Purple and Rock are two of my all favorite expressions. The latest issue of Classic Rock Magazine (June 2018, Issue 249) features extensive coverage about the Deep Purple Family. There was a period of time when they were the pinnacle of rock.
I have been a Deep Purple fan since ’68 when I first heard their hit single “Hush” on progressive rock radio (WNEW-FM, 102.7, NYC). “Hush” celebrates its 50th anniversary in June. Amazing.
This issue is a in-depth read, 28 pages to be precise. Starting with Deep Purple, then onto Dio and Rainbow, followed by Coverdale & Whitesnake, and more… A total steal at $3.99!
Kudos to Sian Llewellyn, Editor and her team of writers. This is rock curation at its finest!
Yes is a progressive rock band that I return to often as their music echoes as poetry in the Music Of Our Heart. I obtained this issue of The Ultimate Music Guide Yes via the Uncut North America Digital Magazine Music Store. I couldn’t find it in my local magazine rack at Barnes & Noble. Isn’t that what my iPad Pro and the Web is designed to accomplish 😉
2018 marks 50 years since progressive folk-rock band Jethro Tull jumped onto the British music scene. Released between Songs From The Wood (1977) and Stormwatch (1979), Heavy Horses was the second of a trilogy of folk-rock albums from Jethro Tull.
The 40th anniversary ‘New Shoes Edition’ of Heavy Horses, is a 3CD/ 2DVD boxset that features the original album with nine additional bonus tracks, seven of which are previously unreleased. The ‘New Shoes Edition’ also contains a live concert from May 1978, and two DVDs which feature the original, bonus and live tracks all mixed to surround sound by Steven Wilson and Jakko Jakszyk. A 96-page booklet covers a history of the album and corresponding tour, complete lyrics, rare photos and exclusive interviews.
Progressive rock has been decimated by the deaths of Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, and John Wetton within the last year. Prog Rock Magazine will be featuring a cover story about John Wetton’s music and life in their next issue.
Asia has released a three-disc live set, Symfonia: Live in Bulgaria 2013 which serves as their memorial to late singer John Wetton.
It was recorded in the Plovdiv Roman Theatre at the Sounds of the Ages festival four years ago and marks one of guitarist Sam Coulson’s first appearances with Asia after he replaced founding member Steve Howe. “The band never sounded better,” Wetton later said of the performance.
Asia, ‘Symfonia: Live in Bulgaria 2013′ Track Listing
“Face On The Bridge”
“My Own Time”
“An Extraordinary Life”
“Days Like These”
“Open Your Eyes”
“Only Time will Tell”
“The Smile Has Left Your Eyes”
“Heat of the Moment”
Many of the artists who are essential to my DNA music fabric will be celebrating 50th anniversaries this year. The Moody Blues announced last week that they are embarking on a Days Of Future Passed, 50th Anniversary Tour. The U.S. Tour commences on June 3rd and runs through July 23rd. They will be performing their iconic album live onstage in its entirety for the first time.
The Moody Blues forged a unique direction with the Days Of….second album. I love the risks they took incorporating a symphony with their sound. They achieved cross-over to classical, especially with the album art. I can’t decide if this album represents psychedelic or progressive rock as a genre.
In Search of a Lost Chord is definitely psychedelic rock with the song about Timothy Leary, “Legend of a Mind” and the Moody’s experiment with LSD. The album cover represents an acid trip.
I think I’ll spend Saturday listening to The Moody Blues on Apple Music through the SONOS Play One to overcome the dreary day.
Excellent issue this month about Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull. Jethro Tull disbanded in 2012. Jethro Tull will celebrate a 50th-anniversary at the end of January 2018. Ian Anderson is working on a studio Jethro Tull recording that will mark that moment in rock history.
I have been trying to learn more about what happened between Ian Anderson and lead guitarist Martin Barre. Prog Magazine covers that story in depth in this issue.
I have been a Jethro Tull fan since 1968, starting with the first recording, This Was. I purchased Jethro Tull recordings steadily until 1980 when I hit marginal utility with A the 13th studio album. Tull stopped clicking for me. I took a hiatus until 2002 when Ian Anderson began doing his Rubbing Elbows tours. I resumed seeing Jethro Tull live in concert on the 40th-anniversary tour in 2008 and again with the Thick as a Brick 2 tour as a free concert.
I look forward to the 50th-anniversary celebration of Jethro Tull. Prog Magazine has been instrumental in rekindling my interest in the Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson 80’s era discography. I especially like the recordings The Broadsword and the Beast and Crest of a Knave.