prog rock

  • Sun
    Oct 30
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

1968 progressive rock

Did 1968 mark the deep purplebirth of progressive rock? Sure there were kicks and pangs before, but Deep Purple and Procol Harum seemed to suddenly emerge fully alive and breathing, with a whole new genetic sound mix: the volume and high-energy of really well-played electric instruments, and the precision and chord changes of the European classical tradition.

Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore invented a new style of playing on their magical album "The Book of Taliesyn," while Procol Harum's Gary Booker played and sang Bach with a magical twist on their inventive album "Shine on brightly." Be sure to stay for their cosmic masterpiece "In held twas I."

And I start this week with a bonus track: The Zombies' instrumental "Conversation off Floral Street," which brought 7/8 time to the masses. The full playlist is here.