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Best of 2018
« on: December 31, 2018, 11:26:44 AM »
Hello all.
Haven't stopped by here for a while and owing to those diabolical 'circumstances' haven't been to either a Man or Son of Man gig this year, for the first time since about the turn of the century I think.
In fact it's been a pretty grim year for the Oakers on several levels, but happily not in the music front, and in keeping with recent tradition here are my personal Top 5 gigs and new releases.
Gigs first..
1. Camel
2. Damanek/Southern Empire
3. PFM
4. Nimmo Brothers
5. Richard Thompson

Note: I've disqualified Focus on the grounds they would have the No 1 or No 2 spot every year!!

Albums -

1. Damanek - In Flight
2. Gazpacho - Soyuz
3. Sanguine Hum - Now We Have Power
4. Southern Empire - Civilization
5. Riverside - Wasteland

Over to the usual suspects...
Happy New Year
Oakers

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Re: Best of 2018
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2018, 05:30:10 PM »
Gigs

1. Camel ....Leamington Spa.
2. Amplifier....Birmingham.
3. Clutch......Birmingham.
4.Fish.......Leamington Spa.
5. Simple Minds/Pretenders...Coventry.


Albums

1. Riverside.....Wasteland
2. Clutch.....Book Of Bad Decisions
3. Crippled Black Phoenix.... The Great Escape
4. Uriah Heep....Living The Dream
5. The Paradox Twin....The Importance Of Mr Bedlam



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Re: Best of 2018
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2019, 12:07:58 AM »
Glad we concur on the No 1 Akko.
Also glad you were first to reciprocate.
I mentioned your name in dispatched just yesterday, to a mate who I have successfully introduced to both CBP and Riverside in recent months...both bands that you alerted me to originally.
I even hit him with Howlin' Rain's 'Self Made Man' yesterday, with equally satisfactory results.
Back to Camel. The Moon madness was note perfect wasn't it...and don't know if you agree but I thought Peter Jones really lifted the whole experience. Can't wait to see Tiger Moth Tales and Red Bazar in Southampton on Feb 24.
If you haven't heard it already by the way, I reckon Southern Empire's 'Civilisation,' would be right up your street. Blistering prog' with real balls!
Our paths will surely cross one day....

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Re: Best of 2018
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2019, 01:12:56 AM »
Hi Oakers, just back from a walk into the next village, tajing in a few pints of Wainwright's, and taking a sneaky peak. So pleased to see your post.
I can't reply with knowledge to your post, but wanted to reply as I had tried to phone and texted you previously, just to say hi.
So, presuming you see this, 'hi'. Hope you're well. As me and a long lasting pal say to each other, "don't be a stranger". All the best, Oakers... (sorry to all for a personal message here...)

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Re: Best of 2018
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2019, 11:33:00 AM »
With similar apologies tended...Hi Rob, sorry for being so elusive. HNY to you and yours.

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Re: Best of 2018
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2019, 10:02:15 PM »
Hi Oakers,
Totally agree with you about Camel. I hadn't heard too much by them before but they were excellent with a crystal clear sound. Pete Jones was very good and the sax solo was superb. I went out and bought a couple of old cd's for good measure.

I checked out the Southern Empire "Civilisation" album on Spotify and was impressed. However, if they could of compressed the 70 minutes into 45 minutes then it could of been a corker. I feel that these 70 minute albums are far too long. They have got to be good to keep your attention for that length of time and very often I find myself turning off after say 30 minutes or so, and have probably missed some good stuff. Oh for the good old days when an album fitted on one side of a c90 cassette lol.

Anyway, a belated happy new year to you and all the Man fans on here.

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Re: Best of 2018
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2019, 09:10:25 PM »
Ok. 2018 in no particular order other than alphabetical (and excluding Man/Son Of Man as no-brainers)

Albums

Bennett Wilson Poole - Bennett Wilson Poole
Elvis Costello - Now Look
David Crosby - Here If You Listen
Dawes - Passwords
Graham Parker - Cloud Symbols
JCM - Heroes (RIP Jon Hiseman)
King Crimson - Meltdown
Paul McCartney - Egypt Station
Porcupine Tree - Dissolution
Bruce Springsteen - Springsteen On Broadway
Richard Thompson - 13 Rivers
3.2 - The Rules Have Changed
Paul Weller - True Meanings

13?  Unlucky for some  ;)


Gigs

Bennett Wilson Poole
Elvis Costello and the Imposters
King Crimson
Andy Fairweather Low
Skids (at the BBC as a freebie; doing this again this coming Thursday evening!!)
Sparks
Martin Turner (twice - hearing There's The Rub and Wishbone Ash in full; 'Handy' Live - worth going to Darlington to hear)



There's also concert movies and suchlike but that might involve too much thinking  ::)
I've also excluded the many classical concerts I attend each year; way too cerebral to wrap into a year end best of  :o
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Re: Best of 2018
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2019, 01:00:18 AM »
Catching up after a wicked Yule so first thoughts on gigs.
Man/Glas - Globe, Cardiff
King Crimson - St Davids Hall, Cardiff
M.I.A. - Bestival
Jimmy Cliff - Bestival
Dreadzone - The Pigs Nose, East Prawle
Damo Suzuki with Bo Ningen - a field in Totnes.
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Re: Best of 2018
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2019, 10:25:54 PM »
Albums
Living Free - Wille and the Bandits
Blue - Glas
Meltdown - King Crimson
This is England - The Lovely Eggs
Steal the Show - The Allergies
Elemente - Qluster
No reggae this year!
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Re: Best of 2018
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2019, 11:16:56 PM »
Simple Minds/Pretenders double bill sounds ideal to me.
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Re: Best of 2018
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2019, 10:42:07 AM »
The live treats were
King Crimson. thursday night at the Palladium, and booked in for this year's dates.
Great Electric and then Great Electric backing Damo Suzuki
Pere Ubu at the lexington
Bill Nelson live at Leeds
Shooglenifty at the water rats

Faust came across as a decent band but of limited ability and the Trembling Bells, well, I walked out of that one.

LPs & Cds
The Left Outsides all that remains
Kosmische Lauffer vol 4
The Rails  Other People
Aviator Omni 

A good year all around and fingers crossed for 25 jan at the Borderline

J