Really like Starless, Silver Wings is such a good album. Good to see they're around again.
Yeah, at the moment, its like my favorite Japanese album.
Some of the musicians still seem active (namely their vocalist, bassist and drummer). Now if they did do lives, I may not even know. They re-recorded some older tracks with their current vocalist, but I have no where/how it was released. Probably live-venue releases in small quantities.
They actually have quite a few songs that are played live and never got studio recordings. I wonder how common of a practice this is over there?
It happened with several 80s bands I can think of, ones that were staples of the performing circuit that only ever had say a single or a demo out, yet always had enough material to perform regularly alongside more prominent bands, and you'd watch an old video of them and hear all sorts of songs that never showed up on releases.
I thought of a J-prog rock band that I think you'd really get into, I personally like them about as much as Starless, they're female fronted too. They're called Pageant, and I really love their album La Mosaique de la Reverie, I've never taken the time to see much of the other stuff they've done, but they have at least one other album that's also quite good.
Pageant is great, but I like Abysmal Masquerade and The Pay For Dreamer's Sin better than the debut (the redone version of Vexation is so much better imo). Mr. Sirius is still my personal favourite female-front 80s J-prog though.
Yeah, I own a few Pageant CDs and they're pretty good. I'm still partial towards their debut though.
Pale Acute Moon was another one that was pretty neat.
I really dig this band. Really happy that I got the original pressing of Silver Wings. My three favorite songs of the album are the title track, "I Look in Your Eyes", and "In the End".
Yoshiko Miyamoto's voice is just amazing. It's too bad that they lost her after Silver Wings. I get a bit of a Show-Ya vibe out of her vocals.