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 poll_icon  Poll  Poll Question: Which of these would be your first choice to listen to?
ELP - 'Lucky Man' VotesVotesVotes 3 (15%)
Focus - 'Hocus Pocus' VotesVotesVotes 3 (15%)
Uriah Heep - 'Easy Livin'' VotesVotesVotes 2 (10%)
Kraftwerk - 'Autobahn' VotesVotesVotes 1 (5%)
Rush - 'Closer To The Heart' VotesVotesVotes 4 (21%)
Jethro Tull - 'Living In The Past' VotesImageVotes 0 (0%)
Supertramp - 'Bloody Well Right' VotesVotesVotes 4 (21%)
Ambrosia 'Holdin' On To Yesterday' VotesVotesVotes 2 (10%)
Total votes: 19  
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« Thread started on: Mar 27th, 2014, 09:10am »

My pick is Ambrosia - 'Holdin' On To Yesterday.'

It's an amazing song by a very underrated American rock band. They went on to release many radio hits. Alan Parsons engineered their debut album which included this song.


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« Reply #1 on: Mar 27th, 2014, 09:16am »

Closer To The Heart for me.
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« Reply #2 on: Mar 27th, 2014, 09:23am »

I like Rush, Tull and Supertramp, but I'm not crazy about any of those songs. Meanwhile, I am not a fan of ELP, but I like "Lucky Man," so that's my vote. smiley
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 27th, 2014, 09:40am »

Strange to see Supertramp classified as a "prog" band, because they essentially became popular through a number of hit songs. Actually, I've always seen them as a pop/rock band with some "prog" leanings. Never saw them in the same category as most typical "prog" bands.

Anyway, out of the choices given, I'd probably pick Rush.

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« Reply #4 on: Mar 27th, 2014, 09:44am »

Lucky Man.
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« Reply #5 on: Mar 27th, 2014, 09:53am »

on Mar 27th, 2014, 09:40am, HENRY wrote:
Strange to see Supertramp classified as a "prog" band, because they essentially became popular through a number of hit songs. Actually, I've always seen them as a pop/rock band with some "prog" leanings. Never saw them in the same category as most typical "prog" bands.

Anyway, out of the choices given, I'd probably pick Rush.



Their earlier work was widely considered to be mainstream progressive rock. Their 'Crime Of The Century' album would fit into that bracket, IMO. 'Bloody Well Right' was the only hit off that album, probably due to its accessibility to radio listeners. The rest of the album I would consider progressive.
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« Reply #6 on: Mar 27th, 2014, 12:36pm »

Uriah Heep Easy Living from the first rock album I ever bought - Demons And Wizards. Superb stuff.
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« Reply #7 on: Mar 27th, 2014, 12:51pm »

Ambrosia smiley
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« Reply #8 on: Mar 27th, 2014, 2:23pm »

Focus, Kraftwerk second!
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« Reply #9 on: Mar 28th, 2014, 06:39am »

The Focus track is the only one listed that I have.

Now there's a tune that gets stuck in your head for a while after you hear it! And parts of it always make me laugh.
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« Reply #10 on: Mar 28th, 2014, 07:26am »

I went for Supertramp - 'Bloody Well Right'... love that song although Focus is right up there.
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« Reply #11 on: Mar 28th, 2014, 4:14pm »

on Mar 27th, 2014, 09:44am, slowdancer wrote:
Lucky Man.


Me too!.. smiley
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« Reply #12 on: Mar 28th, 2014, 4:15pm »

on Mar 27th, 2014, 09:53am, CountingOutTime wrote:
Their earlier work was widely considered to be mainstream progressive rock. Their 'Crime Of The Century' album would fit into that bracket, IMO. 'Bloody Well Right' was the only hit off that album, probably due to its accessibility to radio listeners. The rest of the album I would consider progressive.


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« Reply #13 on: Apr 2nd, 2014, 4:34pm »

Love Bloody Well Right. I also quibble a little of how prog they are. There's more traditional rock and roll, blues, etc. in their music than is typically in prog, particularly in the piano playing, harmonica use, and the sax parts. They are an interesting hybrid that spans from prog into more classic 70s rock. Great band, irrespective of how you might categorize them.
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« Reply #14 on: Apr 2nd, 2014, 5:11pm »

on Mar 27th, 2014, 09:53am, CountingOutTime wrote:
Their earlier work was widely considered to be mainstream progressive rock. Their 'Crime Of The Century' album would fit into that bracket, IMO. 'Bloody Well Right' was the only hit off that album, probably due to its accessibility to radio listeners. The rest of the album I would consider progressive.

In contrast, the only hit single off that album in the UK was Dreamer, which reached #13. I like Dreamer, but would consider it a pop song too.
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