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5 stars I can be thick headed, bull headed and I am an internationally recognised space cadet of the highest rank. But over the last few decades I have strived to gain a sharper focus and a deeper view of music. Then, it is with great aplomb, that I attribute my ability to focus more sharply to DIAMOND HARD BLUE APPLES OF THE MOON, an omnibus opus from the real titan of classical rock, THE NICE.

A completionist dream to be fair, but a wonderful opus from a lunch pail group that work like a group of stevedores. Hey, they had to. They were building a new world that was to eventually become progressive rock. Never mind the odds and ends here. If this was Neil Diamond, of which there is a plethora of these products, things would be different. But here is Diamond Hard, the penultimate mix tape of the Nice for those who are seeking prog valhalla.

I would recommend that you use this as a road map/scavenger hunt to place each song in it's rightful place and time. Nobody cares that the Bible is a book that was compiled over a very long period of time. It certainly moves people to seek enlightenment in it's pages.

When will there be another band like the Nice, (or even a second coming of the Nice), likely never. But we have this to harken to when the earth was a simpler place. More pastoral and pure. We were children once playing in the farm fields of a long ago dream. Can Dylan be fused with Bach? Here you decide. Will Bernstein survive a rock treatment?? You vote. Before there were gods, there were titans. The Nice are the only true classical rock band. All others (though admirable) are mere mirror reflections.

Let's embark together on an old fashioned quest to communicate to the world the one true tenant: that music can never be better than that which was made by the Nice. Death stars and Orc armies will stand in your way. But your armour is impenetrable and you walk with the saintly rhythms of a force more powerful than anything else on earth today.

Pure, neat, primitive.

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