Savatologist (engelnul) wrote in progfans,

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Some new listening reccomendations

Every once and a while I can drop some good reccomendations that I am sure a few of you haven't heard.
These are the latest...

1 - Riverside's "Second Life Syndrome" Riverside has really taken a hold of me. They're labeled as Prog Metal, and seeing how everything falls there now its no doubt. In truth they are much less flashy than proggers tend to be and focus more on how their subtle instrumentation and vocal tones can paint a total picture that lyrics alone fails to capture. Second Life Syndrome is the second of their albums and the more mature of the two. Their writing reminds me of post Waters Pink Floyd and ,id 90's Fates Warning.

2 - Deep Purple's "In Concert With London Symphony Orchestra" Deep Purple are probably the undisputed champions of live progressive rock. They more or less helped to invent the genre, and of all the early prog bands, the most active and recorded live group. Among their amazing recorded concerts, of which there a bajillion, one really stands out, the 1969 live with LSO. This show comes from a time before many of their hit songs were written, so very few of the Purple standards are performed, but the real draw here is the Concerto for group and Orchestra. John Lord, keyboardist and primary writer for Purple, wrote a 45 or so minute concerto piece that is very reminiscent of Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff. Very powerful. The two other pieces of note in the concert are "Take it Off the Top" and "Wring that Neck". Also of note...this as the first concert Ian Gillian (the legendary Deep Purple vocalist) sang in for Deep Purple.

3 - "Classical Jazz Quartet Plays Rachmanininow" - Impressive jazz quartet arrangement of some of Rachmaninoff's pieces, including melodies snatched from the 2nd and 3rd Piano Concertos. A must hear for any Rachmaninoff fans.

4 - Mozart's Missa [solemnis] in C min (KV139-47a) - Deep, moving and dark Mass proper by one of the god's of music. His Requiem Mass gets all the glory, but this Proper is something not to be missed.

So, there you go. Covered quite a few points of interest there, hope you take the time to check any of them out.
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I remember listening to Deep Purple's LSO on my mom's 2-track when I was about 9-10 years old, back in the mid-70's. Also then heard the Beatles, Led Zep, Janis, etc. But nothing was as powerful as the cellos and symphonic breaks in the LSO, to me it evoked an atmosphere beyond popular music or rock at any rate. Jon Lord was the absolute genius behind the best compositions of Deep Purple, and that classic Hammond B-3 sound remained engraved in my memories (when you think Deep Purple riffs, it's not the Blackmore sound but that wash of organ + bass that really rings in). Of course, he also made an attempt at a solo career which failed, but his imprint on classical rock is undeniable.

There are other dramatic components to Deep Purple. All the early stuff is absolutely stunning in composition in orchestration. One of the early albums, with the H. Bosch cover art, is a total masterpiece from beginning to end, comparable to Beatles Sgt. Pepper's or anything ever as fine in rock history. Then a sort of "hits" stage of development with Machine Head and such, these are early 70's massive albums. Then came a shift as Tommy Bolin joined, and that guy was a rather original and uncontrolled spirit. Bolin's solo work spans jazz, folk, country and of course heavy rock. Dead at 27, Bolin was to me as a guitarist probably the most influential from that period. Then with Coverdale replacing Gillan, the DP sound became once again the most powerful, smoky, heaviest rock that you could find, while the commercial bands at the time (Kiss, Status Quo, ...etc) were laughable in comparison. Coverdale took his sound with him to Whitesnake and now I see Gillan is back, and Blackmore has his own projects going strong as well.

I'm happy to hear that there are others still finding gems like the LSO. Hopefully if I ever see DP live, it would be less "hits" and more explorations of those early kinds. Given the state of live music today, it's not likely to happen.
When I saw Deep Purple back in '04 on the tour with Satriani, they played hits. But the great thing about Purple hits is that they throw some of the coolest stuff int here too. Like, they did Perfect Strangers with a different middle and end section. Strange Kind of Woman had a different syncopation to it. It was only a 90 minute set (co-headlining show), but they played so amazingly that it reminded me why Deep Purple were the masters of live shows.
1. Riverside. I wonder how different the prog could be, and, hearing the first Riverside release, I noticed that it's more "King Crimson prog", which is very narrow and quite crowded tendency. It became less and less interesting. So I didn't even hear the second disc. Is the second disc made in the same trend?
3. Please don't say the Jazz remake of the classical compositions are must hear for people, who love classical music. It is not so. Rahmaninov is on of my favorite compositors and yet I never interested and never will be about how his music revised by the people, playing in jazz or any other music trand. It just can't be good.