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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / Eclectic songs that work, or not, and why or why not?

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ninworks
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Jul 14th, 2019 12:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

OMG....QUEEN!! I completely forgot about them. Their first 5 albums floored me. Their vocals are stuff of legend. A Night At The Opera and A Day At The Races were my favorite but, there was great stuff on all their records. Brian May is one of my all-time favorite guitarists. In my top 5 for certain.

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Jul 14th, 2019 12:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

"I must admit that I never was a big Alex Lifeson fan. Just not my cuppa tea."

I understand. To me, he was a great rhythm player (ie, riffmeister) but a mediocre lead player who was trapped in minor pentatonic scales.

(This message was last edited by LeftyMeister at 02:51 PM, Jul 14th, 2019)

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Jul 14th, 2019 12:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

"NSR, Kate Bush was never on my radar, but I gotta say that was a bizarre video. lol!"

Lefty, I'm not sure this video even cracks the top ten of her "bizarre" videos.

She didn't do a lot of vids but she made a lot of records. She is an amazing talent, IMO.

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Jul 14th, 2019 01:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Another vocalist similar to Kate Bush is multi-instrumentalist Laurie Anderson. She is fearless and true to her art, and never cared about getting on the radio.

To really enjoy her stuff you have to see the live show because she's as much a performance artist as a recording artist.

Example.

MJB
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Smith, Wesson and me.
Jul 14th, 2019 01:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

70s era BS&T.

LeftyMeister
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Jul 14th, 2019 01:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've never heard of Laurie Anderson. Interesting tune!

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Jul 14th, 2019 01:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

"70s era BS&T"

Good call!

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Jul 14th, 2019 01:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Interestingly, Phil Driscoll played trumpet for BS&T and Joe Cocker among others. When you hear the trumpet on Spinning Wheel, that's him. He later became a prominent Christian artist who played for five Presidents and on shows like the Grammys and Emmys. I've seen him play several times and he's just as good of a singer and keyboard player.

I would certainly consider his presentation of songs to be eclectic.

America the Beautiful on the Emmys

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Jul 14th, 2019 02:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

ninworks - Nice write-up! Thanks you for sharing that.
Addressing the prog & Kansas lovers:
Kerry Livgren (who penned the best Kansas tunes) has another band called 'Proto Kaw.' They aren't Kansas but they're really good, esp if you like the clever, tight instrumentals Kansas was famous for (and crunchy guitars!)
Give this 'eclectic' one a try -- You'll hear the Kansas in there.

Proto Kaw - When the Rains Come

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Jul 14th, 2019 02:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

I wasn't aware Livgren was in another band. I definitely hear some Kansas runs in the chord progression, especially in the walkdowns.

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Jul 14th, 2019 03:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

In the category of 'doesn't work for me', I'd put King Crimson. I appreciate their talent but the songs often seem over-dramatic.

I suspect when Jack Black was writing songs in School of Rock, he was parodying KC.

Court of the Krimson King

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Jul 14th, 2019 04:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Introduction" for the Chicago Transit Authority album. Near the end, Kath sings "now we've put you through the changes..."

Linky

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Jul 14th, 2019 04:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

"In the category of 'doesn't work for me', I'd put King Crimson. I appreciate their talent but the songs often seem over-dramatic."

They were at that stage. Sounds similar to The Moody Blues with the big Mellotron lines and descending bass lines.

I used to love that album back in the day. It sounds very dated now. That was the only King Crimson album I ever had.

I have tickets to see them at The Ryman Theater in Nashville this September. I have never seen them perform. Even though I'm not really a fan I thought I should see them before they all retire. I may have missed something. They are one of the big-time prog bands of all time. They're still doing it and selling out venues. They sold out here and THAT'S in Nashville. Many of those old prog bands were so much better live. The grandeur and dynamic of their performances just couldn't be captured on tape. I'm hoping that is the case with KC.

When Robert Fripp played on Peter Gabriel's early solo albums it was magic. Those two were made for each other.

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Jul 14th, 2019 04:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Nin, I'll need to check out some of these songs."

LeftyMeister,

Of all the ones I have on that list the one you really should check out is Toy Matinee. 'A' list L.A. studio guys let loose in the studio with incredibly creative people at the helm. I am flabbergasted at how good the recording and arrangements are on this. One of the absolute best musical projects I have ever heard. The emotional range of the songs is breathtaking. Serious, melancholy, sad, intelligent, and downright silly. Kevin Gilbet (R.I.P) was a colossal talent.

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Jul 14th, 2019 10:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

GREAT thread idea!

Just about ALL Jethro Tull.

Beefheart, Television, Zappa, Jones Era Stones, Velvets, The Stranglers, Hendrix! Endless list!

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Jul 15th, 2019 05:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

HenryJ beat me to it. (-:

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Jul 15th, 2019 10:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

Interesting Wiki bio for Kevin Gilbert.

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Jul 15th, 2019 11:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

"I've never heard of Laurie Anderson."

Probably because she was overshadowed by her slightly famous hubby named Lewis Allan Reed.

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Jul 15th, 2019 11:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

Gentle Giant - Proclamation.
Eclectic, high level of musicianship, poly-rhythms I don't even comprehend --- how they managed to perform it live I... well, just watch.

Proclamation

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Jul 15th, 2019 11:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

I also caught Laurie Anderson's one-woman show, and it was amazing. But outside of Zappa I'm not much into "eclectic". I had a brief infatuation in the 70s but any prog-rock just bores the crap out of me these days.

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