Saturday, August 11, 2007

Guitly Pleasures Week (7) -- Guitar Geek-a-Rama

Some people have Alex Lifeson and Rush, or Steve Howe and Yes, but when I was younger my guitar geek hero was Mike Oldfield. The bit he gets to about halfway in (to a piece already chopped in half on YouTube) still thrills me, I'm afraid to say. And yes, this is a take-off on a Philip Glass motif.


Blogger George said...

I forgot to mention--how cool is it they get served champagne in the middle of the song?

And that dress Maggie Reilly is wearing is the ugliest thing I've ever seen.

11:32 AM  
Blogger George said...

OK, I meant about a quarter of the way in.

And, alas, Maggie sounds almost as ugly as her dress, which is weird because she usually is great.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Marty said...

Tubular Bells was on my prog list, but I have to admit to being partial to Steve Howe's guitar work before Yes tried to be a pop band in the 80's.

2:46 PM  
Blogger theaverageman said...

Some prog has aged well, and some hasn't... nostalgia can be the only explanation for anyone liking this one, G, (unless it's Oldfield's trouser bulge? Or way way way too much cocaine?).

Then again, I'm a big Rush fan, so who knows?

Steve Howe was no longer in Yes when they went pop in the 80s. That was Trevor Rabin on guitar. Howe went pop with Asia.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Marty said...

You're right about the 80's, Rabin and Downs, etc. My memory was faulty about when their first "poppy" albums started coming out, and I put it at Going for the One and Tormato ("Don't Kill the Whale" obviously whores to a mainstream late '70s audience), which do include Howe. I preferred the Sanskrit pomposity of Tales of Topographic Oceans. I mean, indulgent pomposity was the point of prog, really, and all that instrumentation transitioned poorly into pop. Punk was the antidote.

9:41 AM  

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