Archive for the 'Progressive Rock' Category

Bill Bruford on Genesis, Yes, and King Crimson

Posted by pharland on February 2nd, 2008 filed in 1970s, Bruford, Bill, Genesis, King Crimson, Progressive Rock, Yes

I recently took the book Genesis: Chapter and Verse (2007) out of the library. It’s mainly a collection of quotations from each of the band members, as well as collaborators, on various stages in Genesis’ history. There are some interesting things in here. Bill Bruford, who is best known as the drummer of Yes in [...]

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Unexpected rock instruments: Sitar

Posted by pharland on January 12th, 2008 filed in 1960s, Beatles, Harrison, George, Phillips, Shawn, Progressive Rock, Rock instruments

When one thinks of traditional rock and roll, one generally pictures a band of four and the instruments are usually the drums, bass, guitar, and vocal, as well as some keyboards. (You can also throw in a harmonica and tambourine, if you like). As rock developed into the 1960s, however, a variety of other unexpected [...]

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“21st Century Schizoid Man. . . “: King Crimson’s debut (1969)

Posted by pharland on October 8th, 2007 filed in 1960s, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, Jazz and Blues, King Crimson, Progressive Rock

Seldom does an album-cover embody the essence of a song so perfectly (or vice versa), but that is the case with the disturbing cover of King Crimson’s debut album of 1969, the year of my birth (art by Barry Godber). The thing is, An Observation by King Crimson (© 1969 E.G. Music Ltd) is such [...]

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What is progressive rock?

Posted by pharland on September 8th, 2007 filed in Genres of music, Progressive Rock

This blog deals with a variety of musical genres, including progressive rock. Before I begin postings on the likes of Moody Blues, Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Rush, and others, I thought it would make sense to offer my general sense of what is progressive rock (a.k.a. prog rock or [...]

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Forgotten albums: Shawn Phillip’s Second Contribution (1970)

Posted by pharland on September 6th, 2007 filed in 1970s, Folk Rock, Forgotten albums, Phillips, Shawn, Progressive Rock

Listen while you read: “She was waiting . . . ” (audio snippet) I was browsing through the overload bins at the local record store and came across an intriguing cover with a lone, long-haired guitarist amidst a sea of dried mud. This image caught my attention and I began to wonder whether it was [...]

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