Top 10 Greatest Progressive Rock Albums

The Top Ten

1 Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd

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.

Hands down the number one. Forever.

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2 In The Court Of The Crimson King - King Crimson

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 basis

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3 Close To The Edge - Yes

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

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.

Why is tokio hotel at number 1? This album is amazing! Three of the best songs of all time on one of the best albums of all time. Come on people!

Best album ever. Every second is perfect. 3 songs, all of them masterpieces. Very diverse sound and virtuoso playing.

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4 2112 - Rush

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.

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5 Selling England by the Pound- Genesis

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!

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6 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

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.

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7 Animals - Pink Floyd

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".

Whilst I prefer wish you were here as an album, the list is for best prog rock albums and this is it. It points out, with cynicism, the holes in society and is filled with excellent lyrics, rythme and texturing that only the Floyd can deliver with such energy

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8 The Wall - Pink Floyd

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.

This album should be near the top, I love dark side,wish you were here and the other albums, but I go for The Wall as number 1. Its overblown,pompous and and its long. But its also dark, powerful epic and progressive. The musicianship and execution of the songs is brilliant, the story is twisted, bitter,dark stuff and it broke the band,they would never be this good again. The greatest concept album of all time and one of rocks benchmarks. Brilliant.

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9 Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From a Memory - Dream Theater

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

Simply perfect

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10 Fragile - Yes

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.

The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 Moving Pictures - Rush

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 2112

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12 Hemispheres - Rush

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.

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13 Red - King Crimson

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.

Red is one of the heaviest Prog records of the 70s. Not to mention one of the most interesting. Seriously. Red and King Crimson deserve more recognition than what they get!

Robert Fripp on guitar is always progressing - from Court to Red!
"Starless" is fabulous.

14 Thick as a Brick - Jethro Tull

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

You gotta Whole Lotta Brick!

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15 To Our Children's Children's Children - The Moody Blues

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

16 Mirage - Camel

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!

One of the most underrated bands ever, still producing amazing music. I had the privalidge to see them many times in the 70's and 80's and they where always superb! '!

Most underrated progressive band EVER.

This is my favourite progressive album, Lady Fantasy is one of the best songs ever!

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17 Tales from Topographic Oceans - Yes

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.

Many Yes fans, myself included, consider this to be their best album, and their greatest work. It consists of 4 complex songs, each about 20 minutes long.

The yes most underrated album

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18 Brain Salad Surgery - Emerson, Lake & Palmer

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...

One of my favorite prog rock albums of all time. It should be placed much higher than "Misplaced Childhood", for instance.

21? This should be in the Top 5. - patrickfloyd

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19 Foxtrot - Genesis

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

Supper's ready_!

The best Genesis album forever and ever

Great!

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20 The Yes Album - Yes

I cannot handle the fact that this always falls behind Close to the edge. Every track is a class act except the Clap.!

Taking King Crimson one step further. Melody and progressive music can exist!

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!

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21 Misplaced Childhood - Marillion

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.

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22 Tarkus - Emerson, Lake & Palmer

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

Opening track is one of the greatest prog rock songs ever.

Atrocious album, why is it even on the list?

23 A Farewell to Kings - Rush
24 Frances The Mute - The Mars Volta

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 album

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25 Relayer - Yes

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.

This album deserves to be much higher on this list

I agree with all the other comments, one of their best albums!

26 Fear of a Blank Planet - Porcupine Tree

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.

27 Images and Words - Dream Theater

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.

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28 Caress of Steel - Rush

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

29 The Wake - IQ

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

30 Meddle - Pink Floyd

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

best

31 Seventh Sojourn - The Moody Blues

New horizons is a revelation!, a son's ode to a dead father

32 Ghost Reveries - Opeth
33 Script For a Jester's Tear - Marillion
34 Lateralus - Tool

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.

35 The Snow Goose - Camel

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

36 Blackwater Park - Opeth

Yes, into death metal. But drawn with progressive elements. A great album.

37 Asia - Asia
38 Every Good Boy Deserves Favor - The Moody Blues
39 Aqualung - Jethro Tull

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

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).

40 Twelfth Night - Twelfth Night
41 A Passion Play - Jethro Tull
42 Once Around the World - It Bites

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.

43 Pawn Hearts - Van Der Graaf Generator

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!

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44 A Trick of the Tail - Genesis

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.

Supper's ready is on it, enough said

45 Lark's Tongues In Aspic - King Crimson

This album is practically the definition of prog rock

One of King Crimsons best albums

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46 Illusions On a Double Dimple - Triumvirat

German band in the style of Emerson, Lake and Palmer. One of the fanciest albums that you'll ever hear.

47 Secret Messages - Electric Light Orchestra
48 Octavarium - Dream Theater

Octavarium definitely gets my vote. - naFrovivuS

Amazing

49 Gone to Earth - Barclay James Harvest

Hard to choose between all their excellent early albums, but this one is officially the third most popular album since records began in Germany (the biggest European music market), where they achieved phenomenal success. It will always be a mystery to me why they were so woefully under-rated in the UK but their 'dark horse' status has probably made their fans even more devoted. This album features 'Hymn' and 'Poor Man's Moody Blues', two of their most popular songs.

... If for no other reason than that, in 2011 official German chart company Media Control named BJH's Gone To Earth the third most successful chart album ever in Germany - the largest music market in Europe! Their chart is based on points given for the number of weeks spent on the official chart and the positions reached. Number one is Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here (the new remastered edition of which recently re-entered the German album chart at No. 4), and second was German schlager singer Andrea Berg's Best Of. "
(Personally I prefer some of their other albums, such as "Once Again" and "Everyone is Everybody Else", but who am I to disagree with all those German record buyers. )

50 Permanent Waves - Rush
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