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    Peter Hammill (founding member of the progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator).


    Because it's never too late to start wasting time ... and who doesn't like useless lists?

    Your list for best prog albums of 2019—let's have it.

    FYI: For our purposes "Prog Rock" denotes all the ridiculous sub-genres; avant-prog, heavy-prog, prog-folk, RIO, etc, etc.
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    This is what I have so far:

    1. Isildurs Bane & Peter Hammill - (2019) In Amazonia
    2. Marc Edwards / Mick Barr - (2019) The Bowels of Jupiter
    3. Torn / Berne / Smith - (2019) Sun of Goldfinger
    4. Consider the Source - (2019) You are Literally a Metaphor

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    No matter what, IQ - Resistance is going to be the strongest contender. Awaiting the postman...



    Sounds a bit like Frequency, which is very good news to me.
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    Andrew Roussak - Storm warning.
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    Magnesis - "Alice au pays des délires"

    Link to complete album -

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...Wr5mYjRfVEY23s
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    Subgenre - Avant-prog

    Lost Crowns - Every Night Something Happens


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    Subgenre - Zeuhl

    Magma - Zess


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    I had an insight into why the original prog bands didn't think they were creating "prog rock." They were just doing music. Does that make sense? If you try to create prog rock, you create just weird copies or soulless exercises.

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    Quote Originally Posted by regenmusic View Post
    I had an insight into why the original prog bands didn't think they were creating "prog rock." They were just doing music. Does that make sense? If you try to create prog rock, you create just weird copies or soulless exercises.
    Well...

    Yes and no.

    For sure, the period in music from which prog originated, was much more of an experimental time. Boundary pushing was accepted and encouraged. So, yes, they probably thought they were just pushing the same boundaries already pushed just a few years earlier by Sgt Peppers.

    I read a few decades ago, that progressive rock was first used, in a review, to describe Cream. Which, being blues based, are not what later became known as progressive rock.

    If you try to create prog rock, you create just weird copies or soulless exercises.
    I do not completely agree with this.

    Sure, if a modern band is trying to replicate the specific sound of a band from the first golden age of prog, that could be a 'soulless' exercise. Although, if they are able to write some great melodies, arrangements, and play it well, even if it is very close to the sound of a classic era band, it could still be an enjoyable listen.

    But there are plenty of modern bands, that may have influences by the classical bands, but still add enough of their own unique take on it, that they can sound fresh and new.

    Plus, there are also plenty of modern bands, that are still prog, yet sound pretty unique.
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    I've been rather disappointed by contemporary prog. Much of it either sounds like circus music (avant-prog) or is utterly retrogressive in its ambition to replicate the sounds of the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Moon View Post
    Subgenre - Avant-prog

    Lost Crowns - Every Night Something Happens

    Every Night Something Happens by Lost Crowns and Amazonia by Isildurs Bane & Peter Hammill are my top two prog albums of the year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Terror View Post
    I've been rather disappointed by contemporary prog. Much of it either sounds like circus music (avant-prog) or is utterly retrogressive in its ambition to replicate the sounds of the past.
    Since you liked Dave Kerman's Abandonship, have you listened to his Regarding Purgatories album? And how about Thinking Plague? I don't know what you mean by circus music? The only recent album I bought is the Banco CD and I wasn't too impressed. But I don't really look too hard for new stuff. I'm into other music. Right now I'm listening to Ceux Du Dehors by Univers Zero. It's pretty good, but far from new music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    Since you liked Dave Kerman's Abandonship, have you listened to his Regarding Purgatories album? And how about Thinking Plague? I don't know what you mean by circus music? The only recent album I bought is the Banco CD and I wasn't too impressed. But I don't really look too hard for new stuff. I'm into other music. Right now I'm listening to Ceux Du Dehors by Univers Zero. It's pretty good, but far from new music.
    I have both Kerman albums and they are among my favorites. I haven't listened to much Thinking Plague though.

    By Circus music I mean goofy high-pitched vocals as exemplified by the Japanese band Ruins. I appreciate humor in music (Zappa, Keneally) but not too many bands can pull it off convincingly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Terror View Post
    I have both Kerman albums and they are among my favorites. I haven't listened to much Thinking Plague though.
    The Early Plague Years CD has a lot of great pieces if you can find it. I also recommend In This Life, and A History Of Madness. I'm sure you can stream these albums or find CDs at Discogs or Wayside Music. Some of the titles are becoming scarce on CD because Cuneiform isn't producing anymore copies. I just got the Zappa Orchestral Favorites 3 disc set yesterday and I'm very much enjoying this one.

    Other Kerman related albums you might enjoy are Hunger's Teeth, Crisis In Clay, and U-Totem. I hope Keneally does part 3 of Scambot but since he probably won't sell more than a thousand copies it might not happen. It's a shame these talented artists can't make any money on recordings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    The Early Plague Years CD has a lot of great pieces if you can find it. I also recommend In This Life, and A History Of Madness. I'm sure you can stream these albums or find CDs at Discogs or Wayside Music. Some of the titles are becoming scarce on CD because Cuneiform isn't producing anymore copies. I just got the Zappa Orchestral Favorites 3 disc set yesterday and I'm very much enjoying this one.

    Other Kerman related albums you might enjoy are Hunger's Teeth, Crisis In Clay, and U-Totem. I hope Keneally does part 3 of Scambot but since he probably won't sell more than a thousand copies it might not happen. It's a shame these talented artists can't make any money on recordings.
    I'll be listening to Hoping Against Hope after Portico Quartet's new release, Memory Streams, which I am loving so far.

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