Posts by Phil Morris

    I’ve always been a big fan of listening through discographies from start to finish. I feel like that is the most enjoyable way to listen to music. I do that with movies and tv shows as well. Go from end to end. I’m a bit of a completist.

    Can one be "a bit of a completist"? Pedantry aside, in the case of Genesis there will always be those who avoid - at least - FGTR and CAS. I find that a rather pleasing constriction of the bookends. For what it's worth, I find it more rewarding to play in anniversary date order. (Whilst having to tuck in FGTR by other anniversaries, owing to the uncertainty over its release date. (I play half of the total content between Greenslade's birth and death dates.))

    The new Villagers album is just outstanding. I love this band, despite a few average releases. The last one was okay. But this is really stunning.

    An example


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    I'm keen to hear this. I saw Villagers supporting Elbow on the last tour I could bear to see them and was impressed. Bought Jackal on the back of that but whilst continuing to keep an eye (ear) on O'Brien's output have not been tempted to indulge further. Until this one.

    Tony Banks in 2023: "One of my favorite tracks was On the Shoreline, which I was very keen to have on the album. A lot of people liked it. One of Mike’s children thought it was fantastic, and yet, Mike came back and said he didn’t want it on the album. Phil also didn’t want it. Being a democracy, we didn’t have it on, and we ended up having a couple of pretty weak tracks on there — Way of the World and Since I Lost You could well have not been included. On the Shoreline is a really strong track, and I think it could have been a hit."

    There is no info about the mix so I doubt they changed it.

    I doubt it, too. Probably would never have even occurred to "them". Besides, what about CCs99?


    Incidentally, at least one retailer (in the UK) is selling the CD for £5. (Seems to be "standard" price everywhere else.) And Amazon in the US is declaring a clear vinyl edition "exclusive". Whether it is or not, the price of $35 puts the UK (and elsewhere?) price - whether clear or black - in the shade.

    Indeed. I'm surprised it wouldn't have some sort of "incentive," in the way of certain material exclusive to the boxset. Otherwise, it's just simply buying all of the release formats. If I wanted that I'd just have done it.


    To each their own I guess.

    It does have an "incentive": book and poster (in addition to the box itself). I'm not justifying it; just pointing out the "extras" aren't musical.

    That's not especially pedantic, in fact thanks for reminding me about the original Lamb pressing. My brother had that pressing and your note has triggered my memory of seeing it in that title form. But I remember it as (per the Seconds Out listing) Crawl - did you mean 'singular' as in The Carpet Crawler? Or is that me now being pedantic?!


    When you say Collins dropped the opening verse, do you literally mean he brought about that idea? I recall Banks saying they decided to go from "...cover the floor" as they thought the opening section felt too separate and the live rendition was more satisfyingly consistent without it. He made it seem like a group decision but it's interesting to suggest it originated with PC.


    I heard a recording of PC trying out the song in its entirety including the opening section, possibly ahead of a tour. It might've been a link posted on the previous board. It sounded a bit rickety, like he was struggling with those opening verses, which might've been a reason he steered them to dropping that bit.

    Apologies for being unclear on a couple of points. I meant "singular" simply as a single "crawl" as opposed to multiple crawlers. And I referred to Collins dropping the verse as a shorthand most would understand and normally refer to: I have no doubt it was a group decision. And the full version with Collins singing was included in a Capital Radio interview with Nicky Horne.

    ...BBC 6 Music occasionally plays album tracks, most often Guy Garvey of Elbow who has a very good Sunday afternoon show. As mentioned earlier in this thread he's known for quite often playing the Seconds Out version of Carpet Crawlers, in fact he's so devoted to it he refers to it as 'Carpet Crawl' as per the original cover.

    <Pedant Alert> The original UK Lamb vinyl names the track in the singular on its sleeve. It has been named inconsistently throughout its life. (Contrary to the "suggestion" often proposed that its in the singular on Seconds Out owing to Collins dropping the opening verse.)

    The new album by Onar Rodriguez Lopez (is It The Clouds) is quite stunning.

    (He is the guitarist from The Mars Volta)


    As I found it really good, I checked his previous work and was quite confused. In 2017 he released 10 (!) albums. So if anyone has a suggestion where to start, that would be wonderful …

    I've always liked his Bosnian Rainbows album. More "commercial" with female vocals.

    Here is a message from author Mark Bell:



    Mark Bell is currently looking for an English native speaker to check his translation of the Foxtrot-Book. It's rather about style and wording than spelling. Ideal would - for instance be - an (active or retired) English teacher.

    In case you are interested (or know someone who might be interested) you can directly get in contact with Mark via albumage@posteo.de

    Hmmm...

    I didn’t know that Strictly Inc performed live at the BBC.


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    Apologies I'd never brought this to your attention before. I thought it was widely known about. (Well, within the context of Banks fans.)