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« Reply #5355 on: Jun 5th, 2013, 10:14am »

on Jun 5th, 2013, 04:20am, essexboyinwales wrote:
So, without reading through the 357 pages of this thread ( shocked ), what else should I get?


I would recommend Stardust We Are any time, because it is really accessible and includes a lot of very strong tracks. Church Of Your Heart and the title track are really outstanding.
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« Reply #5356 on: Jun 5th, 2013, 1:23pm »

on Jun 5th, 2013, 09:54am, CountingOutTime wrote:
Nov was the person who got me started getting into TFK and he recommended Space Revolver as a place to start. I completely agree. There is enough variety there for you to get a 'feel' for what TFK are all about. Up until that time (probably 6 or 7 years ago), I thought progressive rock had died a horrible death back in the 80s. Hats off to Nov and other wonderful people on this site who have helped keep prog alive and well smiley

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« Reply #5357 on: Jun 5th, 2013, 1:24pm »

on Jun 5th, 2013, 10:14am, slowdancer wrote:
I would recommend Stardust We Are any time, because it is really accessible and includes a lot of very strong tracks. Church Of Your Heart and the title track are really outstanding.

That is a very good shout as well wink

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« Reply #5358 on: Jun 5th, 2013, 1:27pm »

on Jun 5th, 2013, 1:23pm, Nov wrote:
Awwww, shucks.......

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« Reply #5359 on: Jun 7th, 2013, 6:35pm »


Just read this comment by Roine on Facebook:

"Next week - a Mellotron from early 70's arrives @ Casa Stolt. More vintage to come then......btw. The TFK album is recorded on real reel to reel tape machine. Release Oct 2013."

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« Reply #5360 on: Jun 7th, 2013, 7:17pm »

on Jun 7th, 2013, 6:35pm, Nov wrote:
Just read this comment by Roine on Facebook:

"Next week - a Mellotron from early 70's arrives @ Casa Stolt. More vintage to come then......btw. The TFK album is recorded on real reel to reel tape machine. Release Oct 2013."

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Can't wait! Thanks for the heads up, Nov! wink
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« Reply #5361 on: Jun 8th, 2013, 4:31pm »

Nov, I've had the TFK compilation you sent to me for over 20 months now. Only now am I suddenly starting to see that it's actually very good indeed! cheesy
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« Reply #5362 on: Jun 9th, 2013, 04:25am »

on Jun 8th, 2013, 4:31pm, Merryman72 wrote:
Nov, I've had the TFK compilation you sent to me for over 20 months now. Only now am I suddenly starting to see that it's actually very good indeed! cheesy

I've had my TFK compilation from Nov for about 4 years and I still don't get it. undecided Maybe in another 4 years? grin wink
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« Reply #5363 on: Jun 9th, 2013, 05:15am »

on Jun 8th, 2013, 4:31pm, Merryman72 wrote:
Nov, I've had the TFK compilation you sent to me for over 20 months now. Only now am I suddenly starting to see that it's actually very good indeed! cheesy

Listening to new music - especially prog - can be a bit of a chore no matter how good someone is telling you it is.

When I first heard TFK back in the late 90s I knew that I liked their sound but it took a long time for me to realize just how good they were/are. I preferred Spock's Beard at the time but I remember meeting dedicated TFK fans at gigs saying "just wait until you really get them". The amount of music they've released seems to swamp you at the start and then you gradually realize that most of it is just fantastic.

I am glad that you are finally seeing the light and would be happy to send you another compilation or recommendation. Which particular tracks do you enjoy?

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« Reply #5364 on: Jun 9th, 2013, 05:20am »

on Jun 9th, 2013, 04:25am, Down And Out wrote:
I've had my TFK compilation from Nov for about 4 years and I still don't get it. undecided Maybe in another 4 years? grin wink

You just aren't musically mature enough for TFK yet Nigel grin

Your paths are gradually converging though and when they do, like Merryman, you too will understand wink

I can't remember exactly what I put on your CD but I am sure that The Man Who Walked With Kings is probably on there. Have another listen to that track and then tell me, as a fellow fan of melodic, symphonic progressive rock (a la Genesis) that you still don't get it wink

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« Reply #5365 on: Jun 9th, 2013, 11:17am »

on Jun 9th, 2013, 05:20am, Nov wrote:
You just aren't musically mature enough for TFK yet Nigel grin

That's probably true. They're just too sophisticated for me! grin wink
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« Reply #5366 on: Jun 9th, 2013, 12:21pm »

on Jun 9th, 2013, 05:15am, Nov wrote:
Listening to new music - especially prog - can be a bit of a chore no matter how good someone is telling you it is.

When I first heard TFK back in the late 90s I knew that I liked their sound but it took a long time for me to realize just how good they were/are. I preferred Spock's Beard at the time but I remember meeting dedicated TFK fans at gigs saying "just wait until you really get them". The amount of music they've released seems to swamp you at the start and then you gradually realize that most of it is just fantastic.

I am glad that you are finally seeing the light and would be happy to send you another compilation or recommendation. Which particular tracks do you enjoy?



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I'll give you a track-by-track assessment! tongue

The cosmic introduction to Deaf, Numb and Blind is really very nice indeed cool and when the whole band kicks in it’s great fun. The saxophone-y sections are really cool, and while there may be one or two sections too many for me, overall it’s a great track. It ends a little suddenly...

The Magic Circus of Zeb has another beautiful introduction. This one is more of a chill-out track, but a very good one at that. A relaxing listen.

In the Eyes of the World is great. Again, there may be a couple of sections in the middle where my attention wavers slightly, but overall it’s a powerful track. I love the main verse sections.

The Man Who Walked With Kings is a fantastic instrumental from the mediaeval-ish start to the kitchen sink finish. Nothing more to say about that really!

One More Time is good – very joyful, very memorable. Still possibly slightly too long again.

Babylon is a stupendous little piece. I’d probably rate this as good as “Wot Gorilla” – which is a huge compliment in my book!

Big Puzzle is really nice. Lots of memorable bits in this one, too. Emotional finale.

Garden of Dreams Grand Finale is brilliant throughout. The power and emotion in the last section is stunning, but there's plenty of beautiful music beforehand.

So in summary... they're all great tracks! I think the musical highlights are probably found in "Garden of Dreams", "Babylon" and the intros to "Deaf, Numb and Blind" and "The Magic Circus of Zeb". And the rest of those two songs. And the main verse of "In the Eyes of the World". And "The Man Who Walked With Kings".... you get the picture! grin
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« Reply #5367 on: Jun 10th, 2013, 03:47am »


Thanks for the great review there smiley

I am really pleased that you are finally getting them.

Let me know if you'd like another selection smiley

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« Reply #5368 on: Jun 10th, 2013, 03:48am »

on Jun 9th, 2013, 11:17am, Down And Out wrote:
That's probably true. They're just too sophisticated for me! grin wink

Wow Nigel - more self enlightenment grin

Check out the Rush top ten thread for the other recent one wink

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« Reply #5369 on: Jun 10th, 2013, 3:26pm »

Still in full TFK mode. Over the weekend I was playing Tour Kaputt to death.
Now, I've swapped that album for the first two TFK albums: Retropolis and Back In The World Of Adventures

Funny how, even now, after all this time, you can still suddenly hear a little 'something' that you never noticed before. Although TFK always remind me more of Yes than Genesis, just imagine how Genesis would/could have sounded if Steve had been given as much room for his guitar playing as Roine has.
Fantastic stuff! cool
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