Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Next 10 Albums that Classic Rock Prog readers forgot

Here is the next batch..

Renaissance




In the late 60s one of the best bands in the UK was The Yardbirds, and in 2014 one of the best bands around is, The Yardbirds. When they split in 1968 Chris and Jimmy wanted to do Led Zeppelin (though Chris soon dropped out), Where as Jum and Keith wanted to do something more experimental and Progressive. The result was this belter of an LP released on Island and produced by former Yardbird Paul Samwell Smith. 

A mix of Classical , Rock and a little bit of Jazz influences this collection of just 5 tracks but ranging from 4 to nearly 12 minutes in length. 

Original Bass Player Louis Cennamo was seen recently performing with McCarty at his 'Frontman' show where Jim performed tracks from this era and beyond with some Prog epics in the set. 


Focus - Focus 3




Moving waves made the list, but Focus 3 didn't, I cant work out why the side and a half of 'Annoymous' should have made it on to the list alone with its heavy riffs flutes and Hammond. As well has having the bands other hit Sylvia on it. 2 Lps of Dutch Prog at its finest. 


Mostly Autumn - The Spirit of Autumn Past




As far as I'm concerned Mostly Autumn are the best of the 'New' Progressive rock bands, they tour every year, out out an album every year, the lives shows are great and the people themselves are some of the most friendly musicians you are ever likely to meet. Its hard to pick and album for this list as they have released so many, but The Sprit Of Autumn Past is a beautiful album and has the audience pleaser and classic song Evergreen on it. 


Pendragon - The Masquerade Overture






It was most odd that one of the stalwarts of modern British Progressive Rock Pendragon were like Mostly Autumn missed off the list if favour of bands like Radiohead and Supertramp!!! 

Pendragon have plodded on for years, they have very high production values and this album is top of the tree, well crafted songs and superb musicianship all the way through well up there with Marillions Brave. 


Traffic - John Barleycorn Must Die




A fusion of Folk, Rock and Jazz Steve Winwood was initially going to make a solo album but decided to have the rest of the band join in, some great work outs on songs like Glad that were expanded on the Traffic on the Road album. Traffic at the time were a Progressive band but because they had also had hit singles they were thought of more as a pop group. 

Twelfth Night - Fact and Fiction




Twelfth Night from Reading were another of the new breed of British Prog lead by Marillion, and this bunch made several fine albums and I first heard them in the radio as a teenager. Released on vinyl first then re released in CD sometime later this is a classic 80s Prog album and I'm pleased to say they band have recently started playing live again. 

Wishbone Ash - Argus




This is the benchmark of the Twin Guitar sound, Just about every Progressive Rock compilation ever made has Blowin' Free or The King Will Come on it. 

Martin Turner is a Genius


Judy Dyble - Talking with Strangers




This seen by many as Judys comeback album with a list as long as your arm of prog & folk rock royalty inc Robert Fripp, Simon Nicol, Julianne Regan, Tim Bowness & Pat Mastelotto. The 20 minute Harpsong that takes up side 2 if you have the vinyl was even once on a Prog mag CD so how this album was omitted is baffling as its a superb album from start to finish.

I was good to hear C'est la vie played over the PA at Cropredy the other day. 

Pete Brown and Piblokto - Things May Come and Things May Go but the Art School Dance Goes on Forever




Another tragic omission was anything by Pete Brown, Beat Poet and lyricist to Cream in his own right has released many great albums many on EMI Harvest label. This cracker from 1970 some great musicians inc Jim Mullen on guitar , Roger Bun on bass and Rob Tate on Drums. Browns voice and lyrics against this heavy backdrop of driving bass and drums with the odd harmonium thrown in to makes this one of the most under rated prog rock albums of all time. 


Deep Purple - Concerto for Group and Orchestra



The most tragic thing about Progs list is there was NOTHING from Deep Purple in there at all, this is a scandal. Concerto as you all know was the first proper orchestra meets rock band album recorded live at the Royal Albert All composed at the same time as Making the Classic In Rock album (Child in Time being performed at the same show and subsequently re issued on the CD). If I had to do a Top 5 greatest prog albums of all time this would be there probably just behind Dark Side Of The Moon.  

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