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    Genesis Reuniting for First Tour in 13 Years

    I'm looking forward to giving it a miss. Having seen them in their prime and at the "Six of the Best" gig (which turned out to be seven for the encore), I don't want to spoil my memories. Steve Hackett (and his amazing band) does a much better job of representing pre-1977 Genesis and...
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    DEEP PURPLE To Release New Album, 'Whoosh!', In June

    Well I heard "Throw My Bones" last night and was happily impressed. Carrying on in the vein of the last two albums, from the sound of that song. Gillan in good voice and Morse high in the mix. Looking forward to the album (as if I ever don't look forward to a new Deep Purple album!).
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    Best Led Zeppelin Album?

    "Houses Of The Holy" and "Physical Grafitti" for me. Although I do retain a soft spot for "In Through The Out Door" - but I suspect that that is because it was around the time of the Knebworth gigs, which was the only time that (due to age) I got to see Zeppelin.
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    London Calling At 40.

    It's funny. I loved early Clash -"White Man (In Hammersmith Palais)" remains one of my favourite singles of that era, as does "Tommy Gun". However, by the time of "London Calling" I'd lost all affection for the band and by "Sandinista!" I was well over them. I like "The Guns of Brixton" and...
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    This 'n' That.

    Fantastic. Ta! I was at the Poly at the time. Where we lived was directly opposite De Montfort, across Victoria Park. Upstairs flat with a balcony, which we could sit out on and sometimes listen to the bands playing at De Montfort.
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    Best Forgotten Bands of the 70's.

    Being a long-time Mott The Hoople fan, I bought both of the Mott albums when they came out. "Drive On" was ok but a bit over-produced. I preferred the second album, "Shouting and Pointing", it was a bit heavier and less polished. "Storm" and their cover of the Easybeats "Good Times" were the...
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    Recommend Something New

    William The Conqueror (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruarri_Joseph). Stumbled on them in 2018, mid-set. Had no idea who I was watching and got totally hooked. Hung around and saw them a second time, playing a late night set in the bar tent.
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    This 'n' That.

    I've seen Roy in a few interesting places over the years. Probably the best was in 1983, at Leicester Priory Folk Club. It was a tiny, tiny little venue. Despite extensive searching online, I've still never managed to date that gig!
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    Steve Hackett (Official Thread)

    Am very much looking forward to touching base with Steve again next month, as he tours "Spectral Mornings" and "Selling England By The Pound".
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    This 'n' That.

    I saw Roy in March, for the first time in about twenty years and it was great to hear 'Cricketer' as the encore. 'HQ' and 'Bullinamingvase' were two of my favourite albums in the 70s.
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    Whitesnake (Official Thread)

    Like many old farts, for me Whitesnake ceased to be of interest once the Micky Moody-Bernie Marsden-Neil Murray line-up ceased to be - although I did enjoy 1987. I did see Bernie Marsden, not so long ago, performing a lot of the Whitesnake set from his days in the band, with Robert Hart on...
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    Pink Floyd - Favorite Song?

    Very tempted to agree with SanguineRemedy. So, just to be different, I'll go with One Of These Days.
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    Best Forgotten Bands of the 70's.

    I'd have to nominate the amazing Lone Star (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lone_Star_(band)). The original line-up supported the newly-abbreviated Mott for a BBC Radio 1 In Concert session, which was absolutely epic - and which is (apparently) now available on CD. Note to self: must get it!
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    The Move (Official Thread)

    Certainly was. I have a copy of it, on Harvest.
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    Deep Purple (Official Thread)

    I'm a big fan of WDWTWA but I think that, at the time, we all thought that it suffered a bit from being so similar, structurally, to "Machine Head" - 4 tracks on side 1, 3 on side 2, the second of which was an extended blues workout etc. It drew unfair comparison between the two albums as a...
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    Deep Purple (Official Thread)

    Today I chanced upon "The House of Blue Light" as I flicked through my record collection. After the initial burst of enthusiasm, when it came out, it has been one of the albums that I'm rarely drawn to and tend to think of as being one of the weaker Purple efforts. In recent years I tend to...
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    Tears For Fears (Official Thread)

    "The Hurting" was a great album. I was less keen on the commercial "Songs ...." and didn't really get the reason for the shameless Beatles imitation on "Sowing The Seeds ....", although it was wonderfully well executed. I never actually got around to seeing TFF in their heyday. I did, however...
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    Gerry Rafferty 'City to City' Turns 40

    Did you see the Gerry Rafferty Tribute Concert on BBC4 a year or so back? Joe Egan, Barbara Dickson and others, plus a contribution from Martha herself. If you didn't, it's worth a look when they repeat it.
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    Public Service Broadcasting

    Album 3 has been out for some time now and does not disappoint. "Every Valley" is a narrative about the rise and fall of coal mining in South Wales, told from the perspective of the miners, without being overtly political. Unusually for PSB it features a number of guest vocalists, including...
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    Gerry Rafferty 'City to City' Turns 40

    With you 100% there. I find it hard to choose between "City To City" and "Night Owl" - "Snakes And Ladders" isn't bad, either. So many great songs. "Mattie's Rag" has always been special to me.
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    Marillion (Official Thread)

    I was totally immersed in the Fish era in the early Eighties. These days I rarely, if ever, pick up one of those albums to play. That said, it was awesome to hear "Slainte Mhath", "Heart of Lothian", "Market Square Heroes" and "Garden Party" given a run out at the London Palladium last...
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    Favorite progressive rock bands?

    I'm very old school. Yes Genesis Rush Barclay James Harvest Marillion Transatlantic About the only band who are (debatably) in that sphere in recent years, that I listen to, are Public Service Broadcasting. Apart from Marillion, King Crimson, Steve Hackett, Ian Anderson and PSB I haven't...
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    The Damned (Official Thread)

    Dave Vanian sharing his thoughts with Johnnie Walker (on iPlayer for the next 30 days in the UK): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09kzf9j#play
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    The Cult (Official Thread)

    I haven't really listened to anything new from them in recent years. However, I'm itching to see them live again, it's been seven years since I last did.
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    Status Quo (Official Thread)

    Happy days. Was so good to see "The Frantic Four" back together, three or four times. Enjoyed the Aquostic stuff too. However, Francis - time to put the band to bed.

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