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  1. Larry Groupe's orchestrations added a lot to...

    Larry Groupe's orchestrations added a lot to Magnification. I could have done with more along those lines, actually. The bare songs themselves were mostly underwhelming.
  2. A very uneven album, from what I recall of my...

    A very uneven album, from what I recall of my early teenage period of being a Doors fanatic.
  3. The main takeaway from that paragraph is that Jon...

    The main takeaway from that paragraph is that Jon lives in a version of reality where the late '90s, 2004 and 2008 are all happening at the same time, and where nothing is ever his fault.
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    Steve has long expressed at least some...

    Steve has long expressed at least some disinterest in the Yes archives. He's made tapes available to archival projects like The Word Is Live, from what I've read, but he's never had the interest in...
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    That's definitely what should happen. I'd also...

    That's definitely what should happen. I'd also guess it's less of a fantasy than you might think. If a major promoter proposes that and comes up with the right fee amount, then I'll bet just about...
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    Quite true. However, in 2029 I doubt that "Jon...

    Quite true. However, in 2029 I doubt that "Jon Davison Plays the Music of Yes" is going to have that much more commercial appeal than "The Jon Davison Project." The Ray Wilson analogy is more apt,...
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    Howe and Anderson both seem pretty spry, and I...

    Howe and Anderson both seem pretty spry, and I can imagine at least one of them continuing to be musically active into their eighties (a decade from now).

    A Davison/Sherwood/Downes "Yes"...
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    This thread needs to go in the PE time capsule....

    This thread needs to go in the PE time capsule. :lol:
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    I really love To the Bone. A batch of great...

    I really love To the Bone. A batch of great songs. Missed the tour, like I'm pretty much missing all shows these days.

    Since he rarely does the same thing twice in a row, I'm curious to see what...
  10. At 51, and being a musician for almost 40 of...

    At 51, and being a musician for almost 40 of those years, I find that fewer things just out-and-out surprise me anymore.

    Part of it is age. Like some others here, I get that feeling of "heard it...
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    I recall someone associated with Progeny saying...

    I recall someone associated with Progeny saying that there would be further such releases, but it's been radio silence since then.

    Progeny was based on a lucky discovery of the multi-tracks, and...
  12. Thread: Gary Moore

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    Thin Lizzy couldn't be pigeonholed enough to have...

    Thin Lizzy couldn't be pigeonholed enough to have long-term success in the American market.

    As for Moore, I love Still Got the Blues but didn't care much for the blues follow-ups. The hard rock...
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    Outside of a couple of their hits, I've just...

    Outside of a couple of their hits, I've just never been able to get into Toto, but that's certainly not because of the caliber of the musicians, including Lukather. It might be that doing all that...
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    Wow, that whole band is fantastic. Interesting to...

    Wow, that whole band is fantastic. Interesting to hear a tabla player fit into a samba groove.

    Last time I saw Stanley, he had Ronald Bruner Jr. on drums, who manages to channel Elvin Jones and...
  15. Thread: Whitesnake

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    Lord added quite a bit to the Whitesnake live...

    Lord added quite a bit to the Whitesnake live show, if Live In the Heart of the City is any indication.
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    The poor mix on Monolith makes it a tougher...

    The poor mix on Monolith makes it a tougher listen than the other Kansas albums of that era, which had very crisp production.
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    I think I file him under S, but I'd have to look....

    I think I file him under S, but I'd have to look.

    There are a few anomalies in my collection. I file Heaven & Hell's "The Devil You Know" in my Black Sabbath section, because that's what it really...
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    Not happy.

    Not happy.
  19. Thread: RTF IV

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    RTF IV never went into the studio, but they...

    RTF IV never went into the studio, but they supposedly did play some new material during the Australian gigs at the beginning of their tour. I have no idea why the new stuff was dropped for the rest...
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    "Burning My Soul" got radio play when it was new.

    "Burning My Soul" got radio play when it was new.
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    I'll have to disagree with you on the "total...

    I'll have to disagree with you on the "total crap" part. I love this album from start to finish. But then, I'm the kind of weirdo that loves both disco and metal...I've always thought it's a good...
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    A vote here for Philly '76, which might be my...

    A vote here for Philly '76, which might be my favorite posthumous release (notice that I didn't say "best"). However, it covers much the same ground as Zappa in New York (recorded on same tour) and...
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    A Frank Meets Frank mash-up would be epic. I'd...

    A Frank Meets Frank mash-up would be epic. I'd definitely pay to see that.
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    This track really works for me. She's obviously...

    This track really works for me. She's obviously going in the direction she wants to artistically--you don't write a song like that if you're trying to be a "pop star."

    The comparison to Esperanza...
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    Love the concert footage, but the rest always...

    Love the concert footage, but the rest always felt extraneous. I get what Frank was trying to do, but he favored harsh and abrupt video transitions that lent the thing an awkward quality.

    I...
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    A bunch of stoned-out hippies running...

    A bunch of stoned-out hippies running high-wattage electrical equipment. What could possibly go wrong? :lol

    It really is amazing the thing happened at all. I watched both Fyre Festival...
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    Back in the '80s, Rush explained that the live...

    Back in the '80s, Rush explained that the live albums after every four studio albums were a way to sum up that particular period as a sort of "best of" approach--hence why those first three live...
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    She's definitely come along as a vocalist. I...

    She's definitely come along as a vocalist. I remember seeing some clips when she started the vocal bit, and it wasn't very listenable.

    She's a killer bassist, to be sure. Maybe she's inspired by...
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    I'd say that most of the festival was nothing to...

    I'd say that most of the festival was nothing to write home about, musically speaking. There are some obvious golden moments ("Soul Sacrifice", "Star-Spangled Banner"), but most of what I've heard...
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    The first time was during the making of Grace...

    The first time was during the making of Grace Under Pressure, I believe. I'm pretty sure there was at least one other occasion between then and 1997.
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    How many of the full Woodstock sets have been...

    How many of the full Woodstock sets have been released? I know that Santana's full set has been released, but I don't know about that many others. Even Hendrix's iconic set hasn't been released in...
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    My sense is that Geddy and Alex are basically...

    My sense is that Geddy and Alex are basically family to each other. They've been playing together since middle school. Neil is a little more on the outside, but there's obviously a sense of familial...
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    Had an LP copy of Face Dances when it came out...

    Had an LP copy of Face Dances when it came out and loved it. A clear step ahead of Who Are You, in my opinion. I want to track down a vintage '80s CD of this.

    I finally got a copy of It's Hard...
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    Odd that they didn't include Imaginaerum in that....

    Odd that they didn't include Imaginaerum in that. I actually need to grab a copy of that one.
  35. Mexicans like their metal, actually. Maybe...

    Mexicans like their metal, actually. Maybe blasting some Robbie Williams would be a better idea.
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    The article linked to above indicates that a...

    The article linked to above indicates that a different/better print from the original MGM negative was being shown in theaters in 2009. I'd think that could be transferred relatively easily with...
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    I had read that Connors left because he didn't...

    I had read that Connors left because he didn't want to do extensive rock-style touring, which RTF was beginning to do at that point. Could be multiple reasons, I'm sure.

    Stanley Clarke left RTF in...
  38. Two points: --On this side of the Atlantic,...

    Two points:

    --On this side of the Atlantic, Robbie Williams is a non-entity. Amazing that he made enough money in a relatively short burst of fame to afford the same neighborhood as Page.
    ...
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    When I watched the video of the Tampere show the...

    When I watched the video of the Tampere show the other day, I was struck by how much the songwriting in Nightwish has really evolved since Oceanborn and Wishmaster. As much as I enjoy the latter,...
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    Once is probably the album I recommend first to...

    Once is probably the album I recommend first to anyone curious about Nightwish. It probably needed to be cut by about 2-3 songs, but the material is mostly strong throughout. For someone more...
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    Ugh. Sounds like music you'd hear in a candle...

    Ugh. Sounds like music you'd hear in a candle store.

    It's great that Jon makes music dear to his heart, but I'm not just feeling it.
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    Another possibility is that the impromptu mix of...

    Another possibility is that the impromptu mix of the first half of the show was so bad that the BBC decided to just use the second half for the broadcast. You'd think the recording crew would have...
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    Floor's main gig back in the day was the band...

    Floor's main gig back in the day was the band After Forever. They started off as a "beauty and the beast" band with alternating growl vocals, but evolved to feature Floor more. Their last,...
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    That's assuming there are QPR multitracks. I've...

    That's assuming there are QPR multitracks. I've participated in many discussions over the years about the QPR recording, and my impression is that it was mixed on the fly by the board engineer just...
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    Agreed. It's a great album. Santana didn't have...

    Agreed. It's a great album. Santana didn't have the harmonic chops to truly hang with the jazz guys, but he found a way to make it work. I think they liked his more straightforward melodic...
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    In other words, this is going to be "Yes...

    In other words, this is going to be "Yes Featuring Anderson But Not Rabin and Wakeman".
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    It's hard to know whether there are still...

    It's hard to know whether there are still available tapes from the "Yesshows" concerts. As I recall, that album was based on test mixes that Chris Squire did around 1979 for a "Yessongs II" that...
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    I bought the 2-CD extracts version when it came...

    I bought the 2-CD extracts version when it came out, and I don't listen to it much anymore. I do like the clinical mix as an alternative to Yessongs.

    There were promises of follow-up releases, but...
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    I always felt like the transition between Pink...

    I always felt like the transition between Pink going AWOL on drugs in the hotel room (side 3) and The Trial section (side 4) was clumsy. I get what Roger was trying to say, but it seemed like he was...
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    For me, the album ends after "Run Like Hell".

    For me, the album ends after "Run Like Hell".
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    Self-titled was the best DT album since Falling...

    Self-titled was the best DT album since Falling into Infinity, in my opinion. Some of the best and most focused songwriting they've done in a long time. ADTOE had some good ideas, but most of the...
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    Is "Kashmir" not prog rock, and if not, why not?...

    Is "Kashmir" not prog rock, and if not, why not? I'd argue it influenced as many 2nd gen prog bands as any single thing Yes or Genesis did.

    Zeppelin continually resisted being boxed into a genre....
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    I remember that too, along with the beginnings of...

    I remember that too, along with the beginnings of a resurgence in more 'organic' production that fully bloomed in the '90s. This would have benefited the bigger '70s prog bands if they'd wanted to...
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    Is is weird that I've enjoyed "Hot Dog" more than...

    Is is weird that I've enjoyed "Hot Dog" more than much of the rest of that album?

    The one that annoys me the most is "Fool in the Rain." Played way too often on the radio back in the day, aimless...
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    "Darlene", "Ozone Baby" and "Wearin and Tearin"...

    "Darlene", "Ozone Baby" and "Wearin and Tearin" are the three ITTOD outtakes on Coda. None are great, but they would have added some edge to the album.

    JPJ was so prominent on ITTOD because Page...
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    Including the three Page tunes that turned up on...

    Including the three Page tunes that turned up on Coda would have helped balance out In Through The Out Door. It would have been slightly long for an LP, but doable.

    Ultimately, the level of...
  57. Clipping = distortion. Running the levels too...

    Clipping = distortion. Running the levels too high when making the master recording. Distortion on digital recordings/masters is particularly nasty.

    Disappointing, if true, and indicative of not...
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    That is one of the more interesting things about...

    That is one of the more interesting things about this. Considering her tenure with FZ lasted about a month on the road, this will be at least triple that.

    Dweezil has done such a good job with...
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    Unless you count this--pretty much the funkiest...

    Unless you count this--pretty much the funkiest moment ever in children's television.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ul7X5js1vE
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    "Sir Duke" is arguably his biggest hit (certainly...

    "Sir Duke" is arguably his biggest hit (certainly the one I heard the most on the radio back in the day), and it's about celebrating the universal groove (and Duke Ellington). "I Wish" was another...
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