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I think I will say Big Big Train. They are very catchy and use strong melodic structures but when you listen to it closely you can feel all the complex time signature and the multi-layers harmonies. THey are one of the most brilliant band of their time. 
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Originally posted by Sagichim Sagichim wrote:

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.
 
I did go out on the limb with that one. Taal is nowhere near as accessible as The Moody Blues but I really wanted to give them a bit of attention.
 
So then, as an alternate I would like to suggest Ian Anderson's "Divinities: Twelve Dances with God" : http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=3809
 
 
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Rush and Camel are two more bands I would add to this list.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote bloodnarfer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2013 at 10:11
Rush for sure... its one of the few prog bands that my girlfriend will listen to.

I would like to mention the Dear Hunter which are crossover... I have several friends that listen to them but have no idea what prog is.  I think their music is very accessible, yet creative.
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Originally posted by Hercules Hercules 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.

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.


I agree with the bands you named as being 'accessible' but I don't think IQ is  a difficult band at all....some of their lyrics are a bit murky as to the meaning but many of their ballads are very accessible imo.
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Honestly, the real answer is Rush, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull and all the others that have become classic rock canon.  Since everybody has heard them already anyway.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote verslibre Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2013 at 15:39
Add Planet P Project's Pink World to the list. Great moody Floydian prog from the early '80s.
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Accessible as in a bit more commercial sounding, but still maintaining a flexible amount of complexity in the music I'd have to look at Peter Gabriel's solo career being a good start. 'So' is a very accessible Prog album.
NINE INCH NAILS are another. Boy, Trent Reznor will give you just about anything these days. Actually, his latest album 'hesitation Marks' is a very accessible album. Another choice would be the infamous 'Duke' album from Genesis.
Ummm...for more guitar based sound with less keyboards would be Fates Warning's Insideout album.
Lastly, OSI. OSI are extremely accessible and I would rank them as my top recommendation for this forum. The album 'FREE' is a great example of just how accessible Prog can be. ;)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Dark Elf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2013 at 21:03
Originally posted by Triceratopsoil Triceratopsoil wrote:

Honestly, the real answer is Rush, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull and all the others that have become classic rock canon.  Since everybody has heard them already anyway.


That they're still being played 50 years or more after their inception leads me to believe that you are right regarding their relative accessibility.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote schizoidman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 13 2013 at 10:45

Out of all the great suggestions I took a chance with Big Big Train since I have seen them crop up in quite a few other threads.

Wow. They are that good. At least, to my ears. I'm basing that on listening to their last three albums "The Underfall Yard", "English Electric Part 1" and "English Electric Part 2".
 
Elements of early to mid period Genesis are present as well as a recognizible XTC influence (with Dave Gregory on board that's not surprising).
 
Whether anyone will be listening to them 50 years from now is a question that can't be answered today, but, imo, BBT are a great, accessible band for the here and now.
 
The last time I was this impressed with a band was when I first heard Porcupine Tree in 2005.
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Any prog band that's had more than one Top Ten hit single.
Just one hit could be dismissed as a one-off quirk, but more than one means people actually like the act.
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Queensrÿche--Eyes of a Stranger.

Watch the video too! It's so MTV. LOL
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ole-the-first Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 14 2013 at 11:27
I find classic-era Genesis pretty accessible because of very catchy melodism.
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Jazz and Symphonic music in general are pretty accessible and can be very proggy.

there is a lot of soul music that is pretty accessible and yet very proggy.
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there is a lot of modern music that you cant classify due to a strong genre mix which can be very progressive.
The whole electro genre is extremely progressive at times. There are amazing remixes out there, full of all kinds of genres. And it is accessible because it consists out of very modern stuff which is very well known even if it is complex and very flexible and unstraight. The people love minimalism/reductionism, but they also love diversity.

and of course you have to ask for, accessible for whom?
Which background of genre you have?
A hard rock, a pop soul or a melodic rock background?

no background and no prog restriction:
Peter Gabriel
The Beatles
The Doors
Air
Radiohead
Dredg
Anathallo
Broken Social Scene
Annuals
Grizzly Bear
Mew
Mum
Hanne Hukkelberg
Talk Talk
The Notwist
The XX
TV on the Radio
Rage Against the Machine


from a restricted prog and rock definition:
IZZ
Big Big Train
RPWL
Marillion
Kansas

so maybe you recognize how much this relates to the background you have.
many bands are very accessible if you just play the right songs and if not, they are also not accessible.

Pink Floyd
Pain of Salvation
The Flower Kings
for example

those are mostly the bands which have a very wide range of genres.


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I will say that Porcupine Tree, the other day my cousin who listens to modern pop (yuck), she was listening songs in my ipod and she was listening "in absentia" and she liked it.
Marillion it is another option.
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A lot of Crossover and Symphonic stuff that has that pop inflection like Kansas, Alan Parsons, Marillion, Spock's Beard (though they have a lot of weird/"inaccessible" moments), and Big Big Train. And of course the heavier stuff like Rush, Riverside and Porcupine Tree. Yes and Genesis aren't that hard to get into, in my opinion.
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I'll second Midlake.  Progressive enough to be approved by prog folk and accessible enough to be enjoyed by those who can't spell prog
I have been reveling in the Anglo-German band POOR GENETIC MATERIAL.  I think their latest "A Day in JUne" is one of their best and their most accessible

Others, leaving out most of the ones already mentioned and extremely wel known acts in general
ANYONE's DAUGHTER self titled album is probably their most accessible to PA members
ASIA MINOR "Between Flesh and Divine" I found to be instantly likable and wearing well
much of 1970s BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST might work, especially "Once Again", "Everyone is Everybody Else", Octoberon" and "Gone to earth"
BELIEVE "Hope to see Another Day" is their most accessible and most enduring
BLUE OYSTER CULT "Fire of Unknown Origin"
CAROL OF HARVEST s/r
CLEPSYDRA "Alone"
COLLAGE "Moonshine"
DECEMBERISTS "THe King is Dead" (very low prog quotient)
German space rockers DICE, especially "Dice in Space"
EARTH AND FIRE "Song of the marching Children" and "Atlantis"
most work by ELO (although I only like a few of their albums)
I gotta name something by ELOY, so I would say "Time to Turn" is their best combination of excellent and accessible
ENGEL
AARON ENGLISH "All the Waters of this World"
FM "Black Noise"
DANIEL GAUTHIER "Above the Storm"
GORDON GILTRAP and OLIVER WAKEMAN - "Ravens and Lullabies"
HORSLIPS "THe Book of Invasions" or "THe Man who Built America"
JUMP - "The Beachcomber"
KAOS MOON "After the Storm"
KERRS PINK "Art of Complex Simplicity"
JAMES MCCARTY - "Out of the Dark"
MIRAGE - "Tails from the Green Sofa"
MR GIL - "Alone"
LE ORME - "Felona and Serona" -it might not be their best (although it might be) but it hits me from the first
OSIRIS - s/t and "Myths and Legends" - good fun 
PERERIN - first 2 albums
PROCOL HARUM - first
SATELLITE - :"Street Between Sunrise and Sunset"
SNOWDONIA - "Pallas"
SPRING s/t
STRAWBS "Bursting at the Seams"
TAI PHONG - s/t
TEMPUS FUGIT - "Tales from a Forgotten Land" and "Chessboard" 
ZOMBY WOOF - "Riding on a Tear"

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