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22 days ago
pjs
I have never got involved in these campaigns, although one I have recently been notified about - a 6CD box set of ANUBIS GATE music, featuring their first four now expensively hard to find albums plus 2 CDs of rare and not previously available material - has tempted me, I must admit. Pledge / Kickstarter et al is a funding method that has gained momentum in recent times, but I remain very wary
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30 days ago
pjs
Looking forward to HOLMFIRTH on 20.05, Al. Tickets arrived this morning... Paul
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30 days ago
pjs
There seems to be a problem with physical supplies of this album... I have had this release on pre-order for ages, and now both of my usual suppliers are saying that they are having difficulty securing supplies, even though the release date has been and gone. The release is on the Belgian label MAUSOLEUM, but look at their web site and it does not seem to have been updated since last year.
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4 weeks ago
pjs
Steve Hillage at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, sometime in the 1970s. Absolute garbage, so left half way through.... This is the ONLY time I have ever done that. Paul :-(
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4 weeks ago
pjs
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, with Eric Clapton: December 1965. Paul :-)
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5 weeks ago
pjs
I have A Burnt Offering For the Bone Idol Irrational Anthems Jonah’s Ark Prince of The Poverty Line The Silent Whales of Lunar Sea all of which I can recommend. I have not added any of their more recent stuff. Indeed, I haven't heard any of it.... Paul :-)
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6 weeks ago
pjs
Not a Frontiers release... Paul
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6 weeks ago
pjs
For us in the UK, I guess that if we vote to leave the EEC in June, charges will soon apply from there too.... Paul :-(
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6 weeks ago
pjs
I totally agree, Carl. Paul
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6 weeks ago
pjs
I am continuing with 7 despite the constant "encouragement" to "upgrade" to 10. I've taken note of the horror stories, so am glad that machinehead has had no problems. Paul
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6 weeks ago
pjs
Possibly not as it is a signed copy. Nevertheless, the seller has a hugely unrealistic expectation!! Paul
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6 weeks ago
pjs
Further: I've now looked up the Japanese version of 'America' on Discogs and although there are three bonus cuts on there (as Denrocker says), only two are from the debut - 'Once In My Lifetime' and 'Heaven's Door'. The other bonus track is actually an acoustic version of 'Fall' which first appears on 'America'. Hope this helps! Paul
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6 weeks ago
pjs
I also have all three albums, and are a treasured part of my music library. Must admit, I've never thought of the eponymous debut as an "EP" however! There are 9 tracks and 35 minutes of music.... Agree that 'America' is the best of the three, but have never seen the Japanese version. Paul :-)
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6 weeks ago
pjs
I've noticed that many of the Frontiers releases have held their price - and in some cases increased markedly - over time. However, salvation is at hand for you. May I suggest you go and have a look at the Discogs site: www.discogs.com I think you will be pleasantly surprised in respect of both of the albums you seek. All the best, Paul
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7 weeks ago
pjs
Not on the high street, but go here: https://www.uniquemagazines.co.uk/The-Blues-Magazine-Subscription-p353132 You can buy a single issue for £7.99.... Paul :-)
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8 weeks ago
pjs
Is it even possible they've not been told?
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2 months ago
pjs
Yes, David: it's very disappointing to see people here having a go at someone who has enjoyed an album. The scene for melodic rock/melodic metal/prog rock/prog metal is small enough without internal bickering. There has actually been a lot of really wonderful music released within these genres over the past couple of years or so and 2016 looks like being another one. It's certainly started ve
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2 months ago
pjs
Exactly!! Paul :-)
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2 months ago
pjs
Hey, I like those five categories!! Paul :-)
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2 months ago
pjs
This album presents a real dichotomy. I purchased it without question. I have seen Nathan James perform as part of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra troupe. Very good he was too, but in singing 'Gutter Ballet' his emotional power as a singer was controlled. What I am less fond of in the hard rock genre are vocalists who do not control themselves and shriek and holler when it is not necessary. For
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2 months ago
pjs
Yes it is, Andrew! I believe that the reviews in Fireworks (and onto Rocktopia) are BALANCED reviews...and you will find many a negative comment in such a review even if the overall outcome is mainly favourable. Here, you do all of the reviews and you suggest this allows you to maintain an overall standard - which I believe you do. Fireworks has a strong writing team, and each writer has t
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2 months ago
pjs
Interesting reading this thread. If anything vindicates the decision of Fireworks Magazine NOT to give scores but to allow the readers to get a good steer from what the writer thinks. This was discussed again by the Fireworks management team ahead of the relaunch of the magazine and the status quo eventually confirmed / agreed! I have mentioned the quote "writing about music is like d
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2 months ago
pjs
Eric: The review is available online at www.rocktopia.co.uk. Just do a search in the reviews section, and voila!! Paul
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2 months ago
pjs
Many branches of Smith's have it including some main rail stations plus (for a short time after going on sale) quite a few McColls, Martins etc outlets. Paul
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2 months ago
pjs
Just thought I'd share some news on Fireworks Magazine.... Thursday, March 17th – take a note of this date, as this is the day the new look FIREWORKS hits the shelves in the UK. New logo, new design, new features, but still the same vast collection of reviews and interviews … wall-to-wall melodic hard rock goodness packed into 118 pages, along with 79 free mp3 songs and 34 page pdf.
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2 months ago
pjs
Really, Bud? Oh dear, I am clearly very out of touch.... :-( What a shame.... Paul
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2 months ago
pjs
Well, you know what? I'd rather kids enjoy stuff like this than get into (c)rap music and its ilk. We may not like this sort of bubblegum poprock but I'm going to give LA some kudos for attempting this, and engaging with the pre-teen and young teenage girl market which might attract some into investigating rock music further. One can only hope! Paul :-)
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2 months ago
pjs
Album cover / CD booklet artwork can certainly make a difference to sales, I think. I have personally been drawn to investigating the music inside some releases because the artwork has hooked me|: and purchases have often followed. Whether the VEGA artwork would have done that (had I not known the band) I am not certain. It is certainly different and self-deprecating in a good way: but I have
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2 months ago
pjs
None since early October 2008 when my Toyota was killed by another driver (but thankfully not me too!!) Paul :-)
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2 months ago
pjs
http://www.caerllysimusic.co.uk/ is a really great site for those who have an interest in Prog Rock and Will Mackie whose company it is is a partner with Rob Reed (of Magenta) in White Knight Records, and they have some great releases to seek out, especially Tiger Moth Tales! Will is a great guy.... Paul :-)
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