Best progressive-rock albums of all times

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(only one album per band)
  1. Soft Machine: Third (CBS, 1970)
  2. Faust (Polydor, 1971)
  3. King Crimson: In The Court Of The Crimson King (1969)
  4. Pink Floyd: Ummagumma (Harvest, 1969)
  5. Van Der Graaf Generator: Pawn Hearts (1971)
  6. Gong: Radio Gnome Invisible (1973)
  7. Third Ear Band: Third Ear Band (1970)
  8. Popol Vuh: In Den Garten Pharaos (1972)
  9. Roxy Music: Roxy Music (1972)
  10. Can: Future Days (Spoon, 1973)
  11. Magma: Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh (1973)
  12. Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells (Virgin, 1973)
  13. Phish: A Picture Of Nectar (Elektra, 1992)
  14. Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic: Magnetic Flip (Ace Of Hearts, 1984)
  15. Henry Cow: Unrest (Virgin, 1974)
  16. Art Zoyd: Phase IV (1982)
  17. Univers Zero: Heresie (Cryonic, 1979)
  18. Djam Karet: Reflections From The Firepool (HC, 1989)
  19. Amon Duul II: Yeti (1970)
  20. Ozric Tentacles: Strangeitude (Demi Monde, 1991)
  21. Clearlight: Clearlight Symphony (Virgin, 1974)
  22. Yes: Close To The Edge (1972)
  23. Dream Theater: Images And Words (Atco, 1992)
  • Alan Parsons Project: Tales of Mystery & Imagination Edgar Allen Poe
  • Aphrodite's Child: 666
  • Utopia: RA
  • Vangelis: Heaven and Hell
  • Stomu Yamash'ta: Sea & Sky
  • Algarnas Trabgard: The Garden Of The Elks (1972)
  • Voice Of Eye: Vespers (Cyclotron, 1994)
  • Bo Hansson: Lord of the Rings (1970)
  • Alboth: Liebefeld (Permis De Construire, 1992)
  • Cyrille Verdeux: Messenger Of The Son (Musea, 1984)
  • After Dinner: Paradise Of Replica (Recommended, 1989)
  • Einsturzende Neubaten: Zeichnungen das Patienten (PVC, 1983)
  • Material: Memory Serves (1981)
  • Mofungo: Out Of Line (Zoar, 1983)
  • Ordinaires: One (Restless, 1989)
  • Ruins: Stonehenge (Shimmy Disc, 1990)
  • Caravan: In The Land Of Grey And Pink (1971)
  • Iceburn: Hephaestus (Revelation, 1993)
  • Matching Mole (CBS, 1972)
  • Nucleus: Belladonna (Vertigo, 1972)
  • Hugh Hopper: 1984 (CBS, 1973)
  • Ragnarok: Ragnarok (1976)
  • Traffic: Dear Mr Fantasy (UA, 1967)
  • Rake: The Art Ensemble Of Rake/Tell-Tale Moog (VHF, 1995)
  • Porcupine Tree: On The Sunday Of Life (Delerium, 1992)
  • Family: Entertainment (Reprise, 1969)
  • Heldon: Electronique Guerilla (Urus, 1974)
  • Steve Hackett: Voyage Of The Acolyte (Charisma, 1976)
  • Happy The Man: Happy The Man (Arista, 1977)
  • U Totem: U Totem (1990)
  • Between: Dharana (Vertigo, 1974)
  • Motor Totemist Guild: Infra Dig (Rotary Totem, 1984)
  • Rick Wakeman: The Six Wives Of Henry VIII (A&M, 1973)
  • Jethro Tull: Thick As A Brick (1972)
  • Art Bears: Hopes And Fears (Re, 1978)
  • Cerberus Shoal: Mr Boy Dog (Temporary Residence, 2002)
  • The Scene Is Now: Tonight We Ride (1988)
  • In The Labyrinth: The Garden Of Mysteries (Ad Perpetuam Memoriam, 1997)
  • Glass: No Stranger To The Skies (Relentless Pursuit, 2000)
  • Gary Lucas: Skeleton At The Feast (Enemy, 1991)
  • Fish & Roses: We Are Happy To Serve You (Homestead, 1989)
  • Buckethead: Bucketheadland (Disk Union, 1992)
  • Tractor Hips: Tractor Hips (Friction Media, 1996)
  • Cartoon: Music From Left Field (12-Tone Productions)
  • Boud Deun: The Stolen Bicycle (Cuneiform, 1998)
  • V-Effect: Stop Those Songs (Rift, 1984)
  • Happy Family: Toscco (Cuneiform, 1997)
  • Samla Mammas Manna: Klossa Knapitatet
  • Focus: Moving Waves (1972)
  • Genesis: Selling England By The Pound (Virgin, 1973)
  • Miriodor: Elastic Juggling (Cuneiform, 1995)
  • Lounge Lizards: Lounge Lizards` (EG, 1981)
  • Massacre: Killing Time (Celluloid, 1982)
  • Fred Frith: Speechless (Ralph, 1981)
  • Death Organ: Universal Stripsearch (Ad Perpetuam Memoriam, 1997)
  • Steve Hillage: L (Virgin, 1976)
  • Slapp Happy: Acnalbasac Noom (Polydor, 1973)
  • Lindsay Cooper: Gold Diggers (SyncPulse, 1983)
  • Grits: As The World Grits (Cuneiform, 1993)
  • Ensemble Nimbus: Scapegoat (Record Heaven, 1998)
  • Darryl Way: Concerto For Electric Violin (Island, 1979)
  • Echolyn: Suffocating The Bloom (Bridge, 1992)
  • Hatfield And The North (Virgin, 1974)
  • Amboy Dukes: Survival Of The Fittest (1971)
  • National Health: Of Queues And Cures (Healthy, 1979)
  • Allan Holdsworth: Metal Fatigue (Enigma, 1983)
  • Audience: House On The Hill
  • Shylock: Gialorgues (Musea, 1977)
  • Gentle Giant: Power And The Glory (1974)
  • Schicke, Fuhrs and Frohling: Symphonic Pictures (1976)
  • Agitation Free: Malesh (1972)
  • Curved Air: Phantasmagoria (Warner, 1972)
  • Jade Warrior: Waves (Island, 1975)
  • Dyzan: Time Machine (Bellaphon, 1973)
  • Emerson Lake And Palmer: Tarkus (Island, 1972)
  • Xaal: En Chemin (1991)
  • White Willow: Ignis Fatuus (Laser's Edge, 1995)
  • Wallenstein: Blitzkrieg (1972)
  • Kit Watkins: Labyrinth (Azimuth, 1980)
  • Anglagard: Epilog (Hybris, 1994)
  • Brand X: Unorthodox Behaviour (1976)
  • Flock: Flock (CBS, 1969)
  • Pangee: Hymnemonde (Pangee, 1995)
  • Camel: The Snow Goose (1975)
  • Jon Anderson: Olias Of Sunhillow (Atlantic, 1976)
  • Dark: Dark (CMP, 1986)
  • Cassiber: Man Or Monkey (Riskant, 1983)
  • Bill Bruford: Feels Good To Me (1978)
  • Present: Certitudes (Cuneiform, 1998)
  • Philharmonie: Nord (Cuneiform, 1994)
  • Volapuk: Slang (Cuneiform, 1997)
  • Egg: The Polite Force (Deram, 1971)
  • Pavlov's Dog: Pampered Menial
  • Rush: 2112 (1976)
  • Marillion: Script For A Jester's Tear (Capitol, 1983)
  • UK (Polydor, 1978)
  • Asia (Giffen, 1982)
  • Premiata Forneria Marconi: Storia di un Minuto (Numero UNo, 1972)
  • Area: Arbeit Macht Frei (Cramps, 1973)
  • Banco del mutuo soccorso: Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso (Ricordi, 1972)
  • Isotope: Illusion (1975)

Milestones of progressive-rock

in chronological order

Graham Bond: The Sound Of
Alexis Korner:Blues Incorporated ...Plus

Fugs: The Fugs II
Bob Dylan: Blonde On Blonde
Blues Project: Live At The Cafe` Au Go Go
Rolling Stones: Aftermath
Frank Zappa: Freak Out
Animals: Animalisms
Who: A Quick One
Buffalo Springfield: Buffalo Springfield

Doors: The Doors
Love: Da Capo
Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground & Nico
Frank Zappa: Absolutely Free
Eric Burdon & The Animals: Winds Of Change
Pink Floyd: The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
Moody Blues: Days Of Future Passed
Nice: The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack
Tim Buckley: Goodbye & Hello
Jefferson Airplane: After Bathing At Baxter's
Traffic: Mr Fantasy

Electric Prunes: Mass In F Minor
Procol Harum: A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Blood Sweat & Tears: Child Is Father To Man
Fleetwood Mac: Fleetwood Mac
Iron Butterfly: Heavy
ISB: The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter
Spirit: Spirit
Pentangle: Pentangle
Pink Floyd: A Saucerful Of Secrets
Bloomfield-Kooper-Stills: Super Session
Family: Music In A Doll's House
Grateful Dead: Anthem Of The Sun
Iron Butterfly: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Cream: Wheels Of Fire
Frank Zappa: We're Only In It For The Money
Caravan: Caravan
Jimi Hendrix: Electric Ladyland
Traffic: Traffic II
Van Morrison: Astral Weeks
Nice: Ars Longa Vita Brevis
Soft Machine: Soft Machine I
Spirit: The Family That Plays Together
Pentangle: Sweet Child
Pretty Things: S. F. Sorrow

VDG: Aerosol Grey Machine
Family: Entertainment
Colosseum: Those Who Are About To Die Salute You
Frank Zappa: Uncle Meat
Genesis: From Genesis To Revelation
Quicksilver: Happy Trails
Chicago: Chicago Transit Authority
Soft Machine: Volume Two
Who: Tommy
It's A Beautiful Day: It's A Beautiful Day
Grateful Dead: Aoxomoxoa
Edgar Broughton: Wasa Wasa
Tim Buckley: Happy Sad
Yes: Yes
Blind Faith: Blind Faith
Nice: Nice
Deep Purple: Concerto For Group And Orchestra
Jack Bruce: Songs For A Tailor
Santana: Santana
Frank Zappa: Hot Rats
King Crimson: In The Court Of The Crimson King
Pink Floyd: Ummagumma
Pentangle: Basket of Light
Tangerine Dream:Electronic Meditation
Captain Beefheart: Trout Mask Replica
Grateful Dead: Live/Dead
Jefferson Airplane: Volunteers
Tim Buckley: Blue Afternoon
Colosseum: Valentyne Suite
Kevin Ayers: Joy Of A Toy
Lothar and the Hand People: Space Hymn
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