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Traffic vs the Moody Blues vs Procol Harum

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Topic: Traffic vs the Moody Blues vs Procol Harum
Posted By: Icarium
Subject: Traffic vs the Moody Blues vs Procol Harum
Date Posted: October 31 2012 at 10:42
three bands with debutes in 67 (66 for the Moodys, but their prog debute is in 67),, which of these three pioneers of british prog is your favourite, I can't think of more prolific early bands (that is not Floyd) to be inside PA, maybe also Barcely Harvest James???,

three bands who wrote some of the rules for the development of prog in the late birht before In  the Court of the Crimson King,

I know Canterburry scene also helped the early fassioning and Arthur Brown, but i will focuse on the thee early prog bands who were also very famous...




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Posted By: thellama73
Date Posted: October 31 2012 at 10:48
I only have one album from Traffic, one from Procol Harum and two from the Moody Blues. Based on those I like Procol Harum the best with the Moodies coming close behind. I don't like Traffic much at all.

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Posted By: HolyMoly
Date Posted: October 31 2012 at 10:50
I'm very familiar with all three bands, and for me it's the Moodies, hands down.  Procol's a not-too-distant second, and Traffic is just kinda eh to me.

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Posted By: Progosopher
Date Posted: October 31 2012 at 10:58
The Moodies, followed by Traffic, then Procul.

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Posted By: someone_else
Date Posted: October 31 2012 at 11:16
Traffic by a distance. Second comes Procol Harum.

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Posted By: rushfan4
Date Posted: October 31 2012 at 12:05

The Moody Blues for me. 



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Posted By: Hercules
Date Posted: October 31 2012 at 12:30
I like all 3, but Procol Harum are the marginal winners for me.

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Posted By: Sumdeus
Date Posted: October 31 2012 at 13:13
Moody Blues all the way for me though I love PH. Am I a chump for not being familiar with Traffic? who are they and where do I start?


Posted By: Wanorak
Date Posted: October 31 2012 at 13:38
The Moody Blues; much more consistent than the other two.

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Posted By: Logan
Date Posted: October 31 2012 at 14:38
Procol Harum particularly for "In Held 'Twas in I".


Posted By: ClemofNazareth
Date Posted: October 31 2012 at 15:38
Originally posted by Sumdeus Sumdeus wrote:

Am I a chump for not being familiar with Traffic? who are they and where do I start?
 
You're not a cump but you should know something about Traffic.  Start with 'Mr. Fantasy', then 'The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys' and then 'When the Eagle Flies' (which is quite different from the other two).  Although I almost reflexively voted for the Moodies I have to say Traffic was a much more interesting band even though they didn't hang around long enough to be all they could have been.
 


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Posted By: dwill123
Date Posted: October 31 2012 at 19:36
Traffic


Posted By: Fox On The Rocks
Date Posted: October 31 2012 at 20:31
Moodies for debut and Lost Chord. Don't listen to much of any of those bands though.

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Posted By: The Dark Elf
Date Posted: October 31 2012 at 20:39
The Moody Blues, then Traffic second. Although I really love John Barleycorn Must Die and Low Spark of High Heeled Boys.

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Posted By: Man With Hat
Date Posted: November 01 2012 at 01:55
The Moody Blues, easy.

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Posted By: Moogtron III
Date Posted: November 01 2012 at 03:26
Oh, that's so difficult. Traffic or Procol: I love them both a lot.
Maybe I should vote for Traffic: they never made a bad album. Oh well, I didn't hear their comeback album, but I mean from the classic era.
No, I vote Procol after all: since their first 6 studio albums are pretty sensational. With Traffic I think Mr. Fantasy, Traffic and John Barleycorn are great, but I find Low Spark, Shoot Out and When The Eagle Flies good but not essential.
Moodies: haven't been in the picture for me yet. I listened to Days Of Future Passed which I liked but no more than that.


Posted By: digdug
Date Posted: November 01 2012 at 07:12
love the Moody blues

but have to go with Traffic

John Barleycorn Must Die is in my top 10 albums of all time


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Posted By: Prog Sothoth
Date Posted: November 01 2012 at 08:12
Moodies, although I dig all three.
 
I'll say this, we're dealing with some of the best prog-related vocals straight-up with this poll.


Posted By: Morningrise
Date Posted: November 01 2012 at 08:25
Procol Harum, easily.


Posted By: The-time-is-now
Date Posted: November 01 2012 at 09:53
Voted The Moody Blues.

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Posted By: Stool Man
Date Posted: November 01 2012 at 10:26
Traffic for me, but the others are great too

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Posted By: The Jester
Date Posted: November 19 2012 at 09:11
That's a tough one!
I got all Procol's records, all Traffic's records, and the first 7 from the Moodie's.
I will vote for Procol Harum, which are one of my most favorite bands, and the other two together in the second place...


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Posted By: otto pankrock
Date Posted: November 19 2012 at 10:11
Traffic


Posted By: Andrea Cortese
Date Posted: November 19 2012 at 11:18
A tough one but I go with the Procols here.


Posted By: ole-the-first
Date Posted: November 19 2012 at 11:31
Moody Blues

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Posted By: kenethlevine
Date Posted: November 19 2012 at 13:19
moodys, all groups are good, but the others were not as consistent, which might make them more apealing if you like that lack of focus.  The Moodys were nothing if not focused, possibly to a fault.


Posted By: Eria Tarka
Date Posted: November 19 2012 at 18:48
Originally posted by Morningrise Morningrise wrote:

Procol Harum, easily.


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Posted By: humor4u1959
Date Posted: April 17 2013 at 19:16
For me, it's Procol Harum by a mile! They laid the ground work for all prog bands. Plus, they are the absolute best live band I have ever seen, ever. And I've seen many prog bands, e.g., Genesis, w/ and w/o Gabriel, Yes, E,L,P and others.    



Posted By: Neo-Romantic
Date Posted: April 18 2013 at 02:54
Moody Blues. Nights in White Satin itself is enough of a deciding factor, and all the other tracks of theirs I like are just icing on the cake.


Posted By: Metalmarsh89
Date Posted: April 18 2013 at 10:28
Traffic. Moody Blues are a close second, and Procol Harum is third, just because I don't know them as well.


Posted By: Roy Batty
Date Posted: April 28 2013 at 12:21
Procol Harum by far....


Posted By: Sagichim
Date Posted: April 28 2013 at 13:58
Though I like few of their albums, all three from some reason failed to really capture my attention. Guess I'm blaming my self.

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Posted By: brainstormer
Date Posted: April 28 2013 at 14:20
I think this poll is going to get some proggers into these bands more.  I heard
a lot of the Traffic stuff on the radio, without really knowing what it was.  But it always
seemed to have a heart to it, and be a little more complex than most other rock
that was out there.  


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Posted By: The.Crimson.King
Date Posted: April 28 2013 at 18:03
I went with Procol who are one of my favorite bands of all time.  

I think both Procol and the Moodies both influenced early King Crimson in a couple different ways.  The Moodies through their groundbreaking use of the Mellotron...I believe Crimson bought their 1st tron from the Moodies.  Procol through having a dedicated lyricist as part of the band even though they didn't play an instrument - Keith Reid.  Of course Pete Sinfield filled that same role in Crimso.


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Posted By: Larree
Date Posted: April 28 2013 at 18:19
All three bands are awesome to me but the Moody Blues are the only one of the three that actually fits the description perfectly.

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Posted By: hellogoodbye
Date Posted: April 28 2013 at 19:20
P H


Posted By: jude111
Date Posted: April 28 2013 at 21:12

Traffic's self-titled album is great. I'm surprised no one's mentioned this one, it's easily their best, IMO. What a tracklist, with tracks like You can all join in, Pearly queen, Don't be sad, Feelin' Alright, Vagabond virgin, Forty Thousand Headmen, No time to live, Means to an end... It has a great, upbeat vibe. It's not prog, it's pop, but of the best kind.  http://www.allmusic.com/album/traffic-mw0000651445" rel="nofollow - http://www.allmusic.com/album/traffic-mw0000651445




Posted By: humor4u1959
Date Posted: April 30 2013 at 21:46
Originally posted by The.Crimson.King The.Crimson.King wrote:

I went with Procol who are one of my favorite bands of all time.  
I think both Procol and the Moodies both influenced early King Crimson in a couple different ways.  The Moodies through their groundbreaking use of the Mellotron...I believe Crimson bought their 1st tron from the Moodies.  Procol through having a dedicated lyricist as part of the band even though they didn't play an instrument - Keith Reid.  Of course Pete Sinfield filled that same role in Crimso.


Here's a little trivia many folks may not know. Mike Pinder of the Moody Blues worked for the company that made the Mellotron. So, he had access to so much as an employee. And, Genesis bought their first Mellotron from King Crimson. Prior to that, they used to rent it from them. As I said, just a little trivia.


Posted By: HackettFan
Date Posted: May 01 2013 at 22:42
Traffic


Posted By: dr wu23
Date Posted: May 09 2013 at 19:55
Originally posted by jude111 jude111 wrote:


Traffic's self-titled album is great. I'm surprised no one's mentioned this one, it's easily their best, IMO. What a tracklist, with tracks like You can all join in, Pearly queen, Don't be sad, Feelin' Alright, Vagabond virgin, Forty Thousand Headmen, No time to live, Means to an end... It has a great, upbeat vibe. It's not prog, it's pop, but of the best kind.  http://www.allmusic.com/album/traffic-mw0000651445" rel="nofollow - http://www.allmusic.com/album/traffic-mw0000651445


 
I agree  and I also love John Barlecorn and Low Spark but the Moodies recorded more lp's that were consistently good so I give the edge to them.
Procol to me is as good as Traffic in their own right.


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