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    Sticky: So I’m not hallucinating things in my old age! At...

    So I’m not hallucinating things in my old age! At least not this. Enrico was on Cinque as well, I checked it out. I don’t remember if he was at the Boathouse gigs as well, but it does appear that he...
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    Sticky: Gave this a fresh re-listen. In short, it holds...

    Gave this a fresh re-listen. In short, it holds up! It sounds like a bit of a retread into the cozier realms (for them) of De republica, but it also doesn’t sound like they’re resting on their...
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    Jane Siberry and Beau Dommage both have songs...

    Jane Siberry and Beau Dommage both have songs about hockey. As I'm sure many other Canadian artists do. Stompin' Tom Connors has to have at least one.

    Oh, and Chris Rea’s “Tennis” is not about...
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    Three songs I think are complete masterpieces. I...

    Three songs I think are complete masterpieces. I could have thrown “Good Vibrations” in here, but it’s a bit obvious. I think these are about on a par:

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    They’re ethnically/linguistically Hungarian, but...

    They’re ethnically/linguistically Hungarian, but technically (because of bungled border-redrawing after WWII) Romanian. In spite of that, hearing that they have produced new material is good news!
  6. Just discovered the Fourteen Octaves album, which...

    Just discovered the Fourteen Octaves album, which ought to be of interest here. Yoni Rechter and Avner Kenner collaborated to make this album. As with the aforementioned Shlomo Gronich album, not...
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    Here, have some Laurie Spiegel as a palate...

    Here, have some Laurie Spiegel as a palate cleanser:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD8hkveKmYQ
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    I was just reminded of of this...um...“song” from...

    I was just reminded of of this...um...“song” from controversial performance artist Karen Finley:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZGLUlpa1lo

    Or perhaps you just want to be treated to her...
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    Sticky: This one and EdI just kind of sat on the shelf...

    This one and EdI just kind of sat on the shelf for the longest time. Now that I’ve kind of burned out on De Republica and the self-titled second from overplaying, they’re getting more airtime at...
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    Heresie might actually be my least favorite of...

    Heresie might actually be my least favorite of their “classic” period albums, so it can only be up from here!
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    Off topic, but the worst thing they do in the Big...

    Off topic, but the worst thing they do in the Big Box stores is leave the digital smoothing on, which looks terrible on feature films shot at 24 frames per second. It’s even worse on 3D animated...
  12. Apart from the ones named, Cotton Candy by Shlomo...

    Apart from the ones named, Cotton Candy by Shlomo Gronich is probably worth a peek. It might not be prog all the way through, but it’s a solid listen, and the opening and closing tracks are...
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    Based on his solo albums, I’d say that Wakeman’s...

    Based on his solo albums, I’d say that Wakeman’s talents cover playing and arranging. Writing, not so much. Six Wives was great, but the rest? [grabs drop cloth and discreetly covers them]
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    But seriously, minus the keyboards, early Yes...

    But seriously, minus the keyboards, early Yes would have just come across as yet another CSNY knockoff band (compare "I've Seen All Good People" with "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" for example; they're very...
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    I have the self-titled first and Farol de...

    I have the self-titled first and Farol de liberdade and I can confirm that both are better than Flecha. Mind you, I only heard the latter once, and all of them have a little of that soft MOR pop...
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    Yes - keyboards = Flash: ...

    Yes - keyboards = Flash:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Omq2TMQFK5s

    ...or maybe Time:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mU2oI51NBOo
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    I don’t know Egoband but I do know the unrelated...

    I don’t know Egoband but I do know the unrelated band Ego, whose last album was Sistema from 2014. I don’t know if that one’s worth picking up, but I can vouch for Evoluzione delle forme from 2011.
  18. They had way worse than that! Ever seen the...

    They had way worse than that! Ever seen the original cover to Sad Café’s Misplaced Ideals? I won’t post it here, I don’t want to get hate mail, but trust me it is REPULSIVE!
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    I don't know if I should count Todd Rundgren in...

    I don't know if I should count Todd Rundgren in ’90 (well, he did play "Initiation"), but definitely Camel on the Dust & Dreams tour in '92.
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    I actually used to own this CD, found in Amoeba’s...

    I actually used to own this CD, found in Amoeba’s clearance CD bin; oh, the joys of those pre-smartphone days when record stores didn’t know what treasures they had. I got rid of it and now kind of...
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    I mainly know of him via his work with his early...

    I mainly know of him via his work with his early bands Flied Egg and Sadistic Mika Band, but the Youtube algorithm has been boosting his solo albums, so maybe I should give one of those a try some...
  22. I don’t know. “Dreaming While You Sleep” and...

    I don’t know. “Dreaming While You Sleep” and “Fading Lights” are pretty good, and preferable to my ears to anything off of IT, including the ridiculously overrated “Domino,” which I’ve always found...
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    It’s like G&C heard people’s complaints about...

    It’s like G&C heard people’s complaints about “Rockit” giving them nightmares and said, “Hold our beer.”
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    Oh, I believe it! I just think they look...

    Oh, I believe it! I just think they look ridiculous today. And “You Might Think” is subject to “lost media” too, as the MTV World Premiere version was not the same as the one that people are used to,...
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    Would saying it’s instrumental add or subtract to...

    Would saying it’s instrumental add or subtract to your interest? Singer Geoff Mann, who joined after this release, is kind of the focus of their later, more famous releases.
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    Weirdly, I’ve only heard their earliest output:...

    Weirdly, I’ve only heard their earliest output: The Electra Tape which is...there* and Live at the Target which is amazing! The latter—and it will sound like I’m denigrating the subgenre here, but...
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    Banco: Di terra Hiroko Taniyama: Koko wa haru no...

    Banco: Di terra
    Hiroko Taniyama: Koko wa haru no kuni
    Änglagård: Hybris
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    I don’t feel so alone now, I also found the ITDR...

    I don’t feel so alone now, I also found the ITDR to be...well, if not as bad as you did, at least substandard and unworthy of the near universal praise it received. I’d put it next to the Aufklärung...
  29. It doesn’t even acknowledge that a device is...

    It doesn’t even acknowledge that a device is hooked up. And I have tried this with multiple drives.



    Wasn’t there a shitty cover of RUTH a couple of years back? I’m glad the real deal buried...
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    Poor Steve Kindler! Ponty gets all the credit for...

    Poor Steve Kindler! Ponty gets all the credit for everyone’s favorite violin parts on Visions; the cadenza on “Pastoral” and the accelerando bridging the two parts of “Eternity’s Breath,” both of...
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    I was there for it, too. Until I watched that...

    I was there for it, too. Until I watched that video, I was beginning to think I was the only one who remembered this! I do know that one of the “lost” versions just has a split-second close-up of...
  32. My new laptop doesn’t even recognize an external...

    My new laptop doesn’t even recognize an external CD-ROM drive!
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    On my days off, I re-watched Jason and the...

    On my days off, I re-watched Jason and the Argonauts (I swear this connects!). One of the things I marvelled at was the skeleton fight scene, just thinking how painstaking it must have been to...
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    I didn’t really get the appeal of Iluvatar until...

    I didn’t really get the appeal of Iluvatar until I heard AS2DW. That album is definitely an argument in favor of playing the long game; the more I listen to it, the more it reveals. Sure, it’s still...
  35. Probably stepping on some toes with this opinion,...

    Probably stepping on some toes with this opinion, but I thought Mari Wilson’s cover version of “Cry Me a River” knocks it out of the park compared to the Julie London original:

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  36. It’s a good proto-prog album, nice and moody,...

    It’s a good proto-prog album, nice and moody, reminded me of Arcadium a bit. I used to have Stalingrad too, but it didn’t measure up.
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    Has anyone mentioned Bara Basikova of Stromboli...

    Has anyone mentioned Bara Basikova of Stromboli yet? I somehow forgot about this band for a long time, but their double LP 1987 debut really is phenomenal, and Bara hits some unreal high notes!
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    Pierce Arrow: Pity the Rich Happy the Man: 1st

    Pierce Arrow: Pity the Rich
    Happy the Man: 1st
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    I still don’t think the Liver Birds were...

    I still don’t think the Liver Birds were mentioned, one of the earliest all-female bands, came out not long after Goldie & the Gingerbreads. Weird in that while G&TG were an American band that made...
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    I don’t think the last couple of Triumvirat...

    I don’t think the last couple of Triumvirat albums have been mentioned, A La Carte and Russian Roulette. How did ALC even happen? Their lead singer left mid-way through recording!

    Somehow, Arno...
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    I’ve frequently described them as “happy...

    I’ve frequently described them as “happy Änglagård.” Like a lot of Swedish prog, Focus seems to be a dominant influence.
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    Well, SO are a bad example, because they were...

    Well, SO are a bad example, because they were never “expensive used vinyls [sic],” as their releases were on a major label (CBS) with good distribution. I don’t think I ever paid more than $10 for a...
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    Only two, actually. But the best part is, and a...

    Only two, actually. But the best part is, and a lot of latter-day bands could learn from this, they never over-use it!
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    Highly recommended if you don’t own a copy...

    Highly recommended if you don’t own a copy already! I also own the old APM reissue, one of those amazing albums where the bonus tracks are on a par with the original LP. I had just discovered this...
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    The first three John & Yoko albums were very...

    The first three John & Yoko albums were very problematic, as was Some Time in New York City (just check out the title of the lead single to that one). All four were more about provocation than music.
  46. I already own the studio album. What’s the point...

    I already own the studio album. What’s the point of me even seeing them live if they’re just going to carbon-copy the studio recording? Renaissance’s Live at Carnegie Hall is far from the worst album...
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    It’s impossible not to think of it as a bomb but...

    It’s impossible not to think of it as a bomb but yeah, I kind of like it too. That said, there is one aspect of the album which does not work at all, and that’s the concept. It’s so half-baked. It’s...
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    Mahavishnu Orchestra: The Inner Mounting Flame...

    Mahavishnu Orchestra: The Inner Mounting Flame
    Birth Control: Backdoor Possibilities
    ELP: Tarkus
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    You know who was really happy about this? Jody...

    You know who was really happy about this? Jody Watley. After this controversy, everyone forgot about the controversy involving her winning the Best New Artist Grammy in 1988, despite having been...
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    Mine too. I like Zeit lots too, an enticing taste...

    Mine too. I like Zeit lots too, an enticing taste of “what could have been.” EM is also good, but very different from what this band became. The only one of the Ohr albums that never really clicked...
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    Barry said it was fun to make but a total mistake...

    Barry said it was fun to make but a total mistake from a career standpoint. Maurice called it, “the best of times, the worst of films.” :lol
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    It actually happened to ELO too. Starting around...

    It actually happened to ELO too. Starting around Eldorado, Jeff Lynne started contracting actual orchestras, and this became a sticking point for the string players in the band, who were getting used...
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    My first (proper) taste of TD was a weird inroad,...

    My first (proper) taste of TD was a weird inroad, the double vinyl reissue repackaging Alpha Centauri and Atem. On Atem, you could kind of hear the “classic” TD sound in its embryonic form...
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    Or Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

    Or Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
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    Xanadu wasn’t exactly a dignified exit for Gene...

    Xanadu wasn’t exactly a dignified exit for Gene Kelly but still, better that than the movie he made just before (Viva Knievel!). Xanadu is pretty awful, actually, in part because so much of it is...
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    Oh, what the Hell! ...

    Oh, what the Hell!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBcJZ3-cJKc
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    I could post Ernst-Hugo Järegård shouting “Dansk...

    I could post Ernst-Hugo Järegård shouting “Dansk jävlar!” here, but that might go over badly, especially for any Danes just tuning in.

    But seriously, I’ve been studying Swedish for the last year...
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    Would The Passage count? They are definitely of...

    Would The Passage count? They are definitely of the post-punk era, have a neo-classical edge that could be considered “proggy,” and I have long been a big fan of their stuff:

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    Phoenix and Sfinx are all I really know. Alas,...

    Phoenix and Sfinx are all I really know. Alas, the Ceaucescu regime held a pretty tight rein on the music scene, so progressive music didn’t really have much of a chance to blossom. It’s a wonder we...
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    The main problem with Buried Alive is it doesn’t...

    The main problem with Buried Alive is it doesn’t really show the band at its best. I had seen them in 1993, 1994 and 2003, and the 1994 show (which was the source of this recording) was significantly...
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