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My Record Collection: Mark Benton

“There’s been many a happy hour spent on the toilet thanks to Prog,” says the Waterloo Road, Catterick and Strictly Come Dancing star with a CV as eclectic as his taste in music…

“My brother’s largely responsible for getting me into prog. I was into heavy metal at first, and I’d listened to my mam and dad’s collection – Big Disaster Movie Themes, Neil Sedaka and so on – but my brother had three albums: Yes’ Close To The Edge, Genesis’ Wind & Wuthering and ELO’s Out Of The Blue. I remember being fascinated by the sleeves – especially Close To The Edge. Then I started listening to it and I thought, ‘God, this goes on forever.’ But it drew me in, and a lot of that is to do with Chris Squire’s bass.


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