Chris2210 wrote:Presume this is only N America? Shame because it sounds like a wonderful double-bill.
Interesting to hear Brislin's playing with them. I thought his work on the Symphonic tour was the most outstanding keyboard stuff I've heard from Yes live [much as I love his personality, that includes Rick, too]. Yes could have done a lot worse than to hang on to his services, but it seems if Wakeman makes himself available, he gets first refusal. That's a pity because the live version of Relayer benefited greatly from Brislin's contribution and I would not have been upset at all to see him get the seat permanently.
tardistraveler wrote:Hey, Eric - when's the show?
thehallway wrote:Interestingly, I've never been particularly moved by Genesis. I've heard Foxtrot, Selling England, etc, but I just don't really get any "feeling" from it. Obviously all prog bands are different and Yes are my favourite, but there's something about Genesis that just makes me sort of ignore them. Hackett I'm sure, is a great player though.
thehallway wrote:You've made a good point, and maybe humour does belong in music...
...but only if it's funny.
I mean, I'm British and whilst I find the whimsical ramblings of Peter Gabriel midly amusing, it doesn't really justify their position above the music, IMO. The band are obviously better than most, which is why they got so far, but I don't find them to be AS expressive or inventive as most bands I like. I guess I just feel that Genesis are overrated somewhat. Maybe I would label them as Easy Listening in comparison to psychedelic/prog bands, which is obviously fine and has its place, but is less significant. Less powerful.
EricBliss12345 wrote:Oh and just for mentioning Tardistraveler on the Steve Hackett tip I did end up picking up Spectral Mornings and Voyage of the Acolyte. Spectral Mornings was my first and after several listens I'd have to say it's just OK. Kinda reminds me of Camel in general sound (with better guitar and cornier vocals) and gives the feeling that it's not bad, but it's not really amazing either. The only tune that really moves me is "Every Day" but the rest just kinda sounds nice while it's on but doesn't really fully capture my attention. "Red Flower..." is really pretty though. "Clocks" is ok but I (naggingly) keep expecting it to break into "Carmina Burana" and it messes with me every time hahaah. "Tigermoth" and the title track have some pretty moments but overall they don't make a huge impression. "Decomposing Man" is just stupid and sounds really out of place. Here's where the humor in music thing just doesn't sound appropriate. Overall its just passably good. Mean guitar parts though.
Now Voyage of the Acolyte is more up my alley! WOW! "Shadow Of The Hierophant" is just jaw droppingly amazing. Now THIS is what I expected from a Steve Hackett solo album. Soaring guitars, beautiful melodies, in-your-face mellotron and blazing synth leads. It sounds very Genesis like in parts. This really shows what a huge hand Steve had in shaping their sound. The above mentioned tune actually sounds much like Renaissance in the first half. Now if there's ever a candidate for a dream Annie/Steve duet this would be it. Actually they'd be stupid NOT to do it it's so obvious! Tell me that wouldn't be awesome! Ace Of Wands (which crushes you from go) up through Hands Of The Priestess 2 is class act stuff. I especially love "Tower Struck Down." Haven't dug into the middle stuff much, the track with Phil vox seems just ok as well as Steve's vocal track. Overall much better than Spectral Mornings though.
tardistraveler wrote:Well, I don't think you can go wrong with ANY of his solo works - they all showcase his style well, and if you like his style, you'll like his stuff for the most part, IMO.
My personal favorite is his first - Voyage of the Acolyte - a favorite during the 70's. I always thought of it as the best Genesis album that never was. The guitar work smacks a lot of his work on Selling England by the Pound, which is my favorite Genesis album. It's just totally soul-stirring to me.
You might also check out Please Don't Touch, Spectral Mornings, and Guitar Noir, but seriously, anything is worth a listen - just see what's available in your local store and have a listen!
I really hope you enjoy YOUR show, Eric!
thesage wrote:I am a hugh Renaissance fan and have been so for almost 30 years- I have drawn people's attention to them on this forum on a number of occasions- I thought that Tuscany- Renaissance's 2001 comeback album (albeit without Squire-alike- Jon Camp) was a good effort- but Land of the Rising Sun- the live album from the 2001 tour showed that Annie was not quite the voice she used to be- I suggest that people watch and listen to some recent youtube vids of the current 2/5th of Renaissance playing, but remember that Annie would have to be in her late 50s or early i 60s and she isn't the singer she once was. Its important to know what you are going to hear.
EricBliss12345 wrote:I looked some shit up and she sounds plenty fine to me I did hear some mistakes in spots but overall its still good. I found one funny vid where she announces Black Flame as being from Novella hahaha. Other than that not bad at all I'm sure it will be great to actually hear it there. They keyboard work is pretty spot on too. Thanks for mentioning the youtube vids Im a lot more excited now.
thesage wrote:The keyboard work is spot on - you would expect t wit Brislin- he did a superb job with Yes- they are all very fine musicians - personally I hear too many mistakes and flats pus a lack of vocal strength for my liking but she is doing a great job given she is in her late 50s early 60s
thesage wrote:Don't get me wrong if I was in the neighbourhood I would be going to see them as well. Enjoy the show and if you have time post a review
yesman90125 wrote:Very good chance you'll see me at that Rush show, are you going to see 'Yes/HSW' the night before?
In order to get in free (with summerfest admission) you have to come in the AM and get a hand stamp
for the show and there's some deal if you are there the night before you get a discount for the next day-
there's a shuttle bus near my house for $5 a day you can travel in and out of the city as many times as you want , the bus leaves every hour from here and from Summerfest(DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE DOWNTOWN WHILE SUMMERFEST IS GOING ON!)
should be good doins: Jeff Beck, Clapton w/ Roger Daltrey, Yes, Rush, The Wailers, Colbie Caillat, Etc. Etc. it's the biggest music fest in the world, be sure to walk around a little before or after Rush- and maybe I'll see you there! perhaps for a barley pop.. Are you Bringing Kurt M. so I can smack him?
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