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  1. Thread: Kraan

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    Funny, I thought they kind of lost it after Alto...

    Funny, I thought they kind of lost it after Alto left; the sound just got way too slick. Tournee (the live album) is my favorite from that era.
  2. Thread: PELL MELL

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    I seem to be that weird outlier with a lot of...

    I seem to be that weird outlier with a lot of things and so it is with Pell Mell as well—Only a Star is my favorite of theirs. The “rocked-up classics” subgenre of prog got very old for me very...
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    The prog influence is pretty much limited to...

    The prog influence is pretty much limited to their first three albums. There’s some definite Genesis and Van der Graaf Generator influence on those early discs alongside the Sparks and Skyhooks...
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    I get where you’re coming from, but I really dig...

    I get where you’re coming from, but I really dig André Mergenthaler’s cello playing on this. So for me, it evens out.
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    My first taste of this band, and I never looked...

    My first taste of this band, and I never looked back. I sort of flip back and forth between Ceux du dehors and this as my favorite. I think the use of electronics was a new and interesting...
  6. Thread: Birders

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    Actually, the Great White Heron is a white...

    Actually, the Great White Heron is a white (leucistic) phase of the Great Blue Heron. Generally found in Florida, where several white herons/egrets are found together, and can be confused with one...
  7. Bye 14095 I don’t own it (why bother...

    Bye

    14095



    I don’t own it (why bother when I have all the contents elsewhere?), but I do adore embossed covers. Lovely.
  8. https://e.snmc.io/i/300/s/cfce6c1e00cdced045943826...

    https://e.snmc.io/i/300/s/cfce6c1e00cdced045943826bba1faac/1838275
    https://e.snmc.io/i/300/s/ab004ab3c9d1f85d27c7fcc424bd6f5d/2800881
    ...
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    They had a reputation as a spectacular live act,...

    They had a reputation as a spectacular live act, they even toured the USA as Van Halen’s opening act before they had even released anything here. What I have seen (just TV clips here and there)...
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    And theirs wasn’t even the first English-language...

    And theirs wasn’t even the first English-language cover version of it. There’s also this, which has even LESS to do with the original lyrics!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=823aeo0WU_k

    It...
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    Postmaster James knows what side of the fence...

    Postmaster James knows what side of the fence he’s on.

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  12. Thread: E-Bow

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    Played by Todd Rundgren: ...

    Played by Todd Rundgren:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNtv3F1g6pM
  13. Thread: Birders

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    Where I used to live in the East Bay, we used to...

    Where I used to live in the East Bay, we used to have a pair of Bullock’s orioles that nested in a tree in the backyard. They used to like visiting the hummingbird feeder, which was a bit comical,...
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    I’ve had this for a while. The “born again”...

    I’ve had this for a while. The “born again” lyrics are a bit of a drag, but it’s pretty swell Anglo-prog, rather along the lines of England or Strange Days (I’d say a bit better than the latter, but...
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    Some mistakes there. The Yes Album and Asylum, to...

    Some mistakes there. The Yes Album and Asylum, to name two, contain exactly zero Mellotron.
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    Rendition of “Libertango” by the short-lived (and...

    Rendition of “Libertango” by the short-lived (and underrated) tango-fusion act La Vuelta. I became aware of them via the Lito Vitale connection (he produced their debut CD, Nuevo Tango).

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  17. I adore this album. I must advise anyone...

    I adore this album. I must advise anyone listening to this for the first time: if it doesn’t click with you at first, stick with it. It will click eventually, like it did with me. It’s absolutely not...
  18. I think I need to hear this again. I’ve only...

    I think I need to hear this again. I’ve only heard most of BBT’s albums a time or two, but I remember liking this one most, probably Grand Tour second, and most of the others are kind of a blur. The...
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    Forgot about the gay bar that played Starcastle.

    Forgot about the gay bar that played Starcastle.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFhvmCgs_L4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFhvmCgs_L4
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    I only have Panic, but it’s supposed to be their...

    I only have Panic, but it’s supposed to be their best anyway. British-based, but I’d say they get off on a technicality, since this seems to be Loughty Amao’s baby. Surprisingly, the instrumental...
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    Part of the problem is they have so much good...

    Part of the problem is they have so much good music out there, and people just keep obsessing over the one album (Heresie), which I don’t even think is their best work.
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    https://e.snmc.io/i/300/s/a0bcfe923d5557a0a302e20c...

    https://e.snmc.io/i/300/s/a0bcfe923d5557a0a302e20ce0dbd70a/7345045
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    I’d describe his vocals on “Oh Well” as “just...

    I’d describe his vocals on “Oh Well” as “just OK.” It’s a decent version, but it could have been much better with a stronger vocalist.
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    All I’ve heard are the three Electric albums...

    All I’ve heard are the three Electric albums (Visionary / Perilous Journey / Fear of the Dark) and all are excellent choices if you’re a Mike Oldfield fan. PJ is my favorite of the three. I have to...
  26. I don’t know a lot, but apparently he was a...

    I don’t know a lot, but apparently he was a fixture playing his home-made instruments live around SoCal for many years. Never heard The Enlightening Beam of Axonda, but with a title like that, how...
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    I bought this one and Wake Up (their first) all...

    I bought this one and Wake Up (their first) all at once when I saw them going for cheap. I could not get into them, their sound was very typical early 70s German rock, but I don’t think they did...
  28. R.I.P. I only have heard El concierto para ir en...

    R.I.P. I only have heard El concierto para ir en globo but I have to admit, they had a one-of-a-kind sound.
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    Revisiting this post. I have come to a...

    Revisiting this post. I have come to a realization that ties in with prog, namely the 80s Japanese ultra-lush prog revival. I always thought that bands like Pageant and Mugen and the like sounded...
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    The Guess Who: “American Woman”

    The Guess Who: “American Woman”
  31. A recent discovery: this haunting piece (1964)...

    A recent discovery: this haunting piece (1964) from Japanese composer Joji Yuasa:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQYXgw7cvwI
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    Redtron SE is an excellent freeware option for...

    Redtron SE is an excellent freeware option for Mellotron sounds. I do wish there were more variety in the samples (I would have included the pipe organ tapes in lieu of yet another bank of string...
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    I’m almost convinced it’s some kind of urban...

    I’m almost convinced it’s some kind of urban legend ŕ la Candle Cove. I legitimately never even heard of it until about five years ago, but I’m informed it’s some kind of crazy cult favorite. Then...
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    Also recommended: Love’s a Prima Donna. When I...

    Also recommended: Love’s a Prima Donna. When I first heard about it I thought, “A concept album about love? How original! Pass!” Then someone said he was inspired by Todd Rundgren’s A Wizard/A True...
  35. There’s also “I of IV,” an early piece by Pauline...

    There’s also “I of IV,” an early piece by Pauline Oliveros. It’s interesting because what you’re actually hearing are interference frequencies (at this early stage, she was very interested in...
  36. This piece by Turkish composer İlhan Mimaroğlu...

    This piece by Turkish composer İlhan Mimaroğlu has long been a favorite:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAaSIpb9HmA&t=332s
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    To kind of creep you out, one of the stars of The...

    To kind of creep you out, one of the stars of The One and Only Genuine Original Family Band was a 17-year-old Kurt Russell (Goldie was 23 at the time).
  38. Thread: Kraan

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    I’m a little disappointed that the Intercord...

    I’m a little disappointed that the Intercord remaster of Let It Out did not include the remixed versions of the US Passport release. Only the title track was significantly different, but they still...
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    ↑ From the same designer as this? ...

    ↑ From the same designer as this?

    https://e.snmc.io/i/300/s/59a26f7d0e69a1aefa9e3c9025ec19e2/2471953

    Letting this one slide a bit, as it’s one of those “rarities and unreleased” types of...
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    A new discovery I’ve never even heard of before:...

    A new discovery I’ve never even heard of before: Mřn Rock from 1979. Some nice guitar playing on this!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8687i3VAUqY
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    *ahem!* ...

    *ahem!*

    https://e.snmc.io/i/300/s/3202a02d57e35da71579f72ede3d0911/6452934
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    I think it’s actually better than the original,...

    I think it’s actually better than the original, which looks like someone’s kid drew it. I still can’t tell what it’s supposed to be,
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    That Wenchin album cover is hilarious! It’s like...

    That Wenchin album cover is hilarious! It’s like something drawn by a high school student way into D&D.
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    Sensations’ Fix: “The Flu”

    Sensations’ Fix: “The Flu”
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    Go for Attahk if you want to ease yourself into...

    Go for Attahk if you want to ease yourself into their world, or MDK if you want the trial by fire. I started with Üdü Wüdü and never looked back.
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    I noticed that most of the EG artist roster was...

    I noticed that most of the EG artist roster was pretty high-profile, but there are a few oddities out there like this, Pictures and Ambitious Lovers (the latter featuring Peter Scherer, keyboardist...
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    I got some used Logitech powered speakers; they...

    I got some used Logitech powered speakers; they aren’t great, but they are a marked improvement on the crappy built-in speakers in my Toshiba lappy. For $5 I can’t complain. But I would like better...
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    Named for an infamous pornographic “art film” as...

    Named for an infamous pornographic “art film” as well, I see! :lol
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    My thoughts on the 80s Zappa I’ve heard: *...

    My thoughts on the 80s Zappa I’ve heard:

    * London Symphony Orchestra: I don’t think this sounds as bad as Frank claims (except maybe for “Strictly Genteel,” the brass section is definitely out of...
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    My parents’ record player had a 16 RPM speed as...

    My parents’ record player had a 16 RPM speed as well. I never found one, but I understand that there was a kind of “in dash” automotive record player that played special records (that you could only...
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    I remember being a bit shocked when I first...

    I remember being a bit shocked when I first bought this in my “going ga-ga for all things VdGG” phase. I have to say that it was NOT what I was expecting but, oddly, I warmed to it quickly, even...
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    Presumably, he did album covers for Amon Düül II,...

    Presumably, he did album covers for Amon Düül II, Gash and Lake, among others. He did most of WEA’s 2 Originals Of... series in the 70s.
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    I believe Wenske was the staff artist with...

    I believe Wenske was the staff artist with Bacillus. He did covers for Omega (Hall of Floaters in the Sky, my copy advertised a free poster giveaway!) as well, and I think he also did the Dschinn...
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    I think the closest Phase 4 came to “prog” was a...

    I think the closest Phase 4 came to “prog” was a late entry in the series, Sometimes Words Just Get in the Way credited to Orion, from 1975. It’s basically Ron Frangipane and a few other session...
  55. To be fair, I was only referring to Axe Victim...

    To be fair, I was only referring to Axe Victim with that comment.
  56. Gloria Gaynor’s disco anthem “I Will Survive” was...

    Gloria Gaynor’s disco anthem “I Will Survive” was infamously originally the B-side to “Substitute”


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WvYnwRzMgQ
  57. The only album I’ve heard was Axe Victim and...

    The only album I’ve heard was Axe Victim and didn’t really care for it. If it’s second-rate Bowie clones I want, I’ll go for Steve Harley or Jobriath, thanks.

    On the other hand, I do own the 7"...
  58. Surprised XTC haven’t come up. They had a couple...

    Surprised XTC haven’t come up. They had a couple of “displaced” album titles like the Popol Ace example above. Oranges and Lemons comes from “Ballet for a Rainy Day” (off of Skylarking). Apple Venus...
  59. Also: Banco del Mutuo Soccorso: Io sono nato...

    Also:

    Banco del Mutuo Soccorso: Io sono nato libero (from “Canto nomade per un prigioniero politico”)
    Aztec Camera: High Land, Hard Rain (I forget which song it’s from, but they chant the title...
  60. Popol Ace: Stolen From Time (title from the...

    Popol Ace: Stolen From Time (title from the lyrics to “Soft Shoe Dancer”)
    Popol Ace: Curly Sounds (title from the lyrics to “Today Another Day,” also from the SFT album)
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