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    Posted: May 28 2019 at 23:41
What do you think is the most underrated prog band?
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This one's been done before and it always prompts a debate about the meaning of "underrated".

I would say it's an artist who hasn't received the recognition they deserve in the prog community or the wider music press, as compared to other artists, based on the quality of their music.

Two obvious ones for me are Gentle Giant and Van der Graff Generator. They are not considered "big six" and yet, for me, their output was often better than some of the big six.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ExittheLemming Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 29 2019 at 02:35
Have to echo Chaser's sentiments about how this thread will likely rest upon what the OP means by 'underrated' etcConfused

Off the top of my head, Argent, Greenslade, Gentle Giant, VDGG, Banco, Colosseum, Atomic Rooster, Happy the Man, the Nice and Beggars Opera certainly warrant more kudos from within PA and while we're at it, probably deserved greater material success in terms of sales methinks?

Funny thing is, although hardly lacking for love on PA, one band who probably never shifted nearly as many units as the likes of ELP, Yes, Genesis and Pink Floyd (even when Prog was topping the album charts in the early 70's), are....King CrimsonShocked


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Triumvirat-even on PA, they don't get the attention they deserve.
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Originally posted by presdoug presdoug wrote:

Triumvirat-even on PA, they don't get the attention they deserve.

nobody's bashed the band either Big smile
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They got unfairly called "ELP tribute band" bit like Starcastle and Yes...

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Originally posted by M27Barney M27Barney wrote:

They got unfairly called "ELP tribute band" bit like Starcastle and Yes...

I don't remember them being called that. And who said that is wrong because as far as I know a tribute band does covers. 

They are not even an ELP clone, there are many more things in their music than ELP, let's be serious. 


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Gilgamesh. IMO their self titled is one of the best albums ever made.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote chopper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 29 2019 at 07:26
Originally posted by presdoug presdoug wrote:

Triumvirat-even on PA, they don't get the attention they deserve.
 
You're doing your best to change that. Wink
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Hi,

I can not think of anything is under-rated, although I think way too many bands are over rated simply because of the "fans", not the music itself.

As above, the sentiments that GG and VdGG had a much better and stronger output, of the "big six", and it doesn't mean anything to so many folks here because they like a song or two only and won't even consider the other material as they have no ear for it.

The obvious one, though, is, as mentioned also, KC ... over the course of their history, they should probably rate at the highest level ... but that sentiment only became apparent 10 or so years ago ... because of the darling definition of "progressive music" that had nothing to do with music!
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It's hard to pick one band as the most under-rated, I guess it depends a lot on personal taste. Many great bands are not mentioned, while other mediocre ones are listed very high, but as I said, it mostly depends on personal choices.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote chopper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 29 2019 at 07:57
Originally posted by moshkito moshkito wrote:

As above, the sentiments that GG and VdGG had a much better and stronger output, of the "big six", and it doesn't mean anything to so many folks here because they like a song or two only and won't even consider the other material as they have no ear for it.
 
 
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Solaris from Hungary, top notch prog, so overlooked.
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I have always had a soft spot for Ambrosia's first two records.  Great vocals and instrumentation.  Impeccable production...
They are often dismissed because of their later move to commercialism and hit singles, but those first two records (and a little of the later ones too!) had some strong progressive tendencies.
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If a band's big enough to get called underrated, are they really underrated? 
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The Mercury Tree! They play eclectic/avant-prog with microtonal tuning. SO UNIQUE. I just saw them play live last month and they're currently capping off their US tour. It boggled my mind that they could replicate their last album with 17 EDO guitars. This song "Vestments" is like Discipline King Crimson meets Harry Partch. Best new prog band around IMO




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FM band from Toronto,Canada sure they made some so-so records but first 3 records BLACK NOISE,Surveillance and CITY OF FEAR great stuff akin to RUSH   
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A whole lot of bands ! Either they didn't tour enough, were not "referential" enough, appeared too lately... The ones who'll tour the most will maximize their chances to be remembered...
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