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27 days ago
Idiosyncrasy
… You mean he didn't make a fortune on his solo album?!
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28 days ago
Idiosyncrasy
I should also mention It Bites in 'best meets'. Really friendly - all of them chatted for a while, signed stuff, and invited us down the pub with them after the gig. They also invited us to their last album launch party and I had a great chat with John Mitchell about 'The Last Escape'. Even bumped into Pete Trewavas (Marillion, Kino, Edison's Children, Transatlantic) at that event and got tal
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29 days ago
Idiosyncrasy
Bob Catley was incredibly patient with me when I dumped a load of CD sleeves for him to sign (before I learned autograph-etiquette haha!) Danny Vaughn I've met a few times and he was always super friendly. Funnily enough, I also bumped into Mikey Jones from Kick at a Vaughn gig in Colchester and he waited around for a while after the gig for me to pop home and grab some CDs for him to sign.
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29 days ago
Idiosyncrasy
I also met Mitch Malloy at a tiny gig in Colchester years ago in the run up to Firefest. I was a penniless student at the time and he offered to get me into Firefest for free if I could get there. Unfortunately I couldn't as I had exams, but I was genuinely touched by the gesture. I believe I was the one who got him and Marcie Free talking again online following a conversation we had about them w
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29 days ago
Idiosyncrasy
Daredevil Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > They are not generally overrated but definitely > hereon this board. Lead Vocals aside the debut is > pretty good - the sophomore not so... > > I always wondered what they could have achieved, > if Mark Spiro had been the singer... Me too! I think they might just have gotten away with calling
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29 days ago
Idiosyncrasy
I finally worked out who the band remind me of on 'Trouble In a Red Dress'… (Don't take this the wrong way guys!) … PULSE, with a better mix/production! Something about the combination of Vinny's guitar pyrotechnics and Nigel's bluesy, slightly Simon Abbotts-esque vocals. (And by the way, can I just say how nice it is to hear Vinny's playing again! Always one of my personal favourit
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4 weeks ago
Idiosyncrasy
Seeing Lee Small's name on the Skyscraper preview got me thinking about bands whose final albums were the pinnacles of their work. Personally, I'd throw Shy's self-titled album in there. Stunning album. Nothing like their previous stuff, but quality through and through. Any others?
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5 weeks ago
Idiosyncrasy
+1 - love the production on Trial By Fire, particularly the use of strings. LilKing22 Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > I never had a gripe with him except for how the > drum sound he used on Journey's Revelation. It > sounded like the drums were made of cardboard. He > did a brilliant job on Trial By Fire.
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5 weeks ago
Idiosyncrasy
It's one of the things that really stood out for me on Soleil Moon's "On the Way to Everything" album. Dear god, the sonics, production, and mix are good on that CD. I think there's a radio interview where Larry King talks about sparing no expense finding a top room sound, etc. Of course, having those world-class players (Michael Thompson et al) didn't hurt either! Really love that
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2 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
Yep, high hopes for the new album. I'll be interested to see which direction they go in this time around. I know The Tall Ships was a deliberate throwback to Once Around the World so as not to alienate the fans, but a throwback to the (superior) throwback would be just fine with me! Another epic like 'This is England' would be very welcome too.
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2 months ago
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MSL Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > You're so right about Tall Ships. Gorgeous record. … And, (I'll probably be slammed for saying this), better than anything they did with Francis Dunnery to my ears! Mitchell's songwriting has so much depth and the choruses on that album are consistently huge, melodic, and catchy. I couldn't always say that for the
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2 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
Tall Ships is absolutely fantastic. One of my favourite albums of the last 10 years without a doubt. MOTP was also a good album, but not as consistent and, for me, didn't quite reach the heights of its predecessor (although it's worth buying for The Last Escape by itself!). John Mitchell and John Beck are in the process of writing the new It Bites album. Mitchell is also working on a solo alb
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2 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
Yeah or even trying some left-field producers like Oliver Phillips (of Everon) who I think could do some very interesting things with a band like TEN.
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2 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
Tom G Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Soldier Of The Line is one of the greatest songs > ever written, IMO. The extended edition of Chase > The Dragon is even better, because it contains two > incredible bonus tracks in Back To Earth and Hold > Back Your Love. I loved the live version of Back to Earth they did on the Wings of Heaven tour
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2 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
That sounds really promising! Love the mid-period Magnum stuff. I haven't been able to get into their post-union releases, despite some moments of greatness, the rhythm section, song pacing, and vocal melodies just never clicked with me. I really miss the dynamics, majesty, and drama of their earlier material, so if this is a step back towards that, I'm definitely interested.
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2 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
nivjourney Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Well that's somewhat inevitable by now though. If > everything is written by Erik Martesson and > produced by Alessando Del Vecchio or Dennis Ward, > which 99% of these projects are, then of course > their identity will be present. But at least this > one has almost assembled a band rather than
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2 months ago
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blm Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > And don't forget the Bob Catley solo albums. 'The > Tower' was the best 'Magnum' album in years when > it was released.. The Tower remains one of my favourite albums ever. Bob and Gary Hughes on the top of their games. Never leaves my iPod. Personally, I'd rather listen to The Tower than any of the post-reunion
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2 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
I was amazed at how much Tommy sounds like Kevin Chalfant on some of those tracks! The Storm/Two Fires influence is definitely to the fore!
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3 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
That Milennium album with Jorn and Don Airey was epic. Jorn sounds great when he's singing more melodic material. Power To Love, Chasing Time, Wheels Are Turning, and Hourglass are the standout tracks for me. Should give it another spin!
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3 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
Tom G Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Great band. Gary writes good lyrics. Yeah, the Whitesnake style 'cock-rock' songs aside, Gary comes up with some beautiful lyrical ideas, especially when he's in epic storytelling mode. On the whole, his lyrics stand out as intelligent, nuanced, and poetic, especially when compared with a lot of AOR/melodic rock lyri
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3 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
… Well I still like 'em! Those first run of 5/6 albums are still some of my favourite releases ever. I have to admit, the quality dropped off after that. The comeback albums are moving in the right direction and the quality's consistent improving, but they've got a way to go to reach the heights of the earlier releases. Now if only they could get Mr Burns back… :-)
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4 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
Too far for me, but would be great if Mecca's second special guest is Jim Peterik! Seems a shame to have another Melodicrockfest without him!
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4 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
It pains me to say this, but: Jim Peterik and Survivor. I think most of us would love to see Jim and Frankie writing together again, but I can see how much Jim loves the diversity and freedom of what he's doing nowadays. A few years ago they seemed to have cleared the air a little, but I still can't see Jim going back to that situation. Meanwhile, Frankie goes on, but to me it'll NEVER be
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4 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
Thanks Robert! Always interesting to put these songs in context! :-) Much appreciated. - Danny. Robert Sall Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Nope, "Valerie" was a left over from the first WOA > record and "Follow Me" was an even older demo > (with Erik M. on vocals) that was collecting dust > on my hard drive. >
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5 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
Yeah, I wasn't that impressed with the debut either. The second was a bit over-familiar as a Frontiers studio project - i.e. usual songwriters and producer, but the quality of the material was great and, hey, it introduced me to Soleil Moon (via I'd Die For You). Plus, in the interests of fairness, I think 'My Guardian Angel' is one of Magnus Karlsson's best songs. I always wondered wheth
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5 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
Decent song, reasonable video… my only criticism is that it sounds almost identical to 'Streets of Fire' from the previous album. Anyone else notice that?
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5 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
Great find. Thanks for sharing.
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5 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
Wonderful band. One of my favourites. The first 3 albums are glorious, mix issues on The Robe notwithstanding, Spellbound and Babylon have some real TEN highlights, Far Beyond the World is solid, and all of the others are well-worth picking up. Starting point for me was The Name of the Rose (but if you can still get the re-release with the debut as well, go for it!).
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5 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
The Show Must Go On, hands down.
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5 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
Kent Bates Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > "You're In My Heart" was our wedding song. A > great band with great ballads, but their last few > albums have done nothing for me. They really need > Vinny back in the band. > > Kent Bates I'd love to see Vinny back too. I think every TEN fan would! He's sorely missed. I know I'
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