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    Those are great observations, Jacob. I'd just...

    Those are great observations, Jacob. I'd just like to chime in on this bit...



    I think for a lot of people that's what makes him so endearing. Related to what floyd said above, when Steve Howe...
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    Thanks for the video. He actually talks a bit...

    Thanks for the video. He actually talks a bit more than usual about the influence Chris Squire had on him, particularly in getting his first 4001 Rickenbacker.
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    :up

    :up
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    I had a friend back in college days and he was...

    I had a friend back in college days and he was studying classical guitar at the time. We were both fans of prog bands in high school, but somewhere along the way he became obsessed with the idea that...
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    Interesting? That's not how I'd put it, but if...

    Interesting? That's not how I'd put it, but if you get off on random people giving you their opinion about obscure prog music... Hey -- he must be here on PE! :D
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    It's interesting that nobody has yet mentioned...

    It's interesting that nobody has yet mentioned Jon Anderson. I've seen descriptions of his lyrics (and mind you, I'd confine any discussion of JA lyrics to pre-1978) range from "Joycean" to...
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    I agree Keith Reid is superlative, but I'm...

    I agree Keith Reid is superlative, but I'm narrowing my choices to REAL prog. ;)

    Top of my list is Peter Hammill by a long shot.

    But if you want to extend outward I'd say Roger Waters has to be...
  8. Me too at first. But after I saw that he was in...

    Me too at first. But after I saw that he was in BÖC I understood how he is connected to Ron Thal (Bumblefoot), who has also sat in on some of their sessions.
  9. The sad thing is the UK music press was ripping...

    The sad thing is the UK music press was ripping Jon a new one back in the 70s over the contradictions between his "All you need is love" lyrical philosophizing and his ruthless approach when it came...
  10. This is part of the Giant on the Box set, right?

    This is part of the Giant on the Box set, right?
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    This is common across many prog bands who poo-poo...

    This is common across many prog bands who poo-poo their early work for its naivety (Mike Rutherford, I'm looking at YOU!) What they seem to not grasp is how that naivety meant they weren't so...
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    I just meant they both need help in the remixing...

    I just meant they both need help in the remixing department. But if you think the Animation CD sounds fine...
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    Olias and Animation could be a set.

    Olias and Animation could be a set.
  14. My older brother had a couple albums, and I've...

    My older brother had a couple albums, and I've heard various live recordings from here and there over the years. I get the sense when they were on -- as GG mentions -- they caught lightning in a...
  15. I caught the 1987 tour at the Greek Theater in...

    I caught the 1987 tour at the Greek Theater in Berkeley. It was my first and last Dead show because I figured, "Hey, I have to see what all the fuss was about." When it was over I was still asking...
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    This is my assessment as well, especially the...

    This is my assessment as well, especially the part about Jon being exhausted once it was all done and not wanting to tackle anything that difficult again. If you look at his next projects, they were...
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    I'm just messin' with ya. While there's a...

    I'm just messin' with ya. While there's a possibility the guys in Rush had heard Soft Machine Vol. 2 back in the day, it's more likely they knew about the Dave Brubeck source via Neil Peart. Or who...
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    I always thought they cribbed that riff from Soft...

    I always thought they cribbed that riff from Soft Machine 2. ;)
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    That wasn't as bad as I feared, and hey -- it's...

    That wasn't as bad as I feared, and hey -- it's one guy's opinion. All of us here should be used to that! ;)

    But there's a few gems of insight in there, such as this about "Cut to the Chase":

    ...
  20. I have a couple albums he did that were...

    I have a couple albums he did that were collaborations with fantasy author Mercedes Lackey. They're not quite proggy enough to fit the bill, but some here may enjoy them. They can verge into that...
  21. I'd put it more as, singers can sing in Jon...

    I'd put it more as, singers can sing in Jon Anderson's range, but still not sound like Jon Anderson. That to me is what Jon D does. I think he does a good job trying to capture some of the vocal...
  22. My theory why "Imagine" was in the setlist was as...

    My theory why "Imagine" was in the setlist was as a tribute to Alan. I expect to hear his retirement announcement any time now.

    But yeah, when Neil Peart was asked "Why can't you keep going?...
  23. Of course, one could say the mother of all new...

    Of course, one could say the mother of all new age prog albums is Olias of Sunhillow.
  24. Speaking of Kit Watkins, dig into his early solo...

    Speaking of Kit Watkins, dig into his early solo records. Peter Bardens' Seen One Earth also has some stuff on it that would fit the bill. And then there's Vangelis... hell, some Enya even gets a bit...
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    Yeah, I always followed the "He sounds like no...

    Yeah, I always followed the "He sounds like no other guitar player" mantra when thinking about AH, but when someone interviewed him and he basically said he was trying to emulate Coltrane it suddenly...
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    That's a good one. I just re-listened to Azure...

    That's a good one. I just re-listened to Azure for the umpteenth time and it still stands as my fave.
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    Pretty sure that's the case. I thought I read,...

    Pretty sure that's the case. I thought I read, though, that Martin Orford had been making his living solely as a musician back when he was in IQ. Part income from the band and part being on the dole....
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    For NorCal folks, again no Bay Area shows...

    For NorCal folks, again no Bay Area shows (although Napa isn't that far outside the immediate Bay Area). He's also playing Folsom instead of Sacramento.

    Aug 24 Uptown Theater - Napa, CA
    Aug 26...
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    This is true, but IMO it's not because IQ is...

    This is true, but IMO it's not because IQ is known for revamping their songs for live performance. It's because they have an understanding and appreciation of the power of analog music. Their live...
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the...

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the demonetization hitting RB because he's using copyrighted material in his videos? It's not because he's espousing some controversial points of view, which from...
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    That's really interesting. He's right that anyone...

    That's really interesting. He's right that anyone who started out on acoustic guitar back in the day (like most of us) had to pick up these techniques in order to play most popular songs back then. ...
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    I wonder if this is all part of a "cleaning...

    I wonder if this is all part of a "cleaning house" on Jon's part, even though he spends some of it revisiting earlier work (Toltec, Angel's Embrace, etc.) He even briefly includes the closing...
  33. Wow, that's Ted Leonard? I agree -- he's a much...

    Wow, that's Ted Leonard? I agree -- he's a much more interesting singer these days than back in the Enchant times.

    As for the music, it's definitely got that Beard-FK thing going on IMO. Fans of...
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    Fixed. ;)

    Fixed. ;)
  35. Good interview. Probably the most news-worthy bit...

    Good interview. Probably the most news-worthy bit was the amount of touring Yes has lined up, and that any hope of another Union-type reunion is not in the cards.
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    By the album title I thought maybe they'd include...

    By the album title I thought maybe they'd include a remake of "NTOC (Resistance)".

    But yeah -- huzzah for a new IQ disk(s). Now let the griping about scant US touring begin. ;)
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    There are similarities to Jon's Angel's Embrace...

    There are similarities to Jon's Angel's Embrace release from a while back, although these are much more varied in both timbre and compositional dynamics. In fact, some of the melodic ideas in "No. 1"...
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    I remember when that video came out (there was...

    I remember when that video came out (there was also a still photo of the band in that industrial set in the GUP tour program.) At the time it wasn't too different from a lot of other MTV fodder. And...
  39. Part of me is suspecting that "Imagine" is a...

    Part of me is suspecting that "Imagine" is a tribute to Alan because this will be his last tour.
  40. Thanks. That was a better performance. I think...

    Thanks. That was a better performance. I think what you noticed was the guy's phone audio not being able to handle the full awesome-ness of "Gates". ;)
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    I created a Tangerine Dream station and it added...

    I created a Tangerine Dream station and it added Porcupine Tree almost immediately. It probably happens even faster for a Rush station. For a band now defunct for going on almost 10 years they still...
  42. Open Your Eyes is a legitimately terrible Yes...

    Open Your Eyes is a legitimately terrible Yes album. But if it had been released under a different name it would probably be better regarded. There are at least some genuine hooks going on.

    To me...
  43. Where's that Like button?

    Where's that Like button?
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    I'm seriously curious how much RD was paid to...

    I'm seriously curious how much RD was paid to license all of that artwork for this collection.
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    Great video, but I had to laugh a little at the...

    Great video, but I had to laugh a little at the number of times he went off into "Back in the day..." talk. An old fart after my own heart. :)
  46. True. For me that's a magical era in Rush...

    True. For me that's a magical era in Rush history, when they were winding down touring the Hemispheres (and AFTK/2112) material and road testing the Permanent Waves songs.
  47. Isn't the "La Villa Strangiato" performance from...

    Isn't the "La Villa Strangiato" performance from Pink Pop '79 on one of the recent DVD sets as well?
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    Hey those guys are wearing my screen saver! ;) ...

    Hey those guys are wearing my screen saver! ;)

    But seriously, if Roger is making any money off of this I'm fine with it.
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    :O

    :O
  50. I just accept the simplified approach they're...

    I just accept the simplified approach they're taking (Steve primarily) to "Gates". For whatever reason, what I do miss are all the little keyboard flourishes that Moraz played on the record, like the...
  51. This being the only chance to cash in on the 50th...

    This being the only chance to cash in on the 50th anniversary I have to believe they're going to extend this touring cycle as far out as possible. So if they're not coming your way on this leg don't...
  52. Ron Thall (Bumblefoot) has sat in with the Band...

    Ron Thall (Bumblefoot) has sat in with the Band Geeks crew (aka Richie Castellano of Blue Oyster Cult) on a few of their YT videos. Here's "Sgt. Pepper's" (the entire album).

    ...
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    I remember the video Marillion put out around the...

    I remember the video Marillion put out around the time Steve Hogarth joined. It ended with footage of them playing Caracas or somewhere to like 200,000 people and being utterly flabbergasted by the...
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    What's the saying? The candle always burns...

    What's the saying? The candle always burns brightest just before it goes out.
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    So just wanted to follow up with a review of last...

    So just wanted to follow up with a review of last night's show at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.

    Overall it was a chop-tastic, face-melting affair. That said, there were enough Latin grooves...
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    Very cool. I think most prog bands are always...

    Very cool. I think most prog bands are always caught a little off-guard when they see how popular they are in Central/South America.
  57. Thanks, Sean. Not bad for a first night. We can...

    Thanks, Sean. Not bad for a first night. We can quibble about the lack of fire in Jon D's delivery, but they avoided any train wrecks (I think Steve was off a beat once in the instrumental section)....
  58. Considering it's a shorter set and a summer "play...

    Considering it's a shorter set and a summer "play the hits" tour, that's actually not a bad setlist. And major props for playing a YesWest track (although not my fave by a country mile.)
  59. Wasn't it usually on the summer legs of the past...

    Wasn't it usually on the summer legs of the past tours when Yes would pull out covers like "Purple Haze" and "Gimme Some Loving"?
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    Bandcamp Goes Retail

    So any time I see someone trying to grow the retail sector I perk up. Mainly because I wonder what idiot is about to be parted with millions of dollars.

    This is no more true than when it comes to...
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