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Mike Brown
01-19-2007, 11:24 AM
Uh, make the ProcOl Harum. I've always fucked that up.

This is bound to stir up a flurry of activity. :D

Mike Brown
01-19-2007, 11:30 AM
With me, it's gotta be The Moody Blues, despite my profound love for Shine On Brightly.

Ryan Smith
01-19-2007, 11:37 AM
Moody Blues for me too . . .

William R.
01-19-2007, 11:38 AM
I like that The Magnificent Moodies LP. I won't vote in the poll though as not to sway the vote.

John G.
01-19-2007, 11:45 AM
One of my favorite genres of music.

The Moody Blues by far. Procol Harum are OK but they're strictly second or third tier when it comes to overall quality. I can take them or leave them basically. The Moody Blues, on the other hands, were one of the first true pre-King Crimson bands to pull off prog successfully, and continued to release quality albums for about a decade.

Jonathan Douglas
01-19-2007, 11:46 AM
Neither are really prog IMHO, but they may be regarded the forerunners/creators of it. I'd say "A Whiter Shade of Pale" is one of the best songs ever written, blows that 'satin song' clear away (not that it's bad), for that alone they deserve to win. Funny that they're more bluesy than a band called Moody Blues.

Mike Brown
01-19-2007, 11:59 AM
Neither are really prog IMHO, but they may be regarded the forerunners/creators of it.

That's why I started out with them. Have you heard Procol's "In Held Twas I". I'd call that prog. Also, Mike Pinder's stuff had definite prog leanings IMO.

Mike Brown
01-19-2007, 12:04 PM
For the sake of brevity, I'm gonna move on after either artist get's 10 votes. It's all for fun anyway.

Jonathan Douglas
01-19-2007, 12:08 PM
Sure, I like both bands, with a slight knack for PH and their organ driven music, MB in the 80s though...better not get into that. ;)

Mike Brown
01-19-2007, 12:11 PM
MB in the 80s though...better not get into that. ;)

I can take a couple of songs off of Long Distance Voyager, but otherwise, the 80's was a pretty sad decade for the old progsters in general.

Don Guarisco
01-19-2007, 12:13 PM
Though I like both bands, Procol gets my vote. They had a dark, cerebral quality that fascinates me. Keith Reid's surrealist/sarcastic lyrics hold up really well, unlike the groan-worthy spoken poetry bits that mar the otherwise fine vintage Moody Blues albums. That said, they're both worth exploring.

Alyss N.
01-19-2007, 12:29 PM
I know one song by Procol Harum and nothing by the Moody Blues, so...

PROCOL HARUM ALL THE WAY, BABY!!! :cool:

Randy Thomas G
01-19-2007, 01:22 PM
Procol Harum were a good band whereas I don't really care for the Moody Blues, although their first LP is pretty great beat-influenced garage rock. Soooooo...Procol Harum.

Gary Banks
01-19-2007, 02:23 PM
Blues. Tuesday Afternoon, Question, Story In Your Eyes. Yeah. Smoke 'em if ya got 'em.

Mike Brown
01-19-2007, 03:03 PM
Blues. Tuesday Afternoon, Question, Story In Your Eyes. Yeah. Smoke 'em if ya got 'em.

Yes, indeed. :)

Michael Greenwood
01-19-2007, 06:14 PM
I'm a real sap for Moody Blues.

Tom K
01-19-2007, 06:40 PM
Procol Harum for me...

Never really got into The Moody Blues...

Steve P.
01-19-2007, 06:52 PM
I voted for the Moodies. The seven albums they released from 1967-1972 are classics. "In Search of the Lost Chord" in particular is a masterpiece.

On the other hand, The Moodies never topped the majesty of "In Held 'Twas in I" from Procol Harum. The version of that song on "Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra" makes me bawl like a twelve year old girl.

Mike Brown
01-20-2007, 10:08 AM
I voted for the Moodies. The seven albums they released from 1967-1972 are classics. "In Search of the Lost Chord" in particular is a masterpiece.

On the other hand, The Moodies never topped the majesty of "In Held 'Twas in I" from Procol Harum. The version of that song on "Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra" makes me bawl like a twelve year old girl.

You've got a very good point there Steve.


However, The Moodies win. Finals on Monday.

Wayne Schmidt
01-20-2007, 04:02 PM
The Moodies by far. At least the Pinder albums. After that forget it. They were the band that introduced me to the mellotron and basically formed the foundation for my love of prog bands and drugs. :-)

I wouldn't diss Procol though. They were a great band as well.