Category Archives: Prog Rock

CLASSIC ALBUM: KING CRIMSON-LARK’S TONGUES IN ASPIC.

Classic Album: King Crimson-Lark’s Tongues In Aspic. In October 1969, King Crimson announced their arrival when they released their critically acclaimed debut album, In The Court Of The Crimson King. This future progressive rock classic reached number five in the UK, and was certified gold in America, when it reached number twenty-eight. Following the success of In The Court Of The Crimson King …

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CULT CLASSIC: CATAPILLA-CHANGES.

Cult Classic: Catapilla- Changes. The story of Catapilla is another case of what might have been. They were formed in West London around Christmas 1970, and signed to Vertigo Records and released two ambitious and innovative albums where they combined progressive rock with experimental fusion. Sadly, neither their 1971 debut album Catapilla, nor the followup …

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CULT CLASSIC: THE THIRD POWER-BELIEVE.

Cult Classic: The Third Power-Believe. By 1967, Detroit’s eclectic music scene was thriving and new bands were being formed almost daily. Some never got beyond practising in a garage, while others graduated to playing in local bars and clubs which was where they were spotted by A&R reps for local indie labels.  Once signed, they …

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CULT CLASSIC: PIRANA-PIRANA.

Cult Classic: Pirana-Pirana. Although Australian progressive rockers Pirana were together for just over three years, they played live over 600 times and released two albums on Harvest Records. This included their 1972 debut album Pirana. It’s a cult classic and a reminder of a group that should’ve reached greater heights.  Sadly, commercial success eluded Pirana, …

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CULT CLASSIC: JETHRO TULL- STORM WATCH.

Cult Classic: Jethro Tull-Storm Watch. By September 1979, Jethro Tull was still one of the most successful British bands of their generation, and were about to release the twelfth album of their career, Stormwatch, It was the final album in a trilogy of folk rock albums and Jethro Tull hoped that Stormwatch would build on the success of which had been released …

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CULT CLASSIC: TEA AND SYMPHONY-AN ASYLUM FOR THE MUSICALLY INSANE.

Cult Classic: Tea and Symphony-An Asylum For The Musically Insane. When the original lineup of Tea and Symphony was founded in Birmingham, England, in the late-sixties, they were an acoustic group who have since been compared to Marc Bolan’s Tyrannosaurus Rex. The group was founded by Jeff Daw, James Langston and Nigel Phillips, but when they played …

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CULT CLASSIC: BREAD, LOVE AND DREAMS-AMARYLLIS.

Cult Classic: Bread, Love and Dreams-Amaryllis. When Scottish acid folk trio Bread, Love and Dreams appeared at the 1968  Edinburgh Festival, David McNiven, Angie Rew and Carolyn Davis had no idea that the concert was going to transform their lives. In the audience that night, was Ray Horricks, a Decca Records staffer, who nowadays, is …

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CULT CLASSIC: LOCOMOTIVE-WE ARE EVERYTHING YOU SEE.

Cult Classic: Locomotive-We Are Everything You See. By 1965, all over Britain, new groups were being founded every day. They had watched as The Beatles and the rest of the British Invasion groups took America by storm. The new groups watched enviously, hoping and dreaming that one day soon, they would be signed by a …

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CULT CLASSIC: PAVLOV’S DOG-PAMPERED MENIAL.

Cult Classic: Pavlov’s Dog-Pampered Menial. In the history of progressive rock, Pavlov’s Dog’s 1975 debut album Pampered Menial is regarded as a genre classic. That was despite the album’s commercial failure. It was released initially by ABC-Dunhill. The initial commercial failure was totally unexpected as the label had given Pavlov’s Dog a large advance which …

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CAFE EXIL-NEW ADVENTURES IN EUROPEAN MUSIC 1972-1980.

Cafe Exil-New Adventures In European Music 1972-1980. Label: Ace Records. Format: CD. At the end of David Bowie’s Station To Station tour in July 1976, he journeyed to Château d’Hérouville to start recording a new album.This wasn’t the followup to his critically acclaimed tenth album Station To Station. Instead, it was his friend Iggy Pop’s …

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CULT CLASSIC: SVEN GRUNBERG-HINGUS.

Cult Classic: Sven Grunberg-Hingus. From the sixties, right through until the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, Eastern Europe was a musical hotbed. The problem was very few record buyers in the West heard that music that was being released during this period. Sadly, that  to some extent, is still the case today. Most music lovers have yet …

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MICHAEL ROTHER-SOLO II AND DREAMING.

Michael Rother-Solo II and Dreaming. Label: Gronland Records. Format: CD. By the early seventies, the German music scene was thriving, and  was one of the most vibrant in Europe. Some of the most influential and innovative music was being recorded and released by German bands who were part of a new musical movement and were making Kosmische musik. Its roots …

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CLASSIC ALBUM: JETHRO TULL-HEAVY HORSES.

Classic Album: Jethro Tull-Heavy Horses. By April 1978, Jethro Tull were still one of the most successful British bands of their generation, and were about to release their eleventh album of their career, Heavy Horses. It was the second album in a trilogy of folk rock albums and Jethro Tull hoped that it would build on the …

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CLASSIC ALBUM: EMERSON. LAKE AND PALMER-TRILOGY.

Classic Album: Emerson, Lake and Palmer-Trilogy. By the time Emerson, Lake and Palmer set about recording their third studio album Trilogy, it seemed everything they touched turned gold. Their first two studio albums had been certified gold in America and so had their live albums Pictures At An Exhibition and Welcome Back My Friends to …

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TIM BOWNESS-LATE NIGHT LAMENTS.

Tim Bowness-Late Night Laments. Label: Inside Out Music. Format: LP with CD. When English singer, songwriter and producer Tim Bowness released his debut album My Hotel Year in 2004, he was already forty and was best known for his work the art pop duo No-Man which he had cofounded with Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson. The …

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QUICKSAND-HOME IS WHERE I BELONG.

Quicksand-Home Is Where I Belong. Label: Magic Box. Format: LP. Musical history is littered with examples of groups who only ever released one album during their what proves to be a short-lived career. Especially, during the late-sixties and early seventies when many record companies had unrealistic expectations. All too often, when a band’s debut album …

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ENO/CALE-WRONG WAY UP.

Eno/Cale-Wrong Way Up. Label: All Saints Records. Format: CD. Brian Eno and John Cale first worked together in 1974, when they also recorded the album June 1, 1974. When it was released twenty-seven days later on the ‘28th’ of June 1974 it was credited to Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Brian Eno and Nico. Two of …

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DEUTSCHE ELEKTRONISCHE MUSIK 4: EXPERIMENTAL GERMAN ROCK AND ELECTRONIC MUSIC 1971-83.

Deutsche Elektronische Musik 4: Experimental German Rock and Electronic Music 1971-83. Label: Soul Jazz Records. Format: CD. Release Date: ‘16th’ October 2020. Nowadays, the period between 1968 and the early eighties is regarded as a golden period for German music, and saw groundbreaking artists and groups like Amon Düül, Can, Cluster, Deuter, Faust, Harmonia, Neu!, …

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CULT CLASSIC: IKARUS-IKARUS.

Cult Classic: Ikarus-Ikarus. In Greek mythology, Icarus, the son of the master craftsman Daedalus, who created the Labyrinth, met a tragic ending. Icarus and Daedalus were desperate to escape from Crete. So Daedalus constructed wings made of feathers and wax. As Icarus prepared to make his escape, Daedalus warned his son of complacency and hubris.  …

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MOTORPSYCHO-THE ALL IS ONE. 

Motorpsycho-The All Is One. Label: Rune Grammofon. Format: 2CD. Motorpsycho was formed in Trondheim, in October 1989 and released their debut album Lobotomizer in 1991. Since then, they’ve been one of hardest working and prolific bands in Norway. Last year, the Norwegian rockers released two albums and toured Norway and Europe twice. That would’ve been …

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