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"Song of the Marching Children"

by Earth & Fire

The title track from E&F's 1971 album, this monumental piece of prog-rock shows their artistic (versus pop) side exceptionally well even if there is no lightshow. Performed live on the TV show "Swing In" on August 7, 1972, they are captured close up by 3 16mm cameras as they play the first third of a suite that filled an entire album side. This is generally regarded as the band's creative peak although I contend the follow up album "Atlantis" was it's equal and they produced good music up through "The Gate to Infinity" in 1977.

© 2015 Rob Jacobs