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Topic: This is going to take forever...
Posted By: Wolfhound
Subject: This is going to take forever...
Date Posted: November 02 2012 at 15:06

I have been searching prog rock pretty hard lately as a recent discoverer of all the musical treasures to be found. Mostly my searching has been on Amazon looking for stuff related to stuff I have already bought or occasionally I come across a group mentioned somewhere else.

 
This only made me wonder how much I might be missing by not looking more thoroughly. I decided to start going through the list of artists at the Prog Archives web site alphabetically. Mostly I'll check for stuff that I can preview enough and is not too hard or expensive to buy, I just don't have the money to drop on imported music.
 
I figured this would take me awhile but the task is looking to take even longer now. I started in the A's and I didn't make it down three names before I came across a group I liked the sound of so much I bought something by them off Amazon (A Headfull of Monsters...and I really like it). Then I had to stop and listen to what I bought...twice. Yeah, this is gonna take awhile. 
 
I suppose this means that I will be continuously coming across new music I like for a long time. I will go through that whole list name by name, mercifully I know what I like or don't like pretty quickly when I listen to it so there won't be too much deliberating whether or not I will buy something by whatever artist I am checking out and the moment. 



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Posted By: HolyMoly
Date Posted: November 02 2012 at 15:18
I've been at it for over 30 years, buying, listening, reading, getting advice, etc, and I'm still not running out of new stuff to try.  It's fun!


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Posted By: Finnforest
Date Posted: November 02 2012 at 15:22
Originally posted by HolyMoly

I've been at it for over 30 years, buying, listening, reading, getting advice, etc, and I'm still not running out of new stuff to try.  It's fun!



+1

I have no expectations I'll hear everything I need to hear before I die.  There is so much art to get to and such a finite time...

Just enjoy what does cross your plate by fate and try not to think about what you're missing.  Good luck.Tongue


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Posted By: dtguitarfan
Date Posted: November 02 2012 at 15:34
Have you considered making a rateyourmusic account? The reason I suggest this is because it has some interesting features once you have gone through your own collection and rated music - it is able to analyze the way you have rated things and compare them to what other people have rated and come up with common points so that it can give recommendations.

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Posted By: Dellinger
Date Posted: November 02 2012 at 15:54
I am not doing my search in such an orderly fashion, and still I feel it's taking forever. Still, being prog, I wouldn't be so sure about knowing what I would like at first listen. However, sometimes it's necessary, otherwise it would take even longer.


Posted By: Finnforest
Date Posted: November 02 2012 at 16:03
I don't care for an orderly fashion either really.....i like to see what crosses my path by chance.

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Posted By: Ambient Hurricanes
Date Posted: November 02 2012 at 16:16
I would recommend going through each PA subgenre and checking out the top 5 or 10 albums first.  That way, you will get a good overview of prog without it taking years and years just to get to Genesis!  After that, you can further explore the bands and subgenres that fit your taste and dig deeper into each of them.  Just a suggestion.

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Posted By: Neelus
Date Posted: November 02 2012 at 16:44
Originally posted by Ambient Hurricanes

I would recommend going through each PA subgenre and checking out the top 5 or 10 albums first.  That way, you will get a good overview of prog without it taking years and years just to get to Genesis!  After that, you can further explore the bands and subgenres that fit your taste and dig deeper into each of them.  Just a suggestion.


I would second this.  This website went through alot of trouble to make it easier for you.  If you take each sub genre at a time you will develop an ear for the different styles and find what you like, and you will get to know the important musicians in each style, which will in turn lead you to other projects that they worked on (and more new music).


Posted By: Wolfhound
Date Posted: November 02 2012 at 16:47
I've had plenty cross my path randomly already. Going alphabetically will be no less random and surprising for me because I each name will be just that to me: a name to be explored. It may be systematic Won't take quite as long as forever; I skip plenty of them because there are no previews ior the only stuff available is very expensive imports. Stuff to come back to someday when I have more disposable income. I'm also skipping stuff I am already familiar with. I would say I am looking more for the stuff I have not heard of yet. A good example of this is the first thing I came across I liked when going through the A's, A Headfull of Monsters. No videos on youtube, never heard them popup on any prog rock stations, not much material out and it nevre showed up in any of Amazon's "related: sections in the MP3 store although it should have. I'm not sure how else I would have come across this group other than the way I did. Their debut is pretty good though, right up my listening alley.
 
But I'm committed and I know I'll be continuing to enjoy the prog world for a long time to come. I've barely gotten started on the list and already found some good stuff, that can only bode well hehe. And I've already come across enough prog bands I LOVE whose back catalogues I have to work through.
 
WHEW never thought getting into the prog world would be so HARD! :P


Posted By: Dayvenkirq
Date Posted: November 02 2012 at 16:53
^ You got into several prog classics - you got into prog. Case closed. And, so as to deviate from the aforementioned systematic searching method, ... just dig into random stuff, independent of the alphabet or whatnot.

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Posted By: Wolfhound
Date Posted: November 02 2012 at 17:01

Still going to start by going alphbetically for now; I have no problem with it and it will be an adventure for sure. It's not that I think it is daunting or anything like that, it's more awe-inspiring and mind boggling considering the vast amount out there based on the list alone hehe.



Posted By: HolyMoly
Date Posted: November 02 2012 at 17:31
There's something kind of funny/cool about the idea of a music collection consisting of 100 CDs all beginning with the letters A-C.  You may be on to something with this concept.  The beauty of randomness.  It seems orderly on the surface, but it really isn't -- because there's no correlation between a band's position in the alphabet and what they sound like, their relative quality, or even what genre they're in.

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Posted By: Ytse_Jam
Date Posted: November 02 2012 at 17:35
Originally posted by Finnforest


Just enjoy what does cross your plate by fate and try not to think about what you're missing.  Good luck.Tongue
Agreed. Lists are useful, of course, but sometimes is music that finds you. I came across almost all of my favourite albums casually.


Posted By: HarbouringTheSoul
Date Posted: November 02 2012 at 19:07
I could never explore alphabetically like this. I guess I'm too OCD for this, but the thought of a music collection that's skewed heavily towards the first few letters of the alphabet seems really odd to me. I'm sometimes a bit obsessed with alphabetical symmetry. Personally, I'm not even through the "big names" yet (currently exploring Camel), but if I ever run out of stuff to listen to, I'll just go through the top 100 list.

But hey, whatever works for you! I'm sure you will find just as much great music this way than with any other method.


Posted By: Progosopher
Date Posted: November 02 2012 at 19:52
Any approach, systematic or otherwise, taken to absolute completion will never end, given that this is a living genre and new artists and albums are coming out all the time.  I myself take a semi-systematic approach at times, but usually it is pretty random.  The important thing is to have a clear idea of what you like while also being open to new artists, styles, and sub-genres.

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Posted By: Atavachron
Date Posted: November 02 2012 at 20:05
I sympathize, it's amazing that such an 'underground' form has so much stuff and every time I think we've archived anything worth archiving, there's always another band that wasn't even noticed for a long time.   The CD revolution was a big part of it as old obscure stuff suddenly started flowing out from anyone who had rights to release it, which was a huge boon to collectors.   Sometimes it feels as if Prog actually has more bands in its history than Punk though you'd never know it.   It is a seemingly endless journey, maddening and marvelous.   Best to you in your trek.




Posted By: AtomicCrimsonRush
Date Posted: November 02 2012 at 20:09
Good luck in the maze of prog! 

I just stumble across albums and read lots of reviews here. I dont bother systemising a search for prog but if I like a bands album I am likely to go hunting for all their albums and listen to them one by one and review each. After that I move to the home page at Progarchives and read latest reviews and anything jumps out and bites me i search for it either on itunes, yt, or spotify. I listen before I buy normally, If I like it I buy it of course.

I do check the top albums per year and try to review all those but of course its a lost cause but at least I make myself aware of what proggers are hailing as treasures.


I will check the PA top 100 and try to review all those albums - it seems to be easy enough as all of the albums are gems.

My CD collection is enormous now since finding this site and I blame it on PA but its an obsession I have enjoyed like all obsessions. I used to collect sci fi film and TV merchandise and now I switched to prog. its actually cheaper and you can get more of it

I did make a blog here to attempt to discover more prog by conducting polls of best rated prog albums per year and came up with a pretty comprehensive list that helped

http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=67406" rel="nofollow - http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=67406

Of course its not complete nor could it be but it took many months and I have no hope of finalising it as the ratings change often as more people rate them here.

I also made a list of the top 1000 prog albums looking at each per year and had to change the list when I finally got round to adding reviews from the proggers here and it took years and still not finished. Its a mammoth undertaking but I am pleased I had an attempt and learn about prog in a more deeper sense and discovered more great music. 

the list is here but its massive so its intimidating but there you go - they are the top rated album over the 46 years of prog thus far.... still working on it.... 

http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=83890&PN=1" rel="nofollow - http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=83890&PN=1

Oh also, I read all the Prog magazines and if something jumps out and rips my head off violently I will check out that band and go from there.

And one last thing, if a band kindly gives me a CD to review I will never say NO. And if a band offers their music for free on their website I will check that out.






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Posted By: Aquiring the Taste
Date Posted: November 03 2012 at 05:03
Originally posted by Wolfhound

Still going to start by going alphbetically for now; I have no problem with it and it will be an adventure for sure. It's not that I think it is daunting or anything like that, it's more awe-inspiring and mind boggling considering the vast amount out there based on the list alone hehe.


Enough to last you a lifetime hopefullyWink


Posted By: tamijo
Date Posted: November 03 2012 at 05:29
Make it a lot easier to catalog, you basicly just need the letters A - B,
C will be for future generations. 


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Posted By: octopus-4
Date Posted: November 03 2012 at 10:56
Originally posted by Neelus

Originally posted by Ambient Hurricanes

I would recommend going through each PA subgenre and checking out the top 5 or 10 albums first.  That way, you will get a good overview of prog without it taking years and years just to get to Genesis!  After that, you can further explore the bands and subgenres that fit your taste and dig deeper into each of them.  Just a suggestion.


I would second this.  This website went through alot of trouble to make it easier for you.  If you take each sub genre at a time you will develop an ear for the different styles and find what you like, and you will get to know the important musicians in each style, which will in turn lead you to other projects that they worked on (and more new music).
I was about to suggest the same


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Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: November 03 2012 at 17:13
Originally posted by Finnforest

Originally posted by HolyMoly

I've been at it for over 30 years, buying, listening, reading, getting advice, etc, and I'm still not running out of new stuff to try.  It's fun!


+1

I have no expectations I'll hear everything I need to hear before I die.  There is so much art to get to and such a finite time...

Just enjoy what does cross your plate by fate and try not to think about what you're missing.  Good luck.Tongue
 
+ + 1
 
More like 40 years now ... though I go back as far as the mid sixties in Brazil, but Maria Betania screaming is a bit too esoteric for progressive discussions ... only Peter Hammill can do that!


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Posted By: johnobvious
Date Posted: November 07 2012 at 09:27
So you are going to get to Yes and Close to the Edge around the turn of the century? I would skip to that one now if I was you.Smile

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Posted By: M27Barney
Date Posted: November 07 2012 at 12:14
The thing was if you started collecting prog in 1970 - you could possibly get most of the stuff recorded (vinyl) in a very short period.......But starting to collect Now - I already have about 12 metric tons of progressive metal and about a million years worth of symphonic progressive rock......Smile
I am still waiting for the music format where all the recording tracks are available to you - so that if you buy a CD you love but has a pesky saxophonist then you can cut the track and cut the sax, also don't like the singer but dig the music - cut the vocals.............


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Posted By: prog4evr
Date Posted: November 08 2012 at 20:52
Originally posted by moshkito

 
More like 40 years now ... though I go back as far as the mid sixties in Brazil...
Approaching 45 years myself.  Wasn't even a teenager when Dad brought in self-titled Blood, Sweat and Tears in 1968 (which is "progressive" in its own right).  From there, Moody Blues, Days of Future Past; Beatles, Sergeant Pepper; King Crimson (self-titled); more early Chicago (great "progressive" stuff).  And, by my teens, I was into all the progressive standards of the early 70s:  ELP, Genesis, Yes, Kansas, and then Camel by the mid-70s.  Back in my younger years, Dad was also playing Brubeck "Time Out," probably since the time it came out when I was born in 1959.  "Progressive" - prog - whatever you want to call it, is definitely a life-long journey - enjoy it!


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Posted By: octopus-4
Date Posted: November 09 2012 at 00:19
40 years right now for me. I was 10 years old when I listened to ELP for the first time, but I was a sort of Beatles fan (proto-prog isn't it?) since the age of 4 (so says my sister)

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Posted By: martinprog77
Date Posted: November 09 2012 at 05:30
Originally posted by prog4evr

 
.  "Progressive" - prog - whatever you want to call it, is definitely a life-long journey - enjoy it!
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Posted By: Mellotron Storm
Date Posted: November 20 2012 at 22:13
I would go nuts going alphabetically but that's just me. I started with the classics from the seventies then jumped into the different sub-genres like Zeuhl, Krautrock, Jazz/Fusion etc buying what most felt was the best. So yes i used Prog Archives a ton back then(still do) and checked as many top 100 lists etc that i could find.
I would just encourage you to enjoy the ride and take the time to get to know the music you get.

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Posted By: Dayvenkirq
Date Posted: November 20 2012 at 22:15
Originally posted by Mellotron Storm

I would just encourage you to enjoy the ride and take the time to get to know the music you get.
This.

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Posted By: Gerinski
Date Posted: November 21 2012 at 04:08
Originally posted by Mellotron Storm

and take the time to get to know the music you get.
 
Agreed, with prog you can not get obsessed with quantity because many albums need to be listened to carefully and repeatedly and the better you know them the more you enjoy them.
 
If you just listen superficially to lots of bands and albums trying to cover as many quantity as possible in a short time you will be missing the essence of enjoying prog.
 


Posted By: npjnpj
Date Posted: November 21 2012 at 04:41
If you go for alphabetically, you're going to have a hard time, mainly for 2 reasons: 1) there's just too much, and 2) too much of it is mediocre. On the other hand I can understand your need for exploration and discovery.

What I would probably do is (as suggested above) work through the highest rated genre albums to get an idea of what you like and what you don't, and occasionally go for the lucky dip, although chances are you could pick some pretty gross duds, in spite of any good sounding clips.

If you do it like that, you'll probably have a pretty good next 50 years.


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Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: November 21 2012 at 07:51
Hi,
 
It's hard to make a good suggestion on this ... when some of these are just looking at some ideas and not anything else ...
 
IF I can speak/say something for some of the reviewers and admins in this place, it has been that in those days (SPECIALLY!) we took chances ... you saw that cover ... hmmm ... that looks interesting, and I can tell you that between myself and my roomate, we bought CAN, AMON DUUL 2, PFM, BANCO, KEVIN AYERS, and many others ... by the cover ... and there was no way that you were not going to listen to that ZIPPED pair of lips! ... which gave us a better handle on the listening experience, than nowadays ...!!!
 
Today, you get a sample here and there, not even half as many minutes as we used to do and appreciate, and then you label it ... neo-plastic-x-tempore" ... or whatever ... by the sound ... not even by the music itself and the players compositions! THAT is really scary!
 
All in all, you really lose the sense of what music is, and does for you ... THUS, if I can make a good suggestion, stop going by anyone's suggestion and LEARN on your own, to interpret what you hear and how you understand it ... it will, in the end, enrich your music listening abilities ... to a degree that is incredible. Mostly you learn -- by yourself -- to decide what moves you or not. The socialist/populist idea that you should check everything including the kitchen sink prior to getting into it has some merits ... you can tell your child that fire burns ... but will the child listen?
 
You need some independence to learn to know and love, and appreciate ANY art out there ... otherwise ... you will not care about it, or appreciate it ... a few years later!


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Posted By: Dayvenkirq
Date Posted: November 21 2012 at 10:14
Originally posted by Gerinski

Originally posted by Mellotron Storm

and take the time to get to know the music you get.
 
Agreed, with prog you can not get obsessed with quantity because many albums need to be listened to carefully and repeatedly and the better you know them the more you enjoy them.
 
If you just listen superficially to lots of bands and albums trying to cover as many quantity as possible in a short time you will be missing the essence of enjoying prog.
 
If I remember correctly, Wolfhound's idea was to find some records that would appeal to him upon the first listen (if he is lucky).

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Posted By: progbethyname
Date Posted: November 21 2012 at 10:48
Ok. I've been Reading a lot of different suggestions and the closest that I can agree with is breaking the prog sphere up sub genre by sub genre. It's the best way to get through the vast world of prog; although I know this website is an incredible encyclopedia or database if you will, but breaking down music alphabetically is not the answer. I think you set yourself up for too much disappointment because of the lengthy roundabout way of trying to discover the diversity of prog and of course what you like. Overall, we have to look at the big picture and definitively ask our selves what we really love and appreciate when it comes to music meaning identify and hone in on what your sound tastes really are. It's less beating around the bush and you can go straight to pleasure town if you take it upon yourself to go down this road. As mentioned in this thread, the amount of art in music is infinite and we are finite in a sense, so it's best to be a bit more hedonistic when delving into the prog sphere at first plunge. Anyway, to discover prog I highly recommend breaking down for yourself through sub genre classification. You'll get a much better sense of what you like sound wise a lot faster and more efficiently. The best example I can equate this to is reading. If you love to read and all the sudden you want to plunge yourself into the world of science fiction novels, you wouldn't say to yourself 'well I'm gonna read every science fiction book ever read.' of course not, any rational person knows this is not possible, so what we can do for ourselves is to search out plot lines, author reputations etc to make it easier on us. The same applies to music. You just can't go about exploring prog of all things through a specific database. That's far too prosaic. :(    

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Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: November 23 2012 at 12:31
Originally posted by progbethyname

Ok. I've been Reading a lot of different suggestions and the closest that I can agree with is breaking the prog sphere up sub genre by sub genre. It's the best way to get through the vast world of prog; although I know this website is an incredible encyclopedia or database if you will, but breaking down music alphabetically is not the answer.
 
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Nahhhh ... the best way is ... to ignore anyone's recomendations and get a feel for yourself!
 
Otherwise, you will have a real hard time learning what is what and be able to help define it ... because all you know has been "told" to you, and that's that.
 
The history of the arts, has always been about the independence of the heart and its ability to do its own thing ... but simply going by a populist/socialist idea and design, is more condusive to listen to a top ten, than it is to listen to the bottom ten, or the bands that will never get any recognition!
 
It's not easy, and you have to figure it out as you go along, but you will never regret that road!
 
I have no qualms about the distribution via separate elements, as this website and others do, but in terms of suggestions for listening, to specify only one area, is kinda naive for my way of thinking and I will not do that for anyone. But the sub-divisions make better sense if you know the music ... not if you are simply looking for "symphonic metal" ... or "neo-sublime death prog" ... at which point the subdivisions and definitions lose their value when stood up against the music!
 
It was just like that when in the old days, the new age folks were saying that Vangelis, Mike Oldfield and Popol Vuh were not "new age" (they weren't anyway!) ... but a song or two (specially one with Jon Anderson!) was! It takes away the freedom for the artist!  And the best? ... they did what they saw, not what the audience demanded. Those folks will always be remembered.  And so it is with "progressive" ... for their inventiveness and creativity ... I guarantee you that Fripp, ELP or Yes, were not discussing "progressive, then ... they were doing THEIR music!


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Posted By: timothy leary
Date Posted: November 23 2012 at 12:35
I have gotten many great recommends from people here at PA, I am not quite yet on my desert isle, are you?^


Posted By: Slartibartfast
Date Posted: November 23 2012 at 13:03
You really have to be selective.  There aren't enough hours in the day for you to explore the whole body of what we consider prog around here.  Having said that, I have yet to get a bad recommendation from anyone around here...

The quality of the recommendation is dependent of the recommnedor.


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Posted By: progbethyname
Date Posted: November 24 2012 at 20:46


being a huge lover of the Neo prog, prog archives helped me to discover the band Galahad. I knew I would enjoy this band based on the similarities this band has towards other great Neo prog bands such as IQ and PALLAS. My point is I was able to discover another great band that I love based on a genre itself. The genre rule applies big time when discovering new and wonderful music for yourself. PA is invaluable.

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Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: November 26 2012 at 12:02
Originally posted by martinprog77

Originally posted by prog4evr

 
.  "Progressive" - prog - whatever you want to call it, is definitely a life-long journey - enjoy it!
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You know ... this is the hard part about talking about music, and not only "progressive" ... and in the end, almost all of music history is about that life-long journey for many folks.
 
And sometimes, somethings last better than others ... the 20th century has been the century of experimentation and the spreading of the experience of the music. I like to say Stravinsky, Miro and Bunuel and Dali, Burroughs, Huxley as the big artists to be remembered ... and then "jazz" and "progressive" ... I'm not sure that "rap" will be as well represented as it could, and I think the artists themselves would be to blame here ... when they are more interested in tearing each other down, than in the artistry of their work itself ... and too much of it will get lost and be wasted with a criminal past. It doesn't make it any less important.
 
I do believe, that unlike other generations, mine, will be known for this music ... and I'm proud of that ... because I was there and believed in it and have stood by it for 45 years ... at least!
 
Each generation has a voice ... some stand up ... some don't ... ours did! And it's voice is still alive ... and its arts, music, and film ... made a solid impression ... I'm very proud of my time and place.


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Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: December 01 2012 at 14:54
Originally posted by Dayvenkirq

Originally posted by Mellotron Storm

I would just encourage you to enjoy the ride and take the time to get to know the music you get.
This.
 
And that music, will be one of your best friends ... EVER!


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Posted By: progbethyname
Date Posted: December 02 2012 at 13:33
Originally posted by moshkito

Originally posted by Dayvenkirq

Originally posted by Mellotron Storm

I would just encourage you to enjoy the ride and take the time to get to know the music you get.
This.


 
And that music, will be one of your best friends ... EVER!


Oh that is so true. I'm Always so grateful for my incredible prog discoveries. Puts a nice on my face.

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Posted By: Dayvenkirq
Date Posted: December 02 2012 at 13:35
^ Puts a nice "approved" on your face?

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Posted By: Wolfhound
Date Posted: December 09 2012 at 12:00

Going pretty slowly, haven't even finished the A's off yet LOL! The random always wins out in the end, I'm definitely getting sidetracked via the sub genres, I come across something I really like and then I find myself digging into that particular sub genre for more goodies.

 
I am certainly enjoying the ride and finding A LOT of albums I enjoy pretty much from start to finish. At times I feel I am about to OD on good music, but then I just keep listening and that feeling is lost in the great music.


Posted By: progbethyname
Date Posted: December 09 2012 at 12:35
^ I hope you are young cause age is something that will have to be on your side.

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Posted By: Wolfhound
Date Posted: December 09 2012 at 12:47
Originally posted by progbethyname

^ I hope you are young cause age is something that will have to be on your side.
 
LOL. I'm 36 so I guess that is young enough...?


Posted By: progbethyname
Date Posted: December 09 2012 at 12:59
Originally posted by Wolfhound


Originally posted by progbethyname

^ I hope you are young cause age is something that will have to be on your side.

 
LOL. I'm 36 so I guess that is young enough...?


Sure is. Your golden. 36 is a prime age for sure. Anyway, I hope it's going well and that you are discovering what is the right sound for yourself. What's your favourite band so far?

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LIVE AND LET LIVE


Posted By: Wolfhound
Date Posted: December 09 2012 at 13:51
I can't pick a favorite; I'm too new to the whole prog/related universe that I am constantly finding stuff I like from start to finish and my particular tastes/musical moods change so often it's hard to pick one specific favorite. I am tending towards the more recent stuff of the last couple decades; there is a ton of older more vintage stuff I have not explored very much yet.
 
Right now I am really fond of Moonwagon, Echolyn, Pelican, Haken, Riverside and Astra.


Posted By: progbethyname
Date Posted: December 09 2012 at 15:16
^ very cool. Sounds like you are making some serious headway and welcome to the prog sphere. The air is wonderful here. ;)

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LIVE AND LET LIVE


Posted By: Stool Man
Date Posted: February 05 2013 at 10:53
Originally posted by Wolfhound

 I started in the A's and I didn't make it down three names before I came across a group I liked the sound of so much I bought something by them off Amazon (A Headfull of Monsters...and I really like it). Then I had to stop and listen to what I bought...twice. Yeah, this is gonna take awhile. 

 
 
Although you didn't like my band, I feel privileged that we were the first you tried out of all seven thousand and however-many. 


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Posted By: Ivan_Melgar_M
Date Posted: February 05 2013 at 11:15
Originally posted by Wolfhound

I have been searching prog rock pretty hard lately as a recent discoverer of all the musical treasures to be found. Mostly my searching has been on Amazon looking for stuff related to stuff I have already bought or occasionally I come across a group mentioned somewhere else.

 
This only made me wonder how much I might be missing by not looking more thoroughly. I decided to start going through the list of artists at the Prog Archives web site alphabetically. Mostly I'll check for stuff that I can preview enough and is not too hard or expensive to buy, I just don't have the money to drop on imported music.
 
I figured this would take me awhile but the task is looking to take even longer now. I started in the A's and I didn't make it down three names before I came across a group I liked the sound of so much I bought something by them off Amazon (A Headfull of Monsters...and I really like it). Then I had to stop and listen to what I bought...twice. Yeah, this is gonna take awhile. 
 
I suppose this means that I will be continuously coming across new music I like for a long time. I will go through that whole list name by name, mercifully I know what I like or don't like pretty quickly when I listen to it so there won't be too much deliberating whether or not I will buy something by whatever artist I am checking out and the moment. 

I remember beck in the 90's when i upgraded Trespass from LP to CD, almost cried because I thought there was no much more to search for, I didn't liked (past) Neo Prog, had all Yes, Genesis, ELP,Triumvirat, Focus, etc, so I thought my search was almost over.

Today I own at least one album from each Symphonic band, plus several hundred of other genres albums, and the adventure is still beginning, each day I find more gems I never bought or new albums that are released every year.

This is a never ending quest.

Iván


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Posted By: Vin776
Date Posted: February 05 2013 at 11:30
Hello Ivan
Could you check out my band in your quest? Around since 1972
Maybe listen to a couple songs?

Bad Dream and Here I Am

www.reverbnation.com/thestoryofbluebeard

There are 35 songs there - from various albums

Not spam, just trying to connect with people here that make sense




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Vincent Bitetti - Video Game & Media Consultant (and prog rock musician)


Posted By: TODDLER
Date Posted: February 06 2013 at 20:59
I used to go on Greg Walker's website which is called "Synphonic Music". I would click on the flags, read Greg's brief description of a band, proceed to research the band's history on the internet, look for samples and decide what I wanted to take a chance on first. In many cases he's cheaper than  scumlord sellers on Amazon and overall more trustworthy to do business with. Many sellers I ran across on Amazon would have a prog title up for 20 or 30 dollars while Greg would be selling it for 15 or 18.


Posted By: cstack3
Date Posted: February 06 2013 at 22:14
Originally posted by Vin776

Hello Ivan
Could you check out my band in your quest? Around since 1972
Maybe listen to a couple songs?

Bad Dream and Here I Am

www.reverbnation.com/thestoryofbluebeard

There are 35 songs there - from various albums

Not spam, just trying to connect with people here that make sense



Who IS this guy??  Man, is he pervasive or what??  

If it tastes like Spam, it must be Spam!  

Anyway, I find that the best way to find new prog music is to network with good friends!  PA has turned me on to many excellent bands, and I've enjoyed sharing stories about local Chicago talent as well.  

Have fun on your journey!  


Posted By: pfloyd
Date Posted: February 06 2013 at 22:29
I still have yet to listen to all the prog on my i tunes, let alone the billions of albums on pa.....

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Posted By: Wolfhound
Date Posted: February 09 2013 at 17:30
Originally posted by Stool Man

Originally posted by Wolfhound

 I started in the A's and I didn't make it down three names before I came across a group I liked the sound of so much I bought something by them off Amazon (A Headfull of Monsters...and I really like it). Then I had to stop and listen to what I bought...twice. Yeah, this is gonna take awhile. 

 
 
Although you didn't like my band, I feel privileged that we were the first you tried out of all seven thousand and however-many. 
 
I did listen and although the music is not my kind of thing it was interesting in an experimental and exploratory way.
 
Also, I totally gave up on this whole thing for the most part. I've never been all that ambitious hehe. I keep coming across too much good stuff through other means or randomly.


Posted By: EchoeWho?
Date Posted: February 09 2013 at 23:23
There is never an end to great music.

In my experience I got to a point where I no longer needed to search and all I had to do was sit back and enjoy 


Posted By: Atavachron
Date Posted: February 16 2013 at 18:33
 ^ I didn't think that state actually existed



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