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    Sticky: Yeah, I always thought this was a “weird” one, on...

    Yeah, I always thought this was a “weird” one, on account of how Pye was sidelined for the bulk of it. I guess only “Stuck in a Hole,” “No Backstage Pass” and a little of “Dabsong” belong to him,...
  2. Caravan and Hoelderlin are the obvious choices...

    Caravan and Hoelderlin are the obvious choices here. The string players from Hoelderlin (Christoph Noppeney on viola and Joachim von Grumbkow on cello) guest on a couple of tracks on Birth Control’s...
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    Paroni Paakkunainen: ...

    Paroni Paakkunainen:


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    Interesting list. I really love the Sahara,...

    Interesting list. I really love the Sahara, Ramses, Khan and TD albums, but “heavy” is not a word I’d use to describe any of them.
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    “A Soupçon of ‘Soup’s On!’”

    “A Soupçon of ‘Soup’s On!’”
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    I really love that album, it’s kind of like the...

    I really love that album, it’s kind of like the mid-point between Talking Heads and Prince. A lot of songs were co-written with the members of the controversial Canadian duo Rough Trade. Speaking...
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    That “heart medication” song I posted earlier was...

    That “heart medication” song I posted earlier was probably “Sensual Impressions” by Joy Unlimited, something I always post when the subject of a flute comes up. Unfortunately, I don’t know who’s...
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    The Asynchronous Suite: Part I: Grand...

    The Asynchronous Suite:
    Part I: Grand Finale and Reprise
    Part II: There Is No Part II
    Part III: Prelude (A Beginning)
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    I feel compelled to mention Nona Hendryx, the...

    I feel compelled to mention Nona Hendryx, the creator of, among other things, what must be the world’s only “new age” R&B album in 1989’s Skin Diver (a collaboration with Tangerine Dream’s Peter...
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    I know that Kenichi Mitsuda, another Kenso...

    I know that Kenichi Mitsuda, another Kenso keyboardist, spent some time with the phenomenally popular pop group Stardust Revue in the late 90s.
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    “The Semaphore Version of Wuthering Heights”...

    “The Semaphore Version of Wuthering Heights”
    “Julius Caesar on an Aldis Lamp”
    “Narcissus, Or: The Man Who Was Mashed on Himself”
    “Phyrne Before the Chicago Tribunal”
    “I Am No Good at...
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    From Japan, there’s “city pop” diva Mariya...

    From Japan, there’s “city pop” diva Mariya Takeuchi, who had a “sleeper” hit via Youtube in “Plastic Love,” a song she recorded in 1984 for her album Variety. She’s married to singer-songwriter...
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    Flyte were Dutch/Flemish, from the border region....

    Flyte were Dutch/Flemish, from the border region. And yes, the vocals (and English lyrics) are terrible, and kind of ruin the album for me. Unsurprisingly, the instrumental is the best track by far.
  14. ↑The soul influence is what really makes Theo...

    ↑The soul influence is what really makes Theo special. It’s an unusual style to incorporate into prog, and they make it work.
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    Finally got around to hearing those last 3 (70s)...

    Finally got around to hearing those last 3 (70s) albums. Here’s some thoughts:

    Ship of Memories: A lot of people are treating this like some sort of lost classic, and I am afraid I just don’t hear...
  16. Godley & Creme were music video pioneers, but...

    Godley & Creme were music video pioneers, but that doesn’t mean that every idea they had was gold. Let us not forget they were also the men behind the seizure-inducing “jump cut” editing on Wang...
  17. Thread: Kenso boxset

    by Progbear
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    I wound up collecting them all individually,...

    I wound up collecting them all individually, anyway, by the time the box set came out—except for Utsuroi yuku mono, which was their most recent at the time (they since released another)—so it didn’t...
  18. The Game of Ouroboros was excellent and...

    The Game of Ouroboros was excellent and much-underrated, so I must check this out, too!
  19. Actually, I heard that he just went along with...

    Actually, I heard that he just went along with whatever the director said. It was only after it came out and people started making fun of him that he realized something was amiss.
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    It helps that this song already has some beef....

    It helps that this song already has some beef. George Kooymans’ (acoustic!) guitar riff is to die for!
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu_kBTbbulQ
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    Has Kleber Vogel of Quaterna Requiem and Kaizen...

    Has Kleber Vogel of Quaterna Requiem and Kaizen been mentioned?


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMnxUavh2Gw
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    I was just listening to Kenso II for, like, the...

    I was just listening to Kenso II for, like, the ten-thousandth time, and I was taken by just how delightful Shiro Yajima’s flute playing on the album is. Coupled with Yoshi’s divine guitar and ALL...
  24. Thread: Birders

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    Jays have been known to imitate hawk calls. A...

    Jays have been known to imitate hawk calls. A Steller’s jay tried that with me once, while I was enjoying my sandwich. Sorry, little fella, I’m a bigger predator and am not afraid of hawks (also: I...
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    Shame on me for failing to mention Kenji Imai,...

    Shame on me for failing to mention Kenji Imai, one of my favorite contemporary practitioners of the instrument:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5Q1Nwg2YQc

    Shem-Tov Levy is another obscure...
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    Hubert Laws is probably the ultimate, followed by...

    Hubert Laws is probably the ultimate, followed by Herbie Mann.

    In the world of prog, Thijs van Leer must be mentioned, as well as a more obscure choice, Peter Weekers of Flairck (who also blows a...
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    Any song ever by Ass Coffee: “If Your Enemy...

    Any song ever by Ass Coffee:

    “If Your Enemy Has a Screwdriver, Then He’s Already Won”
    “My Dog Likes Me Better When I Drink Beer”
    “The Hair We Had in the 80s”
    “How Can You Sleep When Your Loins...
  28. They even shared a bassist with PFM. It’s odd,...

    They even shared a bassist with PFM.

    It’s odd, usually the “extreme” type of avant-garde expressionistic singers tend to be female, but Demetrio Stratos is a rare male example, and ought to be...
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    Nick Glennie-Smith played keyboards with Wally,...

    Nick Glennie-Smith played keyboards with Wally, and was a session musician on a whole bunch of albums. In the 90s he went into movie soundtracks, often in collaboration with Hans Zimmer.
  30. It was my first taste of Banco as well....

    It was my first taste of Banco as well. “Metamorphosis” is the definitive version for me. That extended piano cadenza is divine. I don’t really get why the production/quality of the source tape on...
  31. It’s good, but not my favorite. It’s definitely...

    It’s good, but not my favorite. It’s definitely prog with the same complex writing as earlier albums, but it’s lacking. I think a lot of the songs are a bit indistinct. As aforementioned, “Ragno” is...
  32. Thread: Todd Rundgren

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    If you want to get super-pedantic about it,...

    If you want to get super-pedantic about it, “original Utopia” was Todd, Dave Mason (not that one), “M. Frog” and the Sales brothers. Mason died in 2013, so this version’s not happening, either.

    I...
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    It’s become popular of late to bash recorder...

    It’s become popular of late to bash recorder music. I humbly offer Telemann as a counter-argument:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIQCJS3roeE
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    I was recently reminded of the “frantic” version...

    I was recently reminded of the “frantic” version of “Tea for Two” by Libby Morris. Worth it for fans of, for example, Carol Burnett, and does a good job of deconstructing the song’s rather silly...
  35. I think they wanted someone more assertive up...

    I think they wanted someone more assertive up front. I don’t have a problem with Lanzetti’s vocals, but then, I am a fan of Roger Chapman. I will submit that his Italian vocals on Passpartù go down a...
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    Speaking of Tiny Tim doing unusual cover...

    Speaking of Tiny Tim doing unusual cover versions:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ROE36vNwgA

    I continue to be amazed/baffled/perplexed by the sheer number of different versions of “Juanita...
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    What a disappointment. I was lucky to have seen...

    What a disappointment. I was lucky to have seen Silver Apples live after their reformation (along with the reunited Fifty Foot Hose); it wasn’t the same experience of seeing them at their prime, I...
  38. Thread: Gary Wright

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    There’s some pretty excellent synth-bass on his...

    There’s some pretty excellent synth-bass on his recordings. That became more of a trend in the 80s (think Madonna’s early singles with that ARP 2600 bass) but it was kind of pioneering for Gary. Only...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nvzEqsZIGo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nvzEqsZIGo
  40. I need to re-listen to this. I finally checked it...

    I need to re-listen to this. I finally checked it out after years of not getting to it and it just struck me as very “meh.” Not bad, but not terribly exciting. Passpartù I would put alongside Banco’s...
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    I will submit that they had some lovely album...

    I will submit that they had some lovely album covers, even some from their post-hitmaking years like Aria.
  42. Thread: Gary Wright

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    The follow-up, The Light of Smiles, is pretty...

    The follow-up, The Light of Smiles, is pretty much a frisbee, unless you’re forgiving of dated 70s guru devotional crud (I’m not). Heading Home is surprisingly decent if you have a tolerance for late...
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    Good call on Cotton Candy. It’s rare I hear...

    Good call on Cotton Candy. It’s rare I hear anyone talk about it. It opens up with an eerie slice of ambient pop and ends with a kind of Gentle Giant sound-alike. In between is...not prog precisely,...
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    Agreed! ...

    Agreed!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqHDFIKk4Ak
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    High Bird. I apparently saw them at some point. I...

    High Bird. I apparently saw them at some point. I have no memory of having done so. I can literally remember nothing of their set. They can’t have been very memorable!

    New Sun are another band I...
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    How about dated commercial jingle references? I...

    How about dated commercial jingle references? I remember “You’ll love it at Levitz!” turning up on a track from Everything Is Different Now (“Old Fish Part.....whatever”). There must be others, but...
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    Funny you should mention this, but I was just...

    Funny you should mention this, but I was just thinking of this very subject as I was listening to the self-titled third album by Babe Ruth, which had an annotated lyric sheet explaining the obscure...
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    Compare the guitar intro to the Beatles’ “Dear...

    Compare the guitar intro to the Beatles’ “Dear Prudence” to the guitar intro here:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyzTwbQjtuc

    And compare the “Sun is up, the sky is blue...” bit to the “Sun...
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    The Roland SH3A was kind of an early, crude,...

    The Roland SH3A was kind of an early, crude, analog attempt at additive synthesis. Technically, Hammond organs (and other drawbar organs) use a limited form of additive synthesis, as does Davoli’s...
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    I got lucky with the Fruupp (Modern Masquerades)...

    I got lucky with the Fruupp (Modern Masquerades) and Affinity (US release on Paramount) albums, but those were extreme anomalies. Usually it’s the same Ray Conniff and Al Hirt albums over and over...
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    This is why I use USB. I live/work in an area...

    This is why I use USB. I live/work in an area with spotty mobile service (sometimes none at all), so streaming while driving is a no go. It’s a bit of a pity that my car won’t actually read USB...
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    The additive synthesis thing was the sort of...

    The additive synthesis thing was the sort of thing that Wendy Carlos was aiming for with her 80s work. She aligned with the Digital Systems company, in addition to the much-maligned Crumar to that...
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    He also played on the first Empire album...

    He also played on the first Empire album (recorded 1974, released in the 90s) with Banks. Preston Heyman, their regular drummer, fell ill, so Phil stepped in to play on the balance of the album.
    ...
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    I remember the Atari catalog also sold an...

    I remember the Atari catalog also sold an ACOUSTIC COUPLER modem...which back then I thought was SO COOL! Alas, I would have to wait a decade to experience the joys of online community. Via Prodigy....
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    ↑Some producers were pretty dictatorial. There’s...

    ↑Some producers were pretty dictatorial. There’s that infamous story about Todd Rundgren locking the members of Fanny out of the recording booth so they wouldn’t have any say in the production (the...
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    Going back and listening with fresh ears, this...

    Going back and listening with fresh ears, this hasn’t quite held up as well as when I first heard it. I agree that when this came out, this was a big breath of fresh air after so much...
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    I understand those who saw Pangée live were...

    I understand those who saw Pangée live were treated to the sight of a mime performing on stage with them.

    Weirdest find was not in a thrift store (though I do have some stories) but in a Musicland...
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    The 800XL was an “upgrade” for the older Atari...

    The 800XL was an “upgrade” for the older Atari 400. That one quit working as a “computer” (which it barely was, anyway) after I banged the membrane “keyboard” in frustration one too many times, and...
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    I had an Atari 800XL computer with a cassette...

    I had an Atari 800XL computer with a cassette drive growing up. What a nightmare! Upgrading to a (5¼") floppy drive was a great relief!
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    You’d have to ask Europeans for more info, but...

    You’d have to ask Europeans for more info, but it’s “easy listening” orchestral stuff, as I understand it. The “prog” connection is that various members of the sometimes-prog band Lucifer’s Friend...
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