Symphonic rock is a subgenre of progressive rock. Since early in progressive rock's history, the term has been used to distinguish more classically influenced progressive rock from the more psychedelic and experimental forms of progressive rock. Symphonic rock can be described as the combining of progressive rock with classical music traditions.
Symphonic rock is often times confused with progressive rock and with good reasons. Many of the best symphonic rock overlap with prog rock but what sets them apart is unlike other progressive rock bands, symphonic rockers use traditional prog rock elements - like classical music infused in their sound for example - as opposed to the psychedelic and experimental nature of prog rock.
The Moody Blues Nights In White Satin Live At Red Rocks.
The Moody Blues released "Days of Future Passed" in 1967, which is considered the first symphonic rock album.
In the mid-’60s, rock’s rough edges were smoothed when elements of classical music began to appear in songs. The Beatles‘ “Yesterday,” the Beach Boys‘ “God Only Knows” and “Walk Away Renee” by the Left Banke featured violins, violas and cellos. Classical instruments like harpsichords, oboes and French horns popped up on hits dubbed “baroque pop.”
Yes featuring Jon Anderson on vocals/acoustic guitar, Steve Howe on guitar/lap steel guitar, Chris Squire on bass and Alan White on drums with the European Festival Orchestra conducted by Wilheilm Keitel perform Soon on November 22, 2001.
Yes were an influential progressive/symphonic rock band in the '70s.
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer perform "Pirates" live in Montreal in 1977. This footage is from the "Works: Orchestral Tour". Shot on August 26, 1977 at Montreal's famed Olympic Stadium.
ELP were one of the most commercially successful progressive rock bands of the '70s.
A ranking of the best symphonic rock bands of all time. Includes Yes, Gentle Giant, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Electric Light Orchestra, The Moody Blues.