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    I quite like VI. Some call it a...

    I quite like VI. Some call it a "singer-songwriter album", which I don't get at all. It is admittedly more intimate in feel than what went before or after (at least as far as Hot Streets), but there...
  2. That is true of this album, and to a certain...

    That is true of this album, and to a certain extent the second. But on III, with things like "Mother" and the "Elegy" suite, they showed that they could jam with the best of them.
  3. This is an extraordinary document of a young,...

    This is an extraordinary document of a young, hungry band, who already had huge writing and playing skills, and were going to get a whole lot better. The only track on it that I don't like today used...
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    Color out of Space, 2019. Based...

    Color out of Space, 2019.

    Based somewhat-loosely on H.P. Lovecraft's "The Colour Out Of Space", this is the first feature film Richard Stanley has directed since the film of Marillion's Brave...
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    I stuck through the Kath era and gave Hot Streets...

    I stuck through the Kath era and gave Hot Streets a fair shot. It didn't shoot back, so I dumped it.
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    Ah. Since I have never heard of Ides of March...

    Ah. Since I have never heard of Ides of March before, I would not have known that. Thanks for the clue-by-four :)
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    That's my problem. It simply isn't Tolkien. The...

    That's my problem. It simply isn't Tolkien. The LotR films took some dreadful liberties, but The Hobbit not only had some ridiculous additions to make it what MGM wanted, it simply lost the spirit of...
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    No. It's a reference to the '50s TV version of...

    No. It's a reference to the '50s TV version of The Adventures of Superman, where that is one of two tag lines frequently used by Perry White (played by John Hamilton).

    The other tag line was in...
  10. If we're discussing ELP supporting acts... On...

    If we're discussing ELP supporting acts...

    On August 6, 1977, I thoroughly enjoyed EL&P on their first Works tour (but after the firing of the orchestra).

    The opening act was Journey, who...
  11. I agree with you: I have Welcome 2 My Nightmare...

    I agree with you: I have Welcome 2 My Nightmare and have played it a good many times. (The opening number may be the best use of autotune I have ever heard.) I still have my vinyl of ...Goes to Hell,...
  12. It says the concerts are important, not...

    It says the concerts are important, not necessarily good...

    Initial reaction to this box set: Yawn. I have all the live EL&P I need. (Though a live version of "Love Beach" might get me on board ....
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    The Hobbit is a kids' book at heart; it began as...

    The Hobbit is a kids' book at heart; it began as stories Tolkien told his children at bedtime. He did a lot of this. Two of his postmortem book, Mr Bliss and Roverandom both grew from tales told to...
  14. These guys weren't as technically brilliant as...

    These guys weren't as technically brilliant as Zappa & Co., but they have a lot of the same anarchic spirit combined with surprisingly tight arrangements... They may have influenced the Mothers;...
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    For a couple of years in the mid '70s, this was...

    For a couple of years in the mid '70s, this was my favorite Chicago album. (VII eventually came out and topped it...guess I really liked Chicago's instrumental numbers...)

    This one has the same...
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    I think you're being far too kind to them. They...

    I think you're being far too kind to them. They are abominations.
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    I'll give you an example of how Moore's mind...

    I'll give you an example of how Moore's mind works by giving the basic gist (no real spoilers) of The Stupidest Angel.

    In this heartwarming Christmas story, a little boy is sad because the local...
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    +1 on Moore. My favorites are Lamb: The Gospel...

    +1 on Moore. My favorites are Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal; Practical Demonkeeping; and The Stupidest Angel. Absolutely fabulous silliness, almost to Pratchett and...
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    May I recommend Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar? It's...

    May I recommend Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar? It's an album consisting of, well, live guitar solos, and is available from A-zon for fifteen bucks, a bargain for a double CD.

    Or, if you want full...
  20. I actually quite like this album... This was the...

    I actually quite like this album... This was the second with the inimitable Steve Hunter and the inevitable Dick Wagner (RIP) -- and also TLev, who played on Welcome to My Nightmare) as well. Like...
  21. Feel free, just spell my name right :)

    Feel free, just spell my name right :)
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    That Tom Snyder interview is awesome. I love...

    That Tom Snyder interview is awesome. I love everything about KISS except their music. (Well, with a few exceptions...)
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    ^^:up
  24. Unquestionably. You can hear this with crystal...

    Unquestionably. You can hear this with crystal clarity in albums like Vincebus Eruptum and, ahhh, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.
  25. As far as I'm concerned, a studio album is a...

    As far as I'm concerned, a studio album is a blueprint and a concert is the house. (A live album is something else entirely -- like a VR walk through the house, maybe.) Some bands "play the record."...
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    Yes, I read the whole trilogy and very much...

    Yes, I read the whole trilogy and very much enjoyed it.

    I won't be reading anything else by Cixin Liu, though, unless he recants his support for the CCP's treatment of the Uighurs
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    Now on the new volume of Tolkien's papers, The...

    Now on the new volume of Tolkien's papers, The Nature of Middle-earth. It's basically notes and essays JRRT wrote to himself trying to rationalize things like timelines, the nature of time, the...
  28. Ah yass. I enjoyed that movie immensely. Here's...

    Ah yass. I enjoyed that movie immensely. Here's their analog to the Kingston/Chad Mitchell trios.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JhLuVu-Cho
  29. My wife had a roommate in college who put Helen...

    My wife had a roommate in college who put Helen Reddy's single "Angie Baby" on her rekkid player rigged somehow so that it would get to the end and repeat...and repeat...and repeat. I suspect that...
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    You are of course correct that SF has more to do...

    You are of course correct that SF has more to do with the world that is the case than fantasy. But fantasy is much better for some things -- for example, considering complex ethical and...
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    Science Fiction and Fantasy are both instances of...

    Science Fiction and Fantasy are both instances of "speculative" or "non-mimetic" fiction: that is, they both explicitly take place in a world that is not the world-that-is-the-case for us, here, now....
  32. Is it just me or does that Czar song provide...

    Is it just me or does that Czar song provide something of a missing link between Moodies + (early) Pink Floyd and Queen? I seem to hear roots of pomp-rock here. (Also the roots of the kind of...
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    Dave is correct. Lyn Diefenbach does these...

    Dave is correct. Lyn Diefenbach does these incredible things in pastel. Here's a very different one:

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  34. Progressive rock did not emerge Athene-like from...

    Progressive rock did not emerge Athene-like from the brow of Psychedelic rock; nor from any one artist. It's a case of "it'll steam engine when it comes steam engine time".
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    Ah, memories! There's a prehistoric monster...

    Ah, memories!

    There's a prehistoric monster
    who came from outer space
    created by the Martians to destroy the human race!
    The FBI is helpless,
    it's twenty stories tall!
    What shall we do, who...
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    Nope.

    Nope.
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    Nope. Not oil, not tempera, and not water color.

    Nope. Not oil, not tempera, and not water color.
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    Are we doing confessions? I'm 63 and I...

    Are we doing confessions?

    I'm 63 and I discovered Genesis with Genesis Live in 1975. Was utterly blown away. Saw them once with Hackett, twice without, and I was done. Neither Rutherford nor...
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    Rihanna is actually really good -- check out her...

    Rihanna is actually really good -- check out her song "Try Everything" recorded for the Disney Zootopia film. Some of the best positive, feel-good pop in ates.
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    When Paul McCartney was jailed in Japan (for...

    When Paul McCartney was jailed in Japan (for having half a pound of X) X) in his luggage), essentially ending a Wings tour ... Scratch Perry sent a note to the Japanese authorities that apparently...
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    Ya know... I have always liked "We Built This...

    Ya know... I have always liked "We Built This City". Maybe it's because I've lived around San Francisco so long.
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    What's Wrong with the World, by G.K. Chesterton.

    What's Wrong with the World, by G.K. Chesterton.
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    I'm going out on a limb here and putting in a...

    I'm going out on a limb here and putting in a picture done by an Australian friend ... anyone want to guess the medium?

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    ^^^ Effing brilliant.

    ^^^ Effing brilliant.
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    I heard this once on the radio around 1982. It...

    I heard this once on the radio around 1982. It stuck with me all those years and I'm delighted to find that there was actually a viddy for it:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFT_5Mt2i7g
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    I saw Journey open for EL&P on their Works 1 tour...

    I saw Journey open for EL&P on their Works 1 tour in 1977 in Oakland. They introduced their new singer, Steve Perry. I thought he was awful then and I haven't changed my mind since.

    The first...
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    You have got to be kidding me. I've liked a lot...

    You have got to be kidding me. I've liked a lot of what Band Geek puts out, but on this one the guitar is so emotionally flat I don't know where to begin. So I'll stop there.
  48. Good Ghod. That's like ABBA if they had no talent...

    Good Ghod. That's like ABBA if they had no talent whatsoever...
  49. My 'rents earlier this year downsized heavily and...

    My 'rents earlier this year downsized heavily and moved into a two-br unit in an 'independent/assisted living" community. They seem happy with their choice. I, alas, was unable to zip up to Portland...
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    Yeah...but how many of you still own something...

    Yeah...but how many of you still own something that can play 8-tracks? I still have a few of those (Gamma1, The Ballad of Todd Rundgren...) and I've never replaced some of em.
  51. Oh, I forgot this one. I had a neighbor who...

    Oh, I forgot this one.

    I had a neighbor who played Carole King's Tapestry soooo many times that I still can't stand to hear most of it.
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    You're right. I've been wishing they'd drop it...

    You're right. I've been wishing they'd drop it from the setlist I've heard it so many times ...but this is magical.
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    One of the best songs from an absolutely...

    One of the best songs from an absolutely phenomenal album. I bought it for Fripp and stayed for the Noo Yawk Hahmunee.
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    ^^^ and that is my favorite Everlys song. Snarky,...

    ^^^ and that is my favorite Everlys song. Snarky, funny, and poignant. And the opening chords got "sampled" by Pete Townshend for "I Can See for Miles".

    Brilliant songwriters, brilliant singers.
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    I did not know that that was a de Palma movie. I...

    I did not know that that was a de Palma movie. I thought it was a Paul Williams thing. He certainly wrote all the songs, and sang most of them.

    In my college days I tried to explain why this was a...
  56. I got Jesus Christ Superstar the summer after it...

    I got Jesus Christ Superstar the summer after it came out. (I would have been around 14.) I played it every day for months. Learned every song by heart. Then one day I could no longer listen to it,...
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    Primitive TARDIS!

    Primitive TARDIS!
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    Love, love, love Dominion. I only have three of...

    Love, love, love Dominion. I only have three of the sets tho.
  59. ^^That the whole album gets overplayed (at least...

    ^^That the whole album gets overplayed (at least for you) is an indicator of just how amazeballs Who's Next really is. Because I almost never listen to music radio (or, indeed, radio a-tall these...
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    I'm not one for systems, but you said "all things...

    I'm not one for systems, but you said "all things gaming" -- so I'll come out here as a big fan of tabletop games, RPG and board both. I've been playing RPGs (starting with the original,...
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