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  1. That's exactly how I felt after exploring the...

    That's exactly how I felt after exploring the Early Years sets, which I bought individually. Meddle/DSOTM/WYW are probably always going to be the highlights for me, but I find myself more drawn to...
  2. If those are your "quick comments", I'd better...

    If those are your "quick comments", I'd better brew up a pot of coffee for the full expose :D

    Looking forward to reading it.
  3. I picked up the single cd sampler and spent the...

    I picked up the single cd sampler and spent the weekend comparing the remixes against the originals.

    You can read more on my blog review here:...
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    Received a nice message from Tim last night,...

    Received a nice message from Tim last night, thanking me for my review and mentioning the 10cc connection I made:

    "You're the fourth or fifth person who's made the I'm Not In Love observation. It...
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    No-Man: new album Love You To Bits

    Sometimes the best things happen when you least expect them.

    I'd assumed Steven Wilson and Tim Bowness were now too busy to reactivate their No-Man collaboration, but here we are with a new album...
  6. Those of you who saw The Pineapple Thief on the...

    Those of you who saw The Pineapple Thief on the UK and European legs of the recent Dissolution tour, or who are heading out to see them on the current US leg, might be interested in this new live...
  7. I was lucky enough to be able to buy my copy over...

    I was lucky enough to be able to buy my copy over the counter in my favourite store, on release day.

    I've pretty much been immersed in it over the weekend, and I've put together a new blog review,...
  8. UK fans can now grab their copies in-store today...

    UK fans can now grab their copies in-store today (Friday 15th).

    I've just bought a copy in Fopp Edinburgh, and they had plenty copies for sale, upfront as today's new release, and also spares in...
  9. Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief) - new solo album All This Will Be Yours

    For those of you who enjoy The Pineapple Thief, and who perhaps are about to enjoy their current US tour, main man Bruce Soord has also just released a second solo album All This Will Be Yours.
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    Cheers John. I guess it's about finding that...

    Cheers John.

    I guess it's about finding that niche where I'm not stepping on other toes, and it's taken a couple of years to find that sweet spot.

    I try to keep my pieces brief but informative,...
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    I've just finished working my way through the...

    I've just finished working my way through the four discs, and I'd say it's a winner.

    Here's my take on it, with some thoughts on the new mix, having compared 2009 and 2019 cd mixes and the dvd vs...
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    Opeth - In Cauda Venenum tour underway

    Hi guys

    Opeth's current tour in support of the new album has kicked off in the UK, and I caught the third show, in Glasgow last night.

    It was possibly the best I've ever seen them, over a...
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    Just done a back-to-back: Moon Above (Pale...

    Just done a back-to-back:

    Moon Above (Pale Communion) - Sorceress (same) - Heart In Hand (In Cauda).

    The Sorceress mix is very muddy and booming - bass and kick drum drowning out the rest.
    ...
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    I would imagine it's the artist who has the final...

    I would imagine it's the artist who has the final say - Opeth are a major artist for Nuclear Blast, so Akerfeldt probably has a fair bit of clout.

    I like the way the album is mixed, not too loud...
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    I felt that too, for the first few spins, and...

    I felt that too, for the first few spins, and found myself listening to it in chunks. But once you become more familiar with the music, it starts to feel the right length.

    Perhaps that's a...
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    I spent the weekend immersed in the album,...

    I spent the weekend immersed in the album, switching from Swedish to English and back again, listening on the headphones and then blasting it on the hi-fi.

    And I still feel like I'm just...
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    Gary Numan - 40th anniversary tour

    For those of you partial to the more synth / industrial end of things, Gary Numan has embarked on a 40th anniversary tour.

    He's aiming to play at least one song from the majority of his albums,...
  18. Klone - Le Grand Voyage (new Kscope signing)

    For those of you who follow new releases from the Kscope label, you might be interested in their latest signing, French band Klone.

    The band have twenty years mileage and five albums behind them,...
  19. Thread: Prog Awards 2019

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    Cards on the table: I'm a big fan of the...

    Cards on the table:

    I'm a big fan of the magazine, and have been championing it for a while, but...the awards...

    It's the one aspect that I'm ambivalent about these days. The list of nominated...
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    Lifesigns (UK based prog band)

    I'm not sure if any of you are aware of the band Lifesigns?

    They're a UK band, but I know they've recently played gigs like Cruise To The Edge, so they may have a wider audience on here.

    The...
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    Steven Wilson - Hand.Cannot.Erase. reissue

    I see a lot of love for this album on here, so you might be interested to learn that the Kscope label have just reissued it, in a nice cd+bluray package, at a sensible price.

    If you've already got...
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    Iamthemorning - The Bell

    If you've been following the music of Russian duo Iamthemorning, then perhaps you'll have seen the trailer for their new album The Bell.

    The album was released a couple of days ago and has been on...
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    I'd imagine they added Coventry to Stratosfear...

    I'd imagine they added Coventry to Stratosfear purely because of disc space. The Ricochet cd has to accommodate the album twice over - once for the remaster, and then again for SW's remix. If they'd...
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    Why don't you buy the seven core albums in their...

    Why don't you buy the seven core albums in their new standalone versions - the contents on each "album disc" are the same as the corresponding disc in the box. That way you have the improved...
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    Some interesting points of view from folks here....

    Some interesting points of view from folks here.

    Given the current digital climate it's rewarding for longtime subscribers like myself to see the mag go from strength to strength, and for a genre...
  26. To be fair to the guys, I don't think they are...

    To be fair to the guys, I don't think they are directly involved in any kind of marketing plan. They're simply consulted by the label, and then a chap called Andy Curran takes over and oversees the...
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    Kate Bush remasters - Box set (Part 1)

    Kate's box set remasters are going for a song in-store at the moment (at least in the UK), so I bought the first one as a way into understanding her music.

    It's quite a trip inside her...
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    I'm still trying to work out what exactly the...

    I'm still trying to work out what exactly the differences are - it's very very subtle. Usually with a more traditional instrumental line-up ( guitar, drum, keyboards) I can quickly spot the...
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    If any of you are content to forego the physical...

    If any of you are content to forego the physical version, then the whole set (bar the bluray content) is available for legal download on 7Digital:
    ...
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    Oh man, I'm sorry. I guess that's the price for a...

    Oh man, I'm sorry. I guess that's the price for a free hosted website.

    Here's the text transcription:

    What’s to like?

    Movements of a visionary band. Electronic rock pioneers Tangerine Dream...
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    Perhaps this'll shed some light for you Moe: ...

    Perhaps this'll shed some light for you Moe:

    https://momentstransition.wordpress.com/2019/06/21/tangerine-dream-in-search-of-hades-the-virgin-recordings-1973-1979-2019/
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    Oedipus struck me as being closer to Atem or...

    Oedipus struck me as being closer to Atem or Zeit, very cosmic and atmospheric. Not that distant from Lygeti's contributions to 2001 A Space Odyssey.

    The surround mixes, especially Oedipus, are...
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    Diving into this box set feels like the audio...

    Diving into this box set feels like the audio equivalent of experiencing 2001’s star-gate sequence, but I’ve made it through to the other end, and have a blog review for you.

    Hopefully it should...
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    - The two blurays with surround mixes and footage...

    - The two blurays with surround mixes and footage
    - the two cds with out-takes from Phaedra sessions
    - the Oedipus Tyrannus cd
    - the London Rainbow cds
    - the Victoria Palace cds
    - the Royal...
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    At one point it looked like Amazon might have...

    At one point it looked like Amazon might have screwed up my box set order, and Burning Shed have now officially sold out of their stock. So I snapped up the seven standalone cds from my local store...
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    That was an epic read, but I'm still no clearer...

    That was an epic read, but I'm still no clearer about whether the sound quality on the Construction and Power albums is significantly improved to warrant buying these the 2-disc sets.
  37. Daniel Tompkins (TesseracT singer) - new solo album Castles

    For those of you familiar with UK prog-metal band TesseracT, or the ambient White Moth Black Butterfly project, you'll know how good a voice Daniel Tompkins has.

    If you haven't heard him before,...
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    I once applied to become a reviewer for DPRP, but...

    I once applied to become a reviewer for DPRP, but they put me through so many hoops that I gave up trying.

    Honestly, it felt like I was applying for a salaried corporate job, and had to go through...
  39. Ends - Solo album by Nosound's Giancarlo Erra

    I manged to pick up the solo album by Nosound's main writer Giancarlo Erra this weekend.

    I really liked Nosound's earlier albums, but felt that they were starting to become a little tired and...
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    Looking forward to hearing the lyrics sung in...

    Looking forward to hearing the lyrics sung in Swedish.
  41. I was reluctant to buy this new album, as I was a...

    I was reluctant to buy this new album, as I was a bit put off by some of the overt silliness of the albums I listened to years ago. But because it's a Kscope release, and I buy-before-I-try, I...
  42. Winds Of Time - The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (1979-1985)

    Earlier this week I dug out a collection called Winds Of Time, which celebrates the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (or Nwobhm!) and is a nice nostalgia trip for those of us who were teenagers at the...
  43. Bowie at his most progressive? The Zeit! box set.

    I hadn't heard any of the so-called Berlin trilogy before, so I decided to jump in with both feet, and bought the Zeit! box set, which includes the three studio albums plus Stage.

    It was certainly...
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    I'd imagine it'll simply be the seven original...

    I'd imagine it'll simply be the seven original albums (Phaedra to Force) - they'll be holding back the rare stuff for the box set.
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    That was the official line, but I'm pretty sure I...

    That was the official line, but I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that he decided to walk after a disagreement with one of the trio. The two albums SW did remix were held up for quite a while before...
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    Burning Shed are also going to stock it. They...

    Burning Shed are also going to stock it. They sent me a confirmation email yesterday and will be announcing pricing etc very shortly.

    Given the care they take with packaging, I might go with...
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    Marillion - Fugazi

    “Where are the prophets, where are the visionaries, where are the poets?”

    I sometimes think Marillion's second album gets overlooked, stuck between the initial excitement of Script and the huge...
  48. Oh, I like Kiss Of Life. Every track on that...

    Oh, I like Kiss Of Life. Every track on that album is a winner for me - I just didn't want my piece to get too bogged down in a track by track analysis. I prefer to go for something that's short and...
  49. Peter Gabriel 4 (Security) - Overlooked or quietly respected?

    I've been on a Gabriel binge during the last week, and the album that keeps staying with me as a complete piece of work is number 4.

    I sometimes feel it gets overlooked, given the acclaim that...
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    I picked up his recent cd reissue of Lifemask,...

    I picked up his recent cd reissue of Lifemask, and it sounds terrific. There's a newfound sensitivity and clarity that was missing from the 1995 version.

    Same with the 2012 reissue of HQ, which I...
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    I got into Harper through the Jugula album...

    I got into Harper through the Jugula album because of his friendship with Jimmy Page, and I was a big Zep fan at the time.

    But it wasn't until I met my wife that I found a wider appreciation of...
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    Good timing. He's been going over his back...

    Good timing. He's been going over his back catalogue with a trusted engineer and remastering them, principally for vinyl, but then for cd/digital download.

    He's been doing them piecemeal, and not...
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    Roy Harper - The Last Tour

    I'm not sure how widely this news has spread, but Roy's current tour has been billed as his last one.

    The last night of the tour was in Edinburgh, last night, and I've posted a blog review, which...
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    Sorry about that - it was working fine earlier,...

    Sorry about that - it was working fine earlier, but using chrome it's hit and miss. Sometimes I get the page, sometimes a blank screen. Friday afternoon gremlins as the world clocks off?

    I've...
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    ELP - Return Of the Manticore

    By happy coincidence, it's Carl Palmer's birthday this week, and I received a copy of the box set The Return Of The Manticore in the mail.

    I've not been too impressed with the current round of...
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    I watched the clips...

    I watched the clips from last night's tour.


    Happy to sit this one out I think. I know the guys are 20 years older, but when I think of the energy and drama when I saw SFAM in 2000, last night's...
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    Glad I had the foresight to rip my cds at 320kbp...

    Glad I had the foresight to rip my cds at 320kbp when I started 10 years ago....

    I'm actually starting to slow down on my buying now. I've less years ahead of me than behind me, and I want to take...
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    "He's not the messiah....he's a very naughty...

    "He's not the messiah....he's a very naughty boy!" :lol

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plZRe1kPWZw
  59. O.R.k. - Ramagehead (Colin Edwin + Pat Mastellotto project)

    With Porcupine Tree on hiatus, whatever happened to bassist Colin Edwin?

    Well, he became an O.R.k. (in partnership with Crimson's Pat Mastellotto).

    I'd overlooked the first two albums, but the...
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    Maybe he means he's waiting for more feedback...

    Maybe he means he's waiting for more feedback from other buyers?

    At least that's my approach to this one - first DT album that hasn't been an autobuy, and even though I've picked it up off the...
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