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  1. My parents liked (some) of the music I listened to in my teens. I think they both had good taste. As I got older, I started to like (some) of the music they both listened to.
  2. I also remember Chris Winter from his days hosting 'Room To Move' on the ABC in the early 70s. He played a lot of music that otherwise would not have been heard on radio at the time. I discovered Osibisa, East Of Eden, Van Der Graaf Generator, Hawkwind just to name a few. An interview with him from 2012. https://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2012/09/19/3593458.htm RIM (Rest In Music) Chris Winter
  3. Which reminds me that I have a copy of this album but haven't sat down and listened to it yet. Gave it a brief spin in the store when I bought it (2nd hand), and placed it in my (ever growing) 'to be played' pile when I got home, where it still sits. I might remedy that this evening.
  4. After picking up a copy of Youn Sun Nah's album Lento some time ago, I decided I needed some more of her recordings, so bought a copy of her 2010 album Same Girl. An excellent album containing a mix of different styles, not unlike Lento. A couple of tracks from the album And something a bit bluesy.
  5. A new album by Flook, their first in 14 years, yay! Flook are a 4 piece Anglo-Irish band, most noted for the dual flute and whistle playing of Sarah Allen and Brian Finnegan, with Ed Boyd on guitar and John Joe Kelly playing bodhran. Between 1996 and 2005 they produced a limited release live album, followed by three excellent studio albums. In 2008 they decided to disband due to other priorities (raising families etc.). It was an amicable decision though, and they always left the door open to the possibility of getting back together. In the last few years they have been doing some live performances, and I guess they decided the time was right for another album, so Ancora is the result. Reviews of the album are universally good, so I was eagerly waiting for my copy. It arrived last week, and I wholeheartedly agree with the reviews, it is an excellent album. The familiar Flook style of swirling flutes and driving rhythms are all there, and it is hard to believe there has been a 14 year gap since their last album. If anything, they have matured their sound. There are quite a number of guest musicians playing different instruments on the album, but they all blend in very well (I notice Trevor Hutchinson of Lunasa on double bass amongst them). This is a must have for any Flook fan, I reckon. Here is a link to their website, which has a sample from the new album playing along. https://flook.co.uk/
  6. I just came across this cover of Deep Purple's 'Lazy', featuring Joe Bonamassa and Jimmy Barnes. Usually I can't stand Jimmy Barnes' banshee wails, but I'll make an exception in this case. This is a pretty good cover of one of my favourite Deep Purple songs. Appears to be from 2012.
  7. I hadn't heard of this before. So its a cabinet treatment for aesthetic purposes. Is it a shrink-wrap type process, or is some sort of adhesive used?
  8. I'm well over superheros, there seems to be a new one every week. (But then I never have been a fan of the whole superhero thing anyway.)
  9. She also sang the vocals on 'Horse To The Water' in the Concert for George in 2002. Her father Joe Brown also performed in the same concert (not on that song though).
  10. Green Eyed lady by Sugarloaf, from 1970 Was probably their only hit. The single version was rather brutally edited down to around 2 minutes, so this is the full length album version ~7 minutes. I've always loved this, still play it quite a lot.
  11. That's good to hear. The VAF i91s are stand mount speakers, impedance 6 ohms, sensitivity 90db. Although they sound quite good with the E100, I just feel that I have not been getting the best out of them so far. I have a feeling that the M6i might be a good match.
  12. I would definitely turn it off after each session. I've been thinking about getting a new amp to drive my VAF i91s, and the M6i is definitely on my radar. I have a couple of older MF Elektra series amps, an E11 and E100. I have been quite happy with them, but they are both starting to develop some problems due to their age (mid to late 90s). I had a repair done on the E100 a couple of years ago, but it seems to have developed a new problem, so I've taken it out of my system for now. It was quite good with the i91s though. The E11 drives them ok, but doesn't really do them justice with its lower power rating (60W per/ch into 8 ohms.) It also has a problem with the left channel dropping out intermittently. No doubt the problems are repairable, but I think I'm talking myself into an upgrade! Musical Fidelity have been a rather quirky company at times (mainly due to their rather eccentric founder), but they make some good quality products, and my experience with them has been generally positive. The specs on the M6i look good, certainly very tempting.
  13. I borrowed the blu-ray of this movie from my local library, and watched it last weekend. This film is based on the true story of Eric Lomax, a British soldier taken prisoner by the Japanese at the fall of Singapore in 1942 and sent to work on the Thai-Burma railway, where he was tortured by his captors, but was eventually liberated by the British and returned home. He meets and marries his wife Patti in 1980, but is deeply affected by his wartime experiences, which affects the relationship. The film is about how he works through this problem, eventually travelling back to Thailand where he meets, confronts and reconciles with one of the Japanese guards who tortured him in the war, but who now works as a tourist guide. It stars Colin Firth as Eric Lomax, Nicole Kidman as his wife Patti and Hiroyuki Sanada as the man who tortured him Takashi Nagase, with younger actors playing the roles of Eric Lomax and Takashi Nagase in the WWII scenes. I didn't know this was based on a true story until the very end of the film, when that was revealed. When I started watching this film I wasn't sure if I was going to like it, but it very quickly drew me in. Most people would know Colin Firth from his performance in the King's Speech, and his performance here is every bit as good, if not better. He gives a powerful and masterful performance that I found quite riveting. Nicole Kidman is well cast as his wife, and also gives a fine performance, as does Hiroyuki Sanada, although he only makes his appearance in the latter part of the film (which is quite appropriate to the story). The film is a 2013 British/Australian co-production. It is filmed both in the UK and Thailand at the place where the events took place in WWII. The film starts out in the UK well after the end of the war, with flashback scenes to the events of 1942. These become more frequent as the film progresses, and set the scene for the final confrontation and reconciliation in Thailand. I can highly recommend this film if you haven't seen it yet.
  14. Not really, just zooms in.
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