29 June 2010: Il Trono Dei Ricord)i (s/t); Camel - Harbour of Tears

 Il Trono Dei Ricordi (the Throne of Memories) are an Italian progressive rock band of the 1990s, who released an album of songs setting the words of William Blake. They were influenced by Genesis, Marillion and ELP.[1] The album sets extensive passages from Blake's prophetic books, including Visions of the Daughters of Albion and the Book of Urizen. It also sets The Little Black Boy from Songs of Innocence and Experience.
Our classic progressive album this week is Camel's brilliant Harbour of Tears.   Harbour of Tears is a Studio Concept Album by English progressive rock band Camel. It tells the story of an Irish family who is painfully separated as their young ones depart to the United States to seek a better future.  and vocalist and guitarist Andrew Latimer learned that the last sight of Ireland his grandmother's family would have seen was Cóbh Harbour, a deep water port that witnessed the fracturing of hundreds upon thousands of families as their sons and daughters departed towards America. Thus the album was titled as the common alias of the port, 'Harbour of Tears'.