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Member since: 4/3/2004 • Forum posts: 5 • Last visit: 5/3/2013 8:24:29 AM EST
Location: United States

Progressive Biography

Age: 54

My story with progressive rock:

If I remember well, my first experience with progressive music was around the mid-late 70'; GENESIS/CAMEL and later PINK FLOYD, KING CRIMSON and YES where in that order how I get acquainted with this type of music... I have to be honest, initially I did not dig well into it, especially because during that time, the heavy influence of pop-music in my natal Country (Guatemala) and personally lack of money, made very difficult for me to gain access to this music. So, during the next few years into the 80' I sporadically got the chance to listen progressive rock from the masters; then I met Guicho (a very dear friend) that reintroduced me to art rock; we used to hang around at least once a week, listen mainly to his collection of progressive music LP's... I met there PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI and BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO, from there on I came to USA and my music collection started growing and still is...
I am an open minded progressive rock fan, and I like pretty much everything in this realm...from mellow-melancholic thru symphonic and even sometimes heavy, but not that much since I like progressive metal, not metal progressive!! I flipped over with the use of Mellotron, violin or flute but I am absolutely crazy for guitar solos. I am a purist in the sense that I like lyrics in the language of the artist with compositions in the mid range size (6-10 minutes). I am also extremely fascinated with the Italian progressive rock.
I hardly ever listen to radio anymore (except when I switched cds, on my car), and I spend, too much money and a significant part of my free time (accordingly with my wife) enjoying the only interesting hobby that I have this far in my life... progressive music!!!
For a period of time, I felt that progressive music had disappeared (90's) but, with the internet use I have been able to reincorporate this music in my life. Most of my collection has been obtained thru the use of the net and mail orders from vendors all over the globe over the past 7+ years, and this is especially very difficult to understand, why? record and radio companies and big distributors of music will not open their eyes and close their pockets a bit, and let this beautiful form of ART flourish commercially; I guess we live in a society that likes instant gratification, and life in the fast line... fast food, fast cars, fast music is not an exception; songs that last less than 3 minutes without meaningful significant lyrics but chores continuously repeated on an annoying manner, without forgetting the singers or rather performers that have no idea of composing nothing or playing nothing!!!.
Really guys, what you sometimes listen on the radio makes you cry and mad. Enough of this, when I was offered to be a prog reviewer for this amazing web site: Progarchives.com. I felt flatter, but, most of all I decided to start doing it because I want to be part of the "renascence" of this form of ART that we called MUSIC!!!! Thank you for the opportunity...

Collection of original progressive cds: 3000+ and still growing!!!!!!!!

My favorites bands/artists:
Now, this is more difficult that what it seems.... GENESIS, GENTLE GIANT, CAMEL, PINK FLOYD, Mike OLDFIELD, PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI, CARAVAN, NATIONAL HEALTH, HATFIELD & THE NORTH, Gilgamesh at a lesser degree and not all Soft Machine, KING CRIMSON, PENDRAGON, PORCUPINE TREE, TANGERINE DREAM.

My favorites albums:
GENESIS - "Selling England by the Pound"; CAMEL - "Harbour of Tears"; GENTLE GIANT - "In a Glass House"; PINK FLOYD - "Animals"; Mike OLDFIELD - "Ommadawn"; P.F.M. - "Per un Amico"; KING CRIMSON - "In the Court of the Crimson King"; PENDRAGON - "Masquerade Overture"; TANGERINE DREAM - "Phaedra" and "Force Majeure... and few others Italian Gems. CARAVAN - 'In The Land......' and NATIONAL HEALTH - "Of Queues....". I will soon create a list of Obscure Gems albums, that I had discover over the years.......

Reviews distribution by sub-genre


 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Symphonic Prog324.25
2 Rock Progressivo Italiano164.25
3 Psychedelic/Space Rock133.77
4 Neo-Prog93.67
5 Crossover Prog93.78
6 Jazz Rock/Fusion94.00
7 Eclectic Prog44.25
8 Heavy Prog34.00
9 Canterbury Scene34.67
10 Prog Folk15.00
11 Various Genres11.00
12 Tech/Extreme Prog Metal14.00
13 Progressive Electronic15.00
14 Prog Related13.00

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