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Big 8 Of 70's Prog Ranked

Because I'm out of ideas and if Yankeedudel can do it then I can do it too
1King Crimson
In The Court of the Crimson King


Court of the Crimson King is widely considered to be the first "True" progressive rock album, many people leaving aside The Moody Blues, Caravan, Gong, etc, as simple Betas to King Crimson's Alpha. Whether or not this is true will likely always remain a discussion in rock history, but whatever the case might be, it does not change the fact that they were perhaps the most important band in the entire genre, pushing the boundries of what the genre could be more than perhaps anyone ever has, and that is saying something.
2Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here


There is not a lot about this band that hasn't been stated in the past already. By far the most famous and pop-culturally important band in the list, Floyd took the mantle that bands like ELO, Supertramp, etc, had in showing that Progressive could be accessible without losing its purity. While they didn't, musically speaking, accomplish as much as some of the bands on here, they were perhaps the most emotionally charged and thematically intriguing band in the entire list.
3Rush
Moving Pictures


Three of the most renowned musicians in history make for the longest standing (And last standing) band in this list and despite being arguably the most skilled musicians in the list (Still very arguable, although Neil Peart's place as best drummer of the list is difficult to counter), they never truly showed it enough to come across as self indulgent, and in the way, they also created some of the catchiest riffs in rock history. With Clockwork Angels, Rush have proved that they still, after all this time, have not lost it at all, and hopefully have more for the future. Until then, I think they've made enough masterpieces to earn their place in history.
4Camel
Mirage


The most under appreciated band on the list, they were arguably the best blue print for symphonic progressive rock, ever, and thankfully, the Camel name has done nothing but improve in recognition as time has gone by. This has created some of the most beautiful musical landscapes in prog, and to this day they have not been matched.
5Jethro Tull
Thick as a Brick


Don't fuck with a man and his flute. That is what this band taught you and they did it damn well, combining Folk inspirations with legendary riffing with a mastery that you'd be hard pressed to find in just about any other band you could think of.
6Yes
Close to the Edge


To me, Yes's music is a little too on the overbearing side of things for me to appreciate it as much as I perhaps should, but don't let that trick you. Yes were top notch musicians that crafted intricate yet catchy riffing and drumming with their intriguing combination of britpop and rock. A little on the over-the-top side at times, Yes are still a band I absolutely recommend you check out.
7Genesis
Selling England by the Pound


In truth, this is the only band that I haven't heard a whole lot of, but, to me... It's not too appealing. While, like most of the people from this list, they were all top notch musicians, it's difficult for me to appreciate it behind the vocalist's voice, that for whatever reason, just doesn't click with me at all, and I also don't have a lot of interest in their demonstrated skill, even though it's clearly there. Don't take my view too serious though, maybe I just haven't given them enough time, and perhaps I just "don't get it" as some will say, so whatever.
8Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Tarkus


I love Greg Lake's vocals and Bass on King Crimson, so I was to say the least excited to check out what he had in store with this. What I found was a magnificent track, hiding a series of dull, boring and uninspired sessions of wankery. EL&P may have had something going on during their first few albums, but eventually descended into nothing but self-indulgent, boring musical passages that we so often find these days with bands like Periphery and (Needless to say) Between the Buried and Me. Looks like they were inspired by a progressive band after all!
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