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  1. Led Zeppelin - The Ocean (cover by Ellen, Yoyoka, Eva, Mateo)

    Wow, these kids are great! I was surprised at (a) how tiny the drummer and bassist are, and (b) how well they play this. Obviously, there is a pre-recorded vocal doing the backup harmonies, but this...
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    Ooooh... another TEE release! I'll definitely get...

    Ooooh... another TEE release! I'll definitely get this as I have their other 3 and enjoy them immensely.
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    In recent interviews, Steve has made a big thing...

    In recent interviews, Steve has made a big thing of the band doing this, apparently for this first time (or at least for the first time in a long, long time).
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    Apart from a few slightly wobbly notes right at...

    Apart from a few slightly wobbly notes right at the beginning, his voice is pretty stunning on this - especially considering he's approaching 78!
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    Couldn't get through the Close to the Edge video.

    Couldn't get through the Close to the Edge video.
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    That, That Is.

    That, That Is.
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    I'll be 62 in December. More and more, the years...

    I'll be 62 in December. More and more, the years are flowing like months.
  8. I always thought the same. I found it a bit...

    I always thought the same. I found it a bit disconcerting in the context of the rest of the record. Even so, I eventually warmed to it. It is indeed a great album!
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    I listened to this again today after a long while...

    I listened to this again today after a long while based on aith01's recommendation. Great stuff for sure!
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    Yes will continue as long as there is a will...

    Yes will continue as long as there is a will within for it to do so. When there is not, it will stop. Whether or not fans will accept this fact is another thing.
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    The writer is, of course, entitled to an opinion...

    The writer is, of course, entitled to an opinion as much as anyone is but has obviously not heard very much of Vangelis' *considerable* musical output outside of Chariots of Fire, Heaven and Hell,...
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    The questionable bit is that I'd never ever heard...

    The questionable bit is that I'd never ever heard of this until now... after, what, 48 years?! Still, it is not without interest. Someone should ask Jon... or Steve.
  13. I found Scratch My Back to be only mildly...

    I found Scratch My Back to be only mildly interesting at the time, and it has never merited many subsequent listens. It is no longer in my collection. Enough said.
  14. Now, Now, Now, Now Nooooooooow!

    Now, Now, Now, Now Nooooooooow!
  15. Personally, I hope he moves away from some of the...

    Personally, I hope he moves away from some of the more dirge-like music he did on his last couple of releases and gives us something more energetic.
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    This is quite interesting! I agree that the chord...

    This is quite interesting! I agree that the chord structure is very much in a Vangelis-like musical vein. It could also be that the melody was something Jon Anderson improvised along with the Greek...
  17. Also OVO and Long Walk Home: Music from the...

    Also OVO and Long Walk Home: Music from the Rabbit-Proof Fence
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    Here's your answer, direct from the man himself...

    Here's your answer, direct from the man himself (go to 4:17) :lol


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUoL6Jtj4Lo
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    :rofl

    :rofl
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    So long, Mr. White. As a musician, you were the...

    So long, Mr. White. As a musician, you were the never-failing, rock-solid anchor no matter what was going on around you. However, the fact that you were also a never-failing, rock-solid gentleman in...
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    I found this little goldmine last year while...

    I found this little goldmine last year while searching for information about unreleased works of Vangelis: 8 hours and 53 minutes of previously unheard music. Here's what it says on the site:

    The...
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    And here is Part 2. The trippy visuals are rather...

    And here is Part 2. The trippy visuals are rather laughably dated, but the music is otherwise (IMHO).


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZKJ6zkhpE0
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    I'm just now finding these highly interesting...

    I'm just now finding these highly interesting videos. Vangelis - Melody TV show (Part 1) 1974


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGCRwTOo05s
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    Vangelis improvisation with painter and dancer,...

    Vangelis improvisation with painter and dancer, 1971


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX8w9vvrkF0
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    Here is a demonstration of Vangelis'...

    Here is a demonstration of Vangelis' composing/performing/recording rig. Pretty impressive stuff, to say the least!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWggDMDhwIA
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    Interviews with Vangelis are rare but always...

    Interviews with Vangelis are rare but always fascinating when you get them. Everything he says is honest and comes from a deep musical heart. Obviously, this is very long, but it's absolutely worth...
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    The City is indeed another favorite. I really...

    The City is indeed another favorite. I really wish he had released more of his soundtracks such as Missing (only the main theme is out officially) and The Bounty. I saw both of those movies. Both...
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    Yeah, I immediately thought of that one, too. I...

    Yeah, I immediately thought of that one, too. I spun that when Demis Roussos left us.
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    Direct is great! I first picked that one up on...

    Direct is great! I first picked that one up on cassette in '94 during my post-army stint here in Korea. I recall listening to that one and Private Collection (w/Jon Anderson) on my 45-minute bus ride...
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    I just listened to his final release a few days...

    I just listened to his final release a few days ago: Juno to Jupiter (2021). It's less overtly melodic than the music he is more well-known for, but it's still brimming with creativity and atmosphere...
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    Easily among my all-time favorite musicians. That...

    Easily among my all-time favorite musicians. That huge rig that he had set up with all those rows of switches and the massive pedalboard so that he could compose, play, and record simultaneously was...
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    Yes, I love the artwork that he used. Much of it...

    Yes, I love the artwork that he used. Much of it was his own photography (such as the cover of China, which is a blurry shot of Vangelis in a swimming pool). I've had a special affection for Ignacio,...
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    Wikipedia appears to be supporting the news of...

    Wikipedia appears to be supporting the news of his death.
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    I listened to Soil Festivities last night all...

    I listened to Soil Festivities last night all night long on repeat. Today, I heard all of 1492: Conquest of Paradise as well as various individual tracks from throughout his career: Chung Kuo,...
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    Oh no! I've just been listening to his music this...

    Oh no! I've just been listening to his music this week due to some random urge. It actually passed through my mind that at his age, he might not be long for this world, but I had no idea he was ill...
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    It's worth a buck, but it is far too long and...

    It's worth a buck, but it is far too long and rambling in places for me to give it any sort of great recommendation. I confess that I was never very much of a Stones fan, but I bought this on...
  37. From the Friends of Jade Warrior website, in the...

    From the Friends of Jade Warrior website, in the history section:

    The mid-1990s and onwards...
    For the last 15 years or so, the standard question about Jade Warrior seems to have been "Have they...
  38. I don't think the site has seen an update since...

    I don't think the site has seen an update since 2012. Jon Field will be 82 in July, so let's hope he still has the will and vigor to complete what will undoubtedly be the final Jade Warrior album.
  39. Excellent! I'm a huge fan of Jade Warrior and...

    Excellent! I'm a huge fan of Jade Warrior and have my fingers crossed that the elusive Haiku album, which Jon Field has apparently been working on for many a year now, will eventually see the light...
  40. Quite cool! I really enjoyed that. I take it that...

    Quite cool! I really enjoyed that. I take it that these are the themes that are developed through the entire album. I'm definitely interested to hear the rest. Thanks much for sharing!
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    He's 81 and will be 82 in October. Pretty...

    He's 81 and will be 82 in October. Pretty impressive that he's still out there giving it his all.
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    Slow clap... :D

    Slow clap...

    :D
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    How would you describe it, overall?

    How would you describe it, overall?
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    Unfortunately is correct. I saw that date and...

    Unfortunately is correct. I saw that date and went, "Damn!" I don't come home until July 11. Well, surely YOU will enjoy the show. Let me know how it goes.
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    Thanks, Steve. I'd assumed it was something along...

    Thanks, Steve. I'd assumed it was something along those lines.
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    I'm both intrigued and frustrated by these...

    I'm both intrigued and frustrated by these comments! As I live in East Asia, there is zero chance that I will ever be able to see this show live in my neck of the woods, and it is one of a handful of...
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    Finished A New Day Yesterday: UK Progressive Rock...

    Finished A New Day Yesterday: UK Progressive Rock & the 1970s by Mike Barnes. Excellent book!
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    https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.progressi...

    https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.progressiveears.com/

    You can find a few things here. I looked at some of the interviews from 2002, so at least some of it is still available.
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    Considering all the line-up changes, it's...

    Considering all the line-up changes, it's probably 10 different things, at least...
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    Or Schemer, Dreamer...

    Or Schemer, Dreamer...
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    I was a pretty big fan of both, but the Boston...

    I was a pretty big fan of both, but the Boston debut album is still peerless in my book. That record blew my mind back in 1976, and it still manages to do that all these years later - this despite...
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    I think Facelift started that one, IIRC. EDIT:...

    I think Facelift started that one, IIRC.

    EDIT: Actually, it was Frumious.
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    Having sung with PFM is pretty good street cred,...

    Having sung with PFM is pretty good street cred, I would say!
  54. Wow, that is really shocking! I'm so sorry to...

    Wow, that is really shocking! I'm so sorry to hear that. My deepest condolences to his family.

    I knew Bill to be a very humble and mild-mannered man. Anyone could see that he was unfailingly...
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    To me, 'intense' and 'heavy' are distinctly...

    To me, 'intense' and 'heavy' are distinctly different qualities in a song. YMMV
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    Can-Utility and the Coastliners is indeed a great...

    Can-Utility and the Coastliners is indeed a great song, but I've never thought of it as 'heavy'.
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    No Man of Our Times? Otherwise a pretty decent...

    No Man of Our Times? Otherwise a pretty decent list.
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    With or without Alan White, somehow I just cannot...

    With or without Alan White, somehow I just cannot picture this incarnation of Yes performing the entire Relayer album, the song Sound Chaser in particular, and doing it justice.
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    At last, we get the Dukumentary ~ Great work...

    At last, we get the Dukumentary ~ Great work again, Rael! I especially enjoyed the way you used the artwork throughout and the fact that you even contacted the artist for some of his insights. I...
  60. Thread: Starcastle!

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    Gary Strater's bass playing sounds very...

    Gary Strater's bass playing sounds very Squire-esue, Terry Lutrell's vocal stylings convey a whiff of Jon Anderson, and once in a while, the keyboards, especially the Moog sounds, suggest Rick...
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