"Prog's crowning achievement" — Which LP is it?

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  1. Dave Gilmour's Cat

    Dave Gilmour's Cat Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Inspired by comments on ELP and Yes here -->> ELP - can you 'elp me get started? » <<-- which album qualifies as "prog's crowning achievement" (as opposed to your favourite)?

    I was going to poll it, but think it's better to keep this one wide open.
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  2. ZBDMiller

    ZBDMiller geared for synchromesh

    Worthing, UK
    KC's Red or Larks' Tongues
    Tales From Topographic Oceans
    Pawn Hearts
  3. Wally Swift

    Wally Swift Yo-Yoing where I will...

    Brooklyn New York
    Probably Pawn Hearts.
  4. Zach Johnson

    Zach Johnson Forum Resident

    Toronto, Ontario
    I think it would have to be DSOTM...

    Although if you weren't counting it (for whatever reason), I'd say Close to the Edge.
  5. Spruce

    Spruce Forum Resident

    Brigg, England
    Yes, Tales from Topographic Oceans. Probably the "peak" of everything prog stands for..or the nadir, depending on your point of view.
  6. Zack

    Zack Forum Resident

    Easton, MD
    Agree, and yes I don't count Floyd because I'm in the Not Prog camp.
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  7. Wounded Land

    Wounded Land Forum Resident

    Close to the Edge
  8. dennis the menace

    dennis the menace Forum Veteran

    King Crimson's Red
    Gentle Giant's In a Glass House
    Yes' Close To The Edge
  9. pbuzby

    pbuzby Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL, US
    For my personal tastes it would be Thick as a Brick or A Passion Play. Historically I think it is Close to the Edge.
  10. LarsO

    LarsO Forum Resident

    I am a Pink Floyd fan and to me DSOTM is pretty much on top of the most but if I understand the prog genre that band is only touching the prog scene lightly a few times (time signature changes in Money, patches of moods in the longer pieces like Echoes, Shine On, Atom Heart etc). Mostly I think they are a rock band with a lot of atmosphere and ideas.

    What I imagine being prog is a nerd sitting in a room full of equipment everywhere and in constant search of unusual time signatures, a lot of notes per minute, rapid changes between moods, accomplished playing etc. I haven't managed to fully "get it" yet but in the right setting I might some day.
  11. ronm

    ronm audiofreak

    southern colo.
    If you count Pink Floyd it is definitely "DSOTM".Towers over anything made before or since.Personally right now it is Genesis "Trespass".
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  12. utopiarun

    utopiarun "on the road to Utopia"

    Staten Island NY
    Close To The Edge
  13. amonjamesduul

    amonjamesduul Forum Resident

    DSOTM of course ,because Pink Floyd were and are the flag bearers of Prog rock.
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  14. Aggie87

    Aggie87 Gig 'Em!

    Medford, NJ
  15. JAG

    JAG Forum Professor with Tenure

    Northeast USA
    Close to the Edge....Thick as a Brick...Lamb lays down on Broadway....2112

    not sure I could pick just one
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  16. AlmostHeavenWV

    AlmostHeavenWV Forum Resident

    Lancaster UK
    Definitely Pawn Hearts.
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  17. silverhead

    silverhead Forum Resident

    Edinburgh Scotland
    In the court of the crimson king with close to the edge a close second.
  18. Dave Gilmour's Cat

    Dave Gilmour's Cat Forum Resident Thread Starter

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  19. Barnabas Collins

    Barnabas Collins Forum Resident

    Love Beach
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  20. cyclistsb

    cyclistsb Forum Resident

    I have lots of other favorites that I listen to more often, but from a purely "objective" point of view hands down Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon...hey my mom even likes it! lol The gold standard, it set the benchmark and holds up very well over Time (pun intended).
    Played to death? Yes...
    Not something I don't play myself often? Yes
    However this doesn't diminish it's quality or significance in the genre.

    GLYNSTYLER Forum Resident

    Although I prefer King Crimson and Van der Graaf over Yes, I would say "Close To The Edge" is the greatest example of progressive rock.
  22. altaeria

    altaeria Forum Resident

    Karn Evil 9
    The Sleepwalkers
    Watcher of the Skies
    21st Century Schizoid Man
    (dare I say) Bohemian Rhapsody
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  23. altaeria

    altaeria Forum Resident

    hmm... If Mom likes it, can it still technically qualify as "prog"?? Only a study in early Yanni can answer that question
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  24. Former Scientist

    Former Scientist Now on wheels....

    Any one from Close to the Edge, Red, Thick as a Brick, WYWH.

    Genesis and ELP should be up there, but while they were capable of great, if not god-like genius tracks, the albums were always slightly flawed.

    Personally, I would go for ....Crime of the Century. As an album, it's near perfect.IMHO.
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  25. cyclistsb

    cyclistsb Forum Resident

    Hey she SAW them play it live when it came out........or she is just super cool.
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