“A Farewell to Rush (Almost!)” – How 2112 saved Rush’s Career!

It’s 1975 and Rush are in trouble. There was an initial feeling of pride permeating within the trio when they first listened back to their ambitious third studio album Caress of Steel. It was certainly a development from the straightforward rock imbued Fly By Night, as the band began experimenting with longer song forms, complexContinue reading ““A Farewell to Rush (Almost!)” – How 2112 saved Rush’s Career!”

Neo-Prog: What’s with the ‘neo’ anyway?

Picture this: we are heading towards the end of the 70s, in which the golden age of the progressive rock movement is in a state of turmoil. King Crimson are currently inactive, the members of Yes are in disagreement over musical direction and are soon to lose Anderson and Wakeman, whilst Genesis, already without enigmaticContinue reading “Neo-Prog: What’s with the ‘neo’ anyway?”

Moving Pictures: Moving Rush into the ‘Limelight’?

Moving Pictures’ was the eighth studio album released by Rush in 1981, a band that had thus far in their career created definitive prog epics such as ‘2112’ and ‘Hemispheres’. However, this is a vital record in the respect that it acted as a musical keystone; it fused their past silk kimono wearing, prog epic days with a new approach inspired by the ever changing musical context they were living in.

A Matter of Discipline – King Crimson’s ‘Discipline’

As an album this was brave in many ways; new line-up, new instruments and ambitious experiments with sound that certainly differs from the sound of earlier albums such as ‘Red’ and ‘In the Court of the Crimson King’. Therefore, it is fair to call this a true example of ‘prog’ rock due to Fripp’s determinationContinue reading “A Matter of Discipline – King Crimson’s ‘Discipline’”

Fear of Another Blank Planet…Or Our Own?

In the Porcupine Tree catalogue, “Fear of a Blank Planet” impresses me the most in many different ways. The subject matter was so relevant for the time of its release, dealing with the typical behaviors of the youth in society due to technology, drugs and mental health problems. The album only becomes more and moreContinue reading “Fear of Another Blank Planet…Or Our Own?”

Richard Wright – a gentle soul gone too soon

Join us in celebrating the birthday of Richard Wright with a brief essay on the history and greatness of the Pink Floyd co founder, keyboardist, and vocalist.

Close to the Edge … Quite Literally!

September of 1972 marked the release of quintessential progressive rock album Close to the Edge, from Yes. Recorded in a period of approximately six months following the bands tour of previous album, Fragile. The band chose a different approach to song composition, with inspiration from classical music structure; the band composed three long tracks consistingContinue reading “Close to the Edge … Quite Literally!”