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Intrigued by some of the finds Erik has made at You Tube, I was provoked to go and find some things of my own. I was amazed at the variety and number of things I could find.

However, I hesitate to post them because I am uncertain of their copyright status and I certainly would not want to inadvertently bring down the wrath of the lawyers upon this little place.

But the internet is truly amazing. I can see the Peter Gabriel Genesis, including both Foxtrot and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. I found several clips from Curved Air including the very lovely "Melinda, More or Less," and the haunting "Marie Antoinette" (both from the superb album Phantasmagoria. I was able to find some of the Annie Haslam Renaissance and performances of works by Gentle Giant, Christian Vander's Magma (a jazz rock fusion group that sings songs of alien societies in a completely made up language), the Robert Fripp incarnation of King Crimson, Aphrodite's Child (which gave us Vangelis), T. Rex with Elton John playing "Bang a Gong," John Foxx, Ultravox, Gary Numan, Lene Lovich, and too many others even to list. Suffice to say a cornucopia of the odd, the weird, the wonderful, the beautiful, and the absurd. What an archive of culture. Where else might you find performances by The Residents (including an excerpt from The Third Reich and Roll Album and Tuxedomoon (a mention of which at Erik's site sent me off on this search to start with.

Now my Amazon Wish-List is crammed full of what I used to listen to and had largely forgotten when my vinyl became more or less obsolete. Bill Nelson, Be-Bop Deluxe, Klaus Schulze, PFM, Nash the Slash, Joy Division, Nick Drake. . .

and so it continues. Amazing things. There were very few even very obscure artists who were not available--Peter Hammill, Jan Akkerman, Steve Hackett (not that these are necessarily terribly obscure--but try it and see.)

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The hell with the lawyers. Send me the links, and I'll post them for you.

Just wondering: which edition of King Crimson isn't a "Robert Fripp incarnation"?

You are going to be pretty safe from lawyers, as their main target will be YouTube. If they send a "Cease and Desist" to YouTube, the content will be immediately pulled, and the link to it will simply die. I doubt that any lawyer will even bother to pester blogs that link to YouTube clips.

I am glad that you are having as much fun with YouTube as I have.

Dear Erik,

Thank you. You make an excellent point. In most cases, for a majority of these things, the lawyers aren't even going to glance at them anyhow.

I just must be so very careful about observing these rights given my own profession. However, I may start posting one or two here or there.

I've really enjoyed those that I've seen at your site. It inspired me to look for some of my favorite obscure groups.





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