John Miles‘ timing sucked. Because he really did seem to have it all on his debut album Rebel. Solid songs, kickass band, world class production c/o Alan Parsons (who had his own big deal project going by then). Except it was 1976, which meant Punk was breaking out across town. Even cutting your hair redneck short and posing with a shotgun wasn’t going to slow that storm down.
This latest Randophonic countdown concerns the 661 Greatest Records of the so-called Prog Rock era, our 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 via bands hailing from the United Kingdom.
What is Prog Rock, and does it somehow differ 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 what better way to explore them than with a radio journey that shall likely take us a full year.
Part two of our journey went as follows:
Jethro Tull – the mouse police never sleeps.
Jethro Tull – Acres wild
Gentle Giant – cry for everyone
Barclay James Harvest – May Day
Genesis – deep in the motherlode
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – give me the good earth
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Earth the Circle [1+2]
Caravan – in the land of grey and pink
John Miles – you have it all
PFM – the mountain
Roy Harper – The Lord’s Prayer
Embryo – Spain yes, Franco finished
Part three of the Solid Time of Change airs Saturday, May-21, at 11pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9