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    Steven wilson and porcupine tree.
    Recommendations please? I've been meaning to get into them after hearing a couple of songs off of "The Raven that Refused to Sing"
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    Sabbath (Ozzy only)
    Smiths
    Volbeat
    Spear of Destiny
    Suede
    Black Oak Arkansas
    If these trees could talk
    Pineapple Thief
    Therapy?
    Golden Earring
    Joy Division
    Maybeshewill
    UFO
    Scorpions
    AC/DC (Bon only - not the cloth-capped idiot)
    Neil Young
    SOAD
    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
    Slade
    The Skids
    Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Ted Nugent
    Sex Pistols
    Van Halen (Roth but some of the Hagar wasnt too bad)
    Manic Street Preachers
    Bowie (apart from the horrid Lets Dance phase)
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrahmsWasAGreatMelodist View Post
    Recommendations please? I've been meaning to get into them after hearing a couple of songs off of "The Raven that Refused to Sing"
    I cant get into Wilson's solo stuff but the Porcupine Tree albums 'Deadwing', 'In Absentia' and the tremendous Fear of a Blank Planet' are essential listening. If you like them them try Pineapple Thief. The last 5 albums are classics (especially Magnolia)

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    Merl, I agree with you about Bowie and avoiding the Let's Dance etc era. What did you think of his output from, say, Black Tie White Noise onwards? I thought Bowie underwent a quiet return to form from this point but on the whole the press seemed more polite than advocative. As I recall, only Heathen from 2002 and the valedictory Blackstar seem to really win them over.
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    Hmmm, let's see:
    The Beatles
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
    The Clash
    Joy Division
    New Order
    Social Distortion
    Die Ärzte
    Elvis Presley
    Foo Fighters
    Fugazi
    The Killers
    Midnight Oil
    The Pixies
    Primus
    Queen
    Tiger Army
    U2
    Van Halen
    The Velvet Underground

    There are others I enjoy, but wouldn't put them in the favorite category.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    Merl, I agree with you about Bowie and avoiding the Let's Dance etc era. What did you think of his output from, say, Black Tie White Noise onwards? I thought Bowie underwent a quiet return to form from this point but on the whole the press seemed more polite than advocative. As I recall, only Heathen from 2002 and the valedictory Blackstar seem to really win them over.
    Tbh, I almost gave up on him after Black Tie (I found it pretty horrific) and things weren't helped by the quite awful Earthling or Hours. I liked Heathen and Blackstar though but I'm really a 70s Bowie fan.

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    Pink Floyd
    Simple Minds.
    Simon & Garfunkel.
    Mike Oldfield.
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    The Band
    Little Feat
    Steely Dan
    The Clash
    Television
    Wilco
    The Beatles
    Prefab Sprout
    Scritti Politti
    Yes
    Traffic
    XTC
    Patti Smith
    Graham Parker
    Blue Nile
    Todd Rudgren
    Van Morrison

    (so far!)
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    'so where are the strong, who are the trusted and where is the harmony, sweet harmony?'
    (Nick Lowe)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim prideaux View Post
    The Band
    Little Feat
    Steely Dan
    The Clash
    Television
    Wilco
    The Beatles
    Prefab Sprout
    Scritti Politti
    Yes
    Traffic
    XTC
    Patti Smith
    Graham Parker
    Blue Nile
    Todd Rudgren
    Van Morrison

    (so far!)
    I am stunned Jim - I could have written that list, mine would be scarily similar.
    I am just about to post on the 'What are you listening to now' non classical thread my listening this evening has been XTC - English Settlement, Steely Dan - Alive in America and Todd Rundgren - Something/Anything.

    I would add Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Joni Mitchell and Zappa but then again the list could go on and on.
    PS - Van de Graaf Generator cannot be excluded, and of course Fairport Convention but then again they may not be a rock band as requested by the opening post.

    The only vinyl disc I played to the point of virtual destruction was Marquee Moon - one of the best albums of any kind ever released, an album (now CD) I still play at least once every month after all these years - a true desert island disc.

    + Dr Feelgood
    Last edited by Malx; Feb-09-2019 at 00:22.

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    Just a few:

    The Beatles
    Uriah Heep
    Wishbone Ash
    Styx
    Jimi Hendrix Experience
    I've found a small batch of my CD's in the garage but I know I don't have them all because I'm still missing 2 Richter box sets. Who knows what else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malx View Post
    I am stunned Jim - I could have written that list, mine would be scarily similar.
    I am just about to post on the 'What are you listening to now' non classical thread my listening this evening has been XTC - English Settlement, Steely Dan - Alive in America and Todd Rundgren - Something/Anything.

    I would add Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Joni Mitchell and Zappa but then again the list could go on and on.
    PS - Van de Graaf Generator cannot be excluded, and of course Fairport Convention but then again they may not be a rock band as requested by the opening post.

    The only vinyl disc I played to the point of virtual destruction was Marquee Moon - one of the best albums of any kind ever released, an album (now CD) I still play at least once every month after all these years - a true desert island disc.

    + Dr Feelgood
    Well Malx......I reckon I could have a good go at your DOB!

    Marquee Moon is that good but you need to be aware of it in the first place-as I have mentioned on a number of posts one of my favourite all time gigs was Televsion and the Only Ones way back in the late 70's.....

    the only reason I did not mention Joni Mitchell was because of the notion of 'rock band' but she also knew how to nail it in 3 minutes like all the other greats!

    Fairport-I have always preferred the first two albums.....

    and your mention of Feelgood is very relevant-there are 15 minutes of them on YT playing live in Southend-marvellous.

    I have just realised-I left out Ry Cooder!!

    Todd Rundgren-A Wizard a True star-there is a song on that album called 'Sometimes I don't know what to feel'-can barely listen to it these days as it brings one of the most optimistic stages in my earlier life right back-know it?

    and with the passage of time-weekend after next-going to see the Dan as my son bought me tickets for my birthday-seems like only yesterday when I first heard 'Don't take me alive' on the radio when The Royal Scam was first released-even in my mid teens I knew how good it is!

    Thoughts?
    Last edited by jim prideaux; Feb-09-2019 at 14:37.
    'so where are the strong, who are the trusted and where is the harmony, sweet harmony?'
    (Nick Lowe)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim prideaux View Post
    Well Malx......I reckon I could have a good go at your DOB!

    Marquee Moon is that good but you need to be aware of it in the first place-as I have mentioned on a number of posts one of my favourite all time gigs was Televsion and the Only Ones way back in the late 70's.....

    the only reason I did not mention Joni Mitchell was because of the notion of 'rock band' but she also knew how to nail it in 3 minutes like all the other greats!

    Fairport-I have always preferred the first two albums.....

    and your mention of Feelgood is very relevant-there are 15 minutes of them on YT playing live in Southend-marvellous.

    I have just realised-I left out Ry Cooder!!

    Todd Rundgren-A Wizard a True star-there is a song on that album called 'Sometimes I don't know what to feel'-can barely listen to it these days as it brings one of the most optimistic stages in my earlier life right back-know it?

    and with the passage of time-weekend after next-going to see the Dan as my son bought me tickets for my birthday-seems like only yesterday when I first heard 'Don't take me alive' on the radio when The Royal Scam was first released-even in my mid teens I knew how good it is!

    Thoughts?
    Well Jim, I'm happy to admit 1957 was my year of birth - no shame in that.

    Yes Television were never as big as they deserved to be in the UK but that album for me is the greatest first album by any band - I don't even listen to their other recordings much because they just don't reach the same elevated level of inspiration and performance.

    Edit: well maybe the Music from Big Pink comes close! or Astral Weeks! I'll just stop there lol.

    Dr Feelgood again were very much an acquired taste, many of the guys I used to pal around with just didn't get what they were about - 'maximum R'n'B' (not the new use of R'n'B as you will appreciate). For me they were first and last a live band I rarely play their music on disc but I must have seen them live at least a dozen times, all during Wilko Johnsons time with the band.

    I have that YT video of the Feelgoods Kursaal gig in my favourites, so yes I know it well.

    I know the Rundgren song you mention - I always thought it not the happiest of his output, but I haven't listened to that album for a long time. I tend to gravitate towards Something/Anything or Utopia these days.

    Give this a little listen, you may know the video - not Steely Dan as such but a mighty fine performance. Enjoy the gig when you go!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xN0hmNS_IU


    Also try this - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8878chOvfI
    Last edited by Malx; Feb-09-2019 at 22:34. Reason: Additional comment

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    Here's something (a little) different:
    Living Colour
    Aerosmith
    Satyricon
    TNT
    Def Leppard
    Motörhead
    Judas Priest
    Napalm Death
    Rainbow
    ...Slayer & Madonna

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