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Poll Question: Which following album do you consider the best?
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    Posted: February 06 2018 at 16:41
I find it fascinating how much aforementioned albums have in common:

- all were released in 1973/74, progressive rock era at its zenith;
- all follow up consensual best albums from these bands (Thick As a Brick; Close to the Edge; Selling England by the Pound);
- all of them should be considered concept albums. Those were probably the most ambitious attempts from given bands (on top of that, 2/3 are double LPs!);
- all of them are more or less controversial: they divide both fans and critics and you'll find hundred different opinions on their quality.

Please pick the one you consider "the best" as a progressive rock achievement. Opinions and discussion are really welcome :)
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First vote for 'Lamb'.
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First vote for Topo
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I love all 3 about equally, but as far as choosing which is, "the best as a progressive rock achievement", I'd have to go with Tales.  Back in the vinyl days of 1973, a double album with only 4 songs was an unbelievably ambitious project and represented the best (or according to most critics) the worst boundary pushing rock had to offer.  Besides that, to choose Eastern philosophy as your concept album subject matter was yet another reason why Tales was in a class of it's own.  When I wanted to blow my Led Zep fan friends minds I'd tell them...you think Stairway is a long song?  I've got this double Yes album with only 4 songs!  

Now, if I were to include the accompanying tour that supported the album, I'd have to seriously consider voting for The Lamb instead as that was about an equally incredible achievement Wink


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There was a hush along the Fulham Road...

Definitely, particularly with the release of A Passion Play - Extended Performance. Throwing in the great Skating Away and Solitaire certainly outweighs the half of Lamb that's any good.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote YESESIS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 06 2018 at 17:20
Voted for Lamb. I love Tales, and obviously Yes.. but not more than The Lamb, no. 

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote twosteves Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 06 2018 at 17:47
Tales by a pretentious hair---LOL

But depending on my mood The Lamb is right up there as numero uno.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Frenetic Zetetic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 06 2018 at 18:38
Topographic Oceans all the way.
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Tales
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Genesis.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote micky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 06 2018 at 19:38
hmmmm... oh that is easy man

Originally posted by mlkpad14 mlkpad14 wrote:

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Magnum Vaeltaja Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 06 2018 at 21:03
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Admittedly there are a couple of tracks I enjoy on The Lamb but Tales just absolutely smokes the competition here.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tom Ozric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 06 2018 at 22:10
Iím going with Topographic. Still one of my top 5 albums, ever !!
Passion Play is superb, I love John Evanís use of the ARP Synth, and occasional Gentle Giant-isms. And The Hare Who Lost his Spectacles, of course.
Lamb is great, but quite a few albums down the Genesis list for me.
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It was a big battle between Lamb and Passion in my mind. Lamb won. If there had been Thick, it really would be my choise.

Really wonder the love of Topograhic here. I would understand it, if they had put out it only one album lenght (the first album).
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The Lamb two stars ahead of what comes next.
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The Lamb is far from perfect, but it thrashes the other two into a cocked hat.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Blacksword Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2018 at 03:13
The Lamb by Far.

TFTO could have been condesned into one killer album, giving CTTE and Relayer a good run for their money, but ended up at least 30% filler, and APP although very good is simply not AS good as The Lamb IMO.
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I'm genuinely surprised to see Tales is ahead.
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