This album represents a time when I first met my lovely wife. She had never heard of Genesis before and we spent one night playing all heir albums u to that point. We've enjoyed many replays since then.
When I first heard In the court of the Crimson King - an observation by King Crimson, I didn't notice that I had known one of the best albums of all the times. Surely, for me, this is, perhaps, the best prog album of my life.
Has to be Yes' "Going for the One." At a time when prog (and melodic rock in general) was taking a critical beating, it successfully integrated the muse of new wave and put some balls back into progressive rock. What other track has so successfully wedded prog, new wave and new age as "Awaken"?
Hey Tony, Going For The One is one of my favorite Yes albums and the live show was one of the greatest and most beautiful I've ever seen. Definitely one of my top 10 all time concerts. BUT, I can't agree that there is even a hint of new wave in Awaken. It is an epic composition with beautiful soft, even transcendent passages and very powerful orchestral passages... but not even a tiny bit of anything remotely new wave. Good call on the album in general though. It is a great one. Later...
I should've specified that at the time it was released, it was a huge step away from "Relayer" toward more accessible, energized tracks like "Parallels." Not that they started sounding like Duran Duran, but the music press at the time did take note that the song "Going for the One" seemed to take note of the energy of changing musical directions. "90125" was a close second, for all the same reasons.
OK, I agree. It was far more accessible than Relayer. And Parallels was one bombastic song to be sure. As for Relayer, I love the album, as it was such a bizarre departure from some of their earlier and even later stuff. The Relayer tour was my first Yes show and watching Patrick Moraz with his 'mad scientist' look and racks of synthesizers and the very cool stage design is one of my favorite concert experiences for many reasons. It was an intense performance.
Really interesting answers.
I don't believe that the 'best' prog album has been recorded yet, which is why there are so many of you striving to make your next album your 'best'.
My personal choices so far though---
Meddle--Pink Floyd - if only for the wonderful 'Echoes'. 'One Of These Days', 'Pillow Of Winds', 'Fearless' (featuring the Kop chorus) , the jaunty 'St. Tropez', 'Seamus'---"I was in the kitchen,
Seamus, that's the dog, was outside.
well I was in the kitchen-
Seamus, my own hound, was outside.
well you know the sun was sinking slowly
and my own hound-dog sat right down and cried"
Every track a gem!
Yes---Close To The Edge--- 'And You And I', 'Siberian Khatru'--stunning.
Genesis--Foxtrot---'Watcher Of The Skies', 'Supper's Ready'--sublime.
Moody Blues (controversial)---In Search Of The Lost Chord'
Jethro Tull--'Thick As A Brick'---written as a send-up of concept albums, ironically was their classic proggie masterpiece.
Wish You Were Here, DSOTM, Animals, Nursery Cryme, Selling England..., The Lamb...,, Topographic Ocean, Fragile, The Yes Album......all part of my teenage musical education. All classic albums, known and loved by most here.
Now I'm on an endless search for my next favourite, and the next...and the next----which is where you guys come in...!