Tag Archives: Prog rock

Some Pink Floyd for the weekend

This week it’s the ultimate chill out band, Pink Floyd. One of the most iconic and successful bands in British music, having sold more than 250 million records worldwide. They specialised in prog rock and sonic experimentation. Dave Gilmore’s stunning guitar solos have been consistently voted some of the best of all time, and are demonstrated to great effect here.

These are two tracks from two of their most famous albums “Wish You Were Here” and “The Wall”

“Shine On You Crazy Diamond (parts 1-5)” on the 1975 album “Wish You Were Here”. Note that part 1 starts very quiet. Gilmore’s four note riff from 03:55 which kicks off part 2 is iconic. Part 3 starts at 06:28. Roger Waters’ vocals start part 4 at 08:43. Part 5 starts at 11:10.
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“Comfortably Numb” from the 1979 double album “The Wall”. Vocals shared by Roger Waters and Dave Gilmore. Waters being the opening verse starting with “hello, hello, is there anybody in there” and Gilmore doing the chorus starting with “There is no pain, you are receding” and “I have become comfortably numb”. Waters continues with another verse “o.k. just a little pin prick” and Gilmore with another chorus “There is no pain you are receding”.
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Some late 70s prog rock for the weekend

This week we have two prog rock tracks from 1978 from two very successful exponents of the genre. Prog rock is often criticised for being very self indulgent and overblown and some of it can be, but the musicianship cannot be denied and sometimes it can be very beautiful and atmospheric and I think these two tracks show that.

“Many Too Many” by Genesis from their album “… And Then There Were Three”
The album title refers to them becoming a trio (Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks (who wrote this song) and Phil Collins) after the departure of guitarist Steve Hackett the previous year and original lead singer Peter Gabriel who left in 1975. Drummer Phil Collins took over reluctantly as lead singer after Gabriel’s departure after an unsuccessful search for a replacement.
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“Onward” by Yes from their album “Tormato” (spelt that way!)
This song was written by founding member Chris Squire who died last year and was the only member of Yes to be there for all their albums.
Lead singer Jon Anderson and keyboardist Rick Wakeman left the band after this album, both later to return though!
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