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Dogs

This 17-minute long track has all the makings of an epic masterpiece: slow opening acoustic guitars, smooth yet crisp vocals by David Gilmour before it opens on a big note. The guitars are outstanding here — Dave Gilmour shows why he’s one of the greatest guitarists ever. Lots of complex time changes and instrumentation parts, which gel together nicely and create an even flow. The middle part is the eeriest.

Rush

Cygnus X-1: Book / Hemispheres

Rush, the Toronto-based rock band, hit the big time with the release of 2112 in 1976. The trio comprising of Geddy Lee, bass guitar, vocals, keyboards; Alex Lifeson, guitars; Neil Peart, drums still continue to amaze fans old and new alike. In this song, the band is its progressive best with stellar guitar work by Lifeson, lyrics inspired by science fiction and fantasy; the song holds itself as a complete piece of work throughout its 18-minute epic journey.

Camel

Lady Fantasy

This is one band which has not got its due unlike the other big progressive rock acts from the 1970s. Yet they do have a small but steady fan following. Camel, from London, England make beautiful, mystical, out of this world, ambient music. And that is clearly reflected in this song.

Jethro Tull

Minstrel In The Gallery

Another creative and wacky Tull song from Ian Anderson & co. This one is significant in its own way: apart from the clever tongue-in-cheek lyrics, the acoustic guitar and flute work by the ever witty Anderson, and the awesome guitar playing by Martin Barre. This song is a great example of the many musical complexities and instrumental work that is present in the music of Tull.

Black Sabbath

Heaven And Hell

After the departure of Ozzy Osbourne from Sabbath at the end of the 1970s, it looked like the end of the band. But grit and fate proved otherwise with the release of Heaven and Hell in 1980. The band sounded as if they had got a second lease of life. Ronnie James Dio proves why he’s one of the best vocalists in rock in this title track which is backed by killer guitar work from Tony Iommi, spell-binding bass guitar by Geezer “Terry” Butler and stupendous drumming by Bill Ward.

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