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Do any of you happen to know some more obscure prog rock recs?

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I’ve listened to almost all of the big ones already, King Crimson, Yes, Genesis, ELP, Pink Floyd, Camel, Rush, The Mars Volta, Jethro Tull, you name it. And im interested in if anybody knows some more obscure albums and bands in the genre.

Also, i’d like to say that i really love long tracks like Close To The Edge, Tarkus, Suppers Ready, Echoes, Karn Evil 9, etc so if anyone happens to know some lesser known albums with long tracks like that, definitely tell me because i love that stuff.

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If you haven’t listened to Porcupine Tree, maybe try their penultimate album, Fear of a Blank Planet. It’s a modern prog masterpiece. Not exactly obscure, per se, but I feel Porcupine Tree have not achieved a legendary status like the bands you named above.

Also, give Opeth a try if you haven’t. Specifically Damnation and their latest 4 albums IF you do not like death metal. Most of their discography is of death metal/prog style, but the style of their previous 4 albums have been in style a love-letter to '70s prog rock. Again, probably not so obscure to those heavily invested in the modern progressive rock/metal movement, but they are worth mentioning. (If you don’t mind the death metal sound, their LP Blackwater Park is truly a masterpiece and I’d say easily one of the best albums of the past 20 years.)

Hopefully somebody else on here can give a more exhaustive answer. I, myself, am hoping to dive deeper into prog music, but I don’t know much outside of the few bands I listen to excessively (I.E., Porcupine Tree/Steven Wilson, Opeth, Devin Townsend, Gojira, Mastodon, Pink Floyd) and I do mean excessively.

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Maybe check out Budgie, or Focus (though I’m not sure how obscure that one is).

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I’ve recently discovered the band Caravan (the first two albums I really like in particular), but you may know them already 😉 Or Rick Wakeman, whom I discovered with The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (but you also may know him) 😄

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Return to Forever - The Romantic Warrior (1976)
I used to play Nintendo/SNES games listening to this album in my youth. It’s considered jazz/fusion in some circles but I’ve always seen it as prog-rock. I’m pretty sure the entire album is still up on youtube, I’ve owned the album 4 times on vinyl (people keep stealing it!)

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darth-gary said:

Return to Forever - The Romantic Warrior (1976)
I used to play Nintendo/SNES games listening to this album in my youth. It’s considered jazz/fusion in some circles but I’ve always seen it as prog-rock. I’m pretty sure the entire album is still up on youtube, I’ve owned the album 4 times on vinyl (people keep stealing it!)

I love its album cover (and the album also) 😄

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After leaving the Yardbirds, Keith Relf formed Renaissance, in similar mold, before forming Armageddon.
Renaissance, now featuring Annie Haslam on vocals, went the rock-jazz-prog route.
Albums you might want to investigate - “Prologue” and “Ashes Are Burning”.

Captain Beyond, especially the first album, where the songs segue and blend seamlessly.

My brother is a huge fan of Transatlantic. I don’t “get” these guys, but their pedigree is impressive.

At another joint I frequent, members are keen on Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=iOk5OvYQ7zQ

Don’t want to forget Galneryus. Raise My Sword!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prBxPljqt0M

There are some documentaries out there. I’ll queue into the few review thread.

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darth-gary said:

Return to Forever - The Romantic Warrior (1976)
I used to play Nintendo/SNES games listening to this album in my youth. It’s considered jazz/fusion in some circles but I’ve always seen it as prog-rock. I’m pretty sure the entire album is still up on youtube, I’ve owned the album 4 times on vinyl (people keep stealing it!)

This albums is fantastic! Love it, thanks for the reccomendation