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    ^ Nah. That would only make it corny, strange,...

    ^ Nah. That would only make it corny, strange, odd and kinda RIO.
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    I think the absolute future direction of...

    I think the absolute future direction of progressive rock lies in a conglomerate of Vollenweider and the Wopps, with perhaps a bit of Vanessa Mae and Millivanillion thrown in.
  3. I know. There are a few examples of the...

    I know. There are a few examples of the "evergreen effect" with international progressive groups, sporting songs that aren't necessarily too celebrated by their core fanbase but have become very well...
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    ^ Granted I haven't heard the actual album yet,...

    ^ Granted I haven't heard the actual album yet, but the review itself is forcefully written with contemplative balance, the craft of subversive suggestion and that meticulous girth of associative...
  5. Small compilation the many various versions of...

    Small compilation the many various versions of "Impressioni" by Italian as well as international artist, including Battiato (of course, a top-5 hit in Italy in the late 90s), and Patti Smith singing...
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    Let's not forget how (sometimes) melancholy and...

    Let's not forget how (sometimes) melancholy and beautifully melodic his stuff can be, eccentric and intricate notwithstanding.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aINhNds0tAs
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    ^ Simak Dialog are very good, probably one of the...

    ^ Simak Dialog are very good, probably one of the better current acts at redoing "traditional" fusion that I know. And it grooves and swings as well!
  8. Well actually he was always celebrated and held...

    Well actually he was always celebrated and held in generally high artistic esteem, being considered not only particularly talented and creative but also very charismatic on and off stage. Masses...
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    They are obviously also responsible for the...

    They are obviously also responsible for the utterly stupendous Dedicated to You... But You Weren't Listening by the Delta Saxophone Quartet, in which the four blowers adapt and play around with Hugh...
  10. :up :beer :up :beer Six minutes of both...

    :up :beer :up :beer

    Six minutes of both vicious attack and immense joy!


    [:ipa]
  11. Yup, Area's stuff is a bit decent. Funny to...

    Yup, Area's stuff is a bit decent.

    Funny to know how basically everyone of note in 70s Italian progressive rock music appeared to know and admire them.
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    They should merge into a Happy Cow concoction -...

    They should merge into a Happy Cow concoction - you know, like a Wobblove or Normler.

    But oh boy, we're always calm in here, even amidst the glowing storms of winter white hell.
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    Not to derail. But I suppose it's not about...

    Not to derail. But I suppose it's not about "suggestions" or about what I personally consider challenging, it's about what is usually considered somewhat more elaborate than a rock'n'rolled classical...
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    ^ Billions, Frankerman. They make billions over...

    ^ Billions, Frankerman. They make billions over billions and yet billions even more.

    But you're essentially true in that practically no one make dose ol' timez feel as goodz'n'cozy again as dose...
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    ^ Presumably the "mindlessness" was a token of...

    ^ Presumably the "mindlessness" was a token of his own zen process of listening, in which he doesn't necessarily crave "challenge" - it was obviously not an accusation against the music itself.
    ...
  16. ^ Stratos being an "acquired taste". So is Di...

    ^ Stratos being an "acquired taste". So is Di Giacomo's voice; I know several listeners who keep nagging that it (somehow) "ruins the otherwise fine music". And the guys in RRR/Samadhi, Procession...
  17. Sticky: The first TD album I heard, and it captivated me....

    The first TD album I heard, and it captivated me. This music was not only menacing but deeply scorching in tone and mood, and that repetitive ostinato for guitar and synth on side 1 kept haunting me...
  18. ^ Banco was the first one I got as well, simply...

    ^ Banco was the first one I got as well, simply because it apparently was -everywhere- to be seen; in cut-out bins, flee markets, secondhand stores, at record fairs et al. Granted I only really knew...
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    I fully concur. The best on SS ("Julia",...

    I fully concur.

    The best on SS ("Julia", "Keyboard Waltz" etc.) equals the level of the debut, whereas Going treads more directly into folk/country-rock waters and sometimes reminds me much of the...
  20. Interesting question, as I've been on a total...

    Interesting question, as I've been on a total Banco-roll myself this last week.

    While nothing else of theirs really touches Darwin! or Libero (IMO), I think the trope on the "classic first three"...
  21. ^ Same goes for Banco's Canto di Primavera and...

    ^ Same goes for Banco's Canto di Primavera and Orme's (yup, w.o. the 'Le') Florian - both very fine and listenable records, if different from their earlier output.
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    You don't have to be human to die. Luckily. ...

    You don't have to be human to die. Luckily.

    But Yes, I knew you were kidding about the 5uu's. They stretched their influences far off, obviously - pretty much transforming the clues of their...
  23. "Circo la Lingua" was one of their best tracks...

    "Circo la Lingua" was one of their best tracks altogether. "Traveler" and the title track are both excellent, and "Peninsula" a killer starter for such an album. "Meridiani" has something going for...
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    ^ The debut, L'Idee di Oggi (1969), features...

    ^ The debut, L'Idee di Oggi (1969), features esteemed singer/songwriter Claudio Rocchi and is a canto/folk-pop affair with psychedelic touches. It's fairly Ok for what it is, but more resembles...
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    Neither clones nor cheap, but the Drake-rendition...

    Neither clones nor cheap, but the Drake-rendition of 5uu's were highly influenced by Yes, yes. And just like the promise of the 'progressive' ideal so obviously postulated, the uu's actually did...
  26. Well, y'know; fanboy comes runnin' along for...

    Well, y'know; fanboy comes runnin' along for other than the fun of it.


    Of course, I don't listen to (or follow) music even half as much as I used to, but I still feel like praising the times of...
  27. There's as much GGiant and Yes as there's Cow and...

    There's as much GGiant and Yes as there's Cow and the Bears in here, so this isn't merely an ace example of "avant-prog" but arguably the single finest example of actually contemporary modern...
  28. Does that groundbreaking Asia S/T somehow come in...

    Does that groundbreaking Asia S/T somehow come in one of these deals?
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    Certainly! I stand corrected.

    Certainly! I stand corrected.
  30. ^ That's a truly odd one. Good for keeps, but...

    ^ That's a truly odd one. Good for keeps, but entirely uneven in contents. On the same CD-reissue label as the Ktzat Acheret, Sheshet, Shlomo Ydov et al., but apparently quite scarce and hard to get...
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    re: Blind Dog. It's got "The Show of Our...

    re: Blind Dog.

    It's got "The Show of Our Lives", which was one of their very finest tunes and also one which captured that vibe which was so peculiarly only theirs and has become somewhat...
  32. Beirut - and the Gulag Arkestar album in...

    Beirut - and the Gulag Arkestar album in particular - were one of the best pop/rock ditties I discovered during my stay in Kristiansand during 2008-12. When my then-girlfriend's very few freaky...
  33. Which. You RIO bastard.

    Which.


    You RIO bastard.
  34. One of your musically greatest and culturally...

    One of your musically greatest and culturally most important signings, in that I sincerely believe they will be remembered well beyond our day. There are probably (and hopefully) many other Cunei...
  35. ^ As said, the later stuff (lots of goodies from...

    ^ As said, the later stuff (lots of goodies from the 90s and 2000s) is yet to come.

    Try to get the Ktzat Acheret, Apocalypse, Sheshet, Zingale, Shlomo Ydov and Cotton Candy by Shlomo Gronich -...
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    re: the first Caravan. Back when I first...

    re: the first Caravan.

    Back when I first discovered the band (late 80s as an ardent record collector and retro pursuer) I always believed that All Over You was their debut, because most lists...
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    I think this one is a bit weak. They should have...

    I think this one is a bit weak. They should have contemplated for a year or two instead of insisting to put out a mammoth record each year.

    I appreciate how they're attempting to do...
  38. From all the Arctopus (or general math-metal)...

    From all the Arctopus (or general math-metal) material I've heard myself, "Canada" actually stands out as nearly half-melodic. It's from the Skullgrid release, right? Never got around to that one.
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    Hey, that's sexist! :mad

    Hey, that's sexist! :mad
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    He's a good vocalist with an adapted timbre, but...

    He's a good vocalist with an adapted timbre, but his "prog criterium" stems much from the particular logic of that branch that immediate association somehow equals qualification. His singing on Rites...
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    Wasn't there already an earlier boxset from them?...

    Wasn't there already an earlier boxset from them?

    Strange; almost as if they for some reason aren't allowed to reissue Contranatura on its own standing. I mean, I like the other releases of theirs...
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    Please elaborate as to what you believe that...

    Please elaborate as to what you believe that alleged "crowd" to be.
  43. ^Oh, shit. Didn't you see Atmosphera as well?...

    ^Oh, shit.

    Didn't you see Atmosphera as well? I seem to remember you writing that in here. Seeing Zingale must have been something; those guys came pretty damn close to the P.F.M. achivements of...
  44. ^ Know them all, my friend. But that Tamouz track...

    ^ Know them all, my friend. But that Tamouz track needs to be heard again and again by folks who don't know about Israeli progressive to begin with. I think, and not only for the (rather substantial)...
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    What really strikes me now is the overt...

    What really strikes me now is the overt difference between PoiL's Sus and that insane Vaisseau Monde by Le Grand Sbam. Although the same musicians are present. They are totally different concepts,...
  46. Was this "local band" the Telegraph release, Udi?...

    Was this "local band" the Telegraph release, Udi?

    Nice production work there, but the music itself escapes me. I mean, I kinda like the idea of Camel-esque cinematic melodic scope in a post-rock...
  47. I would agree, Spyros. I would also argue that...

    I would agree, Spyros. I would also argue that it's probably more 'fetching' than -most- of what was going on in the UK and Germany and Italy at the time because of the amazingly wide adjustments,...
  48. ^Jericho (Churchills after namechange) were most...

    ^Jericho (Churchills after namechange) were most likely into stuff like Purple, Alex Harvey and the likes, but most of all they continued their tribute to US West Coast lore and in particular that of...
  49. I'm doing Israeli 70s progressive over drinks...

    I'm doing Israeli 70s progressive over drinks this evening. Let's get back to 90s/00s Israeli progressive later.

    Sheshet, Tamouz, Atmosphera, Churchills and Jericho, Shlomo Gronich, Matti Caspi,...
  50. I'll be 49 in a week's time and I know Tuesday...

    I'll be 49 in a week's time and I know Tuesday Weld just fine. Remember her from a bunch of movies, notably Who'll Stop the Rain.

    But then again I'm a filmbuff and espec everything in regards to...
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    - God Dog Food Feelzso Goo'd, yah. [With that...

    - God Dog Food Feelzso Goo'd, yah. [With that 'yah' heard purportedly spontaneous yet suspiciously contrived and planned all the same]

    Eat that fiskebolle, fårikål and smalahove kjøttkake.
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    No, here's the deal; Just can't resist in...

    No, here's the deal; Just can't resist in pointing out matters of fact which have absolutely nothing to do with either personal preference or subjective "feeling" but which concern elementary...
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    ^ Frankly I hear more of a pronounced GG-feel on...

    ^ Frankly I hear more of a pronounced GG-feel on the (latest) Stars In Battledress-record than on the Lost Crowns.

    There are, however, perhaps a bit too many a "prog" writer who seems prone to...
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    Yes, it's almost as superbly original as Neal...

    Yes, it's almost as superbly original as Neal Morse! With its very, very own identity in contemporary, modern Progressive Rock! [Although everything they do on Hinterland could have been done 47...
  55. While I've kept The Devouring and sometimes -do-...

    While I've kept The Devouring and sometimes -do- pick it out for listening in further attempts, DK are one of the very few "prog" bands adhering to the Cuneiform roster which I never really warmed up...
  56. Sorry to hear that. Next to Shem Tov Levy's flute...

    Sorry to hear that. Next to Shem Tov Levy's flute I'd say his guitarplaying is much of what truly makes out the Sanhedrin album.
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    At least.
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    ^I reacted positively to that one myself! One of...

    ^I reacted positively to that one myself! One of the most consistent Man records, and also one of their most representative. Twisted US west-coast-influenced, Walisian melodic jammy rock'n'roll if...
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    I agree. Next to someone like Satoko Fujii I...

    I agree.

    Next to someone like Satoko Fujii I find a major bulk of Hiromi's output almost bland.
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    I downloaded this from YT using the 4K app only last week.

    It's good. Not great, IMO - but solid. I never got around to it on initial release, heard it first during the early 2000s from a CD-r....
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