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    It sounds like he's mostly refining and...

    It sounds like he's mostly refining and perfecting the show they've been doing from the start. Apparently he's still doing the "cheat sheet" joke from the very first shows, for example, along with a...
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    I think my favorite aspect (aside from Jon...

    I think my favorite aspect (aside from Jon himself) of the band performance was the de-emphasis of soloing and virtuosic instrumental performance in favor of solid, tight ensemble arrangements and...
  3. No, it was Andy Poole, leaving Spawnton as the...

    No, it was Andy Poole, leaving Spawnton as the only founding member. The argument that BBT as we know it is a band that formed in 2009 with a new singer/composer, drummer, and guitarist, each with...
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    On a snowy old b/w TV in my 3rd floor walkup in...

    On a snowy old b/w TV in my 3rd floor walkup in Lincoln Park, Chicago. Most of my energy was directed toward scratching out not much of a living playing 12-string in folk groups, but I'd cut my teeth...
  5. Two years since their previous studio release...

    Two years since their previous studio release seems like a rather studied pace to me, especially for a band with a very limited live performance schedule.
  6. As I get older, I find it more important than...

    As I get older, I find it more important than ever to evaluate things by what they are, not by what they aren't. Because tastes calcify if you let them, and pretty soon, if you're not careful, you...
  7. IMO, both he and Dave are capable of guitar work...

    IMO, both he and Dave are capable of guitar work that goes far beyond what might be thought of as typical for them, so a ot of the time it's hard to know who exactly is who... but there are new...
  8. Depends. This particular show is promoted by AEG....

    Depends. This particular show is promoted by AEG. Contracts between promoters and venues can vary wildly, and may include various types of guarantees, including a minimum number of events per year, a...
  9. The Keswick is just a venue. The date was open,...

    The Keswick is just a venue. The date was open, and the promoter met their price.
  10. Nobody claimed this was a “tour,” and in any case...

    Nobody claimed this was a “tour,” and in any case no, it isn’t. Most successful bands support themselves primarily through live shows, because downloads and disc sales are not particularly...
  11. From Portnoy's post it sounds like these were the...

    From Portnoy's post it sounds like these were the only dates (along with a paltry four in Europe) that all five members could mesh their schedules. The dates are so widely spaced, both in space and...
  12. The Keswick was more than half empty last time...

    The Keswick was more than half empty last time maybe 500 people in a 1300-seat hall. Sadly, I will miss them this time, being booked on a cruise. Their show was stellar; Casey is a fine, fine singer...
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    You know who played Rick? Jon. But then he went...

    You know who played Rick? Jon. But then he went off on a solo tour.
  14. Time to re-listen, I guess. That's the BBT album...

    Time to re-listen, I guess. That's the BBT album I have had the most trouble with and know least well.

    As for the new backing vocal sound, it's obviously been moving in this direction as the band...
  15. I found Nick's vocal in "Theodora" jarring, not...

    I found Nick's vocal in "Theodora" jarring, not because there's anything wrong with it, but just because the timbre of his voice is so different from Longdon's. In another band (or a different...
  16. “Alive” evokes my own feelings of freedom and...

    “Alive” evokes my own feelings of freedom and unlimited potential from 50 years ago, when I began to understand that the future was mine to make and the world was mine to explore. For a song to find...
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    I expect it's more specific as to make and model...

    I expect it's more specific as to make and model than that. Although (much to my surprise) he does not appear to actually have a contractual relationship with Steinway, he clearly has a preference...
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    Renting concert pianos is routine, even at...

    Renting concert pianos is routine, even at prestigious venues. Rick undoubtedly specifies his exact needs, and that's part of the booking contract.
  19. There is a good deal of tried and true, plus they...

    There is a good deal of tried and true, plus they have changed things up a bit. NDV is more front and center not only as a drummer (very aggressive and busy, maybe occasionally too much so), but also...
  20. Arrived today in Eastern PA from Burning Shed....

    Arrived today in Eastern PA from Burning Shed. Much too much richness and content to absorb or even comment on in one listen. Lovely digi-book with lyrics and commentary. Three 15-minute-ish songs,...
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    Mine arrived today. I've listened to the digital...

    Mine arrived today. I've listened to the digital version so much that I sort of forgot to expect the CD.
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    But they are first-come, first-served. I've never...

    But they are first-come, first-served. I've never been to Union Transfer because there seems to be no way to be sure I will be able to actually see a show from a seat I can claim in advance.
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    This band and the arrangements in general seem...

    This band and the arrangements in general seem purposefully designed to de-emphasize the bass, guitar and keyboards (there is more solo guitar on "Roundabout" than almost any other song in the show)....
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    I like their recent stuff, but their Philly show...

    I like their recent stuff, but their Philly show is at a standing venue. Can’t do that any more. And hated it even when I could. I listen better when my body is relaxed; if they don’t want me to...
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    Just back from Collingswood. The show was...

    Just back from Collingswood. The show was magnificent. Not perfect, but inspiring and uplifting. The band was a real surprise, not as a collection of virtuosos (they’re not) but as a show band that...
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    There is is a lovely section in the middle of...

    There is is a lovely section in the middle of Spock's Beard's "Walking on the Wind" (from Beware of Darkness) where Dave Meros plays the theme on one bass while playing an overdubbed fretless solo. I...
  27. Instant pre-order, even at over $17 shipped to...

    Instant pre-order, even at over $17 shipped to the US. Few bands have brought me as much joy through the current, very difficult (personally and globally) decade.
  28. If my order yesterday was accepted and payment...

    If my order yesterday was accepted and payment received, does that mean I made it under the wire?
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    Epcot is a weird venue, where a lot of the...

    Epcot is a weird venue, where a lot of the audience just wanders by not knowing who's playing or necessarily even intending to attend a concert. (When we were there years ago, we stumbled upon Roger...
  30. For me, it works because I have no way to rip a...

    For me, it works because I have no way to rip a Blu-ray. So I'll rip the CDs for portable use, and play the BD on my home theater system.
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    That is some piss-poor itinerary planning. I...

    That is some piss-poor itinerary planning. I would not want to be a roadie on that tour.
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    Not such a bargain at the Scottish Rite in...

    Not such a bargain at the Scottish Rite in Collingswood, NJ, where my Row F seat cost at total of $98.75. That's for one ticket.
  33. I was introduced to Ives in 1968 through the LP...

    I was introduced to Ives in 1968 through the LP "Bernstein Conducts Ives," which includes a chamber piece called "The Unanswered Question" that haunts me to this day. I'm not sure if this is that...
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    Playing "Today" at weddings in the late 60s and...

    Playing "Today" at weddings in the late 60s and early 70s financed my first Rickenbacker bass, among other things. Marty's voice has been singing in my head for more than 50 years. I expect it to...
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    I pass because it's standard definition. Nobody...

    I pass because it's standard definition. Nobody even sells SD televisions any more. The video was shot in HD (because you can't hire anyone who doesn't shoot in HD). SD is below streaming, below...
  36. Not sure I would agree with "most," then or now....

    Not sure I would agree with "most," then or now. The rankings at https://www.quadraphonicquad.com/TabbedPollChart.htm overwhelmingly favor recordings that place the listener amidst the musicians, but...
  37. You missed nothing but heartache and misery. I...

    You missed nothing but heartache and misery. I struggled with all that vinyl surround crapdoodle for years in the 70s before giving up, because something in me has yearned for truly immersive audio...
  38. I should be more clear about the soundstage...

    I should be more clear about the soundstage thing, and how it differs from "imaging." Often conflated (as I did) imaging is what's contained in the recording; soundstage is what's created by the...
  39. It's important to me to be able to hear...

    It's important to me to be able to hear everything in the recording as clearly as reasonably possible. After a lifetime as a professional in music performance/production and AV...
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    The enhanced audience sounds on the disc are...

    The enhanced audience sounds on the disc are completely ludicrous. Every song. Every lull, every peak, every possible moment that can be filled with fake cheers and applause, are.

    On "And You and...
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    I enjoy it as a one-off album by a new band, and...

    I enjoy it as a one-off album by a new band, and try to judge it on its own merits. It has some good songs, some good playing, some pleasant singing. Many of the songs end too abruptly in fadeouts,...
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    I enjoy it as a one-off album by a new band, and...

    I enjoy it as a one-off album by a new band, and try to judge it on its own merits. It has some good songs, some good playing, some pleasant singing. Many of the songs end too abruptly in fadeouts,...
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    My Teakbois ringtone was chosen because I tend to...

    My Teakbois ringtone was chosen because I tend to simply not notice the phone ringing or feel the vibrations, and thus miss calls. Most of the time I don't care about incoming calls, keep the ringer...
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    My default ringtone is the beginning of...

    My default ringtone is the beginning of "Teakbois." So shrill and loud and obnoxious, impossible to ignore, and the only rational response is whatever will make it stop immediately.

    I was in a...
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    I'm glad Edgar Meyer was mentioned, because IMO...

    I'm glad Edgar Meyer was mentioned, because IMO he is the true genius behind this "Progressive Americana" movement. Throughout the last three decades, you'll find him performing, producing,...
  46. The audio encoding on Morse Blu-rays has been...

    The audio encoding on Morse Blu-rays has been consistently sub-standard. Two-channel PCM is the best to be hoped for with, instead, lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 being more common. As this one is...
  47. It's good to confirm that the new direction they...

    It's good to confirm that the new direction they took with Happy as singer was intentional, that they were getting uncomfortable with the limitations and expectations created by having a singer who...
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    I expect I will buy the Blu-ray as a memento of...

    I expect I will buy the Blu-ray as a memento of their show I attended at the Keswick, early in their first tour. I would hope that in this video, recorded about five months later:

    - Rabin's...
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    I was a fan of Craig Ferguson when he was host of...

    I was a fan of Craig Ferguson when he was host of the Late Late Show, but I find Corden to be intolerably loud and obnoxious, and in that time-slot much prefer Seth Meyers' more cerebral and less...
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    The whole thing was a treat to watch, but there...

    The whole thing was a treat to watch, but there was nothing "impromptu" about any of it. Careful viewing (and a little understanding of how such things work in the real world) reveal the days and...
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    What I love about "The White Ship" is that it...

    What I love about "The White Ship" is that it achieves its mood and effect entirely through playing, singing, and arrangement, rather than through the use of processing or non- or semi-musical sound...
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    "The White Ship" - H.P. Lovecraft

    "The White Ship" - H.P. Lovecraft
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    You know what? I’ve already heard Yes music,...

    You know what? I’ve already heard Yes music, played by every combination that’s ever played it, and I can see and hear most of them via my extensive collection of video and audio recordings any time...
  54. Not much more than already said. The catch is...

    Not much more than already said. The catch is that the external amp or powered external speaker, like the Echo, need to be always on. That's another reason not to use a Dot with a home theater system...
  55. They vary model by model, and I'm not sure about...

    They vary model by model, and I'm not sure about the newer ones. The Dot has a 3.5mm stereo line out, or Bluetooth out, but you can't use both at the same time, or use BT in and out at the same time.
  56. I don't use the colors. We use the system to...

    I don't use the colors. We use the system to re-set the lighting for movie watching, to switch a couple of hard-to-reach lights, and to manage lights when we're away from home. "Hue" is the brand...
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    But at least the writers know (usually very well)...

    But at least the writers know (usually very well) the singers they're writing for, and "hear" those singers' voices in their heads as they write. When Horn was first writing FFH, David was, what, 14?...
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    I think it's probably different when you're...

    I think it's probably different when you're writing the music, like Peart/Lee or Taupin/John, as part of a collaborative process with the lyricist or the whole band you're in. Even Steinman and...
  59. Amazon's recent discontinuation of the uploading...

    Amazon's recent discontinuation of the uploading feature of Amazon Music has very much soured my feelings about the Echoes we've deployed around our home. But I expect to continue o find them very...
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    It's unusual for the lead singer in a band to be...

    It's unusual for the lead singer in a band to be uninvolved in writing the material. It's very unusual for the lyric writer to be the producer but not to sing.

    I've worked extensively with actors...
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