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Poll Question: Which section stands strongest on its own?
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2 [3.64%]
5 [9.09%]
2 [3.64%]
3 [5.45%]
13 [23.64%]
22 [40.00%]
8 [14.55%]
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    Posted: June 21 2016 at 15:49
Don't just vote for your favourite; which of the seven sections of Supper's Ready do you think is most effective when listened to in isolation?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 21 2016 at 16:03
Obviously the Apocalypse In 9/8 is the favourite, but voted How Dare I Be So Beautiful ? It stands on its own - a very tranquil piece.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 21 2016 at 16:11
9/8 for The Apocalypse
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 21 2016 at 16:22
Originally posted by Tom Ozric Tom Ozric wrote:

Obviously the Apocalypse In 9/8 is the favourite, but voted How Dare I Be So Beautiful ? It stands on its own - a very tranquil piece.

I agree; I could easily see this section as possibly having replaced "For Absent Friends" or "Harlequin" off of Nursery Cryme.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 21 2016 at 17:16
Apocalypse in 9/8 is my favourite section, but Willow Farm stands stronger as a standalone, methinks.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 21 2016 at 18:21
Apocalypse followed by Willow Farm.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 21 2016 at 22:08
Even if this song is usually considered as several songs put together, they work together so well that I can't really imagine them as isolated sections and enjoying them, or not feeling like I need to hear the rest. However, even if it's not my favourite part of the song (really, I don't know if I could pick a favourite part of this song, actually), I believe the one that works best alone would be Willow's Farm.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 21 2016 at 22:18
Apocalypse for me too.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 21 2016 at 22:22
Originally posted by Wanorak Wanorak wrote:

Apocalypse followed by Willow Farm.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 21 2016 at 23:04
I love Apocalypse---but the finale is one of the best and moving in prog.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 22 2016 at 00:23
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 22 2016 at 05:33
Originally posted by someone_else someone_else wrote:


Apocalypse in 9/8 is my favourite section, but Willow Farm stands stronger as a standalone, methinks.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 22 2016 at 06:06
sections 5-7 are just GOAT (greatest of all time) for me, although I have to go with the Apocalypse in 9/8 just for the organ solo alone.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 22 2016 at 09:04
I love Willow Farm.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 22 2016 at 10:36
Willow Farm for me.  As a novice celebrity impressionist, I marveled at the theatricality and changes in voice of Gabriel for years and attempted to copy it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 22 2016 at 19:51
Apocalypse in 9/8 hands down...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 22 2016 at 21:47
As Sure As Eggs is Eggs. The vocal performance is FEARLESS. And some of the most emotionally moving lyrics, especially as they are the final words of the song. Honestly, I would have voted for the Apocalypse, but I feel like the last section needed some love.

Speaking of the Apocalypse, when the Mellotron drops at 19:27, I loose my sh*t every time.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 22 2016 at 21:53
Originally posted by Dellinger Dellinger wrote:

Even if this song is usually considered as several songs put together, they work together so well that I can't really imagine them as isolated sections and enjoying them, or not feeling like I need to hear the rest. However, even if it's not my favourite part of the song (really, I don't know if I could pick a favourite part of this song, actually), I believe the one that works best alone would be Willow's Farm.


Also, I have to agree here. Splitting Suppers Ready up is kinda unfair to the overall whole. The band ties together musical motifs across the many sections of the song almost flawlessly. For example, The Guaranteed Eternal Sanctuary Man, and As Sure As Eggs is Eggs is the exact same chord progression and melody. The only difference is the rhythm in the drums, the vocals, and the intensity of the performance.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 23 2016 at 05:17
I don't get the love for Apocalypse - I like the rhythm but it's just a few minutes of noodling around on a keyboard. That's the bit I'd skip if I could. It's the ending for me, just brilliant.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 23 2016 at 09:37
So far I've narrowed down my choice to one of four sections. The best section on its own can't be Lover's Leap, Sanctuary Man or Eggs is Eggs; the first two are only there to introduce the melodies that will be used later in the song and the ending only works because of what came before it. So that means that the best section on its own has to be one of Ikhnaton, How Dare I Be So Beautiful, Willow Farm or the Apocalypse. Fortunately a kind youtuber has posted each of the sections individually, so I took the time to listen through them one by one in various orders. And after that, I determined that the best section on its own is:

Ikhnaton and Itsacon and Their Band of Merry Men

Willow Farm was a tad annoying. The Apocalypse in 9/8 starts out very well with no prior context, but it seems very lacking at the end when it doesn't transition into Eggs is Eggs. How Dare I Be So Beautiful seems like it would work fine on its own if placed between two more dynamic songs (like Musical Box and Return of the Giant Hogweed, or Dancing With The Moonlit Knight and Firth of Fifth), but doesn't do very much independently. 
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