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  1. Thread: WTF covers

    by Progbear
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    Not really “WTF,” apart from the fact I never...

    Not really “WTF,” apart from the fact I never knew it existed before, Rare Bird’s “Sympathy” as interpreted by French variétés artist Sévérine


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFmleRJRAf4
  2. Sticky: I am actually quite a fan of the suite. Sure,...

    I am actually quite a fan of the suite. Sure, it’s no “Echoes,” but it was one of the more successful early rock/orchestra experiments in my estimation. Key to that was orchestrator Ron Geesin, who...
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    “The Name of the Game” is a freaking masterpiece,...

    “The Name of the Game” is a freaking masterpiece, on the same level as “Good Vibrations” and “I’m Not in Love.” So much depth and density, both musical and thematic, for a pop song. It’s probably my...
  4. I thought Capt. Beefheart, but it fails for the...

    I thought Capt. Beefheart, but it fails for the same reason. Small reference pools, you know.

    Actually it’s because they’re trying to sound EVIL!!! and DEMONIC!!!!1!!!1!11!eleven Throw in...
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    He really was a phenomenal singer-songwriter. I...

    He really was a phenomenal singer-songwriter. I was listening to a little of his post-Wigwam solo work and I couldn’t help but be struck by how comparable it is—in both style and quality—to some of...
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    I’d say that To the Hilt and Seven Tears are...

    I’d say that To the Hilt and Seven Tears are their other back-to-front great albums. Most of their other albums are inconsistent, but with great moments. Side 1 of Switch is fantastic but I can’t...
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    Funny thing about Jenghiz Khan, lead singer and...

    Funny thing about Jenghiz Khan, lead singer and bassist Pierre Rapsat became a “respectable” chanson artist afterwards. I guess you can kind of put them in the same box as Attila in a way (same...
  8. Thread: Earbuds

    by Progbear
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    My $20 Panasonics (RP-TCM125) do the trick....

    My $20 Panasonics (RP-TCM125) do the trick. Quality sound, fit in ear nicely, and won’t break the bank to replace them in case you step on them accidentally (which I have been known to do quite...
  9. I Know You Well Miss Clara, from Indonesia.

    I Know You Well Miss Clara, from Indonesia.
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    Korean trio Magma. The guitar tone this guy gets...

    Korean trio Magma. The guitar tone this guy gets is just insane!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SrB6JAFVkw
  11. Hiroko Taniyama: Mizutama jikan ...

    Hiroko Taniyama: Mizutama jikan


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgEhL67Culc

    Actually, many of her albums are like this. She is very prolific and very unique.
  12. Just re-listened to When I Was a Boy and it...

    Just re-listened to When I Was a Boy and it belongs here, too.
  13. Thread: Vaporwave

    by Progbear
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    Vaporwave comprised of Seinfeld incidental music...

    Vaporwave comprised of Seinfeld incidental music samples:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwNNbYqPGAM
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    I mentioned this up-thread. It’s basically Last’s...

    I mentioned this up-thread. It’s basically Last’s orchestra guesting on Banquet, and Karl-Hermann Lüer—who played the reeds and violin on Mind Exploding—was from Last’s orchestra.

    EDIT: I guess I...
  15. Skin Diver by Nona Hendryx, a collaboration with...

    Skin Diver by Nona Hendryx, a collaboration with Peter Baumann of Tangerine Dream, and probably the only “New Age R&B” album in existence (prove me wrong, folks!).
  16. That was how it came to my attention: a review...

    That was how it came to my attention: a review that mentioned that Harley was specifically inspired by Todd to make this album.
  17. Todd Rundgren: A Wizard/A True Star Stevie...

    Todd Rundgren: A Wizard/A True Star
    Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life
    Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel: Love’s a Prima Donna
    Kate Bush: Hounds of Love
    Jane Siberry: The Walking
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    I’ll have to have a listen to Mix Up in his...

    I’ll have to have a listen to Mix Up in his memory.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIun5knCxWk
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    Weren’t we just expressing admiration for Flavio...

    Weren’t we just expressing admiration for Flavio Premoli’s accordion breakdown on “Is My Face on Straight?” by PFM in a parallel thread? If not, allow me to do so here and now!
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    The Japanese band Head Pop Up had two keyboard...

    The Japanese band Head Pop Up had two keyboard players. I believe the female one was the one who doubled on accordion. No videos, someone else [*ahem!*] is gobbling up all the bandwidth, but the long...
  21. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQhIhKpmwrg

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQhIhKpmwrg
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    “It’s good to be here in America, or as we refer...

    “It’s good to be here in America, or as we refer to you in Canada, The Great Satan.”
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    I was mistaken, it’s Muscle of Love that features...

    I was mistaken, it’s Muscle of Love that features Liza Minnelli, and not on a duet, just background vocals on a couple of tracks. One of which is “Teenage Lament ’74,” which has the most insane cast...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrewDHr1Xe0

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrewDHr1Xe0
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    I mentioned them on the first page. I love this...

    I mentioned them on the first page. I love this band. They apparently began as a controversial Estonian punk band called Propeller who angered the Soviet authorities. You can kind of hear that punky...
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    Was this the one with the Liza Minnelli duet, or...

    Was this the one with the Liza Minnelli duet, or am I thinking of one his other albums?
  27. Back when I worked at the Good Guys Service...

    Back when I worked at the Good Guys Service Center (R.I.P.), one of the other techs used ONE song to test speakers with. Namely, this song. If ever anything was worse than the Steps example above......
  28. A really excellent and unique album of avant-prog...

    A really excellent and unique album of avant-prog that held so much promise. I was rather disappointed by the follow-up, which didn’t seem quite as imaginative (rather KC derivative), though it grew...
  29. Circa 1981, I was searching for this ELO song I...

    Circa 1981, I was searching for this ELO song I heard on the radio which turned out to be “Sweet Talkin’ Woman.” I “mistakenly” got this album as a birthday gift—my great aunt bought it for me—on...
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    Inga Rumpf, before she found her voice. You can...

    Inga Rumpf, before she found her voice. You can tell her heart isn’t in it:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZUbp9LI74Q
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    There’s also Ann Ballester, who went on to play...

    There’s also Ann Ballester, who went on to play keyboards in the fusion band Edition Spéciale:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IuI7ZeeQVs
  32. I feel so bad for people who have to work in such...

    I feel so bad for people who have to work in such an environment. Being subjected to any song on endless repeat like that is torture!

    I had a roommate that grew obsessed with THIS song. I had to...
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    The same Christian Bruhn that wrote this? :lol ...

    The same Christian Bruhn that wrote this? :lol


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goMYffmPr9U
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    The films with Can soundtracks have been on my...

    The films with Can soundtracks have been on my wishlist for a while. Supposedly The Deep End is the “easiest to find,” but I can’t even track down a copy of that one.

    Same with the film with the...
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    Osamu Kitajima: Benzaiten I have to say that...

    Osamu Kitajima: Benzaiten

    I have to say that Soyol Erdene intrigues me, because I’ve never actually heard a Mongolian band before.
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    Anyone mention Jannick Top (Magma) and Claude...

    Anyone mention Jannick Top (Magma) and Claude Lemay (Pollen) in Céline Dion’s band?

    Matia Bazar were formed out of the prog band J.E.T., with Museo Rosenbach’s drummer, Giancarlo Golzi (R.I.P.)....
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    I already posted in another thread about the...

    I already posted in another thread about the Chevy commercial that uses “Engel der Gegenwart” by Popol Vuh.
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    Tons of Chinese action films use “bootleg”...

    Tons of Chinese action films use “bootleg” soundtracks, including LOTS of prog stuff. Jimmy Wang Yu’s Master of Flying Guillotine famously used Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk and NEU! tracks (the “Super...
  39. Also: the original version of “Metamorfosi” was...

    Also: the original version of “Metamorfosi” was on the debut LP, not Darwin.

    Marva Jan Marrow is probably best known in Italy for her English version of Lucio Battisti’s “Il nostro caro angelo”:
    ...
  40. I do, however, prefer the remake of “Metamorfosi”...

    I do, however, prefer the remake of “Metamorfosi” to the original. The extended piano cadenza really makes this one:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m-lEzLM0xA
  41. My sister and I used to do this as kids. We...

    My sister and I used to do this as kids. We overplayed both sides of the Blondie single “Call Me” (and its flip, “11:59”), that my mom grabbed it and stashed it somewhere she thought we would never...
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    Toto were immediately the first thing to come to...

    Toto were immediately the first thing to come to mind.



    Somehow I completely forgot about this, though.
  43. I haven’t heard these in a long time. While I...

    I haven’t heard these in a long time. While I agree the original version of that debut album is really rough production-wise, Darwin sounds just fine to me, and did not need to be remade. Also, why...
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    The two main men behind Far Out were...

    The two main men behind Far Out were multi-instrumentalist/singer Fumio Miyashita and bassist/singer Kei Ishikawa. After they disbanded, Miyashita formed FEFB, and Ishikawa formed Chronicle.

    FEFB...
  45. They’re actually fairly good at ending albums. My...

    They’re actually fairly good at ending albums. My favorite is “Watching and Waiting.” Ace song that one, with one of Pinder’s finest Mellotron arrangements. Always tasteful.
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    The first Spin album used to be very easy to find...

    The first Spin album used to be very easy to find on vinyl in the States. It was one of those where the pressing plant pressed up many more than were actually sold, so lots of sealed copies found...
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    Answering my own question: I can find no evidence...

    Answering my own question: I can find no evidence of this. Funny, I seem to remember Andy himself mentioning it. I wonder what he was actually thinking of?



    In general, I find Breathless to be...
  48. Good call: I don’t think they ever took on a...

    Good call: I don’t think they ever took on a fourth member, and their lineup as far as I know has been consistent.
  49. There was actually an interim lineup featuring...

    There was actually an interim lineup featuring Naomi Miura (keyboardist with Rosalia and After the Rain) prior to Mika joining for Android Domina. And yes, I have seen BOTH of these lineups live!
  50. Ars Nova has been the Keiko Kumagai show for a...

    Ars Nova has been the Keiko Kumagai show for a long time now (and apparently, she wasn’t even an original member!). The Keiko/Kyoko/Akiko lineup that played on Transi, Goddess of Darkness and Book of...
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    All of the Iceberg albums are worth your time*....

    All of the Iceberg albums are worth your time*. Tutankhamon is another album chronicling a band getting bit by the Yes bug, but you can hear the fusion band they would metamorphose into kicking and...
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    My favorite song on the Goma album is the one...

    My favorite song on the Goma album is the one about the salt shortage, which just might be the most Spanish subject matter for a song ever! The jaunty sax melody near the start of the album kind of...
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    Yeah, they could at least have thrown a Garo or...

    Yeah, they could at least have thrown a Garo or NSP album in there.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l6MJpDe5sM
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    Here’s something that someone recently brought to...

    Here’s something that someone recently brought to my attention: Magamaquiavérica em canturbano by Leticia Garcia. I really don’t know how to classify this, it’s certainly unusual. Give it a shot, it...
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    I think someone needs to remind Svetonet to reel...

    I think someone needs to remind Svetonet to reel it in.
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    The Moolah album is hilarious; the liner notes...

    The Moolah album is hilarious; the liner notes are all about peaceful meditation and other new-age joys. It’s one of the most nightmarish electronic albums I’ve ever heard; it makes Heldon sound like...
  57. Yes, I guess it was pioneering, but getting there...

    Yes, I guess it was pioneering, but getting there first doesn’t necessarily make you the best. There’s two outstanding songs here, and they’re the ones you’ve already heard. Probably those stand out...
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    Brainticket, based out of Switzerland, led by a...

    Brainticket, based out of Switzerland, led by a Belgian and with British, American and Italian members.
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    Jane also did this commercial for Findus Frozen...

    Jane also did this commercial for Findus Frozen Foods (produced by Jeff Wayne) right around the same time:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMGFjogXeoQ
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    Recently listened to III. I have to say, this...

    Recently listened to III. I have to say, this band is remarkably consistent. By eschewing synthesizers after the first album, they did not fall victim to the dreaded “80s disease” like many of their...
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