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  1. Didn't Kimball effectively do a Steve Walsh and...

    Didn't Kimball effectively do a Steve Walsh and blow his voice out with cocaine? I seem to recall that he's had a number of reunions with Toto over the years, but ultimately his personal issues and...
  2. Didn't Kimball effectively do a Steve Walsh and...

    Didn't Kimball effectively do a Steve Walsh and blow his voice out with cocaine? I seem to recall that he's had a number of reunions with Toto over the years, but ultimately his personal issues and...
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    Ozric Tentacle - Technicians of the Sacred

    Ozric Tentacle - Technicians of the Sacred
  4. Quite on the second point - to assume that I (or...

    Quite on the second point - to assume that I (or anyone else, for that matter) terms something 'self-indulgent' just because it doesn't happen to appeal to my personal taste is a classic straw man...
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    CSN - S/T

    CSN - S/T
  6. Mostly agreed with this, but I'd take out...

    Mostly agreed with this, but I'd take out Blackbird (which I agree with the consensus is marvelous) and add Piggies, Yer Blues, and Savoy Truffle to that list. Surprised nobody has mentioned Mother...
  7. Is it sacrilege to suggest that, though it has a...

    Is it sacrilege to suggest that, though it has a few decent tunes, The White Album isn't actually much good?? I mean, I realise it's The Beatles and everything, but TWA must be one of the most...
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    BEST. THREAD. EVER.

    BEST. THREAD. EVER.
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    Jimmy Herring, et al. - Endangered Species

    Jimmy Herring, et al. - Endangered Species
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    He went into a full-on ''I hate everything about...

    He went into a full-on ''I hate everything about Steve Wilson" psychotic meltdown and got called on it. He ended up being well and truly booted after one the most epic flame wars of PE's Golden Age....
  11. Thread: Saga

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    Changing the subject slightly, I recently managed...

    Changing the subject slightly, I recently managed to pick up a copy of Ian Crichton's solo album Welcome to the Boom Boom Room. This is pretty rare, so I was lucky to get it at a reasonably sensible...
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    No, another year will be quite enough for my wife...

    No, another year will be quite enough for my wife and I. With the continued downward slide towards something worryingly-resembling totalitarianism here (look up the CCP's 'social credit score'...
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    Not quite as long as that! It'll be five this...

    Not quite as long as that! It'll be five this October.
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    I'm exactly the other way: because I read so much...

    I'm exactly the other way: because I read so much non-fiction for work, fiction is an absolute lifeline in my down time that allows me to decompress from the stresses of the day.
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    Just: Ralph Towner - Solo Concert Now: Richie...

    Just: Ralph Towner - Solo Concert
    Now: Richie Kotzen- Mother Head's Family Reunion
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    I seem to recall that when Rundgren got hold of...

    I seem to recall that when Rundgren got hold of that guitar it was in a bad way - it had a wooden bridge and the action had been jacked up for slide playing. He therefore had to get a lot of work...
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    Ty Tabor - Something's Coming.

    Ty Tabor - Something's Coming.
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    I liked To The Bone quite a lot, but it wasn't,...

    I liked To The Bone quite a lot, but it wasn't, for me, the 'return to smart 80s pop sensibilities' album that Wilson claimed it to be. More many of the same, familiar Wilsonisms with a few less...
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    Agreed. 'Little Bit of Soul' is one of my...

    Agreed. 'Little Bit of Soul' is one of my favourite King's X songs of all time.
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    It was in a brick and mortar store in one of the...

    It was in a brick and mortar store in one of the big shopping malls in central Toronto.
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    Btw, I picked up the book when I was in Canada in...

    Btw, I picked up the book when I was in Canada in March, and finished it quite recently: fascinating read, well worth picking up.
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    Though as a contributor to that thread, I think I...

    Though as a contributor to that thread, I think I need to point out that King's X never seemed to have the same quality of self-sabotage that accounts for a great deal of the reason why UFO and Lizzy...
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    Awesomely good album!! Eloy were miles ahead of...

    Awesomely good album!! Eloy were miles ahead of just about everybody else when it came to synth sounds during that period. A real headphones album...
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    Today: Journey - Departure All About Eve -...

    Today:
    Journey - Departure
    All About Eve - Scarlet and Other Stories

    Now:
    Ohm - Circus of Sound
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    Just starting Shadow Captain, Alastair Reynold's...

    Just starting Shadow Captain, Alastair Reynold's sequel to Revenger. Really liked the latter, though I thought it wrapped up perhaps a bit too quickly at the end. Be interesting to see what the...
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    Not a bad album - and it contains some of Moore's...

    Not a bad album - and it contains some of Moore's most ferocious playing. However, the sound quality (on my cd copy at least) is atrocious and some of the guitar sounds like it was recorded straight...
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    Ironically, Moore toured pretty heavily in the US...

    Ironically, Moore toured pretty heavily in the US during that period - not least as support to Rush on the Grace Under Pressure tour (I think). I always got the impression he went down pretty well...
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    Gorham talks about his problems and decision to...

    Gorham talks about his problems and decision to quit Lizzy in Mark Putterford's biography of Lynott, The Rocker, originally published in the early 90s. It's an interesting read, and covers quite...
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    I think it's also important to note that by 1983...

    I think it's also important to note that by 1983 Gorham himself was desperate to quit the band, as he knew his heroin habit was spinning out of control and he'd never be able to get clean as long as...
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    ...and they remained huge, expensive and clunky...

    ...and they remained huge, expensive and clunky until well into the 80s, as well. Lots of people in the UK rented VCRs rather than bought them because they were just too expensive for most people to...
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    Incidentally, I believe that Gary Moore had...

    Incidentally, I believe that Gary Moore had absolutely no time for Robertson whatsoever, either as a guitarist or, apparently, as a person, and only reluctantly agreed to inviting him to perform at...
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    Have to disagree with this, appalling production...

    Have to disagree with this, appalling production aside, I've always thought Thunder and Lightning was Lizzy's strongest album for years at the time of its release. John Sykes gave them a tremendous...
  33. Thread: Stoner!

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    That is very, very good indeed. Just picked up...

    That is very, very good indeed. Just picked up the album on Amazon UK!!
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    It is fantastic. In fact the 2cd version is the...

    It is fantastic. In fact the 2cd version is the only Kansas album I have with me here in China. Frankly, I think that if you have this, you don't really need anything else.
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    But Rolie did sing at least co-lead on Anytime,...

    But Rolie did sing at least co-lead on Anytime, Feelin' That Way and Just the Same Way, the latter of which was a single, IIRC. I'm sure a large part of an American audience would recognize those...
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    Wonderful guitar player - absolutely one of my...

    Wonderful guitar player - absolutely one of my all-time favourites. Like many other's here, I have something of an ambivalent attitude towards Toto, but my god, those guys can play! Some of Luke's...
  37. You, sir, are absolutely correct!! :lol

    You, sir, are absolutely correct!! :lol
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    I think that Lizzy were very much like UFO: both...

    I think that Lizzy were very much like UFO: both were poised to become absolutely MASSIVE in the US in the mid-late 70s in the manner of bands like Rush and Journey, but both equally had an...
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    Sadly, though, I think Steve Morse's experience...

    Sadly, though, I think Steve Morse's experience in Kansas can be summarized by the fact that it lead to him quitting the music business entirely for a while and becoming an airline pilot.
  40. Judging by what I've heard of Wakeman's Jurassic...

    Judging by what I've heard of Wakeman's Jurassic 'humour' on Planet Rock Radio, this might as well be re-titled 'A Night with the Pub Bore and a Piano.' Good to see that Wakey's putting his energies...
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    That really where he lost me - the cod-...

    That really where he lost me - the cod- 'Oirishness' of that album was so cornily cheesy that I still find it difficult to take seriously, even taking into account Moore's background. TBH, Thin...
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    Kane Roberts. Saw Alice numerous times during...

    Kane Roberts. Saw Alice numerous times during the late 80s (he seemed to be permanently on tour when not making new albums) with KR. In many respects he was a stock 80s shredder with added horror...
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    Big fan here of Gary Moore's hard rock/metal...

    Big fan here of Gary Moore's hard rock/metal period - particularly 79-85. His playing was never less than stellar, his lyrics...not so much. Some cool tunes, though, and it's a shame that some of...
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    Al Di Meola - Scenario. Good lord, this is...

    Al Di Meola - Scenario.

    Good lord, this is tepid, cheesy rubbish.
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    What amazes about those early Whitesnake records...

    What amazes about those early Whitesnake records is just how much leeway Murray was given over his basslines. He's just all over the place, but in a very good way indeed. No mean feat to produce...
  46. Seen and bought on Amazon UK!! :)

    Seen and bought on Amazon UK!! :)
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    That was certainly true on the House of Blue...

    That was certainly true on the House of Blue Light tour, where Blackmore was little short of an embarrassment when I saw Purple (Birmingham NEC, 1987). As regards Lord and Whitesnake, Lord made the...
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    It's got that typical 'Clive Davis-directed...

    It's got that typical 'Clive Davis-directed Arista hard rock album of the mid-80s sound' about it. I remember the Triumph albums of the same period sounding almost identical - one of them even...
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    I am very, very late to this thread, but thought...

    I am very, very late to this thread, but thought I'd contribute in a very small fashion. Most of my Hi-Fi stuff is presently in storage in the UK, and I look forward to the day I'll be able to...
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    Marillion - Marbles, Disc One.

    Marillion - Marbles, Disc One.
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    Ha!!

    Ha!!
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    Must admit I am rather partial to the Vai-version...

    Must admit I am rather partial to the Vai-version of Alcatrazz - and Vai himself apparently still holds the album he made during his time in the band in very high regard. I love the live in Japan...
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    FWIW, my rankings - not restricted to studio...

    FWIW, my rankings - not restricted to studio albums:

    Song for America
    Two for the Show
    Leftoverture
    Point of Know Return
    Kansas
    Masque
    Monolith
    Audio-Visions
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    Really? Wow, I think it's easily the worst song...

    Really? Wow, I think it's easily the worst song of the 'classic era,' and that includes a lot of Steve Walsh's bozo-rock efforts. Each to their own!
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    Can we come to a joint agreement to export Trump...

    Can we come to a joint agreement to export Trump and Farage to Russia?
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    Dream Theater - Distance over Time.

    Dream Theater - Distance over Time.
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    Please, American chums, if you want them, take...

    Please, American chums, if you want them, take the Royal Family off our hands. You can have them for nothing, and given the current shitshow that is British politics and society, the last thing we...
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    Fair point. It's still infuriating, though -...

    Fair point. It's still infuriating, though - especially as both Fender and Gibson's US-produced guitars are so expensive, and yet are often light years behind the quality standards East Asian...
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    Umphrey's McGee - Death By Stereo

    Umphrey's McGee - Death By Stereo
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    I'm one of those in the 'big step down' camp. A...

    I'm one of those in the 'big step down' camp. A couple of good tunes (my favourite is actually Kerry's beautiful 'Reason to Be'), but overall this is the sound of a band beginning to fall apart to...
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