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Introducing the XPN 50/50: 50 musical years in 50 weeks

Starting Saturday, January 5th, XPN introduces a new weekly program: The XPN 50/50, showcasing 50 musical years in 50 weeks. For five hours each Saturday afternoon, noon to 5 p.m., we’ll take a walk into the musical time machine, digging into one year’s record releases.

We kick things off with the year 1979, hosted by XPN Music Director, afternoon DJ, Highs In The 70s, and the Americana Music Hour host Dan Reed. Each week we’ll pick the years randomly with a different XPN host curating the day’s music. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Dan Reed to bring “Highs in the 70s” hangout to the National Museum of American Jewish History on November 30th

Dan Reed onstage | Photo by Mark Schreiber
Dan Reed onstage | Photo by Mark Schreiber

Attention all High in the 70s fans: we’ve got a night for you. On November 30th, Dan Reed will be hanging out at the National Museum of American Jewish History, spinning some favorites from the era. In addition, a screening of Martin Scorsese’s gripping documentary The Last Waltz will be offered, all part of the museum’s recently added exhibit exploring legendary promoter Bill Graham and his contributor to the “Rock & Roll Revolution”.

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The best tweets (so far) from the High’s In The 70’s Number One #solidgoldxpn hits weekend

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This weekend WXPN’s Dan Reed has been playing all the number one Billboard pop hits of the Seventies. Below, sample of the comments on twitter. You can follow the conversation on twitter @wxpfm #solidgoldxpn.

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Yes in Philly in the Seventies

Art by Roger Dean http://www.rogerdean.com/
Art by Roger Dean http://www.rogerdean.com/

Today is the 12 hour Prog Rock Marathon on WXPN hosted by Dan Reed and his returning guest, local prog rock expert Biff Kennedy. From Noon to 5 they will be upstairs at World Cafe Live, welcoming special guests and spinning classic prog-rock; King Crimson, Can, Genesis, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and of course, some Yes.

Philly has always loved its Yes, prog-rockers who are still at it – during this summer’s Yestival tour, John DiLIberto called them “dinosaurs that have been reborn.” Introduced to many radio listeners in Philly by Ed Sciaky on WMMR back in the early Seventies, Yes performed in Philly regularly, playing the Spectrum 12 times from 1971 to 1979. While they often played two nights in a row here, they once played twice on the same day, including a matinee show, on February 16th, 1974 during the Tales From Topographic Oceans tour.

In June, 1979 the band performed three nights in a row, “in the round,” on a rotating stage, and the show on June 21st was recorded and released on DVD. The band at the time included Jon Anderson, Steve Howe (guitar), Rick Wakeman (keyboards), Chris Squire (bass), and Alan White (drums). Below, watch a couple of songs from that performance – “Starship Trooper,” and “Siberian Khatru” – followed by a recording of a complete show during the Relayer tour from the Spectrum on July 22nd, 1977.

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