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    I suspect I won't get to the end of Angel until...

    I suspect I won't get to the end of Angel until some time into next year!

    My issue with the last series of Buffy is that the core of the last couple of episodes were great, but there was so much...
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    Sticky: Interesting. I think it's a good album, but there...

    Interesting. I think it's a good album, but there was always something slightly odd about it and this might be the reason. There's definitely a whole lot of Mike Wedgwood. I do love 'Show Of Our...
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    I've seen the whole first series. It was good,...

    I've seen the whole first series. It was good, but the first series of Angel didn't seem as thematically rich as its parent show was, from the start. I did enjoy the episodes with Buffy and Faith a...
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    Hush. The scene where you see why The Gentlemen...

    Hush. The scene where you see why The Gentlemen did that voicebox spell is pretty scary. I also loved the funny slideshow scene. Despite having the weakest 'big bad' villain, that fourth series had...
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    With regard to the episode (The Body) in the...

    With regard to the episode (The Body) in the thread title, it's a terrific bit of TV. Great acting/writing. But not something I could watch too often.

    Nor is Seeing Red in the following...
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    I never took to Anya that much, to be honest, but...

    I never took to Anya that much, to be honest, but yeah, a rubbish exit. The episode Selfless would have been a better one.

    I'd have happily put a stake through Andrew. Unbearable character.
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    I guess Graham Bond (for it is apparently he)...

    I guess Graham Bond (for it is apparently he) thought he was channelling some avant-garde jazz vibe on this solo. But it is truly appalling, even Decca noticed as it was shelved for years! It goes...
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    Bump, just because I got into this brilliant show...

    Bump, just because I got into this brilliant show this year and became a total fan of it. A channel here in the UK ran the whole thing from start to finish. I started watching in June and it finished...
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    There is a newer one disc Winterland collection,...

    There is a newer one disc Winterland collection, just called Winterland. About half of what was on Concerts is on it. Actually I've just looked and there's nothing exclusive to Concerts now. I wasn't...
  10. Thread: Roxy Music

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    The full set-list of the 1974 Newcastle show much...

    The full set-list of the 1974 Newcastle show much of Viva! was drawn from is around. I don't know if some dubious no-name label has put it out by now.
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    The BBC Sessions are a good, fun listen. He...

    The BBC Sessions are a good, fun listen. He played various tracks which he never did in the studio. The one session he did for Alexis Korner's show Rhythm And Blues (Zeppelin did an early session for...
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    Actually the purple box has a decent selection of...

    Actually the purple box has a decent selection of live tracks as an introduction. Some really early live performances on there, like fragments of a Paris gig from 1966.

    The original In The West is...
  13. It's been a while since I played Is There Anybody...

    It's been a while since I played Is There Anybody Out There? But ISTR thinking it possibly worked even better live than in the studio. Plus you get 'What Shall We Do Now?' in the live show. They...
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    Page in concert was variable over time. There are...

    Page in concert was variable over time. There are times early on (late 60s through to 1973-ish) where I'm like, how the hell did he play that? But then later it's sometimes, how the hell did he play...
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    Label/tourmates Genesis and Lindisfarne both had...

    Label/tourmates Genesis and Lindisfarne both had live albums early in their careers. Maybe it's down to the 1972 split that VDGG didn't get one, I don't know.

    They are definitely another case...
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    ^It's shocking really that Charisma didn't record...

    ^It's shocking really that Charisma didn't record anything live by the band, until right at the end of their original run. And that was a different band anyway ('Van der Graaf'), of course.

    The...
  17. ISTR Clapton saying he found the tour a bizarre...

    ISTR Clapton saying he found the tour a bizarre experience as he had to play with headphones on, something he'd never done before.



    Agreed....though I should play Pros And Cons again. I think...
  18. Thread: Vintage TV thread

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    There were a few prototypes of Muttley, all...

    There were a few prototypes of Muttley, all voiced by Don Messick.
  19. Thread: Vintage TV thread

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    My favourite cartoon character is Muttley, hands...

    My favourite cartoon character is Muttley, hands down. Love him!
  20. Waters doesn't leave enough space in his solo...

    Waters doesn't leave enough space in his solo work. Too many words, not enough tunes.



    The most dated sounding track on the album as far as I'm concerned. Sounds like an About Face reject...
  21. A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, the production is of...

    A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, the production is of its time for sure. Having said that, I didn't like the sample tracks for the recent remix. I think the new version of Delicate Sound Of Thunder (soon...
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    It's a crap record as well- being for charity...

    It's a crap record as well- being for charity doesn't excuse that! The kind of thing I could never imagine anyone listening to for pleasure.

    My favourite videos by anyone are what Bowie did with...
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    Most pop promo videos are nothing much. David...

    Most pop promo videos are nothing much. David Bowie's were always my favourites, followed by Peter Gabriel.



    The main thing I know about Squire (he wasn't big in the UK, AFAIK) is that video...
  24. The studio albums could be patchy but late...

    The studio albums could be patchy but late 60s/early 70s Floyd was pretty fiery live. They left the studio versions of many songs for dust in those days. The Endless River was pretty slick and sedate...
  25. I'm afraid I find The Endless River tedious and...

    I'm afraid I find The Endless River tedious and New Age-y. The closing song is appalling ('diss each other on sight', goodness me). I didn't expect much given its origins, anyway. But it's by far and...
  26. Well, quite. I was playing Radio KAOS the other...

    Well, quite. I was playing Radio KAOS the other day and that's aged horribly.

    The Final Cut has some stunning moments but it's not a fully satisfying album like its predecessors IMHO.
  27. That icy synth-led section in the middle of...

    That icy synth-led section in the middle of 'Dogs' is exceptional. Chilly and bleak as hell. Animals still feels like a band album to me.

    The Wall saw cracks appearing (so to speak). As noted,...
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    The other essential studio recordings are his...

    The other essential studio recordings are his 1969/70 ones, released in a few permutations over the years. The 90s collections First Rays Of The New Rising Sun and South Saturn Delta are the easiest...
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    It's interesting to me how quickly that line-up...

    It's interesting to me how quickly that line-up crashed and burned. Tormato was not their best album but it sold well enough. Anyway, the tour which followed was a huge success, setting them up well...
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    I was re-listening to late 70s/early 80s Yes...

    I was re-listening to late 70s/early 80s Yes yesterday so I'll give this another listen.

    The missing link between Tormato and Drama/Song Of Seven are those Paris sessions (some of which is still...
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    ISTR Wilson is a big fan of Olias. But who knows...

    ISTR Wilson is a big fan of Olias. But who knows if the multi-tracks even still exist.
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    ^That Fillmore show on the DVD happens to be the...

    ^That Fillmore show on the DVD happens to be the show which 'Machine Gun' on the original album came from. (I do not know if any others were videotaped but I doubt it.) A surprising amount of...
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    The 1969 LA Forum and San Diego shows should have...

    The 1969 LA Forum and San Diego shows should have been re-released by now (instead of that In The West reissue, which added on some of San Diego as extra tracks). I think the only official release of...
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    ^It was on Polydor here- maybe because the Jon...

    ^It was on Polydor here- maybe because the Jon And Vangelis albums were (and still are). If Atlantic had done the CD of that it probably would have been good!

    It appears Olias... came back out on...
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    I remember his 'death' being announced before,...

    I remember his 'death' being announced before, maybe in 2018. I guess it's true now though?

    A great drummer- Heep's best IMHO. Compare his playing on the Live 73 'Gypsy' to the original studio...
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    ISTR it being announced a few years ago that...

    ISTR it being announced a few years ago that Esoteric were doing his Atlantic solo albums (just before their Fish Out Of Water came out). This and Olias... have actually been out of print for some...
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    I do have the DVD which also has the audio for...

    I do have the DVD which also has the audio for the Live At Berkeley CD on it. Not sure if I've heard a soundcheck version.

    The thing with Berkeley is that the most famous tracks ('Hear My Train A...
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    I've seen the original Rainbow Bridge film- about...

    I've seen the original Rainbow Bridge film- about 15-20 minutes of Hendrix and the rest is completely unwatchable. This new Maui clip looks so great but it's badly filmed. Filming the crowd when...
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    It's a terrific album; there's a shift to a...

    It's a terrific album; there's a shift to a slightly more user-friendly sound, but as such, it's one of the best introductions to the band IMHO.

    My overall favourite is probably Rubycon, though.
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    It must be going on thirty years since Noddy...

    It must be going on thirty years since Noddy Holder and Jim Lea were in any incarnation of Slade. But then they were the songwriters, including the omnipresent Christmas one, which is a regular...
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    Status Quo were pretty much one-hit wonders in...

    Status Quo were pretty much one-hit wonders in the US, I believe. But big singles and album sellers for many years here- even now, really. I like their 60s/70s stuff, though not what followed. I'd...
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    'Gypsy Roadhog' was a single but not one of their...

    'Gypsy Roadhog' was a single but not one of their better ones IMHO. The single and album were pretty much a commercial disaster. In the earlier part of the 70s, Slade and T Rex were the biggest...
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    It's not a popular opinion on here but in terms...

    It's not a popular opinion on here but in terms of material, I like the Caravan debut as much as the two which followed. One of the best debut albums by a 'progressive' group IMHO.
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    I was listening to the first disc of Caravan's...

    I was listening to the first disc of Caravan's BBC sessions last week. It's great, though not complete- it's more of a 'best of'. There's also the issue of the stereo mix of 'Nine Feet Underground'...
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    ^True but those are only remakes of old songs...

    ^True but those are only remakes of old songs anyway.

    The only thing of note here compared to the earlier one is that this includes singles by his pre-King Crimson bands. But there was another...
  46. Thread: RIP Diana Rigg

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    I'm not sure how much awareness there is in the...

    I'm not sure how much awareness there is in the US of The Avengers having already been on in the UK for a few years. It was a videotape series then; little of the first series survived (although a...
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    IMHO the earlier 2cd Lake anthology had a better...

    IMHO the earlier 2cd Lake anthology had a better tracklist. The King Crimson selections were certainly superior, and it had his great guest vocal on Pete Sinfield's 'Still'. It also had what would...
  48. Thread: Vintage TV thread

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    Not that vintage but a show I'm watching for the...

    Not that vintage but a show I'm watching for the first time...Buffy The Vampire Slayer is being shown in full on a channel here in the UK and I absolutely love it. One of the best shows I've ever...
  49. Thread: Gary Wright

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    I remember a thread on Steve Hoffman concerning...

    I remember a thread on Steve Hoffman concerning bargain-bin regulars and that album was mentioned. I have to say even in the UK (where I don't think he was ever a solo success), I've seen more copies...
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    RE; Spooky Tooth. Yes, Spooky Two is a classic of...

    RE; Spooky Tooth. Yes, Spooky Two is a classic of the era- and an often overlooked one IMHO. One of those albums which is great all the way through. I prefer their originals to the Vanilla Fudge-type...
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    Yes the Nottingham 1990 set is worth a look. I...

    Yes the Nottingham 1990 set is worth a look. I think it's the only footage of the original line-up (with Jimmy Hastings as well) in a concert setting.
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    Cunning Stunts feels slicker to me than what went...

    Cunning Stunts feels slicker to me than what went before it. It's good on its own terms but I'm not sure some of it actually sounds like the Caravan of previous albums. 'The Show Of Our Lives' is a...
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    In terms of material, I like it as much as...

    In terms of material, I like it as much as anything they did later, even if the production IMHO has dated more than the Decca/Deram albums. The CD includes the mono mix which is at least a bit less...
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    ^I think the issue is, I ask myself would I...

    ^I think the issue is, I ask myself would I listen to these sort of songs by someone else and I'd have to say no. They aren't objectionable though.

    The album as a whole was arguably their best...
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    Jazz From Hell was the first and last Synclavier...

    Jazz From Hell was the first and last Synclavier album I heard. Hated the sound of the damned thing. There was a nice guitar instrumental on there, 'St Etienne'.

    Must admit I wouldn't have...
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    I think I'm viewed by some people on here as a...

    I think I'm viewed by some people on here as a 'symph weenie' or whatever. Yet I own and listen to more- say- Frank Zappa CDs than I do Marillion ones. However, I never took to Henry Cow at all....
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    I remember finding a cheap copy of the one-disc...

    I remember finding a cheap copy of the one-disc version second hand, not that long after it was released. I did later order the 2cd version from them anyway.
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    I haven't played it in years- to be honest when I...

    I haven't played it in years- to be honest when I play Marillion now, it's mainly the EMI ones I turn to- but I do like most of it. 'The Invisible Man', 'Ocean Cloud', 'Fantastic Place' and...
  59. As noted above 'The Witches Promise' was the hit...

    As noted above 'The Witches Promise' was the hit in the UK. See the mimed Top Of The Pops performance.

    The first version of 'Teacher' used to be something of a CD rarity (less so now). I think it...
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    I'm in the UK but Wolfman Jack is in American...

    I'm in the UK but Wolfman Jack is in American Graffiti, of course. And Todd Rundgren also wrote a song about him. So not as obscure as some being mentioned here.
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