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Re:New to the scene - Prog & AOR/Melodic Rock fan 9 Years, 5 Months ago Karma: 20
@ LeChef: GREAT songs! But let's not forget "Not Enough" ... amazing promo video, too! You can watch it on YouTube ...
 
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Re:New to the scene - Prog & AOR/Melodic Rock fan 9 Years, 5 Months ago Karma: 10
Hi Wednesday,

To be honest as others have said there is SO much out there for you to discover, it's hard to know where to start with recommendations. If i was you try to keep your fingers on the pulse of the current scene and discover older stuff as you go along - which is pretty much what i did when i got in to music back in the mid 90's. Many will tell you the golden era of AOR lasted from 78 - 92, don't let this put you off discovering music that has been created since. Fireworks magazine is a great magazine to help you discover the genre, i defiintley recommend you buy a copy!

best bit of advice i can give you is never buy blind on other peoples recommendations, always check out youtube, sound samples on amazon, i-tunes ect.... to give you a rough idea of what to expect before buying something.

Stuff like The Rocktopia Podcast and Steve Price's rock show on ARFM will help you discover lots of new and old melodic rock music!

The only recommedation i will suggest you buy right now and totally ignore my advice is VEGA - 'Kiss Of Life'.....seriously what you waiting for?! hahaha

In seriousness it's a great modern collection of melodic rock, one of the most exciting bands in the scene at the moment! Definitley put these guys on your to buy list....

Obviously their's the big boys to check out like Journey, Whitesnake, REO Speedwagon, Def Leppard & Foreigner - Best of's may give you a good intoduction to some of these bands.

right a few off the top of my head....

Tyketto - 'Strength In Numbers'
Gotthard - 'Lipservice' (it is of paramount importance this is the first Gotthard album you hear)
Khymera - 'The Greatest Wonder'
Shy - 'Shy'
Heartland - 'Bridge Of Fools'
Newman - 'Heaven Knows'
Bad Habit - 'Adult Oreintation'
Crown of Thorns - 'S/T'
Dare - 'Out Of The Silence'
Firehouse - 'S/t'
Magnum - 'On A Story Tellers Night'
Talisman - 'S/T'
The Storm - 'Eye Of the Storm'
FM - 'Tough It Out'
Giant - 'Last Of The Runaways'
Harem Scarem - 'S/t'

trust me this is only the tip of the iceberg of the goodies that await ya....

Woody
 
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Well, as you can now appreciate, there is one helluva lot of good stuff to begin exploring.

What your post has caused me to do is to dive into my CD collection and give another spin (do CDs actually "spin"??) to some of my favourite melodic rock albums.

But there are still ones that I have yet to hear for the first time, and I have over 10,000 albums (I'm not boasting, just showing you in practical terms what you could be facing!) Last week I visited my Fireworks writing pal Ian Johnson and after we had listened to some of the new stuff, I selected some 80s and 90s albums in his collection to give a first listen.

Now, these were all quite obscure albums such as:

BECKETT - s/t
CHRISTON/HARVEY - Natural Progression
MOONLIGHT AGONY - Silent Waters
STAIRWAY - The Other Side Of Midnight

and just proved to me what a huge resource of great music from the past lies in wait even for me! And then there's all the great new stuff....!!

Phew!!

Paul
 
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Slightly overwhelmed is an understatement! - but it's definitely a good thing... means there's lots out there for me to discover / explore without fear of running out of options - which is a lovely feeling.

I certainly have a solid list here to begin with - will have to make a start. I did download the podcasts and listened to the latest to start with (loved Shinedown's "Miracle" at the end!) and will work my way backwards.. cos time is never really linear in the world of music

My next question is, though - when is the next podcast due out (so I can keep an eye out for it, and tout it to others as soon as it's up)?
 
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I'm not certain, Weds.

But in the meanwhile you can always catch Steve's shows on ARfm, www.arfm.co.uk/

They are broadcast live each Saturday and Sunday from 1800 - 2100 and as you have come from a "proggy" background, Paul Baker's 'Soundscapes' show on Sunday from 1500 - 1800 is also very much worth listening to....

Paul
 
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Cheers and welcome!

I put together my "best of AOR / Melodic Rock" Spotify playlist not too long ago to introduce some people who love that style of music but have never heard of the NEW bands (and NEW albums from older bands) that have been coming out lately. I'm in Los Angeles, so I have to buy most of my music from the import specialists at NEH Records, but being that you are in the UK, you might have a far easier time picking up these CDs.

Here's my playlist: open.spotify.com/user/122307527/playlist/1tdng2w0TVxi9gowt4B96r

I like this way because while it's free for me, the artists still get paid (I dunno what YouTube does). It's easier to use and if you subscribe to their premium service, you can listen on your mobile phone as well.

Let me know what you think of my playlist, too! I'd like to know more about your favorite new Melodic Rock artists.
 
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Re:New to the scene - Prog & AOR/Melodic Rock fan 9 Years, 5 Months ago Karma: 1
Thanks very much for the ARfm link, Paul - and nice to see that they host repeats too, so I don't have to sacrifice seeing Live gigs at the weekend for fear of missing it... brilliant - have tuned in to Steve Price on Winamp right now!

@Starfire - got to admit that I haven't yet tried Spotify, but will try it out and check out your playlist, cheers!

Pity there isn't a live-chat feature on here, as would love to talk music with folks and swap YouTube / sample-track links in real time... but then, I'm already seeing this eating up a load of my free time with just all the suggestions and advice you've all kindly offered! I start a new job tomorrow, so will slow down the 'Musical Education of Wednesday' a little while I get my feet there, but hope to get some time in the evenings to pick things up here.

Thanks everyone - for the suggestions and for being so friendly.

OOOH! Wet just came on!!
 
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Re:New to the scene - Prog & AOR/Melodic Rock fan 9 Years, 5 Months ago Karma: 20
Hi Weds,

Rocktopia has its own chat room (Top menu: Community -> Rocktopia Chat Rooms).

Have fun,

B.
 
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Hah - trust me to miss the obvious!!

Thanks... will check it out briefly now, and then properly later when I've got a bit more time.
 
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hi wednesday,as bruce recommended,just start with gotthard and try lipservice,what an album,blows me away.
 
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