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    What was absolytt inkredipell in 1974 was that although Dream Theater and Mabrillium hadn't even appeared yet (and they're very, very good and progressive and important!), there were ca. three bands from other parts of the grand globe. Maybe even five! That in itself is amazing as hell.

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    most fans of progressive Rock music count this or 1975 as the very best year.
    not limiting my selections to just Symph Rock, there was an amazing amount of fantastic progressive electric music released in 1974!

    Stanley Clarke, Stanley Clarke
    Funkadelic Standing on the Verge of Getting It On
    Return to Forever Where Have I Known You Before
    Santana Lotus
    Lonnie Liston Smith, / Cosmic Echoes Cosmic Funk
    Arti + Mestieri Tilt
    Camel Mirage
    Billy Cobham, Crosswinds
    Larry Coryell & The Eleventh House, Introducing
    Focus Hamburger Concerto
    Gong You
    Gryphon Red Queen to Gryphon Three
    Carlos Santana / Coltrane, Alice Illuminations
    Trace Trace
    Ablution Ablution
    Horacee Arnold, Tales of the Exonerated Flea
    Biglietto Per l'Inferno Biglietto Per l'Inferno
    Catalyst Unity
    Philip Catherine, September Man
    Chicago Chicago VII
    Clearlight Clearlight Symphony
    Billy Cobham, Total Eclipse
    Miles Davis, Dark Magus
    George Duke, Feel
    Earth, Wind & Fire Open Our Eyes
    Joe Farrell, Upon this Rock
    Herbie Hancock, Thrust
    Hatfield and The North Hatfield and The North
    Chris Hinze Combination, Sister Slick
    Isotope Isotope
    King Crimson Starless and Bible Black
    John Lee / Gerry Brown Infinite Jones (aka Bamboo Madness)
    Le Orme, Contrappunti
    Osibisa Superfly TNT
    Passport Looking Thru
    Premiata Forneria Marconi L'Isola di Niente
    Premiata Forneria Marconi Live in the USA (aka Cook)
    Secret Oyster Sea Son
    Sensations' Fix Fragments of Light
    Michal Urbaniak's Fusion, Atma
    Jasper Van't Hof, Eye-Ball
    Il Volo, Il Volo
    Stevie Wonder, Fulfillingness' First Finale
    Contraction La Bourse Ou La Vie
    Cymande Promised Heights
    George Duke, Faces In Reflection
    Egba Egba
    Egg The Civil Surface
    Ekseption Bingo
    Eloy Floating
    Fred Notes On A Picnic
    Gryphon Midnight Mushrumps
    Jan Hammer & Jerry Goodman Like Children
    Herbie Hancock, Death Wish
    Henry Cow Unrest
    Isotope Illusion
    Milt Jackson, Olinga
    Joachim Kühn, Cinemascope
    Lindh, Björn J:son Boogie Woogie (aka Second Carneval)
    Barry Miles & Silverlight Barry Miles & Silverlight
    New Trolls Tempi Dispari
    Nucleus Under the Sun
    Pekka Pohjola, Harakka Bialoipokku (B The Magpie)
    Pop Workshop Song Of The Pterodactyl
    Julian Priester, / Pepo Mtoto Love, Love
    Todd Rundgren's Utopia, Utopia
    Terje Rypdal, Whenever I Seem To Be Far Away
    Santana Borboletta
    Janne Schaffer, Andra LP
    Scope Scope
    Seguida Love Is
    Jukka Tolonen, The Hook
    Tower of Power Urban Renewal
    Michal Urbaniak, Fusion
    Mads Vinding Group Danish Design
    Weather Report Mysterious Traveller
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by strawberrybrick View Post
    Nice!.

    Good year, some favorites:

    - Grupo de Experimentacion Sonora del ICAIC - (Granma).
    - Sui Generis - Pequenas Anecdotas Sobre las Instituciones.
    - Invisible - Invisible.
    - Astor Piazzolla - Libertango.
    - Arco Iris - Agitor Lucens V.
    - Ave Rock - Ave Rock.
    - Mutantes - Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol.
    - Psiglo - II.
    - Los Canarios - Ciclos.
    - Eduardo Bort - same.
    - Fusioon - Fusioon.
    - Ibis - Sun Supreme.
    - Cincinnato - same.
    - Heldon - Electronique Guerilla.
    - Edgar Froese - Aqua.
    - Eloy - Floating.
    - Triumvirat - Illusions on a Double Dimple.
    - Guru Guru - Dance of the Flames.
    - Dzyan - Electric Silence.
    - Egberto Gismonti - Academia De Dancas.
    - Cos - Postaeolian Train Robbery.
    - Albert Marcoeur - same.
    - Samla Mammas Manna - Klossa Knapitatet.
    - Residents - Meet the Residents.
    - Betty Davis - They Say I'm Different.
    - ZAO - Osiris.
    - Nucleus - Under The Sun.
    - Isotope - same + Illusion.
    - Mahavishnu Orchestra - Apocalypse.
    - Weather Report - Mysterious Travelle.
    - Eberhard Weber - The Colours of Chloe.
    - Terje Rypdal - Whenever I Seem To Be Far Away.
    - Tomasz Stanko - Twet.
    - Herbie Hancock - Thrust.
    Pura Vida!.

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    I can't add anything more to how great 1974 was for prog rock... combine with 1973 and you're looking at the top of the mountain. I've been spotlighting each year in prog rock on my live on air radio show and the shows can be heard on mixcloud.com/magmashark
    The shows are not a complete discography or history of the year but my own personal journey and rememberances of those years, and I've tried to add a little perspective as to those classic releases which were a good representation of the genre, at least in North America.

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    Not released back then



    Supertramp Crime of the Century
    1Caravan Live At The Fairfield Halls, 1974 (aka The Best of Caravan Live)
    Collier Music, Graham Darius
    Focus Hamburger Concerto
    Gong You
    Harmonium Harmonium
    Out of Focus Not Too Late
    King Crimson Red
    Ptarmigan S/T
    Santana - Borboletta
    Santana, Carlos / Coltrane, Alice Illuminations
    Wyatt, Robert Rock Bottom
    Agitation Free At the Cliffs of River Rhine
    Betsch, John / The Society Earth Blossom
    Contraction La Bourse Ou La Vie
    Garrick, Michael Troppo
    Haikara Geafar
    Quella Vecchia Locanda Il Tempo della Gioia
    Wyatt, Robert & Friends Theatre Royal Drury Lane 8th September 1974
    Sweet Smoke Live
    Tangerine Dream Phaedra
    Tomita Snowflakes Are Dancing
    Trower, Robin Bridge of Sighs
    Gallagher, Rory Irish Tour 1974
    Gong Live At Sheffield 1974
    Gryphon Red Queen to Gryphon Three
    Hammill, Peter The Silent Corner & The Empty Stage
    Hancock, Herbie Thrust
    Hatfield and The North Hatfield and The North
    Isotope Illusion
    Kandahar Long Live The Sliced Ham
    Kansas Kansas
    Magma Kohntarkosz
    Maupin, Bennie The Jewel in the Lotus
    Nucleus Under the Sun
    Perigeo Genealogia
    Pierrot Lunaire Pierrot Lunaire
    Placebo Placebo
    Pohjola, Pekka Harakka Bialoipokku
    Queen II
    Aerosmith Get Your Wings
    Billy Cobham Total Eclipse
    Yatha Sidhra Meditation Mass
    Yes Relayer
    Cos Postaeolian Train Robbery
    Deep Purple Burn
    Dzyan Electric Silence
    my music collection increased tenfolds when I switched from heroin-addicts to crazy ones

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    Even the prophet Homer agrees!
    https://youtu.be/pLqfXlIq6RE

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    Zappa - Apostrophe and Roxy & Elsewhere
    Wakeman - Journey to the Centre of the Earth
    Tull - Warchild
    Renaissance - Turn of the Cards
    Stawbs - Hero and Heroine

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    Terry Jacks - Seasons in the Sun


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    Mannfred Mann's Earth Band--The Good Earth
    Ange--Au-Dela du Delire

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    Daryl Way's Wolf - Night Music
    Egg - The Civil Surface
    Klaus Schulze -Blackdance
    Perigeo - Genealogia
    Exmagma - Goldball
    Sensations Fix - Portable Madness
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    wasn't Portable Madness 1975?

    a masterpiece through and through in any case!
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLER View Post
    wasn't Portable Madness 1975?

    a masterpiece through and through in any case!
    Looks like Fragments of Light and self titled were also 1974: https://www.discogs.com/artist/1091356-Sensations-Fix
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    Looks like 74 was a very good year!

    Along with 72, and 73...!

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    Great year! My favourites:

    1. King Crimson: Red (UK) *****
    2. Robert Wyatt: Rock Bottom (UK) *****
    3. Yes: Relayer (UK) *****
    4. Mike Oldfield: Hergest Ridge (UK) *****
    5. Henry Cow: Unrest (UK) *****
    6. Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (UK) *****
    7. Magma: Köhntarkösz (FR) *****
    8. Gong: You (UK/FR) *****
    9. Peter Hammill: In Camera (UK) *****
    10. Wigwam: Being (FI) *****

    11. Hatfield and the North: s/t (UK) ****½
    12. Can: Soon Over Babaluma (DE) ****½
    13. Peter Hammill: The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage (UK) ****½
    14. King Crimson: Starless and Bible Black (UK) ****½
    15. Camel: Mirage (UK) ****½
    16. Eberhard Weber: The Colours of Chloë (DE)
    17. Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends (UK) ****½
    18. Tangerine Dream: Phaedra (DE) ****
    19. Renaissance: Turn of the Cards (UK) ****
    20. Samla Mammas Manna: Klossa knapitatet (SE) *****

    21. Gentle Giant: The Power and the Glory (UK) ****
    22. Pekka Pohjola: Harakka Bialoipokku (FI) ****
    23. Quella Vecchia Locanda: Il tempo della gioia (IT) ****
    24. Le Orme: Contrappunti (IT) ****
    25. Ange: Au-delà du délire (FR) ****
    26. Brian Eno: Here Come the Warm Jets (UK) ****
    27. Caravan: Caravan & The New Symphonia (UK) ****
    28. Premiata Forneria Marconi: L’isola di niente (IT) ****
    29. Egg: The Civil Surface (UK) ****
    30. Il Volo: s/t (IT) ****
    31. Weather Report: Mysterious Traveller (US) ****
    32. Arti & Mestieri: Tilt (Immagini per un orecchio) (IT) ****


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow View Post
    Looks like Fragments of Light and self titled were also 1974: https://www.discogs.com/artist/1091356-Sensations-Fix
    odd that Gnosis has it as 1975
    hard to believe they put out 3 albums in one year!
    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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    Honorable mention.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrotum Scissor View Post
    What was absolytt inkredipell in 1974 was that although Dream Theater and Mabrillium hadn't even appeared yet (and they're very, very good and progressive and important!), there were ca. three bands from other parts of the grand globe. Maybe even five! That in itself is amazing as hell.
    I agree. Though, Eastern Europe Progressive rock and Jazz Rock scene is pretty underrated.
    Two songs from 'Pop Festival Ljubljana '74 - Boom' 2xLP, V/A, live 1974:






    Suite by Omega (from 200 Years After Last War LP, 1974)
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    Many thanks to all that expanded the list; my OP was simply an extraction from a list of the so-called top 100 albums of 1974, and I selected the few that were clearly in the prog genre/category.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nosebone View Post
    1974 was the year I got hooked.

    My sister played Brain salad Surgery and Close to the Edge a lot, and that's where I was headed after my Black Sabbath obsession.

    That was also the year California Jam was broadcast on network TV.

    Seeing Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and ELP on television was a gift from God in those days.
    That concert event was the TV highlight of 1974! Just consider ELP and Deep Purple were the headliners; I remember it was split in several parts as part of the "In Concert series by Don Kirshner". It also featured: a very young and pre-mega stars Eagles, Seals & Crofts, Black Oak Arkansas and Black Sabbath. Not much prog except for ELP, but it was a gift from the heavens indeed.

    In 1974 I was fortunate to see Live among a few: Yes (TFTO tour), Genesis (3 times including The Lamb), CSNY & The Band (Doom Tour), Bad Company (debut tour), Rick Wakeman (Journey to center of the Earth Tour, after he had left Yes), Eric Clapton (461 Ocean Blvd twice) and Chicago (with Terry Kath twice).

    The wine from 1974 is also vintage!

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    In anal retentive moments, I classify 1974 as the year after prog peaked. Barely over the hill. Like 1928, when Babe Ruth hit 54 home runs, after slamming 60 homers in 1927.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Udi Koomran View Post
    The last significant year
    Wasn't 1975 a significant year too? From that year you have Camel's The Snow Goose, Jethro Tull's Minstrel in the Gallery, Van Der Graaf Generator's Godbluff, Gentle Giant's Free Hand, Gong' Shamal, Steve Hillage's Fish Rising, Hatfield and The North's The Rotter's Club, Steve Hackett's Voyage of the Acolyte, Chris Squire's Fish Out of Water, Mike Oldfield's Ommadawn, Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here, Renaissance' Scheherazade and Other Stories, King Crimson's USA, Zappa's One Size Fits All and so on. All great albums indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Udi Koomran View Post
    The last significant year
    I don't agree - see the previous post...^^^^^

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    75 is the pinnacle
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by nosebone View Post
    1974 was the year I got hooked.
    Certainly the year I fell in the marmite (like Obelix)....

    Started with Supertramp's Crime in Sept 74 and within weeks, I was into Dark Side, Court, Grey & Pink, Harmonium, TAAB & Aqualung, CTTE, SEBTP (that one was not an immediate hit... Believe it or not I had to wait for Trick to start falling into the band), etc....

    Quote Originally Posted by Udi Koomran View Post
    The last significant year
    One can roughly say that, though there is plenty good still in 75, a little less so in 76, so less so in 77, etc...

    So yeah, one can say that 74 was the lest one before it started declining... Though I could say probably the same about 73 compared to 74

    Personally the years I seem to count the most outstanding albums would be from 69 to 73, but there is a peak in 70, 71 & 72
    my music collection increased tenfolds when I switched from heroin-addicts to crazy ones

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