387-6. the dream nebula + it’s all in the mind

Two in a row from Nektar‘s 1971 conceptual spectacular Journey To The Centre Of The Eye, one of those albums that absolutely walks the line between so-called prog rock and so-called psychedelic rock, managing to be both mindblowing and reasonably precise. Frank Zappa was certainly impressed, so much so that he had plans to sign Nektar to his Discreet label, a plan that crumbled along with Zappa’s partnership with his manager (one of those long stories). Which perhaps explains why we never heard that much of Nektar over here in the Americas. Or maybe their first album was simply their best – an astonishing and ultimately harrowing voyage to the deep and high beyond within. In other words – an acid trip, the heroic kind, right through the centre of the eye to the dream nebula and beyond, all in the mind anyway.

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39. The Solid Time Of Change

Installment #39 of the Solid Time of Change aired on Saturday June-3-2017 (c/o CiTR.FM.101.9).

Youtube playlist (not entirely accurate).

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-Nine of the journey went as follows:

  1. Focus – Hocus Pocus
  2. PFM – Dove … Quando [part 1]
  3. PFM – Dove Quando [part 2]
  4. Nektar – the dream nebula
  5. Nektar – it’s all in the mind
  6. Jethro Tull – My God
  7. Jethro Tull – slipstream
  8. Jethro Tull – Wind Up
  9. Camel – Nimrodel
  10. Renaissance – ashes are burning
  11. David Bowie – life on Mars
  12. Klaus Schulze – floating

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.

25. The Solid Time Of Change

Instalment Twenty-Five of the Solid Time of Change aired Saturday December-10-2016 c/o CiTR.FM.101.9.

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

This program marks the middle point (time wise, not numbering) of 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-Five of the journey went as follows:

  1. Crazy World of Arthur Brown – prelude + nightmare
  2. Temptations – hurry tomorrow
  3. Nektar – remember the future [part 1]
  4. Hatfield + the North – the Yes No interlude
  5. David Bowie – station to station
  6. The Who – Tommy overture
  7. The Who – amazing journey
  8. The Who – sparks
  9. The Who – see me feel me
  10. Focus – birth
  11. Focus – Hamburger Concerto excerpts
  12. Al Stewart – roads to Moscow

Randophonic will be taking a brief break from new programming for the next couple or three weeks. Fresh episodes of the Solid Time of Change will return in the new year, every Saturday night, starting 11 pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9.

19. The Solid Time Of Change

Part nineteen of the Solid Time of Change aired Saturday October-22-2016 c/o CiTR.FM.101.9.

Podcast (Solid Time starts about five 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 nineteen of the journey went as follows:

  1. King Crimson – pictures of the city
  2. Todd Rundgren – how about a little fanfare?
  3. Todd Rundren – I think you know
  4. Todd Rundgren – the spark of life
  5. Utopia – [fragments of] the Ikon
  6. PFM – il banchetto
  7. PFM – is my face on straight
  8. Rush – La Villa Strangiato
  9. Led Zeppelin – four sticks
  10. Supertramp – the meaning
  11. Man – c’mon [edit]
  12. 361. Nektar – finale [to the centre of the eye]

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.

949. remember the future [part 1]

Nektar being one of those so-called prog bands that never quite made it over here in the Americas. Maybe because they were from Germany, and how many German bands made it in the 1970s? But they were English actually – they just met in Germany and ended up living there. Maybe it was their live show, a little too ambitious and unwieldly to travel well. Or maybe they were just too musically out there, as they perhaps were with the entirety of Remember The Future a full album concept concerning a blind boy and an alien and everything, really. So we have Philip Random’s abridged version, “… the best parts of side one.”

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6. The Solid Time Of Change

Part six of the Solid Time of Change aired Saturday June-11-2016 c/o CiTR.FM.101.9.

 

Youtube playlist (possibly not the exact versions that were played). Podcast.

This is Randophonic’s latest countdown, the 661 Greatest Records of the so-called Prog Rock era, an 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 during those five years in the middle (1969-1974).

What is Prog Rock? Is it different somehow from progressive rock, or for that matter, rock that merely progresses? These may seem like simple questions, but they are in fact doors that open unto some of the most complex enigmas of our time, and thus as good a reason as any for a year of radio.

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Part six of our journey went as follows:

  1. Peter Hammill – the institute of mental health is burning
  2. David Bowie- See Emily Play
  3. Brand X – the sun in the night
  4. Donovan- cosmic wheels
  5. Turtles – grim reaper of love
  6. Nektar- do you believe in magic
  7. Nektar – desolation valley
  8. Nektar – waves
  9. Steppenwolf – monster
  10. Wishbone Ash – the king will come
  11. Wishbone Ash – throw down the sword
  12. Genesis – chamber of 32 doors
  13. England – all alone
  14. England – three piece suite
  15. Jethro Tull – for Michael Collins, Jeffrey and me
  16. Jethro Tull – Pibroch cap in hand
  17. Electric Light Orchestra – Kuiama

Solid Time of Change #7 airs Saturday, June 18th at 11 pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and download options available within twenty-four hours.