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post #5941 of 11181

  Okay gents, this is last nights haul from HPB in dallas. I got all of this for no joke, $15. impressions? (BTW I thought I'd love Yessongs because it's got ALL of Close to the Edge on it, but ITS LIVE. AND TERRIBLY RECORDED mad.gif)

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I've flirted with purchasing Yessongs on numerous occasions. I kind of moved on from Yes a while ago (after obsessively buying nearly every studio album from inception through 1977's Going for the One), so that's probably why it's never quite made the priority list when I pick up new music. I still enjoy their stuff (for the instrumental arrangement, mainly), just not as much as before. Close to the Edge is still probably my favorite album by them. It's been ages since I listened to it, actually. Now I know what I'm going to be doing tonight. smile.gif

 

I don't actually own any of those albums, but I've got bits and pieces of a couple of them. Looking at Crystal Ball there, people bang on about early Styx and how it's supposed to be more progressive than the later output, but I've never gotten around to exploring it myself. You'll have to tell me.

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I've flirted with purchasing Yessongs on numerous occasions. I kind of moved on from Yes a while ago (after obsessively buying nearly every studio album from inception through 1977's Going for the One), so that's probably why it's never quite made the priority list when I pick up new music. I still enjoy their stuff (for the instrumental arrangement, mainly), just not as much as before. Close to the Edge is still probably my favorite album by them. It's been ages since I listened to it, actually. Now I know what I'm going to be doing tonight. smile.gif

 

I don't actually own any of those albums, but I've got bits and pieces of a couple of them. Looking at Crystal Ball there, people bang on about early Styx and how it's supposed to be more progressive than the later output, but I've never gotten around to exploring it myself. You'll have to tell me.


One of my favorite LPs in my collection is Paradise Theater by Styx. Theres a certain balance of all parts and an imaging thats unlike any other LP I have. Earlier Styx is indeed more progressive :p

post #5944 of 11181

The Amazing Styx Era:

 

1975 - Equinox

1976 - Crystal Ball

1977 - The Grand Illusion

1978 - Pieces of Eight

 

All the best right there IMHO...

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Lol

 

Check out this pic

 

biggrin.gif This much Fun... ... ... before Summer?!

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  Okay gents, this is last nights haul from HPB in dallas. I got all of this for no joke, $15. impressions? (BTW I thought I'd love Yessongs because it's got ALL of Close to the Edge on it, but ITS LIVE. AND TERRIBLY RECORDED mad.gif)

Animals FTW!!!

Animals and WYWH are just about the best that can be found!

post #5947 of 11181
Well, OF COURSE the live album is a terrible recording! You young'uns are too used to the modern technology now available at live concerts. In the old days, there were just a bunch of mics and some multi-track tape recorders sucking it all in. It was then mixed together - not with lossless digital mixing, but with tape-to-tape mixing. No one bought live albums for the quality of the recordings, we bought live albums to hear the energy of the crowd and for the extended songs and solos that could only be heard on the live albums. For example, compare "Long Distance Runaround" on Fragile with the version on Yessongs - much different! smily_headphones1.gif
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All that said, I've heard some really nice-sounding recordings from that era, so it's not like the lack of modern technology precluded them from making a good live recording. Kansas' Two for the Show sticks out in my mind as an example.

 

But the main attraction, like you said BB, was what they band did to change up the music. Apart from extending out songs, adding solos, ad libbing lyrics, crowd banter, and creative license with the melody, groups also often need to rearrange the music simply because built-up studio-style multi-tracking is obviously not available to them live. They've got a couple choices: either they can simplify things so the core group can manage it (perhaps with one or two additional players to handle the instrumental parts for the vocalist if he or she also normally plays an instrument), or else they can hire on a lot of extra musicians to play all the parts.

 

And you often hear different instruments, too, especially keyboards. As a keyboardist myself, I know how hard an acoustic piano is to move. You avoided carrying one around with you on tour if at all possible. You often hear things like the RMI Rock-Si-Chord (later the Model 300), Yamaha CP-70/80, and Rhodes or Wurlitzer keyboards substituted in for acoustic piano passages in live recordings from the 70s. While still heavy, they're nonetheless lighter than a piano. Each has a unique sound, and I love them all.


Edited by Argyris - 6/16/13 at 9:14pm
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Yeah, I can understand the pitches being all wonky, you know, screaming treble, no mids, but it's all the NOISE that I can't stand. It's the noisiest record I have, by far.

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Ok, I am currently in the great state of Texas (landed at DFW about an hour ago). I like to try new restaurants every time I come to a city. So, tonight I am at "Red, Hot & Blue" in Irving, TX. It says it is "Memphis style BBQ"

The have blues memorabilia all over the walls - posters for Muddy Waters, Blind Lemon, BB King, etc.

I ordered the Tennessee Triple with pork ribs, sliced brisket and pulled pork. I would give it about 6/10 - good, but not great.


Edited by billybob_jcv - 6/17/13 at 4:34pm
post #5951 of 11181
I'd have passed on that,... :-/
post #5952 of 11181

Make sure before you leave the lonestar state, to get a double-double at whataburger. thank me later.

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Now THAT sounds GOOD!!! cool.gif
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Make sure before you leave the lonestar state, to get a double-double at whataburger. thank me later.

 

blink.gif You left us hangin'... with no pix? I don't even eat meat and I wanna see it! rolleyes.gif

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A favorite of the TMAC locals has a set of headphones, sub $100 that are better than the Abyss... Only problem is he won't share what they are... Sigh, and he's such a supository of accurate information...
http://www.head-fi.org/t/591059/a-concise-view-of-why-the-ath-m50-is-no-longer-king/495#post_9533885 biggrin.gif

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