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Poll Question: Which is your favourite album?
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    Posted: January 25 2021 at 10:21
While there's Still Life left in these polls, here's a storming Tempest of Very 'eavy, Very 'umble Heavy Prog albums to choose from before we touch First Base. Smile

Edited by Psychedelic Paul - January 25 2021 at 10:37
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PT followed by Atomic Rooster
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Ronstein Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 25 2021 at 10:34
Tough one for me. High Tide and May Blitz were gigging extensively when I was at college and I loved Lone Star as well, although they were much later. High Tide edge it for the addition of 'rock violin'. 
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My first impulse was Atomic Roooster, but I may never get another chance to vote for Fuzzy Duck.
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Necromandus for me. 🤗

Great wee debut, from the so-called Prog Sabbath!
Amazing that it took as long as it did for the legendary album to be released, but as they say - better late than never!

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Uriah Heep. Great album.
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Many things there I like fairly equally...first Heep, Rooster, Armageddon, May Blitz, High Tide, Quatermass....all decent proggy hard rock....but I'll give a vote to one of my favorite obscure bands..
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote chopper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 25 2021 at 12:08
Thanks for putting Lone Star in Paul - one of the best heavy/prog/rock albums ever made, an easy choice for me (and for your next poll as well).
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Originally posted by chopper chopper wrote:

Thanks for putting Lone Star in Paul - one of the best heavy/prog/rock albums ever made, an easy choice for me (and for your next poll as well).
Fool me once, can't get fooled again.... I thought Lone Star were from Texas until today, but I'm probably getting confused with the American country music group of the same name, although they're from Tennessee, not Texas. Smile
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It's going to be weird seeing PT go far in these polls because of the amount of albums they have in comparison to some of the other groups, yet 2/3rds of their discography doesn't really belong in Heavy Prog. We're going to be seeing two- to three-album groups drop like flies and they'll still be losing to The Sky Moves Sideways, a psych album (though I predict the winner of that poll overall will be The Mountain by Haken).
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 25 2021 at 12:22
A considerbale number of albums that I know and love off this list. When it comes to Heavy Prog (and heavy metal), the early years are strong.

I voted for Writing on the Wall - Power of the Picts (1969) -- an album that doesn't get much attention. High Tide - Sea Shanties and Black Widow - Sacrifice are right up there for me. Gravy Train, Atomic Rooster and Quatermass are up there too, as are some others.

various countries and not all debuts, but this is a list of some of my favourites of mine on the heavy side:

Armaggedon - Armaggedon (1970) -- the German one, not the British or US one.
Atomic Rooster - Death Walks Behind You (1970)
Birth Control - Hoodoo Man (1972)
Black Widow - Sacrifice (1970)
Blue Cheer - Vincebus Eruptum (1968)
Captain Beyond - Captain Beyond (1972)
Coven - Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls (1969)
Damnation of Adam Blessing - The Damnation of Adam Blessing (1969)
Gun - Gun (1968) (British and I added it to Proto-Prog).
High Tide - Sea Shanties (1969)
Lucifer's Friend - Lucifer's Friend (1970)
Message - From Books and Dreams (1973)
Sir Lord Baltimore - Kingdom Come (1970)
Writing on the Wall - The Power of the Picts (1969)
Yesterday's Children - Yesterday's Children (1970)
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Originally posted by Awesoreno Awesoreno wrote:

It's going to be weird seeing PT go far in these polls because of the amount of albums they have in comparison to some of the other groups, yet 2/3rds of their discography doesn't really belong in Heavy Prog. We're going to be seeing two- to three-album groups drop like flies and they'll still be losing to The Sky Moves Sideways, a psych album (though I predict the winner of that poll overall will be The Mountain by Haken).

I am definitely expecting PT to gain large amounts of votes for later albums, but Iím quite surprised theyíve garnered as many as they have for the debut, which is a fairly patchy beast at best. Do people really prefer it over all the other albums listed here, or are they voting for the band rather than the album? Or perhaps havenít listened to most/all the others, and are voting for the familiar?

I like PT, and expect to be voting for them in future heavy prog polls, but the debut isnít anywhere near being in the running in this one. There are so many other albums listed that are more consistent and cohesive, and more enjoyable for that. 🤷🏻‍♂️

But yes, I know, thatís just my view. And quite obviously, some people think more of the debut than I do.

Also, no one else for Necromandus? 😜🤪

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Originally posted by Awesoreno Awesoreno wrote:

It's going to be weird seeing PT go far in these polls because of the amount of albums they have in comparison to some of the other groups, yet 2/3rds of their discography doesn't really belong in Heavy Prog. We're going to be seeing two- to three-album groups drop like flies and they'll still be losing to The Sky Moves Sideways, a psych album (though I predict the winner of that poll overall will be The Mountain by Haken).
If I extend this series of polls to the eighth album, then there'll only be Porcupine Tree and Uriah Heep remaining in the poll. Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 25 2021 at 12:37
Originally posted by nick_h_nz nick_h_nz wrote:

Originally posted by Awesoreno Awesoreno wrote:

It's going to be weird seeing PT go far in these polls because of the amount of albums they have in comparison to some of the other groups, yet 2/3rds of their discography doesn't really belong in Heavy Prog. We're going to be seeing two- to three-album groups drop like flies and they'll still be losing to The Sky Moves Sideways, a psych album (though I predict the winner of that poll overall will be The Mountain by Haken).


I am definitely expecting PT to gain large amounts of votes for later albums, but Iím quite surprised theyíve garnered as many as they have for the debut, which is a fairly patchy beast at best. Do people really prefer it over all the other albums listed here, or are they voting for the band rather than the album? Or perhaps havenít listened to most/all the others, and are voting for the familiar?

I like PT, and expect to be voting for them in future heavy prog polls, but the debut isnít anywhere near being in the running in this one. There are so many other albums listed that are more consistent and cohesive, and more enjoyable for that. 🤷🏻‍♂️

But yes, I know, thatís just my view. And quite obviously, some people think more of the debut than I do.

Also, no one else for Necromandus? 😜🤪



It's been said that PT could have recorded an album of farts and people would still vote for it. Wilson is something of the Donald Trump of Prog.

It's been clear to me that some people just vote for the band they like regardless of the album or what its up against.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Psychedelic Paul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 25 2021 at 12:48
^ I wondered who the lovely lady was in your new photo, then I realised it's Laura Palmer from Twin Peaks. Smile

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 25 2021 at 13:05
Originally posted by Logan Logan wrote:

A considerbale number of albums that I know and love off this list. When it comes to Heavy Prog (and heavy metal), the early years are strong.

I voted for Writing on the Wall - Power of the Picts (1969) -- an album that doesn't get much attention. High Tide - Sea Shanties and Black Widow - Sacrifice are right up there for me. Gravy Train, Atomic Rooster and Quatermass are up there too, as are some others.

various countries and not all debuts, but this is a list of some of my favourites of mine on the heavy side:

Armaggedon - Armaggedon (1970) -- the German one, not the British or US one.
Atomic Rooster - Death Walks Behind You (1970)
Birth Control - Hoodoo Man (1972)
Black Widow - Sacrifice (1970)
Blue Cheer - Vincebus Eruptum (1968)
Captain Beyond - Captain Beyond (1972)
Coven - Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls (1969)
Damnation of Adam Blessing - The Damnation of Adam Blessing (1969)
Gun - Gun (1968) (British and I added it to Proto-Prog).
High Tide - Sea Shanties (1969)
Lucifer's Friend - Lucifer's Friend (1970)
Message - From Books and Dreams (1973)
Sir Lord Baltimore - Kingdom Come (1970)
Writing on the Wall - The Power of the Picts (1969)
Yesterday's Children - Yesterday's Children (1970)

Great list..I own most of those and quite a few on original vinyl...eat your heart out.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 25 2021 at 13:09
Originally posted by Logan Logan wrote:

Originally posted by nick_h_nz nick_h_nz wrote:

Originally posted by Awesoreno Awesoreno wrote:

It's going to be weird seeing PT go far in these polls because of the amount of albums they have in comparison to some of the other groups, yet 2/3rds of their discography doesn't really belong in Heavy Prog. We're going to be seeing two- to three-album groups drop like flies and they'll still be losing to The Sky Moves Sideways, a psych album (though I predict the winner of that poll overall will be The Mountain by Haken).


I am definitely expecting PT to gain large amounts of votes for later albums, but Iím quite surprised theyíve garnered as many as they have for the debut, which is a fairly patchy beast at best. Do people really prefer it over all the other albums listed here, or are they voting for the band rather than the album? Or perhaps havenít listened to most/all the others, and are voting for the familiar?

I like PT, and expect to be voting for them in future heavy prog polls, but the debut isnít anywhere near being in the running in this one. There are so many other albums listed that are more consistent and cohesive, and more enjoyable for that. 🤷🏻‍♂️

But yes, I know, thatís just my view. And quite obviously, some people think more of the debut than I do.

Also, no one else for Necromandus? 😜🤪



It's been said that PT could have recorded an album of farts and people would still vote for it. Wilson is something of the Donald Trump of Prog.

It's been clear to me that some people just vote for the band they like regardless of the album or what its up against.

Comparing Wilson to Trump...now that's harsh....LOL
I think his work with PT and early solo things are quite good....it surprises me that so many on PA bash him but then many here like Oldfield so there is no accounting for taste.
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tough choice, I'll have to think a bit here. Big smile
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