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45 Years: A Glimmer of Epic

The biggest curse of commercial radio isn't the commercials.  Its the enervating mediocrity of programming done by focus groups in other cities and slammed in your face day after day.  Month by month.  Year after year.

Songs by great artists were written to evoke a special mood, time of life, or feelings.  That's all lost when non stop barrages are sonically shot your way night and day with no regard to your preference, and certainly no regard to the artist's dignity. Songs are more than commodities to sell cars.  In such a climate how can anything even remotely be discerned as  epic?

In an age where hyperbole reigns supreme, terming anything epic can be dangerous. And depending on the parameters, it would be easy to do a a show on this once a month for the rest of my life.  So, time to be reductionistic.  My protocols on the program are what i consider to be worthy of that description drawing from the past 45 years, in general....and-- what i've been listening to lately, in particular.

The Beatles did it in four minutes.  The Who--guided by Pete Townsend's genius and disutopian visions fulfilled that notion in additional material from Whos Next for the Lighthouse project. At least intent if not fruition. The arguable notion in my book for best progressive rock band of all time with epic imagination goes to Gentle Giant.  But which disc? Happily their magnum opus In a Glass House has been remastered from 1/4 inch tape [surprise, surprise] with stunning sonic results. As one who often prefers vinyl to CDs...i do bow to 96k 44Hz in this exception. And after their reign was over....Dream Theater has spent 25 years with their loyal fans. Including the global hunt for a new drummer giving us Mike Mangini replacing Mike Portnoy.

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if for one week only you want to peer into my mind of what I deem epic in popular music [melody/writing/performance/production] not heard elsewhere in the Commonwealth....The Electric Croude for your pleasure this late Saturday at midnight EST.  Follow me on Twitter @wcvegeorgemaida  and Facebook at Geo Maida.