My son asked me the other day what was my favorite “Prog” song. That’s a pretty tough question, and it’s been mulling around in my brain for a couple of days. I’m not sure I can pick just one, so I decided to do a list. So, here you go, my favorite Prog songs. Disclaimer: Nit claiming this to be the “best”, or any such. Simply my favorites. Not in a specific order, though I sort of sorted to put second songs from same bands lower.…. And I’ll try and limit myself to 10:
- Supper’s Ready – Genesis. Recorded in ’72 from the album Foxtrot. Clocking in at just under 23 minutes, and featuring 7 named sections.
- And You And I – Yes. Recorded in '72 from the Album "Close To The Edge". A little short for Prog, at a mere 10:08, featuring 4 sections.
- Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd. Recorded in '75 from the album "Wish You Were Here". Actually split into 2 distinct tracks on the album. Parts 6-5 open the album, Parts 6 though 9 close it. Combined; just over 26 minutes.
- Karn Evil 9 – Emerson Lake And Palmer. Recorded in '73 from the album "Brain Salad Surgery". Just a bit under 30 minutes, split across sides of the original vinyl. Perhaps hasn't aged as well as some of the others, but was essential at the time.
- Thick As A Brick – Jethro Tull. The winner for sheer mass, Thick As A Brick is the only song on the '72 album, at a whopping 43:46. Obviously, split across two sides of the original vinyl.
- Song For America - Kansas. From the '75 album of the same name. Another shortie, barely topping 10 minutes.
- Tarkus– Emerson Lake And Palmer. From the '71 album of the same name. Clocking at a solid 20:35, with 7 sections.
- The Musical Box - Genesis. From the '71 album "Nursery Cryme". A mere 10:27, but all of them great.
- Heart Of The Sunrise – Yes. From the '71 album "Fragile". Clocks in at a bit over 11:30.
- Gates Of Delirium - Yes. From the '74 album Relayer. Another full album side, at 21:30.
Side note, Yes is the only one of these bands that I saw in concert. I saw them twice, in the summer of '76 (With Patrick Moraz on keys) and the summer of '77 (with Rick Wakeman back on keys). I wish I had seen the other bands...