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« Reply #15 on: Dec 16th, 2016, 09:26am »

on Dec 15th, 2016, 07:24am, foxfeeder wrote:
I agree, a DVD would be nice, probably hit the shops once album sales slump! wink


Yeah, aren't record companies predictable...

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« Reply #16 on: Dec 16th, 2016, 4:15pm »

on Dec 16th, 2016, 09:26am, FatOldLady wrote:
Yeah, aren't record companies predictable...

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If you are talking about Kate Bush( KB), I fully understand waiting for a DVD. Now would be nice but we cannot have everything!! smiley
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« Reply #17 on: Dec 28th, 2016, 10:40pm »

I don't purchase as much new music as others round here but here are my top 5 albums for 2016:

No 5. Blackstar - David Bowie
Fantastic final flourish. A great album from the majestic opening track to the perfect closing piece.

No 4. The Similitude of a Dream - The Neal Morse Band
Not the masterpiece a lot of people seem to want it to be (a little predictable in places - there'll be an overture, call backs to previous tracks and lyrics, and it will try and aim for some sort of bombastic, uplifting transcendence at the end) but so much good stuff here that it will be playing for a while yet. The good stuff here is really good.

No 3. Spotlight soundtrack - Howard Shore
Technically a 2015 release but as the film was released here in NZ earlier this year, I'm counting it here. Short but sweet, evocative and highly memorable. A wonderful piano album.

No 2. Pathfinder - Jonas Lindberg and the Other Side
Found by accident on Youtube while previewing the Neal Morse Band release! Fresh, full of life, great songs of the type I wonder if I'll ever stop playing - the best completely unsought find of the year.

But my album of the year by a very significant distance is:

No 1. 2 - The Gloaming
I thought their first album was fantastic, but this tops it. Great songs, superbly played. So much soul in this album, dedicated musicians doing what they do best. And as for the song "Casadh An Tsugain": I don't know any of the words, I can't even pronounce the title, but the melody has been inside my brain for 10 months now and will (hopefully) never leave it. It is beautiful, just beautiful. Heart-filling. Song of the year.
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« Reply #18 on: Dec 29th, 2016, 10:13am »

Of the dozen new releases I purchased this year, there are four or five favourites that I thought also stood out within the context of the respective band’s total output.

1. Santana – Santana IV
(Reunion albums often disappoint because of unreasonably high expectations. This album featuring most of the original members from the first three albums doesn’t sound like it was recorded in the early 70s but revives a lot of that old magic. This is likely my favourite Santana album of the last 30+ years.)

2. Big Big Train – Folklore
(BBT has been my favourite musical discovery of the new millennium and this album merely added more fuel to that flame.)

3. King Crimson – Live in Toronto
(This was a unique tour in that Fripp, who is traditionally not much of a sentimentalist when it comes to his own historic works, revisited many tracks that hadn’t been performed in decades.)

4. Opeth – Sorceress
(Continues along the feel and sound of Pale Communion, placing it among my favourites by this band.)

Honourable mention:
Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome
(I’ve read a number of reviews or comments from people who suggest this is the Stones’ best or most exciting new release since Tattoo You, and I’m inclined to agree.)
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« Reply #19 on: Jan 3rd, 2017, 07:24am »

on Nov 22nd, 2016, 02:01am, Noni wrote:
North Sea Radio Orchestra - 'Dronne'
Riverside - 'Eye Of The Soundscape'..1st 3 tracks are awesome.
Glass Hammer - 'Valkyrie'
Airbag - 'Disconnected'
Explosion in the Sky - Wilderness
Blind Ego - 'Liquid'
Colin Tench Project - 'Hair In A G String'
Cosmograf - 'The Unreasonable Silence'
Samurai of Prog - 'Lost and Found'
Anderson/Stolt - 'Invention Of Knowledge'
Haken - 'Affinity'

These are my top of the list so far...



The band of the year is North Sea Radio Orchestra and Explosion in the Sky!! 10/10
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« Reply #20 on: Jan 8th, 2017, 05:16am »

I don't feel like I've heard as much 2016 music as I would like to have done, but out of new purchases I do know well, my favourites are:

David Bowie - Blackstar

I suddenly became excited about this after hearing the title track in 2015 (I was not hugely impressed by The Next Day) and the rest of the album didn't disappoint. Beautiful and weird, just how I like it. Of course another dimension is added in the light of Bowie's sad passing.

Motorpsycho - Here Be Monsters

I only have a few Motorpsycho albums from what seems to be quite an extensive oeuvre but this one is the best I've heard so far. Melodic and jazzy in a not-too-dissimilar way to Blackstar in some respects, with a bunch of jamming thrown in for good measure, and some really exhilarating sections.

Esperanza Spalding - Emily's D+Evolution


Another idiosyncratic jazzy album (a pattern is emerging here) that also really rocks, and is a bit more concise than the previous two in this list. Highly recommended.

Big Big Train - Folklore


Another great effort from this group. I don't think it quite reaches the heights of the English Electric albums but it has some wonderful & charming songs and I just love the emotional final track "Telling the Bees". This lot know how to write a nice song.


I also really enjoy the new releases by Beyoncé, Radiohead and Iamthemorning (though I haven't had the chance to listen to the last one much).

Special mention goes to 4 1/2 by Steven Wilson, which is a great collection of songs but it's officially an "EP" and I can see why. I've made an extended playlist of 2015's Hand. Cannot. Erase. (which is still my favourite album of the last several years) to include "My Book of Regrets" and "Sunday Rain Sets In", so in my mind now 4 1/2 is more "Happiness III" plus a few "B-sides".


I notice that all of the albums I've mentioned in this post were released in the first half of 2016... In fact the only more recent release I have since then is Pink Floyd's Cre/ation (an early years compilation focusing on rarities), which obviously doesn't really count. undecided
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« Reply #21 on: Jan 9th, 2017, 4:58pm »

Gandalf Fist, Wintergarten and Dworniak Bone Lapsa to add to my 2016 releases!...
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« Reply #22 on: Jan 30th, 2017, 11:51am »

Can't believe no mentions of Falling Satellites by Frost* rolleyes

Also great releases from Marillion, BBT, Devin Townsend Project and Opeth

And I really really must listen properly to The Astonishing by DT cos I know I'm going to love it once I get to know it.....
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« Reply #23 on: Jan 30th, 2017, 12:59pm »

on Jan 30th, 2017, 11:51am, essexboyinwales wrote:
Can't believe no mentions of Falling Satellites by Frost* rolleyes


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Falling Satellites is in my extensive list on page one. You're right, it's a great album! cool
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« Reply #24 on: Feb 4th, 2017, 7:09pm »

After reading a review of the 2016 album 'Lighthouse' by the band Oak, I am surprised that I hadn't included this in my list. I highly recommend it. The album gets 10/10 on the DPRP site. Great review too.

http://www.dprp.net/reviews/2017-010#oak

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