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After many a night of fiddling around with a database with entries for the DPRPoll 1998, which ran during January, we are finally proud to present the results.

No less than 325 people - compared to 170 last year - sent us their votes for best album, best track, best artwork, best concert, best newcomer and biggest disappointment. They also took the opportunity to evaluate Dutch Progressive Rock Page and give their opinions on how we might improve the site.

This page contains a summary of the results of the poll. Those of you who want to see more can also view the full tables. You can jump from one table to the next one with the 'Next Table' link at the top op the pages.

Participants

As we mentioned above, 325 people participated in the DPRPoll 1998. Most people came from The Netherlands (31%), USA (24%), while Germany (9%), Canada (5%) also provided quite some votes. The state of Progressive Rock in the UK is sadly illustrated by the low number of particpants (less than 5%). On the other hand the musical style also has some fans in 'far off' places like Russia, Australia, Romania, Peru, Ukraine, Slovakia, South Korea, Indonesia, Bulgaria, Chile, Estonia and Argentina. To view the full table of countries of participants, browse through the tables by clicking on the 'Next Table' link.

Best Albums of 1998

A total of 221 different albums received votes for Best Album of 1998. Below you will find the Top 15. For a full list, browse through the tables.
The number one of 1998 will probably not be a big suprise to most people.

Band Album Votes Percentage Weighted Points
1 Arena The Visitor 151 46.5% 549
2 Spock's Beard The Kindness Of Strangers 116 35.7% 415
3 Ayreon Into The Electric Castle 108 33.2% 392
4 Marillion Radiation 67 20.6% 217
5 IQ Seven Stories into '98 54 16.6% 169
6 Rush Different Stages 55 16.9% 165
7 Shadow Gallery Tyranny 45 13.8% 138
8 Genesis Archive 1967-75 41 12.6% 124
9 Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment 45 13.8% 120
10 Dream Theater Once In A LiveTime 38 11.7% 111
11 Explorer's Club Age of Impact 33 10.2% 98
12 Eloy Ocean II - The Answer 29 8.9% 91
13 Salem Hill The Robbery of Murder 25 7.7% 90
14 Landmarq Science of Coincidence 29 8.9% 85
15 Enchant Break 30 9.2% 80

Best Tracks of 1998

Participants in the Poll were also asked to name their favourite track of 1998. The table below shows the 5 bands which got the most votes, regardless of which track.

Band Votes for Best Track Percentage
1 Arena 48 16.7%
2 Spock's Beard 45 15.6%
3 Marillion 27 9.4%
4 Ayreon 16 5.6%
5 Shadow Gallery 12 4.2%

The table below shows the actual Top 3 of best tracks of 1998.

Band Track Votes Percentage
1 Arena The Hanging Tree 24 8.3%
2 Spock's Beard June 15 5.2%
3 Ayreon Isis and Osiris 11 3.8%
Spock's Beard Flow 11 3.8%
Spock's Beard Harm's Way 11 3.8%
Marillion A Few Words For The Dead 11 3.8%

Best Artwork of 1998

Another number one position for Arena. Hugh Syme's spooky cyclist on the moors won the hearts of many.

Band Album Votes Percentage
1 Arena The Visitor 77 25.8%
2 Ayreon Into The Electric Castle 51 17.1%
3 Marillion Radiation 18 6.0%
4 Rush Different Stages 15 5.0%
5 Ad Infinitum Ad Infinitum 14 4.7%

Best Concert 1998

As you can imagine, loads of different concerts got votes for best gig of 1998. To get a clear picture of which bands did best on the stage in 1998, we'll first have a look at the once which got the most votes, regardless of which concert.

Band Votes for Best Concert Percentage
1 Spock's Beard 47 16.5%
2 Yes 31 10.9%
3 Arena 28 9.9%
4 IQ 21 7.4%
5 Marillion 16 5.6%

Band When Where Votes Percentage
1 Spock's Beard 02-11-98 Tivoli, Utrecht 18 6.3%
2 IQ 08-04-1998 Paradiso, Amsterdam 10 3.5%
3 Spock's Beard 18-1-1998 Tivoli, Utrecht 10 3.5%

As you can see, three Dutch gigs got the most votes, which isn't strange considering the fact that most participants came from this country and that a band normally only plays one or two gigs per tour in Holland. Therefore, the chance that a high percentage of the 'prog population' saw one specific concert is very high. Nevertheless, Spock's Beard concert in Utrecht was a splendid one indeed.

Best Newcomer

The cooperation between the legendary Tony Levin, Dream Theater drummer Portnoy and guitarist Petrucci plus keyboard player Rudess won the title of Best Newcomer of 1998.

Band Votes Percentage
1 Liquid Tension Experiment 27 11.0%
2 Flamborough Head 15 6.1%
3 Ad Infinitum 15 6.1%
4 Chroma Key 11 4.5%
5 Crucible 10 4.1%

Biggest Disappointment of 1998

For the second year in a row, 'heroes of old' Marillion gets the dubious honour of being in the Top 2 of biggest disappointments of the year. In 1997 the band failed to impress lots of old fans with This Strange Engine, this year it was the new direction of their Radiation CD which turned off what the band calls 'the prog police'. Whereas This Strange Engine was disliked by 11% in 1997, the new album gets the thumb down by more than 25%. On the other hand, 20% of the participants still included it in their Top 5 of favourite albums.

Disappointment Votes Percentage
1 Marillion - Radiation 79 27.6%
2 Greg Lake leaving ELP 11 3.8%
3 Yes - Open your eyes 9 3.1%
4 Dream Theater - Once in a Livetime 8 2.8%
5 Genesis live 7 2.4%


Click here if you also want to see how the participants of the poll evaluated DPRP.

You can also check out what the DPRP Team voted for themselves.

For comments about the poll, please e-mail Ed Sander.