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    Question Most Poignant Prog Rock Songs

    I would like to get feedback from other members of this forum as to what they would consider to be the most haunting/memorable or lyrical/elegiac works that they have ever heard. For me, I would propose the following: "Just Take a Pebble", "Pirates" and "Trilogy" by Emerson Lake and Palmer; "Witches Promise" from Jethro Tull. Please feel free to comment on my choices and to add your own to this list.. ps. I was fortunate enough to have attended the initial American appearance of ELP at Carnegie Hall in 1970, and their performance still leaves me in awe, most especially their doing " Just Take a Pebble". I will not forget it till the day I die. Ciao for now: White Knight.

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    Good thread idea this, acknowledging the gentler side of Prog! Poignant or touching songs? There are quite a few for me.

    I don't know if anyone else categorises Kate Bush as Prog ... well, you can't really categorise her at all really - she's Kate, that's all there is to it!! Anyway, her amazing song This Woman's Work rarely manages to leave my eyes dry by the end.

    As far as "mainstream" Prog artists go:

    Genesis
    Undertow (for me the only listenable song on ATTWT)
    Ripples

    Peter Gabriel
    Biko
    In Your Eyes
    Father Son
    Downside Up

    Pink Floyd
    When The Tigers Broke Free
    Great Gig In The Sky

    Porcupine Tree
    A Smart Kid
    Collapse The Light Into Earth

    Sigur Ros
    Gitardjamm

    Vangelis
    12 O'clock
    So Long Ago So Clear

    Yes
    Turn Of The Century
    Madrigal
    Onward

    Awaken ... whilst not necessarily "poignant" as such, it's so damn powerful and just the best bloody thing they ever did!
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    Poor Boys Blues Barclay James Harvest from Everyone is Everybody Else
    I Never Thought I'd Live to be a Hundred Moody Blues from To Our Childrens Childrens Children.
    Not sure if you would classify these as prog, but certainly poignant

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddy View Post
    Poor Boys Blues Barclay James Harvest from Everyone is Everybody Else
    I Never Thought I'd Live to be a Hundred Moody Blues from To Our Childrens Childrens Children.
    Not sure if you would classify these as prog, but certainly poignant

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    I think that one could well define the Moody Blues as a progressive group. Your choice of "I Never Thought I'd Live to be a Hundred" is a most excellent one. The first group and song mentioned in your post I have never heard of and thus am totally unfamiliar with. Anyway, ciao for now. Steve.

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    Yep, well I'd certainly put both Barclay and the Moody's in the Prog category. I'll have to check out Poor Boys Blues, not familiar with that one. Never Thought I'd Live To Be 100 definitely qualifies - great track.
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    Just found Everyone is Everybody Else on spotify. Poor Boy Blues runs into Mill Boys and then For No One. Great to hear then one after the other.
    Steve, you must look BJH up and have a listen. I don't think you will be disappointed

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    Teddy, I will most certainly check out BJH as per your suggestion. Steve
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    Can I mention -Knights in White Satin - by Procul Harem. Loved it. Still love it I know you are a fan of theirs Steve, Anyone else like them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddy View Post
    Can I mention -Knights in White Satin - by Procul Harem. Loved it. Still love it I know you are a fan of theirs Steve, Anyone else like them?

    teddy
    Teddy, a great choice indeed. However, I believe that the group who did this song is the Moody Blues rather than PH.
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    No, definitely PH Steve, although the MB may have covered it, but not over here. It was too much of a classic for anyone else to attempt it. I will add A Whiter Shade of Pale - also by PH. And how about - The Wind Cried Mary - Hendrick

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    Most Poignant Prog rock songs

    Teddy, great choice by Jimi Hendrix, and if you say that Procol Harum did " Nights in White Satin" in Britain before the Moodies did,then I take you at your word. Hope you are well. Steve.
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    If you Google AWSOP it takes you to Procul Harem. No music today as my wife is allegic to any music I like. Also vets visit and desperately trying to get ready for Christmas. Tree went up today. Hooray

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddy View Post
    Can I mention -Knights in White Satin - by Procul Harem. Loved it. Still love it I know you are a fan of theirs Steve, Anyone else like them?

    teddy
    The song is Nights in white satin
    The band you refer to is Procol Harum

    But as stated by others, Nights in white satin is a Moody Blues song. Written by their front man Justin Hayward.

    If you don't believe me, try wikipedia:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nights_in_white_satin

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    Go away. I am having a nervious brekdoown and my smeel chppker ins werking and eye am gooing too lay dawne inn a derk ruen. And stey treree four iver

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    Most Poignant Prog Rock Songs

    Hi John. Spot on re: "And the Wind Cries Mary", truly one of the most haunting and evocative songs ever written, period. Same goes for " Take a Pebble'' which I saw ELP perform live at Carnegie Hall in 1970. Wow!
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