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    The Moolah album is hilarious; the liner notes...

    The Moolah album is hilarious; the liner notes are all about peaceful meditation and other new-age joys. It’s one of the most nightmarish electronic albums I’ve ever heard; it makes Heldon sound like...
  2. Sticky: Yes, I guess it was pioneering, but getting there...

    Yes, I guess it was pioneering, but getting there first doesn’t necessarily make you the best. There’s two outstanding songs here, and they’re the ones you’ve already heard. Probably those stand out...
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    Brainticket, based out of Switzerland, led by a...

    Brainticket, based out of Switzerland, led by a Belgian and with British, American and Italian members.
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    Jane also did this commercial for Findus Frozen...

    Jane also did this commercial for Findus Frozen Foods (produced by Jeff Wayne) right around the same time:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMGFjogXeoQ
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    Recently listened to III. I have to say, this...

    Recently listened to III. I have to say, this band is remarkably consistent. By eschewing synthesizers after the first album, they did not fall victim to the dreaded “80s disease” like many of their...
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    I think Shadoks (who reissued it on vinyl) had...

    I think Shadoks (who reissued it on vinyl) had plans for a CD release at some point, but we’re sure not going to see it now. Incidentally, it being originally a cassette release is not so unusual, as...
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    She did have an avant-garde streak. It’s a shame...

    She did have an avant-garde streak. It’s a shame Erendira (a wacky, surreal art movie based on a short story by Gabriel Garcia Marquez) is so hard to see these days. She’s brilliant in it.
  8. A different animal than the first TG album. It’s...

    A different animal than the first TG album. It’s essentially Release Music Orchestra rev. 0.0 (on the “debut” live RMO album, they even revisit one of the themes from this, under an alternate title)....
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    I haven’t necessarily heard them all, but I’ve...

    I haven’t necessarily heard them all, but I’ve heard of all of them except for Coma, Elohim and Xarhanga. That last one must be ridiculously obscure, since they seem to only have a couple of single...
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    “Past Orbits of Dust” was recorded by Jane Relf...

    “Past Orbits of Dust” was recorded by Jane Relf and a bunch of session musicians just to finish the album. That’s Don Shinn on Hohner Clavinet on that one.
  11. Also Lesley Duncan, though in that case health...

    Also Lesley Duncan, though in that case health problems made just living an ordeal. I am surprised she held on for as long as she did.
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    That first album really is something special. I...

    That first album really is something special. I mean, you could argue that it’s just another Fairport Convention knockoff with some classical pretensions, but “Kings and Queens” and “Island” are real...
  13. Phoebe Snow, though mainly because caring for her...

    Phoebe Snow, though mainly because caring for her daughter was a full-time job.
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    “Uh-oh! Chongo!” ...

    “Uh-oh! Chongo!”


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68jbM1eF0FY
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    This was the big LHS hit that featured John on...

    This was the big LHS hit that featured John on lead vocals:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQIwN98hBfY

    Lucifer’s Friend had lots of skeletons in the closet like this. Apart from John...
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    Jukka Tolonen Band: Just Those Boys (really quite...

    Jukka Tolonen Band: Just Those Boys (really quite an underrated disc)
    Kaseke: Põletus (a real gem)
    Sportquartett: S/T (better than I expected for an album from 1984)
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    Here’s how I’d like to remember him. He sang the...

    Here’s how I’d like to remember him. He sang the Hell out of this song!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjphpjroGCw
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    I found an M-Audio Keystudio 49 at a thrift store...

    I found an M-Audio Keystudio 49 at a thrift store for super cheap. It gets the job done, and I was surprised of the quality of sounds I could get from just freeware plugins. There was an especially...
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    As I recall, it was in the liner notes to this LP...

    As I recall, it was in the liner notes to this LP, which is in storage, so I don’t have it on hand to consult.
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    I feel compelled to post this: ...

    I feel compelled to post this:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4EuZIcHxE0
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    All I’ve heard is “Trois visages de Liège,” which...

    All I’ve heard is “Trois visages de Liège,” which I liked, but not as much as the story about it. Apparently the city of Liège (in Belgium) commissioned the piece to celebrate some kind of...
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    Agreed, love that song! Great guitar runs and,...

    Agreed, love that song! Great guitar runs and, again, Steve Gould and Paul Karas had great vocal chemistry.
  23. I know it’s not a popular opinion—conventional...

    I know it’s not a popular opinion—conventional wisdom is that proggers are supposed to like Hackett’s solo albums most because he never fully “abandoned” prog—but I just don’t think he’s a very...
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    Zweistein: Trip, Flip Out, Meditation There’s...

    Zweistein: Trip, Flip Out, Meditation

    There’s also Proletenpassion by Schmetterlinge, but they weren’t German, rather an Austrian protest folk group and theatrical performance-art troupe (who,...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESZpBYtQj44

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESZpBYtQj44
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    Consequences and Metal Box aren’t live though. ...

    Consequences and Metal Box aren’t live though.

    Incidentally, I always wished to have a copy of Metal Box, but the price point was too steep for me. I’ll just have to cling to my copy of Second...
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    All I have is a copy of Singles 45s and Under,...

    All I have is a copy of Singles 45s and Under, but I think I’d like a more comprehensive collection that has some of their later hits on it (“Hourglass” in particular: love that song!).
  28. Say what you will about Peter Sinfield, but it’s...

    Say what you will about Peter Sinfield, but it’s pretty obvious to me that he wasn’t giving PFM his “A” material. IMFOS is a pretty ham-fisted attempt at satire (and I agree that it’s excellent...
  29. Aventine is now complete...

    Aventine is now complete, and as predicted, an absolute eyesore. Yuck!
  30. Thread: Acoustic prog

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    Flairck, first two Gryphon albums. Except for the...

    Flairck, first two Gryphon albums. Except for the bass guitar, Renaissance’s Turn of the Cards and Scheherazade.
  31. Have it on vinyl and always thought it was their...

    Have it on vinyl and always thought it was their weakest. They had an unfortunate turn towards MOR once Russ Ballard left the band.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07h0ksKx5sM
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    The Synaulia clip above reminds me of Elisabeth...

    The Synaulia clip above reminds me of Elisabeth Waldo, an ethnomusicologist who studied pre-Columbian musical instruments. She made several albums comprised of replicas of said instruments:

    ...
  34. For me, the best of Phase I of the band, and a...

    For me, the best of Phase I of the band, and a marked improvement over Operation. I agree they were pretty derivative; the Deep Purple and Doors influences have already been remarked upon, but I have...
  35. Another song about a violinist: ...

    Another song about a violinist:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5TSquYNCRc
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    I really liked “Hymn to Him,” but to me that’s...

    I really liked “Hymn to Him,” but to me that’s the only time the orchestra-plus-fusion concept works. And Gayle Moran’s aspiring stage-musical singer voice is just stomach-turning, and sticks out...
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    CANO are more of a folk-rock band with a diverse...

    CANO are more of a folk-rock band with a diverse set of influences, prog being only one of the stripes in their musical rainbow. There’s even some country in there. I have only heard the first two of...
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    The box set (their first four albums) came out in...

    The box set (their first four albums) came out in 1994 and seems to be even rarer than the hand-made CD of the debut album. The fifth album came out in 2007 and (obviously) isn’t included in the box...
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    Protos: ...

    Protos:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R288y7pPAfw
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    I absolutely adore Serge’s voice, and I agree...

    I absolutely adore Serge’s voice, and I agree with your assessment on his vocal skills. All the Harmonium albums and the Fiori-Séguin album get lots of spins ’round Chez Progbear. I need to give his...
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    EDIT: Two singles. I only just found out about...

    EDIT: Two singles. I only just found out about the rare non-LP single “Hello, Hello Young Lovers.”


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mm9_lY0PNh8



    Great to hear that she’s still going strong!
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    This was an archival release, it was not released...

    This was an archival release, it was not released in 1983.
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    Just when you thought we finally got rid of...

    Just when you thought we finally got rid of Svetonio for good...
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    I don’t think I’d go that far but, as I said in a...

    I don’t think I’d go that far but, as I said in a parallel thread, I’m a pretty casual Rush fan at best. I think their creative plateau was from Permanent Waves through to Signals, which was “real”...
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    They did a soundtrack of their own, to...

    They did a soundtrack of their own, to Terrorvision:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8a-12ho8hk
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    All of my Québec favorites are bound to get...

    All of my Québec favorites are bound to get mentioned here eventually, so let me be the first—and probably, only—to mention the one-off release by L’orient d’Ô. Solid prog album with slightly...
  47. I have both PI albums and I like them more or...

    I have both PI albums and I like them more or less equally. Maybe Biomasa slightly more as, as has been said here already, Optical Delusions does tend to go on a bit. But good on them for being a...
  48. ↑You need Epic Forest as well. It’s kind of weird...

    ↑You need Epic Forest as well. It’s kind of weird hearing such a guitar-based album coming right on the heels of two LPs with zero guitars but again, the songs are first-rate and Steve Gould sings...
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    During the G&C era they were doing quite a lot of...

    During the G&C era they were doing quite a lot of “post-modern” self-referential tunes poking fun at pop song conventions (“Silly Love” as probably the best example, though I think the aforementioned...
  50. Agreed. For me, it’s a bit of a bounce-back after...

    Agreed. For me, it’s a bit of a bounce-back after the extremely lackluster Somebody’s Watching. I won’t say “return to form” as it’s straight-up pop rock. But they’re trying! The songs are good and...
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    I still recommend Dance of the Flames, which goes...

    I still recommend Dance of the Flames, which goes off into more of a Mahavishnu-esque fusion direction, though there’s still a little goofiness present (the Dagobert Duck song). And Side 2 of their...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIiigfQgUcA ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIiigfQgUcA

    Coming full circle with King Crimson’s “Epitaph,” covered by (the late) Japanese entertainer Hideki Saijo. The same man who topped the Oricon charts...
  53. I actually thought all of Side 2 of The Missing...

    I actually thought all of Side 2 of The Missing Piece was pretty good. I kind of want to forget Side 1 exists, though. As an album, it’s a dandy EP.
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    Trivia: “For You and I” was the “love theme” of...

    Trivia: “For You and I” was the “love theme” of the much-mocked Lily Tomlin/John Travolta film Moment by Moment. “Oh, Strip!” :lol



    Apparently they gave it to Graham to sing because he was the...
  55. Caravan album #2 for me. The first was For...

    Caravan album #2 for me. The first was For Girls..., which was one of those “time release” albums for me. First listen left me cold. A month later, that album was my life.

    I had to have everything...
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    How close in style is this to Hinten, one of the...

    How close in style is this to Hinten, one of the most radical “power trio” albums I have ever heard?
  57. I am a casual fan of Rush at best. I laughed.

    I am a casual fan of Rush at best. I laughed.
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    I have to wonder how that connection came along....

    I have to wonder how that connection came along. One of the strangest duet pairings ever (even if both Kevin and Sarah have exquisite voices).



    What I’ve heard of the Hotlegs album suggests...
  59. Stopped reading, as I always do, when I saw the...

    Stopped reading, as I always do, when I saw the term “dad rock.”
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    Mini-thoughts on ALL their albums! 10cc: We...

    Mini-thoughts on ALL their albums!

    10cc: We all have to start somewhere! Incredibly, this was a bit of a controversial record at the time for containing curse words (“piss” and “shit” were just...
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