October’s Record Club: ENGLISH WEATHER


Glossop Record Club is back on Thursday 12th October, and for the first time ever we’ll be playing a various artists compilation album in full!

Curated by Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs and released on Ace Records earlier this year, ‘English Weather‘ is (to quote from the Ace website):

“The autumnal sound of Britain at the turn of the 70s, looking out through wet window panes to a new decade with a mixture of melancholy and optimism for what might come next. With the Beatles gone and the pound sinking, a new and distinctive sound emerges, led by flutes and Mellotrons.”

As Bob Stanley writes in the sleevenotes, it captures “the post-psychedelic, pre-progressive moment”, where elements of jazz and folk mingle with psych and the early strains of prog.

With 19 tracks spread over four sides of vinyl, the Saint Etienne crate-diggers have skilfully blended a handful of well-known acts (some previously featured at past record club sessions) in the shape of Caravan, Van Der Graaf Generator, John Cale and Camel alongside cult classics and evocative obscurities from  Daevid Allen (Gong), Matching Mole (Robet Wyatt), T2 and Bill Fay.

The album is already a hit with several record clubbers, your host (a prog sceptic) included. It’s the perfect soundtrack for autumn in Glossop. See you there!

Thursday 12th October from 8pm
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT

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PROG: Music played

Thanks to everyone who came to the Prog Rock spectacular and of course to John for choosing the tunes and sharing his memories of those times. There was lots of air guitar/drums/keyboards/woodwind going on throughout the night! Also thanks to Beany and Scotty for the bonus tracks. And apologies to fans of Emerson Lake & Palmer. The curse of record club strikes again.


Thanks for an ace night & thanks to John for the tunes. My ears have been treated to some epic wonders #progtastic

Had a good night at Prog night and was blown away by  Morning  by T2.

My first time and it was nice to sit with like minded people with the love for Vinyl.

Progressive rock legend Emerson dies. The curse strikes again!

We’re back on Thursday 14th April for a Creation Records special with Darren. He can’t promise any twenty minute songs and drum solos, but there should be plenty of indiepop gems, a few shoegaze faves and a number of rather noisy tracks to enjoy. See you then.


The Best of Emerson Lake & Palmer (Atlantic Records, 1980)


Lucky Man/Karn Evil 9 (1st Impression, Part 2)

Supertramp – Indelibly Stamped (A&M, 1971)


Coming Home To See You/Times Have Changed/Friend In Need/Aries



Van Der Graaf Generator – Darkness 11/11 (68-71, Charisma, 1971)

King Crimson – 21st Century Schizoid Man (In The Court Of The Crimson King, EG/Polydor, 1969)

T2 – Morning (It’ll All Work Out In Boomland, Decca, 1970)

Clear Blue Sky – Journey To Inside Of The Sun (Sweet Leaf) (Clear Blue Sky, Vertigo, 1970)


Jethro Tull – Original Masters (Chrysalis, 1985)


Sweet Dream/Songs From The Wood /Witches Promise /Thick As A Brick



Genesis – The Musical Box (Nursery Cryme, Charisma, 1971)

Pink Floyd – Astronomy Domine (live) (Ummagumma, Harvest, 1969)

Roxy Music – Chance Meeting (Roxy Music, Island, 1972)

Yes – And You And I (Close To The Edge, Atlantic, 1972)

Wishbone Ash – Sometime World (Argus, MCA, 1972)



Peter Sinfield – Still (Still, Manticore, 1973)

Yes – Roundabout (Fragile, Atlantic, 1971)

Stackridge ‎– Dangerous Bacon (The Man In The Bowler Hat, MCA, 1974)

Roxy Music – Re-Make/Re-Model (Roxy Music, Island, 1972)

Pink Floyd – One Of These Days/A Pillow Of Winds/Fearless/San Tropez/Seamus (Meddle, Harvest, 1971)

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March’s Record Club: PROG


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We’re back at Glossop Labour Club on Thursday 10th March for a long-awaited night of classic prog rock. The session will be hosted by John Lyon, who has also put together the below overview of what to expect on the night.


Progressive (prog) Rock 1968 – 1972

The genre grew out of the 1960s space rock of Pink Floyd and the classical rock experiments of bands such as The Moody Blues, Procol Harum, The Syn and The Nice.

Here is a collection of my favourite prog LPs that I was listening to between 1968 and 1972. Some are well-known, some obscure, but all pushed things forward under the name of prog music. I will be playing selected songs from these albums. By its very nature, prog rock demands more effort on the part of the listener than other genres of music. Musicians in prog rock typically display a high degree of instrumental skill.

KING CRIMSON – In The Court  Of The Crimson King (Island, 1969)


This is often acclaimed as the greatest prog album ever and has every ingredient of a piece of art. It’s an undisputed masterpiece. Even Tony Blair cites 21st Century Schizoid Man as his favourite song, and Jimi Hendrix said in an interview with Melody Maker that it was the best album he’d ever heard. Need I say more!

T2 – It’ll All Work Out In Boomland (Decca, 1970)


My favourite prog album by an obscure band, this seminal album is the era’s greatest moment. Boomland is pure class; its highlight a twenty minute epic, Morning. It’s a work of supreme brilliance that has all the right ingredients, especially the stunning guitar work by 17 year old whizz-kid, Keith Cross.

CLEAR BLUE SKY – Clear Blue Sky (Vertigo 1970)


In 1970, this fine rocking trio were known as ‘X’ and got their lucky break when they were discovered in a local youth club by Nirvana’s Patrick Campbell-Lyons. He sensed their enormous potential and offered them a deal on the spot. When they got into the studio, Led Zeppelin were recording their third album next door and Jethro Tull were downstairs making Aqualung. For such an inexperienced band, Clear Blue Sky’s own material was top notch, though it suffered from hurried production.

GENESIS – Nursery Cryme (Charisma, 1971)


What more can I add about this legendary album? It made history and probably helped pen the term ‘progressive rock’.

The opening “Musical Box” is a wonderful mini rock opera, with nursery rhyme influences mixed with bombastic keyboards and drums. It really is a true prog classic and essential for anyone new to the genre wishing to find the essence of early 1970s prog.

VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR – Van der Graaf Generator 68 – 71 (Charisma, 1972)


VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR is known for its extrovert dynamics (ranging from slow, calm & peaceful to fierce & heavy), its intense and emotional ‘love it or hate it’ vocals by Peter Hammill, its celebrated contribution to extended progressive songwriting and its combination of psychedelic, jazz, classical and avant-garde or even acid influences. Moreover, VdGG can be seen as the first band that was to combine the very progressive with the very personal, whereas other bands used to work with abstractions and fantasy. Peter Hammill has a talent for singing out intense anger, panic and confusion whilst still being able to sing warm and caring in other passages. The band never really fitted in the symphonic progressive rock subgenre because of its widespread influences and unique style, though they would have symphonic leanings throughout their career. Unusual for the time was the focus on organ, drums and sax, whereas in the sixties the guitar and the bass guitar had played a major role.

Depending on time constraints, other classic tracks from this era will be played.


PROG – An evening of classic Progressive Rock
Thursday 10th March from 8pm
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT

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