• Getting into Prog: The classics

    26 Jun 2009, 18:14 by HazyB

    Five years ago, I got into progressive rock through Marillion, Genesis and The Flower Kings. Of course, in discovering your new favorite brand of music, you should know your classics. So here are what I consider to be some of the finest albums from the Golden Age of Progressive Rock - From the breakthrough of King Crimson in 1969 until punk screwed it all up in 1977.

    10 - Camel - Mirage - 1974
    Camel is an easy-going folky prog group from England, led by guitar virtuoso, vocalist and flautist Andy Latimer. Their trademark is a brand of accessible, beautiful and mostly instrumental symphonic pop. Just don't look for any rock, though. They are the Bach of prog rock; unlikely to offend anybody.

    The Song: Lady Fantasy. The closest Camel ever got to making something not only beautiful, but actually exiting. The beginning is brilliant.

    9 - Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery - 1973
    In contrast, ELP might be one of the least accessible of the classic prog bands. …