Top 10 Greatest Progressive Rock Albums

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61Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield

My favorite album period. Might be a little different for prog rock fans hence the rating but listen to both sides, hopefully your life is now better.

A true classic. Disturbing and beautiful at the same time.

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62Hand. Cannot. Erase - Steven WilsonV1 Comment
63Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Free bird isn't even an album!?!?! Why!?!

They probably mean the album that had "Freebird". However, it is still NOT prog!

Gross misplacement or is someone taking the piss...or perhaps a bit of both. Lynyrd Skynyrd is about as progressive as Justin Beiber is the next Bob Dylan

64The Sentinel - Pallas
65The Turn of a Friendly Card - The Alan Parsons Project

This is pop prog at its finest. The first side sets up a tight sequence of songs featuring the usual amazing array of APP vocalists, flowing naturally into a second side that all runs together perfectly from Alan Parsons' superb instrumental "The Gold Bug" through Eric Woolfson's beautiful "Turn of Friendly Card" suite (with some nice Ian Bairnson guitar passages along the way). This is orchestra heavy throughout, though never in a way that diminishes the immediacy of the band - from those opening French horns you know your in for a treat. Woolfson's vocal debut on the evocative, underrated piano and strings ballad "Time" are an impressive debut for the brilliant songwriter himself, and Parsons production and engineering remains a testament to the master.

Gets my vote thanks to the brilliant suite on the flip side... Perhaps the best 16 minutes of pop prog ever made!

I don't think the perfect album exists, but to me this comes incredibly close...!

What a wonderful prog. Rock album!

66Tanz der Lemminge - Amon Duul IIV1 Comment
67Free Hand - Gentle Giant

Gentle Giant is the best prog band, and both Free Hand and the Power and the Glory are their best 2 studio albums. Although they never became popular like Pink Floyd did, their music is much brighter than the brooding atmosphere in Pink Floyd. Also their musical expertise far outshines all other prog bands.

Kerry Minnear (on keyboards) has a degree in composition from the Royal Conservatory of Music in London which explains the diversity of music, syncopation, and harmonies WITHIN many songs, such as "On Reflection," in which every band member plays at least 2 instruments. "Free Hand" and "Just the Same" are also masterpieces.

Finally, the band members versatility in playing many instruments is legendary, and not just in studios but live. (Check out their full live concert: Sight and Sound). Ray Shulman, the bass player, also plays acoustic guitar, trumpet, violin, and sings. Ray even sings WHILE he plays violin! Ray's brother Derek, the lead singer, also plays bass, ...more

68Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche

Where metal meets prog a classic of its era.

How is this not on here while Tokio Hotel is...

69In the Wake of Poseidon - King Crimson

This continues the greatness of their debut album. Great melodies, instrumentation, and variation with the use of mellotron. The title track is particularly moving.

70La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros - Películas

The greatest adaptation of Symph-Prog to Latin/Spanish music. Echoes mostly from Genesis, and Yes, it is simply the genius of Charly Garcia at his most crafted music and brilliantly songwriting skills. LISTEN TO IT NOW!

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71Crime of the Century - Supertramp

piano-driven prog rock, simply magic - diegokatabian

The exchange between Hodgson and Davies was never better, with those two major talents firing off each other brilliantly, complemented fully by a crack band.

72Trespass - Genesis

Fantastic album, you can hear the Genesis of Genesis on this album!

73Seconds Out - Genesis

Production and feeling just so good. A warmth like no other live album. Listen to Hackett's guitar work on The Carpet Crawlers

74Atom Heart Mother - Pink Floyd
75Voyage of the Acolyte - Steve Hackett

This is an incredible album, Genesis aside. The guest vocalists and range of featured instruments is exquisite. Consisting mostly of sweeping gentle songs, punctuated by some remarkable rockier tracks that surprise and bewilder on first listening, the overall mood evoked is poignant and wistful.

76Origin of Symmetry - Muse

All the best things about progressive rock without the time-wasting.

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77Sound Awake - Karnivool

This is seriously underrated.
Just give this band another couple of years. It has the potential to be up there with the greats: Pink Floyd, rush, yes, dt. Porcupine tree and tool are also great.

78Resistance - Muse
79Octopus - Gentle Giant
80Tubular Bells III - Mike Oldfield

Underrated because of the shadow cast by the first one.

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