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    Thanks. I'll give it a try.

    Thanks. I'll give it a try.
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    Right. I tried in vain to find the ones from...

    Right. I tried in vain to find the ones from those years.
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    Anybody have Tom's Gagliarchives Top 100 charts...

    Anybody have Tom's Gagliarchives Top 100 charts from past years?
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    blew my mind

    blew

    my

    mind
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    The Spirit of Eden is the only perfect rock...

    The Spirit of Eden is the only perfect rock album. A soul of unique depth and vision.
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    Lots in The Enid. Try Humouresque from Touch Me.

    Lots in The Enid. Try Humouresque from Touch Me.
  7. Yes, and nothing called "rock" has started to...

    Yes, and nothing called "rock" has started to approach that kind of application.

    Would "arithmetic rock" be a better name for what's under discussion here?
  8. As much as that's meant to be a joke, it really...

    As much as that's meant to be a joke, it really is amusing how awestruck people get at the "mathematical complexity" of music. Adding, subtracting, multiplication and division are generally all...
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    It's interesting what he says about four...

    It's interesting what he says about four sections.

    At the time, didn't Brett or somebody actually provide a "map" with titles and time marks for the different sections of mei?
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    :rofl

    :rofl
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    Well, those are my personal two biggest...

    Well, those are my personal two biggest fascinations. At one time I might have said I had an understanding of them, but I don't make such claims these days.

    I don't have any problem with Weston...
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    Great, thoughtful comments on this thread. I...

    Great, thoughtful comments on this thread. I agree that mei deserves a place among the key progressive rock concept albums. But there are a couple of things that keep it from being desert island...
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    Don’t get him started on William Schuman. :p

    Don’t get him started on William Schuman. :p
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    Never heard of Picking Bones. Sounds interesting.

    Never heard of Picking Bones. Sounds interesting.
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    I agree that Tom Hyatt's bass playing adds a lot...

    I agree that Tom Hyatt's bass playing adds a lot to the band's music. It's a shame he's not on mei.

    I'm also a fan of early Paul Ramsey. Up through As the World his playing is so inventive. He...
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    Any fans of the Still/Always Almost era? ...

    Any fans of the Still/Always Almost era?

    "While I Was Away" is one of my favorite Echolyn-related songs. I've still never heard the Still album.
  17. Despite being presented as a quantitative...

    Despite being presented as a quantitative comparison of music genres, I found the article very to be a very vague and confusing what's-hot-what's-not piece. Treating rock and metal as segregated...
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    A band's ability to convey optimism without...

    A band's ability to convey optimism without making me puke is rare and prized. That's what early Echolyn has for me that I can find almost nowhere else.

    Post-As the World, there's a constant...
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    Zappa made the same kind of comments about...

    Zappa made the same kind of comments about working with orchestras, even getting frustrated with the ultra-meticulous Boulez for not being as precise and (IIRC) grooving with his tuplets as he would...
  20. In prog, the structure of a song is at least...

    In prog, the structure of a song is at least equal in importance to the melody, rhythm etc. Jazz doesn't tend to explore macrostructure in the same way as prog.

    While you'll find jazz artists...
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    I think too many people dismiss the first album...

    I think too many people dismiss the first album because of unpolished production and some naive material. But I never tire of the optimistic vibe and I think Kull's guitar tones on some of the songs...
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    I think because there's such astonishing...

    I think because there's such astonishing film-making virtuosity at play, there are those who kneejerk to discounting 2001's content on that basis. A little like when virtuosity and instrumental...
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    A few months ago, I watched 2001 for the first...

    A few months ago, I watched 2001 for the first time in years. I can't critique this film objectively from a distance. From the beginning up to the pod/Hal sequences is a perfectly paced ratcheting of...
  24. Yep. That was me too. The only way they ever...

    Yep. That was me too. The only way they ever would have made it to Tulsa, OK.
  25. I think it's significant that Bernstein's spirit...

    I think it's significant that Bernstein's spirit was there at the very beginning of progressive rock, inspiring two of prog's most distinctive cover versions - The Nice's "America" (1968) and Yes'...
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    Just stumbled across this and just skimmed...

    Just stumbled across this and just skimmed through it. A little tinny sounding but amazing musicianship. A little wackiness and a couple covers as well.

    ...
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    I too think Wetton has a hard time on this album....

    I too think Wetton has a hard time on this album. His singing is strained, flat in places (last verse of 30 Years) and he doesn't quite grasp the rhythmic flow at the beginning of Mental Medication...
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    I think of UK as transitional. Particularly...

    I think of UK as transitional. Particularly Jobson's big poly-synth chords, which (I think) directly influenced the approach of Mark Kelly, Martin Orford, Rik Carter et al. Remember Marillion's first...
  29. The oboe synth/mellotron strings interlude in the...

    The oboe synth/mellotron strings interlude in the middle of both verses is to me the most magical thing he ever did.
  30. Fugazi's my favorite Marillion album, and I was a...

    Fugazi's my favorite Marillion album, and I was a Marillion fanatic after getting addicted to Script. But Fugazi was such a huge leap forward musically. The lyrics are remorselessly dark. The synth...
  31. Serious question. Is that line actually a direct...

    Serious question. Is that line actually a direct reference to cricket lingo?
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    40th anniversary of UK's UK

    I've seen somebody state the release date March 25, 1978. Can anybody substantiate this?

    Anyhow, happy birthday to the capstone (headstone?) of 70s British prog.
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    My first choice out of the whole list would be...

    My first choice out of the whole list would be "No One at the Bridge." What a beautiful song. It should have been a major Rush live anthem.
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    Which is really the quintessential proto-Djent...

    Which is really the quintessential proto-Djent song, right?
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    I'm honored my band got to be on the Progday...

    I'm honored my band got to be on the Progday stage the year Happy the Man played. This track is transcendental and inspiring. Thanks so much for the love and work you've put into it Frank Wyatt.
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    I've listened to it quite a bit. My favorite...

    I've listened to it quite a bit.

    My favorite tune is "Forks." Really a blissful listening experience that shows what they're best at.

    The most proggy tune to me isn't "Remind me" but the...
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    I listened through the EP for the first time last...

    I listened through the EP for the first time last night. Very cool chord changes and arrangements. No need for a lyric sheet. He has to be the most clearly enunciating singer ever.
  38. Wow, to me the 1980 Musica/Lyceum video Phil is...

    Wow, to me the 1980 Musica/Lyceum video Phil is about the most powerful rock singing there is. Dance on a Volcano is so good during that era that I'm always a little disappointed when I put on Trick...
  39. The end of Supper's Ready was lowered during the...

    The end of Supper's Ready was lowered during the Selling England tour, and maybe for part of the Foxtrot tour.

    I believe it's the same way with Karn Evil 9 First Impression on Welcome Back My...
  40. You know what I'd like to see? David Longdon,...

    You know what I'd like to see? David Longdon, Nick d'Virgilio, Steve Hackett, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford. Those guys could put on a good Genesis show with all stops pulled. Longdon and d'Virgilio...
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    That's hilarious because, no kidding, good...

    That's hilarious because, no kidding, good Stilton may be my favorite food period. I always ask for some for Christmas and thankfully my in-laws never fail to comply.
  42. After the unconscionable age discrimination of...

    After the unconscionable age discrimination of The Musical Box, they deserve what they get. lol
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    Starless is a good song but I hardly ever really...

    Starless is a good song but I hardly ever really enjoy listening to it because it feels overstretched. Pretty guitar melody though. And pretty vocal melody.

    I'm not sure it's the best song ever,...
  44. I may be the odd man out, but this is my favorite...

    I may be the odd man out, but this is my favorite Karn playing I've heard. The riffs he comes up with are totally unforgettable and Murphy's ice-cold delivery is the perfect foil.

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    It seems like there are a couple of scenes in the...

    It seems like there are a couple of scenes in the Let It Be movie where Paul plays piano and George plays bass.
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    I thought Invicta and Dust were wonderful. The...

    I thought Invicta and Dust were wonderful. The band looked to me like it was enjoying a renaissance with the potential for an expanded and new audience. Joe Payne is a remarkable vocalist. I have no...
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    You mean "biscuit".

    You mean "biscuit".
  48. Droids aren’t expendable lifeless machinery in...

    Droids aren’t expendable lifeless machinery in the Star Wars universe.

    I heard someone suggest the ramming scene would have been much more effective and emotional if Ackbar had piloted it. How...
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    It's the focus of literally none of his music....

    It's the focus of literally none of his music. Unless you consider lyrical subject matter music. Even then, "a good bit" is a good bit vague, perhaps intentionally. The textual side of Zappa is as...
  50. So who besides me caught the Hardware Wars homage?

    So who besides me caught the Hardware Wars homage?
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    Pohjola's bass solos are WAY better than Zappa's.

    Pohjola's bass solos are WAY better than Zappa's.
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    As someone who's still completely awestruck by...

    As someone who's still completely awestruck by Jukka Gustavson's contribution to Wigwam, this discussion reminds me of the old "Ringo wasn't even the best drummer in The Beatles!" cliche.

    I've...
  53. I ADORE the result.

    I ADORE the result.
  54. A remix was attempted with Being and it was a...

    A remix was attempted with Being and it was a disaster. And unfortunately I believe it's now the only version of the album readily available.

    Osterberg's drumming was very natural and effortless...
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    Apples and oranges. I would find it hard to...

    Apples and oranges. I would find it hard to compare them in any relevant way. Pohjola was certainly inspired by Zappa early on in terms of arrangement, rhythm and harmony. But he went in his own,...
  56. Luckily, I only know English Electric in the Full...

    Luckily, I only know English Electric in the Full Power version. Make Some Noise works just great in every way for me.

    Just a note that although I've known Nick d'Virgilio was a great drummer, I...
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    It will all depend on new music. Who's the strong...

    It will all depend on new music. Who's the strong compositional voice?
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    They shouldn't.

    They shouldn't.
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    I've heard suggestions that a lot of the...

    I've heard suggestions that a lot of the complaints about streaming audio quality from Spotify, Tidal, etc. are actually people hearing the Universal label watermarking as a compression artifact.
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    Me too. That's why I was surprised that the whole...

    Me too. That's why I was surprised that the whole ECM catalog got the treatment.
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