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The 100 Best Classic Progressive Rock Songs: Part 5, 20-1

Welcome back, my friends to the show that never ends. It's the 100 best classic progressive rock songs.

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The 100 Best Classic Progressive Rock Songs: Part 1, 100-81

After gamely attempting to track the 25 best old-school progressive albums of all time, it's inevitable we turn our attention to the best songs of the genre.

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The 25 Best Classic Progressive Rock Albums

The purpose of this column has been to revisit, reassess and, above all, celebrate classic prog rock, so it’s inevitable we name names and select the best of the best.

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Onward: The Trials (and Tours) of Yes

On the eve of a US tour with Toto, Yes bassist Billy Sherwood talks about the band's past, future, and the phone calls that forever changed his life.

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Blood and Thunder: Didacts, Narpets, and Epic Rush

It's not as if Rush's classic '70s output needed reassessment, but their new vinyl reissues are still revelatory.

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Steve Howe: Anthology

Anthology serves its purpose -- that is, to compile Howe’s solo stock and spotlight him outside the confines of his day job.

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He Can Do Quite a Few Things: Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips and Electric Würms

The Flaming Lips' Steven Drozd talks with PopMatters about new group Electric Würms, his thoughts on progressive rock, and decades of musical exploration.

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Never One for Striped Trousers: Talking Shop with Steve Howe

Steve Howe and his Yes bandmates are obviously driven by a desire, perhaps an obsession, to measure up favorably, and to improve upon what they’ve already achieved.

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Our 5 Picks for the Rock Hall Class of 2014

Last month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the 16 contenders for its Class of 2014. Sound Affects picks five artists from a very strong ballot that it would vote for.

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The Holy Trinity: Yes

In addition to being one of the pivotal bands of the early '70s, Yes perfected prog-rock as a kind of performance art in sound.

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You Have Been Waiting for 'Yes Is the Answer' Your Whole Life

Excellent writing from Rick Moody, Peter Case, Jim DeRogatis, and the man formerly known as John Wesley Harding. All on the subject of prog.

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I've Seen All Good People: An Interview with Yes

One day, Jon Davison was singing in a Yes tribute band. Then, he actually became the touring lead singer of Yes. Now, he shares his tale, along with how he and the band prepping to play three albums in full every night of their upcoming tour ...

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Pink Floyd: Animals

It's 1977. You're young and pissed off. If you wanted noise and petulance, you had the Sex Pistols. But if you really wanted to rattle some cages, you had Animals.

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Zechs Marquise: Getting Paid

Prog that doesn't actually progress anywhere.

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Are These the New Faces of Classic Rock?

Pick an established classic rock band which celebrated its heyday in the ‘70s and early ‘80s. The group stubbornly refuses to hang it up. They just need a new frontman.

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Yes: Fly From Here

Yes is now without Jon Anderson again, and they manage to not fall flat on their faces with Fly From Here.

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The 25 Best Progressive Rock Songs of All Time

Put as simply -- and starkly -- as possible, many beautiful babies were thrown out with the bath water by hidebound critics who were content to sniffingly dismiss the more ambitious (pretentious!) works that certain bands were putting out as a matter of course in the early-to-mid-‘70s.

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The Year in TV: December 2010

Continuing our look at the year’s most notable television events, here’s what happened in December 2010.

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Hey Gibson, Let’s Talk Guitar Albums: An Alternative Top 10

When it comes to matters of taste and ranking (a particularly combustible combination), there is no pleasing everyone. In fact, there is no pleasing anyone, since the list makers themselves are invariably disappointed or frustrated. And yet...

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Letting the Freaks and Geeks Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

A growing list of bands unpopular with critics, but genre-defining nevertheless, is impatiently awaiting their admittance into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Yes: Symphonic Live

It's a solid concert from 2001, but it won't be converting a new generation of fans.

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Pet Shop Boys: Yes

Finally, a superproducer/veteran pairing that yields dividends. Sorry, PETA, Pet Shop Boys aren't going anywhere.

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Asia: Phoenix

Easily the best Asia album in 25 years. If only it hadn't been released a quarter of a century ago.

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The Affair: Yes, Yes to You

Does the world really need another Karen O. clone fronting a Blondie-influenced punk band?

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Yoko Ono: Yes, Im a Witch

If Yoko Ono is truly a witch as she professes, then her new collaboration with some of today’s hippest artists is a haunting mixed-genre brew.

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The Dresden Dolls: Yes, Virginia...

The cabaret feel is still there, but Virginia’s more refined sound makes the Boston duo’s second album a winner.

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Yes: House of Yes: Live from the House of Blues [DVD]

If you can ignore Yes's somewhat ridiculous stage habits, and the confetti, you'll find that this semi-recent live DVD shows that progressive rock, at its best, can atone for its sins.

Hunter Felt
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Yes: YESSPEAK DVD

How can anyone but the most hard-hearted cynic hate Yes?"

Brian James

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