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    It was a lovely surprise to read this news...

    It was a lovely surprise to read this news earlier this week. I’m very much looking forward to this one. I’ve been a firm fan since The Water Road, which I still play often, and also really love The...
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    A very good start for Leicester and a pretty good...

    A very good start for Leicester and a pretty good one for West Ham, the Man City game excepted! Our attacking and movement looks wonderful when it clicks, just a few reservations about the defence,...
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    Jon’s certainly on a creative roll, and I enjoyed...

    Jon’s certainly on a creative roll, and I enjoyed chapter 1. I hope he gets the rest down soon, he must have myriad stories to tell.
  4. I love this type of prog-rocking-archaeology,...

    I love this type of prog-rocking-archaeology, thank you for being so tenacious in your investigation. It truly is a thrill to find such treasures from a time when everything was brand new and...
  5. Yes you are absolutely correct, context makes...

    Yes you are absolutely correct, context makes this the best innings ever.

    Tim Paine annoys me intensely with his chatter before every ball, especially when Lyon is bowling, but he came out of...
  6. It’s impossible to compare over different eras,...

    It’s impossible to compare over different eras, and I remember Botham’s heroics at Headingley, wonderful times, and yet yesterday was right there alongside. At lunch I thought it was all going our...
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    I have many wonderful memories from very many Yes...

    I have many wonderful memories from very many Yes gigs over the decades, going back to 1977. Symphonic was a very memorable tour, I saw three of those shows in the UK. I continue to support each...
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    It looks lime a crazy last 48 hours before the...

    It looks lime a crazy last 48 hours before the window shuts, so me crazy deals being talked about. I’m looking forward to the kick off though and seeing all hopes shattered. Well we do start with Man...
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    I thought Camembert Electrique was on a Virgin...

    I thought Camembert Electrique was on a Virgin imprint, sure I have a copy on Caroline records that was part of the Virgin group. I may be mistaken. It would have bee; great if this could have been...
  10. Yes they are brother and sister,

    Yes they are brother and sister,
  11. I doubt we will ever get the reunion some dream...

    I doubt we will ever get the reunion some dream of, I’m just happy that Jon is still out their being Jon, and he seems to have been in a particularly creative mode of late. I feel Yes could do with...
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    I remember him as an irascible but humorous...

    I remember him as an irascible but humorous poster, with a razor sharp edge when it came to any of the then new breed... Kirk’s Toupée anyone? I never made it to a NearFest, so never got to meet him,...
  13. What an incredible final that was, I watched...

    What an incredible final that was, I watched every ball but cannot say I was ever comfortable. It was quite the tensest sporting occasion I can remember.

    I feel sad for the Kiwi’s, they were...
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    It's definitely a quirky release that Schnauser...

    It's definitely a quirky release that Schnauser one (Protein...), but I bought it at the time and still spin it today. I would be interested in any views on the follow-up because that eluded me...
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    As an ex-striker I cannot conceive of not wanting...

    As an ex-striker I cannot conceive of not wanting to take a penalty, though some of the best takers I have ever seen were full backs (Julian Dicks and Ray Stewart at West Ham).

    It was frustrating...
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    Come on the Lionesses! :)

    Come on the Lionesses! :)
  17. I always thought John Lennon was fiercely...

    I always thought John Lennon was fiercely agnostic and had no tolerance for organised religion. Imagine is an over-played well-worn song, and definitely not an exciting encore, but I think it...
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    I love a box set and if done properly (e.g. Steve...

    I love a box set and if done properly (e.g. Steve Hillage), they are aching of beauty to treasure forever.

    I would be very interested in a Caravan set as although I have a lot of vinyl and CD's,...
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    I had a VDGG best of the early albums cheap vinyl...

    I had a VDGG best of the early albums cheap vinyl that I bought second hand, and really enjoyed, it didn’t feature Theme 1 so I never realised it was them until I picked up a copy of Pawn Hearts much...
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    Yes it is the Dregs “Take It Off The Top”, Tommy...

    Yes it is the Dregs “Take It Off The Top”, Tommy Vance the DJ in question used it as his signature intro tune, I wondered for a long time who it was, in those pre internet, pre Shazam days. I was...
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    It would probably have ended up as 5 songs, as...

    It would probably have ended up as 5 songs, as the two parts of The Ancient are so dissimilar. I would be interested to hear a shortened version, though I do love Tales in it's full glory.
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    Wasn't the "On Ice" part just a necessity because...

    Wasn't the "On Ice" part just a necessity because the venue (Wembley Empire Pool) had been iced over for a Christmas season of Disney On Ice performances, so rather than leave a huge void where...
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    I always think Rick has painted himself into a...

    I always think Rick has painted himself into a corner on this one. He clearly did not enjoy the studio experience, and that is perhaps understandable, as he was on different drugs (booze) to the rest...
  24. I was lucky enough to see Arthur Brown give a...

    I was lucky enough to see Arthur Brown give a late night performance at the Glastonbury Festival quite some years back. Unless my memory fails me (it was late and I was fairly relaxed) he had the...
  25. Unless my maths is off that is a 1% difference in...

    Unless my maths is off that is a 1% difference in time, although they could really slow down to give Steve more space in the fast bits and rampage in a punky thrash fashion through Soon to ensure...
  26. I saw the current Gong band playing as Steve...

    I saw the current Gong band playing as Steve Hillage's backing band on his current tour, and they were truly excellent.

    They are doing a double header UK tour, playing their own set and then...
  27. I’ve just had a play through the new disc once....

    I’ve just had a play through the new disc once. These are exactly what you would expect, solo Steve with Miquette acting as tape op only, recorded in 73 at the Gong House, noodling away at themes and...
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    It seems a Limited window, they should push...

    It seems a Limited window, they should push through to 1971 as there are a few decent live recordings that need release, notably the Yale Bowl boot. There’s also one I have from Italy, where the...
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    ^^ Todd explains the changes (necessarily) made...

    ^^ Todd explains the changes (necessarily) made to The Fool in that short video interview clip that I posted above.
  30. So I saw the gig in Cambridge last night, and I...

    So I saw the gig in Cambridge last night, and I have to say it was incredible. Steve and Miquette are backed by the current stellar incarnation of Gong, and good friend of PE Kavus Torabi was born to...
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    Zeuhlmate : Thanks that was an interesting read...

    Zeuhlmate : Thanks that was an interesting read too. So there are literally hundreds of "Fools" out there now :)
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    I found this interview with Todd where he speaks...

    I found this interview with Todd where he speaks about the work he had done to the guitar, it was definitely the Clapton axe that he had. He talks about his replacement copy too. There is also an...
  33. It would have been good if the superb box set was...

    It would have been good if the superb box set was definitive and complete, but I’ll pick up a copy when I see him on Thursday in Cambridge, and I will squeeze the bloody thing into the case!
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    I recently read Todd’s biography, and I’m sure he...

    I recently read Todd’s biography, and I’m sure he mentions that he gave the original to the museum and a fan made him a copy. I’ll dig the book out and find the reference later.
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    I am pretty sure it’s the original, if that’s the...

    I am pretty sure it’s the original, if that’s the one they named “The Fool” and which ended up with Todd. I think Todd donated and someone has now made him a replica which he has played occasionally...
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    That’s not much of a challenge then! I enjoyed...

    That’s not much of a challenge then! I enjoyed this one much more than Bohemian Rhapsody but growing up in the 70’s I preferred early rocky Queen to Elton, however I now recognise that he with...
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    I haven't bought any of these recent releases...

    I haven't bought any of these recent releases either, but I have taken in the tour every time they arrive on these shores. I enjoyed them each and every time, but I just do not need the discs. I used...
  38. Well I didn't get along to the London gig,...

    Well I didn't get along to the London gig, apparently it was sold out and a blast I will try and catch them somewhere else in the UK soon, and do have Mr Hillage coming up soon too.

    I love the...
  39. I haven't moved from the package to the music...

    I haven't moved from the package to the music yet! They do certainly produce a quality product for our money, I enjoy the detail and the information, and will digest this and then put the cans on for...
  40. I really fancied getting the green vinyl special...

    I really fancied getting the green vinyl special edition, but seems sold out, so will settle for the CD. I really enjoyed the Hogarth collaboration, so am excited to hear this full album...
  41. I love the new album, I have played it frequently...

    I love the new album, I have played it frequently over the past few days, and feel it harks back to the classic "70's trilogy" sound, but has a modern sheen and re-energises the band for the present...
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    Oh no more sad news, but 97 is some lifetime, and...

    Oh no more sad news, but 97 is some lifetime, and she was a screen icon, and also my other half's absolute favourite... she loves a bit of Calamity Jane... RIP
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    A fitting wind, but Liverpool have too be...

    A fitting wind, but Liverpool have too be devastated to have the third highest ever points total and still be runners-up.

    My own team coming 10th was a fair result for a wildly inconsistent...
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    As a Twin Peaks fan this is really sad news, she...

    As a Twin Peaks fan this is really sad news, she lit up the diner with that smile, RIP.
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    It is quite a wonderful album to be honest, do...

    It is quite a wonderful album to be honest, do not hesitate to pick it up, not for one second. I have loved Gong since the 70's and I have to say Kavus and the boys have breathed some celestial fire...
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    I cannot see Brighton doing anything to stop Man...

    I cannot see Brighton doing anything to stop Man City taking the title now, they have been set up negatively all season, they are low on confidence and clack a cutting edge, I am sure City will...
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    Gobsmacked for the second time in two nights, how...

    Gobsmacked for the second time in two nights, how did they turn that around? Some very happy scenes in this house tonight, and I’m no Spurs fan, but then my maternal Grandad was so I feel an affinity.
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    Incredible game, I never thought they could turn...

    Incredible game, I never thought they could turn that round, but Barca were quite hopeless. What a quick bit of thinking from that corner for the 4th, caught them napping.

    I would quite like to...
  49. You are spot on with your analysis of my...

    You are spot on with your analysis of my observation, Spandau were typically "too cool for school", all about fashion and being a new direction. There was no conception that young Mr Kemp would have...
  50. I was blown away by the show, set-list and...

    I was blown away by the show, set-list and performance. Such verve and vitality was brought to a catalogue that I never thought to see played live. Both Guy and Gary lead from the front, and I was...
  51. Really looking forward to tomorrow night in...

    Really looking forward to tomorrow night in London, can't wait to hear all of this material live for the first time in my life.

    Gary Kemp posted after the Cardiff show that Man's Micky Jones son...
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    It is never going to stick with Llorente, he does...

    It is never going to stick with Llorente, he does not seem to be a natural goal scorer. Spurs get Son back for the second leg so will be more dangerous, but Ajax have to be huge favourites to...
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    I think our squad is improved on recent years,...

    I think our squad is improved on recent years, but we have suffered badly with injuries. Arnautovic is a conundrum up front, he can be brilliant but has an attitude that makes him mercurial, and if...
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    Infuriating that West Ham cannot produce...

    Infuriating that West Ham cannot produce performances like that each week. Spurs should still get CL as everyone else is failing dismally to challenge.

    Leicester are looking much improved and I...
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    Well VAR is in for the Premier League next...

    Well VAR is in for the Premier League next season, so you get your wish! I'm not 100% sure about it though. As a fan who spent years at the games, I can see it kills the moment when you score, as you...
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    I still enjoy BAD from time to time, and this...

    I still enjoy BAD from time to time, and this thread may prompt a listening session, as it has been a while.

    Do you have Mick Jones albums with Carbon Silicon, recorded with Tony James? They are...
  57. It’s a little disingenuous to put up The Beatles...

    It’s a little disingenuous to put up The Beatles as a group that survived without touring income, when they were probably the biggest selling band in the world, at a time when sales were enormous.
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    Spurs are London rivals so I shouldn’t support...

    Spurs are London rivals so I shouldn’t support them, but they were my Grandad’s team, so I will. I like Ajax too, it’s a shame they play each other, but at least a lesser known side (in the modern...
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    No doubt I had the old HB pencil out a few times...

    No doubt I had the old HB pencil out a few times as I re-wound the spools for errant mangled tape! I actually still have the cassette in a storage box somewhere with my hand drawn Yes logo cover,...
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    I was lucky enough to be at this run of gigs, I...

    I was lucky enough to be at this run of gigs, I saw them first the previous year on the Going For The One tour at the same venue, which was terrific, but a shorter set as Donovan was supporting. The...
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