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Recommend 1 relatively obscure band

Post: # 90446Post khalpin
Sun Sep 04, 2005 5:23 am

Rule 1: Stick to "one" band. Not a list of 10 bands.

Rule 2: See Rule one.

My recommendation:
PFM - Early/Mid 70s prog. I've recently picked up their first 3 albums and must say, I've been absolutely loving it. I never looked into it before because, I guess, I just didn't want to listen to music where I couldn't understand any of the words. (Seems kind of funny since half the music I listen to, I don't know the words anyway)

So I gave it a shot after listening to a couple free mp3s (which REALLY intrigued me) and now I'm going to step into the foyer of the house of Italian Prog.

http://www.progarchives.com/Progressive ... id=289#mp3

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Post: # 90591Post happytheman
Fri Sep 09, 2005 10:29 am

khalpin wrote:Rule 1: Stick to "one" band. Not a list of 10 bands.

Rule 2: See Rule one.

My recommendation:
PFM - Early/Mid 70s prog. I've recently picked up their first 3 albums and must say, I've been absolutely loving it. I never looked into it before because, I guess, I just didn't want to listen to music where I couldn't understand any of the words. (Seems kind of funny since half the music I listen to, I don't know the words anyway)

So I gave it a shot after listening to a couple free mp3s (which REALLY intrigued me) and now I'm going to step into the foyer of the house of Italian Prog.

http://www.progarchives.com/Progressive ... id=289#mp3
I never have heard their first album (only released in Italy) but Photos of Ghost and World became the World are both awesome. Chocolate Kings and Jet Lag are two others I have are good as well. I think there were "english" versions and Italian versions. Mine are fortunatly in english.

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Post: # 90738Post hennie552001
Wed Sep 14, 2005 3:44 pm

PFM were a great band, no doubt about it. But let's be a bit more up-to-date:
Kaizers Orchestra.
Quite new band with the energy of The Hives og the White Stripes and the instrumentation and feel of a Tom Waits Balkan nightmare. They've got three albums out, their latest Maestro is probably just as good as their sensational debut: Ompa til du dor. They sing in Norwegian, but it doesn't seem to matter, they are still very popular in continental Europe, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany etc. The translations of the lyrics can be found on the net. They are known as a great live band and they are touring Europe now.
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Post: # 90739Post Dr_Yes
Wed Sep 14, 2005 3:56 pm

hennie552001 wrote:Ompa til du dor.
How does that translate into English Hennie? I tried to do an online translation and it couldn't find Ompa or dor. I kind of like the idea that it means "Bop til you Drop' but I expect it doesn't. Just curious.
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Post: # 90758Post hennie552001
Thu Sep 15, 2005 7:53 am

Yeah, it's Ompa til du dør (Don't know if it will show on your PCs, it's an O with a line through it., same letter as the German ö) and it means:
Ompa 'till you die, kind of like 'bop till you drop' with a Eastern European feel to it.
The instrumentation of Kaizers is two el guitars, standup bass, pump organ, drums and a vocalist + assorted percussion (here's were the link to Tom Waits comes in, they usualy beat the sh*t out of oil barrels and anything else with a good sound in it, and it really gives the sound extra punch). Add the occasional sax and accordion and you have a clue what it sounds like. The OTDD album is inspired by the Yougoslavian Emir Kusturicas fantastic Cannes-winning movie 'Underground', and is a kind of concept album, and you can hear the influences of East European/Gypsy music through much of the album.
For their latest CD 'Maestro' we have moved to 'Dieter Meyers Institution'. Better, smoother production, more detail, probably their best so far.
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Post: # 90760Post Dr_Yes
Thu Sep 15, 2005 12:37 pm

hennie552001 wrote:they usualy beat the sh*t out of oil barrels and anything else with a good sound in it, and it really gives the sound extra punch). Add the occasional sax and accordion and you have a clue what it sounds like.
LMAO

Thanks for the explanation Hennie. it sounds like a really interesting combination of sounds/ideas!

Bop til you drop with an Eastern European Feel - wonderful!
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Post: # 90786Post EricBliss12345
Fri Sep 16, 2005 5:34 am

While we're on the topic of late-70s italian prog....

Shylock

Or were they French?

Their second album, which I don't even remember how to spell, let alone the title, is quite fucking good. I had it ages ago. It sounds like it was recorded with a pocket-recorder in a shoebox The 13 minute epic "Ille De Fievre" is simply incredible and worth the price of admission (Touce! Cliche!) but the rest of the album is also quite decent and heavily keyboard oriented. they definately take a dark and pastoral approach and the music is all instrumental. Think of a whole albums worth of pt 2 of "The Cinema Show" with lots of King Crimsonisms thrown in for good measure. It has a detatched, otherworldly beauty which is hard to explain. It's not even like it's the best album ever or even completely great on it's own merits. It's just very nice to listen to. It sounds like an album of very good demos from a band who never made it. In reality, that statement is true.

Their first album also has one very good extended epic piece that I don't remember the name of but it's great. Very dark and with a beautiful creepiness to it. These guys hardly reinvented the wheel and largely ripped other bands off who were pioneers in the genre but nonetheless made some interesting 3rd rate prog.

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Post: # 90789Post hennie552001
Fri Sep 16, 2005 10:16 am

BTW: Check out Kaizers Orchestra at http://www.kaizers.de
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Sun Sep 18, 2005 5:01 pm

Prog metal act from Finland, I think their best work to date is 'Tuonela' which draws somewhat on Finnish mythical themes, their most recent album 'far from the sun' is more leaning towards mainstream prog - if such a genre exists. Anyway, for me they are a top band, regrettably still obscure.
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Wed Sep 21, 2005 11:01 pm

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Post: # 90955Post yesireebob
Thu Sep 22, 2005 5:28 am

Nightwish
Finnish prog metal brand with an amazing almost operatic female lead singer. Their most recent album, Once, is accompanied by an orchestra, in fact, the same orchestra that played the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. Nice piece of work. Here is the DPRP review:

http://www.dprp.net/reviews/200437.html

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Post: # 90971Post EricBliss12345
Thu Sep 22, 2005 10:28 pm

These guys aren't too bad and I also have Tuonela. They aren't a prog band, just a decent rock band. This album definately has a few highlights but has aged horrendously, I tried to play it a few months ago and found that I only still liked a few of the tracks. I really enjoyed this when I was starved for "new" prog and hadn't yet heard about Flower Kings or any newer stuff or was familiar with more obscure old stuff like Gentle Giant or Camel. It's a little "artsy" i suppose with the occasional flute or woodwind and analog synth and hammond but besides that it's just some 2nd rate rock that impresses on occasion. It's their first album that nearly exclusively features "clean" vocals as opposed to growling (they got their start as a Black Metal band).

I have a couple older albums of theirs too. Tales Of The Thousand Lakes is like black metal 70's prog rock if such a genre exists. It's basically somber 70s style rock instrumentation with moog and mellotron with growled vocals singing about very stupid things.

Elegy is also fairly ridiculous, though some of the music is palatable I just can't get over the growled vocals. Listening to these guys is like listening to Renaissance during their pop period when they unsuccsessfully tried to fuse new wave and symphonic prog (and I'm talking more the Camera Camera/Time Line period than the elegant A'zure D'Or). Amorphios try to combine 2 styles that just don't work well together.

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Post: # 91015Post Greenglade's Frog
Sun Sep 25, 2005 4:58 am

I dunno if this is obscure or not : there is this band from the 70's called Renaissance. Very English cross between Genesis, Tull, Moody Blues, etc.
Female singer, beautiful voice. Annie Haslam I think. I had an LP from used record store for like 3$, bought back in the 80's.
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Post: # 91074Post aitomies
Tue Sep 27, 2005 1:13 pm

EricBliss12345 wrote:.... Amorphios try to combine 2 styles that just don't work well together.
Their last two albums ('Am Universum' and 'Far From the Sun') are non-growling and more lyrical, but are progressively less indebted to the oral and musical folk tradition of the Finns, so not as interesting to some people, and perhaps more interesting to others.

Glad to know you have Tuonela, even if you don't like it as much as I do
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Thu Sep 29, 2005 8:45 am

Greenglade's Frog wrote:I dunno if this is obscure or not : there is this band from the 70's called Renaissance. Very English cross between Genesis, Tull, Moody Blues, etc.
Female singer, beautiful voice. Annie Haslam I think. I had an LP from used record store for like 3$, bought back in the 80's.
I'd say they're not that obscure. They did quite a few records. The Line Up changed in the middle of the second album (because of Keith Relf's sudden death), the third album called Prologue feat. a complete new band that carried on with the idea of using music of the renaissance and mix it with soft "rocky" melodies. their double album live at the Carnegie hall (with orchestra) is one of the finest moments in Rock-live-history. The band tries from time to time to reunite. there also was kind of a reunion from the first line-up, who called themselfs Illusion, which was the title of the second renaissance album. Other records highly recommended to fans of this classic-rock-folk-band are Ashes are Burning and Scheherazade.

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Thu Sep 29, 2005 8:54 am

Being a great fan of Mr. John Wetton, i got to know some obscure music indeed, by collecting everything where John put his nose in.
One of his earliest contributions in the early 70's was his bass work for a couple called Edwards Hand on their second album "Stranded". produced by George Martin. there we have a nice little suite called "Death of a Man" incl. lyrics like "Die when you must die" sung in a happy tune. Get into that! Cheers!
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Post: # 91135Post gothic17
Thu Sep 29, 2005 8:58 am

The most obscure music you find on flip-sides of 7"s. Two examples: Greg Lake/Humbug and Roxy Music's 7"s of the early 70s. you'd wonder!
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Fri Oct 21, 2005 5:11 am

Twenty Mondays
cd title The Twist Inside

Released 1989 on Spindletop Records SPT137CD

This CD is amazing from start to finish, the band, writing, playing, and production is fantastic. It is a shame they never got the press or airplay they deserved. A jem I recommend you pick up. :)
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Fri Oct 21, 2005 4:12 pm

Lee Michaels.

You might have to look in the Rarities section of your local record store, but this bluesy, organ playin' guy is worth it!

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Post: # 91499Post LoveJon
Fri Oct 21, 2005 4:14 pm

p.s:

Didn't Steve Howe work with Annie Haslam?

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Fri Oct 21, 2005 11:14 pm

LoveJon wrote:p.s:

Didn't Steve Howe work with Annie Haslam?
Absolutely. I believe they did a song called It's all over now baby blue.

As for obscure bands, Zebra is may recomendation. If you dont live on long island or in louisiana chances are you have never heard of them. The lead singer (Randy Jackson) is an amazing guitarist that rocks. He actualy opened the show for Jon Anderson at his last show at B.B. Kings Blues club in Manhattan and I believe hes doing it again.
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Post: # 91510Post Ed1909
Fri Oct 21, 2005 11:18 pm

LoveJon wrote:p.s:

Didn't Steve Howe work with Annie Haslam?

On the tribute CD "Tales From Yesterday" on the Magna Carta label about 9/10 years ago; a beautiful version of "Turn Of The Century" :)
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Post: # 91511Post LoveJon
Sat Oct 22, 2005 2:03 am

Zebra? I love Zebra! Randy Jackson has an amazing voice!

He often appears in smaller clubs around NJ, but I haven't gotten around to seeing him yet. Didn't know that he opened for Jon Anderson in NYC.

Tell Me What You Want is one of my all-time favorite songs!

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Wed Oct 26, 2005 4:47 am

Zebra - They were over looked and their timing wasn't great as FM radio airplay began to change. A very good band that should have been more popular.
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Fri Oct 28, 2005 9:07 am

Been into PFM hugely since early 70s; my band did 'Celebration' for awhile in 1975-76. Me on keys.

I recommend Birdsongs of the Mesozoic band - even my hardcore progbuddies and impresarios haven't heard of them in the West and none of their stuff is in the shoppes here, AVAUNT!
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Post: # 91652Post flowering
Mon Oct 31, 2005 6:29 pm

Obscure? well lets see.

there was this one guy with that moustage and his weird band(s) let me think of his name .... frankie was his name i think he was all together with ikie, chady, terry, chestie, adrianie, eddie, ruthie . . . .

i think no one was more obscure.

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Mon Oct 31, 2005 10:21 pm

Capercaillie

Find the song Cosich a Ruin, you'll be amazed.

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Thu Nov 03, 2005 10:55 am

Which language is that in?

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Marjorie Fair

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Sat Nov 05, 2005 4:37 pm

These guys are the opening act for the West Coast leg of the current Porcupine Tree tour. I picked up thier Selfhelp Serenade disc a week ago
and it hasn't left my player since.
Great sixties/seventies production, very mellow Floydish, great vocal harmonies, most importantly great songs, not a lot of flashy licks, but great guitar throughout. In two words, timeless beauty.

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Post: # 92906Post qman
Fri Jan 13, 2006 10:03 am

Thanks for the Marjorie Fair tip I think I will check them out. :D
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