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  • Albums Bought: 2011

    2 Jan 2011, 14:47 by Mark_H

    When rating Prog albums I try to do so in a historical context, that is how an album compares against the musical ancestry. This means that the best album for any given year, which most people would rate with top marks may not receive the same rating in my charts as only the best albums of all time should get the highest ratings... This chart includes compilations, live albums and also any non-Prog albums I buy.

    My Ratings:
    Note: I vote on a bell curve, anything above 6 is really good, anything much below 4 really isn't :D
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7082504/bellcurve.jpg
    1. (=) Finch - Glory of the Inner Force (1975) - 8.00
    2. (=) Steven Wilson - Grace for Drowning (2011) - 7.96
    3. (=) Gentle Giant - Free Hand (1975) - 7.77
    4. (=) Phideaux - Snowtorch (2011) - 7.75
    5. (=) Gentle Giant - In a Glass House (1973) - 7.67
    6. (=) Marsupilami - Marsupilami (1970) - 7.61
    7. (=) Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells (1973) - 7.61
    8. (=) Gentle Giant - The Power and the Glory (1974) - 7.57
  • Xylem1's Complete Collection

    14 Mar 2010, 18:38 by xylem1

  • Prog Albums: Decade: 1970s

    6 Jan 2010, 13:42 by Mark_H

    When rating prog albums I try to do so in a historical context, that is how an album compares against the entire body of Prog. This means that the best album for any given year, which most people would rate with top marks may not receive the same rating in my charts as only the best albums of all time should get the highest ratings... This chart does not include compilations or live albums.

    My Ratings:
    Note: I vote on a bell curve, anything above 6 is really good, anything much below 4 really isn't :D
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7082504/bellcurve.jpg
    1. (=) Yes - Relayer (1974) - 10.00
    2. (=) Yes - Close to the Edge (1972) - 9.60 [+0.09]
    3. (=) Genesis - Foxtrot (1972) - 8.57
    4. (=) Yes - Fragile (1971) - 8.56 [+0.09]
    5. (=) Yes - The Yes Album (1971) - 8.41 [+0.09]
    6. (=) Il Balletto di Bronzo - Ys (1972) - 8.10
    7. (=) Van der Graaf Generator - Pawn Hearts (1971) - 8.08 [+0.08]
    8. (=) Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick (1972) - 8.00
  • Chosen records II: 1960s

    17 Aug 2009, 12:48 by samueljeronimo

    - 13th Floor Elevators, The psychedelic sounds of 13th Floor Elevators (Sunspots, 1966);
    - MC5, Kick out the jams (Wrong, 1969);
    - Adriano Correia de Oliveira, O canto e as armas (Orfeu, 1969);
    - Afterglow, Afterglow (Sundazed, 1968);
    - Al Wilson, Searching for the dolphins (Soul City, 1969);
    - Alexander "Skip" Spence, Oar (Sundazed, 1969);
    - Amon Düül II, Phallus Dei (Liberty, 1969);
    - Andrew Hill, Point of departure (Blue Note, 1964);
    - Andromeda, Andromeda (Angel Air, 1969);
    - António Carlos Jobim, Wave (Polygram, 1967);
    - Arcadium, Breathe awhile (Akarma, 1969);
    - Archie Shepp, Kwanza (Impulse, 1969);
    - Argent, Argent (BSO, 1969);
    - Art, Supernatural fairy tales (Fontana, 1969);
    - Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers, A night in Tunisia (EMI, 1960);
    - Arthur Brown, The crazy world of Arthur Brown (Polydor, 1967);
    - Arzachel, Arzachel (Akarma, 1969);
    - The Association, Renaissance (Collectors’ Choice Music, 1967);
  • Some Psychedelic Rock/Heavy Psych/Progressive Rock/Hard Rock great bands

    22 Mar 2009, 22:46 by heavylione

  • Proto-metal Report - May Blitz - May Blitz/The 2nd of May

    27 Aug 2008, 11:41 by ripplemusic

    One of the things I like best about exploring this endless vein of gold that is proto-metal, is never knowing exactly what I'm going to find next. As I wrote before, the proto-metal period (roughly 1969 - 1973) was a time of dissolution of all the rules. The ecstatic feyness of the psychedelic '60's giving way to the bitter dissapointments and despondency of the Vietnam/heroin '70's. Rules fell apart, genre's collapsed. In fact one of the most beautiful things about this time period is that bands we now call proto-metal, actually share very little in common in terms of sound, other than a desire to be heavy. Believe me, Bang sounds nothing like High Tide, who have very little in common with the JPT Scare Band.

    And then there's May Blitz.

    Another out-in-left field obscurity from this period, May Blitz, on paper are actually the band that shoulda been. Signed to the Vertigo label, an awesome purveyor of early heavy music, after the success of that label's releases of Black Sabbath and Juicy Lucy. …
  • Proto-metal Report - Atomic Rooster - Death Walks Behind You

    25 Jun 2008, 13:41 by ripplemusic

    Rising from the ashes of the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, eccentric keyboard virtuoso Vincent Crane grabbed Crazy World’s drummer, Carl Palmer, added vocalist/bassist Nick Graham, and set out to destroy the world with their new proto-metal beast, Atomic Rooster. After releasing their debut album, Palmer left to join ELP and Graham abandoned Crane to join Skin Alley. Undeterred, Crane revamped the band, bringing in guitarist/singer and songwriting partner, John DuCann formerly from Andromeda and new drummer Paul Hammond and created a masterpiece of early doom metal.

    Death Walks Behind you has been hailed a classic of early prog and proto-metal, and with its incredibly dark theme, doom-laden lyrics, horror-filled drama and sprinkling of morbid fears, it may be one of the earliest precursors of what became Death Metal.

    Featuring the band’s first ever hit, “Tomorrow Night,” a deeply twisted and demented love song which climbed to #11 in the U.K. …
  • Lost Classic- Proto-metal CD - JPT Scare Band - Past is Prologue

    23 May 2008, 16:15 by ripplemusic

    Take a solid, Cream-based blues outfit, mix in the wildest, most psychedelic moments of Hendrix feedback, throw in loads of distortion and a grocery bag full of LSD and the final result will be something like the proto-metal/psych jamming of the JPT Scare Band.

    Near legendary among proto-metal historians, to understand this band and their music you've got to step back. Way back. In fact the title of their CD Past is Prologue gives us a pretty good indication where this bunch of psych-blues/metallers were coming from.

    By the time the band formed in 1973, the main foundation of metal had already been formed. Black Sabbath was all the way up to Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Deep Purple was a year past Machine Head, even Blue Oyster Cult had released Tyranny and Mutation. In fact, it's when you compare JPT's work to these monumental releases you can see who they really were. . . read more at: JPT Scare Band
    JPT Scare Band
    Sir Lord Baltimore
    Black Sabbath
    Atomic Rooster
    Bang
    Budgie
    High Tide
  • Proto-metal report/ lost classic: High Tide - Sea Shanties

    4 May 2008, 17:22 by ripplemusic

    One of the things that followers of proto-metal and the birth of all that became heavy love the most about their music was the sudden dissolution of the rules. Following the pop sheen of the sixties 3-minute singles and the twee acoustics of psychedelic explorations into a happier time and place, proto-metal found music crashing back down to an earth brutalized by the Vietnam War, poverty and heroin addiction. Suddenly, the old standards no longer applied. Music was darker, edgier, rupturing at the seams, more dangerous than ever, and no one could tell you what the fuck you were supposed to do.

    Perhaps no band better sums up this attitude than High Tide.

    Imagine if you will the unholy bastard child of the Doors psychedelia and early Sabbath heaviness with an electric violin tire-ironed into the mix in the place of Ray Manzarek's organ. Now if that sounds a little hard to put your finger on, imagine that violin not being content to hang out in the back ground, playing gentle atmospherics and fey melodies…
  • Prog Albums

    18 Aug 2007, 13:07 by Mark_H

    When rating prog albums I try to do so in a historical context, that is how an album compares against the entire body of prog. This means that the best album for any given year, which most people would rate with top marks may not receive the same rating in my charts as only the best albums of all time should get the highest ratings... This chart does not include compilations, live albums, Crossover Prog or Prog Related artists, as defined by Prog Archives

    Note: Since LastFM site update Jul 2012 I can no longer present full list :/

    My Ratings:
    Note: I vote on a bell curve, anything above 6 is really good, anything much below 4 really isn't :D
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7082504/bellcurve.jpg
    1. (=) Yes - Relayer (1974) - 10.00
    2. (=) Yes - Close to the Edge (1972) - 9.60 [+0.09]
    3. (=) King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King (1969) - 8.64 [+0.04]
    4. (=) Genesis - Foxtrot (1972) - 8.57
    5. (=) Yes - Fragile (1971) - 8.56 [+0.09]