Can you sum up Prog in 50 albums?

Prog Magazine have a listicle that attempts to show the history of prog in 50 albums. It begins with the proto-prog of the mid-60s, continues with the defining albums of the greats of the 70s and ends with some of the groundbreaking redefinitions of the modern era.

Only Pink Floyd get more than one entry, and that’s because the Barratt-led 60s psychedelic rockers and the Waters-led stadium act were really two quite different beasts. You could quibble over the relative lack of women; though Curved Air, Renaissance, Fairport Convention and Kate Bush all get a mention there’s nobody from more recent eras. What about Nightwish, perhaps? Or are they not considered prog enough?

Who’s missing?  Aside from Nightwish, the most obvious omission is probably The Mars Volta.

What do you think? Who do you think is missing, and is there anyone who doesn’t deserve to be there?

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5 Responses to Can you sum up Prog in 50 albums?

  1. Tom B says:

    I can’t actually think of anybody important missing from the list, although there are one or two entries which are a bit suspect. I can just about understand why the Beach Boys and The Beatles were included for those specific albums, but Fairport Convention? Really? One might just as well include The Stranglers, who I’ve always felt were a prog band wrapped up in punk packaging. It’s difficult to argue the case for more female representation in the list. The current crop such as Karnataka and Magenta, good as they are, probably don’t warrant a place in a 50 albums list such as this. Although there is a synergy between prog and symphonic metal I’m not sure I would include Nightwish. I’ve always considered Therion to be far more prog than Nightwish ever were.

  2. Tim Hall says:

    The one that raised eyebrows for me was ELO.

  3. John Hunt says:

    Are ‘It Bites’ the same band who had a big hit with ‘Calling all the Heroes’ in about 1986? I liked it, but it wasn’t prog at all, more like a dance pop song.

  4. Tim Hall says:

    Yes, it’s the same band (who are still around with a couple of new members). The single was quite poppy, but the album had a lot more depth.

  5. I misread the title as ‘Can you sum up Prong in 50 albums?’

    I was like, ‘I don’t even think they have a dozen total!’