“In which Nina Simone proves the experts wrong. The Bee Gees peaked long before all that disco foo-furrah of the later mid-70s, probably in 1967 with To Love Somebody which may just be the greatest song of unrequited love ever written, the proof being in the covers, everybody from the Flying Burrito Brothers to Michael Bolton to the Chambers Brothers to Billy Corgan, Roberta Flack, Michael Buble, Janis Joplin, Eric Burdon taking a swing at it … but nobody ever owned it like Ms. Simone, whose pumped up 1969 take removes all adornments, just tells it like it is-was-will-always-be. I lost somebody. I’m broken. I don’t think I’ll ever be fixed. At least I still believe in my soul.” (Philip Random)
“The Bee Gees from very near the beginning of things, psychedelic and strange, and as good as they ever got (to my ears anyway) giving their all as every Christian Lionhearted band should, complete with chanting monks and mellotron from days of future past. They really are as good as the Beatles here.” (Philip Random)
The fourth of a planned forty-nine movies, each forty-nine minutes long, featuring no particular artist, working no particular theme, pursuing no particular agenda beyond boldly going … who knows? Or as Werner Von Braun once put it, “Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.” And we definitely have no idea where all this will take us.
004. reSEARCH – odes to invisibility
Spirit – Trancas fog out
Tangerine Dream – invisible limit [part 2]
Eno + Schwalm – more dust
Brian Eno – empty landscape
Fred Frith – my enemy is a bad man
Holger Czukay – ode to perfume 
Guido Mobius – nelles
Al Kooper + Mike Bloomfield – His Holy Modal Majesty
Steve Miller Band – song for our ancestors [part 2]
Steve Miller Band – Dear Mary
Bee Gees – the British Opera [treated]
Mike Oldfield – orabidoo [edit-2]
Further installments of the Research Series will air most Sundays at approximately 1am (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and download options usually available within twenty-four hours via our Facebook page.
In which the Bee Gees take a grand and ambitious swing for the heart of all things (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 -Brainstorm
- 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.