Tag Archives: Prog Rock

Eiliff – Eiliff (1971): Fuse into a little jazz fusion

Formed in the late 60’s by Rainer Brüninghaus, Houschäng Nejadepour, Detlev Landmann, Herbert J. Kalveram and Bill Brown, EILIFF were a German instrumental band who turned fusion on its head with a pair of studio albums featuring classy Canterbury-style jamming with bass, guitar and keyboards plus some ethnic instruments thrown in (mostly the sitar). Two […]

Lard Free: I’m Around About Midnight – Freakout French prog-post-jazz

This is a lovely little piece of 1973 French ahead-of-its-time-ism for your listening pleasure.  This is a bit of a staple for me; one I return to time and time again, which in a world filled with music means a lot.   ok – yes it’s true, I’m un unrepentant Francophile (well inner-city-left-wing-Praiseanphile to be more […]

Henry Cow – In Praise of Learning: Art is not a mirror, it’s a hammer.

In Praise of Learning was Henry Cow’s most overtly political album. Printed on the back of the album cover is filmmaker John Grierson’s quote “Art is not a mirror – it is a hammer”, and the Tim Hodgkinson 16-minute composition, “Living in the Heart of the Beast” made explicit Henry Cow’s left-wing political leanings, with Dagmar Krause’s powerful voice adding […]

Association P.C.: Erna Morena – Jazz fusion/prog/avant garde Canterbury oriented sound

Get a load of THIS brilliant album! Jazz meets chic in this mish-mash of electronic cool. Association P.C. was founded in 1969 by Dutch keyboarder Jasper van’t Hof along with the Dutch drummer Pierre Courbois and the German guitarist Toto Blanke. The bassist was sometimes the Dutchman Peter Krijnen, sometimes the German Sigi Busch. Association […]

Albert Marcoeur: Album a Colorier – Resisting definition

I read in a Pitchfork review for another album, that Marcoeur has been called the French Zappa, except that he doesn’t sound much like Zappa and he lives. I agree that he isn’t like Zappa (at all, at all) but I thought it was a rather funny definition. Originally from Normandy, Albert Marcoeur defuses all […]

Samla Mammas Manna’s Maltid: Prog Rock the way it was meant to be.

Samla Mammas Manna was a Swedish progressive rock band, often characterized by its virtuoso musicianship, circus references and sillyhumour, similar in many ways to the song-writing styles of Frank Zappa. They were one of the founding members of the Rock in Opposition (RIO) movement in the late 1970s. In 1979 they were Fred Frith‘s backing band on his solo album, Gravity (1980). Musically they bore resemblance to some bands of […]