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H / Home
« on: March 28, 2007, 10:04:44 PM »
Home were a 4 piece band comprising : Mick Cook / Drums, Percussion, vocals; Mick Stubbs / Guitars, piano, lead vocals; Cliff Williams / Bass guitar, vocals; Laurie Wisefield / Electric guitar (lead), Acoustic guitar, steel guitar, vocals.

They released three albums, of which I am the owner of the third and final one - The Alchemist.  In my opinion this is one of the great progressive rock albums. 

A concept album based upon the spiritual aspects of  alchemy, it tells to the story of two friends growing up in a village on the coast of, what I suspect, is Cornwall.  It is told from the perspective of one of the friends.  The narrators friend becomes the apprentice to an old alchemist who teaches him his skills.  After the old alchemist dies, the role falls to the now young man. 

The village is saved from disaster by the Alchemist who uses his skills to turn it away.  The villagers are overjoyed but the Alchemist hides from them as the struggle to turn back the disaster has had a terrible effect; it has turned him into an old man.

Whilst the Alchemist is struggling to recover the disaster returns and wreaks havoc on the village.  Seeing the approaching disaster, they call to the Alchemist to save them, but he is too weak and the village is devastated.  Thinking that the Alchemist has deserted them in their hour of need the villagers turn upon him and kill him.

From a musical perspective, the guitar work is excellent and conveys beautifully the emotions and power of the disaster.  Keyboards provide a haunting undertone.

The artwork is superb, I have the original gatefold cover that opens out splendidly to show each of the tracks illustrated by drawings.  Although good, the CD cover can never convey the splendour of the original 12" release.

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I am sitting here at home dejected.  And it is all the fault of Tomtom.  Put in the right address and everything and the bloody thing took me down to the airport, some 15 miles away.  By the time we realised our mistake we were too far away.


Anyone know a good hitman to assasinate the developer of Tomtom? :mad: :mad: :mad:


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WooHoo, I can't believe my luck - visiting Bristol over the weekend - I'll try and get there.

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Prog and General Rock Talk / Re: Melo's Progbazaar Favorite 100 guitarist
« on: October 01, 2005, 03:16:55 PM »
Here's my 20, no order though.

Jan Ackerman - Focus
Chuck Berry
Richie Blackmore - Deep Purple, Rainbow, Whitesnake,
Eric Clapton
Zal Cleminson - Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Nazareth
Ry Cooder
Bo Diddley
Robert Fripp - King Crimson
Dave Gilmour - Pink Floyd
Steve Hackett - Genesis
Jimi Hendrix
Steve Howe - Yes
B B King
Jimmy Page - Led Zep, Yardbirds
Prince
Chris Rea
Andy Summers - Police
Carlos Santana
Andreas Segovia
Pete Townsend - The Who


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No.  I would very much like to spend an evening with Eminem. I beleive it would be most enlightening.

Unlike an evening with Micheal Winner - crap films, crappier person.

Geoff

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Billy Connelly - Got to be worth it just to ache with laughter and visit his surreal world.

Geoff



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Fine Arts / Re: Favourite books/authors
« on: September 18, 2005, 10:07:11 PM »
Oh boy, how do I list my favourite authors?  Well my recent book list has been:

The White Spider by Hindrich Harrer - A history of the north face of the Eiger.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - no explanation needed I'm sure.
Boudica, Dreaming the Bull, by Manda Scott - Second part of a very interesting fictional series based on the tribal leader (Boudica means victory bringer, BTW).
The Ladies Number 1 Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith - A wonderful fictional detective work set in Botswana.
The Closers, by Michael Connelly - the ongoing adventures of Detective Harry Bosch in Los Angeles.  Marvellous fiction if you like detective stories.

I'm currently reading Billy, by Pamela Stephenson, which is the biography of Billy Connelly the Scottish stand-up comedian.  Achingly funny, whilst detailing his deprived childhood growing up in a one room tenement in Glasgow.

I have about 30 books lined up to read at the moment.

Geoff

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Fun 'n' Frolic / Re: Ask a stupid question - get a stupid answer!
« on: September 18, 2005, 09:10:28 PM »
That's strange, I don't lose my odd socks, only my even ones.

Does the light go off in the fridge when you shut the door?  How do you know?

Geoff

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Fine Arts / Re: WAR OF WORLDS MOVIE
« on: September 18, 2005, 08:04:57 PM »
I enjoyed the film, but the end was ridiculous.  Whoever thought of that ending (and I don't mean the H G Wells part) should be fired with immediate effect.

Geoff

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Geek Stuff / Re: IPOD or Zen Touch ?
« on: September 18, 2005, 07:32:15 PM »
I have to vote for a third option.  I have a HP iPaq that I use for playing MP3's.  Using a pair of Sony Phontopia headphones, a large SD card and GS Player (A freeware player) I am away.  The sound is superb and can be adjusted with the inbuilt equaliser if required.

I have yet to find a stand alone MP3 player of any manufacture that sounds as good.

Additionally, I can use the PDA for lots of other things as well.

Geoff


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Prog and General Rock Talk / Re: Boys & Girls...............
« on: September 18, 2005, 07:23:21 PM »
In February 1973 I was queueing up in front of the Odeon cinema in Birmingham from 5 am till 11 awiting for the ticket office to open so that I could purchase some Black Sabbath tickets.  I was sitting there in a sleeping bag with a couple of mates drinking ruby wine out of a large communal bottle.  Most women would not have understood that.  I married the one that did.

BTW, as we sitting there in New Street, Elton John walked by on the other sider of the road.  He was wearing silver platform boots and a feather jacket.  We nearly wet ourselves with laughter.

Geoff 

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Prog and General Rock Talk / Re: Bazaar Bands Podcast
« on: September 18, 2005, 06:39:20 PM »
I hope if you are running with the dog, you are also sharing your music with him/her?

Geoff

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Fun 'n' Frolic / Re: Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?
« on: September 18, 2005, 12:42:27 AM »
Jean-Luc Picard.  Why am I not surprised by that?

Mind you, I think I'm Malcolm Reynolds.  TNG is so 23rd Century.

Geoff

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Fun 'n' Frolic / Re: Product Warnings
« on: September 17, 2005, 10:16:04 PM »
Mind you I did have a rather embarrasing incident.  I won a toilet brush you see.  I used it for six months diligently, however I had to go back to paper, it was hurting too much.

Geoff

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Fun 'n' Frolic / Re: Ask a stupid question - get a stupid answer!
« on: September 17, 2005, 10:07:40 PM »
No - a Roman meeting plaice is a fish restaurant.

Are wrinkly earlobes really a sign of impending heart attack?

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