727. dry your eyes

The cool kids were confused. What the hell was Neil Diamond doing at The Last Waltz, The Band’s farewell concert (still considered by many to be one of the greatest concerts in rock and roll history)? What he was doing was delivering the goods (in leisure suit, shades, freshly coiffed hair), destroying all notions of cool and uncool with a song that told the fierce and sad truth about what time does to us all. It removes us completely, but maybe if we cut the bullsh** at least some of the time, our songs remain.

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36. The Solid Time Of Change

Installment #36 of the Solid Time of Change aired on Saturday May-6-2017 (c/o CiTR.FM.101.9).

Podcast (Solid Time begins a few minutes in). Youtube playlist (sadly 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-Six of the journey went as follows:

  1. Jeff Wayne – Horsell Common + The Heat Ray
  2. Neil Diamond – Holly Holy
  3. Led Zeppelin – in the light
  4. Crosby Stills + Nash – Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
  5. Yes – your move
  6. Yes – all good people
  7. Bob Dylan – desolation row
  8. Grobschnitt – solar music [edit]

Fresh episodes air most Saturday nights, 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.

840. crunchy granola suite

Neil Diamond‘s Hot August Night, arguably the greatest live album ever released, starts well indeed with Crunchy Granola Suite, the power of which is only slightly negated when you realize it really is about eating well, lots of nuts and berries. From the album’s liner notes: “Then softly, the music begins, the lights dim. The music rises, the stage is a smoky, opalescent jewel in the darkness. But one light shines brighter than the others, a white pool in the brilliance, and for an instant, sound hangs suspended, only the air breathing. Then he’s there, the crowd exploding, Neil Diamond, casual, as if it’s the most natural thing in the world, those 5000 people demanding his soul.  And for the next 107 minutes, he gives it to them.”

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26. The Solid Time Of Change

After a few weeks off for seasonal festivities and concerns, the Solid Time of Change returned on Saturday January-14-2016 (c/o CiTR.FM.101.9).

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

Presented in countdown form, 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 Twenty-Six of the journey went as follows:

  1. Queen – liar
  2. King Crimson – easy money
  3. Utopia – Hiroshima
  4. Roxy Music – end of the line
  5. Roxy Music – sentimental fool
  6. Roxy Music – mother of pearl
  7. John Martyn – I’d rather be the devil
  8. Led Zeppelin – Achilles last stand
  9. Neil Diamond – Soolaimon + Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show
  10. Allman Brothers – of Elizabeth Reed’s Mountain Jam

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.

15. The Solid Time Of Change

Part fifteen of the Solid Time of Change  aired Saturday September-10-2016 c/o CiTR.FM.101.9.

Podcast (Solid Time begins at around the 4 minute point). Youtube playlist (incomplete and probably 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 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 fifteen of the journey went as follows:

  1. Jethro Tull – living in the past
  2. Blodwyn Pig – see my way
  3. Strawbs – down by the sea
  4. Black Sabbath – wheels of confusion / the straightener
  5. Goblin- Suspiria Theme
  6. Quiet Sun – sol caliente
  7. Quiet Sun – bargain classics
  8. Jade Warrior – monkey chant
  9. Pentangle – light flight
  10. Gentle Giant – think of me with kindness
  11. Gentle Giant – the advent of Panurge
  12. Genesis – riding the scree
  13. Aphrodite’s Child – loud loud loud
  14. Aphrodite’s Child – Aegean
  15. Neil Diamond – be
  16. Pink Floyd – Grantchester meadows
  17. Pink Floyd – several species of small furry animals gathered in a cave …

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

1051. be

Neil Diamond had it all in 1973.  Millions of adoring fans, great hair, even a grudging sort of critical respectability in the wake of those recent live shows. So what does the man do with it all?  He dives deep, he reaches high, he gives his all to a soundtrack for an awful movie based on a really dumb book about a seagull. Yet even in falling Icarus-like, Mr. Diamond soars “… as a page that aches for a word, which speaks on a theme that is timeless.”

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