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    Sticky: This one was a freaking mess, but it featured two...

    This one was a freaking mess, but it featured two exquisite songs: the Keith feature “Golden Thread” and the Jane-led “Face of Yesterday.” The latter was so fine, Illusion did a revamped version...
  2. My favorites are the first two and...

    My favorites are the first two and Cross-Collateral, followed quite closely by Looking Thru. Two of those are albums with Kristian Schultze on them. I was disappointed by Infinity Machine; the A-side...
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    The Actual version uses those incorrect timings...

    The Actual version uses those incorrect timings on the actual (no pun intended) disc.

    Actual seems to be a very dodgy label, as they apparently botched the master of Sentiments (which I have never...
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    I forgot about Iceberg’s Tutankhamon until just...

    I forgot about Iceberg’s Tutankhamon until just recently. The Actual CD is one of the worst botch jobs I have ever heard! The Actual label also screwed up Coses nostres thanks to some weird...
  5. For me, the best electric album of the Germano...

    For me, the best electric album of the Germano Serafin era. I like it lots!
  6. ...but to actually answer your question: PFM:...

    ...but to actually answer your question:

    PFM: Their first three Italian albums are essential. After you get those, go for Chocolate Kings. Bernardo Lanzetti’s voice is a sticking point for many—he...
  7. Speaking of “legendary psychedelic,” he also...

    Speaking of “legendary psychedelic,” he also joined up with the Peanut Butter Conspiracy for their third and last LP.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcE98CCEveQ
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    The Attila album is pretty ridiculous (goofy...

    The Attila album is pretty ridiculous (goofy lyrics, and listening to Billy Freaking Joel trying his hardest to sound like Robert Plant is just hilarious. Don’t even get me started on the cover!) but...
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    Yup, the synth lead is him (on the Davis Clavitar...

    Yup, the synth lead is him (on the Davis Clavitar™!)
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    Here’s an obscure one. What famous prog musician...

    Here’s an obscure one. What famous prog musician plays on this?


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xg8VWfDxF4
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    Turnstiles and The Stranger are the only ones of...

    Turnstiles and The Stranger are the only ones of his I really care for. I find the rest of his work either too “sour,” too derivative, or both. And I hate to be “that guy,” but I feel compelled to...
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    I can definitively say that the remaster of...

    I can definitively say that the remaster of Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes is a botch job. I remember on the vinyl LP, that last “HOW WILL WE STAND THE FIRE TOMORROW?” nearly tore my head off! On the...
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    They were really good at sad songs. Wild Child is...

    They were really good at sad songs. Wild Child is one of the saddest albums I have ever heard.

    I’d argue that their most “progressive” are probably their first three albums, where their blend of...
  14. Not prog, but an amazing bit of Mellotron anyway....

    Not prog, but an amazing bit of Mellotron anyway. Supposedly, Brian Jones had never played one before the session, which I guess it sounds like he’s playing it like an organ:

    ...
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    That was the second One Way version, to replace...

    That was the second One Way version, to replace the defective first version. So they replaced a defective version with...another defective version! D’oh! I’m glad this was a rather well-known boo-boo...
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    I have the original ABC cassette release of Kevin...

    I have the original ABC cassette release of Kevin Ayers’ Yes, We Have No Mañanas, which jumbles up the track order. And has anyone else noticed that 70s cassettes and 8-tracks were often funny...
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    Cressida: Asylum. I didn’t even own a CD player...

    Cressida: Asylum. I didn’t even own a CD player yet, but I really wanted it, and vinyl was out of the question.
  18. I should probably listen to that J.E.T. album...

    I should probably listen to that J.E.T. album again, as it barely registered for me. I mainly know the trivia about them: that they later gained a female vocalist (and Museo Rosenbach’s drummer) and...
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    Just remembered Fruupp’s Prince of Heaven’s Eyes....

    Just remembered Fruupp’s Prince of Heaven’s Eyes. The Japanese CD smushed “Knowing You” and “Crystal Brook” together, and split album closer “Perfect Wish” into two tracks. And the Esoteric...
  20. Am I the only one whose favorite LEM is the...

    Am I the only one whose favorite LEM is the third, Aquile e scoiattoli? The only original member is drummer Alfio Vitanza, by then an old man of 21, though I understand he was the band’s de facto...
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    Well, if we’re going into cut off bits, prog...

    Well, if we’re going into cut off bits, prog seems to be a magnet for such things. Although the first thing to come to mind was Prefab Sprout’s Two Wheels Good, which loses the extra “scare chord” at...
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    Am I the only one surprised that, after all this...

    Am I the only one surprised that, after all this time, Cast have only released 20 albums? They seem so prolific!
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    Speaking of Mellow Records, they did that with...

    Speaking of Mellow Records, they did that with Bondage’s Anima terra as well. Seven tracks listed on the sleeve, dumped into a single 52 minute track on the disc.

    The original CD of Prince’s...
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    CDs with wrong/sloppy track indexing

    Is this a pet peeve for anyone else? I was reminded of this by listening to the first UK album, and the misplaced index between “Alaska” and “Time to Kill” (in the middle of John Wetton’s first line...
  25. The Napoleon/Chester/George/Ruth lineup was...

    The Napoleon/Chester/George/Ruth lineup was indeed probably Frank’s best band. Sadly, the only studio album I like that they did is One Size Fits All. That said, live albums from this period...
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    Can someone who owns the original vinyl release...

    Can someone who owns the original vinyl release complete with the 20 page booklet please explain what’s going on with the “storyline”? There’s a traditional-style Latin tune in there, a spoof...
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    I have still heard exactly zero songs by this...

    I have still heard exactly zero songs by this band.
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    Lift don’t get the amount of press as their DDR...

    Lift don’t get the amount of press as their DDR cousins Stern-Combo Meissen, but maybe they ought to start:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSzP8-r87_E
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    ...except it’s a 2006 release.

    ...except it’s a 2006 release.
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    Two of my favorites as well. I disagree...

    Two of my favorites as well.



    I disagree that it’s horrible. It’s not terribly inspired, most of the choices were “safe” and predictable. Also, somewhat poorly researched—Franco Mussida...
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    Masato Shimon: “Oyoge! Taiyaki-kun” ...

    Masato Shimon: “Oyoge! Taiyaki-kun”


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baPfONIKYBE

    A little context:


    A taiyaki is a kind of Japanese waffle-like pastry, made in the shape of a fish and...
  32. Ultravox did an album in 2012 called Brilliant. I...

    Ultravox did an album in 2012 called Brilliant. I didn’t care for it, but some consider it a return to form.

    On the other hand, I think that 2004’s Jupiter’s Darling is seriously one of Heart’s...
  33. I have a whole list over on Rate Your Music of...

    I have a whole list over on Rate Your Music of album covers I adore, a list I call Sheer Visual Elegance. As you can tell, Roger Dean and Shusei Nagaoka are particular favorites (and a tip of the hat...
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    She’s a lefty, so obviously I connect with her!...

    She’s a lefty, so obviously I connect with her! Not on a level with Ollie Halsall or Brian Godding, but the lady had some chops!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyL8WUWv6EU

    Probably a better...
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    Vila i frid... ...

    Vila i frid...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHHBCxd1LxA&feature=youtu.be
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    I agree that RQTG3 is the best overall album, but...

    I agree that RQTG3 is the best overall album, but my favorite Gryphon track is still “(Ein klein) Heldenleben” off of Raindance. Never get tired of that one. Of their original run of five albums, I’d...
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    “Granny, what are you doing? Making soup?” “No,...

    “Granny, what are you doing? Making soup?”
    “No, I’m building a synth.”

    That Rick, what a card! :lol
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    You get a good example of Mary’s sultry voice...

    You get a good example of Mary’s sultry voice here, duetting with “Diana clone” Jean Terrell for the bulk of the song. Incidentally, this was written and produced by the great Smokey Robinson:

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    A friend of mine recently posted that Last...

    A friend of mine recently posted that Last Picture Show clip. She’s amazing in it. Is that Beau Bridges opposite her in that bit?
  40. This oddity from Leven is of possible prog...

    This oddity from Leven is of possible prog interest. Recorded under a pseudonym (knowing Leven’s past, I can kind of understand why) and only released in Spain (I still don’t know why*) on the...
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    Just going to leave this little gem right here: ...

    Just going to leave this little gem right here:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnwVbQPJcck
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    To be fair, at least 5 of those 6 pages are posts...

    To be fair, at least 5 of those 6 pages are posts geeking out about bass tones.
  43. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9X9Cn136g0 ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9X9Cn136g0

    Actually, this song from the former Mr. Olivia Hussey (and the +1 of Love Live Life +1, to bring this back round to prog) has been in my rotation a lot...
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    Thanks for the update, Neil. A third album from...

    Thanks for the update, Neil. A third album from this excellent band would be most welcome!
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    I was just listening to COTC and marvelling at...

    I was just listening to COTC and marvelling at how excellent Richard Hewson’s orchestral arrangements are on the album. You’re right, they’re very comparable to the late Paul Buckmaster’s...
  46. Peter Hammill is a singular talent, and not...

    Peter Hammill is a singular talent, and not comparable to anyone.
  47. Thread: WTF covers

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    Italian diva Mia Martini does Kate Bush: ...

    Italian diva Mia Martini does Kate Bush:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1asAr8pA5zI
  48. Yes, most of his career has been cheese, but he...

    Yes, most of his career has been cheese, but he did indeed have an excellent singing voice. And he sang the Hell out of the songs on 666!



    Say what you will about their respective solo careers,...
  49. Thread: Dome

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    They have been on my radar forever, and yet, I...

    They have been on my radar forever, and yet, I have never bit the bullet. I remember they were an offshoot of some band that I like (Wire, as it turns out), which is how they came to my attention in...
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    Mel Brewer was a freaking visionary. His timing...

    Mel Brewer was a freaking visionary. His timing was just a bit off.


    https://youtu.be/s-fmBGYGAPw
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  52. I want to go to one of their concerts so I can...

    I want to go to one of their concerts so I can fall asleep. I bet I’d have really cool dreams.
  53. Pretty good list, but I take exception with S.W....

    Pretty good list, but I take exception with S.W. being among all those real singers. And come on, I love Maddy Prior as much as the next guy, but her connection with prog is pretty tenuous.

    Good...
  54. Saying as someone who actually liked/appreciated...

    Saying as someone who actually liked/appreciated The Dark Third, that was one of the worst “live” shows I’ve ever seen. More Memorex than live.
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    I should probably go back and listen to this...

    I should probably go back and listen to this again, but my memory of this is that it did not live up to the effusive praise lumped on it at the time. One of the earliest releases to emphasize retro...
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    Just remembered a favorite of mine: Visitation by...

    Just remembered a favorite of mine: Visitation by Pekka Pohjola. The orchestral swells on “Try to Remember” are just sublime!
  57. Faust: So Far

    Faust: So Far
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    Early Curved Air kind of struck me as a U.K....

    Early Curved Air kind of struck me as a U.K. answer to the United States of America, minus the controversy. Both acts featured members with a conservatory background with real avant-garde cred, an...
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    “Over and Above” is one of my favorite epics by...

    “Over and Above” is one of my favorite epics by anyone; a real highlight of the first generation of British prog. That orchestration is one for the ages. I agree that it might have the best brass...
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    Phantasmagoria is something of an unheralded...

    Phantasmagoria is something of an unheralded classic. I agree with Renate that there was some really radical stuff on that album, particularly on Side 2 (the one track that is comprised of...
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