353. In held ’twas in I

Procol Harum achieved improbable levels of success with their very first single, 1967’s Whiter Shade of Pale, and it was taken rather seriously. Because it was rock meets Johan Sebastien Bach with lyrics obscure enough to almost make you forget that Bob Dylan had taken a vacation, more or less. But then what do you do for an encore? You go further, higher, deeper, longer, you give all of side two of your second album to a single seventeen minute track called In Held Twas In I, which to many ears, ranks as the first genuine prog rock epic. In other words, yeah, it probably goes too far, too high and deep, definitely too long. But what do expect from young men cut loose from the herd, more or less commanded to go climb the highest mountain? Or as the Dalai Lama puts it in the intro. Life is like a beanstalk. Isn’t it?” (Philip Random)

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18. The Solid Time Of Change

Part eighteen of the Solid Time of Change aired Saturday October-8-2016 c/o CiTR.FM.101.9.

Youtube playlist (not entirely inaccurate).

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 eighteen of the journey went as follows:

  1. Frank Zappa + The Mothers – cheepnis
  2. Frank Zappa + The Mothers – Son of Orange County
  3. The Nice – dawn
  4. The Nice – America
  5. Jethro Tull – bouree
  6. Gryphon – second spasm
  7. Gentle Giant – in a glass house
  8. Gong – other side of the sky
  9. Gong – sold to the highest Buddha
  10. Gong- castle in the clouds
  11. Gong – prostitute poem [excerpt]
  12. Gong – oily way
  13. Gong – outer + inner temple
  14. Peter Gabriel – Down the Dolce Vita
  15. Peter Gabriel – slowburn
  16. Peter Gabriel – white shadow
  17. Genesis – one for the vine

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.