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    Quote Originally Posted by JAMOOL View Post
    Totally - I think its the best thing Emerson's been involved with since Brain Salad Surgery which is a bit sad, but still. Berry really came through on this one, especially on the second half. It's really sort of a unique album since Emerson's presence is everywhere but it's pretty far away from anything else he's done, sans maybe the first 3 album where you don't really detect him at all (outside of "Desde La Vida" of course). It's not the sort of collaboration that would've happened naturally which I think is what makes it fascinating. Of course a strong set of songs really helps.
    Beyond the handful of new albums that I like a lot, there are only 1 or 2 each year that I listen to obsessively--that I need to hear over and over. It's like they put themselves in the player and hit repeat a lot without any control from me.

    In 2017 those were the Bubblemath and Hermeto's No Mundo Dos Sons

    This year, 3.2 by Robert Berry proved to be that one. And, yes, it was a big surprise for me. I didn't much care for the original 3 record and I still don't. I like a lot of AOR but typically don't love it. But it's a strong set of songs and the arrangements are just perfect. Berry has distilled the essence of Emerson very effectively--one fan's perspective on what he would love to hear Emerson doing, and it's probably better than it would of been if Emo were actually on it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisoned Youth View Post
    Poor choice of words on my part apparently.

    I can't relate. I won't go as far as saying that iconic masterpieces are getting released left in right each year, but there are just gobs and gobs of enjoyable music being made each year that butters my bread.

    Millennium? I would not go that far. That's a lot of years!

    I would say since 2010, imo, the best years were 2015, 2014, and 2013 in that order. 2018 is not bad, but I think comparable to last year.
    Had a quick look through my catalog to see how many GREAT albums were released each year over the last decade & I'd rank them

    1. 2010
    2. 2011
    3=. 2009, 2014, 2016
    6=. 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018
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    I'll play but taking Gnosis12 or above only:

    2010: Abu Nawas Rhapsody (Dhafer)
    2013: Guérison & Maalouf's Illusions
    2014: V2.0 (Gogo Penguin) and Open Me (Perret & Electric Epic)
    2015: Red & Black Light (Maalouf) and Kamasi's Epic
    2017: La Saboteuse and Is This The Life
    2018: Budo
    That's 10 in 8 years.
    That's about twice as much as during the 00's and the 90's, but the numbers of Gnosis11 have increased a fair bit in the 10's.
    my music collection increased tenfolds when I switched from heroin-addicts to crazy ones

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeFrog View Post
    Don't remember doing that but we all know you're the guy with the brains here. Anyone is entitled to prefer a RIO album to SEBTP, although I indeed prefer the latter by a wide margin, which apparently makes me suspicious.
    My comment wasn't meant to dismiss any of those albums I haven't heard, I'm just amazed there is so much music out there that passes me by. I should have known you'd go pedantic on me though.
    Yes, the pedantics tend to follow the brains as a force of necessity and nature. Yet it's all in fact a bit defensive, seeing how one title - such as Selling England by the Pound - is solely by its very name somehow elevated to axiomatic "higher standard" above an entire subset of music which encompasses ca. 2000 titles which you neither have heard nor know about.

    Quote Originally Posted by LeFrog View Post
    I agree with you for what it's worth. I'm also quite certain you would have found many others to agree with you on other prog sites. But, hey, this is PE, the place where they can actually give you a list of 50 RIO albums that are so much better than SEBTP
    Hoy-hoy. Maybe if one was to pay less attention to the clandestine laws, regulations, implications and criteria of apparent "prog sites" and more to the phenomenon of music-as-simply-music, we'd have an even more rewarding discussion on that upcoming spectacular Neal Morse extravaganza bonanza.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrotum Scissor View Post
    that upcoming spectacular Neal Morse extravaganza bonanza.
    I'm all for bonanzas, but not so sure about an extravaganza. That might be too much for me.

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    no new arrival, but an update of my Prog list
    In other words, there is now some kind of preferential order now.


    Still in the running for top 7:
    VAK - Budo
    Aquaserge - Déjà vous?
    All Traps on Earth - A Drop of Light
    Far Corner - Risk
    Malady - Toinen Toista
    Alco Frisbass - Le Bateleur
    Forgas Band Phenomena - L’Oreille Électrique
    Soft Machine - Hidden Details
    Basta - Vertigo
    Gleb Kolyadin - Gleb Kolyadin
    Methexis - Topos
    Manna/Mirage - The Rest of the World


    Will also likely be in the top 20:
    Elephant9 - Greatest Show On Earth
    Gryphon - Reinvention
    Scherzoo - 04
    The Necks – Body
    Jack O' The Clock - Repetitions of the Old City II
    Tunng - Dreams You Make At Night
    Ryley Walker - Deafman Glance
    Bubu - El Eco Del Sol
    Zwoyld - Zgond
    Lazuli - Saison 8
    Stop Motion Orchestra - Lightworks


    Not likely to make it , but still have a shot and deserve a mention for this year
    All Them Witches - ATW4
    Weedpecker - III
    JM Jarre - Equinoxe Infinity


    Eliminated
    Gosta Berlings Saga - Et Ex
    Homunculus Res - Della stresa sostanza dei sogni

    Jazz (& related):

    Maisha - There Is A Place
    Nik Bärtsch's Ronin - Awase
    Romain Baret - Naissance de l'horizon
    Gogo Penguin - A Humdrum Star
    Nat Birchall - Cosmic Language
    Idriss Ackamoor & The Pyramids - An Angel fell
    Kamaal Williams - The Return
    Flat Earth Society - Untitled #0
    Makaya McCraven - Universal Beings
    Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth
    Antoine Pierre Urbex - Sketches of Nowhere
    Vervloesem, Pierre - Silence Science
    Son Of Kemeth - Your Queen is a reptile
    Chip Wickham - Shamal Wind
    Dinosaur - Wonder Trail


    Posthumous or reissue:

    Coltrane - Both Directions At Once
    Jordsjo
    Marc Moulin Placebo Years - Lost & Found
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trane View Post
    no new arrival, but an update of my Prog list
    In other words, there is now some kind of preferential order now.


    Still in the running for top 7:
    VAK - Budo
    Aquaserge - Déjà vous?
    All Traps on Earth - A Drop of Light
    Far Corner - Risk
    Malady - Toinen Toista
    Alco Frisbass - Le Bateleur
    Forgas Band Phenomena - L’Oreille Électrique
    Soft Machine - Hidden Details
    Basta - Vertigo
    Gleb Kolyadin - Gleb Kolyadin
    Methexis - Topos
    Manna/Mirage - The Rest of the World


    Will also likely be in the top 20:
    Elephant9 - Greatest Show On Earth
    Gryphon - Reinvention
    Scherzoo - 04
    The Necks – Body
    Tunng - Dreams You Make At Night
    Ryley Walker - Deafman Glance
    Bubu - El Eco Del Sol
    Zwoyld - Zgond
    Lazuli - Saison 8
    Stop Motion Orchestra - Lightworks


    Not likely to make it , but still have a shot and deserve a mention for this year
    All Them Witches - ATW4
    Weedpecker - III
    JM Jarre - Equinoxe Infinity


    Eliminated
    Gosta Berlings Saga - Et Ex
    Homunculus Res - Della stresa sostanza dei sogni
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trane View Post
    no new arrival, but an update of my Prog list
    In other words, there is now some kind of preferential order now.
    As usual a lot of common ground here.
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