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    Posted: September 10 2013 at 17:15

Pink Floyd would be the 800 pound gorilla in the room with Dark Side of the Moon being one of the best selling albums of all time, but what I'm looking for is some prog that, in your opinion, deserves some recognition as you feel that it has appeal that the rest of us should know about.

 
I'll start with Taal. Their second, and, unfortunately, last album, "Skymind", from 2003. Here is the link to the PA page for the album: http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=2214
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There are many accessible prog bands....off the top of my head  the Moody Blues ,Renaissance , Tull, and Kansas come to mind....as well as IQ and other neo prog bands.
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If I'm thinking in terms of the most friendly albums to the widest variety of tastes, prog or otherwise, I'm going to say Riverside's Shrine of New Generation Slaves and iamthemorning's debut album.
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Accessibility (the likability of music upon first listen) is subjective. While I can ascertain the specific range of artists you have in mind, I don't happen to find those accessible at all. I often get knocked out of music by slick guitar tones and over-the-top compositions, so finding artists that I like that I think the traditional prog crowd would like that they already don't know about is difficult for me. The artists I would say don't get their fair due and might be most accessible to the members on this site are the less proggy ones like this one right here: http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=7010

And especially this one: http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=7916




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I might say the band I am listening to at the moment 'Big Big Train'. In that they are not a difficult listen.
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Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

There are many accessible prog bands....off the top of my head  the Moody Blues ,Renaissance , Tull, and Kansas come to mind....as well as IQ and other neo prog bands.


Absolutely. The Moody's, Renaissance and Kansas....their albums are very distinctive; not a lot of diverse styles. Tull.....a huge difference between This Was and A Passion Play, yet, Anderson managed to pull it all off quite well over the years.

I haven't heard IQ as of yet but will see about giving them a listen.
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Originally posted by Neo-Romantic Neo-Romantic wrote:

If I'm thinking in terms of the most friendly albums to the widest variety of tastes, prog or otherwise, I'm going to say Riverside's Shrine of New Generation Slaves and iamthemorning's debut album.



I listened to Second Life Syndrome when it first came out and sort of liked it but it's one of those albums that I never got back into. But that's just me.
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Originally posted by Polymorphia Polymorphia wrote:


Accessibility (the likability of music upon first listen) is subjective. While I can ascertain the specific range of artists you have in mind, I don't happen to find those accessible at all. I often get knocked out of music by slick guitar tones and over-the-top compositions, so finding artists that I like that I think the traditional prog crowd would like that they already don't know about is difficult for me. The artists I would say don't get their fair due and might be most accessible to the members on this site are the less proggy ones like this one right here: http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=7010And especially this one: http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=7916


Your statement that "Accessibility (the likability of music upon first listen) is subjective" was a line I wound up not using in my original post. So, yes, agree with you 100%. I never know what I really like until I hear it no matter who recommends it.

I have to see about Midlake. The other link doesn't seem to work.

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Originally posted by schizoidman schizoidman wrote:

Originally posted by Neo-Romantic Neo-Romantic wrote:

If I'm thinking in terms of the most friendly albums to the widest variety of tastes, prog or otherwise, I'm going to say Riverside's Shrine of New Generation Slaves and iamthemorning's debut album.



I listened to Second Life Syndrome when it first came out and sort of liked it but it's one of those albums that I never got back into. But that's just me.

SLS is an incredible album, definitely one that takes a few listens to digest though. The one I mentioned is vastly different. It's much more of a crossover prog album. I respect that group for their sheer ability to reinvent their sound so easily. The best in my book from them, Anno Domini High Definition, is vastly different from both of these. But it and SLS are definitely not nearly as accessible as SONGS, which is by far the easiest of theirs to jump into and get immediate gratification no matter what background you have.

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Originally posted by akamaisondufromage akamaisondufromage wrote:

I might say the band I am listening to at the moment 'Big Big Train'. In that they are not a difficult listen.


That band seems to crop up in a lot of threads lately. Guess I will have to put an ear to their stuff.
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Originally posted by Neo-Romantic Neo-Romantic wrote:


Originally posted by schizoidman schizoidman wrote:

Originally posted by Neo-Romantic Neo-Romantic wrote:

If I'm thinking in terms of the most friendly albums to the widest variety of tastes, prog or otherwise, I'm going to say Riverside's Shrine of New Generation Slaves and iamthemorning's debut album.



I listened to Second Life Syndrome when it first came out and sort of liked it but it's one of those albums that I never got back into. But that's just me.


SLS is an incredible album, definitely one that takes a few listens to digest though. The one I mentioned is vastly different. It's much more of a crossover prog album. I respect that group for their sheer ability to reinvent their sound so easily. The best in my book from them, Anno Domini High Definition, is vastly different from both of these. But it and SLS are definitely not nearly as accessible as SONGS, which is by far the easiest of theirs to jump into and get immediate gratification no matter what background you have.



Since your avatar, "Red", is one of my all time favorites I will have to go back and give our Eastern European friends another go.
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Haha I like your reasoning! Smile

Hope you enjoy! I'll definitely be interested to hear what you think! Thumbs Up

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Originally posted by schizoidman schizoidman wrote:

Originally posted by Polymorphia Polymorphia wrote:


Accessibility (the likability of music upon first listen) is subjective. While I can ascertain the specific range of artists you have in mind, I don't happen to find those accessible at all. I often get knocked out of music by slick guitar tones and over-the-top compositions, so finding artists that I like that I think the traditional prog crowd would like that they already don't know about is difficult for me. The artists I would say don't get their fair due and might be most accessible to the members on this site are the less proggy ones like this one right here: http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=7010And especially this one: http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=7916


Your statement that "Accessibility (the likability of music upon first listen) is subjective" was a line I wound up not using in my original post. So, yes, agree with you 100%. I never know what I really like until I hear it no matter who recommends it.

I have to see about Midlake. The other link doesn't seem to work.

The other one is Buke and Gase. Lo-fi, proggy, but with some pretty catchy melodies.
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Marillion are very accessible and Kayleigh as single has been a best seller.
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Originally posted by Triceratopsoil Triceratopsoil wrote:

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Beardfish....? Accessible..?
 
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Originally posted by schizoidman schizoidman wrote:

Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

There are many accessible prog bands....off the top of my head  the Moody Blues ,Renaissance , Tull, and Kansas come to mind....as well as IQ and other neo prog bands.


Absolutely. The Moody's, Renaissance and Kansas....their albums are very distinctive; not a lot of diverse styles. Tull.....a huge difference between This Was and A Passion Play, yet, Anderson managed to pull it all off quite well over the years.

I haven't heard IQ as of yet but will see about giving them a listen.
I tend to like the more 'accessible' prog bands and I think you would like IQ.
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Originally posted by schizoidman schizoidman wrote:

I'll start with Taal. Their second, and, unfortunately, last album, "Skymind", from 2003. Here is the link to the PA page for the album: http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=2214

Incredible album? Damn right! Accessible? Mmmmmm...I don't think so.
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Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

There are many accessible prog bands....off the top of my head  the Moody Blues ,Renaissance , Tull, and Kansas come to mind....as well as IQ and other neo prog bands.

Whilst IQ are one of the finest bands ever, they are not really what I would call very accessible. Their music is quite complex and the lyrics can be impenetrable at times.

Marillion, Pendragon, Camel, Mostly Autumn and Renaissance are all truly excellent bands which a newcomer to prog would not find too intimidating. There are many others, but none so fine as these.


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