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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby slightbreeze » 24 Jul 2021, 17:56

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Fairly average

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Musically fine, just a non descript vocalist. Always a bug bear of mine. The cherry on the cake for any great prog band must be a distinctive vocalist, and they're as rare as hen's teeth. Plenty of brilliant musicians, a dearth of Andersons.

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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby slightbreeze » 25 Jul 2021, 17:31

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Grown to like this album over the years... and it's got Jon Anderson. Over fussy drumming, though

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Musically, very Crimson like. Adequate vocals, more over fussy drumming

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My favourite Caravan album, as they sound as though they're actually enjoying themselves. Can be such a muso, po faced band

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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby Lord Rother » 25 Jul 2021, 22:07

Pretty standard stuff from J Mascis & Co which is fine by me - there will never be enough of his guitar in this world.

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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby Matt Wilson » 26 Jul 2021, 21:19

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Todd Rundgren's Utopia
Todd's full-on venture into progressive rock is mostly successful, I guess. The first live song is great, and the "Freak Parade" cut is more or less his usual power pop. There's an honest-to-goodness thirty-minute song on side two though - makes you wonder how compressed that LP was in 1974 to fit that much music onto vinyl. The whole album is almost an hour long. Yes, you read that right.
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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby Charlie O. » 26 Jul 2021, 21:42

Matt Wilson wrote:The whole album is almost an hour long. Yes, you read that right.

A dry run for the following year's Initiation (nearly 68 minutes long)!

I like "The Ikon" (Side 2) a lot, and would be curious to hear the un-edited recording - although I suspect "the short version" is better...
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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby Matt Wilson » 27 Jul 2021, 00:04

Charlie O. wrote:
Matt Wilson wrote:The whole album is almost an hour long. Yes, you read that right.

A dry run for the following year's Initiation (nearly 68 minutes long)!

I like "The Ikon" (Side 2) a lot, and would be curious to hear the un-edited recording - although I suspect "the short version" is better...


Yeah, there were lots of issues with Initiation as I recall though.

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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby Charlie O. » 27 Jul 2021, 01:22

Tippett, Lake, Giles, Giles & Fripp


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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby trans-chigley express » 27 Jul 2021, 05:51

Charlie O. wrote:
Matt Wilson wrote:The whole album is almost an hour long. Yes, you read that right.

A dry run for the following year's Initiation (nearly 68 minutes long)!


This is crazy for a single LP, they must sound like shit. I thought some Genesis albums were too long but none were that long. Side one of Wind and Wuthering is 27 minutes and it always sounded terrible on vinyl so I can imagine how bad a 30+minute album side would sound.

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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby Charlie O. » 27 Jul 2021, 06:05

trans-chigley express wrote:
Charlie O. wrote:
Matt Wilson wrote:The whole album is almost an hour long. Yes, you read that right.

A dry run for the following year's Initiation (nearly 68 minutes long)!

This is crazy for a single LP, they must sound like shit. I thought some Genesis albums were too long but none were that long. Side one of Wind and Wuthering is 27 minutes and it always sounded terrible on vinyl so I can imagine how bad a 30+minute album side would sound.

I'm not the audiophile that some on this site are, but I always thought it sounded fine.

I was reading about it on Wikipedia earlier today. Apparently Rundgren wanted a double-LP (his previous "solo" album Todd was a double, and was shorter than Initiation!), but because of the vinyl shortage at the time his record company insisted he make it a single disc; he accomplished this by rolling off some of the low-end and slightly speeding up some tracks (including the entirely-instrumental second half of the album). (I'm surprised that a speed-corrected version has never been issued on CD.) He wrote a note on the inner sleeve advising that playing the record with an even slightly worn stylus would likely destroy it.
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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby C » 27 Jul 2021, 11:37

slightbreeze wrote:Image

My favourite Caravan album, as they sound as though they're actually enjoying themselves. Can be such a muso, po faced band


That's interesting Chris

I have always considered them the opposite. You only have to look at the content of some of their songs , the titles and the words and of course their album titles.

If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You and Cunning Stunts and the one you posted - doesn't seem to me to be a po faced band...?

But we beg to differ! ;)




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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby C » 27 Jul 2021, 11:43

Charlie O. wrote:Tippett, Lake, Giles, Giles & Fripp




The late, great Keith sadly faded out

[what a tosser that DJ was?]





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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby slightbreeze » 27 Jul 2021, 14:31

C wrote:
Charlie O. wrote:Tippett, Lake, Giles, Giles & Fripp




The late, great Keith sadly faded out

[what a tosser that DJ was?]





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But the girl with the hat is a stunner :)

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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby slightbreeze » 27 Jul 2021, 14:34

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Let's continue with Todd. OTT, pretentious and wonderful

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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby C » 27 Jul 2021, 19:43

slightbreeze wrote:
C wrote:
Charlie O. wrote:Tippett, Lake, Giles, Giles & Fripp




The late, great Keith sadly faded out

[what a tosser that DJ was?]





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But the girl with the hat is a stunner :)


Not 'arf!




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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby C » 27 Jul 2021, 19:48

A great band and a great album









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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby C » 28 Jul 2021, 14:45

NP

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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby Neil Jung » 29 Jul 2021, 20:15

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Let's continue with Todd. OTT, pretentious and wonderful


But that accent! What the heck was that supposed to be?
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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby slightbreeze » 29 Jul 2021, 20:55

Neil Jung wrote:
slightbreeze wrote:Image

Let's continue with Todd. OTT, pretentious and wonderful


But that accent! What the heck was that supposed to be?

I've no idea :D Is it supposed to be his idea as to what a leprechaun with a Scottish accent might sound like? Who knows what goes on in the mind of Todd? I don't think even he knows

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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby C » 30 Jul 2021, 14:40

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RIP The sharp dressed man






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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby Lord Rother » 30 Jul 2021, 19:53

Big Big Train - Common Ground

Released today.

After recent changes in the personnel it does sound slightly different from the last few albums which is no bad thing. A slight reboot I suppose one might say.

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