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Progressive rock

Progressive rock (sometimes shortened to "prog rock" or "prog", also called "art rock") is a form of rock music that evolved in the late 1960s and early 1970s, as part of a "mostly British attempt to elevate rock music to new levels of artistic credibility".

Progressive rock bands pushed "rock's technical and compositional boundaries" by going beyond the standard rock or popular verse-chorus based song structures. As well, the arrangements often incorporate elements drawn from classical, jazz and avant-garde music. Songs with lyrics are sometimes conceptual, abstract, or based in fantasy. Progressive rock bands used "concept albums that made unified statements, usually telling an epic story or tackling a grand overarching theme".

Selected artist / band

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Queen were an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, lead vocalist Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon completing the lineup the following year.

The band is noted for their musical diversity, multi-layered arrangements, vocal harmonies, and incorporation of audience participation into their live performances. Their 1985 Live Aid performance was voted the best live rock performance of all time in an industry poll.

Queen enjoyed success in the UK in the early 1970s with the albums Queen and Queen II, but it was with the release of Sheer Heart Attack in 1974 and A Night at the Opera the following year that the band gained international success. They have released fifteen studio albums, five live albums, and numerous compilation albums. Eighteen of these have reached number one on charts around the world. The actual figure of Queen's album sales varies by source, generally ranging from 100 - 300 million albums sold worldwide. According to an interview transcript on Brian May's official website, the band had sold in excess of 190 million albums by 2006.

Following Mercury's death in 1991 and Deacon's retirement in 1997, May and Taylor have performed infrequently under the Queen name. Since 2005 they have been collaborating with Paul Rodgers, under the moniker Queen + Paul Rodgers.

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Freak Out! is the debut album by American experimental rock band The Mothers of Invention, released June 27, 1966 on Verve Records. Though often cited as one of rock music's first concept albums, the real unifying theme of the album is not musical, but a satirical attitude based on frontman Frank Zappa's unique perception of American pop culture. It was also one of the earliest double albums in the history of rock music.

The album was produced by Tom Wilson, who signed The Mothers, formerly a bar band called the Soul Giants, to a record deal in the belief that they were a white blues band. The album features vocalist Ray Collins, along with bass player Roy Estrada, drummer Jimmy Carl Black and guitar player Elliot Ingber, who would later join Captain Beefheart's Magic Band under the name Winged Eel Fingerling.

Famous albums

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Genesis in a concert in Pisa, Italy, 1982.


  • Bennett, Graham. Soft Machine. Out-Blooody-Rageous. London: SAF Publishing (2005), ISBN 0946719845.
  • Fitch, Vernon. A Collectors Guide to Soft Machine, Gong, Henry Cow & Related Group Recordings. Pink Floyd Archives (1998), No ISBN.
  • Lucky, Jerry. The Progressive Rock Files. Burlington, Ontario: Collector's Guide Publishing, Inc. (1998), ISBN 1896522106.
  • Holm-Hudson, Kevin. Progressive Rock Reconsidered. New York-London: Routledge (2002), ISBN 0815337159.
  • Lucky, Jerry. The Progressive Rock Handbook. Burlington, Ontario: Collector's Guide Publishing, Inc. (2008), ISBN 9781894959766.
  • Macan, Edward. Rocking the Classics: English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture. Oxford: Oxford University Press (1997), ISBN 0195098889.
  • Martin, Bill. Listening to the Future: The Time of Progressive Rock. Peru, Ill.: Carus Publishing Company (1998), ISBN 081269368X.
  • Snider, Charles. The Strawberry Bricks Guide To Progressive Rock. Chicago, Ill.: Lulu Publishing (2007), ISBN 9780615175669.
  • Stump, Paul. The Music's All That Matters: A History of Progressive Rock. London: Quartet Books Limited (1997), ISBN 0704380366.

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Bill Bruford  · Phil Collins  · Nick Mason  · Carl Palmer  · Neil Peart  · Simon Phillips  · John Weathers  · Alan White  · Robert Wyatt · Mike Portnoy · Gavin Harrison

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Daevid Allen  · Adrian Belew  · David Gilmour  · Fish  · Kevin Ayers  · Syd Barrett  · Ian Anderson  · Jon Anderson  · Mr. Doctor  · Peter Gabriel  · Peter Hammill  · James LaBrie  · Greg Lake  · Geddy Lee  · Derek Shulman  · Roger Waters  · John Wetton  · Steven Wilson

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Syd Barrett  · Robert Fripp  · David Gilmour  · Gary Green  · Steve Hackett  · Steve Howe  · Andrew Latimer  · Mike Oldfield  · Trevor Rabin  · Alan Parsons  · Frank Zappa · Adrian Belew · Alex Lifeson  · John Petrucci  · Steven Wilson

  • Keyboardists

Keith Emerson  · Tony Banks  · Peter Bardens  · Tony Kaye  · Igor Khoroshev  · Jon Lord  · Kerry Minnear  · Patrick Moraz  · Flavio Premoli  · Jordan Rudess  · Derek Sherinian  · Rick Wakeman  · Richard Wright

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