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Originally posted by Psychedelic Paul Psychedelic Paul wrote:

It's Alright if you prefer the gentler side of Black Sabbath. Smile

It's not exactly what I do, but I guess more what you do. Smile

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You may do a double take, when you see whoís posting this. I realize itís pretty near Halloween in America, but not quite. Iím no ghost. Iíve just been on a particularly long hiatus. But, I see PsychedelicPaul has been busy posting on PA, as always. Iíve been watching him from afar and I see heís posted a selection from Black Sabbath, ďItís Alright!Ē Well, heís the music aficionado, Iím just the gal who cheers him on. Iíve learned a lot about all genres of music from him. Including Prog of course. We share a love of Prog. But interestingly enough, like Black Sabbath PsychedelicPaul has had some fans and some critics. Even catching flack for some of his views but hasnít been banned, like Black Sabbath has. Not for biting the heads off a bat, like one band member is known for. Well, one ex band member I should say. But because of their name and what it represents.
Funny though, like PsychedelicPaul Black Sabbath is a giving bunch, having donated to charities like AnimalAid and ChildLine. But PsychedelicPaul gets a lot of his best Prog from charity shops and gives his time to sharing his knowledge about those purchases with us. Heís got a big heart ♥️! And he has had such an intense effect on me, as a teacher and as a friend I thought Iíd do a tribute since itís been about a year. Oh, Come on! We need to show some appreciation for his efforts! They donít call me his number one fan fir nothing! Iím using his technique for putting the Prog Bands in all caps. Here goes. (And for all you diehard Prog fans out there, the last band mentioned is real.) Would welcome comments about them.
Before I knew you, PsychedelicPaul, music was dull, like just words on a page. Like boring notes with no life to them. Then you introduced me to Prog and my SPIRIT picked up, it was like a BRAINTICKET to another world. Songs and rhythms like a LOCOMOTIVE zoomed into my ears. And soon, like a CATAPILLA climbing a stem, my world was opened up to me. The whole UNITED STATES of AMERICA took on a whole new look. Even the music of the MOODY BLUES sounded different. Because I could appreciate all that went into making it. I could more than hear the music, I could taste it. And it gave me FLAMING LIPS. The sky was like one big KALEIDOSCOPE! And I realized that listening to music alone was what made music boring. But listening with a good friend who knew as much about it as PsychedelicPaul did, made it exciting! In fact, I can even listen to the PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS and not care about its title. Thanks, PsychedelicPaul! Iím still and always will be your number one fan!!
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^ Mowie wowie, I wished I've got posts like this one. Tongue Thumbs Up
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Who let Paul's Mum on the site LOL

he's a cool chap and defender of the faith...erm sort ofWink
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Originally posted by FloydianPinkRose FloydianPinkRose wrote:

You may do a double take, when you see whoís posting this. I realize itís pretty near Halloween in America, but not quite. Iím no ghost. Iíve just been on a particularly long hiatus. But, I see PsychedelicPaul has been busy posting on PA, as always. Iíve been watching him from afar and I see heís posted a selection from Black Sabbath, ďItís Alright!Ē Well, heís the music aficionado, Iím just the gal who cheers him on. Iíve learned a lot about all genres of music from him. Including Prog of course. We share a love of Prog. But interestingly enough, like Black Sabbath PsychedelicPaul has had some fans and some critics. Even catching flack for some of his views but hasnít been banned, like Black Sabbath has. Not for biting the heads off a bat, like one band member is known for. Well, one ex band member I should say. But because of their name and what it represents.
Funny though, like PsychedelicPaul Black Sabbath is a giving bunch, having donated to charities like AnimalAid and ChildLine. But PsychedelicPaul gets a lot of his best Prog from charity shops and gives his time to sharing his knowledge about those purchases with us. Heís got a big heart ♥️! And he has had such an intense effect on me, as a teacher and as a friend I thought Iíd do a tribute since itís been about a year. Oh, Come on! We need to show some appreciation for his efforts! They donít call me his number one fan fir nothing! Iím using his technique for putting the Prog Bands in all caps. Here goes. (And for all you diehard Prog fans out there, the last band mentioned is real.) Would welcome comments about them.
Before I knew you, PsychedelicPaul, music was dull, like just words on a page. Like boring notes with no life to them. Then you introduced me to Prog and my SPIRIT picked up, it was like a BRAINTICKET to another world. Songs and rhythms like a LOCOMOTIVE zoomed into my ears. And soon, like a CATAPILLA climbing a stem, my world was opened up to me. The whole UNITED STATES of AMERICA took on a whole new look. Even the music of the MOODY BLUES sounded different. Because I could appreciate all that went into making it. I could more than hear the music, I could taste it. And it gave me FLAMING LIPS. The sky was like one big KALEIDOSCOPE! And I realized that listening to music alone was what made music boring. But listening with a good friend who knew as much about it as PsychedelicPaul did, made it exciting! In fact, I can even listen to the PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS and not care about its title. Thanks, PsychedelicPaul! Iím still and always will be your number one fan!!

You're so sweet, and I just wanted to Take the Time to say thank you for such a warm, loving tribute and for accepting me As I Am. We were Perfect Strangers just five years ago, but I had a sense of Strange Deja Vu when I first met you, and now that we're together, I wouldn't want to spend Another Day without you. They would be Hollow Years indeed if I didn't have you in my life. We've had The Best of Times together ever since, when time spent with you is Never Enough, but I'm Learning to Live with your absences. I know you had a minor Panic Attack recently when I Disappeared from Skype and you Misunderstood,  when it was simply due to a  minor technical glitch, just like the glitches we've been experiencing within These Walls at ProgArchives recently. Although I can't be beside you in person, I Walk Beside You in spirit, and The Spirit Carries On even when we're not online together. It feels so wonderful to be with you,  Surrounded by my good friends here at ProgArchives, together with all the best music that life has to offer. This is the Life and as I Lie here at Home tonight, I'll be thinking of you as always while I Wait for Sleep to carry me off to dreamland. Finally, you mentioned Black Sabbath.... I can tell you that their bandname was inspired by a movie of the same name starring Boris Karloff (no relation to Doris Karloff) and Black Sabbath's dubious association with Satanism, black magic and the Afterlife is all "Just a load of old cobblers", according to bass player Geezer Butler. Smile

All songs in Blue Highlights by Dream Theater. I could've written a song titles tribute to Black Sabbath instead, but that's for Another DaySmile
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Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

Who let Paul's Mum on the site LOL

he's a cool chap and defender of the faith...erm sort ofWink

I hope you find me satisfying. Wink

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Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

Who let Paul's Mum on the site LOL

he's a cool chap and defender of the faith...erm sort ofWink

I'd also say, Paul has been quite good in that regard.

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My Complete Prog Archives Collection on CD (updated Mk II version)
 
5 stars 2015: Earth & Fire - The Golden Years of Dutch Pop Music (2 CD's) 

3 stars 1973: Electric Light Orchestra - On the Third Day - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_lr4foFU9sP9StM5u-vrmxTTQ9Nw7nJraA
4 stars 1975: Electric Light Orchestra - Face the Music - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_keXBMuANGqwRsAjU_dJZTgBAWKIzh14Gw
4 stars 1976: Electric Light Orchestra - A New World Record - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_m1_5HiaD-Qx-oEzF67vQTzYX4OTl96rTU
5 stars 1977: Electric Light Orchestra - Out of the Blue - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_kvKulDHeJoC4eDETug3o2Fad76jax2VTM
5 stars 1992: Electric Light Orchestra - ELO's Greatest Hits Volume Two 

5 stars 1970: Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Emerson, Lake & Palmer - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_nWYVLlCgxodhqh5PuVKeNwfnxE7rW5xsY
3 stars 1973: Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_k0hQMgNN7BQdyXhurRMojLEASGtZlbdGo

5 stars 1976: The Enid - In the Region of the Summer Stars - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdU5MQKDXsk
5 stars 1977: The Enid - Aerie Faerie Nonsense - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJOT707sogc


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1970: Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
1973: Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery

Those two are our E-overlap, which makes it 11 albums altogether so far. Smile
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Originally posted by David_D David_D wrote:


1970: Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
1973: Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery

Those two are our E-overlap, which makes it 11 albums altogether so far. Smile
To increase the overlap then, I'd better go out and buy some Danish prog instead of Danish bacon and butter. Tongue
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Originally posted by Psychedelic Paul Psychedelic Paul wrote:

Originally posted by David_D David_D wrote:

1970: Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
1973: Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery

Those two are our E-overlap, which makes it 11 albums altogether so far. Smile
To increase the overlap then, I'd better go out and buy some Danish prog instead of Danish bacon and butter. Tongue

LOL  If so and maybe you remember it, I've listed my Danish albums in  Threads by David - a lot of good stuff! , 
but there're only few Prog albums to choose between - which is maybe a part of your joking here. 


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Originally posted by FloydianPinkRose FloydianPinkRose wrote:

You may do a double take, when you see whoís posting this. I realize itís pretty near Halloween in America, but not quite. Iím no ghost. Iíve just been on a particularly long hiatus. But, I see PsychedelicPaul has been busy posting on PA, as always. Iíve been watching him from afar and I see heís posted a selection from Black Sabbath, ďItís Alright!Ē Well, heís the music aficionado, Iím just the gal who cheers him on. Iíve learned a lot about all genres of music from him. Including Prog of course. We share a love of Prog. But interestingly enough, like Black Sabbath PsychedelicPaul has had some fans and some critics. Even catching flack for some of his views but hasnít been banned, like Black Sabbath has. Not for biting the heads off a bat, like one band member is known for. Well, one ex band member I should say. But because of their name and what it represents.
Funny though, like PsychedelicPaul Black Sabbath is a giving bunch, having donated to charities like AnimalAid and ChildLine. But PsychedelicPaul gets a lot of his best Prog from charity shops and gives his time to sharing his knowledge about those purchases with us. Heís got a big heart ♥️! And he has had such an intense effect on me, as a teacher and as a friend I thought Iíd do a tribute since itís been about a year. Oh, Come on! We need to show some appreciation for his efforts! They donít call me his number one fan fir nothing! Iím using his technique for putting the Prog Bands in all caps. Here goes. (And for all you diehard Prog fans out there, the last band mentioned is real.) Would welcome comments about them.
Before I knew you, PsychedelicPaul, music was dull, like just words on a page. Like boring notes with no life to them. Then you introduced me to Prog and my SPIRIT picked up, it was like a BRAINTICKET to another world. Songs and rhythms like a LOCOMOTIVE zoomed into my ears. And soon, like a CATAPILLA climbing a stem, my world was opened up to me. The whole UNITED STATES of AMERICA took on a whole new look. Even the music of the MOODY BLUES sounded different. Because I could appreciate all that went into making it. I could more than hear the music, I could taste it. And it gave me FLAMING LIPS. The sky was like one big KALEIDOSCOPE! And I realized that listening to music alone was what made music boring. But listening with a good friend who knew as much about it as PsychedelicPaul did, made it exciting! In fact, I can even listen to the PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS and not care about its title. Thanks, PsychedelicPaul! Iím still and always will be your number one fan!!

By the way, I can't take the credit for introducing you to the music of the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. They're too way out even for my psychedelic tastes. Tongue
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My Complete Prog Archives Collection on CD  (updated Mk II version)

4 stars 1968: Fairport Convention - Fairport Convention - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQ0A2SEX86ZztMUe-gMVovmBP-GEjV9yo
5 stars 1969: Fairport Convention - What We Did on Our Holidays - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_nQg92S-iVdC18h0diufM7wKprDGIqcoO8
4 stars 1975: Fairport Convention - Rising for the Moon - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_m5fW2s-PArM2fEuVFXH_xUk81lluQwyLA

5 stars 1972: Flied Egg - Dr. Siegel's Flied Egg Shooting Machine - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjNQc2pgZbs

5 stars 2001: Focus - Hocus Pocus: The Best of Focus - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Zkir2MMhIM





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1975: Edgar Froese - Epsilon in Malaysian Pale

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Originally posted by David_D David_D wrote:


1975: Edgar Froese - Epsilon in Malaysian Pale

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So you only have one match-up out on my list? 

I'm not surprised you don't have Dr. Siegel's Flied Egg Shooting Machine though. Tongue


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So you only have one match-up out of my list? 

Yes, I have also three Focus albums, but not the one you have.
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PsychedelicPaul was nice enough to mention me again. Heís such a sweetie! ❤️. Iím not even sure Iíve heard the Psychedelic Porn Crumpetís music. I just know with a name like that itís got to be unique. Paul HAS introduced me to some interesting groups, playing tunes some of which I like and some I donít care for. But he has a good track record for picking bands that resonate with me. We share a love of The Mamas and The Papas, ABBA and musicians made famous during the whole Laurel Canyon experience which heís enlightening us about now. He never tires of being a ďmusical archaeologist!Ē Digging up the good, bad and ugly and dusting it off and presenting it for us to explore further. And Prog Archives is THE place to explore it! Funny, while David_D and PsychedelicPaul were talking about a list of albums, Dr Siegelís Fried Egg Shooting Machine was mentioned. I can tell you PsychedelicPaul would probably rather have a crumpet shot at him than a fried egg. But make sure thereís plenty of melted butter on it or he might shoot it back. lol
Just make sure itís not a porn crumpet.


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I can tell that you have many more PA albums in your collection, Paul, but I have very probably albums by more PA artists in mine 
- and that's the general difference in the way we're collecting.







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Originally posted by FloydianPinkRose FloydianPinkRose wrote:

PsychedelicPaul was nice enough to mention me again. Heís such a sweetie! ❤️. Iím not even sure Iíve heard the Psychedelic Porn Crumpetís music. I just know with a name like that itís got to be unique. Paul HAS introduced me to some interesting groups, playing tunes some of which I like and some I donít care for. But he has a good track record for picking bands that resonate with me. We share a love of The Mamas and The Papas, ABBA and musicians made famous during the whole Laurel Canyon experience which heís enlightening us about now. He never tires of being a ďmusical archaeologist!Ē Digging up the good, bad and ugly and dusting it off and presenting it for us to explore further. And Prog Archives is THE place to explore it! Funny, while David_D and PsychedelicPaul were talking about a list of albums, Dr Siegelís Fried Egg Shooting Machine was mentioned. I can tell you PsychedelicPaul would probably rather have a crumpet shot at him than a fried egg. But make sure thereís plenty of melted butter on it or he might shoot it back. lol
Just make sure itís not a porn crumpet.


And here's another tasty psychedelic treat I've unearthed for you, my dear (although without crumpets this time): JANUS: - A band of two faces with their first Gravedigger album being a psychedelic treasure trove of golden nuggets from half a century ago. But then with a complete change of face in the 1990's, Janus made the most amazing comeback since Lazarus with ten albums of Christian Prog which I know will be right up your aisle, if you'll pardon the expression. Just watch out for the Bishop as he crosses diagonally down the chequered nave. Tongue

5 stars 1972: Janus - Gravedigger - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_l-sM5jaIhX6ng9YKO886qcwsOLTcKit_g
4 stars 1990: Janus - Out of Time - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f26xJj21k1c
4 stars 1993: Janus - Innocence
4 stars 1994: Janus - Free Fall
4 stars 2005: Janus - The "S" Album

My full review for the Gravedigger album. Can you dig it? Wink

Achtung! JANUS were another British band based in Germany (just like Nektar), so they could almost be considered a Krautrock band, especially in regard to their spaced-out psychedelic music. Janus were formed in the German town of Krefeld way back in 1969 by guitarist and keyboard player Colin Orr. The band were named after the mythological Roman God with two faces who looks to the future and to the past at the same time, and we're looking back almost half a century into the proggy past now at the rare Janus "Gravedigger" album from 1972. It's quite literally an underground rock album that was never likely to be played on the radio in 1972, and even less likely to be played on the radio now in the Chinese Virus year of 2020. It was to be their only album from the golden era of prog until Janus looked to the future and reformed many years later with a whole string of ten album releases between 1990 and 2017. Their classic "Gravedigger" album is also quite literally an album of two faces, with Side One occupied by four far-out psychedelic excursions and Side Two containing the trippy 20- minute-long "Gravedigger" suite. It's time now to unearth this long-lost album treasure from the archives because we're about to go Star-Trekkin' back in time with the six-man skeleton crew of Janus.

"Beam me up, Scotty", back to the golden year of 1972 on Planet Prog, because we're travelling in a fried-out Kombi, on the hippie trail, head full of zombie for our opening number, "Red Sun". Yes, it's all aboard the brightly-painted Magic Bus now for this 9-minute-long glowing red giant of a song that shines as brightly as Betelgeuse, the largest known star in the Milky Way. This is a song designed to trance-port the listener on a hallucinatory journey beyond the 13th floor of psychedelic elevation to a higher state of consciousness, only without the aid of any illegal substances. This psychedelic phantasmagoria is more tripped out than a plateful of magic mushrooms at a flower-power hippie commune. The song features a deceptively laid- back and dreamy opening, but be prepared to be taken on a Roller Coaster ride of Levitation and Reverberation in the style of The Thirteenth Floor Elevators as "Red Sun" suddenly explodes into life with fire and fury like a supernova, or like a 3-year-old toddler noisily throwing his toys out of the pram in a temper tantrum. It's not hip to be square, so if you're looking for fun and Feelin' Groovy, dare to wear some flowers in your hair and don those brightly-coloured bell-bottomed flares for a psychedelic pleasure trip back in time to the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco in the Summer of Love year of 1967. There ain't No Way you'll have the Bell Bottom Blues from listening to this joyously exuberant Purple Haze of late-1960's nostalgia.

It's time to pop the champagne cork now for "Bubbles", a sparklingly effervescent blend of fuzzy acid guitar riffing, heavenly harmonies, and featuring swirling echoey vocals constantly phasing in and out of the mix. One can almost smell the Incense and Peppermint. Is it a Dream of Innersense, or a Twilight Zone nightmare!?? One thing's for sure, the stoned-out-of-his-mind singer sounds like he's in an altered state of reality where The Doors of perception are constantly blurred (like Riders on the Storm in an Aldous Huxley or H.P. Lovecraft novel). If you listen to this spaced-out music very intently, you might just Break on Through to the Other Side. It could be that the singer just had Too Much to Dream Last Night after eating too many Electric Prunes and he forgot to set his Strawberry Alarm Clock for his appointment to Sit with the Guru. Either way, he sounds like he's flying on a Jefferson Airplane where he's seeing an hallucinatory White Rabbit moving around the chessboard, or maybe he just needs Somebody to Love, a bit like this prog reviewer. Come on Baby, Light My Fire!

You can forgive the bad spelling of the next song "Watcha' Tryin' to Do" and even the mildly irritating repetition of the song title by the singer, because this fairly run-of the-mill bluesy number still sounds better than most of what passes for music on the radio today, where it seems any soap opera star can become a wannabe pop star, if they should be so Lucky, lucky, lucky (Kylie & Jason, anyone?). "Watcha' Tryin' to Do" might not have the far-out freakiness of the first two songs on this album, but the manic singer still sounds like he's on the verge of having the men in white coats coming to take him away in a straitjacket at any moment. There are some fiery outbursts of pounding machine-gun percussion too from the always impressive drummer, who could have given Bonham, Powell & Moonie a good drum run for their money.

Prepare to batten down the hatches and take cover now for the pounding percussive artillery barrage of "I Wanna Scream". This proto-Heavy Metal number is a storming salvo that's locked and loaded with so much pulsating sonic intensity that it sounds *almost* as thunderously raw as Black Sabbath's "Paranoid". There's even a recently-made YouTube video to go with the song, featuring the band themselves in all of their glorious sonic splendour, proving that Janus are still able to raise the rooftops with their stupendously manic energy after all these years. The video comes with a warning to beware of flashing images. It should also come with a warning to beware of the singer, who sounds so angry he could SCREAM the house down!!

And now we come to the fifth and final song on the album, the 20-minute-long title track, "Gravedigger". This song has definite shades of the Moody Blues with its dreamy Mellotron sound and gloriously lush sweeping harmonies. It may not quite reach the magnificent majestic heights of Nights in White Satin, but this is still a marvellous piece of music, and makes a very pleasant contrast to the manic intensity of the sonorous songs on Side One of the album. In fact, this epic masterpiece is in such stark contrast to the four previous songs, that one could almost believe it's by a different band entirely. There's even a brief classical guitar interlude featuring Grieg's Hall of the Mountain King. The peaceful soothing music of the "Gravedigger" suite is overall very calming and relaxing, accompanied as it is by the sound of gently lapping waves in the background. The restful music conjures up tranquil images of bathing in warm, tropical blue seas in an exotic Pacific island paradise, only without the risk of being stung by a jellyfish, or accidentally standing on a stonefish, where there'll be so many people offering to wee on you to help ease the dreadful stinging agony, it'll feel like you're starring in a German porn film. And besides which, it's not the kind of thing you'd want on a romantic honeymoon for two anyway, when what you *really* need is vinegar to ease the searing pain of a jellyfish or stonefish sting, even though you'll end up smelling like a fish & chip shop.

If you want to follow the hippie trail to Kathmandu without the danger of being attacked by the Taliban in Afghanistan, or meeting an Abominable Snowman in the Himalayas along the way, then you could do a lot worse than unearthing the "Gravedigger" album by Janus for a late-1960's/early 1970's nostalgia trip of sonic nirvana for the mind, body and soul. This album is a bountiful musical paradise and it's far safer than travelling to a tropical island paradise of calm turquoise seas and swaying palm trees where you can find out what it's actually like to be half-eaten by a shark. Yes, this album is a virtual reality backpacker trip back in time through the land of the Ayatollah and the lower tollahs without the need of a brightly- painted Volkswagen Kombi, so don those flared trousers, put on that old Afghan coat and light a joss-stick for the musical journey of a lunchtime!





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My Complete Prog Archives Collection on CD  (updated Mk II version)

 4 stars 1990: Peter Gabriel - Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkeerQB_6Ebia3C_8C3l-kzutjbCuqyKv

 4 stars 1969: Genesis - From Genesis to Revelation - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoIDt_C5y1Ls8TsNNijJYxxnS-Kp5ts8t
 5 stars 1973: Genesis - Selling England by the Pound - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoIDt_C5y1Ls8c3SxGZW2wPNWTifikotc
 5 stars 1974: Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoIDt_C5y1LvZRqTE0R8CKQn3uj02Eete

 5 stars 1978: David Gilmour - David Gilmour - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjXkIuQQePs

 4 stars 1974: Roger Glover - The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLw0yiO6JqxM2ugBYAeRiPjz4qC96AWtav


 4 stars 1973: Greenslade - Greenslade - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GI4gTPXRfw

 5 stars 2017: Group 1850 - The Golden Years of Dutch Pop Music (2 CD's)



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