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    The Grateful Dead - 30 Days of Dead

    Those of you in the know will be aware of the Grateful Dead’s annual tradition – 30 Days Of Dead – where they offer a free download each day for the duration of November. But if you haven’t heard the...
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    I might have ended up in that situation with...

    I might have ended up in that situation with Rush, but for obvious reasons that chapter has now closed, and I'm pretty happy with their overall legacy. (Clockwork Angels was a very satisfying album...
  3. From what I've read in interviews with Akerfeldt,...

    From what I've read in interviews with Akerfeldt, Axe was one of those rural guys that lives very remotely in the woods, literally, and only comes out when it's time to record and tour. So there may...
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    I'm not sure how many of you follow the Facebook...

    I'm not sure how many of you follow the Facebook Group for readers of Prog magazine, but editor Jerry Ewing has shared some inside info on the upcoming PT album:

    The reason for the seven month gap...
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    I picked up the two disc edition of the 50th...

    I picked up the two disc edition of the 50th anniversary of Let It Be the other day, and am really enjoying it.

    If anyone is interested, it's the subject of a blog I've just published:
    ...
  6. Ozric Tentacles - tasty new box set coming January 2022

    For those of you who enjoy the spaced out bliss of the Ozrics, Kscope have just announced a new box set for 14 January.

    This will include Ed Wynne's remasters for the Pungent, Erpland,...
  7. Nad walked past us, twice, while we were waiting...

    Nad walked past us, twice, while we were waiting to get in. Looking tanned and healthy. If I'd had any merch on me, I might asked politely for an autograph, as he seemed quite relaxed and most folk...
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    The European versions are fine. And yes, I...

    The European versions are fine.

    And yes, I tried ripping my US edition and the glitch transferred over onto the mp3s.
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    I think it's a problem related to the US box...

    I think it's a problem related to the US box sets.

    Back in the day, I ended up buying this version outwith the box, as a dealer was selling them separately, and I only wanted SO and the first live...
  10. When Genesis and Hackett both announced their...

    When Genesis and Hackett both announced their tours, Hackett was gracious enough to encourage fans to see both. Perhaps we can learn to be equally gracious in our views of both tours?

    I have my...
  11. Steve Hackett - Seconds Out And More (World Tour 2021/22)

    That's Steve Hackett's rescheduled tour underway in the UK, and last night he stopped off at the Edinburgh Playhouse.

    Quite an emotional night, not just for the obvious reasons, but also because...
  12. Thread: VDGG box!

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    “If I could just frame the words that would make...

    “If I could just frame the words that would make your fire burn”…

    That's a weeks' worth of listening, and note -taking finally done (for the stand alone reissues - not the full box set!)

    I've...
  13. Trifecta - Beggs, Blundell, Holzman (and a return to forever)

    That's the Trifecta album out in stores now, and it's a lot of fun.

    It's amazing to hear what the trio can pull out of the improvised hat when Steven Wilson disappears off and leaves them to it....
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    Thanks for the tip. At the moment, I'm well...

    Thanks for the tip.

    At the moment, I'm well occupied just acquiring the official cds, and finding the time to work through them. Pacific Northwest's set is a mighty one, with its 45 minute version...
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    Grateful Dead for beginners

    The Grateful Dead are a band I've heard of, but never got round to actually trying, until now.

    As an absolute beginner, the Dead's catalogue can seem overwhelming, so I opted for two compilations...
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    Bob Marley - Songs Of Freedom

    I'd just finished listening to the box set Songs Of Freedom when I realised, sadly, that this is the 40th anniversary of Bob's passing. So it feels timely to celebrate Bob's music by publishing a...
  17. I picked up the Maui set recently - blog review...

    I picked up the Maui set recently - blog review here.
  18. Jimi Hendrix - A bluffer's guide to the live albums

    When you're a newcomer to Jimi's music and you want to check out the live albums, where do you start?

    That was the challenge for me earlier this year, having worked my way through the studio...
  19. Hi Guys My copy of the set arrived a couple of...

    Hi Guys

    My copy of the set arrived a couple of days ago, and I've now published a blog review, offering some thoughts on the new remastering and the new packaging, compared to the 2013 release.
    ...
  20. You could cut a corner and go for the double disc...

    You could cut a corner and go for the double disc 3000 Days, which offers an excellent summation of the band's earlier albums before signing to Kscope. It's compiled by Soord himself, and flows...
  21. TPT are one of those bands that sit on the...

    TPT are one of those bands that sit on the periphery of prog, but I've always been attracted to them because of the quality of the songwriting rather than any prog influences.

    This has become more...
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    Excellent interview. Thanks for taking the time...

    Excellent interview. Thanks for taking the time to paste the whole thing in.

    I'm currently taking a sabbatical from all things SW, having burned out on all the social media toxicity (inc SW...
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    I have the 2004 remasters, and thought they...

    I have the 2004 remasters, and thought they sounded ok to my ears.

    I was on holiday in Berlin and came across Dawn and Ocean (brand new) in a store, so I bought them. But then I wanted to add...
  24. The Pineapple Thief - The Soord Sessions (Deluxe Edition)

    For those of you interested in the music of The Pineapple Thief (aka Bruce Soord), the Kscope label has just released a four disc book-set of the live streams that Bruce performed from his attic...
  25. The Anchoress -The Art Of Losing (for fans of Kate Bush, Tori Amos etc)

    The Anchoress may not be a familiar name to some of you, but her alter ego, Catherine Anne Davies, has collaborated over the years with the likes of Simple Minds, Bernard Butler and Paul Draper, and...
  26. Thread: SPOTIFY - Again

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    Afraid not. John Young has been very vocal in his...

    Afraid not. John Young has been very vocal in his condemnation of streaming. It's the CD or the download, and that's it.

    And the cd isn't exactly competitively priced - when other bands are asking...
  27. Richard Barbieri - Under A Spell (new album) (for fans of Porcupine Tree and Japan)

    Those of you who are already fans of either Porcupine Tree or Japan, need no introduction to Richard Barbieri, who's synth work has been a vital part of the sound of both bands.

    He's just released...
  28. It was the damnedest thing. I work in Edinburgh...

    It was the damnedest thing. I work in Edinburgh and was in the station waiting for my train home, when I saw this dude waiting around. I was thinking, "he looks a little like Ed, but it can't be him...
  29. Ed's been a busy boy this past year, probably due...

    Ed's been a busy boy this past year, probably due to lockdown. (He stays just over the water from me, so i'd imagine he's experiencing the same restrictions on movement, as well as the frustration of...
  30. The Heavy Horses set had the Berne concert on cd...

    The Heavy Horses set had the Berne concert on cd AND a 5.1 dvd.
  31. Thread: Storm Corrosion

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    If I recall, it was Akerfeldt turning up for one...

    If I recall, it was Akerfeldt turning up for one of RAH shows on the To the Bone tour.

    It was a one-off, but as the shows were recorded professionally, SW has now confirmed that the live song has...
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    For a good overview and introduction to Max's...

    For a good overview and introduction to Max's work, you could try Voyager:

    https://momentstransition.wordpress.com/2020/08/04/voyager-essential-max-richter-2019/

    And if the eight hour epic...
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    It's fascinating reading so many diverse views on...

    It's fascinating reading so many diverse views on this album - art should inspire discussion and debate - and it's refreshing to see folks here playing nice with one another. (Facebook is becoming a...
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    My copy arrived early, so I've spent the last 48...

    My copy arrived early, so I've spent the last 48 hours immersing myself in the single cd edition.

    If any of you are interested, you can read my thoughts in a blog I've just published:

    Steven...
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    Thank you so much for sharing this interview -...

    Thank you so much for sharing this interview - what an excellent piece of journalism.

    As a longtime fan, I've enjoyed the SW trip with all its twists and side projects, but I have wondered whether...
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    To be honest, I don't know. There's a webstore...

    To be honest, I don't know. There's a webstore called Grimfrost which could answer that for you.

    And the whole fighting thing has been overblown out of proportion over the years. Most norsemen...
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    I have the Heilung albums and they're very...

    I have the Heilung albums and they're very atmospheric, but if readers are coming to this scene as newbies, Heilung's growled and croaked vocals may be a turn-off for some, and some of the music can...
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    Thanks for that. Glad you're enjoying the...

    Thanks for that.

    Glad you're enjoying the Wardruna songs - I had the same reservations when I was introduced to an earlier album, but it quickly caught my imagination. And in fact, it was the...
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    Wardruna - new album Kvitravn

    If you're familiar with the tv series Vikings, you will recognise the name Wardruna, as their music has been used as a backdrop in the early episodes.

    Their music is a tapestry of ancient norse...
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    B5 is still my all-time favourite series, and...

    B5 is still my all-time favourite series, and still stands up well.

    After a hiatus for a few years, we sat down and watched the entire run a few months ago, savouring one episode per evening, and...
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    I think I now have everything available via the...

    I think I now have everything available via the Kscope label, plus the newest album.

    I liked the relaxed vibe, and Wilson and Bowness make for a very compatible creative relationship, (compared to...
  42. Max Richter - Sleep (A Cinematic Exploration Into The Unknown)

    It takes inspiration to compose a suite of music lasting eight hours, but it also takes courage to perform the whole thing live and in real time.

    Sleep (A Cinematic Exploration Into The Unknown),...
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    To be fair to the team, they are even more...

    To be fair to the team, they are even more challenged at the moment because of the pandemic variant over here.

    It's caused massive blockage at the Dover port, with France having banned crossings...
  44. The one artist that has had the biggest impact on...

    The one artist that has had the biggest impact on me this past year has been Jimi Hendrix. I’m not sure why, as I’ve had his classic trio of albums for years, but something about his music just...
  45. I've been working my way through the albums,...

    I've been working my way through the albums, chronologically, via my mp3 player and headphones. (Some of the discs were a bit troublesome, taking a lot longer to rip than usual, so I thought I'd...
  46. That would have been a bit tricky, as the bonus...

    That would have been a bit tricky, as the bonus disc runs for about an hour, so they might not have been able to squeeze those extra tracks on. Nice idea though.
  47. Porcupine Tree - The Delerium Years 1991-97 (Limited edition deluxe box set)

    I'm not sure if this has already been posted about, but Burning Shed have just started shipping a new Porcupine Tree box set based around the band's albums released on the Delerium label.

    It's a...
  48. Actually, Impressions has a lot in common with...

    Actually, Impressions has a lot in common with the 27 minute track - Transition II - on the bonus disc.

    You could say that this track is the Lunatic Soul equivalent of Floyd's infamous "Big...
  49. Lunatic Soul - Through Shaded Woods (for fans of Riverside, Wardruna & Dead Can Dance

    If any of you are familiar with Poland's progressive metal band Riverside, then you may also be aware of their bassist's side project Lunatic Soul, which allows him creative freedom to explore and...
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    My box set arrived last week, and I've just...

    My box set arrived last week, and I've just surfaced after going through it all.

    For some thoughts on the contents and the audio quality, I've put together a blog review, which you can find here:...
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    Sticky: Sorry - don't know what went wrong there but the...

    Sorry - don't know what went wrong there but the review link is fixed now.

    https://momentstransition.wordpress.com/2020/10/23/crippled-black-phoenix-ellengaest-2020/
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    Sticky: The new one from Crippled Black Phoenix sseems to...

    The new one from Crippled Black Phoenix sseems to have slipped quietly out into stores a couple of weeks ago, but a shout out here won't go amiss.

    If you're a fan then you'll definitely enjoy...
  53. Jon Gomm - The Faintest Idea (for fans of proggy acoustic guitar songs)

    Jon Gomm may probably be an unfamiliar name - he certainly was for me, until the Kscope label signed him up and released his new album The Faintest Idea last week.

    If you're into the kind of...
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    The story behind Jimi and Miles, was that Alan...

    The story behind Jimi and Miles, was that Alan Douglas wanted to nudge Jimi towards a jazz direction - Jimi was becoming over-reliant on Douglas to make all his decisions for him, but agreed that a...
  55. Album will be released in early November - my...

    Album will be released in early November - my article was based on a preview copy, to whet your appetite. As I understand from the band, it'll be available as a download on CDBaby, but there will be...
  56. Thudwail - Ignition (for fans of Roy Harper and John Martyn)

    If you are into the acoustic guitar effects used by Roy Harper or John Martyn, or the more tranquil moments of Dave Gilmour's solo material, then the wonderfully titled Thudwail will definitely...
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    Excellent album review, telling me everything I...

    Excellent album review, telling me everything I need to know about the music and the contents and packaging.

    It's funny to see so many folk mentioning Waverley Steps, as I climbed up them most...
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    It’s reassuring that while the world accelerates...

    It’s reassuring that while the world accelerates around us, the universal constant that is Ozric Tentacles remains unchanged, bringing their healing feelings to those of us who want to simply relax...
  59. Jóhann Jóhannsson and Yair Elazar Glotman – Last And First Men

    For those of you who enjoy music which mixes electronic ambience with contemporary classical, or experimental soundscapes like Steven Wilson’s Bass Communion, then Johann Johannsson might be a...
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    Here's a thought. Petrucci and Portnoy...

    Here's a thought.

    Petrucci and Portnoy continue the bromance, having played together on Petrucci's solo album. Portnoy is invited back to DT, LaBrie throws a hissy fit and storms off, and they...
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