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24 days ago
Geir
Thanks for weighing in, Huster - exactly the kind of feedback I was hoping for! I see there are some Bandcamp samples available - I'll check those out later. Later edit: Based on listening to the first couple of mintues of each track on "Ostrich", this record appears to be Crack The Sky gone funk. "White Music", on the other hand, always struck me as a pretty successfu
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24 days ago
Geir
Carl, on the initial CD/merch page, it says "Can't figure out the best way to order or can't find something you'd like? Use the contact link below and just ask for help", so I figure there might be hope for the rest of us if one asks nicely enough? I won't be doing so just yet, but there can be no harm in at least trying, I guess. :-)
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24 days ago
Geir
Just wanted to update that the first four Crack The Sky studio albums are seemingly in print after all, at least if the band's official webstore is anything to go by. "Animal Notes" and "Strength in Numbers" are still coupled together as a single disc release, while the debut and "White Music" now are separate reissues, both featuring bonus tracks. On the othe
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4 weeks ago
Geir
Terry, the "2 on 1" CD reissues were as follows: "Crack The Sky" and "White Music" "Animal Notes" and "Safety in Numbers" In both cases, a track or two was dropped from the original releases for the albums to fit on one disc. Furthermore, four tracks from "Live Sky" were included as bonus cuts to accompany the seven track "
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4 weeks ago
Geir
I owe my knowledge of this band to two friends of mine from the City Boy forum, and "Safety in Numbers" and "White Music" are my particular favorites, although the latter is certainly far removed from the vintage Crack The Sky sound. I have the Crack The Sky self-titled album and possibly "Animal Notes" on CD-R somewhere, too, and should probably give them a re-l
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4 weeks ago
Geir
Extremely classy move by Mr. Cordola - thanks for sharing, Mik! :-)
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5 weeks ago
Geir
Hi all! Thanks for the perspectives on "Beautiful Broken" - I'll be buying that out of sheer curiousity, I think, having passed on Heart's other last couple of releases. As for the eighties albums of Heart, to my knowledge they've been more or less ignored in terms of remastering, although there have been countless repressings, such as this recent, Japanese SHM-CD edition. The
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5 weeks ago
Geir
Hiya, Don (and not doncherry this time)! My initial answer was/is targeted at doncherry - with a tag like that, I figured he is a Don, as well, although who really knows in this internet world...? ;-) I'm glad to hear that the Rick Springfield info might be of some use to you, too, though: I've been a fan of Rick's since I bought "Living in Oz" in 1983, so it's a subject I'll glad
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5 weeks ago
Geir
Hi Don! "Rocket Science" is the only album of Rick's with a slight country tinge, but "Karma" (1999) is also at times somewhat laid-back, albeit from a slightly different musical angle, while "Rock of Life" (1988) would arguably be the long player to resemble "Rocket Science" the most among his eighties run of albums, if you're not already familiar with
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6 weeks ago
Geir
Love it - thanks a lot for posting the Soundcloud link! :-)
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6 weeks ago
Geir
Thanks yet again, Hustler - that was a good read! :-) I guess I can understand Styx's concern in terms of keeping the touring machine going in a reasonably lucrative fashion, but for how long can you really keep going and keep inspired, simply playing the greatest hits? Somehow, I suppose it'll reign itself in when they suddenly realize it's a choice between doing a set centred around one o
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6 weeks ago
Geir
Hustler, thanks for sharing that info. I had no idea such a project was in the making, and I will be awaiting that record with some anticipation. For whatever it's worth, I think Ricky Phillips is the right guy to mastermind such a project - the brilliant "Frederiksen/Phillips" album immediately springs to mind! And am I the only one who thinks it's a waste that Styx seemingly won't
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7 weeks ago
Geir
I get the feeling that there's a fair bit of ambivalence on Rick's part toward "Jessie's Girl": He has vented frustrations towards being coined "a one hit wonder" because of it and yet there are no less than three re-recordings of the song in his catalog, not counting the various official live renditions of it. For someone with such a catalog of such strong recent albums, I
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7 weeks ago
Geir
Thanks a lot for posting, Act - I'll second the other posters who find that this sounds very promising! By the way, am I the only one who thinks Ronnie Platt has quite a John Elephante-like hint to his voice at times here? Oh, and if this somehow fails, they've still got the Native Window option, as well - that's an album I liked a lot and would love to see a sequel to!
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2 months ago
Geir
Hiya, PB! Never really thought about the possibility of those drums being triggered, although that was definitely in vogue at the time - will have to relisten for that now! Anyway, whatever those Alias drums are, Deen Castronovo truly obliterated the competition at the time - not sure I can think of a drum sound from that era that I like better...? And out of curiousity - can you? :-) G
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2 months ago
Geir
"Bad English" for me, although I certainly played both albums a lot back in the day. Bad English was a supergroup that truly made good on its potential - very few such groups genuinely do - and there is real magic in some of the songwriting to these ears: I recall some of John Waite's lyrics really made me sit up and pay attention - "Forget Me Not" and particularly "Gh
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2 months ago
Geir
Roar, whatever that Japanese re-pressing of "Beast..." was, it certainly went under most people's radar, mine included. Do you even know for a fact that it was remastered and not merely a repress of the original Japanese edition? A friend of mine got it and enthusiastically sent me an MMS of it, but I completely forgot to quiz him further about it at the time. Perhaps now is the time
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2 months ago
Geir
Roar, I'm fairly sure I read somewhere that Rock Candy hope to reissue "Beast from the East", possibly in the autumn? I don't think it's one of their confirmed releases yet, though, so I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens... As for the mysterious headline, perhaps that was simply an unintended left-over from an earlier post, or, indeed, from Mick Brown's latest "
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3 months ago
Geir
Thanks for elaborating, Adolfo - sounds like Ms. Lewis has put some effort into making this album a nice package. I played the debut album from '88 again this morning, not having listened to it for a long time, and it struck me as a band that hadn't quite found its musical path yet ... or one that was spread a little thin to see what would stick with the public perhaps? To these ears, Jim Fara
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3 months ago
Geir
Rephrasing Big Al: Adolfo, do you like "One More for the Road"? Why/why not? And from myself: How does it compare musically to the band's official studio album from back in the day? I personally think parts of that were pretty good, so I'd be curious to know if "One More..." has anything similarly good on offer?
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3 months ago
Geir
Lee Small has gigged live with High Time, a covers band that Tore Meli now also plays guitar in, on a few occasions over the last couple of years in the Nord-Oesterdalen region of Norway. High Time features a couple of ex-Winter Parade members, for those of you who remember their two albums from earlier in the decade. Oh, and that's Terje Follien on drums, also previously of Winter Parade, tho
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4 months ago
Geir
...Eyes, considering that Leave Has Left? ;-) I'm sure they're primarily honouring previously scheduled tour dates for now, but it certainly begs a question of what they're going to do for subject matter if the line-up goes on to record new music later? ...And if the group isn't candidate of the century for a name change then, I'll be sure stop by Mastersound Studios and smack the owner with m
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4 months ago
Geir
While the new guy unfortunately does not sound as effortless as Deen, I agree with farrarsm: I don't find this in any way as bad as the title of this thread suggests, and he actually hits most of the notes on a song that most singers would struggle with live as is. As for Arnel: Has he ever done this song live? And while Valory and Cain are excellent on harmony vocals (possibly with some proce
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4 months ago
Geir
It's cool to see that I'm not alone in liking Schooltree. I get the feeling their music is sandwiched somewhere between quirky classic rock and pseudo-progressive, and that people can't always figure out quite what they're listening to ... although while "Heterotopia" is probably even more out there in its extremes, I get the impression that some of it may in turn tailor more directly t
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4 months ago
Geir
Apologies if this has been posted here before, but Boston rock band Schooltree have a Kickstarter campaign for their upcoming rock opera, "Heterotopia" (october 2016). There's three days left of the campaign currently - I'd love to see more people backing it! Their previous album, "Rise" (2013), is certainly among the most played in my record collection over the last couple
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4 months ago
Geir
...Kiss without both Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons at some point in the future. No disrespect to Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, but ... nope, don't think so.
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4 months ago
Geir
It's sad to hear that he is gone. I loved his work with Airborne and on Diving For Pearls' "Texas" album. Always meant to check out his Stealing Wishes project, too, but have not got that far yet... I'm sure there's more good stuff of his out there that I'm not aware of, as well.
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4 months ago
Geir
It's one of the most well-researched rock biographies I've ever read, and a thoroughly enjoyable one at that! It covers all of the band members' lives up until and through the first album and tour - extensively so, yet without getting boring in the process. Highly recommended!
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4 months ago
Geir
I love Kenny Driscoll's voice on the same titled Lone Star album. He does a competent job on "Live at the Marquee", but occasionally sounds somewhat outpowered by the material. Moore & Driscoll as co-writers on original material could have yielded interesting results, I think, but you do get the sense that Moore was very close to figuring out that he could handle the lead vocals
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4 months ago
Geir
I don't have any particular beef with Tsangarides' production job, but I agree with you in terms of it being nothing out of the ordinary. As for "Rest in Peace", I actually think it's one of the album's better songs: It strikes me as a something of a prototype for the excellent, yet to come "I Can't Wait Until Tomorrow" off of "Corridors of Power". I concur wit
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