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Thursday August 3rd, 2017 with Chris Sharp
Progressive rock-The First Wave

Progressive rock is a jazz/classical/pop subgenre of rock that rose to prominence in the mid to late 1960's and included the employment of full orchestras (at times), the Hammond organ and the mellotron. The sub genre was led by classically trained musicians and quickly migrated from England to Europe, North America and the rest of the world. Progressive rock was mainly an album oriented medium (as opposed to singles) and came to represent a wide swath of mainstream music by the mid 1970's. A small part of that swath is represented on tonight's show.
Procol Harum's employment of the Hammond organ and borrowing of J.S. Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major brought baroque structures into the pop mainstream (early on this was called symphonic rock). Rare Bird enjoyed early success but soon ran out of inspiration and sales numbers. Van Der Graaf Generator was a U.K. band led by Peter Hammil that gained a foothold in Italy before gaining appreciation in the greater European continent . Family was an art rock band with progressive leanings. Gentle Giant were hard to pigeon-hole (and therefore to market) but featured incredible musicianship and Curved Air featured classically trained violinist Daryl Way.
A Whiter Shade of Pale
Procol Harum - Procul Harum(1967)
Sympathy
Rare Bird - As Your Mind Flies(1970)
Afterwards
Van Der Graaf Generator - The Aerosol Grey Machine(1969)
How-Hi-The-Li
Family - Family Entertainment(1969)
Three Friends
Gentle Giant - Three Friends(1972)
Back Street Luv
Curved Air - Second Album(1971)
Keyboardist Keith Emerson jazz/classical cover (one might say destruction) of Leonard Bernstein's "America" is considered a very important influence (especially on youthful U.K. pianists) in the development of progressive rock music. King Crimson guitarist/ vocalist Greg Lake joined Emerson and drummer Carl Palmer (ex Atomic Rooster) to form super group E.L.P. Yes eventually set the standard (along with E.L.P) for commercial British prog-rock in the 70's. U.K. was another super group that included ex Yes drummer Bill Bruford, ex King Crimson bassist/vocalist John Wetton and Curved Air's Eddie Jobson (on keys and violin).
America(instrumental)
The Nice - The Thoughts of Emenrest Davjack(1967/1998)
I Talk To The Wind
King Crimson - In The Court of The Crimson King(1969)
Benny The Bouncer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery(1973)
Time And A Word
Yes - Time And A Word(1970)
Rendezvous 6:02
U.K. - Danger Money(1979)
Pink Floyd transformed their focus from late 60's psychedelic sound experiments to early space rock (and later superstardom). Studio engineer Alan Parsons became the face (one might say a faceless face) of late 70's mainstream prog-rock. Manfred Mann released a series of excellent progressive l.p.'s in the jazz and rock genres from the late 60's into the mid 70's(before riding in on Bruce Springsteen's coat tails, or was that Dylan's coat tails) and from humble r.' n' b. beginnings did Genesis get there start (as did most of the bands in tonight's show).
Fearless
Pink Floyd - Meddle(1972)
A Dream Within A Dream/The Raven
The Alan Parsons Project - Tales of Mystery and Imagination(1976)
Buddah
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Messin'(1973)
Where The Sour Turns To Sweet
Genesis - From Genesis To Revelation(1969)
Last set features some international progressive rock. Aphrodite's Child were led by keyboardist Vangelis and hailed from Greece. Triumvirat were a German trio that released a series of excellent classically influenced l.p.'s in the 70's and were heavily influenced by E.L.P. Gong was a very influential French band that was part of England's Canterbury Scene (and included English musicians at times. including the talented Steve Hillage) and Kraftwerk was one of the few German bands heard in North America in the 70's.
It's Five O'Clock
Aphrodite's Child - The Best of Aphrodite's Child(1972)
The Four Horsemen
Aphrodite's Child - 666(1972)
Wingful of Eyes
Gong - Shamal(1975)
Illusions/Dimple City
Triumvirat - Illusions On A Double Dimple(1973)
Autobahn
Kraftwerk - Autobahn(1974)
Thank you for listening. Next show broadcasts August 17.
Interactive CKCU
Sean McFee (host)
I love this concept... new book on the subject by David Weigel is worth checking out.

9:27 PM, July 25th, 2017
Chris Sharp (host)
The musicianship of all these bands is incredible and for me the major draw to prog-early on these musicians were trying with varying success to transcend the boundaries of the three chord blues rock of the time. I'll check that book out for sure. Thanks.

8:48 AM, July 27th, 2017
Chris Sharp (host)
book- "The Show That Never Ends"-looks like an informative read

8:49 AM, July 27th, 2017
cityslicker
hello!!

1:39 PM, August 14th, 2017
chris
former left coaster chimes in-hey

5:43 AM, August 15th, 2017