Saturday, March 13, 2010
Prog Music for March 2010
Sometimes it is good getting to the party late. When the folks who represent Syzygy offered to send me their latest CD, I had already heard good things about them, but had never actually heard them. I opened the mail the other day and to my surprise I found the entire 3 CD collection by the band, including their first work "Cosmos and Chaos" which was recorded under the band name, Witsend. In a short period of time, I was able to hear the growth of a group of musicians over their 16 years together.
Egg (Egg - 1970)/(The Polite Force - 1971)
King Crimson - In The Court of the Crimson King 40th Anniversary Series (2009)
The Electric Light Orchestra (No Answer - 1972)/(II - 1973)/(On the Third Day - 1973)/(The Night the Lights Went Out in Long Beach - 1998)
Kraftwerk - Autobahn (1974)
Friday, November 27, 2009
Music for November 2009
Saturday, May 02, 2009
Prog Music for May 2009
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Prog Update for November
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Music for October 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Music for May
We start with some new music from Quidam and Cary Clouser...
Quidam - Alone Together (2007)
Like Porcupine Tree, Quidam bridges that gap between pop and progressive so nicely that if you are a prog only kinda listener, you hardly feel guilty. You'll find some beautiful melodies and pretty (okay, handsome) vocals throughout, but you are never far from a searing guitar solo. The sound has a strong 70's vibe but with a very modern feel. This is one of my favoriteprog releases in some time.
Cary Clouser - Finger Paintings (2008)
Cary is an indie prog artist with loads of talent. This CD is very much a one man effort with a little help here and there from a couple of bass and guitar players. But you won't know that by listening. There is a full produced sound here with an emphasis on piano based pop/prog. There is some fine soloing and nice vocals. Someone to keep an eye on. http://www.isound.com/cary_clouser .
And then we have some oldies that are new to the play list.
UK - Night After Night (1979)
After UK lost its drummer and guitarist, you would think that Eddie and John would have hung it up. But they brought on Terry Bozzio and really, who needs a guitarist when you have great violin and keyboards from Eddie. Well, maybe a guitarist would have helped fill in a few holes in the sound, but otherwise, this live CD brings back lots of good memories. Thanks to Mark for recommending this CD.
Steeleye Span - The Journey (1999)
This live recording from 1995 brought back all but one of the Steeleye Span members for a memorable concert. You can easily see by listening why I have picked this band as the main representative of English folk for my prog broadcast.
Frank Zappa - Zappa In New York (1978)
There was nothing like seeing Frank Zappa live and this R rated double CD is worth every minute of it. Frank may never have been lumped into the progressive rock category, but there wasn't a rocker alive making more sophisticated music.
Traffic (multiple discs)
I only had a couple of songs from John Barlyecorn Must Die and Low Spark of High Healed Boys on the stream. These are fantastic CDs that get airplay on classic rock stations. But they are part of the sound that made up progressive radio back in the 70's, so I decided to add the other songs from these CDs. If they are not in your collection...
And I've started bringing more ripped vinyl to the play list.
Procol Harum - Grand Hotel (1973)
Because of their success, Procol Harum can be a hard band to categorize. There is no doubt though that this particular album is far beyond the standard fare that was the classic rock of the 70's. Unlike most prog rock of the time though, the lyrics are equal to the amazing musical journey.
Pulsar - Strands of the Future (1976)
One of the best progressive bands to come out of France, Pulsar mixes moody atmospheres with melodies that often feel like they belong in a scary midnight movie. And then... an acoustic guitar may come out of nowhere and make you feel all better again. If you like the space music that came out of Germany, Pulsar takes it to the next level.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
New Music for February 2008
Jamie Craig - The Lost Dream (2007)
Back in the 70's a friend of mine used to refer to progressive music as soundtrack music; and with good reason. Bands like Tangerine Dream easily moved into the soundtrack business after gaining worldwide fame. Continuing on in the "soundtrack style" tradition is Jamie Craig, who has put together a handful of mood inspiring recordings. It is easy to listen to these songs and get lost as they carry you away. Somewhere between 70's prog and New Age you will find "The Lost Dream". It is an enjoyable trip. http://myspace.com/craigsounds
The Neil Campbell Collective - Particle Theory (2007)
This is a strong collection of prog/jazz music. What many hard core prog fans won't admit is that a good melody can be just as important as the sound scape. And there are some beautiful melodies that lead you along. Whether it is the cello from Aria or Neil's keyboards from the title track, there is a beauty to go along with the intelligence. http://www.neilcampbellcollective.com
And from the vaults...
Cirque Du Soleil - Saltimbanco (1992)
Their music has always captivated me. It is always unique and inspiring. I believe it will fit in very nicely with the great music from the 70's.
Genesis - Selling England By The Pound (1973)
This is embarrassing. How did this one escape getting put into the play list. A great album from a band that was in their peak period.
Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel (1977)
Another oversight. An all star cast gives Peter a great start as a solo artist.
There are more "oversights" coming. I just can't keep up. As long as you all keep listening, I'll keep getting the music to you.