procol harum

  • Thu
    Apr 17
    7:01 pm -
    8:01 pm
  • Sun
    Apr 20
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

40 years ago: robin trower and procol harum

40 years ago, the last choprocol harumrds of "whiter shade of pale" had long since faded into the memories of the creative collective consciousness of progressive music, but procol harum was just getting around to producing their best album: "exotic birds and fruit." a forgotten gem, released in 1974, along with the 2nd and best solo album of procol harum guitarist, robin trower, "bridge of sighs."

this week i feature the best tracks from both of those remarkable, creative, and very different albums.

here's what you'll be hearing: the songs.

  • Thu
    Jan 17
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jan 20
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

the 2nd best year of music ever

for weeks i've been reviewing the best years of music of all time. this weesly stonek i'm making my case for #2, that is, the second best year of music of all time. the year shall remain nameless here, but includes what are generally considered the best recordings ever made by these artists: sly & the family stone (right), the beatles, simon & garfunkel, the band, crosby stills & nash, the who, led zeppelin -- there was something of a perfect storm as  many of these great artists peaked in 1969.

in one hour i'll play over 140 song bits in all. if nothing else, you've got to see how i managed that!

and only one more week to go to #1!

  • 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.