Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography



From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Send Private Message (forum)
TAPFRET forum's avatar

SPECIAL COLLABORATOR: Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin

Member since: 8/12/2007 • Forum posts: 7020 • Last visit: 12/1/2023 1:50:53 PM EST
Location: Bryant, Wa

Progressive Biography

My dad wasn't big into prog for the sake of prog, but did have a few tasty bits in his recorded collection in the early 1970's when I was a wee lad. My first draw to prog was story and humor related. The Warner Brothers family of record labels (Warner, Reprise, Bizarre) released a series of free samplers like "The Big Red Ball" that were available by sending in labels from the LP liner from WB releases as receipts. One of these compilations was Bizarre Records' "Zapped" , which featured the likes of Zappa, Captain Beefheart and Lord Buckley. We didn't listen to it much, my mom hated it. But what I did hear at age 4, I liked so much that I slid the album in and out of the linear so many times that the album became completely unplayable.

In the following years my dad bought Yessongs and ELP. I liked Yessongs so much that I took my cassette recorder and made a "live" recording of it. If the sound quality of the album wasn't questionable enough, I compounded it. We also obtained some greats when one of my uncles was "born again" and some pastor encouraged him to get rid of all his rock albums. My dad was glad to take them off his hands. From that collection we gained: Machine Head, A Passion Play, Minstrel in the Gallery and Tommy. My first purchases of my own on LP were Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Fragile. In the following years I discovered Rush cassettes on discount racks of the local drugstore.

At age 15 I began playing guitar. It was at this point that I began to turn toward the simple and aggressive. Hardcore punk really caught my ear as being a great aggression channel as well as music I could learn to play in my first month of playing guitar. I also discovered Black Sabbath around the same time, another collection of easy guitar songs. With all this, I still enjoyed the previously mentioned albums. As my guitar playing improved, I lost the taste for hardcore punk, it just didn't have the complexity I desired. Although there are still bands that I embrace from the time, they tend to be the more stylistically diverse bands like SubHumAns, Bad Brains and Crass. The time was ripe for my own musical growth; 1984-1988 saw the metamorphosis of punk and metal into crossover scenes of Thrash Metal, Black Metal, Speed Metal, etc. The bands prevalent to these scenes, Slayer, Anthrax etc. all used the aggression and speed of Punk and blended in fullness, greater complexity and superior recording quality to the mix. I was totally onboard with these changes. When bands like Fates Warning, Watchtower and Dream Theater came around the circle was complete. The complexity of the Yesses and ELPs of my past had blended with the power and aggression of the 80's Punk/Metal backlash.

With the rediscovery of progressive influence came the desire to acquaint myself with prog roots and some bands that I may have missed from the 70's. A large percentage of my cash went into CDs in the early 90's. This was even more compounded by the internet coming to the mainstream. Now bands from all over the world were now accessible. became an outstanding source of material that would otherwise never see life on the shelves of local record stores. Of course, Progressive Archives now plays a big role as well. The ability to share musical influence in an international forum is a truly beautiful thing.

Favorite non-PA listed bands/artists:

Michael Hedges
Alex MacHacek (added!)
Strapping Young Lad
Bela Flek and the Flektones (added!)
Buckethead (added!)

Igor Stravinsky
Alberto Ginestera

Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Tech/Extreme Prog Metal193.68
2 Eclectic Prog144.00
3 Zeuhl143.86
4 RIO/Avant-Prog113.91
5 Jazz Rock/Fusion104.30
6 Heavy Prog93.44
7 Symphonic Prog62.67
8 Experimental/Post Metal53.80
9 Progressive Metal43.75
10 Rock Progressivo Italiano44.25
11 Crossover Prog44.00
12 Progressive Electronic32.67
13 Prog Related32.33
14 Psychedelic/Space Rock23.00
15 Prog Folk25.00
16 Canterbury Scene13.00
17 Neo-Prog12.00
18 Proto-Prog14.00
19 Post Rock/Math rock14.00

Reviews and Ratings

114 ratings/reviews total  Sort by By ratings | Alphabetically | Chronologically(default)

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives

Donate monthly and keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.