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    Resistance will be here next week. I really don't listen to a lot of Neo or Symph anymore but IQ will always be an exception for me.

    I once had a conversation with Peter Nicholls at a 3RP festival in Pittsburgh about how imo he had the best enunciation and articulation of any prog band singer I've ever heard, and I still feel that way. He appeared humbled & a bit embarrassed. It's rare when you don't need the written lyrics to understand every word.
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    I'm surprised at the lack of commentary on a new IQ album!
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    Quote Originally Posted by progeezer View Post
    Resistance will be here next week. I really don't listen to a lot of Neo or Symph anymore but IQ will always be an exception for me.

    I once had a conversation with Peter Nicholls at a 3RP festival in Pittsburgh about how imo he had the best enunciation and articulation of any prog band singer I've ever heard, and I still feel that way. He appeared humbled & a bit embarrassed. It's rare when you don't need the written lyrics to understand every word.
    I feel exactly the same way.

    And I didn't know you were at the 3RP festival when IQ played there. I was there too! I wish I had gotten to meet you then. But man, IQ put on a heck of a show didn't they?

    I thought It Bites were incredibly good also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aith01 View Post
    I feel exactly the same way.

    And I didn't know you were at the 3RP festival when IQ played there. I was there too! I wish I had gotten to meet you then. But man, IQ put on a heck of a show didn't they?

    I thought It Bites were incredibly good also.
    Ah s**t! That IS too bad. I was out in the parking lot between bands a lot, and during the course of the weekend actually shared a bit w/Messrs. Beck & Dalton of It Bites.
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    Quote Originally Posted by progeezer View Post
    Resistance will be here next week. I really don't listen to a lot of Neo or Symph anymore but IQ will always be an exception for me.

    I once had a conversation with Peter Nicholls at a 3RP festival in Pittsburgh about how imo he had the best enunciation and articulation of any prog band singer I've ever heard, and I still feel that way. He appeared humbled & a bit embarrassed. It's rare when you don't need the written lyrics to understand every word.
    Nichols is an example of a singer who has steadily improved over time. I have always liked his voice, but on some of the early IQ stuff he would get off key live quite a bit, and even in the studio his voice get a little sharp / flat on some songs. Today, I think he is a fantastic vocalist and it is true that he does enunciate to the point where you can clearly hear what he is singing.

    I have ordered the new album, but it has not arrived yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveSly View Post
    I have always liked his voice, but on some of the early IQ stuff he would get off key live quite a bit, and even in the studio his voice get a little sharp / flat on some songs.
    Hell, on a lot of those early performances you were lucky if he even made it through the entire gig! I've never known a singer so prone to catch cold when touring. Except maybe Jon Anderson.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulrus View Post
    Hell, on a lot of those early performances you were lucky if he even made it through the entire gig! I've never known a singer so prone to catch cold when touring. Except maybe Jon Anderson.
    I never had the chance to see IQ until NEARfest brought them over to the U.S. in the 90's, so the early gigs were not on my radar other than live recordings.

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    Listen to Fall Out again, last song on disk two, I'm sold on it. Big payoff near the end of the 20 minute song. IQ's answer to Awaken (IMHO)

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    Quote Originally Posted by yesman1955 View Post
    Listen to Fall Out again, last song on disk two, I'm sold on it. Big payoff near the end of the 20 minute song. IQ's answer to Awaken (IMHO)
    My main issue with the 2 epics on disc 2 is that, despite very strong sections, neither of them have the big payoff at the end that I'm used to expecting from IQ. They also have very few recurring themes throughout, which is usually something that the band excel at. Listening to Without Walls from the previous album for comparison makes it obvious, as that one ticks all the boxes for me.
    And before I give the impression that I don't like the new album, I do think it's very solid but those 2 epics are the weaker spot.
    All of this IMO of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveSly View Post
    I never had the chance to see IQ until NEARfest brought them over to the U.S. in the 90's, so the early gigs were not on my radar other than live recordings.
    IQ played Nearfest in 2005 The first ever Nearfest was 1999. Does seem much longer ago though, I agree.

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    Only one listen so far, but I like it. I am starting to feel like Nichols sings the same melody on every song though, but I love his voice these days so I can get past that. Need more listens to really decide if I love it or not though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by infandous View Post
    IQ played Nearfest in 2005
    ...and in 1999.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerhard View Post
    ...and in 1999.
    Now see, I wasn't at that one, so I didn't remember that. Damn it! Oh well, can't be right all the time, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by infandous View Post
    Now see, I wasn't at that one, so I didn't remember that. Damn it! Oh well, can't be right all the time, lol.
    I think it was their second US appearance, but I was at a show they played in San Jose on 2/19/94. And surprise, Nicholls was fighting a cold that time as well. I just think in the early days he tended to overreach in the studio versus what his voice could deliver on the road. He learned from about the time of Ever how to write vocal parts that were in his range but also not overtaxing live. Geddy Lee did the same thing around 1980.
    I'm holding out for the Wilson-mixed 5.1 super-duper walletbuster special anniversary extra adjectives edition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Progatron View Post
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    Looks like more vinyl options are on the way, as well as a vinyl edition of the Dark Christmas album!
    Just received the Yellow Vinyl Dark Christmas EP this afternoon on the Left coast of the USA! Signature Required! Hope you have someone at home to sign for it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by infandous View Post
    IQ played Nearfest in 2005 The first ever Nearfest was 1999. Does seem much longer ago though, I agree.
    Yup, I was at both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yesman1955 View Post
    Listen to Fall Out again, last song on disk two, I'm sold on it. Big payoff near the end of the 20 minute song. IQ's answer to Awaken (IMHO)
    Exactly what I'm hearing (and loving). An homage more than an answer?

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