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« Reply #3270 on: Aug 4th, 2008, 5:49pm »

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Cheers Col, another good site to add to my favourites.
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« Reply #3271 on: Aug 5th, 2008, 4:29pm »

on Aug 4th, 2008, 5:49pm, Chessman wrote:
Cheers Col, another good site to add to my favourites.
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The only thing with this site is bands like the flower kings are listed under T grin
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« Reply #3272 on: Aug 5th, 2008, 4:49pm »

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The only thing with this site is bands like the flower kings are listed under T grin


That would be T for tremendous then. wink
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« Reply #3273 on: Aug 6th, 2008, 6:23pm »

I like 'em. cool
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« Reply #3274 on: Aug 6th, 2008, 9:56pm »

Today, I turned a guy on in the record shop shocked............to The Flower Kings grin. He was a Brit, waiting for a flight back to London, perusing the prog section. I asked him who his favorite artist was, and he said Paul Rodgers. I told him he was in the wrong section, and asked him if he had heard of The Flower Kings?

He promptly said no. Porcupine Tree?....No. The Tangent?.......No. Kaipa?.........No. Hmm........so I subsequently proceeded to sell him on "Stardust We Are." I told him that once he listens to this album, his wallet will be in a sorry state, because he's going to want to purchase their entire catalogue.

I couldn't believe it....he actually, on my advice, bought a TFK CD. I also saw him checking out Neal Morse's CDs, and he purchased the "Testimony Live" DVD."

Oh, by the way, I asked him, since he said he lived 90 miles from Liverpool, if he was a Beatles fan..........he said he couldn't stand their music. Is this a common British reaction to the Fab Four? I was shocked.
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« Reply #3275 on: Aug 7th, 2008, 02:54am »

on Aug 6th, 2008, 6:23pm, FatOnes wrote:
I like 'em. cool

Tell us more.......

Which albums have you got?

Have you seen them?

Have you read every page in this thread?

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« Reply #3276 on: Aug 7th, 2008, 03:02am »

on Aug 6th, 2008, 9:56pm, CountingOutTime wrote:
Today, I turned a guy on in the record shop shocked............to The Flower Kings grin. He was a Brit, waiting for a flight back to London, perusing the prog section. I asked him who his favorite artist was, and he said Paul Rodgers. I told him he was in the wrong section, and asked him if he had heard of The Flower Kings?

So are you saying that there's a record shop at LA airport with a prog section? shocked

I'll have to check it out when I'm over there.


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He promptly said no. Porcupine Tree?....No. The Tangent?.......No. Kaipa?.........No. Hmm........so I subsequently proceeded to sell him on "Stardust We Are." I told him that once he listens to this album, his wallet will be in a sorry state, because he's going to want to purchase their entire catalogue.

A fair and valid point wink


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I couldn't believe it....he actually, on my advice, bought a TFK CD. I also saw him checking out Neal Morse's CDs, and he purchased the "Testimony Live" DVD."

Crumbs. He's either really into prog or he's got more money than sense!!


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Oh, by the way, I asked him, since he said he lived 90 miles from Liverpool, if he was a Beatles fan..........he said he couldn't stand their music. Is this a common British reaction to the Fab Four? I was shocked.

Oh dear, this is where it goes down-hill.

It's not at all a common reaction to the Fab Four and frankly, if someone (anyone!) says they don't like The Beatles then they don't really like music - not in the same way that I do anyway. I'm pretty extreme about that. Practically every decent group since the 60s has been influenced by them including all the best prog bands.

To me, The Beatles are part of the very fabric of not just music, but the whole culture of Western society over the past 50 years. It's like someone saying they can't stand bread or air to me.

Right - time for a nice cup of tea........

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« Reply #3277 on: Aug 7th, 2008, 08:13am »

on Aug 7th, 2008, 02:54am, Nov wrote:
Tell us more.......

Which albums have you got?

Have you seen them?

Have you read every page in this thread?




A 1. Can't remember off hand. Thanks to certain forum members who shall remain anonymous, over time I have received various albums in MP3 format through the post. I remember liking what I heard, but I tend to live out of cardboard boxes and all my MP3 discs are in those plastic 100 stack thingies.

A 2. I've never had the chance to see them live, but would not pass up the opportunity.

A 3. No.
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« Reply #3278 on: Aug 7th, 2008, 6:16pm »

on Aug 7th, 2008, 03:02am, Nov wrote:
Oh dear, this is where it goes down-hill.

It's not at all a common reaction to the Fab Four and frankly, if someone (anyone!) says they don't like The Beatles then they don't really like music - not in the same way that I do anyway. I'm pretty extreme about that. Practically every decent group since the 60s has been influenced by them including all the best prog bands.

To me, The Beatles are part of the very fabric of not just music, but the whole culture of Western society over the past 50 years. It's like someone saying they can't stand bread or air to me.



I completely agree with you, Nov, about The Beatles. I basically told him that any group or artist that he likes is guaranteed to have been influenced in some way by The Beatles. He did say there was some George Harrison solo stuff he likes, but that's about it.

By the way, the TFK CD he purchased was SWA, so he's in for quite a treat, unless of course, as you said, he doesn't like music.....period.

No, Nov, there isn't any record store at LAX with a prog section rolleyes I assume, since we were close to Ontario Airport, that he was flying to London out of Ontario.
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« Reply #3279 on: Aug 9th, 2008, 09:12am »

Well folks, I've listened to Carpe Diem now. Only once mind, though I'm now, as I type this, playing it for the second time.
Here's a brief review, Chessman style, based on my opinions so far. (Remember, this is after less that two complete listens. Normally I wouldn't do a review that quickly.)

The show was recorded in 'Sunny California' in 2006, and it opens with Paradox Hotel, the song they've been using as an opener for a couple of years now. It's a good, strong, solid rocker, and those who have heard them play it live before, will not be surprised to hear it's pretty much the same here. A confident start.
Next comes Psychedelic Postcard.
Now it's great to finally hear this track live. As some of you may know, it's one of my very favourite FK tunes. Maybe my favourite. Close to it, anyway. Of course, the studio version has so much going on it would be frankly almost impossible to replicate it totally live, without bringing in additional musicians and singers.
Bearing that in mind, this is an excellent version. Musically it's very close to the album, and has a great 'full' sound to it. Vocally, considering there are only two singers here, Roine and Hasse, they do a fine job in making the thing sound authentic. I'm very satisfied with this version.
This then runs into the instrumental Hudson River Sirens Call, as it does on 'Flower Power'.
I love the studio version, which is very haunting and eerie, but this live version is well up to scratch too, with the addition of some lovely guitar work from Roine. This shows off the quieter, improvisational side of the band, something I always enjoy.
This in turn runs into the obligatory drums and bass solo. Those who have got, or seen, the 'Instant Delivery' dvd, will know what to expect here. Jonas varies it nicely, but the basic structure is similar. Marcus is a fine drummer, and I always think it's a shame really he didn't do more albums with the band.
On 'Instant Delivery', this is the middle part of the instrumental,Pioneers Of Aviation, and, on this bootleg, the solos again run into the latter part of that track, though it's shorter this time. Superbly played, as usual.
Now we have more improvisation, in the form of a superb version of Just This Once.
I've personally always rated this track highly, and this live version does it real justice. It's extended here, with some lovely playing by the band, Roine sounding uncannily like Peter Banks era Yes here and there. Lovely stuff.
Next up we have World Of Adventures. This is shorter than the studio version, but again, very professionally played and sung. They don't deviate much from the album here, though they do throw in a touch of Retropolis near the half-way mark.
Finally, there is the 'bonus' track. This was recorded in Quebec City. It doesn't say when though.
A Vampire's View is one of those songs that splits the fans. Not everyone likes this track but I've always enjoyed it. Roine takes over the main singing here, and I have to say I am pleasantly surprised at how well this has turned out. It's not the type of song that you can easily convert for the stage. But, again, TFK come up trumps. Daniel Gildenlow isn't on it, yet there are times, in the chorus, when it sounds like he is!
At the very end, Roine even manages to throw in a few Hackett-like notes to finish off.
So there you have it. Well worth having for any TFK fan. It usually takes some time to appreciate a TFK album, as we all know, but with this being live, these songs are already well known, so there shouldn't be any 'settling in' period.
Again, this band show how easily they can make it all sound; they're not afraid to deviate and experiment, yet they still retain their classic sound and the songs are instantly recognisable. That is how it should be, imo.
Sound quality is superb for a bootleg, practically as good as an 'official' live album.
(Roine again shows the band's sense of humour by saying, at the beginning: 'Thank you for coming out on a Monday'. Brilliant!)
Those in doubt whether to buy this or not, don't doubt any longer. Get it now!

Ok, I'm out of my review mode now, so, my 'friendly forum face' opinion is: Fantastic!

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« Reply #3280 on: Aug 10th, 2008, 09:15am »

Well, I'm now listening to Carpe Diem again.
This is the fourth time now. And it just gets better.
All hail The Flower Kings! cheesy

(Steady now Carl.) grin
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« Reply #3281 on: Aug 10th, 2008, 11:56am »

on Aug 10th, 2008, 09:15am, Chessman wrote:
Well, I'm now listening to Carpe Diem again.
This is the fourth time now. And it just gets better.
All hail The Flower Kings! cheesy

(Steady now Carl.) grin


So you recommend this album then Carl?
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« Reply #3282 on: Aug 10th, 2008, 3:54pm »

on Aug 10th, 2008, 11:56am, demolition man wrote:
So you recommend this album then Carl?
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Er...well, it's not bad actually. wink
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« Reply #3283 on: Aug 10th, 2008, 7:44pm »

I'm probably the only forum member who could have attended that SoCal gig in 2006, but I had not yet heard of The Flower Kings shocked It was only 2007 that I attended my first CalProg, and we're going again this year. TFK had played as a solo act in October 2006 (when material for Carp Diem was recorded), but had also been part of the CalProg Festival in June 2005 with four other bands (Spiraling, BubbleMath, Tiles and IZZ).

As Carl can attest to, the sound quality by Jim Harrel's recording staff at these events is nothing less than stellar. You can visit the CalProg site and hear audio samples from previous years' bands http://www.calprog.com/

PHOTOS OF TFK IN WHITTIER, CALIFORNIA JUNE 2005
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Awesome pics Dave cool
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