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It was around in 68-69 when I started buying more LPs. Finnish bands and Zappa's Hot Rats. I used to go to a supermarket/discount store with my mom while she was still learning to drive. I was in college. Anyway, there was a bin of cutouts I bought for 1-2 dollars, UK bands that did not sell well. I got Gentle Giant, The Nice and a bunch of lesser bands that way. First bands seen in this order
1 Wigwam and Family, same festival in Finland during summer spent there
2 Jethro Tull
3 Genesis
4 Gentle Giant
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Through my mothers. They have a huge musical collection which is not sorted by genre at all. So you will, for example, find Mozart next to Mother Gong or Beethoven next to the Beatles.

Since they collect all kinds of music - rock music (not only prog), jazz, ethnic music, classical music (including opera), chansons (regardless what language, but mostly French, Italian and German), ancient music, klezmer and whatnot - and also play music themselves my sister and I grew up with a wide scope of music. Prog is just a small part of it.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote DorothyBaldieFille Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 27 2018 at 09:31

I would like to add that my mothers have an odd way of choosing which music to play next (sometimes I ask myself if there is anything pertaining to them that is not odd). New additions to their collection are listened to a few times until they have formed an opinion of it (this is probably what everyone does).

But usually they let the computer pick a random album from the database and listen to it in completeness, regardless of how they like the music. If the computer picks a “Complete Works” edition of some composer consisting of ten or more CDs they listen to all of them. So you never know what kind of music will come up next, which certainly broadens the listening experience.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kempokid Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 02 2018 at 19:58
I originally found prog through Iron Maiden, with songs like Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Hallowed Be Thy Name greatly interesting me due to their longer lengths. From here, I decided to look for some other long songs and came across Dream Theater's Octavarium, which intrigued me for the band's name, the interesting album cover, and the 24 minute length of the song. I fell in love with parts of this song extremely quickly, and decided to check out some of their other works, only to be surprised by how long their average songs were, intriguing me greatly about the world of prog music. From there, I found a great deal out about the genre and have enjoyed listening to it ever since.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AFlowerKingCrimson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 02 2018 at 21:42
Through Yes and King Crimson then Genesis right after. Things snowballed from there. For me it was more about reading about these bands in a rock encyclopedia book than just listening to the radio in part because this was the eighties and there wasn't much prog on the radio at the time(just the classic stuff).
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For me, I have to credit my 3 of my cousins, who lived directly across the street from my family when I was very young. They introduced me to music (in general), electric guitars, & even quadraphonic music...

Through them, I was introduced to Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Yes, Led Zeppelin, etc.

I adored them all (especially Yes), but nothing could have prepared me for the absolute majesty of
King Crimson
's "The Court of the Crimson King" (The song). 

It was 1969, I was four years old, the music was loud, and this MONSTER came roaring out of the speakers that absolutely captivated whilst it simultaneously horrified me.

Literally, "The Court of the Crimson King" scared me. Like a horror movie does to some people...
The first time I heard it, I was so scared by it's power, I was literally crying and begged my cousin to turn it off... (Remember, I was four when this happened.)

But, I was hooked. After the initial shock wore off, repeated listenings just made me love it more and more.
The vocal harmonies in the chorus still give me chills that make my neck and arm hair stand up and point at the moon...

The album is justifiably an essential, classic, must have in your collection 5+++ from alpha to omega (α to ω), beginning to end.
But this was the song that burst the floodgates and sent me on this wondrous odyssey into progressive music...


Edited by Cylli Kat - November 03 2018 at 13:21
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Cylli Kat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 03 2018 at 12:32
Originally posted by Cristi Cristi wrote:

Originally posted by Polymorphia Polymorphia wrote:

When you hear it enough times, you start to develop Stockholm Syndrome.

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best answer here :)


You two just made me bust a gut laughing! Thanks! LOL
My intro to prog was a bit traumatic, so Stockholm Syndrome may not be too far off the mark!

Great post and reply.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote gr8dane Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 03 2018 at 13:56
Through my buddy's older brother.
He played Tarkus and To our children children children a lot.
Good start I think.:)
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I got introduced to prog in the late 80's, by workmates at the first place i worked. I was given a few Pink Floyd records and they just blew me away, and quickly Floyd became my favourite group (even managed to see them on their Delicate Sound OF Thunder world tour).

Of course at the time I had no idea what "progressive" music was, and I just thought Pink Floyd was just regular rock, albeit, to my ears, simply "better".

Fast forward to 1996 and I still had no idea what prog was, nor had my musical tastes expanded much beyond Floyd, Zeppelin, the Beatles, the Who, Stones etc. That was when I purchased a book by Pete Frame called "Rock Family Trees".

Even though I barely knew any bands mentioned in it, it was still a good read, but the last family tree in the book was what truly made me discover prog. It was the family tree of a group I'd never heard of, called Asia, and it mentioned a lot of other groups I'd also never heard of, King Crimson, ELP, Yes, UK etc, labelling them all "progressive rock".

But what got me interested was a simple comment regarding Rick Wakemans move to Yes. Pete simply wrote "Critics labelled them overblown and pretentious, yet they were more popular than ever".

That single comment sparked my curiosity, and prompted me to go out and buy something from this group Yes, just to hear it. Thankfully my local store had a few CD's, and I picked up the one with the most interesting cover, and that just happened to be Fragile Big smile

It was prog all the way after that!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Pelata Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 06 2018 at 13:25
Originally posted by Cylli Kat Cylli Kat wrote:


I adored them all (especially Yes), but nothing could have prepared me for the absolute majesty of <font size="3" color="#FF0000">
King Crimson
's "The Court of the Crimson King" (The song). 

It was 1969, I was four years old, the music was loud, and this MONSTER came roaring out of the speakers that absolutely captivated whilst it simultaneously horrified me.

Literally, "The Court of the Crimson King" scared me. Like a horror movie does to some people...


I first heard that song as an adult. While I can't say it scared me, it did leave me a tad unsettled. I thought to myself, "They were doing THAT in the 60s??"
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Originally posted by Catcher10 Catcher10 wrote:

I don't remember, I've slept since then........

I remember now, I was locked in a basement and forced to listen to this krapp 24/7/365......I still see a therapist about it.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Blacksword Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 09 2018 at 08:57
I guess it probaby started with War of the Worlds when I was about 10. Then along came The Wall by Pink Floyd, then I immersed myself in heavy metal until a friend leant me Exit Stage..Left by Rush. Then I heard Genesis on the radio, got into Marillion, and by then the damage was done.
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