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« Reply #4830 on: Oct 5th, 2011, 5:13pm »

on Oct 5th, 2011, 5:07pm, Chessman wrote:
Currently playing: The Sum Of No Evil

As always with TFK, absence makes the heart grow fonder.
It really is a top notch album indeed. If any other band had recorded it, it would probably be the highlight of their output. It's just that TFK set the bar so high with some of their earlier albums, that this one doesn't particularly standout. It's certainly on a par with most however. I've got a big smile on my face whilst listening to it.

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I put "One More Time" on Merryman's compilation Cd and really enjoyed it when I listened in the car.

I hope he's enjoying it as well wink

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« Reply #4831 on: Oct 6th, 2011, 5:38pm »

on Oct 5th, 2011, 5:12pm, Nov wrote:
Yes, that does indeed interest me......

........massively! wink

Will you come and see them with us whenever they hit the road next Carl?



I'd love to Nov, but we'll have to see when it is and how I am first. Maybe I'll get a job behind the scenes, that way I can get in for free and see them up close too! (I could be Roine's personal roadie, tuning his guitar for him between songs!) grin
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« Reply #4832 on: Oct 6th, 2011, 10:58pm »

The Black Forest finally arrived today! I'll be listening to it on my morning commute tomorrow. cheesy
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« Reply #4833 on: Oct 7th, 2011, 07:08am »

on Oct 6th, 2011, 10:58pm, Carpet Crawler wrote:
The Black Forest finally arrived today! I'll be listening to it on my morning commute tomorrow. cheesy


Enjoy, my friend! cool You'll like it on first listen, or I'll eat my hat (and I don't even own one) grin
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« Reply #4834 on: Oct 7th, 2011, 12:47pm »

on Oct 7th, 2011, 07:08am, CountingOutTime wrote:
Enjoy, my friend! cool You'll like it on first listen, or I'll eat my hat (and I don't even own one) grin


Er, that means you're on a safe bet then, doesn't it Dave? You can't eat what you don't have! cheesy

Currently playing:
The Sum Of No Evil - Bonus Disc

Excellent stuff as usual.
For me, TFK are the Kings of the bonus discs! They don't just release 'radio edits', or 'single edits' of existing songs, or slightly different versions of existing songs. They release brand new material! (Take note, other bands...)

The three songs on TSONE bonus disc are all good, but I especially like Regal Divers and The River. Both are good enough, imo, to make it onto a proper album release. wink
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« Reply #4835 on: Oct 9th, 2011, 2:05pm »

on Oct 7th, 2011, 07:08am, CountingOutTime wrote:
Enjoy, my friend! cool You'll like it on first listen, or I'll eat my hat (and I don't even own one) grin


Well, I did like it on first listen, so your hypothetical hat is safe I think. wink

It's definitely different than Dramarama. But good nonetheless. My favorite song is Between Sun And Moon. The intro and the verse sections just have such a wonderful melody -- it has to be Roine. The song is catchy and upbeat. It's great. cheesy

Appreciating it on its own merits (and not wishing for it to be Dramarama II), I'm enjoying it very much. Probably my most anticipated release of the year.
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« Reply #4836 on: Oct 9th, 2011, 2:10pm »

on Oct 7th, 2011, 12:47pm, Chessman wrote:
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The Sum Of No Evil - Bonus Disc

Excellent stuff as usual.
For me, TFK are the Kings of the bonus discs! They don't just release 'radio edits', or 'single edits' of existing songs, or slightly different versions of existing songs. They release brand new material! (Take note, other bands...)

The three songs on TSONE bonus disc are all good, but I especially like Regal Divers and The River. Both are good enough, imo, to make it onto a proper album release. wink


Agreed. They could have been on a full fledged album. My favorites are The River and Turn The Stone. smiley

TSONE still remains my favorite I think, with UTF close behind. But these things change over time, as I'm sure you know. wink
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« Reply #4837 on: Oct 14th, 2011, 6:00pm »

Having been playing a lot of Spocks' Beard recently, it's made me realised just how good both SB and TFK are. They've really taken up the standard set by Genesis and Yes, and carried it forward into the 21st century wonderfully.
I really hope there's a new album next year.
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« Reply #4838 on: Oct 15th, 2011, 06:16am »

on Oct 14th, 2011, 6:00pm, Chessman wrote:
Having been playing a lot of Spocks' Beard recently, it's made me realised just how good both SB and TFK are. They've really taken up the standard set by Genesis and Yes, and carried it forward into the 21st century wonderfully.
I really hope there's a new album next year.
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« Reply #4839 on: Oct 15th, 2011, 06:57am »

Hi there


Have to say that after seeing SB at this year's High Voltage festival, I have to agree, they are an excellent band and one whose back catalogue I shall definitely enjoy exploring.



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« Reply #4840 on: Oct 15th, 2011, 07:06am »

on Oct 15th, 2011, 06:57am, alanh wrote:
Have to say that after seeing SB at this year's High Voltage festival, I have to agree, they are an excellent band and one whose back catalogue I shall definitely enjoy exploring.

Alan

It was the song "Walking on the Wind" that was my introduction to Spock's Beard back in about 1996. I heard it on the Alan Freeman show.

To me, it was the best prog rock track I'd heard since 1977 and actually opened the door to not only the Beard, but also to me discovering all these other amazing bands that have appeared on the prog scene since the early 90s.

Here is that track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pozp_kXXE-Q

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« Reply #4841 on: Oct 15th, 2011, 07:16am »

Hi Nov



Thanks for the link. It was an unsolicited copy of The Kindness Of Strangers which thudded through my letter box several years ago which turned me on to the Beard and then seeing them support the vastly overrated Dream Theater a few years later which rekindled my interest.


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« Reply #4842 on: Oct 15th, 2011, 09:27am »

on Oct 15th, 2011, 07:16am, alanh wrote:
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Thanks for the link. It was an unsolicited copy of The Kindness Of Strangers which thudded through my letter box several years ago which turned me on to the Beard and then seeing them support the vastly overrated Dream Theater a few years later which rekindled my interest.


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I can only agree with all this Alan. The Kindness Of Strangers is one of my two favourite SB albums, (the other being X) and it was also the first one I heard by them.
(I also tend to agree with your comment on Dream Theater.) wink
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« Reply #4843 on: Oct 15th, 2011, 09:54am »

on Oct 15th, 2011, 09:27am, Chessman wrote:
I can only agree with all this Alan. The Kindness Of Strangers is one of my two favourite SB albums, (the other being X) and it was also the first one I heard by them.
(I also tend to agree with your comment on Dream Theater.) wink

My top three Beard albums would be:

1) V

2) Beware of Darkness

3) Kindness of Strangers

KoS reminds mye a bit of the "Genesis" album. Not musically, but the format - some great epics but also some very strong shorter tracks as well. Plus. it's not over-long as a CD.



As I've said on many occasions, I was bonkers about The Beard during the Neal Morse years and saw them 4 or 5 times with him. Certainly one of the best bands I have ever seen live. In fact, the first time I saw them was on our 5th Wedding Anniversary in 2000 - I have a very understanding wife grin

Slowly, but inevitably, though, The Flower Kings overtook Spock's Beard in my affections through sheer quality of output and when Neal left, that was kind of it for me. I have continued to buy the albums and see them though and X is a tremendous return to form.

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« Reply #4844 on: Oct 15th, 2011, 10:33am »

Nov, you were the catalyst for my being introduced to the re-emergence of prog rock in the 21st century. For that, I owe you an immense debt of gratitude.

Yes, it was Spock's Beard you turned me onto at the time, and then TFK. Everything else just blossomed from there.

Outside of my faith in God and the love of my wife and family, my love for great music is what guides me through each day.

I tip my hat to you, kind sir, for giving me hope at a time when I thought that prog had died forever wink
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