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10 hours ago, Ian McP said:

Rick Wakeman's synths for sale

https://www.matrixsynth.com/2020/10/yes-rick-wakeman-synths-for-sale.html

 

< A peek at some of the actual synths used by Rick Wakeman starting with his keyboard mixer below.

"We are happy to offer the following items from the personal private collection of iconic keyboardist and synth collector Rick Wakeman. Rick career has spanned over 50 years including his time with The Strawbs and YES through to his session work with David Bowie, Black Sabbath and countless others. Alongside this, Rick's own solo career has pushed the boundaries of possibilities in terms of his use of the synthesiser including his albums Journey to the Centre of the Earth and the Six wives of Henry VIII. Rick is now pleased to be offering his fans the chance to owns some of the pieces which have sculpted his sound across his extensive career. Please find details of these pieces as below: Rackmounted Keyboard Mixer Used to mix 6 of Ricks Keyboards from the late 70s/Early 80s Each item will come with written verification direct from Rick Wakeman to confirm his ownership and use of the items. Pricing All items have been in storage many since the 1970s and will require servicing by the purchaser. This costing is reflected in the pricing of each item." >

 

 
<  We are happy to offer the following items from the personal private collection of iconic keyboardist and synth collector Rick Wakeman. Rick career has spanned over 50 years including his time with The Strawbs and YES through to his session work with David Bowie, Black Sabbath and countless others. Alongside this, Rick's own solo career has pushed the boundaries of possibilities in terms of his use of the synthesiser including his albums Journey to the Centre of the East and the Six wives of Henry VIII.

Rick is now pleased to be offering his fans the chance to owns some of the pieces which have sculpted his sound across his extensive career. Please find details on the following link

Click here >

 

 

Wow! Some nice vintage gear there.

 

Just a few observations:

 

If he is selling so much gear of this calibre, what is he actually keeping.

 

Those Taurus bass pedals are probably one of the nicest and rarest things being offered. Not too many bands ever used them so seeing them second hand is kinda special.

 

If you look at the yellowing of many of the ivory keys, you would have some major surgery to perform to bring them back to their best.

 

A lot of those units, despite their appeal, would be hard to repair as parts would be scarce and if available, pricey.

 

You would really be paying a super premium price for the provenance.

 

No warranty

 

Shipping

 

No spare parts in Australia

 

Who is Rick Wakeman anyway? ☺️

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, needlerunner said:

Jeez Greg. No half measures with you buddy. Another excellent informative post from the prog maestro. Reckon it might take me the most of 2021 to wade through that lot.

? Ken

 

 

You're right Ken. It's getting ridiculous with all the prog stuff that I acquire.

 

I advised a lot of the labels, magazines, band managers, record companies etc that I no longer submit reviews but they still keep sending me stuff from time to time.

 

Now if they sent me red wine or chocolate.....................

 

 

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23 hours ago, progladyte said:

Now if they sent me red wine or chocolate.....................

As long as you don't mind a goon and some Black + Gold dairy milk, you could be on a winner.

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Hi fellow progsters.

Hoping your Christmas was as enjoyable as mine.

 

Two albums that arrived Thursday. Only awaiting one more to come, then have caught up.

Be perfect it it comes before the year is out.

 

Going to try and ease up next year (yer, l know: think l said that last year). But what an extraordinary year. I think l bought around 100 CDs this year.

 

Anyway back on topic. Sleep Token are an English prog metal band. But this album is quite melodic and l quite like it. Album is called Sundowning.

 

The other is Souvenirs by Dutch prog band The Gathering. So this is possibly the last album l will receive this year (hard to find too).

But quite possibly the best prog album l have heard this year. It has kicked Airbag from top spot.

Have been flogging it to death on Spotify. But man does it go to a whole new level on a decent system. The female vocal is some of the best l have heard. Very comparable to Lee Douglas from Anathema in terms of tugging at your heart strings and sonic goodness. This cd has not left my player since Thursday. And l can't see it leaving it for awhile yet. It is one of those albums whereby you hear something different each listen.

Ken. ?

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Thanks for the link Pat. I just checked some of those bad boys out.

 

For the benefit of anyone that does not use the excellent Dutch progressive rock website, check this one out

 

https://www.dprp.net/index.php

 

I've been using this site for ever and have found their reviews to be generally excellent, albeit a little long winded in some places but overall. their opinions often match my own thoughts on new albums and bands.

 

They have just released their top 10 writers list of prog albums for 2020. I have quite a few of them already and can vouch for the need for many of them to be included.

 

Check it out for some seriously worthwhile rekkids.

 

 

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To wrap-up this year, we asked 19 of the prog-scribes at DPRP.net to select their Top 10 albums of the year. This is the list of each reviewer's selections.

Scroll down to see what your favourite reviewers have selected (in reverse-alphabetical order), and to see how many of your top albums have made our lists!

Showing the strength-in-depth of the current progressive genre, no less than 136 different albums were selected. Only one album made it to the top of more than one list.

Our main feature, listing the overall Top 10 Progressive Rock Albums of 2020 can be read here!





 
 
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Thomas Otten
 
1. LogoS - Sadako E Le Mille Gru Di Carta
2. Wobbler - Dwellers Of The Deep
3. Briand Boursin Rohr - The View Inside
4. Melting Clock - Destinazioni
5. Different Light - Binary Suns Part 1
6. Kansas - The Absence Of Presence
7. Zopp - Zopp
8. Magenta - Masters Of Illusion
9. Pattern Seeking Animals - Prehensile Tales
10. SoundDiary - Anamnesis - Letter In A Bottle




 
 
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Theo Verstrael
 
1. Marillion - With Friends From The Orchestra
2. Magenta - Masters Of Illusion
3. Kaprekar's Constant - Meanwhile
4. Kansas - The Absence Of Presence
5. Magenta & Friends — Acapela 2016 & 2017
6. John Holden - Rise And Fall
7. Les Penning With Robert Reed — Return To Penrhos
8. Realisea — Mantelpeace
9. IO Earth — Aura
10. Steve Hackett — Selling England By The Pound & Spectral Mornings: Live At Hammersmith 
 
 


 
 
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Stefan Hennig
 
1. The Cyberiam – Forging Nations Live
2. My Arrival - Satur9 & Indigo
3. Chimpan A – The Empathy Machine
4. DarWin – A Frozen War
5. Nick D’Virgilio – Invisible
6. Pallas – Close To The Wedge
7. Ayreon – Transitus
8. ReFrame – Reaching Revery
9. Chandelier – Live At Loreley
10. Lonely Robot – Feelings Are Good




 
 
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Patrick McAfee
 
1. Fish - Weltschmerz
2. The Pineapple Thief - Versions of the Truth
3. Kansas - The Absence of Presence 
4. Frost - Others EP
5. Marathon - Mark Kelly’s Marathon 
6. Pure Reason Revolution - Eupnea
7. Lonely Robot - Feelings are Good
8. Days Between Stations - Giants
9. Nik Kershaw - Oxymoron 
10. Magenta - Masters of Illusion





 
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Owen Davies
 
1. Nicolas Meier, Dewa Budjana Group - Flying Spirits 
2. Dusan Jevtovic - If You See Me
3. Markus Reuter featuring Fabio Trentini and Asaf Sirkis - Truce
4. EH3 - Erland Helbø Trio - Improve Reality 
5. Zopp - Zopp
6. Sonata Islands Kommandoh - Quasar Burning Bright 
7. Sara Serpa - Recognition
8. Uç Uç - The Constant Fear of Being Judged By 
9. Das Rad - Adios al Futuro 
10. The Physics House Band - Metropolis
 
 
 


 
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Matt Nevens
 
1. Pendragon - Love Over Fear
2. Kansas - The Absence Of Presence
3. Thomas Bergersen - Humanity Chapter II
4. Kyros - Celexa Dreams
5. Thematic - Skyrunner
6. Inner Odyssey - Into The Void
7. Caligula's Horse - Rise Radiant
8. Lee Abraham - Harmony/Synchronicity
9. Lonely Robot - Feelings Are Good
10. Chaos Divine - Legacies





 
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Martin Burns
 
1. Wire - Mind Hive
2. Elder - Omens
3. Motorpsycho - The All Is One
4. Lesoir - Mosaic
5. Annie Barbazza - Vive
6. The Tangent - Auto Reconnaissance
7. Odessey & Oracle - Crocorama
8. Pendragon - Love Over Fear
9. Snowdrops - Volutes
10. Ontologics - Heading To The Outer Realm





 
 
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Mark Hughes
 
1. Bill Fay - Countless Branches
2. Valerie Gracious, Steve Unruh, Phideaux - 71319 Live At Monforti Manor
3. Jakko M JakSzyk - Secrets & Lies
4. Haze - Back To The Bones
5. Richard Wileman - Arcana
6. Mariana Semkina - Sleepwalking
7. Phideaux - Lysogenic Burnt Offerings
8. That Joe Payne - By Name, By Nature
9. Jonathan Hultén - Chants From Another Place
10. A.A. Williams - Forever Blue




 
 
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Jerry van Kooten
 
1. Yuri Gagarin - The Outskirts Of Reality
2. Dreamwalkers Inc - A Night At The Theatre
3. Nektar - The Other Side
4. Gazpacho - Fireworker
5. Pallas - Arriving Alive!
6. Vulkan - Technatura
7. Döda Havet - Tid och rum
8. Pure Reason Revolution - Eupnea
9. Slift - Ummon
10. Sólstafir - Endless Twilight Of Codependent Love



 
 
 
 
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Jan Buddenberg
 
1. Blue Öyster Cult - The Symbol Remains
2. Different Light - Binary Suns Part 1
3. Course Of Fate - Mindweaver
4. Soul Secret - Blue Light Cage
5. Subsignal - A Song For The Homeless (Live In Rüsselsheim 2019)
6. ZIO - Flower Torania
7. Dreamwalkers Inc - A Night At The Theatre
8. Chandelier - Live At Loreley
9. Kansas - The Absence Of Presence
10. TDW - The Days The Clock Stopped 




 
 
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Ignacio Bernaola
 
1. Briand Boursin Rohr - The View Inside   
2. Lucid Planet - II
3. Pure Reason Revolution - Eupnea.  
4. ṘO - Athalase
5. Pain Of Salvation - Panther
6. Chimpan A - The Empathy Machine
7. Mesmerising - The Clutters Storyteller
8. Zio - Flower Torania
9. That Joe Payne - By Name. By Nature
10. Inner Odyssey - The Void





 
 
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Hector Gomez
 
1. Pure Reason Revolution – Eupnea
2. Lunatic Soul – Through Shaded Woods
3. Pendragon – Love Over Fear
4. The Flower Kings – Islands
5. Fish – Weltschmerz
6. Elder – Omens
7. Zombi – 2020
8. The Pineapple Thief – Versions Of The Truth
9. Fates Warning – Long Day Good Night
10. Derek Sherinian – The Phoenix





 
 
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Geoff Feakes
 
1. Tiger Moth Tales - The Whispering of the World    
2. Steve Hackett - Selling England By The Pound & Spectral Mornings: Live At Hammersmith 
3. Lee Abraham - Harmony/Synchronicity
4. John Holden - Rise and Fall 
5. Pendragon - Love Over Fear  
6. Robert Reed - Cursus - 123 430   
7. Ayreon - Transitus  
8. Chimpan A - The Empathy Machine 
9. Nightwish - Human :II: Nature   
10. Magenta - Masters Of Illusion






 
 
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Craig Goldsmith
 
1. Ozric Tentacles - Space for the Earth 
2. Redemption - Alive in Color
3. Fish - Weltzschmerz
4. Soft Machine - Live at the Baked Potato
5. Frost* - Others
6. Crippled Black Pheonix - Ellengaest
7. Pendragon - Love over Fear
8. Motorpsycho - The All is One
9. Maria Schneider - Data Lords
10. Cloudkicker - Solitude





 
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Chris Haggstrom
 
1. Fish - Welschmertz
2. Pendragon - Love Over Fear
3. Pattern-Seeking Animals - Prehensile Tales
4. Abel Ganz - The Life of the Honey Bee and Other Moments of Clarity
5. Kansas - The Absence of Presence
6. Novena - Eleventh Hour
7. Dave Brons - Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost
8. John Holden - Rise And Fall
9. Caligula's Horse - Rise Radiant
10. Fish on Friday - Black Rain
 
 
 



 
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Calum Gibson
 
1. Katatonia – City Burials
2. Paradise Lost - Obsidian
3. My Dying Bride – Ghost of Orion
4. Solstafir – Endless Twilight of Codependent Love
5. Enslaved - Utgard
6. Mykur - Folkesange
7. Utilitarian – Fight War, Not Wars. Destroy Power, Not People
8. Dream Theater – Distant Memories
9. Ulver – Flowers Of Evil
10. The Ocean Collective - Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic/Cenozoic






 
 
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Bryan Morey
 
1. Pain of Salvation - Panther
2. Neal Morse - Sola Gratia
3. Haken - Virus
4. The Tangent - Auto Reconnaissance 
5. Glass Hammer - Dreaming City
6. Dave Brons - Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost
7. Caligula’s Horse - Rise Radiant
8. Kansas - The Absence of Presence
9. The Flower Kings - Islands 
10. Nick D’Virgilio - Invisible




 
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Andy Read
 
1. Green Carnation - Leaves of Yesterday
2. Lucid Planet - II
3. Into The Open - Destination Eternity
4. Vulkan - Technatura
5. Solstafir - Endless Twilight of Codependent Love
6. Pain of Salvation - Panther
7. Judicator - Let There Be Nothing
8. Jump - Breaking Point
9. Cryptex - Once Upon A Time
10. Outside In - Karmatrainh





 
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André de Boer
 
1. Jargon - The Fading Thought
2. JPL - Sapiens chapitre 1/3 : Exordium
3. Abel Ganz - The Life Of The Honey Bee And Other Moments Of Clarity
4. Tiger Moth Tales - Still Alive
5. AYNO - 111
6. Built for the Future - Brave New World
7. Grandval - Descendu sur Terre
8. Arcade Messiah - The Host
9. Profuna Ocean - Continuation
10. Long Earth - Once Around The Sun
 
 


Our main feature, listing the overall Top 10 Progressive Rock Albums of 2020 can be read here!
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22 hours ago, needlerunner said:

Hi fellow progsters.

Hoping your Christmas was as enjoyable as mine.

 

Two albums that arrived Thursday. Only awaiting one more to come, then have caught up.

Be perfect it it comes before the year is out.

 

Going to try and ease up next year (yer, l know: think l said that last year). But what an extraordinary year. I think l bought around 100 CDs this year.

 

Anyway back on topic. Sleep Token are an English prog metal band. But this album is quite melodic and l quite like it. Album is called Sundowning.

 

The other is Souvenirs by Dutch prog band The Gathering. So this is possibly the last album l will receive this year (hard to find too).

But quite possibly the best prog album l have heard this year. It has kicked Airbag from top spot.

Have been flogging it to death on Spotify. But man does it go to a whole new level on a decent system. The female vocal is some of the best l have heard. Very comparable to Lee Douglas from Anathema in terms of tugging at your heart strings and sonic goodness. This cd has not left my player since Thursday. And l can't see it leaving it for awhile yet. It is one of those albums whereby you hear something different each listen.

Ken. ?

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@needlerunner

 

Ken,

 

Here's an extract from rateyourmusic.com which will give you an unbiased number of ratings for the various albums by The Gathering.

 

As you can see, Souvenirs rates very well as does most of their middle period output.

 

If you are never sure about which albums to look at buying, checking out RYM first can often be a good means to see what other fans think.

 

As you can see from the clip, any title from Mandylion (1995( through to Home (2006) are probably worth getting.

 

As a general rule, any album that scores above 3.5 is pretty well assured to be a good if not excellent release while anything approaching or exceeding a 4.00 will be definitely worth having. I have found that concentrating on those albums that exceed 3.5 first, means I rarely score anything I would need to consider ditching later.

 

I'm not sure if you have got stuck into some other similar bands but have you tried any of these guys:

 

Bling Guardian

Kamelot

Epica

Anglagard

Anubis (Australia)

Apogee

Arena

Ayreon

Barock Project

Big Big Train

Brighteye Brison

Citizen Cain

Collage

Cosmograf

Eccentric Orbit

Enchant

Erik Norlander

Fates Warning

Flying Colours

Frost*

Galahad

Glass Hammer

High Wheel

I.Q.

Introitus

Haken

Izz

Jadis

Janos Varga Project

Karfagen

Kayak

King's X

Knight Area

Kotobel

Lands End

Like Wendy

Liquid Scarlet

Little Atlas

Little Tragedies (Russian)

Magic Pie

Magnum

Mastermind

Maxxess

Millenium

Mindgames

Missa Mercuria (Wow!)

Moon Safari

Mystery

Nad Sylvan (Steve Hackett's singer)

Neal Morse

Nemo

Nexus

Nightwish

Opeth (non growls only)

Paatos

Pendragon

Phideaux

Rick Miller

Resistor

Riverside

Rocket Scientists

Lana Lane

RPWL (Germany's Pink Floyd - excellent band)

Salem Hill

Satellite

Solaris

Shadow Gallery

Steve Thorne

Steve Unruh

The Samurai of Prog

Transatlantic

Vanden Plas

Unitopia

United Progressive Fraternity

Wobbler

Within Temptation

X-Panda (Wow!!!!!)

Stratovarious

The Tangent

The Watch

Threshold

The Flower Kings

 

I haven't included any retro prog material from Italy as that sits in another dimension altogether.

 

Also if you like female vocalists with some seriously worthwhile bands try these guys out but be aware some fall into the Celtic Rock sub-genre. Be overwhelmed with some gorgeous melodies too:

 

Clannad

October Project

Iona

Loreena McKennitt

Karnataka

Blackmore's Night

Renaissance

Magenta

 

plus heaps more......including a great band from Australia called Anubis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the most melodic guitarists you will ever hear. If you enjoy Sebastian Hardie, you need Wings of Revelation II - a truly stunning album

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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@needlerunner

 

Ken,

 

Here's an extract from rateyourmusic.com which will give you an unbiased number of ratings for the various albums by The Gathering.

 

As you can see, Souvenirs rates very well as does most of their middle period output.

 

If you are never sure about which albums to look at buying, checking out RYM first can often be a good means to see what other fans think.

 

As you can see from the clip, any title from Mandylion (1995( through to Home (2006) are probably worth getting.

 

As a general rule, any album that scores above 3.5 is pretty well assured to be a good if not excellent release while anything approaching or exceeding a 4.00 will be definitely worth having. I have found that concentrating on those albums that exceed 3.5 first, means I rarely score anything I would need to consider ditching later.

 

I'm not sure if you have got stuck into some other similar bands but have you tried any of these guys:

 

Bling Guardian

Kamelot

Epica

Anglagard

Anubis (Australia)

Apogee

Arena

Ayreon

Barock Project

Big Big Train

Brighteye Brison

Citizen Cain

Collage

Cosmograf

Eccentric Orbit

Enchant

Erik Norlander

Fates Warning

Flying Colours

Frost*

Galahad

Glass Hammer

High Wheel

I.Q.

Introitus

Haken

Izz

Jadis

Janos Varga Project

Karfagen

Kayak

King's X

Knight Area

Kotobel

Lands End

Like Wendy

Liquid Scarlet

Little Atlas

Little Tragedies (Russian)

Magic Pie

Magnum

Mastermind

Maxxess

Millenium

Mindgames

Missa Mercuria (Wow!)

Moon Safari

Mystery

Nad Sylvan (Steve Hackett's singer)

Neal Morse

Nemo

Nexus

Nightwish

Opeth (non growls only)

Paatos

Pendragon

Phideaux

Rick Miller

Resistor

Riverside

Rocket Scientists

Lana Lane

RPWL (Germany's Pink Floyd - excellent band)

Salem Hill

Satellite

Solaris

Shadow Gallery

Steve Thorne

Steve Unruh

The Samurai of Prog

Transatlantic

Vanden Plas

Unitopia

United Progressive Fraternity

Wobbler

Within Temptation

X-Panda (Wow!!!!!)

Stratovarious

The Tangent

The Watch

Threshold

The Flower Kings

 

I haven't included any retro prog material from Italy as that sits in another dimension altogether.

 

Also if you like female vocalists with some seriously worthwhile bands try these guys out but be aware some fall into the Celtic Rock sub-genre. Be overwhelmed with some gorgeous melodies too:

 

Clannad

October Project

Iona

Loreena McKennitt

Karnataka

Blackmore's Night

Renaissance

Magenta

 

plus heaps more......including a great band from Australia called Anubis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the most melodic guitarists you will ever hear. If you enjoy Sebastian Hardie, you need Wings of Revelation II - a truly stunning album

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks again mate. You are a Godsend for this site. Always value and enjoy your posts.

 

I don't always go by reviews. A case in point is Fish's new album. A lot of people rate it. I don't like it. I think it is one of his worst albums. I have had numerous listens. I just find it dull and uninspiring. But hey, that's just my view. Power to all that love it.

 

Find reviews helpful and useful at times, but l like to hear them for myself (streamed) then l purchase if l like.  If it doesn't gell after a couple of listens, then its a no go.

Most of my purchases get me in first listen, and usually by the 3rd song. Works for me. Have bought way too many albums based on reviews, never to grace the cd player again. Thank you Spotify. You have saved me a lot of money the last couple of years.

 

Time for a beer, me thinks.

? Ken

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1 minute ago, needlerunner said:

Thank you Spotify. You have saved me a lot of money the last couple of years.

 

Definitely agree.

It has certainly  saved me money but at the same time it has also cost me money, but I am getting what I like and not what I think I may like.:)

 

Bandcamp has the same effect.

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6 hours ago, rantan said:

 

Definitely agree.

It has certainly  saved me money but at the same time it has also cost me money, but I am getting what I like and not what I think I may like.:)

 

Bandcamp has the same effect.

Money well spent mate.

Just like a fine malt whiskey.

Never wasted, or undervalued....always appreciated.?

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Boxing Day special from Discrepancy records 

Updating one of my favourite records in my collection 

 

I decided to get myself a present 

Heard and read some great praise on this release of a favourite record


It’s the 2 LP remix of King Crimson- In the Court Of The Crimson King 


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Lp1: All New 2019 Mixes By Steven Wilson Lp2: Alternate Album Featuring Tracks Mixed By Steven Wilson And David Singleton Packaged In Original Gatefold Sleeve 

 

https://www.discrepancy-records.com.au/king-crimson-in-the-court-of-crimson-king-50th-ann~978680
 

 

 

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Evening fellow progsters,

 

Well having been a bit quiet on this forum for a while I thought I'd throw a few words together and give you a heads up on a site I have also been using for many years.

 

The site is called progstreaming.nl and was basically formed as a streaming site for prog bands to have their music exposed to the world via a user friendly medium. Nowadays it operates in conjunction with Spotify and Bandcamp. The motto of the idea is Hear, See, Like, Buy, Go

 

While a lot of the content featured on the site looks and sounds interesting, it can take forever to wade through all the potential albums one might like to acquire. This site allows you to play, (but not download unless you buy it), an album an unlimited amount of times via one of the embedded streamers, until the title is finally removed, some weeks or months after its initial release. Any title appearing on the site at the bottom of the page will be the oldest and hence may be removed soon so listen to those at the bottom first if they look interesting to you.

Some of the bands and artists may well be familiar to you already while some may be totally unknown. This post hopes to help wade through the riff raff and direct you towards the better albums or indeed, direct you to an earlier release by that band if it is better than the current one being offered. If I have not specifically included a band below, you may as well not bother with any of the others being offered as their ratings on RYM are pretty average or not even listed (yet).

Starting from the top of the list:

 

Il Bacio Della Medusa (Italian prog) - go to their earlier album from 2008 called Discesa agl'inferi d'un giovane amante .

 

Il Rovesco della Medaglia - Contaminazione 2 - (pick their earlier album from 1973 called Contaminazione. It's brilliant

 

Rick Miller - I have about 10 of his excellent titles but have opted to skip this one as it does not rate as well on RYM - refer to the attached list to pick a better title - there are plenty!

 

Lunatic Soul - Through Shaded Woods - Not a bad release and almost as good as their earlier ones. See the attached list for other potential ones. I might pick up their second album when time permits but will pass on the others, only concentrating on the ones that score better than 3.5 / 5.00

 

Millenium - The Sin - Very good and accessible Neo prog. Go fetch!!!

 

Wobbler - Dwellers of the Deep - Another excellent album from this consistently good band - Also refer to the attached list for others you might like.

 

Days Between Stations - Giants - Another good title almost as good as their other 2 - See list

 

John Petrucci - Terminal Velocity - 2nd solo album from Dream Theatre's excellent guitarist

 

Ozric Tentacles - Space For The Earth - I have opted to skip this one as I have a dozen or so earlier ones that rate better - See list

 

Isobar - Isobar - Just listened to this band for the first time as I type and I'm impressed. Members of America's Metaphor are on board. Great instrumental prog.

 

Il Balletto Di Bronzo - Bootleg - Skip this and get the excellent album called Ys from 1972

 

La Maschera Di Cera - S.E.I. - This band includes the excellent bass player and chief song writer, Fabio Zuffante,  for a lot of Italian prog bands including Hostsonaten, Aries, Finisterre and a heap of others.  S.E.I. is another decent album from the band but I prefer their earlier ones - See the list

 

Gazpacho - Fireworker - Another decent release from this prolific Norwegian band but not quite as good as their middle period output - See list for other recommendations

 

Pixie Ninja - Colours Out Of Space - Haven't tried this one but reviews seem OK at 3.47 / 5.00

 

David Minasian - The Sound of Dreams - His third and best album so far - His 2nd, Random Acts of Beauty,  is also excellent but you can skip the debut.

 

Ulver - Flowers of Evil - I have skipped on this one as earlier albums rate better.

 

Rick Wakeman - The Red Planet - Whoa! Where did this bad boy come from - Just get this OK?

The Pineapple Thief - Versions Of The Truth - This guy, (Bruce Soord), while quite prolific, has a style you either like or hate. I have also opted not to get this one as his middle period material rates higher. See list

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While you're at it, you can always check out probably the best site for music reviews and ratings in general for just about every album ever released (from every country)

 

Here's a link to the site for the band Il Balletto Di Bronzo

 

https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/il-balletto-di-bronzo/ys/

 

I hope this helps in your quest for some nu toons

 

Cheers

 

Prog

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As an adjunct to my previous post, I have included a snip for a Norwegian prog band called Pymlico.

 

As you can see, I have wish-listed one title from 2012 but as the rest of their catalogue has turned out to not score all that well since, (i.e. less than 3.5 / 5.00), I may simply delete this band altogether from my wants list as I have more than enough to keep me going anyway.

 

Similarly with a band called Telergy, their ratings have not been too inspiring so along with any prog reviews I may stumble across that might be more supportive of this band, I would err on the side of caution and go with what the majority feels. Sure, there are some, (many), exceptions to the rule and what impresses one listener may really not appeal to another and vice versa.

 

I have also been a strong supporter of the Dutch progressive rock page who offer some very extended reviews from a vast variety of reviewers and whose understanding of the music, matches my own beliefs and needs. That said, however, there are some titles that get a rave review from them but get dismissed by a lot of other people who rate their titles on RYM.

 

With many years under my belt of listening to prog music, I have found that with regard to reviews, the majority rules with just about most of the music I prefer. I simply don't have enough time to listen to all the albums I have so I certainly don't want to waster time listening to anything that is less than average.

 

Turning to Fish's latest album called Weltschmerz, I have only played this 3 times so far and am a bit underwhelmed. A few more spins should confirm this one way or another.

 

 

 

 

cheers

 

Prog

 

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I have been listening to The Flower King's "Island" from 2020 and "Waiting for Miracles" from 2019, and those records rock my boat early on.

 

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I may have to go to Inside Out music and order me some.... Amazing how they got the Elephant to balance on cards....

 

Cheers,

 

Alberto

 

 

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5 hours ago, progladyte said:

As an adjunct to my previous post, I have included a snip for a Norwegian prog band called Pymlico.

 

As you can see, I have wish-listed one title from 2012 but as the rest of their catalogue has turned out to not score all that well since, (i.e. less than 3.5 / 5.00), I may simply delete this band altogether from my wants list as I have more than enough to keep me going anyway.

 

Similarly with a band called Telergy, their ratings have not been too inspiring so along with any prog reviews I may stumble across that might be more supportive of this band, I would err on the side of caution and go with what the majority feels. Sure, there are some, (many), exceptions to the rule and what impresses one listener may really not appeal to another and vice versa.

 

I have also been a strong supporter of the Dutch progressive rock page who offer some very extended reviews from a vast variety of reviewers and whose understanding of the music, matches my own beliefs and needs. That said, however, there are some titles that get a rave review from them but get dismissed by a lot of other people who rate their titles on RYM.

 

With many years under my belt of listening to prog music, I have found that with regard to reviews, the majority rules with just about most of the music I prefer. I simply don't have enough time to listen to all the albums I have so I certainly don't want to waster time listening to anything that is less than average.

 

Turning to Fish's latest album called Weltschmerz, I have only played this 3 times so far and am a bit underwhelmed. A few more spins should confirm this one way or another.

 

 

 

 

cheers

 

Prog

 

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I said from the get go that the new Fish album was sub-standard (my opinion only). Glad someone else agrees. Not knocking people that love it. From my perspective, l thought that this might be his defining glory. Sadly for me it wasn't, therefore disapointed. It might be his last, but not his best. Most of his albums are very good. He is also one of these artists who are brilliant live. For me, his best albums are his life ones. Sadly, never got to see him live (has he ever toured Australia)? His next tour (probably Europe only) will be an absolute cracker. Deserves a knighthood...Sir Fish ( but probably Sir Derek William Dick).

Absolute Legend.

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How many times have you played the new Fish CD Ken?

 

If you've played it more than 4-5 times, it should have sunk in by now so perhaps another spin in a week or 2 might alter your opinion. There have been so many times I played an album at least 3-5 times, put it away for a while and finally enjoyed it a few weeks later..

 

It will be interesting to see if it works for you as well.

 

Keep us informed.

 

 

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I have been asked a few times to list some of the sites I use so here goes. Naturally, you can always bookmark any you like.

 

Rate Your Music - Huge database of music ratings and reviews- It would be surprising if a title you needed info about was not listed here.

 

https://rateyourmusic.com

 

Gnosis2000.net

 

(This is probably the largest website in the world exclusively dedicated to recording the ratings of a selected number of people from around the world and concentrating only on progressive rock (and sub-genre). If you are unsure about a particular prog rock title, it will be listed here unless it is very new (but would be updated soon after). My only complaint about the site now is that there have been so many really obscure titles that have been added for rating by the members, unless you lived in Europe, UK or USA, chances are the names will totally elude you. Still, an excellent site none the less.

 

http://gnosis2000.net/

 

 

Prog Archives - Another excellent site listing a plethora of great music (with reviews)

http://www.progarchives.com/

 

Dutch Progressive Rock Page (one of the best review sites around)

 

https://www.dprp.net/index.php

 

Sea of Tranquillity - review site for progressive rock / metal 

 

https://www.seaoftranquility.org/

 

Other Sites

 

Progressiveears - American website dedicating to discussing progressive rock music

 

http://www.progressiveears.org/forum/

 

 

Record labels and Sellers

 

 

Musea Records

 

http://www.musearecords.com/boutique/anglais/index.php?style=1

 

Cuniform  Records

 

http://www.cuneiformrecords.com/artists.html

 

Giant Electric Pea

 

https://www.gep.co.uk/

 

Doug Larson Imports

 

http://www.douglarsonimports.com

 

Amazon US

 

https://www.amazon.com/US/s?k=US

 

 

Syn-Phonic - huge catalogue run by a real prog fanatic.

 

http://synphonicmusic.com/

 

 

Galileo Records

 

https://galileo-records.com/

 

Burning Shed Records

 

https://burningshed.com

 

Inside Out Music US

 

https://www.insideoutmusic.com/

 

ProgRock Records

 

https://www.progrock.co.uk/

 

Another site I used quite a lot was Cyclops Records in the U.K. but I think they may have folded as their site doesn't look like it's been updated for a while. It may be best to avoid looking for this one.

 

Enjoy!

 

Prog

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18 hours ago, progladyte said:

How many times have you played the new Fish CD Ken?

 

If you've played it more than 4-5 times, it should have sunk in by now so perhaps another spin in a week or 2 might alter your opinion. There have been so many times I played an album at least 3-5 times, put it away for a while and finally enjoyed it a few weeks later..

 

It will be interesting to see if it works for you as well.

 

Keep us informed.

 

 


You gave me that very advice on this album - and you were correct 

Steve Hackett ‎– Voyage Of The Acolyte

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8 minutes ago, Full Range said:


You gave me that very advice on this album - and you were correct 

Steve Hackett ‎– Voyage Of The Acolyte

Now that is an all time classic prog masterpiece from start to finish. If any progsters on SNA don't have this one yet, you can take it to the bank, you NEED this.......

 

This is the album that Genesis (or Peter Gabriel for that matter) could never have written. It's songwriting is simply stunning with so much variety and naturally is accompanied by some of THE most melodic lead guitar work you are ever likely to hear.

 

This is one of my highest rated and most cherished albums of all times.

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19 hours ago, progladyte said:

How many times have you played the new Fish CD Ken?

 

If you've played it more than 4-5 times, it should have sunk in by now so perhaps another spin in a week or 2 might alter your opinion. There have been so many times I played an album at least 3-5 times, put it away for a while and finally enjoyed it a few weeks later..

 

It will be interesting to see if it works for you as well.

 

Keep us informed.

 

 

 

Don't have the cd Greg. For me it doesn't pass the Spotify Test (how many times l listen to it).  So hardly going to fork out good money.  Anyway, l decided to really cut back on my music spending. How is that working for me you ask. Not very well. Ordered 2 CDs last night, and what...we are not even into the first week of January.  Always when I've had a few red wines. The really smart move would be to stop drinking................nah!

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Well fellow progsters,

 

I have to agree with Ken regarding Fish's new release.

 

I played it another 2 times today and I'm still underwhelmed. This will be relegated to the back of the far Q pack for a while until I am looking for some deja vu moment from a great musician that has historically delivered so much great music over the years.

 

It then might work its magic but for now, I have plenty of others to savour.

 

 

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On 04/01/2021 at 7:11 PM, progladyte said:

Well fellow progsters,

 

I have to agree with Ken regarding Fish's new release.

 

I played it another 2 times today and I'm still underwhelmed. This will be relegated to the back of the far Q pack for a while until I am looking for some deja vu moment from a great musician that has historically delivered so much great music over the years.

 

It then might work its magic but for now, I have plenty of others to savour.

 

 

 

Funny thing is Greg, l quite liked his extended EP, A Parly With Angels. It has 5 or 6 songs from the new album on it. I think the other songs on the EP that are not on the new album are better as well than what is on the rest of Weltschmerz.  To me, the EP sounds more dynamic to my ears for some reason. They also seem, to me, to flow and sync into each other better. For mine, the new album is all over the place. Maybe that's it. Don't know?

 

But for me you can't go past these 3 albums:

A Feast Of Consequence

Fairwell To Childhood (live)

13th Star.

? Ken

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Funny thing is Greg, l quite liked his extended EP, A Parly With Angels. It has 5 or 6 songs from the new album on it. I think the other songs on the EP that are not on the new album are better as well than what is on the rest of Weltschmerz.  To me, the EP sounds more dynamic to my ears for some reason. They also seem, to me, to flow and sync into each other better. For mine, the new album is all over the place. Maybe that's it. Don't know?

 

But for me you can't go past these 3 albums:

A Feast Of Consequence

Fairwell To Childhood (live)

13th Star.

? Ken

 

 

I also like:

 

Vigil (1990)

Internal Exile (1991)

Sunsets on Empire (1997)

RaINGODS wITH zIPPOS (1999)

 

 

As with Marillion, he has plenty of official live releases & bootlegs which stands to reason due to their touring schedules.

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Hi All,

 

Transatlantic, Kaleidoscope

 

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Hi Proggers,

 

Flying Colors, Second Flight Live

 

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On 04/01/2021 at 5:19 PM, progladyte said:

Now that is an all time classic prog masterpiece from start to finish. If any progsters on SNA don't have this one yet, you can take it to the bank, you NEED this.......

 

This is the album that Genesis (or Peter Gabriel for that matter) could never have written. It's songwriting is simply stunning with so much variety and naturally is accompanied by some of THE most melodic lead guitar work you are ever likely to hear.

 

This is one of my highest rated and most cherished albums of all times.

 

Late reply, just catching up on this thread and SNA in general after vacations...

 

I love this album! It also has great bass and drum work by Rutherford and Collins respectively.

 

Hackett's output has had a few hit-or-miss outings. I love the guy but cringe a little at some of his world music attempts (some are great, but some miss the mark). But I find myself coming back to this first album a lot. 

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2 minutes ago, progladyte said:

Flying Colours are such a great band JJ - One of the best doing the rounds these days.

 

Huge fan right here!

 

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Scardust- Strangers, just arrived, the vinyl of my favourite prog album atm, such talented musicians, they would be rich if they got paid for each time signature change per listen.

 

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4 hours ago, awayward said:

Scardust- Strangers, just arrived, the vinyl of my favourite prog album atm, such talented musicians, they would be rich if they got paid for each time signature change per listen.

 

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Wow!

 

1st play of the clip "Gone" and I must admit to enjoying this.

 

The keysman is awesome

the guitarist is awesome

that bass dude is killer

the drummer knows his way around a kit really, really well (and thankfully not very much predictable double bass drum speed pedaling like so many wannabe metal bands do.

 

The singer, man what a great range.

 

Just as an aside, I'm not really into growl vocals and whilst I realise they have somehow dubbed her voice over a mans, it works well as it was not overdone. Do the rest of the songs have the growler on board? IF not, I may snag me a copy of this.

 

 

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9 hours ago, progladyte said:

 

Wow!

 

1st play of the clip "Gone" and I must admit to enjoying this.

 

The keysman is awesome

the guitarist is awesome

that bass dude is killer

the drummer knows his way around a kit really, really well (and thankfully not very much predictable double bass drum speed pedaling like so many wannabe metal bands do.

 

The singer, man what a great range.

 

Just as an aside, I'm not really into growl vocals and whilst I realise they have somehow dubbed her voice over a mans, it works well as it was not overdone. Do the rest of the songs have the growler on board? IF not, I may snag me a copy of this.

 

 

Just a couple of songs with a growler, but it is not over used and actually fits the songs, I'm not a growler fan either.

The album is quite diverse, most of the album I'd class as heavy prog, but the slower softer songs are really good also.

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15 hours ago, awayward said:

Scardust- Strangers, just arrived, the vinyl of my favourite prog album atm, such talented musicians, they would be rich if they got paid for each time signature change per listen.


I also had a sample listen on the tube 

They remind me of Nightwish 

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Hi All,

 

Earlier today King Crimson, In the Court of the Crimson King, 1970 Oz release

 

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Pendragon, The Masquerade Overture over lunch

 

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JJ

 

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