724. For Michael Collins, Jeffrey + Me

In which Jethro Tull remind us that July 20, 1969 may well have been the best day humanity’s ever known. Because even if there were brutal wars going on all over, children starving, good people going down – a man was walking on the f***ing moon (two of them actually), and if you were any older than three, you were watching it on TV. Including astronaut Michael Collins, who was the guy stuck back in the command module orbiting around while his two buddies got all the glory. Which is what the song’s really about. To be that close, yet so far away.

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1005. memory of a free festival

“A story song about the day young David Jones (aka Bowie) played at a hippie free festival and got his mind blown by all the beautiful people, and probably some weapons grade 1960s LSD, because the sun machine came down toward the end, like a vision of heaven itself.  And it was good, very good, the entirety of the vast rapture that was 1969 captured in song, because man had just walked on the f***ing moon, man, so now any f***ing thing was possible. At least that’s how it felt at the time. I think. I was only ten, and many thousands of miles away, stuck in suburbia.” (Philip Random)

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6. The Solid Time Of Change

Part six of the Solid Time of Change aired Saturday June-11-2016 c/o CiTR.FM.101.9.

 

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This is Randophonic’s latest countdown, the 661 Greatest Records of the so-called Prog Rock era, an overlong yet incomplete history of whatever the hell happened between 1965 and 1979 – not in all music, not even in most of it, but definitely in a bunch of it, particularly during those five years in the middle (1969-1974).

What is Prog Rock? Is it different somehow from progressive rock, or for that matter, rock that merely progresses? These may seem like simple questions, but they are in fact doors that open unto some of the most complex enigmas of our time, and thus as good a reason as any for a year of radio.

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Part six of our journey went as follows:

  1. Peter Hammill – the institute of mental health is burning
  2. David Bowie- See Emily Play
  3. Brand X – the sun in the night
  4. Donovan- cosmic wheels
  5. Turtles – grim reaper of love
  6. Nektar- do you believe in magic
  7. Nektar – desolation valley
  8. Nektar – waves
  9. Steppenwolf – monster
  10. Wishbone Ash – the king will come
  11. Wishbone Ash – throw down the sword
  12. Genesis – chamber of 32 doors
  13. England – all alone
  14. England – three piece suite
  15. Jethro Tull – for Michael Collins, Jeffrey and me
  16. Jethro Tull – Pibroch cap in hand
  17. Electric Light Orchestra – Kuiama

Solid Time of Change #7 airs Saturday, June 18th at 11 pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and download options available within twenty-four hours.