it's great. I'm more familiar with their 70's period.
Another one I never got the chance to listen to is War Babies by Hall & Oates, 1974.
Also, you guys ever heard about Talk Talk? They had songs in GTA Vice City and Vice City Stories, infact they started with synthpop in the early 80's but they ended with Art Rock, Post Rock, Progressive Rock in the late 80's til their breakup in 1992.
Here is a song from their 1988 album Spirit of Eden, a very acclaimed album.
If you guys like Progressive Rock, tell me what you like to listen, since I haven't found a specific thread about this kind of music.
I'm more of a Prog Rock/Metal kinda guy although don't stay primarily to that area.
If you like Genesis I'd heavily advise you get Foxtrot, I'd say Suppers Ready is probably one of my favourite Genesis songs of all time. With Genesis though I can enjoy both era's, I grew up with the We Can't Dance album and Genesis have some great pop songs.
Slamman has mentioned my favourite band already though in Dream Theater. Absolutely adore them, I can understand why people don't like them, a lot get put off my Labries voice or think they're too showy or too similar or whatever now from album to album but they are the band that gets the most rotation on my playlists. The new album A Dramatic Turn Of Events is brilliant.
Yeah, definitly King Crimson, with their album "In The Court of The Crimson King" from 1970 I think.
There's also Supertramp which I like, especially the 1973 album "Crime of The Century" with the fabulous song "School" or also "Hide In Your Shell".
Elton John's 1973 album "Goodbye yellow Brick Road" has some progressive songs in it, especially "Funeral For A Friend" which I think Dream Theatre made a cover or something, I never heard it though.
Oh and also, you gotta hear the early Bee Gees tracks, which were very Beatlesque and psychedelic (no falsetto here ), especially the 1969 album "Odessa". Fantastic four sided LP, some awesome tracks in it.
This post has been edited by NikoGTA4 on Friday, May 25 2012, 04:15
I don't think King Crimson get enough credit, but Pink Floyd, Yes, and Genesis are without doubt, cornerstones of this musical genre
The Elton John track Love Lies Bleeding, though it goes beyond normal FM radio time allotments, remember the success of this music had to do with AM radio in the 1970s, luckily I was privy to KQRS in Minnesota, who have been playing rock music my entire life in the Cities
This post has been edited by Slamman on Thursday, Jun 28 2012, 23:47
I'm not really sure what really constitutes something as progressive rock. Seems like too general of a term to use when talking about music, and music has been ever progressing for 100s of years now.
It's a really horrible genre to define because as you say music has been progressing for years yet not all rock music is 'Progressive Rock.' I guess 'Prog' really refers to bands that were Jazz or Classically influenced in their compositions as opposed to Blues influenced, bands that would experiment with different instruments, lengthier compositions or more fantastical lyrics. There is also the technical side of things, bands which would experiment with more exotic scales and time signatures.
There is sort of a point where being a 'Progressive Rock' band refers more to a style rather than the ideology of music 'Progressing' which make's it, and although I love it, it make's it a load of bollocks to define.
As for your point, Tull and that album are generally discussed in prog circles, Queen while not really being called Prog as such did have their moments of contributing to it back in the 70s, then again it's Queen, they contributed to everything.