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...
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, Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP)
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