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Progressive Rock

What is Progressive Rock Music?

Progressive Rock Music, in true music style is also called prog rock, or simply prog and is yet another sub genre of rock music. It kind of appeared during the late 60’s, early 70’s as a method of trying to take rock music to new heights of artistic credibility.  The arrangements used in progressive rock music were often a mixture of elements drawn from many different types of music, from jazz, classical and also world music. Many of the songs were about abstract things, not always making much sense, and there were lots of instrumental passages. Many progressive rock bands were known to make epic concept albums, that went on, and on, and on . . .  ( Mike Oldfield and Tubuler Bells, need I say more?)

Representative Progressive Rock Musicians

Progressive Rock Music is used when describing groups like Yes, Jethro Tull and Pink Floyd – Emerson Lake & Palmer is another bunch. Other early bands include Supertramp and Caravan. Many of the bands were originally based in the UK, but progressive rock was also beginning to gain popularity in the rest of Europe, places like Germany and even Italy started to produce some well known progressive rock bands – Triumvirat leading the way from Germany and bands like Banco and PFM from Italy.

See what I mean? Prize for anyone who listened right to the end.

Oh, that was nice wasn’t it?

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