24/3/2014 ‘LunarTunes’ track listing

What comes to mind with the words ‘prog’ and ‘rock’? Perhaps music by artists wilfully exhibiting just how adept they are on their instrument or instruments of choice, creating works which may be admired for their virtuosity but never really enjoyed – no smiles, this is SERIOUS music! If this is the case, and I have to admit much of what might be termed ‘prog’ leaves me similarly unmoved, then the fact that the 60-minute sonic excursion focussing on the Moon contained a couple of lengthy progressive pieces, including one clocking in at over 20 minutes, might be more than a smidgeon off-putting. However, in the words of Sheffield’s Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere, ‘It is the job of the progressive artist to propose an alternative reality…..in which all notions of common sense have been completely eradicated’ – this sounds more like it, a reality which doesn’t preclude enjoyment and even, dare one say, fun?! Hopefully listeners to the following eight pieces (not all progressive) won’t have wound up with brows appearing in need of an iron…..

1)Bruce Haack – National Anthem To The Moon /from ‘The Electric Lucifer’/1970, The Omni Recording Corporation 2007
More info: http://www.brucehaack.com/
2)Michael Hoenig – Sun And Moon /1978, included on ‘Deutsche Elektronische Musik 2’/ Soul Jazz Records 2013
More info: http://www.harmonies.com/biographies/hoenig.htm
3)Slede, Zive Slede – Mesic /from ‘Rostliny! Rostliny!’/ Indies Records 2000
More info: http://www.discogs.com/artist/1480251-Sled%C4%9B-%C5%BDiv%C3%A9-Sled%C4%9B   http://indies.eu/alba/458/rostlinyrostliny/?idn=1
4)Robert Wyatt – Moon In June /from ’68’/ Cuneiform Records 2013
More info: http://www.strongcomet.com/wyatt/      http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=1083631
5)Kasai Allstars – Beyond The 7th Moon /from ‘In The 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Himself Into A Swimming Fish And
        Ate The Head Of His Enemy By Magic’/ Crammed Discs 2008
More info: http://www.crammed.be/index.php?id=37&rel_id=119
6)Ella Fitzgerald – Blue Moon /from the collection ‘Gold’/ Universal 2003
More info: http://www.ellafitzgerald.com/about/biography.html
7)Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere – When Thin Clouds Scud Across A Bright Moon /from ‘Orchestra Of The Upper
          Atmosphere’/ Discus Music 2012   More info: http://www.discus-music.co.uk/dis40cd.htm
8)Mark Banning – Lunar Eclipse (excerpt) /from the ‘I Am The Center’ collection/ Light In The Attic Records 2013
More info: http://lightintheattic.net/releases/943-i-am-the-center-private-issue-new-age-music-in-america-1950-1990

A nicely atmospheric piece to bring the lunar hour on The Kitchen Sink to a close (though, the track which immediately followed show’s end, ‘Where’s Your Head At’, no doubt provided a shocking return to Earth!).
Until next time, wishing anyone reading this many a sonic delight, S.

The Kitchen Sink broadcasts every Monday at around 10 p.m C.E.T on Brno student/community radio station http://www.radior.cz


~ by theshinybeast on March 26, 2014.

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