To illustrate how seriously many of the post-British Invasion bands were approaching the rock idiom by early 1973, you need look no further than Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” to see how this progressive rock movement had matured, with spectacular results both artistically and commercially, confirmed in this classic rock interview by my guests, musical lunar explorers David Gilmour, Roger Waters, and Nick Mason.
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While it took YES barely 18 months to write and record “The Yes Album”, “Fragile”
, and “Close to the Edge”, it took almost thirty years for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s version of the Warren Commission to deny any conspiracy to bar Yes from induction. But it wasn’t soon enough for YES co-founder Chris Squire, who died prior to the Rock Hall relenting in 2017 .
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finally employed some “affirmative action” this year with the induction of progressive rock icon YES, a band whose family tree has enormous branches.
For Christmas 1971, my 11 year old brother received a present from me of a record album. While on the surface this would appear not the least remarkable … except that it was Meddle by Pink Floyd, containing the 18 minute long opus “Echoes”. Not your standard fare for fifth grade “show and tell “. […]