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    I'd quite like to see a cd from Prog devoted to...

    I'd quite like to see a cd from Prog devoted to tribute bands. I guess these bands don't have albums to promote though and so they'd not want to stump up the cash.

    And before one of the wags...
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    I subscribe. I also subscribe to Uncut and buy...

    I subscribe. I also subscribe to Uncut and buy pretty much every issue of Mojo at the shops. I've read as much of the 100th issue as I want - that is a small number of the reviews (the word metal...
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    Don't know what the latest is with The Enid but...

    Don't know what the latest is with The Enid but good to see a tribute to the guitar playing of Steve Stewart in the latest issue of Prog. Must be thirty years since he left the band. Don't think he...
  4. It's rumoured that Genesis themselves were keen...

    It's rumoured that Genesis themselves were keen ................... but their van broke down on the motorway and they had to turn back. :)
  5. Spawton said in a recent interview that it was...

    Spawton said in a recent interview that it was the name of a train set he possessed as a kid and he suggested it as the name for his elder brother's new wave band. That band finished and then some...
  6. I think Swan Hunter is their masterpiece (quite a...

    I think Swan Hunter is their masterpiece (quite a bold thing to say given that they have released a number of truly exceptional songs). But this one, once it is finished, I just want to listen to it...
  7. I got the album on release day and have listened...

    I got the album on release day and have listened to it all the way through perhaps a dozen times now. I think it's a good album but nothing on it matches BBT's finest moments, such as the...
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    Aren't there meant to be two albums in the...

    Aren't there meant to be two albums in the pipeline - the long-promised RJ Godfrey solo album Homily and a new album under the band name? As ever with the Enid, people wil know what's happening when...
  9. A couple of months ago Greg Spawton did an...

    A couple of months ago Greg Spawton did an interview with the magazine produced by his old school. He talked about ....... how his brother got him into Genesis, his unfashionably long hair, his love...
  10. When I saw the song titles before the album was...

    When I saw the song titles before the album was released, I tried to guess who had written what. Knowing that Spawton had a degree in archaeology, I was certain 'Roman Stone' was his and so it was!...
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    Latest Book About Yes

    On Track ... Yes: Every Album, Every Song by S. Lambe.

    Looks thorough. Is it out yet? Anybody got it?
  12. Thread: Being Pink Floyd

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    June issue of UK mag Uncut has lengthy feature...

    June issue of UK mag Uncut has lengthy feature about the early part of the Floyd's career with new contributions from the surviving members and those who worked with the band. Mason spoke in person...
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    That is what I had read. I'd quite like an...

    That is what I had read. I'd quite like an enhanced edition of A Momentary Lapse of Reason because I do like the album. It did seem like a significant moment when it came out - Pink Floyd were...
  14. Thread: Being Pink Floyd

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    Yes, On The Turning Away. Written for the days...

    Yes, On The Turning Away. Written for the days when an album needed a side 1 closer!

    Wasn't there a plan to re-release A Momentary Lapse of Reason with more contributions from Wright? Anyone...
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    I was surprised to discover how much I liked...

    I was surprised to discover how much I liked Waters' last album. I am so used to his voice that I don't even think about it now.

    Broken China, I have always found hard going. Given its subject...
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    I remember reading in a Pink Floyd fanzine at the...

    I remember reading in a Pink Floyd fanzine at the time that The Division Bell was released that it would be their last album because they had found getting the thing done so difficult.

    A few...
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    Time Honoured Ghosts from Barclay James Harvest

    Time Honoured Ghosts from Barclay James Harvest
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    There's a version of Comfortably Numb from...

    There's a version of Comfortably Numb from several years ago by Lilian, Janna and Stefan on You Tube. I like it a great deal. They also had a go at High Hopes.

    I read the comments about...
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    High Hopes probably is the best track on any of...

    High Hopes probably is the best track on any of the latter-day Pink Floyd albums. But's not the first song from those albums I'd go to (or even the second or the third). From the moment I first...
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    Found a review of The Division Bell from I think...

    Found a review of The Division Bell from I think Mojo which thinks High Hopes 'would effortlessly sail on to any six track best of Floyd.' Good as the song is, a little surprised by that evaluation....
  21. Thread: Being Pink Floyd

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    Being Pink Floyd

    Recently been having a Pink Floyd (and related) splurge. Though I find a lot to enjoy in the David Gilmour-led Pink Floyd albums, I'm not so keen on the albums under his own name.

    Anyway found...
  22. Thread: Moody Blues

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    In an interesting interview in Prog no. 97 John...

    In an interesting interview in Prog no. 97 John Lodge explains why there have been no new recordings by the Moodies for 16 years. Apparently there is no one to tell them to get on with it like there...
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    Karl Jenkins: 'Piano'

    Not being particularly familiar with Karl Jenkins' work, it has taken me quite a few listens to make my mind up about 'Piano', the new album issued to mark his 75th birthday. All the pieces are...
  24. Thread: That Joe Payne

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    That Joe Payne

    The Enid might be in hibernation, but their one time singer continues to strike out on his own. Joe Payne has now released three singles. I Need A Change was a truly heartfelt declaration - even...
  25. Thread: PROG Magazine

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    This issue (no. 96) the highlight is an interview...

    This issue (no. 96) the highlight is an interview with David Gilmour who is selling most of his guitars for charity. Also Trevor Horn chats about all sorts of things including Yes (he's fine with...
  26. And as for John Lodge, though I wouldn't be...

    And as for John Lodge, though I wouldn't be bothered if I never heard I'm Just A Singer or even Isn't Life Strange again I would miss things like House of Four Doors, Candle Of Life and Out And In. ...
  27. That actually was what was on my mind when I...

    That actually was what was on my mind when I started the thread - but I wasn't sure whether I ought to say that I think Hayward was absolutely the key figure.
  28. I am thinking in particular of the quality of the...

    I am thinking in particular of the quality of the songwriting and how the songs that each member contributed shaped the vision what the band should be.
  29. What did each member contribute to the Moody Blues?

    Greater than the sum of its parts, obviously. But what did each individual member bring to the Moody Blues?
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    I get the criticisms here but I have to say that,...

    I get the criticisms here but I have to say that, sitting in my comfy chair in front of the log burner and with a copy of Prog these last two evenings, this has sounded just lovely.
  31. Thread: PROG Magazine

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    Actually this time he doesn't. This may because...

    Actually this time he doesn't. This may because he decides to pass on the scrambled eggs he encounters which are apparently green!
  32. Thread: PROG Magazine

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    Well long may it continue. Its letters page may...

    Well long may it continue. Its letters page may not be as interesting or entertaining as Mojo's but then again I won't find 25 page articles about Yes there!

    I have actually played the cd that...
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    I was thinking about 'the recent flurry' of piano...

    I was thinking about 'the recent flurry' of piano albums that could be said to have been kicked off by Rick's Piano Portraits. But, yes, I'd forgotten that he'd been there before. Several of the cds...
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    As far as the latest flurry of piano albums is...

    As far as the latest flurry of piano albums is concerned, Robert John Godfrey got in before Rick. His Art of Melody album came out in 2013. He is said to be working on another one.

    I love these...
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    Karl Jenkins has a new release out next week...

    Karl Jenkins has a new release out next week called, er, Piano Album. Rick's certainly started something ....................
  36. Thread: PROG Magazine

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    Latest Prog magazine offers walks down memory...

    Latest Prog magazine offers walks down memory lane with Jethro Tull, Focus, Greenslade, Rick on the varying quality of bacon and eggs when he's on tour and, oh, the news that a certain intellectual...
  37. Thread: Freedom to Glide

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    Just about the only band who have contributed a...

    Just about the only band who have contributed a track to the cd that comes with Prog magazine that I have really liked! If you can get over the fact that there is a strong David Gilmour-era Pink...
  38. Thread: Moodies on CD

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    On the basis of the recommendations here I...

    On the basis of the recommendations here I invested in a copy of Caught Live + 5 and discovered that the sound quality is perfectly acceptable. Actually it's an interesting historic item, documenting...
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    Listened to it 4x now. Exactly what I expected: ...

    Listened to it 4x now. Exactly what I expected: tranquil, relaxing, his well-known melodies sounding lovelier than ever. Without re-interpretations of pop classics it's probably unlikely it'll...
  40. Thread: Moodies on CD

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    My cousin lent me Caught Live + Five when it came...

    My cousin lent me Caught Live + Five when it came out but I can remember nothing about it. Now I find myself mulling over buying the cd and have read the reviews from purchasers. These say the...
  41. Thread: Mike Pinder Solo

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    I can see why you like that one. And whilst we...

    I can see why you like that one.

    And whilst we are on solo Moodies: Adam and I from Ray Thomas is charming.
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    There's no info. on the cd about the provenance...

    There's no info. on the cd about the provenance of the two bonus recordings. They sound pretty similar stylistically to what's on the album - so I'd hazard a guess and say about the same time. But...
  43. Thread: Mike Pinder Solo

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    Mike Pinder Solo

    Last night I listened to The Promise by Mike Pinder. First time in quite a few years. It's the re-issue, bought back in the 90s. Didn't particularly impress then and it doesn't now. The hippie...
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    25 Jan. No covers a la Rick. Looking forward to...

    25 Jan. No covers a la Rick. Looking forward to it.
  45. The BBC make a new ghost story to broadcast each...

    The BBC make a new ghost story to broadcast each Christmas Eve. This year it was The Dead Room with Simon Callow.

    100+ views and no comments on the music of the Third Ear Band. Does no one...
  46. And Now For Something Completely Different: The Third Ear Band

    What a pleasure it used to be to browse in Tower Records. It was there I picked up Elements by the Third Ear Band. They were on Harvest and that was enough. I read that the album is out again,...
  47. Thread: PROG Magazine

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    Yes, it is a good issue. There's also an...

    Yes, it is a good issue. There's also an interesting interview with Pete Jones. He's currently listening to Big Big Train (aren't we all?!) who he perfectly describes as 'beautiful and moving but...
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    The centre piece of the new issue is an interview...

    The centre piece of the new issue is an interview with Steve Hackett, in which he lets us know what he thinks of Brexit. Unsurprisingly he's agin it and tells a story about how in the bad old days...
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    They did include a one-band cd once as well the...

    They did include a one-band cd once as well the regular cd with the miscellany of new names on it. It was Opeth live somewhere or other. I did give it a go but they're a big prog metal act aren't...
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    Let's hope this is happening. I'd certainly buy...

    Let's hope this is happening. I'd certainly buy a copy. In the meantime I am enjoying Benny Andersson's 'Piano' album. It is made up of 24 pieces, half a dozen or so of them the beautiful piano...
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    I subscribe to Prog and as long as it continues...

    I subscribe to Prog and as long as it continues to exist it will get my support. One of the most interesting things for me about prog in these times is the re-activation of old bands by men now...
  52. Thread: Hymn from BJH

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    The best-known songs of most bands are amongst...

    The best-known songs of most bands are amongst their best songs - Supper's Ready, Heart Of The Sunrise etc. Hymn is an oddity. Their best-known song but far from their best song. Puzzling.
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    Hymn from BJH

    This is the title track from Sarah Brightman's new album, which will sell zillions. It's far from being BJH's best song but many people love it. And the reason for its popularity is?
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    The cds in the Sensational Sweet box are a...

    The cds in the Sensational Sweet box are a treasure trove for those interested in the band. I have been listening to a live recording of the band at London's Rainbow just before Christmas 1973. ...
  55. You are quite right Mr Triscuits. Tempest is a...

    You are quite right Mr Triscuits. Tempest is a good album. It is Modern Times and Together Through Life that offer absolutely nothing for me. I bought the first of his recent covers albums; I've...
  56. I certainly think McCartney is trying harder than...

    I certainly think McCartney is trying harder than Dylan these days. Of course neither of them have anything to prove ..................... but the last few Dylan releases are on my shelves and I...
  57. I think this is McCartney's best album since...

    I think this is McCartney's best album since Flaming Pie and that was twenty odd years ago. Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard promised more than it actually delivered. New is plain mediocre. ...
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    I have been immersed in the Sensational Sweet box...

    I have been immersed in the Sensational Sweet box set. For someone who only bought the singles at the time, it has been a real eye-opener. There were in effect two Sweets: the chart-topping pop...
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    Wow, so they probably did! Still the only prog...

    Wow, so they probably did!

    Still the only prog band to have kedgeree on their rider though! :lol
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    English private school you see, impeccable...

    English private school you see, impeccable manners. :lol

    In his autobiography Phil said that when he first met them they bickered a lot over who stole who's protractor at school. Obviously they...
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