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 01  America - The Nice 1968

 02  Care Of Cell 44 - The Zombies 1968

 03  Piece Of My Own - Caravan 1968

 04  Walking Through My Dreams - The Pretty Things 1968

 05  Acceptance Brandenburger - The Nice 1968

 06  Quite Rightly So - Procol Harum 1968  

 07  Ride My See-Saw - The Moody Blues 1968

 08  Time Of The Season - The Zombies 1968

 09  Living In The Past - Jethro Tull 1969 

 10  Kings and Queens - Renaissance 1969

 11  The Sky Is Burning - Sam Gopal 1969   

 12  Walking In The Park - Colosseum 1969      

 13  Weavers Answer - Family 1969   

 14  Long Gone Greek - Procol Harum 1969   

 15  We Used To Know - Jethro Tull 1969

 16  Pools Of Blue - Barclay James Harvest 1970

 17  Lucky Man - Emerson, Lake & Palmer 1970

 18  Question - The Moody Blues 1970

 19  Stone-Hearted Mama - The Pretty Things 1970


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Progressive (Prog) Rock  was popular in the ‘70s but was a British development of late ‘60s psychedelic and blues rock.  It was a time of musical exploration with young musicians experimenting with new musical instruments and combining various musical genres to create a new sound.  Concept albums were used to tell a story or develop a theme often using classical and even operatic elements.  Instrumentals were common, while songs could be lengthy and fantastical.

In 1967, The Moody Blues released “Days of Future Passed” which mixed rock with classical music, using a symphony orchestra conducted by Peter Knight.



Progressive Rock UK


  20 Tomorrow Night - Atomic Rooster 1970

  21  Strange Band - Family 1970

  22  Yours Is No Disgrace - Yes 1971

  23  Gone With The Mouse - Fuchsia 1971

  24  I Should’ve Known - Soft Machine 1971

  25  Siberian Khatru - Yes 1972

  26  Karn Evil 9 1st Impression Pt 2

                                                 Emerson, Lake & Palmer 1973

  27  The Cinema Show - Genesis 1973

  28  Breathe - Pink Floyd 1973 

  29  Bloody Well Right - Supertramp 1974

  30  Adventures In A Yorkshire Landscape

                                                             Be-Bop Deluxe 1974   

  31  Starbright Starlight - Gravy Train 1974       

  32  Opening Move - Gryphon 1974   

  33  Dreamer - Supertramp 1974  

  34  Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd 1975

  35  Ripples - Genesis 1976

  36  Crying To The Sky - Be-Bop Deluxe 1976

  37  Wonderous Stories - Yes 1977


King Crimson, Soft Machine and The Nice were probably responsible for the birth of progressive rock with bands like Pink Floyd and Yes developing their own interpretations throughout the ‘70s and beyond.

By the mid-70s it had reached its peak of popularity. However, Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon” in 1973 became their most commercially successful album and could be rated as one of the greatest all-time rock records.

A backlash against the overblown music and lengthy tracks led to the onset of the punk movement.  Pink Floyd and Yes, amongst others, kept the flag flying for a while.