The Beatles were kind of my “gateway” band. Before I discovered them, I liked music probably about as much as your average teenager. After I discovered them, I became what I suppose you would call a “music fanatic”. Their music resonated with me on many different levels and I was amazed at the transformational musical journey they had made in less than a decade. Once I had absorbed just about everything they had done I moved on to explore the musical catalogs of Badfinger, The Who, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, and countless other classic rock bands. Eventually my explorations led me to Yes, The Moody Blues, Genesis, ELP, and the entire world of Progressive Rock. But I really owe it all to the Beatles…for me they were the spark. If you listen to interviews with many of the people who went on to found some of the greatest Golden Age Prog bands, you will also find that many of them were directly influenced in some way by the Beatles.
So I always knew that I would do some kind of Beatles show at some point. The impetus to finally do it came a few weeks ago when I was presented with an opportunity to interview Tom Murray, an author and photographer who actually spent a whole day taking some beautiful, classic, color photos of the Beatles back in 1968, on the eve of the release of The White Album. Tom has since published a book called “Mad Day Out” with not only his Beatles photos from that day, but also lots of other great pictures from the heady days of the 1960s. Speaking to Tom was a link to the legend of the Beatles.
So I offer you Prog-Watch 528 – A Celebration of the Music of the Beatles! The program features a few of the Beatles “proggier” tracks, a few cool tribute tunes, and lots of great covers of Beatles songs by some Prog and Prog-related artists. Plus a bit of my chat with Mr. Tom Murray. I hope you will join me!
Other artists featured include Matthew Sweet, ELO, Stackridge, BJH, Bloodrock, Yes, Steve Hillage, Arjen Lucassen, Paul Carrack, Harry Nilsson, Phil Collins and The Gods.
528: A Celebration of the Music of The Beatles
Time Of The Season by The Zombies is one of the first songs I can remember hearing as a child, and that strange beat and smooth, almost ethereal (over an AM radio!) vocal made a lasting impression. So it was with great pleasure that I was actually able to interview the owner of that voice, Mr. Colin Blunstone, a few weeks back! As an original British Invasion artist he had many recollections of those heady days, and also talked about his solo career, and time spent with The Alan Parsons Project and the offshoot band Keats. Tune in to this week’s Prog-Watch to hear some of that interview, and a whole lot of great music by The Zombies, The APP, Keats, Colin alone, and some bloke named Neil MacArthur! (If you don’t know who this is, tune in and find out!)
527: In Conversation with Colin Blunstone of The Zombies & The Alan Parsons Project
On next week’s Prog-Watch my special guest is Colin Blunstone! Hear some of my chat with this legendary, original British Invasion artist, plus lots of great music from The Zombies, Keats, The Alan Parson Project, and his solo career!
Starts this Sunday on Progzilla.com!
This week on Prog-Watch it’s the long-awaited return of THE DOCTOR, Rob Fisher, with another great edition of Progressive Discoveries! This edition centers on the exciting new album by Sharon den Adel’s solo project My Indigo. Prepare for something a bit different! Also on this week’s program: a lot of great Progressive Rock (this ain’t Rap-Watch!) from Yuka & Chronoship, The Dame, Armonite, Emerson, Lake and Powell, Gazpacho, World Trade, The J Conspiracy, IO Earth, and BangTower!
525: Variety + My Indigo on Progressive Discoveries
Jerry Marotta is one of the most prolific drummers in the history of modern music. He has played on literally hundreds of records and has worked with acts such as Orleans, Hall & Oates, The Indigo Girls, Stackridge, Marshall Crenshaw, The Dream Academy, Tears For Fears, Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney, and many, many more. Of particular note to Progressive Rock music fans is his association with Peter Gabriel, Tony Levin, and Trey Gunn of King Crimson, who now works with Jerry in the Security Project. Jerry is my esteemed guest on this week’s Prog-Watch, and he talks at length about working with the Prog icons just mentioned, and what he is up to now. Along the way we will hear lots of great music from the progressive end of his resume.
524: In Conversation with Jerry Marotta
As one of the most prolific drummers in the history of modern music, Jerry Marotta has played with a lot of great musicians in his time! But for Prog-heads, he may best be know for his time in Peter Gabriel’s “house” band, and his associations with bass and stick masters Tony Levin and Trey Gunn. On this week’s Prog-Watch Jerry will talk at length about working with those artists just mentioned, and we will be sampling music from all of those collaborations and more, including music from his current band with Trey Gunn, The Security Project! Starts Sunday on Progzilla.com!