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19 days ago
Ross S.
These kompilations aren't so much aimed at the general fan base but rather as impulse purchases and as advertisements for the tour (which is where the actual money is made). It'll probably be offered for a low price anyway. By the way, Don Felder's recent solo album (on which Steve Lukather and Tommy Shaw both play) was really good.
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20 days ago
Ross S.
"Astra" is heavier than the new one. Their latest feels more like John's "Battle Lines" album or like one of the Icon albums. I like the guitar solos, but it seems that the Wetton/Downes didn't let the new player work up any riffs to accompany the songs' chord progressions. But the OP is missing out if he fails to investigate Phoenix and XXX. If find both better than &
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26 days ago
Ross S.
jason the buc Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Carl1 Wrote: > -------------------------------------------------- > ----- > > Ray Luzier is an amazing drummer. Still can't figure out why > playing in Korn appealed to him.Must have been the > $$$! Undoubtedly.
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26 days ago
Ross S.
Signal Fan Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Among the bass players on this new Toto record is > Jeff Beck's cute lil groove-MONSTER known as Tal > Wilkenfield. Loved her playing on Trevor Rabin's album. She's really good.
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28 days ago
Ross S.
I'd really like to see them add "Slipped Away" into the set. Luke's solo is wonderful on that one. But I'm happy to see proggy tunes like Better World, at least. Surprised that Keith Carlock isn't on the US tour, especially since he is on the Japan dates with Nathan East. Maybe he had prior commitments with another artist, but his webpage doesn't show any gigs past the May tour
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28 days ago
Ross S.
Scott Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > …excellent news. I hope the remaster is as good > as the recent DOKKEN one's on RC. They sounded > totally refreshed and the "clutter" was removed. > WS always sounded a little saturated to me, > everything cranked on 10 kinda sound. Hopefully > this with have more clarity and some extra vo
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28 days ago
Ross S.
Why is it disappointing? Now they can "cast" the bass parts, a la Steely Dan. For a studio project, it shouldn't matter. Anyway, hearing a recent Nathan East interview on Inside Musicast, he mentioned having work to do in Japan as Toto was recording. He talked about being on an upcoming tour, but he's also got commitments with other artists and a really good new solo album to promot
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30 days ago
Ross S.
Biggest issue is that they don't let the guitarist add fills during the verses. Part of what made the first Asia album interesting is that Steve Howe played fills all over everything. Now they've got no fills, and the rhythm work is Colson chugging along with the bass. His solos are fine, and the chord progressions in some of the songs are really nice. Favorites are the title track and Till
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30 days ago
Ross S.
Grandfathers are cool. Respect your elders.
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4 weeks ago
Ross S.
It's boring as hell (Steve Lukather was asked to play that ?!?), and it's one of the worst pieces of music Asia ever released. Even Mandy Meyer's work was more interesting.
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4 weeks ago
Ross S.
nivjourney Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Ooh interesting. > Shame they aren't releasing anything genuinely > new, but I'm still willing to bet this won't suck > as much as Gravitas does! > Niv Yes, it will. I will have John Payne singing, which makes that a given.
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4 weeks ago
Ross S.
Icon I was the worst of the Icon albums, by far. Icon II was the really good one. There's some enjoyable songs on Gravitas, but I generally think it's a bit like Omega (and not nearly as good as Phoenix or XXX). It's better than pabulum such as "Days Like These" (the worst Asia single ever), though. And it's much, much better than the boring live album they did with Pat Thrall.
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4 weeks ago
Ross S.
Wrong board for excessive Marillion references . . .
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4 weeks ago
Ross S.
Great songs, but I didn't like the rhythm guitar sound they got for that one (electric). The more acoustic-based tunes fared well. Night Ranger is really about the melodic hooks, and it works on that level (as do all their albums).
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5 weeks ago
Ross S.
machinehead Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > If that's the best they can come up with for a > single,I certainly won't be wasting any money on > an album.Awful stuff.I think Glenn is clutching at > straws now. Just for the record, is he going under, or is it just the last straw for you?
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5 weeks ago
Ross S.
Best I've met, by far, was Adrian Belew. Great guy, genuinely funny, seemed glad to converse with people. Pleasant surprises: Rick Wakeman and (even more surprising) Steve Howe! Likewise, Steven Wilson although I remember him seeming distracted during a quick conversation. He was gone shortly after (it was his first solo show - truly solo, just him and a guitar before a live No-Man reuni
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5 weeks ago
Ross S.
It's because it is expensive and difficult to do new music to the calibre and production standard of a Def Leppard album, and the market isn't calling for a new one every 2 years. That leaves the band with down time that they can fill with fun projects like the Down n' Outz, which come together more loosely and easily. Glad he's having fun with music.
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5 weeks ago
Ross S.
That tune has a great groove. Hope there are some softer-sounding songs, though, as I prefer Glenn Hughes when in melodic mode with a cleaner vocal sound (think "Courageous" from Building the Machine).
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5 weeks ago
Ross S.
Not piped in, but that doesn't mean they haven't used some limited overdubs on the live releases. In a recent radio interview, Eric Martin hinted that they would do an album and tour again, but they all would do 1-2 years of solo and other projects in between work with Mr. Big.
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5 weeks ago
Ross S.
Just a little good news, with much to be seen and learned going forward. Hoping for any small victories that might come. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKy3hy6yIB8
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8 weeks ago
Ross S.
Robert Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Same with Van Halen and Guns. What a shame these > bands can't put aside their differences for one > night. In Van Halen's case, I think it had more to do with Eddie's rehabilitation, which was clearly more urgent and important. I'm glad they made the decision they did.
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2 months ago
Ross S.
I thought Bobby up through around Mindfields was a superb vocalist. Great feel, nice R&B chops, great tone. He remained the best singer to have been in the group (at least when not gakked up). But today, I think Joseph sings quite a bit better, and beyond that, he will contribute more to the writing. Looking forward to what comes.
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2 months ago
Ross S.
Assume the bonus track might be the single/disco mix of "Georgy Porgy." For the 2nd album, "Tale of a Man" would have made a wonderful bonus track.
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2 months ago
Ross S.
Guthrie Govan isn't going to go back to playing with Payne . . . he's got two FAR more interesting gigs now and is probably making more money as well.
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2 months ago
Ross S.
Wow, that's a tremendous track list that covers their career pretty well. But would it kill them to add Stranger In Town?
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2 months ago
Ross S.
All were pretty right on except "Geddy Lee." That one didn't work at all.
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2 months ago
Ross S.
Yep. Lots of good grunge out there, too. Most of the guitar players weren't quite as nimble, but many wrote well, and the best grunge vocalists (Staley, Cornell, Lanegan) were phenomenal.
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2 months ago
Ross S.
Daredevil Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Which Songs on Hysteria would you consider as > fillers? Love And Affection, Rocket, Pour Some Sugar On Me, Love Bites. Remove those, and it would have been a perfect album.
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2 months ago
Ross S.
Pelata Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > > What really sticks out on this KXM stuff to me is > not dUg (who is always awesome) and not Lynch (who > is almost always awesome) but it's Luzier! His > drumming on those samples is insane!!!! This stuff > is going to be VERY rhythmic... Me too. The groove sounded enormous, and that was a
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2 months ago
Ross S.
Andrew Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > > I do like myself some Ray Charles though, so I'm > not opposed to that style. Easy to see. Ray Charles had a similar singing style, but he was really a much better singer . . . warmer voice, better, more natural phrasing. I can see where the seer tone of Doug's voice can be a little off-putting. I thin
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