1971 – Progressive Rock Heaven



Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells a Story Traffic - Low Spark Concert for Bangladesh



1971 was truly a great year for Progressive Rock…with tons of new material to discover, digest and absorb! I was also rocking away myself that year as the rhythm guitarist “in a high school rock and roll band”. If you could put together a collection of vinyl records featuring long, drawn-out artistic compositions and combine them with new tunes from a breed of poetic singer-songwriters who evolved out of the Folk music scene, you’d have one incredible year of music! And that, my friends, was 1971.

Some of the great classic albums of that year included “Teaser and the Firecat” from Cat Stevens, Traffic’s “Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys“, Jethro Tull’s “Aqualung“, “Tupelo Honey” from Van Morrison, Elton John’s “Madman Across the Water”, “Every Picture Tells a Story” by Rod Stewart, “Fragile” from Yes, and “Led Zeppelin IV“.  I could go on and on and on and on…….

Share your favorite albums from 1971!  What specific pieces of vinyl from that year did you listen to in its entirety?  All of Side One, then flipping it over to all of Side Two?

Pass along your favorites, plus any thoughts, comments and opinions relating to this Post.

Hear all of 1971’s wonderful Progressive Rock on-the-air right here right now!

Thanks for listening.

– Fred

1974 – FM Stereo!


19741974 was a year of real music discovery for me. Growing up as a teen listening primarily to Top 40 AM Radio, I had no idea what depths of Rock music were out there until I landed my first on-air gig on an FM Stereo station.  It was Saturday October 5, 1974.  The first record I led off with after the 4pm Legal ID was a “Current”:  Billy Swan’s “I Can Help”.  Still in high school at the time, I was scared out of my wits that afternoon!  Much calmer now in my old age, it’s time to resurrect some musical memories from the days of my first taste of DJ-ing on FM radio.

In that year, we were introduced for the first time to bands like Bad Company, Supertramp, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Robin Trower, Jefferson Starship, and Golden Earring (just to name a few).

Hear some of the great Progressive Rock that dotted the FM airwaves plus lifestyle and memorable events from 1974 on-the-air right now on TuneIn!

Thanks for listening!

– Fred