5 Random Albums To Be Thankful For

Albums to be thankful for

Though there is no Thanksgiving where I’m coming from, it didn’t bother me to pick 5 random albums I’m thankful for. Random in a way that they are picked from any prog-related genre, 1970′s on.

King Crimson – Red

From all studio releases from the King Crimson’s catalogue, personally Red stands out as an album that revealed a whole new world back when I for the first time heard the introductory bits of the self-titled song. Most people will chose the band’s 1969 debut or 1973′s Larks’ Tongues in Aspic before Red when it comes to the material itself, but the gem from 1974 is what surreal in progressive rock is all about.

Opeth – Still Life

I always considered Opeth’s fourth album as a transition between their rawness (first three albums) and mellowness (post-Still Life). It is a perfect moment in the band’s evolution where these two segments collide and an album that should be used as a standard of what death metal and progressive rock merging sounds like.

Led Zeppelin – IV

Okay, don’t get me started on Jimmy Page’s thievery, coz I don’t care. What I care is that fourth Led Zep album is an extraordinary selection of songs. If that desert island would happen, I’d grab this album and listen on repeat until the batteries drain.

Gentle Giant – Octopus

The thing with GG is if you chose any of the band’s first seven albums, you know you will not make a wrong turn. However, their gem from 1972 crystallized as the best representative of their amazing opus. I’ve been pointing this album out as a first choice (and the band in general) to all my friends who wanted to start with progressive rock. That says enough.

Birds and Buildings – Bantam to Behemoth

You couldn’t predict this. And you probably think that I’m out of my mind by including a band that’s barely few years old. Well, there’s a catch. The reason I included Birds and Buildings and their debut album here is that I find this band to be a great representative of what is progressive rock in 21st century. They are not forcing it on the legacy, yet you hear lots of the elements in their music set by standards, wrapped up with the post 21st century schizoidness.

What are some of your albums you are thankful for? Let us know in the comments below.

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

1 Comment

  1. Starland Seay

    November 28, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I’m thankful for Curved Air’s 2nd Album, for “In The Court Of The Crimson King” by King Crimson, “Death Walks Behind You” by Atomic Rooster, “Captain Beyond” by,of course, Captain Beyond and ALL the Yes LPs!

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