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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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13 days 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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15 days 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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20 days 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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21 days 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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22 days 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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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4 weeks ago
Geir
Hadn't thought about a tax dodge, but that theory may well be true to some degree. Magnum is at least a band whose career immediately accelerated once they signed with another label! While Gary Moore himself seems to have been in search for a musical direction that made sense following the relative flop of the G-Force album, Jet Records appear to have had even less of a clue with regards to ha
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5 weeks ago
Geir
Ken Siewertson (1984-1989) and Joakim "Joe" Larsson (1989-1993) were the bass players of Treat back in the day, so no... Then again, Pontus Egberg is only marginally younger than the Treat founding members, which means he'll look visually at home with them now, I suppose! :-)
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5 weeks ago
Geir
Recently, I have been spinning Rock Candy's excellent remasters of Lone Star, which in turn led me to Kenny Driscoll's appearance on Gary Moore's "Live (at the Marquee)" from 1980/1983. Now, while I would not rate that and the "Dirty Fingers" (1981/1984) album up there with Moore's output from "Corridors of Power" and onwards, it's not like the former are that su
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5 weeks ago
Geir
"3.V" was always my favourite among the initial batch of Zebra albums. It's an LP that I like quite a bit, although I do understand those who find Zebra, and in particular the higher range of Randy Jackson's voice, to be an acquired taste. My personal favourites off of "3.V": Can't Live Without He's Makin' You the Fool Time Better Not Call You'll Never Know About to M
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6 weeks ago
Geir
Hi! I didn’t get as far as weighing in on buirt’s Toy Matinee acoustic rehearsal thread a week or so back, so thought I’d add a post on the subject now. The “Kevin Gilbert’s Toy Matinee acoustic rehearsal” is a pretty informal recording. In addition to the tracks themselves, you get to hear Kevin, Marc Bonilla (guitars/back-up vocals) and Spencer Campbell (bass/vocals) talking casu
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7 weeks ago
Geir
Absolutely awesome - thanks for posting! :-) The "Not quite a year..." vocal parts a cappella - total goosebump territory here, too! The rest of it isn't far behind, either! :-)
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2 months ago
Geir
Just played the video, and have to say that I liked what I heard. Lee still has a powerful voice, and while I'm guessing "Tomboy" won't be my favourite track on "Fire and Gasoline", I can imagine it sitting quite comfortably as an album track that doesn't let the standard down. I don't have a problem with the video at all. In fact, I find it's a nice gesture of sorts toward
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2 months ago
Geir
The initial choruses are a bit generic to my ears, but once the melody and vocal arrangements are shifted around somewhat in the later half of the song, I find that the chorus comes across a little stronger. The song's melodic nature may also work well juxtapositioned between other tunes on the album As for the verses, they aren't at all bad, and the recording/production/mix sounds solid, too
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2 months ago
Geir
Hi PB! I enjoyed that - thanks for posting! Sorry to hear that this is the end of Snowfall - at least you could have had the decency to go out on a shite song! ;-) There may be an incoming call from Gudbrandsdalen in the near future - you have been warned! Geir :-)
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2 months ago
Geir
I can't recall which website had this interview, but Keith Olsen revealed that the Preview album from 1983 has a fair share of his go-to sessionites on it, including Alan Pasqua, Chas Sandford, Dennis Belfield, Tom Kelly and Richard Page. They're thanked for "all their help and co-operation" in the sleeve notes. If memory serves, Olsen alluded to that singer Jon Fiore's talent vastl
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2 months ago
Geir
Mike's solo album "Nowhere Land" would be my particular favourite among his more current records, although you can hardly go wrong with any of the mentioned Steelhouse Lane, Seventh Key and Terry Brock albums, either. The Chris Ousey album didn't strike too much of a chord with me - last year's Ozone CD, however, is infinitely much better by comparison IMHO, despite involving much of
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2 months ago
Geir
Thanks for taking the time to post the variety of quotes from the Martin Popoff book, Hot Sauce. I won't pretend to agree with the way you put quite a few things in your post nor your opinions, but I appreciate the heads up on "Whitesnake: Sail Away" - it sounds like a good read. Andy B, thanks for adding more of Olsen's take on Vandenberg's situation at the time - it'd be interestin
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2 months ago
Geir
...Before his return with Moonkings, Adrian spoke of back problems as one of the reasons for his semi-retirement from the music business, so that certainly makes sense in terms of the whole picture. While I do like "Restless Heart" musically, I also thought his bending and vibrato wasn't quite as spot-on as it was in the early Vandenberg days - I guess that might tie in with the disc
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2 months ago
Geir
...for elaborating on all you know surrounding the guitarist situation in Whitesnake post the 1987 tour. It all makes for a fairly logical sounding whole, I think, although I do find a faked Vandenberg hand injury somewhat hard to fathom, at least until someone can link to a Keith Olsen interview where the producer actually confirms that. Vai's matter-of-fact-ness about the whole arrangement -
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2 months ago
Geir
With all this talk of Last In Line and Vivian Campbell, it struck me: Does anyone know if the original intention was for Viv to stay with Whitesnake following the 1987 tour and record what eventually became "Slip of the Tongue"? Viv said in a recent interview that some Def Leppard members were initially sceptical towards inviting him into their line-up, as he'd been fired from just a
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2 months ago
Geir
Shadow King was a bit half-and-half for me: I love side A + "I Want You" - the remaining four tracks I haven't heard in at least a decade. Time to dig up the original cassette tape (!) and play the whole thing again to refresh my memory, I guess! ;-) As for the guitar playing on the album, the rhythm guitars were primarily tracked by Bruce Turgeon, if memory serves, so Viv's work is
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3 months ago
Geir
Haha, Terry - sorry 'bout that! ;-) Anyway, go ahead and play the vinyl record while you're at it, if you can: My LP copy of "Friction" is a prime example of how genuinely gorgeous a pristinely recorded analog production can sound at its very best! Rock Candy's remastering is first class as always, but unless you desperately ache for the increase in volume, I'd argue that the ori
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3 months ago
Geir
The primary image of the Australian cover is included on the inner sleeve of the original vinyl album, but much smaller and without the band logo and title. I had no idea that the image made it to any version of the album cover at all, so thanks for scanning and posting it! I personally find it would have made for equally strong cover art compared the sparks shot that we eventually got, but as
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3 months ago
Geir
That's a very nice update of the song - I like it a lot better than the demo version, which was alright, but never really more than that, in my humble opinion. (I tend to play the no bonus tracks version of "Songs For the End of the world" when I go back and give it a spin occasionally.) The acoustic take of "Let Me In" is well worth a listen, too! :-)
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3 months ago
Geir
Terry, the Rick Springfield "Rocket Science" preview video is the first update on Wednesday the 13th, positioned between the "Savatage's Jon Olivia interviewed" (Thu 14 Jan) and "Circle II Circle European Tour Dates" (Wed 13 Jan) features. Hope that helps! :-)
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