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« Reply #4200 on: Mar 3rd, 2010, 08:30am »

on Mar 2nd, 2010, 5:20pm, Lucius wrote:
Why did you never get your own subforum for this, Nov?

I've no idea Steve.

I've got a vague memory that there actually was a Flower Kings sub-forum on another message board at some point.

I'm not bothered really coz I like it being here. Anyway, it's Carl's thread wink


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Haven't touched tfk for ages. Any suggestions for a re entrant?

Have you actually got all of their albums? I know you didn't like "The Sum of no Evil" at all did you?

I haven't listened to much TFK for a while now either but I know I will go back to them at some point.

There are loads of side-projects from all members either on the go or about to happen. I don't have all of them but others do.

What I would recommend is:

1) Karmakanic - Jonas's other group. There's massive acclaim for this band, especially their last album.

2) 3rd World Electric - Fusion project by Jonas and Roine. If you like groups such as Weather Report then you'll love this.

Can anyone help Steve with "Agents of Mercy" and Tomas's solo stuff?

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« Reply #4201 on: Mar 3rd, 2010, 11:51am »

on Mar 3rd, 2010, 08:30am, Nov wrote:
There are loads of side-projects from all members either on the go or about to happen. I don't have all of them but others do.

What I would recommend is:

1) Karmakanic - Jonas's other group. There's massive acclaim for this band, especially their last album.

2) 3rd World Electric - Fusion project by Jonas and Roine. If you like groups such as Weather Report then you'll love this.


Karmakanic and 3rd World Electric are both great. The latest CD by Karmakanic is my favorite, but Wheel of Life was pretty nice as well. I really must dig that one out now and give it a few spins. smiley


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Can anyone help Steve with "Agents of Mercy" and Tomas's solo stuff?


I've only got Tomas's You Are album (technically the band Eggs & Dogs), and it's good. Symph prog, but with some other influences as well. Tomas is a brilliant musician and composer, and one of my very favorite keyboardists. And like all great keyboardists (to quote Nov), his initials are TB. smiley

The Fading Ghosts of Twilight by Agents of Mercy, Roine's side project with Nad Sylvan, was a big surprise to me last year. One of my favorite CDs of 2009. It has a slightly more mellow sound to it, which reminds me of Genesis more than anything else. Not in the sense that it mimics Genesis -- more that it's similar in spirit and feel. Sylvan's vocal harmonies do strongly resemble Phil Collins' and when paired with Roine, it reminds one of the harmonizing Collins and Gabriel would do back in the old days.

Overall the songs are shorter typically, and not as complex as some of the stuff you'd find on a TFK record (for example, there's really none of the jazz fusion elements that you'll find in a lot of TFK songs). It has a real ATOTT and W&W kind of atmosphere to it. A modern gem, in my humble opinion.
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« Reply #4202 on: Mar 3rd, 2010, 1:39pm »

on Mar 3rd, 2010, 08:30am, Nov wrote:
I've no idea Steve.

I've got a vague memory that there actually was a Flower Kings sub-forum on another message board at some point.

I'm not bothered really coz I like it being here. Anyway, it's Carl's thread wink




Your memory serves you well Nov. Remember when this forum went down, and we started another forum temporarily. Krissy included a Flower Kings subforum, seeing as how it was so popular.
Of course, once this forum was back to normal, we didn't bother going back to the other one.
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« Reply #4203 on: Mar 3rd, 2010, 2:05pm »

Adam and Eve is a tremendous disc. I think that's my favorite of the most recent albums.
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« Reply #4204 on: Mar 3rd, 2010, 4:55pm »

on Mar 3rd, 2010, 08:30am, Nov wrote:
Can anyone help Steve with "Agents of Mercy" and Tomas's solo stuff?



Tomas's two non-instrumental albums I Am and You Are are very good. I Am is kind of a rock-opera, which is my favorite Tomas album. You Are is his new band Eggs and Dogs (as CC pointed out), and also an amazing album. Including the talents of one Michael Stolt among others.

Agents of Mercy took a long time to grow on me but it's a pretty good album. (Heroes and Beacons is amazing)
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« Reply #4205 on: Mar 3rd, 2010, 5:16pm »

on Mar 3rd, 2010, 2:05pm, movingunder wrote:
Adam and Eve is a tremendous disc. I think that's my favorite of the most recent albums.


Well said that man! It's probably my third favourite TFK album, behind Flower Power and Unfold The Future, though Paradox Hotel runs it close. It's certainly my favourite single disc album of theirs. cool
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« Reply #4206 on: Mar 3rd, 2010, 6:40pm »

Tomas' earlier solo efforts are all amazing IMO. There are some great goosebump moments throughout each of the albums.

AN ORDINARY NIGHT IN MY ORDINARY LIFE - 1996
Lineup - - Tomas Bodin (keys), Hasse Bruniusson (percussion), Roine Stolt (guitar), Owe Eriksson (bass), Michael Stolt (bass), Jaime Salazar (drums)
The music on this one is diverse, but so enjoyable, and the sound quality is amazing!

PINUP GURU - 2002 -
Lineup - Tomas Bodin (Keys), Zoltan Csorsz (drums), Jonas Reingold (bass)
No guitar on this one, but you'll never miss it. These guys rock! Extraordinary!

SONIC BOULEVARD - 2003
Lineup - Tomas Bodin (keyboards), Jonas Reingold (bass), Zoltan Csörsz (drums), Jocke JJ Marsh (guitar),
Roine Stolt (guitar), Ulf Wallander (sax), Hasse Bruniusson (percussion)
There are subtle moments as well as symphonic moments on this disc. Beautifully recorded! So much to discover!


CINEMATOGRAAF - 2008
Lineup - Tomas plays all the instruments
The music on this one is meant to create moods and mental images, as if for a screenplay of sorts. The project is a success. Something new on each listen. Amazing!


And let's not forget Roine's solo efforts -

THE FLOWER KING - 1994
Lineup - Roine Stolt (lead vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, percussion). Hasse Fröberg (vocals), Ulf Wallander (soprano saxophone), Hasse Brunisson (drums, percussion), Jaime Salazar (drums, percussion), Dexter Frank Jr. (keyboards, electronics), Don Azzaro (bass guitar & Moog Taurus)
An absolute delight! Roine can play any kind of music and make it his own.

HYDROPHONIA - 1998
Lineup - Roine Stolt (guitars, bass, keyboards, percussion), Jaime Salazar (drums, percussion), Ulf Wallander (soprano saxophone)
Roine plays basically all of the instruments himself. This is an excellent album with many soaring moments.

WALLSTREET VOODOO - 2005
Lineup - Roine Stolt (lead vocals, electric & acoustic guitars & percussion), Neal Morse (vocas, Hammond organ), Slim Pothead (Wurlizer piano, Mini Moog & Hammond organ), Victor Woof (Fender bass), Marcus Liliequist (drumkit), Hasse Bruniusson (percussion), Gonzo Geffen (congas & percussion & loop treatments)
This is a double album full of classic rock sounds and bluesy riffs. This is nothing like TFK, but has all the genius of Roine's guitar playing.


And then there's Transatlantic, Kaipa, Karmakanic, The Tangent. Let's hope it never ends............. grin
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« Reply #4207 on: Mar 3rd, 2010, 6:43pm »

on Mar 3rd, 2010, 1:39pm, Chessman wrote:
Your memory serves you well Nov

Thankyou wink


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Remember when this forum went down

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and we started another forum temporarily

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Krissy included a Flower Kings subforum, seeing as how it was so popular

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Of course, once this forum was back to normal, we didn't bother going back to the other one.
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Didn't we? undecided



How do you remember this stuff? Where have I been? Have I been abducted by aliens?

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« Reply #4208 on: Mar 3rd, 2010, 8:03pm »

I love the Power Of Two cd . I cant imagine any progger not liking that one. grin
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« Reply #4209 on: Mar 4th, 2010, 06:26am »

on Mar 3rd, 2010, 8:03pm, bassman wrote:
I love the Power Of Two cd . I cant imagine any progger not liking that one. grin


Sweet! I've been wondering how this disc is. smiley
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« Reply #4210 on: Mar 4th, 2010, 08:31am »

on Mar 3rd, 2010, 8:03pm, bassman wrote:
I love the Power Of Two cd . I cant imagine any progger not liking that one. grin


I will be getting my ears around this very soon - thanks to a certain wonderful American gentleman. kiss
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« Reply #4211 on: Mar 4th, 2010, 09:40am »

on Mar 4th, 2010, 08:31am, NedFlanders wrote:
I will be getting my ears around this very soon - thanks to a certain wonderful American gentleman. kiss


Your parcel should be arriving any day now, Ned! smiley

For those of you not familiar with Karmakanic or Agents Of Mercy, The Power Of Two is a digital recording of a fantastic October 2009 gig by some of today's top prog musicians; ie, Roine Stolt, Jonas Reingold, Lalle Larsson and Nick D'Virgilio, with Nad Sylvan and Goran Edman sharing vocal duties. The audio quality on this disc is top notch, and the performers are impressive.
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« Reply #4212 on: Mar 5th, 2010, 4:57pm »

on Mar 4th, 2010, 09:40am, CountingOutTime wrote:
Your parcel should be arriving any day now, Ned! smiley

For those of you not familiar with Karmakanic or Agents Of Mercy, The Power Of Two is a digital recording of a fantastic October 2009 gig by some of today's top prog musicians; ie, Roine Stolt, Jonas Reingold, Lalle Larsson and Nick D'Virgilio, with Nad Sylvan and Goran Edman sharing vocal duties. The audio quality on this disc is top notch, and the performers are impressive.


Wow, didn't know about this! Is Nick on drums then? No vox?
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« Reply #4213 on: Mar 5th, 2010, 5:35pm »

on Mar 5th, 2010, 4:57pm, demolition man wrote:
Wow, didn't know about this! Is Nick on drums then? No vox?


Yes, Colin, Nick is on drums, not vocals. Nad Sylvan (Agents Of Mercy) and Goran Edman (Karmakanic) do the vocals. Apparently Zoltan Csorsz couldn't make it for the gig. Nick did an amazing job, in just 3 days learning the entire two-band set.

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« Reply #4214 on: Mar 6th, 2010, 11:32am »

Here's a link with some Power Of Two video footage from their various 2009 gigs - http://www.woodstock.com/concert/184676/agents-of-mercy-city-theatre-detroit/

After a selection is over, there will be other videos to choose from at the bottom of the video screen. I suggest viewing their TWO BLOCKS FROM THE EDGE performance. It was my favorite when they came to California last year.
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