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Topic: Top 50 Progressive Rock Artists
Posted By: Catcher10
Subject: Top 50 Progressive Rock Artists
Date Posted: August 19 2021 at 15:16
As just posted by Ultimate Classic Rock website.......


...."Turns out this list of the 50 Best Progressive Rock Artists was based on opinion, not objective fact. There is no guidebook or grand methodology: We didn't force ourselves to shoehorn in a certain number of acts from a particular style or era; we didn't consult Metacritic or the Billboard charts; we didn't require a band to have multiple Minimoogs in their keyboard rigs. We just thought about it a lot and ultimately went with our gut..."

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Posted By: Nogbad_The_Bad
Date Posted: August 19 2021 at 16:09
That's not actually a bad list, they include classic & modern, USA & Europe, Avant and Canterbury.

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Posted By: progaardvark
Date Posted: August 19 2021 at 16:15
Lots of hair!

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Posted By: AFlowerKingCrimson
Date Posted: August 19 2021 at 16:58
I think the list is a bit thin on post seventies prog but other than that it's a half way decent list. 

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Posted By: AFlowerKingCrimson
Date Posted: August 19 2021 at 17:00
Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

That's not actually a bad list, they include classic & modern, USA & Europe, Avant and Canterbury.

Only the most obvious modern bands it seems. Where is Big Big Train? Heck even IQ isn't on there and neither is Opeth.


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Posted By: Nogbad_The_Bad
Date Posted: August 19 2021 at 17:02
Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

That's not actually a bad list, they include classic & modern, USA & Europe, Avant and Canterbury.


Only the most obvious modern bands it seems. Where is Big Big Train? Heck even IQ isn't on there and neither is Opeth.



Indeed so that's even better  

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Posted By: Cristi
Date Posted: August 19 2021 at 17:05
not a bad list at all


Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: August 19 2021 at 17:42
Hi,

It has one thing that almost all other lists do not have. All the bands listed were "original" in their forms, and showed it in their work, and not exactly copies of something else. In that sense, this (so far) is one of the best lists I have ever seen, and for once, it has very nice things to say about them instead of really poor comments. 

About the only thing I actually miss, is not seeing something like THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND, who were extremely progressive with their attitude towards "poetry" rather than some kind of music and idea about music, and their material is amazing to one's ears ... but in all reality I do not with to remove any of those 50 to add the ISB ... I would rather they were included as one of them!

Nice list ... specially because IT WAS ABOUT THE ARTISTRY of the music, and not the "fame" of a handful of fans, that won't even listen to one third of those bands. I think I am only missing stuff by those folks in maybe 5 or 6 bands. I have all the others, including the majority of their eponymous stuff.


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Posted By: AFlowerKingCrimson
Date Posted: August 19 2021 at 17:56
Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

That's not actually a bad list, they include classic & modern, USA & Europe, Avant and Canterbury.


Only the most obvious modern bands it seems. Where is Big Big Train? Heck even IQ isn't on there and neither is Opeth.



Indeed so that's even

The bottom line is this list would be a bit different(at least as far as the newer bands go) if it were done by actual prog fans. ;) I'm not saying Tool and the Mars Volta and similar bands are bad(well C&C kind of are) but there are tons of newer bands most prog fans would chose over those imo.


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Posted By: Sacro_Porgo
Date Posted: August 19 2021 at 19:48
I agree this was a pretty refreshing list! Nice to see some members of the big six not make the top six too, in place of ever popular bands who always seem to be argued for inclusion. Spanned the decades reasonably well while also getting a little obscure in places, and wasn't wholly centered on England.

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Posted By: presdoug
Date Posted: August 19 2021 at 20:52
There are some great ones listed, essential ones; and ones that I have heard that I don't care for. And some glaring omissions. But I guess most of these lists end up that way.....


Posted By: Manuel
Date Posted: August 19 2021 at 21:28
Not a bad list. Certainly not mine, but quite good.


Posted By: AFlowerKingCrimson
Date Posted: August 19 2021 at 21:40
The person who made the list is probably a collector of vintage prog and doesn't know much about the lesser known more recent prog bands. 

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Posted By: A Crimson Mellotron
Date Posted: August 20 2021 at 03:20
Yep, good list. Would serve perfectly someone who is eager to explore the genre.


Posted By: dwill123
Date Posted: August 20 2021 at 05:48
I've seen worst.


Posted By: kenethlevine
Date Posted: August 20 2021 at 07:31
pretty good list - great to see bands like Eloy and Le Orme getting recognition


Posted By: Mudpuppy64
Date Posted: August 20 2021 at 07:48
Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

That's not actually a bad list, they include classic & modern, USA & Europe, Avant and Canterbury.

Only the most obvious modern bands it seems. Where is Big Big Train? Heck even IQ isn't on there and neither is Opeth.


Opeth number 20


Posted By: Rednight
Date Posted: August 20 2021 at 10:25
Just another list compiled by critics. Who gives an f'.

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Posted By: Catcher10
Date Posted: August 20 2021 at 13:03
I think the list shows a more focused, deeper thought out list rather than just the normalcy. To me the argument, if any, is the top 3, 4...And I would not have put FZ in the top 10 at all, reason is his own quote which he is spot on with.
I would have put CAN higher up also...........But yes the list is actually very good.


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Posted By: Lewian
Date Posted: August 20 2021 at 17:49
Done by somebody who has some proper knowledge... of course one can debate lots of things, but there's some good stuff there and one of the better lists I've seen. Managed to list one band  I had never heard of... can anyone of you introduce Coheed and Cambria to me? Apparently they're better than Focus, Area, Henry Cow & Procol Harum, not to mention my personal gateway to prog Manfred Mann's Earthband (nice to see them listed though, if at no. 50)!? Also listing some more modern stuff is nice, but Mars Volta over ELP? I ask you...


Posted By: Catcher10
Date Posted: August 20 2021 at 18:13
Originally posted by Lewian Lewian wrote:

Done by somebody who has some proper knowledge... of course one can debate lots of things, but there's some good stuff there and one of the better lists I've seen. Managed to list one band  I had never heard of... can anyone of you introduce Coheed and Cambria to me? Apparently they're better than Focus, Area, Henry Cow & Procol Harum, not to mention my personal gateway to prog Manfred Mann's Earthband (nice to see them listed though, if at no. 50)!? Also listing some more modern stuff is nice, but Mars Volta over ELP? I ask you...
I was big into Coheed & Cambria back around 2002-2006. The first 3 albums are very good, I used to call them more of alternative metal. There is a storyline to the first albums which is actually a pretty good read/concept, saw them live once. They have dropped off my radar over the past 10 years.


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Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: August 21 2021 at 03:01
I enjoyed reading the comments and objectively have no issue with King Crimson at NO1. I would switch ELP and Camel round in the placings but that's just a bit of nit picking on my part!


Posted By: Lewian
Date Posted: August 21 2021 at 03:25
Originally posted by Catcher10 Catcher10 wrote:

Originally posted by Lewian Lewian wrote:

Done by somebody who has some proper knowledge... of course one can debate lots of things, but there's some good stuff there and one of the better lists I've seen. Managed to list one band  I had never heard of... can anyone of you introduce Coheed and Cambria to me? Apparently they're better than Focus, Area, Henry Cow & Procol Harum, not to mention my personal gateway to prog Manfred Mann's Earthband (nice to see them listed though, if at no. 50)!? Also listing some more modern stuff is nice, but Mars Volta over ELP? I ask you...
I was big into Coheed & Cambria back around 2002-2006. The first 3 albums are very good, I used to call them more of alternative metal. There is a storyline to the first albums which is actually a pretty good read/concept, saw them live once. They have dropped off my radar over the past 10 years.

Thanks, I was half expecting that nobody else here would know how they earned their spot there either. Can't remember having ever seen them mentioned here. I guess I should listen to at least a few tracks so that I can tick that box off... with the potential to discover something good.


Posted By: AFlowerKingCrimson
Date Posted: August 21 2021 at 06:54
I suggest you listen to Coheed and Cambria on youtube before buying them. I don't think they are very good but your mileage may vary. To me they sounded like just about every hard rock band/ emo band from that time period. I wasn't very impressed. 

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Posted By: Lewian
Date Posted: August 21 2021 at 07:10
Yeah, dipped into three or four tracks now. They seem to be the kind of band I'd be amazed how good they are if I got to see them live randomly on a festival, say, but not up with the proper favourites and big ones. As far as from that little test listening I can tell. Not sure what's so special about them, in my impression there was quite a bit of stuff more or less like this around by the early 2000s.


Posted By: Nogbad_The_Bad
Date Posted: August 21 2021 at 07:17
They're a nice band, sure they're great live but I doubt I'd buy more than a couple of albums.

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Posted By: siLLy puPPy
Date Posted: August 21 2021 at 08:41
Originally posted by Rednight Rednight wrote:

Just another list compiled by critics. Who gives an f'.


I'm with you. I simply don't get why everyone is so obsessed with 'best of' lists

There are moments i enjoy band x and others i enjoy band y

At any given moment a certain band may be my favorite and then not the next

Having said that it's not a horrible list but Vangelis? LOL


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Posted By: Hercules
Date Posted: August 21 2021 at 14:50
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, no matter how wrong it may be.

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Posted By: Catcher10
Date Posted: August 21 2021 at 23:17
Originally posted by Hercules Hercules wrote:

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, no matter how wrong it may be.
Yuppers.....Top lists will be around till the end of time and even beyond. "Do you like Coke or Pepsi??" "Oh really why?? The other one is better.........!!" LOL

I think due to all the progressive rock on YouTube right now is why you are seeing so many prog lists in mags/online.


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Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: August 22 2021 at 03:14
Provides something to talk about doesn't it? I mean what the f else is happening in prog nowadays anyway? We might just as well squabble over what's NO1 , NO2 etc ..or we could shut up shop 


Posted By: Awesoreno
Date Posted: August 22 2021 at 22:44
A lot is happening in prog nowadays. Which makes it all the more useless to keep reiterating over the same set of bands forever.


Posted By: iluvmarillion
Date Posted: August 23 2021 at 00:30
Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

I suggest you listen to Coheed and Cambria on youtube before buying them. I don't think they are very good but your mileage may vary. To me they sounded like just about every hard rock band/ emo band from that time period. I wasn't very impressed. 
Obvious omissions are Big Big Train, Spock's Beard, Dream Theater and The Flower Kings who have much better prog rock credentials than the above. However I really enjoyed reading the comments in the list. They're expertly written.


Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: August 23 2021 at 02:24
Originally posted by Awesoreno Awesoreno wrote:

A lot is happening in prog nowadays. Which makes it all the more useless to keep reiterating over the same set of bands forever.

nothing earth shattering though


Posted By: TCat
Date Posted: August 23 2021 at 10:50
Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

Originally posted by Awesoreno Awesoreno wrote:

A lot is happening in prog nowadays. Which makes it all the more useless to keep reiterating over the same set of bands forever.

nothing earth shattering though

Here are a few examples of what I consider current "earth-shattering" prog.  There are a lot more out there, but this first one was my #1 pick for 2020

https://thereticent.bandcamp.com/" rel="nofollow - The Reticent (bandcamp.com)

Here's an another impressive album that was released earlier this year:

https://beautifulbedlam.bandcamp.com/album/beautiful-bedlam" rel="nofollow - Beautiful Bedlam | Beautiful Bedlam (bandcamp.com)

Just a couple of quick examples, there are many other impressive examples out there.  I love both the classic prog and the current prog and find a lot of great music in both.


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Posted By: Cristi
Date Posted: August 23 2021 at 11:12
Originally posted by iluvmarillion iluvmarillion wrote:


Obvious omissions are Big Big Train, Spock's Beard, Dream Theater and The Flower Kings who have much better prog rock credentials than the above. However I really enjoyed reading the comments in the list. They're expertly written.

obvious omissions? why obvious? They're just omissions. 
Better credentials? That's subjective. 

I agree about Dream Theater. I checked the list twice, they should have been there, they were influential at some point. 



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