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Poll Question: Which one do you think is the best?
Poll Choice Votes Poll Statistics
13 [18.06%]
22 [30.56%]
18 [25.00%]
5 [6.94%]
2 [2.78%]
4 [5.56%]
6 [8.33%]
2 [2.78%]
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    Posted: September 10 2019 at 23:05
A few personal favourites from 1971. Gotta go with Islands but I'm interested to see how these stack up in the polls.
Its simple, its genius, and most importantly, its Tangerine Dream.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Man With Hat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 10 2019 at 23:34
VDGG over Fourth 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote b_olariu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2019 at 00:31
The Yes Album - Yes
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2019 at 00:34
I only really know half of these and of those Pawn Hearts is the one that sticks out. PAAE is a very messy ELP album even by their standards. Islands is not an album I tend to focus much attention on while The Yes Album certainly is one of their best but again not really the one that I would tend to listen to all that much. No vote for the moment as I expect Pawn Hearts will win this poll by a good margin.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote digdug Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2019 at 06:55
Yes for me 

love  the ELP, Caravan and  Traffic as well.
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Yes by a mile in this group.

So many other greats from '71
Aqualung
Tarkus
Fragile
Inner Mounting Flame
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour 
Jack Johnson
Nursery Cryme
Camembert Electrique
Meddle
Ring of Hands
Fourth

Best year ever for straight rock as well with Who's Next, Sticky Fingers, LZIV, Master of Reality, LA Woman....




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Satori!!
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The Yes Album! 
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Once Howe joined the band---it became one of the top prog bands ever. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Grumpyprogfan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2019 at 08:34
Of those listed. The Yes Album.

But as Fischman noted, Fragile and Aqualung (released in 71) I like more than all the other choices.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mormegil Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2019 at 08:58
The Yes Album. No need for thought on this one!
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I'd pick First Utterance by Comus if it were here but out of the choice VDGG all the way

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Caravan!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jamesbaldwin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2019 at 09:19
Pawn Hearts for me is one of the best album ever, 10/10.


The others, in my opinion, don't exceed 9/10 (for example Islands). 


PAAE by EL&P is the worst, an album at times embarrassing.



Edited by jamesbaldwin - September 11 2019 at 09:22
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Progosopher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2019 at 09:55
Giving some love to Traffic. The Yes Album and In the Land of Grey and Pink being the runner-ups.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2019 at 10:03
I'm rarely comfortable with "best" polls, partially as I don't feel up to presenting a case comparing all the choices and presenting a sound, relatively objective argument for my decision. My "feeling", and some say feelings should not be trusted, is that Pawn Hearts is the most accomplished and significant of these. In terms of favourite, it's between Pawn Hearts and 1001° Centigrades for me.

1971 is an amazing year for music. Like Silly Puppy, First Utterance would get my vote if it has been included, but I'll happily vote for Pawn Hearts (which, also is the highest rated of these choices at RYM).

Some of my personal list not in the options:

Comus - First Utterance
Igor Wakhevitch - Docteur Faust
Amon Düül II - Tanz der Lemminge
Spirogyra - St. Radigunds
Ash Ra Tempel - Ash Ra Tempel
Popol Vuh - In den Gärten Pharaos
Bjorn J:Son Lindh - Från Storstad Till Grodspad
Jan Dukes de Grey - Mice and Rats in the Loft
Tangerine Dream - Alpha Centauri
Can - Tago Mago
Embryo - Embryo's Rache
Mort Garson - Black Mass Lucifer
Moving Gelatine Plates - Moving Gelatine Plates
A.R. & Machines - Die Grüne Reise
Komintern - Le Bal du Rat Mort
Faust - Faust
Supersister - To the Highest Bidder
Gentle Giant - Acquiring the Taste
etc.

My tastes tend to be less mainstream Prog than most.
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The Yes Album with King Crimson not far behind.

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Yes is the easy choice........I'll give the Softs some love.


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At the moment, this is my personal ranking (based on my reviews), year 1971

1) Van Der Graaf Generator: Pawn Hearts           10

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2) Comus: First Utterance                                 9+

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3) King Crimson: Islands                               9

4) Family: Fearless                                       9

5) Jethro Tull: Aqualung                               9

6) Le Orme: Collage                                     9

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 7) Gentle Giant: Acquiring the Taste             8,5

 8) Caravan: In the Land of Grey and Pink     8,5

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9) Yes: The Yes Album (I’m writing the review) 8+

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10) Pink Floyd: Meddle                                7,5/8

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11) Genesis: Nursery Crime                           7,5

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12) EL&P: Tarkus                                       7+

13) EL&P: Pictures At An Exhibition               6,5

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Obviously there are a lot of albums that I still must evaluate.


Edited by jamesbaldwin - September 11 2019 at 15:44
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Tough choice. Love the Yes Album, In the Land..., Pawn Hearts, and Low Spark... Could go with any, but I'll go with Caravan's top album today...
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