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For the uninitiated, prog rock emerged in England in the late ’60s with such lysergically-altered bands as Pink Floyd and the Moody Blues, but hit its popularity peak in the early ’70s with Yes, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, King Crimson and Genesis, among others. Perhaps the best-known example to the general public is Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” which has sold 45 million copies since its release in 1973.

From the start, prog rock fans have been fiercely loyal, not only to their favorite groups but to their listening media. They like actual CDs. Babb says he expects to sell about “several thousand” hard copies of “Valkyrie.” To that end, Glass Hammer offered signed copies to fans who pre-ordered the album; Babb says it was the best pre-sale they’ve ever had, but he declines to give numbers.