Written by on Monday, October 17, 2016

This week on The Progressive Palace I’ll be highlighting “Symphonic rock”. Since early in progressive rock’s history, the term has been used sometimes to distinguish more classically influenced progressive rock from the more psychedelic and experimental offerings. Bands like the Moody Blues, Procol Harum, and Renaissance immediately come to mind, and we’ll be hearing live offerings from these artists, where they are actually backed by classical orchestras.

Emerson,Lake and Palmer actually re-worked classical compositions into prog rock masterpieces, and we’ll be hearing a cut from their monumental, but ill-fated, 1977 tour with a 65 piece orchestra! The band Deep Purple released an album, “Concerto for Group and Orchestra”, recorded at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, wherein they incorporated several of their songs into newly composed symphonic pieces, and we’ll be hearing from that album as well. We’ll also be hearing  music from Yes, Roger Waters, and The Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

We’ll also be hearing from bands, whom while they may not have recorded with an orchestra,represent the best of the symphonic style, including Queen, ELO and Supertramp! Throw in a couple of surprises and you have a show not to be missed!

As always, Thanks for tuning in!

Phil Gee



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