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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote lazland Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 16 2014 at 13:10
Tuesday 16. Half day off work in the afternoon to look after father in law whilst wife and mother in law go off to a hospital appointment. I am really missing my son, who is not home until midnight tonight, having been on a four day school trip to Germany. So, when the wimmin got back, I decided it was time for an hour or so You Tube 'till dog walk time. I should do this more often, really, because this was a really pleasant time. I watch YT via a Chromecast thingy attached to the telly in the dining room.

Pendragon. If I Were The Wind live at Citadel, St Helens. It is never a bad thing to start off with a bit of Pendragon!

Pink Floyd. The Endless River, side one. This is essentially Shine On, and, whilst perfectly good, is not exactly making me want to rush out and buy it. I think there is some far better new music out there.......talking of which......

Colin Mold. Ancestral Song. Really nice Prog folk, with a Celtic tinge. I am very tempted to buy Mold's new album, based upon Thomas' review. We are normally as one on these matters! This, and the following track are from the last LP.

Cindy L Spear & Colin Mold. Will We Ever Return. Really quite a lovely song, full of melancholic yearning for a better, more innocent, time, with more than a touch of religiosity to it.

Anton Roolaart. Gravity. On my "to buy" list for quite a while this year, I have never really gotten around to it.

Anton Roolaart. Stars Fall Down. This chap deserves to be taken seriously when Richardh and Ivan rate him so highly, especially the latter, whose review of the new album was positively gushing. I really like this track. I think I am convinced.....

Having said that, a recommendation a while back from Scott (Rushfan4) was Iluvatar's new album, From The Silence. So, next I popped on The Silence. Basically, a recommendation from Scott is a shoo in for me, and this track is deeply impressive. The next one, Open The Door was fairly traditional neo-Prog.

Followed by Lee Abraham. The Corridors of Power, from Distant Days, another on my "to buy" list for much of 2014. Another deeply impressive track.

One of the reasons I am doing this is that Ioan always buys his Dad a cd for birthday, which is coming up shortly, and it is the big 50. I was originally going to get the Floyd album, but, to be honest, I am still not that bothered by it. Decisions, decisions......

I followed this with Tomorrow Will Be Yesterday, again from Abraham's new album. I absolutely adore this song.

Of course, a huge advantage of the digital era is the fact that we can listen before we buy. I have quite a decision to make, albeit a nice one. Ioan is always really lovely when he presents me with my present on birthday morning.

Okay, it is now approaching 5.30 in the evening, so dog walk, which, of course, involves a nice quiet pint half way through, and an evening of reflection before I make my final decision.

So....7.00. The decision has been made, this following two pints of Swn Y Dail, a gorgeous pale ale brewed in Llanddarog. And the winners are..........Mold & Abraham, and just ordered from Will at Caerllysi Music.

As for the runners up......well, they can be purchased in January

Nos da all.....


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote progbethyname Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 21 2014 at 22:15
^ hey Steve,

Merry Christmas buddy.

Oh and it's NEVER a bad thing to start off a lovely listening session with a Pendragon album.

Was a huge fan of their latest live album release "The Man who climbed mountains."
If you loved "out of order comes chaos" you will adore this explosive live set. :)

A big handshake to you sir. Be well.
Rest up for 2015!! Lots of ground to cover. For starters Iron Maiden and our mutual pals, Arena will be releasing new albums. Exciting indeed. :)
Ok. It's time. Lets get Fields Of The Nephilim on PA. They rightfully belong here.
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Our esteemed admin, Andy Webb, runs an annual best albums of the year list for collaborators on the site. He the. Collates the results, and publishes them on the wider forum. I posted my top ten tonight in the Collaborator's Zone which is unseen by the wider membership and guests. So, I reproduce it here for interest and debate. Of course, people who know me well will expect no kind of Rio/Avant, Fusion, Experimental awful loud noises (aka metal) & etc., and I appreciate that the type of melodic Prog that I love is not particularly "trendy" these days.

Of course, I care not. I love it!

1. Mostly Autumn - Dressed in Voices
2. IQ - The Road of Bones
3. Introitus - Anima
4. Pendragon - Men Who Climb Mountains
5. Steve Rothery - The Ghosts of Pripyat
6. Nick Magnus - N'Monix
7. Panic Room - Incarnate
8. Corvus Stone - Corvus Stone II
9. Mike Oldfield - Man on the Rocks
10. Frequency Drift - Over (the follow up Summer is on my "to buy" list)

For completeness, here are the albums "bubbling under" the top ten. I should also point out that I have at least a couple more albums from 2014 not yet listened to, so the lists are subject to some change.

11. Gazpacho - Demon
12. Transatlantic - Kaleidoscope
13. Supernal Endgame - Touch The Sky Volume II
14. Monarch Trail - Skye
15. Ian Anderson - Homo Erraticus
16. Lee Abraham - Distant Days
17. Elephants of Scotland - Execute and Breathe
18. Yes - Heaven & Earth
19. RPWL - Wanted
20. Perfect Beings - Perfect Beings (no, I did not rate it as highly as many others on the site....)
21. Il Tempio Delle Clessidre - Alie Natura
22. Rick Miller - Heart of Darkness
23. Eden Shadow - Phases
24. The Watch - Tracks from the Alps
25. Cirrus Bay - The Search For Joy

The only two of the above list that rate with me as two on the PA site, i.e. poor and for completists only, are the final two. I really loathe The Watch, sorry. This album was such a poor and unoriginal copy of a great and original band that I wanted to throw something at them, and Cirrus Bay was the subject of a fan bombardment on the site, and was nowhere near as good as the said fans would have had us believe.

Of which, the greatest pleasant surprise of the year was absolutely Corvus Stone II. This, again, was not the masterpiece some would have us believe, but was, in contrast to The Search For Joy, an absolute joy to listen to.

When I get time, I will get around to reviewing all of the 2014 albums. I think I have reviewed 11 so far. My New Year Resolution is to create more time for reviewing, which is my favourite activity on the site, aside from this blog, of course!


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Great albums indeed, the ones I listened to, although AlieNatura was released last year Ermm
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote lazland Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 hours 26 minutes ago at 16:00
Originally posted by Meltdowner Meltdowner wrote:

Great albums indeed, the ones I listened to, although AlieNatura was released last year Ermm


Cheers!

Apologies re Alie Natura. I will amend the Progfreak entry, but will leave it on my list.


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