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Ode To John Law [Extra tracks]

Stone the Crows Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B00000745L
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,264 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the vinyl 6 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is my favourite Stone the Crows album (I have Ode to John Law, Teenage Licks and Ontinuous Performance on vinyl), with Danger Zone my all-time favourite by this group. My vinyl pressing is the German Polydor version. After ordering the (Repertoire) CD, I was quite eager to hear a crystal clear rendition of this album. However, I have been quite disappointed in the sound quality of the CD. Treble notes on some of the songs are so muted that you have to turn it up very loud to hear them at all, especially in the beginning of Ode to John Law, thereafter your ears are pounded when the song starts in earnest.
Another problem I have is with the change in the version of Danger Zone; the CD version is slightly more up tempo and less soulful (in my opinion) than the "original" vinyl version. Perhaps this reflects a mastering of the tapes in different countries, ie. perhaps a US release versus a European release.
Ontinuous Performance, also by Repertoire, on the other hand, remains absolutely true to the vinyl (that I own).
I wonder if any other listeners have noticed this - I have now ordered the River version of Ode to John Law to see how that sounds. This is not intended as a criticism of Repertoire records; I am sure their CD is true to the original, just not the original I own!

I have since received the River version and found it identical to the Repertoire...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album 22 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Needed this to replace my vinyl copy with CD, I'd forgotten how good this album was but it was far too expensive
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unique album/unique band 12 Mar 2001
By jamie anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is a stone classic (pun intended).Cut 1:"Sad Mary", present-tense ruminations of Mary Queen of Scots awaiting & being lead to her beheading,musical portryal of the moment the axe blade falls.Cut 2:"Friend" a wonderful haunting soulful dirge imploring 'open up your body let a friend in'.Cut 3:"Love" another dirge imploring 'give me your love, I want your love, give me your love..., in this world of false ideals, love you can count on..'Cut 4:"Mad Dogs And Englishmen" light relief about the good times the band had touring as back up to a top-hatted singer/pianist and his band. Cut5:"Things Are Getting Better", slow anthem to 'those who died for freedom...help us fight for freedom every day.Cut 6:"Ode To John Law", present-tense talking to a riot cop 'Listen please dear John, go easy with that stick, cause if you keep on hitting I'll fall and then you'll kick'. Cut7:"Danger Zone" ruminations on the state of the modern world, 'Just read your paper and you'll see just what exactly has been bothering me'. (Cut 8 bonus track, an edited-for-radio-play version of cut 5 but a nice alternative way to finish the album if you want to end on a positive note or can't be bothered programming it out). The musical mood of most of the album is is one of sadness and of coping with the cruelty of life, with a sombre eerie feel to the musical arrangements, which have strong influences from American Indian drumming & chanting, soulful slow psychedelia tinged guitar solos and prominent organ fills and dynamic shading. As always the lead singer Maggie Bell is as one with the rest of the band. For me,"Danger Zone" is outstanding in an album full of gems. I'd suggest anyone who likes to explore music that's a little different take a punt on this one. If you're already an STC fan you won't be dissappointed. I rate it as my favourite.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Album of Classic Rock 9 Jan 2007
By Gustavo Siau - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This albun is one the beter of the clasisc rock. The lirism of the group, specially of Maggi Bell (vocal) and the poetic sound of the guitar o is wonderfull. Stone the Crows was a typical low profile band, outside the bisnnees of the gold years of rock. Great colors of stetics, perfection and intensity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MAGICAL CD 12 Dec 2005
By Dimitrios Tzavaras - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD



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