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    Posted: January 14 2007 at 09:20

ProgArchives Collaborator’s Top 10 Prog Albums Of 2006:

 

1.

KAYO DOT- DOWSING ANENOME WITH COPPER TONGUE


http://www.progarchives.com/Progressive_rock_discography_CD.asp?cd_id=9743


This sophomore release by the US Prog-Metallers swept the Collaborator’s vote by a considerable margin. Carrying on the experimentation of debut album “Choirs Of The Eye”, this album combines metal with elements of Jazz and Post-Rock without any of those styles necessarily under-pinning the main compositional whole. It’s not free-form Jazz, it doesn’t contain any riffs and can sometimes feel like a dark and twisted voyage into the abyss - but is executed with so much aplomb that it works.And then some!

Prog Reviewer and respected Prog-Metal aficionado "Trickster F." came to this conclusion in his glowing 5 Star review:
“The aim of this album is to make an attentive listener think carefully and reconsider his values in music, it is not meant to impress someone just because it can. Approach with caution, thoughtfulness and an open mind - this album is too important to be misunderstood”

http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=71399


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2.

PFM - STATI DI IMMAGIONAZIONE



http://www.progarchives.com/Progressive_rock_discography_CD.asp?cd_id=13442

It’s 36 years since the release of PFM’s seminal ISP album “Storia Di Un Minuto” and only Mussida and Di Cioccio remain from the original line up but somehow they’ve managed to create something both quintessentially PFM and yet a new and modern presentation of the band’s style. The album is totally instrumental and yet is as lyrical as any of the classics from their glorious past.

Legendary PA Special Collaborator & Prog Reviewer Erik Neuteboom was ecstatic in his admiration:
“In my opinion PFM has made a masterpiece and this is their best studio effort ever, what a dynamic, varied and captivating album, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=103149


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3.

STEVE HACKETT - WILD ORCHIDS


http://www.progarchives.com/Progressive_rock_discography_CD.asp?cd_id=12751


Another Prog thoroughbred eases into the top 5, this time virtuoso guitarist Steve Hackett who has consistently released top quality material since he left Genesis 30 years ago. Continuing on from the excellent “To Watch The Storms” and employing the classic expressions of “Metamorpheus” this album sees a blend of Rock, Classical and Jazz with just a hint of darkness to keep things spicy and one might add idiosyncratic, if not downright eccentric.

Symphonic Prog Team Member “Bhikkhu” enthused:
“Wow, and again, wow. What a treat to have a progressive icon delivering music of this caliber, this late in his career. I would have been satisfied if was just decent. The previews had it looking pretty good, but this is one of the few times that expectations have been far exceeded.”

http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=89586



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4.
PURE REASON REVOLUTION - THE DARK THIRD



http://www.progarchives.com/Progressive_rock_discography_CD.asp?cd_id=11810

These English rockers create their own special blend of spacey Art Rock and are gradually building a big reputation for themselves. This album builds on the promise of their mini-album “Cautionary Tales…” and delivers in spades. PRR’s  blend of Beach Boy like harmonies, Floydian arrangements and Indie band street cred all go towards creating a surprisingly fresh and uplifting sound.

Prog Reviewer “Equality 7-2521” had this to say:
“Never once while listening to this album do I realize I'm laying in bed with headphones on or even listening to music at all. An experience, rather than music, would be a better way to describe the wonders contained here.”

http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=97036


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5.
TOOL - 10,000 DAYS



http://www.progarchives.com/Progressive_rock_discography_CD.asp?cd_id=11612

Prog-Metallers Tool are not a band to rush out a release every 12 months so manage to build up a head of feverish anticipation with news of every new album. This follows on some five years after the triumph that was “Lateralus” and judging by the vote they didn’t let anyone down. Always experimental Tool confounded some of their fans with some of their musical explorations but this album hit #1 on the Billboard Album Chart which suggests popular success whilst maintaining their integrity.

Prog Reviewer “Zitro” was overcome with superlatives:

“An absolute masterpiece that should be considered a Masterpiece and mentioned in music history as an artistic peak in modern music. This is my favourite album after the 70s and easily the best metal-related album I have heard so far.”

http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=77342



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So there you have the top 5 albums of 2006 according to ProgArchives Collaborators.


Positions 6 - 10 were as follows:


6.
AGALLOCH - ASHES AGAINST THE GRAIN


http://www.progarchives.com/Progressive_rock_discography_CD.asp?cd_id=11734


7.
FROST* - MILLIONTOWN


http://www.progarchives.com/Progressive_rock_discography_CD.asp?cd_id=12279

8.
THE MARS VOLTA - AMPUTECHTURE


http://www.progarchives.com/Progressive_rock_discography_CD.asp?cd_id=12209

9.
PETER HAMMILL - VERACIOUS (WITH STUART GORDON)


http://www.progarchives.com/Progressive_rock_discography_CD.asp?cd_id=11171

10.
THE TANGENT - A PLACE IN THE QUEUE


http://www.progarchives.com/Progressive_rock_discography_CD.asp?cd_id=9954


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So what do you think?Wink





Edited by Tony R - January 14 2007 at 17:16
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2007 at 17:10
Good work Tony, well compiled and neatly laid out.Clap
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2007 at 17:10
That's quite a list!
Sadly I only own 2 of emCry
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2007 at 17:11
A surprising number one, for me that is.
 
PFM on 2 - Clap
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2007 at 17:12
No Belew...Cry
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2007 at 17:15
I share the collabs appreciation of Kayo Dot's recent album
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2007 at 17:16
The results are rather surprising IMO. Shocked

None of my favourites are near the top, but that was to be expected.

Well, if anything, this re-assured me that I need to get that Kayo Dot album.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2007 at 17:18
I like it. Thumbs Up

But I only own Frost. Cry ( The cry emoticon is because I don't own more, not because I don't like Frost in fact I love Frost)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2007 at 18:04
I have been meaning to get Kayo Dot's album for a good while now but I can't seem to find it. I'll try harder. Wink

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2007 at 18:27
Hooray! At least Amputechture wasn't in the top 5!

Only 1 of my albums was in the top 10.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2007 at 18:42
Excellent work, Tony!Clap
RIO/AVANT/ZEUHL - The best thing you can get with yer pants on!
EXERIOR Experimental tech/death/progmetal from Norway!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2007 at 18:44
Respected List. 
 
I thought a few albums would have made it. 
 
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Amputechture - The Mars Volta
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2007 at 18:47
Coming out of my "exile" to tell you Tony that you did a very good work on presenting this list.

On aonther note, I am sorry to see that Deluge Grander, Zaar, Nemo and NeBeLNeST are not higher (they are in the list, only after the first 10), but then again, it's just a list (but I'll keep my criticism for another time, to not ruin people's time).


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2007 at 18:54
Great list.

Still need to here the new PFM and the Peter Hammill album.

BTW - had to stop listening to Popul Vuh's Tantric Songs to listen to that Agalloch album again.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2007 at 20:31
Originally posted by Bern Bern wrote:

I have been meaning to get Kayo Dot's album for a good while now but I can't seem to find it. I'll try harder. Wink


Bern, CD Universe has it in stock right now for $10.89US.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2007 at 20:32
Good list.  I like #1 and #5, will definitely be getting #2 and #3, and will have to check out #4.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2007 at 20:32
http://www.emusic.com/album/10892/10892301.html

Download the whole album for a dollar (or two, depending on the membership).

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2007 at 20:40
Amazing list and work Tony.

I guess me and Ivan cramming that album down people's throats helped eh?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2007 at 20:42
Great work Tony!
 
Seems that i have to check out the number 1 album, glad to see PFM at least as the runner-up!!Thumbs Up

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2007 at 21:07
Oh! Great list. Good to see at least 2 of my favorites (Kayo Dot and PRR) up there.Thumbs Up

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