Top 10 Greatest Progressive Rock Albums
The Top Ten
I love progressive rock with all my heart! I think it's the best genre of music. It's just perfect. My favorite albums of all time are progressive rock albums. I'm gonna vote for The Dark Side Of The Moon because it deserves to be number one on whatever list it's on. Now, many people will say, "it's only number one because it was the most successful." And while I agree that a lot of successful bands weren't that good, Dark Side Of The Moon is still a masterpiece. It's the album that got me into progressive rock in the first place. And while Pink Floyd were one of the most successful bands of all time, they were still excellent musicians and deserve all the credit that get. Other progressive rock bands being very underrated is another story. Yes is underrated, Rush is underrated, Genesis with Peter Gabriel is very underrated, King Crimson is very underrated as well. But that doesn't mean Pink Floyd is overrated. Pink Floyd is right were it deserves to be as one of the greatest bands of ...more
By ways the best prog albums, and even the best album ever! Tokyo Hotel is a big joke, in comparison of bands as Yes, King Crimson, Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, Genesis and especially... Pink Floyd! In my humble opinion they're the best band ever, and if you don't think so, listen to Gilmour's wizardery on guitar and Waters's poetry on "Time", "Brain Damage/ Eclipse" or "Breathe", and Wright's sensibility on keyboards in "The Great Gig in the Sky" and "Us and Them"; as well as their sense of melody on the hit "Money" and experimentation in "On the Run"and "Any colour you like"!
Not even close, the greatest album of all time. Easily, the greatest in any genre. Tokio Hotel is awful compared to Pink Floyd.
Its trueV 28 Comments
Okay, the Tokio Hotel thing at the top is hilarious. I'll admit. But this album is the king (ha! You see what I did there?! ), the one that every symphonic prog album that came after it is indebted to. It defined symphonic prog and prog in general.
King Crimson is more than a band. It's a way of doing things. In The Court Of The Crimson King is an album that continues to impress 40 years after it has been presented. For me, no album will ever be better, and I certainly hope the new King Crimson incarnation of 2014 will live up to it's expectations
This is the record that started it all really. Lush orchestration paved the way for Yes, Genesis & Spock' Beard. Mellotron can be heard on modern Steven Wilson tracks. Flowing riffs and time signature changes form the bedrock of Dream Theater & Tool. One of the most influential albums of all time.
Briliant, purchased this album when released and still play it on a regular basisV 15 Comments
Nothing against Rush, but Close to the Edge is one of the most brilliant albums ever made. The same goes for ITCOTCK (which I think should be first since it basically invented prog rock). I love Dark Side but Pink Floyd weren't necessarily a progressive rock band and were more experimental. But the albums are still very great nonetheless. I'm also surprised that Lamb Lies Down isn't in the top 10. But this is all just my personal opinion so don't knock me.
Pink Floyd were progressive. The fact that they were experimental is just another reason of why we love them. Many of their songs had deep lyrics with long instrumental passages, mood shifts, genre shifts, time signature shifts... - RalphSaad
Dark Side of the Moon is amazing. One of the best albums ever. But not enough prog-rock for me. It's more of an experience that the real Prog-Rock thing. Close To The Edge is the perfect example of what Prog-ROCK is. Not the best as an album, but as a Prog-Rock album, YES (No pun intended).
I had a hard time choosing between Close To The Edge and Selling England By The Pound. And a lot of others, like Wish You Were Here. - MaxPap
In my opinion, Yes out did their selves with this pre Dark Side album. It inspired not only all Progressive Rock, but all music in some way, shape, or form. They all collaborated in the band and wrote in my opinion the greatest album ever made. Close to the Edge is an amazing album where every lyric connects to you. Truly amazing.
Best album ever. Every second is perfect. 3 songs, all of them masterpieces. Very diverse sound and virtuoso playing.V 16 Comments
This list is a hard one. Not because it's close... Because it's different. Rush and Floyd are two completely different kinds of rock, although they are both still prog rock. Rush is more focused on melody, harmony, etc, while Floyd is more experimental. For me, Rush wins this battle. However, they both have members with a high level of musical talent, although the Rush lineup is possibly the most talented lineup out there. Dream Theater is relatively similar to Rush, but also more heavy metal. They are #2 on this list for me. They are the only band with what I find close to the incredible talent of Rush. Yes and King Crimson are two other prog rock bands that are very musically talented.
On the other hand, Tokio Hotel is:
A. Not rock
B. Not talented
C. Not respectable
HOW CAN ONE COMPARE SUCH AN AMAZING, INTUITIVE, MUSICAL BAND AS RUSH TO A POPPY BAND AS TOKIO HOTEL? I came to this list expecting to see many bands, but certainly NOT Tokio Hotel. Yikes.
This is by far the greatest progressive rock album ever created. This album was so far ahead of its time, and it explored new ways to make music. Most bands even today don't come close to making something as epic as this album. The opening 20 minute piece tells an incredible story of a man standing up against the rest for what he believed in. What other band do you know of that made a bad ass song about The Twilight Zone? The amount of musicianship put into 2112 is absolutely impeccable. These 3 guys are the best at what they do.
Everyone raves about the 20 minute title track that takes up the entire first side of the album, and while 2112 the song is simply amazing and unreal, the lesser known songs on the second side of the album are great too. Bangkok is one of Alex Lifeson's best performances. The Twilight Zone brings the perfect mood to an incredibly dark album. Lessons is a personal favorite of mine, and incredibly underrated. Tears is ok, and something for nothing is deep, loud, and a 3 minute helping of rush at their hardest. Pink Floyd cannot compare to the amazing musicianship of Rush. They will always be the best
I love playing this at volume in my car during rush hour (bk pun intended), you can always tell the orog heads in the lane next to you as they groove to an old favorite.V 16 Comments
This album so does not get the merit it deserves. Every song on this album is flawless and the fact that it is only # 9 and it is the only genesis album on the list disappoints me. in my opinion, I know Pink Floyd is the best prog band by popular vote, you cannot argue that Genesis has a much more diverse selection.
Genesis is my second favorite band but I wouldn't call them more diverse. Their style, though original, was always the same during their prog years. Pink Floyd on the other hand gave each album a certain style and atmosphere, they were much more diverse. I would also put Pink Floyd before Genesis because they didn't move to pop. A lot of people actually don't know that Genesis were once a great prog rock band. Pink Floyd on the other hand are by definition a progressive rock band. Finally, a great thing about Pink Floyd is that each live show offered a different version of their songs, especially in the 60's and 70's. They could actually be better live than studio while improvising, which is no easy task. A 5 minute song could turn into a 10 minute one. I've watched many videos about Genesis live and they're great, but they don't offer anything different than what you hear on the album. Now, in my opinion, Selling England by the Pound is slightly better than Dark Side of The Moon, but ...more - RalphSaad
It's the best album in my opinion. I don't think it deserves to be higher, #6 is right, but it's perfect album - from first to last song it's got some idea, hundred of great melodies and true, deep text singed by one of the best musicians!
What? The greatest art rock album isn't in top 10! Remember the songs "Dancing with the Moonlight Knight" and "The Cinema Show". Absolutely great key intro in "Firth of Fifth". Beutiful Gabriel's guitar and Peter's vocals. And what about Phil's divine drumming.
Everything on this album is friken amazing except more fool me but one can't ruin a album come on guys. This album is the best genesis album out of the peter era. by the way the Collins era did not suck. Trick duke come on there's good stuff also Phil did not ruin genesis it was a group effort. Their lineup is also amazing from peter to tony. This is the best album made by the best band in existence!V 17 Comments
No album to date could match the mastering of music as wish you were here has achieved. Every second is part of the "must live", pink floyd experience.
Every note on this album is perfect. A masterpiece
The best Pink Floyd album. Therefore the best Prog album. - Lemonjelo
The second best album by Pink Floyd, while "Dark Side..." is overrated, in my opinion.V 7 Comments
Even if your not a fan of the floyd how can you not love this. Its nasty, deep prog, with massive amounts of suspenseful energy and blasting grungy distorted guitar with so many massive and dirty solos all wrapped up in that melodic plodding style of floyd that sucks you in to thinking that this is a nice (sic) sugary album only to find yourself ripping into the air guitar all the while singing to yourself in the vain of johnny rotten, ozzy and robert plant.
Its fair to say I love this album.
Floyd's heaviest and best album. Unrivalled guitar work by Gilmour and awesome keyboards from Rick.
There is something about this album that serves my many different moods. Its brilliant. Especially "Pigs on the Wing".
The Dark Side of the Moon does have several progressive elements but the definition of Prog. Rock is that a song needs to be long, include the use of a synthesizer, and needs to have a middle section. The songs from Animals meet all those standards. I would say Animals should be ahead of Dark Side and WYWH.V 9 Comments
Why us tokio hotel even in this list? Yes, Pink Floyd, Genesis and King Crimson are progressive rock at its best, and this album is beautiful, how is it 20th? - fidelcanojr
Everything Steve Howe touched turned to gold.
This is what they call perfection. - arbeZameniC
Where is blue öyster cult. I think the list is fine, but I miss some BÖC album here. Some people say that böc isn't "a prog band", but many of they have never listened to the blue öyster cult. "secret treaties" and "agents of fortune" are great album for this ranking.
Not just another brick in the wall...
Best progressive album forever! By the way why the hell here's a Tokio Hotel? Tokio Hotel suck!
Pink Floyd is my favorite band but the wall was not ock. Their last prog album was Animals then the division bell 17 years later.
Great album, but this is not progressive rock people! - fractaled45V 10 Comments
Amazing album, I never get bored of it, even after a hundred times. The music is incredibly rich and the musicians are insanely perfect. There are always things to discover and to understand when you listen carefully, and "Home" is still one of the greatest song I have ever heard.
Dark side of the moon is not the best cd of Pink Floyd, and SFAM is one of the best composed albums ever, all of its songs are just perfect, no one who likes good music can dislike this album
Oh my god, please god destroy the ones who have voted Tokio Hotel! I hope it's a joke because I don't understand how someone can be so stupid... For me the best album is between Metrpolis part 2 and the wall, Dark side of the moon is one of the best albums but it is not like these two. I could hear MP2 and TW hundreds of times like the first one
Nothing got close to this album for me, except Karmakanic's Wheel of life and maybe Pale Communion from Opeth. Never quite got into Pink floyd. Don't know why.V 15 Comments
In my opinion, Hemispheres is much better than 2112 and somewhat better than Moving Pictures. I wouldn't exactly call 2112 a progressive album though... The only thing close to progressive on the record is the title track, which isn't exactly prog either - more like a long hard rock song.
Hemispheres is definitely Rush at the top of their game, lyrically and instrumentally.
The whole first side of 2112 is an amazing prog rock song (possibly the greatest), but as far as the album as a whole, the rest was more of 70's hard rock with some prog mixed in. This, however, was pure progressive rock, in music and lyrics. It was the last fully "progressive" album they did, and is definitely the best.
All Rush needed was four songs to prove they were the best at progressive rock... 2112 is amazing, but when you look at the sum of all the songs on each album Hemispheres definitely takes the cake.
Every song on this album is a masterpiece. This album comes on top of the 19 Rush album and also on top of the thousands albums ever made by any band.V 2 Comments
Red is heavy, ambitious and very Complex. Every piece of this 40 minute is Epic. Every song is memorable and amazing in a different way. Its heavy guitar riffs, it's poetic lyrics and writing, great vocals and use of saxophone with jazz fusion influences, amazing drums parts especially on " one more red nightmare " by Bill bruford, amazing combination of Mellotron and Guitar... It all creates a Masterpiece record that is perfectly engineered and sounds amazing.
Prog rock, sure, but Red is basically its own genre. Nothing else sounds like it, a 40 minute nervous breakdown of an album.
Top ten worthy, probably my favorite prog rock release or at least for classic prog that is - cjWriter1997
Robert Fripp on guitar is always progressing - from Court to Red!
"Starless" is fabulous.
Moving pictures is number two on my personal list. You gotta have Pink Floyd at number one because it's Pink Floyd, but this album is easily Rush's best album and easily the best album of all prog other than the Dark Side of the Moon. The whole thing is just amazing song after amazing song after amazing song. The first four songs in it are all four of Rush's best songs, three of them easily being top-10 Rush songs.
Every single song on this album is pure magic. Between drumming, keyboards, and the guitar types, this is a must have progressive rock album. Plus, there's some bass solos on it! One of the best albums of all time!
simply amazing, full of complexity, virtuoso musicianship.. and the greatness of RUSH -
Personally I think better than 2112V 4 Comments
It was supposed to be a parody of the genre, but it ended up being a masterpiece. If you give it a listen, you'll see why... Damn, this album is fantastic.
You must be thick as a brick if you don't recognize this album as the greatest in whole prog rock
No prog album is written so specially and professionally like that one
Ian Anderson stands out in prog-rock world as a very versatile artist: frontman, showman, composer, instrumentalist, and lyricist.
This album sees him in top form in every aspect of his artistry.
Not so pretencious group like the others, always with a sense of irony and (sometimes bitter) humour - it is my favourite band and favourite masterpiece of prog-rock.
Update from the other comments I did on Yes albums here : I thought this album would be overrated but turns out it's underrated. Starship Trooper is for sure one of their best songs, but Yours is No Disgrace and Perpetual Change is just as good. Amazing album, all songs in there are just so good! For now, it's my third favorite by yes, after Relayer and Close to the Edge. - MaxPap
I cannot handle the fact that this always falls behind Close to the edge. Every track is a class act except the Clap.!
Why except the Clap? Because it's not complex enough? It's a great guitar piece. It doesn't need the accompaniment of other instruments to be a masterful work of art. - Aweso
I do agree with putting Close to the Edge higher than this, since Close to the Edge is much more progressive, and in my opinion, better. But even with that said, this whole album is amazing as well. - Songsta41
Theirs is no disgrace!V 2 Comments
It is a little experimental. And it's maybe not for everyone : Some people hated it. And even Rick Wakeman, the keyboardist of Yes, hated it so much that he left the band after recording this album. And yes, some parts may be boring.
But this album is what you call real Progressive Rock. A 2LP album, 1 song per side. Throughout the album you can feel the whole theming of it. It is amazing. And that cover, it's so great and puts you in the mood... Adventure in oceans. Tales from Topographic Oceans. I love the cover so much it's my desktop wallpaper right now on my computer. Close to the Edge may be a better album, but since Tales is only 16 I had to vote for it. Second best Yes album and third is Fragile.
I really love this album. Might not be the best, but I love it. - MaxPap
I agree with much of your opinion, and here's mine. Tales is twice as good as the endlessly overrated Close to the Edge, or Fragile; in quality as well as length. I'm tired of hearing how Rick Wakeman disliked this album. Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, and Alan White loved or liked it. I love Tales, and consider it to be Yes' best album. - Crwth
After the lamb lies down on Broadway this is my next favourite. It's bonkers as all good prog rock is. Its John Anderson's interpretation of Hindu scriptures over two slabs of vinyl that rings with some of the most out there expiremental music ever recorded. Some people say it's a difficult album to listen to and I can understand that, but I have always loved it and get some rich rewards every time I listen to it. And the cover art by Rodger Dean is incredible my favorite cover art ever.
Expansive to be sure, but that is part of the key to its success. By stretching their canvas out to such a degree, the music has more room to breathe, making the melodic underpinnings more elusive at first listen, but so much more rewarding in the end.
The yes most underrated albumV 2 Comments
The most haunting, atmospheric album of all time.
Incredible album, my favorite part starts with Beyond, and carries to the end! Maybe not as proggy as albums like Tarkus, Selling England by The Pound, and Thick as a Brick, but certainly as good as them in my opinion. Very underrated album, and band.
The best ever moody blues album
This should be in the top ten, awesome album!
A masterpiece and as part of the ELP early albums a cornerstone on which Prog Rock was built... It never gets old. ELP took risks, But they defined power the intricacy and precision on which the entire genre was built...
As an entire album, I prefer Tarkus, but since this is higher than tarkus, and Karn Evil 9 is easily my favorite song of all time, this works! Love Toccata and Jerusalem as well! Not a big fan of Benny the Bouncer. Still you turn me on is alright.
Classical/Jazz/Rock fusions. Hell, fuse in lots of other stuff too. The genius of Keith Emerson permeates this album. I thank ELP for introducing me to classical music! From here I discovered Beethoven as a child.V 8 Comments
36? This album has One of these days and of course Echoes! It should be in the top 10. - RalphSaad
Meddle is simply amazing, pure progressive. It includes Echoes so it should be top 20. Question is, wheres atom heart mother
Echoes is perfection, which for me Pink Floyd never surpassed. - LuckyTown
Fish at his best vocals and lyrics work, Rothery as a guitar master, Kelly finding great keyboards sounds, a good rhythm section Trewavas-Mosley, lots of melodies... This is Misplaced Childhood!
Every note at its best, hard to listen only 5 times in a row.
A real masterpiece.
Inspired cycle of songs that seem to discuss one's journey through life. Misplaced Childhood music is firmly grounded in 70's Symphonic rock but adds enough new spices (punch, adrenaline, scottish folk, etc). Lyrically speaking it ranks on top of the prog rock genre: romantic disillusions, freudian analyzed family issues, pheromonial adolescence, life on the road, drugs, political doubts, despair with human kind and hope in the end! There's no childhood's end, we have friends, life is not so bad after all. The author raises an independance flag. Imagine there's no countries, just the pride of being ourselves, of respecting and following our own hearts.
The album accomplishes so much with prog rock it should make Johnny Rotten feel like a fragile infant holding a lollypop.
One of the best Camel's albums! Everything is here: melodic bass lines by Ferguson, Andy Ward powerful and very precise drumming, Bardens symphonic and dynamic keyboards solos (after his departure no other keyboards players would be as good as him) and especially Andrew Latimer emotive, sensitive and powerful guitar work and... His beautiful flute on "Supertwister". From the cool opening "Freefall" to the mystic "Nimrodel/The Procession/White Rider" Camel is excellent and signs his all time masterpiece: the superb "Lady Fantasy"!
Without a doubt! Mirage is the most undervalued album of progressive rock but one of the essential parts of this style. An album of worship that very few people can be seen in its full dimension. Simply unbeatable!
Insanely underrated. Brilliant album.
Latimer, Bardens, Ferguson, Ward
...and my god you can't deny the GENIUS of "Lady Fantasy! "
Peter Gabriel greats, "Supper's Ready" and "Watcher of the Skies", on the same album!
"Watcher" was actually written mostly by Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford. "Supper's Ready" and "Get 'Em Out By Friday" are unmistakably Gabriel tunes, though. His quirky personality and signature wit are all over them - musicman4
The best Genesis album forever and ever
Great!V 1 Comment
Fear of a Blank Planet, the name itself has a arcane and mystical feeling to it while the compositions add to the feel. Guests like Alex Lifeson(Rush) and Robert Fripp(King Crimson) have graced the album with their spine chilling solo performance. Steven Wilson with his compositions accompanied by the ambience mastermind Richard Barbieri, jazz infused bass playing elements incorporated by Colon Edwin and of course, the man from a blank planet, Gavin Harrison showcasing his drumming prowess and seems a bit too much to take for us, the resident of Earth.
I'm in my 50,s and lifelong Rush fan with over 50 times live and a personnel plate even thanks to my wife. PT and Fear of a Blank Planet is my favorite album all time... From opening track to end simply the best...
I think this album is just a masterpiece. Even though side 2 is just mediocre, side 1 is just the opposite. If you have never listen to the prog rock magnum opus Tarkus, you shouldn't be considered a human.
The first side is incredible. The second side some people may not enjoy. I like songs like "Jeremy Bender' and "Are You Ready Eddy". Overall, this album is very good and definitely one of ELP's greatest overall and deserves to be higher
This album is excellent and contains a catchy brilliant opening song followed by great tunes that leave a satisfying conclusion. Overall one of the best albums of prog rock.
The 20 min of side 1 Tarkus is to me THE greatest progressive rock song ever. Great keyboard, drums, vocals and guitar.V 2 Comments
No its not, it's on Foxtrot. The remastered version of a trick of the tail has live footage of the Phil collins genesis performing Apocalypse in 9/8 and Aching men's feet which is from Suppers Ready... So you're both wrong.
Supper's Ready may not be on it, but "Dance on a Volcano" is.
Greatest album of all time. Everything on it is perfect. EVERYTHING. - MaxPap
Supper's ready is on it, enough said
Relayer is my favorite album along with my favorite song, "The Gates of Delerium". This album is a masterpiece, and contains a great depth of musicalness, strong technique, beautiful melodies and harmonies, and most important of all, a vast amount of emotion. The music is engaging and complex, but in an orderly manner. If you do not enjoy this album, you are probably still lacking high musical understanding, and do not worry, with learning, experimentation, time, and practice, you will reach a point where you can enjoy this album. And oh, boy, will you enjoy it...
I totally agree with you, Relayer is my favourite album by Yes not to mention Fragile, the yes album and Going for the one which should also deserve high ratings.
The Gates of Delirium is amazing! Not an easy listen, but once you've heard it a couple of times you'll start to really love it.
As for side 2, I can't tell yet. - MaxPap
Update : While Sound Chaser and To Be Over are very experimental and not for everyone, I find them great tracks considering how complex they are. - MaxPap
My favorites are Dark Side of the Moon and Close to the Edge but seeing Relayer so low, I had to vote for it. The Gates of Delirium is amazing. - MaxPapV 2 Comments
An essential for any prog fan. Godbluff captures the spirit of eclectic bands. - isaaonrtdmtr
Great LP but the real deal is their first 4 Lp's
Not the best album ever but a great listen nonetheless. Everyone out there should listen to this instrumental album, it's better than anything kraftwerk put out
The live version is even better.
Amazing instrumental - RalphSaad
The best progressive rock band of today with the best progressive rock album of today, and I just want to ask why Tokio Hotel is here? They're not even close to progressive rock.
MY GOD, THIS ALBUM IS TOO AMAZING. Only 5 songs, but with over 77 minutes of music, this album is a mammoth, and should be higher on the list. Great prog!
The most mind blowing album of all time. Listen to all in one sit down, INSANE
Real progressive rock band! No pauses here, no blanks, TMV is just the best thrilling rock band ever. And Frances their best albumV 2 Comments
Listen to it and you will like it
Very underrated album
The most underrated album in history is either this one or Queen II - dlbk03
Do the people on this page even know what Progressive Rock really is? This album is just as important to the Progressive Rock movement as Dark Side Of The Moon, In The Court Of The Crimson King, Close To The Edge and countless others! Songs like "Locomotive Breath," "Cross-Eyed Mary" and let's not forget the title track are some of the best Progressive Rock songs out there! Seriously people, this album deserves to be at least in the top 5!
I agree, I know this album since 1978 an it is still one my favourite album
Fantastic concept album...this is Ian Anderson's Magnum Opus without doubt..
So underestimated and underrated. Jethro Tull definitely should be in the first 10, if not 5, with Aqualung and/or Thick as a Brick.
Top Five (not necessary in that order) DSM, ITCOCK, Aqualung/Thick as a Brick (preferably Aqualung), Close to The Edge, and Lamb Lies Down/Selling England/Foxtrot (though one here).
Good prog rock band, very underrated. - MaxPap
Though the tracks on this album are all under 6 minutes long, the band packs a myriad of dazzling moves into each song. Exquisite works from masters John Wetton, Steve Howe, Geoff Downes, and Carl Palmer. - Crwth
A phenomenal album which showcases Dream Theater's true proficiency and skill as a progressive metal band.
Master piece IMAGES AND WORDS is perfect creation of mankind
It s the best. why this album is after Green Day is an insult to the Dream Theater one of the best prog band in the world with Pink Floyd, yes, Genesis... Etc BUT NOT Green Day, they are the opposite of DREAM THEATER. For justice vote this GREAT ALBUM (Pull Me Under, Another Day, Take The Time, Surronded, Metropolis PT. 1: The Miracle And The Sleeper, Wait For Sleep, Learning To Live) If you are insicure listen this album. I think this album should be in the first position. Sorry for my English but I m Italian.
This masterpiece should be at the top. It certainly should be ahead of Metropolis pt.2 which is a newb Dream Theater album that has quite abit of filler.V 1 Comment
Never heard of IQ until I started listening to Marillion and The Wake was suggested to me several times before I broke down and listened WOW what a great album
This is the best album ever. With "So Sincere" and "Cogs in Cogs" on the same album, what can top it!
I agree with this review and In a Glass house is neck to neck with it
New horizons is a revelation!, a son's ode to a dead father
Fish�'s vocals and especially his provocative lyrics really make this album. Starting of with one of Marillions best songs ever, the album is perhaps not as commercialised and dramatic as later entries of the fish era, but it certainly contains great works, such as the brilliant "The Web" and the significantly underrated "Chelsea Monday". For me I should rank somewere around 15
Yes, into death metal. But drawn with progressive elements. A great album.
The greatest album ever recorded.
This record holds secrets and hidden experiences above anything I've ever known.
Mathematically arranged, spiritually constructed, emotionally powerful, musically and technically proficient.
If you are prepared to search for the end result of enlightenment and put in the work by thinking for yourself, this album will guide you on a journey so incredible I cannot emphasise human potential enough.
This album changed my life and made me understand there is so much more than anything you are now.
I urge you to research 'The Holy Gift' based on this 'Lateralus Prophecy' and I promise you that you will see as I see. Most other music gives you a shortcut, Lateralus takes you to eternity.
This did get Best Metal Performance of the 21st Century for a reason.
People praise Thick as a Brick, which is indeed a masterpiece, but A Passion Play seems to be forgotten. I think it's as good as Thick as a Brick. It's a masterpiece. - MaxPap
This may not be a pivotal album for prog rock, cause it came out in the 80's where prog rock was not hot, but it certainly is underrated. Check out the titletrack - this is class A prog rock, probably an inspiration for Dream theater. Certainly for me.
On Man-Erg, one of my favorite songs ever, Jackson plays 2 saxophones simultaneously! But the album also has "Lemmings" and a "Plague of Lighthouse Keepers"!
Totally agree with you but most people do not know about VdGG, is it because of the dark soundscape, or the fantastic but rather special voice of Peter? They are not well known but those who know about them rate the albums highly, just check the reviews on ProgArchives. But over to the album, and the music. VdGG had a rather special orchestration and used flute and sax instead of guitar most of the time. Lemmings is the "worst" song on the album in my opinion but I would give it 4/5 for the Voice and special soundscape. Man-Erg is incredible and starts with piano and then an Electronic organ comes in until Peter starts singing, a crazy middle section comes in and 2 saxes scream Wildly. The song becomes more cacaphonic. 5/5 A plague of lighthouse keepers is a long epic filled with epic parts. 4.5/5. I think it is a masterpeice, and Peter Hammil, Jackson (Saxophone, flute) Banton (organ) Evans (a insane drummer) and Robert Fripp on guitar makes this album a must in any prog collection. ...more
Wow! Only 21? This is one of the most important prog album (and there is important prog albums! )! Hammil chnaging voice on "Lemmings (including Cogs)", sometimes playing piano as on the beautiful "Man Erg", Jackson's screaming saxs which can be handsome on all songs, Banton's pure organ parts trying to create new atmospheres, Evans's complex drumming... And as it wasn't enough Robert Fripp plays an excellent guitar solo at the end of the magnificent "A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers" a dark 20 minutes piece dominated by the great Hammil!
PS: 'heavily' underrated, of course.V 1 Comment
Understandably low as AAL is fairly new to the scene, however it should be MUCH higher. Some awesome harmonic and rhythmic complexity with amazing songwriting. Not one weak band member. If you've never heard of them I highly recommend you give them a shot.
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