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6 weeks ago
Idiosyncrasy
An album that sounded pretty damn beautiful (sonically) to my ears - Soleil Moon: On the Way to Everything. I heard an interview with Larry King where he talks about going for the best rooms and studios they could afford, and it really shows. Lovely-sounding record.
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6 weeks ago
Idiosyncrasy
Dammit! I was hoping for some NEW Barnes/Cain/Schon songs! 'Last Frontier' is one of my favourite Jonathan Cain songs outside of Journey and Bad English. Be interested to hear the re-records though.
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6 weeks ago
Idiosyncrasy
Fantastic stuff! Looking forward to the new CD. Loved the last two and overjoyed to see that Tommy hasn't given up Seventh Wonder in order to concentrate on Kamelot. Great to hear more and more prog metal bands who don't overlook the importance of a catchy chorus hook alongside the technicality and crunch. I have no idea HOW they play some of the stuff on Mercy Falls - some of those time
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6 weeks ago
Idiosyncrasy
Fantastic stuff! Looking forward to the new CD. Loved the last two and overjoyed to see that Tommy hasn't given up Seventh Wonder in order to concentrate on Kamelot. Great to hear more and more prog metal bands who don't overlook the importance of a catchy chorus hook alongside the technicality and crunch. I have no idea HOW they play some of the stuff on Mercy Falls - some of those time
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6 weeks ago
Idiosyncrasy
Edis Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Why not check out GLORY DAZE MUSIC where you can > search reviews by year. Lots of AOR albums from > the 80s reviewed. > > http://gdm.glorydazemusic.com/articles.php Heavy Harmonies is also a good source of fan reviews for older albums.
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2 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
That's great to hear Mario! :-) Thanks for the update. Damn scheduling conflicts! If it weren't for that, we might even get another Catley/Hughes/+Burns? album! :D Let's home everything comes into alignment… Mario Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > What you say is not correct, Bruce. Frontiers has > always been very interested in doing a s
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2 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
Yeah, along with Shy's s/t album from the same year. I remember putting that on for the first time and going "Whoa!" I was NOT expecting that! Very different from their earlier stuff, but Lee Small does a stunning job and the songs are brilliant. Such a shame about Steve Harris. Does anyone know if the band are still going (with Lee still at the helm?)
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2 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
Hey Frontiers - aren't we overdue for a follow up to the glorious debut? :-) Been blasting this one a lot recently (especially since 'Tired of Dreaming' resurfaced on the new Brother Firetribe album). Brilliant album. Can't call it original, but for power scandi-melodic hard rock with huge keyboards and fantastic production, you can't go too wrong! - Danny.
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2 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
Oh, plus can I just say - John Mitchell! Woo! (Huge It Bites fan here!)
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2 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
Fab news! I really liked What the Hell, but preferred the more AORish slant of the debut.
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3 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
There's an 'import' version here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/7-Seven/dp/B00JWQXUQY/ref=sr_1_3?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1400407011&sr=1-3 (Although it's listed as not available yet).
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3 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
… Anyone else find themselves singing Treat's "Paper Tiger" over the chorus of "Call to Action"? Pretty good song, but showing its influences a bit too much methinks! Singer reminds me of Patricia Tapia from Nexx.
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3 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
Richard Epps Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Yep I believe Frontiers had that lined up 10 or so > years ago Yeah - Jim spoke about it in an interview somewhere, I believe. Would LOVE to hear 'classic era' unreleased Survivor stuff (i.e. 79 to 88). Hell, that 'Missing Persons' song that did the rounds a while back was as good as anything on the de
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3 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
I was always gutted that Peterik's planned Songs from the Vault CD never got released due to legal issues with Frankie. I think it was meant to include lots of unreleased Survivor era stuff.
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3 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
I've got that song as part of a collection of rare Jonathan Cain songwriting demos. There were some real gems on there such as the demo of The Waiting Years, Ordinary Man and my personal favourite 'I'm Telling You Now". Unfortunately I've only got it on an extremely poor recording on an old cassette, but even with the nigh-unlistenable sound the songs still shine. Anyone else got these?
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4 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
Ha! Thought you were talking about the band that released the 'Other Side' album on Now & Then back in the 90s…
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5 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
… You mean he didn't make a fortune on his solo album?!
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5 months 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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5 months 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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5 months 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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5 months 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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5 months 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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5 months 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 months 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 months 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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6 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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6 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
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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6 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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6 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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6 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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