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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 14, 2016, 03:42:39 AM »
Klaus Schulze--Stars are Burning.  Speaking of official boots, here's a two disc set released by the artist via his manager/publisher, Klaus D. Mueller.  Audience recordings from 1977 and 1979 that circulated for years, now cleaned up and official.  The coughing guy is here, he even blows his nose as an added bonus.  Not high fidelity but a cool memento of the time period.  Recommended only for those with more than a casual interest in KS.  As on the La Vie Electronique sets, Mueller gives some really idiotic titles to some of the tracks.

I see there's now another TD bootleg box on Esoteric, I think from around 78-80. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 11, 2016, 11:32:49 PM »
The bonus disc on Moog box is Evolution of the Dark Side of the Moog, previously issued on Fax.  It's just a collection of excerpts from the first four Moog albums.

The Edgar Froese box set mentioned contained the original studio versions, although the tapes were remastered.  For some reason I prefer all the original Virgin issues from the 80s for TD and Froese.  Some of that remastering can really ruin a perfectly good thing.  As the saying goes, don't fix it if it ain't broke. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Would you pay $1,000 for a CD?
« on: February 09, 2016, 10:18:12 AM »
I can see $100 but beyond that it gets ridiculous.  These eBay sellers listing CDs for $250 etc.  And they just sit there being unsold, and sellers don't budge lowering the price.  But my point for this topic was the totally unrealistic price tags of $1000 or more.  Its almost like they're selling it just to fuck with people and put it on public display as a museum piece.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 07, 2016, 10:52:25 PM »
To add to above, disc 3 (1976 Mannheim) is very good, the music is more of the classic Phaedra type style.  Also, disc 4 is only 30 minutes long.  Guess it was necessary so as not to exclude part of the performance, but a waste of 50 minutes, so you only getting 3.5 CDs really.  I think I should give this box more time.  Actually the sound quality IS better than your average bootleg, no doubt due to mastering these old tapes. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Would you pay $1,000 for a CD?
« on: February 07, 2016, 04:16:15 PM »
You see these items listed on eBay, Amazon, Discogs, Barnes and noble, etc.  Some seller is asking $1,000 for a CD.  Goes without saying nobody would pay that much.  So what is the motivation for creating these listings?  I just don't get it.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 07, 2016, 03:09:39 PM »
Tangerine Dream Reims Cathedral 1974/Mannheim 1976 official bootleg vol 1 box set.  My final summation after multiple listenings is this set is very disappointing.  The Esoteric label has done high quality TD projects before, but this box is kind of cheap on a physical level.  The recordings are  typical bootleg quality.  They are audience recordings, hence lo-fi, flat, tinny, etc.  Why does every bootleg have some German guy talking to his friends?  And somebody's always having a coughing fit.  I mean who coughs that much?  I bet it was one guy who did it to sabotage all illegal recordings.  The music itself, though occasionally having some nice sounds, is very improvisational aka noodling.  For diehard fans only. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 05, 2016, 03:41:09 PM »
Led Zeppelin- Eleven Years Gone.  This is an unofficial, 10-CD, 2-DVD box set (pressed CD's), of 1979 shows from Copenhagen and the Knebworth Festival in UK.  Pretty good recordings, excellent packaging. 

Tangerine Dream-Reims Cathedral 4CD box.  One set from 1974, one from 1976.  On Esoteric, UK label.  Official bootlegs.  The 1976 set sounded really good on headphones last night.  Presently the Zeppelin box is competing for my time in the Listening Department. 

Check out Alio Die's Bandcamp page.  4 new releases, 2 by Aglaia, 2 by Alio Die.  They all sound excellent to my ears!  You can order the CD's now by contacting Stefano directly.  Plus he's offering some kind of limited edition art cards for about $7.  I bought the whole ball of wax.   8)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 03, 2016, 02:46:33 PM »
New releases out now on Virtual and txt...

I haven't bought these but been streaming on Bandcamp. 

The two on Virtual are very mediocre and I wouldn't order the CD's.  On the other hand, the new Autumn of Communion on txt, called "Polydeuces,"  is pretty good.  It has some psytrance beats like the Ultimae label (Solar Fields, Carbon Based Lifeforms, etc.).  Very similar to CBL and Namlook in spots.  More active style than the previous long series they did. 

You would be right.

I'd recommend the Numina track Empire of Nothing from his Hypnos CD The Deception of Reality.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 31, 2016, 02:53:41 AM »
I see there's another Autumn of Communion coming on txt as well....

Giles Reaves--Wunjo.  Rare CD I found on eBay for a reasonable price.  Predated his Hearts of Space album Sea of Glass.  Wunjo I would consider "proto ambient" or atmospheric contemporary instrumental.  Nonetheless, it's very good indeed. 

Tangerine Dream--Cyclone.  Not highly rated by fans, but I really like this 1978 album, with Froese, Franke, and Steve Jollife.   Part of it has vocals with lyrics, which are excellent.  Live drums on here too.  It's more prog rock than their previous catalog.  The synths are excellent as usual for 70s TD.  Underrated album IMO. 

David Bowie--Ziggy.  How great is this album???  The playing and production are unbelievable, with stellar (no pun intended) songs. 

Funny, I have been meaning to post some comments on this since I bought this a few weeks ago.  Excellent album.  A deeper return to form for CP based on some of the "lighter" projects he'd done on Spotted Peccary. 

My only complaint is the SP packaging these days.  These awful little cardboard slipcases.  Yuk.  And they are cheap looking as well.  Probably saves the label a shitload of $ on production and especially shipping, but not good for the collector.  Digipaks or jewel cases, please!

I was browsing an old thread where it was revealed Phobos loves ZZ Top.  Now that one surprised me!  Not because there's anything wrong with ZZ Top (I have about 5 of their albums myself), but it's something you wouldn't expect for some reason.  We pretty much know Forum members' musical tastes, favorite artists, etc.  Is there any style or artist that you think people would be surprised to know that you are into? 

Most likely released to coincide with the current 6-episode miniseries of X-Files.  Which I haven't seen yet.  I taped it and am watching the first two episodes tomorrow.  Will be interesting as I was a huge fan back in the 90's. 

Everything and Nothing / Sensitivity about Surgery
« on: January 26, 2016, 02:04:44 PM »
One night, late at night, I received a text message from my half-sister asking me to "pray" for her as she was having surgery the next day.  Considering I had just talked to her a week earlier, I was shocked to hear of this surgery, as I knew nothing about it.  I immediately texted back, " Surgery for what???" 

I never received a reply, and only later found out from my mother that the surgery was for breast reduction.  My mother informed me she was probably embarrassed and didn't want to tell me what kind of surgery. 

I think I should have been given the details, as a family member, and not spring it on me the night before.  Maybe you want to be private about it, but then you tell people to "pray" for you and they're not allowed to know what it's for??? 

Can anyone back me up on my position here?  Or if not, I'd like to know why it's acceptable to do what she did. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 26, 2016, 01:46:32 PM »
Here are five essential early ambient releases on the Virgin UK label, currently on rotation:

Ashra-New Age of Earth
Edgar Froese-Epsilon in Malaysian Pale
Steve Hillage-Rainbow Dome Musick
Edgar Froese-Aqua

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 24, 2016, 03:56:22 PM »
Just search on YouTube for Tangerine Dream Reims Cathedral, the original unofficial bootleg is there, and I assume the tapes were improved for the official release.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 22, 2016, 11:18:54 AM »
Thirdsystem, if you like mid-70's TD there is a new box on Esoteric/Reactive sublabel of Cherry Red: Tangerine Dream Reim Cathedral.  2 cd's live at Reim Cathedral in France in 1974 and 2 cd's live in Germany 1976.  They are official bootlegs and supposedly two of the finest boots amongst fans.  I ordered mine last night. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 21, 2016, 05:20:07 PM »
Correction to above:  never knew ENO was involved on Lodger, not Bowie

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