489. snow in San Anselmo

“The first time I ever heard Snow in San Anselmo, it was my first night in a new apartment, all my stuff still in boxes and whatever. Though I did have my cassette player unpacked. And there on the windowsill, like it had been left specifically for me, was a  homemade Van Morrison tape, care of the previous tenant whoever he was. Moondance on one side, Hard Nose the Highway on the other, with the Hard Nose side cued up. So when I put it on, a little too wired to sleep, too tired to do anything else except just listen, the first song that came up was Snow in San Anselmo, like an offering out of all the chaos of my life, the universe, everything. Like it was meant to be. Thanks, whoever. Eternal thanks.” (Philip Random)

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506. the way young lovers do

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The closest thing to a good ole fashioned pop song from Van Morrison‘s 1968 masterpiece Astral Weeks that changed everything forever. Which isn’t to say that Young Lovers doesn’t transcend like everything else on Astral Weeks – it just does so with brevity and deceptively easy purpose, like young lovers set loose in a field of green with soft breezes blowing through.

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46. The Solid Time Of Change

Installment #46 of the Solid Time of Change aired on Saturday September 16th (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 Forty-Six of the journey went as follows (38-29):

  • Donovan – hurdy gurdy man
  • Aphrodite’s Child – the four horsemen
  • Aphrodite’s Child – all the seats were occupied
  • Mothers of Invention – brown shoes don’t make it
  • Beatles – I am the Walrus
  • Genesis – dancing with the moonlit knight
  • Van Morrison – astral weeks
  • Gentle Giant – knots
  • King Crimson – 21st Century schizoid man
  • Mike Oldfield – Ommadawn [part 1]

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.

697. hard nose the highway

“A road weary gem from a time when Van Morrison really could do no wrong (ie: the early 1970s). I definitely heard it on the radio when it was fresh (while FM was still cool) because I caught the Canada reference. But for some reason, I got it in my head that the name of the song was Seen Some Hard Times, which made finding it rather difficult, search as I might. So I finally stopped searching and found it anyway at a yard sale, early 90s sometime, hiding in plain sight as it were as the title track of an album that had been looking at me for decades.” (Philip Random)

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42. The Solid Time Of Change

Installment #42 of the Solid Time of Change aired on Saturday June-24-2017 (c/o CiTR.FM.101.9).

Podcast (Solid Time begins a few minutes in). 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 Forty-Two of the journey went as follows:

  1. Mason Williams – classical gas
  2. Van Morrison – you don’t pull no punches but you don’t push the river
  3. Genesis – the musical box
  4. Rainbow – stargazer
  5. Deep Purple – sweet child [space truckin] in time
  6. Rolling Stones – you can’t always get what you want
  7. Beatles – strawberry fields forever
  8. Beatles – revolution 9
  9. Pink Floyd – echoes

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.

16. The Solid Time Of Change

Part sixteen of the Solid Time of Change aired Saturday September-24-2016 c/o CiTR.FM.101.9.

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

  1. Kraftwerk – radioactivity
  2. Queen – ’39
  3. David Bowie – Andy Warhol
  4. Barclay James Harvest- in my life
  5. King Crimson -the night watch
  6. King Crimson – Lizard [parts a+b]
  7. Van Morrison – Snow in San Anselmo
  8. Genesis – unquiet slumbers for the sleepers
  9. Genesis – in that quiet earth
  10. Genesis – Afterglow
  11. Van der Graaf Generator – undercover man
  12. Van der Graaf Generator – scorched earth
  13. Hawkwind – you shouldn’t do that [live etc]
  14. Hawkwind – you know you’re only dreaming

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.

9. The Solid Time Of Change

Part nine of the Solid Time of Change aired Saturday July-9-2016 c/o CiTR.FM.101.9.

Podcast (Solid Time begins at around the 5 minute point). Youtube playlist (probably inaccurate).

The Solid Time of Change will be Randophonic’s main focus for the forseeable future, an 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, musically speaking.

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Part nine of the journey went as follows:

  1. Rick Wakeman – white rock
  2. Rick Wakeman – lax’x
  3. Love – alone again or
  4. Love – the good humour man, he sees everything like this
  5. Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Pluto the Dog
  6. Emerson Lake + Palmer – take a pebble [edit]
  7. America – sandman
  8. Moody Blues – higher + higher
  9. Moody Blues – house of (three) doors
  10. Moody Blues – legend of a mind
  11. Caravan – the dog the dog, he’s at it again
  12. Caravan – the love in your eye [unpop edit]
  13. Pink Floyd – fat old sun
  14. Jon Anderson – ocean song
  15. Jon Anderson – meeting [garden of Geda]
  16. Jon Anderson – sound out the galleon
  17. Jon Anderson – transic
  18. Jon Anderson – naon
  19. Daevid Allen – only make love if you want to
  20. Van Morrison – almost independence day

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.

1020. 4% pantomime

“The best part of that Band movie The Last Waltz is when Van Morrison hits the stage and they kick things through the stratosphere with Caravan. As far as I know, 4% Pantomime is the only other time they all hooked up on record, and the magic’s here too.  Good, less-than-lucid times all around.” (Philip Random)

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A Traditional Randophonic Christmas

Randophonic’s first ever attempt at a proper Christmas show aired December 20th on CiTR.FM.101.9.

Here it is in two Mixcloud streams.

Plus a very special Movie of the Week — Monty Python’s Pleasures of the Dance.

The podcast of the full program is available for download here …

A special program in which we look back with fondness at cherished memories of Christmases past. Try to anyway, as it turns out the Jukebox is still stuck in minimum 49-percent prog-rock mode after the previous week’s 1974 blowout.

Which isn’t to say there aren’t plenty of highlights, seasonal and otherwise.

Sorry about that. The rest are guaranteed highlights, presented more or less in the order they were broadcast.

Van Der Graaf Generator – theme one

Written by George Martin for some TV show or other. Reimagined for drums, keyboards and various horns by Van Der Graaf Generator at their 70s freakout peak.

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Joybringer

Ripping off Gustav Holst, and owning it.

Jethro Tull – King Henry’s Madrigal

They don’t say which King Henry, though this strikes us as decidedly Shakespearean. Which raises the question. Where the hell are all the rocked up Shakespearean Christmas carols?

The Clash – if music could talk …

… then we truly would have peace on earth.

Delaney + Bonnie – where the soul never dies

What it’s really all about.

Beatles – Christmas time + The Word

The word is love.  The time is now.

Emerson Lake + Palmer – Jerusalem

An interpretation of William Blake’s cosmic musing on Britain’s industrial revolution (those dark Satanic mills) and Jesus Christ himself taking a little walk ‘cross England’s green and pleasant.  ELP at their least annoying.

Waterboys – December + Spirit

December even mentions the Christ child, but it’s not so much a Christmas song as a meditation on the gloomiest time of year, and how we always seem to find the light to see our way through, which seems to be what spirit’s all about.

Van Morrison – St. Dominic’s Preview

A song about many things, most of them indecipherable, but there is homesickness at the root of it. You think Buffalo’s a long way away? Try Belfast.

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – father of night, father of day

In which the Earth Band manage in ten minutes what Bob Dylan’s original accomplished in less than two.  And yet, we’re pretty damned sure that the good Lord has love enough for both.

Link Wray – alone

Sad but true.

Mandalaband – The Eye of Wendor

From the first part of a long lost trilogy.

Joseph Spence – Santa Claus is coming to town

No one’s ever mumbled it better.

Ian Anderson – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Philip Random’s favourite Christmas carol is not completely ruined by this sort of jazz rock arrangement … with small orchestra.

Gryphon – second spasm

The band that brought bassoons and krumhorns to rock. And one more time, why is there not more of this sort of Shakespearean groove available this time of year?