Yes – Fragile [1970]

Via: 100 Albums Every Science Fiction and Fantasy Fan Should Listen To #20

This might be the ultimate apotheosis of prog rock — from the first blaring crescendo which you expect to turn into an “Eye of the Tiger” crash but instead goes “plink,” this album keeps challenging your preconceptions. Musical and otherwise. You can feel Rick Wakeman’s keyboards scrubbing all the little cracks in your brain, while the surprisingly fierce bass playing makes your booty twitch. The Roger Dean artwork promises a cosmic exodus, and this album more than delivers. – CJA


43. Mike Oldfield – Songs of Distant Earth (1994)
It’s tempting to include Oldfield’s landmark Tubular Bells, from the Exorcist soundtrack, instead. But this later album is based on the Arthur C. Clarke book of the same name, and it’s even more atmospheric — and much more emotional and multi-layered. You need to listen to this electronic soundscape many times to get all the cosmic stuff that’s going on. As MrMilano writes over at, “You truly travel to another dimension when listening to [it]. I only play it on special ocasions, such as on an expedition to the Teotihuacan Pyramids outside Mexico City, and this is a CD I always give new friends as a gift.” – CJA

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