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TF I love the vocal performance on that one excellent.     

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TIG ... yup, weird pretty much describes Frank alright. IMHO Dweezil is even a better guitarist than his Dad, and he clearly had a lot of respect for him. My personal fav Zappa album was "Apostrophe", and I think I still have all the lyrics for the whole Yellow Snow - Father O'Blivion suite memorized ... so fun.

Peatle ... Brock is the kind of singer every band wishes they could have ... talented, passionate, expressive, and really plays well to his audience.     

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Queen / Roger Taylor    "Tenement Funster"    Paris, 1994

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsqchpnrTcY

Although not really a Prog Rock song, I figured "Hey ... why not?" for this week. Roger didn't do much lead singing for Queen, 'cuz when you've got Freddie Mercury at the mike, it would be hard to get that starting position. Yet he certainly holds his own, and at times sounds like a younger Roger Daltry. When asked what a "tenement funster" was, Roger basically says it's a term he made up. Here's an excerpt from a Gold Mine Magazine interview in February 2015:

"GM: By the way, what exactly is a “Tenement Funster?” Inquiring minds want to know …

RT: (Laughs.) Well, it’s just an expression that I just sort of made up. It was like the prankster on the block, the naughty boy; you know what I mean. It was the good-time guy in the area. (Laughs.) I’ve never heard that term before of a “Tenement Funster,” so I sort of made it up."

The song was released in Queen's 1974 album "Sheer Heart Attack", and although this pic isn't of my album, I was lucky enough to get one of these red vinyl editions when it came out.

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Greg Lake    "I Believe in Father Christmas"    1975

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjggWxGYLdo

Aside of the cynical message in this song, it does highlight how much fantasy over shadows the root meanings of - not only Christmas - but so many other things in life. The song first appeared as a single, on a 45 RPM disk with "Humbug" on the flip side. It was co-written with Peter Sinfield, recorded in 1974, and finally released until November 1975. Greg admitted he was somewhat surprised at how popular it became, and also how so many interpreted it as an anti-religious song. He simply meant to write against the over commercialization of Christmas, and offered these thoughts in an interview with MOJO Magazine:

"I find it appalling when people say it's politically incorrect to talk about Christmas, you've got to talk about 'The Holiday Season'. Christmas was a time of family warmth and love. There was a feeling of forgiveness, acceptance. And I do believe in Father Christmas."

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Great choice TF  I have in last few weeks been listening to to my  old  Emerson, Lake & Palmer album Brain Salad Surgery. My 98 year old mother loves the song Jerusalem on it. Most of  my old record collection I have passed onto my younger family members but I have hung on to that one and a few others. I will never be politically correct and not talk about Christmas. Here in NZ it  is celebrated by people I know and mix with of of all religous and none religous  persuasion.     

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Peatle Jville wrote:

Great choice TF  I have in last few weeks been listening to to my  old  Emerson, Lake & Palmer album Brain Salad Surgery. My 98 year old mother loves the song Jerusalem on it. Most of  my old record collection I have passed onto my younger family members but I have hung on to that one and a few others. I will never be politically correct and not talk about Christmas. Here in NZ it  is celebrated by people I know and mix with of of all religous and none religous  persuasion.

Cheers, Peatle ...I've also been catching up on some ELP lately. Great minds think alike / fools seldom differ ... pick one. smile For many of us 70's stoners, ELP gave us a first introduction to classical music. Their performance of "Pictures at an Exhibition" at the California Jam in 1974 left the audience "gob smacked" (as my Brit wife would say).     

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Tenement Funster wrote:
Peatle Jville wrote:

Great choice TF  I have in last few weeks been listening to to my  old  Emerson, Lake & Palmer album Brain Salad Surgery. My 98 year old mother loves the song Jerusalem on it. Most of  my old record collection I have passed onto my younger family members but I have hung on to that one and a few others. I will never be politically correct and not talk about Christmas. Here in NZ it  is celebrated by people I know and mix with of of all religous and none religous  persuasion.

Cheers, Peatle ...I've also been catching up on some ELP lately. Great minds think alike / fools seldom differ ... pick one. smile For many of us 70's stoners, ELP gave us a first introduction to classical music. Their performance of "Pictures at an Exhibition" at the California Jam in 1974 left the audience "gob smacked" (as my Brit wife would say).

Hi TF
Your words about ELP's album "Pictures at an Exhibition" being an intro into the world of classic music was spot on with me.
I hadn't heard of Mussorgsky until then and well it inspired me to listen and to love most all the greats of the classical world.
Greg lake was a great singer, musician and a truly nice man and he's sadly missed.
Their music was the anthem to my youth.... Old man waxing lyrical smile
ark     

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From one old man to another, Happy New Year, Arkady!

Another gem along these lines is FireBallet's 1975 album "Night on Bald Mountain". They were a short lived group (only two albums) but this is great rendition of another of Mussorgsky's works:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5j2iosGa1E     

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TF another good choice first time I have heard this one very dramatic.     

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Camel    "Stationary Traveler"    Santa Cruz, 2003

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfF2UZjXx_g

A very expressive and soulful instrumental from Andy Latimer, who pours enormous emotion into his playing which a listener can really feel. It's interesting that this was considered to be a "farewell tour" as Andy was becoming quite sick at the time. He had a rare form of blood cancer which was thought to be incurable, but he eventually employed conventional and holistic means to come out of it for the better. It's also worth noting that he has removed the tremolo bar from his Strat, and uses beautiful vibrato technique with his fretting hand instead. He also does some old school volume knob swells at the end ... terrific player. Tom Brislin joined them on keyboards for this one, who also played with YES on the their 2003 "Yes Symphonic Live" DVD, filmed in Amsterdam. This song is from their 1984 LP of the same name.

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I noticed 1. Pressure Points and 5. Stationary Traveller was written by Lattimer - Maybe you Neo or a relative ?

Good one TF     

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Iona    "Inside My Heart"    London, 2005

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAVkXtAP3yo

Another gorgeous piece from IONA's 2008 DVD filmed at a concert in London. This particular song features a blistering 3-minute solo at the end by David Bainbridge. He's another one of the many great unknown guitarists in the world, and not too bad on keyboards either. The songs lyrics have a hopeful Christianity-themed message, but I don't know if there's a music category for "Prog Gospel" or not smile like there is in Bluegrass or Country music.

Bainbridge's guitar is a Fernandes "Dragonfly Elite" series, which has some cool electronics innovations. Part of it is the patented Fernandes Sustainer pickup in the neck position. When turned on (mini toggle switch) it emits an active pulsating magnetic signal, which keeps the string vibrating infinitely until muted. Steve Hackett (formerly of Genesis) also uses one in his solo work over the past 10 years or so, and really makes it sing. The Sustainer pickup also has a setting to allow the guitarist to play soaring harmonics, without the eardrum-damaging volume usually needed to do this. Yup ... i want one ... but there doesn't seem to be very many in the market. Enjoy!

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Tenement Funster wrote:

From one old man to another, Happy New Year, Arkady!

Another gem along these lines is FireBallet's 1975 album "Night on Bald Mountain". They were a short lived group (only two albums) but this is great rendition of another of Mussorgsky's works:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5j2iosGa1E

Thanks for that TF the rendition seemed to be a mix of European Classic prog rock style/ tracks.
A belated happy new year to you to.     

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Barock Project    "Kyrie / Fool's Epilogue"    Rome, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hotzUrIoqsE

We were just discussing the prevalent influence of classical music on a lot of Prog Rock, and here's a terrific group from Italy who are obviously doing just that. Keyboardist Luca Zabbini plays in a style reminiscent of the late Keith Emerson. Guitarist Giacomo Anselmi lays down some great licks which would sound equally good on a violin played at Paginini-like speed ... lots to like here. These songs are originally from their 2012 CD "Coffee in Neukolln", and the concert footage was shot in Rome for their "Vivo" DVD.

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This was interesting in how it started with an organ and more and more started as he sang. Good singer and band.     

Music is what feelings sound like.
Music is life, that why our hearts have beats.

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Glass Hammer    "A Bitter Wind"    Pittsburgh, 2009

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEnIkMGcAqw

Here's another entry from the best Prog group I know of from Chattanooga, Tennessee (there may be others from "The Scenic City"). GH is primarily a studio project group, so don't tour often, and then not too far from home. Founded in 1992 by bassist Steve Babb and keyboardist Fred Schendel, they have released 17 studio albums to date with the most recent being "Chronomonaut" in 2018.  Vocalist Susie Bogdanowicz has been in an out of the line up for family reasons over the years (4 children), but her smooth and sometimes haunting voice is beautiful to listen to. This song is from their 2009 album "Three Cheers for the Broken-Hearted" (super album!), which was the first to feature their current guitarist Kamran Alan Shikoh.

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This one is just a very good group. Anyone  Prog Rock  or not should  enjoy this group.  Great singing too.     

Music is what feelings sound like.
Music is life, that why our hearts have beats.

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Hans Zimmer    "Why So Serious? / Like a Dog Chasing Cars"     Prague, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjJnWuA7-ps

There are several ways to make a good movie a great movie, and having Hans Zimmer do the score with Christopher Nolan directing, have produced some gems in the last decade. These two selections from the film "The Dark Knight Rises" are impossible to relax to. Zimmer's ability to create tension with his work is unparalleled, and that was a real highlight of the film in keeping with the Joker's chaotic mission. Zimmer is seen at center stage, alternating between guitar and keyboards. And I also see guitarist Govan Guthrie (long hair to the right) who is one of the best guitarists I know of, that few have heard of. Enjoy!

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Excellent TF gave me goosebumps listening to it brilliant use of string section.     

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Steve Rothery Band    "Old Man of the Sea"    Rome, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOGhRn5rZKc

Perhaps best known as founding member & guitarist for the group "Marillion", Steve has also embarked on some solo projects. His album "The Ghosts of Pripyat" was released in 2014, and is a delicious and haunting collection of instrumentals. The album is about the the city of Pripyat in Northern Ukraine (near Chernobyl) which was completely evacuated on April 27, 1986, the day after the nuclear disaster. The number who died as a result of the meltdown is unclear, but to this day the city sits completely abandoned and uninhabitable ... apart from the "ghosts". yikes  This concert also features guitarist Dave Foster (from "Mr. So & So") and between the two of them some amazing and emotional guitar work is produced.  Much of Steve's style reminds one of Andy Latimer (Camel) and even David Gilmour (Pink Floyd). Enjoy the ghosts!

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Porcupine Tree    "Dark Matter"    Tilburg, Netherlands, 2008

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQIKODPk4rU

This band fires on all cylinders, as is often said. Each musician seamlessly blends to make their music, and they are perhaps one of the tightest live groups I know of. I've waxed eloquent before about drummer Gavin Harrison's rhythmic designs, and he along with bassist Colin Edwin really glue everything together. The song is about life on the road as part of a successful band (something I know nothing about. The constant travel pressure to meet deadlines, the other career considerations passed up, but finally the need to just let the music flow and be released, and let that be the driving force behind everything. Even though the memory of every popular thing fades quickly, for the artist that isn't / can't be the long term goal ... best not to focus on it. Probably all 'round good advice for life in general. From the 2008 "Anesthetize" DVD recorded in Tilburg ... enjoy!

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As good as they sounded, all you need to do is is watch the audience reaction and is tells how much they enjoyed it live.     

Music is what feelings sound like.
Music is life, that why our hearts have beats.

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Thanks, CG ... I always appreciate you taking time to view & comment on these weekly posts, and I'm sure BadEye does also. There is soooo much good music in the world, and I hope I live long enough to hear it all. Thanks again!     

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TF 
That is quality guitar work ! 
I appreciate the fact that you ( and Badeye ) take the time to locate and share music. I normally would not listen to this genre, but when you present it - I always give a listen.  You are correct - music is amazing. I wish I had more musical ability.
Thanks for sharing and keep them coming.

Jim     

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TF 
That is quality guitar work ! 
I appreciate the fact that you ( and Badeye ) take the time to locate and share music. I normally would not listen to this genre, but when you present it - I always give a listen.  You are correct - music is amazing. I wish I had more musical ability.
Thanks for sharing and keep them coming.

Jim     

Your vision is not limited by what your eye can see, but what your mind can imagine.
Make your life count, and the world will be a better place because you tried.

"Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except only the the best." - Henry Van Dyke