Originally Posted by scolumbo
I don't know their entire catalog, but one that I am familiar with, World Record, would also be a choice candidate for surround.
Good choice! I'm a little more partial to Godbluff and Still Life from their second generation. There are many Genesis (Gabriel), King Crimson, Yes and Pink Floyd clones, but only one Van Der Graaf Generator (like there is only one Jethro Tull).
The following were some of the potential candidates that Steven Wilson himself selected for surround sound treatment in a magazine (whose name I forget) interview:
KATE BUSH: Hounds of Love, The Dreaming, Aerial
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA: Out of the Blue
PETER GABRIEL: Peter Gabriel (Security)
MARVIN GAYE: What's Going On
JAPAN: Tin Drum
LED ZEPPELIN: Led Zeppelin IV
MASSIVE ATTACK: Mezzanine
MY BLOODY VALENTINE: Loveless
PINK FLOYD: Animals
PRINCE: Sign o' the Times
RADIOHEAD: OK Computer
TALK TALK: Laughing Stock
YES: Close to the Edge, Fragile (he probably didn't care for the existing 5.1 Fragile)
FRANK ZAPPA: Joe's Garage, Acts I, II & III
Sadly he never mentioned VdGG. Since it wasn't guitar-driven prog-rock, perhaps it is understandable. But the dual sax, organ, drumming & brilliant vocals cry out for a 5.1 airing.