Posts Tagged ‘Beck’

Mission Immersion 11.0 – 666 by Aphrodite’s Child

January 30, 2012

Vertigo 1972

I’m not quite sure how one ends up really liking progressive rock, but I know that when I first heard it, I wasn’t much of a fan. For instance, when I first tried listening to Rush, every bone in my body and every instinct I had told me to hate it. But, for some reason, I could never get enough of songs like “Freewill”, “The Spirit of Radio”, and “The Camera Eye”, and that list has grown substantially over time. Rush is an odd case, too, because it seems for every person who says they like Rush, about 15 say they hate them – which can’t really be true, since Rush is one of the biggest selling rock bands of all time. SOMEONE bought those records, and at this point in my life, I’m happy to say that I am one of those people.

Rush is a special case, though – they are the everyman’s prog rock band. Sure, they have some weird, geeky shit, but their best stuff also incorporates bits of pop and other more accessible types of music, which is one reason why they have been able to maintain such popularity over the years. The term “progressive rock” generally refers to the inaccessibly weird – stuff like Van Der Graaf Generator, Popol Vuh, Premiata Forneria Marconi, Can, and even the first few Yes records are good examples. Especially in the cases of Van Der Graaf Generator and Yes, this is abrasive and bloated music, usually most appreciated by scholars of music theory or just plain music nerds. There is no formula to these songs, only the state of mind that whoever wrote them was in at the time, and stream-of-consciousness composition takes precedence over any sort of pop rules.

Not to say they created the genre, but with 666, a Greek band called Aphrodite’s Child set a new standard as to how far the prog rock ideal could actually be taken. (more…)

The Top Ten Record Makers of Today

April 5, 2010

As we enter this new decade, it is already apparent that in the rock production world, a changing of the guard is at hand. There is a whole new batch of producers, engineers, songwriters and arrangers that are setting a new standard for music today, and thanks to them, it seems we’ll have many more years of memorable tune-age to expect. This list compiles the people who, in my mind, currently stand out as the ones to watch, for their future potential as much as their already impressive achievements. (more…)

Record Geek Heaven’s Top 50 Albums of the Decade (part 2)

January 2, 2010

Now to finish it off!

25. BjorkSelmasongs (2000)

Like the film Dancer in the Dark did for the musical, “In the Musicals” reinvents the musical number. It has all the rising, uplifting trajectory of the best Rogers & Hammerstein tunes without being cheesy and overbearing like those were. Sure, musicals were the thing back in the forties, but it can be safely said that their popularity and credibility are slipping these days. (more…)

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