The Solid Time of Change is our overlong yet incomplete history of the so-called Prog Rock era – 661 selections from 1965 through 1979 with which we hope to do justice to a strange and ambitious time indeed, musically speaking.
Part Forty-Five of the journey went as follows:
Genesis – the lamb lies down on Broadway
Genesis – fly on a windshield
Genesis – Broadway melody of 1974
King Crimson – sailor’s tale
Roxy Music – ladytron
Jimi Hendrix – all along the watchtower
Jimi Hendrix – 1983 … [a merman I should turn to be]
Randophonic radio is switching to rerun mode for a while. Expect stuff from the archives for most of August, still broadcasting Saturday night, starting 11 pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9. Our Facebook page remains a good way to stay on top of things.
In which Cream, one of the key inventors of HEAVY, prove they can do dreamy acoustic every bit as well. “I always just assumed this was Donovan song, until one day I finally sat down and listened to all of Wheels of Fire, and what do you know? It’s Jack Bruce. A definitive 1960s artifact either way, sounding damned important, revelatory even. Not that I’ve ever actually cracked what it’s about. Change, I guess, seen through psychedelic shades. And you’ve gotta love that cello.” (Philip Random)
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? Four programs in and sixty-five selections down and you’d think we’d have a solid answer to these questions, but like the proverbial zoom into an old photograph, the closer we look, the murkier things get. Which isn’t to say the music isn’t great and thus, here’s to the best kind of confusion and a year’s worth of radio to figure it all out.
Part four of our journey went as follows:
Focus – harem scarem
Frank Zappa + The Mothers – Inca Roads
Rick Wakeman – Catherine of Aragorn [+ excerpts]
Rick Wakeman – Anne of Cleves
King Crimson – moonchild (part 1)
Moody Blues – the word
Justin Hayward + John Lodge – nights winters years
Sweet – love is like oxygen
Procol Harum – Grand Hotel
Klaatu – prelude
Klaatu – so said the lighthouse keeper
Klaatu – hope
Gentle Giant – Mister Class + Quality
Gentle Giant – three friends
Steve Hillage – om nam Shivaya
Steve Hillage – hurdy gurdy glissando
Cream – as you said
Installment #5 of The Solid Time of Change airs Saturday, June 4th at 11 pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and download options available within twenty-four hours.