Besides my obvious love for metal music, my other love is for what is called these days, “Progressive Rock”, or “Prog Rock” for short; but mainly the stuff that came out in the 1970’s & 1980’s. Prog Rock usually has long, sweeping pieces of music and lyrics that take the listener on long journeys in their mind. I’ve never been one for taking drugs, but if anything, I could almost say these songs can take you on a trip to other realms.
The best known Prog Rock bands are of course, Pink Floyd, Rush, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Yes, Jethro Tull; just to name a few. Then there is what I jokingly call “Pop Prog” bands. Amongst these is, Supertramp, Styx, Asia, Journey and so on. I call them “Pop Prog” bands not in an insulting way, but because their songs tend to be shorter and often time contain love songs on their albums, which a lot of the other bands tend not to do.
This series is going to be about what I like to call “hidden treasures, Prog.” I say that, as these bands are not as well known, but often times have famous members in them, and their bands/music often get overlooked. I’m going to just offer a review of the bands and their albums/songs. To me, these bands are as good as the aforementioned above bands and they even found their way into my music rotation when I did a radio show, some years ago.
To give you an idea of whom these bands are: Geddy Lee of Rush’s only solo album. John Wetton of Asia; his band called U.K., a band called Zebra and a few other besides. These are all great bands and/or albums, and I just have a love for obscure stuff like this.