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  1. 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
  2. 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,...
  3. 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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  6. 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.
  7. 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...
  8. 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!
  11. 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...
  15. All of the Maria album qualifies, where she’s...

    All of the Maria album qualifies, where she’s collaborating with a jazz combo. Obviously, latter 70s Joni Mitchell also comes to mind.

    Maybe some of the work by Finnish singer-songwriter Carita...
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    Fans of Hiroko Taniyama claim that her song “Kami...

    Fans of Hiroko Taniyama claim that her song “Kami hikouki” (Paper Airplane) from 1978 sounds like “Rendezvous 6:02,” but I’m afraid I don’t hear it:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1UZMh7koIU
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    Going where the money is, probably. What I...

    Going where the money is, probably. What I dislike is when they make a documentary, ostensibly about the complete history of electronic music. Only for the first fifty years or so to be glossed over...
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    Phase One was more or less a straight symphonic...

    Phase One was more or less a straight symphonic neo-prog band with English vocals. That said, Alfonso Vidales’ classically-styled keyboard playing put them ahead of many of their contemporaries....
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    Grobschnitt: Solar Music Live Camel: “Song...

    Grobschnitt: Solar Music Live

    Camel: “Song Within a Song” off of A Live Record

    Kraan: “Andy Nogger” and “Kraan Arabia” off of Live

    Atomic Rooster: “Death Walks Behind You,” the BBC session...
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    You read my mind. It’s absolutely unique....

    You read my mind. It’s absolutely unique. Actually, all three of the first SM albums were absolutely unique, but this was a real watershed album for jazz-rock.
  21. Back in the 90s people were acting like The...

    Back in the 90s people were acting like The Fountain Beyond the Sunrise was some kind of unearthed treasure. But there was a discussion a few months ago where everyone pretty much trashed it. Kind of...
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    Lucky thrift store find recently: Show Some...

    Lucky thrift store find recently: Show Some Emotion by Joan Armatrading. Her three Glyn Johns-produced albums (this is the second) are musts!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvbfMWCRisw
  23. It was my first taste of them, so I have a bit of...

    It was my first taste of them, so I have a bit of a soft spot for it. However, I must admit, after the incredible opening track “Kyrie” it’s pretty much all downhill, other than some scattered...
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    I really like this one a lot! It’s early enough...

    I really like this one a lot! It’s early enough that the prog tropes haven’t been set in stone, so it’s not a “conventional” prog album. There’s quite a lot of folk-rock influence, which was...
  25. Thread: WTF covers

    by Progbear
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    Is it any stranger than the Monkees doing a...

    Is it any stranger than the Monkees doing a traditional Catalan Christmas carol?


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riG85oA6Wy4
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    His first two or three albums, before he totally...

    His first two or three albums, before he totally sold out with Endless Flight, were actually pretty respectable. I understand he was working closely with Roger Daltrey back in those early days.
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    I hate it! Even Love Beach, I can make some “yes,...

    I hate it! Even Love Beach, I can make some “yes, but” comments in its favor (granted, weak ones), while I can’t really defend this one. And apart from maybe “The Gambler,” there’s nothing off of...
  28. His 1980 “guitar symphonic poem” Sanri goze...

    His 1980 “guitar symphonic poem” Sanri goze nagare uta is likely of interest to prog fans:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwMD6Wk9GK8
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    I don’t know why, but lately I’ve been really...

    I don’t know why, but lately I’ve been really getting into Tulip, a super commercial pop-rock band from Japan. Their 70s stuff is OK but a bit of a 60s throwback for the most part; they struck me as...
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    If you like the Il Volo albums, it may be worth...

    If you like the Il Volo albums, it may be worth your while to check out the solo albums Alberto Radius and Mario Lavezzi released immediately after the band broke up (Che cosa sei and Iaia,...
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    Has anyone else seen the Chevy commercial that...

    Has anyone else seen the Chevy commercial that uses “Engel der Gegenwart” by Popol Vuh on its soundtrack?
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    Where does this earworm-y number from Hiroaki...

    Where does this earworm-y number from Hiroaki Igarashi fall on the yacht scale?


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSXA8mcKYos
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    What a cool idea! Why didn’t they think of this...

    What a cool idea! Why didn’t they think of this before?
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    There’s also the Synergy song that co-opts...

    There’s also the Synergy song that co-opts “Deutschland über alles”


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urqUmLYJQ6o
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    Yacht Rock from other countries, like Norway’s...

    Yacht Rock from other countries, like Norway’s Lava:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1aB_xdN6Y4

    And the Japanese “city pop” scene is kind of related:

    ...
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    There’s also THIS weird little coincidence, at...

    There’s also THIS weird little coincidence, at least I think it was a coincidence...

    1972:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSjj7X6ex0A

    1974:
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    Speaking of ABBA: ...

    Speaking of ABBA:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W35rGXoNcik

    It’s like “Waterloo” with the “SUCK” dial turned up all the way.
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    “Feel the Benefit” by 10cc always comes to mind...

    “Feel the Benefit” by 10cc always comes to mind when this subject comes up. It flat out steals the intro from the Beatles’ “Dear Prudence.” Spock’s Beard also mined “Dear Prudence” for “June” (the...
  39. Thread: WTF covers

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    Speaking of Tiny Tim: ...

    Speaking of Tiny Tim:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ROE36vNwgA

    There’s about 10,000 different versions of this...thing out there. I can’t explain why people were so fascinated by a failed...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8o9QmwQx-8w

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8o9QmwQx-8w
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    All I’ve heard is “Turn It Over.” I should...

    All I’ve heard is “Turn It Over.” I should probably listen to the whole thing one day, but I was under the impression that it was in a more AOR direction than the UK albums.
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    He’s pretty prominent on Bandstand as well,...

    He’s pretty prominent on Bandstand as well, especially on “My Friend the Sun.”
  43. There’s also Don Dinovo of Lighthouse...sort of....

    There’s also Don Dinovo of Lighthouse...sort of. The original line-up (with frontman Pinky Dauvin) featured a full string quartet. By the time of One Fine Morning, they were reduced two two string...
  44. I think the only option for a lefty was to have a...

    I think the only option for a lefty was to have a hex pickup affixed to their own guitar. Though as I recall, the GR-707 had some on-board electronics for controlling the synth, so there would...
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    Agreed. “Nothing to Lose” is first-rate prog-pop....

    Agreed. “Nothing to Lose” is first-rate prog-pop. Asia is a second-hand portmanteau of Journey, Foreigner and The Babys with some half-hearted proggy fanfares grafted onto some of the songs. And even...
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    Vow Wow are quite decent if you’re a fan of...

    Vow Wow are quite decent if you’re a fan of Rainbow or early Angel. Not high on the originality scale, but fine hard rock with pomp rock keys and powerhouse vocals.
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    I’m weird in that I like them more or less...

    I’m weird in that I like them more or less equally. The latter is definitely pretty much Jobson’s show, but I am perfectly OK with that. “Carrying No Cross” is a highlight not only of that album, but...
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    I dig “All the Way” a lot. That Moog intro is...

    I dig “All the Way” a lot. That Moog intro is especially really good, as well as the closing crescendo with Richardson’s viola and the vocal harmonies. And a brief appreciation for Jan Schelhaas, a...
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    I took a bit of a vacation back in August. It...

    I took a bit of a vacation back in August. It allowed for, among other things, a day trip up to the Emigrant Wilderness for a hike in the mountains.

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    Yeah, I always thought this was a “weird” one, on...

    Yeah, I always thought this was a “weird” one, on account of how Pye was sidelined for the bulk of it. I guess only “Stuck in a Hole,” “No Backstage Pass” and a little of “Dabsong” belong to him,...
  51. Caravan and Hoelderlin are the obvious choices...

    Caravan and Hoelderlin are the obvious choices here. The string players from Hoelderlin (Christoph Noppeney on viola and Joachim von Grumbkow on cello) guest on a couple of tracks on Birth Control’s...
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    Paroni Paakkunainen: ...

    Paroni Paakkunainen:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2JlE-z-hpA
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    Interesting list. I really love the Sahara,...

    Interesting list. I really love the Sahara, Ramses, Khan and TD albums, but “heavy” is not a word I’d use to describe any of them.
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    “A Soupçon of ‘Soup’s On!’”

    “A Soupçon of ‘Soup’s On!’”
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    I really love that album, it’s kind of like the...

    I really love that album, it’s kind of like the mid-point between Talking Heads and Prince. A lot of songs were co-written with the members of the controversial Canadian duo Rough Trade. Speaking...
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    That “heart medication” song I posted earlier was...

    That “heart medication” song I posted earlier was probably “Sensual Impressions” by Joy Unlimited, something I always post when the subject of a flute comes up. Unfortunately, I don’t know who’s...
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    The Asynchronous Suite: Part I: Grand...

    The Asynchronous Suite:
    Part I: Grand Finale and Reprise
    Part II: There Is No Part II
    Part III: Prelude (A Beginning)
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    I feel compelled to mention Nona Hendryx, the...

    I feel compelled to mention Nona Hendryx, the creator of, among other things, what must be the world’s only “new age” R&B album in 1989’s Skin Diver (a collaboration with Tangerine Dream’s Peter...
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    I know that Kenichi Mitsuda, another Kenso...

    I know that Kenichi Mitsuda, another Kenso keyboardist, spent some time with the phenomenally popular pop group Stardust Revue in the late 90s.
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    “The Semaphore Version of Wuthering Heights”...

    “The Semaphore Version of Wuthering Heights”
    “Julius Caesar on an Aldis Lamp”
    “Narcissus, Or: The Man Who Was Mashed on Himself”
    “Phyrne Before the Chicago Tribunal”
    “I Am No Good at...
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