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Buggles

Adventures in Modern Recording (12 inch single) (Vinyl)

Review by Gary Hill

Are the Buggles progressive rock? Most likely, no. However, I include them in the progressive rock section mainly because of the fact that they have been involved in prog bands (most notably Yes). This 12 inch single is out of print, but pretty easy to obtain online. It’s got two cool cuts that show two different sides of the Buggles. And, yes, they are proggy, if not prog.

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Track by Track Review
Side 1
Adventures in Modern Recording

This starts like a live performance with crowd noise. It works out from there into a bouncy little number that’s quite pop oriented. It has some great drama and some nice shifts and changes, though. It turns a bit hard rocking near the end.

Side 2
Blue Nylon
A cool keyboard groove opens this. The vocals are in a much lower register than what we’re used to from the Buggles. At least the first ones are. This has a rhythmic element and it rocks out pretty well. I like the combination of lower and higher vocals on this. I also like the cool electronic vibe.
 
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