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    Posted: September 30 2013 at 14:56
Even though I am primarily a drummer, I love tracks without drums.  I think its because it gives my mind a break from thinking about the drum parts, also the music tends to flow in a very cool way without such rigid time keeping.  What are lists of your favorite prog songs (or even non-prog songs) that don't feature percussion or drums?  (A little percussion is ok, especially keyboard perc).

Here's some favorites of mine

Spirit of the Water - Camel
With Twilight as my Guide - TMV
Motion Picture Soundtrack - Radiohead
Horizon's - Genesis
Oblivion Ocean - Pain of Salvation
Without You / Dark Poet - Beardfish
His Hands Matches His Tongue - The Dear Hunter
Wait for Sleep - Dream Theater
The Hermit / or his classical work - Steve Hackett
Heartattack in a Layby - Porcupine Tree
Dust in the Wind - Kansas
tons of stuff - Tangerine Dream

Kind of frustrating... there are several songs that I remember being drumless and then when I double check there's small parts here and there.  It turned out to be much harder to find tracks without drums than I thought!

Anyway, I know there's all kinds of good stuff out there that I don't know about or just can't think of right now so I'd like to hear from you guys.




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Basically all of Witthüser & Westrupp's Trips und TräumeHeart

and about 90% of my prog electronic collection. 
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Apart from the electronic stuff, "Rubber Star" by Secret Oyster only uses a bit of soft mallet cymbals to provide color, but the song is otherwise drumless.  One of the most prettiest songs this side of the Yangtze River.
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My favorites that come to might right off the bat are Modern and The Lie by Peter Hammill, both from The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage. 
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All of Harmonium's Si On Avait... comes to mind. Such a gorgeous album, without a single drum track. 
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Originally posted by Neo-Romantic Neo-Romantic wrote:

My favorites that come to might right off the bat are Modern and The Lie by Peter Hammill, both from The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage. 
Hard to believe "Modern" is as heavy as it is without the benefit of drums.  I almost forgot that they were absent.
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Catherine-Mariano-van't Hof-Sleep My Love (the whole album)

Good Lord Knows-Quatermass

The Deadly Dream Of Freedom-Triumvirat (though the live version has drums)
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Originally posted by HolyMoly HolyMoly wrote:

Originally posted by Neo-Romantic Neo-Romantic wrote:

My favorites that come to might right off the bat are Modern and The Lie by Peter Hammill, both from The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage. 
Hard to believe "Modern" is as heavy as it is without the benefit of drums.  I almost forgot that they were absent.

I know! I always said the same thing. It's literally the most driving song I've ever heard without drums. I once had a dream where I listened to it and there were drums in the song. I had to re-listen to the track just to make sure I wasn't mistaken this whole time.

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Originally posted by HolyMoly HolyMoly wrote:

Originally posted by Neo-Romantic Neo-Romantic wrote:

My favorites that come to might right off the bat are Modern and The Lie by Peter Hammill, both from The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage. 
Hard to believe "Modern" is as heavy as it is without the benefit of drums.  I almost forgot that they were absent.


Whoa... I thought it did! Shocked Haha.  Should have thought of Lie though, excellent song


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Some Ulver stuff, particularly Shadows of the Sun and the newest, Messe I.X-VI.X has little to no drums on it.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dellinger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 30 2013 at 22:02
Some of the songs mentioned in the OP I like and hadn't actually noticed that they didn't have drums. However, Histoire sans Paroles, from Harmonium, comes to mind. One of my very favourite songs, and as a matter of fact this whole gorgeous album is notable for not having drums.
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ELP - From The Beginning
Kayak - Nothingness


incredibly hard to think of prog tracks without drums that are not by electronic artists or Mike Oldfield. I first tried about 5 Kayak tracks that all start without drums but the drums come in later. The one above is very nice though and passes the test.Tongue

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Rain Dances - Camel
Bridge Across Forever - Transatlantic

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What's wrong with you people? I'm the first one to mention this...
 
 
Another group not mentioned yet is Art Zoyd. They are mostly drumless and when they did add percussion sounds it was mostly electronic and programmed. 
 
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