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Earthbound vs. USA - Crimson's early 70s live work

In this review, I look at the 40th Anniversary editions of two King Crimson live albums. I’ve been a fan of the USA album since before I knew where it stood in the KC canon. 2,004 more words


Bill Bruford on Creativity

I really was going to write about hearing Bill Bruford’s scintillating lecture “Give the Drummer Some: Distributed Creativity in Popular Music Performance” with a packed house at the University of Michigan’s School of Music.  511 more words

Progressive Rock

In the Court of the Crimson King - King Crimson [#627]

I first learned about King Crimson following the amusing Bill Bailey fronted Channel 4 docu-countdown-show Top Ten Prog which was broadcast at the height of the prog revival of the late nineties/early noughties. 151 more words


and the time is...then

After their eponymous debut, Yes  released “Time and a Word” in summer 1970.

The line-up was unchanged, but this time the album features a brass and strings orchestra on almost every track, which leaves the listener with a more Progressive Rock sound, pointing towards the future Yes. 395 more words


From one place to another....

In a recent television advert for a kitchen fitting company I heard a song called ‘If You Leave Me Now’ – this is of course a song by Chicago, a song which for me marked the nadir of one of my favourite bands, a soft rock confection that charted well but was, for me, light years away from the bluesy, no – nonsense horn inflected music they played when they started at the end of the 1960’s (was it really that long ago?). 521 more words

The Genesis of Yes

Yes was formed in London 1968. Singer Jon Anderson and bassist Chris Squire wanted to create a music that combined strong vocal harmonies ala Simon and Garfunkel, with a potent beat music. 306 more words