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    I have too many that making a top 5 is difficult, but given the guidelines, here it goes:


    Top 5 from 2000-present (that were not archival):

    Forgas Band Phenomena - L'Axe Du Fou
    Henry Kaiser/ Wadada Leo Smith: Yo Miles! - Sky Garden
    Machine and the Synergetic Nuts - Leap Second Neutral
    The Claudia Quintet - Semi-Formal
    Guapo - Black Oni


    Bubbling under:
    Henry Kaiser / Wadada Leo Smith: Yo Miles! - Upriver
    Deus Ex Machina - Cinque
    The Mahavishnu Project - Return to the Emerald Beyond
    Miriodor - Parade
    Planeta Imaginario - Optical Delusions
    Ray Russell - Goodbye Svengali
    Wadada Leo Smith / Golden Quartet - Tabligh



    Top 5 all time:

    Djam Karet - The Devouring
    John Surman - Way Back When
    Heldon - Stand By
    Soft Machine - Noisette
    Univers Zero - Ceux Du Dehors

    Bubbling under:
    Forgas Band Phenomena - L'Axe Du Fou
    Djam Karet - Reflections From the Firepool
    Heldon - Interface
    Henry Kaiser / Wadada Leo Smith: Yo Miles! - Sky Garden
    Henry Kaiser / Wadada Leo Smith: Yo Miles! - Upriver
    Present - Triskaidekaphobie
    Soft Machine - Live in France
    Univers Zero - UZED
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    Thinking Plague - all of them. Uh-oh, I don't have any picks left. But if I did:

    5uu's - all of them
    The Muffins - all of them
    Happy The Man - Death's Crown
    Time of Orchids - Namesake Caution
    Universe Zero - Ceux Du Dehors

    and a few others...

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    Ceux Du Dehors seems to be the most popular Cunie album.
    No humor please, we're skittish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobo Chang Ba View Post
    Ceux Du Dehors seems to be the most popular Cunie album.
    Well it my all-time favorite irrespective of label.
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    Joining the club that can't narrow it down to a manageable number ...a few that IMO deserve more attention:
    Otolithen- S.O.D.
    Volapuk- le feu du tigre
    Blast- Stringy Rugs
    Dr. Nerve- Skin
    Boom- One Hour Talisman
    Brown vs. Brown- Odds and Unevens
    Dylan Ryan/Sand- Sky Bleached
    Unsettled Scores- (various artists)
    Univers Zero- The Hard Quest
    Ideal Bread- Transmit
    Chainsaw Jazz- Disconcerto

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve F. View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Baribrotzer View Post
    Steve has said, from what I remember, that it was the worst-selling Cuneiform release ever.
    Steve has never said that.

    It's also not true.
    Not that I'm expecting an answer, it would be interesting to know which one did... so maybe we can correct this (don't get your hopes up, though)
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    and

    Sotos - Platypus
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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    Well it my all-time favorite irrespective of label.
    Damn.

    I wish I could be as decisive as you are with such a choice.
    No humor please, we're skittish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobo Chang Ba View Post
    Damn.

    I wish I could be as decisive as you are with such a choice.
    Well it will change tomorrow but it's good for today dammit.
    Ian

    I blame Wynton, what was the question?
    There are only 10 types of people in the World, those who understand binary and those that don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobo Chang Ba View Post
    Ceux Du Dehors seems to be the most popular Cunie album.
    Probably my second-favorite UZ release, after Uzed.

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    Yeah, Volapuk Le Feu de Tigre is great.
    Blast Sophisticated Face deserves mentioning too.

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    Very difficult to choose from what is one of my all-times favorites labels. I'll try to make my brief list here...


    Reissues
    Muffins - Manna / Mirage
    Heldon - Third - It's Always Rock'n'Roll
    Piero Milesi ‎- Modi
    Univers Zero - Heresie
    Present - Triskaidekaphobie / Le Poison Qui Rend Fou
    Hugh Hopper - 1984
    Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Co. - Like A Duck To Water
    Cartoon - Sortie


    Direct Releases
    Picchio Dal Pozzo - Camere Zimmer Rooms
    Mujician - The Journey
    Sotos - Platypus
    Guapo - Five Suns
    PFS - Illustrative Problems
    Thinking Plague - In Extremis
    Ahvak - Ahvak
    Miriodor - Miriodor
    U Totem - U Totem
    Machine & the Synergetic Nuts - Leap Second Neutral
    Boud Deun - The Stolen Bicycle
    Radio Massacre International - Emissaries
    Motor Totemist Guild - City of Mirrors
    Time of Orchids - Namesake Caution
    Rich Woodson's Ellipsis - Control and Resistance
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    Lots and lots of good stuff on Cuneiform, though I mostly like the reissues and archival releases best. When it comes to original releases, however, I'd probably just have to say everything by Philharmonie and Richard Pinhas' magnificent and underrated "Tranzition."
    "Incredibly dismal, pathetic chord sequence..."
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    OK, all this love for Ceux Du Dehors made me order it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trane
    Quote Originally Posted by Steve F.
    Quote Originally Posted by Baribrotzer
    Steve has said, from what I remember, that it was the worst-selling Cuneiform release ever.
    Steve has never said that. It's also not true.
    Not that I'm expecting an answer, it would be interesting to know which one did...
    At one point I heard it was the one-and-only VHS released by Cuneiform, "The Hardwood" by Curlew.

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    Even a non-RIO guy like me has many things to like on Cuneiform!

    Shout outs to locals
    Algernon, GHOST SURVEILLANCE
    Cheer Accident, NO IFS, ANDS OR DOGS

    and this ol' fav
    However, CALLING

    and possible my all-time on the label,
    Richard Pinhas, TRANZITION

    Oh yeah, this one's the best value
    University of Errors, JET PROPELLED PHOTOGRAPHS

    and not to forget
    Radio Massacre International, RAIN FALLS IN GREY
    "Always ready with the ray of sunshine"

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    Even a non-RIO guy like me has many things to like on Cuneiform!
    While there's little doubt that the "Rock in Opposition"-ethos and aesthetic was an inspiration and indeed was championed by the label throughout the 80s and into the 90s as well, I think there was always a much broader perspective to the general idea. "RIO" was the "alternative face" of post-70s progressive in rock, so I guess that position was both logical and natural. But what was once "RIO" has long since splintered into countless other factions of approach, and Steve F. has caught up with most of it; post- and math-rock, "Brutal prog" and even "indie-prog", new noise, contemporary jazz and even stuff bordering on nu-jazz (like Ergo, for instance). There are even updated takes on "classic" progressive sounds to be had with names like Deus Ex Machina, Djam Karet, NeBeLNeST, Gösta Berlings Saga etc.

    There's basically something for everybody here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrotum Scissor View Post
    I think there was always a much broader perspective to the general idea.
    Me too.
    "Always ready with the ray of sunshine"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Septober Energy View Post
    ...and Richard Pinhas' magnificent and underrated "Tranzition."
    Quote Originally Posted by strawberrybrick View Post
    ...my all-time on the label,
    Richard Pinhas, TRANZITION.
    happy to see a couple of folks mention this one that never gets mentioned.


    Quote Originally Posted by Scrotum Scissor View Post
    ...and even stuff bordering on nu-jazz (like Ergo, for instance).
    I think Kandinsky Effect actually *are* 'nu-jazz'

    http://www.cuneiformrecords.com/real...ohnny_Utah.mp3

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregory View Post
    Yeah, Volapuk Le Feu de Tigre is great.
    Blast Sophisticated Face deserves mentioning too.
    Right on man. That Blast is an intense listen and takes a lot of work on behalf of the listeners. But the effort is very worth it, and I would love to play this for the Classic Rock guy who says "I listens to everything bro!" or "I'm gettin' fuckin sick of WASS always playin the same Floyd and Zeppelin shit!"

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    I have alot of faves that others do, but here's a couple not mentioned that i am very fond of and have played alot -
    Doctor Nerve - Skin,
    Curlew - A Beautiful Western Saddle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve F. View Post
    happy to see a couple of folks mention this one that never gets mentioned.
    I wrote a glowing review of Tranzition on the old PE site. Not sure if those reviews are still accessible...

    I'm currently contemplating purchasing Desolation Row after sitting out the last several from Pinhas. That new SOS thing looks pretty nifty too!
    "Incredibly dismal, pathetic chord sequence..."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Septober Energy View Post
    I'm currently contemplating purchasing Desolation Row after sitting out the last several from Pinhas. That new SOS thing looks pretty nifty too!
    Both are great. Pinhas has a lot of collaborators on this one, which gives it a different feel and a bit of variety--it actually kind of reminds me of Un Reve Sans Consequence Speciale in that sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve F. View Post
    you tell me!
    I'll have to give this one a closer check. And Christ; there are at least 30+ semi-recent Cuneis I haven't got around to yet!

    Think I'll start with the new Guapo and some Claudia Q, though - seeing how my ex-domestic partner ran off with the one Claudia I had. Witch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by strawberrybrick View Post
    and not to forget
    Radio Massacre International, RAIN FALLS IN GREY
    D'oh. I forgot that was a Cuney. It might be my favorite of all.

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