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  1. Saw it on the tube last night! Made my evening.

    Saw it on the tube last night! Made my evening.
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    Correct. Journey and Kansas toured together for a...

    Correct. Journey and Kansas toured together for a few months. That tidbit is mentioned in the Time³ booklet.
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    Yeah, that all happened, but by RoR, they were...

    Yeah, that all happened, but by RoR, they were about done, son. Infinity, Evolution, Departure, Escape (enter Jon Cain) and Frontiers are the albums the vast majority of their fans care about. That's...
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    If anyone "ruined" Journey, it was Jon Cain.

    If anyone "ruined" Journey, it was Jon Cain.
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    Yuck. Tony should've known better.

    Yuck. Tony should've known better.
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    This performance of the first song from the first...

    This performance of the first song from the first album demonstrates the Walsh-Steinhardt chemistry immediately. Robby makes violin playing look like nothin'—for him, it was!

    ...
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    ): All our heroes are leaving us. The first five...

    ): All our heroes are leaving us. The first five Kansas albums are essential prog (I like the next three, too). Steve and Robby always sounded awesome together. RIP Robby.

    ...
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    Fates Warning doesn't have that problem.

    Fates Warning doesn't have that problem.
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    I heard the whole album when it was new.

    I heard the whole album when it was new.
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    https://ultimateclassicrock.com/ronnie-james-dio-m...

    https://ultimateclassicrock.com/ronnie-james-dio-memoir-black-sabbath/



    That reminds me of Sammy Hagar writing about how he came off the Montrose tour (he just got fired by Ronnie) in Europe,...
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    I think Maiden peaked with Somewhere in Time/7th...

    I think Maiden peaked with Somewhere in Time/7th Son of a 7th Son. The former is the perfect hybrid of power metal and melodic metal.
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    Not really. :lol

    Not really. :lol
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    Those guys lost me, too. I like everything up...

    Those guys lost me, too. I like everything up through Awake.

    On the other hand, the latest Fates Warning album kicked my ass.
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    When Borders showed up, their music selection was...

    When Borders showed up, their music selection was solid, considering it wasn't their primary draw. They had a bunch of Rick Wakeman's stuff when no other walk-in retailer within an hour of me had...
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    Neil wrote the lyrics for every song on Fly by...

    Neil wrote the lyrics for every song on Fly by Night except "Best I Can" and "In the End." Those were written before Neil joined. Geddy wrote 'em.
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    Alex is one guy. He played guitar the way one guy...

    Alex is one guy. He played guitar the way one guy would play guitar. Everyone knows better, but your wording suggests he was polishing his whammy all day as Geddy was pulling a Keith Emerson while...
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    D-D-D-D-Don't needs seconds yet... Aw, just...

    D-D-D-D-Don't needs seconds yet...

    Aw, just bring 'em! Bring the thirds, too. Save yourself a trip!
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    '80s! You beat me to it! That album never...

    '80s! You beat me to it! That album never materialized because Kaye wasn't satisfied with the results. In one interview, he said his instrumentals sounded like they needed vocals, i.e. they couldn't...
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    Best Buy, mid-1990s. It was the first time I'd...

    Best Buy, mid-1990s. It was the first time I'd seen aisle after aisle of CDs outside the nearest Tower Records. At the time, Best Buy was running a commercial, advertising their surplus of "$5 CDs."...
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    Surya is killer and direly needs a domestic...

    Surya is killer and direly needs a domestic reissue.
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    I wouldn't, either. I bought it upon release...

    I wouldn't, either. I bought it upon release because I love that band and I love the original live album.

    Same thing happened to the deluxe Tull sets.
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    It's a party! :lol ...

    It's a party! :lol


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGyKjj5vO0g
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    Hellzyeah.

    Hellzyeah.
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    Watch Shin Godzilla. :lol

    Watch Shin Godzilla. :lol
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    Night After Night – Extended is just beautiful....

    Night After Night – Extended is just beautiful. But, yeah, an aftermarket copy is going to set you back...
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    FACT.

    FACT.
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    The term is suitmation. :lol

    The term is suitmation. :lol
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    And I completely disagree with you there. ...

    And I completely disagree with you there.

    Watch the 2016 standalone (meaning it's not part of any continuity Toho previously set up, for there are multiple) film Shin Godzilla (the one they made...
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    Re: ^ Cloverfield is pretty forgettable. I...

    Re: ^

    Cloverfield is pretty forgettable. I grew up with kaiju and that movie's about the same to me as the '98 not-Godzilla movie.

    The Cabin in the Woods was a failed experiment. Good...
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    ^Same. I prefer the sequencer/rhythmic (Now,...

    ^Same. I prefer the sequencer/rhythmic (Now, Traveler, Empetus) and early ethno-ambient albums. I've got some of the newer ones, too.
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    Milla. I like Resident Evil. Tight film. The...

    Milla.

    I like Resident Evil. Tight film. The sequels get more and more iffy.

    I have no use for the Underworld saga. Just don't care for it. And I'm a horror guy.
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    Well, a great actor died a week ago. William...

    Well, a great actor died a week ago. William Smith. He was one of the last genuine "tough guy" actors, but he was actually an actor with range, not a, say, Jason Statham (who's good at kicking ass...
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    The lone Rebel album, Stargazer, just got...

    The lone Rebel album, Stargazer, just got reissued on CD for the first time six months ago. Paid and shipped!
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    Kitaro's "analog" era is synth-bliss. Ten Kai...

    Kitaro's "analog" era is synth-bliss. Ten Kai (aka Astral Voyage/Trip), Oasis, Ki, Silver Cloud and In Person: Digital are classics.
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    ^Ditto. RIP.

    ^Ditto. RIP.
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    My favorite Heep album, believe it or not. ...

    My favorite Heep album, believe it or not.

    Lawton was an awesome vocalist. Along with LF and Heep, I also like the Rebel record he's on.

    RIP.
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    Donner directed a few movies I like a lot, but...

    Donner directed a few movies I like a lot, but the best one, for me, is Superman.

    Donner made us believe a man can fly.
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    A bird of fire is he...RIP. :horns

    A bird of fire is he...RIP. :horns
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    Kerry remembered Dio from Elf, too. In the liner...

    Kerry remembered Dio from Elf, too. In the liner notes, he mentions Sabbath but not Rainbow. He just knew Dio had the voice (one with "range" and "power") he wanted for those songs.
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    The opening track, "Institutional Man," kicks...

    The opening track, "Institutional Man," kicks azz. You expect an uptempo charger and instead you get a Sabbath-y intro that leads to a song full of shifting grooves. Ronnie must have told Vinny,...
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    The two songs Ronnie sang for Kerry Livgren's...

    The two songs Ronnie sang for Kerry Livgren's Seeds of Change — "Mask of the Great Deceiver" and "To Live for the King" — are stellar. His ad lib on the latter is really cool.
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    :rofl

    :rofl
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    Been a while, so it's time to spin Angry Machines!

    Been a while, so it's time to spin Angry Machines!
  44. Looks like the YT album mix stalls when embedded....

    Looks like the YT album mix stalls when embedded. I'm sure he'll click over to hear the whole thing, if he knows what's good for him. :lol


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vah1kJo3w8c
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    IMHO, Killing the Dragon is the best post-Dream...

    IMHO, Killing the Dragon is the best post-Dream Evil album. Just awesome.
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    :horns Phone book, Emeril's cookbooks, the...

    :horns Phone book, Emeril's cookbooks, the scripts to those Fast movies, you name it!
  47. If I lived over there, I'd go to the first set....

    If I lived over there, I'd go to the first set. Hey, patio seating! I'm just glad Ohm's still at it. It means we'll get more music.

    His new solo album is Resistance. By new, I mean it came out...
  48. When it comes to acoustic guitarists, the holy...

    When it comes to acoustic guitarists, the holy trinity must surely be Phil Keaggy, Michael Hedges and Paco de Lucia.
  49. Start with Open Fire. Probably something...

    Start with Open Fire.



    Probably something like this...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXLcaIKto3c
  50. Most people don't realize how good Poland truly...

    Most people don't realize how good Poland truly is. I have everything he's done, from Damn the Machine to Ohm and solo. He recently released a new one (one track is dedicated to Nick Menza).
  51. Open Fire is awesome, a "guitar album" before...

    Open Fire is awesome, a "guitar album" before Shrapnel made them a thing in the mid-'80s. I love The Speed of Sound, too (first bought it on cassette).

    And Gamma, of course.
  52. Whoa. Which album was Ronnie touring for, Open...

    Whoa. Which album was Ronnie touring for, Open Fire?
  53. Turning green...

    Turning green...
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    I've caught no mention of either (story/book or...

    I've caught no mention of either (story/book or film) since...'89! And I scan many a blog, too.
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    Do I love Roku and Pluto TV! Monday night's...

    Do I love Roku and Pluto TV!

    Monday night's double feature on Pluto's Crime channel:

    The Mechanic (1972) — starring Charles Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent (one of my favorite films).

    The...
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    Based on the John Varley novel, right? I need to...

    Based on the John Varley novel, right? I need to watch that sometime.
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    You'd think, but maybe that's the other thing...

    You'd think, but maybe that's the other thing they have in common with Rush, along with being Canadian.
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    The only way to do that, really, is to track down...

    The only way to do that, really, is to track down a copy of Phase 1.
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    :lol Awesome. I read a review years ago where a...

    :lol Awesome. I read a review years ago where a similar thing happened, only Rick had someone step on his synth's sustain pedal for a moment! (IIRC, also a girl.)
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    ABWH at the Greek (with Jeff Berlin on bass) was...

    ABWH at the Greek (with Jeff Berlin on bass) was an awesome show!
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