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  1. Thread: WTF covers

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    Apparently Jannick Top is one of the men behind...

    Apparently Jannick Top is one of the men behind this “should not exist, yet it does” monstrosity:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBsWg9KrvTc
  2. Thread: Birders

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    13572 Not the best photo, but I saw a pileated...

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    Not the best photo, but I saw a pileated woodpecker outside my residence today. These things are usually pretty shy, but this fellow didn’t care that I was lurking around.
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    I can. I don’t really agree with it, but I get...

    I can. I don’t really agree with it, but I get it. If the whole album was like “Zero” (i.e.: totally instrumental), I’d probably give this a full five stars. Unfortunately, they had to stick in vocal...
  4. The second part of that post was in response to a...

    The second part of that post was in response to a quote about Love Beach.
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    This might just be my favorite Swiss album, or at...

    This might just be my favorite Swiss album, or at least in the top five. Reminds me a lot of Yes circa Close to the Edge, but given a very different flavor on account of the instrumentation,...
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    The LDF is a classic. The Sensations’ Fix is...

    The LDF is a classic. The Sensations’ Fix is another really good one. Beware, the self-titled album is probably the worst Ibis release. Haven’t even heard of the others.



    Not familiar with the...
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    They got very good at what they did—essentially a...

    They got very good at what they did—essentially a form of neo-prog which to my ears had a bit of a leg-up on their contemporaries due to Alfonso’s classically-influenced playing and composing...
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    I personally find pretty much everything Karl...

    I personally find pretty much everything Karl Jenkins was involved with to be a snoozefest. I guess Nucleus are a little too “straight jazz” for my tastes, and I thought SM were already on a downward...
  9. A new discovery: Simrock 10 from Germany,...

    A new discovery: Simrock 10 from Germany, presumably for fans of Grobschnitt, Sahara, Sirius, Odyssee, Tau, etc. etc.:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TT9n31OlGCU
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    I don’t need some dumb video to know what I...

    I don’t need some dumb video to know what I already am.

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    Speaking of Quantum Jump, I am a big fan of David...

    Speaking of Quantum Jump, I am a big fan of David MacIver, former writing partner of Rupert Hine. When they were a 60s folk duo, they were contemporaries of Simon & Garfunkel, their first single...
  12. I reckon the worst prog song has to be something...

    I reckon the worst prog song has to be something off of one of the two Nessie albums; by my estimation the worst 70s prog band. How much of this group can YOU stomach?

    ...
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    Well, apart from the couple of times where they...

    Well, apart from the couple of times where they rip off the “Dance of Maya” riff. Though the MO were doing that themselves (self-plagiarism) by the time Apocalypse came out...



    That seemed to...
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    I have the Beat Goes On 2-on-1 release which...

    I have the Beat Goes On 2-on-1 release which definitely uses the right master. Supposedly one of the interviews from Interview is missing, but I never really noticed that.
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    http://www.superdickery.com/superman-kills-lois-ag...

    http://www.superdickery.com/superman-kills-lois-again/
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    Opus Progressif is the only one I have (the only...

    Opus Progressif is the only one I have (the only easy one to get in the USA, at least on vinyl). It struck me as a second-rate Mahavishnu clone with nothing new to say. Are the others any improvement...
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    I have to admit, I think I dislike Eminem even...

    I have to admit, I think I dislike Eminem even more than Kanye. Not just his abrasive public persona, which is bad enough, but I had experiences with people saying, “ordinarily I don’t like rap, but...
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    I hate to say it, but this album was horrible....

    I hate to say it, but this album was horrible. There were a number of these cheesy concept albums (and I think that hideous War of the Worlds album must have been the inspiration for most of them)...
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    Or that you’re an old fashioned fuddy-duddy for...

    Or that you’re an old fashioned fuddy-duddy for not giving it a chance. It’s a nearly 40 year old genre, so how is it “modern”?
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    Wasn’t he also in the power pop band Private...

    Wasn’t he also in the power pop band Private Lines, who recorded the album Trouble in School?
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    I always have my image of William C. Whitney on...

    I always have my image of William C. Whitney on hand for such an occasion. Clueless eBay sellers would have you believe this is Theodore Roosevelt: don’t believe them!

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    Also, they only re-recorded the vocals. Well,...

    Also, they only re-recorded the vocals. Well, they subjected Photos of Ghosts to some remixing as well (at least Pete Sinfield did; a mistake if you ask me).



    I think his M.O. was to get more...
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    It’s been a very long time since I last heard...

    It’s been a very long time since I last heard this one, to the point that I forgot I even had it! As I recall, I found the long track a little tedious, but found their offbeat medieval folk stylings...
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    Horizon Digital? I have that album, and there’s...

    Horizon Digital? I have that album, and there’s no violin on it anywhere. Is there some alternate version with violin on it?
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    Goblin’s Wampir, which is their score for George...

    Goblin’s Wampir, which is their score for George Romero’s Martin. As I recall, there are only a couple of original (“new”) tracks, the bulk of the album comprised of songs previously released on...
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    Some one-hit wonder bands re-recorded their stuff...

    Some one-hit wonder bands re-recorded their stuff because they don’t earn any royalties from the original recordings (Sugarloaf comes to mind but there’s tons of other examples).

    Brazilian band...
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    There’s a number of these from Genesis tribute...

    There’s a number of these from Genesis tribute bands. Sorry, but an album by a tribute band is one of the most worthless artifacts I can imagine.
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    My favorite of these is still Energism by Francis...

    My favorite of these is still Energism by Francis Monkman, which (weirdly) got a reissue in the 80s on Klaus Schulze’s label!
  29. Thread: Joker

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    A virtual standard, much-covered: ...

    A virtual standard, much-covered:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYelRP3MzEw
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    ↑↑The answer song, “Starbright Park” by Quantum...

    ↑↑The answer song, “Starbright Park” by Quantum Jump. Lyrics by Martin Hall:
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    A lot of their albums, actually. Chris Karrer’s...

    A lot of their albums, actually. Chris Karrer’s violin playing is always a joy to listen to.



    I wasn’t aware they ever used a violin, but I still have not heard the first.



    Was it Karen...
  33. Maybe “La moitié du monde” could be interpreted...

    Maybe “La moitié du monde” could be interpreted to have a “political” bent. Other than that, the medium was the message, and I think as close as they got to “political” was singing lyrics in as thick...
  34. It’s essentially the L’heptade lineup minus Louis...

    It’s essentially the L’heptade lineup minus Louis Valois and Michel Normandeau, plus Richard Séguin. I have seen the Harmonium in California special and they did songs from this (obviously not...
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    That’s why I find the much-loved Eden albums hard...

    That’s why I find the much-loved Eden albums hard to stomach. I know just enough German to understand how Jesus-y they are. Heimkehr is by far the worst offender, lots of “Alleluias” and dry...
  36. Somebody I met on the Gibraltar mailing list...

    Somebody I met on the Gibraltar mailing list turned me on to this one. I already owned the first two Harmoniums and let me tell you, this might just be my favorite. It actually has more of a 70s pop...
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    One of these days, I need to chronicle all of the...

    One of these days, I need to chronicle all of the bootleg uses of prog tracks in the soundtracks of Chinese and Turkish movies. Master of Flying Guillotine is the most famous example, with all the...
  38. Personally, I’m waiting for a 40-minute...

    Personally, I’m waiting for a 40-minute condensation of the entire Transatlantic catalogue.

    What I really want is an instrumental mix of SB’s “At the End of the Day.” I seriously dig the music,...
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    That wasn’t an unreleased track, just a non-album...

    That wasn’t an unreleased track, just a non-album track.
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    Now that I know how easy it is to make chili in a...

    Now that I know how easy it is to make chili in a slow cooker, I never buy canned anymore. I can just throw stuff in a pot in the morning, go off to work, come back and break up the meat and continue...
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    Atlas’ Blå vardag is a five-star album all the...

    Atlas’ Blå vardag is a five-star album all the way for me, and the APM CD is one of the few that has bonus tracks that are as good as the main album. I think that “Hemifrån” is the only one of these...
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    “Licorice fish with wings.” Best lyrics to any...

    “Licorice fish with wings.” Best lyrics to any song EVER!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs-RGs3ArMM
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    If you like KBB, also try ptf, a more recent band...

    If you like KBB, also try ptf, a more recent band in a similar vein.
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  45. Thread: WTF covers

    by Progbear
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    The Buena Vista High Symphonic and Show Band from...

    The Buena Vista High Symphonic and Show Band from Sierra Vista, AZ attempt themes from Rick Wakeman’s The Six Wives of Henry VIII, with a Crumar synthesizer and the usual woozy junior orchestra....
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    I have the first one on CD. I didn’t even know...

    I have the first one on CD. I didn’t even know there was a second. I remember picking the disc up on the strength of the singled “Holiday” and “We Are What We Are.” Overall, kind of B-52s-lite.
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    There was a lot of overlap on those early albums....

    There was a lot of overlap on those early albums. Lots of recording and re-recording of tracks. A lot of their most popular “hits” can be found on their first three studio discs—the self-titled...
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    Has the Spizz canon been mentioned yet? “Where’s...

    Has the Spizz canon been mentioned yet? “Where’s Captain Kirk?” is the song everyone mentions, likely more due to the pop-culture reference than any quality, but I vastly prefer the Athletico Spizz...
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    I went out to Pleasanton Ridge a while back,...

    I went out to Pleasanton Ridge a while back, which I had been avoiding, figuring it was “just another oak woodland park.” Which it totally is. What they don’t tell you is that there is extreme...
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    Oh, and going back to Nat King Cole from the...

    Oh, and going back to Nat King Cole from the first page, there’s this beauty:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9X9Cn136g0
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    A recent discovery and new favorite, from...

    A recent discovery and new favorite, from Japanese singer-songwriter Hiroko Taniyama. “Kawa no hotori ni (Two by the Riverside)”:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7skj8Ae8TCQ
  52. Thread: Yacht Rock

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    Yacht Rock “deep track” from a short lived...

    Yacht Rock “deep track” from a short lived “supergroup” (if you consider a group with ex-members of Appaloosa and Cactus to be “super”):


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lgQvVObWBw
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    I’m a bit surprised Angel’ in Heavy Syrup has not...

    I’m a bit surprised Angel’ in Heavy Syrup has not been mentioned.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCNCTHp0qBY
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    A second vote for “Kentucky Rain.” Elvis’ stuff...

    A second vote for “Kentucky Rain.” Elvis’ stuff that ensued in the wake of the 1968 NBC special (up to about 1971) was some of his best, classiest stuff. “Suspicious Minds” is another excellent...
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    I only knew him as a member of the German AOR...

    I only knew him as a member of the German AOR band Lake. I had no idea he had a solo career.
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    Casiopea is one of those bands that are a big...

    Casiopea is one of those bands that are a big time guilty pleasure. Total cheesy “Weather Channel music,” but I don’t know, they are just so irresistible. Big time chops mixed in with sugar-sweet...
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    Warning/notice: this is nothing like the rest of...

    Warning/notice: this is nothing like the rest of the album


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b45oNDytbW0
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    I used to have multiple albums by them. I...

    I used to have multiple albums by them. I realized that’s way too many with a band whose albums all more or less sound the same. And laughing at the completely ridiculous narration (“OH GOD! OH MY...
  59. I wouldn’t call them prog, but they were...

    I wouldn’t call them prog, but they were definitely progressive in the way that they integrated synthesizers and other electronic sounds into their music in a way that distinguished them from earlier...
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    http://e.snmc.io/i/300/s/e7c3166259c4fe71ad41db0d3...

    http://e.snmc.io/i/300/s/e7c3166259c4fe71ad41db0d38eda423/1461318
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