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    Posted: April 18 2014 at 13:33
In my experience with prog, short as it may be, I have found that some songs for me seemed to just scream "YOU ARE LISTENING TO PROG! THIS IS PURE PROG!" when I heard them for the first time. It happened when I heard:

Peaches en Regalia - Frank Zappa
Roundabout - Yes
Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part 1 - King Crimson

among others . . .

So I am merely curious to see if this is the same for others and what songs really spoke to them at first listen. Songs that didn't take multiple listens for you to realize that this is what helps define the genre we've come to love so much. Thoughts?


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Finnforest Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 18 2014 at 13:39
This was one of the first I brought home and it needed no effort or multiple spins to appreciate.  I was pretty much hooked from the start.  Song?  Any and all. 



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Close to the Edge. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote irrelevant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 18 2014 at 14:21
The ones that start off with a bewildering array of odd time sigs and strange note progressions. A perfect example would be "Enneagram" by Egg.  
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Anything by pre-Love Beach ELP.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Barbu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 18 2014 at 14:46
Prologue by Gentle Giant
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Close to the Edge definitely. Tarkus also come to mind.
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Any time I listen to Ayreon I get the immediate thought, "This is what people who aren't prog fans probably assume all prog sounds like!" And that's kind of a good and a bad thing.
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The two suites on Triumvirat's Illusions On A Double Dimple album. When I first heard them, I knew I had found some of the real thing.
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Pink Floyd when I was 10 and ELP when I 17 I knew I stumbled on different back then
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Catcher10 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 18 2014 at 16:35
Rush~By Tor & The Snowdog...Xanadu...Cygnus X-1 Book II
Genesis~Suppers Ready
ELP~Tarkus



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote JD Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 18 2014 at 17:13
For me it was ELP's The Three Fate. I was 13 at the time. A huge leap from Crimson and Clover and Spirit in the Sky which had occupied my ears previously.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 18 2014 at 17:25
That's easy...first time I heard 21st Century Schizoid man in the spring of 1970.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote tboyd1802 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 18 2014 at 17:37
My first introduction to prog, as I suspect it was for many of my age, was Dark Side of the Moon. The tune that hooked me, however, was Supper's Ready.
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My top 3 favorite prog songs fit the bill perfectly on the front of both technical and expressive musicianship.

Starless - KC

A Louse is Not a Home - Peter Hammill

A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers - VDGG

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The Fountain of Salmacis
Tarkus
Larks' Tongues In Aspic (part 2)
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Hamburger Concerto
Starless
Wings For Marie/10,000 Days
Lizard
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Ok. Cool thread.

From the classic era. Genesis's The Musical Box. Lots of transitions and the song is very theatrical. Everything that Prog rock typically embodies only done extremely well. :)

From a more modern era (21st century) I gotta go with Dream Theater's The Glass Prison. This song is insane and screams Prog at me every time I hear it. The time sigs are nuts and the song constantly changes is tone, tempo and overall mood by being heavy, melodic and downright fantastic. I've always felt that The Glass Prison is a wonderful representation of Prog music in general. It has just about anything you want in a song. I was truly blown away when I first heard it. I was like 'what the f-- ck is this??'

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote progbethyname Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 18 2014 at 21:45
Originally posted by dwill123 dwill123 wrote:

The Fountain of Salmacis


Cool. Probably because of that wailing TRON at the beginning. So epic. :)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cstack3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 18 2014 at 22:47
For me, the opening Mellotrons of "In The Court of the Crimson King" got me hooked, instantly!  1969 or 1970, I was about 13.   I dearly loved the entire album, but this track grabbed me.  Giles' drumming is sublime....


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