King Crimson – The Lizard Suite

If you did not read “Lizard” part one and two, start here. Just as unexpected as side A of the album may have sounded, to anyone hoping to get another “In the Court of The Crimson King”, just as unexpected come Jon Andersons vocals, at the beginning of the 23 minute “Lizard”, a beautiful symphonic … Continue reading King Crimson – The Lizard Suite

Looking at you kid

In my series of early 70’s masterpieces we are usually swimming in prog rock waters, but this one is a quite different story. Some would claim it to be prog, as they would with any album they like from the 70’s, but to be honest the only thing very “prog” was the producer, former Crimson … Continue reading Looking at you kid

Crimson – Playing Indoor Games

Friday is Fripp day. After opening the doors of Symphonic Rock wide open, with the milestone album, In the Court of the Crimson King: An Observation by King Crimson in 1969, and paving the way for what was to become the super groups of Progressive Symphonic Rock, “Emerson, Lake & Palmer” , “Yes” and “Genesis”. … Continue reading Crimson – Playing Indoor Games

Mrs Tippett – Leaving It All Behind

Was reading some stuff about the brilliant Keith Tippett this morning, widely known for his wonderful piano solo on King Crimsons Cat Food and contributions to Crimson albums “In the Wake of Poseidon”, “Lizard” and “Islands”. In this process I stumbled into his wife, and she will be my focus in this post. Season Of … Continue reading Mrs Tippett – Leaving It All Behind

Guapo – Elixirs from R.I.O

Guapo is a British experimental rock band formed by drummer Dave Smith and guitarist/vocalist Matt Thompson, joined by Guy Siddle also known as “Pid” they released their first CD “Towers Open Fire” in 1997. The album is sophisticated hardcore/punk, quite interesting, but not really symptomatic of the Guapo that I’m writing about today. The first … Continue reading Guapo – Elixirs from R.I.O

and the time is…then

After their eponymous debut, Yes  released “Time and a Word” in summer 1970. The line-up was unchanged, but this time the album features a brass and strings orchestra on almost every track, which leaves the listener with a more Progressive Rock sound, pointing towards the future Yes. They were thinking about using a Mellotron but … Continue reading and the time is…then

from Jewel to Masquerade

Pendragon: literally Head-Dragon, meaning  Chief of Warriors. Often refers directly to legend of “Uther Pendragon” father of “King Arthur” Pendragon is a band, formed in the late 70’s in Stroud, a medium size town about 10 miles south of Gloucester England. After some years living in obscurity while developing their progressive rock sound, the band got … Continue reading from Jewel to Masquerade

Connections

On 13 January 2017, Swedish band Pain of Salvation released In the Passing Light of Day, a concept album based around the true story of bandleader Daniel Gildenlöw hospitalization due to a deadly streptococcal infection, and the reflections it created in him. I’m always careful about overpraising a relative new release, but in this case … Continue reading Connections

Stockholm & Pygmalion’s Ladder

“Stockholm” is a track from American band OSIs third studio album “Blood” from 2009. The track features OSI members, guitarist/basist, Jim Matheos (Fates Warning) and keyboardist Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, Dream Theater), with the addition of drummer Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson) and vocals by Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) The Track was written by Matheos/Moore, … Continue reading Stockholm & Pygmalion’s Ladder

The John Paul Jones Story Part 6

In 2001 Jones released his 2nd solo album “The Thunderthief”, again  on Fripp’s DGM label. Again he produced the album, and played a lot of different instruments : vocals, 12-string bass guitars, bass, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, electric mandolin, piano, organ, synthesizer, Kyma, koto, autoharp, ukelele, harmonica. With Terl Bryant (Iona) on drums. Nick Beggs, … Continue reading The John Paul Jones Story Part 6