Prog Rock Rebels

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  1. jayeshrc

    jayeshrc Resident Crash Test Dummy

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    Could you recommend an album each to start with? I've been procrastinating getting into BBT for a while now (I know i'm supposed to be really missing out, and I dont want to any longer!)
     
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  3. cooperpwc

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    spwath, I have not heard everything by Styx and I will listen to the track that you suggested (even if with somewhat muted expectations). I am ruffling feathers indeed. :)

    Here is a (progrock) song for the ages, the opening track from Gentle Giant's In a Glass House:



    And the closing title track:

     
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    What would progrock be without indulgent album-side-long songs? An all-time classic:



    And deeper down the rabbit hole:

     
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    Surely! I'll limit recommendations to what's on Bandcamp currently.
    Rob's solo stuff is heavily influenced by Mike Oldfield. Sanctuary is a nice starter.
    Magenta has a harder edge; their ELP cover is quite nice though personally more a fan of their lengthier pieces.
    Am quite enjoying the fuller sound/lineup of newer BBT, so a great one is their most current live album (besides, XTC and Spock's alumni, so...yeah!).
    Partial to this older live Jadis album, which does a fantastic job of committing their sound.

    Not on Bandcamp, but also check out BBT & co's cover of Steve Hackett's "Spectral Mornings."
     
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    New Blackfield single

     
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    spwath Collegiate hijinks master

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    My history of rock and roll teacher played this and convinced me to order the CD.


    But right nowlistening to ELP Trilogy.
     
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    spwath Collegiate hijinks master

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    that wasn't a good example. A better example would be earlier stuff. "I'm ok" would be a better example with a nice church organ solo.
     
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    RIP John Wetton

     
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    @anetode have you checked out any Gong? Similar England does Weimar republic vibe but a bit less bookish, more ramshackle, better tunes. Remind me a bit of Faust.

     
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    ^ Ah! I like this.

    Gong is interesting because they went through several very different iterations. Pierre Moerlen's Gong was edgier but good.

     
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    I was in the balcony at that LA show... Freaking awesome.
     
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    It looks like Robert Fripp has changed his mind about making some King Crimson available through online streaming services.

    The latest two albums released today are both available on Tidal and Apple Music and I'm sure other services. These are not proper new studio releases but rather a digital version of a live box set

    https://www.dgmlive.com/albums/radical-action

    and an EP buoyed by their tribute to Bowie - Heroes (Robert Fripp played on the original Bowie recording).
    https://www.dgmlive.com/news/Heroes Video

    Looking forward to listening when I get a chance. BTW, here's a hilarious Heroes/Fripp-related article: http://www.uncut.co.uk/blog/robert-fripp-steals-the-show-in-david-bowie-documentary-22343. Probably more hilarious to those of us who have followed Fripp for a very long time.
     
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    Interesting, thanks @DigMe - I am not terribly up on King Crimson, but have enjoyed what I've heard, it might help justify that Tidal sub that I am always in two minds about.

    I have only really listening to the obvious- "In The Court Of The Crimson King", though that does feel like a logical place to start.

    (Unrelated progtastic wibbling ahead!)

    Incidentally, first listen of "Is This The Life We Really Want?" by Roger Waters left me impressed. Sure, it could have more dynamics, but it's a really hard-hitting album that sounds good. If "Animals", "The Wall" and the 2015 remix of "Amused To Death" had a child, it would sound like that. The musicians seem solid, and Goodrich's production is solid. There's a moment where it almost sounds like the shade of Rick Wright is creeping in, which made me a little sad.

    I think it might turn out to be a good album, and a grower- it sounds good. However, it definitely has misses the deft musical chops of both Gilmour and Wright on the lead guitar and keyboards respectively.

    (I rediscovered PF's "Echoes" today, from "Meddle". I had forgotten how badass the funky hammond organ was on that. Wright was frequently underrated.)
     
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    I really dig Dream Theater live. Less studio trickery and more musical nuances. This CD sounds amazing...

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    People who sneer at Prog Rock, I let them be. I could explain in 10 minutes what Prog Rock is and showcase two songs with a reference to today.

    Ready? Go!



    Next:



    Now play that Nine Inch Nails or Linkin Park song and tell me Prog Rock is not influential. You cannot...
     
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    In my totally arrogant opinion, the best King Crimson album is Larks' Tongues in Aspic

     
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    Not enough Gentle Giant in the thread. They were amazing live. Totally rearranged their songs for live performance. So it wasn't like most of the prog bands of the day, playing music that was almost as good as the album version, in a note for note kind of way. They would go from Jimi Hendrix heavy to classical quartet in the same song, and they made it all make sense.
    These are there best studio albums, if you disagree it is because you are fucking wrong.... My opinions are even better than facts :)

    Octopus


    Acquiring the Taste


    In a glass House (which was referenced above).

    And one brilliant live album Playing the Fool
     
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    L'Orfeo MoatsArt the Second

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    "The Enid" anyone?

     
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