OK, so modern progressive rock has its own iTunes Essentials listing. Great, except there’s nothing by Spock’s Beard or echolyn, both of which are on the iTunes Music Store. Really, it’s more of a Neoprog collection, which isn’t the same thing (in my opinion, it’s pretty boring stuff).
I was happy to see that Farpoint was represented. They are not typical prog, either, but having grown up in the same area of South Carolina, I can say that producing anything unconventional is an act of courage and perseverance in that environment. Trivia: the
drummer I mean, uh, lead singer–sorry Clark–was Jesus in a local production of Jesus Christ, Superstar I once played for.
All that being said, the classic progressive rock iTunes Essentials listing is quite good, including even a couple of tracks I haven’t heard before. I question having “Nothing at All” by Gentle Giant as really essential when compared to some of the rest of their output (something off In a Glass House, perhaps?), but the collection was obviously put together by somebody who knew what they were doing.