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    The remix is absolutely inferior to the original...

    The remix is absolutely inferior to the original in my view. The guitar is overly compressed and lacking top-end bite, the synth sounds are dulled down and the drums sound incredibly flat and...
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    I think you are approaching the subject in a bit...

    I think you are approaching the subject in a bit of a lopsided way. It's useless to think in terms of bits. Modern digital compressors like the Weiss have amazing converters that affect the sound...
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    I have to take issue with this statement as...

    I have to take issue with this statement as someone who masters and mixes for a living. There is absolutely nothing inherently wrong with digital compression or limiting, nor is it inferior (or...
  4. You are right, of course. This was more a...

    You are right, of course. This was more a statement based on recent releases of subpar live recordings and such. But then there is always the occasional worthwhile thing: I thought the Topographic...
  5. Couldn't have said it better. And frankly I think...

    Couldn't have said it better. And frankly I think it shows a bit disrespect to the fans. They want us to open our wallets, they need to put some effort into it, not just hack out whatever's in their...
  6. As far as I'm concerned, the downturn in...

    As far as I'm concerned, the downturn in production values started with the Keys series, and since then they have had their ups and downs, but production values have been patchy and inconsistent in...
  7. Obviously I wasn't talking about Talk, but a lot...

    Obviously I wasn't talking about Talk, but a lot of what came after. Like so many classic rock bands who lose their major label contract, Yes have suffered from insufficient recording budgets and a...
  8. Henry, thanks for your thoughtful reply. I really...

    Henry, thanks for your thoughtful reply. I really like that Rick Wakeman quote, and I agree with him. Before I got behind the computer and saw the video for To the Moment, I had been on a little road...
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    Love Group 87 myself, and also see them as...

    Love Group 87 myself, and also see them as belonging to a similar universe as UK. No too much of that around. Going with the UK likeness, I find that Eddie Jobson's solo album The Green Album...
  10. I think it's terrible. Helpless songwriting,...

    I think it's terrible. Helpless songwriting, terrible lyrics and dreadful production. One of the main questions I ask as a listener is: What is the purpose of this song? What is the songwriter trying...
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    Full album here:...

    Full album here: https://telepath1.bandcamp.com/album/mental-mutations
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    Teaser with excerpts from the album now...

    Teaser with excerpts from the album now available. Album out on Friday.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfKqK5jqC0Q&feature=youtu.be
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    Track premiere today on the last single before...

    Track premiere today on the last single before the full album is released:...
  14. If I may: White Willowís Storm Season/Terminal...

    If I may: White Willowís Storm Season/Terminal Twilight/Future Hopes is a conceptual trilogy of albums dealing with the subject.
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    Thanks. Yeah, the new follows a similar path,...

    Thanks. Yeah, the new follows a similar path, more 80s synths and semi-proggy intrusions. The difference is a bigger emphasis on vocal arrangements, and thereís also a few instrumental tracks.
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    Yeah, so the sequence of events is this: Telepath...

    Yeah, so the sequence of events is this: Telepath in October, new The Opium Cartel later in the Fall/Winter, and then new White Willow slated for Spring 2020. The material is written, but recording...
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    Good question. Iíll make sure to notify Apollon...

    Good question. Iíll make sure to notify Apollon that we want something sturdy. I know the LP will be gatefold but not sure we settled on the CD yet. Iíll chime back here once Iíve talked to them. I...
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    Now available for preorder, CD and LP: ...

    Now available for preorder, CD and LP:
    https://www.apollonrecords.no/shop
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    Progressive doom Telepath new single

    May be of peripheral interest here: I just released the first single off my new project Telepathís forthcoming album (Oct. 18). Analog synths and doomy guitars, for those who like that kind of stuff....
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    Agree 100%

    Agree 100%
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    Well, I'm a guitarist (although a few million...

    Well, I'm a guitarist (although a few million light-years away from Howe's calibre). My thoughts on Howe are as follows:

    1. He was, at his height, maybe the single most inspiring guitarist on the...
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    Well, if you have White Willow I don't see why...

    Well, if you have White Willow I don't see why you should need anything else ...
    But on the serious side. You MUST get Wobbler. And apart from that, the recent Italian scene has some of the best...
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    That IS funny. Howe has never come close to...

    That IS funny. Howe has never come close to Rabin's solo anytime I've heard him, anyway.
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    For anyone who has a hard time seeing how lame...

    For anyone who has a hard time seeing how lame this album is, compare the two versions of Roundabout on Yes/50 Live and on the ARW live album. I'm no big fan of either album, but on the ARW album you...
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    Putting aside the dubious needfulness of another...

    Putting aside the dubious needfulness of another live album with tired versions of Roundabout and Starship Trooper, I really really do not understand that a label can give a pass on such a lackluster...
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    Well, I think Kamasi, like pretty much anything...

    Well, I think Kamasi, like pretty much anything else we discuss here, can be pretty polarizing. Personally I find him utterly overrated - his music is not really jazz at all, but pop dressed up as...
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    The thing is - prog really has experienced a bit...

    The thing is - prog really has experienced a bit of a renaissance inasmuch as it has gotten a positive critical reappraisal, it's got its own successful magazine, prog songs are being used in...
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    Hands down the worst thing I've heard in a long...

    Hands down the worst thing I've heard in a long time. And I'm a big proponent of mixing prog and pop. But they must have been drunk or high or both when they recorded this. Sounds like a bunch of...
  29. Godallmighty I get depressed reading interviews...

    Godallmighty I get depressed reading interviews with Fripp. He's very close to turning me completely off his band these days. Some musicians are better off shutting up and playing their guitar ...
  30. Wow! Best music to have been posted here in ages!...

    Wow! Best music to have been posted here in ages! Thanks!
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    I like hooks, and I think they have a place in...

    I like hooks, and I think they have a place in prog. Carry On My Wayward Son is just one long procession of hooks, and bands like Gentle Giant and Jethro Tull were also quite hook-oriented. But there...
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    Super-exclusive White Willow box set

    South Korean connoisseur label Hi-One Records have opened pre-orders for their super-deluxe box sets containing the entire White Willow discography plus lots of bonus materials, exclusive interview...
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    Blue ÷yster Cult book out

    A bit of self-promotion here, but hopefully of actual interest to some. My book Blue ÷yster Cult - Every Album, Every Song is now out, and features extensive analysis of every song in the B÷C canon....
  34. "For $12,000. we can meet the expenses required...

    "For $12,000. we can meet the expenses required to record, mix and master a song."
    Are you kidding me?? In this day and age? for 12.000 I can record 5-6 ALBUMS. This needs to be called for what it...
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    As a matter of fact I've had many discussions...

    As a matter of fact I've had many discussions with fellow audio people with a deep appreciation for Duke. It was recorded at Sweden's legandary Polar Studios (Abba et c.) and IMO it's a...
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    Fragile by Yes Stereotomy by Alan Parsons...

    Fragile by Yes
    Stereotomy by Alan Parsons Project
    90125 by Yes
    Duke and Abacab - original versions - by Genesis
    Ambrosia by Ambrosia
    UK by UK
    Welcome to the Pleasuredome by Frankie Goes to...
  37. Indeed. Robbie Williams is in a very different...

    Indeed. Robbie Williams is in a very different league from your usual boyband idol. Ever since his first solo hit Angels he's shown a higher level of compositional sophistication in his choice of...
  38. I'm suprised people don't like this. I think it's...

    I'm suprised people don't like this. I think it's a late-career masterpiece from Horn. Excellent choice of material and singers, and one of the best implementations of orchestra in a pop setting I...
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    Colours - Norwegian label run by JÝrn Andersen in...

    Colours - Norwegian label run by JÝrn Andersen in the early 90s. Single-handedly responsible for the 90s retro-prog wave by releasing the debuts by Landberk, ńnglagŚrd and Anekdoten....
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    TBH, even one demand is legitimate enough reason...

    TBH, even one demand is legitimate enough reason for reissues as far as Landberk is concerned. For my money Riktig ńkta/Lonely Land is the single most important album from the Scandinavian 90s prog...
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    You got THAT right. The great prog fan conceit...

    You got THAT right. The great prog fan conceit...
  42. And of course if anyone wants to check out...

    And of course if anyone wants to check out Hedvigís playing in a symphonic prog setting, sheís on White Willoís Future Hopes album.
    Hedvig is hands down my favorite contemporary guitarist.
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    Also, I think this must be local or something....

    Also, I think this must be local or something. The whole premise of the tv show Broen wouldnít work if Swedes and Danes flat out didnít understand each other. And just as an example, my wife just...
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    Thatís why it says asymmetrical ...

    Thatís why it says asymmetrical ...
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    Also, to get all geeky and linguistic, Norway's...

    Also, to get all geeky and linguistic, Norway's long coastline means that there's been a lot of external influence on our language. Richard's hometown of Bergen has historically been an important...
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    This is interesting, because my take is very...

    This is interesting, because my take is very different. I am Norwegian, and I have no problem understanding both Swedish and Danish, oral and written (granted, I haven't met the Danish millennials...
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    But to get back to the original showdown:...

    But to get back to the original showdown: Norway's best prog album of all times is undoubtedly Thule's Natt. With Sweden it has to be either Landberk's Riktigt ńkta or ńnglagŚrd's Epilog, I can't...
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    I didn't realize it had gotten that bad. Kinda...

    I didn't realize it had gotten that bad. Kinda sad, it was always so nice that we all understood each other. I have many Danish friends with whom language is never a problem, but of course they're my...
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    The simplest way to define Scandinavia is to...

    The simplest way to define Scandinavia is to think of it as a community of language. Swedish, Norwegian and Danish are all basically dialects of the same language and we all understand each other....
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    I agree completely. Anyone's Daughter is a wildly...

    I agree completely. Anyone's Daughter is a wildly underrated band. The Germans always had a bit of a problem making good symphonic prog. Eloy has its charms of course, but it's a little hard getting...
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    At the risk of being both self-promotional and...

    At the risk of being both self-promotional and prog-marginal, I have a book coming out this month about Blue ÷yster Cult:
    ...
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    Never cared much for The Wall except for...

    Never cared much for The Wall except for Gilmourís flirtations with Nile Rodgers style guitar, which sounds fantastic, and Comfortably Numb, which is undeniably a great song even though Iíd be happy...
  53. Iím on the record as a huge Bressler fan, and I...

    Iím on the record as a huge Bressler fan, and I actually think the drums are really well done, very nicely programmed without going over the top, they add to that art rock vibe that balances out the...
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    Good song choice. And yes, big Ratt fan here -...

    Good song choice. And yes, big Ratt fan here - wish I was there!
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    I went to school with her. Very talented lady...

    I went to school with her. Very talented lady indeed.
  56. NOOOOO! I donít understand why that is even...

    NOOOOO! I donít understand why that is even anything to discuss. Intelligence has nothing to do with musical genres. Being intelligent, to the extent that it has any bearing on music at all, may mean...
  57. The thing about CAS is that it's sort of an...

    The thing about CAS is that it's sort of an antithesis to what made Genesis great. They always took such pain to maximise the outcome of arrangements and production - they started with a great song...
  58. Sorry, don't know why it came out so tiny.

    Sorry, don't know why it came out so tiny.
  59. I want to save this thread from the delete button...

    I want to save this thread from the delete button since it seems to be rapidly deteriorating into a "beliefs/religion are stupid" kind of thing.
    This is some of what professor Susan Fast had to say...
  60. Well, to get to the point, let me just mention...

    Well, to get to the point, let me just mention the obvious ones: Jon Anderson was a follower of Yoginanda, Fripp was into some form of Gurdijeff-ism and Peter Gabriel was an avid student of Jung's...
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