It’s a bit hard to believe I haven’t yet written anything here about YouTube maestro Rick Beato. I’ve actually followed him pretty voraciously for a while now; the breadth and depth of his abilities is…gobsmacking.
Anyway, apart from all the hardcore theory, music production, and composition things that he does (which is really what got me started with him), he’s also got a substantial series called What Makes This Song Great. I’ve learned quite a bit from this series, including a number of things from music I don’t particularly care for.
Anyway, he just did episode #57 on Genesis’ Dance On A Volcano, and…well, it just needed the bookmark:
Personally, I might have picked any number of other Genesis tunes for the treatment (if asked, I’d have probably suggested Supper’s Ready before anything else, just because Supper’s Ready, duh), but one can hardly argue with his logic here. That whole album tends to get lost over time, but it really holds up rather well–I appreciate the reminder!
(personal aside) Now, if I can only figure out why, for everything I’ve seen Beato do, he seems to almost pointedly not mention King Crimson. Given his coverage of other related artists of the time and genre, the omission seems glaring enough almost to speak for itself. And here I’m trying to factor out the fact that I’m a KC fanboy; something still seems weird with it. Just as an example: to mention Bill Bruford as an accomplished prog drummer who played with Yes, later mentioning the first UK record (1978) and the Earthworks jazz group of the 80s and early 90s…but not King Crimson? Hm. (For those who don’t know, Bruford was the drummer for three of Crimson’s iterations, from 1972 through 1997–he somewhat dramatically left Yes at the height of their popularity, to join KC when that group appeared to be in shambles–and I have yet to meet someone who is aware of Bruford who is not also aware of King Crimson.) Who knows, maybe it’s a truly wild coincidence, or maybe he’s got some sort of hangup with Robert Fripp or something (not like Fripp hasn’t rubbed people the wrong way before!). Apropos of this post, I’m just hopeful he doesn’t have a specific objection, because I’d love to see him cover Larks’ Tongues In Aspic, or Starless, or hell, stay to the more popularly accessible and do Frame By Frame or Discipline.