Camel – Mirage (The ’59) #100

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Camel – Mirage (1974)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 16 – 1974

Mirage was the second studio album from Camel, released on March 1, 1974. It features some of their best-known songs, including “The White Rider” and “Lady Fantasy”. It is also a showcase for Andrew Latimer’s flute, notably on “Supertwister”.

There are five tracks on Mirage, two over 9 minutes. Those two are multi-part songs: “Lady Fantasy” and “Nimrodel/The Procession/The White Rider”, the latter being about The Lord of the Rings. The album was released on Gama Records/Deram Records. Mick Rock shot the inner sleeve photo.

Mirage was voted no. 51 in the Top 100 Prog albums of All Time by readers of Prog magazine in 2014.

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Wishbone Ash – Argus (The ’59’) #90

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Wishbone Ash – Argus (1972)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. We’re currently at year 14 – 1972

The third album from Wishbone Ash was released in April 1972. It was named “Album of the Year” in the 1972 year-end issue of Sounds magazine. It’s considered to be a landmark album in the progression of twin-lead guitar harmonisation later adopted by bands such as Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden. The bulk of the melodies and lyrics were provided by bassist/lead vocalist Martin Turner, although all members contributed to the song arrangements.

In 2002, an expanded CD was released, featuring a remix (by Martin Turner) of the original album as well as 3 live tracks from the EP Live from Memphis promotional EP, recorded in the studios of WMC-FM.

In 2007, a deluxe edition was released. This included the 1972 mix as well as additional BBC Session tracks.

In 2008, Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash released a new studio recording of Argus. Andy Powell’s incarnation of Wishbone Ash also released its own live version of the album entitled Argus “Then Again” Live. Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash played the entire piece live for the first time in February 2008 – the first time any incarnation of the band had done so – and embarked on a lengthy Argus tour. Andy Powell’s band followed suit and added the full piece to their repertoire for several shows.

Genesis – Foxtrot (The ’59) #088

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Genesis – Foxtrot (1972)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. We’re currently at year 14 – 1972

Foxtrot was the fourth studio album by Genesis, released in October 1972 on Charisma Records. It was their first album to chart in the UK, reaching number 12, and featured the 23-minute track “Supper’s Ready”.

The album was recorded following the tour in support of their previous album, Nursery Cryme (1971), which saw them gain popularity, including a well-received slot at the Lincoln Great Western Festival. It was written over the summer of 1972, and combined songs that had already been performed live with new material worked out in jam sessions. Recording began in August, but tensions arose between the group and producer John Anthony and they were abandoned. After a short Italian tour, sessions resumed with Dave Hitchcock.

The cover was the final Genesis work to be designed by Paul Whitehead, featuring a fox wearing a red dress. Frontman Peter Gabriel wore the dress and a fox’s head on stage for the following tour, which gathered press attention and greatly improved the group’s profile.

Foxtrot was the band’s greatest commercial and critical success at the time of its release, selling well in the UK and Europe, and receiving largely positive reviews. A non-album single, “Happy The Man” was released at the same time. The album has continued to attract critical praise, and was reissued with a new stereo and 5.1 surround sound mix as part of their 2008 Genesis 1970–1975 box set.

Yes – Close to the edge (The ’59) #086

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Yes – Close to the Edge (1972)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. We’re currently at year 14 – 1972

Released on 13 September 1972 by Atlantic Records, Close to the Edge was the 5th studio album from Prog Rock gurus, Yes. Following a tour in support of their previous album, Fragile, the band returned to Advision Studios in London to record their next album. Self produced with the help of audio engineer Eddy Offord, the album has just three tracks: “Close to the Edge” on side one; “And You and I” and “Siberian Khatru” on side two.

When recording for the album finished, drummer Bill Bruford, frustrated by the band’s style and laborious recording in the studio, left to join King Crimson.

Close to the Edge became the band’s greatest commercial success at the time of its release, reaching No.4 on the UK Albums Chart.It was reissued in 1994, 2003, and 2013, the latter including unreleased tracks and a new stereo and 5.1 surround sound mix by Steven Wilson.

King Crimson – In the Court of King Crimson (The ’59) #068

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King Crimson – In the Court of King Crimson (1969)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. We’re currently at year 11 – 1969

In the Court of the Crimson King (subtitled An Observation by King Crimson) was the band’s debut studio album, released on 10 October 1969 on Island Records in England and Atlantic Records in America. The album is considered to be one of the first and most influential of the progressive rock genre, where the band largely departed from the blues influences that rock music was founded upon and combined elements of jazz, classical, and symphonic music.

It reached No. 5 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 28 on the US Billboard 200. It was subsequently reissued several times in the 1980s and 1990s using inferior copies of the master tapes.But, after the masters were located in 2003, a 40th-anniversary edition of the album was released in 2009 with new stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes by Steven Wilson.

Yes – Going for the One (Epic #358)

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Yes – Going for the One (1977)

Going for the One is the eighth ‘Yes’ studio album, released on 15 July 1977 by Atlantic Records. It was recorded in Montreaux, Switzerland after the band took a break in activity for each member to release a solo album and their 1976 North American tour. It marks the departure of keyboardist Patrick Moraz and the return of Rick Wakeman, who had left to pursue his solo career after musical differences surrounding Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973). In a departure from their previous three albums, Going for the One features shorter and more direct songs written without a unifying theme or concept, and saw Yes record with new producers, engineers and cover designers.

A remastered edition was released in 2003 that contains several previously unreleased tracks from the album’s recording sessions. Yes supported the album with a six-month tour of North America and Europe.

Pink Floyd – A delicate sound of thunder (Epic #217)

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Pink Floyd – A delicate sound of thunder (1988)

For the final Jemtunes ‘Epic’ outing into Pink Floyd’s album back catalogue, we conclude with Delicate Sound of Thunder. It’s a double live album recorded over five nights at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, New York in August 1988 and mixed at Abbey Road Studios in September 1988. It was released two months later on 22 November 1988, through EMI Records in the United Kingdom and Columbia Records in the United States.

Released as a double LP, double cassette, and a double CD, each format containing a slightly different track listing, it includes many works from A Momentary Lapse of Reason as well as tracks from older Pink Floyd albums.