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    Altrock, the label

    I understood Altrock stopped releasing new albums.

    Rather then be sad or angry about it lets celebrate the great stuff they released. I am replaying all I have of the label (which is most of it). Man, they have released some tasty stuff. Only the last one or two years they released a lot of Italian prog that was not really my thing.

    My favorites are Rational Diet, Ske and The Blue ship. What are your favorites?

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    The Yugen albums are the stuff I probably revisit most of all (especially Iridule). And while I haven't broken it out in a while, Autumn Chorus was in pretty heavy rotation for me after it came out.

    But I can't think of any release I got from AltRock or Fading that wasn't at least enjoyable.
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    Homunculus Res I do like a lot and Camembert too and there is a great Greek band on Fading ( forgot the name)
    Dieter Moebius : "Art people like things they don’t understand!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by alucard View Post
    [...] and there is a great Greek band on Fading ( forgot the name)
    Ciccada?

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    One of the few lables you could buy any release from blind and at least being satisfied.

    Hoped they would go on at a lower release rate as the did stuff until autumn last year when they where already called dead
    long before.

    Lets see where Marcellos bands find a home now…

    (I own 60% of this lables stuff and will hunt down some more)
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    Yeah, great label. Some of my favorites include Not a Good Sign, Accordo Dei Contrari, Nerve Institute, Inner Ear Brigade, Calomito, Homunculus Res, Ciccada and Macroscream. I've surely left a few out. Sorry they are no more, that's a big hit for our little world.

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    off the top of my head, my faves:

    Howl - Rêve Général
    Panzerpappa - Pestrottedans
    Accordo dei Contrari - Violato Intatto
    Finnegan's Wake - Blue
    Picchio DP - A-Live

    Other I own, but not all that crazy about: Brossaklit (Poil), the last from Homenculus Res, Irridule, Roqueforte, October Equus (can't remember the title), Rational Diet (can't remember the title), Pocket Orchestra (Phoenix) and I'm probably missing some.


    From Fading records, I have 1000 Autumni and the two Frisbass.
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    Great label love the majority of their stuff.

    My top 10 no particular order

    Yugen - Iridule
    Simon Steensland - Fat Again
    Pikapika Teart - Moonberry
    The Nerve Institute - Architects Of Flesh-Density
    Dave Willey - Immeasurable Currents
    PoiL - Brossaklitt
    Reve General - Howl
    Rational Diet - On Phenomena and Existences
    Finnegans Wake - Blue
    Mirthkon - Snack(s)
    Aranis - Roqueforte
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    Yugen's debut is an album that does everything right for my ears. Still my favorite from the label, even though it was the first.

    Rational Diet, Poil, Alco Frisbass, October Equus, Camembert, and Rhun are the others that jump out to me off the top of my head.

    Pocket Orchestra's sole album reissue (and expansion) was also wonderful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobo Chang Ba View Post
    Yugen's debut is an album that does everything right for my ears. Still my favorite from the label, even though it was the first.
    Little known, 100% true fact:

    Marcello formed AltrOck specifically to release that Yugen album after Cuneiform turned it down. He confirmed that to me the last time I saw him a few years ago, when we had a wonderful lunch together.

    Turning things down was the worst part of my job, but if my doing so made AltrOck happen, I’ll happily and gladly accept some of the credit for unwittingly doing one of the best things that I have ever done in terms of ‘helping’ make something great happen!
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    Haha, good story, I always assumed they'd started to release that.
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    P.S. - my favorites (in no order)

    Aranis “Roquefort”
    Pocket Orchestra (nearly a Cuneiform release 15 - 20 years earlier)
    Reve General
    Camembert (both)
    Aparecidos
    Poil

    .... but there were very few I didn’t at least mostly enjoy.
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    "You run a great label, but sometimes you go out of your way to be a jerk." - Jed Levin

    "The older I get, the more I realize that cynicism is just realism spelled wrong."

    "Death to false 'support the scene' prog!"

    please add 'imo' wherever you like, to avoid offending those easily offended.

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    I really like this lesser talked about release, Chance:Risiko -Sleep Talking. Any fans?

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    Oh yeah, love that one. Someone here was a big fan of it.
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    Seeing Reve General play RIO when I knew nothing about them was a revelation, lovely album.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    Seeing Reve General play RIO when I knew nothing about them was a revelation, lovely album.
    Oh, I was very, very excited to see Guigou - one of THE greats - again for the first time in 35 years!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve F. View Post
    Little known, 100% true fact:

    Marcello formed AltrOck specifically to release that Yugen album after Cuneiform turned it down. He confirmed that to me the last time I saw him a few years ago, when we had a wonderful lunch together.

    Turning things down was the worst part of my job, but if my doing so made AltrOck happen, I’ll happily and gladly accept some of the credit for unwittingly doing one of the best things that I have ever done in terms of ‘helping’ make something great happen!
    Wow. That's amazing. This must be the best outcome to any rejection in the history of the business.

    Thanks for making that fateful decision so many years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisoned Youth View Post
    I really like this lesser talked about release, Chance:Risiko -Sleep Talking. Any fans?

    This was actually the first one I thought of for my (very small) pile of passes from Altrock.
    No humor please, we're skittish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    Great label love the majority of their stuff.

    My top 10 no particular order

    Yugen - Iridule
    Simon Steensland - Fat Again
    Pikapika Teart - Moonberry
    The Nerve Institute - Architects Of Flesh-Density
    Dave Willey - Immeasurable Currents
    PoiL - Brossaklitt
    Reve General - Howl
    Rational Diet - On Phenomena and Existences
    Finnegans Wake - Blue
    Mirthkon - Snack(s)
    Aranis - Roqueforte
    Dave Willey is certainly up there with my fav Altrock releases. And so is that PikapikaTeart.

    Somehow I do not see Roqueforte as an Altrock release. I already owned the album long before Altrock released it.

    Love that Chance:Risiko as well but it seems a bit of an odd one out in their catalogue.

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    Great label for sure
    Some favorites :
    Calomito
    The Nerve Institute (both albums)
    Inner Ear Brigade (both albums)
    Cucamonga
    Dave Willey
    Camembert (both albums)

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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    Dave Willey - Immeasurable Currents
    That is a really good one. One of my best recent discoveries.
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    In case anyone misses something:
    https://altrockproductions.bandcamp.com/

    I just checked: I own 71 out of 89 of these. I think I need a few more.

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    I'd forgot a.P.A.t.T. - FuN wITh MuSIc, that's a great album.
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    The album I played while commuting to work:
    The Altrock chamber quartet - Sonata islands goes RIO
    'Classical' interpretations of RIO classics. Amazingly well done.

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    I worked on 34 of these albums
    Those were nice days

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