“I probably heard Roy Harper at the time, Highway Blues jangling away on one of the cool FM radio stations that I was just starting to really explore in 1973. So much of that sort of long haired cosmic truth telling at the time. But it would be the 1980s before I really discovered Lifemask, going through my mid-decade retro-phase (that’s never really ended, it’s true). It was Mr. Harper’s voice that hooked me, the loose, confident freedom of it. Whatever he was on about, you were glad he was getting it out, making sense at least to himself out on that lonely highway.” (Philip Random)
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.
Part Thirty of the journey went as follows:
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – sky high
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – joybringer
Roxy Music – if there is something [live]
PFM – celebration (of ghosts)
Supertramp – fools overture
Caravan – For Richard
Synergy – disruption in world communications
Kraftwerk – autobahn
Eagles – journey of the sorceror
Roy Harper – the same old rock
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.
This latest Randophonic countdown concerns the 661 Greatest Records of the so-called Prog Rock era, our 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 via bands hailing from the United Kingdom.
What is Prog Rock, and does it somehow differ from Progressive Rock, or for that matter, rock that merely progresses? These may seem simple questions but they are in fact doors that open unto some of the most complex enigmas of this split-atomic age. And what better way to explore them than with a radio journey that shall likely take us a full year.
Part two of our journey went as follows:
Jethro Tull – the mouse police never sleeps.
Jethro Tull – Acres wild
Gentle Giant – cry for everyone
Barclay James Harvest – May Day
Genesis – deep in the motherlode
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – give me the good earth
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Earth the Circle [1+2]
Caravan – in the land of grey and pink
John Miles – you have it all
PFM – the mountain
Roy Harper – The Lord’s Prayer
Embryo – Spain yes, Franco finished
Part three of the Solid Time of Change airs Saturday, May-21, at 11pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9