A few days ago… well, look, I won't lie to you, it was two weeks ago, Killer Queen by Queen was playing on the wireless, you know the one, "She keeps Moët et Chandon, in her pretty cabinet..." and as the song finished and faded into the next song on the radio station's playlist, in … Continue reading In the Lap of the Gods.
In 1976, David Essex, cheeky teen-idol songster, released what I can only describe as a progressive pop/rock, concept album called ‘Out On The Street’ which has been a favourite of mine since I first listened to it in the mid-1970s. Was it a concept album? Well, it certainly has that feel. Pop, Pop/Rock, Prog/Pop, Prog/Pop/Rock … Continue reading Guilty pleasures, an occasional series. David Essex: Out On The Street.
This new album, this much fanfared “last” album by Fish… Weltschmerz, the title apparently a word coined by German writer Jean Paul in the 1830s means literally world (welt) pain (schmerz) but is used colloquially to mean world weariness. Fish writes on his website: “This is my defining statement. I knew that I couldn’t do … Continue reading Lost between the here and now…
Intergalactic Touring Band was the name of a pop/rock concept album released in 1977 by Passport Records in the US and on the Charisma Label in the UK; the 'concept' of the album is of the colonisation of space via multi-generational space travel and the eponymous 'Touring Band' was not an actual band but an … Continue reading Guilty pleasures, an occasional series. Intergalactic Touring Band.
A few years ago, well, 6 years ago, I read one of those; "25 Prog/Rock albums you must buy/own/listen to…" articles. Maybe the number was 30, maybe it was 20 or 10 I don't remember but that's not the point; I read the article, mentally ticking-off the albums I had already bought/listened to and disagreeing … Continue reading Tool Inoculum
Progressive Rock, "Prog". What is Prog? This is a very difficult question to answer. Initially I would say it's songs that are more than just; verse - chorus - verse - chorus - verse. Songs and pieces of music with tricky beats and time signatures; songs and pieces of music that are structured differently to … Continue reading Album Review, “On The Rebound” by Drifting Sun