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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Friday, January 02, 2009
    Prog Is Not a Four Letter Word
     
    Reminder to self (and any other fan coming out after all these years in hiding): once you've cherished BBC Four's documentary Prog Rock Britannia - which helps you remember that before it got bloated and self-indulgent prog was quite a celebration of innovation and excellence - you can keep on rocking with Andy Votel's Vertigo Mixed

    This non-stop party album (which I previously blogged about three years ago), is 'the masterful DJ's assembly of prog-rock obscurities. 38 songs, many of which were probably at least ten minutes long in their original entirety, spliced seamlessly together into 70 minutes of pure enjoyment.' It's the companion compilation to Votel's Prog Is Not a Four Letter Word which I haven't got... yet. Must do, because as Votel says,
    This music comes from a time when technological advancement, cultural open-mindedness and abstract expression were all at their halcyon and musical boundaries became virtually non-existent leaving the gates wide open for exciting new forms of sonic experimentation and genre fusions. The discerning cosmic-music enthusiast of early 1970's would witness an unwaining influx of mind-bending sub-genres flood through the record racks on a daily basis as rock mutated beyond palletable recognition overnight, providing new challenges and breaking boundries at every turn.