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    My money's on Solskjaer to be the first manager...

    My money's on Solskjaer to be the first manager to get hoofed this season (though I think Gracia at Watford might run him close). Despite spending yet another fortune during the transfer window,...
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    No need - in the UK, I have both the hi-gain...

    No need - in the UK, I have both the hi-gain channels on my Blackstar amp, plus a Blackstar LT Dual drive pedal, while in China I have a Blackstar HT-Metal tube distortion unit (hmmm, I'm sensing a...
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    I had an original Guv'nor pedal (that now change...

    I had an original Guv'nor pedal (that now change hands for ridiculous sums on Ebay) back in the 90s. Sounded fantastic, but the build quality was shocking (this seems to be a regular Marshall theme...
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    Jazz is Dead - Blue Light Rain

    Jazz is Dead - Blue Light Rain
  5. Steve Hackett - Wuthering Nights: Live in...

    Steve Hackett - Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham
    Gambale/Hamm/Smith - Show Me What You Can Do
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    Utopia - Live at the Chicago Theatre

    Utopia - Live at the Chicago Theatre
  7. Amazed nobody's mentioned any Richard Thompson...

    Amazed nobody's mentioned any Richard Thompson material. Depending on how how ambitious you want to be on acoustic guitar, here are a few suggestions:

    ...
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    Mantra Machine - Nitrogen

    Mantra Machine - Nitrogen
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    I asked Chris Busby (I think, it might have been...

    I asked Chris Busby (I think, it might have been Ray) about this on FB not so long back, and he confirmed that both Tom and Paul are no longer in the band. This is a real shame, as Ramsay's drumming...
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    Paul Myers - A Wizard, A True Star: Todd Rundgren...

    Paul Myers - A Wizard, A True Star: Todd Rundgren in the Studio
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    Clearly having an 80s metal kind of day: ...

    Clearly having an 80s metal kind of day:

    Alcatrazz - No Parole from Rock n'Roll
    Blue Murder - S/T
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    Auto-buy for me, too. Thanks for the info.

    Auto-buy for me, too. Thanks for the info.
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    Schon and Hammer - Untold Passion

    Schon and Hammer - Untold Passion
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    Gov't Mule - S/T

    Gov't Mule - S/T
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    Thanks Bill! I already have two Blackstar...

    Thanks Bill! I already have two Blackstar OD/Distortion pedals - an HT-Metal valve distortion unit on my Chinese board (which features a speaker compensated output that's perfect for doing gigs...
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    Decided that the modded Peavey Triumph I have in...

    Decided that the modded Peavey Triumph I have in the UK wasn't really cutting it after a gig I did with it in Wales back in February where I just couldn't get a sound out of it that I liked (not...
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    Meh. Thought these guys were spectacularly...

    Meh. Thought these guys were spectacularly average the first time round, can't say a reformation has me anything other than fizzing with apathy.
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    With respect, I think it's commonly misunderstood...

    With respect, I think it's commonly misunderstood what Asia were actually trying to be - which in the context of the musical climate of the time was most emphatically not a prog band. Howe has...
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    That's very much how it appeared to me, too. ...

    That's very much how it appeared to me, too. Even taking into account its unfinished nature, I have to depart from the consensus and say that there was much stronger material on the first Asia album...
  20. I preferred it with the big headstock maple neck...

    I preferred it with the big headstock maple neck and white scratchplate it was, I believe, originally fitted with (see Live in Pompeii).
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    Greg Lake - S/T Some nice music and excellent...

    Greg Lake - S/T

    Some nice music and excellent production, but Lake really is the most appalling lyricist - real cringeworthy 'moon in June' stuff, for the most part.
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    ...and I was 49...

    ...and I was 49...
  23. I'd certainly love to hear a new LTE album. I...

    I'd certainly love to hear a new LTE album. I always thought Rudess was far more effective here than he's ever been in DT. Far more interesting compositions than anything DT has done since time...
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    When I was in SF in 2004 doing field research for...

    When I was in SF in 2004 doing field research for my PhD, Jo invited me up to Cotati where she lived at the time and took me out wine tasting in the Nappa Valley. She was a lovely person, and I was...
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    I wouldn't touch any of them with a bargepole. ...

    I wouldn't touch any of them with a bargepole. I've played a lot of Martins over the years, including quite a few vintage models, and with only a very few exceptions, most of them were vastly...
  26. Didn't Kimball effectively do a Steve Walsh and...

    Didn't Kimball effectively do a Steve Walsh and blow his voice out with cocaine? I seem to recall that he's had a number of reunions with Toto over the years, but ultimately his personal issues and...
  27. Didn't Kimball effectively do a Steve Walsh and...

    Didn't Kimball effectively do a Steve Walsh and blow his voice out with cocaine? I seem to recall that he's had a number of reunions with Toto over the years, but ultimately his personal issues and...
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    Ozric Tentacle - Technicians of the Sacred

    Ozric Tentacle - Technicians of the Sacred
  29. Quite on the second point - to assume that I (or...

    Quite on the second point - to assume that I (or anyone else, for that matter) terms something 'self-indulgent' just because it doesn't happen to appeal to my personal taste is a classic straw man...
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    CSN - S/T

    CSN - S/T
  31. Mostly agreed with this, but I'd take out...

    Mostly agreed with this, but I'd take out Blackbird (which I agree with the consensus is marvelous) and add Piggies, Yer Blues, and Savoy Truffle to that list. Surprised nobody has mentioned Mother...
  32. Is it sacrilege to suggest that, though it has a...

    Is it sacrilege to suggest that, though it has a few decent tunes, The White Album isn't actually much good?? I mean, I realise it's The Beatles and everything, but TWA must be one of the most...
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    BEST. THREAD. EVER.

    BEST. THREAD. EVER.
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    Jimmy Herring, et al. - Endangered Species

    Jimmy Herring, et al. - Endangered Species
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    He went into a full-on ''I hate everything about...

    He went into a full-on ''I hate everything about Steve Wilson" psychotic meltdown and got called on it. He ended up being well and truly booted after one the most epic flame wars of PE's Golden Age....
  36. Thread: Saga

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    Changing the subject slightly, I recently managed...

    Changing the subject slightly, I recently managed to pick up a copy of Ian Crichton's solo album Welcome to the Boom Boom Room. This is pretty rare, so I was lucky to get it at a reasonably sensible...
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    No, another year will be quite enough for my wife...

    No, another year will be quite enough for my wife and I. With the continued downward slide towards something worryingly-resembling totalitarianism here (look up the CCP's 'social credit score'...
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    Not quite as long as that! It'll be five this...

    Not quite as long as that! It'll be five this October.
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    I'm exactly the other way: because I read so much...

    I'm exactly the other way: because I read so much non-fiction for work, fiction is an absolute lifeline in my down time that allows me to decompress from the stresses of the day.
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    Just: Ralph Towner - Solo Concert Now: Richie...

    Just: Ralph Towner - Solo Concert
    Now: Richie Kotzen- Mother Head's Family Reunion
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    I seem to recall that when Rundgren got hold of...

    I seem to recall that when Rundgren got hold of that guitar it was in a bad way - it had a wooden bridge and the action had been jacked up for slide playing. He therefore had to get a lot of work...
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    Ty Tabor - Something's Coming.

    Ty Tabor - Something's Coming.
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    I liked To The Bone quite a lot, but it wasn't,...

    I liked To The Bone quite a lot, but it wasn't, for me, the 'return to smart 80s pop sensibilities' album that Wilson claimed it to be. More many of the same, familiar Wilsonisms with a few less...
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    Agreed. 'Little Bit of Soul' is one of my...

    Agreed. 'Little Bit of Soul' is one of my favourite King's X songs of all time.
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    It was in a brick and mortar store in one of the...

    It was in a brick and mortar store in one of the big shopping malls in central Toronto.
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    Btw, I picked up the book when I was in Canada in...

    Btw, I picked up the book when I was in Canada in March, and finished it quite recently: fascinating read, well worth picking up.
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    Though as a contributor to that thread, I think I...

    Though as a contributor to that thread, I think I need to point out that King's X never seemed to have the same quality of self-sabotage that accounts for a great deal of the reason why UFO and Lizzy...
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    Awesomely good album!! Eloy were miles ahead of...

    Awesomely good album!! Eloy were miles ahead of just about everybody else when it came to synth sounds during that period. A real headphones album...
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    Today: Journey - Departure All About Eve -...

    Today:
    Journey - Departure
    All About Eve - Scarlet and Other Stories

    Now:
    Ohm - Circus of Sound
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    Just starting Shadow Captain, Alastair Reynold's...

    Just starting Shadow Captain, Alastair Reynold's sequel to Revenger. Really liked the latter, though I thought it wrapped up perhaps a bit too quickly at the end. Be interesting to see what the...
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    Not a bad album - and it contains some of Moore's...

    Not a bad album - and it contains some of Moore's most ferocious playing. However, the sound quality (on my cd copy at least) is atrocious and some of the guitar sounds like it was recorded straight...
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    Ironically, Moore toured pretty heavily in the US...

    Ironically, Moore toured pretty heavily in the US during that period - not least as support to Rush on the Grace Under Pressure tour (I think). I always got the impression he went down pretty well...
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    Gorham talks about his problems and decision to...

    Gorham talks about his problems and decision to quit Lizzy in Mark Putterford's biography of Lynott, The Rocker, originally published in the early 90s. It's an interesting read, and covers quite...
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    I think it's also important to note that by 1983...

    I think it's also important to note that by 1983 Gorham himself was desperate to quit the band, as he knew his heroin habit was spinning out of control and he'd never be able to get clean as long as...
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    ...and they remained huge, expensive and clunky...

    ...and they remained huge, expensive and clunky until well into the 80s, as well. Lots of people in the UK rented VCRs rather than bought them because they were just too expensive for most people to...
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    Incidentally, I believe that Gary Moore had...

    Incidentally, I believe that Gary Moore had absolutely no time for Robertson whatsoever, either as a guitarist or, apparently, as a person, and only reluctantly agreed to inviting him to perform at...
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    Have to disagree with this, appalling production...

    Have to disagree with this, appalling production aside, I've always thought Thunder and Lightning was Lizzy's strongest album for years at the time of its release. John Sykes gave them a tremendous...
  58. Thread: Stoner!

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    That is very, very good indeed. Just picked up...

    That is very, very good indeed. Just picked up the album on Amazon UK!!
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    It is fantastic. In fact the 2cd version is the...

    It is fantastic. In fact the 2cd version is the only Kansas album I have with me here in China. Frankly, I think that if you have this, you don't really need anything else.
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    But Rolie did sing at least co-lead on Anytime,...

    But Rolie did sing at least co-lead on Anytime, Feelin' That Way and Just the Same Way, the latter of which was a single, IIRC. I'm sure a large part of an American audience would recognize those...
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