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Prog Essentials

Tried to come up with some prog and jazz/fusion essentials. If I've missed anything obvious pls rsay. NO PROG METAL on here see KILLs list for that. Ordering is not significant especially further rdown. One album per artist. Rough description and discog recs with each artist.
1King Crimson
Red


eclectic prog - everything up to discipline essential, later stuff also good
2Rush
Hemispheres


heavy prog rock - all essential up to power windows + counterparts + clockwork angels
3Yes
Close to the Edge


symphonic prog gods, get all up to Drama
4Pink Floyd
Animals


prog/space rock - just get it all
5Camel
Moonmadness


symphonic prog - get first 4 then all from dust and dreams and after
6Jethro Tull
Thick as a Brick


prog folk - most of stuff up till 1980 is excellent
7Genesis
Selling England By The Pound


symphonic prog masters - get everything up to and including trick of the tail
8Focus
Focus III


prog in clogs first 4 are brilliant
9Premiata Forneria Marconi
Per Un Amico


up there with the British 70's greats - first couple are legendary RPI classics
10Frank Zappa
The Grand Wazoo


lots of variation in discog but can't go wrong with his classics + mothers stuff
11Al Di Meola
Casino


jazz/fusion huge discog, some great albums, early stuff is best
12Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
Darwin!


RPI - large discog excellent RPI first 6 best
13Return To Forever
Romantic Warrior


jazz/fusion classic, most of discog v good up to this one
14Supertramp
Crime of the Century


crossover prog - this, breakfast in america and the 2 between them
15Gentle Giant
Octopus


eclectic prog, extensive discog, their first 7 are best
16Captain Beefheart
Lick My Decals Off, Baby


genius eclectic shit, first 4 are essential
17Miles Davis
Bitches Brew


this, kind of blue, In a Silent Way essential and a lot more great stuff
18Anglagard
Hybris


symphonic prog - just get them all, masterful prog
19Museo Rosenbach
Zarathustra


awesomely good RPI
20Steve Hackett
Voyage of the Acolyte


symph prog roots but expands into more eclectic stuff later on - many good solo albums this is the old classic essential for genesis fans
21Colosseum
Valentyne Suite


proto fusion first 3 are best
22Anathema
Judgement


experimental, post-metal, prog - everything from Eternity, solid discog
23Soft Machine
Third


free form jazzy shit, get everything up till Softs
24Allan Holdsworth
Metal Fatigue


jazz/fusion - earlier ones the best b4 he started using a synthaxe
25Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Tarkus


well ye they went a bit crazy but first 4 + pics exhibition are great
26Van Der Graaf Generator
Godbluff


eclectic prog - big discog, loads of gems, this + Pawn Hearts to start
27Caravan
In The Land Of Grey And Pink


canterbury scene classic
28Gong
Flying Teapot


canterbury scene, patchy discog but the gnome trilogy v good
29Billy Cobham
Spectrum


jazz/fusion - huge discog this one probably the best tho
30Bacamarte
Depois do Fim


great Brazilian symphonic prog, their other one is crap tho
31Gazpacho
Tick Tock


crossover prog from Norway, solid discog, they are similair to late period Marillion but a lot better
32Porcupine Tree
Lightbulb Sun


early stuff is best but solid discog overall, also Wilson's solo albums and No-Man
33Mike Oldfield
Ommadawn


early oldfield is ear candy, bail out at Platinum tho
34Khan
Space Shanty


canterbury scene, only album they ever did but great one
35Maudlin of the Well
Part The Second


avant-garde, post-metal - cant go wrong with any of them really but debut is the weakest
36Wishbone Ash
Argus


rock w/prog elements - classic album, get this and their debut
37The Future Kings of England
Who is this who is coming?


space/psych - if you like pink floyd buy all of their 4 albums now
38Can
Future Days


krautrock, first 5 are best
39Egonon
Risveglio


my fave RPI of last few years, new release coming soon
40Roxy Music
For Your Pleasure


avante-garde pop prog - get first 4 after that gets too sickly
41Spirit
The 12 Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus


proto-prog, everything up to this one + California Blues + Model Shop
42The Mars Volta
Frances the Mute


heavy prog - first 3 best
43Vespero
By The Waters Of Tomorrow


nice space rock whole discog is good
44Procol Harum
Shine on Brightly


crossover prog - first 3 best, nice stuff
45Nektar
Journey to the Centre of the Eye


psych/space - first 6 are worth a listen
46Strawbs
From the Witchwood


prog folk - this or Grave New World their best, forget anything after Ghosts tho
47Marillion
Misplaced Childhood


neo prog revival kings, huge discog, first 4 with fish are the best ones
48Le Orme
Felona E Sorona


another legendary rpi band, put out lots of crap later on but this and Uomo Di Pezza are really good
49Renaissance
Ashes are Burning


prog folk band, get this, Turn Of The Cards and Scheherazade , much of the rest is shit
50The Moody Blues
Days of Future Passed


has a weak image these days but did some good melodic prog, also did lots of crap but this and To Our Children's Children's Children + On the Threshold of a Dream are good
51The Alan Parsons Project
Tales of Mystery & Imagination


slowly got worse over the years but this is a good one, nice for floydy fans
52ProjeKct X
Heaven and Earth


fripp project, its basically king crimson and its great so buy it
53Pat Metheny
First Circle


jazz/fusion, nice discog to explore
54Dead Meadow
Feathers


good space/psych, whole discog worth getting
55Il Tempio delle Clessidre
Il Tempio delle Clessidre


another great modern RPI release
56The Enid
In the Region Of The Summer Stars


syphonic prog - patchy discog but some good ones hidden in there
57Pekka Pohjola
Visitation


jazz/fusion many good albums
58Mahavishnu Orchestra
Inner Mounting Flame


jazz/fusion, get this, Birds of Fire and Emerald Beyond
59Hatfield and the North
Hatfield and the North


classic canterbury scene album
60Jeff Beck
Blow by Blow


patchy discog but some gems in there
61Barclay James Harvest
Everyone Is Everybody Else


crossover prog - did some awful stuff but this one is worth a look
62Coheed and Cambria
From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness


discog not bad, this one probably their most prog like
63Beardfish
The Void


heavy prog, great discog overall
64Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel (Melt)


first 4 are best
65Riverside
Out of Myself


nice discog
66Maxophone
Maxophone


yay another rpi one, bit of a classic
67Myriad
Floating On Ascending Plains


obscure Aussie band, great album, traditional 70s type symph prog
68Devin Townsend
Terria


well everyone knows of Devin
69Discipline
To Shatter All Accord


symphonic prog - comeback album prog from 2011, great, older stuff good too
70Ayreon
The Human Equation


maybe a love/hate one but i love it, prolly shouldnt be on here but fuk it
71Uriah Heep
Demons and Wizards


cheesy but lovable heavy prog, early stuff the best
72Eloy
Ocean


space rock - huge discog, ignore anything after 1980
73Il Balletto di Bronzo
Ys


old 70's rpi one, damn good
74Magma
Kohntarkosz Anteria (K.A.)


French Zeuhl love/hate stuff again but get this or Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh to begin with
75 Aphrodite's Child
666


vangelis and demi roussos and its cool
76Orphaned Land
Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)


they dont release much but this is the jewel
77Jonas Hellborg
Octave of the Holy Innocents


jonas got buckethead in on this one, awesome jazz/fusion, big discog
78Santana
Caravanserai


jazz/fusion - carlos used to be really good, first 4 are best
79 Harmonium
Si On Avait Besoin d'une 5eme Saison


symphonic prog - french-canadian classic, the one after it wasnt bad either, album cover never works on here
80Kingston Wall
Kingston Wall II


prog/psych - all of their albums worth a spin, this is the best one
81Big Big Train
English Electric


neo prog - genesis clones but very enjoyable and a real grower, good discog
82Hostsonaten
Winterthrough


gorgeous RPI, latest 4 album are lush
83 Spock's Beard
V


70s style prog large discog, also see Transatlantic and Neil Morse's solo work
84Phideaux
Doomsday Afternoon


hes done some really fine crossover prog, get this or Number 7 first
85Motorpsycho
Phanerothyme


Jaga Jazzist Horns better but cba to add it to sput right now, big discog that varies in style a lot
86Talk Talk
Spirit of Eden


crossover prog - total ear candy
87Nemo
Si partie I


jazzy prog, great discog
88David Sylvian
Secrets of the Beehive


crossover prog - ye the guy from the band Japan, patchy discog but this is the best one ive heard
89The Flower Kings
Back In The World Of Adventures


symphonic prog - not bad at all, this is maybe their best
90Hawkwind
Warrior on the Edge of Time


classic space rock, get this Black Sword and Mountain Grill
91Overhead
Metaepitome


lovely trad 70's style prog album, rest of their stuff so-so tho
92High Tide
Sea Shanties


influential heavy prog band
93Planet X
Quantum


jazz/fusion
94Quella Vecchia Locanda
Quella Vecchia Locanda


top rpi album, vivaldi was resurrected to play violin with them
95U.K.
U.K.


eclectic prog - short lived supergroup, Wetton, Bruford, Holdsworth, Jobson, self titled debut is the best one
96Hypnos 69
Legacy


Belgian space rockers, really great album, other stuff ive heard of theirs is a load of waffle tho
97Herbie Hancock
Crossings


jazz/fusion overwhelming discog, this maybe his best ?
98IQ
The Wake


neo prog revival group, still going, big discog, first few were the best + Dark Matter + Subterranea , avoid 80s stuff, if u like marillion u will like this
99Steve Hillage
Fish Rising


canterbury scene/psychedelic prog
100Kansas
Leftoverture


crossover prog - cheesy but I like it, Monolith and every thing after is crap tho
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