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Will Romano - Mountains Come Out of the Sky: The Illustrated History of Prog Rock (2010)

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This list reflects the author's opinion of what constitutes the 297 essential progressive rock recordings of all time. Rankings were determined based on artistic merit, historical significance, popularity and importance to the genre.


Can someone transcribe the list please? Thanks

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1 | Pink Floyd | The Dark Side of the Moon | 1973
2 | Emerson, Lake & Palmer | Brain Salad Surgery | 1973
3 | Yes | Close to the Edge | 1972
4 | King Crimson |In the Court of the Crimson King | 1969
5 | Camel | Moonmadness | 1976
6 | Jethro Tull | Thick As a Brick | 1972
7 | Genesis | Selling England by the Pound | 1973
8 | King Crimson | Red | 1974
9 | Pink Floyd | Meddle | 1971
10 | Yes | Fragile | 1971
11 | Premiata Forneria Marconi | Storia di un minuto | 1972
12 | Rick Wakeman | The Six Wives of Henry VIII | 1973
13 | Genesis | The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway | 1974
14 | Pink Floyd | Wish You Were Here | 1975
15 | Banco del Mutuo Seccorso | Io sono nato libero | 1973
16 | Emerson, Lake & Palmer | Tarkus | 1971
17 | Jethro Tull | Songs from the Wood | 1977
18 | Magma | Mekanïk Destruktïẁ Kommandöh | 1973
19 | Caravan | In the Land of Grey and Pink | 1971
20 | U.K. | U.K. | 1978
21 | Camel | The Snow Goose | 1975
22 | Utopia | Todd Rundgren's Utopia | 1974
23 | Soft Machine | Third | 1970
24 | Banco del Mutuo Seccorso | Darwin! | 1972
25 | Gentle Giant | Free Hand | 1975
26 | Kansas | Song for America | 1975
27 | The Nice | Ars Longa Vita Brevis | 1968
28 | Jethro Tull | A Passion Play | 1973
29 | Genesis | Foxtrot | 1972
30 | King Crimson | Larks' Tongues in Aspic | 1973
31 | Procol Harum | Shine on Brightly | 1968
32 | Yes | Tales from Topographic Oceans | 1973
33 | The Moody Blues | Days of Future Passed | 1967
34 | Gentle Giant | Octopus | 1972
35 | Emerson, Lake & Palmer | Pictures at an Exhibition | 1971
36 | New Trolls | Concerto grosso per i New Trolls | 1971
37 | Refugee | Refugee | 1974
38 | Brian Eno | Here Come the Warm Jets | 1973
39 | Hatfield and the North | Hatfield and the North | 1974
40 | Pink Floyd | Animals | 1977
41 | Tool | Lateralus | 2001
42 | The Soft Machine | The Soft Machine | 1968
43 | Yes | Relayer | 1974
44 | Van der Graaf Generator | Pawn Hearts | 1971
45 | Colosseum | Valentyne Suite | 1969
46 | Styx | Styx II | 1971
47 | Triumvirat | Illusions on a Double Dimple | 1974
48 | The Mothers of Invention | Freak Out! | 1966
49 | Gong | Angel's Egg (Radio Gnome Invisible Part 2) | 1973
50 | Renaissance | Ashes Are Ashes | 1973
51 | Premiata Forneria Marconi | Per un amico | 1972
52 | Henry Cow | The Henry Cow Legend | 1973
53 | Pulsar | Halloween | 1977
54 | Gentle Giant | Acquiring the Taste | 1971
55 | Dream Theater | Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory | 1999
56 | Jethro Tull | Aqualung | 1971
57 | Marillion | Misplaced Childhood | 1985
58 | Steve Hackett | Voyage of the Acolyte | 1975
59 | Locanda delle Fate | Forse le lucciole non si amano più | 1977
60 | Univers Zéro | Univers Zéro/1313 | 1977
61 | Kansas | Leftoverture | 1976
62 | Family | Music in a Doll's House | 1968
63 | The Beatles | Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band | 1967
64 | Pink Floyd | The Piper at the Gates of Dawn | 1967
65 | The Beach Boys | Pet Sounds | 1966
66 | Magma | Köhntarkösz | 1974
67 | Radiohead | OK Computer | 1997
68 | Arti & Mestieri | Tilt (Immagini per un orecchio) | 1974
69 | Genesis | Wind & Wuthering | 1976
70 | Utopia | Ra | 1976
71 | Ange | Par les fils de Mandrin | 1976
72 | Ethos | Ardour | 1976
73 | The Mothers of Invention | We're Only in It for the Money | 1968
74 | Pink Floyd | The Wall | 1979
75 | The Nice | Five Bridges | 1970
76 | Tangerine Dream | Phaedra | 1974
77 | Traffic | John Barleycorn Must Die | 1970
78 | Mike Oldfield | Tubular Bells | 1973
79 | Stomu Yamashta, Steve Windwood & Michael Shrive | Go | 1976
80 | Yes | The Yes Album | 1971
81 | Peter Banks | Two Sides of Peter Banks | 1973
82 | Emerson, Lake & Palmer | Emerson, Lake & Palmer | 1970
83 | Jethro Tull | Minstrel in the Gallery | 1975
84 | Mahavishnu Orchestra | The Inner Mounting Flame | 1971
85 | Curved Air | Phantasmagoria | 1972
86 | Liquid Tension Experiment | Liquid Tension Experiment 2 | 1999
87 | Robert Wyatt | Rock Bottom | 1974
88 | Focus | Focus II | 1971
89 | Eloy | Ocean | 1977
90 | David Bedford | The Odyssey | 1976
91 | Marillion | Afraid of Sunlight | 1995
92 | Genesis | A Trick of the Tail | 1975
93 | Harmonium | Les Cinq Saisons | 1975
94 | Tool | Ænima | 1996
95 | The Mars Volta | Frances the Mute | 2005
96 | Strawbs | Hero and Heroine | 1974
97 | Alas | Alas | 1976
98 | Il Balletto di Bronzo | Ys | 1972
99 | Styx | The Grand Illusion | 1977
100 | Ange | Au-delà du délire | 1974
101 | Klaus Schulze | Moondawn | 1976
102 | Ozric Tentacles | Erpland | 1990
103 | Genesis | Nursery Cryme | 1971
104 | Yes | Going for the One | 1977
105 | Eloy | Dawn | 1976
106 | Rick Wakeman | Journey to the Centre of the Earth | 1974
107 | Banco del Mutuo Seccorso | Come in un'ultima cena | 1976
108 | Patrick Moraz | The Story of I | 1976
109 | Focus | Focus 3 | 1972
110 | Neal Morse | Testimony | 2003
111 | Kevin Ayers | The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories | 1974
112 | The Alan Parsons Project | Tales of Mystery and Imagination | 1976
113 | Uriah Heep | Salisbury | 1971
114 | Todd Rundgren | Initiation | 1975
115 | Marillion | Fugazi | 1984
116 | Saga | Images at Twilight | 1979
117 | Mandalaband | The Eye of Wendor | 1978
118 | Spock's Beard | Don't Try This at Home | 2000
119 | IQ | The Wake | 1985
120 | Le Orme | Felona e Sorona | 1973
121 | Happy the Man | Happy the Man | 1977
122 | Dream Theater | Awake | 1993
123 | Amon Düül II | Yeti | 1970
124 | The Flower Kings | Stardust We Are | 1997
125 | The Band | Music from Big Pink | 1968
126 | Jade Warrior | Last Autumn's Dream | 1972
127 | Yes | The Ladder | 1999
128 | IQ | Subterranea | 1997
129 | Ange | Le Cimetière des arlequins | 1973
130 | Spock's Beard | The Light | 1995
131 | Gong | You | 1974
132 | Porcupine Tree | In Absentia | 2002
133 | Dixie Dregs | What If | 1978
134 | Anekdoten | Vemod | 1993
135 | Can | Future Days | 1973
136 | Gentle Giant | The Power and the Glory | 1974
137 | Kayak | See the Sun | 1973
138 | IQ | Dark Matter | 2004
139 | Lunatic Soul | Lunatic Soul | 2008
140 | Neal Morse | Sola Scriptura | 2007
141 | The Tangent | The World That We Drive Through | 2004
142 | Spooky Tooth/Pierre Henry | Ceremony: An Electronic Mass | 1969
143 | The Flower Kings | Unfold the Future | 2002
144 | Marillion | Clutching at Straws | 1987
145 | Amazing Blondel | Fantasia Lindum | 1971
146 | Ash Ra Tempel/Manuel Göttsching | New Age of Earth | 1976
147 | Porcupine Tree | Fear of a Blank Planet | 2007
148 | Coheed and Cambria | In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 | 2003
149 | Änglagård | Hybrid | 1992
150 | King's X | Gretchen Goes to Nebraska | 1989
151 | SBB | Nowy Horyzont | 1975
152 | The Soft Machine | Volume Two | 1969
153 | Wigwam | Being | 1974
154 | Gryphon | Red Queen to Gryphon Three | 1974
155 | Hawkwind | Space Ritual | 1973
156 | Popol Vuh | Brüder des Schattens, Söhne des Lichts | 1978
157 | Caravan | Waterloo Lily | 1972
158 | Fates Warning | Perfect Symmetry | 1989
159 | White Willow | Ex Tenebris | 1998
160 | Frank Zappa | Apostrophe (') | 1974
161 | Bruford | One of a Kind | 1979
162 | Brian Eno | Another Green World | 1975
163 | Can | Tago Mago | 1971
164 | Opeth | Blackwater Park | 2001
165 | No-Man | Flowermouth | 1994
166 | Supertramp | Crime of the Century | 1974
167 | Renaissance | Turn of the Cards | 1974
168 | Roxy Music | Stranded | 1973
169 | Glass Hammer | The Inconsolable Secret | 2005
170 | The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Electric Ladyland | 1968
171 | Electric Light Orchestra | On the Third Day | 1973
172 | Gentle Giant | In a Glass House | 1973
173 | Grobschnitt | Rockpommel's Land | 1977
174 | Eloy | Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes | 1979
175 | Os Mutantes | Tudo Foi Feito pelo Sol | 1974
176 | The Moody Blues | On the Threshold of a Dream | 1969
177 | Renaissance | Scheherazade and Other Stories | 1975
178 | 801 | 801 Live | 1976
179 | Rick Wakeman | The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table | 1975
180 | Barclay James Harvest | Barclay James Harvest | 1970
181 | Van der Graaf Generator | Godbluff | 1975
182 | Greenslade | Spyglass Guest | 1974
183 | Van der Graaf Generator | Still Life | 1976
184 | Ekseption | Trinity | 1972
185 | Tonton Macoute | Tonton Macoute | 1971
186 | Barclay James Harvest | Octoberon | 1976
187 | Zappa/Mothers | Roxy & Elsewhere | 1974
188 | Spring | Spring | 1971
189 | Rush | A Farewell to Kings | 1977
190 | The Electric Light Orchestra | ELO 2 | 1973
191 | Colosseum | Those Who Are About to Die, Salute You | 1969
192 | Strawbs | Ghosts | 1974
193 | Rush | Hemispheres | 1978
194 | Caravan | For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night | 1973
195 | Queensrÿche | Operation: Mindcrime | 1988
196 | Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band | Trout Mask Replica | 1969
197 | Brian Eno | Before and After Science | 1977
198 | TransAtlantic | SMPTe | 2000
199 | Robert Fripp | Exposure | 1979
200 | Pain of Salvation | Remedy Lane | 2002
201 | Curved Air | Airconditioning | 1970
202 | McDonald and Giles | McDonald and Giles | 1970
203 | Renaissance | Renaissance | 1969
204 | The Enid | In the Region of the Summer Stars | 1976
205 | Omega | 200 Years After the Last War | 1974
206 | OSI | Office of Strategic Influence | 2003
207 | Roxy Music | Roxy Music | 1972
208 | Greenslade | Greenslade | 1973
209 | Espers | II | 2006
210 | Spock's Beard | V | 2000
211 | Supersister | Present from Nancy | 1970
212 | Ash Ra Tempel |Schwingungen | 1972
213 | Samla Mammas Manna | Måltid |1973
214 | Trace | Trace | 1974
215 | Between the Buried and Me | Colors | 2007
216 | National Health | National Health | 1978
217 | U.K. | Danger Money | 1979
218 | Symphony X | The Odyssey | 2002
219 | Trans-Siberian Orchestra | Christmas Eve and Other Stories | 1996
220 | Focus | Hamburger Concerto | 1974
221 | Pendragon | The Masquerade Overture | 1996
222 | Osanna | Palepoli | 1972
223 | King Crimson | Discipline | 1981
224 | Nektar | A Tab in the Ocean | 1972
225 | Anthony Phillips | The Geese & the Ghost | 1977
226 | Il Rovescio della Medaglia | Contaminazione | 1973
227 | Manfred Mann's Earth Band | The Roaring Silence | 1976
228 | Museo Rosenbach | Zarathustra | 1973
229 | It Bites | The Big Lad In The Windmill | 1986
230 | The Incredible String Band | The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter | 1968
231 | Sylvian/Fripp | Damage | 1994
232 | Semiramis | Dedicato a Frazz | 1973
233 | Fripp & Eno | Evening Star | 1975
234 | Sfinx | Zalmoxe | 1979
235 | Various Artists | Peter And The Wolf | 1975
236 | David Bowie | Low | 1977
237 | Radiohead | Kid A | 2000
238 | Soft Machine | Bundles | 1975
239 | Latte e Miele | Passio secundum Mattheum | 1972
240 | Jan Akkerman | Tabernakel | 1973
241 | Egg | Egg | 1970
242 | Steve Hillage | L | 1976
243 | Matching Mole | Matching Mole | 1972
244 | Henry Cow | Unrest | 1974
245 | Miriodor | Mekano | 2001
246 | King Crimson | Three of a Perfect Pair | 1984
247 | Umphrey's McGee | Mantis | 2009
248 | echolyn | as the world | 1995
249 | Phideaux | Chupacabras | 2005
250 | Alamaailman Vasarat | Maahan | 2007
251 | Upsilon Acrux | Galapagos Momentum | 2007
252 | Sigur Rós | ( ) | 2002
253 | Don Caballero | Don Caballero 2 | 1995
254 | Godspeed You! Black Emperor | Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven | 2000
255 | Tortoise | Millions Now Living Will Never Die | 1996
256 | Cynic | Focus | 1993
257 | Bo Hansson | Sagan Om Ringen | 1970
258 | Manfred Mann's Earth Band ‎| Solar Fire | 1973
259 | Threshold | Critical Mass | 2002
260 | Chris Squire | Fish Out of Water | 1975
261 | Amon Düül II | Tanz der Lemminge | 1971
262 | Can | Ege Bamyasi | 1972
263 | Asia | Aura | 2000
264 | Riverside | Anno Domini High Definition | 2009
265 | Espiritu | Crisalida | 1989
266 | Cathedral | Stained Glass Stories | 1978
267 | Nektar | Remember the Future | 1973
268 | Slapp Happy/Henry Cow | Desperate Straights | 1975
269 | Coheed and Cambria | Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness | 2005
270 | Gilgamesh | Another Fine Tune You've Got Me Into | 1978
271 | Jean Michel Jarre | Oxygène | 1976
272 | Supertramp | Even in the Quietest Moments... | 1977
273 | Frank Zappa | Hot Rats | 1969
274 | Muse | The Resistance | 2009
275 | Henry Cow | Western Culture | 1978
276 | Rush | Caress of Steel | 1975
277 | Steve Hillage | Fish Rising | 1975
278 | Hatfield and the North | The Rotters' Club | 1975
279 | Caravan | If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You | 1970
280 | Aphrodite's Child | 666 | 1972
281 | Steve Howe | The Steve Howe Album | 1979
282 | Emerson, Lake & Palmer | Trilogy | 1972
283 | Genesis | Trespass | 1970
284 | Dream Theater | Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence | 2001
285 | Gentle Giant | Three Friends | 1972
286 | Camel | Mirage | 1974
287 | Etron Fou Leloublan | Les Trois Fous perdégagnent (Au pays des…) | 1978
288 | National Health | Playtime | 2001
289 | Fripp & Eno | (No Pussyfooting) | 1973
290 | Bozzio Levin Stevens | Situation Dangerous | 2000
291 | Kansas | Masque | 1975
292 | Centipede | Septober Energy | 1971
293 | Far Corner | Far Corner | 2004
294 | Mike Oldfield | Ommadawn | 1975
295 | Be-Bop Deluxe | Sunburst Finish | 1976
296 | Allan Holdsworth | I.O.U. | 1982
297 | Area | Arbeit macht frei | 1973

I don't like this list. Any list that puts Zappa's Hot Rats in the bottom between Supertramp and Muse is laughable to me.

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Re: Will Romano - Mountains Come Out of the Sky: The Illustrated History of Prog Rock (2010)

Post by EmilienDelRey » Fri Jul 08, 2016 2:18 pm

Thank you Pierre! And yes, this list is quite curious concerning some picks.

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Re: Will Romano - Mountains Come Out of the Sky: The Illustrated History of Prog Rock (2010)

Post by DaveC » Sat Jul 09, 2016 12:30 am

Can't be too down on a list that gives Camel, Gentle Giant, PFM, & Caravan the pre-eminence they deserve, and Hatfield & the North in the top 50 too. He also recognises 'Freehand' as GG's best and SEBTP as Genesis' best. Focus and Strawbs come too low on the list for my taste, while ELP & The Nice are too high. 'Pheadra' & 'Tubular Bells' are too low if he's taking historical significance into account.

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Re: Will Romano - Mountains Come Out of the Sky: The Illustrated History of Prog Rock (2010)

Post by Pierre » Sat Jul 09, 2016 1:13 pm

Well, there are other aspects that do annoy me, but the low ranking of "Hot Rats" (and the fact it's stuck between Supertramp and Muse, seriously?) was what baffled me the most... Actually, another reason that made me dislike it is the low rankings of krautrock, post-rock and art rock albums the author chose to include, not counting the fact that if such acts as Sigur Rós and Godspeed You! Black Emperor were eligible they deserved more than one entry each... And jazz fusion is apparently eligible but barely represented (where are Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock?).

Also, I do think it's great that Will Romano included Italian and French albums, although if the author was trying to be somewhat international, then I'm missing such masterpieces as Triana's "El patio" or Los Jaivas' "Alturas de Machu Picchu" and their eponymous album. But of course, nobody can know everything about a particular genre.

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Post by DaveC » Sat Jul 09, 2016 8:18 pm

Just ranking the albums included, I would have () at #2, but I think he is including albums that arguably have some prog rock content and ranking based on their prog rock appeal. Jazz fusion & post-rock albums therefore inevitably rank lowish. I would put Bitches Brew above many of these, but I don't consider it has any place on a prog rock list. Krautrock is a different matter, but this is just one person's opinion not leavened by other voices. Indeed those Muse & Supertramp albums has no place on any 'essential albums' lists.

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Re: Will Romano - Mountains Come Out of the Sky: The Illustrated History of Prog Rock (2010)

Post by Pierre » Sat Nov 05, 2016 8:29 am

I think however that this list should be eligible. The foreword does say that the list remains "the author's opinion". The fact that popularity was somewhat taken into account shouldn't disqualify it altogether, as I believe popularity does always play some role in building parts of a list (if only to appeal to a broader audience) even if it's never necessarily stated, unless you're making a list of obscure indie and experimental records. I would simply recommend giving it a lesser weight to make up for the fact that it's specifically claimed in this case.

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