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Thread: Spinning Today - What Are You Listening To Right Now? (Part 3)

  1. #11001
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    This album seems to have got its hooks into me!

    Focus (2) ‎– Hamburger Concerto
    Label: Polydor ‎– 2442 124, Polydor ‎– 2442124
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
    Country: UK
    Released: 1974
    Genre: Rock
    Style: Prog Rock

    Listening is the act of aural discrimination and dissemination of sound, and accepting you get it wrong sometimes.

    Analog Inputs:
    Pro-Ject Signature 10 TT & arm
    Benz Micro LP-S, Michel Cusis MC, Goldring 2500 and Ortofon Rondo Blue cartridges
    Hitachi FT5500 mk2 Tuner

    Digital:-
    Audiolab 8300CDQ CDP/DAC/pre-amp
    RaspberryPi/HifiBerry Digi
    Buffalo NAS Drive

    Amplification:-
    AudioValve Sunilda phono stage,
    Krell KSA-80 power amp

    Output:
    Wilson Benesch Vector speakers
    KLH Ultimate One Headphones

    Cables:
    Furutech AG-12-R4 High Performance Phono Cable
    QED Genesis Silver Spiral speaker leads, & links


    I think I am nearing audio nirvana, but don’t tell anyone.

  2. #11002
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    I'm barry.

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  3. #11003
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    midnight editing session

    Kicking off with Ryo Kawasaki - Dreamland


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  4. #11004
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    This:



    Nicely tuneful and melodic, if you like chilled-out folky pop, and beautifully recorded

    Check out the track: 'One More for the Road', in particular.

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  5. #11005
    Join Date: Nov 2011

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    Second listen in a few days, forgotten how good this one was, not to everyones liking but some well constructed Prog. rock. Based on Autobiography of a Yogi (1946) by Paramahansa Yogananda that describes four bodies of Hindu texts, collectively named the shastras. Wakeman left the group after the live tour of as he did not like aspect of the musical direction the band was going, although he has said that there were some beautiful melodies in it and moments if greatness. The album was a commercial success, becoming the first UK album to qualify for gold certification based on pre-orders alone. It topped the UK Album Chart for two weeks and reached number 6 in the US for 500,000 copies sold. It has been re-issued at least twice.

    If you have never heard it give it a go, each side is quite different, reflecting the Shastra. IMO opinion it may take 2 or 3 listens to gel.

    Yes ‎– Tales From Topographic Oceans
    Label: Atlantic ‎– K 80001
    Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1973
    Genre: Rock
    Style: Prog Rock

    Listening is the act of aural discrimination and dissemination of sound, and accepting you get it wrong sometimes.

    Analog Inputs:
    Pro-Ject Signature 10 TT & arm
    Benz Micro LP-S, Michel Cusis MC, Goldring 2500 and Ortofon Rondo Blue cartridges
    Hitachi FT5500 mk2 Tuner

    Digital:-
    Audiolab 8300CDQ CDP/DAC/pre-amp
    RaspberryPi/HifiBerry Digi
    Buffalo NAS Drive

    Amplification:-
    AudioValve Sunilda phono stage,
    Krell KSA-80 power amp

    Output:
    Wilson Benesch Vector speakers
    KLH Ultimate One Headphones

    Cables:
    Furutech AG-12-R4 High Performance Phono Cable
    QED Genesis Silver Spiral speaker leads, & links


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  6. #11006
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    Yes are a band which somehow passed us by, but I will give this one a go later. Monday is the night that Mrs. Pony goes to the weighbridge at Slimming World, and I use those evenings to "go loud"

    I think vinyl is essential for stuff like this, especially when it uses Roger Dean's fabulous artwork.
    I just dropped in, to see what condition my condition was in

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  7. #11007
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    This:



    Nicely tuneful and melodic, if you like chilled-out folky pop, and beautifully recorded

    Check out the track: 'One More for the Road', in particular.

    Maco.
    got this on.. heard it a while ago, but wasnt really in mood. your right its quite nice; good recording
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  8. #11008
    Join Date: Nov 2011

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    Some more classic Prog. One of my favourites, I heard for the first time live when Genesis performed at the Southampton Gaumont when I was 16, spectacular and they performed Foxtrot in its entirety. Those were the days!

    Genesis ‎– Selling England By The Pound
    Label: Charisma ‎– CAS 1074
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: Oct 1973
    Genre: Rock
    Style: Prog Rock

    Listening is the act of aural discrimination and dissemination of sound, and accepting you get it wrong sometimes.

    Analog Inputs:
    Pro-Ject Signature 10 TT & arm
    Benz Micro LP-S, Michel Cusis MC, Goldring 2500 and Ortofon Rondo Blue cartridges
    Hitachi FT5500 mk2 Tuner

    Digital:-
    Audiolab 8300CDQ CDP/DAC/pre-amp
    RaspberryPi/HifiBerry Digi
    Buffalo NAS Drive

    Amplification:-
    AudioValve Sunilda phono stage,
    Krell KSA-80 power amp

    Output:
    Wilson Benesch Vector speakers
    KLH Ultimate One Headphones

    Cables:
    Furutech AG-12-R4 High Performance Phono Cable
    QED Genesis Silver Spiral speaker leads, & links


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  9. #11009
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pigmy Pony View Post
    Yes are a band which somehow passed us by, but I will give this one a go later. Monday is the night that Mrs. Pony goes to the weighbridge at Slimming World, and I use those evenings to "go loud"

    I think vinyl is essential for stuff like this, especially when it uses Roger Dean's fabulous artwork.
    You might want to try,



    I believe many consider this to be one of their best although I do like their earlier stuff , Time And A Word, Fragile and Close To The Edge.
    Listening is the act of aural discrimination and dissemination of sound, and accepting you get it wrong sometimes.

    Analog Inputs:
    Pro-Ject Signature 10 TT & arm
    Benz Micro LP-S, Michel Cusis MC, Goldring 2500 and Ortofon Rondo Blue cartridges
    Hitachi FT5500 mk2 Tuner

    Digital:-
    Audiolab 8300CDQ CDP/DAC/pre-amp
    RaspberryPi/HifiBerry Digi
    Buffalo NAS Drive

    Amplification:-
    AudioValve Sunilda phono stage,
    Krell KSA-80 power amp

    Output:
    Wilson Benesch Vector speakers
    KLH Ultimate One Headphones

    Cables:
    Furutech AG-12-R4 High Performance Phono Cable
    QED Genesis Silver Spiral speaker leads, & links


    I think I am nearing audio nirvana, but don’t tell anyone.

  10. #11010
    Join Date: May 2017

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    Posts: 230
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    Quote Originally Posted by AJSki2fly View Post
    Second listen in a few days, forgotten how good this one was, not to everyones liking but some well constructed Prog. rock. Based on Autobiography of a Yogi (1946) by Paramahansa Yogananda that describes four bodies of Hindu texts, collectively named the shastras. Wakeman left the group after the live tour of as he did not like aspect of the musical direction the band was going, although he has said that there were some beautiful melodies in it and moments if greatness. The album was a commercial success, becoming the first UK album to qualify for gold certification based on pre-orders alone. It topped the UK Album Chart for two weeks and reached number 6 in the US for 500,000 copies sold. It has been re-issued at least twice.

    If you have never heard it give it a go, each side is quite different, reflecting the Shastra. IMO opinion it may take 2 or 3 listens to gel.

    Yes ‎– Tales From Topographic Oceans
    Label: Atlantic ‎– K 80001
    Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1973
    Genre: Rock
    Style: Prog Rock

    The Steve Wilson remix/remaster box set sounds jaw-droppingly great.

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