Top 10 Greatest Progressive Rock Albums

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61 Hand. Cannot. Erase - Steven Wilson

The best album ever made. it's mesmerizing all the way through!

62 Tubular 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.

This is a masterpiece.

63 The Sentinel - Pallas
64 The 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!

65 Freebird - 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

66 Free 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

67 Nursery Cryme - Genesis

It's absurd that it isn't even top 50. Without a doubt, one of the greatest prog albums ever, not one song on it is less than great.

This album is right behind foxtrot, both should be in the top ten!

My second favorite album from Genesis' discography, the first one being "The Lamb..."

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69 La 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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70 Crime 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.

A truely masterpiece! And also one of the best produced albums in the 70's.

71 Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche

Where metal meets prog a classic of its era.

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

72 Trilogy - Emerson Lake & Palmer
73 Trespass - Genesis

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

74 In 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.

75 Voyage 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.

76 Seconds 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

77 Octopus - Gentle Giant
78 Days of Future Passed - The Moody Blues

The moody blues has been the most influential band in my life. The first time I heard this album, I was hooked. From there it only got better. However, I wouldn't classify them as prog rock, more symphonic than anything. The poetry in the opening and close of the album is haunting, and sets the scene better than any other intro I can think of. Coupling with Peter Knight was amazing, as the interludes between songs were masterful. This album was the first of it's kind, and will never be forgotten. A+ work. Moodies Forever!

One of the earliest and best works of the genre. Listen and enjoy.

79 Octavarium - Dream Theater V 1 Comment
80 Demons and Wizards - Uriah Heep

Has many great songs - Wizard, Rainbow Demon, Traveler in Time, Easy Livin'

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