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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 16 2013 at 21:20
I see I see. Well, as good as the musicianship may be I too would have a hard time getting into the music if the vocalist was lousy. It's a tough one, but depending on the type of music you may be able to get away with it, but usually not prog.
Anyway, If you want you can send me some tracks that you do like and I'll give it a listen. :) I'm actually curious to hear some vocals that are driving you a big nuts in the Neo world. Lol
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 16 2013 at 21:32
I might do that, see if it's just me and my hang-ups or someone else might pick up on it too! I'm a bit disappointed, because the CD booklet is absolutely with lavish artwork, illustrations and lyrics! I feel bad for not liking it more!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 16 2013 at 22:59
Originally posted by Aussie-Byrd-Brother Aussie-Byrd-Brother wrote:

I might do that, see if it's just me and my hang-ups or someone else might pick up on it too! I'm a bit disappointed, because the CD booklet is absolutely with lavish artwork, illustrations and lyrics! I feel bad for not liking it more!


Oh the great deceiver that is art!! Yup. It can lewer you in and sometimes really set you up for disappointment. Lol don't feel bad my friend. It's happened to all us proggers. :)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 16 2013 at 23:15
Well, I didn't buy the album because of the cover art, although when I saw it and the booklet with the beautiful paintings, I probably thought `Oh, this album is going to be AMAZING' lol!

Cue the big comedown....so far. I don't get much to the second half of the CD, so maybe the stuff there is superb. We'll see. I'll send you a few sample tracks when I get home, my friend!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 17 2013 at 21:23
Nick, what do you think of Arena's `The Visitor'? I know many consider it their classic, but I just don't seem to love it as much as their other albums. Not my favourite Arena vocalist on that one, although many of the instrumental passages are superb!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 17 2013 at 21:43
^ Hee Hee I guess Paul Wrightson didn't do it for you huh? Yeah, I mean I guess he is no Sowden but the album itself, conceptually, is rather interesting. I like the 'freak alien' who terrorizes a town. Lol. Anyway, musically I really enjoyed tracks such as 'the enemy without, hanging tree, crack in the ice and the epic The Visitor. I'd give it a 4/5. I do like it. Clive Nolan sounds great on it. Solid album to be Micheal, but it's no PRIDE. That's for sure. That album is 5/5 for me. Essential to Neo prog!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 17 2013 at 21:56
Hmmm, you've got me very curious, Nick...because I have to shamefully admit.....(here goes) `Pride' is the only Arena album I don't own, or have heard either, for that matter!

Please don't go all Punisher on me and dispense vigilante justice for my guilt!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 17 2013 at 22:15
Originally posted by Aussie-Byrd-Brother Aussie-Byrd-Brother wrote:

Hmmm, you've got me very curious, Nick...because I have to shamefully admit.....(here goes) `Pride' is the only Arena album I don't own, or have heard either, for that matter!

Please don't go all Punisher on me and dispense vigilante justice for my guilt!!


I will not unleash my metal dogs of fury on you.
Micheal, from the bottom of my heart, the album PRIDE is absolute Aces and I cannot wait to hear what you think of it. Great epic track, Sirens on it but it's the rest of the Crying for help tracks that really round out the album. The only draw back is that the vocalist is of the same as the album The Visitor, but I thought Wrightson sounded much better on PRIDE. oh enjoy that one!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 19 2013 at 18:28

Where were all you guys in the Best Track of 1996 poll, when only about 3 of us voted for Pendragon's "The Shadow," one of the best songs of neo-prog of any year, period. Instead, it looks like Porcupine Tree's Dark Matter's going to win, which, let's face it, wouldn't even make most of our Top 20 Porcupine Tree tracks... Oh well...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 19 2013 at 18:39
What, `Dark Matter' is a beauty!! One of my favourite PT tracks, and from well before their `heavier'(ie less interesting) phase too!

Sometimes those endless polls do my head in, Jude lol! Exhausting!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 19 2013 at 19:06
Originally posted by Aussie-Byrd-Brother Aussie-Byrd-Brother wrote:

What, `Dark Matter' is a beauty!! One of my favourite PT tracks, and from well before their `heavier'(ie less interesting) phase too!

Sometimes those endless polls do my head in, Jude lol! Exhausting!

It's good to know people feel that way about that track. I prefer Porcupine Tree, I'm not really a fan of Pendragon, but "The Shadow" is a monster (for me, anyway Big smile)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 19 2013 at 19:12
Well, `The Masquerade Overture' is a superb Pendragon album, and you're right, that track is wonderful. I really like when Nick sings `And when, the Sandman comes to you...' etc. The only track I don't like is that shorter `The Pursuit of Excellence' lol!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 25 2013 at 23:04
Nick, I wonder if you've heard a wonderful Neo band called Twin Age? They don't exist anymore (to my knowledge), but their first two albums are superb, especially the second one here:

http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=1358

Here's the first track:



The singer is not the greatest, but still has a very distinctive style!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 25 2013 at 23:09
Originally posted by Aussie-Byrd-Brother Aussie-Byrd-Brother wrote:

What, `Dark Matter' is a beauty!! One of my favourite PT tracks, and from well before their `heavier'(ie less interesting) phase too!

Sometimes those endless polls do my head in, Jude lol! Exhausting!


Absolutely. I agree tenfold!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 25 2013 at 23:25
Originally posted by Aussie-Byrd-Brother Aussie-Byrd-Brother wrote:

Nick, I wonder if you've heard a wonderful Neo band called Twin Age? They don't exist anymore (to my knowledge), but their first two albums are superb, especially the second one here:

http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=1358

Here's the first track:



The singer is not the greatest, but still has a very distinctive style!


hey buddy. This is excellent. I enjoyed this track this very much, but you are right about the singer. To me, he sounds like he is trying very hard to do his best RObert smith impression of the cure. Overall. This is vintage Neo and I love the organ sounding synth at the 6min mark. Thank you for sharing and yes, I've heard of these guys. I've been hovering around the Neo Archives a little bit lately. I admit though, lately I've been a progressive Metal nutcase. Can't get enough.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 01 2013 at 01:42
Nick, I just received the latest Arena live DVD, and it's superb! Have to say, Paul Menzi is really good with the band live! He wisely avoids a few of the higher notes that might have been a bit of a risk, but he's very slick and professional.

The stuff they play from `Seventh Degree...' is given a slightly `proggier' mix, Mr Nolan's keyboards nice and thick, Jowitt's bass is really punchy and mixed upfront a lot of the time, and John Mitchell is just a damn guitar star.

Very happy with this purchase!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 01 2013 at 01:55
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^ ah THE RAPTURE!!! Consider me all rapt up. Lol
I'm glad you like it. I've had that DVD saved in my Amazon cart for a little while cause I was actually pondering Manzi's performance of weather or not it would irk me to death or not. :)
I may just have to buy it now. Love your enthusiasm for it. :)

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 01 2013 at 02:10
The Rapture! That's it! I'm at work and couldn't for the life of me remember the title!

Yeah, from the moment Manzi steps on the stage, he's got a great presence, I was realy surprised at good he is on it. He sings the older songs well too!

Do yourself a favour, click that `Check Out' button on Amazon, my friend!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 11 2013 at 11:00
Has anyone been enjoying Clive Nolan's `Alchemy' prog/stage show/rock opera as much as me?!

Such a lovely gothic and romantic work, so much effort has gone into the lavish production, with interesting characters, wonderful arrangements and flawlessly grand performances!

I think fans of Wakeman's `Journey...' would really go for a lot of this album!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 11 2013 at 12:28
Ok here's what I'm going to do. I'm gonna listen to you cause I can't deprive myself of these wonderful Neo Releases any longer!   

I'm gonna by the rapture and Clive's Alchemy (spec Ed.) I might throw in the Comedy of Errors albums as well.
I made a little bit of money today. Why not?

I'm clicking yes to life my friend!

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