Originally Posted by Milt99
I don't really feel guilty about it but I do derive pleasure listening to it.
I just got on a jag one night and wanted to take a trip into 1970-2 Land.
One thing I did re-realize is that Emerson, Lake and Palmer are some fine musicians, composers AND they cared about how they were recorded.
Kudos to Steven Wilson on the job he did but if the underlying quality wasn't there in the first place...
Yeah, the classic Prog-Rock bands got ripped for being pretentious and whatever but there was some fine music and musicianship in there, imo.
Someone earlier mentioned finishing the night off with Moody Blues which was funny because that's exactly what I did(In Search of the Lost Chord sacd) although I don't personally consider them Prog.
When I was a kid there was a TV special hosted by Zubin Metha I think it was called Switched On Rock that had Jethro Tull and Keith Emerson on it.
Anyone remember that?
If you don't really feel guilty about it, then it's not a guilty pleasure. I would hope you wouldn't feel guilty; I think Prog produced some of the finest music ever and I am glad I was a teen during it's heyday- some absolutely amazing experiences (it wasn't just the music, it was the 70's, which was a really cool time- though I would love to have been born about 5 years earlier to have been able to see some like Hendrix, Doors, etc, as well as catch some of my favorites at an earlier stage). Tickets to shows were like $2-10. And the atmosphere was so relaxed; great parties in the parking lot before and after the show.
As for taking a trip to 70-72 land, I'd say the majority of my musical journeys go back to the 70's (and 60's and 80's to a lesser extent). I listen to some new music, but I still spend most of my "speaker time" with my old friends.
Yes, ELP were awesome musicians; great craftsmen and composers. I love what SW did for their 1st two albums. The 5.1 mix of both have gotten plenty of play since I got them. He's the surround wizard; his music is some of the new stuff I've been able to get into. I remember when PT opened for Yes, but I'd never heard of them and passed, as I always do, on opening acts for Yes (even sat out all but 15-20 minutes of Kansas, I band I love); I like to have "fresh ears" when I go see my favorite band and don't want to risk getting burnt out during the show. But today I'd pass on Yes and go see PT (or SW's band).
As for the claims of Prog being pretentious, I can see where that comes from. There was a lot of great musicianship, but when that's taken a little too far... And when you write a double album w/ one song per album side, based on a footnote on the Shastric scriptures from a book that's an autobiography of a Yogi, well... (Don't get me wrong, I love Tales) When you have high ideals and are constantly pushing the boundaries, it's easy to be perceived as being pretentious. When you aim for the stars, you are very vulnerable to criticism, but when you hit your target, those stars are pretty cool, especially when you take 10-20,000 along on the ride. And the likes of Yes, ELP, Genesis, Floyd, Tull, the Dead, Talking Heads, etc. have taken me on innumerable astral flights, both in person and through recordings.