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Cat Stevens - Catch Bull at Four (supposedly a Buddhist phrase - you can see where he was heading) - love this album. 'Teaser' and 'Tea' were probably more successful but this is the one I really like.
'The purpose of life is a life of purpose' - Athena Orchard.
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he's one artist who never made a bad album, including the Yusuf albums IMO...
great writer, lovely vocalist!
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Mike Oldfield - Heaven's Open - awful album. That's the last time that one is coming out of the CD rack.

Camel - Harbour of Tears - stunning stuff!
'The purpose of life is a life of purpose' - Athena Orchard.
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the way I read your Oldfield posts through the years, his material seems to be hit or miss...would that be a fair assessment Jerome???
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Mark Knopfler – The Ragpicker’s Dream. I hear something different every time I listen to this album but “Hill Farmer’s Blues” remains a favourite - that guitar is so perfectly placed – brings the whole thing to life ... astonishing … it's a handful of notes. How can it be so subtle and yet such a vital component?? Artistry, plain and simple. 

The album version ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLZC65EEyLU

And a slightly extended live version, which I quite like ... 



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I think your comments about the Knopfler album sum him up over his whole career...subtle but vital!
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The man's a magician.

(07-08-2017, 15:42)CRAZY-HORSE Wrote: the way I read your Oldfield posts through the years, his material seems to be hit or miss...would that be a fair assessment Jerome???

Yes, some albums are brilliant and some are terrible. And then there are some albums that have a mix of those two on the same album.
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I guess most artists with longevity do at times suffer the same fate with their music,
as McCartney once said "theres some albums I shouldn't have released (on looking back), but they felt right at the time"

Neil Young is the same Jerome....some brilliant, some aweful, and some a mix of the two on the same album, you just don't know what youre going to get from one album to the next.
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RAMASES – Space Hymns

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One those freebies. Unfortunately, my copy has a regular envelope cover and not the six panel foldout which would have been nice, since it’s a rather magnificent example of Roger Dean’s artwork – the steeple of a church blasting off like a rocket. But I am not complaining!
 
Once upon a time there lived a man named Kimberley Barrington Frost who believed himself to be a reincarnation of the great Pharaoh, Rameses, tasked with bringing a message to mankind through music. Not entirely sure why he changed the spelling of the name for himself – received wisdom, I guess! He made two albums – this one, in 1971, and Glass Top Coffin, in 1975. Space Hymns lists among its personnel all the members of the soon to be 10cc plus Martin Raphael who played the sitar, and Ramases’s wife, now named Selket (as opposed to Dorothy), who also sings and co-wrote some of the songs. As far as I can tell, she is still with us.
 
This is what it says on the back of the cover:
 
“This album is dedicated to the earth people who are unusual because they have begun to pause, look back, and wonder where they have come from and why, and where they are going to!
The earth is a living thing just as we are and has a soul as we do.
You look at the heavens through a telescope. Reverse the telescope and you have a microscope through which (if powerful enough), you would see almost the same sight. (Electrons in orbit around their stars.) “In my father’s house there are many mansions” (The Bible)
We are most probably existing on a molecule inside the material of, perhaps, a living thing in the next size up.
The rocket ship shape of churches probably dates back to Moses’s visit to speak to God on the mountain and what he saw there.”
 
Psychedelic rock of the prog persuasion - the music is (in parts) as compelling and mysterious as the (possibly quite confused) character behind its creation whose life and death appear to be shrouded in misinformation and/or a complete dearth thereof. Unsurprisingly, there is talk of mental illness.  Anyway …

The first track from Side 2 – “Earth People” … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj1ijRZvPX4

And the lead track – “Life Child” 



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I’ve been listening to Shawn Phillips over the past few days – Faces, primarily, but woke up today to a fantastic earworm from Rumplestiltskin’s Resolvehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wy0WdvlVU8E
 
Then I looked for clips from Faces on YT which are few and far between – the whole album is here … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQNYUSPhW4I
 
This is “We” from Faces … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fz4DCLsRp4I
 
And this is the very beautiful “L Ballade” from Contribution and which is also on Faces, just a more orchestrated version … not sure which I prefer – might be this one … (Next up, Second Contribution, which I haven't listened to in a looong while.) 



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