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    I canceled my box set pre-order and went with the...

    I canceled my box set pre-order and went with the '81 Highlights disc instead. The more I thought about it, the more I just can't justify another bloated space-waster. I do want all that music, but I...
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    Hard to imagine Rainbow Rising ever falling out...

    Hard to imagine Rainbow Rising ever falling out of favour, no matter how old you get and how your tastes may have changed.
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    Here's a nice little writeup/tribute from Steve...

    Here's a nice little writeup/tribute from Steve Pilkington:

    https://www.velvetthunder.co.uk/lee-kerslake-1947-2020-passing-of-an-umble-wizard/
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    R.I.P. ...

    R.I.P.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkuZ_X2z9Wk
  5. Thread: Wobbler

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    Thank you friends, your kind words are so...

    Thank you friends, your kind words are so appreciated. Lars sent me a message saying the review was 'a joy to read', which made my day.

    There should be a couple of purchase links at the bottom,...
  6. Thread: Wobbler

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    Much appreciated input, thanks for that! Truth be...

    Much appreciated input, thanks for that! Truth be told, it's difficult for me to tell if there's an evolution in the lyrics, as I've rarely paid much attention to them on any of their albums. Perhaps...
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    My review of the new Wobbler is now up. :cool I...

    My review of the new Wobbler is now up. :cool I hope you guys like it!

    https://www.velvetthunder.co.uk/wobbler-dwellers-of-the-deep-karisma/
  8. There are over 100 library releases featuring...

    There are over 100 library releases featuring Ant's compositions. Even the most rabid die-hard collectors don't have them all. The tracks can often be 30 second snippets and the like, so they aren't...
  9. My review of the new album is now up! :cool ...

    My review of the new album is now up! :cool

    https://www.velvetthunder.co.uk/simon-collins-becoming-human-frontiers/
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    65 years old! He really belts it out.

    65 years old! He really belts it out.
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    Thanks friends! I'm glad you enjoyed it. That was...

    Thanks friends! I'm glad you enjoyed it. That was the third time I've interviewed Arjen and it's always fun. Probably more laughing than with anyone else I can think of. I honestly feel like I end up...
  12. Lanzetti's vocals always remind me of Jello...

    Lanzetti's vocals always remind me of Jello Biafra's, which I know is a strange comparison, but that's what comes to mind for some reason when I listen. I'm likely alone in that. :p
  13. The first of theirs I heard, way back when. I...

    The first of theirs I heard, way back when. I couldn't tell if I liked it, but I was intrigued and later fascinated by it. Now, I love it, but I think the followup A History Of Madness was even...
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    My new interview with Arjen where we talk...

    My new interview with Arjen where we talk Transitus and other goodies...

    https://www.velvetthunder.co.uk/arjen-in-transitus/
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    Back on track: I re-watched Gods And Monsters, an...

    Back on track: I re-watched Gods And Monsters, an excellent film with Ian McKellan as 1930s horror movie director James Whale in the later years of his life. I had forgotten just how good this one...
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    Like I said, I draw the line at someone putting...

    Like I said, I draw the line at someone putting two foam beer-drinking hats on a shelf and calling it art. I mean, sure, if we insist on saying anything and everything is art, fine. It's the biggest...
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    :rofl I love it. I realize that there is no...

    :rofl I love it.

    I realize that there is no judging art, and where do you draw the line between something genuinely artistic and complete nonsense? Nonetheless, I do draw a line for myself, and...
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    My wife and I watched this tonight. Let me just...

    My wife and I watched this tonight. Let me just say that I like 'arty'. I like abstract. I like odd, quirky films that make you think. I like films that don't always make sense.

    This film,...
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    I can see that. Happens all the time anyway, as...

    I can see that. Happens all the time anyway, as you well know, with plenty of other musicians. I'm not always (or even often) bowled over by an album on first listen. But it grew on me with each...
  20. Tangerine Dream - The Sessions II and III CD/vinyl releases this fall

    Any TD nuts see this yet?

    I'm curious, they certainly look nice. But I'm not up to date on current TD goings-on.
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  21. Yes it is! That piano break on the opening track...

    Yes it is! That piano break on the opening track is absolutely gorgeous. I rather liked their In Classic release as well.
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    Now that it's out, what do people here think of...

    Now that it's out, what do people here think of it? I'm still really digging it. But I don't think he will ever top The Unbendable Sleep for me! But this is definitely top 10 of the year material....
  23. Undervalued IMO. I quite like that little phase...

    Undervalued IMO. I quite like that little phase of their career. Jet Lag doesn't reach the heights of their previous albums, but it's a nice side path for them to have taken back then. I think I'll...
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    Tonight we watched the latest Guy Ritchie film...

    Tonight we watched the latest Guy Ritchie film The Gentlemen, and wouldn't you know it? The same song was used! I've never heard CAN music in a mainstream film before, and suddenly I notice them...
  25. Thread: Wobbler

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    I'm two full listens in now, and I agree with...

    I'm two full listens in now, and I agree with you! Outstanding. I'm trying to finish my backlog so I can get to reviewing this, because I'm very excited about it.
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    By request, I also published a separate review for anyone interested. It's a shorter read than the feature interview, and focuses on the album itself.
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    Il Cerchio Medianico (Un'opera prop di Stefano...

    Il Cerchio Medianico (Un'opera prop di Stefano Agnini)
  28. Since the onset of COVID-19, I have been sticking...

    Since the onset of COVID-19, I have been sticking largely with Canadian sellers and Amazon, as international shipping has been a shit show, and ludicrously expensive. I wish I could afford the costs,...
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    I've been spinning this CD a lot, it's wonderful...

    I've been spinning this CD a lot, it's wonderful and will absolutely be on my year-end Best Of 2020 list. :cool
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    The Invisible Man is one of their strongest ever...

    The Invisible Man is one of their strongest ever tracks IMO. They really nailed it with that one. I saw them play the whole album live at one of the Montreal weekends and it was pretty fantastic....
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    I enjoyed High Score a lot, as I am always happy...

    I enjoyed High Score a lot, as I am always happy to embrace 80s video game nostalgia since it was my childhood, but I do admit to fast-forwarding a lot of the personal stories. I just don't care...
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    Everything from the debut up to and including...

    Everything from the debut up to and including Blind Dog is worth owning IMO.
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    This is the best sentence I have seen in months.

    This is the best sentence I have seen in months.
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    THE FLOWER KINGS: Islands - October 30

    I'm in! No epics this time, interesting...

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    On October 30th, 2020 progressive rockers THE FLOWER KINGS will release their new double album “Islands” on InsideOutMusic, just a year after...
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    Nor mine. Shipped on June 23rd. They were quick...

    Nor mine. Shipped on June 23rd. They were quick about a refund though, so credit goes to them for good service in that regard.
  36. I don't see a big difference between that and any...

    I don't see a big difference between that and any other 'story' song where the lyrics are sung instead of spoken, really. What I especially love about that track is the musical journey between the...
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    Great news! :cool

    Great news! :cool
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    I don't know what has gone on behind the scenes,...

    I don't know what has gone on behind the scenes, but something happened there for sure. Anyway, the album is now slated for 2021, I was hoping for it this year.
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    Seems Francesca has re-joined Unreal City! I did...

    Seems Francesca has re-joined Unreal City! I did not see that coming.
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    Good news Mark! This showed up today, despite...

    Good news Mark! This showed up today, despite zero updates from USPS or Canada Post. 24 days is not awful considering the current climate, I just wish they would do the scans along the way! Anyway,...
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    I'll be honest, I couldn't find it anywhere. I...

    I'll be honest, I couldn't find it anywhere. I tried buying the DVD, but it's only available via second-hand sellers, and with the current abysmal state of international shipping, there's no way I...
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    I enjoyed that! I like this Beato guy more and...

    I enjoyed that! I like this Beato guy more and more. I know he has his detractors here, but I have yet to find fault withi him, and that's a fine job he's done with this interview.
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    I'll never in a million years understand how I...

    I'll never in a million years understand how I missed/didn't know of this film, but today I watched Holy Flying Circus, from 2010 - a (partly) fictional account of the backlash the Pythons received...
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    Wow. I found it an incredibly easy read....

    Wow. I found it an incredibly easy read. Different strokes, I guess!
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    Nice! Good albums. :cool

    Nice! Good albums. :cool
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    We binged Norsemen. Eighteen half-hour episodes...

    We binged Norsemen. Eighteen half-hour episodes of hilarious Norwegian viking comedy. The violence is quite a dark aspect of it, but the comedy is gold. Many laugh out loud moments. Filmed in Norway...
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    I couldn't get through it. My wife liked them...

    I couldn't get through it. My wife liked them okay, but I gave up about halfway through the first one (we bought the blu-rays). It's mostly because the LOTR trilogy was about nine hours or so, and...
  48. Very sad. R.I.P. :(

    Very sad. R.I.P. :(
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    Yeah, same here. :( I've had things from across...

    Yeah, same here. :( I've had things from across the ocean arrive in that time.
  50. I notice Gillan found a home for his "...she blew...

    I notice Gillan found a home for his "...she blew all the leaves from my tree" lyric in the song Nothing At All. He was batting that around for Johnny's Band on the last album during the sessions...
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    Even going as far as to help set up Bruford's kit...

    Even going as far as to help set up Bruford's kit at the Marquee. Chris Squire has said how Phil was often hanging around in those days. Phil, of course, played on Peter Banks' first solo album and...
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    Yeah, how odd that he would be more upset about...

    Yeah, how odd that he would be more upset about criticism of his music than of other people's. What a weirdo.
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    To be fair, you haven't said anything about it...

    To be fair, you haven't said anything about it either. ;) You listed the details and pasted what other people said about it, but at least I said it was lovely and in need of a reissue! :D :p
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    Same here. Until I leave the store, that is, and...

    Same here. Until I leave the store, that is, and hold the door for the guy walking in to donate the Miles Plugged Nickel boxed set that someone else finds for $3.
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    Exactamundo (and I've never used that word...

    Exactamundo (and I've never used that word before, so...)
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    Man, I so often read stuff like this, or see...

    Man, I so often read stuff like this, or see photos on social media of people's amazing finds at thrift stores. Meanwhile I find Saturday Night Fever, Leo Sayer's Endless Flight, and 'Best Of 90s...
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    In massive need of a reissue. Lovely album!

    In massive need of a reissue. Lovely album!
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    Largely because he wanted to start doing his...

    Largely because he wanted to start doing his Electric Sun thing, which wouldn't have suited the Scorps.

    Taken By Force is great, and of course so is the live album The Tokyo Tapes. I've never...
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    Thanks Mark! I'm just puzzled as to why it went...

    Thanks Mark! I'm just puzzled as to why it went off the radar eight days ago. But perhaps USPS dropped the ball on the scanning and it's just waiting to be processed through customs. Fingers crossed.
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    Yeah, that run of albums is essential in any hard...

    Yeah, that run of albums is essential in any hard rock fan's collection IMO. For me personally, there's a major drop following Uli's departure, although I think they regained steam a few albums later...
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