Posts by Witchwood

    Been listening to a wide range of artists during this lockdown but the ones I've played a lot of or gone on a bit of a listening spree with would include ...


    Bob Dylan

    Neil Young

    Max Webster

    Bob Marley

    Peter Gabriel

    I used to listen to music on my commute while reading. Now I don't commute... my music listening and reading have nose dived. It's odd, I theoretically have more time on my hands to devote to stuff I both want to do and need to do. But I fill my time with chores, doom scrolling online and worrying about what I'm not doing. To be fair, we have a new son who's not yet two weeks old as well as a school age kid who needs to be homeschooled AND a preschooler ...

    Congrats on the new addition to your family.


    When my wife and I had our kids, I quit my job to be a full-time dad. I did that for about seven years until they started school. I loved it and I certainly wasn't spending my days listening to tunes and reading classic novels. I was fully engaged with them and busy keeping the house in order.


    So it's totally understandable in your circumstance with a young family, despite being at home why you'd have less time to be playing music and reading for pleasure.

    I came to know SMALLCREEP'S DAY through the U.S. vinyl version, which has the suite on side 2 and the other 5 songs on side 1. To me, the album wouldn't work nearly as well with the suite on side 1.

    I recall being slightly annoyed by the switched sides on the CD version.

    Since then, I've embraced it.

    It has a more subtle opening now, somewhat in the vein of Down And Out, and I'm OK with that.

    And Overnight Job and Every Road are among my favourite songs on the album - and I'm always happy to end an album on a high note.

    When I'm at the office, I'm usually the last one to leave, so I will take advantage of that hour or two of solitude to play a CD or two.


    One of the pleasures of working from home for me the last two months has been picking out things to listen to and playing a wide selection of music throughout most of the day.


    Trees ‎– The Garden Of Jane Delaney...UK....1970


    Prog Folk

    I haven't played these albums in a while. I should give them a fresh listen later today.

    Interesting to see them described here as "prog folk."

    I would be more inclined to compare them to, say, Fairport Convention (which I define as folk/rock) than a band that falls under the prog lable like the Strawbs.

    1. Gabriel

    2. Hackett

    3. Phillips


    Pete, Steve and Ant are by far my favourites. I find most of what they've released highly enjoyable.


    4. Banks

    I love Tony's debut album. And I generally like the rock albums that followed though a couple of them I would concede to being uneven. His classical music doesn't appeal to me.


    5. Collins

    I generally like Phil's first four albums though I think he's the only one who never produced an album that I could enjoy in its entirety. And by the time we got to the fifth album, I felt the tide had turned and the cons began outweighing the pros.


    6. Rutherford

    I love Mike's debut album but I am just not a fan of anything he has done since.

    If I was to rank them based on how much I enjoy their solo output over the years, it would be:

    Gabriel

    Hackett

    Phillips

    Banks

    Collins

    Rutherford


    But to be honest, my level of interest in their continuing solo output has waned, except for maybe Ant Phillips.


    Hackett seems to have landed in a decade-long rut; Gabriel hasn’t released anything I liked since Up; Banks' current preoccupation with classical has zero appeal to me; the last Collins' album I liked was released in '89, and for me Rutherford's brilliance as a solo artist began and ended with Smallcreep's Day.

    If Peter left and then made a bunch of albums that sounded like early Genesis but less interesting, and then did a Genesis tribute act, maybe they wouldn’t have included his career either.

    I always thought the song "The Virgin And The Gypsy" would have fit nicely on a middle era Genesis album.

    Perhaps one might argue half the songs on Voyage of the Acolyte could have passed for Genesis.

    Aside from that, and the odd track here and there over the course of 40+ years' output, I'd be hard pressed to describe any of Steve's albums as sounding like early Genesis.


    Not sure how familiar you are with Steve's work.

    From the above comment, I would suggest, not very.

    Phil played on a few of Peter's early shows. There are bootlegs of them performing Mother Of Violence together, for instance. The only time I've heard them perform I Know What I Like since Peter left was when he joined the band on stage for the encore at one of the shows in '78.

    I love that performance (Mother of Violence, Reading 79).

    Two of my favourite vocalists harmonizing on one of my favourite Gabriel songs.

    They also shared vocals during the encore which was The Lamb.

    Why does he want to meet dictators?

    Because he seems to be a student of dictatorial practices as evidenced in his propensity for repeating lies until they are accepted as truth, denigrating his predecessors, and erasing and re-writing history.

    It's ironic that at the time of a global pandemic, the leader in the White House conducts himself in a way that is clearly reminiscent of leaders who were around during the last global pandemic.

    In that instance, it was a militaristic one.

    I've seen a couple of different photos of Phil on stage giving the middle finger — and the two I can think of were both taken during the Abacab tour.

    I question whether he's genuinely angry in either of them, but then I wasn't there.

    I do know Phil, between songs, would interact with some audiences, occasionally engaging in playful banter, and that's why I'm inclined to think he's just playing around.

    Amidst all this darkness, there is a bright side to me being forced to set up in my basement office and work from home.


    Admittedly, I tend to be a workaholic, completely immersing myself in my job and spending far too much time away from home where I have family and pets.


    Now, I'm here for lunch and dinner with the family, I make sure to spend time outside playing with the dogs which is something I don't think happens a lot when I'm away.

    When I am working, as long as I'm not on the phone, I've got music on, tapping into a large collection.


    Not to make light of a bad situation - but I think there are some aspects of my current circumstances I'd like to hold on to when things get back to normal.

    Bill Rieflin was part of the trio of drummers playing with King Crimson when I saw them in November 2015.

    I recall he was more of a multi-instrumentalist of the three, contributing keyboards as well.


    I'm sorry to hear of his passing.

    The recordings that elude me are sadly ones that, as far as I know, don't exist - soundboards from the pre-Foxtrot era.

    Having said that, I'm not above enjoying a decent audience recording and there are at least a few that aren't too rough from the Nursery Cryme tour - I believe Piper Club may be the best of that bunch.

    And, of course, I certainly appreciate the BBC recordings of that period.

    Selecting individual tracks was a bit of a challenge for me because I love how certain songs flow into each other.


    For example, Fly On A Windshield/Broadway Melody of 1974 and the sequence comprised of Anyway/Supernatural Anaesthetist/The Lamia are among the highlights of the album for me.


    Yet, when it came down to weighing the merits of each individual track, I chose only two of the five even though collectively I get more pleasure listening to these series of songs than some of the tracks I ended up voting for.

    I was never a great fan of Phil's sad and sentimental songs.

    And that’s why NJR always appealed to me. It’s comparably upbeat and it includes some of my favourite songs, Take Me Home and Inside Out among them.


    While Face Value (my 2nd favourite album of Phil's) hit higher heights for me with tracks like In The Air Tonight and The Roof Is Leaking, the ballad-heavy second half of that debut album always brought me down.

    Tough to choose as W&W is one my favourites — a top 3 or 4 album for me.

    I like every single track and enjoy it from beginning to end.


    BOTR is my No. 1 but then there are at least three tracks tied at No. 2.

    I went with One For The Vine and Afterglow but on another day I might have replaced one of those with Eleventh Earl of Mar.


    Nice to see some votes for Wot Gorilla? — one of the commonly (and IMO unfairly) maligned tracks on the album.