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Favorite Progressive Rock Bands

Lately I've been on a progressive kick, and I've been thinking about my favorites and how I would rate them against each other. So...
1Hawkwind

HEAVY. At times listening to Hawkwind feels like being sucked into a Black Hole while tripping on acid and hearing a lot of wah-wah guitar. It doesn't get much better (or warped) then this. Prospective astronauts: who needs NASA when you have this? My opinions on Hawkwind won't change anyone's minds: fans will know what I'm talking about, others will think I'm talking blasphemy. Let me just state one more thing to convince you of Hawkwind's greatness: Lemmy Kilmister.
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HEAVY. At times listening to Hawkwind feels like being sucked into a Black Hole while tripping on acid and hearing a lot of wah-wah guitar. It doesn't get much better (or warped) then this. Prospective astronauts: who needs NASA when you have this? My opinions on Hawkwind won't change anyone's minds: fans will know what I'm talking about, others will think I'm talking blasphemy. Let me just state one more thing to convince you of Hawkwind's greatness: Lemmy Kilmister.
2Pink Floyd

They can be overrated at times (Dark Side of the Moon anyone?), but goddamn if this isn't one of the greatest bands of all time. I don't think I can dislike any one of their releases from their inception till "The Wall", there is always at least one great thing about each release. The worse they could ever be was boring, The Division Bell puts me to sleep.
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They can be overrated at times (Dark Side of the Moon anyone?), but goddamn if this isn't one of the greatest bands of all time. I don't think I can dislike any one of their releases from their inception till "The Wall", there is always at least one great thing about each release. The worse they could ever be was boring, The Division Bell puts me to sleep.
3Genesis

1969-1976 of cource. Probably the most epic of progressive rock bands, almost every song by them over 5 minutes seems to end with a grand overture, which by this point your totally indulged in the music, and you can't help but feel this is the greatest shit ever, if your a progressive rock fan. Peter Gabriel is one crazy dude, and backing him was a band of equally amazingly talented musicians. There's only one problem with their legacy: fucking phil collins.
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1969-1976 of cource. Probably the most epic of progressive rock bands, almost every song by them over 5 minutes seems to end with a grand overture, which by this point your totally indulged in the music, and you can't help but feel this is the greatest shit ever, if your a progressive rock fan. Peter Gabriel is one crazy dude, and backing him was a band of equally amazingly talented musicians. There's only one problem with their legacy: fucking phil collins.
4King Crimson

Through it's 100,000,000 lineup changes, King Crimson's sound has changed quite a bit, but it's always shared one constant quality: It always blows your mind. It might not always be in a good way, or in a way you THINK is good, but it will nonetheless. This one of those bands that if you want to get into, or just understand, your going to have to go through their releases chronologically, because this a band that evolves and changes like no other.
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Through it's 100,000,000 lineup changes, King Crimson's sound has changed quite a bit, but it's always shared one constant quality: It always blows your mind. It might not always be in a good way, or in a way you THINK is good, but it will nonetheless. This one of those bands that if you want to get into, or just understand, your going to have to go through their releases chronologically, because this a band that evolves and changes like no other.
5Emerson, Lake & Palmer

At times nothing more than pop with synthasizers, and at times mind blowing virtuosos blasting out some of the greatest progressive rock you'll ever here. Everyone should have "Brain Salad Surgery". Keith Emerson playing his Moog synthesizer is one of the greatest music tones of all time.
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At times nothing more than pop with synthasizers, and at times mind blowing virtuosos blasting out some of the greatest progressive rock you'll ever here. Everyone should have "Brain Salad Surgery". Keith Emerson playing his Moog synthesizer is one of the greatest music tones of all time.
6Yes

"I'LL BE THE ROUN-DA-BOUT, THE WORDS WILL MAKE YOU OUT AND OUT"
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"I'LL BE THE ROUN-DA-BOUT, THE WORDS WILL MAKE YOU OUT AND OUT"
7Can

I really love Can, but they are considered more "krautrock" than anything. I don't care, Tago Mago is progressive enough for me. Most of their material needs to be listened on headphones to be fully appreciated, the subtle changes in the songs work so well compared to the bombast of many other progressive groups.
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I really love Can, but they are considered more "krautrock" than anything. I don't care, Tago Mago is progressive enough for me. Most of their material needs to be listened on headphones to be fully appreciated, the subtle changes in the songs work so well compared to the bombast of many other progressive groups.
8Van Der Graff Generator

Who else can write songs about Killer Whales and Giant Squids and be this good? And one of the only progressive rock bands to feature saxophone as a main instrument. Seriously, "H to He" is a genre classic that everyone should listen to.
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Who else can write songs about Killer Whales and Giant Squids and be this good? And one of the only progressive rock bands to feature saxophone as a main instrument. Seriously, "H to He" is a genre classic that everyone should listen to.
9Axis

One of the most least known progressive rock bands are Axis, an obscure group from Greece. I've only heard their 1973 self titled, but it's good enough for me to list this band as one of my favorites. The first song starts off very heavy and hawkwind-ish, and is the only to feature vocals. After that the album seems to go through a multitude of different sounds: free-jazz to symphonic ELP-ness, to Canterbury style passages in the style of bands such as Egg. This is one of the most unique and original progressive rock albums, it is a shame it is not widely known.
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One of the most least known progressive rock bands are Axis, an obscure group from Greece. I've only heard their 1973 self titled, but it's good enough for me to list this band as one of my favorites. The first song starts off very heavy and hawkwind-ish, and is the only to feature vocals. After that the album seems to go through a multitude of different sounds: free-jazz to symphonic ELP-ness, to Canterbury style passages in the style of bands such as Egg. This is one of the most unique and original progressive rock albums, it is a shame it is not widely known.
10Goblin

What can I say? I love the soundtrack to those late 70's zombie films, and Goblin has composed many of them, including the most famous of all time, "Dawn of the Dead". Also, there is a new band called Zombi that plays in the same style as Goblin did in the 70's, so everyone should definitley check that out.
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What can I say? I love the soundtrack to those late 70's zombie films, and Goblin has composed many of them, including the most famous of all time, "Dawn of the Dead". Also, there is a new band called Zombi that plays in the same style as Goblin did in the 70's, so everyone should definitley check that out.
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