35. The Solid Time Of Change

Installment #35 of the Solid Time of Change aired on Saturday April-8-2017 (c/o CiTR.FM.101.9).

Podcast (Solid Time begins a few minutes in). Youtube playlist (somewhat inaccurate).

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.

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Part Thirty-Five of the journey went as follows:

  1. Emerson Lake + Palmer – from the beginning
  2. Isaac Hayes – Theme from Shaft
  3. Deodato – Also Sprach Zarathustra
  4. Beatles – across the universe
  5. Rolling Stones – 2000 light years from home
  6. Queen – ogre battle
  7. Queen – the fairy feller’s master-stroke
  8. Queen – nevermore
  9. Jesus Christ Superstar London Cast – Overture
  10. Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – father of night father of day
  11. Frank Zappa – Big Swifty
  12. Steve Hackett – spectral mornings
  13. Steve Hackett – land of a thousand autumns
  14. Steve Hackett – please don’t touch
  15. Steve Hackett – the voice of Necam
  16. Steve Hackett – Icarus Ascending

Fresh episodes air pretty much every Saturday night, starting 11 pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and download options available within twenty-four hours via our Facebook page.

790. Willie the Pimp

Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart in full-on freak mode from 1969’s Hot Rats. Dare a freak ask for more?  Yeah, actually, or more to the point, less of the noodly jamming that eats up so much of the nine plus minutes running time, and more of the Captain being the Captain. But really, who’s complaining?

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830. directly from my heart to you

By 1970 (and probably all along), the Mothers of Invention were whatever and whoever Frank Zappa said they were. In the case of Directly From My Heart To You, that meant that Sugarcane Harris‘s straight ahead blues and violin take on a Little Richard original belonged on 1970’s Weasels Ripped My Flesh, which was that kind of album anyway – odds and sods and outtakes from various live gigs and studio sessions all jammed together and, strangely (or perhaps not) making for a very much essential Mothers excursion, the only limits being Mr. Zappa’s abilities (staggering) and taste (expansive to say the least). And then there’s that album cover, which Philip Random admits is the reason he bought it in the first place.

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23. The Solid Time Of Change

Part Twenty-Three of the Solid Time of Change aired Saturday November-26-2016 c/o CiTR.FM.101.9.

Podcast (Solid Time starts a few minutes in). Youtube playlist (incomplete and not entirely accurate).

This continues to be Randophonic’s main focus, our overlong yet incomplete history of the so-called Prog Rock era (presented in countdown form) – 661 selections from 1965 through 1979 with which we hope to do justice to a strange and ambitious time indeed, musically speaking.

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Part Twenty-Three of the journey went as follows:

  1. Steve Hackett – ace of wands
  2. Camel – lunar sea
  3. Yes – astral traveler
  4. Led Zeppelin – the rain song
  5. Donovan- roots of oak
  6. Gentle Giant – experience
  7. Gentle Giant – I lost my head
  8. Velvet Underground – the murder mystery
  9. Supertramp – hide in your shell
  10. Frank Zappa – the torture never stops
  11. Grateful Dead – Blues for Allah
  12. Grateful Dead – sand castles + glass camels
  13. Grateful Dead – unusual occurrences in the desert

Fresh episodes air pretty much every Saturday night, starting 11 pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and download options available within twenty-four hours via our Facebook.

21. The Solid Time Of Change

Part Twenty-One of the Solid Time of Change aired Saturday November-12-2016 c/o CiTR.FM.101.9.

Youtube playlist (not entirely accurate).

This continues to be Randophonic’s main focus, our overlong yet incomplete history of the so-called Prog Rock era (presented in countdown form) – 661 selections from 1965 through 1979 with which we hope to do justice to a strange and ambitious time indeed, musically speaking.

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Part Twenty-One of the journey went as follows:

  1. Jeff Beck Group – Beck’s Bolero
  2. Mothers of Invention – Money Fragments
  3. Camel – lady fantasy
  4. Pink Floyd – let there be more light
  5. Pink Floyd – absolute curtains
  6. Pink Floyd – Atom Heart grooving
  7. Spirit – like a rolling stone
  8. Poco – Rose of Cimarron
  9. It’s a Beautiful Day – white bird
  10. Van Der Graaf Generator – pilgrims
  11. Amon Duul II – Kanaan
  12. Amon Duul II – phallus dei [edit]

Fresh episodes air pretty much every Saturday night, starting 11 pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and download options available within twenty-four hours via our Facebook.

909. trouble comin’ every day

In which young Frank Zappa (with help from his Mothers) files his report on the Watts Rebellion (aka riots) of August 1965, pulling no punches lyrically or musically. In fact, it’s the song that got the band signed to MGM Records in the first place, producer Tom Wilson having heard it and decided, yeah, a white blues band from LA, why the hell not? The rest is, shall we say, history.

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970. oh no / weasels ripped my flesh

Frank Zappa took no prisoners with the cover for 1970’s Weasels Ripped My Flesh. And fitting it was for the music found inside – equal parts brilliant and painful, particularly the suite of stuff that finishes Side Two, starting with doo-wop anti-flower power anthem Oh No! and then onward via Orange County Lumber Truck to the flesh tearing finale that was the title track. It has been argued that the whole hippie thing stopped right here. Certainly the Mothers of Invention already had, Weasels Ripped My Flesh being one of two albums to be released after their demise. Though Zappa would, of course, quickly reform them for further assaults upon society through the first half of the 1970s.

The Mothers of Invention, Engelse groep bij aankomst Schiphol *17 oktober 1968

The Mothers of Invention, Engelse groep bij aankomst Schiphol *17 oktober 1968

981. sugar n’ spikes

Captain Beefheart in general and Trout Mask Replica in particular remain my go-tos when I no longer really want to listen to music, but I still must. The 1960s were winding down. The revolution wasn’t coming any time soon. The war was still raging in Vietnam.  Somebody had to try something entirely different, else the whole culture would crumble. Enter the Captain and his producer, one Frank Zappa. Sugar n’ Spikes is as close as any of it got to what one might have called a single.” (Philip Random)

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11. The Solid Time Of Change

Part eleven of the Solid Time of Change  aired Saturday July-30-2016 c/o CiTR.FM.101.9.

Podcast (Solid Time begins at around the 5 minute point). Youtube playlist (not completely accurate).

This continues to be Randophonic’s main focus, our overlong yet incomplete history of the so-called Prog Rock era (presented in countdown form) – 661 records from 1965 through 1979 with which we hope to do justice to a strange and ambitious time indeed, musically speaking.

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Part eleven of the journey went as follows:

  1. Frank Zappa – peaches in regalia
  2. Mothers of Invention – dog breath in the year of the plague
  3. Led Zeppelin – friends
  4. Bo Hansson – the sun [parallel or 90 degrees]
  5. Chicago – a hit by Varese
  6. Chicago- dialogue [part-2]
  7. Pink Floyd – take up thy stethoscope and walk
  8. Pink Floyd – biding my time
  9. Khan – Space Shanty
  10. Khan- hollow stone [including Escape of the Space Pirates]
  11. Yes – madrigal
  12. Genesis – a trick of the tail
  13. Genesis – entangled
  14. Genesis – Fountain of Salmacis
  15. Shawn Phillips – She was waiting for her mother at the station in Torino …
  16. Shawn Phillips – whaz’ zat [etc]

Fresh episodes air pretty much every Saturday night, starting 11 pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and download options available within twenty-four hours via our Facebook.