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2 days ago
radiat10n
I've not listened to it, but I was there on the night and don't remember it being bad (tho I might have zoned out for this one, it's the only track from the debut that I don't rate), my overall recollection of the gig was how good John Wetton sounded, so it might be somethin' in the mixin'?
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5 days ago
radiat10n
In my top 10 bands of all time: Toto Kansas Journey Survivor Great bands overall, but less consistent catalogies than first batch of bands: Styx Triumph Foreigner A Greatest Hits CD is more than sufficient, a few great songs but mostly boring as F%$£: Boston Night Ranger Reo Speedwagon
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11 days ago
radiat10n
So far: Magnum - Escape From the Shadow Garden Chicago - Now: Chicago XXXVI Anathema - Distant Satellites (Second best 3 would be Alien, Three Lions and Overland!) To come: Work of Art Ten Jackson Browne
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14 days ago
radiat10n
Would love to see it live to check it out for mysself. Have just got around to reviewing the album - muted response to it from Andrew (understandable as he is an 80s man) and others on the board, but while it won't change the world, I flippin' love it - and I didn't think I'd ever be able to say that about a new Chicago album again! http://uncle-unkool.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/album-review-now-c
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16 days ago
radiat10n
It's probably one of those albums that isn't quite as bad as it's reputation, but I've not felt the need to play it and check for a good few years now. Deen's fab vocal on 'A Better Life' is the one real gem on that one for me, though most of the Augeri tracks are okay to good, but nothing approaching the quality of 'Arrival'. As for Neal and Ross's vocals...oh dear, I can't believe they passed q
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20 days ago
radiat10n
Yep, sounds like a sure-fire winner to me, can't wait!
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4 weeks ago
radiat10n
Enjoyed the debut, but wasn't blown away by it. They were very good live tho...so a pity that the London date clashes with Survivor! Although I am looking forward to this and the new Mr. Big album, it has to be said that I'm really anticipating a second Winery Dogs album a lot more than either.
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7 weeks ago
radiat10n
Posted on their fb page witihn the last half hour or so: KANSAS would like to introduce lead vocalist and keyboardist, Ronnie Platt, as it’s newest member. Ronnie’s first show with the band will be September 12 in Oklahoma City, OK, where he will take over singing duties for departing vocalist Steve Walsh. Ronnie, please meet the greatest fans in the world….. “I want KANSAS fans
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2 months ago
radiat10n
It's such a great song, and while he might never top it if you like it you should invest in all of his albums (well, he has only made 3 in the space of 20 years!). A couple of my favourites are: Where the Sun is Buried - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_0xLtUycuU When the Harvest is In - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPJ9bDAi77w
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2 months ago
radiat10n
Was going to try to limit this to 10 but others have posted monster lists, so sod it. ;-) Steve Hogarth Bob Catley Steve Walsh Fergie Frederiksen Steve Perry Jim Jidhed Boz Scaggs John Waite Burton Cummings John Wetton Peter Cetera John Farnham Danny Vaughn Marc Hunter Joey Tempest Steve Overland Mickey Thomas Jimi Jamison John Elefente And outside of 'our' genre: Colin
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3 months ago
radiat10n
For some reason I still haven't got around to getting 'Wake the Sleeper' but I loved 'Into the Wild'. Really looking forward to this one; the two songs they previewed at the Koko/DVD gig in Feb (including 'One Minute') sounded great.
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3 months ago
radiat10n
I can see where you're coming from Bruce, but they're now in a position where they have less songs in the set than albums to draw from, so LOTS has to give (there was nothing from 88-92....well, 88-2007! in the set either, so it's not just the first two albums that don't get a look in at times). Working from a bigger pool of those old songs and mixing it up more from tour to tour would be nice
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3 months ago
radiat10n
As ever they completely failed...to disappoint! http://uncle-unkool.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/gig-review-magnum-neonfly-at-islington.html
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4 months ago
radiat10n
Captain Can Man Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Truth is Jeff can sing ant style. I wouldn't be > surprised if he came out with a Polka cd and sings > it to perfection. Forget polka, I wanna hear him sing like an ant! :P
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4 months ago
radiat10n
Terry K. Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Loved XXX. is this the nexrt actual 'new' studio > cd? T Yep, there's been a remakes project, the release of (most of!) SOS and another bloody Xmas album in between, but this is the first 'proper' album since XXX.
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4 months ago
radiat10n
This was a pleasant surprise - I'd been under the impression that they were going to keep releasing one song at a time until the whole album was done, very glad not to have to wait for that (I haven't listened to any of the 4 songs already released, I'm an album guy through and through!). Nice to see that about half of the cuts have Robert Lamm listed in the writing credits, which hasn't happe
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4 months ago
radiat10n
I'd like to think .38 SPecial still have something to offer, but it's been 10 years since 'Drivetrain' so perhaps not.
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4 months ago
radiat10n
The list is (pun clearly intended...) Endless, so I won't even start to list my faves. Credit where it's due too - Toto are one of the best bands around for delving into deep album cuts in live shows - obviously the big 3 are alays played, but beyond that they really shake things up from tour to tour.
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4 months ago
radiat10n
Still haven't listened to 'Gravitas' (Magnum's been hogging the new-release listening quota for the past week or two!), but I love 'Astra', it ranks along the debut and XXX as my favourite Wetton-led Asia album. I've never really taken to Steve Howe's playing with Asia (his style fits Yes much better IMO) and do prefer Meyer and Govan as Asia guitarists. Though Howe's few songwriting contribution
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5 months ago
radiat10n
Continued from the Magnum thread (which should be left to celebrate their best chart placements in 20+ years) does anybody know the criteria for 'rock' acts to chart in the UK Rock charts (full chart title 'Rock and Metal Albums Top 40')? This week's top 5 (with corresponding chart postions in the overal top 100 in brackets) are: #1 May Death Never Stop You - My Chemical Romance (#15) #2 E
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5 months ago
radiat10n
Very good news for Magnum - #2 in the rock charts as well. Though I still have no idea what actually constitutes eligiblity for those charts! Previous Asia only made #69, so a drop-off with the departure of Howe was to be expected, I wasn't sure it would crack the top 100 - 'Omega' only managed #130 - so I think they'll be pretty happy with that showing!
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5 months ago
radiat10n
I'm hoping for a top 30 finish, but from years of chart-watching I have a formula for this sort of thing that says (for veteran artists getting all their sales on a Monday for pre-orders) midweek placing x 2, minus a couple, so predict #32 for the final chart. Either way it looks promising for maintaining Magnum's upwards projectory in the charts since reforming, IIRC only 'Moonking' has charted
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5 months ago
radiat10n
Pelata Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > If Elvis was gonna go out on a high, it would have > been in 1968. You might want to have a second look at the Captain's post... ;-)
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5 months ago
radiat10n
Marillion, Magnum, Toto - probably more, but those 3 are the constants.
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7 months ago
radiat10n
A clear shot of him would help clinch it, but it's with 99% certainty that I say Rick Jaeger - Mason's main studio and live drummer throughout the 70s.
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7 months ago
radiat10n
I assume Nathan East will be playing bass on the new album, are he and Carlock going to be considered full members, or are they effectively just a hired rhythm section?
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7 months ago
radiat10n
Simon was a monster and will certainly be missed (I air-drum proudly with a pair of his sticks used at the only NZ Toto gig to date!), but anyone who has seen Keith Carlock play (saw him with Steely Dan some years ago) will know that the drum stool is in safe hands. Speaking of Toto drummers, not sure if folk realise that Ricky Lawson (who filled in for Simon circa 2003) passed away recently.
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7 months ago
radiat10n
Sleepwalking is essential, no doubt about it. It sometimes turns up on the Cex website for between £3-5, that's where I got my copy. Goodnight LA has it's moments, but the co-writes are generally well below standard and could have been by any generic hard rock band (which is what the record company was after, of course!). Also Keith Olsen seemingly failed to notice that the band had an ace ke
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7 months ago
radiat10n
Hmmm, where is the like button on this board again? ;-)
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7 months ago
radiat10n
Very sad news. Isolation and So Fired Up are possibly my two favourite AOR albums of all time and, despite his short tenure, he will always be my favourite Toto vocalist. In the late 90s I wrote (yes, by hand!) a fanboy-ish letter to him and he very graciously replied and sent a signed photo and some promo material for 'Equilibrium' which was about to be released.
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