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  1. Rick Wakeman @ Hammy Odeon ... the 1984 tour ,...

    Rick Wakeman @ Hammy Odeon ... the 1984 tour , which was in 1981. And it was quite good.
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    Saturday 28 March Collosseum @ Shepherds Bush, (I...

    Saturday 28 March Collosseum @ Shepherds Bush, (I have tickets); the day after we now have UK a couple of miles away ... that's probably good for those who live a real distance away and who want /...
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    Huge fan ... most under-rated album is Tipplers...

    Huge fan ... most under-rated album is Tipplers Tales, really proggy.
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    Sky and Ekseption ... both sound a bit dated now...

    Sky and Ekseption ... both sound a bit dated now , but both were rightly massive at the time , if only in their home countries.
  5. Of course it's dated , but i still love it ......

    Of course it's dated , but i still love it ... count me as a cheese-defender !
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    Well, out of their first 4 albums, "the best" is...

    Well, out of their first 4 albums, "the best" is always the one you've just heard. I particularly love the melancholic "Situations" and actually prefer the short Vivaldi "with cannons" to the longer...
  7. Thread: Novalis?

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    Probably my favourite German band ... although...

    Probably my favourite German band ... although Kraftwerk were probably just a little more groundbreaking ... anyway, I would recommend Konzerte as being another good starting point. Well worth...
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    Nice to see the love for CA emerge since I made...

    Nice to see the love for CA emerge since I made the original posting some weeks ago. In my humble opinion none of their albums are particularly sub-par, with only Midnight Wire & Airborne having that...
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    CURVED AIR - NORTH STAR

    I STILL don't get the lack of attention that this band gets here - surely they were safely in the "second rank" of '70s prog bands - ie not in the "big 6", but safely alongside the likes of Camel,...
  10. I seem to remember Dave Pegg citing the...

    I seem to remember Dave Pegg citing the re-recordings as being one of the reasons that he left the band (as well as the near-constant touring - in fact I think that this is the only time in 30+ years...
  11. So many bands have re-formed so often, that...

    So many bands have re-formed so often, that perhaps the more interesting question is ... who said "we'll be back" and then never were. Excluding the inevitable ensnarings by the Grim Reaper, my prime...
  12. I stand corrected by the acknowledged authority...

    I stand corrected by the acknowledged authority on the subject ... perhaps I preferred the Full Circle version or perhaps I'd just forgotten hearing the original :D
  13. Having heard most of the album on YouTube now, I...

    Having heard most of the album on YouTube now, I 'd have to make a comparison with Gilmour's On an Island ... very tasteful, perhaps too tasteful for some. I also heard a couple of tracks from Full...
  14. Thread: CD Packaging

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    Does anyone have the JT 25 year "cigar box" ? Is...

    Does anyone have the JT 25 year "cigar box" ? Is it still functioning ? I only bought the "boring" 20 year box, for the prosaic reason that it is a far better selection of tracks, but even that seems...
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    I'll second "Ammerland" , but not "Ommadawn" -...

    I'll second "Ammerland" , but not "Ommadawn" - brilliant LP but only pastoral if you live between a motorway & a firing range ;).
    I'd also suggest Sonja Kristina's lovely CD with her acoustic band,...
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    Rick Wakeman - Country Airs, Night Airs, Sea Airs...

    Rick Wakeman - Country Airs, Night Airs, Sea Airs
    Darryl Way - The Human Condition
    Vangelis - Chariots of Fire
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    Is it just me or would anyone else say that...

    Is it just me or would anyone else say that Synergy (Larry Fast) - New York Suite is rather Gershwin inspired ? Nice CD anyway.
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    I'll add 3 , all of which happen to be from bands...

    I'll add 3 , all of which happen to be from bands with girl singers :
    Curved Air - Back Street Luv
    Renaissance - Northern Lights
    Earth & Fire - Weekend (which was a top 10 hit in most of Europe,...
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    Whatever happened to ...?

    This is NOT a thread where we're just talking about wish-fulfillment (I think we have finally established that Genesis are not about to reunite anytime soon ! :p) but more about the scenario where...
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    Whatever happened to ...?

    This is NOT a thread where we're just talking about wish-fulfillment (I think we have finally established that Genesis are not about to reunite anytime soon ! :p) but more about the scenario where...
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    I totally agree that it's a fun album despite...

    I totally agree that it's a fun album despite it's many faults. In fact compared to Love Beach or Giant for a Day its a total masterpiece ! For me it was only with Big Generator that they finally...
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    I agree with Barclay James Harvest, but if I had...

    I agree with Barclay James Harvest, but if I had to pick one band it would be Caravan - epics like For Richard and Love in your Eye only really come to life in a live setting.
  23. Sounds like "Momentary Loss" equates to Yes'...

    Sounds like "Momentary Loss" equates to Yes' "Union" in being a non-band album ! Anyway, count me a fan of "Island". In another post I probably evoked "shock / horror" for not appreciating Kate...
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    Kate Bush - Hounds of Love Solaris - Martian...

    Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
    Solaris - Martian Chronicles
    Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man
    JT - Broadsword & Beast
    Mike Oldfield - 5 Miles Out
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    Well, I've played it twice and really should try...

    Well, I've played it twice and really should try a third time, but can't bring myself to do so ! I really love Kick, Never & Hounds and about half of Sensual World, but after that I struggle ...
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    Gordon Giltrap live at Birmingham. That's the...

    Gordon Giltrap live at Birmingham. That's the only one I know of that's a CD on one side and a visual dvd on the other ! Best of, new material and a nice cameo from Rick Wakeman.
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    Kansas - Song for America Side 1 - to my ears...

    Kansas - Song for America Side 1 - to my ears their best "side" by a mile.
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    Tackles some broadly "Christian" issues in many...

    Tackles some broadly "Christian" issues in many of the songs, but in a much more sympathetic way than Ian Anderson was doing at much the same time. Great contributions from RW, even though he was in...
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    Great response - now I just need the time to...

    Great response - now I just need the time to listen ! Re Jessica, there were only 2 CDs in my "new arrivals" pile , so a spooky coincidence that one was Martin Allcock _ OX15 featuring a version of...
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    I'll have to be REALLY obvious here and say the 3...

    I'll have to be REALLY obvious here and say the 3 album tour by Yes in the spring and the Genesis tour by Hackett in the autumn - just hope that neither are burned out by then !! Also seeing...
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    To bolster my own thread;) Edgar Winter's...

    To bolster my own thread;) Edgar Winter's Frankenstein and any number of tracks from Darryl Way's Wolf and the Hungarian maestros Solaris.
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    Catchy instrumentals

    I have a big weakness for short (singles-length) catchy instrumentals. For me Focus were the masters of this genre - think House of the King, Hocus Pocus & Sylvia. What recommendations can you come...
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    One exception could be Fairport Convention, who...

    One exception could be Fairport Convention, who successfully ran Woodworm Records for over 20 years.
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    Manticore & bands' "own" labels

    By all accounts, Apple had been a fiasco, so it is surprising that other bands such as ELP (Manticore) & Moody Blues (Threshold) also started their own labels. Does anyone know what happened to...
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    I know that in the past I have been the first to...

    I know that in the past I have been the first to complain when so-called "active" bands decline to play in their home country (sorry, Renaissance & Three Friends !!) - but now for some reason almost...
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    "Grace" on JT's "Minstrel" LP - a perfect way to...

    "Grace" on JT's "Minstrel" LP - a perfect way to close an album and it's a shame if some of you have bonus tracks which spoil that !
  37. I agree with the UK comments - Danger Money was a...

    I agree with the UK comments - Danger Money was a good example of how to successfully update the ELP sound, whereas Love Beach was a good example of how to unsucccessfully update the ELP sound....
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    I agree with much of the above. In particular...

    I agree with much of the above. In particular "This is ..." would have to be possibly my favourite compilation by any band. My only quibble would be the outer cover art, which is extremely weak. Does...
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    Well, I'd definitely defend Short Stories ... -...

    Well, I'd definitely defend Short Stories ... - nice tunes, interesting lyrics and sensitively played. Admittedly there's more of a (slight) new wave vibe, rather than folk, let alone prog. Reminds...
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    Well, it sounds like it's angled towards his film...

    Well, it sounds like it's angled towards his film work, which does not interest me so much, and Mythodea, which I already have. So - I don't think I'll bother. And with that I'll wish a Merry...
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    Esoteric, could you please tell us what's on it ?...

    Esoteric, could you please tell us what's on it ? ... how much concert footage on there ? (although it sounds that Gonzo does not deserve the custom)
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    Thanks battema, I'll watch this space. Wonder if...

    Thanks battema, I'll watch this space. Wonder if they'll use film backdrops.
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    Goblin in Concert

    Can anyone tell us what they're like now ? I'm asking because they're touring the UK in the New Year, so this would be a very rare opportunity to actually see an Italian band ! I've only really...
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    Sorry folks , I'm asking again ! Has anyone...

    Sorry folks , I'm asking again ! Has anyone actually seen it yet or do we consign it to the ranks of mythology ?!
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    You make an interesting point about judging it by...

    You make an interesting point about judging it by the number of bands that are able to make a living out of prog. Pure guesswork, but I would hazard that a band at the level of , say , Marillion, are...
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    BJH - North Solaris - Nostradamus This is the...

    BJH - North
    Solaris - Nostradamus
    This is the Moody Blues
    Golden Earring - Hearing Earring
    James Taylor - best live
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    Yes, I saw them at Islington - great but not...

    Yes, I saw them at Islington - great but not quite as good as when I saw them for the first time a year ago (probably because they did not have quite so much time). North is good but not great. First...
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    I don't think anybody has mentioned All About Eve...

    I don't think anybody has mentioned All About Eve - Julianne Regan and Rose Among Thorns - Elaine Morgan (anybody remember them ?!) , both on the fringes of prog.
    Also, Solstice, who have had a...
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    Thank you, battema. Could you post here with your...

    Thank you, battema. Could you post here with your thoughts when it arrives ?
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    Thought I'd resurect this thread, as I read that...

    Thought I'd resurect this thread, as I read that an American release was scheduled for 11 Nov. So, has anyone finally seen the damn thing ? Or have we merely been toyed with, as with that...
  51. Well, I have no reservations at all - far and...

    Well, I have no reservations at all - far and away their best and probably in my top 30 albums by anyone. For some reason I actually like Lawson's vocals on this , whereas on the first - and last -...
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    Best "great lost album" in prog

    We'll need definitions here, so let's say it's got to have gathered dust for at least ten years before release & it must be a studio album.
    Tull's Chateau D'isaster is a worthy candidate , but for...
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    Greg Lake Colin Blunstone Sonja Kristina ... &...

    Greg Lake
    Colin Blunstone
    Sonja Kristina
    ... & the best "occasional" singer, Kerry Minnear
  54. I agree with Werbinox - my message is don't...

    I agree with Werbinox - my message is don't over-play your favourites because one day it will spoil them for you. That's why I have a thousand albums ;) (admittedly a tiny number compared to many of...
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    I disagree - for me creating its own...

    I disagree - for me creating its own "self-contained world" is precisely what it does do, which is why I like it so much. My mother grew up in London during WWII ; being aware of this, after we had...
  56. Thread: ABWH

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    Well, I still quite like it ! I suspect that one...

    Well, I still quite like it ! I suspect that one of the reasons it did quite well commercially was that for many of us it was the first chance to buy some "Yes" on CD ! And the tour was, to date, the...
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    Re - W & W and J-M J - not getting there very...

    Re - W & W and J-M J - not getting there very fast am I !? - but it's about two-thirds of the way into "One for the Vine" immediately after the unusual percussive section - I'm sure that turns up in...
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    Strangely enough I love the first & third but am...

    Strangely enough I love the first & third but am not overwhelmed by the 2nd ... which is often considered the best. If you want to move on, my own recommendation is Quella Vechia Locanda - much...
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    As the link between MiaC and IGTB has just been...

    As the link between MiaC and IGTB has just been established, I feel justified in talking a little about the latter ! :lol ... since I found & bought a "white label" copy a couple of weeks ago & have...
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    I'm a big J_M Jarre fan, but there's a short...

    I'm a big J_M Jarre fan, but there's a short section from Oxygene / Equinox which is a straight lift from "Wind & Wuthering" LP. Sorry I can't be more specific !!! - I'll have to re-listen to all 3...
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