In which the Bee Gees take a grand and ambitious swing for the heart of the sun (or wherever), it being the thing to do in 1969. The big double album is called Odessa, and though all the songs may not be conceptually linked, it does have a nifty plush red velvet fold out sleeve. And the title track is definitely an epic, like something from a lost century where vicars still figure in love triangles and heroes get marooned on icebergs, and great choirs and orchestras rise in yearning and empathy.
Also known as as the 661 Greatest Records of the so-called Prog Rock era, the Solid Time of Change is Randophonic’s latest countdown, 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.
What is Prog Rock? Is it different from progressive rock, or for that matter, rock that merely progresses? These may seem simple questions but they are in fact doors that open unto some of the most complex enigmas of this split-atomic age. And thus we are committed to exploring them in depth with a radio journey that shall likely take us a full year complete.
Part three of our journey went as follows:
Triumvirat – The march to the Eternal City
Aphrodite’s Child – you always stand in my way
Aphrodite’s Child – do it
Renaissance – the vultures fly high
Camel – freefall
Alice Cooper – The Man with the Golden Gun
Alice Cooper – unfinished sweet
Soft Machine – a certain kind
Yes – wonderous stories
Bee Gees – Odessa (City on the Black Sea)
Led Zeppelin – ten years gone
Genesis – looking for someone
Vanilla Fudge – some velvet morning
Hawkwind – 10 seconds of forever
Hawkwind -down through the night
Quicksilver Messenger Service – the fool
Installment #4 airs Saturday, May 28 at 9pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9.