Best British Progressive Rock Albums - My Top 250
updated about 1 month ago
Britain was the home of my favourite musical genre - Progressive Rock.
While there were a few good progressive rock bands coming out of the US/Canada (like Jefferson Starship, Rush, Kansas, Todd Rundgren's Utopia, Glass Harp, Pavlov's Dog, FM), they were not quite in the same class as the British bands. Some may argue that US musical geniuses Frank Zappa & Captain Beefheart could be categorized as progressive, but they were really in a genre all of their own
Other European countries did produce many great progressive rock bands - particularly Germany & Italy (see my other lists) - but, for me, there was something about the British sound and lyrical imagery that no other country could match.
I do however have a great dislike for unmelodic, arty-farty prog/jazz/rock fusion bands that mainly appeared on the Vertigo label (like Ian Carr's Nucleus, Elton Dean, Centipede, Catapilla, Keith Tippett), and Avant-Garde/RIO/Canterbury bands (like Matching Mole, Hatfield & The North, National Health, Gilgamesh, Fred Frith/Henry Cow/Art Bears, and post Kevin Ayers Soft Machine).
I've tried my best to filter out bands that could be labelled folk rock, hard rock, or psychedelic - they deserve their own lists, but sometimes the deliniation lines are very fuzzy.
Here are 250 of my all-time favourite British Progressive Rock LP's, in no particular order. Some of the albums listed are box sets, because it's too hard to pick just one favourite album by that artist.