Posts Tagged ‘ Progressive Rock ’

Sit Down Listen Up: Ten Favorites of 2015 You Should Hear

Jan 11th, 2016 | By

Well it’s a new year and that means another one of those “Best Of” lists. I try to refrain from calling my list a best of simply because, as we all know, such superlative claims are highly subjective. Instead, I like to consider my list a personal favorites of the past year. What follows then
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‘The Raven That Refused To Sing’ Is Music To My Ears

Oct 14th, 2015 | By

Halfway through the second decade of the 21st Century seems like the right time to reflect on the albums released so far this decade and select a favorite. It is never an easy proposition to choose one disc to single out as a favorite over an extended period of time. If making lists of favorites
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Emerson, Lake and Palmer: Do the ‘Works’ Still Work?

Sep 23rd, 2015 | By

This was in my vinyl collection, and after digging it out of storage, I promptly ignored it for several months. Back in the early 1980s, I’d liked some of it. But now, all I could remember about it was huge, blown-up ostentation, grand sonic spectacle based on nothing. Not that the concept was bad, of
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Krautrock in the Air 25 Years On: The Virgin Suicides

Jul 6th, 2015 | By

It seems only appropriate that after spending weeks re-listening to classic German Krautrock bands, I should succumb to the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon. After all, the phenomenon is named after an ultra-left-wing German terrorist group. Fortunately, I was not being terrorized but rather was hearing echoes of Krautrock in everything I listened to. That’s what the phenomenon refers
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Nothing Sour in This Amon Düül II Krautrock Classic

Jun 8th, 2015 | By

The early to mid-1970’s was an especially ripe time to explore new sounds in rock music. New subcategories of rock seemed to be created every other day. Hard rock, progressive rock, blues rock, psychedelic, glam, boogie, etc. — all these tags were created by the increasingly growing cadre of music journalists determined to help define the rapid
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From Akron to Bavaria and Other Strange Trips

Mar 26th, 2015 | By

From Bavaria, Germany, by way of Akron, Ohio (that’s right Akron, Ohio, the city that brought us Devo and The Black Keys among many others), comes Simeon Soul Charger. In the early days of their formation, before releasing any music, the band moved from their hometown to take up residence in the southeast corner of
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Van der Graaf Generator: All Things Are (A)Part

Mar 18th, 2015 | By

(The following review is part 5 of 5 in a series of essential progressive rock albums.) Van der Graaf Generator: Pawn Hearts There is no other piece of music that has affected me more strongly than Van der Graaf Generator’s album Pawn Hearts. I remember so clearly listening to the album for the first time.
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From Genesis A Revelation (or: Your Supper’s Ready)

Mar 16th, 2015 | By

(The following review is part 4 of 5 in a series of essential progressive rock albums.) Genesis: Foxtrot I could have very easily chosen a number of other Genesis albums but I decided on this one simply because it features what is perhaps the most significant song in all of progressive rock:  “Supper’s Ready.” My
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Jethro Tull: Redefining the Concept Album

Mar 13th, 2015 | By

(The following review is part 3 of 5 in a series of essential progressive rock albums.) Jethro Tull: Thick As A Brick It was the 4th of July, 1972, and I was itching to buy some new albums. The local shop where I bought records was closed for the holiday but I really wanted to
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Yes: Taking Progressive Rock To The Edge

Mar 11th, 2015 | By

(The following review is part 2 of 5 in a series of essential progressive rock albums) Yes: Close To The Edge While Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s “Lucky Man” was the first song I heard to feature the synthesizer, it was “Roundabout” by Yes that demonstrated to me how powerful a progressive rock song could be.
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