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    I remember him as an irascible but humorous...

    I remember him as an irascible but humorous poster, with a razor sharp edge when it came to any of the then new breed... Kirk’s Toupée anyone? I never made it to a NearFest, so never got to meet him,...
  2. What an incredible final that was, I watched...

    What an incredible final that was, I watched every ball but cannot say I was ever comfortable. It was quite the tensest sporting occasion I can remember.

    I feel sad for the Kiwi’s, they were...
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    It's definitely a quirky release that Schnauser...

    It's definitely a quirky release that Schnauser one (Protein...), but I bought it at the time and still spin it today. I would be interested in any views on the follow-up because that eluded me...
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    As an ex-striker I cannot conceive of not wanting...

    As an ex-striker I cannot conceive of not wanting to take a penalty, though some of the best takers I have ever seen were full backs (Julian Dicks and Ray Stewart at West Ham).

    It was frustrating...
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    Come on the Lionesses! :)

    Come on the Lionesses! :)
  6. I always thought John Lennon was fiercely...

    I always thought John Lennon was fiercely agnostic and had no tolerance for organised religion. Imagine is an over-played well-worn song, and definitely not an exciting encore, but I think it...
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    I love a box set and if done properly (e.g. Steve...

    I love a box set and if done properly (e.g. Steve Hillage), they are aching of beauty to treasure forever.

    I would be very interested in a Caravan set as although I have a lot of vinyl and CD's,...
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    I had a VDGG best of the early albums cheap vinyl...

    I had a VDGG best of the early albums cheap vinyl that I bought second hand, and really enjoyed, it didn’t feature Theme 1 so I never realised it was them until I picked up a copy of Pawn Hearts much...
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    Yes it is the Dregs “Take It Off The Top”, Tommy...

    Yes it is the Dregs “Take It Off The Top”, Tommy Vance the DJ in question used it as his signature intro tune, I wondered for a long time who it was, in those pre internet, pre Shazam days. I was...
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    It would probably have ended up as 5 songs, as...

    It would probably have ended up as 5 songs, as the two parts of The Ancient are so dissimilar. I would be interested to hear a shortened version, though I do love Tales in it's full glory.
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    Wasn't the "On Ice" part just a necessity because...

    Wasn't the "On Ice" part just a necessity because the venue (Wembley Empire Pool) had been iced over for a Christmas season of Disney On Ice performances, so rather than leave a huge void where...
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    I always think Rick has painted himself into a...

    I always think Rick has painted himself into a corner on this one. He clearly did not enjoy the studio experience, and that is perhaps understandable, as he was on different drugs (booze) to the rest...
  13. I was lucky enough to see Arthur Brown give a...

    I was lucky enough to see Arthur Brown give a late night performance at the Glastonbury Festival quite some years back. Unless my memory fails me (it was late and I was fairly relaxed) he had the...
  14. Unless my maths is off that is a 1% difference in...

    Unless my maths is off that is a 1% difference in time, although they could really slow down to give Steve more space in the fast bits and rampage in a punky thrash fashion through Soon to ensure...
  15. I saw the current Gong band playing as Steve...

    I saw the current Gong band playing as Steve Hillage's backing band on his current tour, and they were truly excellent.

    They are doing a double header UK tour, playing their own set and then...
  16. I’ve just had a play through the new disc once....

    I’ve just had a play through the new disc once. These are exactly what you would expect, solo Steve with Miquette acting as tape op only, recorded in 73 at the Gong House, noodling away at themes and...
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    It seems a Limited window, they should push...

    It seems a Limited window, they should push through to 1971 as there are a few decent live recordings that need release, notably the Yale Bowl boot. There’s also one I have from Italy, where the...
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    ^^ Todd explains the changes (necessarily) made...

    ^^ Todd explains the changes (necessarily) made to The Fool in that short video interview clip that I posted above.
  19. So I saw the gig in Cambridge last night, and I...

    So I saw the gig in Cambridge last night, and I have to say it was incredible. Steve and Miquette are backed by the current stellar incarnation of Gong, and good friend of PE Kavus Torabi was born to...
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    Zeuhlmate : Thanks that was an interesting read...

    Zeuhlmate : Thanks that was an interesting read too. So there are literally hundreds of "Fools" out there now :)
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    I found this interview with Todd where he speaks...

    I found this interview with Todd where he speaks about the work he had done to the guitar, it was definitely the Clapton axe that he had. He talks about his replacement copy too. There is also an...
  22. It would have been good if the superb box set was...

    It would have been good if the superb box set was definitive and complete, but I’ll pick up a copy when I see him on Thursday in Cambridge, and I will squeeze the bloody thing into the case!
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    I recently read Todd’s biography, and I’m sure he...

    I recently read Todd’s biography, and I’m sure he mentions that he gave the original to the museum and a fan made him a copy. I’ll dig the book out and find the reference later.
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    I am pretty sure it’s the original, if that’s the...

    I am pretty sure it’s the original, if that’s the one they named “The Fool” and which ended up with Todd. I think Todd donated and someone has now made him a replica which he has played occasionally...
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    That’s not much of a challenge then! I enjoyed...

    That’s not much of a challenge then! I enjoyed this one much more than Bohemian Rhapsody but growing up in the 70’s I preferred early rocky Queen to Elton, however I now recognise that he with...
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    I haven't bought any of these recent releases...

    I haven't bought any of these recent releases either, but I have taken in the tour every time they arrive on these shores. I enjoyed them each and every time, but I just do not need the discs. I used...
  27. Well I didn't get along to the London gig,...

    Well I didn't get along to the London gig, apparently it was sold out and a blast I will try and catch them somewhere else in the UK soon, and do have Mr Hillage coming up soon too.

    I love the...
  28. I haven't moved from the package to the music...

    I haven't moved from the package to the music yet! They do certainly produce a quality product for our money, I enjoy the detail and the information, and will digest this and then put the cans on for...
  29. I really fancied getting the green vinyl special...

    I really fancied getting the green vinyl special edition, but seems sold out, so will settle for the CD. I really enjoyed the Hogarth collaboration, so am excited to hear this full album...
  30. I love the new album, I have played it frequently...

    I love the new album, I have played it frequently over the past few days, and feel it harks back to the classic "70's trilogy" sound, but has a modern sheen and re-energises the band for the present...
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    Oh no more sad news, but 97 is some lifetime, and...

    Oh no more sad news, but 97 is some lifetime, and she was a screen icon, and also my other half's absolute favourite... she loves a bit of Calamity Jane... RIP
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    A fitting wind, but Liverpool have too be...

    A fitting wind, but Liverpool have too be devastated to have the third highest ever points total and still be runners-up.

    My own team coming 10th was a fair result for a wildly inconsistent...
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    As a Twin Peaks fan this is really sad news, she...

    As a Twin Peaks fan this is really sad news, she lit up the diner with that smile, RIP.
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    It is quite a wonderful album to be honest, do...

    It is quite a wonderful album to be honest, do not hesitate to pick it up, not for one second. I have loved Gong since the 70's and I have to say Kavus and the boys have breathed some celestial fire...
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    I cannot see Brighton doing anything to stop Man...

    I cannot see Brighton doing anything to stop Man City taking the title now, they have been set up negatively all season, they are low on confidence and clack a cutting edge, I am sure City will...
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    Gobsmacked for the second time in two nights, how...

    Gobsmacked for the second time in two nights, how did they turn that around? Some very happy scenes in this house tonight, and I’m no Spurs fan, but then my maternal Grandad was so I feel an affinity.
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    Incredible game, I never thought they could turn...

    Incredible game, I never thought they could turn that round, but Barca were quite hopeless. What a quick bit of thinking from that corner for the 4th, caught them napping.

    I would quite like to...
  38. You are spot on with your analysis of my...

    You are spot on with your analysis of my observation, Spandau were typically "too cool for school", all about fashion and being a new direction. There was no conception that young Mr Kemp would have...
  39. I was blown away by the show, set-list and...

    I was blown away by the show, set-list and performance. Such verve and vitality was brought to a catalogue that I never thought to see played live. Both Guy and Gary lead from the front, and I was...
  40. Really looking forward to tomorrow night in...

    Really looking forward to tomorrow night in London, can't wait to hear all of this material live for the first time in my life.

    Gary Kemp posted after the Cardiff show that Man's Micky Jones son...
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    It is never going to stick with Llorente, he does...

    It is never going to stick with Llorente, he does not seem to be a natural goal scorer. Spurs get Son back for the second leg so will be more dangerous, but Ajax have to be huge favourites to...
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    I think our squad is improved on recent years,...

    I think our squad is improved on recent years, but we have suffered badly with injuries. Arnautovic is a conundrum up front, he can be brilliant but has an attitude that makes him mercurial, and if...
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    Infuriating that West Ham cannot produce...

    Infuriating that West Ham cannot produce performances like that each week. Spurs should still get CL as everyone else is failing dismally to challenge.

    Leicester are looking much improved and I...
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    Well VAR is in for the Premier League next...

    Well VAR is in for the Premier League next season, so you get your wish! I'm not 100% sure about it though. As a fan who spent years at the games, I can see it kills the moment when you score, as you...
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    I still enjoy BAD from time to time, and this...

    I still enjoy BAD from time to time, and this thread may prompt a listening session, as it has been a while.

    Do you have Mick Jones albums with Carbon Silicon, recorded with Tony James? They are...
  46. It’s a little disingenuous to put up The Beatles...

    It’s a little disingenuous to put up The Beatles as a group that survived without touring income, when they were probably the biggest selling band in the world, at a time when sales were enormous.
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    Spurs are London rivals so I shouldn’t support...

    Spurs are London rivals so I shouldn’t support them, but they were my Grandad’s team, so I will. I like Ajax too, it’s a shame they play each other, but at least a lesser known side (in the modern...
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    No doubt I had the old HB pencil out a few times...

    No doubt I had the old HB pencil out a few times as I re-wound the spools for errant mangled tape! I actually still have the cassette in a storage box somewhere with my hand drawn Yes logo cover,...
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    I was lucky enough to be at this run of gigs, I...

    I was lucky enough to be at this run of gigs, I saw them first the previous year on the Going For The One tour at the same venue, which was terrific, but a shorter set as Donovan was supporting. The...
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    I watched it as a captive on a transatlantic flight, so on a rubbish little screen with sun slanting in, but thankfully I had my decent headphones plugged in so the sounds was good. I loved early...
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    Truly impressive and put such a smile on my face...

    Truly impressive and put such a smile on my face to see these young people clearly loving playing such a classic :)
  52. That is probably why it resonates so well with...

    That is probably why it resonates so well with me, Portishead's output is somewhat close to perfection.
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    Just read a fascinating book about cardiac...

    Just read a fascinating book about cardiac surgery, Fragile Lives by Professor Steven Westaby. An incredible man, who achieved so much from a very humble start. I heard him interviewed on the radio...
  54. Out Of Season has held my interest ever since...

    Out Of Season has held my interest ever since release, it’s a stunning album.

    I do quite like Drift Code, although it isn’t anything like the former, where Beth Gibbons added a certain other...
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    I picked up the Yes release and a 4 album Todd...

    I picked up the Yes release and a 4 album Todd set of all his singles and B-sides, it was extravagant but a lovely set.

    We didn’t have the Gong one over here, I have it on CD in any case.

    I...
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    He is a national treasure, though I’ve loved his...

    He is a national treasure, though I’ve loved his work since the 70’s so I’m claiming him too!

    I’m glad you had such a great time, it’s great how he is delving far back into the catalogue again. I...
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    So Sean how was it? Some interesting changes on...

    So Sean how was it? Some interesting changes on the setlist, though the first half seemed identical to London.

    I picked up a lovely 4 album vinyl box set of all of the Bearsville and Warner Bros...
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    Two great eccentric British artistes, and much to...

    Two great eccentric British artistes, and much to love in their catalogues.

    Julian Cope post Teardrop Explodes started out strange, went mainstream for one album (St Julian) and then meandered...
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    Wonderful Sean, I’m jealous of your two gigs, we...

    Wonderful Sean, I’m jealous of your two gigs, we only had one show for the whole of the UK, and only one other for mainland Europe (Amsterdam,), he cancelled two shows in Germany, I'm not sure why. I...
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    Pretty good review, thanks for posting, except......

    Pretty good review, thanks for posting, except... Black Maria from AWATS, really? .... oh for the want of a proof reader (or a nail) ;)
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