Fairly simple post.
Paste your favorite prog songs.
I love riverside and thats one of my favorite of them
I'd probably say T2's "No More White Horses", Bo Hansson's "The Horns of Rohan" (from his 1970 Lord of the Rings adaption), Landberk's "I Nattens Timma" and of course King Crimson's "The Court of the Crimson King".
The Mellotron is one of the coolest musical instruments ever made and can be heard in both Landberk's and King Crimson's songs.
Oh, also, Aphrodite's Child's "The Four Horsemen" (with Vangelis and Demis Roussos). Also, check out the entire musical adaption of The War of the Worlds by Jeff Wayne from 1978. Some songs are more 70s disco, but there are some absolutely amazing progressive rock tracks on there too, but you should probably listen to that whole album in its entirety rather than single songs.
This may be on the outskirts of prog, but Dirty Three is amazing. Look up:
- Everything’s Fucked
- Sue’s Last Ride
- Kim’s Dirt
- I Remember a Time Once When You Used to Love Me
- Warren’s Lament
- Some Summers they Drop like Flies
There’s also a great pro-shot show On YouTube: Live at Fuckin’ Castlemaine Rock
To pick just one to link to...Everything’s Fucked is the first Dirty Three song that immediately bore a hole into my brain and never left.
What's a general description of prog rock? I've never really been able to nail it down, though I never tried very hard.
I'm a big fan of Coheed & Cambria though, and they're usually called prog rock.
Like a lot of genres it grew out as a reaction to other genres at the time, so I guess it's kinda hard to nail down these days, especially as there have always been a few fairly distinct movements within the genre. I suppose the most defining characteristic is the use of less common time signatures than what are/were common in pop and rock, and most also avoided the standard pop song structure in favor for inspiration from classical symphonies and jazz. But there was a lot of variety and some very different audiences too, with groups coming from the upper classes where the technical abilities of the performers and sophistication/complexity of the arrangements were the focus, as well as a kinda proto-punk wing coming from the lower classes where rejecting conventions and experimenting was more in focus.
I am wouldn't consider myself an aficionado but Heart of the Sunrise by Yes the album Court of the Crimson King by King Crimson as the ones that probably have the most listens too.
On a slight side note, there used to be a taxi driver in my home town that was obsessed with Prog, it was always on in his cab at a pretty high volume. After a night out it was quite the thing to behold, Camel and Asia as loud as politely possible. He told me he'd regularly get people complaining, asking to turn it off and his response was almost always to stop the cab and cancel the fare, such was his dedication to the cause. Better him than the taxi driver who used to stow dead sheep away in the trunk of his car.
Rush, the best band, almost all of their 20 studio albums have at least a few great songs on them, though a few might not be considered prog. King Crimson is good but a little ridiculous sometimes, I like Red the best. Yes is great, Close to the Edge and Fragile both fantastic (Fragile contains popular meme song Roundabout). Mastadon, Crack the Skye is a masterpiece; not sure if that is prog but it has long songs that are more complex than usual which I think is the criteria.
Most of my favorites and the classics have already been mentioned, so I'll go for a slightly different route with more modern stuff. Admittedly progressive tends to be slapped on as a descriptor way too easily nowadays, but I think these fit the bill. Favorite songs as links to youtube:
Pain of Salvation has been making their brand of prog for a while and tend to be bit of hit and miss for me. Occasionally hitting the nail on the head like on Meaningless and at some songs (Reasons) not clicking at all.
Leprous is another long time favorite with a very unique vocal approach.
Grayceon has some interestingly complex, but approachable prog rock/metal songs performed with cello, guitars and drums.
Intronaut dwells in more post-metal influenced waters with plenty of jazz blended in.
On even more heavy ground there's the more death metal based Usurpress.
And on the more extreme side there's Ne Obliviscaris.
There are many more like the many projects of Devin Townsend, but I have to stop somewhere.
Pink Floyd's Echoes is a Side-A length journey. Especially when its paired with 2001
My favourite moment in all of music is probably when the vocals kick back in in the final third of the song.
Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding by Elton John has a great buildup to a driving beat in its second half.
Siberian Khatru by Yes is one of the few Yes songs that I can tolerate. The skill of Steve Howe on guitar offsets the vocals and nonsense lyrics (sorry-not-sorry Yes fans).
Also, I can't stop listening to this version of A Simple Game by the Moody Blues, even if it's relatively simple. I think it's the lilting vocals that get me.
It probably isn't really prog, but I'll throw Bitch's Brew by Miles on here. At least, that's the album that bridged my love of prog into jazz.
I'm big fan of late 60s 70s prog rock
King Crimson 21st century man
Gentle giant free hand
Genesis music box
Focus Hocus Pocus
Emerson Lake and Palmer take a
Jethro Tull thick as a brick
Deep Purple Child of Time
procol harum salty dog
ELO can't get you out of your head
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