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Originally posted by iluvmarillion iluvmarillion wrote:

There's some great bands missing out from the list above due to it only being 10. I could easily have gone Focus, Refugee, Transatlantic, Echolyn and Kansas if I could have named more bands.
 
I  s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d  the overall Top 10 to a Top 30 list. Smile


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Psychedelic Paul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 14 2020 at 01:37
Originally posted by Awesoreno Awesoreno wrote:

Harmonium was recently changed to Prog Folk by the way.
 
Thanks.  I might as well leave Harmonium in place now, seeing as it's currently #8 in the Top 10.
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1. Close to the Edge
2. Foxtrot
3. Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
4. Point of Know Return
5. Relayer
6. Trilogy
7. Hamburger Concerto
8. The Six Wives of Henry VIII
9. A Trick of the Tail
10. Trespass
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^ By the way, I mentioned in my intro that it's one album selection per artist, although I can still count your first vote for each artist if you like.  Wink
 
For instance:- 1. Yes - Close to the Edge (30 points)
                     2. Genesis - Foxtrot (20 points)
                     3. Kansas - Point of Know Return (15 points)
                     4. Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Trilogy (12 points)
                     5. Focus - Hamburger Concerto (10 points)
                     6. Rick Wakeman - The Six Wives of Henry VIII (6 points)
                     


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Why is there a one-album-per-band rule? Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Psychedelic Paul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 14 2020 at 04:26
Originally posted by FatherChristmas FatherChristmas wrote:

Why is there a one-album-per-band rule? Smile
 
That's simply to prevent someone from voting for ten albums by their one favourite artist, which I would have done with Renaissance if that rule didn't apply. Wink
 
I just went back and checked that your six choices are all by different artists, and they are. Thumbs Up


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CTTE Yes
Renaissance Ashes are burning.
Nursery Chryme Genesis
Focus 2 focus
The six wives of Henry eighth Rick wakeman
ELP 1st Album ELP
Mirage Camel
Leftoverture Kansas
Five Bridges the nice
Fish out of water Chris Squire.

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Top 10 update with Oka2112 & seventh Earl of Mar's votes added:-
 
1. YES - Close to the Edge (316 points)
2. GENESIS - Foxtrot (140 points)
3. GENESIS - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (110 points)
4. EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER - Emerson, Lake & Palmer (93 points)
5. GENESIS - Selling England by the Pound (90 points)
6. YES - Tales from Topographic Oceans (82 points)
7. CAMEL - Moonmadness (80 points)
8. KANSAS - Leftoverture (75 points)
9. HARMONIUM - Si on avait besoin d'une cinquieme saison (72 points)
10. FOCUS - Hamburger Concerto (64 points)
 
 
11. WOBBLER - From Silence to Somewhere (62 points)
11. RICK WAKEMAN - The Six Wives of Henry VIII (62 points)
13. YES - Relayer (49 points)
13. CHRIS SQUIRE - Fish Out of Water (49 points)
15. ANGLAGARD - Hybris (47 points)
16. SPOCK'S BEARD - V (46 points)
16. RENAISSANCE - Ashes Are Burning (46 points)
18. DISCIPLINE - Unfolded Like Staircase (43 points)
19. GLASS HAMMER - The Inconsolable Secret (42 points)
20. NEAL MORSE - Sola Scripture (41 points)
 
 
21. CAMEL - The Snow Goose (40 points)
21. YES - Fragile (40 points)
21. GENESIS - Trespass (40 points)
21. CAMEL - Mirage (40 points)
25. REFUGEE - Refugee (38 points)
26. EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER - Tarkus (35 points)
27. CRESSIDA - Cressida (32 points)
28. SOLARIS - Marsbeli Kronikak (30 points)
28. GENESIS - Duke (30 points)
28. SPOCK'S BEARD - Snow (30 points)
28. ECHOLYN - The End is Beautiful (30 points)
28. FANTASY - Paint a Picture (30 points)
28. GENESIS - Wind & Wuthering (30 points)
28. NEAL MORSE - Similitude of a Dream (30 points)
28. TRANSATLANTIC - Bridge Across Forever (30 points)
 
 
36. ALL TRAPS ON EARTH - A Drop of Light (29 points) 
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YES - Tales from topographic ocean (I don't consider "relayer" as a symphonic prog album, even if it's my top one of all times)
ANGLAGARD - Hybris
MUSEO ROSENBACH - Zarathustra (RPI, but mostly symphonic prog)
WOBBLER - Afterglow
SOLARIS - Marsbeli Kronikak
IL BALETTO DI BRONZO - Ys  (RPI, but mostly symphonic prog)
R. WAKEMAN - Myths & legends of K. Arthur
PULSAR - Haloween
FRUPP - Future Legends
MINIMUM VITAL - Sarabande

CRESSIDA isn't Canterbury ?!?


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^ Cressida are listed under Symphonic Prog and I'm planning to post a tribute thread for them in the not too distant future. Smile
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Paul, are you hiding "the Yes album" under your bed or something? :D How can that be missing? Come to think of it Nursery Cryme seems to be missing too. Any other 1971 albums missing? :P
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Luckily not Tarkus. Great song, great album.
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Originally posted by FatherChristmas FatherChristmas wrote:

Luckily not Tarkus. Great song, great album.

In the land of grey and pink and moving waves aren't on there but in the case of Caravan I suppose maybe them being canterbury and not symph has something to do with it.
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Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

Paul, are you hiding "the Yes album" under your bed or something? :D How can that be missing? Come to think of it Nursery Cryme seems to be missing too. Any other 1971 albums missing? :P
 
Nursery Cryme & The Yes Album still have less than 30 points each, so they haven't even made it into the Top 30 so far, but don't forget, voters can only vote for one album by each individual artist in their Top 10. Look on the bright side though: Yes & Genesis currently have five out of six albums in the Top 6 between them. Wink
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Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

Originally posted by tempest_77 tempest_77 wrote:

Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

Originally posted by tempest_77 tempest_77 wrote:

Originally posted by tempest_77 tempest_77 wrote:

1: Close to the Edge by Yes

2: Foxtrot by Genesis

3: Leftoverture by Kansas

4: Moonmadness by Camel

5: In the Region of the Summer Stars (1984) by Enid

6: Emerson, Lake & Palmer by Emerson, Lake & Palmer

7: The Flower King by Roine Stolt

8: From Silence to Somewhere by Wobbler

9: Scheherazade and Other Stories by Renaissance

10: ? [Aka: Question Mark] by Neal Morse


Interesting looking back at this. No need to change the votes, but this is what my list would look like five months later:

1. Close to the Edge by Yes
2: Selling England By the Pound by Genesis
3: A Drop of Light by All Traps On Earth
4: Moonmadness by Camel
5: Leftoverture by Kansas
6: In the Region of Summer Stars (1984) by The Enid
7: From Silence to Somewhere by Wobbler
8: Emerson, Lake & Palmer by ELP
9: To Shatter All Accord by Discipline
10: The Flower King by Roine Stolt

If I had my way about genre classifications, though, I'd have to knock Roine Stolt off the bottom (sorry Roine, nothing personal) and put Big Big Train's English Electric: Full Power up at third.

A Drop of Light and English Electric are both very special to me. One is 'Symphonic' and one is not (imo) Smile

You're right; A Drop of Light has a lot of Zeuhl influence on it Wink.
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Lol, I'm glad we're on the same page! I was ready for you to say BBT wasn't Symphonic LOL.
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Originally posted by Psychedelic Paul Psychedelic Paul wrote:

^ Cressida are listed under Symphonic Prog and I'm planning to post a tribute thread for them in the not too distant future. Smile
Yes, I know that. But IMO, it's a mistake to classify their music as  Symphonic Prog. Cressida has a big jazz touch and is closer to first Caravan (If I Could) than to Yes, Elp or Genesis. No ?
I love this band and think is very, very underrated.
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Originally posted by Muskrat Muskrat wrote:

Originally posted by Psychedelic Paul Psychedelic Paul wrote:

^ Cressida are listed under Symphonic Prog and I'm planning to post a tribute thread for them in the not too distant future. Smile
Yes, I know that. But IMO, it's a mistake to classify their music as  Symphonic Prog. Cressida has a big jazz touch and is closer to first Caravan (If I Could) than to Yes, Elp or Genesis. No ?
I love this band and think is very, very underrated.
I'm surprised you don't have Cressida listed in your Top 10 Symphonic Prog albums. Wink
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Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

Originally posted by FatherChristmas FatherChristmas wrote:

Luckily not Tarkus. Great song, great album.

In the land of grey and pink and moving waves aren't on there but in the case of Caravan I suppose maybe them being canterbury and not symph has something to do with it.
Canterbury scene's closer to jazz than symphonic, I thought, otherwise I'd have put forward In the Land of Grey and Pink.
Is there a Canterbury scene version of this thread?
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^ I was thinking of doing a Top 7 Canterbury Scene albums poll, but so far, I'm struggling to come up with a list of seven Canterbury Scene albums by seven different artists I actually like, but this is what I have up to now:-
 
1. Khan - Space Shanty (12 points)
2. Caravan - Cunning Stunts (8 points)
3. Steve Hillage - Fish Rising (6 points)
4. National Health - National Health (4 points)
 
I just need to find another three albums now to complete the list. Smile
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Only one of my selections made it into the eventual Top 10, but at least a couple of my album choices made it into the final Top 20. Funnily enough, they were the albums in 8th, 9th & 10th place in my list. Smile
 
1. FANTASY - Paint a Picture (30 points)
2. CRESSIDA - Cressida (20 points)
3. ENGLAND - Garden Shed (15 points)
4. REFUGEE - Refugee (12 points)
5. BEGGARS' OPERA - Act One (10 points)
6. GRACIOUS - This is..... Gracious (6 points)
7. FRUUPP - Future Legends (5 points)
8. RENAISSANCE - Ashes Are Burning (4 points)
9. MOONMADNESS - Camel (3 points)
10. CHRIS SQUIRE - Fish Out of Water (2 points)
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