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    I believe she was also the first to record “It’s...

    I believe she was also the first to record “It’s a Heartache,” a hit for Bonnie Tyler. At least Ronnie’s version is my favorite (and I can’t recall how I came to own the single, but I’m sure glad I...
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    Octopus: Sica. The Norwegian band’s follow-up to...

    Octopus: Sica. The Norwegian band’s follow-up to Thærie Wiighen, a rock-opera that they apparently recorded but never released. One of my most-wanted archival items that still has never seen release.
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    My top 10: 1. Frank Zappa (246) 2. Todd...

    My top 10:

    1. Frank Zappa (246)
    2. Todd Rundgren (221)
    3. Genesis (165)
    4. The Beach Boys (136)
    5. (tie) Amon Düül II (128)
    5. (tie) XTC (128)
    7. Electric Light Orchestra (122)
    8. Yes (121)
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    I have seen TFK three times and let me tell you,...

    I have seen TFK three times and let me tell you, they are a band that runs hot and cold live. My first time seeing them was at one of the Progfests and I had high hopes for them, for I had enjoyed...
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    Penn has been on my radar since “No Myth.” I...

    Penn has been on my radar since “No Myth.” I really ought to own something by him, since his brand of “intelligent pop” seems to be up my street...as evidenced by his relationship to Aimee Mann, who...
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    Änglagård, Progfest 93, Royce Hall, UCLA. I had...

    Änglagård, Progfest 93, Royce Hall, UCLA. I had heard part of Hybris incidentally and liked it, but hearing it performed live that night was magical. One of those lightning-in-a-bottle moments. I was...
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    Gerard at the Progfest 99 pre-show. I was...

    Gerard at the Progfest 99 pre-show. I was somewhat familiar with a little of their studio output but was not very impressed. The live show was a different story; great musicianship, great...
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    How did I not notice that? 15692

    How did I not notice that?

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    That was literally the first place my mind went!...

    That was literally the first place my mind went! Then again, I used to go right past the weirdly designed* McGraw-Hill factory on my way up to my great-aunt’s vacation cabin. It’s currently occupied...
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    There were earlier vinyl reissues from the 80s...

    There were earlier vinyl reissues from the 80s with different alternate covers. The Angel’s Egg reissue is particularly vile.
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    You can easily tell the Charly issues of the...

    You can easily tell the Charly issues of the Trilogy albums by the hideous alternate cover art (in particular Angels Egg and You. Yuck!)
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    Rick and Ekseption were better apart than...

    Rick and Ekseption were better apart than together. The first two Trace albums were far better, more dynamic and exciting than anything he did with Ekseption, who tended to sound less like “classical...
  14. Thread: Library Music

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    Other prog artists who did library music: ...

    Other prog artists who did library music:

    Claude Engel (of Magma)
    Teddy Lasry
    Richard Harvey (Gryphon)
    Brian Gulland (Gryphon)
    Gordon Giltrap
    Eddie Jobson
    Ken Elliott
    Darryl Way
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    I saw him in the early 90s some time. A solo...

    I saw him in the early 90s some time. A solo acoustic guitar show. I wasn’t disappointed, despite the fact that he was obviously tipsy and forgot the words to “Lady Rachel.”
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    The word “disappointing” immediately reminds me...

    The word “disappointing” immediately reminds me of Pure Reason Revolution at NEARFest...I forget what year. I was looking forward to seeing them but the show fell far short of my expectations. The...
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    Everything with Neal Morse on it just sounds like...

    Everything with Neal Morse on it just sounds like a Neal Morse project. Does anyone else even contribute to the songwriting? Or is it just his atrocious singing voice that just destroys everything it...
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    Not really that weird apart from being from a...

    Not really that weird apart from being from a non-Christian country (Japan):


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Edv3pdlO5wg

    Also this monstrosity, which has to make any comprehensive list of...
  19. I was going to say, “Please let them bring the...

    I was going to say, “Please let them bring the blinking light back!”
  20. Thread: Library Music

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    This weirdly got a reissue on Klaus Schulze’s...

    This weirdly got a reissue on Klaus Schulze’s Innovative Communications label!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUW6lBS57Cc
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    I was unimpressed with OOF until I heard Four...

    I was unimpressed with OOF until I heard Four Letter Monday Afternoon. One of the rare double albums that earns every second of its length.



    They might be referring to the release by Fashion...
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    There’s even a video excerpting Az áldozat: ...

    There’s even a video excerpting Az áldozat:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDO2jlcut1o

    And I recently found an interesting interview with Hans Herkenne of Joy Unlimited in which he...
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    Their (100% instrumental) ballet score Az áldozat...

    Their (100% instrumental) ballet score Az áldozat (Szodoma) is somewhat worth your time, if only the first and last eight minutes of it weren’t virtually identical. Otherwise agreed, none of their...
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    I highly recommend Zaragon as well. It may be his...

    I highly recommend Zaragon as well. It may be his most epic release.
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    I think this is an underrated disc. It’s not as...

    I think this is an underrated disc. It’s not as good as the first, but it’s not that far below in my estimation, and the “pop” aspect of the sound is completely overblown by the prog snobs. I really...
  26. Serge Fiori is one of my very favorite singers....

    Serge Fiori is one of my very favorite singers. All four of the Harmonium albums (including the live disc) are essential, IMO. I also love, love, love the Fiori/Séguin album, which is practically a...
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    Since we seem to be drifting into “unexpected...

    Since we seem to be drifting into “unexpected deep cuts that aren’t necessarily prog” territory, there was this place (and it may have been the same thrift store where I heard Caravan’s “Love to Love...
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    The first two albums had a very, very limited...

    The first two albums had a very, very limited release on Virgin Japan in 1990. Vinyl releases can be had fairly easily and inexpensively. Led by the husband-wife team of Dave Macrae (keyboards,...
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    They were subject to a bit of a scandal when it...

    They were subject to a bit of a scandal when it was found that male session musicians actually played on their album. A second album came out with a mix of male and female members, but their career...
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    Another rare Amon Düül II vocal, the only song...

    Another rare Amon Düül II vocal, the only song sung by Robby Heibl:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6QmRI6BI1c
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    I forgot to include it on my Camp Vocals List on...

    I forgot to include it on my Camp Vocals List on page 2



    He has a few lead bits on Drama, notably on “Machine Messiah.”
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    Keith Moon’s cover version of “Solid Gold.”...

    Keith Moon’s cover version of “Solid Gold.” Additionally, Fanny are the backing band and backing vocalists on this track. AND it’s the rare Cam Davis lineup (I don’t think any other recordings with...
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    As near as I can figure, “Time Takes My Time” is...

    As near as I can figure, “Time Takes My Time” is the only Dave Greenslade lead vocal.

    Distantly related, Paul Karas got the occasional co-lead (with Steve Gould) during his brief time with Rare...
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    Pekka Pohjola. He has never released a truly bad...

    Pekka Pohjola. He has never released a truly bad album.
  35. Thread: Maneige

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    Finally heard these two. Montréal 6 A.M. I’d...

    Finally heard these two. Montréal 6 A.M. I’d describe as “like Libre Service, but not as good.” Still worth hearing if you like what they do.


    Images is another matter. It’s not terrible, and...
  36. Yes, I just realized Magma never released...

    Yes, I just realized Magma never released anything during the 70s (though they have been around since 1974). I also recently discovered that there’s ANOTHER band from Argentina called Magma, a metal...
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    Yes, well...there’s a big difference between the...

    Yes, well...there’s a big difference between the two. Movin’ On is tough to find in any format. Vinyl copies, at least, of Counterpoints are common as dirt.
  38. Nobody else is going to mention them, so it falls...

    Nobody else is going to mention them, so it falls to me to mention Magma (the Argentine one). I suppose Alberto Felici’s high-pitched voice is a bit of an acquired taste, but he always fills every...
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    Making me think of the bits of Chrome’s Alien...

    Making me think of the bits of Chrome’s Alien Soundtracks that always makes me smile: excerpts of some vintage 70s commercials they edited in.

    “In a moment, Pat Stevens, who hates buttermilk, is...
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    Speaking of Savage Rose, Anders Koppel’s solo...

    Speaking of Savage Rose, Anders Koppel’s solo album Aftenlandet & Regnbuefuglen, a really nice chamber-prog release:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhI51T2WiuY
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    Fanny are mentioned in a parallel thread, there’s...

    Fanny are mentioned in a parallel thread, there’s one song featuring lead vocals by their drummer Alice de Buhr: “Solid Gold.” And she can’t really sing, so as you might imagine it’s more of a joke...
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    Thought of another one: Bert Veldkamp’s (?) laugh...

    Thought of another one: Bert Veldkamp’s (?) laugh after the group shouting of “ROYAL!” on the title track of Kayak’s Royal Bed Bouncer.



    When someone brought up GG, that was the first thing I...
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    A rather battered copy of this was actually my introduction to the Gong Trilogy stuff (I had previously owned Shamal).
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    I was just listening to 666 by Aphrodite’s Child,...

    I was just listening to 666 by Aphrodite’s Child, which has a wealth of this kind of thing.

    “That...was...the Wedding...of...the Lamb. Now...comes...the Capture...of...the Beast!”
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    Colin is such a fantastic singer. I just love his...

    Colin is such a fantastic singer. I just love his voice.

    Check out this collaboration with another famous keyboard player:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=re1qLsd_qtw
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    Nexus and some of Circus. In spite of...

    Nexus and some of Circus. In spite of recommendations here, avoid Counterpoints; there’s a little fusion-esque stuff on there but most of it’s drivel.
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    I was lucky to get their First Time in a Long...

    I was lucky to get their First Time in a Long Time (Rhino Handmade) box set (all their Reprise recordings plus a mess of bonus tracks) for a pretty good price. Along with the Casablanca album, Rock &...
  48. In general I am kind of “over” Marillion. They...

    In general I am kind of “over” Marillion. They felt like kind of an oasis in the middle of a prog desert at the time, but they just seem, I don’t know, kind of lackluster in light of more recent...
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    There’s an idea to run screaming from.

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  50. OSFA is more than a partial return to form for...

    OSFA is more than a partial return to form for me, it’s one of my favorite studio albums from him. I am disappointed that it’s really the only substantial studio recording from this line-up, which is...
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    Géraldine and I conversed in Spanish. Being a...

    Géraldine and I conversed in Spanish. Being a second language for the both of us made it relatively easy.
  52. Thread: Todd Rundgren

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    The only song I really actually like off The...

    The only song I really actually like off The Individualist. Actually, I love it! It’s very quintessentially Todd. In spite of the very “of its time” production, the sound is very “four-man Utopia.”...
  53. Thread: WTF covers

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    Not really “WTF,” apart from the fact I never...

    Not really “WTF,” apart from the fact I never knew it existed before, Rare Bird’s “Sympathy” as interpreted by French variétés artist Sévérine


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFmleRJRAf4
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    I am actually quite a fan of the suite. Sure,...

    I am actually quite a fan of the suite. Sure, it’s no “Echoes,” but it was one of the more successful early rock/orchestra experiments in my estimation. Key to that was orchestrator Ron Geesin, who...
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    “The Name of the Game” is a freaking masterpiece,...

    “The Name of the Game” is a freaking masterpiece, on the same level as “Good Vibrations” and “I’m Not in Love.” So much depth and density, both musical and thematic, for a pop song. It’s probably my...
  56. I thought Capt. Beefheart, but it fails for the...

    I thought Capt. Beefheart, but it fails for the same reason. Small reference pools, you know.

    Actually it’s because they’re trying to sound EVIL!!! and DEMONIC!!!!1!!!1!11!eleven Throw in...
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    He really was a phenomenal singer-songwriter. I...

    He really was a phenomenal singer-songwriter. I was listening to a little of his post-Wigwam solo work and I couldn’t help but be struck by how comparable it is—in both style and quality—to some of...
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    I’d say that To the Hilt and Seven Tears are...

    I’d say that To the Hilt and Seven Tears are their other back-to-front great albums. Most of their other albums are inconsistent, but with great moments. Side 1 of Switch is fantastic but I can’t...
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    Funny thing about Jenghiz Khan, lead singer and...

    Funny thing about Jenghiz Khan, lead singer and bassist Pierre Rapsat became a “respectable” chanson artist afterwards. I guess you can kind of put them in the same box as Attila in a way (same...
  60. Thread: Earbuds

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    My $20 Panasonics (RP-TCM125) do the trick....

    My $20 Panasonics (RP-TCM125) do the trick. Quality sound, fit in ear nicely, and won’t break the bank to replace them in case you step on them accidentally (which I have been known to do quite...
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