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    Excellent. I'm really excited to hear Oedipus!...

    Excellent. I'm really excited to hear Oedipus! Now I'm curious with the Rubicon intro and the Phaedra stuff too. Gotta get this bloody box.
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    Thanks, it makes total sense. Amongst the...

    Thanks, it makes total sense.

    Amongst the inedit live recordings, what is your favorite by now?
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    Any info if Oedipus is also going to be released...

    Any info if Oedipus is also going to be released as a standalone cd?
  4. Thread: Neil Ardley

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    I’m a big fan. From him I have Greek Variations...

    I’m a big fan. From him I have Greek Variations (1970), A Symphony of Amaranths (1971), Kaleidoscope of Rainbows (1976), and Harmony of the Spheres (1978). My favorites are Kaleidoscope of Rainbows...
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    If I may, would you care to elaborate? I'm not...

    If I may, would you care to elaborate? I'm not aware of it. Thanks!
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    I have seen single releases of Phaedra and...

    I have seen single releases of Phaedra and Ricochet at the FNAC shop in Perpignan. However, I'm not sure they include 5.1 mixes - didn't check it.
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    Thirded. The expanded version of Alive and Well...

    Thirded. The expanded version of Alive and Well is pretty essential, IMO.
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    I remember someone mentioning this, but I have...

    I remember someone mentioning this, but I have never seen it. Thanks for the tip.
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    ^^^That would be great indeed. However, after so...

    ^^^That would be great indeed. However, after so many excellent archival releases by the Soft Machine over the last 25 years or so, one wonders that if nothing has ever officially surfaced so far...
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    I'm a big fan of this album, even though the...

    I'm a big fan of this album, even though the music is not composed by the band or Lars Hollmer. One of my favorites, together with the one that follows, Schlagerns Mystik.
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    ^Excellent. Great to see he is able to play music...

    ^Excellent. Great to see he is able to play music again.
  12. Thread: Zappa Question

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    ^^^^Completely agree. Ahead of Their Time is a...

    ^^^^Completely agree. Ahead of Their Time is a great live document of that particular band.

    On a side note, I listened again to Burnt Weeny Sandwich this weekend, which is from the same era. ...
  13. Thread: Magma Zess

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    ^^Yes, at least we have KC in October.

    ^^Yes, at least we have KC in October.
  14. Thread: Magma Zess

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    I'm even considering attending the Paris concert...

    I'm even considering attending the Paris concert despite all difficulties ($$$). This is going to be special.
  15. Thread: Magma Zess

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    I've never been a huge fan of Zess, but I...

    I've never been a huge fan of Zess, but I completely understand Vander's wish to give this piece a proper studio recording. I think the new compositions hold up pretty well, and IMO they show that...
  16. Thread: Magma news

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    Is the Swedish gig to take place at the Fasching...

    Is the Swedish gig to take place at the Fasching club? I've attended a fantastic Bill Bruford show there in 2006. The band was on fire, got a 5 minutes standing ovation after the encore and came back...
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    Count me in as a big Spinetta fan. His albums...

    Count me in as a big Spinetta fan. His albums Artaud, El jardin de los presentes, A 18 minutos del sol, and Alma de diamante (named under Spinetta Jade) are personal favorites. I came in to know him...
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    I really dig all the bass parts in his Superfly...

    I really dig all the bass parts in his Superfly album. Really cool stuff, and also a joy to play on the bass.
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    I really enjoy it, and it is apparent that he has...

    I really enjoy it, and it is apparent that he has enjoyed it too!

    "Dance on a volcano" has always been one of my favorite Genesis tunes. Thanks for sharing.
  20. Very nice interview, thanks.

    Very nice interview, thanks.
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    Stormy Six is one of my favorite bands coming...

    Stormy Six is one of my favorite bands coming from Italy (together with Area, PFM, Arti&Mestieri, and Picchio dal Pozzo).

    One things that amazes me about Stormy Six is how different they records...
  22. Thread: Stomu Yamash'ta

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    Freedom is Frightening is very good, with Hugh...

    Freedom is Frightening is very good, with Hugh Hopper on bass. This and Floating Music are my favorites. The others I consider OK but not great.
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    I'd probably jump in for a cd-only release. I do not own this album in any form, so it would be great to finally have it.
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    Bought for this price, thank you very much for...

    Bought for this price, thank you very much for the tip.
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    Brujo is possibily my favorite tune from their...

    Brujo is possibily my favorite tune from their first album. Beautiful composition and delicate interplay.
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    The first Turning Point album is an absolute gem...

    The first Turning Point album is an absolute gem in my book. Somehow it resonates with me as does John G. Perry’s Sunset Wading with its pastoral, Canterburian feel. The playing is superb and Jeff...
  27. Thread: Brazilian Prog

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    ^This is one of his really, really great albums....

    ^This is one of his really, really great albums. Are you familiar with his following album, Corações Futuristas? It's in the ssme vein and even better IMO.

    That said, my favorite Gismonti today is...
  28. Thanks, Richard. I will definitely check it...

    Thanks, Richard.

    I will definitely check it out.

    Alberto
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    I dig Ayers' first four or five albums almost...

    I dig Ayers' first four or five albums almost equally, but Joy of a Toy is still the one I come back to more often. Those tunes with the Soft Machine as backing band are killers!
  30. Saw them opening for John McLaughlin at the Royal...

    Saw them opening for John McLaughlin at the Royal Festival Hall, London, in 2014, and was completely blown away. Terrific performance, great musicality and sheer energy. I actually enjoyed them more...
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    Richard, the closest we get to an autobiography...

    Richard, the closest we get to an autobiography is this excellent book containing essentially a long and detailed interview with CV covering (almost) all aspects of his life and career:
    ...
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    Re: John Greaves. His playing is indeed...

    Re: John Greaves. His playing is indeed outstanding in all aforementioned examples, but Half Asleep/Half Awake from HC's Unrest wins for me as his best studio performance ever. The sense of flow and...
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    Speaking of fast zombies, the best and more...

    Speaking of fast zombies, the best and more convincing example for me is "28 days later", by Danny Boyle (from 2002), in which former athletes were used as living deads. It's scary because the...
  34. ^Thanks a lot, Aymeric.

    ^Thanks a lot, Aymeric.
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    I lived in Uppsala, Sweden, for six months in...

    I lived in Uppsala, Sweden, for six months in 2006. Sadly, I've never had the opportunity to seen anything related to Samla/Lars Hollmer live at the time. Great band, one of my favorites actually....
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    I'm completely ignorant on the Art Ensemble of...

    I'm completely ignorant on the Art Ensemble of Chicago. What is the best starting point?
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    ^^^^Completely agree. Two of his records AFTER...

    ^^^^Completely agree. Two of his records AFTER Joseph are actually my favorites: :Ma vie avec elles" and "M, a, r et coeur comme coeur". Lots of fantastic music.
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    I'm very happy that Rick seems to be feeling...

    I'm very happy that Rick seems to be feeling better now.
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    Hi, are you familiar with Modry Effect? Lots of...

    Hi, are you familiar with Modry Effect? Lots of tasty, very melodic guitar parts.

    https://youtu.be/SY_S71Xrcm4

    The albums Pekka Pohjola recorded around the late seventies are also very...
  40. Thread: Magma - EPOK V

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    I think this post sums up pretty well the way I...

    I think this post sums up pretty well the way I see the status of each of the main bassists in Magma's career.

    Perhaps I'm biased because I've seen Magma live three times with Bubu, and never...
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    Kohntarkosz for me too is their pinnacle in terms...

    Kohntarkosz for me too is their pinnacle in terms of composition and performance.
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    ^Thanks a lot fo taking your time to translate...

    ^Thanks a lot fo taking your time to translate this very interesting article. It's sad and astonishing to learn that such a talented musician like Jukka Gustavson has spent most of his time working...
  43. Thread: Mike Mantler 75

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    I count myself as a fan. Incidentally, I’ve been...

    I count myself as a fan. Incidentally, I’ve been listening to his albums No Answer and Silence a lot these days. Pretty adventurous stuff, interesting marriage between music and poetry.

    13 & 3/4...
  44. Thread: Magma - EPOK V

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    Hi Frankie. I really, really mean it. It was one...

    Hi Frankie. I really, really mean it. It was one night after the Lindsay Cooper tribute concert in London (Fred Frith, John Greaves, Chris Cutler, Dagmar Krause, Zeena Parkins and many others...
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    Great short interview with Christian Vander taken...

    Great short interview with Christian Vander taken from the Jazz à Vienne festival. French only, sorry, but regardless of language one can truly see his amusement when speaking about jamming with...
  46. Thread: Magma - EPOK V

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    This is something I need. I attended the last...

    This is something I need. I attended the last night of their residency at Le Triton that provided material for their latest DVD.

    Best concert experience in my entire life.
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    I only own one of their albums, Holon. It's very...

    I only own one of their albums, Holon. It's very well played, hypnotic and climatic. I like it, but it's not something I'd go for very frequently. It definitely requires a lot of attention, and this...
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    I only own one of their albums, Holon. It's very...

    I only own one of their albums, Holon. It's very well played, hypnotic and climatic. I like it, but it's not something I'd go for very frequently. It definitely requires a lot of attention, and this...
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    It's a great album, maybe their best yet. I can't...

    It's a great album, maybe their best yet. I can't wait for the cd release.
  50. Thread: Albert Marcoeur

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    I bought all things Marcoeur directly from the...

    I bought all things Marcoeur directly from the man.
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    ^Yes, most likely.

    ^Yes, most likely.
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    Bad in terms of sound quality or performance?

    Bad in terms of sound quality or performance?
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    Michael Mantler's Movies/More Movies should not...

    Michael Mantler's Movies/More Movies should not be missed. All instrumental music with stellar players (Tony Williams, Steve Swallow, Gary Windo, Philip Catherine, Lary Coryell, Carla Bley etc.)....
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    ^^^^^Very good post, thanks.

    ^^^^^Very good post, thanks.
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    I am big Carla Bley fan, but there are several of...

    I am big Carla Bley fan, but there are several of her albums that I have never listened to. From the ones I know and love, I’d strongly recommend Tropic Appetites. For me, this is the album that...
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    Re: 3/4 No, unfortunately. I own it on vinyl.

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    No, unfortunately. I own it on vinyl.
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    I would definitely like to listen to the single...

    I would definitely like to listen to the single version of Teeth. Maybe it should have been called Tooth instead.
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    Fourth has always been my favorite Soft Machine...

    Fourth has always been my favorite Soft Machine studio album, and Teeth is my favorite Soft Machine track. In the album, the balance between composition (Teeth, Kings and Queens, parts of Virtually)...
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    Great. Maybe some day I'm able to catch them...

    Great. Maybe some day I'm able to catch them somewhere in France, or in Europe (Poland in early september, perhaps? I'll be there for a conference).

    Amazingly enough, they seem to have played in...
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    Re: April March's cd Definitely. It does...

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    Definitely. It does have a strong Stereolab vibe, which really resonates with me. It ain’t no Stereolab, but it surely floats my boat. It’s time to listen to it again,...
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