Exposé Online banner

Everyone's got a list

Most long-time fans of progressive rock music are aware that the mainstream press has long been dismissive, if not downright hostile, to the genre. Rolling Stone used a lot of ink in the late 70s putting prog rock down. But now they've come out with their list of the "50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time."

by Jon Davis, Published 2015-06-16

Any such undertaking is bound to generate discussion (which is undoubtedly why they did it), but on the whole, it's surprisingly representative. Especially noteworthy is the inclusion of several albums that are neither British nor American. In among the usual suspects (Yes, Genesis, Gentle Giant, King Crimson, ELP, Pink Floyd, and so on), we find Ruins, Banco, Magma, and PFM all made the cut, as did a number of German artists: Tangerine Dream, Amon Düül II, Triumvirat, and Can.

Notably lacking are any examples of RIO, or much of anything from the avant side. But still, I suppose we should applaud them for trying...


Filed under:

Related artist(s): Genesis, Magma, Yes, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, Tangerine Dream, Can, Gentle Giant, Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM), Pink Floyd, Amon Düül I / II, Ruins / Ruinzhatova, Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP)

More info
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/50-greatest-prog-rock-albums-of-all-time-201506

Latest news

2020-10-14
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

2020-10-06
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Seven That Spells - Cosmoerotic Dialogue with Lucifer – Is it a dialogue or one-way harangue? That's what you might ask emerging from this full-bore psychedelic freak-out of ferocious proto-metal fighting to stay alive (or conscious) against some...  (2010) » Read more

SanRenSei - Ceremony – Three players (keyboard synths + voices, guitar synths and hardware sequencer) contribute to the six pieces herein, which fall squarely into the low key floating ambient electro-acoustic zone. The...  (2004) » Read more

Theta - Seeds of a Dream – Although the 80s produced a spate of Japanese sympho bands, in recent years one tends to think of Japanese progressive music in terms of zeuhl (Ruins and related Yoshida projects) or the avant-garde...  (2001) » Read more

No-Man - Flowermix & Heaven Taste – I suppose the music on these two remix CDs by No-Man could be categorized as loosely flirting with the techno / trance / ambient realm of things, but since the exceptions far outweigh the rule, it...  (1997) » Read more

Moe! Staiano - The Non-Study of First Impressions – Mr. Moe likes to bang on metals, and just about anything else he can get to sit still long enough in a room with him. There was a guy named Z’ev back in the 80s who perpetrated similar...  (2001) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues