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« Reply #2415 on: Jan 6th, 2008, 4:36pm »

on Jan 6th, 2008, 4:26pm, GabbleRatchet wrote:
Btw, I'm an early to mid era Genesis fan!

Same here wink

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« Reply #2416 on: Jan 6th, 2008, 4:51pm »

on Jan 6th, 2008, 4:36pm, Nov wrote:
Same here wink

By the way, you can make your dinky avatar rather bigger you know wink

Look at the size of Nikki's (so to speak) grin

So I've heard!! grin grin grin
I've also heard size doesn't matter! grin grin grin so I'm quite happy with the size of my avatar thanks Nov! grin grin grin grin
(might have a go at making it bigger though one day, just for the fun of it!!) wink grin
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« Reply #2417 on: Jan 7th, 2008, 06:21am »

on Jan 6th, 2008, 4:51pm, GabbleRatchet wrote:
I've also heard size doesn't matter!

I'm so pleased (and relieved) about that........ wink

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« Reply #2418 on: Jan 7th, 2008, 10:21am »

Roine Stolt is featured in the latest Guitar Player magazine, in a column entitled PROG RIFFS.

Here's some exerpts from the article -

GP - "Roine Stolt, of Swedish prog favorites, The Flower Kings, is a melodic, wah-stomping soloist more apt to bend a bluesy note and make it sing than to show off slick runs."

RS - "Nowadays, you hear 'progressive' applied to bands such as Muse, the Mars Volta and Radiohead. Then there are the 'retro prog' bands, and I suppose that's where The Flower Kings fit in. Either way, the genre seems healthier than ever. Prog musicians are taking back what was denied them in the 80s. We write and record what we want - thanks partly to software that gives us the ability to make serious music at home. Our musical imaginations run wild - just like in the late 60s and 70s - but this time without the drugs."

GP - "Although, on "The Sum Of No Evil," the band members recorded vocals, solos, and some keyboard overdubs at their various personal studios, the majority of the retro sounds on the album were achieved the old fashioned way at Varispeed Studios, using Studer and Ampex analog recorders, a vintage Neve console, a slew of old Neumann and Telefunken microphones, and racks of classic mic preamps and outboard processors.

GP - "How does the 51-year-old guitarist go about writing a prog epic?

RS - "I just keep on writing as long as I have good themes coming, and, for some reason, it often ends up as 10 to 20 minutes of music. A while back, I realized that writing three-minute hit songs wasn't for me - even though I respect that skill. I was made to craft extended pieces. Then again, the process for recording a 15-minute track is similar to that for a short tune. For example, on "Love is the Only Answer," we rehearsed it as five shorter pieces and mixed each part separately. Then I edited the pieces during mastering to create a long suite."

RS - "It's great that Flowerheads can go to our Yahoo Group and discuss shows, records and lineups. There is also a 'Plantation' page where they can freely trade concert recordings. Of course, there will always be the illegal downloading of our studio tracks, but what can we do to stop that? Instead, we put a lot of work into our live shows, because hearing The Flower Kings blast out progressive rock in a club or theater is a singular experience - and you can't download that."

I always wondered how the band could remember 15+ minutes worth of jams and solos, and now I know it's because they've rehearsed each epic as three-minute segments and then linked them together to form the final masterpiece.

I've yet to see TFK live, but I know that my time will come............Is it here yet? Damn........... tongue
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« Reply #2419 on: Jan 7th, 2008, 12:11pm »

Excellent mate.

Played Flower Power in the car today....well CD 1 actually. cheesy
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« Reply #2420 on: Jan 7th, 2008, 12:22pm »

on Jan 7th, 2008, 12:11pm, demolition man wrote:
Excellent mate.

Played Flower Power in the car today....well CD 1 actually. cheesy

Must've been a long journey grin

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« Reply #2421 on: Jan 7th, 2008, 12:23pm »

on Jan 7th, 2008, 10:21am, CountingOutTime wrote:
I've yet to see TFK live, but I know that my time will come............Is it here yet? Damn........... tongue

Fingers crossed that they come within reasonable travelling distance for you in the Spring.

How far would you be prepared to travel to see them?

Thanks for the Roine interview smiley

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« Reply #2422 on: Jan 7th, 2008, 1:22pm »

on Jan 7th, 2008, 12:23pm, Nov wrote:
Fingers crossed that they come within reasonable travelling distance for you in the Spring.

How far would you be prepared to travel to see them?

Thanks for the Roine interview smiley



I'm about
60 miles from L.A.
90 miles from San Diego
190 miles from Las Vegas
40 miles from Whittier (where they played CalProg in 2005)


I'd be willing to travel at least these distances to experience one of the greatest prog bands ever.
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« Reply #2423 on: Jan 7th, 2008, 1:23pm »

maybe Nov could have a word with Roine laugh
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« Reply #2424 on: Jan 7th, 2008, 2:01pm »

Settling in for 2 hours of Paradox Hotel cool
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« Reply #2425 on: Jan 7th, 2008, 5:10pm »

on Jan 7th, 2008, 1:23pm, demolition man wrote:
maybe Nov could have a word with Roine laugh

Or Jo can have a word with Tomas wink

I'm just a fan but Jo's in contact wink smiley

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« Reply #2426 on: Jan 7th, 2008, 5:11pm »

on Jan 7th, 2008, 10:21am, CountingOutTime wrote:
Roine Stolt is featured in the latest Guitar Player magazine, in a column entitled PROG RIFFS.

Here's some exerpts from the article -

GP - "Roine Stolt, of Swedish prog favorites, The Flower Kings, is a melodic, wah-stomping soloist more apt to bend a bluesy note and make it sing than to show off slick runs."

RS - "Nowadays, you hear 'progressive' applied to bands such as Muse, the Mars Volta and Radiohead. Then there are the 'retro prog' bands, and I suppose that's where The Flower Kings fit in. Either way, the genre seems healthier than ever. Prog musicians are taking back what was denied them in the 80s. We write and record what we want - thanks partly to software that gives us the ability to make serious music at home. Our musical imaginations run wild - just like in the late 60s and 70s - but this time without the drugs."

GP - "Although, on "The Sum Of No Evil," the band members recorded vocals, solos, and some keyboard overdubs at their various personal studios, the majority of the retro sounds on the album were achieved the old fashioned way at Varispeed Studios, using Studer and Ampex analog recorders, a vintage Neve console, a slew of old Neumann and Telefunken microphones, and racks of classic mic preamps and outboard processors.

GP - "How does the 51-year-old guitarist go about writing a prog epic?

RS - "I just keep on writing as long as I have good themes coming, and, for some reason, it often ends up as 10 to 20 minutes of music. A while back, I realized that writing three-minute hit songs wasn't for me - even though I respect that skill. I was made to craft extended pieces. Then again, the process for recording a 15-minute track is similar to that for a short tune. For example, on "Love is the Only Answer," we rehearsed it as five shorter pieces and mixed each part separately. Then I edited the pieces during mastering to create a long suite."

RS - "It's great that Flowerheads can go to our Yahoo Group and discuss shows, records and lineups. There is also a 'Plantation' page where they can freely trade concert recordings. Of course, there will always be the illegal downloading of our studio tracks, but what can we do to stop that? Instead, we put a lot of work into our live shows, because hearing The Flower Kings blast out progressive rock in a club or theater is a singular experience - and you can't download that."

I always wondered how the band could remember 15+ minutes worth of jams and solos, and now I know it's because they've rehearsed each epic as three-minute segments and then linked them together to form the final masterpiece.

I've yet to see TFK live, but I know that my time will come............Is it here yet? Damn........... tongue

This post is suddenly impossible to read with the new forum scheme wink

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« Reply #2427 on: Jan 7th, 2008, 5:16pm »

on Jan 7th, 2008, 5:11pm, Nov wrote:
This post is suddenly impossible to read with the new forum scheme wink



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« Reply #2428 on: Jan 7th, 2008, 5:20pm »

on Jan 6th, 2008, 4:36pm, Nov wrote:
Same here wink

By the way, you can make your dinky avatar rather bigger you know wink

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Oh Pleeeeeeze rolleyes laugh wink
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« Reply #2429 on: Jan 7th, 2008, 5:37pm »

on Jan 7th, 2008, 2:01pm, demolition man wrote:
Settling in for 2 hours of Paradox Hotel cool


So how was your stay in The Paradox Hotel tonight then Col laugh

What a fantastic album that is by the way!
I've gone back to that one a lot recently.

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