Deep Purple and the Zombies bring a healthy dose of psychedelia to the
2014 nominees list for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Also nominated are the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, whose sonic
explorations of the 1960s include the raga-rock mindblower “East-West,”
and genre-spanning art rocker Peter Gabriel.
Other acts identified with the 1960s are Linda Ronstadt, the Meters, Link Wray and Cat Stevens. Yes, Gabriel and the Zombies are first-time nominees.
Yes has been a
notable and puzzling omission to the Rock Hall, perceived, perhaps, as a
genre snub. Last year’s induction ceremony saw Rush make the cut,
though, bringing the first taste of prog rock to the institution.
Other nominees are Hall and Oates, Nirvana, the Replacements, Chic, KISS, N.W.A. and LL Cool J. Fans once again are offered a voice, however small, via a Rock Hall online poll. Yes and Deep Purple were among the top early vote getters.
Procol Harum disappeared from the Rock Hall’s shortlist after first appearing in 2012. Yes,
the Rock Hall noted, fused “the cinematic soundscapes of King Crimson
with the hard rock edge of the Who and the soaring harmonies and
melodies of Simon and Garfunkel. … Album-side length epics like ‘Close
to the Edge’ and ‘The Gates Of Delirium’ represent the (prog) genre at
its absolute finest.”
“onslaught of sound along with such contemporaries as Black Sabbath and
Led Zeppelin, led rock critics to coin a new musical genre: heavy
metal. … Epic chart singles ‘Smoke on the Water’ and ‘Woman From Tokyo’
sold Gibson Les Paul and Fender Stratocaster guitars in numbers that
stagger the imagination.”
“second and final album ‘Odessey And Oracle’ has earned its reputation …
alongside such masterworks as the Beatles’ White Album and the Beach
Boys’ ‘Pet Sounds.’” The Rock Hall noted the English band’s “studied,
sophisticated, intricately arranged atmospherics” as well as its “triad
of career-defining hits”: “She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No” and “Time Of
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
“turned on the Fillmore generation to the pleasures of Muddy Waters,
Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Willie Dixon and Elmore James.” Its
Eastern-influenced epic “East-West” stands high on this web site’s list of the top psychedelic songs.
as a solo artist, “blended synthesizers and a signature gated drum
sound with an emotional honesty learned from soul music to create a
sensibility that would influence artists from U2 and Arcade Fire to
Depeche Mode.” Genesis was inducted in 2010.
Inductees are expected to be announced in December. The ceremony will be in April, this time in New York.