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04-01-2014, 03:26 PM
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Your favorite progressive rock albums

It's my third prog. rock album of the evening that I'm listening to right now and I think I want to listen to more of it. I have always liked prog. rock but I still haven't listened enough of it, only the very basic stuff (Camel, Yes, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Rush etc.) although there are some more obscure albums that I'm familiar with. Therefore I made this thread, as I want to discover more prog. rock, especially from the more obscure side of things. Feel free to post your favorite progressive rock albums.

My top-10 favorites (limited to one album per artist):

Jethro Tull - Aqualung
Pink Floyd - Animals
Camel - Mirage
King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King
Black Widow - Sacrifice
Rush - Moving Pictures
Yes - The Yes Album
Can - Future Days
Pekka Pohjola - The Mathematician's Air Display
Writing on the Wall - The Power of the Picts

Also I really enjoyed Van der Graaf Generator's Pawn Hearts which I listened today but decided not to include it to the list as I have only listened it once but it definitely is top-10 material.

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Court of the Crimson King is my alltime fave when it comes to prog rock. Meddle and Animals are great too.

I'm not sure if it "counts" as prog rock, but Mars Volta's De Loused in the Comatorium is a fantastic album, front to back. Their subsequent albums never came close to that one, imo.

edit: Just noticed the Yes album on your list. This is a good one, too...


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In the Court of the Crimson King is probably my favorite.

outside of the ones you mentioned

Porcupine Tree with In Absentia being probably their best well known album (Steven Wilson also has some great solo work within the past few years)

Out of Focus - Wake Up! (1970)
Traffic - John Barleycorn Must Die (1970)
Time - Time (1972) - Croatian progressive rock band
Robert Wyatt - Rock Bottom (1974) - not entirely progressive rock (Soft Machine has some progressive albums)
Van der Graaf Generator - Godbluff (1975)
Amon Düül II - their first three albums are good

Faust & Embryo have some elements of progressive rock

there's a bunch more, but those are mostly the ones that stood out to me from what I've listened to.


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The Yes Album is fantastic.

I'm into everything Pink Floyd so basically everything by them.

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Mars Volta is for sure prog rock

If we can include prog metal
Crack the Skye- Mastodon, it is so good. I think it's their only album that should get the 'progressive' label, but holy **** is it ever. there's a mellotron on it, enough said.

Also a fan of Octavarium-Dream Theater, I've really grown apart from this band over the years but still love this album and Metropolis


Animals would get the nod as my all time favorite

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Zappa-esque silly prog you can dance to.


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Is progressive metal part of progressive rock? Dream Theater would be here for me.

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Close to the Edge is the best progressive rock album, closely followed by In the Court of the Crimson King.

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Yeah, post progressive metal as well if you want to. Personally not a huge fan of Dream Theater -sort of stuff but I do love some progressive metal, Atheist's Unquestionable Presence and Elements being my two favorites; those two being prog. metal mostly because of the unusual signatures and the amount of signature changes and all in all weird rhythmical things, actually now that I think of it they're probably more of the avant-garde side of things because of them being experimental, mixing non-metal genres to the music and having just very avant-garde sound etc.

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In the Court of the Crimson King is probably my favorite.

outside of the ones you mentioned
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there's a bunch more, but those are mostly the ones that stood out to me from what I've listened to.
Thanks man, lots of stuff there that I have to check out.

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I'm not sure if it "counts" as prog rock, but Mars Volta's De Loused in the Comatorium is a fantastic album, front to back. Their subsequent albums never came close to that one, imo.

edit: Just noticed the Yes album on your list. This is a good one, too...
Will make sure to check out De Loused in the Comatorium. That Yes album seems to be a bit too long even for a prog album but then again, I have heard longer ones as well. Thanks for the recs!

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A Trick of the Tail - Genesis
Misplaced Childhood - Marillion
Fragile - Yes
Leftoverture - Kansas
A Farewell to Kings - Rush
Scenes from a Memory - Dream Theater

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All fans of prog needs some of this in their lives.


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No particular order:

Pink Floyd--Animals
Yes--Close to the Edge
Genesis--Trick of the Tail
UK--UK
Porcupine Tree--Deadwing

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Coheed and Cambria:
- In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
- The Second Stage Turbine Blade

Between the Buried and Me (progressive metal):
- Between the Buried and Me
- Alaska
- The Silent Circus

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I love prog rock, but I hate the sound of the organ. It is grading to me. Anyone have a list of good bands that do not have organ. Among my favorites would be Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree, Riverside, Opeth, RUSH, tool, etc.

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Does Queen II count? One of my all-time favourites.

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King Crimson - Red

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King Crimson - Starless and Bible Black (1974)
Supertramp - Crime of the Century (1974)
Genesis - Foxtrot (1972)
Pink Floyd - Obscured by Clouds (1972)

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Misplaced Childhood - Marillion
BIG fan back in the day, nice call.

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I am a big fan of Selling England by the Pound - Genesis.

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I am a big fan of Selling England by the Pound - Genesis.
Me too, especially the first half. Great album.

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Tool - Lateralus

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All 14 of Pink Floyd's studio albums.

Specifically The Wall and Animals.

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I am going to say: Sonata Arctica - Unia

It may be metal, they are a power metal group, but that album qualifys for progressive!
Other than that, Pink Floyd! Not sure wich album tho...

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This is a criminally underrated King Crimson track.


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