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    I'm never going to be a download purchaser. If...

    I'm never going to be a download purchaser. If it's not available physically then it's not for me. I can spend the rest of my life with the collection I already have anyway.
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    Ahhh yes, I have the first Ellesmere, pretty...

    Ahhh yes, I have the first Ellesmere, pretty good. But I miss Taproban!
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    What happened to Taproban? They just kind of fell...

    What happened to Taproban? They just kind of fell apart... it says on their website that Roberto Vitelli left the band in 2017 to focus on solo projects but I've never heard of anything happening...
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    Yes and yes.
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    Volcanic Rock is great. If you're checking them...

    Volcanic Rock is great. If you're checking them out on YT, it's pretty easy to go down that rabbit hole of obscure hard rock bands in that style. Lots of great stuff out there in the...
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    Who is Welsh in Marillion?

    Who is Welsh in Marillion?
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    No, I get in the mood for a particular band or...

    No, I get in the mood for a particular band or artist and go to that section of the shelves where I can quickly and easily find them. Other times I just scan the shelves to see what jumps out at me -...
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    Yep. In the old days I went by genre, but as the...

    Yep. In the old days I went by genre, but as the collection eventually got too large, I had to switch to alphabetical (not to mention the wife, who couldn't care less about genre, couldn't find...
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    Sticky: Young people are throwing coronavirus parties...

    Young people are throwing coronavirus parties with a payout when one gets infected, official says

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/02/us/alabama-coronavirus-parties-trnd/index.html
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    With roughly 3,000 CDs I'm not sure of any other...

    With roughly 3,000 CDs I'm not sure of any other way I'd want to do it than how it is now:

    - Main shelves: Prog & Jazz (alphabetical first, then chronological)

    - One entire tower (200 CDs) for...
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    So, this set is outstanding. Absolutely loved it!...

    So, this set is outstanding. Absolutely loved it! :cool

    I see, however, that a new account on Discogs has listed it as 'still sealed' for $350. He clearly got it from this sale and is now turning...
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    I've been in a mood lately because of this...

    I've been in a mood lately because of this thread, and today I spun the two spectacular albums Cyklonmannen and Friendship. Outstanding stuff! What a talent he is. :cool
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    I don't have any of those, but perhaps the...

    I don't have any of those, but perhaps the involvement of Ant himself was what sets that series apart from these others? Beautiful, highly detailed booklets and loads of bonus stuff on the second CD...
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    That's a shame. I thought Voiceprint did a...

    That's a shame. I thought Voiceprint did a brilliant job with the 2-CD Ant Phillips series. So good, in fact, that I hung on to them even after buying the even more extravagant Esoteric reissues.
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    I second all of these, especially The Watch....

    I second all of these, especially The Watch. Check out their albums Ghost or Vacuum in particular. They are like lost albums from the Foxtrot era.
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    I happily await to be pleasantly surprised,...

    I happily await to be pleasantly surprised, believe me. :)
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    You and me both, man. My least favourite period...

    You and me both, man. My least favourite period and Billy The Mountain the perfect example of why. I believe we are in the minority though, at least on this board. I will still happily get this box...
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    The Unbendable Sleep is excellent IMO, highly...

    The Unbendable Sleep is excellent IMO, highly recommended to any fan!
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    ^^^ I completely agree about Chris Fry's guitar...

    ^^^ I completely agree about Chris Fry's guitar playing. It's one of the strongest elements IMO.
  20. It refers to something a groupie exclaimed during...

    It refers to something a groupie exclaimed during an amorous encounter. ;) It's in the book.
  21. No, not really. Several of the post-Guitar Noir...

    No, not really. Several of the post-Guitar Noir albums are just a paragraph or so each, and a few others maybe a bit more than that. This is where I feel the book could be more fleshed out, because I...
  22. This is true. Banks hands out both praise and...

    This is true. Banks hands out both praise and criticism for everyone including himself, which is something I think people tend to overlook, choosing to focus on his criticisms because he can...
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    My On The Corner Sessions box arrived today. It's...

    My On The Corner Sessions box arrived today. It's a thing of beauty for sure, and although I was surprised it was only packed with crumpled paper protecting it in the box, it's in pristine condition...
  24. It's okay information-wise, but it's poorly...

    It's okay information-wise, but it's poorly written (IMO) and has far too much of the author's own life being injected into the story. At several points I was thinking "Why am I reading about this...
  25. Second video now out: ...

    Second video now out:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9UlYTN5NbY
  26. Yes, I have that, although it's not a favourite...

    Yes, I have that, although it's not a favourite of mine. Some of the info is great. It's been a long time since I read it, so I can't really compare them.



    Yes, a terrific guy. I interviewed...
  27. Yes, I enjoyed Mike's book quite a lot, actually....

    Yes, I enjoyed Mike's book quite a lot, actually. Just pointing out that I don't want to mislead people into thinking Steve's book is some mighty tome that takes weeks to get through! ;)
  28. Interesting idea, and I'd like to hear him speak...

    Interesting idea, and I'd like to hear him speak some of his more eloquent passages.

    Someone elsewhere asked how long the book is. I should point out that is is not a long read - detailed, yes,...
  29. Thank you John, that is high praise coming from...

    Thank you John, that is high praise coming from you!



    I'm glad, thank you!
  30. Thanks for that reminder, I have added that...

    Thanks for that reminder, I have added that button! :cool

    And thanks to everyone for the kind words, always nice when something resonates with people. I was worried about coming across too...
  31. STEVE HACKETT - A Genesis In My Bed: The Autobiography review

    Hope you like it! :cool

    https://www.velvetthunder.co.uk/steve-hackett-a-genesis-in-my-bed-the-autobiography/
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    I'm right there with you. I had a tinge of...

    I'm right there with you. I had a tinge of disappointment when that one came out, it just didn't seem to have the appeal of their previous work. But like countless great albums, it grew on me in a...
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    So, this album is actually quite good. Very...

    So, this album is actually quite good. Very proggy, loads of great melodies and playing. No vocals, no cheese. Just synth-heavy prog rock. The track Pavonis Mons in particular is a real cracker.
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    Love the two Sloche albums. A friend sent me...

    Love the two Sloche albums. A friend sent me those on a cassette many years ago and so began my explorations of the delightful world of musique du Québec, limited at that point in my young life to...
  35. Gösta Berlings Saga - Konkret Musik out July 24

    I know there are plenty of fans here... my review of the new Gösta Berlings Saga album is now up - I hope you enjoy it! :cool
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  36. Yeah, everything they do is an auto-buy for me....

    Yeah, everything they do is an auto-buy for me. There aren't as many of those for me as there used to be, but I don't foresee IQ ever being bumped from that category. :cool
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    https://www.velvetthunder.co.uk/magenta-masters-of...

    https://www.velvetthunder.co.uk/magenta-masters-of-illusion-tigermoth/
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    Nice! I'll post my review when the time comes....

    Nice! I'll post my review when the time comes. :cool
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    https://store.hackettsongs.com

    https://store.hackettsongs.com
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    I read the entire book in about two hours this...

    I read the entire book in about two hours this morning. Trying to get caught up on other reviews before tackling it!
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    I made no comment on his views. I reported what I...

    I made no comment on his views. I reported what I saw him posting most recently on his public social media page. That's what he's been up to, which is what was asked. Not the decade-old info you...
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    Interesting choice of word there, 'portrayed'....

    Interesting choice of word there, 'portrayed'. Someone asked whatever happened to him. I looked him up. Reported what I saw.
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    A glance at his Facebook page reveals a string of...

    A glance at his Facebook page reveals a string of posts about scripture, how CNN is fake news, how democrats are bad, and the cannabis company he is a part of.
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    Ouch. That's not cool at all. :(

    Ouch. That's not cool at all. :(
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    Yeah, I had hoped he would issue that separately...

    Yeah, I had hoped he would issue that separately later, I really don't need the rest of that boxed set.
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    As a big fan of all Rikard's music, I'm anxiously...

    As a big fan of all Rikard's music, I'm anxiously awaiting my review copy of Alone Together! Will be a lot of fun to go through, I'm sure. Here's my collection: (photo taken before Friendship was...
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    My review of this new album is now up! ...

    My review of this new album is now up!

    https://www.velvetthunder.co.uk/lonely-robot-feelings-are-good-insideout/
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    Oh that's surprising! I'm really enjoying it, I...

    Oh that's surprising! I'm really enjoying it, I find the tone quite similar to DA. Did you see Quiz? I've been trying unsuccessfully to pimp it here but nobody's biting. :D
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    Quiz is now finished, it was just a three-parter,...

    Quiz is now finished, it was just a three-parter, and was highly entertaining. We are now on season 2 of The Borgias, thoroughly enjoying that one. This recent quarantine time has allowed us to go...
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    We watched The Good Liar a couple of nights ago....

    We watched The Good Liar a couple of nights ago. Nice little twisty drama/thriller-type with Ian McKellan and Helen Mirren, who of course are both excellent. Very good but not flawless - it gets a...
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    Jeez, I forgot Cressida was going to be there...

    Jeez, I forgot Cressida was going to be there too. What a killer lineup. :(
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    FarFest, it was to be called, and it was going to...

    FarFest, it was to be called, and it was going to be a jaw-dropping lineup for fans of Italian and French prog (like me) and was also going to have Cathedral. Latter-day bands too, like Wobbler and...
  53. Excellent stuff! Here's my review, hope some PE...

    Excellent stuff! Here's my review, hope some PE folks grab this one! :cool

    https://www.velvetthunder.co.uk/anthony-phillips-the-living-room-concert-esoteric/
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    Is anyone else watching Quiz? It's really quite...

    Is anyone else watching Quiz? It's really quite engaging!
  55. ^^ Wow, I'm going to need that Unruh/Phideaux...

    ^^ Wow, I'm going to need that Unruh/Phideaux live album! :O
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    Today we watched Predestination, a sci-fi/time...

    Today we watched Predestination, a sci-fi/time travel film from 2014 that went largely unnoticed, I think, but was very well done and with a good story. Highly enjoyable way to spend a Saturday...
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    Yes, we watched that and it was excellent.

    Yes, we watched that and it was excellent.
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    I've updated this article to include Nick's new...

    I've updated this article to include Nick's new video for his cover of Money (That's What I Want).
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    R.I.P.

    R.I.P.
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    Hancock/Brecker/Hargrove - Directions In Music:...

    Hancock/Brecker/Hargrove - Directions In Music: Live At Massey Hall
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