Although still practised today the progressive rock genre truly flourished in the 1970’s when major artists such as Emerson, Lake and Palmer (Greg Lake's ‘I Believe In Father Christmas’ is a vital cog in this playlist), Pink Floyd and Jethro Tull took it upon themselves to add a grandiose element to the rock arena. But our list of progressive rock Christmas songs does not confine itself to that decade as the Moody Blues 2002 version of Bach’s Cantata No. 147, which they named ‘In the Quiet of Christmas Morning’, so ably proves. Here is a rock song bent on spatial awareness and it is to the English band’s credit that they pull it off with aplomb.
Despite having made his name in the last century Jethro Tull continues to record impressive works and none is more appealing than 2003's ‘The Jethro Tull Christmas Album’ which contained the original (with ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ part) Ian Anderson composition ‘A Christmas Song’. Like many of its progressive rock counterparts this is part opera, part rock, all threaded through a full-on performance as voice and strings combine with devastating effect. How could you hope to have more drama over Christmas that this?
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