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    Primiata Forneria Marconi, known as PFM, an Italian King Crimson. Album produced by Pete Sinfield. Very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post
    Primiata Forneria Marconi, known as PFM, an Italian King Crimson. Album produced by Pete Sinfield. Very good.
    Thinking of Sinfield, does anyone like the album Still?

    I had it on vinyl years ago.
    '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.

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    I challenge the "prog" status of Jethro Tull on technical grounds. Most prog is influenced by Western classical, but Tull seem to be based on British folk songs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Johnson View Post
    Thinking of Sinfield, does anyone like the album Still?

    I had it on vinyl years ago.
    That looks like a good one; this time-traveling aspect of music is something that really appeals to me. Now I can go back in time when I hear it. I want to get some more John Wetton. He was really good on vocals with both KK and UK. What's happened to Eddie Jobson? I liked him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Johnson View Post
    Thinking of Sinfield, does anyone like the album Still?

    I had it on vinyl years ago.
    I recall it was underwhelming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogen View Post
    I recall it was underwhelming.
    Each to their own, but I enjoyed some of it.

    Although perhaps not quite enough to buy it on CD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post
    I challenge the "prog" status of Jethro Tull on technical grounds. Most prog is influenced by Western classical, but Tull seem to be based on British folk songs.
    I agree with you. However I prefer to go with the flow. I got worn out a long time ago on which bands were heavy metal and which weren't. It made the tonal/atonal issue seem like a fleeting comment!

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    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post
    That looks like a good one; this time-traveling aspect of music is something that really appeals to me. Now I can go back in time when I hear it. I want to get some more John Wetton. He was really good on vocals with both KK and UK. What's happened to Eddie Jobson? I liked him.
    Active and varied, to sum up the Wiki page!

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    Thanks Starthrower and Dogen.

    This is a nice thread. So far people have come up with maybe 50 or more bandnames all together so enough for me to (re)discover prog. I've been reading the posts all over again and been listening to four bands doing so. I've updated my previous list in the process.

    What I liked already (enhanced list and ‘definition’ of prog)
    Zappa
    Beefheart
    Pere Ubu/David Thomas & the bla bla bla
    King Crimson
    Yes
    Softmachine/Robert Wyatt
    The Residents
    Henry Cow
    Jethro Tull
    Caravan
    Peter Hamill
    Art Zoyd (I posted on them recently)
    Massacre

    What I picked up from you all so far and will surely keep on liking
    Zevious (very, very tight playing! Somewhat one dimensional nevertheless, especially in the speed department. Apart from King Crimson it reminds me of Massacre too)
    Thinking Plague (Just the thing for me. More of an adventure in the long run also).

    Nice music but it probably won’t stick with me
    Axon-Neuron (nice, but a bit too much on the metal side for me sometimes)
    Gösta Berlings Saga (On the whole they’re not for me probably. But some songs are nearly perfect. Especially Kontrast. Sorterargatan and Vasterbron are nice also.)

    Just my taste and opinion of course.

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    A pretty interesting 3 minute prog tune.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post


    A pretty interesting 3 minute prog tune.
    Well, this beats both Zevious and Thinking Plague.

    I know him as part of Zappa's band but never followed up on him. Now I will.

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    Huh, I get This video is not available...

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    You prog-heads should enjoy this site:

    http://www.makeweirdmusic.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post


    A pretty interesting 3 minute prog tune.
    Talk about humor in music...

    Last edited by Morimur; Apr-09-2016 at 07:14.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casebearer View Post
    Well, this beats both Zevious and Thinking Plague.

    I know him as part of Zappa's band but never followed up on him. Now I will.
    I've been praising Keneally for a couple of decades now. Imo, he's head and shoulders above most of the pack when it comes to talent and imagination. And he's a great musician. And not unlike Zappa, he has an idiosyncratic sense of phrasing and rhythm. It's never cookie cutter or cliche.

    The lyrics to Looking For Nina are very clever. They're basically a self examination and castigation for a microcosmic obsession "looking for messages tucked into hair" while viewing portraits at an art gallery, rather than embracing the full picture. Apparently the artist would camoflauge his daughter's name somewhere in the portrait.
    Last edited by starthrower; Apr-09-2016 at 20:53.

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