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    Very sad news, and I've just realized that I am...

    Very sad news, and I've just realized that I am reading it wearing the UZ t-shirt bought either at RIO or in Wurzburg, can't remember where exactly.

    It was always a very expensive trip, so I made...
  2. Thread: Stereolab

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    I've just seen Stereolab live at Helsinki's Flow...

    I've just seen Stereolab live at Helsinki's Flow Festival last week. Such a brilliant band. Surely one of the highlights of the festival for me, love their swirling instrumental parts, vintage keys...
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    Even staying within the Italian section of the...

    Even staying within the Italian section of the NWW list, the inclusion of Capsicum Red or Hero always puzzled me much more than Ys. While nice enough, both are musically very far from the...
  4. Now we're talking. Some seriously transcendent,...

    Now we're talking. Some seriously transcendent, mind-altering poetry there.
  5. So glad to read the enthusiastic feedback about...

    So glad to read the enthusiastic feedback about their US shows — as everyone here knows, I've been raving about these guys for ever, and I'm happy to see they were well-received in the US. Huge props...
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    Right on. That's when I started measuring...

    Right on. That's when I started measuring people's arrogance in omega monkeys :lol
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    Mine, not Omega Monkey's. Even though I had an...

    Mine, not Omega Monkey's. Even though I had an odd meaningful post on the forum every now and then, I still regard that infamous smokers thread as my greatest contribution to the life of PE, though I...
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    Alan, the studio version of this song is on the...

    Alan, the studio version of this song is on the album Bodun (Russian slang word for "hangover") from 1991. Good point about young Peter Hammill – it never came to mind, but indeed, there is a certain...
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    Both fantastic albums IMO, but it is more of an...

    Both fantastic albums IMO, but it is more of an inertia thing when the Mad Curry LP gets mentioned in the Canterbury discussions – it's much more proto-prog for my ears, and as such, people coming to...
  10. I had the same impression. Damn, I'm twice...

    I had the same impression.


    Damn, I'm twice as jealous now as I was when I first opened this thread :lol
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    Not exactly prog, but rather experimental rock by...

    Not exactly prog, but rather experimental rock by one of my favorite Russian bands, and a break-up song to end all break-up songs IMO – certainly, part of the appeal is in the lyrics, which I'd never...
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    I do! Carol Grimes + great songs = excellent...

    I do! Carol Grimes + great songs = excellent album.
  13. I'm jealous – where have you seen them? Mats is...

    I'm jealous – where have you seen them? Mats is bringing his Fire trio to Moscow almost every year, and I make sure not to miss any of their shows (always lots of fun, and Mats is a super-friendly...
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    I've not been online much in the last couple of...

    I've not been online much in the last couple of weeks, so only got aware of these news today. Kinda sad that this thread got so few replies. Embryo was one of the best German bands ever, and my...
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    Never thought I'd live to see a link to Izvestia...

    Never thought I'd live to see a link to Izvestia on PE! My life will never be the same again :lol
  16. Thread: Ne Zhdali

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    Apparently not. Russian Wikipedia lists 2012 as...

    Apparently not. Russian Wikipedia lists 2012 as the year of their final disbandment, though does not provide any sources of this information. However, I have indeed heard very little of them over the...
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    Yes. And there's more of it on the new record. ...

    Yes. And there's more of it on the new record.


    He's alright as a lyricist, I guess, with some nice verses to his credit (and a few clunkers too), but he always insisted that this is a...
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    Atman, I presume?

    Atman, I presume?
  19. This is actually what draws my attention to VdGG...

    This is actually what draws my attention to VdGG in the first place. IMO, they are one of the very few bands in progressive rock that follow the singer-songwriter writing model. It's just that the...
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    "Kettering Song" is one of the pinnacles of this...

    "Kettering Song" is one of the pinnacles of this entire "acid folk" genre IMO. And the entire album isn't far behind – a stone cold classic.
  21. Still a Gnosis 15 for me, and one of the desert...

    Still a Gnosis 15 for me, and one of the desert island records. This one is so warm and friendly, yet so clever and often complex, it's hard to believe such a combination is at all possible. I enjoy...
  22. Yup, the first two CR albums are certainly on par...

    Yup, the first two CR albums are certainly on par with early Roxy etc. Maybe it's the intellectual component that explains why they don't have the same exposure, as you say. But maybe it's just lack...
  23. To be honest, I can sort of hear the comparison...

    To be honest, I can sort of hear the comparison (violin + theatrical vocals), but sounding like Cockney Rebel isn't a bad thing in my book at all.

    If there's one VdGG studio album I couldn't...
  24. I feel the album would have been incomplete...

    I feel the album would have been incomplete without them. You seldom get to experience any in-your-face humor in VdGG (although it IS there IMO – just needs some deep digging to unearth), so when it...
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    This is their best song IMO. Everything that's...

    This is their best song IMO. Everything that's good about Vezhlivy Otkaz is there in the condensed form.


    The new album ends with a short acoustic instrumental piece again, but overall it is...
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    I think the previous one, Geese and Swans...

    I think the previous one, Geese and Swans (Gusi-Lebedi) might be their most accessible and definitely one of the best. This new CD is terrific too, but could require a little more time to settle. Of...
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    So, the album War Songs is officially out now,...

    So, the album War Songs is officially out now, they presented in on Thursday in Moscow's International House of Music. Awesome show, the first part was new album from start to finish, then after the...
  28. Even though I flew to Hamburg to see them and...

    Even though I flew to Hamburg to see them and have been a big fan for many years, I was hesitating to get this set because of the price and because I'm not much into CDs these days (only got to play...
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    Funny thing is I have thought for a VERY long...

    Funny thing is I have thought for a VERY long time that their name is Alas as in "Alas, poor Yorick!". Somehow it completely escaped my mind that this might be a normal Spanish word, and even the...
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    You made the right choice, son. Come on, these...

    You made the right choice, son. Come on, these guys have like 10 albums, and not a friggin' 20-minute epic to be found on any of them? Phew! They should take some lessons from Neil the Prog God.
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    Only as promo copies for music journalists and...

    Only as promo copies for music journalists and friends of the band (which is how I heard it). The official release date is 3rd of November, I think.
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    In this case, you'd be better off checking out...

    In this case, you'd be better off checking out some of the more lyric-heavy stuff from the 1980s and 1990s – the fresh War Songs material doesn't have too many lyrics per se, most of the stuff there...
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    Sticky: By the way, one of the songs from the upcoming...

    By the way, one of the songs from the upcoming album can be already heard on Vezhlivyi Otkaz's Soundcloud page, it's called "Sky Shooter" – give it a listen!

    https://soundcloud.com/vezhlivy_otkaz
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    Sticky: Who called me? :) Yes, you are correct, the...

    Who called me? :)

    Yes, you are correct, the new Vezhlivyi Otkaz / Polite Refusal album is coming in the early November. They finally forced the ever defiant bandleader Roman Suslov, who openly...
  35. Glad to see some discussion about The Kinks here...

    Glad to see some discussion about The Kinks here – they're my favorite 60s band bar none. I agree that the run from Face to Face up to Muswell Hillbillies was their strongest. My top 20 songs by The...
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    Just to clarify – I did not mean to imply that...

    Just to clarify – I did not mean to imply that people who like these albums are somehow forced into enjoying them by their reputation. I'm actually a fan too, even if neither Hybris nor Epilog are in...
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    I was not around when Hybris came out, so as much...

    I was not around when Hybris came out, so as much as I like the album, I've always felt its enormous popularity in prog circles was not fully based on its purely musical value, but also on its...
  38. And Zebra IIRC, which released a bunch of...

    And Zebra IIRC, which released a bunch of wonderful LPs in the early 1970s, including some stuff by A.R. & Machines themselves as well as Pinguin, Kin Ping Meh and, most surprisingly, two albums by...
  39. This one was shown on a festival here in Moscow a...

    This one was shown on a festival here in Moscow a couple of years ago. Like you, I was astonished by the mere fact that a band like Sume has its own documentary, so I went to see it on the big...
  40. I really liked the show too. Thanks again for...

    I really liked the show too. Thanks again for bringing it to my attention – it was a great adventure to fly to Hamburg and attend this unique gig. Achim is in great form for his age, and the band was...
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    Sorry, meant to write Greek, not Latin, of...

    Sorry, meant to write Greek, not Latin, of course. Thanks for the correction!
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    Descending chromatic bass part in "Bel Air" is...

    Descending chromatic bass part in "Bel Air" is one of my favorite moments in music, period. RIP Holger, there was more talent in this world while you've been around.


    A perfectly understandable...
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    I can't see how it is even possible to rate...

    I can't see how it is even possible to rate anything by Neu! from the 1970s lower than 3. The second side of the second album is an exciting conceptual joke – fair enough if one doesn't want to play...
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    Sorry I misread your post. Getting back to your...

    Sorry I misread your post. Getting back to your original question, for the first half of 1984 I was listening to weird sounds in my mother's womb :lol Then perhaps some classical music from my...
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    It does! Just to clarify, I did not mean that...

    It does! Just to clarify, I did not mean that Eloy or Lucifer's Friend are somehow not eligible to be called krautrock... Quite the contrary, I'm all for the liberal approach to the genre boundaries,...
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    As per Gnosis, my top from 1984 (excluding EPs)...

    As per Gnosis, my top from 1984 (excluding EPs) looks like this:

    Cardiacs - The Seaside
    Pocket Orchestra - Knebnagauje
    Minimal Compact - Deadly Weapons
    Les Rita Mitsouko - s/t
    Bizarre...
  47. Have you got a link please? Very interested in...

    Have you got a link please? Very interested in Les Cycles... on vinyl (which, I suppose, should be original as there did not seem to be any LP reissues that I'm aware of).
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    Yeah, I'd personally add it to the Krautrock...

    Yeah, I'd personally add it to the Krautrock obscurities, but it's nothing but picking nits of course. I completely agree with your assessment of the album, and the list in general is excellent and...
  49. Loved this one since the day I first heard it,...

    Loved this one since the day I first heard it, but recently developed a real sympathy towards their first one as well. Its charms kinda eluded me when I heard it on that 2CD reissue, but I was lucky...
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    Excellent list, as expected from Spyros, but...

    Excellent list, as expected from Spyros, but isn't FG Experimental Laboratory a late 1970s project? I used to have this album and wouldn't really group it with neokraut bands – it's very much a...
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    I had their first LP, I Feel So Free. Very...

    I had their first LP, I Feel So Free. Very expensive one housed in a terrific psychedelic sleeve, but the musical content left me disappointed. Just a bunch of moderately groovy short period pieces,...
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    Absolutely. I met Charles Hayward on the RIO...

    Absolutely. I met Charles Hayward on the RIO festival back in 2009 and attended his press conference – he is genuine himself, not an ounce of posing or posturing, just a very idiosyncratic mind. But...
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    Wow, this was very enjoyable - thanks for...

    Wow, this was very enjoyable - thanks for sharing. I heard bits and pieces of his music over the years, and it was all a bit too "chanson" for me, but damned if that bass guitar in the beginning...
  54. Really liked the Trad Attack, disappointed to...

    Really liked the Trad Attack, disappointed to know that they played in Moscow back in 2015 and I was not aware of them at all. Would've loved to have seen them live – hopefully they'll drop by again...
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    Or "Paper Hats" (downright frightening!). Or...

    Or "Paper Hats" (downright frightening!). Or "Makeshift Swahili", which is perhaps my favorite cut from the LP and from the entire This Heat oeuvre. People are usually split over which This Heat...
  56. For me it's in the "so bad it's good" category....

    For me it's in the "so bad it's good" category. Hilarious.
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    It's up to any individual to settle for his or...

    It's up to any individual to settle for his or her favorite music style, but the overt hip hop bashing sometimes found on prog or rock forums and message boards isn't better than mainstream press...
  58. I know I'm in the minority, but this has always...

    I know I'm in the minority, but this has always been my favorite Atomic Rooster LP. It's proto-prog lite compared to the heavier, punchier sound of DuCann-led AR, but on the other hand, the jam...
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    To each his own of course, but I find it really...

    To each his own of course, but I find it really weird. I went through this old thread to find out if I ever contributed a top-5 list and, predictably, I did not, because for me even 20 or 30 would be...
  60. I just booked my flight yesterday. To say I'm...

    I just booked my flight yesterday. To say I'm looking forward to this entire experience would be an understatement. And yes, I read the whole story about this concert hall – it's quite an attraction...
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