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  1. Thread: Prog Awards 2019

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    Cards on the table: I'm a big fan of the...

    Cards on the table:

    I'm a big fan of the magazine, and have been championing it for a while, but...the awards...

    It's the one aspect that I'm ambivalent about these days. The list of nominated...
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    Lifesigns (UK based prog band)

    I'm not sure if any of you are aware of the band Lifesigns?

    They're a UK band, but I know they've recently played gigs like Cruise To The Edge, so they may have a wider audience on here.

    The...
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    Steven Wilson - Hand.Cannot.Erase. reissue

    I see a lot of love for this album on here, so you might be interested to learn that the Kscope label have just reissued it, in a nice cd+bluray package, at a sensible price.

    If you've already got...
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    Iamthemorning - The Bell

    If you've been following the music of Russian duo Iamthemorning, then perhaps you'll have seen the trailer for their new album The Bell.

    The album was released a couple of days ago and has been on...
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    I'd imagine they added Coventry to Stratosfear...

    I'd imagine they added Coventry to Stratosfear purely because of disc space. The Ricochet cd has to accommodate the album twice over - once for the remaster, and then again for SW's remix. If they'd...
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    Why don't you buy the seven core albums in their...

    Why don't you buy the seven core albums in their new standalone versions - the contents on each "album disc" are the same as the corresponding disc in the box. That way you have the improved...
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    Some interesting points of view from folks here....

    Some interesting points of view from folks here.

    Given the current digital climate it's rewarding for longtime subscribers like myself to see the mag go from strength to strength, and for a genre...
  8. To be fair to the guys, I don't think they are...

    To be fair to the guys, I don't think they are directly involved in any kind of marketing plan. They're simply consulted by the label, and then a chap called Andy Curran takes over and oversees the...
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    Kate Bush remasters - Box set (Part 1)

    Kate's box set remasters are going for a song in-store at the moment (at least in the UK), so I bought the first one as a way into understanding her music.

    It's quite a trip inside her...
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    I'm still trying to work out what exactly the...

    I'm still trying to work out what exactly the differences are - it's very very subtle. Usually with a more traditional instrumental line-up ( guitar, drum, keyboards) I can quickly spot the...
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    If any of you are content to forego the physical...

    If any of you are content to forego the physical version, then the whole set (bar the bluray content) is available for legal download on 7Digital:
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    Oh man, I'm sorry. I guess that's the price for a...

    Oh man, I'm sorry. I guess that's the price for a free hosted website.

    Here's the text transcription:

    What’s to like?

    Movements of a visionary band. Electronic rock pioneers Tangerine Dream...
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    Perhaps this'll shed some light for you Moe: ...

    Perhaps this'll shed some light for you Moe:

    https://momentstransition.wordpress.com/2019/06/21/tangerine-dream-in-search-of-hades-the-virgin-recordings-1973-1979-2019/
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    Oedipus struck me as being closer to Atem or...

    Oedipus struck me as being closer to Atem or Zeit, very cosmic and atmospheric. Not that distant from Lygeti's contributions to 2001 A Space Odyssey.

    The surround mixes, especially Oedipus, are...
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    Diving into this box set feels like the audio...

    Diving into this box set feels like the audio equivalent of experiencing 2001’s star-gate sequence, but I’ve made it through to the other end, and have a blog review for you.

    Hopefully it should...
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    - The two blurays with surround mixes and footage...

    - The two blurays with surround mixes and footage
    - the two cds with out-takes from Phaedra sessions
    - the Oedipus Tyrannus cd
    - the London Rainbow cds
    - the Victoria Palace cds
    - the Royal...
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    At one point it looked like Amazon might have...

    At one point it looked like Amazon might have screwed up my box set order, and Burning Shed have now officially sold out of their stock. So I snapped up the seven standalone cds from my local store...
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    That was an epic read, but I'm still no clearer...

    That was an epic read, but I'm still no clearer about whether the sound quality on the Construction and Power albums is significantly improved to warrant buying these the 2-disc sets.
  19. Daniel Tompkins (TesseracT singer) - new solo album Castles

    For those of you familiar with UK prog-metal band TesseracT, or the ambient White Moth Black Butterfly project, you'll know how good a voice Daniel Tompkins has.

    If you haven't heard him before,...
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    I once applied to become a reviewer for DPRP, but...

    I once applied to become a reviewer for DPRP, but they put me through so many hoops that I gave up trying.

    Honestly, it felt like I was applying for a salaried corporate job, and had to go through...
  21. Ends - Solo album by Nosound's Giancarlo Erra

    I manged to pick up the solo album by Nosound's main writer Giancarlo Erra this weekend.

    I really liked Nosound's earlier albums, but felt that they were starting to become a little tired and...
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    Looking forward to hearing the lyrics sung in...

    Looking forward to hearing the lyrics sung in Swedish.
  23. I was reluctant to buy this new album, as I was a...

    I was reluctant to buy this new album, as I was a bit put off by some of the overt silliness of the albums I listened to years ago. But because it's a Kscope release, and I buy-before-I-try, I...
  24. Winds Of Time - The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (1979-1985)

    Earlier this week I dug out a collection called Winds Of Time, which celebrates the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (or Nwobhm!) and is a nice nostalgia trip for those of us who were teenagers at the...
  25. Bowie at his most progressive? The Zeit! box set.

    I hadn't heard any of the so-called Berlin trilogy before, so I decided to jump in with both feet, and bought the Zeit! box set, which includes the three studio albums plus Stage.

    It was certainly...
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    I'd imagine it'll simply be the seven original...

    I'd imagine it'll simply be the seven original albums (Phaedra to Force) - they'll be holding back the rare stuff for the box set.
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    That was the official line, but I'm pretty sure I...

    That was the official line, but I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that he decided to walk after a disagreement with one of the trio. The two albums SW did remix were held up for quite a while before...
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    Burning Shed are also going to stock it. They...

    Burning Shed are also going to stock it. They sent me a confirmation email yesterday and will be announcing pricing etc very shortly.

    Given the care they take with packaging, I might go with...
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    Marillion - Fugazi

    “Where are the prophets, where are the visionaries, where are the poets?”

    I sometimes think Marillion's second album gets overlooked, stuck between the initial excitement of Script and the huge...
  30. Oh, I like Kiss Of Life. Every track on that...

    Oh, I like Kiss Of Life. Every track on that album is a winner for me - I just didn't want my piece to get too bogged down in a track by track analysis. I prefer to go for something that's short and...
  31. Peter Gabriel 4 (Security) - Overlooked or quietly respected?

    I've been on a Gabriel binge during the last week, and the album that keeps staying with me as a complete piece of work is number 4.

    I sometimes feel it gets overlooked, given the acclaim that...
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    I picked up his recent cd reissue of Lifemask,...

    I picked up his recent cd reissue of Lifemask, and it sounds terrific. There's a newfound sensitivity and clarity that was missing from the 1995 version.

    Same with the 2012 reissue of HQ, which I...
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    I got into Harper through the Jugula album...

    I got into Harper through the Jugula album because of his friendship with Jimmy Page, and I was a big Zep fan at the time.

    But it wasn't until I met my wife that I found a wider appreciation of...
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    Good timing. He's been going over his back...

    Good timing. He's been going over his back catalogue with a trusted engineer and remastering them, principally for vinyl, but then for cd/digital download.

    He's been doing them piecemeal, and not...
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    Roy Harper - The Last Tour

    I'm not sure how widely this news has spread, but Roy's current tour has been billed as his last one.

    The last night of the tour was in Edinburgh, last night, and I've posted a blog review, which...
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    Sorry about that - it was working fine earlier,...

    Sorry about that - it was working fine earlier, but using chrome it's hit and miss. Sometimes I get the page, sometimes a blank screen. Friday afternoon gremlins as the world clocks off?

    I've...
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    ELP - Return Of the Manticore

    By happy coincidence, it's Carl Palmer's birthday this week, and I received a copy of the box set The Return Of The Manticore in the mail.

    I've not been too impressed with the current round of...
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    I watched the clips...

    I watched the clips from last night's tour.


    Happy to sit this one out I think. I know the guys are 20 years older, but when I think of the energy and drama when I saw SFAM in 2000, last night's...
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    Glad I had the foresight to rip my cds at 320kbp...

    Glad I had the foresight to rip my cds at 320kbp when I started 10 years ago....

    I'm actually starting to slow down on my buying now. I've less years ahead of me than behind me, and I want to take...
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    "He's not the messiah....he's a very naughty...

    "He's not the messiah....he's a very naughty boy!" :lol

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plZRe1kPWZw
  41. O.R.k. - Ramagehead (Colin Edwin + Pat Mastellotto project)

    With Porcupine Tree on hiatus, whatever happened to bassist Colin Edwin?

    Well, he became an O.R.k. (in partnership with Crimson's Pat Mastellotto).

    I'd overlooked the first two albums, but the...
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    Maybe he means he's waiting for more feedback...

    Maybe he means he's waiting for more feedback from other buyers?

    At least that's my approach to this one - first DT album that hasn't been an autobuy, and even though I've picked it up off the...
  43. Thread: RIP Mark Hollis

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    I didn't really take to TT when I first saw them...

    I didn't really take to TT when I first saw them on Top Of The Pops in the 80s, and it took Steven Wilson citing them as an influence on To The Bone to motivate me to try out the later albums.
    ...
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    Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts

    Mention Nine Inch Nails, and I guess most people's reaction might be "noisy industrial rock", but have any of you tried the album Ghosts, which explores the kind of soundscapes more associated with...
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    I think we tend to get a bit too hung up on the...

    I think we tend to get a bit too hung up on the what is the "definitive" edition of an album, not helped by record companies endlessly reissuing the same albums with remasters of previous remasters,...
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    I was listening to the Silent Corner remaster...

    I was listening to the Silent Corner remaster yesterday and it sounded fine to me. Actually, it sounded terrific - the music is a lot more layered than I remembered it.

    I've got the remastered...
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    Not for me. It still feels like a treat. ...

    Not for me. It still feels like a treat.

    Sometimes I'm guilty of playing stereo cds as background music and not really appreciating them, but when it comes to 5.1 dvd I make the time to sit down...
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    Rainbow Dome Musick was a winner for me too. I...

    Rainbow Dome Musick was a winner for me too.

    I had a copy in clear vinyl, but unfortunately every time I played it my parent kept complaining because the constant sound of running water made them...
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    Steve Hillage - Live

    "Rediscover the healing sound and ride the psychic surf."

    I know Steve Hillage has a lot of friends on here, and some of you will be familiar with his album Live Herald, but what about the tour...
  50. I read the article yesterday. It's a bit of a...

    I read the article yesterday.

    It's a bit of a clickbait heading, but there's not much else going on in the interview other than how much he still enjoys performing.
  51. Thread: PROG Magazine

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    Not "everyone" tosses the cd away. I listen to...

    Not "everyone" tosses the cd away.

    I listen to it several times, and I know I'm not the only one, judging by comments on the magazine's FB group.

    And yes, I've bought albums based on the...
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    Prog Magazine has given it the thumbs up. ...

    Prog Magazine has given it the thumbs up.

    There's an extensive interview with LaBrie and Petrucci, which threw up some interesting things - using a different guy to mix the album, Petrucci being...
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    My copy arrived yesterday, and I've given it...

    My copy arrived yesterday, and I've given it several spins.

    In essence it's simply the Ozrics under another name, but if you liked the Technicians album then this'll be equally enjoyable.

    I've...
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    If I recall correctly, I read an interview with...

    If I recall correctly, I read an interview with Ged (either post Exit, or post Show of Hands) where he revealed that the band actually found the live album process a bit of a chore.

    I don't think...
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    Roadhawks was a fine introduction to the band,...

    Roadhawks was a fine introduction to the band, with a mix of non-album singles, an unreleased live version of You Shouldn't Do That, and a tasteful segue of the following tracks:

    Space Is Deep...
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    Hawkwind compilations - where to start?

    Hawkwind seem to have so many compilation albums out there, that they vastly outnumber the official studio albums, and given Hawkwind's longevity that takes some doing.

    But if you were to pick...
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    Apologies, I should have mentioned in my piece...

    Apologies, I should have mentioned in my piece that Ultima Thule is missing from the Alpha disc.

    Basically, it's each album as originally issued - no bonus tracks at all.
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    I'd take this with a pinch of salt. There have...

    I'd take this with a pinch of salt.

    There have been a lot of these lists appearing online, and according to people actually working on the project (see the Steve Hoffman forum), some of the lists...
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    Tangerine Dream - The Pink Years 2018 reissues

    With the Virgin era albums getting a reissue this coming spring, this newly released collection of Tangerine Dream's first four albums is a timely and fascinating journey from their origins towards...
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    Iamthemorning - Ocean Sounds

    One of the Kscope label's more esoteric acts, Iamthemorning have been described as "chamber progressive rock".

    If you like classically influenced piano, or your taste in singers includes Kate...
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