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    Also “The Raven.”

    Also “The Raven.”
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ANufwUPFm8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ANufwUPFm8
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    Anderson's use of the vocoder on "O Superman" is...

    Anderson's use of the vocoder on "O Superman" is interesting, as she does something people don't usually do, i.e.: fades between a mix of natural voice and Vocoder to various degrees within the song....
  4. And “ø” in Danish/Norwegian is the same as “ö” in...

    And “ø” in Danish/Norwegian is the same as “ö” in Swedish.



    It's like the long O in English, but at the back of the throat. It's one of those Swedish sounds that people from outside of...
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    Well, obviously I had to test this theory: ...

    Well, obviously I had to test this theory:

    Please recommend me a playlist of 15 completely imaginary songs by progressive rock bands that don't exist for me to not listen to.

    Sure, here are 15...
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    Laurie Anderson used the vocoder a lot, notably...

    Laurie Anderson used the vocoder a lot, notably on "O Superman." Herbie Hancock used one extensively on the Sunlight and Feets Don't Fail Me Now albums. And apparently Bob Moog himself gave an...
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    My POHE also lacked the book. It was also not...

    My POHE also lacked the book. It was also not cheap (by today's standards, I'd consider $10 reasonable, but for an impoverished college kid that was a lot of money!).

    Still on the lookout for a...
  8. Yes, of course I meant Bill Cuomo, and not Jim...

    Yes, of course I meant Bill Cuomo, and not Jim Cuomo (from Fireballet!). Bill also played the tasty, Benny Andersson-esque CS80 intro to Kim's "More Love" which, more heresy, I prefer to Smokey...
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    I lucked out with Fruupp. I replaced my vinyl...

    I lucked out with Fruupp. I replaced my vinyl copy of Future Legends with the Korean CD on Si-Wan, which sounds quite nice (though it's missing "On a Clear Day," the bonus track appended to the...
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    Write lyrics to a progressive rock epic inspired...

    Write lyrics to a progressive rock epic inspired by E. R. Eddison's The Worm Ouroboros

    Verse 1:
    In the land of Witchwood, with dragons in the skies
    A great war was raging, with warriors brave...
  11. Those electronic drum pads that Wolfgang Flür...

    Those electronic drum pads that Wolfgang Flür played were definitely home-brew!
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    Just a week ago, I discovered someone had posted...

    Just a week ago, I discovered someone had posted the entirety of Chris' humorous music video to her solo hit "Love Will Show Us How" (featuring the late Paul Bartel as a pretentious music video...
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    It seems the 1990 Teichiku reissue of POHE has...

    It seems the 1990 Teichiku reissue of POHE has the correct track breaks. Though as I recall, the packaging of that series ("British Progressive Rock Classics") was really cheap, with no tray card and...
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    I think the confusion stems to two things: 1....

    I think the confusion stems to two things:

    1. "Knowing You" has a long fade with no space between it and the "HEY!" that starts "Crystal Brook."
    2. The two parts of "The Perfect Wish" have a...
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    Automotive listening du jour: Future Legends....

    Automotive listening du jour: Future Legends. I've gushed before about Vincent McCusker's guitar playing. Obviously, he'd been listening to lots of Jan Akkerman, but he'd never be this unhinged again...
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    I revisited this one after a long time away, and...

    I revisited this one after a long time away, and it's aged better than I had remembered. I think I was initially disappointed because I heard them compared to Amon Düül II and they lacked the gonzo...
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    Then my work is done here. 16465

    Then my work is done here.

    16465
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    Where would something like this fall? ...

    Where would something like this fall?


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LchUdLLgQ8
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    You really ought to. Some of those missing tracks...

    You really ought to. Some of those missing tracks are the band's best songs ("As Day Breaks With Dawn," "Faced With Shekinah," "Gormenghast").
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    Beware that all four albums on those See For...

    Beware that all four albums on those See For Miles CDs are abridged. The Wise as Wisdom box set of all four albums plus bonus tracks from Esoteric is currently reasonably priced on Discogs, and is an...
  21. Thread: Missed shows?

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    My favorite story of that kind remains Manfred...

    My favorite story of that kind remains Manfred Mann, who played Moog on a song by Uriah Heep, but he was so stoned he had zero memory of having played the session!
  22. I don't think I've heard any of their stuff later...

    I don't think I've heard any of their stuff later than 7.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_gGkBg7FcA

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_gGkBg7FcA
  24. Thread: Todd Rundgren

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    My copy of Oblivion was a terrible vinyl...

    My copy of Oblivion was a terrible vinyl pressing. Popped and skipped right out of the shrink wrap.
  25. Thread: Todd Rundgren

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    Before. I saw him on that tour, it was a truly...

    Before. I saw him on that tour, it was a truly solo show on a weird pedestal thing, in the basement of the Fairmont Hotel in SF. Pretty good show, but the other two shows I saw (in support of Nearly...
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    It's the big headache to deal with regarding...

    It's the big headache to deal with regarding crowdsourcing. I've lost count of the number of mistakes I've had to correct thanks to people who don't understand the concept of "archival releases" over...
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    ↑That’s a good one! ♥

    ↑That’s a good one! ♥
  28. Thread: Todd Rundgren

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    I jumped ship when he did With a Twist, which...

    I jumped ship when he did With a Twist, which suggested he was totally bereft of fresh ideas. Hearing him do "I Hate My Frickin' ISP" sort of cemented that perception. But people really seem to like...
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    I was listening to some E&F today and realizing...

    I was listening to some E&F today and realizing just how much I love Chris' guitar playing and tone. He's almost like the mid-point between Johan Slager (Kayak) and Jan Akkerman. It's a very "Dutch"...
  30. Thread: Kiwi Prog

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    I really like Scented Gardens a lot, but never...

    I really like Scented Gardens a lot, but never really warmed to Universal Radio. It feels like one of those typical "not ready for prime time" debut albums.
  31. Thread: Kiwi Prog

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    Dragon are different in that they recorded their...

    Dragon are different in that they recorded their two prog albums while still in NZ. After crossing the Tasman they changed their style to pop-rock, and had a string of hit singles.
  32. What are you talking about? "A godness on a...

    What are you talking about? "A godness on a mountaintop"? Clearly not the work of an English-speaking band!
  33. Thread: Kiwi Prog

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    Airlord were from NZ originally, but recorded...

    Airlord were from NZ originally, but recorded their one album in Australia.
  34. Agreed that everything up to and including Time,...

    Agreed that everything up to and including Time, at least, has something to recommend it. Eldorado is probably the one that hangs together best as an album, followed by Out of the Blue, which is...
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    Hearing that they are no more is a big...

    Hearing that they are no more is a big disappointment, but I am more than satisfied with what we have, and consider myself privileged to have seen them live multiple times. Truly one of the greats.
  36. The A-side is my favorite Kraftwerk by a longshot...

    The A-side is my favorite Kraftwerk by a longshot ("Ruckzuck" off of their debut coming a close second). The rest is, predictably, a disappointment, but not as bad as lots of people make out. More...
  37. Agreed. Playtime has grown on me a bit, but my...

    Agreed. Playtime has grown on me a bit, but my original perception—i.e.: that they were leaning a little too close to "ordinary" fusion and losing what made them special—seemed to have been the...
  38. So says you! It became my favorite album upon my...

    So says you! It became my favorite album upon my first listen, and that was the same day I discovered Happy the Man’s Crafty Hands!

    That was a very good day!
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    All three had their fingers in a lot of pies,...

    All three had their fingers in a lot of pies, being part of the close-knit gaggle of London female backing/session singers, also including the likes of Dusty Springfield, Madeline Bell, Liza Strike,...
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    I discovered this band through a tome on...

    I discovered this band through a tome on electronic music. Got the Recommended 45 RPM compilation LP, and it was instant love. This is exactly the kind of “quirky” that really appeals to me. Great...
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    Is Edenbridge prog enough to qualify?

    Is Edenbridge prog enough to qualify?
  42. Thread: Kiwi Prog

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    I think the only band I know that hasn’t been...

    I think the only band I know that hasn’t been mentioned yet would be Schtüng, whose one album is kind of quirky and unclassifiable. Maybe Mother Goose, who aren’t really prog, more high-energy glam...
  43. Turn of the Cards and Novella are my top 2. The...

    Turn of the Cards and Novella are my top 2. The former is front-to-back classics, and “Can You Hear Me” and “Touching Once” are also favorites from their catalogue. Scheherazade would be five stars...
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    Forget the guy's name, but I'm pretty sure the...

    Forget the guy's name, but I'm pretty sure the guy who was behind the Prog West festival in the early 2000s is the one behind Tachika. The first time I saw releases on the label was when I visited...
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    Mercury Records also brought in Andrew Gold to...

    Mercury Records also brought in Andrew Gold to poop up some of the songs for the US release of Ten out of 10. When 10cc dissolved in the early 80s, Gouldman and Gold formed their own duo, Wax, who...
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    There was a delay getting Look Hear out the door...

    There was a delay getting Look Hear out the door for that very reason. They still sound stuck in the late 70s even though it's 1980. And so many songs on that one are a dreary slog. “I Took You Home”...
  47. Also Harmonium’s Les cinq saisons, good for all...

    Also Harmonium’s Les cinq saisons, good for all seasons, but especially fall and winter. The hypothetical fifth season, “Histoires sans paroles,” even exhibits an autumnal feel.

    The debut and...
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    Electrola botched the remaster to this one....

    Electrola botched the remaster to this one. "Mighty Echoes" fades too early. That last "How can we stand the fire tomorrow?" should tear your head off! Instead, you can barely hear it. Thus, I...
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    My take on How Dare You: I really dislike “I...

    My take on How Dare You: I really dislike “I Wanna Rule The World,” one of their most annoying and obnoxious songs (with “Head Room,” on the same album no less, a close second). And the album's flame...
  50. Caught Up (and its follow-up Still Caught Up)...

    Caught Up (and its follow-up Still Caught Up) should be way higher.

    In what way is Skylarking a concept album?
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    I came across this, an embryonic version of 10cc...

    I came across this, an embryonic version of 10cc from 1972, with a lovely Kevin Godley vocal but little of 10cc's distinctive, quirky style, alas:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q57-0IzhSmo
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    'Til Tuesday were one of the most promising of...

    'Til Tuesday were one of the most promising of the late-period "new wave" acts that just got better as they went along, and moved away from the "new wave" style. A lot of that has to do with Aimee...
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    Kasenatz-Katz hired Graham to provide extra...

    Kasenatz-Katz hired Graham to provide extra material for albums they produced. He started working in New York, but eventually started doing this stuff remotely from Stockport. Some of the Stockport...
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    I think part of the issue with solo Hackett in...

    I think part of the issue with solo Hackett in general is that he's just not that compelling of a songwriter. Certainly he doesn't have the master composer's touch that Tony Banks does. I have...
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    I was thinking that that song was a good example...

    I was thinking that that song was a good example of the rare Fender Celeste but no, I was thinking of "Dancing in the Moonlight" by King Harvest, another great radio hit from the same vintage. Carole...
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    Cheeto's Magazine: "Big Boy" IQ: "The Great...

    Cheeto's Magazine: "Big Boy"
    IQ: "The Great Spirit Way"
  57. Thread: CD Rot

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    Somehow I forgot about my copy of Systems of...

    Somehow I forgot about my copy of Systems of Romance by Ultravox, which I at least ripped before it became unplayable.

    My first copy of Osanna’s Palepoli was OPTI.ME.S, which I was forced to...
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    I was four, so it was past my bedtime, and I had...

    I was four, so it was past my bedtime, and I had pre-school in the morning.
  59. Thread: Missed shows?

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    Not quite a missed show, but I remember attending...

    Not quite a missed show, but I remember attending a Halloween show in downtown SF featuring Ars Nova and Atavism of Twilight. There was a bit of a delay between the two acts, supposedly there was...
  60. Has Tony Scott’s Music for Zen Meditation and...

    Has Tony Scott’s Music for Zen Meditation and Other Joys (jazz clarinetist collaborating with traditional Japanese musicians in Tokyo in 1964) been mentioned yet?

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