Which five bands?

  • Thinking about the bands I listen to (see my previous comments) reminds me that I generally have an aversion to prog rock bands other than Genesis. I can’t stand most Yes songs. Their lyrics often sound to me like the pseudo-intellectual musings of a wannabe 16 year old poet, and their music is not as consistently melodic as is that of Genesis. ELP tends to be “too grandiose” by half for my taste. I could go on, but the general point I’m raising is that Genesis is the only prog band that consistently does it for me (though King Crimson has its moments). Am I out on an island alone feeling like this?

    I have often wondered if I am the only one.


    I love Pink Floyd but I'm unsure of their prog credentials. I feel like they are more in the psychedelic/classic rock line of work.


    I love Genesis with a passion but have yet to register anything like a moment of excitement for their stablemates.

  • hmmm..maybe I’ll try giving Yes a listen, the only song of theirs I know is Owner of a Lonely Heart....

    I have felt for years that I needed to discover Yes. I now have a Best Of CD called Highlights which includes tracks like Roundabout & I've Seen All Good People. Slowly but surely.


    Here they are doing Roundabout at their Hall of Fame induction with Geddy Lee.


  • (Snaps out of it), And whoa, Genesis is an extremely close second?! Haha. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Just joking by the way.

    when I say “extremely,” I’m talking millimeters! :P


    I became a Yes fan as a teen thanks to a high school buddy. Before meeting him, I wasn’t very musical. I got into Yes and Rush at the same time through this friend, and I fell in love with it all quickly. I’ve seen Yes three times, both YesWest with Trevor and YesO with Howe and the gang. Howe and Squire....unbelievable.


    I like Genesis primarily in the Hackett era and despite loving Phil dearly as a drummer, singer, and human being, I’m a massive Peter fan. I like the pop Genesis era, but I’m insane over the 70’s. I’m a Yes not all the way full bore!

  • hmmm..maybe I’ll try giving Yes a listen, the only song of theirs I know is Owner of a Lonely Heart....

    Try going to YouTube and listening to these Yes tunes....


    Turn of the Century

    Long Distance Runaround

    Parallels

    Awaken

    Heart of the Sunrise

    Starship Trooper


    they’re pretty tame. Usually anyone I know who likes 70’s Genesis l....they like Yes, too. If you’re a “Hold on my Heart” style Genesis fan, you’d prefer the YesWest 80’s sound of Yes.

  • I have felt for years that I needed to discover Yes. I now have a Best Of CD called Highlights which includes tracks like Roundabout & I've Seen All Good People. Slowly but surely.


    Here they are doing Roundabout at their Hall of Fame induction with Geddy Lee.


    Awesome!!!


    Close to the Edge is widely considered the greatest progressive rock masterpiece ever. You listen to that album and you’ll be spellbound! What a masterpiece!

  • I like a lot of prog bands and LOVE In The Court Of The Crimson King but strangely enough, apart from a few tracks, never got into any of their other albums. Like ELP, Yes.


    I also like a lot of good pop bands like The Kinks, Procol Harum and Jethro Tull, but not sure if they are pop or prog but either way I have every album they have made good or not so good. Also like heavy metal specially slightly experimental heavy metal like Enslaved and Meshuggah which I admit are an acquired taste.


    As for Genesis it is the Gabriel years for me, I like a few songs with Phil Collins singing but also I like his solo music just can't take to him in Genesis, they went too poppy for me.


    I have a lot of Steve Hackett solo albums, a few Peter Gabriel, and assorted albums by the others but if I could only listen to 6 albums for the rest of my life it would be the first 6 Genesis albums every time.

  • It’s interesting that you mention listening to the first six albums, because I find myself constantly rotating their first six albums as well. And I love the post PG stuff, including the 80’s catalogue, but recently I find myself in a constant rotation of Trespass to the Lamb, with FGTR mixed in occasionally. I’ve really had Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, and Selling England especially in heavy rotation lately.