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    Posted: October 05 2013 at 16:23
Hi, I was wondering what the longest (and shortest) prog studio albums were, and all I could really think of was The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway at 94 minutes along with stuff like Tales From Topographic Oceans at 83, but there's got to be longer ones that I'd like to know about. The longest studio album I know of is Buckethead's "In Search Of The" which adds up to almost 9 and a half hours over 13 albums! I was wondering if there was anything that extreme in prog? Thanks for any feedback
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The Colour Spectrum clocks in at about 2 and a half hours over 9 EPs. it's definitely the most impressive album I know of.
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A few Flower Kings studio albums are double CDs, with total lengths going well over 2 hours.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The.Crimson.King Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 22 2013 at 17:07
I'm thinking Zappa's Lather - which was originally planned as a 1977 4 album vinyl set that never happened.  When it was finally released in it's intended form on CD in 1996 it covered 3 CD's and was over 157 minutes (2.6 hours). 
I'm using the chicken to measure it.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote verslibre Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 22 2013 at 17:22
Originally posted by The.Crimson.King The.Crimson.King wrote:

I'm thinking Zappa's Lather - which was originally planned as a 1977 4 album vinyl set that never happened.  When it was finally released in it's intended form on CD in 1996 it covered 3 CD's and was over 157 minutes (2.6 hours).


^^^I think that's the winner. If there's something of a longer duration lurking out there, I'm curious as to what it is.
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i thought it was Mike Oldfield's Incantations, since it is indeed the longest prog rock song, AND the longest song in general (that uses REAL instruments)
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Well if your counting boxsets probably King Crimson - The Road To Red at 21 CD's.
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Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

Well if your counting boxsets probably King Crimson - The Road To Red at 21 CD's.

Well played, unfortunately the OP is looking for studio not live albums.  And now that I noticed that, maybe Zappa's Lather doesn't count since it includes some live stuff from "Zappa in New York" Unhappy
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote chopper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 23 2013 at 06:34
Originally posted by Xonty Xonty wrote:

The longest studio album I know of is Buckethead's "In Search Of The" which adds up to almost 9 and a half hours over 13 albums!
 
So surely that's 13 albums then and not one long one, even if it is a continuing concept or theme?
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PG II , (vinyl) it goes on forever D:)
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Originally posted by Michael678 Michael678 wrote:

i thought it was Mike Oldfield's Incantations, since it is indeed the longest prog rock song, AND the longest song in general (that uses REAL instruments)
 
Now you got me scared, do people actualy play on unreal instruments, that is sick.
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I have a Yes box set that continues for many hours - Yes In a Word - but are we counting compilations?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Xonty Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 24 2013 at 08:31
Originally posted by chopper chopper wrote:

Originally posted by Xonty Xonty wrote:

The longest studio album I know of is Buckethead's "In Search Of The" which adds up to almost 9 and a half hours over 13 albums!
 
So surely that's 13 albums then and not one long one, even if it is a continuing concept or theme?

I mean that it comes as 13 separate discs that are bought. You wouldn't say that a double album like the Lamb Lies Down is 2 albums and not one long one because it's on 2 separate discs? Or have I misunderstood your post? Ermm
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Xonty Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 24 2013 at 08:34
Originally posted by Michael678 Michael678 wrote:

i thought it was Mike Oldfield's Incantations, since it is indeed the longest prog rock song, AND the longest song in general (that uses REAL instruments)

Incantations is definitely one of the longest prog songs (72 minutes I think?) but there are many albums longer Unhappy
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And Incantations has since been overtaken by Transatlantic's The Whirlwind (77:58).
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Michael678 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 24 2013 at 14:26
Originally posted by AtomicCrimsonRush AtomicCrimsonRush wrote:

I have a Yes box set that continues for many hours - Yes In a Word - but are we counting compilations?

It's "In a Word: Yes (1969-), oh and i saw ur unboxing video of it, which was nice (and the first in my opinion)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 24 2013 at 15:36
If you stitch all The Flower Kings albums together you probably wouldn't know you were listening to different albums. (Banks Of Eden excepted)
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What about the albums that feel the longest to get through?Big smile 
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^ Still Incantations
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote chopper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 25 2013 at 09:41
Originally posted by Xonty Xonty wrote:

Originally posted by chopper chopper wrote:

Originally posted by Xonty Xonty wrote:

The longest studio album I know of is Buckethead's "In Search Of The" which adds up to almost 9 and a half hours over 13 albums!
 
So surely that's 13 albums then and not one long one, even if it is a continuing concept or theme?

I mean that it comes as 13 separate discs that are bought. You wouldn't say that a double album like the Lamb Lies Down is 2 albums and not one long one because it's on 2 separate discs? Or have I misunderstood your post? Ermm
It depends if it's 13 separate albums or 13 individual discs making one album. Even after reading about it on Wikepedia, I'm still not sure which this is.
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