insomnius asked: I fell behind on your U.K. Prog stuff because of too much uni work, but I've just caught up and am really enjoying it. Thanks for putting it together. :)
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U.K. Prog, Volume 6: 1970b Wizarding (Notes)
This is the companion volume to Volume Five, featuring more music from 1970. One thing you might notice as you look over the tracklisting is that there are a lot of songs from self-titled LPs here. Bands were coming on the scene at a furious pace in 1970, from the high profile to the no-profile, and this volume captures a lot of that new talent. Download the mix here. 1. King Crimson: Cirkus...
U.K. Prog, Volume 6: 1970b Wizarding
The companion to Volume Five, Volume Six rounds out the year 1970. Download the mix here. 1. King Crimson: Cirkus 6:29 2. Czar: Cecelia 8:21 3. The Ghost: In Heaven 3:23 4. Aardvark: Very Nice of You to Call 3:40 5. Fairport Convention: Sloth 12:18 6. Atomic Rooster: Friday 13th 3:35 7. Web: Love You 5:35 8. Cressida: Depression 5:02 9. Gracious!: Heaven 8:08 10. Van Der Graaf Generator:...
U.K. Prog, Volume 5: 1970a The Hard Stuff (Notes)
I consider the Golden Age of British Progressive Rock to have lasted from 1970 to 1973. The music remained commercially viable for a few years after this range, and creative as well, but the determination is based on a few things beyond that. One of the biggest factors for me in choosing that date range is the sheer number of musicians who wanted in. As early as 1969, a lot of existing bands were...
UK Prog, Volume 5: 1970a The Hard Stuff
And away we go into the 70s. Honestly, the titles of these volume are afterthoughts, but I think “The Hard Stuff” works on a couple of levels. We’re getting into some of the music that real prog junkies value most highly, for instance, but in a much more real sense, the music is getting more complicated and requiring more skill to play effectively. This volume also explores a bit of the...
UK Prog, Volume 4: Breakthrough (Notes)
1969 was the year that progressive rock really arrived at the fore of UK rock. Elements of psychedelia were still prominent, but the songs were stretching out, the structures were getting bolder, the instrumentation was changing, and groups were taking bigger risks with unconventional harmony, improvisation. Major labels were putting a lot of skin in the game—Decca had made its Deram imprint a...
UK Prog, Volume 4: Breakthrough
Here’s where things really start to get fun. Prog was in full swing by the middle of 1969, and the various subgenres were starting to shake out. By the following year, so many bands would be playing in this space that it gets hard to keep track of them all. But here we have the pioneers, some of whom only lasted long enough to make one album before giving way to others. Get this mix here. ...
Fats Waller: “Dry Bones” (1940) The...