Topic: Prog Rock Wednesdays
Inspired by our very own BadEye (also a fellow Nova Scotian) and his "Friday Night Blues Fix", I've decided to offer a weekly favorite selection of what's called Progressive Rock. For the most part, I'll try to use clips of live concerts, rather than studio versions.
Like many music forms, Prog Rock has survived for decades, and gone through various evolutions and incarnations. Some of this is partly due to what various people actually term as "Prog Rock, so I'll have a go as well:
Generally, PR involves typically more complicated musical structures than many other more modern (20th and 21st century) forms. Often the 4-piece or 5-piece ensemble (drums, guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards) are used in different and often inventive ways. At times there is a greater emphasis on the musical skills of the group, but not always. A great many of the very best musicians are not PR musicians. The music is more conceptual in form, and the messages can tend to get somewhat ethereal or philosophical, often being criticized for being pretentious and uppity. PR typically demands more of the listener, as it is not a form that can just mutter away in the background, or rarely can it be danced to. Tracks are typically much longer than the 2-4 minutes of many pop sings, and often involve several changes of musical scenery throughout. So much for trying to be brief!
So we'll start this thread off with a personal fav by Uriah Heep: "The Magician's Birthday Party" The guitarist is one of the orginal band members, Mick Box, playing my all-time favorite guitar, a Les Paul Custom: