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Topic: 5 Ayreon albums
Posted By: AtomicCrimsonRush
Subject: 5 Ayreon albums
Date Posted: October 31 2013 at 05:41


Posted By: Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Date Posted: October 31 2013 at 05:52
Sorry Scott, I'll have to sit this one out!

I only own `Actual Fantasy Revisited' (which I do quite enjoy, even if it's the very definition of `prog-by-numbers'), but some of the others above I've heard don't do a lot for me. Not enough to actually go and buy the things from the samples I heard.

Yet I absolutely loved Lucassen's solo album `Lost in the New Real', was one of my favourites from last year! I hope he gets around to a follow-up to it.

But I do have `The Theory of Everything' waiting in a pile to go with an order at Syn-Phonic, so I'll get to hear that at some point shortly.

Posted By: AtomicCrimsonRush
Date Posted: October 31 2013 at 05:58
Thats cool mate...

I hope you enjoy Theory of Everything - love the weirdness of that one


Posted By: Sagichim
Date Posted: October 31 2013 at 05:58
Still haven't heard the new one, but out of the others it's definitely Electric Castle. But my favorite remains the debut for some reason.

Posted By: AtomicCrimsonRush
Date Posted: October 31 2013 at 05:59
^^^ Yeah the debut is great. I purposefully missed out Human Equation as its too easy to choose being so popular.


Posted By: Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Date Posted: October 31 2013 at 06:03
Originally posted by AtomicCrimsonRush AtomicCrimsonRush wrote:

Thats cool mate...
I hope you enjoy Theory of Everything - love the weirdness of that one

I'm actually looking forward to hearing it! I just figured I'd simply buy it right from the start and see how I go! Will report back somewhere on the Archives when I do get to hear it!

Posted By: Evolver
Date Posted: October 31 2013 at 06:14
Up until yesterday, I only owned 01011001, and it is just okay.
But on one listen to The Theory of Everything, I love the album.

Trust me. I know what I'm doing.

Posted By: octopus-4
Date Posted: October 31 2013 at 07:56
I think that Human Equation and Actual Fantasy are both 5-stars albums, but I have never found too much interest in the other Ayreon's albums. I love other Lucassen's projects like Ambeon, Star One and Guilt Machine, but the rest of the Ayreon's output has left me cold.

I haven't listened carefully to Theory of Everything yet.

Curiosity killed a cat, Schroedinger only half.
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Posted By: Guldbamsen
Date Posted: October 31 2013 at 08:27
Out of my, admittedly, brief encounters with Ayreon, it's the newest one that has clicked with me the most. I really dig the flutes and female vocals. It's still major cheese, but somehow it works.

“The Guide says there is an art to flying or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”

- Douglas Adams

Posted By: Wanorak
Date Posted: October 31 2013 at 10:00
The Theory of Everything.


Posted By: PabstRibbon
Date Posted: October 31 2013 at 17:12
It's between 01 and Theory.. Both are 5 stars albums IMO. I have to think about it seriously but since Theory is new, I play it 2 times per day minimum so maybe my vote will go for it.

Posted By: proggman
Date Posted: October 31 2013 at 21:33
I can easily vote for all the albums here, but I am gonna vote for 01011001, just because it doesn't have any votes.

When he rides, my fears subside.
For darkness turns once more to light.
Through the skies, his white horse flies.
To find a land beyond the night.

Posted By: Lofcaudio
Date Posted: November 01 2013 at 14:57
Migrator 1 for me.  Of course, Human Equation is easily the best Ayreon.  I would rank them as follows:
  1. The Human Equation
  2. The Universal Migrator 1
  3. Into the Electric Castle
  4. 01011001
  5. The Theory of Everything
  6. The Universal Migrator 2

Posted By: Dellinger
Date Posted: November 01 2013 at 22:45
I'm a bit surprised "Universal Migrator 1" is winning here, I thought it wasn't so loved compared to the other albums (specially "The Human Equation"). I actually wasn't sure which I would vote for, because they are all nice but with some kind of weaker moments... though I was almost sure I wouldn't vote for Human Equation. However, I think I actually like Universal Migrator 1 best. Still, I first need to get the new album and give it a few spins to form an opinion about it. I hope it arrives to my city soon.

Posted By: Cristi
Date Posted: October 05 2017 at 05:45
the electric castle out of these
I rarely listen to Ayreon these days, but this album does it for me. One of the best from Ayreon.

Posted By: verslibre
Date Posted: October 05 2017 at 09:56
Into the Electric Castle was the last one I enjoyed from beginning to end.

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Posted By: Dopeydoc
Date Posted: October 07 2017 at 15:57
Electric castle, then Human equation

Posted By: Man With Hat
Date Posted: October 10 2017 at 14:32
electric Castle 

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I'm running still, I shall until, one day, I hope that I'll arrive
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Posted By: essexboyinwales
Date Posted: October 18 2017 at 13:40
The Theory Of Everything, just ahead of Into The Electric Castle, 01011001, Dream Sequencer, then Universal Migrator, but they're all top-notch!  Human Equation would narrowly beat TTOE, not sure where The Source would sit yet, but it would not be pushing those at the very top.

Arjen is a genius - he's there with Mike Oldfield and Michael Holmes for me...

Posted By: ProfPanglos
Date Posted: October 30 2017 at 16:32
01011001 and Human Equation are the only 2 Ayreon albums I get into.

Posted By: siLLy puPPy
Date Posted: October 30 2017 at 17:25
I recently went through an Ayreon marathon and listened to every album from the first to the latest
Conclusion: 01011001 is the one i find to hit me right in all the right ways from beginning to start


Posted By: AtomicCrimsonRush
Date Posted: November 05 2017 at 05:22
I love them all but the new album is incredible also.

PS Cant believe this thread is still active after 4 years!


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