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Obscure/Lesser Known Classic/Prog Rock Album recs (that don't suck)

Discussion in 'Non-Metal' started by Matt, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. razoredge

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    Actually Machine Head followed closely by Made in Japan was my intro to Deep Purple and for what ever reason back then I did not dig back into their past. D&W was my intro to UH but I immeadiatly dug back, I have no reason for this, I loved Machinehead, but case you cant tell I was a hardcore Heepster and its still in me though I only listen now on occasion. I just happen to have some old DP tunes "lying around" now. Hush and Kentucky Woman got more airplay after the success of Smoke on the Water so they were like the only old DP tunes besides what MiJ had on it that I knew of at that time.

    About Rush - there was only one album before Fly by Night right ? The one with Working Man on it ? Which by the way I always felt sounded like a Black Sabbath riff, great song though. Im a big Caress of Steel freak, that album had a HUGE impact on me. Seems to my tired memory that the magazines I read started talking about Rush around the time of Fly by Night.

    ELP - I dont think Works is too bad ? Not as interesting, more refined or sterilized (depending on how you look at it), broke up and less daring but decent ?

    Black Moon has two songs I like alot. Farewell to Arms and Footprints in the Snow. I like footprints I guess because I always like Greg Lakes songs but it also has direct personal meaning, has even caused me to shed a tear or two..... dates back to when we were a young family and had footprints in the snow. The rest could have been better though, havent played that tape in a loooong time, I should dig it out.
     
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    If you listen to everything old with a set of standards based on the extremes of today you will never hear it for what it was worth in its time. Its not about comparing music or musical talent or virtuosity to whos the best today. Its music and individual expression or contribution not a competition. Just sayin
     
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    Exactly! Remember that Yes, ELP, King Crimson, etc.... were doing this kind of music first...incorporating jazz, classical, folk. Just like when Death Metal reared it's ferocious head in the mid-late 80's, nobody thought to do something like that with music.
    Rush-yeah, Fly By Night was their second album. The first had Working Man on it. When they had a poll on favorite Rush era, I also posted my top 3 Rush albums
    Permanent Waves
    Hemispheres
    Caress of Steel-so underrated.
    The original artwork for the COS album was supposed to be silver, not bronze-ish. The factory botched it, wrong color. They did the same for the logo on the first album. It was supposed to be RED not pink. The other cool thing about Caress is that The Necromancer is a continuation of By-Tor and the Snowdog. They did that again with Cygnus X-1 on Farewell to Kings, then part 2 called Cygnus X-1 book 2 Hemispheres on the Hemispheres album. Early Genesis and King Crimson kind of did that as well on albums, but Rush just seemed to make it more complete to me.
    With ELP, just don't get Love Beach, whatever you do!
     
  4. razoredge

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    I never knew By-Tor/Necromancer ? I'll have to cue em together and check that out. Love the wrong color cover though. it was a good fuck up.
     
  5. ShredHeadJHJ

    ShredHeadJHJ oh noes itz a opinionn

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    What? Did I ever compare it to modern music? Is it the greatest album you've ever heard? I said it was good, but it's not the best album I've ever heard in my life. It has some great song writing on it.

    Not trying to be a tool, it just sounded like you were jumping to conclusions & you might have expected me to say it was the best album of all time just by my first few listens...
     
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    No, cant say as I've heard it myself. Just a generalization that when you say stuff isnt that good or you werent impressed that you may have expectation levels based on the best of the best talent thats out there today or even in past times. For example, early hardrock bands had, at times, limited talent, especially when compared to those of say the fusion players at that same time, but they still made great identifiable music with its own character and merit, even if it was elementary. They were trying their damnest and presenting their personal means of expression through music. Its hard to dig back, I know, I have a hard time with much of anything rock that preceded the likes of Hendrix or Zep. So I have to look at it for what merit it could have had in its time. Then you find little bits and pieces that carried on through the years and can be heard in newer music.
     
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    In Necromancer, Prince By-Tor returns to banish the Necromancer. About the COS cover, yeah, it still looks great to me. I am a little curious though, on what the original concept/color would look like. Hugh Syme's early artwork to me is the best he's done.
     
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    Don't know if anyone has mentioned-Disillusion-"Back to Times of Splendor" from 2004. More prog/death, but still integrates "progressive" structures. Excellent "debut" from this band. Might appeal to fans of Opeth and/or Orphaned Land.
     
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    Yeah, when I first got it, the riffs blew me away. Not a lot of soloing, but with each listen, it found a good spot in my listening cycle...about once a month. Not bad, if you consider I have 1500 cds...
     
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    I think the Genesis w/ Gabriel is underrated. 'Lamb' was definitely a great record, but so were 'Trespass,' 'Foxtrot,' and 'Selling England By the Pound.' Check those out if you don't know them as well (but you seem to be well-aquainted with Genesis).

    What about King Crimson, Mountain, and things like Steve Hackett solo records?
     
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    The Ozzman Melted by feels

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    I think Phil Collins is excellent
     
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    Belligerent Greekus Urungus

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    Mathias I recommend you check out Circa. Former Yes members Billy Sherwood, Tony Kaye and Alan White came out with the disc Circa:2007. It's pretty hard to find but once you do you know who to thank:cool:
     
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    I like Phil Collins, I dont buy albums of that type of music but I like the stuff Ive heard, even if radio KILLED them. I need to check out this Planet X though right ? Cant say as though Im much of a Genesis man, its probably a guitar player thing, I just need riffs, gobs and gobs of riffs.... so I can BOOGIE and BANG like the Dudes in Belligerents sig clip...... :headbang:

    Where do you get these things, man, that cracked me up... GOOD !
     
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    Belligerent Greekus Urungus

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    They are some bad dudes for sure. I know you're intimidated.
     
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    I meant to ask who is it ? Wait is that ? shit name wont come to me, from the movie.... oh yea Spinal Tap ? I like the man boobs, thats the sincher right there.... lol!
     
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    No it's Blackie Lawless and WASP!!
     
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    Ah ok, we were in the process of learning some WASP song our drummer wanted to do, long time ago, Ill have to remind him next time, we just jamed today, maybe he'll remember and have a copy of the song, I remember I liked it and thats about all. Is WASP the band that covered Humble Pies "I Dont Need No Doctor".
     
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    yes they covered that humble pie song.



    to the threadstarter, if you can deal with country sounds 70's marshall tucker band was kinda jazz/prog but with a lot of country. also the 2 albums by eric burdon & war were kinda progressive
     
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    DarkBliss ...And okra for all

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    I haven't heard these yet but I was recommended:


    Il Balletto di Bronzo-Ys
    PFM-Per Un Amico
    Magma- Kobaia, Mekahanik Destruktiw Kommandoh, Udu Wudu
    Hawkwind-Space Ritual
    Univers Zero-Ceux de Dehors
    Gong-You, Angel's Egg
    Morte Macabre-Symphonic Holocaust
    Art Zoyd- Symphonie pour le jour où brûleront les cités,Génération sans Futur

    All are described as being pretty "out there"
     
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    Wasp did a decent job on the Who song "The Real Me" I'm pretty sure that it was on their Headless Children album.
     

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