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    I don’t think I’d go that far but, as I said in a...

    I don’t think I’d go that far but, as I said in a parallel thread, I’m a pretty casual Rush fan at best. I think their creative plateau was from Permanent Waves through to Signals, which was “real”...
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    They did a soundtrack of their own, to...

    They did a soundtrack of their own, to Terrorvision:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8a-12ho8hk
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    All of my Québec favorites are bound to get...

    All of my Québec favorites are bound to get mentioned here eventually, so let me be the first—and probably, only—to mention the one-off release by L’orient d’Ô. Solid prog album with slightly...
  4. Sticky: I have both PI albums and I like them more or...

    I have both PI albums and I like them more or less equally. Maybe Biomasa slightly more as, as has been said here already, Optical Delusions does tend to go on a bit. But good on them for being a...
  5. ↑You need Epic Forest as well. It’s kind of weird...

    ↑You need Epic Forest as well. It’s kind of weird hearing such a guitar-based album coming right on the heels of two LPs with zero guitars but again, the songs are first-rate and Steve Gould sings...
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    During the G&C era they were doing quite a lot of...

    During the G&C era they were doing quite a lot of “post-modern” self-referential tunes poking fun at pop song conventions (“Silly Love” as probably the best example, though I think the aforementioned...
  7. Agreed. For me, it’s a bit of a bounce-back after...

    Agreed. For me, it’s a bit of a bounce-back after the extremely lackluster Somebody’s Watching. I won’t say “return to form” as it’s straight-up pop rock. But they’re trying! The songs are good and...
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    I still recommend Dance of the Flames, which goes...

    I still recommend Dance of the Flames, which goes off into more of a Mahavishnu-esque fusion direction, though there’s still a little goofiness present (the Dagobert Duck song). And Side 2 of their...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIiigfQgUcA ...

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

    Coming full circle with King Crimson’s “Epitaph,” covered by (the late) Japanese entertainer Hideki Saijo. The same man who topped the Oricon charts...
  10. I actually thought all of Side 2 of The Missing...

    I actually thought all of Side 2 of The Missing Piece was pretty good. I kind of want to forget Side 1 exists, though. As an album, it’s a dandy EP.
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    Trivia: “For You and I” was the “love theme” of...

    Trivia: “For You and I” was the “love theme” of the much-mocked Lily Tomlin/John Travolta film Moment by Moment. “Oh, Strip!” :lol



    Apparently they gave it to Graham to sing because he was the...
  12. Caravan album #2 for me. The first was For...

    Caravan album #2 for me. The first was For Girls..., which was one of those “time release” albums for me. First listen left me cold. A month later, that album was my life.

    I had to have everything...
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    How close in style is this to Hinten, one of the...

    How close in style is this to Hinten, one of the most radical “power trio” albums I have ever heard?
  14. I am a casual fan of Rush at best. I laughed.

    I am a casual fan of Rush at best. I laughed.
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    I have to wonder how that connection came along....

    I have to wonder how that connection came along. One of the strangest duet pairings ever (even if both Kevin and Sarah have exquisite voices).



    What I’ve heard of the Hotlegs album suggests...
  16. Stopped reading, as I always do, when I saw the...

    Stopped reading, as I always do, when I saw the term “dad rock.”
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    Mini-thoughts on ALL their albums! 10cc: We...

    Mini-thoughts on ALL their albums!

    10cc: We all have to start somewhere! Incredibly, this was a bit of a controversial record at the time for containing curse words (“piss” and “shit” were just...
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    ↑Does it have “Gone Fishin’,” her frozen food...

    ↑Does it have “Gone Fishin’,” her frozen food commercial produced by Jeff Wayne?
  19. I always felt that Hand Made was a bit of a...

    I always felt that Hand Made was a bit of a misstep. I think it was just that Mr. Doldinger was beaten down by one too many lineup shifts. Things coalesced with Looking Thru, though, and they went on...
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    Todd and Utopia were the backing band on several...

    Todd and Utopia were the backing band on several of his productions: L by Steve Hillage and Wasp by Shaun Cassidy are another two (War Babies by Hall & Oates had ¾ of the Disco Jets/Faithful lineup...
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    Since we’re on the subject of car commercials,...

    Since we’re on the subject of car commercials, here’s the Popol Vuh commercial I mentioned before:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5xZ1IrPh60
  22. I’ve in general heard good things about the...

    I’ve in general heard good things about the Alucard remasters or, if you want an earlier “pre-mastered” release, the Terrapin Trucking CDs. As near as I can tell, the Terrapin Trucking CDs of Free...
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    Also important pieces in the Renaissance puzzle...

    Also important pieces in the Renaissance puzzle are Jim McCarty (who continued composing songs for the Mk. II lineup as late as 1974) and Jane Relf (who befriended long-time lyricist Betty Thatcher...
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    This one was a freaking mess, but it featured two...

    This one was a freaking mess, but it featured two exquisite songs: the Keith feature “Golden Thread” and the Jane-led “Face of Yesterday.” The latter was so fine, Illusion did a revamped version...
  25. My favorites are the first two and...

    My favorites are the first two and Cross-Collateral, followed quite closely by Looking Thru. Two of those are albums with Kristian Schultze on them. I was disappointed by Infinity Machine; the A-side...
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    The Actual version uses those incorrect timings...

    The Actual version uses those incorrect timings on the actual (no pun intended) disc.

    Actual seems to be a very dodgy label, as they apparently botched the master of Sentiments (which I have never...
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    I forgot about Iceberg’s Tutankhamon until just...

    I forgot about Iceberg’s Tutankhamon until just recently. The Actual CD is one of the worst botch jobs I have ever heard! The Actual label also screwed up Coses nostres thanks to some weird...
  28. For me, the best electric album of the Germano...

    For me, the best electric album of the Germano Serafin era. I like it lots!
  29. ...but to actually answer your question: PFM:...

    ...but to actually answer your question:

    PFM: Their first three Italian albums are essential. After you get those, go for Chocolate Kings. Bernardo Lanzetti’s voice is a sticking point for many—he...
  30. Speaking of “legendary psychedelic,” he also...

    Speaking of “legendary psychedelic,” he also joined up with the Peanut Butter Conspiracy for their third and last LP.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcE98CCEveQ
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    The Attila album is pretty ridiculous (goofy...

    The Attila album is pretty ridiculous (goofy lyrics, and listening to Billy Freaking Joel trying his hardest to sound like Robert Plant is just hilarious. Don’t even get me started on the cover!) but...
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    Yup, the synth lead is him (on the Davis Clavitar...

    Yup, the synth lead is him (on the Davis Clavitar™!)
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    Here’s an obscure one. What famous prog musician...

    Here’s an obscure one. What famous prog musician plays on this?


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xg8VWfDxF4
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    Turnstiles and The Stranger are the only ones of...

    Turnstiles and The Stranger are the only ones of his I really care for. I find the rest of his work either too “sour,” too derivative, or both. And I hate to be “that guy,” but I feel compelled to...
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    I can definitively say that the remaster of...

    I can definitively say that the remaster of Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes is a botch job. I remember on the vinyl LP, that last “HOW WILL WE STAND THE FIRE TOMORROW?” nearly tore my head off! On the...
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    They were really good at sad songs. Wild Child is...

    They were really good at sad songs. Wild Child is one of the saddest albums I have ever heard.

    I’d argue that their most “progressive” are probably their first three albums, where their blend of...
  37. Not prog, but an amazing bit of Mellotron anyway....

    Not prog, but an amazing bit of Mellotron anyway. Supposedly, Brian Jones had never played one before the session, which I guess it sounds like he’s playing it like an organ:

    ...
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    That was the second One Way version, to replace...

    That was the second One Way version, to replace the defective first version. So they replaced a defective version with...another defective version! D’oh! I’m glad this was a rather well-known boo-boo...
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    I have the original ABC cassette release of Kevin...

    I have the original ABC cassette release of Kevin Ayers’ Yes, We Have No Mañanas, which jumbles up the track order. And has anyone else noticed that 70s cassettes and 8-tracks were often funny...
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    Cressida: Asylum. I didn’t even own a CD player...

    Cressida: Asylum. I didn’t even own a CD player yet, but I really wanted it, and vinyl was out of the question.
  41. I should probably listen to that J.E.T. album...

    I should probably listen to that J.E.T. album again, as it barely registered for me. I mainly know the trivia about them: that they later gained a female vocalist (and Museo Rosenbach’s drummer) and...
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    Just remembered Fruupp’s Prince of Heaven’s Eyes....

    Just remembered Fruupp’s Prince of Heaven’s Eyes. The Japanese CD smushed “Knowing You” and “Crystal Brook” together, and split album closer “Perfect Wish” into two tracks. And the Esoteric...
  43. Am I the only one whose favorite LEM is the...

    Am I the only one whose favorite LEM is the third, Aquile e scoiattoli? The only original member is drummer Alfio Vitanza, by then an old man of 21, though I understand he was the band’s de facto...
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    Well, if we’re going into cut off bits, prog...

    Well, if we’re going into cut off bits, prog seems to be a magnet for such things. Although the first thing to come to mind was Prefab Sprout’s Two Wheels Good, which loses the extra “scare chord” at...
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    Am I the only one surprised that, after all this...

    Am I the only one surprised that, after all this time, Cast have only released 20 albums? They seem so prolific!
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    Speaking of Mellow Records, they did that with...

    Speaking of Mellow Records, they did that with Bondage’s Anima terra as well. Seven tracks listed on the sleeve, dumped into a single 52 minute track on the disc.

    The original CD of Prince’s...
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    CDs with wrong/sloppy track indexing

    Is this a pet peeve for anyone else? I was reminded of this by listening to the first UK album, and the misplaced index between “Alaska” and “Time to Kill” (in the middle of John Wetton’s first line...
  48. The Napoleon/Chester/George/Ruth lineup was...

    The Napoleon/Chester/George/Ruth lineup was indeed probably Frank’s best band. Sadly, the only studio album I like that they did is One Size Fits All. That said, live albums from this period...
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    Can someone who owns the original vinyl release...

    Can someone who owns the original vinyl release complete with the 20 page booklet please explain what’s going on with the “storyline”? There’s a traditional-style Latin tune in there, a spoof...
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    I have still heard exactly zero songs by this...

    I have still heard exactly zero songs by this band.
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    Lift don’t get the amount of press as their DDR...

    Lift don’t get the amount of press as their DDR cousins Stern-Combo Meissen, but maybe they ought to start:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSzP8-r87_E
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    ...except it’s a 2006 release.

    ...except it’s a 2006 release.
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    Two of my favorites as well. I disagree...

    Two of my favorites as well.



    I disagree that it’s horrible. It’s not terribly inspired, most of the choices were “safe” and predictable. Also, somewhat poorly researched—Franco Mussida...
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    Masato Shimon: “Oyoge! Taiyaki-kun” ...

    Masato Shimon: “Oyoge! Taiyaki-kun”


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

    A little context:


    A taiyaki is a kind of Japanese waffle-like pastry, made in the shape of a fish and...
  55. Ultravox did an album in 2012 called Brilliant. I...

    Ultravox did an album in 2012 called Brilliant. I didn’t care for it, but some consider it a return to form.

    On the other hand, I think that 2004’s Jupiter’s Darling is seriously one of Heart’s...
  56. I have a whole list over on Rate Your Music of...

    I have a whole list over on Rate Your Music of album covers I adore, a list I call Sheer Visual Elegance. As you can tell, Roger Dean and Shusei Nagaoka are particular favorites (and a tip of the hat...
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    She’s a lefty, so obviously I connect with her!...

    She’s a lefty, so obviously I connect with her! Not on a level with Ollie Halsall or Brian Godding, but the lady had some chops!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyL8WUWv6EU

    Probably a better...
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    Vila i frid... ...

    Vila i frid...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHHBCxd1LxA&feature=youtu.be
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    I agree that RQTG3 is the best overall album, but...

    I agree that RQTG3 is the best overall album, but my favorite Gryphon track is still “(Ein klein) Heldenleben” off of Raindance. Never get tired of that one. Of their original run of five albums, I’d...
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    “Granny, what are you doing? Making soup?” “No,...

    “Granny, what are you doing? Making soup?”
    “No, I’m building a synth.”

    That Rick, what a card! :lol
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