What A Concept!

Nice Article …

… from the team at Teamrock, where Steven Wilson guides us through ten ‘concept albums’ you may have missed.

Delighted to report that there was only one that I had missed …. Tom Newman’s Faerie Symphony – which I found in full on YouTube for your delectation (if you like Horslips – give it a whirl) … and in fact only 3 that I don’t actually own ….

  • Tom Newman’s Faerie Symphony (hard to own if you have never heard of it)
  • Virginia’ Astley’s ‘From Gardens Where We Feel Secure’
  • Serge Gainsboro’s Histoire De Melody

[When I say ‘own’ … my vinyl collection needs to be checked – because I definitely do not have all of them in my CD/Digital collection – can someone check the vinyl for me – you KNOW who I am talking to ….

BTW – talking of Faerie’s – why oh why do the Enid get left out of all the lists …


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Steven Wilson – The Masonic – San Francisco

Not my first time to see the man. Won’t be the last. First saw him around 14 years ago – shortly after buying my first album by his band Porcupine Tree. In Abstentia. Since then I have acquired close to 50 of his albums (no exaggeration – I just checked) and seen him maybe 10 times. Yes – I am a fan.

The Set List

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Integrated Inspiration

This passing through the feeds today – and I see Phantogram are releasing their third album – called three. I guess all their originality went into their songs.phantogram-you-dont-get-me-high-anymore-tonight-show-starring-jimmy-fallon-video-watch-640x426

If you want to take a listen click through – rather good really.

What caught my eye is how much the set reminded me of Genesis in the early 70s
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Of course Genesis didn’t have “an eerie backdrop of mannequin parts.” – I guess that part came from Steven Wilson …..


From the Law Offices of Levin Minnemann Rudess  

Levin Minnemann Rudess have a new album – and is available for pre-order.From The Law Offices Of Levin Minnemann RudessRELEASE DATE:  JULY 15, 2016

 This follow up to their highly successful, 2013 self-titled debut album features Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson), Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani, the Aristocrats) & Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater).

PRE-ORDER available now:  Standard CD, Digipak (CD+DVD) & Merchandise:

http://www.levinminnemannrudess.com/ and http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/lmr

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What The Hell Happened ?

This post was originally published on September 26th 2003, penned by John Parker - one of the founders of the original Just Good Music Blog. The source was found thanks to The Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

Lately I haven’t derived the same pleasure from my music collection, or even music in general, that I’ve been accustomed to my whole life. I’m trying to figure this out.

It used to be simpler, I think. You would reach an age – let’s say 30 on average – and pretty much drop out of the current music scene. Your record collection would begin to age like fine wine. You’d stop going to gigs and reading Rolling Stone and Down Beat, and the station presets in your car were no longer college stations playing the wide range of emerging new stuff, but the major commercial channels playing bands who are all 6 months away from being featured in a Lexus commercial. There was a clear dividing line between the stuff the kids and the grown-ups listened to that has faded, blurred and, finally, today, disappeared.

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