Monday, December 31, 2012

Peter Gabriel- III (1980)


By 1973/74, Peter Gabriel acted disguised Roman, flower, elder or bulbous creature, and songs dedicated to the plant Ambrosia. In 1980 he edited his third solo album, Genesis sound was a distant memory, and posed for the cover with the agonizing face casting process effects a kind of acid. From fantasy to reality.
In his two previous albums had shown signs of his new musical personality. However, the shadow of the symphonic sound of his former band still hung over them, especially in the first. In "Peter Gabriel III" took a giant step, reinforced his status as creator edgy, and gave his best collection of songs to date, abracando urban styles like rock, experimental music and even the new age.
In London, Marillion were in their infancy and offered audiences a magic similar to that in the masterpieces of early Genesis. Gabriel, meanwhile, no longer spoke of the characters from Alice in Wonderland. His new topics treated schizophrenia, harassment, isolation and lack of communication. Even with discrete outcome was entering international commitments.
The third album from Surrey (England) is a kaleidoscope-dose risk, innovation, and most influential capacity that has been recognized. The first track, "Intruder", is a topic of nightmare. The intruder who enters your life and you know it will not bring anything good. The text uses striking phrases ("I like it when you know I'm there / Your bated breath charging the air"), to create that sense of danger lurking. The victim in the bedroom without venturing out into the hall, and into that bathroom whose light is kindled. The bastards Gabriel whistles of a more smug than ever surprise the listener at the end of this haunting song, which includes sounds of creaking doors, or steps on a creaking wooden floor. In the nineties, Primus recorded a version of this theme.
"No Self Control", the following also contains a novel structure. At first you hear about "soundscapes", those progressive touches so characteristic of Robert Fripp's guitar, Gabriel friend and regular at that first stage. It also is worth listening to that last part, when the singer repeats the phrase that titles the topic a battery and a drawing of compulsively twisting guitar, keyboards and suddenly the song abruptly cut.
"Start" is a delicious and very brief interlude played the saxophone, a note of outstanding quality, which leads to the next, the move "I Do not Remember", the most accessible song to date, which speaks of loss memory.
Follow what is, from my point of view, the best song this man has made throughout his solo career, "Family Snapshot". This theme, the "Instant Family", may go unnoticed at first listen, but it's those pieces that, in four minutes, build a character and gives it emotions, describe their actions and their consequences and conveys a world sensations. And this is due to the awesome vocal of Mr. Gabriel.
The theme has a symmetrical construction, slow entry - crescendo - why slow end, the way traditional narrative approach - knot - deselance many novels and movies. Peter Gabriel is the loner, the style of Travis Bickle, the protagonist of "Taxi Driver" to interpret Robert de Niro, who dreams of reaching his fifteen minutes of fame shooting a politician. The song describes the type of position from a rooftop sniper, awaiting the arrival of the procession to fire
Delirium in song, the injustice of being rejected that chooses insane way to become someone. At the end of the topic, this moron is seen only with the consequences of their actions. The song slows down, and the tone of Gabriel explaining what acts have been this crazy conveys a sense of sadness and loneliness hard to describe. The art made music. In a recent collection was edited by Peter Gabriel does not appear this issue. Now they better. At least the artist himself was aware of the greatness of this classic unknown, and included it in the "Peter Gabriel Plays Live", their live album 83.
The following "And Through the Wire" is much lighter, is another good song with hummable chorus.
We arrived at the most unfortunate moment of the album, in my opinion: "Games Without Frontiers", as well as the final, "Biko", a South African activist dedicated defender of the rights of black citizens in the country of Nelson Mandela. For me is that the rock is defined as Brian Setzer, the Stray Cats leader: "Songs that you arrive on beautiful women and tough guys called Johnny Cool and Jim Dynamite". I know it is very simplistic, but when I listen to music vibrate or excited, as I do with that described "Family Snapshot" I come with no political gibberish by well intended.
And the two songs are heard Gabriel, but for example "Games Without Frontier" is more like a congregation of "Boy Scouts" singing Ring Around the Rosy than a rock song.
"Lead a Normal Life", by contrast, is an almost instrumental piece, with suggestive environments created with synthesizers, and where Gabriel sings only one verse. It's music like he did David Bowie in his Berlin trilogy, and Trent Reznor certainly had in mind when he composed this song many instrumental pieces that are in "The Fragile".
"Not one of us", the issue remains to comment, is another interesting piece that addresses the issue of rejection, as is clearly stated in the first sentence: "There is only water in the tears of a stranger."
On the back of this magnificent Lp Gabriel could see, with the same hairstyle and the same shirt on the cover melted by acid apparently totally normal, with childish features intact. But looking good photo of Gabriel perceive the expression, that look at this incipient smile empty and emotionless, and will alter rather than the gimmicky cover. The man on the cover is the sniper "Family Snapshot" an image that reminds me of the last shot of Norman Bates in "Psycho".
Pure art, progressive rock, avant-garde yet assimilated is what gave us Peter Gabriel's third LP.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Dire Straits-Making Movies (1980)


A guitarist who today is everything in the music world, a myth of rock and roll. His fingers have written one of the most beautiful pages in the field of music of the twentieth century. His style, reposado, cadent, yet intense and always has been able to reach harmonious society all together: From those exceeding half a century to reach youth not thirty. Almost forty years of successful full endorse him, he got it all, and most importantly, has achieved everything he proposed. He has been able to move from the majority who packed stadiums to take refuge in a comfortable ostracism from where he grows his next musical wisdom of old musicians, idols all in their teens (Chet Atkins, JJCale, Everly Brothers, Eric Clapton ...) has just been outstanding to work with the King. Today Mark Knopfler talk means talking about prestige, quality, a something unparalleled, unrepeatable.
After the release of their self-titled album and "Communiqué", the Straits are declared the best band of 1978 in Australia. "Sultans of Swing" is one of the songs radiated and sold worldwide. The band is ecstatic. It has been two years without break. From late 1977 until the end of 1979 more than 300 concerts around the world, promotions on radio and television programs, recordings ... The rest is necessary and advisable.
We had to get our strength to continue climbing one of the most promising and acclaimed rock bands. Dire Straits had spent two years as a group of four friends "starving", if I may use the expression, to be a group with a hearth and an amazing future. Knopfler actually saw made many dreams, the hardest he had done, had his own band r'n'r, and had thousands of fans all over the world. His music had reached all corners of the planet and its recognition was becoming a fact, so much so that Bob Dylan himself Mark Knopfler does claim to be the lead guitarist of his album "Slow train comming", which even escaped Mark's dreams. Your participation is palpable in the nine tracks on the album of Dylan, highlighting moments of the song "Precious Angel" and his own "Slow train comming". But not everything will be joys. The band is not as compact as before, and not so united, and emerge the first disagreement. David Knopfler not take it anymore and left the band. Their motives are official policy concerts conducted, the intense work which were subjected, and the consequent lack of creativity of the band, which according to David, had lost its way, the roots, and was sold.
The unofficial reasons would be a lack of leadership from David in the band, Mark it captures everything, and David has not only made an issue in Dire Straits. David Goliath ate this time 980 will mean gestation of the third album of Dire Straits "Making Movies". For this album are hired to replace Hal Lindes David on rhythm guitar work, and Alan Clark on keyboards. or many, Dire Straits won the Olympian with Brothers In Arms, well, for me Dire Straits Olympus earned my staff with this album, one of the most beautiful and attractive discs that have been made in the history of Rock N Roll . It is said that Mark invited enough people recording the album and concert promotion in ordering the sound engineers that have a moderate level instruments for the public to talk to each other. Mark Knopfler was something of an outsider by temperament humble, unpretentious and its only knew the arrogance converted into a duty to yourself to get better, never put limits, harshly criticized members of his band and criticizing himself. She did not care to say it was the best guitarist in the world, Dire Straits were the actual feeling, he always suspicious of the concept of the rock star as a hero, he would not be a David Bowie or Towshend Pete, is felt more comfortable with his role as a worker of Rock. When you were making this record, told his colleagues he wanted to do things his way, he wanted to do the hard work, that peculiar character caused several band members leave, but I knew I had to. wanted the group together and waterproofed from any external influence, authoritarianism was reflected in the songs.
Making Movies was defined as the album Mark own most sad, blue, and in turn, more ironic the group. These conflicting ideas endowed a number of nuances to the group staggering, Knopfler was made clear that hurtful sensitivity with which could destroy anyone, and it is on this record when Mark evolves, becomes a novelist, a troubadour, intervenes in the scene, he was the Athanor of the songs, I like to use such other to talk about their feelings for storytelling. He discovered that despite not being a great singer, could suggest and express a lot with his voice, and his peculiar way of singing one of the engines of this disc, and hurtful laconic voice that sings, tells stories, as if one Waits, Dylan or Brassens it were, with that peculiar tone of a crooner not hurt Gilda seduces her in a bar one night, and Mark sounds on this album, Dylan he envied the rich amount of worlds could create without being practically a virtuoso, that was what I wanted Mark: create their own worlds, their hopes and desires transform into celestial music, and made it.
Making Movies is the record of undying love or otherwise, of broken love. A message of gloom and despair, the modernization of Latin Horacio topic of Carpe Diem: enjoy the splendor of things, do not lose the love of your life, there are mistakes that hinder corrected despite a lifetime and affect your performance ratio, Mark urges you not to happen. In an interview, said he was very shy, linking not ever, and that a girl he liked, and knew he could not be with her because she was worthless to say anything, he imagined, when he slept, a world devised by him in which he said that girl did want to be with him, imagining a happy life with her, replacing her real world without hope, for a fictional world where he triumphed, narrative element to add to the songs of this paper. Because obviously, it emerges the first song on the album that is nothing more and nothing less than Tunnel Of Love one can not but marvel. may be the best composition of Mark and one of the Pharaohs and Babylonian songs of rock history, eight minutes full of evocative instrumental passages, rhythm changes, catchy melodies and agile and Mark's voice envelops you, away a winter cold and covers you with a blanket that the echo of his voice makes every sentence. The song is very catchy and easy to hear, but with much irony, Dire Straits issues at first glance seem not say much, but those are the good ones, leading to the exploration and interpretation of the songs, there are silences that often say more than a word, Mark knows that better than anyone. So Tunnel Of Love is a song that tells the phases of love, this time focusing on the passions and the obsession with that cloud vision to humans, the known phases you desire love and passion come together to then appear the regrets of those who have done something wrong. There is a moment of the song that is just great, when instruments are silenced and only appears on the scene Mark, his voice and his guitar, flooding a song of melancholy already hurtful. The monstrous moment of the song comes at the end when Mark trealiza sidereal cosmic-tap which looks set slowly pulling the pins that fill your heart, it's as if everything that had silent throughout his life, take him out in that one, then a keypad appears beautiful with emotional melody that makes you want to hear a thousand times and incontestable closes the issue.
Romeo And Juliet The next we know it all, many magazines agree that it is probably the most beautiful ballad in history, the most beautiful I do not know, but it is impossible not to be captivated by the fragility and innocence of Romeo And Juliet, because it was born to illuminate hearts or turn them off. A music journalist said that this song you can tell what a person is wanting, solemn bullshit, but may not go off track. Mark plucking is ethereal and sweet, it's amazing what this man can do with his thumb, how can trace, like an oil paint with a fine brush, the outlines of a broken heart, because this song, despite being coated of an outstanding beauty, is another manifestation of the gentle irony of Mark, with a sensational letter: smart, honest and without boasting dramatic of any kind, just a feeling that arises and dwells in your soul to stay and not return.
The lyrics are great, but the video of the song has been a success, I can not help a smile when Mark is heart issues ironically, with the idealized Romeo, handsome and with the marked packet, confident same, symbolizing the arrogance and selfishness of many of us do when we are in a gala relationship. Juliet is represented by a tearful woman, who suffers and feels helpless, sees his Romeo and farther than ever is heartbroken. The example of what I said before: reading the letters of the group and watching your videos, you'll notice the ambiguity of the group often.
Skateaway progresses slowly with a mysterious keyboard intro, the riffs are heard Mark distant, as if he stopped for a moment the spotlight on drums, the bass and keyboard. Mark sounds here less gloomy, with a slight, very slight voice distortion, with a much more catchy chorus without double interpretations or anything like that, a song more direct, to reduce the emotional charge of the first two. Expresso Love is one of the great themes of the album and discography of the Straits, with that sticky keyboard melody and catchy riff that sticks to dry, simple and Mark prevailing throughout the song, making it an experience for crystalline ears.
Hand To Hand After we reached another major plastic compositions, Solid Rock is great, where Mark and the band leave their characteristic British phlegm and parsimony to download a powerful electrical issue, of those who are born to fill stadiums, with a stellar battery performance. And is that even though the Dire Straits Mark Knopfler are mostly, the talent behind the leading musicians are especially good, know their secondary role and accept it without question and without any pretensions. The air Rockabilly theme is important, with again the presence of the keyboard and its sheer melody and playful forms a classic and training.
Les Boys brings you back to Mark quiet and melancholy, catalyst of emotions with his voice, and here ends the disc for my taste most intimate of Dire Straits, which was a new shift in how to address the compositions and where the romantic plot is very important, as you may have read, is not a new issue and the debt issues of the heart, but perhaps are the most painful. Yes, that is the love and put Romeo And Juliet, you'll feel like floating. I love, a beautiful and sweet disc,

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Genesis-Foxtrot (1972)


Genesis truly impressive levels elevate his bombast, complexity and expressiveness with this album, pulling the sleeve of one of the best albums of all time, only surpassed by his successor Selling England by the Pound. The Lp was really significant and instrumental progressive rock as a genre, is also one of the greatest landmarks. The final maturity as musicians did not reach it without further with Selling England By The Pound, reaffirms for me and with this album, which serves as a harbinger for the next. Like its predecessor, this is a disc with mediotiempos and stops, but the difference is that here everything is clean and memorable, the amazing star complex issues contrasts perfectly with the irresistible short pieces and delicate in their path in half.
The band further increases its share of theatricality and leads to a level that goes beyond the music, translating this into his live, because with the launch of this board Peter Gabriel was starting out on stage dressed facing numerous multifaceted characters and interspersed even within the same subject in one of the cases, such as in Supper's Ready, as if the deployment of mastery and brilliance that transmitted aurally with that court was not already too dazzling alone.
The curtain rises the wonderful Watcher of the Skies, a topic with a lot of potential, announcing the opening of the play with a mellotron gives supreme airs. The song is the most robust and accurate, with bitter dark overtones, but sublime.
Time Table is even better, a love song for his pace and excellent and outstanding performance of Peter Gabriel, showing off and excelling in a dramatic and poignant at the same time. The chorus is the best and it's hard not to try to corearlo. The passages of Tony Banks on keyboards shine.
The thing going to become more intense with Get Em Out by Friday, curious song that allows Gabriel exhibit their wild and crazy side. Abrupt changes considerably with advancing the theme and instrumental arrangements more complex than capable of misleading anyone in this magnificent piece without waste.
Returns the delicacy and beauty in the melodies with Can-Utility and the Coastliners, a knot of instruments that together form an impenetrable fortress, recreating an atmosphere masterful. Tony Banks returns to capture bright and moderate rhythms Steve Hackett has its fleeting moments.
There comes a time more intimate, delicate disc: Horizons, a tune that was unlikely to Genesis and a considerable simplicity and brevity yet achieved its goal: Wrap and make the listener to travel to the state of deep relaxation. Fulfilling a role Fluff basically the same as in the Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, this issue is a real pleasure to hear, as if the music we coined.
The end is evident and to close the masterpiece we have which is nothing more and nothing less than the best song of Genesis, the vast, unique and brilliant Supper's Ready, an epic piece tinged apocalyptic reflected concerns love and that nothing else can do justice to itself and its grandeur. Praise fall short for this 23-minute suite of enormous complexity where the band reaches the summit and take off in a true journey of sensations and feelings crossed that allows all members of the band shine on his own. The impressive and legendary number moves us restless, makes us laugh, feel euphoria and excitement and even gets to hypnotize all in a flurry of greatness stamped rhythms deployed in a few less than half an hour. Peter Gabriel gets us more than ever and recites some of his most memorable and iconic verses: And it's hello babe with your guardian eyes so blue, Hey my babe do not you know our love is true, A FLOWER?. The issue is so complex and has so much to make juice that is almost impossible to adequately summarize its contents, you can only say that it is extremely emotional, intense, outrageous, energetic and magical.
This is one of the greatest songs of all time, no more.
Foxtrot is one of the largest samples of progressive rock, and its closure can always leave the stamp of quality. This was truly committed Genesis music and with intentions of passing something really big. A timeless gem but simply unrepeatable.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Quatermass (1970)

For fans of progressive rock is a must have album Quatermass unique, especially for those who like where the keyboard is the dominating style that prospered in the early 70s. Although the band had only three members, their stories are as colorful as the music they produced. Pete Robinson (keyboards) and Johnny Gustafson (bass) joined Mick Underwood (drums) and founded Episode Six, a band that included Ian Gillan who later became the voice of Deep Purple. Underwood was also involved with The Outlaws and The Herd, only a few years before Peter Frampton arrived. When the band finally formed Quatermass in 1970, had set eyes on a format where the energy used in your keyboard Robinson would give them the sound. Both issues, "Black Sheep" and "One Blind Mice", were released as singles, but fell on deaf ears, but the sound of the band was equally moved as the repertoire of The Nice. The Quatermass sound is far from being a hollow sound isolated and without direction. After this album the band split, with Gustafson later doing session work for Kevin Ayers, Steve Hackett, and Ian Hunter and others, while Robinson found new life in the progressive jazz band Brand X. Beautifully packaged with informative notes, Quatermass resonates today as it did in 1970, and one can only wonder how he could be overlooked during its release.

Monday, October 1, 2012

XII Alfonso-Charles Darwin (2012)


For two years, the musical project ALFONSO XII were composing, arranging, recording and mixing their new album. Composed of 3 CDs of one hour each, devoted to the life and work of historical biologist and researcher Charles Darwin, eternal curious, who loved life in all its forms and who tried, until the day he died, to decode the mysteries of it. These 3 CD's recount, in chronological order, the most important events of his life. With 22 songs and 30 instrumental pieces, XII ALFONSO try to illustrate his biography with different notes and styles, tones, sounds, rhythms, atmospheres and words. All topics we talk about their beginnings, youth, home, dreams and doubts. The instrumental pieces are an attempt to reflect the most important concepts of his thoughts: 'The coral of life', 'Descent with modification' Struggle for Existence ',' On the origin of species' ...
In this album, besides paticipating a lot of great musicians like John Helliwell, Supertramp saxophonist, Maggie Reilly, singer Mike Oldfield, Tim Renwick, Pink Floyd guitarist, Mickey Simmonds (keyboards), Terry Oldfield and John Hackett (flute ), Raphael Ravenscroft (sax), Robin BOULT FISH guitarist, guitarist Ian Bairnson Alan Parsons and Kate Bush, David Paton, bassist Alan Parsons Project, FISH and Kate BUSH, Francis Dunnery, It Bites guitarist, Elliott Murphy (voice ), Huong Thanh (vocals), her husband Hong NGUYEN (zither), Ronnie Caryl (guitar, vocals), Amy Keys, Alistair Gordon, Jayney Klimek, Gerard Lenorman and Freegh (vocals) and Ton KAYAK SCHERPENZEEL more keyboards. This is the sixth official studio album of French XII ALFONSO, group led by brothers Philippe (bass, guitars) and François CLAERHOUT (keyboards), who joined Thierry Moreno (drums) and Stéphane Ducasse (flutes), achieving between them, the musicians mentioned above and a few other less known but proven worth, an ambitious album inspired by the life and work of Charles Darwin.
For 15 years, XII ALFONSO unclassifiable has composed music that is not jazz or rock, progressive or classical, traditional nor This group has been characterized from the beginning by his imaginative musical approach (progressive symphonic as one of the best references to what do), and on this record homered. His musical style is everything they say it is not very varied thanks to the intervention of different musicians and singers in every song and every issue, but mostly thanks to a supplementary instrumentation deviates frankly than usual. A acoustic and electric guitars are added mandolins, bouzouki and Vietnamese instruments like koto or give bao (string lute), Madagascar instruments as vali (zither-bagpipe) or kraar Ethiopia, balafon, xylophone, harp Burkina Faso straw, drums, ptithécophone (monkey skull) and dolphinophone, (dolphin bones), theremin, E-Bow, rain stick, etc.

Eminently romantic life and legacy of revolutionary scientific DARWIN told in the style that has always distinguished humanist aesthetics ALFONSO XII, a melting pot of cultural influences and traditions from around the world

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Pink Floyd-The Division Bell (1994)


Made in 1994, would be the last work of the band in studio and possibly the best album of the post-Waters, with a huge and complex guitar work and trying to emulate the style of the '70 set, but traces of psychedelia and the oppressive feeling that time and much less on experimentation. Still, this is a very atmospheric album, with more instrumentation than usual, where the name of Rick Wright becomes an integral part of the band and his figure takes center stage lost from The Wall. Recall that disappeared in The Final Cut was a musician and collaborator on A Momentary Lapse of Reason and Delicate Sound of Thunder.
How could it be otherwise, Pink Floyd created a concept album where communication is the protagonist and the importance of communicating with others, the argument, especially Roger Waters communication with current members of the band. According to David Gilmour, and put it diplomatically, the album's title refers to the bell used in the British Parliament to vote to call the two factions divided. The album puts the names of those factions Waters and current members of Pink Floyd.
The concept revolves sadly in a "Roger, You should contact us at the time and you should do it now", contradicting statements made by leaders of the group. In many ways, the album sounds like a tribute to Waters and the war he established. 
The album overall was really superb but maybe sticking out the Floydian Cluster One with the atmosphere so peculiar that so masterfully created the group, the jazz Wearing the Inside Out, half progressive blues Coming Back to Life, Keep Talking rhythm or the huge and High Hopes complex progressive

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

U.K.-Night After Night-Live (1979)



UK ephemeral was a progressive rock band, which for various reasons they left halfway, and I can influence not duly appreciated, although attending three fantastic albums, two studio and one live
The origin of Bill Bruford (former Yes, King Crimson, and he finished touring with Genesis), John Wetton (ex-King Crimson) and Rick Wakeman (ex-Yes), which also began to resume his solo work .. . 'm even the possibility that Robert Fripp himself was interested in this project, which completely waste almost immediately. This formation came to rehearse a few months until the abandonment of Wakeman, and there are the violinist and keyboardist Eddie Jobson (Frank Zappa) and Allan Hollsworth, famed guitarist in sound "Canterbury" group Soft Machine, Gong and Tempest.
The first was called "UK" (1978) and is a good summary of symphonic rock with jazzy idea of Bruford and Hollsworth, that just leave the band after that album ...
This makes clear that the prevailing trend of more direct and rocking Jobson and Wetton, which resulted in "Danger Money" (1979), and with Terry Bozzio (also ex-Zappa) on drums, and no guitarist to impersonate Hollsworth. In a good balance in the topics "Caesar's Palace Blues" and "Nothing To Lose" especially, it is anticipated that more direct wave would Wetton in Asia, although not so commercial yet ...
It records the trio live here at hand "Night After Night" where are "In The Dead Of Night", "Alaska" and "Time To Kill" from his first album with the new format, a release that gives title track, and very good versions of songs from "Danger Money", especially "Rendezvous 6-02", creating an overwhelming and very progressive direct.
The added difficulty was resolved to move to live in a trio format a disc on topics under study quartet which contained lots of overdubs and effects with a very impressive
In 1999 and 2007 live albums out of the first training-with-Hollsworth Bruford and that repair is a big hole and better rounded story

Friday, April 13, 2012

Eloy-Live (1978)

Fantastic double live album official German progressive rock group Eloy. Thetopics covered by disks are as follows: From Inside Inside is included. From The Power And The Passion Of Dawn Mutiny is included there is some mess with titles,including The Sun-Song is actually the theme-Flash Memory, The Dance In DoubtAnd Fear they really are the topics Appearance Of Return Of The Voice and The Voice, and finally Gliding Into Light And Knowledge. From the Ocean includePoseidon's Creation, Incarnation Of The Logos and and the long title theme, Atlantis Agony ... etc. etc.. The interpretation of the issues that is more symphonicrock, everything is covered with mysterious atmospheres, dark, symphonic, and I can imagine that day in the room transported to another galaxy like I was stuck in ascience fiction movie. Some of the interpretations are quite faithful to the originalsbut there are some topics like Atlantis Agony ... Dawn or issues where the instrumental parts are stretched very effectively. One of the basic double live the70's progressive.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Chicago Transit Authority - Chicago Transit Authority (1968)

Few debut albums can boast as consistently solid an effort as the self-titledChicago Transit Authority (1969). Even fewer can claim to have enough material to fill out a double-disc affair. Although this long- player was ultimately the septet's first national exposure, the group was far from the proverbial "overnight sensation." Under the guise of the Big thing, the group soon to be known as CTA had been honing its eclectic blend of jazz, classical, and straight-ahead rock & roll in and around the Windy City for several years. Their initial non-musical meeting occurred during a mid-February 1967 confab between the original combo at Walter Parazaider´s apartment on the north side of Chi Town. Over a year later, Columbia Records staff producer James Guercio became a key supporter of the group, which he rechristened Chicago Transit Authority. In fairly short order the band relocated to the West Coast and began woodshedding the material that would comprise this title. In April of 1969, the dozen sides of Chicago Transit Authority unleashed a formidable and ultimately American musical experience. This included an unheralded synthesis of electric guitar wailin' rock & roll to more deeply rooted jazz influences and arrangements. This approach economized the finest of what the band had to offer — actually two highly stylized units that coexisted with remarkable singularity. On the one hand, listeners were presented with an incendiary rock & roll quartet of Terry Kath (lead guitar/vocals), Robert Lamm (keyboards/vocals), Peter Cetera (bass/vocals), and Danny Seraphine (drums). They were augmented by the equally aggressive power brass trio that included Lee Loughnane (trumpet/vocals), James Pankow (trombone), and the aforementioned Parazaider (woodwind/vocals). This fusion of rock with jazz would also yield some memorable pop sides and enthusiasts' favorites as well. Most notably, a quarter of the material on the double album — "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?," "Beginnings," "Questions 67 and 68," and the only cover on the project, Steve Winwood´s "I'm a Man" — also scored as respective entries on the singles chart. The tight, infectious, and decidedly pop arrangements contrast with the piledriving blues-based rock of "Introduction" and "South California Purples" as well as the 15-plus minute extemporaneous free for all "Liberation." Even farther left of center are the experimental avant-garde "Free Form Guitar" and the politically intoned and emotive "Prologue, August 29, 1968" and "Someday (August 29, 1968)." The 2003 remastered edition ofChicago Transit Authority offers a marked sonic improvement over all previous pressings — including the pricey gold disc incarnation

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Jethro Tull-Minstrel in the Gallery (1975)

In 1975, Jethro Tull rebounded from the uneven Warchild with the great Minstrel in the Gallery. Minstrel is the band's eighth studio album and, in marked divergence with the fortunes of most of theother first-generation English progressive bands, heralded for Tull the onset of a creative second wind that propelled them through the years 1975-1978 in (mostly) superlative form. If I was to make a list of what I thought were Jethro Tull's three best albums, it would include Minstrel in the Gallery. Minstrel presents a refinement of the musical advances that the band had been making since around the time of A Passion Play, resulting in an album that has a foot in Tull's past while also portending future successes.
If Warchild tended toward sonic excess, Minstrel is all about economy and wastes nothing. It was Tull's most acoustic album to date, and remains one of Ian Anderson's most lyrically personal. Vastly diminishing the prominence of electric keyboards (most of what you'll hear from John Evan is on a piano) and perfecting the usage of David Palmer's strings, Ian Anderson created in Minstrel an atmosphere that is both intimate and organic, and which skillfully accomodates each dynamic extreme, sometimes within the same track. The album finds lead guitarist Martin Barre with plenty to do, as the first three songs have blazing guitar solos; yet, both "Cold Wind To Valhalla" and "Black Satin Dancer" also feature some of the album's most graceful, unobtrusive string passages. "Requiem" is a very pretty acoustic song that reminds me a bit of the shorter pieces on Aqualung — in fact, a good deal of Minstrel sounds like a more logical successor to Aqualung than Thick as a Brick, even if the music is often much more sophisticated.
That sophistication comes in the form of Tull's increasingly complex harmonic language. For all of the keyboards, the classically-inspired motifs and the big concepts in Jethro Tull's recent past, the band's music on Minstrel in the Gallery (and 1977's Songs From the Wood) is more original, complex and "progressive" than Thick As A Brick or A Passion Play. One of Jethro Tull's most important formalistic contributions to their genre was their pioneering usage of additive rhythms and beats (a technique discussed at length in Allan Moore's excellent book Rock: The Primary Text and referenced in Paul Stump's The Music's All That Matters: A History of Progressive Rock). The style is fully matured on Minstrel's ensemble pieces, distinguishing Tull's rhythm section (drummer Barrie Barlow, bassist Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond and, later, bassist John Glascock) as among the most creative in all of progressive rock. Additionally, Anderson continued to rely less and less on riffs as musical foundations and instead built his songs by weaving together different melodic lines, which increased the compositional potential for harmonic creativity and was conducive to unorthodox verse/chorus structures. It also opened the door for more contrapuntal activity, a trait that Anderson is said to have admired in the music of Gentle Giant.
The second half of Minstrel is taken up mostly by the multi-part "Baker Street Muse," a 17-minute piece that, in retrospect, was the final song approaching this length that Jethro Tull would record. "Baker Street Muse" is evidence that Ian Anderson never did quite master long-form composition, as it is more a sequence of collages than a unified piece. Because I find each of the sections to be melodically appealing and musically interesting, however, I must consider "Baker Street Muse" to be a success; at least, until the various themes are all hurriedly reprised in succession at the song's conclusion.
In my opinion, much of Minstrel In the Gallery displays Jethro Tull at the top of their game. I would recommend it to anyone. The album was remastered in 2002 and now contains a few bonus tracks. While the three studio recordings are all very good — particularly "Summerday Sands" — the two live tracks are irritating: if you're only going to include the intros to "Minstrel in the Gallery" and "Cold Wind to Valhalla," why bother at all?

King Crimson - Lizard (1970 King Crimson - Lizard 1970)

Lizard is very consciously jazz-oriented -- the influence of Miles Davis (particularly Sketches of Spain) being especially prominent -- and very progressive, even compared with the two preceding albums. The pieces are longer and have extensive developmental sections, reminiscent of classical music, and the lyrics are more ornate, while the subject matter is more exotic and rarified -- epic, Ragnarok-like battles between good and evil that run cyclically. The doom-laden mood of the first two albums is just as strong, except that the music is prettier; the only thing missing is a sense of humor. Jon Anderson of Yes guests on one key number, "Prince Rupert Awakes" (which vocalist/bassist Gordon Haskell never completed), and the album is stronger for his presence. At the time of its release, some critics praised Lizard for finally breaking with the formula and structure that shaped the two preceding albums, but overall it's an acquired taste

The Moody Blues-A Question of Balance (1970)

The Moody Blues' first real attempt at a harder rock sound still has some psychedelic elements, but they're achieved with an overall leaner studio sound. The group was trying to take stock of itself at this time, and came up with some surprisingly strong, lean numbers (Michael Pinder's Mellotron is surprisingly restrained until the final number, "The Balance"), which also embraced politics for the first time ("Question" seemed to display the dislocation that a lot of younger listeners were feeling during Vietnam). The surprisingly jagged opening track, "Question," recorded several months earlier, became a popular concert number as well as a number two (or number one, depending upon whose chart one looks at) single. Graeme Edge's "Don't You Feel Small" and Justin Hayward's "It's Up to You" both had a great beat, but the real highlight here is John Lodge's "Tortoise and the Hare," a fast-paced number that the band used to rip through in concert with some searing guitar solos by Hayward. Ray Thomas' "And the Tide Rushes In" (written in the wake of a fight with his wife) is one of the prettiest psychedelic songs ever written, a sweetly languid piece with some gorgeous shimmering instrumental effects. The 1997 remastered edition brings out the guitar sound with amazing force and clarity, and the notes tell a lot about the turmoil the band was starting to feel after three years of whirlwind success. The only loss is the absence of the lyrics included in earlier editions

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The best progressive rock bands according to Rolling Stone Magazine


The best progressive rock bands, as readers of 'Rolling Stone'
A few weeks ago, followers of the American edition of 'RS' voted for their favorite bands of the genre more sophisticated
The number ten shows Dream Theater
Three years ago, New Yorkers collection published Dream Theater Greatest Hit (... And 21 other pretty cool songs). The title refers to the 1992 single Pull me under, who was among the top ten of the rock charts that year and in fact sounded on the radio. For a progressive rock band, especially one that began in the mid-eighties, is a great feat. They failed to repeat it, but that he could not care less about his legion of fans. Probably prefer it that way. Led by guitar god John Petrucci, Dream Theater plays to be considered as the only band worth.
In the ninth The Mars Volta
For some fans of rock, progressive began in the late sixties and ended with King Crimson in the early eighties, when Yes, Genesis and Rush began to achieve success on the radio with songs shorter and less momentous. While gender certainly reached the peak of his popularity at that time, has never entirely disappeared, or at least has not stopped evolving. The Mars Volta may not be progressive in the truest sense of the word, but it is impossible to hear the banda of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and not realize the great influence that gender has had on them and their songs. It is also one of the few progressive formations with a very young age, they would not know to distinguish Robert Fripp (King Crimson) if they are put forward.
It is followed by Tool (8)
If The Mars Volta defined the progressive rock of the last decade, Californians Tool represent the nineties. The group responds more to the progressive metal genre, and retain a huge cult mass despite its low production: been together 21 years, but in that time have only released four albums. They have nothing like a hit single, but fill stadiums and festivals lead whenever they leave the road. They toured in 2010 and spoke of a new album, but their leader, Maynard Kennean, is devoting much time to his side project A Perfect Circle.
From here are beginning to look like the classic of all life
7. Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Some critics say his name sounds more like that of a law firm than that of a rock group, and that is wrong with his pompous stadium rock of the seventies. People say, ironically, by themselves they inspired the punk revolution. That's a lot of responsibility to a single group. Reviews aside, there is no denying the importance of songs like Lucky Man, Karn Evil 9 and her version of Fanfare for the common man. Began as a progressive rock supergroup formed by members of Nice (Emerson), King Crimson (Lake) and Atomic Rooster (Palmer). They combined classical music with progressive and packed stadiums in the mid-seventies, but times changed and soon began to despise each other. There have been regular meetings and last year gave a memorable concert.


6. Yes
His story is the longest soap opera in the history of progressive rock. Alliances within the group can not stop change, and its members come and go. In the center is the bassist Chris Squire, the only man in each version of the training. Everything is very complicated. Anyway, no one can argue that his material early seventies represents some of the best moments in the history of progressive, especially Close to the Edge (1972) and Fragile (1971). Staged a great comeback with Owner of a lonely heart in 1983 but since then have had some ups and downs. In recent years, the original singer Jon Anderson, has been replaced by the leader of a Yes tribute band, now going on tour with former keyboardist Rick Wakeman. It is difficult to explain and understand.
5. King Crimson
The big bang of progressive rock was the debut of King Crimson In the court of the Crimson King (1969). Months after the album release, the original lineup broke up and since Crimson has existed under various forms. The only constant member is Robert Fripp, but seems to have lost interest in the band and do not touch for years.In a diary of 2010, Fripp said: "Now I have more pressing needs to make new music with King Crimson and touring to present to people who would rather listen to the classic [...] The music of any period of the Crimson would be worth Live is worth, but I doubt that you will have some influence on the contemporary musical debate. "Robert, here's an idea: the original group together for one last concert. If you're sick, full circle, back to the beginning and then disconnect.
4. Jethro Tull
In the early nineteenth century, Jethro Tull invented the seed drill, giving way to modern agriculture. About 270 years later, a British band called Aqualung Jethro Tull released, and was born with them progressive rock with flutes of commercial success. No other album reissued as famous, but they tried. The band has 23 albums and do not stop acting. His album Crest of a Knave (1987) grabbed the Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance / metal vocal or instrumental ... And Justice for All, Metallica. They have been teased about this, but it is clear that the Grammys are the bad guys. The Tull were not anti-Metallica, and did not choose its category. Leave them alone.
3. Genesis
The English training does not meet many rules of rock and roll. It is assumed that the bands should not gain popularity over the decades, and should sell more records after the departure of its charismatic leader. The battery should not become a singer. But Genesis are pioneers. The first records of the time of Peter Gabriel, as Foxtrot (1972), given an infinite credibility in the progressive community. In the eighties, Phil Collins had assumed command and delivered pop songs like Illegal alien and In Too Deep. And filled stadiums around the world. It was a strange time.Phil left the band after the tour, 1992 We Can not Dance and his replacement, Ray Wilson, never quite connecting with the audience. The formation of Phil Collins gave concerts in 2007, but Peter Gabriel flatly refuses to commit to a tour. In 2005, convened the group and almost accept a meeting, but he was afraid. This is very frustrating for fans of Genesis.
2. Pink Floyd
We owe it to Bob Geldof. In 2005 it seemed impossible that the classic lineup of Pink Floyd were to tread the boards again. 24 years ago that Roger Waters and David Gilmour did not share the stage. At the time, walked with complaints of the right to use the name, eternal disputes in the press and there was no sign of a meeting. Geldof can be very convincing, and after trying again and again, got to agree to the four men. The four songs they played at the Live 8 sounded glorious.Three years after keyboardist Richard Wright died, ending any real meeting. Did you hear that, Peter Gabriel? If you think you may therefore be too late.
1. Rush
They get first place, and a landslide. The Canadian trio has what is possibly the strongest fan community and rock enthusiast. The band deserves such a commitment. While most peers are separated due to greed or laziness, Rush kept the same lineup since 1975, and his concerts are equally fascinating than before.They also have one of the best drummers in the world, Neil Peart. They just close an epic tour which have touched Moving pictures (1981) from start to finish and are already working on a new album. We hope that next time touching 2112 (1976), is the only way to overcome this last tour.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Todd Rundgren´s Utopia (1974)

After very great albums, of course, I dedicate an article to each gradually Rundgren in 1974 gives us one of the best works of American progressive rock. I am referring to Utopia. That same year he founded a band TR with the same name Utopia, That first training would lead to the great progressive rock album. With a futuristic cover, which was in line with the group's image, inside we found a very elaborate music of the highest quality. The opening track on the album Utopia Theme is a quality exercise brutal. Maybe now your listening to us is complicated by the constant changes of pace. Combined with slow passages attacks lightning fast guitar solos TR answered by keyboard locked in grueling talks between guitars and keyboards.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Black Sabbath-Vol.4 (1972)

Recorded at the Record Plant in mid-summer of 72 and after having been constantly on tour and have recorded the immortal "Masters Of Reality" (1971), the new album of the Sabbath was about to be called "Snowblind" as the cut sixth album where Ozzy shouted "cocaine" after each verse (dedicated to the use and abuse of this drug), which the recording using the aseptic remedied name "vol4" as if at some point had recorded some other album called "Vol", but this was not the only substance that ran through the recording of the album where Ozzy, Iommi, Butler and Ward had more time to try all kinds of arrangements and instrumentation, the subjects divided into several parts and, Still, got to be gold.
Start with the hypnotic and bluesy "Wheels Of Confusion" is great but the bluesy Iommi's influence will soon give way to an insistent riff on which Ozzy pour his words until the 2:30 minutes everything changes and the work of Ward looks alone on an issue that has both metal and blues, classic rock, progressive and some psychedelia. When there are just under four minutes Iommi riff starts again start to finish in rolls and ecstasy of "The Straightener" which, thanks again to Ward, it sounds seventies and blanket the sharp Iommi solo. "Tomorrow's Dream" is more like a single that we can find on this record and it was published, the first single from Black Sabbath from "Paranoid" about the comparisons, without ever detracting from this topic with a riff playful ending overlapping with a guitar, facing down the stretch, looks off into the sky.
The piano of "Changes" is a big surprise with the Mellotron that shelters Ozzy's voice, intensely dramatic, as he sings about the loss of a loved one, "I'm Going Through Changes ...". Emotional, straightforward, and surprisingly for a band like Sabbath, a registry change that is appreciated all the great riffs that make up the disk. It reaches "FX", the "Martian" instrumental album that all of the seventies, in which the most addictive substances have been involved in the process of recording or composition should include. In "Supernaut" Ward warms up with its charles and Iommi is started with a metal riff house brand in which you realize what these current Black Sabbath still sound and the amount of artists that have influenced. Iommi's solo is so muscular and so full of bad milk'm glad to hear it again and again. But we could not ignore the excellent work of Ward, not only at the end of this song that gives us all a lesson after the patches, but throughout the disc. It is truly overwhelming as it comes to sound every second of the album.
"Snowblind" and Ozzy presents "snow blind" in which, rather than warn or instruct, tell us how you live rather the effects of cocaine. It is striking that under a depressing background vocal harmony singing Ozzy sounds so festive and even when they change gears and accelerate precipitously to return to the original riff but this time with new fixes, Iommi just as only he can end a matter of Sabbath .
The groovie and burdensome "Cornucopia" (one that will go down in history as that in which I was to pinpoint Ward being fired tired of repeating again and again) that stretches slow and heavy as a giant just waking to try to move fairly quickly and leave the heavy groove with which it has started listening to the work of Ward and the variety of rhythmic patterns which boasts one is not strange at all that the poor sick of trying it ended Bill again and again.
"Laguna Sunrise" is an acoustic instrumental, beautiful and idyllic, like an oasis after the grim and monolithic "Conucopia", a small haven of peace before the electric "St. Vitus Dance" with a rough distortion Iommi's guitar that plays a couple of riffs that alternates as if they were the change of mind and a sick mind. And the journey ends with "Under The Sun", with an unmistakable sound of the quartet of Birmingham itself brings us back to his first album. After a sprint, an ancestral gong, change gears and just "Everyday Comes & Goes" with Iommi as a real player in a trance and progressive metal. They do not make records like they used to!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Rush-Rush (1974)


Rush's debut album released in 1974, with a cover which has remained as one of the classic images associated with the band despite its simplicity.
In this first album had not yet built even Neil Peart on drums logically nor its enigmaticand magical letters.
And it shows that it was the missing piece as it is an album with a sound basic and simple, with a rock that does not include any keyboard, especially loud voice and a clear influence of the music of Led Zeppelin as "What you're doing "and then some.
Yet we leave a couple of songs as classics of their repertoire, in fact still playing themlive and "Finding My Way", "In The Mood" and "Working Man".
Personally I like is "Here again" with a stunning Alex Lifeson on guitar.
Very good album, but it's debut and this has only just begun, but eventually would become a classic of rock.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Frank Zappa-Guitar Vol.1 & Vol. 2 (1988)

This double album released in 1988 and nominated for the Grammy for best instrumental album, has the distinction of being nothing more and nothing less than a long compilation of live guitar solos. Independent of the original issues, edited in such a way that look-and-pieces are musical in its own right. Or rather, an almost endless piece of music that starts at the first groove of the first album and ends at the last second, because the solos are engaged and produced enough to force some sort of unity. There are no breaks. There, almost abruptly at the turn of a "theme" to the other. And yet it works, among other things because of the music of Zappa, who improvises as other components. Is a guitarist exemplary virtuous without exhibitionism, never losing idiosyncratic communication skills: their sentences are thoughts, compulsive movements. Many people have to hate this album, with that passion pop and punk (those brothers) have inculcated and ultimately make a stupid prejudice toward long jams and more or less complex (meaning "complex" rather than using more three major chords ...). Too bad, their loss. This album is, after all, true jazz, true art, true chamber music, real music. To think and write and work, or just listen. Accompanying emotional and never bored. Moreover, as is usual Zappa, the titles are quite funny, such as the sensual and delicate blues that opens the album is titled "Sexual Harassment in the Workplace"
In addition Zappa album as usual he surrounds himself with very great musicians like Steve Vai, Vinnie Colaiuta, Chad Wakerman and Peter Wolf among others.