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Progressive Biography

Age : 37

I was first introduced to progressive rock in 1984 when Yes entered the charts with Owner of a lonely heart. 90125 was the first prog album I bought. But it wasn't long before I discovered Close to the edge and other masterpieces. Later that year I came to know Fugazi from Marillion, A trick of the tail from Genesis and Brain salad surgery from ELP.

Number of CD in your collection of original progressive albums : around 700

My favourite progressive bands/artists

1. Pink Floyd
2. Kansas
3. Genesis
4. Yes
5. Rush
6. King Crimson
7. Camel
8. IQ
9. Porcupine Tree
10. Marillion

My favourite progressive albums include

- Kansas : Point of know return
- Pink Floyd : The Wall
- Genesis : The lamb lies down on broadway
- Rush : Grace under pressure
- Marillion : clutching at straws
- Anathema : A natural disaster
- King Crimson : red
- Yes : Relayer
- Porcupine Tree : Up the downstair
- Van der Graaf Generator : still life
- Saga : Worlds Apart
- Camel : Mirage
- The Tangent : The music that died alone
- Soft Machine : Third

Nowadays I listen too all kinds of stuff. From The Clash to Sonic youth : some rock, some progressive, some folk music, .. Lately my interest in jazzrock with progressive influences is increasing. Too bad so many young progressive bands stick with the music they grew up with and don't add new ideas to it. In the eighties neo prog bands like IQ, Pallas, Twelfth Night or Marillion reproduced some of the sounds of Yes and Genesis in their own way and did it quite well. In the seventies there were a lot of influences which were used in prog like country, blues or jazz and most of all classical. This use to be the essence of progressive rock : a highly original mixture of different musical styles. The point got a bit lost in the eighties but nowadays I don't hear any of those influences anymore. Most of the young bands reproduce the sound of neo prog, but again some influences get lost and this style of music gets very narrow minded. Fortunately there're exceptions like The Tangent or Riverside who try to put some adventure in their music.

Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Neo-Prog283.46
2 Symphonic Prog253.52
3 Crossover Prog132.85
4 Eclectic Prog113.64
5 Prog Related93.11
6 Psychedelic/Space Rock73.14
7 Progressive Metal64.00
8 Heavy Prog43.00
9 Jazz Rock/Fusion33.67
10 Experimental/Post Metal24.50
11 Canterbury Scene23.50
12 Rock Progressivo Italiano13.00
13 Various Genres13.00
14 RIO/Avant-Prog14.00

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