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    Howe's guitar solo in "Time and Time Again" is...

    Howe's guitar solo in "Time and Time Again" is the best thing on that album, IMHO. It might be the last time his playing was that aggressive.
  2. First impression after one listen through the...

    First impression after one listen through the album: Enjoyable with a few memorable melodic moments. I will need to listen a few more times to get the full effect. As always Roine's guitar work is...
  3. Well that's good then. I'm sure the negativity...

    Well that's good then. I'm sure the negativity would be bothersome for anyone if it was directed at them. I look forward to reading this version of the book.
  4. Any word from Fripp on this newer edition? I...

    Any word from Fripp on this newer edition? I remember he took some issue with some of contents when it was originally published. I concede this is from memory so I could be wrong about this.
  5. "Mayor of Simpleton" is a terrific pop song with...

    "Mayor of Simpleton" is a terrific pop song with excellent lyrical content. The video is quite fantastic as well.
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    Having just given it a single listen, I think...

    Having just given it a single listen, I think it's pretty much ELO-by-the-numbers. For fans who are hungry for something new, it's probably comfort-music at best. It's pleasant for what it is. It...
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    I think most of this falls under the category of...

    I think most of this falls under the category of curiosity and something a completist might want (or already has). I don't think much of anything here is some lost essential thing to have.

    That...
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    My only exposure to this group is the album Book...

    My only exposure to this group is the album Book of Souls which sounds like the soundtrack to a tongue-in-cheek computer game.
  9. "Credit Carnival" is a bad title but the...

    "Credit Carnival" is a bad title but the instrumental section is quite good.
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    These were released as a DGM download. I remember...

    These were released as a DGM download. I remember finding the extended "Easy Money" less spectacular than it seemed to be headed at the fade-point. "Asbury Park" with the Cross parts just seemed...
  11. It might be because the English that Swedish...

    It might be because the English that Swedish people learn in school is British.
  12. Quote from Tony Banks: Perhaps not a "he...

    Quote from Tony Banks:


    Perhaps not a "he sucks" slam but certainly not an endorsement of Mike Rutherford or even an "attaboy".

    That's the last I'll say about it.
  13. As always, Tony's aspy demeanor shines in that...

    As always, Tony's aspy demeanor shines in that quote. He just says it like he sees it and even manages to slam Mike when talking about Steve.
  14. Personally, I'm rather impressed how well Swedes...

    Personally, I'm rather impressed how well Swedes can speak English compared with the provincial vice versa. That said, yes, FK lyrics have oddities where it's clear the Swedish translates with a...
  15. It is disappointing especially if it was due to a...

    It is disappointing especially if it was due to a personality issue. As I've said many times, Bodin's contributions to the overall sound of the band are the spark that's missing when it's just Stolt.
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    Yes, indeed. Love how up-front the drums are even...

    Yes, indeed. Love how up-front the drums are even in the lower-key numbers.
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    Eloy is in my "comfort Prog" category of listens....

    Eloy is in my "comfort Prog" category of listens. I pretty much know what I'm getting when I listen. The only thing is that I feel if I strung all the Eloy albums together it would feel like...
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    Just listened to this and I'm surprised they...

    Just listened to this and I'm surprised they weren't on my radar before especially since they have a previous album. I like this sort of American melodic prog sound. Sort of reminds me of IZZ or at...
  19. This is likely true.

    This is likely true.
  20. That Thing That Happens When Listening On Spotify...

    You type in the name of an artist you read has a new release, click on their latest release and hit play. You listen for about 20 minutes and say, "Geez, they sound exactly like Soft Machine in their...
  21. I like that song. Has that Townshend anger and FU...

    I like that song. Has that Townshend anger and FU attitude.
  22. As I've said before, Townshend's lyrics are...

    As I've said before, Townshend's lyrics are always personal. Even if there's a "story", he's always just under the surface talking about his personal journey. In retrospect and after knowing a great...
  23. Thread: Chick Corea

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    A personal favorite that often goes unnoticed...

    A personal favorite that often goes unnoticed because it's on a tribute record - his acoustic band's version of Vince Guaraldi's "The Great Pumpkin Waltz". What makes it so perfect is that not only...
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    On a somewhat serious sidenote: When I make...

    On a somewhat serious sidenote:

    When I make fun of certain aspects of an artist's sound, it is for me akin to attending the roast of a particular celebrity. The remarks and jokes might cut close...
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    At least with Transatlantic I get a more vague...

    At least with Transatlantic I get a more vague spirituality in the lyrics as opposed to a particular sect of one religion.
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    I'm not buying it unless the drums sound like a...

    I'm not buying it unless the drums sound like a piledriver is slamming into them incessantly.
  27. Beyond the fact that Quadrophenia is in my...

    Beyond the fact that Quadrophenia is in my opinion their pinnacle musically, it also holds for me a special place because of it's themes not feeling a part of anything, estranged from family and...
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    Sticky: :O

    :O
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    Sticky: Thank you. Typo corrected.

    Thank you. Typo corrected.
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    Sticky: Cellar Noise - Nautilus A hell of a lot better...

    Cellar Noise - Nautilus

    A hell of a lot better than the last thing I reviewed. I'm not sure what to call it as if it really matters - Neo? Sympho? Whatever. It's not retro at all - a modern sound....
  31. There was a time when I would have said that...

    There was a time when I would have said that Quadrophenia is Prog but I'm not sure. It's really its own thing like the band. The Who are unique in my mind - the musical vehicle of Pete Townshend's...
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    Sticky: Via Progstreaming, a German band I'd never hear...

    Via Progstreaming, a German band I'd never hear about named Johnny Bob. Two albums: Carnival of the Brahma Sox and the newer Fjodor and the Watergiant. I was honestly tempted to skip listening to...
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    Met him once at my place of employment - he was...

    Met him once at my place of employment - he was in doing an interview last year. Very nice man who actually conversed with me as I was stanning.
  34. I agree with this. When an artist doesn't have to...

    I agree with this. When an artist doesn't have to worry about a legacy or about delivering another "hit" it's easier to just do as they please. It's after your benefactors or fans or promoter or...
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    I'm sitting here on a Sunday morning listening to...

    I'm sitting here on a Sunday morning listening to Coil - The Ape of Naples. This artist has eluded me all this time and I'm completely blown away. It honestly brings me back to the 80s for some...
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    Sticky: Knight Area: D-day I know I haven't listened...

    Knight Area: D-day

    I know I haven't listened to them in a while but when did they become Symphony X?
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    Citizen Cain always came across as someone being...

    Citizen Cain always came across as someone being so enamored with the song "Battle of Epping Forest" that they based their sound on every song being like Peter Gabriel cramming as many lyrics as he...
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    This is the first album of their's I've sat down...

    This is the first album of their's I've sat down and actively listened to although I've heard bits and pieces of previous albums. I found the sound interesting in that it isn't yet one more sympho or...
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    Oh, I like the way that sounds. Something new to...

    Oh, I like the way that sounds. Something new to explore which is always fun.
  40. Sounds like the Flower Kings. In fact, to my ear...

    Sounds like the Flower Kings. In fact, to my ear it sounds like an entire FKs album compressed into 7+ minutes. I'm not sure why it seems that way to me but it does - like all the things that they do...
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    Their Bandcamp page. Both their albums available....

    Their Bandcamp page. Both their albums available.

    https://themessthetics.bandcamp.com/

    Now that I know about them, I'm looking forward to them coming to NYC or close enough to get to.
  42. I agree with the "soulless" aspect of Wynton...

    I agree with the "soulless" aspect of Wynton Marsalis' playing. He's a technician but I don't hear any emotion out of him. Maybe anger. Maybe contempt. I was done with him after his dismissal of Bill...
  43. Since nothing they were doing at the time stood...

    Since nothing they were doing at the time stood out as unusual, I have no memory of them doing anything except playing. There's a reason that Sherwood stood out the way I related it. It's not that he...
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    Looking forward to it. Have loved everything...

    Looking forward to it. Have loved everything they've done so far.
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    This is pretty cool. I loved Fugazi a lot back in...

    This is pretty cool. I loved Fugazi a lot back in my 80s hardcore days.
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    This is a band I was not entirely familiar with...

    This is a band I was not entirely familiar with although I'd heard the name quite a bit - I may have listened to a track or two in the past but I don't remember. I decided to listen to Terraformer to...
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    I rather like "I Want It That Way" by the...

    I rather like "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys.
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    I look forward to hearing it. Eye-catching album...

    I look forward to hearing it. Eye-catching album cover although I'm not quite sure his presence in the surf is anything but incongruous.
  49. If conversations have begun on a new Yes record...

    If conversations have begun on a new Yes record then I certainly don't hold out much hope of anything better than Heaven and Earth which I found worse than dreadful; it was boring. I'm sure...
  50. I'm glad that you were able to get in touch with...

    I'm glad that you were able to get in touch with Bedford and elicit such a detailed account. Very good detective work.
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    I've listened to the album all the way through...

    I've listened to the album all the way through twice and it still hasn't grabbed me. It's good. It sounds the way I think Tool is supposed to sound. It's got all the right parts but so far there is...
  52. He's a talented musician, producer and arranger,...

    He's a talented musician, producer and arranger, but I've always found his work to be oddly derivative of what Trevor Rabin brought to Yes.
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    As a person with depression, I hear Alice in...

    As a person with depression, I hear Alice in Chains a little differently especially "Down in a Hole". I hear it as resignation over ones fate and a deep self-loathing at the realization about what...
  54. My second favorite Hogarth after Brave. Sort of a...

    My second favorite Hogarth after Brave. Sort of a cross between the mournful side and a hardier popier side.
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    This is good to know. Although I do buy the...

    This is good to know. Although I do buy the occasional item from record companies when the mood strikes for more eclectic items.
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    What about a download off of Bandcamp? That's my...

    What about a download off of Bandcamp? That's my preferred method of buying since I don't want the object/clutter.
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    General Thoughts on Streaming Services

    When it comes to music, I'm a Spotify user. I have an paid account for my family which allows my wife and I to have out own profiles. I've found that for nostalgia, it has most if not all the classic...
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    That person must have been insane to say that to...

    That person must have been insane to say that to your face let alone to sit there and painstakingly upload everything you put out. The statement just comes across as fervent or even messianic....
  59. Bodin's solo record after Sum contained more than...

    Bodin's solo record after Sum contained more than one song that had musical themes that were reflected in the FK album. It seems he wanted the record to have a more thematic flow and it was left on...
  60. I've always said that his composition and...

    I've always said that his composition and arrangement skill was what fleshed out the sound of their music. A shame. The last album that was called Roine Stolt's Flower Kings was OK - it had moments....
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