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    Thumbs up Most Poignant Rock Songs

    Hi John. At the time I saw them at Carnegie Hall in 1970 or '71, they were not doing what you alluded to, at least not that I remember. But I was so blown away by their artistry and the content of the music and their intensity, that I probably wouldn't have noticed if they had started walking on water or disappearing. I'm not sure if the technology was available back then for them to have done what you described--but no matter, they were simply awesome.
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    "I've Seen All Good People''--Yes
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    Yeah John I think you're right; I definitely would have remembered stuff like that if they had actually done it when I saw them at Carnegie Hall.
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    "For No One''--Revolver--The Beatles.
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    Prog (as a term) sure is no longer what it used to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    Prog (as a term) sure is no longer what it used to be.
    Art Rock, are you referring to my previous Beatle's post naming "For No One" as an example of a poignant prog rock song? If you are, then please say so so I can try and defend my choice. After all, I could well be wrong, which wouldn't be the first or last time that happens, rest assured.
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    Well if no-one minds me chiming in, personally I don't find it the least bit unreasonable to include the Beatles later material as Prog given that it ticks many of the standard boxes. Sgt. Pepper has been broadly (and IMO appropriately) acknowledged as giving Prog Rock its kick start what with its overarching concept, instrumentation, arrangements, diversity of musical influences, and attention to production, all of which at the time, were highly progressive qualities for a "rock 'n' roll" band. Granted, there's no way you could cite early Beatles as Prog, but for my ears, even from Rubber Soul onwards, the seed was there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soubasse View Post
    Well if no-one minds me chiming in, personally I don't find it the least bit unreasonable to include the Beatles later material as Prog given that it ticks many of the standard boxes. Sgt. Pepper has been broadly (and IMO appropriately) acknowledged as giving Prog Rock its kick start what with its overarching concept, instrumentation, arrangements, diversity of musical influences, and attention to production, all of which at the time, were highly progressive qualities for a "rock 'n' roll" band. Granted, there's no way you could cite early Beatles as Prog, but for my ears, even from Rubber Soul onwards, the seed was there.
    Hi Soubasse and thanks for your input on this. I agree that much of the Beatles' later output could well be termed--for want of a better term--"progressive",especially considering all that they had done before Sgt.Pepper and what was then around at the time--for the most part. I thought--and still think--that much of Revolver and in particular "For No One'', is a perfect example of this, with its contra-puntal phrasings and use of classical instruments etc. etc. Indeed, I would also consider songs like "In My Life" and"Norwegian Wood" from Rubber Soul to be other exemplars and types of innovative works of this genre--the term for which probably hadn't even been thought of or coined yet-- to wit, "progressive". Again, much thanks for your insights--which,coming from a musician such as yourself--carry a lot more weight and validity than mine. Hope you and yours are well. Steve
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    Soubasse worded it better than I could.

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    Thanks chaps. Probably comes from years of trying to put it concisely for school classes!

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    John Martyn

    Not sure where this fits in as he played folk and rock, but it is certainly a beautiful piece, and he was certainly a talented musician and singer. Enjoy.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mk8OsZESTxg

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    i don't know if it could be considered exactly prog, but if i have to choose just one, it would be Sea Song by Robert Wyatt for sure
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4fFsrnC0ZA

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    Hi Teddy and escher and thanks for your sharing of the 2 links. After listening to each of them, I would characterize both as belonging more to "folk rock"--remember that old chestnut?--rather than "prog rock". Nice listening/relaxing music no matter its category.
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    "In My Life"--The Beatles
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    i would add : a day in life - the first time the beatels interduced 2 songs together at once.

    and also i like that genesis album " fox trot"- it's all good

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