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    Thanks man! To be honest, It's not really my...

    Thanks man!

    To be honest, It's not really my thing either, but that is the genre that most closely matches what I've done. I don't think you'll find this like other Urban Fantasy books you might...
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    I've seen TNB do The Lamb before, but I'll...

    I've seen TNB do The Lamb before, but I'll definitely go again if/when they come back to Boston. I recently saw them perform the Trick/Wind material, plus a wonderful selection of other songs. It was...
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    A while back I mentioned I was having some books...

    A while back I mentioned I was having some books published. They're not strictly high fantasy, more urban fantasy or supernatural thrillers. The first book in the series dropped today in e-book...
  4. Thread: Which Was It

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    Boston for sure. I can still play those first two...

    Boston for sure. I can still play those first two albums and enjoy them. I never really cared for Foreigner.

    Bill
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    There must be. Damned if I know what it is,...

    There must be. Damned if I know what it is, though.

    With this record, my best guess is that it comes down to a focused, consistent sound, with compositions that you can follow, and that convey...
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    Rather than wait, I dug this out and spun it...

    Rather than wait, I dug this out and spun it tonight. As good, if not better, than I remembered. This one really hits on all cylinders for me.

    Bill
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    Probably my favorite of theirs. I'm not an...

    Probably my favorite of theirs. I'm not an uber-huge Avant Prog fan, but most of Henry Cow's stuff stuck with me pretty well. This one seems really focused, and while challenging, I find I can follow...
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    Well, that probably explains it.

    Well, that probably explains it.
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    I didn't know all that specifically, but it...

    I didn't know all that specifically, but it doesn't surprise me.

    I guess what surprised me was that someone from a "classic" period Prog band name-checked a newer release from a vastly lesser...
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    That was great! You wonder what happened to these...

    That was great! You wonder what happened to these great bands, and it turns out the same thing happened to them that happened to your own youthful artistic/musical excursions that met with commercial...
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    This is my experience as well. From the time I...

    This is my experience as well. From the time I started getting heavily into Prog in 1978-79 through the 1980s, I never once heard Camel. None of my friends through that period who were Prog fans...
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    Definitely my favorite Camel album. For me, this...

    Definitely my favorite Camel album. For me, this one finally puts all the pieces together in the format that I personally feel suits Camel best... the song-based format. I really like Snow Goose, but...
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    You're likely right. I'm surprised I don't have...

    You're likely right. I'm surprised I don't have it rated in my Netflix queue, but that's probably the film. I'm adding it again to see. IIRC, it was a pretty decent film in its own right. Thank you!!...
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    I can't remember the film, but my wife and I were...

    I can't remember the film, but my wife and I were watching some kind of action/crime move and there was a fight scene that was set to AREA's "Cometa Rossa" from Caution Radiation Area. We were...
  15. That is correct. The version I have is soured...

    That is correct. The version I have is soured from cassette, but I know at some point they found the master. Personally, I don't really care much for the song, so it's not a big deal to me, and won't...
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    Yeah, I'm totally with you. I really hope All...

    Yeah, I'm totally with you. I really hope All Traps on Earth do another one!

    Bill
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    I find it cloying, and pretty cliched. Some of it...

    I find it cloying, and pretty cliched. Some of it sounds like a bad Disney soundtrack to me. I especially dislike that kind of circus ending... like we haven't heard that a zillion times before. It...
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    I gave this a fresh spin recently as a result of...

    I gave this a fresh spin recently as a result of that other thread as well (that was the Sinkadus thread, iirc). I still feel about how I did when I did my intense listen a few years ago. I still...
  19. Thread: CDs For Sale

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    Sold.

    Sold.
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    Bump - I changed the deal, see above.

    Bump - I changed the deal, see above.
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    Kotebel took a huge step forward with Ouroboros,...

    Kotebel took a huge step forward with Ouroboros, and everything since then has been really top-notch. I like the earlier stuff, but I get your reaction to Fragments of Light. It's good, but not as...
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    I love all their albums, and the last few just...

    I love all their albums, and the last few just seem to get better and better. Cosmology may be my favorite, but the last three have all been stellar, imo. Hope they do another one.

    Bill
  23. I gave this a fresh spin last night. I got turned...

    I gave this a fresh spin last night. I got turned onto Supersister when I saw them at Prog Fest in 2000 and got their three 2/1 compilation discs. For the most part, I think I like the first three...
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    Again, if you already love APP, then there's no...

    Again, if you already love APP, then there's no issue.

    For me, understanding the lyrics to this album were crucial because the album simply isn't like the other "prog masterpieces." "Close to the...
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    It's not so much the "meaning" of the lyrics, as...

    It's not so much the "meaning" of the lyrics, as it is being able to follow the story-line that I think really helps with this particular record. It helped me, anyway. There was just too much I...
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    No, I don't have that one. Not sure I really need...

    No, I don't have that one. Not sure I really need an alternative version of Aurum Nosturm. Is it so remarkably different from the album?

    Bill
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    I'm not sure. If it's a Sinkadus album, then no....

    I'm not sure. If it's a Sinkadus album, then no. If it's another band, I'd need to know who.

    Bill
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    Yes, both albums were on Cyclops (CYCL 048 AND...

    Yes, both albums were on Cyclops (CYCL 048 AND CYCL 072).
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    I think this is a fair critique. You're...

    I think this is a fair critique. You're absolutely right about the time commitment. When I read it, I played the album, but paused it frequently to read the Ministry of Information description of...
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    I don't personally think Anglagard's last album...

    I don't personally think Anglagard's last album was up to the standards of the first two, and I don't find it so super far from what Sinkadus did on their two albums.

    Bill
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    So, I had a fresh listen to Cirkus last night,...

    So, I had a fresh listen to Cirkus last night, and Aurum Nostrum tonight. I have to say, I think both albums are really very good.

    My two criticisms are that Sinkadus' compositions tend to stay in...
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    I own and enjoy both Sinkadus albums. They do...

    I own and enjoy both Sinkadus albums. They do come off as being a bit, "Anglagard, Jr.," but if you like this sound there's no reason not to give these guys a shot. There was an article in...
  33. Further evidence for use of the term in the...

    Further evidence for use of the term in the northeastern US (and Canada), and now we've dated it to at least as early as 1977, which doesn't surprise me.

    Bill
  34. :up Yours was the post I was referencing.

    :up Yours was the post I was referencing.
  35. I got tickets to see Yes in late 1978 for a show...

    I got tickets to see Yes in late 1978 for a show in June 1979. I didn't know the band, so I went to a friend who was a bit older than me and asked to borrow a couple of their albums. He said, "Oh, so...
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    While there's some truth in this, I think the...

    While there's some truth in this, I think the issue is the degree to which this happens on APP. The seeming arbitrariness of all these start/stop moments is far more pronounced here as opposed to...
  37. He had a congenital heart condition which was...

    He had a congenital heart condition which was worsened by an infection caused by an abscessed tooth. Apparently there were lifestyle issues at play as well. My guess is he'd have survived had it not...
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    Exactly. Same with Keith Emerson, who took piano...

    Exactly. Same with Keith Emerson, who took piano lessons with his dad and later some "little old ladies," but never studied formally. He picked up a lot from records and books by himself.

    Bill
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    Not really. They may have had some minimal...

    Not really. They may have had some minimal exposure to classical music in high school, but neither credit "classical music training" for their accomplishments, and I don't believe they ever received...
  40. Surprisingly, I've never heard of this. For a...

    Surprisingly, I've never heard of this. For a total Genesis wannabe band, this is not half bad. Very comparable to England. On first listen, I might like the music here a bit more. The vocals are a...
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    Interesting. 300 was the lowest I saw when we...

    Interesting. 300 was the lowest I saw when we recently pressed a CD, but then I didn't look that hard as I basically knew who I wanted to work with. I guess this gives you the option to re-press...
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    Seriously! :lol

    Seriously! :lol
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    100 CDs is an extremely small run, too low in my...

    100 CDs is an extremely small run, too low in my experience for CD replication (i.e. "factory-pressed," as opposed to duplicated CDRs). If you're selling CDRs, first off, don't bother with vendors,...
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    I've also been enjoying it. Not sure it's my...

    I've also been enjoying it. Not sure it's my favorite of theirs, but it's a totally solid listen that has grown on me with each listen. Super happy they put it out on CD.

    Bill
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    That would be tough to do with this box set, as...

    That would be tough to do with this box set, as albums are split across two discs. For example disc 4 of this set starts with two tracks from Labrynth, then has the nine tracks of Roots, then has...
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    What a coincidence. I listened to this entire...

    What a coincidence. I listened to this entire album last night, plus a bit of two others as it was on the box set that splits many of the albums. I'm not a fan of this, but this band wasn't worth...
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    Yes, you were totally clear, and I'm not annoyed...

    Yes, you were totally clear, and I'm not annoyed at all... just surprised. ;)

    What surprised me isn't that you like this album better than their later stuff (some are bound to), but rather that...
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    Wow. That is quite a subjective opinion. I'd say...

    Wow. That is quite a subjective opinion. I'd say in terms of sheer creativity, AtT buries the debut album. I'll give you "charm." The debut does have that (though I'd say all GG albums have a certain...
  49. Thread: How do you PE?

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    I'm not certain which of those two things is more...

    I'm not certain which of those two things is more disturbing.

    :lol
  50. Thread: How do you PE?

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    99% of the time I just hit "new posts" and scan...

    99% of the time I just hit "new posts" and scan for those that interest me, then hit "mark all as read" to clear things out so it's fresh the next time I check. Occasionally I search for a topic or...
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    Much as I love Gentle Giant, this one has never...

    Much as I love Gentle Giant, this one has never done much for me. You can hear elements of what's to come, but very little here really measures up in the long run. "Funny Ways" is probably the most...
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    Psyched!! Just ordered, and got the new Yang as...

    Psyched!! Just ordered, and got the new Yang as well. Very excited about both these releases. Thank YOU! :up
  53. I had to look it up. I saw them in Boston on May...

    I had to look it up. I saw them in Boston on May 23, 1981... very cool! :)
  54. I don't usually bite on stuff like this, but that...

    I don't usually bite on stuff like this, but that is an outstanding setlist, and I first saw Rush in 1980/1981, so it would be cool to have this.

    Bill
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    This looks really good... right up my alley. I...

    This looks really good... right up my alley. I will check it out when I have time. I also started writing during the pandemic, and have completed four novels that a publisher picked up. The first is...
  56. Thanks. Not released yet, but since it will only...

    Thanks. Not released yet, but since it will only be digital and vinyl, I'll cross it off my list.
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    I've sampled these guys a lot, and just scanned...

    I've sampled these guys a lot, and just scanned through this album on Bandcamp. I love stuff like Elds Mark and Jordsjo, and these guys occupy similar sonic territory. The comparisons break down,...
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    Psyched! Auto-buy!

    Psyched! Auto-buy!
  59. This one came up in the new releases thread. I...

    This one came up in the new releases thread. I sampled it and thought it was pretty cool, but other than Youtube, I can't find anything about it. No Bandcamp, no Discogs, nothing. Since they're...
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    :up

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