The poll to find the Best Progressive Rock Live Albums has attracted 240 voters to date and is getting a bit too long. I thought it would be useful to create a second division poll to provide a focus on some of the less well known bands and albums. In particular, there are some excellent albums from Europe in the 1970s that deserve to be heard by a much wider audience of progressive rock fans.
There will be promotion and relegation between the two divisions based on the number of votes received. I see each vote as a recommendation so any album with more than a handful of votes is well worth exploring.
To refresh your memory, here is the main (first division) poll:
While I have tried to select the best albums by particular groups to include in the general poll, sometimes I get surprised. I also have group polls for the following albums that may be considers as progressive rock bands – Barclay James Harvest – Camel – Caravan – Colosseum – Dream Theater – Emerson, Lake & Palmer – The Enid – Frank Zappa – Genesis – Gentle Giant – Steve Hackett – IQ – Jethro Tull – King Crimson – Magma – Marillion – Pink Floyd – Porcupine Tree and Steve Wilson – Procol Harum – Rush – Supertramp – Traffic – Van Der Graaf Generator & Peter Hammill – Rick Wakeman – Yes
It’s also hard to draw firm lines around music genres, so there are several other categories that may include albums you think of as prog rock which also have their own polls – AOR – Art Rock – Classic Rock – Jazz Rock –
What Are The Best Progressive Rock Live Albums? SECOND DIVISION
This includes bands and artists I’m not familiar with and especially if they became established after the mid 1980s. I’ve used ProgArchives to guide me in my selection of albums.
Please vote but also, help me out by leaving a comment if:
- You think I’ve missed out a hidden treasure of a progressive rock band; or
- If I’ve featured the band but you think there is a much better live album that I’ve missed.
What Are The All Time Best Live Albums?
You can see the complete list of readers polls at Live Album Polls.