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Why did all the prog rock bands switch to an Electro-Pop sound in the early 80s?

Was there a specific artistic event or change that led to that? Yes. It was called Punk. It arrived in 76, though at that time was something you saw on TV & read about in the papers rather than ...
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about Soft Machine and Gong

Instead of searching specifically for literature concerning Soft Machine and Gong I suggest that you look into The Canterbury Scene instead. The Canterbury scene (or Canterbury Sound) is a ...
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Who were the first to utilise classical instruments as integral parts of prog rock bands?

No traditionally Rock instruments were used in Eleanor Rigby by the Beatles in '66. Violins, cellos and violas. I think this was the first R&R #1 hit (UK charts) that was 100% Classical ...
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Original recording of Traffic's The low spark of high heeled boys — good sound quality?

This isn't an album or track I know, so I ermm… borrowed a version off the interwebz for some comparison. You're right the version you have is 'warm'… in fact it's so warm it sounds like it melted ;) ...
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Am I eclectic for listening to Pink Floyd

Here are dictionary definitions I found for the adjective "eclectic": "deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources" (the first definition found in today's Google search ...
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Why is "Time Was" by Wishbone Ash considered progressive rock?

See the wikipedia entry for prog. Folk elements, or blending of influences, and complicated arrangements are also part of the prog thing. The twelve-string intro, CSNY-type harmonies....then a more ...
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Looking for rare solo Neil Peart studio recording

Info from here: http://www.andrewolson.com/Neil_Peart/catalog/neil_peart_discography_solo.htm "Pieces of Eight" - Modern Drummer Soundsheet, 1987 "Pieces of Eight" was a solo ...
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Why do radio stations only play hit songs?

Radio stations usually have to pay every time they play a song, or pay for a certain amount of playtime, but also have to pay an initial licensing fee to be able to play the songs at all, so to limit ...
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Why would the final part of Biffy Clyro - Bubbles remind me of something much older?

The most obvious answer is the shift in time signature. The entire song up to that point is in 4/4, then they change to playing in 7/4. Less conventional time signatures are very common in progressive ...
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What band does Mike Milligan and the Kitchen Brothers refer to?

The Chambers Brothers were a well-known band from that general time period that fit the "[X] Brothers" format. They are generally classified as psychedelic, but can arguably be considered early ...
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Release date of Renaissance's Ashes Are Burning?

According to its Wikipedia page, it's October 10th of 1973, but it's unclear where this information comes from. This page on Genius gives the same information, but that could have been plucked from ...
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Rock covers of Wagner's music

You may enjoy the arrangements made by the Uri Caine ensemble released on this live CD. They don't fit any of your genre recommendations exactly, but they're interesting arrangements nonetheless. You ...
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Can Rush continue without Neil Peart?

Must they be done? No. Did they choose to be done? Yes. The Who, you may note, did their first "Farewell Tour" in 1980. They'd drag Entwistle's corpse on stage if they thought it'd make them an ...
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Can Rush continue without Neil Peart?

There's really two questions here. Who, legally owns the name "Rush," and what makes up the real soul and identity of the band Rush? It's worth noting here that the band existed for 6 years ...
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Why would the final part of Biffy Clyro - Bubbles remind me of something much older?

In addition to the change in structure, the solo you're referring to was written and performed by Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, which would definitely mark it off as distinct-sounding from ...
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Who were the first to utilise classical instruments as integral parts of prog rock bands?

But these answers do not fulfill the question. A full orchestra is not a few orchestra instruments. If that were the case, then old southern r&b and rock bands from the 30's and up using a fiddle ...
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Who were the first to utilise classical instruments as integral parts of prog rock bands?

It looks very much like the Moody Blues were the first according to this article: A brief history of progressive rock Prog Rock finds its sources in the latter half of the 60’s. In 1966, the Moody ...
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