325. perpetual change

“There is absolutely nothing wrong with the original 1971 studio recording of Yes’s Perpetual Change. It just doesn’t go as far as strong as gobsmackingly wow!!! as the 1972 live recording that showed up on the triple live set Yessongs. Because they really do set the atmosphere on fire here, one of the last tracks ever recorded with drummer Bill Bruford, so yeah, the classic Yes lineup (my version of it anyway), which does need to be raved about if only for that point maybe halfway through Perpetual Change where the band are effectively playing two completely different songs at the same insane time, and it works, finally blowing off into a feedback overload that quickly segues into a Jon Anderson vocal harmony, and then BAM!!! into an extended outro, the tightest band on the planet at the time (seriously, even Led Zeppelin had to be looking over their shoulders in 1972) bouncing back and forth from improvised bits to insanely abrupt changes, on and on, higher and deeper until the only real flaw, which is the overextended drum solo (not bad, just not necessary like pretty much every other 1970s drum solo). As a musician friend once put it, Perpetual Change is the secret to everything that was great about Yes, because they were perpetual change (up until around 1975 anyway), not just evolving from album to album, but within the songs themselves. Everything was possible and they had the smarts (and the chops) to make it so.”

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464. into the lens

The forced marriage in 1980 of prog-rock dinosaurs Yes and earworm popsters The Buggles was a strange thing that should not have worked. And maybe it didn’t, because they only ever released one album (which was credited to Yes, but they should’ve called themselves something else, because any band called Yes without Jon Anderson involved just feels very wrong, like a Beatles without John Lennon). But all that said, Drama (the album) can’t just be dismissed, if only for the possible future it speaks of that never happened – a musical decade that managed to both embrace the cool new synthetic pop options and the recent powerhouse progressive past. Like an odd sci-fi movie that only you remember, seen just once late at night on one of those scrambled Pay TV channels. Maybe Tuesday Weld was in it.

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524. the gates of delirium

“I remember hearing Gates of Delirium get played on commercial radio when it was new, all twenty-two minutes of it. I remember my fifteen year old jaw dropping. It would’ve been late 1974, maybe 1975. Little did I realize that an era was fast ending – that very soon the culture would have little use for bands like Yes spreading their vast and cosmic wings, unleashing dense and intense and impossibly beautiful side long epics about mystical warriors in mythical lands busting through great gates of delirium. Or whatever it was actually about. It was definitely about war, burning children’s laughter on to hell. I remember a few years later, a musician friend saying, ‘But it’s really about everything. That’s the problem with Yes. Their songs aren’t really about anything. Just everything. But f***, those guys can play.'” (Philip Random)

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33. The Solid Time Of Change

Installment #33 of the Solid Time of Change aired on Saturday March-25-2017 (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-Three of the journey went as follows:

  1. Jethro Tull – skating away on the thin ice of a new day
  2. David Bowie – starman
  3. David Bowie – moonage daydream
  4. Hawkwind – space is deep
  5. Jon Anderson – flight of the moorglade
  6. Jon Anderson – solid space
  7. Jon Anderson – Moon Ra
  8. Jon Anderson – song of search
  9. Yes – Remembering the Ancient
  10. Gong – psychological overture
  11. Gong – The Isle of Everywhere
  12. Gong – master builder

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.

32. The Solid Time Of Change

Installment #32 of the Solid Time of Change aired on Saturday March-18-2017 (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-Two of the journey went as follows:

  1. Curtis Mayfield – right on for the darkness
  2. Roxy Music – song for Europe
  3. Rush – The Meek shall get sucked into the black hole of Cygnus X-1
  4. Pink Floyd – fearless
  5. Pink Floyd -dogs
  6. Yes – awaken
  7. Harmonium – histoire sans paroles [pieces]
  8. Harmonium – depuis l’automne

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.

9. The Solid Time Of Change

Part nine of the Solid Time of Change aired Saturday July-9-2016 c/o CiTR.FM.101.9.

Podcast (Solid Time begins at around the 5 minute point). Youtube playlist (probably inaccurate).

The Solid Time of Change will be Randophonic’s main focus for the forseeable future, an 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, musically speaking.

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Part nine of the journey went as follows:

  1. Rick Wakeman – white rock
  2. Rick Wakeman – lax’x
  3. Love – alone again or
  4. Love – the good humour man, he sees everything like this
  5. Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Pluto the Dog
  6. Emerson Lake + Palmer – take a pebble [edit]
  7. America – sandman
  8. Moody Blues – higher + higher
  9. Moody Blues – house of (three) doors
  10. Moody Blues – legend of a mind
  11. Caravan – the dog the dog, he’s at it again
  12. Caravan – the love in your eye [unpop edit]
  13. Pink Floyd – fat old sun
  14. Jon Anderson – ocean song
  15. Jon Anderson – meeting [garden of Geda]
  16. Jon Anderson – sound out the galleon
  17. Jon Anderson – transic
  18. Jon Anderson – naon
  19. Daevid Allen – only make love if you want to
  20. Van Morrison – almost independence day

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.