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    I would say the two best prog bands are CAN and Magma. CAN for having influence that reached tremendously far both within and without prog, and Magma for inventing a completely new style of music.
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    I'd have to go with Genesis. I'm intrigued that they could do early masterpiece albums then survive in the pop world later on. Before one throws rocks at them for this 'prog indescretion' bear in mind they did want to make some real money at this eventually! Again, this would be my "favorite" and not necessarily the "Greatest".

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    Smile what is the greatest prog rock band?

    So many talented bands to choose,hundreds not on the poll list!A few of my favourites are;A foot in coldwater(canadian!),Arena,Beggar's opera,Camel(early stuff),Gracious,P.f.m.,Circus maximus,Golden earring(early '70's),Vandenplas,Kamelot.Plus many more!

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    Definitely agree with Arena (just listening to their catalogue at the moment -- what a band!), also Kamelot (love their stuff!) and Royal Hunt, but would like to add Mostly Autumn (The Last Bright Light is just an incredible album, with NO bad tracks), Salem Hill and Edenbridge, among others. Favourite would probably be Genesis closely followed by Marillion (agree that after Fish left they became more AOR than prog, but Script is still one of the all-time classic debut prog records!), as well as early Fish.
    Although not strictly prog, Ten's music has a lot of proggy overtones, especially Return to Evermore and The Robe...

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    Dream Theater. My other vote is for Zappa. Do I get another vote? Oh well. Third vote is for Rush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pnoom View Post
    I would say the two best prog bands are CAN and Magma. CAN for having influence that reached tremendously far both within and without prog, and Magma for inventing a completely new style of music.

    2nd that.

    Ege Bamyasi is one of my favourite albums...why is Rush even on the list...I kid I kid

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    Difficult choice but my vote landed on PINK FLOYD from the election above. I was born in 1954 and part of the Youth Rebelion at that time from 1968, and completely enfatuated with English Rock Music post The Beatles from 1963.

    When the PINK FLOYD-album UMMA GUMMA was released in Europe in 1969, I skipped public school for a full week, with my buddy from school Rene´ and four of his friends from his home street, all guys familiar with marijuana and having lots of it. We left Copenhagen after lying our teeth off to our parents telling a sweet story that the class should go to Nord Sjælland for a week.

    We did go to Nord Sjælland for a week, but not with the school class.

    My connection untill then with PINK FLOYD was their second album "A Sauceful Of Secrets" from 1968, which realy opened my eyes to PINK FLOYD.

    Instead 6 guys with dirty long hair in weird looking clothes on ilegal fast running mopeds went to a borrowed summer house to honour PINK FLOYD, like people today wish to pay money for two minutes with Dalai Lama in Tibet (quite impossible though), and of course to listen to the new album UMMA GUMMA.

    At that time, not many young people my own age in Denmark were able to comprehend and understand the content of this incredibly innovative double album UMMA GUMMA in the year 1969. The Rock reviewers called it Acid Rock, an expression they also used about The Grateful Dead from the USA in 1969.

    I got hooked seriously on PINK FLOYD and having seen them later in concert performing the album realy - made the cut. I guess a form of an addiction.

    I still enjoy PINK FLOYD albums from time to time, because they just got better and better, except for the double album The Wall, which never glued to me.

    Of course the whole story about PINK FLOYD and the former guitarist and lead singer Cyd Barrett, who took one acid trip too many, according to drummer Nick Mason, Cyd left this planet intellectually and mentally because of this dangerous drug - acid trips.

    Instead David Gilmour entered the band as guitarist and second singer.

    Unfortunately as we all know, PINK FLOYD, the band from the 1970´s for instance from "The Dark Side Of The Moon" parted up, and Roger Waters (lead composer, lyricist, el. bass and lead vocals) took the rest of the guys to court, because he thought he owned the name PINK FLOYD. The Magistrates Court had a different opinion though, and Roger Waters lost his case and went solo after "The Final Cut". Sad ending of a truely prog.rock band, but the music from that time in my life and most of the albums I still keep and I still enjoy the music.
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    I have to go with Pink Floyd, even that I'm only 20 years old, I grew up with their music, because of my father XD, but I also thing Jethro Tull is great, I played their version of Bouree in my bass final exam at the Yamaha Music Academy =P

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    nice bass part in Bourée! did you play the solo as it is on the record? i played it too when i had more time to practice bass.

    if you don't like what is going on in this video, then there are some things we won't share. i know it's not what you could call progrock, neither funk, jazz, metal, classic, reggae or whatever label you can think of. one three-letter word will come to your mind when hearing this, but it makes me think of a five-letter word used for qualifying the music that was born in cotton fields.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hbwdAOogBw

    concerning the initial topic: i like genesis, camel, magma, king crimson (RED!), atoll, ange, jethro tull, gong,... i voted for crimson just because of the album mentionned.

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    When I think of pure Prog ROCK, RUSH is where its at, they are the very definition of Progressive Rock and THE true pioneer of the genre. I will admit that I am biased as I have been a hardcore fan since my early high school years and I am a drummer-so liking RUSH goes without saying. BUT, I also equally enjoy listening to YES, TULL, ELP, and many others. I am surprised that KANSAS has not been mentioned as frequently...one of the best Symphonic Prog bands ever. TOOL is also a very interesting band to listen to- more metal than the rest but equally as brilliant.

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    hey some friend of mine recommended TOOL also. i forgot to go check it out. i will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_drumminator View Post
    When I think of pure Prog ROCK, RUSH is where its at, they are the very definition of Progressive Rock and THE true pioneer of the genre. I will admit that I am biased as I have been a hardcore fan since my early high school years and I am a drummer-so liking RUSH goes without saying. BUT, I also equally enjoy listening to YES, TULL, ELP, and many others. I am surprised that KANSAS has not been mentioned as frequently...one of the best Symphonic Prog bands ever. TOOL is also a very interesting band to listen to- more metal than the rest but equally as brilliant.
    All else is personal opinion, but to state that RUSH is THE true pioneer of the genre, with their first album (and not even a really proggy one) released as late as 1974, is simply incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunwaiter View Post
    hey some friend of mine recommended TOOL also. i forgot to go check it out. i will.
    Skip their first couple releases and listen to anything from "Aenima" forward...brilliant band!

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    Art Rock,

    Obviously there were other prog rock bands that came out before them and yes, they were just a hard rock band for their first few releases. But in terms of HARD ROCK that was truly progressive at the same time, they set the bar.

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    i would think Pink Floyd are the ultimate 'greatest' prog rock group, certainly judging by the interest that their reforming for that concert created, only the 'reformation' of Led Zeppelin caused similar interest and perhaps only the The Beatles (if they were all alive) 'comeback' would have been greater.

    also i recall many years ago in the sixth form common room circa 71-73 Pink Floyd were the most familiar name heard!
    Cheers Elpless

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