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« Reply #600 on: May 30th, 2007, 8:59pm »

on May 30th, 2007, 6:53pm, Chessman wrote:
Well, the big news is.........my dvd arrived today! A superb performance from the band. The quality of the picture is stunning, possibly even better than 'Instant Delivery'. And the music is, of course, wonderful.
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I agree with you on all counts, especially that it's possibly even better than "Instant Delivery." cool
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« Reply #601 on: May 31st, 2007, 04:18am »

I will give it another play this afternoon, as I am off work - just booked half a day.
Looking forward to it! cheesy
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« Reply #602 on: May 31st, 2007, 2:35pm »

on May 31st, 2007, 04:18am, Chessman wrote:
I will give it another play this afternoon, as I am off work - just booked half a day.
Looking forward to it! cheesy


Did you enjoy your Flower Kings afternoon?

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« Reply #603 on: May 31st, 2007, 4:41pm »

funny because I watched Meet TFK's tonight. Superb stuff cool
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« Reply #604 on: May 31st, 2007, 6:19pm »

on May 31st, 2007, 2:35pm, Nov wrote:
Did you enjoy your Flower Kings afternoon?



Well...to be absolutely honest.............................er.......













ENORMOUSLY!! grin wink

It was even better watching it the second time. The tendency, when watching, or listening to something, is to try to take in too much all at once. Of course, you can't do that in just a couple of watches/listens. However, I did pick up more the second time, as is to be expected.
It really is a wonderful dvd. This band are frightening really. I'm worried that one day they will all take their masks off and reveal themselves as the revamped Osmonds! grin
Roine's solo at the end of 'Garden Of Dreams' pt 1, is one of the best I've ever heard. It just builds up so wonderfully. Amazing stuff!
For me, it blows any solo Dave Gilmour has done out of the water - and I love Gilmour too, so I'm not knocking him!
Haven't got a favourite track yet, they are all phenomenal, but I do really love the improvisation on 'Circus Brimstone'. The way it goes from total weirdness, slowly building into the proper song itself. Love it!
And I've always loved 'Silent Inferno'. For some reason, this track paints a picture in my mind. When Roine sings it's quarter to four, it really does feel like it's that time! I could imagine walking down a deserted street in the dead of night, with that tune playing in my head.

The weakest track has to be............none of them!
A classic performance from one of the all time greats.
Just think, in the future there may be FK tribute bands all over the place, but I wonder just how close they will get to 'the masters'.
Can't wait for saturday. Got to go out in the morning, but the afternoon is all mine. My wife works, so I can play the whole thing again! (Probably with one of the two cats on my knee - they have good taste!) wink
I'll shut up now, I sound like a teenager! embarassed
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« Reply #605 on: Jun 1st, 2007, 05:31am »

Sensible amendment to my last post:


The 'Meet The Flower Kings' dvd is actually quite good, and one could watch it more than once without becoming too bored.
Recommended.

That sounds a bit more adult-like! grin
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« Reply #606 on: Jun 1st, 2007, 07:02am »

on Jun 1st, 2007, 05:31am, Chessman wrote:
Sensible amendment to my last post:


The 'Meet The Flower Kings' dvd is actually quite good, and one could watch it more than once without becoming too bored.
Recommended.

That sounds a bit more adult-like! grin


I prefer it when you sound like a teenager.

You know...........like Nikki grin

Have you watched the documentary bits of them on tour and Zoltan in the studio recording some tracks from UTF? Amazing!!






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« Reply #607 on: Jun 1st, 2007, 10:39am »

A couple weeks ago I bought numerous CDs, amongst them "The Rainmaker," Unfold The Future" (special edition) and "Stardust We Are."

Thus far, I've listened to "The Rainmaker" (1-1/4 hours) and am currently listening to "Stardust We Are," and, to my utter delight, the latter is a double album!!!!! (2-1/4 hours). My heart nearly jumped out of my chest!!

Both are fascinating albums, and SWA has so many wonderful acoustic bits (piano and guitar) that I love tremendously.

Okay........let me catch my breath and scoop what's left of my brain up off the floor.........I've just realized that "Unfold The Future" is also a double album!!! (2-1/4 hours).

I've yet to buy "Flower Power," "Retropolis" and "Back In The World Of Adventures."

I'm going to give myself time to absorb these new treasures before completing my TFK collection. I've got to have something to savor. Can you imagine, Nov, the people out there that love progressive rock who will NEVER know of TFK.........we've got a lot of work to do my friend wink
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« Reply #608 on: Jun 1st, 2007, 10:49am »

TO BE RELEASED June 26th, 2007!

THE ROAD BACK HOME - A Compilation For The Collector Or The Newbee
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The Road Back Home is the first `Best Of' compilation by the now legendary Swedish progressive rockers. The Road Back Home features 27 classic Flower Kings tracks which have been personally hand-picked and re-mastered by the band's founder and driving force, Roine Stolt, giving the listener a unique and comprehensive front-row look into the band's evolution and creative process. The compilation also features a previously unreleased cover version of the classic Genesis song, Cinema Show.

DISC1
1. Cosmic Lover
2. A Kings Prayer
3. Stupid Girl
4. Cosmic Circus
5. Babylon
6. Paradox Hotel
7. World Without A Heart
8. Church Of Your Heart
9. Vox Humana
10. What If God Is Alone
11. Starlight Man
12. Grand Old World
13. The Road Back Home
14. Cinema Show

DISC 2
1. Ghost Of The Red Cloud
2. Painter
3. I Am The Sun (part 2)
4. Different People
5. Little Deceiver
6. Chickenfarmer Song
7. The Rhythm Of The Sea
8. Touch My Heaven
9. Life Will Kill You
10. Monkey Business
11. Compassion
12. The Flower King
13. Stardust We Are

I don't know how I feel about this........A Best Of TFK? The world doesn't even know of them yet. This better not be the beginning of the end for our heroes.

Hopefully, it's just the story thus far............

(I hate that Marcus made the cover and not Zoltan or Jaime)

It's nice that the songs on this double-CD are remastered and hand-picked by Roine.
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« Reply #609 on: Jun 1st, 2007, 5:34pm »

on Jun 1st, 2007, 10:49am, CountingOutTime wrote:
TO BE RELEASED June 26th, 2007!

THE ROAD BACK HOME - A Compilation For The Collector Or The Newbee
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The Road Back Home is the first `Best Of' compilation by the now legendary Swedish progressive rockers. The Road Back Home features 27 classic Flower Kings tracks which have been personally hand-picked and re-mastered by the band's founder and driving force, Roine Stolt, giving the listener a unique and comprehensive front-row look into the band's evolution and creative process. The compilation also features a previously unreleased cover version of the classic Genesis song, Cinema Show.

DISC1
1. Cosmic Lover
2. A Kings Prayer
3. Stupid Girl
4. Cosmic Circus
5. Babylon
6. Paradox Hotel
7. World Without A Heart
8. Church Of Your Heart
9. Vox Humana
10. What If God Is Alone
11. Starlight Man
12. Grand Old World
13. The Road Back Home
14. Cinema Show

DISC 2
1. Ghost Of The Red Cloud
2. Painter
3. I Am The Sun (part 2)
4. Different People
5. Little Deceiver
6. Chickenfarmer Song
7. The Rhythm Of The Sea
8. Touch My Heaven
9. Life Will Kill You
10. Monkey Business
11. Compassion
12. The Flower King
13. Stardust We Are

I don't know how I feel about this........A Best Of TFK? The world doesn't even know of them yet. This better not be the beginning of the end for our heroes.

Hopefully, it's just the story thus far............

(I hate that Marcus made the cover and not Zoltan or Jaime)

It's nice that the songs on this double-CD are remastered and hand-picked by Roine.


I've been looking forward to this for quite some time. Will definitely be getting it. Can't wait to hear their version of 'Cinema Show', and can't wait to hear the slightly different remastering.
Did you know, COT, that they already have a compilation out? Came out a few years back, called 'Scanning The Greenhouse'. I don't yet have it, but I will get it. The cover is superb!
Only a single album though! So probably only a mere seventy odd minutes! wink
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« Reply #610 on: Jun 1st, 2007, 5:45pm »

on Jun 1st, 2007, 10:39am, CountingOutTime wrote:
A couple weeks ago I bought numerous CDs, amongst them "The Rainmaker," Unfold The Future" (special edition) and "Stardust We Are."

Thus far, I've listened to "The Rainmaker" (1-1/4 hours) and am currently listening to "Stardust We Are," and, to my utter delight, the latter is a double album!!!!! (2-1/4 hours). My heart nearly jumped out of my chest!!

Both are fascinating albums, and SWA has so many wonderful acoustic bits (piano and guitar) that I love tremendously.

Okay........let me catch my breath and scoop what's left of my brain up off the floor.........I've just realized that "Unfold The Future" is also a double album!!! (2-1/4 hours).

I've yet to buy "Flower Power," "Retropolis" and "Back In The World Of Adventures."

I'm going to give myself time to absorb these new treasures before completing my TFK collection. I've got to have something to savor. Can you imagine, Nov, the people out there that love progressive rock who will NEVER know of TFK.........we've got a lot of work to do my friend wink


Oh how I love it when someone makes discoveries like these! That's why this band is so special. Not since the seventies has there been a premier league prog band turning out such high quality music at such a speedy rate. Four double albums! And what albums!
If you haven't yet played UTF, you are in for a real treat.
It's amazing! It's tremendous! It's brilliant! It's my second favourite FK album!
And SWA and The Rainmaker are both phenomenal too!
I suggest you digest all three for some time, before indulging in any more.
And did you know that nowadays you can get BITWOA and Retropolis as a double pack, and for the price of a single cd? When I say double pack, they come together in an attractive cardboard slip case, though both retain their original covers on the individual cd cases inside. And they are both brilliant too! Make them your next purchase, after you have had major surgery to bring you down from the clouds after listening to your current latest purchases!
And then.....(drum roll please!)...then you will have the ultimate pleasure of buying what is, in my humble opinion, not only the greatest of all FK albums, but one of the best albums of all time.....(drum roll again!)....Flower Power! I will say no more, only - 'simply stunning.' Oh, and did you know that it's another double album? wink
Enjoy the ride, COT. This band will take you to heaven, and you may never want to return to earth.

(As you may have guessed, I quite like TFK!) grin
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« Reply #611 on: Jun 1st, 2007, 7:12pm »

on Jun 1st, 2007, 10:39am, CountingOutTime wrote:
Can you imagine, Nov, the people out there that love progressive rock who will NEVER know of TFK.........we've got a lot of work to do my friend wink


It's a real shame isn't it?

I'm doing my best to spread the word about the wonders of TFK and have had quite a lot of success but in reality that only adds up to another 20 or 30 fans.

It really needs people to be as open minded to new music as someone like Nikki, who has really taken them to her heart (along with Hasse!!).

I don't think we'll ever persuade the "died in the wool" 70s prog fans that TFK rival Yes and Genesis for musical quality. They just don't want to hear about it which is such a shame.

Funnily enough, I'm a bit like this when it comes to people recommending bands to me. Friends are always saying that I should listen more to the likes of Pendragon, Marillion, IQ, etc. I mean, I know these bands and have seen them all but they are just not in the same league as The Flower Kings.

The tragedy for TFK is that I feel they are only reaching 10% (at the most) of their potential audience. How I'd love to see them be able to play their amazing music to a sold out 3,000 seater theatre with an amazing light show and the full works. Imagine "Stardust We Are" and "The Truth Will Set You Free" with that kind of treatment.

Of course, if they got the success their talent deserves, they'd be selling out arenas undecided

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« Reply #612 on: Jun 1st, 2007, 7:21pm »

on Jun 1st, 2007, 10:49am, CountingOutTime wrote:
I don't know how I feel about this........A Best Of TFK? The world doesn't even know of them yet. This better not be the beginning of the end for our heroes.

Hopefully, it's just the story thus far............


Yes, it is just "the story so far", so don't worry about that.

Also, it's the shorter more accessible tracks on this CD that may hopefully open a few more doors for TFK.

I do feel that their profile is growing a bit more with the success of "Paradox Hotel" and the live DVD so hopefully this compilation, followed up with a strong (hopefully) studio album, will take them up to another level in terms of album sales and audience numbers.

I'd love to see the British media drop it's crap view of prog and see The Flower Kings appear on something like the Jools Holland show on the BBC. That would increase their audience by many times I feel. When you see some of the dross on there that passes for "quality" modern music it makes me so annoyed that great bands (and proper musicians) such as TFK are shunned by the trendy media and music press.

Anyway - time for bed, I've got a gig of my own tonight wink

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« Reply #613 on: Jun 2nd, 2007, 4:00pm »

Got to say I agree with Nov, as usual.
I too would love to see TFK far more successful, earning more money from their talent, and appearing on mainline shows such as Jools Holland. They richly deserve all the success they can achieve.
Of course, if they were really successful, it might raise the thorny question of 'will they sell out?' We all know what happened to Genesis.
I suppose, from a purely personal and selfish point of view, I am happy with them the way they are. They are writing and recording the music they themselves enjoy and we fans like. I presume they must make enough money to survive, or they would have packed in by now. Of course, they are all mostly involved in other projects and bands, and that must help top up their wages.
I just wish they had been around in the seventies. If they had started around 1970, say, they would have really been rated as phenomenal, I have no doubt about that. Because they have only been around about 13 years, they will, sadly, always suffer through comparison with the 'originals'.
And they are so much better than that.
I suppose we should be glad that, although they are unknown by the music world in general, they are big fish in prog terms. This allows them a certain freedom to do what they wish, within reason. And that is a good thing.
As I type this, I am listening to Retropolis, and earlier I played The Flower King. It has been a good day, music wise, as I also watched the entire MTFK dvd again.
It doesn't get any better than that! wink
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on Jun 2nd, 2007, 4:00pm, Chessman wrote:
Got to say I agree with Nov, as usual.
I too would love to see TFK far more successful, earning more money from their talent, and appearing on mainline shows such as Jools Holland. They richly deserve all the success they can achieve.
Of course, if they were really successful, it might raise the thorny question of 'will they sell out?' We all know what happened to Genesis.
I suppose, from a purely personal and selfish point of view, I am happy with them the way they are. They are writing and recording the music they themselves enjoy and we fans like. I presume they must make enough money to survive, or they would have packed in by now. Of course, they are all mostly involved in other projects and bands, and that must help top up their wages.
I just wish they had been around in the seventies. If they had started around 1970, say, they would have really been rated as phenomenal, I have no doubt 1about that. Because they have only been around about 13 years, they will, sadly, always suffer through comparison with the 'originals'.
And they are so much better than that.
I suppose we should be glad that, although they are unknown by the music world in general, they are big fish in prog terms. This allows them a certain freedom to do what they wish, within reason. And that is a good thing.
As I type this, I am listening to Retropolis, and earlier I played The Flower King. It has been a good day, music wise, as I also watched the entire MTFK dvd again.
It doesn't get any better than that! wink


Keep in mind that Roine joined Kaipa in 1974 at the age of 17 (which makes him 50 this year), so he has been involved in progressive rock music for over 30 years.

The wife and I watched both DVDs this morning, as well, of MTFK. It makes me happy that she loves them as much as I do, and she's a professional organist too.

Plus we listened to Unfold The Future for the first time. Wonderful as usual.

No, it doesn't get any better than that!
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