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    Posted: February 11 2018 at 11:38
Yeah this is not likely to be as popular as the Darkest/Evil Prog thread, but what can ya do. I've actually been meaning to ask this on here for a while now, so I just figured this is as good a time as any. I'm looking for suggestions of Prog that, you know, has 'good' energy/puts you in a good mood. Or has some wise or spiritual message in it. If anyone has some good suggestions, it will really be appreciated. 
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Area and Samla Mammas Manna come to mind right away.

Though from what I understand from your post, I believe you're more interested in the symphonic stuff than the energetic craziness of the two bands above. Italian Prog and the Canterbury Scene seem to be the way to go. 

If you want spiritual music, give Popol Vuh and Dead Can Dance a shot.

I'll think about it and might come back with more.
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Normally when I think happy Prog, I think Gong and, like above, Samla Mammas Manna. I think Maltid is an excellent recommendation (think Zappa fans should "get" the music):




Anti-Depressive Delivery is a modern one you might enjoy (not really my taste): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52LY0KAoE0o



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Good' energy/puts me in a good mood:

Moving Gelatine Plates (two first albums)
Haikara (two first albums)
Aksak Maboul - Onze Danses pour Combattre la Migraine
Continuum (two first)
Merit Hemmingson - Huvva! - Svensk Folkmusik Pĺ Beat & Trollskog
Dungen - 4
+most Canterbury really

Kinda spiritually/uplifting (no particular message though):

Andre Fertiers Clivage (two first)
Riccardo Zappa - Celestion 
Brother Ah - Move Ever Onward
Return to Forever - st


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-and I agree with the other suggestions - except that Samla Mammas Manna debut is my favorite fun album of theirs.
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Thank you all very much for your suggestions so far. I really liked the video you posted Logan, it did make me feel good! Listening to this Riccardo Zappa album right now. Saw the name and.. it piqued my curiosity for some reason. 
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Prog that always makes me smile or cheers me up Tongue

Gong - Flying Teapot/Angels Egg
Greenslade - s/t
Grobschnitt - Rockpommel's Land
Eno - Here Come the Warm Jets, Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy
Giles Giles & Fripp- The Cheerful Insanity of...
Hawklords - 25 Years On
Caravan - In the Land of Grey & Pink (Golf Girl cheers me up every time :-)
Soft Machine - Vol I, Vol II
Jethro Tull - A Sackful of Trousersnakes (a well known complete '77 concert boot...Ian's song introductions are hilarious)
Zappa - Fillmore East June, 1971 (sure Flo & Eddie's groupie stories are juvenile and silly, but it's kind of like watching South Park, I can't help but laugh :-)
Zoogz Rift - Looser than Clams: A Historical Perspective (he hasn't made it to PA yet, but I think of him as the Frank Zappa of New Jersey :-)






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Originally posted by The.Crimson.King The.Crimson.King wrote:

Prog that always makes me smile or cheers me up Tongue

Gong - Flying Teapot/Angels Egg
Greenslade - s/t
Grobschnitt - Rockpommel's Land
Eno - Here Come the Warm Jets, Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy
Giles Giles & Fripp- The Cheerful Insanity of...
Hawklords - 25 Years On
Caravan - In the Land of Grey & Pink (Golf Girl cheers me up every time :-)
Soft Machine - Vol I, Vol II
Jethro Tull - A Sackful of Trousersnakes (a well known complete '77 concert boot...Ian's song introductions are hilarious)
Zappa - Fillmore East June, 1971 (sure Flo & Eddie's groupie stories are juvenile and silly, but it's kind of like watching South Park, I can't help but laugh :-)
Zoogz Rift - Looser than Clams: A Historical Perspective (he hasn't made it to PA yet, but I think of him as the Frank Zappa of New Jersey :-)







Thanks a lot friend. Yeah I like In the Land of Grey & Pink a lot too. And I love Soft Machine's first album(I meditate to it a lot). Zappa always puts a smile on my face. I'll have to check out the rest of these suggestions as well! 
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Just want to say WOW, this Riccardo Zappa - Celestion album is fantastic! I'm absolutely loving it. 
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When I started a similar thread a few years back, the most popular suggestion (by far.. and one I agree with though its not my particular suggestion..) and that was 'Awaken' by Yes. Renaissance was also a popular choice.
For me, 'The Rotter's Club' by Hatfield and the North cheers me every time!
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Originally posted by Cosmiclawnmower Cosmiclawnmower wrote:

When I started a similar thread a few years back, the most popular suggestion (by far.. and one I agree with though its not my particular suggestion..) and that was 'Awaken' by Yes. Renaissance was also a popular choice.
For me, 'The Rotter's Club' by Hatfield and the North cheers me every time!

Yeah I like that Yes album a lot, and obviously the band as a whole. I'm starting to love Renaissance. I haven't heard any Hatfield and North yet, but I think that's the band with my man R. Sinclair, so has to be good! Thanks a lot for the suggestions. 
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Flower Kings have uplifting lyrics and some of the music is really symphonic and melodious.
In the days the released double albums, there are lot of nonsense songs, wich maybe are worth a try.

Also Beardfish incoporates humor in their music (influenced by Zappa).

And you definately give Supersister a try. Especially their album Pudding en Gisteren. It's silly and very musical at the same time.
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Off the top of my head....Big Big Train gives me a wonderful warm feeling of an England increasingly in the past...while It Bites (especially after John Mitchell's revival) always had tunes that had me smiling and whistling.

Yes and Renaissance have many happy moments, as mentioned. Wonderous Stories and Northern Lights, just a couple that spring to mind!

I'll think about a mini list of 'feel good' prog over the next few weeks, but look forward to seeing what the great and good on the forum come up with!
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Originally posted by Kingsnake Kingsnake wrote:


And you definately give Supersister a try. Especially their album Pudding en Gisteren. It's silly and very musical at the same time.

excellent suggestion in fact Raff played them earlier today.. had a big ass silly smile on my face while listening.

on that note.. most Canterbury fits that bill.   Especially Caravan and HatN.
I find your lack of Bassoon disturbing.....
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Circulus
Magic Bus
- both light, fun & entertaining

(but I agree on BBT's warm feeling, already mentioned, epitomized by the lovely Curator Of Butterflies)
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Thanks so much again everyone for the great suggestions. Yeah The Flower Kings have been suggested to me before on here by my friend Dellinger. And Micky, I already love Caravan as you well know. ;) 

Seeing a lot of Yes and Renaissance mentioned here also which is great because I already love Yes, and getting to love Renaissance now as well. I love Wonderous Stories. I'll have to check out this Curator Of Butterflies Quinino. Thanks again everyone. :) 
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If you want to try something more modern, I'd suggest UK band Schnauser, who are often labeled as "modern Canterbury". You can find all of their albums on Bandcamp. Another modern band - this time from the US - whose music is a lot of fun is Dreadnaught. Both highly recommended!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote micky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 11 2018 at 15:41
Originally posted by YESESIS YESESIS wrote:

 And Micky, I already love Caravan as you well know. ;) 



hahah.. yeah I knew that.  What I had no clue about, often don't for I am the master of the driveby shooting/posting rarely checking my targets.  Didn't know who was asking actually haha


on that note though.. listen to Raff. If not familiar with Dreadnaught.. DO check them out.  Killer Rickenbacker bass driven prog with a HIGH HIGH level of humor... and best decription I've heard of them. Straight from the mouth of John Hagelbarger...  Yes meets Willie Nelson meets Eddie Murphy
I find your lack of Bassoon disturbing.....
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My first thought for this is usually Sloche, a "proggy fusion" band from Quebec who made two superb albums J'un Oeil and Stadaconé that are full of fun and vitality. I always imagine the guys in the studio with grins all over their faces recording these.








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