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    Nice organ playing, Bob!

    Nice organ playing, Bob!
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    For me: Yessongs Tales Close to the Edge...

    For me:

    Yessongs
    Tales
    Close to the Edge
    Relayer
    Going for the One
    Fragile
    The Yes Album
    Drama
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    I, too, am looking forward to the movie! As to...

    I, too, am looking forward to the movie! As to the Beatles inspiration, tough to get away from it!
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    Just listening to the reissue this morning with...

    Just listening to the reissue this morning with my coffee. First, I have to say that Harrison's solo on Let it Be is the finest sound that a guitar can make. The TONE! That is the only redeeming...
  5. Been listening to the last few Hackett albums and...

    Been listening to the last few Hackett albums and the new one. They all sound pretty much the same to me, although the guitar playing is brilliant. I'd have to say that seeing Steve Hackett in...
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    I think this is the undiscovered gem of their...

    I think this is the undiscovered gem of their catalog. "A Hit by Varese" by a pop band? Great stuff! VI was a big drop off to me. VII, great. VIII ok. ......then nothing I care about.
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    I see they keep screwing up the song "Clap" by...

    I see they keep screwing up the song "Clap" by calling it "The Clap". Hah, ha! Steve Howe must be pissed!
  8. Jellyfish: Spilt Milk!

    Jellyfish: Spilt Milk!
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    Bass playing is really good. The album is...

    Bass playing is really good. The album is pleasant enough. The orchestra is really not out in front as I feared. It sounds pretty seamlessly integrated and not just grafted on. Finally, I don't...
  10. This is one of the first two records I ever...

    This is one of the first two records I ever bought. Three Dog Night: Captured Live at the Form was the other one! Both indispensable!
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    The Winter Winds of Time by Richard Hermans ...

    The Winter Winds of Time by Richard Hermans

    Nice job, Richard. I particularly like the first part which has kind of a pastoral Genesis'y vibe to it. Love to hear your excellent vocals with it if...
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    ^^ Yup!! Of these, I'd say the gem is V. ...

    ^^ Yup!!


    Of these, I'd say the gem is V. There is a lot of great stuff on that one, their first single album. Finally, Terry Kath is a virtuoso that deserves to be mentioned with the greats. ...
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    1974 Guitar Player interview with Fripp. I had...

    1974 Guitar Player interview with Fripp. I had no idea he was left handed! He's also very impressed with himself and disparaging of other guitarists, specifically Clapton. Beck and Hendrix don't...
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    I think Wayne Perkins would have been a better...

    I think Wayne Perkins would have been a better replacement for Mick Taylor than Ronnie Wood. I guess Wood's Englishness won out over Texas!
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    Geez....when we were kids, we used to play the...

    Geez....when we were kids, we used to play the drum solo on our desks at school. That, and the intro to "We're an American Band"!
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    The tracks from All Things Must Pass? Looks like...

    The tracks from All Things Must Pass? Looks like there's only one!
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    Even though I prefer the "Naked" version of the...

    Even though I prefer the "Naked" version of the Let it Be album by a long shot, the version of the title track on the Spector-produced original is great. I think Harrison's Leslie-drenched guitar...
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    Gee, SunRunner2, I don't agree with your view of...

    Gee, SunRunner2, I don't agree with your view of Let it Be at all. I find it essential and the Naked version is one of my favorites from the Fabs. You really get a sense of them as a live band and...
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    Here's a nice interview with Tony Levin in a...

    Here's a nice interview with Tony Levin in a local Rochester NY publication:
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  20. Stanley Clarke is one of those guys with...

    Stanley Clarke is one of those guys with unbelievable chops but really thin sound. That's just my opinion though. He's such an amazing player that it's difficult to find fault with him. His sound...
  21. I love "Hello Jeff"! Great stuff in the mold of...

    I love "Hello Jeff"! Great stuff in the mold of Blow by Blow and Wired.
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    I don't see how the Stones can continue without...

    I don't see how the Stones can continue without Charlie Watts. His style is essential to their sound. Kind of like Keith Moon or Bonham were to the Who and Zep. RIP.
  23. Seems that Frank was a little bit vindictive...

    Seems that Frank was a little bit vindictive about Ruth deciding to concentrate more on her family life, or am I reading too much into it? Was she fired or did she quit?
  24. Here's more on Ed Mann being hired by Zappa. ...

    Here's more on Ed Mann being hired by Zappa. Apparently, this is chapter 2 of a book he is writing.
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  25. I'll have to listen to the Power to Believe...

    I'll have to listen to the Power to Believe later, but having a listen to the CoL with my morning coffee. It starts off with ProzaKc Blues. Hate the vocals on this. Many of the other tunes to...
  26. It sounds like the differences from the last...

    It sounds like the differences from the last remaster of this (not a remix, mind you!) don't amount to de-Spectorising. That's what I was hoping for. Apparently, it's just not possible given the...
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    The latest track takes a simple, not very...

    The latest track takes a simple, not very interesting chord progression and somehow makes it sound pretty good. Talented bunch of guys, for sure.
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    Nice vocals, again, Richard. I especially like...

    Nice vocals, again, Richard. I especially like the section at th 2:26 mark. It's almost like another song. A little "Beatley" in places, which never hurts, either! Is that acoustic guitar I hear,...
  29. Be very interested to hear what you think...

    Be very interested to hear what you think...
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    Very nice, contemplative work, Renate.

    Very nice, contemplative work, Renate.
  31. ^^ She was also well aware of his penchant for...

    ^^ She was also well aware of his penchant for groupies during their marriage. Zappa never hid it from her.
  32. Gail Zappa certainly had to submit to some...

    Gail Zappa certainly had to submit to some humiliation at the hands of Zappa. Maybe explains some of her prickly business side.
  33. Ed Mann interview about starting his career with Zappa....

    I found this article to be fascinating and entertaining and thought it might be of interest to those here. Enjoy!
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    There was a recent Facebook post from the band...

    There was a recent Facebook post from the band where they said Dusty had to drop out of touring due to a hip issue and the need for treatment. They had a replacement bassist do the shows Dusty...
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    The Stratego tune sounds like something from the...

    The Stratego tune sounds like something from the "Somewhere in Time" era. I don't like my Maiden watered down by synths, guitar or otherwise. As a matter of fact, I like 'em best with just two...
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    I like "Here if you Listen" a little bit better...

    I like "Here if you Listen" a little bit better than the new one, but I haven't spent enough time with it. It's very good, though, and Crosby's voice is velvety smooth. Really remarkable.
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    I'm listening to it now. It's great. Truly...

    I'm listening to it now. It's great. Truly amazing given his age.
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    His last 3 or 4 albums are the best work of his...

    His last 3 or 4 albums are the best work of his career, IMHO.
  39. Oh, no. This worries me greatly. I was hoping...

    Oh, no. This worries me greatly. I was hoping for something where the songs spoke for themselves rather than the audio engineer or the producer. I absolutely hate over-compressed music. I guess...
  40. Richard, you really do have a beautiful voice!

    Richard, you really do have a beautiful voice!
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    Nice track. It really misses the soaring...

    Nice track. It really misses the soaring harmonies that Chris Squire used to provide and the outro is repetitive. It also seems to be largely in 4/4, so the compound rhythms of old Yes are absent. ...
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    ^^ Thanks, Richard! We haven't picked one for...

    ^^ Thanks, Richard! We haven't picked one for 2021 yet. Any requests?
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    Richard, thanks for your kind words and...

    Richard, thanks for your kind words and encouragement. Personally, I guess at this point in my life, I don't really expect a lot of attention to my work. I do it for my own enjoyment and am happy...
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    ^^ Nice, contemplative piece!

    ^^ Nice, contemplative piece!
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    I do listen to folks' music more than once. If...

    I do listen to folks' music more than once. If they're on SoundCloud, I follow them and go back and listen to the tracks occasionally. I guess there's so much music out there, that you really don't...
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    ^^ That was great! I thought their voices...

    ^^ That was great! I thought their voices blended excellently, also. A shame. RIP, Robby. I always thought he was Kansas' "not so secret" weapon.
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    ^^ Nice rendition. Again, your guitar samples...

    ^^ Nice rendition. Again, your guitar samples are really good. Nice piano playing, too.
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    This one is kind of a bummer of a topic: Someone...

    This one is kind of a bummer of a topic: Someone facing Assisted Suicide or Euthanasia.https://soundcloud.com/guitarplyrjvb/the-terminal-man
  49. ^^ Regardless of who plays in the band or what...

    ^^ Regardless of who plays in the band or what name he uses, Ian Anderson is a major talent. I'll listen to it. TAABII and Homo Eraticus were both decent albums to me. His singing isn't great, but...
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    ^^ It was inevitable given the bandwith that is...

    ^^ It was inevitable given the bandwith that is available with 5G and the decreasing cost of data storage.
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    I think I read somewhere that Amazon, Spotify,...

    I think I read somewhere that Amazon, Spotify, and Apple have upgraded their streaming to at least .wav quality at 44.1khz.
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    I recommend the Bosch books if you've never read...

    I recommend the Bosch books if you've never read them. They're really at the top of the heap as far as the crime novel genre goes. The show is somewhat of a pastiche of several of the books with...
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    ^ Bosch's house is cool, too!

    ^ Bosch's house is cool, too!
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    I mean, any show with an actress named...

    I mean, any show with an actress named Honeysuckle Weeks, how can you resist?
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    Anybody a fan of Foyle's War? Great series about...

    Anybody a fan of Foyle's War? Great series about a detective and his cohorts during the lead up to WWII, the war itself, and the Cold War. Highly recommended!
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    That's weird. The whole thing would fit on one...

    That's weird. The whole thing would fit on one CD. Orchestrations? Oh no. Have very low expectations for this, but I'll at least listen to it.
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    That Ventifacts microtonal stuff is intriguing. ...

    That Ventifacts microtonal stuff is intriguing. Totally amazing how someone can think in those terms and actually produce some beautiful, moving music. It's interesting how it seems the singing is...
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    I would have to rate this record as my favorite...

    I would have to rate this record as my favorite album of all time, live or otherwise. When I first heard it as a 15 yr. old on its release, it sounded as the group had come from an alien planet. ...
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    Hey, Bob. This one is actually based on Robert...

    Hey, Bob. This one is actually based on Robert Louis Stevenson, not Poe. It's about a friend's descent into alcoholism and becoming his own Hyde. A sad case.
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    Thanks, Renate! I didn't, but I love Alice from...

    Thanks, Renate! I didn't, but I love Alice from Love it to Death through Billion Dollar Babies.
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