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At an early age, I became fascinated with what was to become "Progressive Rock". I think it was because I heard ELP's Karn Evil 9 First Impression pt. II on the radio, and really wanted that song, so I bought the one LP that was sure to have it, the triple album of "Welcome Back my Friends..." and there it was.

I was hooked, and soon discovered the Greg Stone show on the local KSJO station that on Sunday nights played 3 hours of audible bliss.

Bands like Genesis, ELP, The Gary Moore Band (Spirit was one of my favorite songs), Yes, Pink Floyd, and many of the seminal artists - too many to name - were eye openers to me.

Of course 70's vintage prog rock was very special, but from that grew many offshoots, including Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, The Secret Machines, all extending the concept of the high art of Prog Rock.

One band that I ought to have taken to like a fish to water is Marillion. Oft compared to early Genesis (pre-LLDoB) they have a similar sound, and composition.

And to be sure, I have purchased a few of their CD's over the years, because they were recommended, or to give it a spin.

But I can't say that I enjoy their music. It isn't bad, but it just doesn't resonate to me. And when I am listening to a playlist on Spotify, or Amazon Music and a Marillion song rolls up, I immediately check the screen, and push the FF icon.

I wonder if there is something wrong with me. I should love their music, because they really do seem to embody the early Gabriel vintage Genesis. But I just don't.

If you are a huge fan, please let me know if there is a song or album that might change my mind.

Oh well, to each their own.

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