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|Rock Meets Classical Pt. 2|
This lists concentrates on the period between 1973 and 1976.
Hamburger Concerto is a brilliantly composed and executed piece of classically influenced progressive rock by one of Holland's most succesful prog acts.
|2||Electric Light Orchestra|
Eldorado, a Symphony
ELO are perhaps the most commercially succesful band to explore the fusing together of classical and rock music. Listening to Eldorado it's not hard to see why they were so succesful, the mix of well crafted pop rock hooks and epic orchestral music is done brilliantly and very tastefully.
The Myths and Legends of King Arthur...
Although Yes, like a lot of prog rock bands, were heavily influenced by classical music they never explored it as fully as keyborard player Rick Wakeman would go on to do during his solo career. The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, to give it it's full title, shows the keyboard player/composer's creativity and love of both classical music and progressive rock.
The Snow Goose
Camel's third album, The Snow Goose, saw the band combine thier already well established progressive rock sound with more classically influenced arrangements and compostions. Completely instrumental, The Snow Goose is a masterpiece of symphonic prog.
Voyage of the Acolyte
Hackett's first solo album, which was recorded while he was still a memeber of Genesis, sees the guitarist build on the classical influences found in many early Genesis albums and create a superb symphonic prog album.
Fromed by former Ekseption keyboard player, Rick Van Der Linden, Trace combine classical music with elements of jazz fusion and progressive rock.
|7||Jon Lord |
After recording Concerto For Group and Orchestra with his band Deep Purple, keyboard player Jon Lord went on to record several symphonic rock albums. This album in particular shows what a great composer he is.
|8||The Alan Parsons Project|
Tales of Mystery & Imagination
The Alan Parsons Project is an experimental progressive rock band formed by acclaimed producer, Alan Parsons. The project features interesting lyrical themes accompanied by epic soundscapes as well as very strong classical influences, which are particularly effective in this album's epic instrumental, The Fall of the House of Usher.
|awesome list man, have always dug ELO, camel, hackett and parsons project m/|
|Oh and I have sumyunguy to thank for 6. Great stuff.|
|4 rules, havent heard any of the others though, which one should i listen to first?|
|I'd say check out 5 first and then 1, both are highly recommended to any prog fan. |
|thanks, will give them a listen.|
|You're welcome, pretty sure you'll dig them seeing as you like Camel.|
Here's some more;
Harmonium (especially l'Heptade)
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Apocalypse
Banco del Mutuo Soccorso
annnd Genesis of course. You got enough to do a list #3 =]
|Thanks Jethro. I did consider some of those and may well include some in part 3.|
|Also Gentle Giant at some point.|
I need to check out John Lord. Trace makes me curious as well. All the rest = highly recommended.
|Indeed. 7 is really good, regarded by many as his symphonic rock masterpiece. As for Trace I've only heard Birds so far which is excellent particularly the 22 minute epic, King-Bird.|
|great list bro i gotta check out 6 and 8 they sound sweet|
|Thanks KILL. Yeah 6 and 8 rule.|