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Old 01-19-2015, 02:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1001 Prog Albums you must hear before you die

Thought it might be an idea to narrow the scope a little. Sure, we're probably never going to come close to 1001 albums, but let's see how many we know of, can recommend or think should be in the list. Try not to post discographies: if you like a particular artiste try to think of their best one, two or three albums, and again, don't post them simultaeneously.

Also, please only post if you want to contribute. If you don't like prog head somewhere else. No posts of the nature "Prog sucks"; they're just a waste of time, yours and ours. If you're into metal, I'm doing one on that too.

Usual mini-rules apply: no order but please number each album as it goes in, post a picture if you can and a year, and if possible write a few short lines about why this album should be included.

I'll start off with one of my favourites.

1. Trespass (Genesis) 1970
Although their second album, I consider this Genesis's first proper prog album and feel this is the one where they began to really flex their prog muscles, Gabriel made himself a stronger voice in the band and of course it was the swansong for stage-shy Anthony Phillips. Great tracks like "Visions of angels", "White mountain" and "Stagnation" make this an album all true prog fans, or those wishing to get into prog, should hear.
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Old 01-19-2015, 02:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Jeez a double whammy by you.
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3. The Yes Album (Yes) - 1971



Yes finally finds their true voice with the addition of Steve Howe.

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4. Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso - Darwin! (1972)



In my opinion probably the most melodically beautiful prog album ever.
Although a classic of the italoprog scene, a scene that spawned many exceptional bands and albums, it sadly seems not to be particularly widely known.
This has to change. It's worth it.
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I've never heard of that album and that's why this type of thread is so good.
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3. Yes - The Yes Album



Yes finally finds their true voice with the addition of Steve Howe.
I actually just got this on CD for $5. Right up there with close and fragile.
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Old 01-19-2015, 06:51 PM   #7 (permalink)
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2. Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime (1988)

Operation Mindcrime is considered to be one of the greatest concept albums of all time.
Thanks dreamer, if you could just a) bold the title, artiste and year and b) pop up a picture of the album cover. I can't edit someone else's posts.

I should point out too, in case there was any confusion, prog metal albums are fine also.
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4. Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso - Darwin! (1972)



In my opinion probably the most melodically beautiful prog album ever.
Although a classic of the italoprog scene, a scene that spawned many exceptional bands and albums, it sadly seems not to be particularly widely known.
This has to change. It's worth it.
Melody eh? That's my middle name. Must check this out.
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5. Alan Parsons Project - "I Robot"



Just. Listen.
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5. Alan Parsons Project - "I Robot"



Just. Listen.
Tales of Mystery and Imagination is great too.

6. Supertramp - Crime of the Century


Everyone here knows how much I love Supertramp. Enough's been said about this album by others more knowledgable than I--it's nearly perfect. As LiL said, just listen.
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Old 01-20-2015, 06:09 AM   #10 (permalink)
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5. Alan Parsons Project - "I Robot"



Just. Listen.
One of my least favourite APP albums. I much prefer "Eve" or "Gaudi". Has some good tracks but suffers from some poor ones I think.
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6. Supertramp - Crime of the Century


Everyone here knows how much I love Supertramp. Enough's been said about this album by others more knowledgable than I--it's nearly perfect. As LiL said, just listen.
Excellent pick.
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