Misplaced Childhood, by Marillion (1985): Believe it or not, Marillion were once very big in Europe and this album is why. Spurned by a couple of hit singles, Misplaced top the charts across the continent. Granted said singles were pretty much the weakest thing on the album, but that's often the case. As a whole - each of the original album sides ran continuously, although each had five separate tracks - it is perhaps the most distilled example of first wave neo-prog. It's more straight forward and hooky than the 70s giants, but there's definitely a Genesis-inspired sheen all over it. They've come far (and done better) since, but it's still a landmark.