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  1. Thread: CD Rot

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    For me, it's been DVDs. I had a "Steve Vai-Live...

    For me, it's been DVDs. I had a "Steve Vai-Live in Astoria" DVD become unplayable. But the absolute worst is my ENTIRE Babylon 5 collection has rotted! Warner wouldn't even return any emails on...
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    I've got 1, and it's fretless. I always loved...

    I've got 1, and it's fretless.

    I always loved Ged's sound with that Ric, though. I missed that in later years.
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    Monolith was a step down from the ones before it,...

    Monolith was a step down from the ones before it, and was the end of an era for me. This band appealed to me greatly; a mix of hard rock and symphonic, to my ears it was just what I wanted to hear....
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    Well, there's still a 50th Anniversary concert,...

    Well, there's still a 50th Anniversary concert, with Santana and Ringo, at the site of the original. I don't know what's going to happen there; Carlos is talking about getting rappers and some other...
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    Yessongs.

    Yessongs.
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    Hmm. I thought they went into "Teakbois" for a...

    Hmm. I thought they went into "Teakbois" for a moment there. I guess that's one way to skip the back-and-forth leads between Rick and Steve...
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    That's one thing I used to notice about Kansas,...

    That's one thing I used to notice about Kansas, especially Livgren's work - it seemed like they would use up an album's worth of melodies in one piece! There were hooks - memorable melodies -...
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    I've tried, but it just doesn't click. It...

    I've tried, but it just doesn't click. It could've been so much better with just a little effort.
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    Was that the proggy Genesis or the pop Genesis? ...

    Was that the proggy Genesis or the pop Genesis? If both, then the argument does not apply.
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    I get that. I'm in the same boat. I want it to...

    I get that. I'm in the same boat. I want it to be Kansas so bad, but it's just not... quite...... there. The writing style is missing that "chamber orchestra" feel that Livgren was so good at...
  11. I think there's a tone of artists I would put in...

    I think there's a tone of artists I would put in there before Roxy Music. However, looking at the roster of artists that are already in there, I really don't give a flying @#$% WHAT they do.
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    I saw Miley Cyrus on the list, and thought this...

    I saw Miley Cyrus on the list, and thought this wasn't a good idea. But then again, there was Sha Na Na at the original, so...
  13. Have you ever tried to assemble a prog band? We...

    Have you ever tried to assemble a prog band? We auditioned singers, and it was always some variant of, "You guys will make a great backup band for me! The music sounds good, except we need to cut...
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    Grew up in the 60s, listening to Gerry and the...

    Grew up in the 60s, listening to Gerry and the Pacemakers, Paul Revere and the Raiders, all that stuff, on a little transistor radio by my bed. I started playing trumpet, drums, and guitar in grade...
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    Oddly enough, that was almost true, though.

    Oddly enough, that was almost true, though.
  16. Allan was supposedly working on an album at the...

    Allan was supposedly working on an album at the time of his passing with Virgil Donati on drums. I wonder what happened to those recordings, if any were actually made? It was supposed to be a more...
  17. Of the prog I listen to, probably 75% for vocals...

    Of the prog I listen to, probably 75% for vocals (but there are usually huge instrumental passages in those). But I listen to a lot of fusion too, which is about 99% instrumental. Mostly, I like...
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    I've used 90125 to demo PA systems before, simply...

    I've used 90125 to demo PA systems before, simply because I know the sound so well.

    But GftO? Although I really like the music, I always considered this a strong candidate for a remix and/or...
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    _Songs from the Wood_ is the top JT album for me....

    _Songs from the Wood_ is the top JT album for me. The blend of English folk, rock, and prog, all performed by a killer band, just floored me. I wore the grooves off that one.
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    BS. It's the best of the Rabin years, by far.

    BS. It's the best of the Rabin years, by far.
  21. He's earned his retirement, having given so much...

    He's earned his retirement, having given so much of his life to his fans, and endured the crap he went through. Thanks Neil; have fun.
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    Somewhere to Elsewhere was decent, not quite a...

    Somewhere to Elsewhere was decent, not quite a return to form, but good. To me, Freaks of Nature was a bit more interesting, with a few new twists. I didn't think Prelude.. quite came up to that...
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    Yes, it could. I'm hoping for that. Kerry is...

    Yes, it could. I'm hoping for that. Kerry is apparently hard to replace...
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    I'm hoping for one BETTER than the last. It was...

    I'm hoping for one BETTER than the last. It was okay, not a bad start, but didn't have near the depth or quality of the classic Kansas. I think they can do better, if they wish.

    I know that's a...
  25. It figures; the first live release they do after...

    It figures; the first live release they do after his death, and it's the one I already have (both in CD and DVD). I didn't know mine were "boots" when I bought them; it was a regular CD store (which...
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    Good Lord, you people have no taste...

    Good Lord, you people have no taste...
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    Rack me up as another Queen II -> A Day at the...

    Rack me up as another Queen II -> A Day at the Races. May said that Queen II remained his personal favourite of the bunch. Mine too.
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    I've tried to like DT after Portnoy left, but it...

    I've tried to like DT after Portnoy left, but it seems like the personality of the band is gone. I've tried to listen and appreciate the last few albums, but they just leave me cold; lots of tight...
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    It can be, but I still find his work with Yes...

    It can be, but I still find his work with Yes (well, up through GftO) to be much more satisfying. They were truly greater than the sum of the parts. I may be somewhat alone on this, but I found IoK...
  30. No.

    No.
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    And I'll give him one up for that. He actually...

    And I'll give him one up for that. He actually considers the audience some. Not to mention the fact that Yes fans like the ALBUM, not just the SINGLE.
  32. What Union Live album? I got the DVD of Union...

    What Union Live album? I got the DVD of Union concert vids, and they're mostly board recordings, with some of them being monitor send recordings (!). Terrible mix. Anyway, might you be thinking of...
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    So, my question is, how much of the performance...

    So, my question is, how much of the performance was "fixed"? Some of y'all were there, and many have seen them recently. Hopefully, they didn't do it like KTA, where they "fixed" the life...
  34. As much as I've argued with you about some of...

    As much as I've argued with you about some of your genre definitions, this one's not bad. My only complaint (not with you) is that this subject is probably a decade or more older than this forum; we...
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    I understand about country; I grew up in Eastern...

    I understand about country; I grew up in Eastern Kentucky, and associated everything I didn't like about it with country music. However, down the road a way, I started realizing that if you listen...
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    "Did you order the curry?"

    "Did you order the curry?"
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    Not a bad song. It could use some development,...

    Not a bad song. It could use some development, and replace the crappy programmed percussion with the real thing, but not bad.
  38. Thread: Starcastle!

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    Agreed. Their songwriting was rather pedestrian,...

    Agreed. Their songwriting was rather pedestrian, although it certainly carried earmarks of their influence. But the depth of the material was just not there, compared to classic Yes. Thus, it's a...
  39. Well, I bought it, and I've tried to spin it a...

    Well, I bought it, and I've tried to spin it a few times. It hasn't clicked with me yet, but I'm still working on it. Don't know why, but the drumming was a little annoying at first. Kind of a...
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    I hate to say this, but of the Monkees, Mike DID...

    I hate to say this, but of the Monkees, Mike DID write material, Micky was a musician as well as an actor (played guitar and sang), and Davy was a singer (stage musicals). So all four had musical...
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    Well, if Queen was anything to by, RTB squashed...

    Well, if Queen was anything to by, RTB squashed the livin' sh!t out of all the instruments (compression). He must've just got his first LA2A back then. And Queen II was my favourite Queen album...
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    Floccinaucinihilipilificator...

    Floccinaucinihilipilificator...
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    Yeah, I met him the last time Rick was with the...

    Yeah, I met him the last time Rick was with the band. He was friendly and chatty, Rick was funny and talking to everyone. Chris was amiable, but somewhat inebriated, Steve was a standoff-ish snot,...
  44. Do they still have hair?

    Do they still have hair?
  45. I see lots of concert vids on YouTube of Holdsy...

    I see lots of concert vids on YouTube of Holdsy with Donati; was there ever anything official of these? I'd love to have one of these concerts, and see how Virgil interpreted the drum parts.
  46. Thread: Yes VS. Yes

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    Laughter.

    Laughter.
  47. I first heard it from a friend who had the album,...

    I first heard it from a friend who had the album, and it was a black cover. Later, when I bought the CD, it had a red cover. So I think the black cover came first. Why they CHANGED it, I have no...
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    Maybe it's time for A and H to stop acting like...

    Maybe it's time for A and H to stop acting like children.
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    Just FYI, I've heard Jon botch lyrics before. ...

    Just FYI, I've heard Jon botch lyrics before. Specifically, I have a tape of ABWH where he royally screws it up (forget which song), and switches out verses for "Owner" (played acoustically).
  50. This. I tried the last couple of albums, and...

    This. I tried the last couple of albums, and found them pretty much boring adult contemporary. Glass Hammer with Jon Davison put out better Yes albums than these. And ARW, while an exciting...
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    Well, it didn't help that Steve was saying in...

    Well, it didn't help that Steve was saying in interviews that Jon stopped him from adding to the material, and that they cut out several guitar parts from the final mixes we hear. He specifically...
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    Nah. There'll still be "Genesis Reunion Rumour",...

    Nah. There'll still be "Genesis Reunion Rumour", "Phil Collins Ruined ______", "Fusion IS Prog!", and maybe, just maybe, some meaningful discourse on interesting music I've not heard yet.

    And now...
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    "Mind Drive" was okay, though meandering, but...

    "Mind Drive" was okay, though meandering, but just about EVERYTHING on Talk is better than the rambling drivel of "That, That Is". Sorry, but... Ugh. _Talk_ was easily the best of the Rabin years...
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    Sorry; that's total BS. Rabin is quite the...

    Sorry; that's total BS. Rabin is quite the talented guitarist, and I've heard him cop those lines pretty darn well. This is taking nothing away from Steve, who invented those lines, but trashing...
  55. Nah, they don't even remind me of Yes' past. ...

    Nah, they don't even remind me of Yes' past. They're just bland.
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    Yeah, doing stuff like that from the elbow...

    Yeah, doing stuff like that from the elbow instead of the wrist is going to create problems; it has to be slower, just from the extra amount of mass in motion, not to mention the difficulty in...
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    Well, aside from the fact that I have never...

    Well, aside from the fact that I have never agreed with your all-inclusive categorizations, rock musicians have been improvising for quite some time. Cream, Zep, all those guys had extended...
  58. I simply am not that familiar with those...

    I simply am not that familiar with those particular pieces, so my absence is based on ignorance, not snobbishness... :p
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    As far as I'm concerned, you are correct. Most...

    As far as I'm concerned, you are correct. Most jazz, especially of the "round robin" variety, bores me to tears. I'm into composing and playing prog because that's what I like. Most jazz snobs...
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    I saw him with Santana, and as much as I like and...

    I saw him with Santana, and as much as I like and was influenced by Carlos, Beck blew him off the stage.
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