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  • Prog Rock: Where to Start?

    So, I want to delve into the world of progressive rock and need some recommedations for listening.

    I am looking for 2 or 3 quintessential albums on which to get my feet wet. I have had exposure to the standard Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, Genesis that gets played on classic rock radio, but I want to go a little deeper.

    I know this is a broad topic, but where should I start?

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      Tool-Aeinma

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      Tool, as in the band Tool?

      Wouldn't call that prog rock - but then I guess they do use odd time signatures.

      Not enough soloing chops in that band and no keys = not prog.

      Try: Gentle Giant, Spock's Beard, Dream Theatre (Early), Dixie Dregs, Kansas (deep cuts not the radio crap), Yes, Hemisphere's era Rush.
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          Fragile - Yes

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          Agreed - it really all starts there.

          If you're really adventurous, move on to "Tales of Topographic Oceans"
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            Fragile - Yes

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              Agreed - it really all starts there.

              If you're really adventurous, move on to "Tales of Topographic Oceans"


              Relayer man myself.

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                ...
                Not enough soloing chops in that band and no keys = not prog.
                ...


                Personally I don't disagree w/ you that Tool is not a prog band but I think your criteria for inclusion in the genre (though I'm sure there actually is plenty of coincidental evidence to support it) kinda humorous. (also I think maybe they have a LITTLE bit of keybs, like, on a handful of songs briefly or something, I dunno )

                A big yes to Yes. I actually really like the one before Fragile, The Yes Album or whatever it's called. Kinda rootsier almost, but still really musically adventurous. Close to the Edge I really love alot too.

                I never really got too into anything else, maybe a little King Crimson. Zappa was always REALLY complex and exciting in his approach but I think he was coming from a bit of a different direction than some of these other guys.
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                  Saga.not sure the album name,but Tonight We're on the Loose was the"hit" from said album.

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                    King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King


                    King Crimson - In the Wake of Poseidon


                    King Crimson - Red


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                      King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King


                      King Crimson - In the Wake of Poseidon


                      King Crimson - Red


                      Absolute musts..




                      Entire King Crimson Catalog =Absolute musts

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                      • #12
                        Get:

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                          Fragile - Yes

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                            Wouldn't call that prog rock - but then I guess they do use odd time signatures.

                            Not enough soloing chops in that band and no keys = not prog.


                            13 minute songs, weird time, different band members playing in different times, heavy, soft, little bit of everything in the same song, not your usual song structure, etc. Sounds just like prog to me.

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                              Liquid Tension experiment. <---awesome band
                              Dream Theater.
                              can we call Opeth ''prog rock? if so, Opeth

                              edit: has anyone listen to ''Achiles last stand'', by Led zeppelin? THAT is a prog rock song.
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