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  1. 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 ;-)
  5. "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".
  7. 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.
  8. 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...
  9. ^ thanks for pointing that out! I will have to...

    ^ thanks for pointing that out! I will have to fix that.
  10. 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.
    ...
  11. The digital EP is no longer available.

    The digital EP is no longer available.
  12. 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
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  16. The organ solo was great.

    The organ solo was great.
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    I think the Topographic Drama live album is their...

    I think the Topographic Drama live album is their best in a long time. The last ones they did with Squire were very tired sounding. I did enjoy the live Going For the One, but the others,...
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    A cool human being.

    A cool human being.
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    I will take "Year of the Cat" over "Love Beach"...

    I will take "Year of the Cat" over "Love Beach" any day of the year.
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    Thanks Rick, hope all is well with you. I...

    Thanks Rick, hope all is well with you.
    I wouldn't mind if Vermont joined Canada ;-)
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    I've always really liked "Formentera Lady".

    I've always really liked "Formentera Lady".
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    As a bassist myself, I thought Geddy sounded...

    As a bassist myself, I thought Geddy sounded great. He was asked in an interview why he didn't play a Rick, and he said that he went through many of his basses and that one had the right sound.
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    ^I was going to mention this! Does this guy have...

    ^I was going to mention this! Does this guy have a large trust fund? Why would D. Howe, Sherwood, and O. Wakeman want to work with this guy other than for $$$? He must be paying them very well...
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    God, that singer is dreadful! They could have...

    God, that singer is dreadful! They could have just picked someone randomly off the street and done better.
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    I would consider buying it if it had "Survival"...

    I would consider buying it if it had "Survival" and "South Side of the Sky" featuring Dylan Howe. But as it is its just another tired old release of stuff that's shown up on other live albums. How...
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    I just finished listening to the 2 CD remastered...

    I just finished listening to the 2 CD remastered version of "Into The Gap", which has been playing in my car over the last few days. This is a synth pop masterpiece.
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    ^fixed, thanks Top Cat !

    ^fixed, thanks Top Cat !
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    Nad has included my Yeats adaption "The Lake Isle...

    Nad has included my Yeats adaption "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" on his new album. I wrote the music and performed it, along with a cellist, and Nad did a great vocal on it and helped with the...
  29. One topic that is never raised but would be...

    One topic that is never raised but would be fascinating hear about is Page's heroin addiction. It seems to have started around the "Physical Graffiti" time and he was a full blown addict by...
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    Yes, a hint of the song "Pieces of Eight" keeps...

    Yes, a hint of the song "Pieces of Eight" keeps popping up in the chorus. I like the song though and seems to have positive message.
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    Walsh was always uncomfortable and awkward when...

    Walsh was always uncomfortable and awkward when attempting to talk to the audience. That's why Robbie was always the M.C.
  32. John Lodge is a good singer. I think it's cool...

    John Lodge is a good singer. I think it's cool that he's on the YES tour.
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    I think Roine did a masterful job considering the...

    I think Roine did a masterful job considering the lack of real melodies and real songs that he had to work with.
  34. Wow,I was pleasantly surprised how good that...

    Wow,I was pleasantly surprised how good that sounded. Jon's voice sounds fantastic and it has a great energy.
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    Jon sounds great but the band isn't that great....

    Jon sounds great but the band isn't that great. Would love to see Jon with Jimmy Haun on guitar, Miguel or the bassist from Benoit's Yes tribute band Close to the Edge, Tom Brislin, and a skilled...
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    I read that one of his Airwolf young cast members...

    I read that one of his Airwolf young cast members got killed during filming and that set him off on his downward spiral.
  37. I love this album :-)

    I love this album :-)
  38. Prog $7 Jethro Tull(J.Geils Band opened) Colt...

    Prog
    $7
    Jethro Tull(J.Geils Band opened)
    Colt Park, Hartford,Conn, Summer 1976
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    no
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    "Don Quixote" is a great song. I've always...

    "Don Quixote" is a great song. I've always enjoyed his music.
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    For people who have never heard TT but are...

    For people who have never heard TT but are interested, there's a great chronologically ordered single CD compilation called "Natural History" that I strongly recommend. It shows the evolution of the...
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    I remember back in the day that much was made...

    I remember back in the day that much was made about Paul Dean being 36 when he made the big time. He must be well into his 70s now.
    I played in cover bands from 1981 until 1985 and I played many a...
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    It's too bad David Paton isn't still involved.

    It's too bad David Paton isn't still involved.
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    I didn't know much of Talk Talk back in the day...

    I didn't know much of Talk Talk back in the day until I read a detailed and rave review of "Spirit of Eden" in Musician Magazine (remember that publication?) when the album was released in 1988....
  44. About 8 years ago I was browsing in the LP...

    About 8 years ago I was browsing in the LP section of a used record store, and I came upon almost all of the Strawbs catalog and also many classic Gentle Giant LPs, all for $3 each. All were in EX...
  45. Was the movie "A Mighty Wind" inspired by him?

    Was the movie "A Mighty Wind" inspired by him?
  46. The opening song on the album, "Aladin's Cave",...

    The opening song on the album, "Aladin's Cave", has some interesting time signatures. There's several other really good songs. Jon Spinks was dying from liver cancer during the making of this album....
  47. Although it's missing the piano intro, real...

    Although it's missing the piano intro, real flute, and PG, I've always considered the "Second's Out" version of "Firth of Fifth" superior to the original recording. I also prefer the SO version of...
  48. They were originally called The Baseball Boys...

    They were originally called The Baseball Boys after the gang in the late 70s movie "Warriors". The record company changed it to The Outfield. The band at the time knew nothing of baseball.
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    I would rate "One Man's Fool" up there with their...

    I would rate "One Man's Fool" up there with their best. Some truly great vocals by Wilson and great builds musically.
    I also agree that the second half of "Alien Afternoon" is really great.
  50. The Outfield is one of my favorite bands. John...

    The Outfield is one of my favorite bands. John Spinks was a great songwriter and guitarist. Tony Lewis, the singer/bassist, sounds like Sting meets Jon Anderson. Their original drummer, Alan Jackman,...
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    I was listening to the TODD album when the planes...

    I was listening to the TODD album when the planes hit the buildings on 9/11. I was painting my house listening to this when I got a shocked phone call from my parents telling me about the events....
  52. They are WAY over rated.I've checked out a lot of...

    They are WAY over rated.I've checked out a lot of their songs and my impression is that they are not very good song writers. Their live jams get pretty boring after a few minutes. Maybe they will...
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    I like Ballad of Big :-)

    I like Ballad of Big :-)
  54. Moody Blues cover featuring Jacob Holm-Lupo on...

    Moody Blues cover featuring Jacob Holm-Lupo on Mellotron.

    https://soundcloud.com/andrew-laitres/and-the-tide-rushes-in
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    Love those first four albums!

    Love those first four albums!
  56. For me it would be "Supper's Ready" from...

    For me it would be "Supper's Ready" from Apocalypse in 9/8 until the end. I'd also like to hear a song I wrote and recorded called "Mr. Sun", my crowning achievement as a songwriter.
  57. The Joni Mitchell cover: ...

    The Joni Mitchell cover:

    https://soundcloud.com/andrew-laitres-1/04-the-dawntreader
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    There's a great 45 minute album peppered...

    There's a great 45 minute album peppered throughout.
  59. Here's a link to the other song I did with Nad...

    Here's a link to the other song I did with Nad Sylvan, a cover of Elton John's "60 Years On":

    https://soundcloud.com/andrew-laitres/01-60-years-on

    And my cover of Pink Floyd's "Matilda Mother":...
  60. Was Dragon the keyboardist in the early 70s...

    Was Dragon the keyboardist in the early 70s "Beach Boys In Concert" double album with Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fatar?
    There are some really great keyboard moments including a ripping extended...
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