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Message started by alan sharkey on 6th Jun, 2015 at 10:57am

Title: Als Prog #1
Post by alan sharkey on 6th Jun, 2015 at 10:57am
Good morning/afternoon/evening everyone.

Darran very kindly asked me if I'd like to host some programming as a DJ. I thought long and hard and accepted (it didn't actually take very long). The next post or two will list the music and the dates and also some of my prog-rock history.

I'm also attaching an Excel spreadsheet which contains the tracks and a link to Prog-archives for each band so you can read up about them.

Some of the music will be very familiar, and (hopefully) some of it will be very new to you. O do hope you enjoy it - and I want comments back (good or bad) so I can tailor future sessions.

So, this first one is about my musical history. It goes (mostly) from old to new over a period of 4 hours with some short and some long songs.

The dates are:

Monday the 15th of June @ 8:00pm
Wednesday the 17th of June @ 2:00pm
Friday the 19th of June @ 9:00pm
Sunday the 21st of June @ 11:00am

This is my music list (I'll work out how to straighten it out one day)

Artist              Album                             Track
Pink Floyd      Atom Heart Mother                 Atom Heart Mother- Father's Shout-Breast Milky-Mother Fore-Funky Dung
Aardvark        Aardvark                          Very nice of you to call
King Crimson    In the Court of the Crimson King  The Court of the Crimson King
Genesis         Nursery Cryme                     The Musical Box
Genesis              Nursery Cryme                     For Absent Friends
Greenslade      Bedside Manners Are Extra         Pilgrims Progress
Alquin          Mountain Queen                    Mountain Queen
ELP             ELP                               The Three fates
Rare Bird       Rare Bird [1969]                  Beautiful Scarlet
Genesis         Selling England by the pound      The Battle of Epping Forest
Queen           A Night at he Opera               Bohemian Rhapsody
Peter Gabriel   Peter Gabriel                     Waiting for the big one
Dire Straits    Dire Straits                      Sultans of Swing
PFM             World Became the World            The World Became the World
Stackridge      Stackridge                        Marzo Plod
Marillion       Script for a Jester's Tear        Script for a Jester's Tear
IQ              Tales From the Lush Attic         The last human gateway
Pendragon       The Jewel [Bonus Tracks]          Higher Circles
Grey Lady Down  Crime                             All Join Hands
Arena           Songs from the Lions Cage         Out of the Wilderness
The Enid        In the Region of the Summer Stars In the Region of the Summer Stars
Phideaux        Ghost Story                       A Curse of Miracles
Taurus          Evolution                         The Boatman
Crucible        Tall Tales                        Over the Falls
Eloy            Inside                            Land of No Body
Knight Area     Sun Also Rises                    The Gate of Eternity
Watch           Ghost                             The Ghost and the Teenager
Kaipa           Angling Feelings                  Angling Feelings
Unifaun         Unifaun                           Birth of Biggie
Yes             The Yes Album                     Starship Trooper

The attachment has all the above and more in an excel spreadsheet.

Next post - my music history.

Alan; (11 KB | 445 )

Title: Re: Als Prog #1
Post by alan sharkey on 6th Jun, 2015 at 10:58am
Music has always played a large part of my life; starting in the late 1950’s when my parent spent the rates money on a new stereogram – so we always had music around the house. Buddy Holly, Eddie Chochran, anyone who was a “rebel” and different – we had them all.

In the early 60’s I grew up with the Beatles and the other 60’s phenomenon – far too many to mention. Interestingly, I never really got on with the Rolling Stones or the Who but preferred the Kinks, the Small Faces and other less popular groups. Pink Floyd were a favourite, but I was a bit biased as I was taught by Roger Waters’ mother and was at the same school as them (although not in the same year).
And so I dipped my toes into the waters that became Prog-Rock. Pink Floyd were the start (I went to see them at Hyde Park where they recorded Atom Heart Mother) and then my parents (my Mum, I think) bought home The Yes Album. Wow! What a group. Others followed, most of which have never been heard of since (who remembers Aardvark?).

I wasn’t neglecting my classical education either. I’d heard a recording of Paganini’s 3rd on the radio and got hooked on him and ended up with all his works. My father was into folk music (he was one of the founders of the Cambridge Folk Festival) and classical too and I was exposed to all manner of people (Pete Seeger and Paul Simon both came round and we had loads of music parties in the early and late 60’s). Then I went to see A Clockwork Orange – very violent film, but the music!!! Got me well into classical.

But I digress. I got to the heady age of 19 and heard (at Durham Uni where I was visiting friends) the first two tracks of Genesis’s Nursery Crymes. I had no idea what it was but I loved it. So, my friends made me a copy of those two tracks on a reel-reel tape and I took it back down to Cambridge on my motorcycle. It didn’t help that the reel came loose and unspun all down the A1, but I retrieved it and it still played. I soon found out what it was and proceeded to buy every Genesis album I could find.

College followed (Durham and Sunderland) and I made loads of friends who had similar tastes. The list of music I bought (generally second hand – there was a decent record shop nearby) was wide ranging: Supertramp. Stackridge, Phil Collins, Queen, David Bowie. Heart. Jethro Tull, Paganini, Rare bird, Rick Wakeman, the Strawbs, The Enid, The Nice, ELP, Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash, The Alan Parsons Project and a load of others. I still have a fair number of them up in the loft today.

The 1980’s was a bleak time for me – apart from Marillion and IQ. But I had other things to worry about including marriage, a child and divorce. Then a new job with DEC (I am still there today).

And so into the ‘90’s. A brief sojourn into Blues and Jazz didn’t last too long and I was back with my favourite prog rock. This meant more IQ, Pendragon, Galahad and Arena. Which was fine for a while but I needed more – and there was. Loads of it. Just scouring the web was wonderful. I also conversed with Martin Orford of IQ and realised these “gods” were just normal men – but with a talent I envied.

Into the 21st century and my quest (and buying spree) continued. I found Stellar Attraction (thanks Darran) and loads more artists. Until we get to today. Prog Rock is alive and well and I have thousands of albums to share with you.

Just as a taster, these are some of the artists that I have NOT included today – some you will know, some you won’t:
•      Phish
•      Wishbone Ash
•      Acoustic Alchemy
•      Gary Moore
•      Asia
•      Supertramp
•      Taurus
•      Big Big Train
•      Comedy of Errors
•      Laggan Rye
•      Rick Wakeman
•      Ayreon
•      Glasshammer
•      Mystery
•      Pallas
•      Camel
•      It Bites
•      Presto Ballet
•      Twelth Knight
•      GPS
•      Icom
•      MEW
•      Karmekanic
•      Mindgames
•      Unitopia
•      Flash Range
•      Forgotten Suns
•      Fish on Friday
•      K2
•      Deexpus
•      Karnataka
•      Lonely Robot
•      Days Between Stations

So, if you like what you hear, then this is what you can look forward to in the future


Title: Re: Als Prog #1
Post by Yes Phreak on 6th Jun, 2015 at 11:06pm
Woahya!!   nice one Alan.  Cheers  8-) 8-)

Title: Re: Als Prog #1
Post by Foxtrot on 7th Jun, 2015 at 2:07am
A good read Alan.Thanks I will be listening.

Title: Re: Als Prog #1
Post by MickK on 7th Jun, 2015 at 5:15am
Good luck Alan, sounds like an interesting project. Nice to have another DJ on S.A.  [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

Title: Re: Als Prog #1
Post by ProgMaster on 7th Jun, 2015 at 11:40pm
Many thanks for putting this session together, Alan. I'm sure that it will go down well - welcome aboard as a S.A. DJ  [smiley=smiley.gif]

Title: Re: Als Prog #1
Post by alan sharkey on 8th Jun, 2015 at 6:34pm
Thanks all. I'm getting stuff ready for #2, just in case you like #1  :D ;D

Title: Re: Als Prog #1
Post by alan sharkey on 15th Jun, 2015 at 8:03pm
Thanks for the nice intro, Darran.


Title: Re: Als Prog #1
Post by Yes Phreak on 15th Jun, 2015 at 8:12pm
Just in time for the start!!! Cheers alan 8-) 8-)

Title: Re: Als Prog #1
Post by alan sharkey on 15th Jun, 2015 at 8:16pm
Enjoy - I hope you like some of the less well known ones. My tastes are a little different from Darrans as you will find out (if I am allowed to do more).


Title: Re: Als Prog #1
Post by Janey on 15th Jun, 2015 at 11:01pm
have I missed Bohemian Rhapsody?? :-/

Title: Re: Als Prog #1
Post by alan sharkey on 15th Jun, 2015 at 11:10pm
Yes, I think so, assuming Darran played them in the order I showed above.


Title: Re: Als Prog #1
Post by Yes Phreak on 15th Jun, 2015 at 11:15pm
Yup its been played 8-) 8-)

Title: Re: Als Prog #1
Post by Janey on 15th Jun, 2015 at 11:18pm

Yes Phreak wrote on 15th Jun, 2015 at 11:15pm:
Yup its been played 8-) 8-)

but I can listen agaib on Wednesday! :P :-*

Title: Re: Als Prog #1
Post by Yes Phreak on 16th Jun, 2015 at 12:22am
Brill session mate!!!  : 8-)

Title: Re: Als Prog #1
Post by alan sharkey on 16th Jun, 2015 at 10:40am
Thank you.

Yes, it's on again during next week a few times.

If you've liked it, I'll set up a new session in a month or so. All feedback (good and bad) is appreciated.


Title: Re: Als Prog #1
Post by Yes Phreak on 19th Jun, 2015 at 11:13pm
Loved that stackridge.   never heard them before 8-) 8-)

Title: Re: Als Prog #1
Post by alan sharkey on 22nd Jun, 2015 at 3:41pm
Ok, so the list has been played a few times. I'm now thinking about another one (if Darran lets me).

I've got some ideas (themes?) in mind. I'd appreciate some opinions.
1. All stuff you may not know. This would be artists I have found but that I haven't seen on Darrans playlists.
2. New vs old. Look for new (recent) artists and compare them with where I think they came from. Example- I think Glasshammer sound like Yes, so play a track from each one after the other.
3. Shorties - no track longer than 5 minutes. I know it goes against the grain for prog-rock, but it would mean, if you don't like a track, you don't have long to wait for the next one.
3. Longies - the opposite. No track shorter than 15 minutes which allows you to really get the "feel" of an artist.

So, what do you think?


Title: Re: Als Prog #1
Post by Yes Phreak on 23rd Jun, 2015 at 12:03am
Go for 2 andv 3 Alan!!    8-) great session 8-)

Title: Re: Als Prog #1
Post by Foxtrot on 24th Jun, 2015 at 1:05am
Thank you for this show alan.I am looking forward to the next.

Title: Re: Als Prog #1
Post by ProgMaster on 26th Jun, 2015 at 11:16pm
Thanks once again for putting this together, Alan. Very well received and popular inaugural session - please let me know as and when you're ready to go again !



Title: Re: Als Prog #1
Post by alan sharkey on 28th Jun, 2015 at 11:06pm
I'll start putting another track list together next week. Thanks again for the offer.


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