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    Best Prog Album 'Sides'

    Hi there. It's with slight embarrassment that I make this thread as I usually hate "List Your Favourite..." threads, yet here I go...

    I've been thinking about single sides of albums - particularly from the classic prog era (late '60s to mid '70s I'd say) - that represent well the sounds of that band at the time. Sides that are well composed from start to finish and that set a sort of standard for the genre. I'm thinking the A side of Close To the Edge, the A side of Tarkus, the B side of Pawn Hearts, etc. They tend to be single track sides, but not necessarily.

    I was wondering what others thought were some particularly good - perhaps more obscure - examples. Maybe think about it as if you were introducing someone to the genre and you could pick five or so sides that you believe represent the best of it.

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    [I'm thinking the A side of Close To the Edge, the A side of Tarkus, the B side of Pawn Hearts, etc. They tend to be single track sides, but not necessarily. ]

    Yep. Some great examples there and I would have picked those as well. I would also add:

    Focus-Moving Waves (side one)
    The Moody Blues-A Question of Balance (side two)
    Genesis-Foxtrot (side two: Horizons plus SR)
    Pink Floyd-Meddle (side two)
    Gentle Giant-Three Friends (side two)
    Camel-Mirage (side two)
    King Crimson-In the court of the Crimson King(side one)
    " " -Lark's tongues in Aspic (side two)(side one is no slouch either though)
    Yes -Relayer (side one)
    " -Fragile (side two)
    ELP-same (side two)
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    Stretching the definition of prog to the breaking point, it's hard to find a better album side anywhere than Side 1 of the Boston debut. Talking about shooting your wad for an entire career

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    Side Two of FZ's Roxy and Elsewhere (Which, I'm assuming, qualifies as prog.). It's almost a three-movement symphony, comprised of three tunes segued into one another: "Village of the Sun", "Echidna's Arf", and "Don't You Ever Wash that Thing". While each is distinct in mood and musical themes, they fit perfectly together, and when I hear any of them in isolation or only two without all three, it sounds incomplete.

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    Side 2 of Roxy was the first thing to pop into my mind too!

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    Side 2 of Moody Blues "To Our Children's Children's Children"

    Side 2 of Caravan's "In The Land Of Grey And Pink"(Nine Feet Underground)

    Side 2 of Robert Wyatt- "The End Of An Ear
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    Trying to avoid the obvious Yes, Genesis, ELP, Tull references, I would nominate the following:

    Nektar - Remember the Future (side 1)
    Renaissance - Scheherazade & Other Stories (side 2)
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    Kansas - Song for America Side 1 - to my ears their best "side" by a mile.

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    Outside of Genesis, Yes, ELP, Tull and Floyd, I'll go with:

    Gentle Giant - Octopus - side one
    Power & The Glory - hmm, the first 3 songs on side 2 are three of my faves, but don't care as much for the last track, so I'll go with: side one
    Anthony Phillips - Geese & The Ghost - side two
    Harmonium - Les Cinq Saisons - side two
    PFM - Per Un Amico - side one
    King Crimson - Larks Tongues - side one

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    Quote Originally Posted by bill g View Post
    Anthony Phillips - Geese & The Ghost - side two
    "Sides", in keeping with the thread title, side 2.

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    Focus-Moving Waves (side two)
    Focus-Hamburger Concerto (side two)
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    Triumvirat-Illusions On A Double Dimple (side two)
    Eloy-Inside (side one)
    Libra-Musica e Parole (side one)
    Dzyan-Time Machine (side two)
    Passport-Looking Thru (side one)
    Colosseum-Valentyne Suite (side two)
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    Side one of Kate Bush's The Dreaming
    Side two of Roy Harper's Stormcock

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    Rare Bird - As Your Mind Flies By, side two
    Kevin Ayers - The Confessions Of Dr. Dream... , side two
    Brainticket - Cottonwoodhill, side two
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    Kate Bush Hounds of Love (side 2)
    Kansas Two for the Show (side 4), Leftoverture (side 2)
    Renaissance Turn of the Cards (side 2)

    If it weren't for Lover Arrive, I'd throw in Ambrosia s/t side 2 but alas that one song really interferes with the 3 great prog songs on the rest of the side.

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    Floyd - Echoes
    Mandrill - Amani Na Mapenzi suite
    Kate Bush - The Ninth Wave
    PFM - choose any of the first 4 sides
    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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    Yes - Close to the Edge, side 1
    Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed, Side 2 (new favorite!)
    Rush - Moving Pictures, Side 1; Permanent Waves, Side 1; Hemispheres (both sides!); Grace Under Pressure, Side 1
    Genesis - Three Sides Live, Side 1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave (in MA) View Post
    "Sides", in keeping with the thread title, side 2.
    2nd-ed. That's one of my favorites.

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    If it weren't for the deplorable 'The Demon Trucker', I'd say side 2 of Jade Warrior's 'Last Autumns Dream' is really nice. It was always the joke back in the day about getting up to move the needle from the beginning of the Demon Trucker to 'Lady of the Lake'.

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    The Two Sides of Tony (TS) McPhee - Side 2
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    UK s/t Side One (heck, or side two)

    Too many where great epics take the entire side. Dozens.

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    Floyd, Wish You Were Here Side 2

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    YES - Relayer, side on
    Banco - Io Sono Nato Libero, either side
    Nektar - Recycled, side one
    Il Balletto di Bronzo - YS, side one
    King Crimson - Lark's Tongue, side two
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    Quote Originally Posted by nycsteve View Post
    Floyd, Wish You Were Here Side 2
    I think side one... Have A Cigar interrupts side 2 for me
    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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    [Trying to avoid the obvious Yes, Genesis, ELP, Tull references,]

    [Outside of Genesis, Yes, ELP, Tull and Floyd, I'll go with]


    Jeez, what do you guys have against these bands? Not sure why they should not be included. Is it too boring to include them or something?
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