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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|8||Emerson, Lake and Palmer|
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
|Peter Gabriel has the voice of an angel wtf|
|"maybe I haven't given them enough time"
you clearly haven't!|
|dude, you need to jam The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, immediately. |
|I think I've talked about that album in like 5 of my last 8 posts.|
|i was gonna get that instead of Selling England but its fucking long so I wanted an easier to digest start|
|Carl Palmer is my current favourite drummer. I agree that ELP's songwriting sucks, but their debut is a masterpiece imo.|
|"i was gonna get that instead of Selling England but its fucking long so I wanted an easier to digest start"|
If you want a more accessible entry point, I'd suggest listening to Duke first then working your way backwards. Abacab and onward are shit for the most part.
|^they're not that bad imo, but everything from NC to Duke is better.|
|Camel man, Camel|
|5 > 2 = 7 > 4 = 1 > 3 > 6 > 8.
I love all 8 though.|
|4 is too low|
|ELP's self-titled is better than Tarkus, Pink Floyd have like the 3rd highest selling album of all
time so I'd say they accomplished a lot, and Moving Pictures is the least proggy of Rush's albums in
my eyes. But hey I never lived in the 70s so my opinion sucks|
|Tarkus is probably the weakest of ELP's first 5 albums (that's including Pictures at an Exhibition). Title track is amazing but everything else is pretty forgettable.|
|@thespaceman I meant Floyd didn't accomplish as much MUSICALLY speaking. I forgot to put that in.|
@JT I'll check out the other albums after the third, I only heard one track from the albums after the third one
|3 is 1. I'd also move 4 and 6 higher|
|KC, Genesis, Yes, Camel, Rush, Floyd, Jethro Tull, ELP|
|This list is pretty much perfect. I know what you mean with Yes and Genesis, their stuff can be incredibly cheesy at times...
For me 2>1 though.|