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    Posted: July 29 2005 at 09:38

1972 was a great year for prog-rock. Let's see:

  • Foxtrot
  • Close to the Edge
  • Obscured by Clouds
  • Trilogy
  • Focus 3
  • Thick as a Brick

Only "Obscured by Clouds" could not be considered as an artistic peak, but otherwise is a great album.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 29 2005 at 08:59

Rush´s peak would be from 2112 to moving pictures. All the releases were true masterpieces.

Then I would count Counterparts too

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 21 2005 at 11:02
Originally posted by Leo Karmev Leo Karmev wrote:

Robert Fripp in 1974

Bill Brufford in 1974

John Wetton in 1974

 





Same year for Genesis.

Dream Theater - 05!!

Jethro Tull - 03!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 21 2005 at 09:44
Originally posted by ivan_2068 ivan_2068 wrote:

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Quote For me: Rick Wakeman in 1977, in the Mountain Studios. 

He did Going For The One, White Rock and Criminal Record in that year, in those studios.

 I disagree, IMO Rick Wakeman  best years are 72 - 75 (Six Wives, Journey, Myths and Legends- Fragile, Close to the Edge, Yessongs)

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I can understand that very well. I like Rick's contributions to those albums too. It's just, for some reason, 1977 is my favourite Wakeman year. Hard to defend, and very subjective...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 21 2005 at 09:42
Originally posted by greenback greenback wrote:

Originally posted by Moogtron III Moogtron III wrote:

For me: Rick Wakeman in 1977, in the Mountain Studios. 

He did Going For The One, White Rock and Criminal Record in that year, in those studios.

good call, but i find white rock a bit less good.

and was it a peak or just that he modernized his keyboards? i have in mind 6 wives of henry 8.

I agree with you to a certain extent about White Rock, and I guess that's because of the compositions. Still, 1977 is my favourite Wakeman year, because I really love his contributions to Going For The One and Criminal Record... and also to White Rock, because of an element which I can't really describe well. Maybe it has to do with the modernisation of his keyboards. That could be so. It's hard for me to found it. Still, there's something else in his keyboard playing in that year. Something glorious? Like being on the top of the world? Well, I've reached the limits of explanation  . Can't get it from sujective to inter-subjective, let alone objective. I rest my case  , if I use this expression correctly .

 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 21 2005 at 09:26

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1975: Heaven and Hell

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 21 2005 at 08:52

I'd say Steve Howe peaked in 1974 on Relayer.  He's said that it's his favorite album, as did White.

Wakeman '72

Anderson - too tough to call, he was pretty much perfect for 7 years straight.

Squire - I'd say '77, but that's just because, with the GftO studio sessions video, you can actually see how much he's bringing to the table when you can hear his vocals singled out instead of masked by Anderson.

I'll agree with video vertigo on the Rush members, except Moving Pictures was 1981.

Dream Theater - 1999 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 21 2005 at 00:34

Rush: 1976-1981 (78*)

Yes: 1971-1974 (72*)

Genesis: 1972-1974 (73*)

Tull: 1971-1972 (72*)

Kansas: 1976-1977 (76*)

Pink Floyd: 1973-1977 (73*)

Dream Theater: 1992-1995... then 1999 (99*)

 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 21 2005 at 00:12

Moogtron III wrote:

Quote For me: Rick Wakeman in 1977, in the Mountain Studios. 

He did Going For The One, White Rock and Criminal Record in that year, in those studios.

 I disagree, IMO Rick Wakeman  best years are 72 - 75 (Six Wives, Journey, Myths and Legends- Fragile, Close to the Edge, Yessongs)

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 20 2005 at 23:49

Rush is a toughie, because each member has his own year.

Neil Peart 2002 when Vapor Trails was released, Neil Peart overcame quite a bit.

Geddy Lee 1980 with all of his best tracks on Moving Pictures that one seems obvious.

Alex Lifeson either 1977 or 1978, Hemispheres and A Farewell To Kings showcase albums.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 20 2005 at 23:41
Originally posted by Publius Publius wrote:

Well I think all of the original great prog bands (the ones we all know and love) were in their prime until 1977, when they released their last truly great album. Think about it. Yes had Going For The One (Followed by Tormato, with a different line-up - crap album.) Then Genesis had Wind & Wuthering (Last album with Steve Hackett. In 1980 they turned to pop.). Pink Floyd had Animals (Followed by the terrifyingly successful The Wall)... ELP released their final ideas on Works 1 and 2. It all makes sense. Something must have deliberately killed great prog in 1977.

Was it Star Wars?

we all know what happened 1977-1980........

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 20 2005 at 23:31
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 20 2005 at 21:47

Genesis - 1973

King Crimson - 73-74

Gentle Giant - 72-76

Yes - 1972

ELP - 1973

Pink Floyd - 73-77

Dream Theater - 92-94

Symphony X - 97-02

Supertramp - 1974

Jethro Tull - 72-73

VDGG - 70-75

Mike Oldfield - 73-78

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 20 2005 at 21:42

Yes 1972

 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 20 2005 at 21:01

Well I think all of the original great prog bands (the ones we all know and love) were in their prime until 1977, when they released their last truly great album. Think about it. Yes had Going For The One (Followed by Tormato, with a different line-up - crap album.) Then Genesis had Wind & Wuthering (Last album with Steve Hackett. In 1980 they turned to pop.). Pink Floyd had Animals (Followed by the terrifyingly successful The Wall)... ELP released their final ideas on Works 1 and 2. It all makes sense. Something must have deliberately killed great prog in 1977.

Was it Star Wars?

I'm so prog, I clap in 9/8
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 20 2005 at 19:54

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 20 2005 at 19:47

i think it would be hard to define Rush's peak year, with all their ups and downs and sound changes. i'd guess it would be about '76 or'77(between "2112" and "A Farewell to Kings") or possibly whenever "Moving Pictures" was released.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 20 2005 at 19:39
Originally posted by Moogtron III Moogtron III wrote:

For me: Rick Wakeman in 1977, in the Mountain Studios. 

He did Going For The One, White Rock and Criminal Record in that year, in those studios.

good call, but i find white rock a bit less good.

and was it a peak or just that he modernized his keyboards? i have in mind 6 wives of henry 8.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 20 2005 at 17:40
Originally posted by Logos Logos wrote:

Disagree with Steve Howe & 1971 - for christs' sake they released Fragile and CttE 1972, two of the most successful and innovative prog rock albums!!

yes, but on those albums he shares much of the spotlight with Rick Wakeman.

he really gets his time to shine on The Yes Album

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 20 2005 at 17:24

Robert Fripp in 1974

Bill Brufford in 1974

John Wetton in 1974

 

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