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Since a lot of people are sharing multiple albums I'll punch in a couple more I like a lot, thought they're probably cliche:

Porcupine Tree - In Absentia
Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase.
Dream Theatre - Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence... and A Dramatic Turn Of Events... okay and Distance Over Time
Rush - Clockwork Angels
Styx - The Mission
Bjrk - Medula (perhaps not exactly rock, but certainly very progressive)
The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (is this more psychedelic than progressive?)


And you know what, I find Coldplay's Viva La Vida Or Death And All Of His Friends very prog friendly, though also very pop.

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Originally posted by kenethlevine kenethlevine wrote:

There are so many I can't even finish this list right now:
Nightwish - "Endless Forms most Beautiful", "Imaginaerum" and "Human II"


How could I not have mentioned these 3?......

I also have to throw in the first 2 Cellar Darling albums, if you like progressive hurdy-gurdy metalBig smile
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Originally posted by essexboyinwales essexboyinwales wrote:

Originally posted by kenethlevine kenethlevine wrote:

There are so many I can't even finish this list right now:
Nightwish - "Endless Forms most Beautiful", "Imaginaerum" and "Human II"


How could I not have mentioned these 3?......

I also have to throw in the first 2 Cellar Darling albums, if you like progressive hurdy-gurdy metalBig smile

That phrase instantly sent me off to explore. Big smile
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Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

Originally posted by essexboyinwales essexboyinwales wrote:

Originally posted by kenethlevine kenethlevine wrote:

There are so many I can't even finish this list right now:
Nightwish - "Endless Forms most Beautiful", "Imaginaerum" and "Human II"



How could I not have mentioned these 3?......

I also have to throw in the first 2 Cellar Darling albums, if you like progressive hurdy-gurdy metalBig smile


That phrase instantly sent me off to explore.Big smile


Enjoy, they're a wonderful band fronted by ex-Eluveitie singer/Hurdy-Gurdy player Anna Murphy, who also plays flute. Brilliant live too😎
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Swans' trilogy starting from The Seer and Art Zoyd's Metropolis and Phase V are truly mighty; I a Moon by North Sea Radio Orchestra is probably the most beautiful and charming album, and Blackstar is most moving. These are the first that come to my mind.


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For my money, it's got to be one of these:
- Dani Lee Pearce - Petrichor
- Mats/Morgan Band - Live
- Rascal Reporters - Redux, Vol. 1
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Originally posted by Sacro_Porgo Sacro_Porgo wrote:





And you know what, I find Coldplay's Viva La Vida Or Death And All Of His Friends very prog friendly, though also very pop.


My Nephew played one of their albums to me not long ago and I was pleasantly surprised how good the keyboards were. 'Sophisticated pop' perhaps?

in that regards I would chuck Elbow into the mix as well.

 


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Transatlantic - Bridge Across Forever
Neal Morse Band - The Similitude Of A Dream
Wobbler - From Silence To Somewhere
Big Big Train - Folklore
The Tangent - Proxy
JPL - Sapiens Chapitre 1
The Flower Kings - The Sum Of No Evil
Kaipa - In The Wake Of Evolution
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Hard to choose for me...like all of these equally.....

Spocks beard -V
Porcupine Tree-Lightbulb Sun, 
 In Absentia
Wobbler- Silence..
IQ- Frequency, 
Road of Bones

One does nothing yet nothing is left undone.
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Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

Originally posted by Sacro_Porgo Sacro_Porgo wrote:





And you know what, I find Coldplay's Viva La Vida Or Death And All Of His Friends very prog friendly, though also very pop.


My Nephew played one of their albums to me not long ago and I was pleasantly surprised how good the keyboards were. 'Sophisticated pop' perhaps?

in that regards I would chuck Elbow into the mix as well.

 



Coldplay will always be ragged on for being uncool, prone to excessive dreariness, and then far too radio friendly... but to my ears that's four very discerning musicians who craft emotionally resonant material on every album. Viva La Vida is my favorite, because they really pushed themselves to play in odd times, add and take away different instruments, stretch out song structures, and write with a wider range of perspectives.

Also I forgot to mention The Tangent. A Spark In The Aether is something I keep coming back to.
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Originally posted by Sacro_Porgo Sacro_Porgo wrote:

Since a lot of people are sharing multiple albums I'll punch in a couple more I like a lot, thought they're probably cliche:

Porcupine Tree - In Absentia
Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase.
Dream Theatre - Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence... and A Dramatic Turn Of Events


You read my mind. I deleted those I'm not crazy about. And I'll add

IQ- The Road of Bones
Wobbler- From Silence to Somewhere
Big Big Train - Folklore



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It's hard to pick an overall favourite,, but it could be any of these 5-star Rick Wakeman albums. Thumbs Up

 5 stars 2005: The Ultimate Rick Wakeman Experience - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoIDt_C5y1LsMaOR1wq5YIIPtxBsHpXos
 5 stars 2009: The Six Wives of Henry VIII: Live at Hampton Court Palace - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoIDt_C5y1LvLMJHWVmnKUdWjAdkGtnh
 5 stars 2012: Journey to the Centre of the Earth -  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoIDt_C5y1LsBSxmCn5NIcIgf-jA0AGwS
 5 stars 2016: The Myths & Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoIDt_C5y1LvB1GvJ8s7xBNrPveo47iDE
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^ I don't get the love for Red Planet (what happened to flamboyant Rick?) but I do like Out There a lot although not enough to make my list. The Hampton Court DVD is probably my favourite DVD of this century although Yes - Symphonic and Steven Wilson - Get All You Deserve are well up there as well.
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Some categories for me:

-"Classic" progressive rock: Phideaux - Doomsday Afternoon.

-Alternative/progressive metal/rock: Karnivool - Sound Awake.

-Progressive rock/metal: Porcupine Tree - In Absentia.

-Atmospheric progressive rock: Gazpacho - Night.

-Progressive metal/rock opera: Ayreon - The Theory Of Everything.

"To be continued". Wink


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I'm not good at this kind of thing, but as of now contenders for me would include:

Aquaserge - A L'Amiti
Ghost Rhythms - Madeleine
Guapo - Five Suns
Oteme - Il Giardino Disincantato
Todd Sickafoose - Tiny Resistors
John Zorn - Baphomet

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I don't feel that I am qualified to answer.

I really don't know, nor would I be at all confident in suggesting one or several or many. For me to even consider it, not only would it have to be competent but it would have to be very original/ innovative. Prog, and its derivatives, is such a huge umbrella and even in this two decade period I haven't heard most that has been released.   Most of my favourite albums released in the period are not Prog (though may be related somehow) and liking something might make it best for you, but not best objectively (if there is such a thing -- I'm reminded of Platonic ideals). I don't even have a subjective best, let alone a best as writ large in the stars.
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Originally posted by Logan Logan wrote:

I don't feel that I am qualified to answer.

I really don't know, nor would I be at all confident in suggesting one or several or many. For me to even consider it, not only would it have to be competent but it would have to be very original/ innovative. Prog, and its derivatives, is such a huge umbrella and even in this two decade period I haven't heard most that has been released.   Most of my favourite albums released in the period are not Prog (though may be related somehow) and liking something might make it best for you, but not best objectively (if there is such a thing -- I'm reminded of Platonic ideals). I don't even have a subjective best, let alone a best as writ large in the stars.

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^ Sometimes the best, "the most excellent", to borrow the words as writ in the original post, answer is "I don't know." That is sincere and is consistent with my epistemology as I commonly have expressed it. And I'd sooner throw a body or two on that fire than share my log with thee. There may be a most excellent one (depending on criteria), but I don't know what it is and don't know that I would be capable of discerning it had I heard it. If there is, I suspect that I have not yet heard it.

For some favourites of mine (if they count):

David Bowie - Blackstar
Aranis - II
Guapo - Black Oni
Swans -The Seer and To Be Kind
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Robert Wyatt - Cuckooland
Bjork - Vespertine
Univers Zero - Clivages
Magma - mhnthtt-R

I love Kosmischer Lufer, say the third album, but would not call it best. Mentioning best (most excellent) though is something I genuinely don't feel qualified nor comfortable to do, and I would hope that people at PA could respect that. Even when it comes to people asking for recommendations, my suggestions rarely hit the mark enough to get any comment in return, so I feel all the more useless in determining what is best.

Incidentally, had Boredoms' Vision Creation Newsun come out a couple of years later, then I might have answered with that.

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I can't even choose Rick Wakeman's best album of the 21st century, so to choose a best album overall is a virtually  impossible task. The best I can manage is a favourite album year by year:-
 
2000: Roger Waters - In the Flesh: Live
2001: Yes - Magnification
2002: Mike Oldfield - Tr3s Lunas
2003: Rick Wakeman - Out There
2004: Jon Lord - Beyond the Notes
2005: Kate Bush - Aerial
2006: David Gilmour - On an Island
2007: Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day
2008: Renaissance - Dreams and Omens
2009: The Enid - Arise and Shine
2010: Roger Waters - The Wall
2011: Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow
2012: Jon Lord - Concerto for Group & Orchestra
2013: Robert John Godfrey (The Enid) - The Art of Melody
2014: Strawbs - Prognostic
2015: David Gilmour - Rattle That Lock
2016: Rick Wakeman - Myths and Legends 
2017: Mike Oldfield - Return to Ommadawn
2018: Renaissance - A Symphonic Journey
2019: Curved Air - The Curved Air Family Album
2020: Brian Auger - Introspection
2021: Peter Frampton - Frampton Forgets the Words
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You seriously need to listen to some modern bands
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