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    Posted: December 12 2020 at 14:29
So it's that time of the year again. Families come together to create a festive atmosphere. Traditions dripping from the walls.

A lot of elbow grease is involved.

Cleanings.
Wrapping.
Cooking.
Decorating.

All to, if tradition decides, earbleed inducing croones.

What Prog can pass as Christmas Music, that one may slip in and enjoy uninterupted while dutifully peeling potatoes?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 12 2020 at 14:47
Many things but one classic ...and Tull did an album of their songs they called 'The Christmas Album'.
www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=3625




Edited by dr wu23 - December 12 2020 at 14:51
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Greg Lake - I Believe in Father Christmas
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Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

Many things but one classic ...and Tull did an album of their songs they called 'The Christmas Album'.
www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=3625



Thank you.

I have in the past tried to slide this one, which in my mind should fit the theme (and I just love it), in

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LGhw3qS0Gg

It's never been a restounding success

Edit - and now im confused on how to properly tag videos


Edited by brittneyspike - December 12 2020 at 15:10
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 12 2020 at 15:07
But even though they did some Xmas songs can Tull or Lake's tunes  really pass as prog rock...?
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A band I like that has a very medieval folk sound that works well at Christmas imho....




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 12 2020 at 15:15
This Tull track is on the Tull Christmas lp..
click on 'insert movie' from the task bar above the blank field and copy and paste the url into the box provided

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Originally posted by Psychedelic Paul Psychedelic Paul wrote:

Greg Lake - I Believe in Father Christmas


I don't think this qualifies as prog, and in my mind explosives are reserved for New Years Eve


Thank you to Dr Wu for the fine instructions


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The December People released an album awhile back where they play traditional Christmas songs in the style of different prog bands.  I can't remember all of the styles, but I know that they included Yes and Kansas.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SteveG Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 12 2020 at 15:31
Let's be real. There are no real prog Christmas songs by well known prog artists but these posted songs are close as we'll ever get. And Father Christmas by Lake is a great song.

Edited by SteveG - December 12 2020 at 15:35
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I know it might sound strange but I used to think of "closer to the heart" by Rush as an almost christmas kind of song because of the bells in it. Also, "blood on the rooftops" by Genesis because of the line "we always watch the queen on Christmas day."
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Originally posted by SteveG SteveG wrote:

Let's be real. There are no real prog Christmas songs by well known prog artists but these posted songs are close as we'll ever get. And Father Christmas by Lake is a great song.


Last point first - pretty regular song - a few chords, standard harmonies, not much going on in the rythm section.It's a more or less a standad christmas pop song, however well done it is.

And to the first, I'm not asking for Christmas songs as such, necessarely, I just want to peel potatoes, which should take 12-15 minutes, with a song playing that isn't all of a sudden shut off or replaced, by rarely seen (and frankly not that loved) family member in vicinity of the music playing control device, due to said songs purported incompatability with the musical dogma of this Jolly Season.
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The Moody Blues - Don't Need a Reindeer
 
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Originally posted by brittneyspike brittneyspike wrote:

Originally posted by Psychedelic Paul Psychedelic Paul wrote:

Greg Lake - I Believe in Father Christmas
I don't think this qualifies as prog...
Although I Believe in Father Christmas isn't a prog song as such, it's on ELP's proggy Works 2 album. Wink
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Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

I know it might sound strange but I used to think of "closer to the heart" by Rush as an almost christmas kind of song because of the bells in it.

Now we're talking. For a little while - and actually arthritic uncles reaction at 1:31 may not leave him time to shut it prematurely down before it ends. GOOOD.

Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

Also, "blood on the rooftops" by Genesis because of the line "we always watch the queen on Christmas day."


Elevator music. We have regular houses, stairs included.

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Larks Tongues in Aspic Part 2 always puts me in the Christmas Spirit!  

I think Mr. Fripp borrowed the rhythm for LTIA Part 2 from this Krampus parade!! 


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Originally posted by rushfan4 rushfan4 wrote:

The December People released an album awhile back where they play traditional Christmas songs in the style of different prog bands.  I can't remember all of the styles, but I know that they included Yes and Kansas.


LOL. Never heard of these - haven' found any of those you're thinking about yet, but White Christmas in a White Wedding style has some party potential.

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The Trans Siberian Orchestra had a whole sackload of Christmas stocking-filler albums:-
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Easy Money Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 12 2020 at 17:16
^ EDIT: looks like someone already suggested this while I was typing.

I don't particularly like Trans Siberian Orchestra, but don't they do some neo-prog Christmas music such as Caol of the Bells etc.
Personally I like the dog bark version of Jingle Bells.

Edited by Easy Money - December 12 2020 at 17:20
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Originally posted by rushfan4 rushfan4 wrote:

The December People released an album awhile back where they play traditional Christmas songs in the style of different prog bands.  I can't remember all of the styles, but I know that they included Yes and Kansas.


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