stylistic origins: Psychedelic Rock, Jazz Fusion, Blues-Rock, Hard Rock, Folk Rock, World music, Electronic Art music, Classical music, Free Jazz
cultural origins: Mid to late 1960s, United Kingdom, United States, Italy and Germany
sub-genres: 2
artists listed: 481
albums: 3,032
tracks: 34,403
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Progressive Rock

stylistic origins: Psychedelic Rock, Jazz Fusion, Blues-Rock, Hard Rock, Folk Rock, World music, Electronic Art music, Classical music, Free Jazz
cultural origins: Mid to late 1960s, United Kingdom, United States, Italy and Germany

Progressive rock is a form of rock music that evolved in the late 1960s and early 1970s as part of a "mostly British attempt to elevate rock music to new levels of artistic credibility." The term "art rock" is often used interchangeably with "progressive rock", though the two genres are not identical.

Progressive rock bands pushed "rock's technical and compositional boundaries" by going beyond the standard rock or popular verse-chorus-based song structures. Additionally, the arrangements often incorporated elements drawn from classical, jazz and world music. Instrumentals were common, while songs with lyrics were sometimes conceptual, abstract or based in fantasy. Progressive rock bands sometimes used concept albums that made unified statements, usually telling an epic story or tackling a grand overarching theme.

Progressive rock developed from late 1960s psychedelic rock, as part of a wide-ranging tendency in rock music of this era to draw inspiration from ever more diverse influences. The term was applied to the music of bands such as King Crimson, Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Soft Machine and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Progressive rock came into most widespread use around the mid 1970s. While progressive rock reached the peak of its popularity in the 1970s and early 1980s, neo-progressive bands have continued playing for faithful audiences in the subsequent decades.

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Album: Genesis by Genesis
06 December, 05:34pm by jnorth | comments (0)
This is generally considered to be the poor relative of the Genesis back catalogue. The songs however are anything but second rate. 'Mama', 'Home by the Sea' and 'It's Gonna get better' in particular are the real deal. 'Home by the Sea' still (or did in the last tour) features in the live set. ... read more
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