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Big sound, new technology: The resurgence of progressive rock

By Mike Luoma | Special to the Vermont Guardian

Posted January 21, 2005

“Welcome back my friends … to the show that never ends ... ”
— Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s “Karn Evil 9, First Impression, Part 2”

Progressive Rock. The term is used by both fans and detractors to describe rock that goes beyond three chords, and has more complicated song structures, different time signatures, and unconventional song lengths.
Art rock, orchestral rock, symphonic, godly — or pompous, overbearing, overwrought. The music has been called a lot of things.

Classic “prog” rock practitioners include Jethro Tull; Yes; Emerson, Lake and Palmer; Genesis (back in the early 1970s, when Peter Gabriel led the band); King Crimson; Pink Floyd; Moody Blues; Gentle Giant; Kansas; Rush. Many feature keyboards as prominently as guitars — or flutes.

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