Updated: Jun 8
Progressive rock's heart is started beating in Britain while the world passed 20th century's half about 20 years ago, '70's. Most of the bands have started to try to find a new way to make the music more artistic. It's hard to identify them because there are unlimited possibilities if we are talking about progressive rock. The common thing about progressive rock music is, non of them is similar to each other. Because of the experimental music mentality, unlimited options meet us.
This music type's fundamentals are based on free jazz and blues. If you hear a saxophone sound this is a normal case. And you have to be ready to listen to a song that longer than 2-3 minutes. There is no other type that makes you relax and uncomfortable at the same time.
1.Dark Side of The Moon (Pink Floyd)
DSOTM is not Pink Floyd's first progressive rock album but one of the greatest for sure. Album released in '73 and after that year nothing remained the same. While the words being written, the band gathered and discussed things like money, time... You can listen to a whole album like just one long song. Because the song passes connected with each other and you will not feel the pass. Click Here and visit the vinyl record of the album on Amazon.
2. A Question of Balance (The Moody Blues)
This album starts enthusiastically and in the end, you may cry. Songs penetrate your soul and take you to another place that no one can find or imagine. Same time you are trying to find a question of the balance in the words, in the image of the album cover. You start thinking after all and replaying all over again. Sometimes finding and sometimes losing yourself. Are we doing good? Click Here and visit the vinyl record of the album on Amazon.
Has a great sound and combinations of the instruments has a wonderful taste of music. While the side flute dancing, you become a person that flying with clouds, then the jazzy guitar solos carrying you until the vocal comes in. Do you really living your life or it's all mirage, why don't you try to find it while listening? Click Here and visit the vinyl record of the album on Amazon.
4.In The Court of The Crimson King (King Crimson)
The album is inspired by many songs of any type until now. If your first listening experience was for vocal, next time it will be for bass guitar, after that drums... Every instrument has a different type of personality and in harmony with each other. The complication has never been this harmonious. Take your time, leave some time for yourself and just listen, you will understand what I mean. Click Here and visit the vinyl record of the album on Amazon.
5. Aqualung (Jethro Tull)
Aqualung. The homeless man getting that nickname because of breathing problems. There is a real story beyond the lyrics and the melody. Even the font of the album reminded me of whiskey. The band has a history with Led Zeppelin and they are sharing the same thing. You can really enjoy this album track. Electric guitar solos and after this, there are acoustic guitar parts following the flute. You come into the homeless man's life while being all ears to tracks. "Lick Your Fingers Clean" So, are you gonna listen or what? Click Here and visit the vinyl record of the album on Amazon.
6.In The Land of The Grey and Pink (Caravan)
Cash-poor band driving their van down to Landon and taping the whole album that being a milestone of the progressive rock history. In the background, you can hear bass guitar solos in the electric guitar's jazz and blues' mixed fundamental. The band has a history and you can hear it from the music. This job including experience for sure. Click Here and visit the vinyl record of the album on Amazon.
7.The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other
(Van der Graaf Generator)
The music ranged from ballads so it makes it more artistic. Modern music meets with historical air. Alto and tenor saxophone simultaneously The final track, "After the Flood" was a science fiction number that showed the fallout of an apocalyptic flood and featured a twelve-tone. The lyrics partially quoted Albert Einstein expressed his concern about the arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union that led to Cold War. What more can you expect from an album? Click Here and visit the vinyl record of the album on Amazon.
8. Gentle Giant (Gentle Giant)
Long story short, the album is not successful in a commercial way but it's cult. All of the band members is a multi-instrumentalist. You can hear a string instrument like a violin, seems like listening to classical music but suddenly everything goes upside-down. Progressive rock's experimental mentality shows itself very well here. You will feel the folk sound in the classical instruments. If you want to listen to an album that provides you with more artistic bases, it could be best for you. Take an example, be gentle. Will you be? Click Here and visit the vinyl record of the album on Amazon.
9.Nursery Cyrme (Genesis)
There is a history behind this striking cover painting. The band wanted an album cover from Paul Whitehead. He starts listening to the album and feel of Victorian. Asking the band for this kind of artwork and the band says "run with it" Instruments speak out loud in this tracks with the vocal. If you listen well and start thinking, it reminds you of the Victorian era too. Who would not want that? Click Here and visit the vinyl record of the album on Amazon.
10.Eye in The Sky (The Alan Parsons Project)
This project getting that name from the founder, Parsons. Parsons, co-operate with many musicians. He contributed The Beatles's "Let It Be" album but his magnum opus is "Dark Side of The Moon" works. The project released many cults and hit pieces but never been the mainstream. Don't you want to be in this caravan? Click Here and visit the vinyl record of the album on Amazon.