U.K. Prog, Volume 14: 1974b Close to the Sun...
Our second 1974 volume is no less wide-ranging than the first, but it is also a bit more accessible, particularly to people not already well-attuned to the conventions and anti-conventions of the cluster of genres we call progressive rock. We still have three epics that outlast ten minutes and some hair-raising passages, but we’re not going down and Henry Cow or Yes-like rabbit holes here. ...
U.K. Prog, Volume 14: 1974b Close to the Sun
This is the second of two volumes covering 1974. Download the mix here. 1. The Neutrons: Living in the World Today 6:14 2. Renaissance: Mother Russia 9:20 3. Wolf: Black September 4:51 4. Jethro Tull: Sealion 3:41 5. Hatfield & the North: Son of ‘There’s No Place Like Homerton’ 10:11 6. Manfred Mann’s Earth Band: Earth Hymn 6:20 7. Caravan: For Richard...
U.K. Prog, Volume 13: 1974a Paths Diverge (Notes)
To this point, with a few exceptions, I’ve largely steered away from including long, winding tracks on these prog compilations in favor of shorter tracks that allow me to cram more into each mix and touch on a lot of artists. Well, it’s 1974 now, and the prog herd has thinned, even as new bands came on the scene with fair regularity. And I thought of making things easier on myself and...
U.K. Prog, Volume 13: 1974a Paths Diverge
This is the first of two volumes covering 1974. Download the mix here. 1. Supertramp: School 5:34 2. Henry Cow: Ruins 12:11 3. Yes: Sound Chaser 9:31 4. Gravy Train: Staircase to the Day 7:31 5. Refugee: Grand Canyon Suite 16:58 6. Zzebra: Spanish Fly 4:21 7. Robert Wyatt: Alife 6:32 8. Barclay James Harvest: Paper Wings 4:16 9. Hawkwind: Wind of Change 4:36 10. Camel: Lady...
doomandgloomfromthetomb asked: was the record store Planet Records? They had their fair share of bootlegs I think. Might even still be there, I'm not sure. It was circa 2003-2004.
UK Prog returns on Monday
I’ve been in Chicago for the Pitchfork Festival this past weekend. The UK Prog series will continue next week. Meanwhile, here are all the volumes so far: Volume One: Mix. Notes. Volume Two: Mix. Notes. Volume Three: Mix. Notes. Volume Four: Mix. Notes. Volume Five: Mix. Notes. Volume Six: Mix. Notes. Volume Seven: Mix. Notes. Volume Eight: Mix. Notes. Volume Nine: Mix....
herostrates asked: Instead of uploading Volume 12 you uploaded Volume 13
U.K. Prog, Volume 12: 1973b On Top of the World...
Continuing our look at progressive rock in the United Kingdom during 1973, this volume veers back and forth between highly accessible, melodic prog rock and wilder, knottier material more than the previous 1973 volume, but you’ll still be able to hear the way this music had cleaned up and shaken out since only a couple of years earlier. At this point, progressive rock ideas and...
U.K. Prog, Volume 12: 1973b On Top of the World
This is the second of two volumes covering 1973. Download the mix here. 1. Caravan: Memory Lain, Hugh - Headloss 9:20 2. Steeleye Span: Alison Gross 5:30 3. Genesis: Firth of Fifth 9:38 4. Rick Wakeman: Anne of Cleves 7:55 5. Tranquility: Couldn’t Possibly Be 4:16 6. Wizzard: You Can Dance Your Rock ‘n’ Roll 4:38 7. Fusion Orchestra: Have I Left the Gas On?...
U.K. Prog, Volume 11: 1973a The Main Stream...
We’re now more than halfway through this series of UK prog mixes (there will be 20 volumes total), and we’re right around the genre’s commercial peak. It was in the early to mid-70s that progressive rock and the rest of the rock scene in Britain were most thoroughly intertwined, and after this year, things start separating themselves. This is perhaps the most immediately...
U.K. Prog, Volume 11: 1973a The Main Stream
This is the first of two volumes covering 1973. Download the mix here. 1. Strawbs: Autumn (i) Heroine’s Theme (ii) Deep Summer’s Sleep (iii) The Winter Long 8:26 2. Darryl Way’s Wolf: Two Sisters 4:21 3. Cirkus: Those Were the Days 3:57 4. Roxy Music: A Song For Europe 5:45 5. Home: The Sun’s Revenge 4:01 6. Fantasy: Circus 6:19 7. Carmen: Reprise Finale 3:02 8. Morgan: Fire in the Head 5:01 9....