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Purple Electric Violin Concerto [Live]

Ed Alleyne-Johnson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Aug 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Equation
  • ASIN: B000006Z2A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,062 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Oxford Suite Part 1 6:260.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Oxford Suite Part 2 5:410.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Oxford Suite Part 3 5:180.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Oxford Suite Part 4 7:200.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Inner City Music Part 1 5:370.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Inner City Music Part 2 8:020.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Inner City Music Part 3 3:390.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Inner City Music Part 4 6:490.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Improvisation 5:090.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Concrete Eden 6:490.89  Buy MP3 

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This is the re-issue of 1992's live recording of Purple Electric Violin Concerto by former touring musician for New Model Army, Ed Alleyne-Johnson. This 10-track CD is recorded in two halves, the "Oxford Suite" and "Inner City Music".

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Purple Electric Genius 11 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a repackaged version of an album originally released in 1992. Most people might remember Ed as the violin player for New Model Army, although the music here is rather different.
The most amazing thing is that this album was recorded totally live, without overdubs and feratures just ONE electric violin. Ed Alleyne-Johnson provides his own backing through an electronic system using digital effects ... unless you have actually seen him do it live, you cannot quite comprehend how he does it.
The album is a showcase of what an electric violin is capable, from calm pseudo-classical music such as the 'Oxford Suite' to the 'Improvisation' piece, which features a distorted (!) violin sound. It is quite impossible to describe the whole experience, and only listening will suffice.
Interested or intrigued? Then this CD is must-have.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 19 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD
I first heard Ed on Jools Holland many years ago, and was blown away. Since then I acquired this album after a lot of hunting (think I special ordered it actually) and have seen him busking in Liverpool. The music he plays live is awe inspiring.

And its not electronic percussion, he is plucking the strings...
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music to get swept away by..... 16 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I used to watch Ed when he busked around Oxford in the late 80's. Every Saturday, whilst working in for a well known Shoe retailers on the corner of Queen Street and New Inn Hall Street (those of you who know Oxford will know exactly where I mean! :0) ), I'd hang out of the first floor window to listen to Ed's eclectic mix of music. It is hard to comprehend that everything you hear on this album was recorded in one take by Ed using only effect peddles and his gorgeous Purple Electric Violin! The man is a genius and this album just sums him and Oxford up beautifully. Perfect music to get lost in......
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Seriously, it's a classic. I don't know anyone who doesn't like it, and my friends have wide ranging musical tastes. It's uplifting, sad, beautiful, different and very very clever. I only have the tape version from years ago with Oxford Suite and Inner City Music on, so I don't know the other tracks, but I'm sure they're just as wonderful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Electric Sturm & Drang.... 14 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There is a review here from 16/5/2000 which recalls this artists busking days in Oxford city centre (usually close to the city centre library if I remember correctly)during the late 1980's. Clearly his performances left a long lasting impression as for the past 12 - 15 months I have been trying to remember his name. About 15 mins ago it came to me ! Eds style wont appeal to all but if you have an open mind to creative music (as wide ranging as Tangerine Dream to String Driven Thing & beyond in either direction !) then I would recommend you try either this album or Ultraviolet as a starting point.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oxford Suite was much requested when I was a DJ 14 Mar 2007
By Jay
Format:Audio CD
At university, I DJ'd a late show that featured many jazz, soul, and blues. It was a great experience and I have very fond memories of the experience; bolstered by some great musical pieces such as Oxford Suite which is a very haunting track. This guy is a genius. If Enya is the voice, Clapton the guitar, Miles the Saxophone..then Ed Alleyene Johnson is the Electric Violin.

Whenever my friend Mustapha and I used to play this on the station, we would replay it again. It's mystical, haunting and above all memorable
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Interesting. 8 May 2013
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
Not an inspiring title for a review. But it does sum the album up. I bought this after seeing Ed busking in York. He has a real talent and grabs his audience and keeps them standing around in chilly streets as he plays.

SO When I found a re-release of one of his early works with a modern reworking on a second disk it was too tempting.

And that's when it gets interesting. Either album is good on it's own. Put them together and you can suddenly find yourself spending hours comparing the old and new versions.

Listening to the album is not quite the same as having Ed there in front of you. But it is a good substitute.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb modern classic 20 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Once again, another brilliant recording from a prolific master of modern and classical electric violin playing, this has hidden depths and improves every time I hear it. Having been introduced to Ed Alleyne-Johnson's skill the first time I saw him busking in the city of York and listening afterwards to my wife's gift of his album "Echoes" I am convinced that he is one of the most memorable musicians ever to adorn the streets of York (as well as New York). I have not heard of him playing anywhere in concert but, if he ever comes back up North, I would certainly queue to get tickets to hear him.
If you like what you hear, have a listen also to David Garrett for that full orchestra feel on record or in concert.
If, however, you are impressed by a musician who is capable of creating the affect of a full orchestra, managed single-handedly on Electric Violin with the aid of his self-made acoustic device, then you cannot miss the sound of Ed Alleyne-Johnson.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another top buy
Ed is a superb muscian who loves to do street performances. I bought my first CD from ed himself when he was performing in the city of York. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dieseldo
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Saw Ed performing in York a couple of days ago, just thought he was another one of the many brilliant street artists that frequent the streets of York. Read more
Published 8 months ago by robsta55
4.0 out of 5 stars Purple Electric Violin
Sometimes you just need to chill out, this album is fantastic for doing just that. Sit back, relax and enjoy.
Published 11 months ago by Stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars great sounds
Heard him playing in the open air at Chester, thats why I bought it, really haunting sounds, play it all the time
Published 15 months ago by groovygran
3.0 out of 5 stars Thought I was getting his covers
I saw him in Chester and thought I was buying his covers for easy listening but it's his own tracks goo though if you like him
Published 16 months ago by Ashy
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad Production
The remastered version is excellent, but the re-recorded version suffers from some terrible sound distortion on track 7 starting at about 44 secs and on another track, i even... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Viceroy
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
I first saw Ed playing in Oxford in the early 90s, and had this album on tape. I'm be just bought the anniversary edition, and it's just as fresh as I remember. Read more
Published 17 months ago by David S
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Escapism
This man doesn't just play a violin he plays with your soul! Every once in a while you happen upon something that changes your perspective on life. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sam Birdsall
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as I thought it would be
Heard one track from this album on Bob Harris's Late Night Show on Radio 2 and was so impressed I had to buy it. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Roderick Milne
5.0 out of 5 stars SO MOVING
I had this in cassette form many years ago and loved it then and still enjoy the music now. If you want to me moved let this music take you to another place.Spans the generations.
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