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  1. Brilliant Trees, Gone To Earth, and "Secrets of...

    Brilliant Trees, Gone To Earth, and "Secrets of the Beehive" are sublime and I don't think he has ever been able to top those.
    I kind of lost interest after his Raintree Crow and Fripp...
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    Cy came clean, it was an extra.

    Cy came clean, it was an extra.
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    ∆ Cy gave me a clue: "The Controller has many...

    ∆ Cy gave me a clue: "The Controller has many names..."
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    I dig her.

    I dig her.
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    I asked Cy if it was Rupert Hine in the video and...

    I asked Cy if it was Rupert Hine in the video and he told me it is not.
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    I think his production on Saga's "Worlds Apart"...

    I think his production on Saga's "Worlds Apart" is vastly superior to the their first three albums.
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    My thoughts exactly! I signed with Shawn when I...

    My thoughts exactly! I signed with Shawn when I released the first Winter Tree album. I remember he wanted 700 free promo albums. I refused and let him have 200 which was still a big mistake. I...
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    I've known him since 1994 and none of this...

    I've known him since 1994 and none of this surprises me.
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    Is the mysterious person sitting behind the board...

    Is the mysterious person sitting behind the board in The Fixx's "Secret Separation" video Rupert in disguise?
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    The Fixx's Jamie West-Orem sang lead on a song...

    The Fixx's Jamie West-Orem sang lead on a song called "Sweet Pandemonium" from their Happy Landings album.
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    Very sad. I'm a huge fan of his work and...

    Very sad. I'm a huge fan of his work and productions. He was always my first choice when asked who I would choose it I could have one of my albums produced by a famous producer. Always brought out...
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    I have that book and it's excellent. I learned...

    I have that book and it's excellent. I learned the intro to "Blood on the rooftops" from that. The worst sheet music book I
    ever bought was the "Beatlemania" songbook which even got time signatures...
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    I was also a big fan of Mayall's Blues From...

    I was also a big fan of Mayall's Blues From Laurel Canyon . I haven't heard it in years, my beat up old used vinyl copy disappeared years ago. I will have to check it out on Youtube.
  14. In saw AWR and enjoyed the show despite the muddy...

    In saw AWR and enjoyed the show despite the muddy sound. But I didn't hear much of a musical chemistry between Wakeman and Rabin. And even though the drummer was a perfectly fine drummer, I don't...
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    I like the sound of both the cello and the bass...

    I like the sound of both the cello and the bass pedals on that part, though if pressed I would choose the cello because it sounds more intimate . The bass pedals on the latter part of the SO version...
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    There are aspects of both versions I like more...

    There are aspects of both versions I like more than the other. I think Apocalypse in 9/8 and the finale are much stronger on Seconds Out. I like the first sections better on Foxtrot.
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    Earthbound of course ;-)

    Earthbound of course ;-)
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    One of my favorite moments is in the KC Lizard...

    One of my favorite moments is in the KC Lizard suite right after Gordon songs "march forward". Gets me every time.
  19. The only live album from the post 2008 Yes that...

    The only live album from the post 2008 Yes that is really good is the Topographic Drama release. The rest sound tired and sluggish.
  20. He played in Bowie's backing band at Live Aid....

    He played in Bowie's backing band at Live Aid. Did a great driving version of "Heroes".
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    A friend of a good friend of mine from NYC used...

    A friend of a good friend of mine from NYC used to provide Yngwie with a certain white powder every time he was in town back in the 80s. He told me of some very interesting tales that I can't repeat...
  22. John Mayall!

    John Mayall!
  23. My picks are Pawn Hearts and David Sylvian's Gone...

    My picks are Pawn Hearts and David Sylvian's Gone To Earth.
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    Wow, I listened to the samples and it's truly...

    Wow, I listened to the samples and it's truly awful! He might as well of had Steve Howe do all the vocals. Does this guy have a big trust fund? It must be very expensive to release a 4 CD box set.
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    I only have Gong's "Rejoice I'm Dead" and really...

    I only have Gong's "Rejoice I'm Dead" and really dig it. I will definitely be checking out more of your work.
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    When I was 16 I bought a PH compilation of his...

    When I was 16 I bought a PH compilation of his early solo work called "Vision" on vinyl. It was a Passport records import that I found in the cutout bin for $2. I had recently purchased the Armando...
  27. It's a parallel universe ;-)

    It's a parallel universe ;-)
  28. I played in a band with him in 1984, shortly...

    I played in a band with him in 1984, shortly before he joined Anthrax. We played "Separate Ways", "Send Her My Love" , and "Chain Reaction" in our setlist.
  29. See you at the Academy !

    See you at the Academy !
  30. No Tiny Tim tribute act? ;-)

    No Tiny Tim tribute act? ;-)
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    I know him from his work on David Sylvian's "Gone...

    I know him from his work on David Sylvian's "Gone To Earth" . R.I.P
  32. I saw BeBop open for Blue Oyster Cult in the late...

    I saw BeBop open for Blue Oyster Cult in the late 70s. All I remember is an alien-looking guy in bright silver pants playing blazing guitar solos.
  33. Every now and then I find an overlooked gem in a...

    Every now and then I find an overlooked gem in a used record store. Most are tucked away in the bargain section amongst the Laura Brannigan and Kenny Rogers albums. I found a mint copy of Daryl...
  34. ^I was also listening a lot to Tony Banks' "The...

    ^I was also listening a lot to Tony Banks' "The Fugitive" and Eddie Jobson's "Zinc"
  35. I loved it from the first few seconds and...

    I loved it from the first few seconds and definitely heard the Genesis influence yet had their own thing to offer also. At the time I was listening to Saga "Heads of Tails", The Fixx "Reach the...
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    It's interesting that they were the ones to leave...

    It's interesting that they were the ones to leave the band.
  37. I bought this on cassette in 1983, one of the few...

    I bought this on cassette in 1983, one of the few times that I bought an album purely based on the cover art and "bass pedals and Rickenbacher bass" in the credits. I found a brand new still sealed...
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    No need to feel embarrassed about The Outfield,...

    No need to feel embarrassed about The Outfield, they were a great pop band. R.I.P John Spinks.
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    "Elton John Greatest Hits" was a big album for me...

    "Elton John Greatest Hits" was a big album for me when a young lad. It was my gateway to more serious music.
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    It's interesting that S.H. and P.G. were born a...

    It's interesting that S.H. and P.G. were born a day apart and both ended up leaving the band.
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    Steve Hackett turns 70!

    I was pleasantly surprised to see Steve Hackett's birthday listed in my local newspaper this morning! Among others listed were Joe Don Baker, Cliff DeYoung, Michael McDonald, Arsenio Hall, Josh...
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    I saw them perform in Latvia when I was visiting...

    I saw them perform in Latvia when I was visiting there about 4 years ago. I met them after the show. They are genuinely warm and nice people, very down to earth and welcoming. Moya volunteered to...
  43. The first four Inredible String Band albums are ...

    The first four Inredible String Band albums are worth mentioning.
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    I remember that they did a King Biscuit Flour...

    I remember that they did a King Biscuit Flour Hour show on the Drama tour. Those are usually pretty good quality.
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    A friend of mine used to live in the same...

    A friend of mine used to live in the same neighborhood in the Bronx and was friends with his son. My friend used to often have dinner with the Aiellos.
  46. As a guitarist, Steve Hackett gets better every...

    As a guitarist, Steve Hackett gets better every time I see him unlike many of his peers. It's very inspiring to see a man who is almost 70 playing at his level and intensity.
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    I bought a mint condition used vinyl L.P. of this...

    I bought a mint condition used vinyl L.P. of this for 75 cents at a record store near Seattle 12 years ago. The album is great and I had been looking for it for years. It was in the bargain section...
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    Wow, his name popped up this morning in the L.A....

    Wow, his name popped up this morning in the L.A. Times crossword puzzle in my local newspaper. Coincidence??
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    My first exposure to Mr. Blaine was the Partridge...

    My first exposure to Mr. Blaine was the Partridge Famiy albums ;-)
  50. "Yesterdays" is a great compilation, but most of...

    "Yesterdays" is a great compilation, but most of the tracks other than "America" sound like they were run through a phase shifter and sound very thin. It gets worse as the album goes on. "Survival"...
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    Captain America R.I.P. I saw him last year on...

    Captain America R.I.P. I saw him last year on Norman Reedus's motorcycle show and I got the feeling he was ill.

    He was really great in "Ulee's Gold".
  52. Thank you Bill G. That's actually all Alistair on...

    Thank you Bill G. That's actually all Alistair on the vocals. He is a great vocal arranger. He sang another song called "Shine" that wouldn't have been out of place on Bankstatement.
  53. I'm glad you enjoyed the song. My influences are...

    I'm glad you enjoyed the song. My influences are vast. I have just been soaking it all in since an early age. This particular song seems to have Beatles, the Who, early Chicago and probably a bit of...
  54. ^ thanks for pointing that out! I will have to...

    ^ thanks for pointing that out! I will have to fix that.
  55. This is a link to see a video of my 2017 song...

    This is a link to see a video of my 2017 song "Mr. Sun" sung by Alistair Gordon, who was the main lead singer on "Bankstatement". It also features Neil Taylor (Tears For Fears)on guitar.
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  56. The digital EP is no longer available.

    The digital EP is no longer available.
  57. Some standouts from the two above mentioned...

    Some standouts from the two above mentioned albums:
    The Border
    The More you Hide it
    I'll be Waiting
    Man of Spells
    Moving Under
    This is Love
  58. I'm one of the few who really loves...

    I'm one of the few who really loves "Bankstatement". Alistair Gordon, the main vocalist, sang two songs on my 2017 album "Mr. Sun". He really hit it out of the park.
    I also am very fond of "The...
  59. Glad you're still playing Bruce! Gary was great...

    Glad you're still playing Bruce!
    Gary was great human being, he is missed.
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    I saw the Symphonic Tour somewhere in southern...

    I saw the Symphonic Tour somewhere in southern Connecticut. It was an outdoor show in a beautiful park.
    Someone- I suspect Howe - jumped the gun during one of the intense instrumental sections...
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