01 March 2019

my Top 39 among Albums Released 1979


-79 seems to me a bit superficial, strange year in music history. Of course many splendid songs were made, in creative styles. But to find whole concepts fantastic enough (in my ears) became a quite sluggish, still unfulfilled process.

From Breakfast To Breakfast
including a favourite track from each



1. BREAKFAST IN AMERICA
Supertramp

Take The Long Way Home


2. DISCOVERY
Electric Light Orchestra

Confusion


3. ARMED FORCES
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Green Shirt


4. REALITY EFFECT*
The Tourists
= Stewart & Lennox early band
where Peet Coombes was great composer

The Loneliest Man in The World

* in fact released -80
though "The Tourists" -79
probably would feel as good as this



5. THE FINE ART OF SURFACING
Boomtown Rats

(Tell Me Why) I Don't Like Mondays


6. LONDON CALLING
Clash

The Card Cheat


7. THE RAVEN
Stranglers

Duchess


8. THE AGE OF PLASTIC
Buggles

Elstree

[Released rather in January -80] 


9. pH7
Peter Hammill

Faculty X


10. MANIFESTO
Roxy Music

Dance Away


11. FEAR OF MUSIC
Talking Heads

Mind


12. THE WALL
Pink Floyd

Comfortably Numb


13. LABOUR OF LUST
Nick Lowe

Switchboard Susan


14. REPEAT WHEN NECESSARY
Dave Edmunds

Girls Talk


15. EVE
Alan Parsons' Project

Winding Me Up


16. A CURIOUS FEELING
Tony Banks

After The Lie


17. I CAN SEE YOUR HOUSE FROM HERE
Camel

Eye of The Storm


18. SPLIT VISION
Björn Skifs

Let Music Live


19. EVOLUTION
Journey

Too Late


20. REPRODUCTION
Human League

Empire State Human


21. KORGIS
Korgis

Dirty Postcards


22. TUSK
Fleetwood Mac

What Makes You Think You're The One?


23. THE BELLS
Lou Reed

City Lights [around Chaplin]


24. DREAM POLICE
Cheap Trick

Way of The World


25. VOULEZ-VOUS
ABBA

Angel Eyes


26. LOVEDRIVE
Scorpions

Always Somewhere


27. HONEST LULLABY
Joan Baez

Let Your Love Flow


28. SPECTRAL MORNINGS
Steve Hackett

The Virgin and The Gypsy


29. STORMWATCH
Jethro Tull

Home



30. DRUMS & WIRES
Xtc

Helicopter


31. GET THE KNACK
The Knack

Lucinda


32. ONE STEP BEYOND
Madness

Bed and Breakfast Man


33. LOOK SHARP!
Joe Jackson

Sunday Papers



34. E LA LUNA BUSSO'
Loredana Bertè

Folle Citta'


35. OCEANS OF FANTASY
Boney M

Bahama Mama


36. ANGEL STATION
Manfred Mann's Earth Band

Belle of The Earth


37. NUMBER ONE IN HEAVEN
Sparks

My Other Voice


38. BACK TO THE EGG
Paul McCartney with Wings

So Glad to See You


39. FATE FOR BREAKFAST
Art Garfunkel

Beyond The Tears







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28 February 2019

19 interesting Hubots or Humans


If it would be possible to step into this sci-fi tv-series
called Humans ["Äkta Människor"]
as myself
concerning the original swedish version

which roles would I most willingly interact with??
= a combination of sympathy for + interest in discovering who they are...


regarding episodes 1-9 of First Season from 2012
[here I actually spoil which persons are real humans 
and which persons are created robots = hubots]


1. LENNART by Sten Elfström
the oldest man (whose hubot wasn't possible to update anymore)

2. INGER by Pia Halvorsen
the mother and lawyer

3. ANITA //MIMI by Lisette Pagler
the hubot living in house of the main family

4. ROGER by Leif Andrée
the man who seems to lose everything in this world of hubots

5. APOLONIA(?) by Sara Linderholm
the human potential girlfriend of Tobias

6. SOLVEIG by Agneta Ahlin
the laughing old lady flirting with Lennart

7. GORDON by André Sjöberg
one hubot in the wild group, wanting to become christian

8. BEATRICE by Marie Robertson
the hubot police detective, bonding with Roger

9. SILAS by Peter Viitanen
the illegal collector and fixer of broken hubots

10. JONAS by Måns Nathanaelson
the businessman and seller of hubots

11. SOFIA by Aline Palmstierna
the most expressive daughter

12. LEO by Andreas Wilson
the wild hubot and/or human, searching for Mimi

13. DAVID EISCHER by Thomas W Gabrielsson
the inventor or transformer of hubots

14. FLASH by Josephine Alhanko
the most girlish in wild hubot group

15. MALTE by Jimmy Lindström
the most extreme antagonist to a hubot-filled society

16. HANS by Johan Paulsen
the pragmatic father who brought Anita as a machine to the family

17. THERESE by Camilla Larsson
former wife of Roger, living with her hubot Rick

18. VERA by Anki Larsson
Lennart's new hubot housewife and strict health keeper

19. NISKA by Eva Röse
the smartest wild hubot leader



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05 February 2019

Pieces Recently listened to, Musical Body 19:1

(Re)discoveries mostly within field of progressive, softer rock
while snow falls, melts away and falls again



Crown chakra

DON'T LET IT SHOW

by Alan Parsons' Project
sung by Dave Townshend
from I, Robot -77



Eye chakra

HALF ASLEEP, HALF AWAKE

by Henry Cow
from Unrest -74



Throat chakra

GENERALE

by Premiata Forneria Marconi
from Per un Amico -72



Heart chakra

CLOSER TO BELIEVING

by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
from Works vol. 1, side two by Greg Lake -77



Solar Plexus chakra

TROPICAL FISH : SELENE

by Gong
from Camembert Electrique -71



Sex chakra

Fifty-nine ANGELS AT MY GATE

by Manfred Mann's Earth Band
from Angel Station -79



Root chakra

BORTGLÖMDA GÅRDAR

by All Traps On Earth [former Änglagård]
from A Drop of Light -18






+ Special Spinning Darling Now 
cross every chakra or none :


(You've been) WINDING ME UP (too long)

by Alan Parsons' Project
sung by Chris Rainbow
from Eve -79





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21 January 2019

I Can See Your House From Here by Camel


in their 1979 shape, still shining fine
though taking too many steps from progressive
into pop, sadly enough without Bardens on keyboards


Rediscovered Record # 19:1
by kinda chakra based evaluation


most Whole Soulful song : WHO WE ARE

most Introspective Dreamlike song : EYE OF THE STORM *

most Expressively Amusing song : REMOTE ROMANCE

most Beautifully Lovable song : HYMN TO HER (or end of Who We Are)

most Mighty Strongfelt song : WAIT

most Sexy Teasing song : NEON MAGIC

most Survive-Struggling song : SURVIVAL (more of an intro)


Above and/or Below everyone : ICE

while single material "Your Love is Stranger Than Mine" there's no big space for in my appreciation


* like a perfect signature melody for some television series!?!



Reminds me most of : 
Genesis
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
10cc
Alan Parsons' Project
Toto
Electric Light Orchestra
Saga



Whole Album

(4) compositions
(7) instrumentations
(6) singin' /playin' feelin'
(4) lyrics (incl titles)
(5) variation
(3) synchronization
(6) cover /concept
(4) historical importance

= 39

I now give 1-7 for each cathegory
where 3 is good and total possible 8 x 7 = 56 never exist(?)


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19 January 2019

My Travels Through Progressive Rock... ....49 Golden Milestones


from recent discoveries
or already known pieces deeper listened to
presented backwards
to my first attempts

= a process being seriously active since around 2007
even if my very first impressions was shaped 1997
...while still many bands I hardly know at all


49
APPENA UN PO
Premiata Forneria Marconi
from Per Un Amico -72

48
FRIENDSHIP
Rikard Sjöblom's Gungfly
from Friendship -18

47
ALL TRAPS ON EARTH
All Traps on Earth [former Änglagård]
from A Drop of Light -18

46
NIMROD - THE PROCESSION - THE WHITE RIDER
Camel
from Mirage -74

45
THE REMEMBERING (HIGH THE MEMORY)
Yes
from Tales From Topographic Oceans -73

44
SUPPER'S READY
Genesis
from Foxtrot -72
(also from Genesis Revisited by Hackett -12)

43
FOXLIGHT
Wobbler
from From Silence To Somewhere -17

42
OMMADAWN PART II (incl On Horseback)
Mike Oldfield
from Ommadawn -75

41
THICK AS A BRICK, PART I
Jethro Tull
from Thick As a Brick -72

40
MAN-ERG
Van Der Graaf Generator
from Pawn Hearts -71
Deeper study...

39
KARN EVIL 9
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
from Brain Salad Surgery -73

38
THE CAMERA EYE
Rush
from Moving Pictures -81

37
MISERERE ALLA STORIA
Banco del Mutuo Socorso
from Darwin! -72

36
HIS LAST VOYAGE
Gentle Giant
from Free Hand -75

35
SOME OTHER TIME
Alan Parsons' Project
from I, Robot -77

34
MA HRA
Blue Effect
from Nova Synteza -71

33
MERLIN THE MAGICIAN
Rick Wakeman
from ...King Arthur and The Knights of The Round Table -75

32
THE WATCHMAKER
Steven Wilson
from The Raven that Refused to Sing -13

31
BURNING ROPE
Genesis
from And Then There Were Three -78

30
GARDEN PARTY
Marillion
from Script For a Jester's Tear -83

29
INDOOR GAMES
King Crimson
from Lizard -69

28
EMPEROR IN HIS WAR ROOM
Van Der Graaf Generator
from H To He Who Am The Only One -70
Rediscovered
(or bonus version from Hammill's In Camera -74)

27
FOREVER MORNING
Tony Banks
from A Curious Feeling -79

26
VELVET VOYAGE
Klaus Schulze
from Mirage -77

25
LA PRINCESSE PERDUE
Camel
from The Snow Goose -75

24
WINTER WINE
Caravan
from In The Land of Grey and Pink -71

23
PEEL THE PAINT
Gentle Giant
from Three Friends -73

22
THE LIE (BERNINI'S SAINT THERESA)
Peter Hammill
from The Silent Corner & The Empty Stage -74

21
UNFINISHED SWEET
Alice Cooper
from Billion Dollar Babies -73

20
ALAN'S PSYCHEDELIC BREAKFAST
Pink Floyd
from Atom Heart Mother -70

19
IN THE WAKE OF POSEIDON (incl Libra's Theme)
King Crimson
from In The Wake of Poseidon -70

18
AWAKEN
Yes
from Going For The One -77

17
SONG OF SEVEN
Jon Anderson
from Song of Seven -80

16
MY ROOM (WAITING FOR WONDERLAND)
Van Der Graaf Generator
from Still Life -76

15
SHADOW OF THE HIEROPHANT
Steve Hackett
from Voyage of The Acolyte -75

14
FOOL'S OVERTURE
Supertramp
from Even In The Quitest Moments -77

13
MAD MAN MOON
Genesis
[by Tony Banks]
from A Trick of The Tail -76

12
LIFE
Cat Stevens
from Izitso -77

11
FEEL THE BENEFIT
10cc
from Deceptive Bends -77

10
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
Queen
from A Night at The Opera -75

9
APRIL
Deep Purple
from Deep Purple -69

8
TAKE A PEBBLE
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
from Emerson, Lake & Palmer -70

7
LITTLE LAMB DRAGONFLY
McCartney's Wings
from Red Rose Speedway -73

6
FROM THE SUN TO THE WORLD (BOOGIE no.1)
Electric Light Orchestra
from ELO 2 -73

5
FIRTH OF FIFTH
Genesis
from Selling England by The Pound -73

4
JULY MORNING
Uriah Heep
from Look at Yourself -71

3
MIGHTY QUINN (LIVE VERSION)
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
from Watch -78

2
THE LOW SPARK OF HIGH HEELED BOYS
Traffic
from The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys -71

1
WILD EYED BOY FROM FREECLOUD
David Bowie
from Space Oddity -69


0
(OPEN THE DOOR) TO THE FAIRYTALE
Di Leva
from Naked Number One -93



some pieces in the end are rather questionable (as always)
whether they really belong to progressive rock or something else??
though the upper majority are represented in forums as progarchives

however my definition is dynamic, kind of rhapsodic, longer pieces
in which rock guitar stuff use to be balanced
by orchestral or organ-based parts






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12 November 2018

Pieces Recently listened to, Old Stars Reflected Gold

as my Eighth Musical Body of 2018

while last fresh autumn leaves dies
and another old space is born

7 (or 9) songs, some discoveries
and some still growing deeper




Crown chakra

STARSHIP TROOPER : a) LIFE SEEKER b) DISILLUSION c) WÜRM

by Yes
[Anderson, Howe, Squire]
from The Yes Album -71




Eye chakra

PROVIDENCE
[rather than those night mares]

by King Crimson
[Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford]
from RED -74




Throat chakra

JUDY DO

by Thompson Twins
from Quick Step & Side Kick -83




Heart chakra

ITALIAN SONG

by Jon Anderson & Vangelis
via The Best of Jon & Vangelis -84




Solar Plexus chakra

(Tell Me Why) I DON'T LIKE MONDAYS

by The Boomtown Rats
from The Fine Art of Surfacing -79

more brilliantly overwhelming than ever
as I realise it also got bits of sci-fi potential




Sex chakra

UNDER LIME
"...if you never get caught..."

by Elvis Costello & The Imposters
from Look Now -18

where Costello's singing style
suddenly reminds me much of Bowie's!?!
= never compared them before




Root chakra

(What am I doing Wrong?) I DON'T KNOW

by Paul McCartney
from Egypt Station -18








Below and/or Above All


TO CATCH THE MOON

by Stefan Andersson
from Emperor's Day -92
 +

(Talking to the) MAN IN THE MOON

by Titiyo
from Titiyo -90

better songs than I believed
when finally heard them again, never since then




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31 October 2018

Continuing of Tomiro's Novaettir Book



Friday 44:th of October 2048

Do you have too much to do, Tomiro?!?! Almost 1/4 of official time is spent expecting how much time you really spend. Seems you never get finished.... Parallell to your work as cave cleaner in our biggest bicycle labyrinth, you control small clouds before they develope chaotic air behaviour. Tonight you succeded relax enough to read two pages in Metro 2033, the sci-fi-novel you found forgotten under "floor corner 8" in our human appartment you lend. The Moscow-based story was created fourty years ago, long before we dissolved Sweden. Exciting whether you will experience it as nostalgia or still futuristic?!?!




Saturday 45:th of October 2048

Finally we've got an upgrade version of your reality to November [named no.00]. It's tailor-made for non-humans, especially easy to use for your 8-fingered sort of people. Nonetheless you seem to be rather satisfied being stuck in October?! These dirty oil-colours, streaming down & upside every kind of street, you find completely cosy?! Like you have no need for Sankta Tomas to come closer.... Or do you fear that our system would lock your senses inside eternal confusion? Tomiro, you must be conscious without us! Well, we won't install no.00 - until you show more clean curiousity or some deeper shame.






Sunday 71:st of Novaettir 2048

Tonight you felt a new signal behind your heavier heartbeats. Afraid some pieces of darkness gonna rain down from space?! Tomiro, why not light up that strange owl on chimney top, becoming your guardian angel?! Rather you crawl deeper inside this mushroomish sofa, under a castle of blankets. Believe you've already written down your recent dreams?! It's we who makes your total recall. While you're snoozing... inbetween movie scenes left from electrified badger brains. Finally we start what humanity would've called November. Immediately we put you faraway through Novaettir, so you've got more time to reflect - at least back upon.







= more stories made of 100 Words per episode

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26 October 2018

Into The Gap with Thompson Twins


Strangely enough I've never really discovered T.T. until now

Well, what a spiritually joyful band they seem to be
without loosing some robotic coolness
like a balance act between the superficial and deep

or at least a tremedously creative record Into The Gap is!!

Don't know if anything can ooze more of 80's than this??
even if more dance pop than my ordinary taste -
had I heard it contemporarily in -84, I would've loved it


as my Autumn Album # 18:6
by kinda chakra based evaluation


most Whole Soulful song : YOU TAKE ME UP

most Introspective Dreamlike song : SISTER OF MERCY

most Expressively Amusing song : DAY AFTER DAY

most Beautifully Lovable song : HOLD ME NOW

most Mighty Strongfelt song : DOCTOR DOCTOR

most Sexy Teasing song : INTO THE GAP

most Survive-Struggling song : STORM ON THE SEA


Above and/or Below everyone : NO PEACE FOR THE WICKED
with a very tricky intro... leading to something quite else



Thompson Twins Reminds me most of : 
Duran Duran
Talking Heads
a-ha
Alphaville
Ultravox
Yazoo
a bit Alan Parsons' Project
Baltimora
Herrey's Brothers
and especially early Tomas Di Leva




Whole Album

(6) compositions
(7) instrumentations
(6) singin' /playin' feelin'
(3) lyrics (incl titles)
(7) variation
(5) synchronization
(4) cover /concept
(6) historical importance

= 44

I now give 1-7 for each cathegory
where 3 is good and total possible 8 x 7 = 56 never exist(?)


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18 October 2018

Returning to Costello's masterpiece Imperial Bedroom


Dynamic as hell and heaven, really bitter and really happy, emotionally a bit more complex than the six albums before... still these actual "classical" arrangements makes some pieces the most "pop" Elvis ever has done.

Recorded in October -81. Released in July -82. Discovered by me first -05, deeper -13, now again -18. During -81 the boy I was was rather occupied by discovering Beatles. Only saw Costello on idol cards modern then.

Fantastic work! Produced by Geoff Emerick, who lend a hand to Beatles' post-Pepper records. Cover picture is playing with Picasso's "three musicians", which may represent the band members = The Attractions.


as my Autumn Album # 18:5
by kinda chakra based evaluation


most Whole Soulful song : HUMAN HANDS
["whenever I put my foot in my mouth and you begin to doubt..."]


most Introspective Dreamlike song : BEYOND BELIEF
["through a two-way looking glass you see your Alice"]


most Expressively Amusing song : AND IN EVERY HOME
["sliding down the banisters in your Sunday suit"]


most Beautifully Lovable song : A LONG HONEY MOON
["there's no money back guarantee on future happiness"]


most Mighty Strongfelt song : THE LOVED ONES
["we break wise guys just like matches"]


most Sexy Teasing song : LITTLE SAVAGE
["you do something very special to Mr. Average"]


most Survive-Struggling song : SHABBY DOLL
["in this dress... in distress"]




Above and Below everyone : TOWN CRYER
["just a little boy lost in a big man's shirt"]
also the fast bonus version becomes greatest contrast


Even More Above and Even More Below everyone  : MAN OUT OF TIME
["the high heels he used to be has been ground down"]
still a bit tired on this since I heard it endless times the last time





Whole Album

(7) compositions
(7) instrumentations
(5) singin' /playin' feelin'
(6) lyrics (incl titles)
(5) variation
(2) synchronization
(5) cover /concept
(7) historical importance

= 44

I now give 1-7 for each cathegory
where 3 is good and total possible 8 x 7 = 56 never exist(?)




Harder to grasp for me is why he/they have put almost every slower, melancholic or harsh tune on the A-side - and almost every faster, bouncy or spiritual song on the B-side!! Surely I experience some moods differently than other listeners, but anyhow potential reasons :

Maybe it gives a strange kind of (un)balance? Or he/they prefered a clearly divided album? Or just created them in that order? Or intended to lead from despair up to joy in a longer process? Or to reward the audience who survived the first side?





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13 October 2018

Beginning of Tomiro's Never Ending October Book

stories built by 100 words for each diary page



Saturday 31:st of October 2048

Hello, Tomiro! Today you played with some other vaettir. You went out in the swedish streets, where almost no humans live anymore. Many houses miss their doors and windows, so your friends believe they can visit anyone's appartment. Summer has suddenly come back, making it too hot to stay inside your cave. Here those angelic seagulls move air and dust around. You've been told to jump from shadow to shadow, but some little longer sun glimpses won't hurt?? Tomiro, the older vaettir knows more than you think!! However they haven't grasped yet how many humans really died in last tornado.




Sunday 32:nd of October 2048

Good evening, Tomiro! Today you discovered more traces of this Earth's growing ending ...or what you believe to be destructive. Mushrooms have begin intertwining themselves with books and even smartphones left after dead cities. Monstruous flies pretend to be weak, then eat up swollen spiders too lazy to crawl away. Close to a castle you saw Big Ants' Parade collecting human gold for their church. You don't know whether that's a perverted or progressive sign. Today was less hot than yesterday - so we hope you vaettir people will catch classical autumn inbetween?! Though tonight Sweden dives fast, facing ice again.




Monday 33:rd of October 2048

This frosty morning you saw some kind of nuclear robot?!? It just stood there, outside the never closed food store, and stared at you!?! Tomiro, we think you felt that creature was of russian heritage - and had something clearly mystical to do with the disappearance of humans, in parallell to these ordinary tornados. So you didn't dare fixing some breakfast... but strolled around from museum to museum of every half-empty kind, which during human times were closed on mondays... until early evening when your vaettir companions made a party of today's collected treasures. Tonight the summer warmth has come back.







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07 October 2018

Remix from My Trips : Paintings in Street

Octogon # 2
in Valencia, in Lisboa, on Capri, in Saint Tropez,
in Zaragoza, in Nice, in Vienna, in Granada



















Bonus from Krakow, kind of Jesus Meets Jazz



22 September 2018

Small Town Talk by Per Gessle and more

Since I've heard his swedish, preceding versions
these in english becomes an exciting retrospective
collected in a slightly different order
+ almost half of the pieces new

mainly made in Nashville, while
the nice sound hasn't changed at all?!
still featuring mostly Helena Josefsson


as my Autumn Album # 18:4
by kinda chakra based evaluation


most Whole Soulful song : FOR THE FIRST TIME

most Introspective Dreamlike song : IT CAME TOO FAST

most Expressively Amusing song : SIMPLE SOUND ("I look at your smile while you're dancing")

most Beautifully Lovable song : FAR TOO CLOSE (with Savannah Church)

most Mighty Strongfelt song : NAME YOU BEAUTIFUL

most Sexy Teasing song : RUDY & ME (with Jessica S)

most Survive-Struggling song : SMALL TOWN TALK (with Nick Lowe)


Above and Below everyone (my favourite now) : HOLD ON MY HEART



Whole Album

(7) compositions
(6) instrumentations
(6) singin' /playin' feelin'
(4) lyrics (incl titles)
(3) variation
(3) synchronization
(5) cover /concept
(6) historical importance

= 40

I now give 1-7 for each cathegory
where 3 is good and total possible 8 x 7 = 56 never exist(?)


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