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    Interview with Rick: ...

    Interview with Rick:

    https://www.velvetthunder.co.uk/rick-wakeman-from-the-centre-of-the-earth-to-the-red-planet/
  2. Sticky: He doesn't tend to do a lot of interviews,...

    He doesn't tend to do a lot of interviews, certainly not spontaneous ones like that. But as you said, this one probably seemed trustworthy, if unplanned.
  3. Sticky: Yes, Steve was the editor of Classic Rock Society...

    Yes, Steve was the editor of Classic Rock Society magazine and now one of the team behind Velvet Thunder online (celebrating our first anniversary this month!) Always a busy guy; editing, writing,...
  4. Sticky: I can respect the opinion of someone who says...

    I can respect the opinion of someone who says "That place just isn't for me" or "I don't care for this or that aspect". But when you see someone screaming into the wind about it and ranting like a...
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    I'm the opposite. I think Killers is a huge step...

    I'm the opposite. I think Killers is a huge step up from the sound of the debut. :cool
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    I'd love to join in on the discussion, can't wait...

    I'd love to join in on the discussion, can't wait to hear this. Unfortunately after eight days, mine is no closer to me than when it was shipped. USPS says they still don't even have it yet. Look at...
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    R.I.P. Martin Birch

    Major producer/engineer of many classic rock albums, dead at 71. I always remember his story about getting Bruce Dickinson so riled up when he was recording that classic scream in Number Of The...
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    Outstanding interview with Bob Ezrin

    It's from a year ago, but I only just came across it now, and I found it quite a terrific watch! So many little tidbits I'd never heard, for example his emphatic "NO" to Peter Gabriel whose original...
  9. That's the one! ;) :p

    That's the one! ;) :p
  10. Thank you! As Bill said, the first albums are...

    Thank you! As Bill said, the first albums are where most of their fans were made, although my own personal favourite is Glue Works, dead center of their catalogue. But I quite enjoy their recent...
  11. It will be worth the wait, I promise!

    It will be worth the wait, I promise!
  12. Anyone else get this one yet? I absolutely LOVE...

    Anyone else get this one yet? I absolutely LOVE it after my first couple of spins. That same magic as on Infinite and Now What?! is still there, IMO. Some solid (if standard) rockers early on, but as...
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    Not their official site, but definitely big...

    Not their official site, but definitely big enough to know better! :down
  14. I really like this one Bill, but I can totally...

    I really like this one Bill, but I can totally see how some fans wouldn't, as it is indeed quite different from their initial sound. I recently saw someone's FB status: "Thanks to whoever posted the...
  15. Oops! How could I forget that one? I do in fact...

    Oops! How could I forget that one? I do in fact have one of his Yes remixes. That one was essential for me.
  16. I love what he did with most of the Tull...

    I love what he did with most of the Tull catalogue, and the Caravan remix as well. Crimsons are hit and miss with me, and I don't have any of his Yes remixes. Marillions are okay but they were great...
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    The debut album and Rise are both highly worth...

    The debut album and Rise are both highly worth owning IMO if you are an Unruh fan.
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    It was all downhill after Rivers Job was out of...

    It was all downhill after Rivers Job was out of the picture.
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    I agree, the song Reckoning is one of his all...

    I agree, the song Reckoning is one of his all time greats IMO. And yeah, I've brought him up here a few times over the years, to little takers if I recall. I'm a huge fan of his solo albums as well...
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    Love both artists and have their entire...

    Love both artists and have their entire catalogues, so this was a no-brainer for me (along with the new Phideaux release All Is Number). Got my shipping notice a few days ago but the tracking still...
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    Open link, scroll through a bunch of opinions,...

    Open link, scroll through a bunch of opinions, stop to read something to see if it's of any interest, instantly see an error (Banks did not use Andy Taylor from Duran Duran on Still - do your...
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    Thanks fellas, glad you enjoyed it. Rikard did...

    Thanks fellas, glad you enjoyed it. Rikard did too, nice to see he posted it himself and even tagged me in it. That's always good! :)
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    Prince was a pretty talented guy, and like many...

    Prince was a pretty talented guy, and like many artists, a lot of his best songs IMO were the deeper album tracks that didn't get played on the radio.

    Kate Bush is fantastic, and I have put in a...
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    I saw them with Leprous and Bent Knee on...

    I saw them with Leprous and Bent Knee on Halloween night in Toronto a couple of years ago, it was excellent.

    Funny thing, too. The "VIP upgrade" people got to enter the venue a half hour or so...
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    Interview is now up! :cool I hope everyone enjoys...

    Interview is now up! :cool I hope everyone enjoys it.

    https://www.velvetthunder.co.uk/rikard-sjoblom-somewhere-in-between-alone-and-together/
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    Neil Young and Bob Dylan. I don't love them,...

    Neil Young and Bob Dylan. I don't love them, sorry. Gifted songwriters, no doubt. But I can't listen to them much.
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    I'm glad people finally get to hear this thing....

    I'm glad people finally get to hear this thing. It was months ago that I reviewed it, before all the delays came to light. I hope I'm still right about it. :)
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    Yep.

    Yep.
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    They had a big hit with Elton John's Bad Side Of...

    They had a big hit with Elton John's Bad Side Of The Moon. You can't really escape them up here on classic rock radio, but then again we have the 'Canadian Content' rule imposed on us. Not that I've...
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    No you can't, but I would have thought you'd have...

    No you can't, but I would have thought you'd have heard something like Could Have Been A Lady on the radio. But I could be mistakenly thinking they were more popular outside of Canada than they were.
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    What, for the first time ever? Surely you'd heard...

    What, for the first time ever? Surely you'd heard a couple of their hits at least?
  32. Well, he couldn't boss Banks around, so someone...

    Well, he couldn't boss Banks around, so someone had to bear the brunt! :p
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    Well, it sounds better in the original Swedish.

    Well, it sounds better in the original Swedish.
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    Just finished a Skype with Rikard about this new...

    Just finished a Skype with Rikard about this new album and all things "GungFish". Great guy, lots to say about all eras of his career. I'll post the article here when it is finished! :cool
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    Absolutely. I've come to this thread many, many...

    Absolutely. I've come to this thread many, many times to see how things are currently shaping up. :cool
  36. As far as I understand, there are legal reasons...

    As far as I understand, there are legal reasons why Steve cannot delve too deeply there.
  37. THE TANGENT: new album Auto Reconnaissance / my interview with Andy Tillison

    The new Tangent album Auto Reconnaissance is due out in three weeks time and it is a cracking album! It was a joy to spend time with in preparation for my latest chat with Andy Tillison. Here's the...
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    Watched Lady Bird last night, as I recalled it...

    Watched Lady Bird last night, as I recalled it was quite praised upon release. And it is indeed a fine film. Terrific performance from Saoirse Ronan, and the balance between comedy and drama was...
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    I pulled Brown Street from the shelves the other...

    I pulled Brown Street from the shelves the other day and spun both discs. Man, did I ever enjoy that! Absolutely fantastic stuff. :cool
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    About a hundred thou per each of us... that seems...

    About a hundred thou per each of us... that seems about right! :D
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    We recently binged the six-episode series The...

    We recently binged the six-episode series The White House Farm Murders. Very good account of a true story in England, 1985. Featured no less than four Game Of Thrones cast members too (Robert...
  42. Toronto in danger of losing concert venues: a grim future for live music

    I thought this was an interesting article. I fear the city will keep losing little pieces of its character with each venue lost. We will miss out on live shows but also be stuck with a sea of condos...
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    Amazing. We all have our own initiation stories,...

    Amazing. We all have our own initiation stories, and if ever there was a 'better late than never' band, it's this one. So welcome.

    For me, they were the first band since I discovered Van Der Graaf...
  44. Sticky: Yeah, he lives around here (Burlington, Ontario,...

    Yeah, he lives around here (Burlington, Ontario, where I am, and Lino is just one town over in Hamilton). Wallace is a pwog masterman.
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    I can't get out of this phase, it's like what...

    I can't get out of this phase, it's like what happened back in January with Neil Peart, and suddenly my entire collection was meaningless other than the Rush albums. I've got work to do, I'm supposed...
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    There's some excellent choices on that list, but...

    There's some excellent choices on that list, but mine would definitely include Unreal City, if you haven't heard them. :)
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    Tremendously sad news. :( I'm so sorry to read it...

    Tremendously sad news. :( I'm so sorry to read it this morning. RIP Tim, you've earned it.
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    One of my favourite albums ever! :cool

    One of my favourite albums ever! :cool
  49. And it will always be that way, sadly there's not...

    And it will always be that way, sadly there's not a lot you can do about it. And often it's their management/label people who make those decisions. I did what I thought was a great interview with...
  50. People watch them, and that's fine, I'm just...

    People watch them, and that's fine, I'm just never going to be one of them. As for finding an audience, it's a slow process and I had my share of disappointment early on with getting people to read...
  51. I'm not sure why people dislike this guy so much....

    I'm not sure why people dislike this guy so much. I haven't watched a lot, but I did check out a few of those "what makes this song great" videos and I was pretty impressed to be honest. I'll take...
  52. Here's a tasty bit of fun while on the subject of...

    Here's a tasty bit of fun while on the subject of GG...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWS01KfyxZg&feature=share
  53. ^^^ You are indeed correct.

    ^^^ You are indeed correct.
  54. Nope, they're all there!

    Nope, they're all there!
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    Well, I spun The Last Temptation just now. I...

    Well, I spun The Last Temptation just now. I liked it well enough, it's a fine batch of rock tunes, but nothing really grabbed me and made me want to listen again. For now, onto the shelf it goes,...
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    I'm in Canada and my shipping notice was June 23,...

    I'm in Canada and my shipping notice was June 23, and still nothing.
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    New interview with Alex Lifeson

    Nice to hear the desire to play is tentatively returning...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=vR6bbACCqE0&feature=emb_logo
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    You want a short Alice album, the previous one...

    You want a short Alice album, the previous one (Flush The Fashion) is not even 29 minutes! :O

    I had to order a few things today, I tacked on The Last Temptation just for fun, since it was pretty...
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    R.I.P. ... a sad loss, an amazing and wonderful...

    R.I.P. ... a sad loss, an amazing and wonderful band.
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    Not Exorcist II? :p Kidding! I'm sure Bob Ezrin...

    Not Exorcist II? :p Kidding! I'm sure Bob Ezrin would be flattered at that comparison actually. I love how the last "Dada" comes at the very end of the album after the gunshot.
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