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« Reply #2595 on: Feb 29th, 2008, 2:20pm »

on Feb 29th, 2008, 12:23pm, CountingOutTime wrote:
Enjoying this album this morning. The wife and I are having a new roof put on, so while having a cup of coffee and chatting with the roofer, we discussed everything under the sun; ie, the reason for our existence here on earth, extraterrestrials, God, etc, with TFK playing in the background. I may have converted our roofer to progressive rock. To think, he doesn't even know yet about Neal Morse, Transatlantic, Kaipa, Karmakanic, Spock's Beard, Porcupine Tree, etc. Oh, what a lucky man he is!

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Even I don't know about Kaipa, Karmakanic or camel yet. huh
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« Reply #2596 on: Feb 29th, 2008, 5:51pm »

on Feb 29th, 2008, 2:20pm, gooner265 wrote:
Even I don't know about Kaipa, Karmakanic or camel yet. huh

My word Gooner, you have a lot of listening ahead of you.

Fancy a Camel taster CD? Pm my your address and I'll knock one out............then I'll make a CD grin

Also, "Keyholder" by Kaipa is one of my top 5 CDs from the last 10 years or so. It is a truly outstanding album.

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« Reply #2597 on: Feb 29th, 2008, 5:56pm »

Hope you pick some good Camel tracks, like Ice. wink
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« Reply #2598 on: Feb 29th, 2008, 7:14pm »

on Feb 29th, 2008, 5:51pm, Nov wrote:
My word Gooner, you have a lot of listening ahead of you.

Fancy a Camel taster CD? Pm my your address and I'll knock one out............then I'll make a CD grin

Also, "Keyholder" by Kaipa is one of my top 5 CDs from the last 10 years or so. It is a truly outstanding album.

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Oh I've got loads I haven't discovered yet I reckon.Not heard any Dream Theatre , New Marillion or Riverside yet. Oz your cd wouldn't play sad

Would love a sampler Nov pm sent. grin
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« Reply #2599 on: Feb 29th, 2008, 7:16pm »

on Feb 29th, 2008, 7:14pm, gooner265 wrote:
Oh I've got loads I haven't discovered yet I reckon.Not heard any Dream Theatre , New Marillion or Riverside yet. Oz your cd wouldn't play sad

Would love a sampler Nov pm sent. grin


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Bung me your new address and i'll send you all the Riverside stuff grin
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« Reply #2600 on: Feb 29th, 2008, 7:43pm »

on Feb 29th, 2008, 5:51pm, Nov wrote:
My word Gooner, you have a lot of listening ahead of you.

Fancy a Camel taster CD? Pm my your address and I'll knock one out............then I'll make a CD grin

Also, "Keyholder" by Kaipa is one of my top 5 CDs from the last 10 years or so. It is a truly outstanding album.

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Also have to add I don't own any Hackett or Gabriel albums apart from his hits. embarassed grin
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« Reply #2601 on: Feb 29th, 2008, 8:04pm »

on Feb 28th, 2008, 7:29pm, gooner265 wrote:
I thought I read that wrong and you put Atomic Kitten at first embarassed grin grin
Funnily enough was playing my one and only Chris Rea album tonight , first time in ages 'God's great banana skin' i love Nothing To Fear on there. What other's would you recommend?
Also good to see Abba , they did write some very well crafted songs in my opinion. Fave being Winner Takes It All smiley


Hi Gooner!
'God's Great Banana Skin' is a fine album, I agree. and Nothing To Fear is a great song. Personally, I would recommend any album from 'Water Sign' onwards, but my favourite, without any shadow of doubt, is 'Dancing With Strangers'. There are some wonderful songs on there, and some brilliant guitar playing. Listen to songs such as: 'Joys Of Christmas', 'Windy Town', 'Curse Of The Traveller', 'I Can't Dance To That' and the two brilliant instrumentals that end the album, 'Donaghue's Broken Wheel' and the gorgeous 'Danielle's Breakfast'.
A fabulous album imo.
I also agree about 'Winner Takes It All', probably my favourite Abba song. Although I do have a great liking for 'The Day Before You Came' too. A very clever, poignant lyric on that one. cheesy
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« Reply #2602 on: Feb 29th, 2008, 8:10pm »

on Feb 29th, 2008, 08:57am, soldoutfad wrote:
Cheers Carl...Deaf, Numb & Blind was on the sample disc Nov made for me so I've enjoyed that one since June...I love Stupid Girl - it sounds to me like an Iggy Pop song smiley...also really like Astral Dog and am getting well-into Garden of Dreams - at first play it sounded very disparate but now it just seems to flow a lot better...who knows - I probably thought the same about Suppers Ready the first time I heard it! wink

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You're welcome Fraser. wink
As to your comment about 'Garden Of Dreams', it took me about three or four listens to really appreciate it, but then I was hooked. 'Flower Power' was the first FK album I bought, and I was instantly hooked. And I agree with your comment about 'Supper's Ready' too. Some people think that doesn't flow well, but I think it's brilliant. My favourite epic of all time....though 'Garden Of Dreams' is probably neck and neck with it now for me.
As for 'Stupid Girl' it always reminds me of a cross between Simple MInds and U2 in a way. (Don't laugh now!) grin
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« Reply #2603 on: Feb 29th, 2008, 8:15pm »

on Feb 29th, 2008, 7:43pm, gooner265 wrote:
Also have to add I don't own any Hackett or Gabriel albums apart from his hits. embarassed grin

You do have a lot of catching up to do Gooner!
I have every Hackett album, with the exception of the new one, 'Tribute' and that will be rectified over the next couple of months.
Also got to say I agree with Nov's comment about 'Keyholder' by Kaipa. A brilliant album, with my favourite Kaipa track on it, the breathtaking 'A Complex Work Of Art'. Stunning.
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« Reply #2604 on: Mar 1st, 2008, 03:52am »

on Feb 29th, 2008, 7:16pm, squonknikki wrote:
Paul kiss

Bung me your new address and i'll send you all the Riverside stuff grin

I didn't think it would be too long before Nikki or Steve offered to make you a Riverside compilation wink

I'll get a Camel one sorted for you soon wink

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« Reply #2605 on: Mar 1st, 2008, 03:55am »

on Feb 29th, 2008, 5:56pm, noni wrote:
Hope you pick some good Camel tracks, like Ice. wink

Of course, although I haven't got all the Camel albums on CD yet, including the one with "Ice" on it shocked

Nevermind, I've got enough to make Gooner an excellent introduction CD wink

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« Reply #2606 on: Mar 1st, 2008, 09:16am »

on Feb 29th, 2008, 7:16pm, squonknikki wrote:
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Bung me your new address and i'll send you all the Riverside stuff grin


Hi Nikki,

I'd love to know what you're putting on gooner's Riverside sampler...there's less to choose from than with TFK...but a dificult choice all the same smiley

For what it's worth here is what I would include:

Parasomnia
Reality Dream II
Conceiving You
02 Panic Room (Remix)
Second Life Syndrome
Stuck Between
Volte-Face
Beyond The Eyelids
Artificial Smile
Cybernetic Pillow

That's a good mix to show their range...and let's be honest - one hell of an hour of music!! cheesy
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« Reply #2607 on: Mar 2nd, 2008, 05:18am »

...allright - back on topic...


Just found this on a website...I know some of you will have seen it before but I thought it was interesting non-the -less...now that I'm a fully paid up member of the Flower Power fanclub! grin

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Released in early 1999, Flower Power was at the time the most adventurous project the Flower Kings had undertaken. This two-CD set features on disc one "Garden of Dreams," an 18-part 60-minute mammoth epic. With its 140 minutes, Flower Power is hard to digest even for the dedicated fan and, truth be told, the Flower Kings would have been better off releasing "Garden of Dreams" as an album of its own and then rework and make a more rigorous selection in the remaining material for use on a future album. Some filler material on disc two drags down the average quality of the album. Considering its length, "Garden of Dreams" is a tour de force: Musical ideas follow one another in a succession of tableaux unified by a common mood and a few recurring themes. Worth to note is the fact that the piece was written by guitarist Roine Stolt and Tomas Bodin together, something highly unusual; on previous albums, Stolt wrote 90 percent of the material, letting Bodin slip a short piece of incidental music once in a while to serve as a bridge between two beefier songs. Here, their collaboration helped crystallize maybe the best example of the Flower Kings; sound in a roller coaster hour with very few below-average moments. But disc two is a disappointment: "Deaf, Numb & Blind" is a nice song, but it doesn't stand a chance against "Garden of Dreams" or older pieces like "There Is More to This World" and "In the Eyes of the World." "Psychedelic Postcard" is very original and quirky by the band's standards and includes a strange verse and intermezzo that seem inspired by Absolutely Free-era Frank Zappa. While "Power of Kindness" and "Magic Pie" are uneventful numbers, the mid-tempo "Calling Home" and "Painter" show potential but don't seem to reach their full emotional strength. Are the Flower Kings doing too much? One thing is sure: "Garden of Dreams" would have had a lot more impact as a stand-alone track.

...an interesting perspective !...but, why no mention of the fabulous Stupid Girl huh
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« Reply #2608 on: Mar 3rd, 2008, 05:14am »

If I wasn't away, I'd definitely go to this.

Recommended for all Flower Kings fans:


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THE TANGENT / BEARDFISH / RITUAL

Inside Out presents a triple bill tour with two of Sweden's finest alternative prog bands Beardfish and Ritual, and Swedish/British outfit The Tangent.
An Evening with three of todays finest imaginative and individual bands. Do not expect the same as usual.

16.05.2008: D-Karlsruhe/Substage
17.05.2008: CH-Pratteln/Z7
18.05.2008: IT-Voghera/Thunderroad
20.05.2008: GB-London/Underworld
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The Tangent - Not As Good As The Book (2008)
Ritual - The Hemulic Voluntary Band (2007)
Beadfish - Sleeping In Traffic: Part One (2007)

Note that The Tangent will appear as a four-piece band, consisting of Andy Tillison, Jonas Reingold and Jaime Salazar, welcoming the return of guitarist Krister Jonsson back with the band.
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« Reply #2609 on: Mar 3rd, 2008, 05:19am »

on Mar 2nd, 2008, 05:18am, soldoutfad wrote:
...allright - back on topic...


Just found this on a website...I know some of you will have seen it before but I thought it was interesting non-the -less...now that I'm a fully paid up member of the Flower Power fanclub! grin

allmusic:
Released in early 1999, Flower Power was at the time the most adventurous project the Flower Kings had undertaken. This two-CD set features on disc one "Garden of Dreams," an 18-part 60-minute mammoth epic. With its 140 minutes, Flower Power is hard to digest even for the dedicated fan and, truth be told, the Flower Kings would have been better off releasing "Garden of Dreams" as an album of its own and then rework and make a more rigorous selection in the remaining material for use on a future album. Some filler material on disc two drags down the average quality of the album. Considering its length, "Garden of Dreams" is a tour de force: Musical ideas follow one another in a succession of tableaux unified by a common mood and a few recurring themes. Worth to note is the fact that the piece was written by guitarist Roine Stolt and Tomas Bodin together, something highly unusual; on previous albums, Stolt wrote 90 percent of the material, letting Bodin slip a short piece of incidental music once in a while to serve as a bridge between two beefier songs. Here, their collaboration helped crystallize maybe the best example of the Flower Kings; sound in a roller coaster hour with very few below-average moments. But disc two is a disappointment: "Deaf, Numb & Blind" is a nice song, but it doesn't stand a chance against "Garden of Dreams" or older pieces like "There Is More to This World" and "In the Eyes of the World." "Psychedelic Postcard" is very original and quirky by the band's standards and includes a strange verse and intermezzo that seem inspired by Absolutely Free-era Frank Zappa. While "Power of Kindness" and "Magic Pie" are uneventful numbers, the mid-tempo "Calling Home" and "Painter" show potential but don't seem to reach their full emotional strength. Are the Flower Kings doing too much? One thing is sure: "Garden of Dreams" would have had a lot more impact as a stand-alone track.

...an interesting perspective !...but, why no mention of the fabulous Stupid Girl huh

Well, that is just one person's perspective.

I remember when I bought Flower Power being initially influenced by people saying that disk 2 wasn't worth bothering with so for many months I didn't which is a travesty really.

I do agree that maybe they should have released it as 2 separate albums as there is just so much to digest on there that it's easier for the casual fan to just play it once and there-after say that it's over-blown.

However, repeated listens reveal more and more.

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