Progressive rock sent a wave through the music world in the late 60’s and still has many fans today who enjoy the music. These influential progressive bands grew their fan base by showing their talents and creating unique sounds within the genre.
12. Procol Harum
This progressive rock band formed in 1967 and had since created a great following by incorporating symphonic rock into the progressive sound. Their music also capitalizes on the wonderful sounds of soul, R&B, and the blues. With this combination of talents, they gained a great following. One of their best albums was A Whiter Shade of Pale.
This progressive band had continued through the years to create great sounds. The band formed in 1999, later than many progressive bands. This shows how the progressive style continues its popularity. Daniel Gidenlow was not an official member of this band but usually performed at shows. One of their more recent albums was the most popular. The album was called Kaleidoscope and won Album of the Year at the third annual Progressive Music Awards.
This band is a Franco-British progressive group and are widely known through the genre for their unique sounds. They use jazz and classical music influences to create their progressive sound and had gained much popularity from it. By 1970, they had changed their sound a bit, surprising fans with a wonderful psychedelic rock in their album Magik Brother. Pierre Moerlen took over the band in 1976 as their fame grew, releasing jazz rock albums along the way.
This band is from Warsaw, Poland and was established in 2001. The members loved the style of progressive rock and wanted to continue that into their music. The members consisted of Piotr Grudzinski, Piotr Kozieradzki, Mariusz Duda, and Jacek Melnicki. Their music mixed metal sounds with progressive and has been thought to sound similar to Pink Floyd, Tool, and Porcupine Tree. With this in mind, fans knew they had their own style that differentiated them from the group of bands in progressive music.
Another great sounding progressive group, this English band formed in 1985 in Abington, Oxfordshire. Jonny Greenwood, Thom Yorke, Phil Selway, Ed O’Brien, and Colin Greenwood. Their most popular albums consist of Creep (1992), Pablo Honey (1993), The Bends (1995). Their albums received great credibility by fans. They continued to create other hit albums, OK Computer being one of the most famous albums they released in the 90’s.
This progressive rock band was one of the most popular American groups as they experimented with their sounds. The band formed in Miami, Florida and now resides in Los Angelos, California. They featured progressive metal music that propelled them to popularity among fans. They released their first album, Focus, in 1993 and stated their widely known popularity. It is not completely known by the band members if they are disbanded, but they released an album in 2014 Kindly Bent to Free Us.
Can was a progressive band that originated from Germany. Thy formed in Cologne, West Germany in 1968. They were well known for their unique style that incorporated many influences. These influences consisted of jazz, funk, and psychedelic sounds that made for spontaneous elements in their music. This aspect of their sound drew fans in and their popularity grew with the commercial success they achieved. The single I Want More was among their popular releases and their album Monster Movie that was released in 1969 also gained fan credibility.
5. Crack The Sky
This American progressive band was formed in Weirton, West Virginia at the beginning of the 1970’s. By 1975, they had grabbed the attention of many new fans as Rolling Stone Magazine said their album was debut album of the year. This made their music more known and shows what type of talent they had with their first album. The band released Dog City in 1990 and Cut in 1999. They still perform today occasionally for their fans as they still maintain great popularity.
4. Soft Machine
This English progressive rock band has many fans for its unique style. They originated from Canterbury, England. They were named after a novel The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs. Most of their credibility come from their influential stance in the music era of the progressive style. They did not get much commercial success widely but they had much popularity in the Canterberry scene.
3. The Alan Parsons Project
The Alan Parsons Project was a progressive rock band. The band officially formed in 1975 and had great influences on the progressive music era. Alan Parsons did have a solo career where he released albums such as The Time Machina and A Valid Path, but the band performed greatly together. The band did play together with talented musicians promoting their progressive sounds but the main attraction was Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson.
Supertramp was another influential progressive rock leader when the music genre first escalated to new heights. The band itself formed in 1969 as Daddy. They then changed their name in the early 1970’s to Supertramp and had created a great following. They took to progressive rock in the beginning of their career and then added other influences for a newer sound. This included art rock, pop, and traditional rock made their own unique fan base. By the mid-1970’s is when they were more commercially known, thanks to this new style that they had created in the progressive rock section. They still upheld their own styles but were now heard by more listeners thanks to their commercial success. They had the most fame in 1979 when they released Breakfast in America. This success brought them more than 20 million copies of albums sold. Their success shows their great talent in the music world.
1. Spock’s Beard
Spock’s Beard was formed in 1992. The Los Angelos band collaborated by brothers Neal and Alan Morse. Neal was considered the lead vocalist and also had the keyboards. He also was the main songwriter for the band. Alan had played the electric guitar. Their sound did consist of progressive rock but they also had been influenced by pop sounds. Neal later went on to promote his solo career in 2002.
These bands all had some type of influence on progressive sounds through time and had accomplished many new sounds through the musical genre.