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    Posted: June 11 2018 at 13:28
After listening to my LTE cd’s, I just gotta ask...what all-instrumental albums do y’all consider essential prog?
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Hell, too many to count. Give us some pointers on what kind of stuff you like and we can go from there.

I guess if you dig LTE then chops-heavy fusion is good with you. Check these:







One to get the head spinning:



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Hercules Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 11 2018 at 16:05
The Snow Goose is THE greatest instrumental album (the voices are used as instruments).

In fact, it's simply the best album ever.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Catcher10 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 11 2018 at 16:08
Similar to LTE, I guess you gotta throw in Canvas Solaris, maybe more prog-metal...but all instrumental.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Lewian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 11 2018 at 16:24
I had a look at my top 200 or so album list from 2016 and was surprised to find that despite having listed quite a few instrumental albums there, only a small minority of them is listed as prog here. I would have thought that instrumentals are rated higher in prog than in many other genres but there we are.
My two highest listed instrumental albums on PA are From Bone to Satellite by Tarentel and Erna Morena by Association PC (I know that's hardly mainstream "essential" prog; anyway Jazz/Fusion and Post Rock are good subgenres to look for instrumentals apart from the obvious one, Electronic). Outside prog there are the likes of Hidden Orchestra, Startled Insects, Astor Piazzola etc.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Manuel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 11 2018 at 20:59
Way too many to count them. All FINCH albums are fantastic. Mahavishnu Orchestra's catalog, The snow Goose, Jean Luck Ponti, Al DiMeola, the list goes on and on.
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Frank Zappa - Hot Rats 

(even though one song has vocals for 2 minutes)
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Ozric Tentacles - Jurassic Shift / Waterfall Cities / Curious Corn
 
Return to Forever - Romantic Warrior / Where Hav I Known You Before.
 
Rick Wakeman - Almost all his albums, but especially Six Wives of Henry VIII
 
Sky - Sky, Sky 2 and Sky 3
 
Al diMeola - Most of his first albums.
 
Camel - Snow Goose
 
Mike Oldfield - Esp. his first 4 albums.
 
Uzva - Their three albums.
 
Sloche / Maneige / Kraan / Andreas Vollenweider / Jean Michel Jarre / Tangerine Dream / Masfél / Korai Örom / Vespero / Birds & Buildings / Hidria Spacefolk / Taipuva Luotisuora / Pekka Pohjola / Ragnarök / etc. etc.

So many to choose from. i love instrumental music.


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Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso ...di Terra
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Robert Reed's Sanctuary albums are worth checking out if you like Mike Oldfield.
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Electric Asturias "Fractals"
Sonar w/David Torn "Vortex"
Jean Luc-Ponty "Enigmatic Oceans"
Makajodama "Makajodama"
Special Providence "Soul Alert" (has one track w/vocals)
Vespero "By The Waters of Tomorrow"

There are many others, but this is a good cross section of styles.
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Gryphon - Red Queen to Gryphon Three
Shylock - Gialorgues  (their 2nd album is also rad)
Goblin - Roller
Camel - Snow Goose

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Djam Karet albums.
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QUATERNA REQUIEM  - from Brazil


Excellent all round music.   Have 4 albums so far. Smile
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I am actually listening to almost only instrumental prog recently. Here are some very good lesser known bands and albums I recommend (in an alphabetical order):

7for4 - German prog/fusion band with four albums to date, all great and really diverse - from straight rock to prog to jazz to country to blues and back to rock'n'roll. The fourth album "Splash" seems to be my favourite, but they're all good.

Ábrete Gandul - jazz prog from Chile. Quite an intriguing one, on the edge of being all-avant-garde, but still carrying a lot of melody. They have four albums as well, but the first one is actually not good. Still searching themselves there. Third one "Enjambre sísmico" from 2011 is the best so far. The fourth has just been released and I still haven't listened to it.

Aka Moon - well, this one is really jazz, but it is on progarchives for some reason, so I mention them. An awesome Belgian band. They have a live album with jazz versions of Bulgarian folk numbers, which is quite a nice surpeise.

Carpathia Project - two albums by this Hungarian guitar/violin-driven band. Something between rock, prog and folk. Worth listening.

Chromatic Point - without exaggerating, one of the best modern prog metal bands in Europe at least. And one of the most unknown ones, too. They are from Macedonia and play technical progressive metal with very intelligently placed Balkan folklore elements, sometimes even with traditional instruments added to the metallic wall of sound, but normally just the basic prog metal set of guitar, bass, drums and keyboard. Jazz, blues and other musical reverences can also be heard in their complex and in the same time quite listenable music. Three albums of real pleasure for every true music lover.


Dewa Budjana - a jazz rock guitarist from Indonesia. Really every album of his is fine, but I fell in love with his music with "Joged Kahyangan" from 2013. Very, very rare there are some vocals.

Divje Jezero - this is my greatest discovery for years! A truly amazing jazz/prog rock band from Slovenia. They are quite young as well. The oldest member is born 1982 and the youngest - somewhere in the mid-90s. I had also the pleasure to see them live several times in a row and they are even better on the stage. Wonderfully combined old classic jazz with modern fusion, 70s prog and just a glimpse of folk, very smoothly added. Two albums and a demo until now. The first one from 2015 is more rocky, while the second from 2017 is a bit jazzier.



"Biela planéta" by Slovakian prog rock band Fermáta is an intriguing one and the songs are named after great world explorers. Otherwise the band has vocals in Slovakian, but is overally great.

Fitnes - this Serbian band is actually more of an alternative rock to me, but as they are on progarchives, I will mention them. And they are worth checking, along with their "bigger sister" - the ethno-funk alternative rock band Popečitelji, driven by the same two brothers that play guitar and drums in Fitnes. The latter just released their second album.

Frankie Kimono - a jazz rock trio from Slovakia. I instantly fell in love with their debut album "Raw" from 2016.

Future Was Perfect - one of the very few truly progressive bands in Bulgaria and perhaps the only one that is all-instrumental and active right now. Long compositions with heavy, repetitive riffs and quiet jazzy, Hammond-driven passages. They released their debut album in the very end of 2016, with an interesting retro-futuristic artwork. it sounds also somewhat like that.


Gutbucket - an avant-garde company from the USA with funny named songs.

Hidria Spacefolk - Symbiosis (2002). A symbiosis of psychedelic, space and folk/trible from Finland.

Imán, Califato Independiente - Spanish 70s prog with folk touches. Two albums that just have to be listened.

Indukti - proto-djent with violin from Poland. Very heavy, repetitive riffs under the psychotic violin screams. They might as well be the industrial Polish version of Mahavishnu Orchestra.

Les Projectionnistes - fusion from Canada with two released albums. Very little to none information about them on the internet, I even don't remember how I found them. A good and diverse band. Luckily, they already have a bandcamp page, since very recently indeed.

Lizards Exist - a Croatian band with just one four-piece album from 2014 and not active already. The tracks are long, psychedelic and very enjoyable.

Mörglbl - jazz rock trio from France in the veins of 7for4 and Frankie Kimono. As far as I know, they have just one album.

Novo5 - another jazz rock, this time from Bulgaria. One released album in 2016. Similar to 7for4, Frankie Kimono and Mörglbl.

Pochakaite Malko - they are considered zeuhl here on progarchives, but I am not totally sure about that. Fine music, anyway. They are from Japan, but with a very funny name - pochakaite malko means literally "wait a while" in Bulgarian.

Power Job - with their only eponymous album. Classy fusion, again from Japan.

Slivovitz - eclectic jazz rock from Italy. Again, very funny named, as slivovitz is a sort of rakia made of plums in the Slavic countries on the Balkans.

Solaris - beautiful classic prog with flute from Hungary. Three albums and two lives on their list.

Sunset in the 12th House - I think of them as progressive, although they probably aren't. Long compositions that go slowly from soft to heavy and back to soft.

Tako - kinda Serbian all-instrumental copy of Pink Floyd, but a good one.



Edited by Tzeck - June 21 2018 at 08:07
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