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  1. Though any great performance is a great...

    Though any great performance is a great performance, I like the approach Gentle Giant took, adding (very good) new arrangements and surprises to the familiar songs. In a video interview, one of the...
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    Bob livestream Saturday 13 August

    Hello,
    If you are looking for an hour of entertainment this coming Saturday the 13th, at 7PM CEST, I'll be performing songs from my various albums, and will attempt guitar versions of a few songs...
  3. New solo album release in September/October

    My new solo album "Legendary Lore Of The Holy Wells Of England" is finished, and will be released late September/early October. It's a 40-minute suite for Hammond organ, piano, and voice, with...
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    Brilliant! How can I have not heard of him till...

    Brilliant! How can I have not heard of him till now!

    BD
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    Hi Clivey, I'd go with those here who have said a...

    Hi Clivey, I'd go with those here who have said a "message" doesn't matter as much as the delivery of whatever the lyric might be.

    And if it helps with your stuck-lyrics problem: what got me...
  6. Bob livestream Saturday 11 June (last one for a while)

    Hi,
    I'll do a live solo show for the amusement of them who tunes in, Saturday 11th June at 7PM CEST, at www.twitch.tv/bob_drake
    No twitch account needed unless you want to join the chat.

    This...
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    OK thanks!

    OK thanks!
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    With wikipedia, who knows. Dave once told me he...

    With wikipedia, who knows. Dave once told me he saw it spray-painted on a fence. Only he can shed the Light Of Truth upon the matter.

    BD
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    Hi Eric! I reduced some of the low-middle...

    Hi Eric!



    I reduced some of the low-middle area, which was taking up more space than it needed to. It was due to the gear Dave was using. That might make it seem a bit brighter and more more...
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    Hi Michael, Not at all. My single...

    Hi Michael,



    Not at all. My single contribution was specifically in the mastering, helping to sonically make all the finished stereo mixes Dave sent me - which had been recorded over a very...
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    Interesting, I didn't know that. However decades...

    Interesting, I didn't know that. However decades ago I had a classical radio station on, and suddenly realized the piece playing was the opening theme from "Eruption". I didn't catch who the composer...
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    I listened to this album A LOT when it came out....

    I listened to this album A LOT when it came out. Loved the composed tunes, and at the time, the tracks with a more basic feel of a band jamming in the studio (even if rather long) appealed to me as a...
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    My involvement was strictly just the mastering,...

    My involvement was strictly just the mastering, that's to say, making whatever sonic adjustments might have been necessary to help all the tracks sit together as one collection, and as always to...
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    Thanks weas! And I enjoy playing for you and the...

    Thanks weas! And I enjoy playing for you and the rest of the regulars who tend to turn up. I normally record the streams too, so I can at least see and hear what I did, and post any of the "good"...
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    That's great Ian, that you've started doing your...

    That's great Ian, that you've started doing your own program, with equally great playlists. Also good plan not to publicize the very first one - I did my very first livestream in April 2020, coming...
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    New Band of Bob(s) video

    I made several videos in February for my livestream that month, but didn't manage to finish this one in time, so I just added the singer and drummer the other day and here it is. Also features the...
  17. Bob's full moon livestream tonight (16 April)

    Hi, I'll do a show tonight at 7PM (CEST) on twitch.tv/bob_drake
    It will be a "sittin' down" show on acoustic guitar, so I'll be near the monitor and able to keep up with your comments. As always the...
  18. Some extracts from the show. The electric set:...

    Some extracts from the show.
    The electric set: https://youtu.be/WLt1ZtDjJlk

    The acoustic set:
    https://vimeo.com/690167394

    xx
    BD
  19. Very kind of you, thanks! That moment of clicking...

    Very kind of you, thanks! That moment of clicking the "START STREAMING" button gives me the same thrill of "OK here we go" as stepping on to a stage at a venue. I know there are people watching, I...
  20. There is a friendly and enthusiastic group of 10...

    There is a friendly and enthusiastic group of 10 or 12 regulars who almost always turn up, others who do so occasionally, and as time goes by, more first-time friends. Overall I play to around 15-30...
  21. Bob's monthly livestream this Saturday 19 March.

    Hi,
    If you are in need of some amusement this coming Saturday, why not tune in to my show. For this episode, I'll do a 30-minute live set on electric guitar, then show a 20-minute video I made out...
  22. Dave did all the recording and mixing. I only did...

    Dave did all the recording and mixing. I only did the final mastering, basically just helping the tracks, recorded over several years time, to sit together on one album.

    BD
    https://bdrak.com
  23. For those what's interested, I put the musical...

    For those what's interested, I put the musical selections from the show here: https://vimeo.com/drakebob
    During the show someone asked if I'd overdubbed an organ in places, but it's the Electro...
  24. "Band of Bob" livestream tonight (26 Feb)

    Hi,
    Tonight, Saturday the 26th, I'll be streaming 9 new Band of Bob performances, with plenty of home-made greensceen fun, and chat as usual. That will be at 7PM CET on twitch.tv/bob_drake

    xx
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    haha, sorry it was just a joke! I used some silly...

    haha, sorry it was just a joke! I used some silly online "design your heavy metal logo" website.
    BD
    www.bdrak.com
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    Does this make it sound any better?15789

    Does this make it sound any better?15789
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    I just asked Chris Cutler, he said yes it's still...

    I just asked Chris Cutler, he said yes it's still in print. So your fave ReR distributor may have a copy or two.

    I think Dave, Sanjay and James Grigsby made the cover on James' home computer, ...
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    You assume correctly, my trusty 4001 I've had...

    You assume correctly, my trusty 4001 I've had since 1974.
    Production - it was done so simply with minimal gear, in large empty rooms...still my fave way to work.

    I thought of something I was...
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    Hi Frank, hey you're talking abouit my music...

    Hi Frank, hey you're talking abouit my music again, so here I am magically turning up again! Glad you like it too Udi, and if you wanna call it "avant prog" that's your decision, haha. I simply think...
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    Years ago, probably when I was playing at the...

    Years ago, probably when I was playing at the ABC, I mentioned to some Cardiacs persons that if ever needed to help finish anything, my various musical and technical skills were available, but was...
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    Here are selected pieces from the show: ...

    Here are selected pieces from the show:
    https://youtu.be/WCZyNRnR1kY

    xx
    Bob
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    Bob's livestream - Saturday Jan 8th.

    Just an invitation for anyone who might want to tune in to my livestream on January 8. All acoustic (classical and steel-string guitar, acoustic bass guitar, banjo...), featuring songs and...
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    If anyone is interested in what sort of...

    If anyone is interested in what sort of shenanigans happen on my livestreams, there's a playlist of selections here:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvoss65NglIeBaMtVTbdij9YRTXggnYBq

    xx
    BD
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    My internet went down that afternoon and never...

    My internet went down that afternoon and never came back until Sunday morning, so the show is moved to next Saturday the 20th instead. Apologies for those who tuned in to a stream of nothingness!
    BD
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    Bob's next livestream - Sat. 13 Nov

    For them who are interested - I'll be doing my next live broadcast on Saturday, 13th November at 7PM CET. I do one or two of these per month, always different, and will keep doing so even when...
  36. Bob Drake/Chris Cutler livestream 17 Oct

    Chris is here and we're working on more Probes episodes, and he'll also play some songs with me on my 17th October livestream, at 7PM CEST, on twitch.tv/bob_drake

    We'll also be happy to chat if...
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    Bob's live stream mailing list

    Since doing "real" gigs still isn't feasible, and I love performing for people (even if I can't see 'em!), I've been streaming frequent live shows from my studio, doing the same sort of thing I do at...
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    When I first read this I thought you were...

    When I first read this I thought you were referring to the aforementioned "Hunger's Teeth". How the first couple minutes of that could be considered "poppier" than the rest caused me a moment of...
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    I made a compilation of selections from the two...

    I made a compilation of selections from the two August livestreams, it's here if you wanna have a look:
    https://youtu.be/SDuhO3UNs_4

    xx
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    Livestream today (14 August)

    I'll play a one-hour solo set on my twitch tv channel, 7PM CEST (about 90 minutes from the time I post this!)
    So tune in for some entertainment if you have nothing better to do:
    twitch.tv/bob_drake
  41. I think we've done that on some more recent...

    I think we've done that on some more recent masters, using track markers in lieu of sub-indexes. I do a lot of mixing and mastering for the Italian "Angelica" label, which are often live recordings...
  42. That's right, it's still possible to include...

    That's right, it's still possible to include sub-indexes but players stopped including the ability to read them long ago.

    BD
  43. haha, indeed Chris is forever lamenting the...

    haha, indeed Chris is forever lamenting the demise of CD subindexes! They were perfect for his wish to indicate sections of a recording.

    BD
    www.bdrak.com
  44. Highly unlikely - Chris was having me put indexes...

    Highly unlikely - Chris was having me put indexes and sub-indexes on CDs decades ago, long before there was such a thing as "digital sales". I'd say it's because for one thing he really gets into and...
  45. Hi Gravedigger, I'm glad you enjoyed! I am sure...

    Hi Gravedigger,
    I'm glad you enjoyed! I am sure if you listen a few times it'll all become settled into the couple of ideas they are made from. I also enjoy it when the movement in a song "tickles...
  46. The new videos are here if you wanna see 'em:...

    The new videos are here if you wanna see 'em:
    Psychic Photography: https://vimeo.com/565169461
    Rainy: https://vimeo.com/565939940

    xx
  47. Solo show plus new Band of Bobs videos 26th June

    I'll do a short set on acoustic guitar/vocals, but the big fun will be the two new Band of Bobs videos I'll show. This screenshot gives you an idea.
    That will be Saturday June 26th, 8PM CEST on...
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    I had the second dose of Pfizer at the beginning...

    I had the second dose of Pfizer at the beginning of June. Both times, the area immediately around the injection felt a bit bruised for a few days, that was it.
    It was the first vaccination I've had...
  49. Another excellent program Sean! I enjoyed hearing...

    Another excellent program Sean! I enjoyed hearing from the Giant fellows.



    Oh great, I'll be watching for that one, his playing on those Focus albums is some of my favorite. I was excited when...
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    Band-of-Bobs videos

    Some of you might enjoy some of these, I'll be making more soon too:
    https://vimeo.com/drakebob

    xx
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    30 minutes before the show, the studio computer...

    30 minutes before the show, the studio computer went mad and decided the audio interface (needed to mix the live playing with the pre-recorded video) didn't exist anymore, so I wasn't able to do it...
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    Band of Bobs live stream May 1-2

    I'll be singing and playing live, along with a trio of odd characters on video (all played by myself) for a short show tonight and tomorrow, 8PM France time on https://www.twitch.tv/bob_drake
    ...
  53. Four livestream shows this month over two weekends.

    In case you have nothing better to do at the appointed times, I'll be doing live shows over two weekends: April 17 - 18, and April 30 - May 1st.
    8PM CEST, on https://www.twitch.tv/bob_drake

    I...
  54. "Trained"...."untrained"....we were just makin'...

    "Trained"...."untrained"....we were just makin' music, man!

    BD
  55. Nimby was James Grigsby's music. I just played...

    Nimby was James Grigsby's music. I just played bass and sang a bit, did the recording.

    BD
  56. Neuroticdog: I used to do a lot of that sort of...

    Neuroticdog: I used to do a lot of that sort of chaotic construction recording in the 70's and very early 80's but nothing as large at the piece you mention, and can't say whether I will do more or...
  57. Thanks! I started playing guitar even before I...

    Thanks! I started playing guitar even before I played bass, so maybe 1970 - '71-ish. I learned a few basic chords from a Mel Bay guitar chord book, and like most musicians I picked up tips and ideas...
  58. It's Mark Fuller drumming on Etude for Combo, I'm...

    It's Mark Fuller drumming on Etude for Combo, I'm playing bass. And actually, drums was my first instrument, I started around 1969, and only first picked up a bass in 1972.

    x
    Bob
  59. Bob Drake & Mike Johnson interview about Moonsongs

    Klemen Breznikar interviewed us about Thinking Plague, the Moonsongs album, and other things. He wanted to do each of us individually, could have been more fun all together but there it is:...
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    I haven't heard the album since it came out in...

    I haven't heard the album since it came out in the USA in the early 70's, but I remember liking the vaguely somber, minor-chord sounding choruses in many of the tunes. Or am i imagining it...if time...
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