Say, since I'm on this crusade 2 review & Xpose Really Bad Prog, maybe I should backtrack & give U some points of reference 2 work from.
Here's a list of my fave Progressive Rock albums ever. If U've bn reading me 4 awhile, none of these should come as a big suprise. These R all albums whose quality I can vouch 4, even if some of them Rn't Xactly perfect. In fact, a few of them tend 2 slide just a bit toward the Nd....
There might B a few suprises here 4 big Prog fans. Such as: There's no Pink Floyd listed here. No ELP. No Jethro Tull. If I could find NE albums by those folks that I could listen 2 all the way thru without getting bored or disgusted, I'd list them here.
Outside of King Crimson, there also isn't much REALLY LOUD stuff. THAT should reveal summa my obvious prejudices....
I also make no Xcuses about the presence of best-of's & live albums -- if it hit me really hard, it's here.
What follows is just stuff I've been playing 4 years that's never let me down. See if U feel the same way. Or if you have some nominations, bring 'em on!
1 final note: This list is subject 2 change without warning, based on all the stuff I Haven't Heard.
In roughly descending order:
Providence: EVER SENSE THE DAWN (1972).
Gryphon: RED QUEEN TO GRYPHON THREE (1974).
Gryphon: TREASON (1977).
Yes: YESSONGS (1973).
Kansas: LEFTOVERTURE (1976).
Caravan: FOR GIRLS WHO GROW PLUMP IN THE NIGHT (1973).
King Crimson: THE YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO KING CRIMSON (1975).
Moody Blues: THE PRESENT (1983).
Justin Hayward & John Lodge: BLUE JAYS (1975).
Group 87: (1st) (1980).
Happy the Man: CRAFTY HANDS (1978).
Renaissance: LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL (1976).
Illusion: OUT OF THE MIST (1977).
Camel: NUDE (1981).
Camel: THE SNOW GOOSE (1975).
Al Stewart: MODERN TIMES (1975).
King Crimson: THE GREAT DECEIVER/LIVE 1973-74 (1992).
Rush: CHRONICLES (1991).
Grace Slick: DREAMS (1980).
U.K.: (1st) (1978).
Genesis: A TRICK OF THE TAIL (1976).
Clannad: MACALLA (1987).
Steve Tibbetts: YR (1980).
Sally Oldfield: WATER BEARER (1978).
Electric Light Orchestra: TIME (1981).
Sky: SKY2 (1980).
Amazing Blondel: FANTASIA LINDUM (1972).
Glass Moon: (1st) (1980).
Alan Parsons Project: THE INSTRUMENTAL WORKS (1988).
...That at least gives you somewhere 2 work from re: my musical taste. Any discussion?
...Maybe it would also B informative 2 make a list of great "1-sided" prog albums -- like Camel's THE SINGLE FACTOR & Jethro Tull's MINSTREL IN THE GALLERY. Or prog albums that're great in the middle but the beginning & end R mush -- like Gentle Giant's FREE HAND & THREE FRIENDS....
More lists coming soon, quite likely....