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  1. Speaking as a member of the Not-Allergic-to-Pop...

    Speaking as a member of the Not-Allergic-to-Pop crowd, I quite liked it. I've always loved Beach Boys pastiches, though, so I'm a bit biased.
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    Did Kansas even tour for Drastic Measures? My...

    Did Kansas even tour for Drastic Measures? My impression is that the band was falling apart around the time the album was released.
  3. And I bought the full album and it's just as...

    And I bought the full album and it's just as good. "The Hedonist" is a solid 20-minute epic. I'll warrant this album doesn't feel as meaty as "King for a Day" but I've enjoyed both listens I've had...
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    I honestly don't know about the Yes 50 album...

    I honestly don't know about the Yes 50 album (haven't bought live albums in a long time) but I want to say that, no matter what, don't judge the recent band by whatever's on that record. I am still...
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    Those are pretty much the super-proggy...

    Those are pretty much the super-proggy highlights, yes. I'd add that "Hooked" from FIB has that syncopated middle section with Ian Anderson that could qualify it as much as "Falling In Between."
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    What a coincidence - this one has been on my...

    What a coincidence - this one has been on my repeat list recently. It's a great little catchy song.

    This, for some reason, has been a massive favorite for me for a long time:

    ...
  7. You don't understand, prog musicians should only...

    You don't understand, prog musicians should only be interested in the purity of their pursuits. If they starve, they can starve happily knowing they never compromised their principles.
  8. Thread: SAGA

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    They're WEIRD (and I mean that in a good way). I...

    They're WEIRD (and I mean that in a good way). I mean, even "On the Loose," their biggest single, which has a nice, catchy AOR chorus, has that whole syncopated midsection where Ian Crichton and Jim...
  9. I agree; the only other song that I think would...

    I agree; the only other song that I think would have been killer live is "Cold Wind to Valhalla." I could imagine that ending as quite a rave-up. The part at 2:44 where the band stops and it's just...
  10. Magic Pie - Fragments of the 5th Element (new album out 8/30)

    Wow. No threads about this at all? I mean, I had to stumble onto it while Amazon-surfing.

    The first two songs released sound excellent -- quintessentially Magic Pie with a generous dose of Gentle...
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    I listened to some samples last night and it's...

    I listened to some samples last night and it's quite good. A strong vocalist and powerful production.
  12. +Sideways 8, in addition to "Stormwatch" and...

    +Sideways 8, in addition to "Stormwatch" and "Broadsword."
  13. So this... could have been a double album. The...

    So this... could have been a double album. The same way "Broadsword and the Beast" could have been.

    Tull is the opposite of Rush. I think there's more in their vaults that they DIDN'T officially...
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    IAN ANDERSON. It would take me forever to list...

    IAN ANDERSON. It would take me forever to list all the brilliant lyrics he's come up with through the years, but my favorite will always be:

    "Do you ever get the feeling that the story's too damn...
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    Lists are a game, and a fairly fun game if you're...

    Lists are a game, and a fairly fun game if you're into it. Just like you can play a game and get a different result depending on the day, so you can list what songs you like best and have a different...
  16. Yeah, sorry... I kind of think this might be my...

    Yeah, sorry... I kind of think this might be my last concert (for a long, long time at least) so I wanted to share.



    Heh. He had a half-filled bottle of extremely warm water when we got back.
  17. That said... what a show. I haven't been to a...

    That said... what a show. I haven't been to a concert in nearly five years and this was a blast. Every song was a treat, there weren't any lulls or dry spots, or any moments where I felt anything...
  18. My review of the final show of the tour: I...

    My review of the final show of the tour:

    I went with two friends of mine (a male couple, D and J) and my husband. It was nice to get the carpool parking rate for that, let me tell you.

    D is a...
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    Tull, probably.

    Tull, probably.
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    You'll have to forgive us. We're still burned by...

    You'll have to forgive us. We're still burned by that one guy who wrote "SHT" as his entire review for the GTR album.
  21. Our musical solidarity was cut long ago, and it...

    Our musical solidarity was cut long ago, and it HURT.
  22. Definitely a solid assessment of these albums. ...

    Definitely a solid assessment of these albums.

    Plus, all three albums touch upon modern encroachment upon the past ideals of these seasons: "Jack in the Green" bemoans "motorways, power lines...
  23. This is very cool; Stormwatch is an underrated...

    This is very cool; Stormwatch is an underrated album and deserves this level of treatment. The second side is a thing of beauty from beginning to end.
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    You think you're joking... but it's eerie...

    You think you're joking... but it's eerie...
  25. On a quick first listen, its main difference from...

    On a quick first listen, its main difference from SB is Boegehold's more synth-heavy keyboard sound, and Leonard's different-sounding guitar. I don't think this could NOT have been a Beard record,...
  26. Thanks for the review! Seeing them in 2 1/2 weeks...

    Thanks for the review! Seeing them in 2 1/2 weeks in Saratoga and this has made me excited again.
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    Which probably was why one of the magazine's main...

    Which probably was why one of the magazine's main writers -- Dick DeBartolo -- supplemented his income by writing questions for Match Game.
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    Unless you didn't mean "dead," Mort Drucker and...

    Unless you didn't mean "dead," Mort Drucker and Sergio Aragones are still with us. A friend of mine even sat with the latter at a comic convention!
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    This is definitely good news. I loved "Frequency"...

    This is definitely good news. I loved "Frequency" to the point where I'd listen to it over and over. "The Road of Bones" didn't have quite the same impact for me but anything IQ has done since "The...
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    There's still a fair amount of strings on "Time."...

    There's still a fair amount of strings on "Time." I like the little violin run between verses in "Yours Truly, 2095" and the strings add a lot to "Rain Is Falling."
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    Duran Duran's obviously the biggest culprit with...

    Duran Duran's obviously the biggest culprit with "mini-epic" videos, but the MadMaxiest of them all is the bizarre (even for them) video for "The Wild Boys," which had Simon LeBon strapped to a...
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    Yes, but in this case, the video DOES have to do...

    Yes, but in this case, the video DOES have to do with the song. It's about an android on the run, and the video is about the same. Yes, the android may have inexplicably big Fabio hair, but there's...
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    He doesn't perform anything from Time anymore,...

    He doesn't perform anything from Time anymore, does he?
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    I watched it again and I still love it... even...

    I watched it again and I still love it... even though it probably is more because of the intensity of the song itself. But I can see why some people might find it a little goofy ("one humanoid...
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    I remember seeing it on MTV when it came out. I...

    I remember seeing it on MTV when it came out. I loved it then and I love it now. I think it's one of the rare, RARE videos that actually influenced how much I loved a song.
  36. I actually like "Open Your Eyes" more than many...

    I actually like "Open Your Eyes" more than many do. Besides the title track, "Universal Garden" and "The Solution" are decent, though again, I can see why others might not like it.
  37. I'm totally with you. I listened to it recently....

    I'm totally with you. I listened to it recently. There are some nice bits: "The Calling" is an okay anthem, if overlong. "I Am Waiting" has that nice "high ways, star ways" section. I like "State of...
  38. This is a good point. The whole fast-thrash-noise...

    This is a good point. The whole fast-thrash-noise bit just before the "victory theme" probably varies every night.
  39. "Knife Edge" from the first album, a vocal bit. ...

    "Knife Edge" from the first album, a vocal bit.

    And "Karn Evil #9, 1st Impression" aka "Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends..."
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    Geddy Lee is famously disdainful of bass players...

    Geddy Lee is famously disdainful of bass players using picks... which makes me want to ask him... um, what about Chris Squire?
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    I believe, if I recall correctly, that this is...

    I believe, if I recall correctly, that this is the main reason Lukather didn't want to bring him back into Toto in 2010.
  42. Yeah, I think this is it. Steve is okay too, as...

    Yeah, I think this is it. Steve is okay too, as he's doing the quarter-note staccato chords he's supposed to do during the cowbell part. However, Carl is crunching away on the snare, and he looks at...
  43. Right. Again, the Saratoga Winery show on July 28...

    Right. Again, the Saratoga Winery show on July 28 begins at 6 PM, so there might be more room/time to stretch out breaks.
  44. Billy and Jay can keep up fine. Steve's still got...

    Billy and Jay can keep up fine. Steve's still got it (though those harmonics at the beginning feel weak to me, like they barely register). Geoff leaves out some of Moraz's flourishes, but...
  45. Wow, for a camera recording that sounds nice....

    Wow, for a camera recording that sounds nice. Davison is excellent and Sherwood is solid. Why does my show have to be the last one on the tour? ;)
  46. A current livetweet of photos is going on here: ...

    A current livetweet of photos is going on here:

    https://twitter.com/JohnJMoser

    "Rhythm of Love," "No Opportunity Necessary" and "America" are all in the set, as is, of course, "Gates". It...
  47. I have to agree with this. I watched this and my...

    I have to agree with this. I watched this and my heart broke to see Phil in this state. It's sweet to see Mike and Phil sitting together to do this, but I just kept seeing Daryl as a stoic soldier...
  48. That's honestly what I suspected; maybe it was...

    That's honestly what I suspected; maybe it was just from the order on the poster. I'm actually really looking forward to this show. "Gates" would just be a cherry on top.
  49. My tickets say 6:00 PM at the Saratoga Mountain...

    My tickets say 6:00 PM at the Saratoga Mountain Winery on 7/28. Still, that sounds like a midnight closing time....
  50. OK, YesOfficial tweeted: To clarify for those...

    OK, YesOfficial tweeted: To clarify for those that have asked, John Lodge WILL be performing as part of The Royal Affair Tour this summer. There are three support bands touring with YES; Asia, John...
  51. I'm hoping Alan White had a senior moment there...

    I'm hoping Alan White had a senior moment there in forgetting him, because I got the tickets for myself and a few friends largely because 1) I've recently rediscovered the Moody Blues and 2) one of...
  52. Works for me. It gets their performances out for...

    Works for me. It gets their performances out for more people (especially to those in isolated places where few rock acts perform) instead of wearing down musicians financially, mentally and...
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    Geddy Lee was fantastic. He nailed the parts and...

    Geddy Lee was fantastic. He nailed the parts and he looked like he was having a lot of fun. This thread is just weird.
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    I'm going to have to get one myself as well. I'm...

    I'm going to have to get one myself as well. I'm excited again.
  55. I'm ACTUALLY 50, so I pretty much agree with all...

    I'm ACTUALLY 50, so I pretty much agree with all of this, except that I don't use "shuffle" on my iPod because "Movements of a Visionary" would not work too well between "Pull Me Under" and "The...
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    Excuse me, I'll just sit over here crying... we...

    Excuse me, I'll just sit over here crying... we could have had a better final exit that "In the Hot Seat."
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    Toto also did this. Just sayin'. ...

    Toto also did this. Just sayin'.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLOLNCpjOFg
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    Meh. No wonder Luke's so bitter these days.

    Meh. No wonder Luke's so bitter these days.
  59. I agree with this 10000000%. When I heard this,...

    I agree with this 10000000%. When I heard this, it just elevated my mood intensely. I also love the synth and guitar sounds in it, and the tuned percussion break as well.
  60. Happy 70th birthday, Rick!

    Happy 70th birthday, Rick!
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