70's English Progressive Rock... Plus
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Last Updated : May 10th, 2005
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I'm moving all my play list posts to my new blog. Please visit it here: http://englishprogrock.blogspot.com I am not planning on posting to this site anymore, but I will leave it up until I can find an interesting way to list all of the music I've posted here.
this all about?
Well, I was surprised when I started receiving email from people who only visited this web site and had not seen the music stream that this is all about. So, for you...
I have created a stream of music that is broadcast on www.live365.com. The bulk of the music on the stream is music that you would have heard if you were listening to "Progressive Rock Radio" in the mid seventies. I have tried to re-create a feeling for what it was like to listen to college radio (those stations that called themselves "Progressive Rock" stations) in the mid 1970's (of course, I have deleted the horrible announcing that went with the music and replaced it with bad writing that you can ignore). If you would like to listen to it, follow this link: Here. I created this web site for those of you who fall into one of these categories: (1) Know very little about the Prog Rock Era and would like to know more about the bands, (2) Want to wallow... uhmm, I mean reminisce, in/about the good old days, (3) Have way too much time on their hands and just want something to read while listening to obscure music. The links in the bands section are broken (just not enough time in the day to fix this). So, enjoy this site, write if you'd like (click to send me an email), but whatever you do, enjoy the music.
PS If you don't see a link for a band and you need/want more info, please write and I'll try to help.
Amon Duul II
Barclay James Harvest
Bozzio Levin and Stevens
Clearlight - Cyrille Verdeaux
Crack the Sky
Electric Light Orchestra
Emerson Lake and Palmer
Far East Family Band
Happy The Man
It's a Beautiful Day
Van Der Graaf Generator
If you're looking for more info and news in the progressive rock world, you may want to check out Progressive Edge . You'll find news, reviews, artist catalogs and more.
|Dedications and such...
Thanks to Kim for pointing me to Live365. Thanks to KCR San Diego, where I got my first taste of Prog Rock. And thanks to all the people I worked/played with there back in those wonderful 70's. The few names I remember go something like this: Mz Sootie, Rocky Soroky, Kim Wilson, Dave Luce, Jim Creasy, Joe Vitale (thank you for Godbluff!!!), Gail Yukawa, Guy Perry, Ken Levin, Dave Drexler, Fred Ehler (for Genesis, Caravan and Camel), Phil Mastman, Ron Zucker, John Mazur, The Pistol and Stever, The Bong Show, Galactic Zoo, Ron Arrowsmith, Barry Wellman, Guy Tapper, Kevin Moseley, Mike Effenberger, Joe Shrin, Tosh, Randy and Mort, Tony Neel, Jim Knight, Tim Curtin, John Pyle, Keith Royer and... as I remember I'll add them.
And a thanks to Jon at progradio.net for helping out.
|Recent Changes to the Play List:
02/21/2005 Two CDs were added to the list this time around. From Germany, I believe, comes Kraan. This is the remastered version of their self-titled CD. More interesting is a CD I received from http://www.yesservices.com . The CD is called "Original Syn" by The Syn . This 60's band featured among others Chris Squire and Peter Banks. It is somewhat dated, but very interesting to listen to. As of 2005, The Syn have reunited and the one new song on this CD is very good. For more info, click on either of the links in this paragraph. Enjoy.
01-16-2005 So... There are a few changes on the web site and maybe more soon. The progarm I use to put the latest songs played was broken by Live365 in December, so for now you will have to go to the station to see what is playing. I've got a bunch of music for you though... I finally gave in and put up "Dark Side of the Moon". But just for fun, I also put up The Section's interpretation of the CD. The Section is an amazing string quartet that has done many, but not all, of the "String Quartet Tributes" that you may have seen at the CD store. For more info on The Section Quartet, go to: http://www.thesectionquartet.com/ . Also, we have new music from Gil Amran. You can find out more about Gil by going to http://www.gilamran.com/. And last but not least, a very big thank you to Joris who sent me Alquin's combined CD, "Marks & Mountain Queen". So more Alquin for everyone. Thank you all for listening and writing. Enjoy the music.
11-20-04 Lots of straightforward classic prog rock this time around. Much of this should have been added long ago. :-) Along with "Close to the Edge" I've also added "Yessongs"; both obviously from Yes. Also, as new as I'll probably ever get with Genesis, we've got "Trick of the Tale" (the first non Peter Gabriel album). Just before he became the king of ambient music, Brian Eno released a brilliant album called "Before and After Science". And finally we have Peter Hammill's attempt to be a rocker in "Nadir's Big Chance". As always, enjoy.
10-31-04 "Just Offshore" is a new band that brings back the days of Tangerine Dream. Most of their current CD has been added to the play list. Enjoy. Coming soon: More Genesis, Hammill, Eno and Jethro Tull Live.
8-29-04 Some new material this time around. Marina Belica from October Project has put a beautiful CD of instrumentals called "One Sky". A little beautiful music never hurt anyone. Jordan Rudess have a new CD called "Rhythm of Time". His band includes Joe Satriani, Kip Winger, Rod Morgenstein, Steve Morse, Vinnie Moore, Dave LaRue and Greg Howe.
7-28-04 By popular demand, I've added "Argus" from Wishbone Ash. More coming soon.
4-12-04 I'm not a huge fan of the current crop of prog rock bands, but some of them are just brilliant. Ozric Tentacles is one of those bands. I love the new "Spirals In Hyperspace" CD and it fits with the 70's classic on the stream. Hawkwind is, uhmmm, well I like to think of them as the "Grand Funk Railroad" of prog rock. They don't get a lot of respect, but they have always had a strong fan base. You decide for yourself with this best of collection I've uploaded. And finally, even more Renaissance, from their "Ashes Are Burning" CD/album. A special thank you goes out to all of you who have written requesting bands. Some of the stuff is hard to get, and some is just expensive. But I keep the lists and will get to as much as I can. Thank you all for listening.
3-5-04 Once again, a bunch of music to add to the stream. By request I've added "Contrappunti" from le orme. I came across a Live Al Stewart with a couple of old classics. Missing from this stream for some reason has been the other great English folk band, Fairport Convention. Even as just a folk band, Richard Thompson's guitar playing is right up there with most of the guitarists on this stream. And speaking of folk, I came across a live concert from Steeleye Span. Steve Morse is another great guitar player. His latest CD, "Major Impacts 2" is a group of songs that are based on bands/artists who have influenced him. I think this new music fits very nicely with the 70's prog. And speaking of Steve, I came across a 70's King Biscuit conert featuring the Dixie Dregs. So plenty of great soloing music for you all. Another request: Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother. Enjoy.
12-26-03 It's catch up time. I've added lots of music, new and old to the stream today. First up, I hope you like Peter Hammill. I've added Van Der Graaf's "The Quiet Zone/The Pleasure Dome" and a Peter Hammill double Live CD called "Room Temperature Live". Then there is Renaissance. I picked up a King Biscuit session and a pre-Annie Haslem CD. The "Renaissance" CD is their first and the musicians were what was left of the Yardbirds. All of them left the band after the 2nd CD. Somehow the band name continued though. And there's more. A couple Brian Eno CDs: "Taking Tiger Mountain" and "Here Come the Warm Jets" have been added. 2003 found The Strawbs releasing an acoustic CD. We've got it, plus a couple extra songs from "Bursting at the Seams". Then there is Jethro Tull's "Living in the Past". And that's just the old music. Now, for the new stuff. We've got MVP which includes Allan Holdsworth on guitar, Terry Bozzio & Billy Sheehan, Niacin "Live", Adam West with Rama. All excellent new material. As always, I hope you enjoy all (or at least some) of the music. Happy New Year. bruce
11-19-03 Okay, I know that Pink Floyd is an important part of the progressive movement of the '70's. The thing is; they are so popular that I felt they were a bit overplayed. But I just can't keep them off the stream any longer. My personal favorite PF CD is Meddle, and you will find all of it on the stream. Enjoy.
11-03-03 We got some new music from Greg Howe / Victor Wooten / Dennis Chambers. It's a CD called "Extraction" and is in the jazz/prog rock vein. It may remind you, at times, of Allen Holdsworth and Bill Bruford. At least it reminded me. As always, enjoy.
10-13-03 First a bit of web stuff. You will notice that some of the links to send me mail say, "irvineone at aol dot com", instead of the actual email address. The reason for this is to help reduce the amount of spam I get. In a new EBook by respected PC journalist, Brian Livingston, much of today's spam comes from "bots" that harvest email address from web pages. The ebook is short but an eye opening read. You can get your own copy here. And speaking of links, all of my links to Tower Records have gone bad. I need to fix them, but... give me some time. Okay, on to the music. Just one today. By request I've added a double CD from Marillion called "Real to Reel/Brief Encounter". Enjoy.
10-01-03 I was in Austin last month and had the chance to spend a couple of hours at Waterloo Records. I was pleasantly surprised at the prog stuff they had in the used section. On the heading better late then never, Yes' "Tales from Topographic Oceans". Next thing you know I'll be adding Pink Floyd. :-) On a very classic/prog rock note, I also picked up Traffic's live CD "On the Road". Besides the wonderful 17 minute version of "Low Spark..." there is also a 20 minute version of "Glad/Freedom Rider". I was surprised when I listened to King Crimson's "Lizard". I really do not remember listening to this album when I was younger. It has a very classical feel to it. And finally, from America I found a combined CD of Frank Zappa's "Apostrophe" and "Overnight Sensation". I felt we really needed a bit of Frank to mix things up a bit. Hope you all enjoy this music, and please feel free to write me at
8-14-03 More new music to spice things up (I promise there is more 70's stuff on its way). Any resemblance Soft Works CD "Abracadabra" has to Soft Machine is intentional. Soft Works is a group of Soft Machine Alumni (Elton Dean, Allan Holdsworth, Hugh Hopper and John Marshall) who have joined together to create this excellent CD. The music leans more toward jazz fusion then old progressive rock, but if you're a Soft Machine fan, you'll probably appreciate it. Enjoy.
8-12-03 I've got a new independent release for you this time. A band called Darling with their new CD, "D2R". Not many prog bands have a sense of humor, but if you really listen to the instrumental, "Clown on Fire" you can't help but giggle a little... or at least smile. This heavy keyboard based instrumental album fits very nicely with the 70's prog you are listening to (in my humble opinion). Let me know what you think.
7-19-03 There isn't enough Kate Bush on this stream. So, I've slipped into 1980 and brought back "Never For Ever". I'll probably add "Hounds of Love" somewhere down the line too. Gotta comment? Email me at . The Strawbs have a couple of new CDs. I've added "Blue Angel" which integrates new songs and old songs that have been remade. You may recognize some of the background vocals too. Also, I've brought back Patrick Moraz's "I". It is now set to play a side at a time. I found a Bill Bruford Best of CD, and at the same time realized that "One of a Kind" fell off my play list somehow. So, you'll be hearing both of those. Still doing some clean up and moving things around. Thanks to everyone for their requests.
7-9-03 Added Eloy's "Floating" to the stream. This is the re-release so watch for a few live tracks from these guys. More music coming real soon.
6-14-03 Lots of updates. The most important of which is that I am now streaming 56kbps (up from 32). That's the highest rate that Live365.com can do. Enjoy. Okay, on to the music. On the "Jazz" side we've got a live Soft Machine, "Noisette", recorded in 1970. On the prog pop side, Triumvirat's "Old Loves Die Hard". I've also added a few songs from "Caravan & the New Symphonia". On the straight prog side I've added two albums from Gryphon, "Red Queen to Gryphon Three" and "Raindance". And finally, there are a few selections from the new Tempest CD, "Shapeshifter". As always, if you have any comments or suggestions, you can write me at . Thanks for listening.
5-3-03 Please excuse the dust... I am moving the live365 stream to my computer. This will allow me to place even more music on the stream for your listening pleasure. What do you need to do? Nothing. Just have a bit of patience while I get everything together. Songs that belong together are apart right now, so you will get some weird segues. It turns out I need to boost my CPU performance a bit, so you may get some dropouts until I get it upgraded. Once I have the upgrade done, I should be able to boost the performance of the stream. If you are on a 56k modem, it is important that you let me know. If I hear from enough of you, I will not boost the sound quality. Once this is all done, I've got several albums that I will be adding to the play list. Thanks for your patience and for listening. bruce.
3-8-03 Just added: Cafe Jacques' Round the Back
2-5-03 Just added: Steve Hackett's Time Lapse.
1-15-03: With the new Live365 Studio, it is now easier to add music. Therefore, instead of putting lots of music on at once, as I upload them I'll add them to the play list. I'll try to keep the changes coming on this site, but I may not always get them posted. If it is a band I haven't played on my stream though, I will definitely mention it here. Just added (I can't believe I haven't gotten around to this one yet) Yes' Fragile. There's plenty of Yes now to keep most of you happy. Thanks for listening.
12-01-02: Nothing but old music this time. First up, I finally found a nice collection of Gong material (a greatest hits, so to speak) called "Wingful of Eyes". And and old band that barely qualifies for the 70's, but they were an influence; The Nice. Again, a nice collection from several of their CDs called "Absolutely The Best". On the jazz side, another newcomer to this stream is Colosseum II with "Strange New Flesh". And finally, the first Jethro Tull album, "This Was". As always, hope you enjoy.
10-21-02: Lots of music coming in the next couple of weeks. I'm going to add it a bit at a time though. Up first are new CDs with new music that I couldn't resist adding. Peter Gabriel's "Up" is his finest solo CD since... well, since his last one. I wish my stream could replicate the sound quality of this CD. Do not download "Up". You must buy it to truly enjoy the perfect production. Camel also has a new CD out. "A Nod and a Wink" is as close to the original sound of Camel as I've heard in many many years. You will find almost all of the tracks of these 2 CDs on the stream. Also new is a web only CD (for now) by John Young, who has played with many of the prog greats over the years. If you enjoy it, visit his web site at http://www.youngjohn.co.uk/ . Also added to the stream is a live CD from Gentle Giant called "In Concert". Those who have seen them in concert, know how great this music can be. And finally, Random Hold's "Overview" CD has some added tracks. You'll find them all on the stream. As always, I hope you enjoy the new music.
05-01-02: It's been way too long since the last update, but... Lots of live music this time around: King Crimson, Nektar, Yes, and Rick Wakeman all contribute with live performances. There's new music from Niacin and Loscoe State Opera. The Steve Morse Band has a new CD, and we just couldn't resist putting a few songs up from it. And finally, we've added a bunch of Amon Duul II. Please let me know what you think. Meanwhile, I'm heading to San Jose this week to do some CD buying, so I'll probably have more music soon. Thanks for listening.
02-09-02: A big update after a long delay. Where do I start... First up, it was a sad day last month when we heard that Peter Bardens, keyboardist and one of two driving forces behind Camel, died of lung cancer. I have added a live CD, "Gods of Light", to the play list and hope to add more Camel in the future. I had a request for Uriah Heep. Enjoy your Demons and Wizards, Joseph. I'm still trying to catch up on Robin's wonderful requests. You'll find some John Martyn and Mahavishnu Orchestra (also thanks to Will for that one) on the stream. People have also asked for more Gentle Giant. Along with songs from "Octopus", i have included songs from the re-release of "In a Glass House" which includes two previously unreleased live cuts. You asked for more Peter Hammill solo work, so I've added "The Future Now". And, although no one has asked for it, I thought it would be nice to put some Christian Boule in. Hope you enjoy it. Coming soon is new music from Niocin, live music from King Crimson and Nektar and whatever I can deliver. As always, thanks for listening.
11-18-01: Well, I found myself in San Jose again, with a credit card... Lots of new music this week. In fact, the current stream runs over 33 hours now. We got some new music from Magna Carta records' Jordan Rudess, an amazing keyboard player who seems to have played with just about everyone. We've got more Emerson Lake and Palmer, from the early days, and Caravan's "Land of Grey and Pink" and "For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night" (re-mastered). You'll also find the last really good Renaissance album, "Novella". And finally, an excellent live CD from The Strawbs. There's more coming when I can get to it. Keep sending those requests, and thanks for listening.
10-16-01: PRRN has received an advanced copy of the new Yes CD, "Magnification". It may be the best music they have recorded in many years. The CD is due to be released December 4th , but you can hear it here (and on other PRRN broadcasts) first. The whole CD is interspersed throughout the stream. As always, enjoy.
9-29-01: As I promised last week, more music... First up, a couple of "B" bands (Thanks again Robin) Barclay James Harvest and Brand X with music from their albums "Everyone is Everybody Else" and "Morrocan Roll", respectively. The re-mastered version of the Genesis Live CD is excellent. As a change of pace, I've replaced some of the studio versions with these live ones. Relayer is a Yes CD that has never gotten the airplay it deserved. After seeing "The Gatesof Delirium" live with orchestra this summer, I just had to add this CD to the playlist. And finally an apology to Wigwam fans. It seems that "Do or Die" was ripped with no sound. It has been corrected... hopefully. :-) Enjoy.
9-21-01:It has been awhile, but I've got plenty coming up in the next week or so. So first up, by popular demand, I've added Focus (thanks for the great suggestion Robin) to the stream. I've also added some Peter Hammill. The first songs you will be hearing from his solo side come from a live concert recorded in 1978 in Hollywood (actually, it's West L.A.). Listen very carefully to "House with no door". He has a very Freudian moment when he forgets the lyrics. There will be more coming from that show in the future as well as music from his solo albums. In the coming days/weeks I'll be adding some old live Genesis, Barclay James Harvest, Brand X, and some excellent music from Yes that has been pretty much ignored over the years. Again, thanks to everyone who has sent letters. Keep 'em coming.
6-21-01: First of all, thank you all for the requests. A couple of you requested Be Box Deluxe. And so, I've added several songs off their Anthology CD; including "Adventures in a Yorkshire Landscape" (for Paul). I also received a request for some Curved Air from their Eddie Jobson days. And so, for another Paul, I've included a few songs from "Air Cut". A thank you goes out to Kim for ripping a wonderful live version of Caravan's "For Richard" and what has become a rare song, VDG's Undercover Man. For those of you who can't get enough of that 70's keyboard sound, I've got a side of music from Triumvirate. And if you love super groups, you'll love the side of Stomu Yamashta's Go I've programmed. One of the highlights of Jethro Tull's early days was the drumming of Clive Bunker. These two songs from Stand Up demonstrate his unique talent. As for new music: Magna Carta records has new music from Tempest and Shadow Gallery. I found a few songs that fit this stream, so... Enjoy. And... keep those cards and letters coming.
4-15-01: For those of you who watch this site, I've changed things up a bit. The "Recent Changes" section will now be more verbose. In other words, I thought I'd tell you a bit about what I'm doing with each update. And this is an excellent update to talk about. How does the old saying go? "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue". In the old category, we go back to end of the sixties for a bit of psychedelic rock. These will be the first (probably not last) songs from Man, the never quite famous progressive / psychedelic Welsh band. I've also included a few songs from It's a Beautiful Day's first album. Read below to find out why there is no link to purchase their CDs. In the new category, we've got a new release of old music by the Canterbury band Gilgamesh and some newer prog rock from Transatlantic and Ad Infinitum. As for borrowed, well, I've actually gotten a bit of music from Napster: Crack the Sky, Frank Zappa, ELO, Roxy Music, Brian Eno, and Lucifer's Friend. I suppose you could consider the borrowed tracks from John Wetton's live CD in this category. And to round it out we have some Wigwam and more PFM. Hmmm, nothing really blue I suppose, although "It's a Beautiful Day" has a very blue sky on the cover.