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Symphonic Prog

4.29 | 2618 ratings

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5 stars In 1967, The Moody Blues invented symphonic progressive rock.

In 1969, King Crimson refined and popularized the sound.

In 1971, Yes took KC's blueprint and twisted it into what would become the template for symphonic prog ever after. And they did that on The Yes Album.

So when you pick up The Yes Album, you pick up a piece of history. Few LP's have had more of an impact upon the development of prog. Keyboards have become much more than background atmosphere. Squire's growling bass influences bands far and wide. Howe's virtuosity overshadows that of Fripp. Anderson introduces an entirely different approach to lyrics. The ten minute mini-epic becomes a hallmark of prog. So much for the historicity of it.

This album holds up really well. What was good back in 1971 still sounds just as good today. So if you've not heard this landmark of prog, you need to listen to it. And if you've heard it, you probably will enjoy spinning it again.

5 stars all the way. Both enjoyable and historically important.

ghost_of_morphy | 5/5 |


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