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Since its arrival at the tail end of the 60s progressive rock has offered the world some of the most fascinating music ever heard, in varying guises over the years. Prog magazine brings you the stories behind the people who create these astounding sounds and amazing music, be they the classic originators such as Genesis, Pink Floyd and Yes, to the 80s revivalists such as Marillion and IQ, all the way through to those musicians today who have done so much to help rejuvenate the genre such as Muse, Radiohead, Steven Wilson, Opeth and Anathema. In depth and behind the scenes stories of classic albums and tours sit side by side with widespread coverage of what‘s happening at today’s cutting edge of progressive music.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
11 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
ed’s letter

Hello, and welcome to the new issue of Prog. I hope this finds you well and perhaps excited about the possibility of a return of live music in some form as restrictions gradually ease. I know we here at Prog most definitely are! It seems astonishing to think that 50 years ago, in February 1971, five men released the first of two albums that have both gone on to be considered classics of the progressive rock genre: The Yes Album, followed byFragile a mere nine months later. Between them, they contain Yours Is No Disgrace, Starship Trooper, I’ve Seen All Good People, Heart Of The Sunrise, Roundabout, Long Distance Runaround. I could go on… What an astonishing burst of creativity from a group of men in their early 20s, the likes of…

5 min.
bloody well write

THE MASTER OF PROGRESSION I was quite critical of Steve Wilson’s last album [To The Bone], not because it wasn’t “progressive enough” but simply because personally I didn’t think it was as good as his previous material. I haven’t yet heard his newest album [The Future Bites] so can’t comment on that. This led me to think about the term ‘progressive’. Obviously some people see progressive rock as a genre with a distinctive sound: that sound being Genesis, Yes, Jethro Tull and Pink Floyd but from the 1970s. But the term progressive would imply that music should literally progress. So, progressive bands/artists would include Led Zeppelin. No two albums were the same. Frank Zappa would be the ultimate progressive artist for obvious reasons. Other obvious artists would include acts like Magma and Scott…

1 min.
tweet talk

Follow us on twitter.com/progmagazineUK KAVUS TORABI @Knifeworld My beautiful Persian santoor is back in play as work continues on the follow up to Hip To The Jag. An altogether more upbeat affair MIKE PORTNOY @MikePortnoy Oh no!!!! So sad to hear of the passing of @ChickCorea One of the pioneers of jazz/fusion keyboards. Return To Forever was one of the first real supergroups and such a huge influence. #RIPChickCorea DAVE KILMINSTER @DaveKilminster 9 years ago Keith Emerson took me out & gave me an early birthday present… a Clanger!! It was an inside joke, as we both loved the children’s TV series, & used to make ‘Clanger’ noises at each other during our onstage musical ‘duels’… I miss his wacky sense of humour J. WILLGOOSE, ESQ. @JWillgoose_Esq Belatedly realising that about 70% of my ‘insurmountable’ mixing problems can be solved by just…

1 min.

I thoroughly enjoyed Prog 117. The cover story on Jethro Tull’s Aqualung was fun and informative. Thank you for entertaining content as well as continuing to introduce me (and your readers) to new prog bands. While my musical tastes formed in the 80s with non-stop Rush, The Who, Pink Floyd, Yes, and plenty of the NWOBHM bands, I’m glad to say that through your monthly guidance my musical horizons continue to expand. Were it not for your magazine I would never have discovered Steven Wilson and all of his projects (Porcupine Tree, No-Man, and others), Ozric Tentacles, Transatlantic, Robert Reed, Public Service Broadcasting and so many more. I love going into my local record store each month with a list of new CDs to buy based on Prog’s reviews and articles.…

3 min.
peter hammill finds himself in translation

Peter Hammill will release In Translation, his first ever covers album, on May 7. The singer and musician pieced it together between March and December last year, resulting in renditions of works by a wide variety of artists and composers from Gustav Mahler to Leiber and Stoller. He says that living through turbulent times of the Covid pandemic necessitated the detour into interpreting other people’s songs. “Everything was so uncertain last year that I didn’t feel in the right mental state to write or say anything from myself,” he says. “A month or so after lockdown started, I went into the studio, just for my own interest, and I started doing cover versions. “It developed over months and months, and this particular group of songs appeared to me to be cohesive together.…

1 min.
ian anderson retitles tull’s a

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson has announced details of a 40th anniversary edition of the band’s 1980 album A, retitled A (A La Mode), saying: “If I could rewrite history, it would have been an Ian Anderson solo album.” Arriving on April 16 via Rhino, the triple CD/triple DVD set is remixed and remastered by Steven Wilson, and it’s accompanied by unreleased studio tracks plus a full live recording from 1980. The more electronic direction of A was due to it originally being devised as a solo record in collaboration with former Roxy Music man Eddie Jobson. The label persuaded Anderson to release it under the Tull name. “It just would have been better if I stuck to my guns,” he says, explaining the move is the reason that long-time colleagues John Evan,…