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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38. The Solid Time Of Change

Installment #38 of the Solid Time of Change aired on Saturday May-27-2017 (c/o CiTR.FM.101.9).

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-Eight of the journey went as follows:

  1. National Health – squarer for Maud
  2. Pink Floyd – interstellar overdrive
  3. Procol Harum – in held twas in I [edit]
  4. Moody Blues – nights in white satin
  5. Moody Blues – The Dream
  6. Moody Blues – have you heard [part-1]
  7. Moody Blues – the voyage
  8. Moody Blues – have you heard [part-2]
  9. Strawbs – new world
  10. Strawbs – the life auction
  11. Strawbs – ghosts
  12. Mike Oldfield – tubular bells [pieces]

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.

815. rambling on

“I came across Procol Harum‘s second album (Shine on Brightly) sometime in the teenybop blur of my early 1970s. My friend Joseph had it, grabbed from his older sister who’d lost interest. We’d play it a lot, getting off on the out there lyrics and the not too shabby songs that gave them room to move. The rather aptly titled Rambling On seems to be about a guy who sees a Batman movie and decides he can fly, which doesn’t make sense because everybody knows that Batman can’t fly. Eventually the guy comes crashing to earth but doesn’t get hurt, just tears his underclothes. Not exactly on par with Dylan, which is how people were thinking of these guys at the time.” (Philip Random)

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28. The Solid Time Of Change

Installment #28 of the Solid Time of Change aired on Saturday February-4-2016 (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 Twenty-Eight of the journey went as follows:

  1. Jethro Tull – Dharma for One [live]
  2. Strawbs – where is this dream of your youth?
  3. Strawbs – Benedictus
  4. Alice Cooper – I Love the Dead
  5. Tiny Tim- the other side
  6. Vangelis – he-ho
  7. Vangelis – we were all uprooted
  8. Moody Blues – melancholy man
  9. Procol Harum – a salty dog
  10. Yes – to be over
  11. Doors – The End
  12. Pink Floyd – careful with that axe Eugene
  13. Van Der Graaf Generator – my room [waiting for wonderland]

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.

4. The Solid Time of Change

Part four of The Solid Time of Change aired Saturday May-28, 2016 c/o CiTR.FM.101.9.

 

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

Also known as as the  661 Greatest Records of the so-called Prog Rock era, the Solid Time of Change is Randophonic’s latest countdown — 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.

What is Prog Rock? Is it different from progressive rock, or for that matter, rock that merely progresses? Four programs in and sixty-five selections down and you’d think we’d have a solid answer to these questions, but like the proverbial zoom into an old photograph, the closer we look, the murkier things get. Which isn’t to say the music isn’t great and thus, here’s to the best kind of confusion and a year’s worth of radio to figure it all out.

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Part four of our journey went as follows:

  1. Focus – harem scarem
  2. Frank Zappa + The Mothers – Inca Roads
  3. Strawbs- tomorrow
  4. Rick Wakeman – Catherine of Aragorn [+ excerpts]
  5. Rick Wakeman – Anne of Cleves
  6. King Crimson – moonchild (part 1)
  7. Moody Blues – the word
  8. Justin Hayward + John Lodge – nights winters years
  9. Sweet – love is like oxygen
  10. Procol Harum – Grand Hotel
  11. Klaatu – prelude
  12. Klaatu – so said the lighthouse keeper
  13. Klaatu – hope
  14. Gentle Giant – Mister Class + Quality
  15. Gentle Giant – three friends
  16. Steve Hillage – om nam Shivaya
  17. Steve Hillage – hurdy gurdy glissando
  18. Cream – as you said

Installment #5 of The Solid Time of Change airs Saturday, June 4th at 11 pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and download options available within twenty-four hours.