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    Posted: June 29 2016 at 18:35
Hey there fellow proggers,
I am a big fan of progressive rock and know all about the classic stuff (King Crimson, Genesis, Elp, Floyd, etc.). I have recently discovered the album 'Hero and Heroine' by the band Strawbs and I literally ascend to heaven during that instrumental passage in the first song called 'Autumn' with the heavy bass and synth after the 1 minute mark. 
I was wondering if any of you had recommendations for me. If so, go right ahead.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 29 2016 at 18:39
If you already like the classic stuff, try to get into the more 'obscure' substyles, like Krautrock(Amon Duul II, Neu!, Faust, Can), Zeuhl(Magma, Eider Stellaire, Eskaton, Shub-Niggurath), RIO(Art Zoyd, Universz Zero, Frank Zappa, Cardiacs) and listen :D
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 29 2016 at 18:48
Thank you for your recommendations. I am already familiar with Magma and I'm the biggest Zappa fanboy but I will check those other bands out. However, I was mostly looking for emotionally rich instrumental songs/passages not quite like the "obscure" stuff you proposed. But yeah I guess I may be looking for something too specific to ask for other's opinion so I'll have to keep exploring. Still, thanks again for your suggestions.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 29 2016 at 19:03
Have you gotten into PFM? They've got some really majestic parts that I think match what you're looking for, in tracks like "Impressione di Settembre" and "Appena un Po."
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 29 2016 at 19:18
This is EXACTLY what I'm looking for, thank you. I already own and adore 3 of PFM's albums (Per Un Amico, Storia Di Un Minuto and Isola Di Niente) and the climactic synth passages in the two songs you've mentionned with the addition of 'Il Banchetto' really represent what I prefer in prog rock.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 30 2016 at 05:27

Welcome to PA.

Autumn is not only unique in it's song structure but also of John Hawken's use of mellotron in the song. I would stick with Strawbs for a bit before moving on. The albums Grave New World and Ghosts, both considered prog classics, also feature mellotron and some more of Dave Cousins incredible songwriting.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 30 2016 at 06:54
Cousins by far,is one of the greatest guitartists of prog rock Big smile

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 30 2016 at 08:18
Originally posted by SteveG SteveG wrote:

Welcome to PA.

Autumn is not only unique in it's song structure but also of John Hawken's use of mellotron in the song. I would stick with Strawbs for a bit before moving on. The albums Grave New World and Ghosts, both considered prog classics, also feature mellotron and some more of Dave Cousins incredible songwriting.


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I agree with all that but also recommend their "Bursting at the Seams" album.  Plenty of mellotron there too, with more straightforward melodic songs and a few epics.

Perhaps Barclay James Harvest as well?  "Once Again", "Everyone is Everybody Else", and "Octoberon" are all highly recommended.

Sebastian Hardie's "Four Moments" also comes to mind
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 30 2016 at 09:57
Only one album but it's a gem.......heavy Strawbs feel with mellotron....
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 01 2016 at 14:09
Originally posted by kenethlevine kenethlevine wrote:

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and welcome back to you Steve!

I agree with all that but also recommend their "Bursting at the Seams" album.  Plenty of mellotron there too, with more straightforward melodic songs and a few epics.


Thanks Ken. I hope you are well. Smile

I definitely agree that "Bursting At The Seams" is another must have Strawbs album, as is "From The Witchwood" that we prog folkies enjoy so much.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 01 2016 at 14:14
Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

Only one album but it's a gem.......heavy Strawbs feel with mellotron....
 
 
Great suggestion Doc! Another lost prog classic that people of our vintage Big smile know about and appreciate. This band featured three members, the singer, guitarist and bassist, I believe, that all played mellotron on different tracks. Spring also included Dire Straits first and best drummer Pick Withers, who was the most progressive drummer to ever be a rock band.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 03 2016 at 08:38
Thanks a lot guys!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 03 2016 at 09:01
I also highly recommend this album....the second one from Fantasy , though the first is also very good...but Alanderie is an epic mellotron track and well written imho.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 03 2016 at 09:53
Originally posted by Larkstongue41 Larkstongue41 wrote:

I literally ascend to heaven during that instrumental passage in the first song called 'Autumn' with the heavy bass and synth after the 1 minute mark. 

That is indeed sublime - to bad the tune ends in a slightly too (football)stadium-friendly singalong manner to my tastes. Love moments like that in prog. I think (early) Ange has a quite few of those moments: 


Earth & Fire's magnum opus should/could please: 



also Celeste



and perhaps Arachnoid:



As much as I love this stuff its been a long time since I've listened actively to it, but I think I know what you mean.
 







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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 05 2016 at 10:55
Originally posted by SteveG SteveG wrote:

Originally posted by kenethlevine kenethlevine wrote:

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and welcome back to you Steve!

I agree with all that but also recommend their "Bursting at the Seams" album.  Plenty of mellotron there too, with more straightforward melodic songs and a few epics.


Thanks Ken. I hope you are well. Smile

I definitely agree that "Bursting At The Seams" is another must have Strawbs album, as is "From The Witchwood" that we prog folkies enjoy so much.

doing fine, thanks!
Yeah Witchwood is a great prog folk album.  I just love the bonus cut "Keep the Devil Outside" that seems a couple of years ahead of what they were doing at the time.

What about the oft maligned Tai Phong.  OK the first few minutes are a bit syrupy, but hang on for the ending!  I especially love the way he repeats "Peace" just before the heavenly string synth kicks in






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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 05 2016 at 16:32
Originally posted by Larkstongue41 Larkstongue41 wrote:

I have recently discovered the album 'Hero and Heroine' by the band Strawbs and I literally ascend to heaven during that instrumental passage in the first song called 'Autumn' with the heavy bass and synth after the 1 minute mark.

Maybe similar intro: Ambrosia - I Wanna Know

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