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    Saw this article on my phone....not terrible and a few I have never heard so I'm in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarGeek View Post
    How is there no Magma on this?! Still, it's nice to know someone else has heard that Ramses record, I have that on vinyl. I'll have to dig the cassette I made from it listen to it one of these days. WOuld love to have it on CD.
    I had the vinyl of Ramses "La Leyla" in the 70's when it was first released as an import. After ditching vinyl years later, I purchased the 2 on 1 CD releases of "La Leyla" and "Eternity Rise" from Syn-phonic. Of course, "La Leyla" is a killer and their follow up was also solid, though a little more laid back and straightforward. However, I highly recommend the Ramses 2 on 1 CD.

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    Just finished cranking the Captain Beyond - always a treat.

    I might as well say it, A Farewell to Kings or Hemispheres should be on the list.
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    I'm guessing that a triple-LP album would be heavier than a double or single LP album.

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    Yeah, not a bad list at all really.

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    Not sure what definition of "heavy" includes a spacy, percussion-free thing like Zeit, and why would Khan make the list and not Arzachel or the first Egg?

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    Should I start a "What is Heavy?" thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick L. View Post
    Should I start a "What is Heavy?" thread?
    Well, not my brother, that's for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick L. View Post
    Should I start a "What is Heavy?" thread?
    Trump should be on that list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Triscuits View Post
    Well, not my brother, that's for sure.
    He's more medium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick L. View Post
    Should I start a "What is Heavy?" thread?
    If you do, I hope Klonk weighs in. (Yeah, I said that.)
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    Who knew a whale could be so heavy

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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    Khan seems an odd choice, I'll check out the ones I don't know, Shub, UZ & TD are slam dunks.
    Not sure I would include those as heavy rock/prog (especially TD, though the Pink Years TD is not exactly "light"))

    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    Heavy prog? My instantaneous choices would be Semiramis, El Reloj, Miguel Abuelo & Nada, Triettoariga Kriget, Sandrose.

    Listening to Sahara - Sunrise right now, and it's heavy as hell for sure. At least that side B suite.
    Yeah, that's more like it.
    IMHO, Black Sabbath and early Judas Priest were heavy rock as well (before the advent of heavy metal) in the later 70's.
    As for Sahara, only their only sidelong track over their two album would indeed fit in "Heavy"

    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    If dark and oppressive means heavy then at least 3 of them qualify.
    yup, their early choices in the list makes sense in that regard, but then again... is heavy = somber, gloomy or sinister??

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick L. View Post
    Should I start a "What is Heavy?" thread?


    I think there was a recent discussion in ProgArchives about the use of the "heavy" word in music.

    Indeed, back in the 70's, we made a slight difference between hard rock and heavy rock, but it wasn't that obvious as to draw the line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trane View Post
    As for Sahara, only the sidelong track over their two album would indeed firt in "Heavy"
    Sidelong track over their two album would firt? No sidelong track over their two album, Hugues - and no firt.

    The opening track on Sunrise, "Marie Celeste", arguably turns into the heaviest kickoff I ever heard from a 70s 'symphonic rock' record. Although the concept of sudden contrast would veer into cliché very soon after this, it still worked wonders in 1974. Corny to consider how the rest of the tune is basically a finger-snapjazz vocal-harmony crooner's groove, but hey - they were the 70s.

    Other than this I quite like the list, and I think the word "heavy" should be screwed to usual prog-semantic scrutiny for all of its worth for what it's worth. Yet I still agree with Moe in that it's essentially a question of "fave" vs. "heaviest". There's some "prog" stuff being released nowadays which would blow much metal right out of its melting furnace, like Guapo, Happy Family, Kayo Dot or The Flying Luttenbachers.

    And High Tide's Sea Shanties was recorded in summer '69, after all.
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    ...I must say this now makes me want to check out the music of Pallbearer, too.
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    Heavy 70s prog? The guys in Pallbearer need to revisit the list...

    Where are Campo Di Marte or Biglietto per l'Inferno or 2nd El Reloj?
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    Quote Originally Posted by spacefreak View Post
    Heavy 70s prog? The guys in Pallbearer need to revisit the list...

    Where are Campo Di Marte or Biglietto per l'Inferno or 2nd El Reloj?
    Il Balleto Di Bronzo is crazy heavy too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    Il Balleto Di Bronzo is crazy heavy too.
    That's for sure. Hey, where's Train Of Thought by Dream Theater?

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    I have viewed Stand By by Heldon as a fairly heavy 'progish' album.
    Plenty of swoopy stuff, but killer guitar, rhythm section.
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    King Crimson's Red, Island's Pictures....

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    Crimes of omission are always part of the deal w/ top ten lists. This one does not suck, but High Tide/Sea Shanties and the first Trettioariga Kriget could nudge out a couple of the entries if a rational heavy-ometer gets aimed at the list.

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    ^ Procession's Frontiera too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bake 2 View Post
    rational heavy-ometer
    I'm working on the prototype just now......

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    I am told that Yes has made some platinum albums. They must be heavy.

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    Also some leaden ones....either way....

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