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Member since: 10/25/2004 • Forum posts: 2771 • Last visit: 6/29/2020 1:39:24 PM EST
Location: Malaysia

Progressive Biography

Date of birth: May 3, 1973

I was first introduced to progressive rock in ... well, it's 1986 if you count Queen's first four albums ... but perhaps a more telling year is 1990 (my first year in college!) when I got into (classic) Genesis, ELP, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, the Moody Blues, Traffic, Procol Harum and Mannfred Mann's Earth Band for the first time

The number of original progressive albums in my CD collection is ... approx 500 (which is around 15% of my overall collection)

My favourite progressive bands/artists are (in alphabetical order) Genesis, Gentle Giant, Gryphon, Hatfield And The North, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Procol Harum, Van Der Graaf Generator and Yes. I should also add that I'm also in the process of falling in love with numerous classic Italian symphonic prog bands (PFM, QVL and LDF in particular).

My favourite progressive albums include (in alphabetical order) Genesis' Nursery Cryme and Selling England By The Pound, Gentle Giant's Three Friends, Gryphon's From Red Queen To Gryphon Three, Jethro Tull's Aqualung, King Crimson's Lizard, Procol Harum's A Salty Dog, Queen's Queen II, Uriah Heep's Salisbury and Yes' The Yes Album. There are also some lesser known classics by the likes of Comus, East Of Eden, Gnidrolog, Khan, Marsupilami, Quiet Sun and T2 that come to mind. And then there are stunning offerings from Quebec's Pollen and Harmonium, Brazil's Bacamarte, Chile's Los Jaivas, Finland's Haikara ... I could go on!

Other comments: Discovering great music is one of life's thrills. I envy those who have yet to discover what I have discovered, and thank those who have opened my eyes and ears to new delights ... long may it continue!

Oh yes, one more thing ... you'll notice that each of my reviews concludes with an MPV scale rating ... that's simply because I often find myself having to give two albums the same star rating despite thinking that one of them is significantly better than the other ... this little guide might give you a better idea as to how highly (or lowly!) I rate a particular album ...

1 star = 0-19% on the MPV scale
2 stars = 20-49% on the MPV scale
3 stars = 50-69% on the MPV scale
4 stars = 70-89% on the MPV scale
5 stars = 90-100% on the MPV scale

Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Symphonic Prog553.25
2 Eclectic Prog353.57
3 Crossover Prog293.17
4 Prog Folk203.35
5 Canterbury Scene183.50
6 Jazz Rock/Fusion173.41
7 Psychedelic/Space Rock162.69
8 Heavy Prog163.06
9 Prog Related122.75
10 Neo-Prog122.75
11 Progressive Metal92.22
12 Krautrock72.71
13 Proto-Prog73.43
14 Progressive Electronic31.67
15 Indo-Prog/Raga Rock23.50
16 Experimental/Post Metal22.50
17 Zeuhl23.00
18 Post Rock/Math rock13.00
19 RIO/Avant-Prog14.00

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