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    Steeleye Span's "Winter" album is great, very...

    Steeleye Span's "Winter" album is great, very folk/prog Steeleye. Also Annie Haslam's two Christmas albums, both in a more gentle style.
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    Robert Berry did a couple of very enjoyable...

    Robert Berry did a couple of very enjoyable albums as the December People, arranging Christmas songs in the style of famous bands. There are also a few surprises, like a "Kansas" track that turns out...
  3. Sure. Maybe half of everything released in the...

    Sure. Maybe half of everything released in the first ten years of the CD era.
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    That's actually a whole lot better than he's been...

    That's actually a whole lot better than he's been the last few times I've seen him. The voice itself is stronger and less pinched than it's been, and it helps that he finally has other band members...
  5. Since they're all under ten minutes, it should...

    Since they're all under ten minutes, it should cost $5 to buy them all ($1.25 each, last I checked).
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    After you played Lindisfarne, I hope?

    After you played Lindisfarne, I hope?
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    They did that last time as well.

    They did that last time as well.
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    They've got eight months to learn two songs. Even...

    They've got eight months to learn two songs. Even for musicians with a fraction of their talent I can't imagine it's that tall an order.
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    No opener, starts on time, plays about two hours,...

    No opener, starts on time, plays about two hours, no intermission.
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    Wasn't fired, he landed the lead role in the...

    Wasn't fired, he landed the lead role in the Kinks musical in London.
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    Would be a surprise if ELP didn't hear "Year of...

    Would be a surprise if ELP didn't hear "Year of the Cat" until three years after its release.
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    No it's not. This is just a repackaging of the...

    No it's not. This is just a repackaging of the Billboard interview in which one of the three says he expects it to happen.
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    Gov't Mule does Yes!

    I had the pleasure of witnessing this last night. Warren Haynes really blazing on the "Wurm" section of Starship Triooper, plus something else that you will definitely recognize at 2:07.
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  14. I think Geoff is the only one playing it right....

    I think Geoff is the only one playing it right. The synth riff is supposed to happen there, with the band dropping out and Carl doing the cowbell. Instead it looks like Carl is driving right into the...
  15. That gives it away-- It's a Carly Simon cover!

    That gives it away-- It's a Carly Simon cover!
  16. No, it's nearly all songs of his, the exceptions...

    No, it's nearly all songs of his, the exceptions being "The Sun Set" and "Legend of a Mind" (respetively Mike Pinder and Ray Thomas songs), which probably won't be in the set for this tour, unless he...
  17. John Lodge will certainly be doing only songs...

    John Lodge will certainly be doing only songs that were his leads. And Carl Palmer's band is instrumental, so nobody will be singing anybody else's bits.
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    As someone noted above, the Classic Artists DVD...

    As someone noted above, the Classic Artists DVD tells the story in a pretty thorough and very even-handed way.
  19. Thread: Focus 11

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    The opener "Who's Calling" is a Focus classic. It...

    The opener "Who's Calling" is a Focus classic. It is the same song that was on the Van Leer/Akkerman album, but this version is drastically different and much improved. And it's five minutes instead...
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    Renaissance-- Ashes Are Burning 50th Tour

    Not listed on their site yet, but happening in the fall. City Winery Boston lists a date on October 18. Looking forward. (Seems to tie in with the anniversary of the band, not the album).
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    The other problem was that Echoes faded out...

    The other problem was that Echoes faded out before the end, since the whole thing was nearly 1/2 hour.

    By the way, that version of "Fat Old Sun" is my pick for the greatest ever Floyd track.
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    https://www.amazon.com/Live-Chicago-Theatre-Rundgr...

    https://www.amazon.com/Live-Chicago-Theatre-Rundgrens-Utopia/dp/B07NN5QH7F
  23. He used to do the Moodies' falsettos, yes? So his...

    He used to do the Moodies' falsettos, yes? So his pipes were pretty good at that point.
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    Yeah, there's some really funky bass on the...

    Yeah, there's some really funky bass on the studio version.
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    I may be wrong, but I think sequencers have...

    I may be wrong, but I think sequencers have always been used on this tune. Here's a 1982 clip:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGVoAPORIpE
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    Worth noting though that Triumvirat is the German...

    Worth noting though that Triumvirat is the German spelling of the word, and I'm not sure if the rats were on the non-US albums (at least there wasn't one on Old Loves Die Hard). I certainly wish...
  27. I also never heard this before, so thanks. It's...

    I also never heard this before, so thanks. It's the one M+M track I can name that sounds like Genesis, and that has any of Mike's characteristic guitar in evidence.
  28. Great to see you too, and certainly an epic show....

    Great to see you too, and certainly an epic show. Very different than the last time I saw Neal Morse at Passim, the tiny folk club just two doors away!
  29. Things were pretty close to fully democratic in...

    Things were pretty close to fully democratic in the classic era-- Lost Chord even had an entire side with no Hayward songs (and it's still one of their greatest album sides). This of course changed...
  30. It's the old question about whether it stopped...

    It's the old question about whether it stopped being "progressive" when it became a definable style. No doubt van Leer believes in the style itself, since that's what he plays.
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    Come to Boston. I went to the Orpheum box office...

    Come to Boston. I went to the Orpheum box office and got a pretty good balcony seat for $40.
  32. Thread: Focus 11

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    The one thing I've missed on the reunion albums...

    The one thing I've missed on the reunion albums is a longish piece with room for improv, something in the Anonymous II vein. Don't know if 11 has one of those, but here's hoping.
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    Dunno, I'd say that Tony's Al Stewart voice is...

    Dunno, I'd say that Tony's Al Stewart voice is perfect for that song.
  34. Man, Hammill sounds great in that clip. It could...

    Man, Hammill sounds great in that clip. It could have come from six months after the original album.
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    There are plenty of current artists who simply...

    There are plenty of current artists who simply prefer to crowd-source. If you have a strong following (which she does), and have control-freak tendencies (which she does), it allows for more freedom...
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    The current lineup has so far made four albums--...

    The current lineup has so far made four albums-- August by Cake, Space Gun, How Do You Spell Heaven and the new Zeppelin over China-- and they're all topnotch, full of great songcraft and lower on...
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    I see loads of great stuff in that lineup--...

    I see loads of great stuff in that lineup-- Trombone Shorty, Los Lobos, X, Violent Femmes, St. Paul, Joan Jett, Lauryn Hill, B-52's? Hell, I'd go.
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    This true? I can find no mention online of him...

    This true? I can find no mention online of him dying.
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    You're in for a wild ride, but very much worth...

    You're in for a wild ride, but very much worth it. Everyone would probably give you a different starting point, so jump in wherever you like!
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    Martin's audience is hardcore. I went to an...

    Martin's audience is hardcore. I went to an IA/Tull show this summer and can confirm that he still gets a lot of yahoos.
  41. Bowie-- Heroes and The Next Day Lou Reed--...

    Bowie-- Heroes and The Next Day

    Lou Reed-- Transformer and Blue Mask
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    Would be a perfect comeback for the Howe band to...

    Would be a perfect comeback for the Howe band to tour as "Yes' Jon Anderson Experience".
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    All three of Rush's 2000's albums went Top 10 in...

    All three of Rush's 2000's albums went Top 10 in the US.
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    He did do some Olias in the last solo show I saw....

    He did do some Olias in the last solo show I saw. Can't recall the details but pretty sure "Moorglade" was included.
  45. Wenner seems to be more of a fiigurehead at this...

    Wenner seems to be more of a fiigurehead at this point. The head of the nominating committee, and probably the one who makes the big decisions, is Jon Landau.
  46. Wenner hasn't had anything to do with this kind...

    Wenner hasn't had anything to do with this kind of decision for at least 10 years.
  47. However he's on all but two tracks on Viva!., one...

    However he's on all but two tracks on Viva!., one of the greatest live albums on the 70s.
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    Aren't most or all of them already on it?

    Aren't most or all of them already on it?
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    Bit too late for "before the holidays," unless he...

    Bit too late for "before the holidays," unless he means next year.
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    It was "Lipstick," which includes the Shot By...

    It was "Lipstick," which includes the Shot By Both Sides riff. Shelley/Devoto are credited with writing both songs,.
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    Prog connection: Geoff Richardson (Caravan)...

    Prog connection: Geoff Richardson (Caravan) played viola on their great single "Are EVerything," which was pure psych rather than punk. Georgie Born (Henry Cow) played cello on the flipside.
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    And unlike most of the titles here, the Waters...

    And unlike most of the titles here, the Waters title accurately describes what's going on sonically.
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    #183 is a pretty fair choice. It came out at the...

    #183 is a pretty fair choice. It came out at the height of my Yes fandom and even then it seemed obviously lousy.
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    Capability Brown-- "Keep Death Off the Road,...

    Capability Brown-- "Keep Death Off the Road, Drive on the Pavement".
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    I meant that Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman...

    I meant that Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman are still performing, just not with the band calling itself the Guess Who. Peterson and Kale are fine but I can't really think of them as key members...
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    Worse in their case because the two key members...

    Worse in their case because the two key members of the original Guess Who are still performing. Also most of the material released by the post-Cummings lineups has been terrible.
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    Yes! Thanks much!

    Yes! Thanks much!
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    Hammill kids song that was posted?

    Hey folks...A year or so ago, someone posted a Youtube clip of Peter Hammill singing a kids' song on an English TV show, something to do with English history. If anyone can remember what this was and...
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    Must say that ain't bad. Not sure it's Nektar,...

    Must say that ain't bad. Not sure it's Nektar, but not bad.
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    Two opening tracks-- "Pagan Baby" was terrific...

    Two opening tracks-- "Pagan Baby" was terrific too.
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