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    I don't care what anyone says - I love John...

    I don't care what anyone says - I love John Evan's use of the accordion on Tull's War Child. He has some nice melody lines and it fits in with the album's lighter touch.
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    What's funny for me is that PHIL, yes, PHIL OF...

    What's funny for me is that PHIL, yes, PHIL OF "SUSSUDIO" FAME, wrote the chorus, and that chorus part is the part that especially gives me goosebumps. (Steve wrote the lyrics, and they do help set...
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    Geoff Downes' rig on the Asia in Asia concert was...

    Geoff Downes' rig on the Asia in Asia concert was RIDICULOUS. It looked so goofy for him to run back and forth like that. I'm also not wild about his proclivity to face away from the audience, but...
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    Too late. It's weird, with all the bad stuff...

    Too late.

    It's weird, with all the bad stuff happening in the world, the most depressing thing for me right now is how dreary this Yes album is shaping up to be. I already think "Dare to Know" is...
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    Sigh. I've lost all interest. I'll probably...

    Sigh.

    I've lost all interest. I'll probably buy it on the day but I don't have any hope anymore.
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    This is my first listen to the album, and I've...

    This is my first listen to the album, and I've got to say, I appreciate that they put "Emergence" on the album. It's a nice little respite from the Morsification of the rest of the album.
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    Steve Unruh's involvement sounds VERY promising....

    Steve Unruh's involvement sounds VERY promising.

    I really enjoyed The Garden but for some reason Artificial seemed a bit of a dip in quality. "Nothing Lasts Forever" was fine but I just found...
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    This is starting to make me think of Queen's Made...

    This is starting to make me think of Queen's Made In Heaven - an album with one, count 'em, ONE up-tempo rock number on it. Granted, the lead singer was dead and the rest of the band were scrounging...
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    *points past Steve Howe* What's that over there?!...

    *points past Steve Howe* What's that over there?! *as he is distracted, grabs master tapes/files and delivers them to Rich Mouser*
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    I don't hate it. It's just that without "Made...

    I don't hate it. It's just that without "Made Again," it makes me want to kill myself, it's so depressing.
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    Geez, what the hell, Steve. You wrote "No...

    Geez, what the hell, Steve. You wrote "No Religion" for Asia's XXX, a song still in heavy rotation with me as a fun rocker.
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    I dunno. Even Henry's review seemed a bit......

    I dunno. Even Henry's review seemed a bit... couched. Listening to "Dare to Know," the "journey" of it's eluding me. And then hearing that the Sherwood/Davison tracks are "recognizably from the same...
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    I thought it was quite nice. REALLY Starcastle-y...

    I thought it was quite nice. REALLY Starcastle-y to me. Howe definitely has some nice bits (particularly the intro, which at first I thought was a sitar!) and I don't care what anybody says, the...
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    Has anyone mentioned Paul Gilbert and Billy...

    Has anyone mentioned Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan in Mr. Big?
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    He also did the soundtrack for the Vanilla Ice...

    He also did the soundtrack for the Vanilla Ice vehicle "Cool as Ice." THAT is a nadir to end all nadirs.
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    I agree. The song is really catchy, and I always...

    I agree. The song is really catchy, and I always find myself singing along to it. It also tends to remind me of a particularly nice moment in my life. But that plastic arrangement is so empty; it...
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    I quite enjoyed Transatlantic's "The Absolute...

    I quite enjoyed Transatlantic's "The Absolute Universe-The Breath of Life", so I'm definitely giving this a chance. If the references to the Old Man with the Telescope (love that description! Lick...
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    Rick Wakeman did the score for "Creepshow 2"!

    Rick Wakeman did the score for "Creepshow 2"!
  19. "Tom Sawyer," by Rush, for sure. It just seems...

    "Tom Sawyer," by Rush, for sure. It just seems stale to me now, and I still love the rest of Moving Pictures.
  20. I've seen it used before. It makes sense. Is...

    I've seen it used before. It makes sense. Is anyone going to call it "O"?

    I also don't get the "I don't hear John Myung" stuff. I hear him just fine. Especially on later albums, where he seemed to...
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    I just heard Breathless for the first time, and I...

    I just heard Breathless for the first time, and I was sort of digging it until I got to "Down on the Farm."

    ... that song is the definition of terrible.
  22. And here's the full song. ...

    And here's the full song.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V462IsOV3js

    Not sure what to think of the effects on LaBrie's voice.
  23. I am very tempted, I would pay for a full ticket...

    I am very tempted, I would pay for a full ticket to see FNM and then take off (don't know System of a Down and I'd be dependent on BART).
  24. Sounds similar to the recent LT3 album, which is...

    Sounds similar to the recent LT3 album, which is a good thing as far as I'm concerned. Very promising!
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    That's a good idea. I've declared a moratorium on...

    That's a good idea. I've declared a moratorium on it but it's hard because I actually do quite like it.
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    You had me at so I might pick this one up...

    You had me at



    so I might pick this one up after all.
  27. Yep, apologies, it was the first YT video I found...

    Yep, apologies, it was the first YT video I found after a cursory search, and the thread opener seemed kind of anemic without a YT link. ;)
  28. Dream Theater - A View From the Top of the World - Due 10/22/21

    I can't believe there isn't a thread for this yet. Dream Theater has a new album coming out in October, A View From the Top of the World. After whatever The Astonishing was supposed to be, I was...
  29. Agreed! And the singer is great! I think this is...

    Agreed! And the singer is great! I think this is a much more successful attempt at blues-rock than anything he ever did on "Blues With a Feeling."
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    You know, one thing we all missed in this...

    You know, one thing we all missed in this kerfuffle is that Geoff Downes apparently wrote a mininum of 114 jingles/library pieces back in the mid-seventies! Jeez, the guy has ALWAYS been prolific!
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    My iPod shows that I've played it 18 times...

    My iPod shows that I've played it 18 times already, so I must dig it.

    That's the one mildly frustrating thing about these single pre-releases; by the time the rest of the album comes out, I've...
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    Also, he sings all lead vocals on "Lightning's...

    Also, he sings all lead vocals on "Lightning's Hand" from Point of Know Return. Also from that album, he sings the verses of "Sparks of the Tempest" and "Hopelessly Human."

    Monolith and...
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    Monkman was right, Downes should probably have...

    Monkman was right, Downes should probably have admitted that from the outset. But if you share this with Monkman, maybe it might be okay to clarify that the social media scene can get a little.....
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    Well, I certainly got it wrong in my scenario!...

    Well, I certainly got it wrong in my scenario! And I know where I went wrong, too... I assumed the "demo reel" was something Downes himself had made has opposed to something that was given to him...
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    I definitely apologize, but I had no idea: 1)...

    I definitely apologize, but I had no idea: 1) Downes EVER wrote commercial jingles before the Buggles, 2) Monkman also wrote commercial music, and 3) in that pursuit Monkman used what was clearly...
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    No, that's Genesis. Don't confuse things further.

    No, that's Genesis. Don't confuse things further.
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    I'm listening to it again now, and I still like...

    I'm listening to it again now, and I still like it, and I'm more convinced than ever this was always Downes' piece from the beginning. It's pretty damn far from Curved Air. (Yes, I know Monkman was...
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    I'm still reeling from my doctor's visit where...

    I'm still reeling from my doctor's visit where they told me "I'm sorry, your ALT levels show that somehow your liver has been rearranged to the solid mental grace."
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    I'm the guy who loves "Circus of Heaven," don't...

    I'm the guy who loves "Circus of Heaven," don't ask me.
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    I have Phantasmagoria, I'm going to relisten to...

    I have Phantasmagoria, I'm going to relisten to it with fresh, educated ears.

    UPDATE: Wow, he plays guitar, too? Nice.

    SECOND UPDATE: It's kind of all over the map. It lurches from Renaissance...
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    I've had the 801 Live album for some time and...

    I've had the 801 Live album for some time and loved it, and thought he was an interesting player, but I'd never thought to explore his work further. This has sort of made me want to do so (I need...
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    Hey, that's what I need, a new forum where a...

    Hey, that's what I need, a new forum where a fanbase can help make me sick of something I enjoy!
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    Well, if we're going to go to THAT level, Keith...

    Well, if we're going to go to THAT level, Keith Emerson, Frank Zappa and Ritchie Blackmore would be drawn and quartered. We can also dig Freddie Mercury up for nicking Ruggero Leoncavallo in the...
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    I had no idea what you were talking about, so I...

    I had no idea what you were talking about, so I googled "Machine Messiah plagiarism" and all I found was some looney tunes theory that Yes had stolen from "Welcome to the Machine." So please explain.
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    "revisionist history" = "history I don't like" ...

    "revisionist history" = "history I don't like"

    I believe Geoff Downes, a musician who's made tons of records and has no reason to steal some random music cue from years past, over some Internet...
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    Van Halen's "A Different Kind of Truth," anyone?...

    Van Halen's "A Different Kind of Truth," anyone? An album which Van Halen fans seem to mostly enjoy?

    It doesn't matter how old the material is. Downes thought it was worth revisiting so he did.
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    That doesn't mean that Monkman made it out of...

    That doesn't mean that Monkman made it out of whole cloth and it was a passionate pursuit on his part. There have been several artists who've had work released under their name that was just a...
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    There's enough differences that I'm going to give...

    There's enough differences that I'm going to give Downes the "My Sweet Lord" benefit of the doubt. The melody may have occurred in his head, and since the Monkman track is fairly obscure (look at...
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    I really enjoy the energetic, propulsive groove...

    I really enjoy the energetic, propulsive groove through the song. Geoff is bringing it with his arrangement chops and Steve is doing quite nicely adding tasteful decoration. I kind of agree...
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    That's heartbreaking indeed. Steinhardt...

    That's heartbreaking indeed. Steinhardt contributed so much to the Kansas sound not just with his violin, but his vocals. His harmonies with Walsh were outstanding... just listen to "Apercu" for a...
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    My favorite part of the song is the coda; the...

    My favorite part of the song is the coda; the song builds to its manic (well, for eighties Genesis anyway) energy quite nicely. I kind of wish Tony had gone for something equally energetic for his...
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    I'll do you one better than that, I listened to...

    I'll do you one better than that, I listened to "Subway Walls" today and got EXCITED for the new Yes album.
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    I swear, it just drains the life out of the music altogether. It's dreary-sounding and just lies there.

    I agree with whoever said this is like Steve Hackett doing Mike Oldfield, and as much as I...
  54. "Revolution 9" by the Beatles, and you still...

    "Revolution 9" by the Beatles, and you still don't know where it was going when it's long over.
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    I've listened to this album for the first time,...

    I've listened to this album for the first time, and I've fallen in love with "Title No. 1." That song has tremendous energy and the keyboard solo is terrific. I don't think I've heard a keyboard tone...
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    The only album I got was Play, and while I really...

    The only album I got was Play, and while I really liked two or three songs from it ("Walk a Straight Line" and "Sunday Street" were the best in my opinion) the album in general didn't grab me to...
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    Kabul Blues: Hmm, this is interesting, kind of...

    Kabul Blues: Hmm, this is interesting, kind of Gilmourish...OH FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT'S HOLY WHY DID YOU ADD VOCALS.

    Spy House: Hmm, reminds me of mid-2000s Satch when he was experimenting with...
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    The funny thing is you can say that entire...

    The funny thing is you can say that entire paragraph in a hesitant tone and mean it in not a GOOD way.
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    Holy cow, are WE in agree-to-disagree territory....

    Holy cow, are WE in agree-to-disagree territory. I thought it was horrible apart from "Promise." Are you really telling me "Shut Up Shuttin' Up" and the title track are better than anything from...
  60. That doesn't happen in my world.

    That doesn't happen in my world.
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