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  1. Thread: Yessongs

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    It's hard for me to look at this record...

    It's hard for me to look at this record critically. I love it and always will. I heard it when it came out at the tender age of 15 and it totally blew me away. I had previously thought that Yes...
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    I'm probably in the minority here, but I liked...

    I'm probably in the minority here, but I liked Humble Pie better when Frampton left. I think "Smokin'" is the best album they ever did. Clem Clempson was a great replacement for Frampton.
  3. I had never heard of A.F.T. I liked it!

    I had never heard of A.F.T. I liked it!
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    Regarding Zep studio vs. live, I think they...

    Regarding Zep studio vs. live, I think they sounded way, way better in the studio. Very sloppy live, especially late in their career when they were all wasted during the show. Zep remains the only...
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    ^^ I believe Zappa's technique isn't tapping. He...

    ^^ I believe Zappa's technique isn't tapping. He uses the edge of the pick instead of his right hand fingers and gets a very tasty trilling effect. The idea is basically the same, though. Using...
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    George Kooymans is a very good and underrated...

    George Kooymans is a very good and underrated guitarist.
  7. Been revisiting BOC recently as a result of this...

    Been revisiting BOC recently as a result of this thread. I'm surprised how much I love Mirrors. The album and the song are great.
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    The median price for the Kenso II CD in the...

    The median price for the Kenso II CD in the cardboard LP sleeve is less than $30 on Discogs, so it can still be had for a not unreasonable premium from what it originally cost.
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    Just listened to several tracks from your...

    Just listened to several tracks from your BandCamp link, Bob. Great stuff! You really get some nice sounds out of your keyboard rig. I'm impressed by the imaginative production and the parts you...
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    Nice job, Richard! Kind of a Genesis vibe with...

    Nice job, Richard! Kind of a Genesis vibe with maybe a touch of Ravel! The drums are very well recorded, too, and everything is in a nice balance.
  11. The Richie guy is a great singer, but it doesn't...

    The Richie guy is a great singer, but it doesn't sound like BOC. Just generic pop metal. Oh yeah, IMHO!
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    Thank you, Renate! I guess it's unconscious...

    Thank you, Renate! I guess it's unconscious plagiarism!
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    That’s the best emulation of a guitar by a...

    That’s the best emulation of a guitar by a keyboard that I’ve heard. Really scary that the sampling has gotten so good. The chording is easier to ID than the single note lines.

    Yeah, those...
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    Wow, really love this track, Bob. Is that a...

    Wow, really love this track, Bob. Is that a guitar at 2:22? I thought you did all your stuff via keyboards. It has a real ELP feel to it and the guitar sounds are great, particularly the soloing! ...
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    Here's another one. It's not remotely proggy. ...

    Here's another one. It's not remotely proggy. It's a reflective song about the one that got away! We all have 'em! I know it's kind of a cliche, but you gotta do what comes!
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    Point taken. The Flower Kings have put out a LOT...

    Point taken. The Flower Kings have put out a LOT of music. Most of it is very high quality. I guess, given that there's so much more music out there by other artists, investing the time to become...
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    ^^ Love the bass and drum groove. Good luck with...

    ^^ Love the bass and drum groove. Good luck with the new record!
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    I don't know about others, but other than the 1st...

    I don't know about others, but other than the 1st 2 Flower King records, I can't tell which album a random song comes from. They all sound the same to me. Thus, I'll stick with what I have and not...
  19. GM: I didn’t realize you were such a good singer!...

    GM: I didn’t realize you were such a good singer!

    What?:huh
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    ^^ Very nice! I love the piano sounds you're...

    ^^ Very nice! I love the piano sounds you're getting. I think you mentioned that you're not a player. How, then, do you compose? Can you hear something by ear and transcribe it for your...
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    If you don't have Spooky Two, that's the one to...

    If you don't have Spooky Two, that's the one to get!
  22. Not a great album, in my opinion. I thought...

    Not a great album, in my opinion. I thought Monolith was great, though. They had very little left in the tank for AV. Isn't this when Kerry Livgren's "Seeds of Change" came out? A much better...
  23. Love this band. I think I've got every release...

    Love this band. I think I've got every release and have a hard time choosing amongst my favorites. Wait, I don't have to! They're all great. Mike Johnson seems like a nice guy and has always...
  24. Wow. Not bad at all! That was Me suffers a bit...

    Wow. Not bad at all! That was Me suffers a bit from tuning down to grunge levels, but the second tune is nice pop-metal.
  25. ^^ Yup. Taylor was invited to play a tune or two...

    ^^ Yup. Taylor was invited to play a tune or two on their 50th anniversary shows. It was a small bone to throw to him as he was pretty down on his luck at that point of his life. I don't believe...
  26. I agree with rating them by their second...

    I agree with rating them by their second guitarist. The Mick Taylor era is it for me. Jerjo's analysis pretty much nails it!

    I always felt sorry for Mick Taylor, getting caught up in the drugs...
  27. ^^ That is almost Coverdalian in its lyrical...

    ^^ That is almost Coverdalian in its lyrical artistry!
  28. ^^ Great interview with Steve Morse. He is one...

    ^^ Great interview with Steve Morse. He is one level-headed, cool guy! Oh, and very talented!
  29. Sad that his performing career ended after...

    Sad that his performing career ended after tripping over his neighbor's dogs and injuring his left hand. RIP to one of the greats!
  30. Only listened to it once. Somewhat...

    Only listened to it once. Somewhat underwhelming. Got to give them credit for still pumping out the music, but there's nothing new here. More chromatic Morseisms and I'm not a particular fan of...
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    ^^ Love that record. "Still Life" is my favorite...

    ^^ Love that record. "Still Life" is my favorite Maiden song. Birch produced some great music!
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    This album is another entry in the "Loudness...

    This album is another entry in the "Loudness Wars". It appears to be the "hottest" KS album in their catalog, at least on a casual observation of the dynamic range at...
  33. Judging by the new Steve Howe album, I don't have...

    Judging by the new Steve Howe album, I don't have high hopes for a new Yes record. His playing has lost its fire. The writing is way less adventurous. All of this, to my ears, of course!
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    Matt, also checked out "Boots and Blades". ...

    Matt, also checked out "Boots and Blades". Tribal drums, Middle Eastern scales, and then a hint of Japanese/Oriental stylings? It also has a little bit of the chamber rock vibe a la Univers Zero. ...
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    Bob, listened to Melancholy. As usual, very...

    Bob, listened to Melancholy. As usual, very nice. It has a Bach-feel to it. Very engaging. Is that an Oboe sample carrying the melody at one point? Sounds very realistic.
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    Thanks, Bob! That's what I've discovered, too,...

    Thanks, Bob! That's what I've discovered, too, although I'm no keyboard player!
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    Boy, how many times can this guy repackage his...

    Boy, how many times can this guy repackage his catalog? I consider him to be a lost talent who had so much potential, but never lived up to it and was content to rest on past laurels. Maybe I'll...
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    For these legacy groups (Kansas, Yes, Tull,...

    For these legacy groups (Kansas, Yes, Tull, etc...), I find that rather than simply wishing that the new music is as good as Leftoverture or what have you, I simply listen to Leftoverture or one of...
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    Hi, Renate! Thank you for listening! it does...

    Hi, Renate! Thank you for listening! it does sound like a banjo, but it's just a staccato 12 string with effects. For you keyboardists out there, how do you tame mellotron sounds? There's such a...
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    Here' the latest from my dungeon lair. It has...

    Here' the latest from my dungeon lair. It has some mellotron in it, so it may be of interest to some on here. Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I have a lot of catching up to do with everyone's...
  41. IMHO, the only evolution has been on the Avant...

    IMHO, the only evolution has been on the Avant side of the ledger. Most of the other stuff is very derivative of the 60's and 70's. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing. I don't pay as much...
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    ^^ Wow! What a line-up!

    ^^ Wow! What a line-up!
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    Let's Get Together is another great Dickey Betts...

    Let's Get Together is another great Dickey Betts Band album. Great growling Les Pauls, Hammond B-3's and funky bass. Never heard it before today and think it's right up there with Pattern...
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    Been on an Allman's/Southern Rock kick lately. ...

    Been on an Allman's/Southern Rock kick lately. Just listened a few times to Pattern Disruptive by Dickey Betts. It's phenomenal! This is sort of like a Govt Mule record with Dickey Betts added...
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    I'm a real fan of the newest one, too "Until All...

    I'm a real fan of the newest one, too "Until All the Ghosts are Gone". I was surprised at how good it was. Vemod was my favorite before that and I never got into Nucleus that much. Maybe I'll drag...
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    https://youtu.be/klv1DZxsuX4

    https://youtu.be/klv1DZxsuX4
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    ^^ It sure doesn't sound like the rest of the...

    ^^ It sure doesn't sound like the rest of the album, although I like the track. The Stones with M. Taylor just had a fuller, ballsier sound.
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    I'm fascinated that at least two of the players...

    I'm fascinated that at least two of the players in the band, Gary Green, and I'm sure John Weathers, couldn't read music. How did GG work out their elaborate arrangements without the benefit of...
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    $150 for the 3CD/BR? No thanks! Most of the...

    $150 for the 3CD/BR? No thanks! Most of the Stones won't live long enough to spend the money they're trying to bilk from this.
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    He had a kick-ass band. Saw him in the '90's and...

    He had a kick-ass band. Saw him in the '90's and the horse hair on his bow string was on fire!
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    Just heard Citizen Cain (Somewhere but Yesterday)...

    Just heard Citizen Cain (Somewhere but Yesterday) for the first time. The singer apes Peter Gabriel's style to a "T", which I think hurts the band's music. His phrasing, pronunciation and timing...
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    Have any of you read anything by Naomi Novik? ...

    Have any of you read anything by Naomi Novik? "Uprooted" and "Spinning Silver" were both fantastic.
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    I only have Arborescence and a few stray tracks...

    I only have Arborescence and a few stray tracks from other albums. I can only handle them in small doses when the mood strikes.
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    Just listened to Katorz today. Didn't like it...

    Just listened to Katorz today. Didn't like it much. Piggy was a fantastic guitarist and riffmeister. Real tough to replace, but the tune posted by the OP is damn good!
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    Oh, yeah! This is great! Love me some Voivod!

    Oh, yeah! This is great! Love me some Voivod!
  56. I think Full House is Pegg’s first with FC.

    I think Full House is Pegg’s first with FC.
  57. I love this record, but Richard Thompson's guitar...

    I love this record, but Richard Thompson's guitar playing on "Full House" makes that one my favorite FC record. Really, if you're turned off by folk, you're missing something by not listening to...
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    ^^ The Red eponymousone is my favorite with...

    ^^ The Red eponymousone is my favorite with Closer to Home being my second fave. Some great songs that sometimes went on a bit to long. Farner was a great singer.
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    Bingo! From the Great White North, to boot! I...

    Bingo! From the Great White North, to boot! I was surprised to see how many albums they have given that the "Big Prize" was their last foray onto the charts. They had great hair. Punky Meadows...
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    It was against my better judgement, but for some...

    It was against my better judgement, but for some reason I bought this Honeymoon Suite album when it came out. Apparently, Ian Anderson is on one song. How that happened, I have long forgotten.

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