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  • Audio CD (8 Feb. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wingspan
  • ASIN: B000007X4E
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,666 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Vaughan on 15 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
It's said that life exists on the margin between order and chaos, the two competing forces creating the perfect conditions. The differences in the styles of Ed and Denyze might not be as dramatic as that, but where this album works (and when it works, it works very well) is at the interface between the two styles, where the music and lyrics compliment, rather than dominate, each other. When Denyze's style dominates the music is lost behind a folk style that it just doesn't suit, this is particularly evident in "Third Eye" where the vocals are turned up very loud in the mix, presumably trying to hide the fact that the violin music just doesn't work. When Ed's style dominates his classical style forces the lyrics to be bland and unchallenging. Where they compliment each other, such as with "Winter Son" the musical is lyrical and the lyrics poetic, creating a wonderful combination. The pity is that there aren't quite enough tracks of this quality on the album. The two instrumental tracks are typical Ed and would not be out of place on any of his other albums.
Overall this is an album of a few fair tracks, half a dozen good tracks and only a couple of excellent tracks, finished off with an unusual, but enjoyable, cover of 'Don't You Want Somebody To Love'. The lack of excellent tracks is what prevents it from getting 5 stars.
If you like modern "folk" music and Ed's unique violin style, this album is for you.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Mar. 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Ed Alleyne-Johnson's haunting violin opens track one on 'Fly by Dawn' and I settle down to luxuriate in his multi-levelled compositions. But no! A female voice starts singing a twee ballad and it becomes clear that on this album Ed takes a back seat to his wife Denyze.
I'd bought Eds two previous CDs ( Purple Electric Violin Concerto 1 & 2) and they are never far from my player. Their weaving tunes chafe in my mind and I rush home to put them on and get another fix.
So when Amazon's home page popped up and told me Ed had a new CD I paused only to select a couple of books before clicking the order button.
Where the Purple Concerto's were instrumental, with some background choruses from Denyze, this is a showcase for Denyze. Ed has two instrumental tracks, the remaining ten are songs. After my initial disappointment I persevered and have played it half a dozen times more. But I don't look forward to it and do not want to play it back to back as I do with Purple. The songs are very similar simple 'la-la' songs, and this CD will be one to gather dust.
In fact this CD is not a new recording; it was originally released in 1995. Denyze has a pleasant voice and the 45 minute album is inoffensive, but it's not for me.
When the singing starts again after one of Eds lyrical instrumental breaks my chief emotion is 'Oh, do shut up so we can hear Ed'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Alan P. Grist on 26 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Ed's playing is superb as always but then his wife starts singing hippy drivel over the top so totally ruins the listening pleasure

I play my other ed cds weekly

Bought this CD over a year ago played once never again sorry can't bear her vocals
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr John Alexander. on 2 April 2013
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Discovered Ed busking in Chester. Blown away by the talent. Have since bought all of his music. Hope to see him again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Why isn't more music like this 17 Mar. 2002
By Jonathan Dolan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This was the third release by Ed Alleyne Johnson after Purple Electric Violin Concerto. Ed plays the violin and a few other instruments, whilst his wife Denyze sings.
There are songs about Vampires, Witches, UFOs and God. It sounds like it could be a horror album, but it's very much concerned on the romantacism element. It's a superb album and definitely worth getting if you enjoy mellow and relaxing tunes.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
What went wrong!!! 16 Jan. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Ed Alleyne Johnson is an incredibly talented musician. Excellent violin player. His CD "Purple Electric Violin Concerto" was simply amazing. The music was smooth and each note "velvety". This CD has shifted the focus to his wife's singing. I cannot hear Ed's violin, it was way in the back. And I don't think she can sing!!!
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