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    Telegraph Road, Dire Straits. 14 minutes of pure, majestic rock and roll wonder. A simple but powerful story lyrically. But the last five instrumental minutes building to the final fadeout crescendo are nothing short of breathtaking. Brilliant every time I hear it.

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    I have 2 angel LPs. They were really quite good.
    Still alive and well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nijinsky Hind View Post
    I have 2 angel LPs. They were really quite good.
    I like their first two albums, then they lose me. The opening track on the s/t debut, "Tower," is awesome.

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    Surprised this hasn’t turned up:



    Or this:

    Confirmed Bachelors: the dramedy hit of 1883...

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    MOGWAI... Took me a while to really appreciate the laid back style of Mogwai.
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    Michael: "Harold, don't you have any other music, you know, from [last] century?"
    Harold: "There is no other music....."

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    Heres my longshot... Give it a chance.
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    Not sure if any of the songs listed would strike me as being a prog song, but here is my entry (feel free to disagree)

    Scorpions: Lonesome Crow (the song, not the album)

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    Green Day


    The Smashing Pumpkins


    I posted this one in the Beck thread, but it's worth one more shout-out:


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    This is a favorite around our house. My Chemical Romance did a couple of pretty good concept albums. They were pop-punk like Green Day but never got the same level of critical acclaim.


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    Styx, all the way back to the debut album.



    I'll leave you all to decide whether this was prog, or just a bad idea. I think it's cool, but I'm weird.


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    Everybody's Got to Learn sometime-----The Korgi's

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    You can definitely hear the Tull Bricks being laid on this one. (Wait, that sounded wrong…)
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    hmm... methinks Styx did one too many Prog tunes to be considered in this thread
    Why is it whenever someone mentions an artist that was clearly progressive (yet not the Symph weenie definition of Prog) do certain people feel compelled to snort "thats not Prog" like a whiny 5th grader?

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    lynyrd skynyrd - freebird

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEiZDaltXUQ

    and i think this song have a proggy vibe

    mountain - nantucket sleighride

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqWqCuHR0Og

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    David Gates- Suite: Clouds/Rain
    Carpenters- Another Song (and the Klaatu cover 'Calling Occupants...')

    As for Tommy James And The Shondells already mentioned, the title track of the album (from which the song mentioned comes from) Cellophane Symphony is full-on prog.

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    To respond to some previous posts: I'd think Uriah Heep is prog (thus Salisbury wouldn't count) and to Relayer56, yes, I'd definitely put April (Deep Purple) on this list. Great tune.

    For Zep, no one has said Carouselambra (sp?), best song from their last album.

    Here are some others:
    Chicago - Ballet for a Girl from Buchanan
    Grateful Dead - Terrapin Station (I think this is more proggier than the others listed), St. Stephen
    Heart - Mistral Wind and probably Little Queen
    Billy Joel - Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
    Lucifer's Friend - Sorrow, Thus Spoke Oberon, Spanish Galleons
    Pat Metheny Group - Half Life of Absolution, among many others
    Queen - no one has chimed in with Bohemian Rhapsody, I think it probably qualifies, and The Prophet's Song too
    Al Stewart - Nostradamus

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    Grateful Dead - Terrapin Station (I think this is more proggier than the others listed)

    Absolutely, this is a great album side and as about as prog as you can get

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nijinsky Hind View Post
    MOGWAI... Took me a while to really appreciate the laid back style of Mogwai.
    post rock. in my case it has superseded prog rock in several ways.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2steves View Post
    Everybody's Got to Learn sometime-----The Korgi's
    great choice, gorgeous song

    perennial fave of mine:



    the most obvious choice:



    a borderline case would be “fool’s overture” by SUPERTRAMP. file under prog-related

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    Quote Originally Posted by flowerking View Post

    For Zep, no one has said Carouselambra (sp?), best song from their last album.


    Billy Joel - Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
    These two have already been mentioned.
    "Moustache stays right where it's at" - Clutch

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    Glad to see Angel mentioned, their first two albums are great. But I didn't list them, Led Zep or Chicago because I feel they're a slightly-different category. Whereas many of the examples are bands who are primarily pop/rock and have one or two songs that stray into prog, Angel, LZ and Chicago managed to weave prog elements into many of their songs without tipping the scale over to being labeled prog bands.
    "Moustache stays right where it's at" - Clutch

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    Quote Originally Posted by flowerking View Post
    ...to Relayer56, yes, I'd definitely put April (Deep Purple) on this list. Great tune.
    Yes, thx, that was the first song that came to my mind.
    I'd add a few of my "proto-prog"-faves from the late sixties and early 70s :
    UFO: "Flying", Doors: "The End", Rare Bird: "Flight", Golden Earring: "Eight Miles High" and Procol Harum: "In Held Twas In I" (ok, the latter might be "real" prog already ;-) ).

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