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Member since: 5/28/2004 • Forum posts: 184 • Last visit: 2/7/2017 3:31:05 AM EST
Location: Indonesia

Progressive Biography

Date of birth: 17 October 1960 (damn! I'm old now .. approaching 44! Nevermind, Jon Anderson with his 58 is still rocking!)

I was first introduced to progressive rock in 1974 when I was 14 year old and lived in a very small city, Madiun, located around 750 mile away from Indonesia's capital city, Jakarta. My brother (Henky, then was a rock broadcaster) gave me a tape of Yes "Fragile". Oh man . I could not believe that mankind could create such a brilliant and high energy track like "Roundabout". I was hooked to this kind of music (a kind that I was not aware that later would be called as progressive rock). I did enjoy also "Southside of the Sky" (the piano melody was terrific! It gives me a strong classic nuance to me) and "Heart of the Sunrise" (wow! What a wonderful compositions, especially on stunning bass playing!).
Then I got "Yessongs" where I felt in love with "Perpetual Change" performed live - so energetic! Damn great mannnnn!!!! About the same period, my brother also gave me Genesis "Nursery Crime" which I don't know for some reason I liked "Harold the barrel" and "The return of the giant hogweed" and "The Musical Box". But I explored more on YES until I got "Tales from Topographic" and "Relayer". These two albums have pushed me forward and made me realize that Yes is a rock group with no comparison. They are just terrific! "The Revealing Science of God", "The Ancient" and "The Gates of Delirium" were my top list favorites, especially the latter.
In this period also I got Rick wakeman's solo "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and "The Six Wives" which I admired as well.

The existence of local music magazine AKTUIL helped me a lot to digest more rock and prog music. I still remember vividly how my brother gave me a cassette of GENESIS "Nursery Cryme" and the AKTUIL magazine by saying: "Listen this cassette and read this article" (he showed me a page which featured GENESIS - Gabriel era). BOOM! It blew me away man .... In fact, the magazine was a kind of life style at that time because many young people read that magazine which in fact was the only source of rock music information. Remember, there was no internet at that time and I lived in a very small city.

Number of CD in my collection is approx 1600 originals of which approx 1100 are progressive music as I also love mainstream rock music like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and the like and also power metal like Kamelot, Helloween, Stratovarious, Blind Guardian. Uughh .. such a diverse musical taste hah ..????

My favourite prog bands / artists (in alphabetical orders):

My favourite prog albums (in alphabetical orders):
. "A Passion Play" Jethro Tull
. "Clutching at Straw" - Marillion
. "Scene From A Memory" - Dream Theater
. "Fragile" - Yes
. "Fugazi" - Marillion
. "Misplaced Childhood" - Marillion
. "Relayer" - Yes
. "Script for a Jester's Tear" - Marillion
. "Selling England by the Pound" - Genesis
. "Tales from Topographic Ocean" - Yes
. "Wish You Were Here" - Pink Floyd

Other Comments:
My passion on prog rock has grown to many groups that lately I realized most of my favorites are under neo prog genre. Dated back in 1983, I was frustrated because many prog bands like Genesis and Yes changed their music direction. The new wave era was everywhere and finally on one afternoon I listened to for the first time "So here I am once more. In a playground of a broken heart. One more experience one more entry in a diary self penned!" Wow !!! What a terrific piece of opening from an "unknown" band that later I realized as MARILLION. Soon later this band was becoming my "only" favourite! I could not imagine what would happen in progressive world if there was no MARILLION who dare to stand up and challenge the punk and new wave music under their era?!!!! Tell me, my friend ..
Yup, confirmed! Marillion is the hero of progressive music. I know, some of you might say that their music is derivative. So what? The fact was that they're so brave with their singleness of purpose to get their prog ideas across. Having noticed that major prog bands were heading into other directions (going poppy) Marillion carried the torch and succeeded. And now, many groups have been heavily influenced by Marillion. This is not only prog rock but also in the arena of power metal or prog metal. The influence is huge, I would say. [email protected]

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