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11 months ago
adguy
What timing ... I did a Kansas listening binge this weekend. Early stuff (Leftoverture and Point of Know Return) to the Elfante albums to the Morse albums. While I discovered Kansas back when Carry On Wayward Son was first on the radio, I have always preferred Power, In The Spirit Of Things and even Freaks Of Nature. That said, based on your post, I'll give Drastic Measures and Vinyl Confe
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12 months ago
adguy
I liked it some too. I'm now interested to hear the other tracks when they're released. It was interesting to see how many people praised the song in the comments there but disliked it here. I thought both groups would have responded similarly. Stuart
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1 year ago
adguy
I am a longtime Wetton fan and I get that Asia with Payne probably should have changed their name. If the Asia name wasn't on Silent Nation, maybe more people would have given it a listen. It's a fantastic record and led me to the other Payne-led Asia records which have some great tunes on them. No, they may not be as great as the Wetton ones, but I still enjoy them. The Payne/Asia discuss
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1 year ago
adguy
Two guitarists I was/am a big fan of came to mind ... 1. Ritchie Blackmore Deep Purple/Rainbow - electric guitar driven hard rock Blackmore's Night - acoustic guitar driven medieval folk 2. Al DiMeola Electric guitar jazz fusion to acoustic guitar world music. Stuart
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1 year ago
adguy
For many many years I felt the same way ,.. mainly because it wasn't Wetton singing. In hindsight, I just didn't give the songs a chance because I loved Wetton's voice so much. Then I heard Silent Nation. That record was so strong, I was able to get past the fact that Wetton wasn't on it and just enjoy the music for what it was. Once that door was opened, I bought all the previous records and
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1 year ago
adguy
That was Legend, which was released in 1978. Legacy was the 1989 release that featured the reunion of the original band. The band had some hits and misses after Legend (Cowboys & Englishmen and Inamorata were the misses). Legacy was a nice return to form.
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1 year ago
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Terry, B&G and Ghost Town were 1981 and 1982 releases and featured Rusty Young and Paul Cotton. I always liked Cotton's contributions to the band. I think he also helped the band sound less country. After Legacy, it became more of Rusty Young with side musicians ... which explains why the releases that followed were so-so at best. Stuart
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1 year ago
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Nice share Trooper. Poco's Legacy record is a strong one for sure. I also love Blue & Gray and Ghost Town. Doubt longtime Poco fans consider any of those the band's best, though. As for ARS, I really loved Truth when it came out. I listened to harder rock records back then. When I read your post, I gave it a spin for the first time in a decade or more ... and surprisingly it didn't do m
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1 year ago
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Nice share Trooper. Poco's Legacy record is a strong one for sure. I also love Blue & Gray and Ghost Town. Doubt longtime Poco fans consider any of those the band's best, though. As for ARS, I really loved Truth when it came out. I listened to harder rock records back then. When I read your post, I gave it a spin for the first time in a decade or more ... and surprisingly it didn't do m
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1 year ago
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Totally agree with you Darren on the Storm and Giant picks ... if just to get In The Raw off the first Storm record and to get Stay onto the first Giant record. :-) Native Sons by Strangeways never did a lot for me and I liked Walk Into Fire as is. Then there's Heep. Love Abominog as is and think Head First - though maybe not a classic like Abominog - is still a strong record on its own. It
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1 year ago
adguy
Hi Terry, Yep, it was for being inducted into the Kansas Music Hall Of Fame or something like that. I've seen it as well and didn't think it was that bad. Here's a link to one of the clips: https://youtu.be/3o6zGlGq31Q Truth is, most of the "dormant" bands we've listed in this thread would have a tough time sounding like they did back in the day. Stuart
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1 year ago
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Great call on Santers and Shooting Star. Bought the 4-cd Santers box years ago and still play those CDs from time to time. Regarding Shooting Star, I hated to see Gary West call it a day after Silent Scream. He was such a talented vocalist/musician ... but he obviously got fed up with the music business. Stuart
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1 year ago
adguy
Great topic. My choice was easy... Jeff Pollard, former LeRoux lead singer. I would love to see him with the other original members of LeRoux. Their last two records with Pollard -- especially UP -- were solid melodic rock. UP is one of my top 3 all time records. Pollard left LeRoux in the mid 80s to become a pastor and never looked back. Always thought he would release a Christian rock
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1 year ago
adguy
I'm kinda surprised no one has mentioned the album Til Deaf Do Us Part. That record was my introduction to Slade here in the states and is solid start to finish. I found that the records that followed (Keep Your Hands off my Power Supply aka The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome in the EU and Rogues Gallery) had a few great songs, but also some filler. Still play Til Deaf Do Us Part every so often an
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1 year ago
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Hi Don, I have tried and tried and tried to get into the rest of the Mantis catalog ... and I simply can't. I just don't find the songs as strong/memorable as those on Time Tells No Lies. Of course, that record was my intro to the band, so that could be why. Plus, I really loved Steve Carroll's contributions to that record ... especially his vocals on Cheated. Stuart
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1 year ago
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Two albums came to mind right away. The first was Boston, which shows up a lot in this thread. The second I haven't seen mentioned and it really surprises me .... ... the Cars s/t. Stuart
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1 year ago
adguy
Definitely the right call on Time Tells No Lies by Praying Mantis. They really captured lightening in a bottle with that album. Stuart
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1 year ago
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RKBluez, While I like Crack The Sky's first record a lot, I always thought Safety In Numbers was a stronger record. Of course, it was also the first record of theirs I ever bought ... which likely plays a role in how I view that record vs. the rest of their catalog. Nuclear Apathy is a song that never gets old even after listening to it for 40+ years. Stuart
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1 year ago
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My intro to rock music was in the early 70s. I was listening to AM radio when I heard this catchy guitar solo start off the song. It was followed by this... "Oh, ho, ho It's magic you know Never believe, it's not so It's magic, you know Never believe, it's not so." Yep, the song was Magic by the band Pilot. Never get tired of hearing this song. Stuart
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1 year ago
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I remember buying Freedom At Point Zero on vinyl when it first came out...and was totally blown away by it. The album is in my Top 3 of all time favorite recordings and Jane is arguably my favorite song of all time. Still listen to Freedom and Modern Times on a regular basis. I like Winds Of Change and Nuclear Furniture, just don't spin those quite so much. There's a video on YouTube where
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1 year ago
adguy
Sad to hear this. I recall spinning his Transition record a lot back in the day (Run and Hard Time were my favorites). Also loved his songs on Stereotomy and Gaudi from the Alan Parsons Project. RIP Mr. Miles. Stuart
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1 year ago
adguy
I like the first Montrose CD a lot ... but I love Gamma 1, 2 and 3. Gamma 1 was my introduction to Ronnie Montrose's playing so that's probably why. I still play the Gamma records regularly while I rarely pull out the Montrose or Paper Money recordings. I remember reading an interview with Montrose where he talked about wanting to run each string on his guitar through its own amp! That's how y
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1 year ago
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Back In The Day Top 3: Bad Reputation Johnny The Fox Jailbreak Today Top 3: Renegade Bad Reputation Johnny The Fox Renegade is one that has really grown on me over the years and has held up well. It's my first "go to" when I want to hear Lizzy...which is surprising to me since I'm a big Brian Robertson fan. Stuart
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1 year ago
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Of those you listed, I would rank them like this: Heep - big fan of the Goalby records Strangeways - love Terry Brock's voice Giant - not as big a fan as most folks here on the page The Storm - strong songs here and there on both records Dare - haven't heard much from this group; need to give them a listen My list would be these: UFO - No Place & WWATI Gamma - 2 & 3 Jefferson
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1 year ago
adguy
Me too. Love love love that Riggs self titled album. Should have bought it when it first came out on CD. Too pricey now, though I'm hoping for a reissue one of these days.
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1 year ago
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As you probably know, most folks don't put Equator above the other two...and I agreed with that for a long time. Listening to it the other day, I really enjoyed it and feel it's on par with the others. It might be just me, but I think Goalby sounds a little like Lou Grammy on Equator. Never made that connection until these most recent listens.
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1 year ago
adguy
Could never warm up to Shaw's vocals. Have the CD he sang on by Grand Prix and the lp by Stratus (Throwing Shapes and couldn't get into either.
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1 year ago
adguy
I've recently been listening to the three Uriah Heep records with Pete Goalby on vocals. Back in the day, I loved Abominog and thought Head First and Equator were ok. Now, I'm liking all three a lot. I'm curious what everyone else thinks about those albums. Also, if you like Goalby, it appears a lost solo record is being released in a week by Cherry Red Records: https://www.cherryred.c
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1 year ago
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Nice call on Santers. Thought about two of theirs - Racing Time and Top Secrecy -- after I posted my list. I have the Holland record ... will have to give it another spin. Stuart
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1 year ago
adguy
My favs would be: LeRoux - Up LeRoux - So Fired Up Jef Scott - 10 Stories Rainbow - Difficult To Cure Toto - The Seventh One Praying Mantis - Time Tells No Lies Strangeways - Walk In The Fire Gamma - 3 FM - Tough It Out Outfield - Bangin' Wildlife - Wildlife (pre-FM Overland) Not sure all of these qualify as true AOR...some might be more commercialized hard rock. Stuart
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