Top 10 Greatest Progressive Rock Albums

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41 Secret Messages - Electric Light Orchestra
42 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

43 Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche

Where metal meets prog a classic of its era.

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

44 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. )

45 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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46 Permanent Waves - Rush
47 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.

48 Argus - Wishbone Ash

Always in my top 10 albums, great songs - throw down the sword, the king will come, time was. all classics!

Awesome album, but "The King Will Come" is unparalleled!

How is this not in the top 20, absolutely superb album.

For me,their last great LP. Never really got into the other albums after this but this and the first two rule

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49 Black Clouds & Silver Linings - Dream Theater
50 Seventh Sojourn - The Moody Blues
51 Every Good Boy Deserves Favor - The Moody Blues
52 Turn of the Cards - Renaissance

"Mother Russia" and "Running Hard" on the same album! - roncohp

53 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).

54 A Passion Play - Jethro Tull
55 Colors - Between the Buried and Me
56 Leftoverture - Kansas

Kansas's first 5 Albums should all be in the top 50. This one is probably the best. If you listen to all the songs you'll realize just how great this album is. Carry on Wayward Son is a classic and their most well known. But Miracles out of nowhere is a spectacular classical orchestral composition of real splendor. Magnum Opus is a brilliant prog epic. Cheyenne Anthem is a very distinctive beautiful piece of unique subject matter for prog. The Wall is great. Opus Insert is a fine song. What's on my mind is fun. It's just the best album top to bottom. It definitely deserves top 10.

A great album by America's greatest prog band. The members of Kansas are masters of creating and performing technical and melodic symphonic prog.

Leftoverture & Point Of Know Return are great from start to finish.

57 Hounds of Love - Kate Bush
58 Lamb Lies Down on Broadway - Genesis

SERIOUSLY? 59? I feel like people don't appreciate Genesis and this album in particular enough. This is arguably the best Genesis album and my favorite. Even though every song individually can be hit or miss in terms of being a great progressive rock song that exemplifies the genre well (although they're all good), as a whole, the album is just a fantastic experience that is also incredibly original. Listen to this if you haven't yet. It might take a while to start to like it and really get it, but that's true of progressive rock in general, and this album is definitely worth it if any music is.

Even though it was the last album to feature Peter Gabriel as part of Genesis, what a bang it was for him to go out on. This story of Rael Imperial Aerosol Kid who tries to save his brother John from a strange fantasy world is very enchanting and scary at the same time. - c0mf0rta61ynum6

This one is among the few concept albums that really make sense. Some of popular music's most touching moments can be found here. The perfect time for Peter Gabriel to leave this band, when finally, what more could we expect to come than that? He knew it. Magical.

Top genesis album

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59 10,000 Days - Tool
60 Acquiring the Taste - Gentle Giant

Truly great LP which was an amazing progression from their dull debut LP which had the musicianship but lacked the songs. This time out,they had both and it worked

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