Saturday, August 9, 2014

PROG magazine's top 100 "Prog" albums issue coming

8/8/14 12:03PM-11:52PM

Okay, so the below list is sort of a prediction, which many of which I was correct about, and many not of course.

What I meant to earlier, is sort include something about this kind of poll and the "PROG" magazine in general.

I struggle with making a list like this, naturally trying to rank albums I love one over another, etc. But this poll is about "prog" specifically, so as my email states, the albums I voted for in my top 10 were hardly my favorite 10 albums of all-time exactly, or even my favorites from said bands entirely (although a number of them are I suppose, if I had to decide).

But I would wonder what the readers of "PROG" would vote for, and how different it is. Why i say that, is while their readers do love and favor "prog" over other styles of music, I'm sure many enjoy bands who did progressive music, but may not exactly be doing "prog" as their only emphasis. 

I'm thinking stuff like The Beach Boys Pet Sounds or Smile, many of The Beatles albums, or more modern music like from people like Muse, Radiohead or even U2. Ours in my case, etc..or Jellyfish, Faith No More, XTC and so many others.

Unfortunately with "PROG" magazine, while they do or at least are intended to serve a certain niche audience, and do to a point as they have been able to be successful for what, 5 or more years? they have frequently, if not almost always had a HEAVY BRITISH and EUROPEAN BIAS. I guess with my taste, interest I notice how they will talk about bands like Muse, Radiohead, Porcupine Tree/Steven Wilson and even Pure Reason Revolution and Oceansize (I think), and yet have not really talked about some of those bands contemporaries outside of the UK really.

dredg? Fair to Midland? Kaddisfly? even The Dear Hunter I don't recall ever receiving mention. 

Coheed and Cambria have, as well as Mastodon and Tool I recall, but those names are so big, I suppose they don't have much choice.

I suppose if a American/North American version/counterpart were printed, they might include more focus on those American prog bands, and maybe not as much on the European prog scene (per say). But, then again, I would be surprised if not shocked if an American version of PROG could even sell; which might suggest blogs like my own and some others are that version.

So, that is kind of my take on their magazine, at least a few years ago. I don't buy it or religiously try and find it at the bookstore like I once did, so maybe they have improved some, with their coverage outside of their home continent.

And the results posted below my predictions, are pretty predictable with the big 5 bands pretty well represented. Dream Theater and Marillion as well.

Fear of a Blank Planet and even the Steven Wilson solo albums? meh..even The Incident is surprising to see on there, as there are other albums, even from PT's catalog that make more sense.

And Storm Corrosion?..mmkay, that might be the most shocking. Distorted Lullabies or Spilt Milk make a lot more sense to me when voting for "prog"

Raven being at #9? while it is a good album, I would guess in 10 years or more, when people make a list like this again, it won't rank nearly that high. Even Weather Systems from Anathema, I think has become a little overly praised, or, at least how much more praise it receives than We're Here, Because We're Here, etc.

I guess this poll, like some of the Lists results, reflect the recent history/tastes and times, and are voted on by a lot of kids. Because to not find Fates Warning on this list, or Kevin Gilbert among many others, and see bands like Haken on here..doesn't seem totally accurate. Or no Soft Machine..I guess they come across too jazzy. For that matter, no Fusion really from RTF to Mahavishnu to Metheny, I guess aren't "prog" enough, which again goes back to my original point of having people vote for their favorite albums, not necessarily their favorite purely "prog" albums.. Although with Storm Corrosion, I suppose may not have.


Yes (5)
Close to the Edge
Tales From Topograpic Oceans
The Yes Album

Genesis (5)
Selling England
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Trick of the Tail
Nursery Cryme

Rush (6)
Moving Pictures
A Farewell to Kings
Permanent Waves
Caress of Steel

Emerson Lake and Palmer (3)
Brain Salad Surgery

King Crimson (5) 
In the Court of the Crimson King
Lark's Tongue in Aspic
Wake of Poseidon
Starless and Bible Black

Pink Floyd (4)
Dark Side of the Moon
Wish You Were Here
The Wall

Jethro Tull (3)
Thick as a Brick
A Passion Play

Marillion (4)
Misplaced Childhood
Clutching at Straws

Dream Theater (4)
Images and Words
Scenes From a Memory
Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence

Porcupine Tree (4)
Fear of a Blank Planet
In Abenstia
The Sky Moves Sideways

Steven Wilson (2)
The Raven that Refused to Sing
Grace for Drowning

Storm Corrosion (1)

Gentle Giant (2)
Free Hand

Camel (3)
The Snow Goose

Opeth (4)
Ghost Reveries
Blackwater Park
Still Life

Pain of Salvation (2)
Remedy Lane
The Perfect Element I

The Mars Volta (2)
Frances the Mute
DeLoused in the Comatorium

Transatlantic (2)
Bridge Across Forever

Spock's Beard (3)
The Light

PFM (1)
Per Un Amico

Tool (1)

Mastodon (3)
Crack the Skye
Blood Mountain

Radiohead (1)
OK Cumputer

Muse (1)

Coheed and Cambria (2)
Good Apollo 1
In Keeping Secrets

UK (1)

Return Forever (1)
Romantic Warrior

Mahavishnu orchestra (1)
Inner Mounting Flame

Gryphon (1)
Red Queen to Gryphon Three

Caravan (1)
In the Land of Gray and Pink

Nektar (1)
Remember the Future

IQ (3)
Dark Matter
The Wake

Happy the Man (1)
Crafty Hands

Jon Anderson (1)
Olias of Sunnhillow

Chris Squire (1)
Fish out of Water

Echolyn (2)
As the World

The Flower Kings (2)
Stardust We Are
Unfold the Future

Mike Oldfield (1)
Tubular Bells

Between the Buried and Me (3)
The Great Misdirect
Parallax II

Oceansize (1)

Pure Reason Revolution (1)
The Dark Third

Fates Warning (4)
A Pleasant Shade of Gray
Perfect Symmetry
No Exit

Queensryche (3)
Operation Mindcrime
Promised Land
Rage for Order

Renaissance (2)
Songs From Scherazade
Ashes are Burning

The Dear Hunter (1)
Act II: The Meaning of and All Things Regarding Ms.Leading

Liquid Tension Experiment (2)

Soft Machine (2)
The Soft Machine

Hawkwind (1)
Doremi Fasol Latido

Gong (1)
Flying Teapot

Karnivool (1)
Sound Awake

Wishbone Ash (1)

Steve Hackett (1)
Voyage of the Acolyte

Queen (1)
A Night at the Opera

King's X (1)
Gretchen Goes to Nebraska

Faith No More (1)
Angel Dust

Kansas (1)

Big Big Train
Frank Zappa
Shadow Gallery

Alright, I need to do said write up, and I actually may include my PREDICTIONS I was making not long after posting this, on Tuesday night. But for now, since it was shared online, here's the results apparently. I'd like to see the albums that were close to but not making it.

No Fates Warning, no Soft Machine, only 1 The Mars Volta and 1 Pain of Salvation and only 1 Spock's Beard. No The Flower Kings. No Hawkwind and many others.


1. Close To The Edge – Yes
2. In The Court of the Crimson King – King Crimson
3. Selling England By The Pound – Genesis
4. Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
5. Thick As A Brick – Jethro Tull
6. Foxtrot – Genesis
7. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
8. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway – Genesis
9. The Raven Who Refused To Sing – Steven Wilson
10. Fragile – Yes
11. Brain Salad Surgery – Emerson, Lake & Palmer
12. Red – King Crimson
13. Moving Pictures – Rush
14. Animals – Pink Floyd
15. 2112 – Rush
16. The Wall – Pink Floyd
17. Scenes From A Memory – Dream Theater
18. Fear of a Blank Planet – Porcupine Tree
19. Relayer – Yes
20. Misplaced Childhood – Marillion
21. A Trick of the Tail – Genesis
22. Tales from Topographic Oceans – Yes
23. Hemispheres – Rush
24. Pawn Hearts – Van Der Graaf Generator
25. Images and Words – Dream Theater
26. Going for the One – Yes
27. Deadwing – Porcupine Tree
28. Tarkus – Emerson, Lake & Palmer
29. Brave – Marillion
30. Larks Tongues In Aspic – King Crimson
31. The Snow Goose – Camel
32. The Yes Album – Yes
33. Lateralus – Tool
34. Bridge Across Forever – Transatlantic
35. In the Land of Pink and Grey – Caravan
36. Blackwater Park – Opeth
37. Meddle – Pink Floyd
38. English Electric – Big Big Train
39. The Whirlwind – Transatlantic
40. Script for a Jester’s Tear – Marillion
41. Nursery Cryme – Genesis
42. Trilogy – Emerson, Lake & Palmer
43. Aqualung – Jethro Tull
44. Wind and Wuthering – Genesis
45. Colours – Between The Buried and Me
46. Ghost Reveries – Opeth
47. Clutching at Straws – Marillion
48. The Incident – Porcupine Tree
49. A Passion Play – Jethro Tull
50. Grace for Drowning – Steven Wilson
51. Mirage – Camel
52. Marbles – Marillion
53. A Farewell to Kings – Rush
54. The Mountain – Haken
55. Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Rick Wakeman
56. Acquiring the Taste – Gentle Giant
57. Crack the Skye – Mastodon
58. Moonmadness – Camel
59. Weather Systems – Anathema
60. Tubular Bells – Mike Oldfield
61. De-loused in the Crematorium – The Mars Volta
62. Aenima – Tool
63. The Parallax II – Between The Buried and Me
64. Operation Mindcrime – Queensryche
65. Octopus – Gentle Giant
66. In Absentia – Porcupine Tree
67. Insurgentes – Steven Wilson
68. Rock Bottom – Robert Wyatt
69. Permanent Waves – Rush
70. Discipline – King Crimson
71. Atom Heart Mother – Pink Floyd
72. Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
73. Godbluff – Van Der Graaf Generator
74. Hot Rats – Frank Zappa
75. Free Hand – Gentle Giant
76. Songs from the Wood – Jethro Tull
77. Crime of the Century – Supertramp
78. Still Life – Opeth
79. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Emerson, Lake & Palmer
80. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence – Dream Theater
81. Leftoverture – Kansas
82. Subterannea – IQ
83. Still Life – Van Der Graaf Generator
84. Remedy Lane – Pain of Salvation
85. UK – UK
86. Six – Mansun
87. OK Computer – Radiohead
88. Snow – Spock's Beard
89. Awake – Dream Theater
90. Afraid of Sunlight – Marillion
91. Damnation – Opeth
92. The Six Wives of Henry the Eighth – Rick Wakeman
93. Storm Corrosion – Storm Corrosion
94. War of the Worlds – Jeff Wayne
95. To Our Children’s Children’s Children – The Moody Blues
96. Lizard – King Crimson
97. Voyage of the Acolyte – Steve Hackett
98. Tago Mago – Can
99. Moving Waves – Focus

100. Drama - Yes

8/5/14 12:08PM
This whole idea/process warrants more elaboration from myself, but my lunch break doesn't allow enough time to do so, so for now I will just share my submission/vote and the email I sent and the Cover of the issue coming rather soon to subscribers, bookstores, readers, etc. If I recall, it'll be out in Europe this month, but maybe not until September or later in North America.

Also I'll try and add-in every album visually represented on the cover later as on nearly all of them were mentioned (most of which I noticed, but I'll admit, not all).

1. Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick
2. Rush - Hemispheres
3. Genesis - Foxtrot
4. Yes - Relayer
5. Marillion - Misplaced Childhood
6. Dream Theater - Images and Words
7. Fates Warning - A Pleasant Shade of Gray
8. Pain of Salvation - The Perfect Element I
9. Marillion - Brave
10. Kevin Gilbert - The Shaming of the True

note: these are more or less in order of my favorites IN REGARDS to also being "Prog," and somewhat in their importance and influence in my taste as well as others (in other words, Dream Theater for example, I don't consider Images and Words my favorite, but rather my favorite with their emphasis on "Prog.")

Also, of course in making a favorite albums list overall, I am not including some, namely Apes and Androids's "Blood Moon" or dredg's "El Cielo" which I guess I don't consider as emphasizing "Prog" enough to vote for this list.

Suggestion: Maybe do another poll at some point, where people vote for their favorite albums of all-time, REGARDLESS of genre/style etc. Sort of a "Top 100 Albums from READERS OF PROG MAGAZINE," could turn out more different than this poll, than many might think.


--Kyle aka "allmediareviews blog owner"