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    Ha! I really enjoyed Dennis' new video. :D I...

    Ha! I really enjoyed Dennis' new video. :D

    I think it's a delight that both Styx and Dennis are producing such good fun music, this far into their careers. I fancy both album are going to be end...
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    Outstanding song!

    Outstanding song!
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    A very fine album.

    A very fine album.
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    Still my favourite Marillion album. Not a note...

    Still my favourite Marillion album. Not a note out of place. Even the much derided Hooks In You is a keeper for me.
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    The good old days! :)

    The good old days! :)
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    I think you must have just missed him. He seemed...

    I think you must have just missed him. He seemed very enthusiastic about keeping in touch with fans.

    How did you manage to find out about them in the US, in pre-internet days?
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    Multi Story's East West, from 1985, is well worth...

    Multi Story's East West, from 1985, is well worth a listen.
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    Davey Dodds has released another really rather...

    Davey Dodds has released another really rather good folk albums recently. Toadstool Soup. Only eight tracks but all excellent.

    Red Jasper were an excellent live band. I was on their mailing list...
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    Geoff Deane from Modern Romance. They were an...

    Geoff Deane from Modern Romance.

    They were an odd band, if an entertaining one, who combined new wave tropes with latin American style dance melodies. They had a string of hits in the UK with...
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    Lots of possibilities but for today I'll go with:...

    Lots of possibilities but for today I'll go with:

    Water Of Love
    Skateaway
    Romeo & Juliet
  11. Great news. Thanks for the heads-up!

    Great news. Thanks for the heads-up!
  12. Indeed! :) No idea how I managed to post the...

    Indeed! :)

    No idea how I managed to post the same thing twice. :huh
  13. No brainer for me. Wish they'd give Bard a new...

    No brainer for me.

    Wish they'd give Bard a new release though, remix or no remix.
  14. No brainer for me. Wish they'd give Bard a new...

    No brainer for me.

    Wish they'd give Bard a new release though, remix or no remix.
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    When the pandemic subsides, if you get a chance,...

    When the pandemic subsides, if you get a chance, try and catch them live they are very good.
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    Loads of great maritime songs on this thread but...

    Loads of great maritime songs on this thread but it's not been overly burdened by shanties. :)
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    I don't find anything to enjoy in the music of...

    I don't find anything to enjoy in the music of Van Halen but I could probably put together two sides of vinyl of GnR tunes that I like.
  18. I think that the British folk rock explosion of...

    I think that the British folk rock explosion of the late Sixties and early Seventies gave us some of the most progressive rock that's ever been made so Maddy Prior is well worth her place on the list.
  19. Strong list. I'm sure we could all find a few...

    Strong list.

    I'm sure we could all find a few favourites that aren't included but that's the nature of projects like this.
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    The Outlaws' first run of albums. All excellent -...

    The Outlaws' first run of albums. All excellent - Hurry Sundown being my favourite.
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    Great fun. Just been reissued - on Cherry Red, I...

    Great fun. Just been reissued - on Cherry Red, I think - with a couple of bonus tracks.
  22. Bit of a legend in my neck of the woods. Glad his...

    Bit of a legend in my neck of the woods. Glad his acclaim is starting to spread.
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    Such a shame. Great talent. His solo album...

    Such a shame. Great talent.

    His solo album from 2018 - Out Of The Darkness - was a lovely surprise, especially since he didn't write much for The Outfield.
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    Different ears and all that. The keyboards...

    Different ears and all that.

    The keyboards often have a Dennis de Young feel, I reckon.
  25. I will be disappointed if they don't get another...

    I will be disappointed if they don't get another violin player. It's been a major part of their current charms. I certainly don't want the violin replaced with woodwind!
  26. I'll definitely be interested in any future Dave...

    I'll definitely be interested in any future Dave Gregory music, for sure.
  27. I'd never heard of Dave Gregory before he joined...

    I'd never heard of Dave Gregory before he joined BBT. I'm not keen on XTC so he'd never crossed my radar. Great player, no doubt and definitely a big loss for the band but I think Rachel's lovely...
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    Haven't noticed them sounding like Dream Theatre...

    Haven't noticed them sounding like Dream Theatre though I'll listen out for it, the next time I give it a spin. They've always reminded me of Styx.

    Great band, regardless.
  29. Count me in as another fan of Drastic Measures! ...

    Count me in as another fan of Drastic Measures!

    I'd not seen this before either. Rather enjoyed it in a silly sort of way.
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    Consistently strong album. Up there with Mike's...

    Consistently strong album. Up there with Mike's best.

    The singer, Luke Spiller, has gone on to have a modicum of success with The Struts.
  31. It says a lot about the strength of Kansas'...

    It says a lot about the strength of Kansas' catalogue that I regard an album as decent as Audio Visions as one of their lesser efforts. Plenty of good songs and performances on there though.
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    Four, if you count Larry Wallis . I read an...

    Four, if you count Larry Wallis .

    I read an interview with Pete in a magazine just a month or two ago. He was full of plans, including a new album. Bless him.
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    The album's on its way to me unfortunately. I...

    The album's on its way to me unfortunately.

    I can't abide sax.
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    No Idea why part of my post is missing. Suffice...

    No Idea why part of my post is missing. Suffice it to say, I like your idea of We're Ready and The Launch as an opening salvo!
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    Glad you're enjoying it. I feel much the same...

    Glad you're enjoying it.

    I feel much the same way. It clicked well enough on first listen and it's still growing for me. Agree that it would have been nice to have some writing and singing...
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    I've really enjoyed both Pattern-Seeking Animals...

    I've really enjoyed both Pattern-Seeking Animals records and now you've pointed it out, they do seem to be cut from the same cloth as the current incarnation of Kansas. Strong melodies, muscular...
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    Agreed on all points. Third Stage is an...

    Agreed on all points.

    Third Stage is an outstanding set of songs but your idea
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    What do you think?

    What do you think?
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    I think the artwork is really striking.

    I think the artwork is really striking.
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    That's interesting. I've only ever had the...

    That's interesting.

    I've only ever had the version of English Electric with the two albums and CD in one package. It has never occurred to me to check what belonged where on the original releases....
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    Not sure if it was a bad choice because I really...

    Not sure if it was a bad choice because I really like the song but Boston opening Third Stage with, a ballad, Amanda, was a bold move.
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    Frustrating. It'll be worth the wait though.

    Frustrating.

    It'll be worth the wait though.
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    Much more enjoyable than I was expecting. A new...

    Much more enjoyable than I was expecting. A new Asia album might be a good thing after all.
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    Just had a couple of listens so far. Strikes me...

    Just had a couple of listens so far. Strikes me that this one isn't trying as hard as The Prelude did, to sound like the classic years. Plenty of tropes that link back without ever coming across as...
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    Cats In Space's replacement for Paul has already...

    Cats In Space's replacement for Paul has already left them apparently. Paul to go back to them maybe?
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    Rob Sowdon has always been my favourite Arena...

    Rob Sowdon has always been my favourite Arena vocalist though I like them all well enough.
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    Damian will fit in, I'm sure. Very versatile...

    Damian will fit in, I'm sure. Very versatile singer.

    On the face of it, Paul Manzi has made a couple of odd career decisions, leaving Arena and Cats In Space for The Sweet. After all, Andy Scott...
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    On the off-chance you haven't heard them, you...

    On the off-chance you haven't heard them, you might enjoy Judy's solo and collaborative work starting with 2004's Enchanted Garden. It's an endlessly fascinating series of albums.

    She was...
  49. Very sad news. From her autobiography and her...

    Very sad news.

    From her autobiography and her social media presence, she came across as a lovely, bubbly, positive person and, of course, she was a real talent. Beautiful voice and fine...
  50. Sola Scriptura is Neal's masterpiece, for me. If...

    Sola Scriptura is Neal's masterpiece, for me. If this gets anywhere near the quality of that one, then it'll be candidate for album of the year.
  51. Thread: Starcastle!

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    Song Of Times is an excellent late edition to the...

    Song Of Times is an excellent late edition to the catalogue. If you like Starcastle and haven't heard it, it's well worth hunting down.
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    That's outstanding news!

    That's outstanding news!
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    Finger crossed that Todd and his wife recover...

    Finger crossed that Todd and his wife recover well!

    I stumbled across Cryptic Vision's In A World album in a small West Yorkshire record shop. My interest was piqued because I liked a couple of...
  54. Thread: Starcastle!

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    That's my favourite too although I like them all....

    That's my favourite too although I like them all.

    Yes are definitely an influence but I've never felt that Starcastle slavishly pastiched their sound. There was always a little something, possibly...
  55. Thread: Starcastle!

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    Not a vast amount of deep analysis here - "...

    Not a vast amount of deep analysis here - " Babylon, Great song! Lady of The Lake? Awesome song!" - but I love the chap's enthusiasm, It really has made me want to revisit Starcastle's catalogue! Job...
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    I like the first Dukes album a lot and The...

    I like the first Dukes album a lot and The Monitors suggests that the new one will be as good if not better.
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    The Brian Howe Bad Company gets scant respect o...

    The Brian Howe Bad Company gets scant respect o the current BC website. The Music section doesn't list any of the records and in the biog. Paul Rogers says something like "I let the other keep the...
  58. The least of the Longdon era but still a good...

    The least of the Longdon era but still a good listen.
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    I dunno. I'm sure there will be plenty of...

    I dunno.

    I'm sure there will be plenty of Cummings and goings.
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    Reminded me of a violin led Mike & The Mechanics....

    Reminded me of a violin led Mike & The Mechanics. I still play it regularly.
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