Dream Theater: Scenes From a Memory, Octavarium - If I could only take
one album to a desert island it would be Scenes From a Memory because its my
favorite album of all time hands down. Octavarium was my first Dream Theater
album and I fell in love with it the moment I got it, and its also a classic
album in my opinion.
Pain of Salvation: The Perfect Element - The
Perfect Element is my second favorite album of all time and a classic release
from Daniel Gildenlw and the rest of Pain of Salvation.
Sanity: Crimson - Perhaps one of, if not the, best death metal album of all
time. A 40 minute progressive death metal song is all a fan can ask for, and
this album sure delivers it perfectly.
Opeth: Still Life -This
album is a classic of the genre that every metal fan should have. Still Life
beautifully showcases Opeths unique style, and is definitely their best work.
Queensryche: Operation Mindcrime - A classic old Queensryche release
that stands as one of the best metal operas of all time.
Streets (A Rock Opera) - Same thing applies here as with Operation Mindcrime.
Iron Maiden: Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Iron Maiden has many
classic albums, but none as classic as their 1988 release, Seventh Son of a
Seventh Son. This masterpiece is a great transition from NWoBHM to a more
progressive flavored heavy metal.
Ayreon: 01011001 - Besides being
in countless bands, Arjen Lucassen has released many classic albums, but this,
by far, is the best out of all of his albums.
Neal Morse: Testimony
- With the latest installment of this great album, Testimony 2, just being
released a couple months ago I revisited Testimony and was blown away at its
great eclectic sound and classic prog sound too.
Shaming of the True - To be honest this is perhaps one of the best prog
albums. This rare gem showcases Kevin Gilberts great talent that was sadly cut
short by a premature death.
The Beatles: Abbey Road - This was the
album that started me on my progressive rock phase. Just when I was getting into
music my brother showed me this album and I was blown away. Without Abbey Road
there is no way I wouldve discovered all the music I have today.
Zappa: Apostrophe, Absolutely Free - At first I was only into Zappa because
it was hilarious music, but then I realized how talented he was. Apostrophe was
my first, and probably my favorite Zappa album, while Absolutely Free is my
second favorite, but both are great innovative pieces that were well ahead of
Marillion: Misplaced Childhood, Clutching at Straws -
Two of the finest albums from Fish-era Marillion that deserve a place in every
prog fanatics shelf.
Spocks Beard: Snow - One of the best American
prog acts before Neal Morse left, Spocks Beard is one of my favorite bands, and
Snow, with its great concept and exceptional musicianship, is definitely my
favorite from this band.