ProgBlog web hosting work
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Live music returns!
A year after my last attendance at a live music event, 346 days to be precise, I finally got to see bands playing again. A review of HRH Prog X is included in the blog The Return of Live Music https://www.progblog.co.uk/the-blogs/4583484660/The-Return-of-Live-Music/11644911 but I’ve since been to the A Sunday in September mini-festival see the Facebook post A Sunday in September along with Steve Hackett at my local venue, Croydon’s Fairfield Halls
The ProgBlog music library continues to expand despite months without being able to enter a record store. Acquisitions since the last ProgBlog Diary include:
Isotope (vinyl) – Isotope; Where the Journey Begins (download) – Jana Draka; Cloud About Mercury (v) – David Torn; A Curious Feeling (v) – Tony Banks; You Will Know When The Time Is Right (d) – The Resonance Association; Caravan and the New Symphonia (v) – Caravan; Blue Jays (v) – Justin Hayward and John Lodge; With the Compliments of Nuclear Physics (v) – Metamono; Creative Listening (v) – Metamono; Livemiles (v) – Tangerine Dream; Altitude (v) – Lifesigns; Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe (v) – Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe; Octoberon (v) – Barclay James Harvest; The Book of Invasions: A Celtic Symphony (v) – Horslips; Oxygene (v) – Jean-Michel Jarre; Arzachel (v) – Uriel; Little Red Record (v) – Matching Mole; Common Ground (v) – Big Big Train; Wet Dream (v) – Richard Wright; Stratosfear (v) – Tangerine Dream; Summereve (d) – Höstsonaten; Les Chateaux de la Loire (d) – Ellesmere; Phosphorescent Dreams (v) – Univers Zero; Still (v) – Peter Sinfield; Fly High Fall Far (v) – Pendragon; Madness and Magic (v) – Arabs in Aspic; Two Fridas (CD) – Metamorphic; Prog 50 (book) – Maurizio Galia; Jon Anderson and The Warriors: The Road to Yes (b) – David Watkinson; Mässan (v) – Kosmogon; Rohmer (CD) – Rohmer; To Touch the Sky (CD) – The Emerald Dawn; Unite EP (CD) – The Resonance Association; Manifesto (CD) – The Resonance Association; The Moment Has Passed (CD) – The Resonance Association; Failure of the Grand Design (CD) – The Resonance Association; Clarity in Darkness (CD) – The Resonance Association; We Still Have The Stars (v) – The Resonance Association; Heliopause (CD) – The Resonance Association; This Building Is Under Electronic Surveillance At All Times (CD) – Daniel Vincent; Deconstructing Obsession (cassette) – Dominic Hemy; Allium: Una Storia (CD) – Tillison Reingold Tiranti; Live and Let Live (v) – Twelfth Night; Underwater Sunlight (v) – Tangerine Dream; Bursting at the Seams (v) – Strawbs; Surrender of Silence (v) – Steve Hackett
The majority of acquisitions were on vinyl, and most of these were second-hand purchases from shops around south London and the south coast. Much of the new vinyl was sourced from physical shops, Madness and Magic was a birthday present, Steve Hackett’s Surrender of Silence was bought at his Croydon concert; and We Still Have The Stars was part of a Mrs Vee record package (along with other The Resonance Association CDs) jokingly referred to as ‘landfill prog’ by Daniel Vincent, who kindly hand delivered the box of goodies.
David Watkinson has done a good job pulling all the strands together to create a comprehensive history of The Warriors in his book Jon Anderson and The Warriors: The Road to Yes and though I enjoyed reading it, I fear it’s a book for completists. Prog 50 Progressive Rock Around the World in 50 Years is an illustrated paperback reference guide that describes itself as ‘a first true encyclopedia’ [sic] with a collection of over 1000 musicians and over 2000 images, including some of rare LPs, presented in a single book. Galia’s work has been aided by a group of Italian prog and psyche musicians, industry insiders, collectors and experts and I can confirm that the coverage of Italian bands up to 2017 is first rate, but the work on other musicians from all around the world is also really impressive. The list is divided into three parts: Kings; Knights; and Troopers, marking divisions in degree of success, with each part divided up into geographical region and then country. I’ve seen the division ‘majors’ and ‘minors’ in a couple of the books I own written on progressivo italiano and it does make it slightly more difficult to browse – there is a full index of bands so it isn’t a real problem – and I suspect the opinions on degree of success is one of the area Galia suggests was a source of healthy disagreement between the collators – but that’s just prog!
Steve Hackett, Seconds Out + More Tour, Fairfield Halls, Croydon October 4th 2021