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After interminable delays, this week’s European Perspective sees the return of the Progyears series, and we’ve reached 1976. The summer of punk, to many, spelled the death knell of the first wave of progressive rock, and indeed many of the most successful bands were either gone or in a state of flux – Yes were taking a year off, Genesis had just lost Peter Gabriel, Robert Fripp had dissolved King Crimson, and at that stage it looked permanent.
However, as I hope to demonstrate in these shows there was a still an extremely vibrant progressive rock scene in 1976. The music had…well…progressed – much to my surprise I discovered enough material when researching these shows to fill three episodes.
In this first show I’m joined by a mysterious guest co-presenter, who gives us a very personal view on the music of 1976. You won’t want to miss this one!
Wow! I love the bass playing on the Kaipa track, will have to check them out.