Page 2 of 22 FirstFirst 12345612 ... LastLast
Results 16 to 30 of 318

Thread: The Prog Appreciation Thread

  1. #16
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Posts
    3,602
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    OK here's my sales pitch for Gösta Berlings Saga.

    They are a four piece instrumental band, from Sweden. The main instruments are Fender Rhodes, guitar, bass and drums. They frequently augment with others too: such as saw, glockenspiel, celeste, Mellotron, cello, French horn, bass harmonica....

    So far they have released three marvellous albums which I unreservedly recommend any fan of "experimental" rock to investigate. Their latest is on Cuneiform Records.

    I tend to just play the albums without regard to titles so it's a bit hard to select for first hearing but maybe...



    ...something longer...




    I love their music and I hope you enjoy it too...

  2. Likes Casebearer, Wood liked this post
  3. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Littlehampton, England, UK
    Posts
    1,415
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Because I'm something of an old fart. I tend not to be too keen on a lot of the 'neo-prog' out there. I find it either too derivative (pale imitations of bands that have done it before and better) or too dependent on pure technical ability and lacking in musical depth. So, which are my favoured Prog bands?

    Affinity
    Camel
    Caravan
    Genesis
    Gentle Giant
    Gryphon
    Peter Hammill
    Happy the Man
    Jethro Tull
    King Crimson
    The Nice
    Pink Floyd
    Premiata Forneria Marconi
    Riverside
    Stackridge
    Supertramp
    Traffic (if you count them as Prog)
    U.K.
    Yes

  4. Likes dogen, Dr Johnson, millionrainbows liked this post
  5. #18
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Posts
    3,602
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Nice list, I had the good fortune to see several of them (including UK, when they were a four piece).

  6. Likes Delicious Manager liked this post
  7. #19
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Posts
    3,733
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Glaliraha View Post
    I am not a fan of Dream Theater, however. I find them to be pretentious and shallow.
    I am not a fan either but one could easily hurl the very same accusation at Tool, Opeth and Pink Floyd. At least Floyd wrote some good pop tunes.
    Last edited by Morimur; Apr-06-2016 at 17:47.

  8. #20
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Littlehampton, England, UK
    Posts
    1,415
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by dogen View Post
    Nice list, I had the good fortune to see several of them (including UK, when they were a four piece).
    Was that Bruford, Holdsworth, Jobson and Wetton?

  9. Likes dogen liked this post
  10. #21
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Littlehampton, England, UK
    Posts
    1,415
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Morimur View Post
    I am not a fan either but one could easily hurl the very same accusation at Tool, Opeth and Pink Floyd. At least Floyd wrote some good pop tunes.
    Pink Floyd shallow? Have you read Roger Waters' lyrics?

  11. #22
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Posts
    3,733
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Delicious Manager View Post
    Pink Floyd shallow? Have you read Roger Waters' lyrics?
    Let's not pretend that Waters is Samuel Beckett. You'd like an example of a good lyricist? Leonard Cohen is your man.

  12. #23
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Posts
    3,602
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Delicious Manager View Post
    Was that Bruford, Holdsworth, Jobson and Wetton?
    It was indeed; at Keele University!

  13. Likes Delicious Manager, Dr Johnson liked this post
  14. #24
    Senior Member Dr Johnson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2015
    Location
    Logres
    Posts
    1,548
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Delicious Manager View Post
    Because I'm something of an old fart. I tend not to be too keen on a lot of the 'neo-prog' out there. I find it either too derivative (pale imitations of bands that have done it before and better) or too dependent on pure technical ability and lacking in musical depth. So, which are my favoured Prog bands?

    Affinity
    Camel
    Caravan
    Genesis
    Gentle Giant
    Gryphon
    Peter Hammill
    Happy the Man
    Jethro Tull
    King Crimson
    The Nice
    Pink Floyd
    Premiata Forneria Marconi
    Riverside
    Stackridge
    Supertramp
    Traffic (if you count them as Prog)
    U.K.
    Yes
    Stackridge! A fine band. Prog? I suppose they could be.

    I was listening to Teatime on Youtube the other day.
    'In our way, Johnson strongly expressed his love of driving fast in a post-chaise. "If (said he) I had no duties, and no reference to futurity, I would spend my life in driving briskly in a post-chaise with a pretty woman;"' Boswell's Life of Johnson.

  15. Likes Delicious Manager liked this post
  16. #25
    Senior Member starthrower's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Posts
    6,802
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I've been enjoying this ambitious 2 disc set. You can listen to the entire album here.
    http://axonneuron.bandcamp.com/album/metamorphosis-2

  17. Likes dogen liked this post
  18. #26
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Littlehampton, England, UK
    Posts
    1,415
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Morimur View Post
    Let's not pretend that Waters is Samuel Beckett. You'd like an example of a good lyricist? Leonard Cohen is your man.
    Samuel Beckett he's not (nor does he pretend to be) and he's a bit obsessed by lists, but shallow? I don't think so.

  19. #27
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Littlehampton, England, UK
    Posts
    1,415
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by dogen View Post
    It was indeed; at Keele University!
    Sounds like we were at uni at exactly the same time (1976-79 for me). I was at the UEA in Norwich and they had some good bands there too.

  20. Likes dogen liked this post
  21. #28
    Senior Member regenmusic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Posts
    715
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Prog Rock has been a somewhat mixed blessing for me. I went the usual course for people of my generation (I'm 52). I followed Fripp and Eno and went into the more New Wave thing around 1979, I had already been exposed to about 15 prog bands by that time (PFM, VDGG, etc.). I also was into classical and was composing "classical" since about 10, and then I had these "Prog Gods" kind of haunt me, is my music like this slick commercially appealing music?? It was an unnatural standard because I outgrew the rock paradigm (as a lot of rockers would say they have as well, like Wire). But, I went through a book writing intensive in the last 10 years and focused on that more than music, and to communicate with others while I worked at home, I visited prog boards occasionally and kind of lost my musical self a tiny bit.

    At least Prog helped me overcome the other style of music which I don't like, that is, the Industrial flavored bands. I had an early exposure to this in 1983-1985, had a well received Industrial flavored Toccata for synthesizer called "After the Crayon Rains" that two German labels wanted to release (my act wasn't together then and let it fall through the cracks). So, instead of going ooh and ahh to this Industrial music, I basically knew ELP and others were light years ahead of it and Emerson was doing a lot of that kind of stuff live. When I stopped smoking pot, a lot of music lost its appeal, lol. The Prog I like generally is good popular modern music that doesn't have the negative or minimalist (lower case sound, field recording artists) undercurrent. It's good to identify somewhat with it but not too closely.

  22. #29
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Posts
    3,733
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    I've been enjoying this ambitious 2 disc set. You can listen to the entire album here.
    http://axonneuron.bandcamp.com/album/metamorphosis-2
    Interesting. Don't care much for the tepid vocals though—they should sack the singer.

    I really like this...

    https://cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.co...rough-the-wall

    ...quite 'crimsonesque', except better.
    Last edited by Morimur; Apr-07-2016 at 00:14.

  23. #30
    Senior Member Dr Johnson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2015
    Location
    Logres
    Posts
    1,548
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I think we should have some Public Foot The Roman in this thread:



    from their only album:

    'In our way, Johnson strongly expressed his love of driving fast in a post-chaise. "If (said he) I had no duties, and no reference to futurity, I would spend my life in driving briskly in a post-chaise with a pretty woman;"' Boswell's Life of Johnson.

  24. Likes Strange Magic liked this post
Page 2 of 22 FirstFirst 12345612 ... LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. The I'm Addicted To Tchaikovsky Thread
    By Mirror Image in forum Classical Music Discussion
    Replies: 49
    Last Post: Nov-22-2010, 23:45
  2. The classical music birthday thread
    By Fsharpmajor in forum Classical Music Discussion
    Replies: 81
    Last Post: Mar-19-2010, 17:14
  3. The I'm Addicted To Brahms Thread
    By Mirror Image in forum Classical Music Discussion
    Replies: 30
    Last Post: Jun-23-2009, 02:22

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •