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    Weren’t we just expressing admiration for Flavio...

    Weren’t we just expressing admiration for Flavio Premoli’s accordion breakdown on “Is My Face on Straight?” by PFM in a parallel thread? If not, allow me to do so here and now!
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    The Japanese band Head Pop Up had two keyboard...

    The Japanese band Head Pop Up had two keyboard players. I believe the female one was the one who doubled on accordion. No videos, someone else [*ahem!*] is gobbling up all the bandwidth, but the long...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQhIhKpmwrg
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    “It’s good to be here in America, or as we refer...

    “It’s good to be here in America, or as we refer to you in Canada, The Great Satan.”
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    I was mistaken, it’s Muscle of Love that features...

    I was mistaken, it’s Muscle of Love that features Liza Minnelli, and not on a duet, just background vocals on a couple of tracks. One of which is “Teenage Lament ’74,” which has the most insane cast...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrewDHr1Xe0

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrewDHr1Xe0
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    I mentioned them on the first page. I love this...

    I mentioned them on the first page. I love this band. They apparently began as a controversial Estonian punk band called Propeller who angered the Soviet authorities. You can kind of hear that punky...
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    Was this the one with the Liza Minnelli duet, or...

    Was this the one with the Liza Minnelli duet, or am I thinking of one his other albums?
  9. Back when I worked at the Good Guys Service...

    Back when I worked at the Good Guys Service Center (R.I.P.), one of the other techs used ONE song to test speakers with. Namely, this song. If ever anything was worse than the Steps example above......
  10. A really excellent and unique album of avant-prog...

    A really excellent and unique album of avant-prog that held so much promise. I was rather disappointed by the follow-up, which didn’t seem quite as imaginative (rather KC derivative), though it grew...
  11. Circa 1981, I was searching for this ELO song I...

    Circa 1981, I was searching for this ELO song I heard on the radio which turned out to be “Sweet Talkin’ Woman.” I “mistakenly” got this album as a birthday gift—my great aunt bought it for me—on...
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    Inga Rumpf, before she found her voice. You can...

    Inga Rumpf, before she found her voice. You can tell her heart isn’t in it:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZUbp9LI74Q
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    There’s also Ann Ballester, who went on to play...

    There’s also Ann Ballester, who went on to play keyboards in the fusion band Edition Spéciale:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IuI7ZeeQVs
  14. I feel so bad for people who have to work in such...

    I feel so bad for people who have to work in such an environment. Being subjected to any song on endless repeat like that is torture!

    I had a roommate that grew obsessed with THIS song. I had to...
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    The same Christian Bruhn that wrote this? :lol ...

    The same Christian Bruhn that wrote this? :lol


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goMYffmPr9U
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    The films with Can soundtracks have been on my...

    The films with Can soundtracks have been on my wishlist for a while. Supposedly The Deep End is the “easiest to find,” but I can’t even track down a copy of that one.

    Same with the film with the...
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    Osamu Kitajima: Benzaiten I have to say that...

    Osamu Kitajima: Benzaiten

    I have to say that Soyol Erdene intrigues me, because I’ve never actually heard a Mongolian band before.
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    Anyone mention Jannick Top (Magma) and Claude...

    Anyone mention Jannick Top (Magma) and Claude Lemay (Pollen) in Céline Dion’s band?

    Matia Bazar were formed out of the prog band J.E.T., with Museo Rosenbach’s drummer, Giancarlo Golzi (R.I.P.)....
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    I already posted in another thread about the...

    I already posted in another thread about the Chevy commercial that uses “Engel der Gegenwart” by Popol Vuh.
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    Tons of Chinese action films use “bootleg”...

    Tons of Chinese action films use “bootleg” soundtracks, including LOTS of prog stuff. Jimmy Wang Yu’s Master of Flying Guillotine famously used Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk and NEU! tracks (the “Super...
  21. Also: the original version of “Metamorfosi” was...

    Also: the original version of “Metamorfosi” was on the debut LP, not Darwin.

    Marva Jan Marrow is probably best known in Italy for her English version of Lucio Battisti’s “Il nostro caro angelo”:
    ...
  22. I do, however, prefer the remake of “Metamorfosi”...

    I do, however, prefer the remake of “Metamorfosi” to the original. The extended piano cadenza really makes this one:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m-lEzLM0xA
  23. My sister and I used to do this as kids. We...

    My sister and I used to do this as kids. We overplayed both sides of the Blondie single “Call Me” (and its flip, “11:59”), that my mom grabbed it and stashed it somewhere she thought we would never...
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    Toto were immediately the first thing to come to...

    Toto were immediately the first thing to come to mind.



    Somehow I completely forgot about this, though.
  25. I haven’t heard these in a long time. While I...

    I haven’t heard these in a long time. While I agree the original version of that debut album is really rough production-wise, Darwin sounds just fine to me, and did not need to be remade. Also, why...
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    The two main men behind Far Out were...

    The two main men behind Far Out were multi-instrumentalist/singer Fumio Miyashita and bassist/singer Kei Ishikawa. After they disbanded, Miyashita formed FEFB, and Ishikawa formed Chronicle.

    FEFB...
  27. They’re actually fairly good at ending albums. My...

    They’re actually fairly good at ending albums. My favorite is “Watching and Waiting.” Ace song that one, with one of Pinder’s finest Mellotron arrangements. Always tasteful.
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    The first Spin album used to be very easy to find...

    The first Spin album used to be very easy to find on vinyl in the States. It was one of those where the pressing plant pressed up many more than were actually sold, so lots of sealed copies found...
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    Answering my own question: I can find no evidence...

    Answering my own question: I can find no evidence of this. Funny, I seem to remember Andy himself mentioning it. I wonder what he was actually thinking of?



    In general, I find Breathless to be...
  30. Good call: I don’t think they ever took on a...

    Good call: I don’t think they ever took on a fourth member, and their lineup as far as I know has been consistent.
  31. There was actually an interim lineup featuring...

    There was actually an interim lineup featuring Naomi Miura (keyboardist with Rosalia and After the Rain) prior to Mika joining for Android Domina. And yes, I have seen BOTH of these lineups live!
  32. Ars Nova has been the Keiko Kumagai show for a...

    Ars Nova has been the Keiko Kumagai show for a long time now (and apparently, she wasn’t even an original member!). The Keiko/Kyoko/Akiko lineup that played on Transi, Goddess of Darkness and Book of...
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    All of the Iceberg albums are worth your time*....

    All of the Iceberg albums are worth your time*. Tutankhamon is another album chronicling a band getting bit by the Yes bug, but you can hear the fusion band they would metamorphose into kicking and...
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    My favorite song on the Goma album is the one...

    My favorite song on the Goma album is the one about the salt shortage, which just might be the most Spanish subject matter for a song ever! The jaunty sax melody near the start of the album kind of...
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    Yeah, they could at least have thrown a Garo or...

    Yeah, they could at least have thrown a Garo or NSP album in there.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l6MJpDe5sM
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    Here’s something that someone recently brought to...

    Here’s something that someone recently brought to my attention: Magamaquiavérica em canturbano by Leticia Garcia. I really don’t know how to classify this, it’s certainly unusual. Give it a shot, it...
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    I think someone needs to remind Svetonet to reel...

    I think someone needs to remind Svetonet to reel it in.
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    The Moolah album is hilarious; the liner notes...

    The Moolah album is hilarious; the liner notes are all about peaceful meditation and other new-age joys. It’s one of the most nightmarish electronic albums I’ve ever heard; it makes Heldon sound like...
  39. Yes, I guess it was pioneering, but getting there...

    Yes, I guess it was pioneering, but getting there first doesn’t necessarily make you the best. There’s two outstanding songs here, and they’re the ones you’ve already heard. Probably those stand out...
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    Brainticket, based out of Switzerland, led by a...

    Brainticket, based out of Switzerland, led by a Belgian and with British, American and Italian members.
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    Jane also did this commercial for Findus Frozen...

    Jane also did this commercial for Findus Frozen Foods (produced by Jeff Wayne) right around the same time:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMGFjogXeoQ
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    Recently listened to III. I have to say, this...

    Recently listened to III. I have to say, this band is remarkably consistent. By eschewing synthesizers after the first album, they did not fall victim to the dreaded “80s disease” like many of their...
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    I think Shadoks (who reissued it on vinyl) had...

    I think Shadoks (who reissued it on vinyl) had plans for a CD release at some point, but we’re sure not going to see it now. Incidentally, it being originally a cassette release is not so unusual, as...
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    She did have an avant-garde streak. It’s a shame...

    She did have an avant-garde streak. It’s a shame Erendira (a wacky, surreal art movie based on a short story by Gabriel Garcia Marquez) is so hard to see these days. She’s brilliant in it.
  45. A different animal than the first TG album. It’s...

    A different animal than the first TG album. It’s essentially Release Music Orchestra rev. 0.0 (on the “debut” live RMO album, they even revisit one of the themes from this, under an alternate title)....
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    I haven’t necessarily heard them all, but I’ve...

    I haven’t necessarily heard them all, but I’ve heard of all of them except for Coma, Elohim and Xarhanga. That last one must be ridiculously obscure, since they seem to only have a couple of single...
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    “Past Orbits of Dust” was recorded by Jane Relf...

    “Past Orbits of Dust” was recorded by Jane Relf and a bunch of session musicians just to finish the album. That’s Don Shinn on Hohner Clavinet on that one.
  48. Also Lesley Duncan, though in that case health...

    Also Lesley Duncan, though in that case health problems made just living an ordeal. I am surprised she held on for as long as she did.
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    That first album really is something special. I...

    That first album really is something special. I mean, you could argue that it’s just another Fairport Convention knockoff with some classical pretensions, but “Kings and Queens” and “Island” are real...
  50. Phoebe Snow, though mainly because caring for her...

    Phoebe Snow, though mainly because caring for her daughter was a full-time job.
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    “Uh-oh! Chongo!” ...

    “Uh-oh! Chongo!”


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68jbM1eF0FY
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    This was the big LHS hit that featured John on...

    This was the big LHS hit that featured John on lead vocals:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQIwN98hBfY

    Lucifer’s Friend had lots of skeletons in the closet like this. Apart from John...
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    Jukka Tolonen Band: Just Those Boys (really quite...

    Jukka Tolonen Band: Just Those Boys (really quite an underrated disc)
    Kaseke: Põletus (a real gem)
    Sportquartett: S/T (better than I expected for an album from 1984)
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    Here’s how I’d like to remember him. He sang the...

    Here’s how I’d like to remember him. He sang the Hell out of this song!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjphpjroGCw
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    I found an M-Audio Keystudio 49 at a thrift store...

    I found an M-Audio Keystudio 49 at a thrift store for super cheap. It gets the job done, and I was surprised of the quality of sounds I could get from just freeware plugins. There was an especially...
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    As I recall, it was in the liner notes to this LP...

    As I recall, it was in the liner notes to this LP, which is in storage, so I don’t have it on hand to consult.
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    I feel compelled to post this: ...

    I feel compelled to post this:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4EuZIcHxE0
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    All I’ve heard is “Trois visages de Liège,” which...

    All I’ve heard is “Trois visages de Liège,” which I liked, but not as much as the story about it. Apparently the city of Liège (in Belgium) commissioned the piece to celebrate some kind of...
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    Agreed, love that song! Great guitar runs and,...

    Agreed, love that song! Great guitar runs and, again, Steve Gould and Paul Karas had great vocal chemistry.
  60. I know it’s not a popular opinion—conventional...

    I know it’s not a popular opinion—conventional wisdom is that proggers are supposed to like Hackett’s solo albums most because he never fully “abandoned” prog—but I just don’t think he’s a very...
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