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    Interesting that you think cuts like The Sherriff...

    Interesting that you think cuts like The Sherriff and Benny the Bouncer ruin otherwise great albums. Of the albums you listed:

    Abbey Road - You think Octopus's Garden isn't as silly? Never mind...
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    Loony, you don't think of Marshall Tucker as...

    Loony, you don't think of Marshall Tucker as rock? It was a legendary rock band out of South Carolina. Very respected to this day. As for never hearing a Doobie Brothers album, what planet are you...
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    The only recording I saw of Sky was a concert at...

    The only recording I saw of Sky was a concert at Westminster Abbey benefitting Amnesty International. Steve Gray was the keyboardist...
  4. Wish I was there! I'd LOVE to hear it,...

    Wish I was there! I'd LOVE to hear it, particularly the Utopia theme. That is one of the great unsung prog pieces few speak about.
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    Growing up in West Palm Beach, FL, I was able to...

    Growing up in West Palm Beach, FL, I was able to endure the cold and wet to go the Palm Beach Music and Art Festival in 1969 at the Speedway. Not many people, but lots of great bands, to include:
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  6. That I would love, but if he did that, he...

    That I would love, but if he did that, he probably would be playing to what Bruford called,"three drunks and a dog." I think the difference is that while both drummers love the music they are...
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    A few: Pet Shop Boys: West End Girls Bob...

    A few:

    Pet Shop Boys: West End Girls
    Bob Marley: Buffalo Soldiers
    Madonna: Spanish Lullaby
    AC/DC: Hell's Bells
    Metallica: Enter Sandman
    Enigma: Sade/Principles of Lust
    Jefferson...
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    True. I don't believe one form is superior to...

    True. I don't believe one form is superior to the other. We do, however, all have our favorites. I think so many confuse the two, which is why I loved Keith Moon's response when asked who the...
  9. Gawd, I hope he doesn't do that now. For...

    Gawd, I hope he doesn't do that now. For decades, CP has kept himself in great shape, but the Hands of Time (or the hands on the fork and spoon) are finally catching up to him. I always love CP,...
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    I prefer my Chrismas music solemn and largely...

    I prefer my Chrismas music solemn and largely instrumental, heavy on the classically-based hymns, Windham Hill and Enya's liquid pieces. I cannot tolerate Mannheim "ELP does Christmas" Steamroller,...
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    Not to mention the ever-dwindling Small Faces: ...

    Not to mention the ever-dwindling Small Faces:

    Steve Marriot
    Ronnie Lane
    Ian McLagen

    Keep on drummin', Kenny!
  12. That struck me as well...

    That struck me as well...
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    Someone get me a ladder...

    Someone get me a ladder...
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    When I think of "prog-pop," generally, I think of...

    When I think of "prog-pop," generally, I think of arena rock with a prog heritage. IOW:

    * YesWest
    * Motown Genesis
    * Asia
    * Pink Floyd's The Wall
    * Mid-career Kansas
    * Rush, 1980s
    * ...
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    Geez, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. ...

    Geez, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. If my wife passed away, I would be utterly devastated for life, as though a part of me died. Please accept my heartfelt condolences...
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    Trurl, in the hands of a professional, it is a...

    Trurl, in the hands of a professional, it is a magnificent instrument. I attended a funeral for a friend at Arlington National Cemetary for her father. This friend was the business manager for the...
  17. I always looked at The Village Voice as a New...

    I always looked at The Village Voice as a New Yorker's idea of what is hip, edgy, progressive and ultimately, elite. Y'know, the whole Greenwich Village, Washington Square, Villege On The Green kind...
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    I thought it also had something to do with Jack's...

    I thought it also had something to do with Jack's illnesses as well...
  19. Guterman's book is a delight to read, even though...

    Guterman's book is a delight to read, even though the two of them hate prog with a passion. I had it in my bathroom magazine rack for years, and probably read it a couple hundred times. It never...
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    it's not a matter of what others consider "need."...

    it's not a matter of what others consider "need." If I was Plant, I would have to consider the "wants" of JPJ and JP. Only the individual should ever determine what he or she "needs." No one...
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    Excellent analysis. Timing was everything. Who...

    Excellent analysis. Timing was everything. Who was out in 1968/1969 that sounded like them when they came out with their debut? Cream, perhaps, or Blind Faith? Jeff Beck's Truth? Electric...
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    Not sure I agree. Plant's decision also affects...

    Not sure I agree. Plant's decision also affects the welfare of Jones and Page. If I was in Plant's position, I would have to consider the positions of my bandmates. Sure would hate to have to be...
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    Also speaking as a Robert, I have been saddled...

    Also speaking as a Robert, I have been saddled with "Bob" since being a young man, but at the time, with my red hair as a child, "Bob" beat the hell out of the other names I had to endure as a...
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    Indeed. I dubbed the album, "Frampton Comes...

    Indeed. I dubbed the album, "Frampton Comes AGAIN! And AGAIN! And..."

    No question about his chops, however. Like the OP, he was ruined by a level of success that he never dreamed of attaining. ...
  25. Oh yeah. Reading an issue of Creem (the flagship...

    Oh yeah. Reading an issue of Creem (the flagship mag of the anti-prog crowd) would never cease to amaze. But I have to admit that Bangs threw out a line that was absolutely classic, even if it was...
  26. Completely agree. As for lyrical content, I...

    Completely agree. As for lyrical content, I probably enjoy the lyrics of Kansas more than any other prog band. Xgau is an elitist ass.
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    I have several, Bach, Copland, Tchiakovsky, and...

    I have several, Bach, Copland, Tchiakovsky, and Dvorak among them, although I am sometimes terrified to disclose this for fear of showing my abysmal ignorance compared to that of "THE EXPERTS!"
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    Indeed, right down to the formal "Robert," rather...

    Indeed, right down to the formal "Robert," rather than "Bob."
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    My favorites include: Howe's Gibson Bruford's...

    My favorites include:

    Howe's Gibson
    Bruford's snare
    Emerson's moog
    Anyone's Mellotron
    Anyone's Hammond
    McDonald's bass clarinet
    Squire's Rick
    The oboe on Lizard
  30. If your uncle will be 85, that means he was born...

    If your uncle will be 85, that means he was born in 1930. His formative music years should be between 1938 and 1955. That puts him in the Andrews Sisters/Tommy Dorsey Era, and to me, for him to...
  31. Personally, I find progressive approaches to...

    Personally, I find progressive approaches to music the same way I see progressive approaches to political philosophy. A lot of potentially good idea mated to a shitload of train wrecks. In music,...
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    I'm not sure they are physically capable of...

    I'm not sure they are physically capable of playing those anymore. Particularly Alan...
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    If you read Bruford's book, it doesn't appear...

    If you read Bruford's book, it doesn't appear that Steve was the major league prick. But Billy has his moments as well...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyPCliCXagQ Of...

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

    Of course, the person who made the video used the previous incarnation of Mahavishnu Orchestra. But the first four minutes of this piece simply SMOKES!...
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    I always considered ABWH to be Classic Yes. ...

    I always considered ABWH to be Classic Yes. YesWest, OTOH...:p
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    I like them all, Geezer...:)

    I like them all, Geezer...:)
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    A best guess: 1. Beatles White Album: So...

    A best guess:

    1. Beatles White Album: So damned expensive, but so cool with the posters, the portraits, and the most unique music to my 12 year old ears.

    2. Led Zeppelin I: My first dive...
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    Still another reason why I love this site. Never...

    Still another reason why I love this site. Never heard of Spectrum Road or Seven Moons before. Now both albums have been ordered...

    Great stuff!
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    I love the shuffle for certain things. Back...

    I love the shuffle for certain things.

    Back when I was a moronic 13-year old, I scraped enough lawn-cutting money to buy Woodstock. Until I went to my first music festival, I thought that the...
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    I had the same impression you had. The energy in...

    I had the same impression you had. The energy in the band was far higher in 1976 with Steve and Broof, IMO. Plus, I got to hear Supper's Ready in its entirety...
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    Where was the concert? Birchmere, Warner...

    Where was the concert? Birchmere, Warner Theater, Wolf Trap?
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    Still going strong, Sir Paul is. At the same...

    Still going strong, Sir Paul is.

    At the same time, I wonder if he was something of a disappointment as a solo artist? I suppose one could think that only when one compares his Silly Love Songs to...
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    Happy birthday, Keith!! It seems like only a...

    Happy birthday, Keith!!

    It seems like only a few years ago that even though he was rail thin, he was lifting Hammonds off his body while playing it. They all looked like kids back then.

    "What...
  44. As soon as I heard the news on the radio, that...

    As soon as I heard the news on the radio, that was the first thing that popped into my mind. Not surprising you brought that up so quickly. Well done!!
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    Excellent perception! Was Robert EVER young?...

    Excellent perception! Was Robert EVER young? Even when he had the long hair? One of the most enigmatic persons in rock...
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    :) Good one!

    :)

    Good one!
  47. I would have no problem with it, as long as the...

    I would have no problem with it, as long as the review is honestly written. The artist would have to know that up front.
  48. Thread: End of AC/DC

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    I like this characterization. Keith Richards...

    I like this characterization. Keith Richards said it best when he said, "AC/DC only play one song, but they do it well." I've never been a fan, as they never diversify their sound, but they filled...
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    Why wasn't Jimi Hendrix that big? After all,...

    Why wasn't Jimi Hendrix that big? After all, he'd play the Fillmores that only housed less than 3,000. Not everyone was playing stadiums in the early 1970s. I saw them in St Goersheim, Germany in...
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    Not many posts here. I wonder if this is a microcosm of the general public's awareness of this blues giant? I suppose that Johnny's relatively long life retarded his legacy, at least in the minds...
  51. Actually, I enjoyed it. Music need not be...

    Actually, I enjoyed it. Music need not be complex...
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    Agree completely. McCartney 's bass gave the...

    Agree completely. McCartney 's bass gave the Beatles' music a bounciness to it. I can hear the bass lines For The Benefit of Mr. Kite in my head. A unique and wonderful player.
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    You're right. Levin might have been able to play...

    You're right. Levin might have been able to play a bit more quietly, allowing David Cross some breathing room. Ditto with Holdsworth in U.K. I sometimes wondered if John chose to play so loudly in...
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    Let's see...Jaco, Vitous, Berlin, Levin, Clarke,...

    Let's see...Jaco, Vitous, Berlin, Levin, Clarke, Myung, Hamm, for starters...
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    Grace ruled...Happy Birthday, ol' girl...

    Grace ruled...Happy Birthday, ol' girl...
  56. Planet P Project: King For A Day, Why Me Russ...

    Planet P Project: King For A Day, Why Me
    Russ Ballard: Voices
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    Also the Gospel Music HoF...

    Also the Gospel Music HoF...
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    I like country music but never really was much of...

    I like country music but never really was much of a Cash fan (the Cash persona grew cliche in the late 1960s/early 1970s). Live at Folsom Prison, however, is tremendous! He seemed to be less of the...
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    Somehow, I doubt Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed or Roy...

    Somehow, I doubt Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed or Roy Clark (among others) would have been too intimidated by Eddie, who BTW, would blow most rock guitarists off the stage. There are great musicians in...
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    I wonder if Squire considered him little more...

    I wonder if Squire considered him little more than an employee - even if he wasn't?
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