2112 - Rush (1976)
The side-long epic had fallen out of favor by the late seventies, but these stubborn Canadians could not have cared less. Disco be damned, here was a prog masterpiece, which invented prog-metal in its wake. which means We have Rush to thank for the careers of Dream Theater, Spock's Beard, and Muse. However, let's be honest: NONE of these bands can hold a candle to THE power trio to end all power trios. From Neal Peart's timeless prose of a society where music is banned to Geddy Lee's vocals ( Which make Jon Anderson look like a bass) and the beautiful middle section featuring Alex Lifeson's acoustic guitar.... I cannot praise this song enough. Seriously, there is no band out there who deserves a spot in The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame more, and since Rolling Stone has inducted Genesis, the blacklisting of Prog acts should be at an end and at least two a year should start being inducted. Let's start with The Moody Blues and these guys. Now, put on your headphones, cause Neil Peart's drums are why they were invented!