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  • What If? Top Prog Albums

    20 août 2012, 10h09m par Mark_H

    OK, so this friend of mine (hey Paul!) asked a great What If? We had been discussing the disparity between the great ratings of early Prog albums compared to lesser ratings of many modern ones. One of the thoughts that cropped up was that modern albums tend to be bloated; that is the CD format allows the artist to fill up the space with mediocre tracks that would probably not have made it onto a vinyl release. So, what if we level the playing field and take only the best 40 minutes worth of each album and generate ratings from those tracks??

    The results are below :D The number in (brackets) shows how an album's position changes against my last published chart and gives a great indication of how the albums would rate if they kept to a fixed time limit. The number in shows the change in rating from the normal chart.

    Now there are weaknesses with this approach, particularly for concept albums that need the space to spread their story, but remember this is just an experiment.

  • Albums Bought: 2012

    1 jan. 2012, 9h19m par Mark_H

    When rating Prog albums I try to do so in a historical context, that is how an album compares against the musical ancestry. This means that the best album for any given year, which most people would rate with top marks may not receive the same rating in my charts as only the best albums of all time should get the highest ratings... This chart includes compilations, live albums and also any non-Prog albums I buy.

    My Ratings:
    Note: I vote on a bell curve, anything above 6 is really good, anything much below 4 really isn't :D
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7082504/bellcurve.jpg
    1. (=) Gentle Giant - Playing The Fool (1977) - 8.07
    2. (=) Talk Talk - Laughing Stock (1991) - 8.00
    3. (=) Robert Wyatt - Rock Bottom (1974) - 7.58
    4. (=) Caravan - For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night (1973) - 7.43
    5. (=) Hatfield and the North - The Rotters' Club (1975) - 7.34
    6. (=) Gnidrolog - In Spite Of Harry's Toenail (1972) - 7.15
    7. (=) Ian Anderson - Thick As a Brick 2 (2012) - 7.10
    8. (=) Anathema - Weather Systems (2012) - 7.07
  • Prog Albums: Decade: 1970s

    6 jan. 2010, 13h42m par Mark_H

    When rating prog albums I try to do so in a historical context, that is how an album compares against the entire body of Prog. This means that the best album for any given year, which most people would rate with top marks may not receive the same rating in my charts as only the best albums of all time should get the highest ratings... This chart does not include compilations or live albums.

    My Ratings:
    Note: I vote on a bell curve, anything above 6 is really good, anything much below 4 really isn't :D
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7082504/bellcurve.jpg
    1. (=) Yes - Relayer (1974) - 10.00
    2. (=) Yes - Close to the Edge (1972) - 9.60 [+0.09]
    3. (=) Genesis - Foxtrot (1972) - 8.57
    4. (=) Yes - Fragile (1971) - 8.56 [+0.09]
    5. (=) Yes - The Yes Album (1971) - 8.41 [+0.09]
    6. (=) Il Balletto di Bronzo - Ys (1972) - 8.10
    7. (=) Van der Graaf Generator - Pawn Hearts (1971) - 8.08 [+0.08]
    8. (=) Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick (1972) - 8.00
  • SPV TV Video Podcast

    16 juin 2008, 10h28m par dead-cant-dance

    SPV have many bands like Motörhead, Gamma Ray, Helloween, Rage, Axel Rudi Pell under contract. With this link you can download the video podcast of SPV TV in extrem high Quality. In the lastest episode you'll find a Symphony X special - the older podcasts contain Steamhammer, Helloween and Gamma Ray. Check it out.

    /chris

    Motörhead
    Gamma Ray
    Helloween
    Steamhammer
    Rage
    Symphony X
    Axel Rudi Pell
  • Recherche a British Blues

    27 oct. 2006, 19h31m par beelzbubba

    In the last month, courtesy of Last.fm and slsk, I have rediscovered two favorite bands from my formative years, Steamhammer and Taste. Start with the latter band, Taste. Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher led this trio, and both of their albums Taste and On The Boardsare fully streamable on last.fm. Taste were often compared to Cream, but I think that comparison only goes so far. Taste were not a supergroup and while they never reached the heights of Cream, since they were clearly Gallagher's band, they never suffered from the ego-battles of the drummer wanted to sing.

    Steamhammer feature some outstanding guitars courtesy of Martin Pugh and Martin Quittenton; I fully think that the lead singer's voice is a love him/hate him binary. I love Kieran White's voice. I love Steamhammer. I only ever had the second album released here in the states(MKII) but the three main albums, Steamhammer, MKII, and Mountains all are a blend of acoustic prog-folk, british blues, and extended prog-rock jams. …