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    Nice! That should do fine! I like smaller...

    Nice! That should do fine!

    I like smaller bodied acoustic guitars. I play a Rainsong OM, which has a smaller body and was largely intended for finger-picking. But I use a pick and play chords, and...
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    I've never tried a HB guitar of any sort. My...

    I've never tried a HB guitar of any sort. My sense is they are decently constructed beginner guitars. Overall, the reviews I've seen of them are good. You'd expect the HB Auditorium to sound a bit...
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    This is what it comes down to for me. I'm not a...

    This is what it comes down to for me. I'm not a big fan of either band and own nothing by either. If I was to buy something, it would definitely be from among these albums. And honestly, it would...
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    Sticky: Very nice album. I tend to shy away from the...

    Very nice album. I tend to shy away from the "softer" side of Norwegian Prog. I'm not that into the folky, dreamy stuff. This album has elements of that, but knows how and when to kick it up a notch...
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    Holy freaking crap! Had no idea this footage...

    Holy freaking crap! Had no idea this footage existed! Possibly my favorite band of the 90s! Incredible to see this, they were killer! Thanks for posting! :up

    Bill
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    Really sorry to hear this, he really was a nice...

    Really sorry to hear this, he really was a nice person and I always enjoyed his posts. Very sad.

    Bill
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    We've been to Venice, but not the other places...

    We've been to Venice, but not the other places you mentioned, some of which are on our hit list for sure. Bologna is not a bad jumping off point for some of these, or could easily been included in a...
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    Though not as prevalent as in some of the other...

    Though not as prevalent as in some of the other touristy cities, English is still widely spoken. And in the cases it is not, the people were super friendly and helpful and we had no issues...
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    LOL! Sounds good! Hope to see you at a future...

    LOL! Sounds good! Hope to see you at a future event! :)

    Bill
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    Scolopendra is primarily a musical instrument...

    Scolopendra is primarily a musical instrument shop. I too was surprised they didn't have more CDs and vinyl, I also thought they sold music. I actually brought a bunch of Eccentric Orbit CDs as a...
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    :up LOL! That's definitely Alberto! Quite a...

    :up LOL! That's definitely Alberto! Quite a character! He was so gracious and kind to us, and it really was an thrill for us meeting him and having a quick chat. I could have spent $20,000 in...
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    My wife and I dropped in unannounced to...

    My wife and I dropped in unannounced to Scolopendra in Bologna in June 2018 when we were visiting. Fortuitously, Alberto was there, and was extremely happy to meet two weirdo Deus Ex Machina fans...
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    Hadn't heard of these guys. Just sampled the...

    Hadn't heard of these guys. Just sampled the above and ordered the CD from Bandcamp. Hopefully it will take less than two months to arrive... but I'm in no hurry. Good stuff! :up

    Bill
  14. I know it's not well regarded, but I've always...

    I know it's not well regarded, but I've always had a soft spot for Another Perfect Day. Love One Track Mind, and I actually appreciate the (relative) melodic sensibilities on this record overall.
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  15. Cool, hope you enjoy! Listening to Stars Apart...

    Cool, hope you enjoy!

    Listening to Stars Apart now. Must say, that is a very compelling concept on which the song is based. I like the musical interlude beginning ~4:30, and the Moog solo is...
  16. I'm going to cheat and do two, one Proggy and one...

    I'm going to cheat and do two, one Proggy and one more straight-ahead rock.

    For the Proggy one, this is Forbidden Planet from Eccentric Orbit's 2004 album Attack of the Martians. This was the last...
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    He was the first to come to mind for me. But is...

    He was the first to come to mind for me. But is he really "repugnant?" Or does he kind of have a point? This is what I've always struggled with in this film, and why it's among my very favorites of...
  18. :up What a mind-blowing band. For me, they...

    :up

    What a mind-blowing band. For me, they make seemingly noodly improv sections sound compelling. I'm not sure why they resonate with me when so many bands that do stuff like this don't. But for...
  19. Yeah, I bought both Tri-Logic a couple of years...

    Yeah, I bought both Tri-Logic a couple of years ago when I saw them listed on Greg's site. It definitely coincided with the release of the second one. I like both albums, preferring the first one,...
  20. Excellent question! For me, it's easily Gentle...

    Excellent question!

    For me, it's easily Gentle Giant's The Power and the Glory (though it could have been any album from Acquiring the Taste through Interview, it just happens Power and the Glory...
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    I Bought 20 2020 CDs this year (unless I wind up...

    I Bought 20 2020 CDs this year (unless I wind up getting more).

    Here are my top seven. My biggest surprise is having a Rick Wakeman CD on the list! I haven't liked anything he's done since Six...
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    Yes, now that you mention it, I believe you're...

    Yes, now that you mention it, I believe you're right. I don't have that one, never quite got into that band, so I'd forgotten.

    Bill
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    Taproban used this image as the cover for their...

    Taproban used this image as the cover for their debut album. Highly unlikely either band were referencing King Crimson, the Sacro Bosco is well known in its own right. I never made the connection,...
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    It's got some stiff competition from Wobbler,...

    It's got some stiff competition from Wobbler, Helmet of Gnats, and Zopp, but in the end I think I'll get the most mileage out of Ghost Rhythms Imaginary Mountains. So that's my pick as of right now....
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    Mine arrived a few days ago and I think we've...

    Mine arrived a few days ago and I think we've spun it thee, maybe four times. I would agree with the "melody fest" description. That is always one of HoG's strengths, and it is highly present here....
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    I basically agree with this. I think at a minimum...

    I basically agree with this. I think at a minimum you have to start with the artist's intent and at least try to understand that. Not doing at least that much before imposing your own interpretation...
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    True. But I wasn't under the impression the...

    True. But I wasn't under the impression the non-CDR versions were distributed that much for sale, which is why I assume what is on Discogs is largely or wholly CDRs. There's really no way for a...
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    Oh, sorry. I thought you were referring to...

    Oh, sorry. I thought you were referring to Lunarians. Yes, Ocenarium is indeed CDR. Discogs is wrong.

    Bill
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    Lunarians is a proper, factory pressed CD. Bill

    Lunarians is a proper, factory pressed CD.

    Bill
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    :D

    :D
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    It's a big problem. As an independently released...

    It's a big problem. As an independently released artist, I had to constantly invoice myself for these mountains of bad CDs. Naturally, I fell behind in the payments, so then I had to take myself to...
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    What I'm trying to say is that they may have...

    What I'm trying to say is that they may have recorded what was coming into the soundboard. This is exactly what you're hearing in QPR, that is a soundboard mix. What they did to compensate for that...
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    :lol

    :lol
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    Just stick the songs in Audacity and cut ~25...

    Just stick the songs in Audacity and cut ~25 minutes out. Doesn't really matter where. Nobody will notice.

    ;)
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    Well, this was a live recording, so it's a cross...

    Well, this was a live recording, so it's a cross between the two. I have no idea how they recorded the Montreal or the King Biscuit shows. Mics in the arenas? Soundboard? Combination? Who knows?...
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    OK, I buy that. I didn't see that in the photo I...

    OK, I buy that. I didn't see that in the photo I posted.



    Well, it goes back to what I was saying. It's not the "pickup" being recorded, it's an amp. So, even if he's bi-amping, the different...
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    This is a moronic analogy. Floppy discs were...

    This is a moronic analogy. Floppy discs were slower than CDs and eventually downloads for installing programs and storing data. It doesn't take any longer to spin Close to the Edge on a CD than on a...
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    It's extraordinarily unlikely that Lake was...

    It's extraordinarily unlikely that Lake was running his pickups directly into the soundboard. If indeed the Alembic Scorpion 8-String he played had the ability to send separate pickup signals, then...
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    I 100% agree with this. Just gave Nucleus a...

    I 100% agree with this.

    Just gave Nucleus a fresh spin tonight. Fantastic album. For all its reputation for raw energy and power, there's a lot of really tender stuff on this record. I find it has...
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    LOL, yeah! I fixed that too! I had both the first...

    LOL, yeah! I fixed that too! I had both the first two albums called "Helmet of Gnats" on my spreadsheet. With the first one, there's no excuse, the title is right there. I just missed it! :D The...
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    Macan does cover this in his book. He basically...

    Macan does cover this in his book. He basically lays it at the feet of two things... taking an overly long hiatus, and Lake really changing during that period in terms of his commitment to the band,...
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    An OK collection of outtakes. There are a few...

    An OK collection of outtakes. There are a few tracks here I like, Apple Blossoms, Bullfrog, BSS, a couple of others. So Far to Fall is cool, but doesn't quite work, feels like it needed a bit more...
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    @nemo and tribalfusion... Really interesting...

    @nemo and tribalfusion... Really interesting guys! I still have certain skepticism about some of this, but it does sound like there are some issues that are in certain ways unique to Italy. I wish...
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    Glad to see I'm not alone in this! Too funny! :D ...

    Glad to see I'm not alone in this! Too funny! :D

    Bill
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    Interesting. From the outside, it doesn't seem...

    Interesting. From the outside, it doesn't seem that way at all. Italy appears to have had an amazing rock scene in the 70s. I can't speak to studio work or university positions in jazz, or what the...
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    Really? Why? Why would Italy differ in this...

    Really? Why? Why would Italy differ in this regard to countries like France, Germany or Spain, or on a per-capita basis, just about any country? What is it about Italy that's different?



    I...
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    I think you sort of answered your own question....

    I think you sort of answered your own question. Italy produces a HUGE number of bands, thus the number of one off bands will be higher, but their percentage of one off bands may not be that much...
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    My gawd, dude! I never knew your second album...

    My gawd, dude! I never knew your second album even had a title! I even looked on Gnosis... they don't even have the title! I looked on the cover, and now that I know what it's supposed to say, I see...
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    Auto. Buy.

    Auto. Buy.
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    I got Spring 2 at one point. Found it cheap...

    I got Spring 2 at one point. Found it cheap somewhere. I don't recall it being nearly as good as the debut, Hendre Mews aside. I ditched it pretty soon after I got it, so I can't really comment...
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    Nice album. I know "Proto Prog" isn't the right...

    Nice album. I know "Proto Prog" isn't the right term for stuff like this, but I sort of put this in with groups that had a nascent Prog sound, but didn't really have both feet in that pool. Moody...
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    :lol

    :lol
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    That IS impressive! Sounds very organic and...

    That IS impressive! Sounds very organic and natural to me. Beautiful sounding record, really. Great info there, thanks for posting!

    Bill
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    Got the CD from Wayside a couple of days ago,...

    Got the CD from Wayside a couple of days ago, spun it for the first time last night. Another winner from Ghost Rhythms! Just something about the combination of elements in the band's music that...
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    The gig Rick was referring to was where Eccentric...

    The gig Rick was referring to was where Eccentric Orbit played was January 17, 2015 at the Regent Theater in Arlington. Here's a shot of us on stage that night...

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    Not sure where the...
  56. Sticky: 2117041261 Very cool, it works! :D BTW,...

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    Very cool, it works! :D

    BTW, this is my new classic rock originals band, Brave Pursuit. If anyone is interested, the download is available as name your price (take it free if you...
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    I just spun this not too long ago as I was making...

    I just spun this not too long ago as I was making my way back through the Frogg Cafe discography. It's an interesting record. I agree with the review, it's a little in-cohesive. I think All This...
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    This is what I have in my spreadsheet for 1974,...

    This is what I have in my spreadsheet for 1974, my top favorites highlighted:

    Acqua Fragile: Mass Media Stars
    Alusa Fallax: Intorno Alla Mia
    Area: Caution Radiation Area
    Arnold, Horacee: Tales...
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    Yes, I noticed the bass as well... some good bass...

    Yes, I noticed the bass as well... some good bass on the first album too! I think he actually plays a baritone guitar, with a focus on the lower strings. It's a good sound!

    Bill
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    I have it on order, should be here very soon. I...

    I have it on order, should be here very soon. I just spun the debut last night. I think that one has grown on me a bit, it's better than I'd given it credit for being. But from the little I've heard,...
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