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Essential Prog Rock

Blame it all on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,

Blame it all on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,when the Beatles decided that neoclassical arrangements,psychotropic drugs, and vague, album-long story lines made for goodrock. It did, but they couldn’t have foreseen the excess thatfollowed. Now, with the Neptunes’ Chad Hugo name-droppingRush, it seems like a good time for a beginner’s guide tothis enchanted world of bewigged weirdness.

THE MOODY BLUES DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED(DERAM/DECCA, 1967; 1997) What began as a recording session for a rockversion of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 produced prog’s biggest hit, “Nightsin White Satin” — now playing in a Victoria’s Secret near you. The LPalso made a prog signature of the Mellotron, a primitivetape-loop-triggering keyboard that tripsters still covet.

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