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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.

 

What is 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. 

bruce

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.

    

801
There are two 801 albums, but only one really matters. The Live album. Focusing on the music of Brian Eno and Phil Manzanera, this album is a perfect mix of space and power. The best selling import (in America) when it was released, 801 Live is still one of my all time favorite albums. 
For more info on Phil Manzanera, you can check out his web site at: www.manzanera.com.

Ad Infinitum

Alquin
Alquin is one of the few bands from Holland to make a dent in the U.S. Their mix of rock, jazz and blues along with the interesting accents, made for an enjoyable sound for us prog rock fans back in the 70's. I used music from "The Mountain Queen", which I have yet to find in CD format. I understand they are doing a greatest hits CD, but have yet to see it.
A thank you to Henny, who pointed me to www.plato.nl for Alquin CDs. I downloaded a couple of songs from Napster that were on the "Nobody Can Wait Forever" album. If these guys had been Americans, I think they would have been a big hit here. 

Amon Duul II

Barclay James Harvest

Be Bop Deluxe
Here is another band that I had put aside many years ago and hadn't listened to until recently. Back in the mid seventies none of us thought of Bill Nelson as a visionary. But looking back, his music from the middle of the 70's sounds at home not only with the music of that time, but also 80's new wave: Five years before anyone else. There is lots of good music and great guitar work from the Air Age Anthology CD, where I ripped most of this music from. 

Christian Boule

Bozzio Levin and Stevens

Brand X

Bill Bruford
Probably one of the most famous drummers in the progressive rock world (if Phil Collins would stop singing and go back to drumming, but I digress), Bill has played for some of the finest progressive bands, including King Crimson and Yes. That his style is more jazz then rock becomes very clear in One of a Kind . Helping him out on this solo album are Jeff Berlin, Dave Stewart and Allan Holdsworth (arguably one of the finest guitarists in rock history). The consensus of opinion is that this is his finest solo album. 

Kate Bush
I've been in love with Kate for over 20 years. I once called her the female Peter Hammill. I'm not sure that really fits, but her voice was so unique back in 1978. Live at Hammersmith Odeon
is a video/CD combo. There is so much more energy in these recordings then on her studio work. Worth it if you are a fan. I've also used songs from her first album, The Kick Inside

 

Camel
One of the early progressive bands out of England, their one-two punch consisted of Peter Bardens (from Them) on keyboards and Andy Latimer on guitar, flute and vocals. To this day, Andy is one of the most amazing performers I have ever watched. For those curious, Andy married a DJ and settled down in the San Francisco Bay Area. The music you will hear on this stream comes from Moonmadness (considered by many to be one of their best CDs) and Mirage (with the famous "Lady Fantasy").

Can
Who would have thought that San Jose was a hotbed of progressive rock CD stores. Then again, who would have thought that businesses would be moving to San Francisco from San Jose because office space is cheaper. I haven't found much Can online, but I found a couple of CD stores in San Jose that have several of their CDs. Can is a strange mix. They are a very German band, unusual vocals, almost jazz like sound at times, pure rock at other times,  and then... sometimes just downright strange. I have always enjoyed Vernal Equinox from this CD (Landed), but I am finding most of this CD to be really good (in my old age) these days.

Cano
Cano is one of the handful of progressive bands that came out of Canada in the '70s. At their best, they remind me of Cirque du Soleil. I have not been able to find their music on CD, so the vinyl version of Eclipse will have to do.  

Caravan
They were one of the first, and still a favorite around here. Sometimes English folk, sometimes power chords, sometimes blazing violin, sometimes psychedelic flute, but always enjoyable.  I came across this new CD called All Over You. The title is a short version of the classic "If I could do it all over again, I'd do it all over you" (did I mention they win hands down for the best album titles of all time... "For Girls who grow plump in the night" and "Cunning Stunts" to name just two). Anyway... The band went into the studio and re-recorded many of their old songs with a bit more of an acoustic approach. Not only did it make many of the oldest songs fresh again, but when they do hit the power chords... wow!
Since I last wrote about Caravan, they have released "All Over You 2" with more old tunes re-recorded. Also, they now have a run for their money in album titles with Shivaree's "I Oughtta shoot you in the head for making me live in this dump".

Clearlight - Cyrille Verdeaux

Colosseum II

Crack the Sky

Curved Air
While most guys like to talk about Sonja Kristina, the lead singer for Curved Air, I'm a violin man. And one of the driving forces in this band, and especially on Live, is Darryl Way. Even with typical 70's production quality, this is a pretty powerful album.

Dixie Dregs
Okay, I know... This isn't an English band, and some people say they aren't a progressive rock band. What they are, most people who know their music agree, is one of the most underrated, unique and amazing live bands that America has produced. What If is a blend of Classical, Jazz, Progressive, and Bluegrass. Maybe the title should be changed to "Who else?". I included "Cruise Control" from the Freefall CD because it has an incredible solo at the end (but it's not nearly as incredible as the live version!). Four soloists do their solos in succession. They then do solos again, but with only 1/2 the time allotted. They repeat this until they are all playing only a couple of 1/8 notes each (if that). It has to be seen to be believed. 

Electric Light Orchestra
Now... you all know ELO, but did you know that the first album had the infamous Roy Wood on it. In fact it was Roy and Jeff Lynne's band. I think he saw what Jeff Lynne wanted to do with it and ran as fast in the other direction as possible. So Jeff got all of the fame, but Roy... got the girl (he later married Annie Haslam of Renaissance). I still like the early ELO. Don't be surprised if I throw on Roll Over Beethoven one day. On the Third Day was always a favorite of mine. I believed when I was younger that it was the next Beatles album that had never been made. Part of me wanted to believe that had the Beatles stuck together, they would have moved into a light progressive rock. We'll never know. But... if you erase all the later stuff from ELO from your memory and let OTTD stand on its own, it's a good album. 
I couldn't resist... Daytripper is a great Beatles tune, that gets the ELO treatment in this rare live album. For me the question is, "Did he really change the lyrics in the song and call her a PT?". If anyone knows... :-) 

Emerson Lake and Palmer
If you look up "pretentious" in the dictionary, you'll find a reference: See ELP. Okay, it's an old joke. But... they did pretty much define the pretentious side of progressive rock. Technically, there were few who could play like they did. Their music seemed to lack the passion of some of the great prog rockers like Peter Hammill or Genesis, though. But damn, they could play. I tried to pick music that wasn't as popular with the masses when putting together this stream. Pictures at an Exhibition was a bold attempt by a rock band of any era. Trilogy was a wonderful mix of styles that seemed to disappear as they got more popular. 

Brian Eno
Where do you start with Eno? As a great contributor to Roxy Music, who left while they were just taking off? How about his great rock solo albums with meaningless lyrics and great sounds? Maybe you want to talk about his role in influencing Punk Rock (listen to Third Uncle)? Or how about his great production work with bands like U2? And lets not forget the ambient music collection he has given us. A genius that will probably never make it into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. My collection of Eno on CD is still lacking so I used music from the soundtrack Velvet Goldmine (a pretty kewl CD, worth checking out). 

Esperanto
This was such a cool band. 2 violins, male and female vocals, a sound like... hmmm... a demented, sexual, dangerous tango. Unfortunately none of their albums have  made it on to CD. If you can find a copy of Last Tango in vinyl, grab it. There is a rumor that their music will be re-issued (yes it was actually out on CD for a short time) on a Korean label. 

Far East Family Band
I really don't know much about these guys. They recorded on All Ears Records back in the '70s, did one tour of the West Coast and then disappeared. Although we all really loved Tenkujin when it was released, it hasn't held up as well as I had hoped. Mainly the production sucks. But, I believe it is good enough to put a little of it on the air. and so...

Fireballet
Here is a band that I missed the first time around. I really don't know a whole lot about them, but this guy does... Check out this web site for more info on Fireballet. Unfortunetly, Fireballet has no CDs at this time. 

Focus

Peter Gabriel
Nothing really needs to be said here. As the lead singer for Genesis, he lead them through their most creative era. His solo albums have gone from artistic pop to World Beat. The first Peter Gabriel album was produced by Bob Ezrin. Peter Gabriel 2 is an interesting follow up, as Peter is working to find his own sound. PG really doesn't have a bad album.

Genesis
Here is another band that really needs no introduction. Actually, as I'm sure most people know, this is two bands. The Peter Gabriel Genesis and the Post Peter Gabriel Genesis. Most prog rockers will agree that the PG version was the best. Of course, the PPG version sold more albums. But we're interested in quality, not quantity. I remember walking through the halls of a large client of mine at 10pm in the evening. All was quiet. Then I heard the opening strains of "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway". It was like the piped piper. I had to find who this person was that was playing this magnificent 25 year old piece of music. My stream includes the opening tracks of this masterpiece, live, from the Genesis Archive 1967-75 (I was actually at that show too!!!). Also, you'll find the pre Phil Collins and Steve Hackett Trespass, Nursery Cryme featuring their first masterpiece, The Musical Box, and I could not play Genesis without their greatest single song (IMHO), the apocalyptic Supper's Ready from Foxtrot.
I finally purchased the actually "Lamb..." CD (I have no good excuse, when I got desperate, I just pulled out an old tape), so there's a bit of it on the stream now. If you can't get enough Genesis, they have their own website now. Simply click on www.genesis-music.com and you will magically be transported there. This should be a great location to get news on the band and their members. 

Gentle Giant

Gilgamesh

Gordon Giltrap

Gong
They are in my top 5 list of "Strangest bands I have enjoyed over the years" (If you haven't seen Hi-Fidelity or read the book, please do one). My only real strong memory about them was that they had this live album (I have no idea what the name is anymore) with lots of band pictures. The only problem was that Steve Hillage, who played guitar for them during part of their life, was not allowed contractually to play with them. So, they cut his face out of the picture he was in. Record companies can be very strange too. Now, maybe that wasn't the true story, but I was 18 and impressionable. I have no clue how to describe this band. If anyone would like to try, in 30 words or less, write me. My only shot would be to say, you probably should drop acid before seeing them. I think it might make more sense that way (just kidding of course).

Gryphon

Happy The Man
I suppose that if Happy The Man were to form today, they would be a jazz /new age band. Like the Dixie Dregs, another great American band, these guys are great musicians, especially Kit Watkins on keyboards. Releasing Happy The Man in 1977, these guys were doomed to fail, with punk just starting to take over in England. Too bad. This is a very good CD. Check it out. And... Thanks to Goog for turning me on to this.
Also included is a song from their 2000 release, Live.

Peter Hammill

Steve Hackett

Hatfield and the North

Hawkwind

Henry Cow 

Steve Hillage

It's a Beautiful Day
You will not find a link here. It is a sad story, best told by the man himself, David LaFlamme, at http://www.roadhogs.net/laflamme/ . I have been in love with this album since I first heard it in the early seventies. There were all these stories going around about how David had burnt the masters and you couldn't get the album anymore. None of this was true, but it helped elevate this album to mystic status. White Bird is an amazing song. It crossed over all of the musical boundaries and was played on every type of radio including muzak (elevator music) stations.  

Jethro Tull
I just saw their latest tour (9/2000), so now is as good a time to talk about them as any. Ian Anderson brought the flute to the forefront of rock like nobody before or since. The beauty of the flute and the power of Martin Barr's guitar made for a unique and sometimes powerful performance. You can still hear Tull on classic radio, so when building my stream, I went for a bit more obscure music, selecting songs from the Benefit CD. As for their performance, it was uneven. He still can play the flute (man can he play it), but his singing seemed weak, and every time the band started to build some momentum, they would stop or slow it down. Martin had a wonderful solo near the end of the show, and then when it was done, everything just stopped and Ian came back on stage and talked for a minute or two. That solo should have launched them into the next song. Oh well. It was still fun seeing him/them after 20 years. I recently picked up Passion Play. It's not a bad CD and has been virtually ignored over the years. Even if your old enough, you may have missed this one. With only one song on the album, it got little radio play and I doubt there are any classic rock stations playing it today. I took just a small part of the CD to play for you.

Kansas
Here we go again. Another band we like to say, "Sold Out". I came up with an equation years ago which could still work today. Give me 3 good albums and then go make your money. After all, we all deserve to make some big bucks. That's pretty much what Kansas did, I suppose. The second album, Song for America, was probably their best: Flawless performances, great guitar work and more energy than most progressive rock bands. 
Well, I gave the old men a chance to prove themselves this year (2000). They faired better than Tull. They are as tight a rock and roll band as you may ever see. Great performances by all of the band members. The vocals were a bit weak, but stronger than Ian Anderson's. They did several very very old songs (which is what we were there to see). I think they understood that some of the people were there to see the great prog rock stuff. And I also believe that they understood that the old music didn't really mix with their pop uhmmm, music. So, they saved the hits for the encore. It was strange seeing all these 40 something's with their fists raised singing "Dust In The Wind". Very strange indeed. 

Kayak
Okay, honestly, these guys are on a level of a Styx. I think they spent a bit too much time at the hair dresser's. But, many of their songs were fun and this combo of songs from Royal Bed Bouncer was always enjoyable to listen to. Now, is it worth $25 for the CD... I think I'll just rip a copy from my vinyl.

King Crimson
Robert Fripp, the leader of KC did something few other bands could do. He converted the sound of the original Crimson to survive in the Punk/New Wave era. And... It worked! But his best work is from the 70's. Always original, he was one of the early leaders of the Progressive Rock movement. Members of his band ended up in ELP, U.K., Yes to mention just a few. He helped produce and drive the sound of everyone from Peter Gabriel to Blondie to the Roach Sisters. I have selected two CDs for this stream: In the Court of the Crimson King, with Greg Lake on vocals, and  Starless and Bible Black with John Wetton (from U.K.) on Vocals. I still think the 21st Century Schizoid Man has a second life waiting for the right group (maybe Nine Inch Nails?).

le orme
They were called the Italian ELP because of the strong keyboards. But they had their own style. An excellent CD that still holds up.

Loscoe State Opera
A small indie band that I know little about, but wish them well. You can find them on the web at: www.loscoestateopera.com

Lucifer's Friend

Mahavishnu Orchestra

Man

Marillion

John Martyn

Material
So there was this concert called the "Manafestival" or something like that. Some 20+ years I saw it in Los Angeles in this small theater. The only big band I can remember seeing was Gong, but there were about 10 or so bands. So this band comes on stage that we've never heard and starts this riff right out of the Brian Eno song book (well, almost), and we were just blown away. Who the hell was Material? It took a couple of years before I found one of their albums (an EP) with that amazing song. For those keeping score, it is called O.A.O. and can be found on their Temporary Music CD. Today, as I listen to it, it's lost some of it's excitement, but the memories are still there. 

Maxophone
I know so little about this band. They recorded on a small label in America and had no real support. What I fell in love with was the use of a French Horn. The sound is very 70's, but there's some good stuff here. If anyone can find them on CD, let me know. The lyrics were about peace and love, but the music was very unique, yet easy to like. 

Patrick Moraz
He is probably best known as the answer to the trivia question: Who replaced Rick Wakeman in Yes? The Story of I (it isn't actually an "I", but a symbol... do you suppose Prince got the idea from this?) is an interesting attempt to mix light English progressive rock with South American rhythms. 

Steve Morse
 

National Health

Nektar
Okay, they aren't English and... well... the lyrics are... hmmm.... well, lets just say they leave something to be desired, but this is classic progressive rock. We all played Remember the Future , till our turntables nearly exploded. It's just one of the classics that most radio listeners never heard.
(And I've been corrected. They are English. I suppose the lyrics were so mediocre we just assumed English couldn't be their first language :-) )

Niacin

The Nice

October Project & November Project
This is a bit self indulgent on my part. October Project was a 90's band, not a 70's band. And they are from America, not England. November Project, the band formed after Sony dropped OP, is a 2000 band with only a self created EP out. Many people have compared this band to Renaissance. Both bands (OP and NP) had/have great lead female vocals with beautiful layered almost symphonic sounds live. I selected the self titled October Project although both of their CDs are wonderful. If you live on the East Coast, November Project's live shows are supposed to be great.

Sally Oldfield
Remember Mike Oldfield? Well his sister had/has a career in music too. There was this really kewl album that I really liked by her, back in the 70's. It had this beautiful track called Waterbearer. I couldn't find the CD, but found a greatest hits CD with the song on it. The rest of the songs? New Aged... well... I try not to put stuff down too much. Let's just say that it is very sweet and New Age and I ripped Waterbearer and put the CD away. If you are interested in her lyrics you can go to: Sally Oldfield Lyrics

Ozric Tentacles

Perigeo
This is a wonderful Italian Jazz/Fusion/Progressive band. I do not believe they have any CDs available in the U.S. I used the title track from Genealogia for my stream.


PFM
One of the most popular Italian bands in America (Okay, that's not saying much), PFM first became known with their minor hit "Celebration" from  Photos of Ghosts. The music is very much in the "classic" progressive vein. Being Italian gave them a unique sound. Throughout their career they have recorded in both English and Italian. This is another band that turned it up a notch in concert. 
I have also added a couple of tunes from Cook, their live CD.

Pink Floyd
Do I really need to say anything about Pink Floyd? Okay, I'll say a couple of words... They were one of the first Progressive bands and they were the first to bring it to the masses. The CD I selected is a special edition of Meddle. I haven't been able to find it online.
So, it figures that when I decide to put a real Pink Floyd CD on the stream it is... Meddle.

Jean-Luc Ponty
In the wonderful 70's, records were all over the musical board... and we didn't care. Jean-Luc Ponty first appeared to us courtesy of Frank Zappa. His solo work was, at first, a bit too strange for the jazz world. So... we (progressive rock fans) got him. Today you'll find this fantastic violinist in the jazz section of your local CD store.  This extended title track from Imaginary Voyage is a good example of that gray area between jazz and rock.

Pulsar
This French band exists on the spacey boarders of Progressive Rock. The CD, Halloween, is as beautiful as it is powerful. It is worth checking out if you like that style of prog rock.

Renaissance
Oh... Annie is so beautiful, and her voice... no voice has ever been so captivating. But Renaissance is more than just Annie Haslam. Their layered arrangements and orchestral sounds made them a unique, beautiful and amazing band to listen to, on record or live. When I first started replacing my vinyl with CDs, Tales of 1001 Nights was all that was available. Many of their earlier releases are now available on CD.

Jordan Rudess

Roxy Music
Who was Roxy Music? Where they the Glam Rock band as the movie Velvet Goldmine seemed to think. Where they the fathers of Punk Rock (listen to Eno's Third Uncle and tell me they didn't influence the Punk movement)? Or were they just another Art Band that us music freaks loved to listen to? Does it really matter? What is amazing about RM is that they have transcended so many musical eras. Take for example, "Love is a Drug". 25 years old and still going strong. I used to listen to it on my college progressive rock station. Then punk/new wave radio picked it up. You can hear it on some classic rock stations. AAA radio plays it. Even the offshoot of AAA radio (AAA stands for Adult Album Alternative) World Class Rock radio plays it. I'm sure somewhere there is an elevator playing it.
For more info on Phil Manzanera go to: www.manzanera.com.

Shadow Gallery

Soft Machine

Steeleye Span
Steeleye Span was probably the most popular of the British folk rock bands. Was it the traditional folk songs that were given an electronic spin? Or was it the modern tunes with the traditional folk lyrics? Or was it Maddy Prior's voice? When you put it all together, only Fairport Convention came close to them in capturing the sounds of England's past with the sound of the 70's. Rocket Cottage is more electric and not considered as good as some of their earlier works. But... It is a favorite of mine.

Al Stewart
Years before The Year of the Cat, Al Stewart wrote sprawling songs about history and society. Songs like Nostradamus and Roads to Moscow, from Past Present and Future, were live favorites. This is my favorite era of his and worth a listen to.  

Stomu Yamashta

Strawbs
The British consider them a folk rock band. Those of us in the States considered them a progressive rock band. Any way you look at it, they played some great music. Bursting At The Seams today continues to be one of my favorite albums of all time. For first time buyers, Halcyon Days has lots of great music from several of their albums. The band is back together and touring England again. If they make it to the U.S., I'll be there.  

Streetmark

Supertramp
You couldn't help but fall for this band when they first came out. They could create exciting landscapes from songs like Crime of the Century, and then do great pop songs like Dreamer. They were unique and derivative and exciting and fun. Those first couple of albums were a nice escape from the sometimes passionless ness of prog rock.   

Synergy
Larry Fast (a.k.a. Synergy) has been producing and developing synthesized music for the last quarter century. Electronic Realizations for Rock Orchestra, is amazing in its warmth in a purely electronic medium. The CD this was taken from has been re-mastered to take advantage of the new digital world, and it shows. 

Tangerine Dream
The amazing thing about this band is that they sounded even better live! As you sit in your seat floating through their spacey musical landscapes, suddenly a guitar comes blaring through, knocking you over (or maybe running you over) and blowing you away. Ditto on the live drum kit. :-) I was lucky enough to see the tour that produced Encore - Tangerine Dream Live. For those of you who want to see how music can change a movie, check out Risky Business. The Dream music added a darkness to this teen flick that has made it stand out through all these years. Okay, those of you who get turned on seeing Tom Cruise lip syncing in his underwear probably think that is why it is so special. Back to music... Forget what anyone tells you about Kraftwerk, these are the guys that perfected electronic music. 
As the 70's came to an end, Tangerine Dream discovered melody. Cyclone was one of the early albums that lead them to a more upbeat, listener friendly sound. 

Tempest

Traffic
Let's play word association. Now no using people's names. Okay, what do you think of when you hear the band name Traffic? If you say drugs, you are old enough to know better. :-) Steve Winwood's band created an amazing sound. It appeared to have holes in it that could really only be filled up by a person's imagination. And of course drugs seemed to help that experience back in the 60's and 70's. And today, the music still works; with or without drugs. I understand they have remastered Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, which is the CD I used for this stream along with John Barleycorn Must Die. 

Transatlantic

Triumvirate

U.K.

Van Der Graaf Generator
There used to be this chain of music stores called Licorice Pizza. It was a great store where you could sit in an overstuffed couch, listen to the music the manager of the store would play and read old music magazines. If I wasn't at the radio station at school, I was there hanging out, listening to tunes. Joe was a manager of the store in Pacific Beach and I went to him one day and said, "Okay, I need something for my show this week. Something with lots of power, but really special." Joe thought for a bit and then I said, "Hey, how about Van der Graaf?". I had heard of them, but had not actually heard any of their music at this point. Joe's eyes lit up. "Go sit down" he said, and he proceeded to play Godbluff for me. From the first note I was hooked. Rarely have I ever had an album/CD effect me that way. The passion of the vocals. The power of the saxophones. Just the overall intensity was like nothing else out there. And so, today, 25 years later, when I meet a so-called progressive rock fan, and he's talking about all of the times he's seen Rush and Kansas, I'll say, "How about Van der Graaf". And when he gives me that dumb look in his eyes and says, "Who?", I'll thank the English for coming up with that wonderful word, "Wanker!". I guess that makes me a prog rock snob. So be it. :-) 

Uriah Heep

Rick Wakeman

John Wetton
One of the main "voices" of progressive rock in the seventies, he lent his voice (and bass) to King Crimson and U.K. to name just two. In this live CD, Chasing The Dragon, John plays music from many of the bands he used to play with. Not an essential CD to have, but interesting to listen to. 

Wigwam

Wishbone Ash

Yes
And finally, Yes. I don't believe that any of the progressive bands have gotten as popular as Yes and still kept their loyal hard core fan base. What I mean to say is: Many of us who started listening to Yes and then graduated to groups like Van der Graff, would still regularly throw the The Yes Album on the turntable. Many bands that became popular lost their lure to us. It took many years before I could listen to bands like Supertramp and Genesis and even Al Stewart again. There isn't much Yes on this stream because... well, if you live in a big city the odds are that the local Classic Rock radio station is playing the hell out of them... still!
Since I talked about the live shows of Kansas and Jethro Tull, I should really mention seeing Yes in 1998. I first saw Yes during the Topographic Oceans tour. I've got to say that the band is probably better today then they were back in the 70's. They are all technically excellent and the sound systems have finally caught up with them. It helped that the song selection that night was excellent, playing most of Close To The Edge with only a bit of 80's and 90's material. Any fan of the 70's music should see them live... even without Wakeman. And now we have some live music from their 2000 release, House of Yes. And... a request for "Beyond and Before" from the "Yes" album (not to be confused with "The Yes Album"). And then... I saw Yes with a full orchestra this summer. What an amazing treat. One of the highlights was "The Gates of Delirium". A very good piece of music that was incredible with a full orchestra behind it. I've added the CD Relayer to the stream because of it. 

Frank Zappa
He wasn't English, but he belongs on any stream that portends to play good music. I could probably go on for pages about all of his accomplishments, the great songs in so many different styles, the amazing talent he played with, the foresight he had in understanding not only where music was going but where the business was going. Simply put, there was no one like him, there may never be anyone like him again. . 

 

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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.