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    At the risk of making this thread a mouthpiece...

    At the risk of making this thread a mouthpiece for The Guardian, here is a very considered article (IMO) - and I promise that this will be the last time (for a while) that I post something from the...
  2. This looks really good. Just the other day I was...

    This looks really good. Just the other day I was looking to dig deeper into the Affinity catalogue but was put off by all the bits and pieces scattered around various labels. I think I will get this...
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    There is a live recording of Tried So Hard out...

    There is a live recording of Tried So Hard out there. It is available on CD and vinyl on The Mystery And The History Of Planet Gong (various labels) and also on a cassette recording from GAS entitled...
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    Michael Garrick - The Heart Is A Lotus Mike...

    Michael Garrick - The Heart Is A Lotus
    Mike Westbrooke - Love Songs
    Nucleus - Labyrinth and In Flagrante Delicto (gearing up for the Live at the BBC boxset due next month)
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    Interesting. I don't know how they gauge demand...

    Interesting. I don't know how they gauge demand for boxsets but perhaps 2,500 is a reasonable target to aim for. I do know that there were 2,500 boxes in the Searching For The Spark 22-CD set that...
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    Yes, this is good news. Udi Koomran reported it...

    Yes, this is good news. Udi Koomran reported it about three weeks ago (#25 on the Gong-Live Longlaville, France 1974 thread). I imagine the next live Gong CD - Longlaville 1974, which is due next...
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    I apologise if this doesn't add much to what's...

    I apologise if this doesn't add much to what's already known (the film's 'imminent' release has been rumbling on for ages), but I found it interesting so decided to post. Just this 'sneak peek of Get...
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    Port Of Amsterdam - Bowie or Brel

    Port Of Amsterdam - Bowie or Brel
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    The Girls In Paris - Lee Hazlewood (together with...

    The Girls In Paris - Lee Hazlewood (together with the brilliantly-named Suze Jane Hokum)
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    I agree about Big Pink, which comes out of South...

    I agree about Big Pink, which comes out of South Korea I think. I have a couple of releases from them - High Mountain's Canyon and Hoedown - but only because they have never appeared elsewhere on CD....
  11. The Live Etc vinyl version had two studio tracks...

    The Live Etc vinyl version had two studio tracks - 'Ooby-Scooby Doomsday Or The D-Day DJ's Got The D.D.T Blues' and 'Where Have All The Flowers Gone'. The Virgin CD of Live Etc omits 'Ooby-Scooby...
  12. As per Udi, I prefer Live Etc over Gong Est Mort....

    As per Udi, I prefer Live Etc over Gong Est Mort. Both came out in 1977, both cover roughly the same songs and both have truncated tracks on them. But whereas Gong Est Mort came from a single...
  13. Thread: Magma news

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    :up

    :up
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    “I love the hi-hat at the end, Guy,”...

    “I love the hi-hat at the end, Guy,” Squid/Octopus - Van Der Graaf Generator

    On the Charisma Years’ remastered version it goes: “Fuck, fuck, bloody annoying. I didn’t like the ….* I love the...
  15. This is not among my favourite Gong live...

    This is not among my favourite Gong live releases, but I am not exactly sure why. Perhaps the Bataclan and Sheffield concerts were more vibrant than this concert, recorded at the Paris Hippodrome in...
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    Very good and, as you say, a lovely voice....

    Very good and, as you say, a lovely voice. Interestingly the female vocalist is Amanda Parsons, who sang in Hatfield and the North, Egg and National Heath alongside Dave Stewart on keyboards. The...
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    :up Very well put

    :up Very well put
  18. Another excellent interview and you drew him out...

    Another excellent interview and you drew him out really well. I always found The Police a bit of an anomaly. They were a pop band and were dismisssed as such by many at the time, but The Police also...
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    I would say their first album (the only one I...

    I would say their first album (the only one I have really liked, TBH) could be classed as early prog. It was released in 1969 on CBS. My favourite track is Like Honey.

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  20. ^^^ Have you got a crocheted skull cap yet?

    ^^^ Have you got a crocheted skull cap yet?
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    Season of the Witch -Donovan

    Season of the Witch -Donovan
  22. Excellent news, made even better by the fact that...

    Excellent news, made even better by the fact that Snapper Music is involved. It is they who were responsible for the recent 37-disc boxset put out by Caravan. Madfish, a subsidiary, were also...
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    You wait 26 months for a new Gong release (since...

    You wait 26 months for a new Gong release (since Love From The Planet Gong) and then two arrive together. As I have said earlier in this thread, I have the DVD and will get this. I have just been...
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    Don't know if HELP would go down too well with...

    Don't know if HELP would go down too well with the marketing dept.
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    Phew. Quite a line-up. You must have needed a lie...

    Phew. Quite a line-up. You must have needed a lie down in a quiet room after that :lol
  26. Just an update on this documentary. It is now...

    Just an update on this documentary. It is now available on the BBC iPlayer for UK viewers.
  27. Thread: VDGG box!

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    I'm still getting loads of mileage out of the...

    I'm still getting loads of mileage out of the boxset (and that's without having a bluray player yet or anything to play 5.1s on).

    I agree that the Paris concert is revelatory; the 47 minutes of...
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    ^^^ Cheap at twice the price

    ^^^ Cheap at twice the price
  29. ^^^ There are three versions of Gong performing...

    ^^^ There are three versions of Gong performing the Solar Musick Suite out there already. The longest version, at 20 minutes or so, was recorded at the Marquee in September 1975 and is on the Love...
  30. Thanks for the information. I think I will stick...

    Thanks for the information. I think I will stick to my motto regarding anything Gong-related (which hasn't failed me yet): if in doubt, BUY IT! Even if I end up with two versions of the Longlaville...
  31. The news of a GAS-curated boxset is indeed...

    The news of a GAS-curated boxset is indeed welcome. Is there any further information on it available at the moment? There was talk a while ago of a GAS boxset taking in all the Gong music released on...
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    A New Day Yesterday - Jethro Tull

    A New Day Yesterday - Jethro Tull
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    The Boy In The Bubble - Paul Simon

    The Boy In The Bubble - Paul Simon
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    How times have changed; Faust have moved from...

    How times have changed; Faust have moved from being a weird, cult band to worthy of an article in the national press. Not a bad article and Tony Conrad's comment that Faust were so stoned when they...
  35. Red Guitars are reforming for a short tour

    The Red Guitars are reforming for a short tour in April next year. They produced (IMO) one of the better singles put out in the 1980s - Good Technology - with a great guitar sound, but their other...
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    I haven't seen this yet but think it is an...

    I haven't seen this yet but think it is an English-language remake of an excellent 2018 Danish film called Den Skyldige. The Danish film is well worth watching and I think is available on Prime or...
  37. It is not necessarily a reaction to the flu shot....

    It is not necessarily a reaction to the flu shot. I had my second Covid jab about five months ago and my arm at the shoulder still hurts and I cannot stretch it without pain shooting out down my arm....
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    I Put A Spell On You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins

    I Put A Spell On You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
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    I'm not up there myself, still having a decade to...

    I'm not up there myself, still having a decade to go, but I know quite a few people in their late 70s and, based on that, I would say it would be unlikely (admittedly not impossible) that Roger Dean...
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    He is 77 so I suspect not much of what appears...

    He is 77 so I suspect not much of what appears under his name actually has been done physically by him.
  41. Well, going back to 1963... ...

    Well, going back to 1963...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeWjEYhk7Xo
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    Big Eyed Beans From Venus - Don Van Vliet

    Big Eyed Beans From Venus - Don Van Vliet
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    I am always amused in the movies when a gun is...

    I am always amused in the movies when a gun is fired in an enclosed space and no-one reels around holding their ears and then remains deaf for about 10 minutes after. A gun going off in a small...
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    Yes. And some of his stuff was pretty...

    Yes. And some of his stuff was pretty interesting. I suspect he will re-emerge, though, as I think he has planted some 'sleepers' out there. Time will tell.
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    Where has the thread celebrating the 50th...

    Where has the thread celebrating the 50th anniversary of Tago Mago gone? I cannot find it and know it existed as I added to it. It was started by Monet. Has he met his maker? It is all a bit 1984ish:...
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    You Really Got Me - The Kinks

    You Really Got Me - The Kinks
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    Getting political, the British government sells...

    Getting political, the British government sells arms to the Saudis (worth Ł11bn in 2019 alone) with, I assume, the full knowledge that these armaments are used in current conflicts - including the...
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    It is interesting that the new release in this...

    It is interesting that the new release in this series also comes from 1975 (presumably from the concert at Sussex University on November 19), as the first CD in the series was recorded just a few...
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    Lake may not have been included as, according to...

    Lake may not have been included as, according to some websites I have just looked at, he could not read music. Both Palmer and Babbington seem to be following the script closely here.
  50. Thread: VDGG box!

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    The track listing on Burning Shed seems at fault...

    The track listing on Burning Shed seems at fault here. If you look on Amazon.co.uk and go to Pawn Hearts and then look at the image of the back cover of the 2CD/1DVD version, you will see that just...
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    ^^^ You've certainly seen some great bands!

    ^^^ You've certainly seen some great bands!
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    Looks like a definite buy. Amazon UK has this...

    Looks like a definite buy. Amazon UK has this listed already (at Ł70) with a release date set for November 22. Four hours of Nucleus Mark I sounds great.

    I am currently working my way through the...
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    Not on Discogs!

    Not on Discogs!
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    An interesting article on the Let It Be film and...

    An interesting article on the Let It Be film and assorted Beatles-related stuff. Apologies if there is a more appropriate thread for it. I don't know if the comments attached to the article will show...
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    Working through the boxset (again) and still...

    Working through the boxset (again) and still getting a lot from it. Much has been made of the stereo remixes, but the remastering on all the albums is amazing. In fact, I now realise that some of the...
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    Carry On - Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

    Carry On - Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
  57. Silly and provocative, perhaps. But sometimes he...

    Silly and provocative, perhaps. But sometimes he widely overstepped the mark. In the spoken intro to Black Napkins, recorded in Yugoslavia in 1975 and released on the compilation album "Frank Zappa...
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    V2 Schneider - Bowie

    V2 Schneider - Bowie
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    Fear Of Music had Fripp on it and Remain In Light...

    Fear Of Music had Fripp on it and Remain In Light had Belew. Both albums were excellent and both these guitarists had key inputs to them (Fripp on I Zimbra and Belew on everything on Remain In Light,...
  60. Thread: Magma news

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    ^^^ Just different packaging (in a digipack) I...

    ^^^ Just different packaging (in a digipack) I think, and remastered in 2020.
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