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Ramshackled

Alan White Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 Nov 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Phantom Sound & Vision
  • ASIN: B00000E1JQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It,s not Yes, but it,s great! 20 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
As a massive Yes fan, I originally bought this album on vinyl when it first came out. Over the years I have replaced all of of collection onto CD, and this album was always a slow burning, really enjoyable album.

Alan,s solo album is completely different to Yes,s music, yet it still has a flavour of Yes intermingled witin it, including the haunting "Song Of Innocence" featuring the rest of the Yes band members.

Atmospheric, jazzy and filled with some sumptious drumming, this is a lovely and greatly underrated album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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It's hard to review this album without thinking of Yes. Of course Yes wasn't the be all and end all of Alan White's career, but it's certainly been the main focus for many years.

In places it reminds me of Zappa's "Hot Rats", especially the more jazzy numbers, and "Spring - Song of Innocence" has an air of The Moody Blues, but throughout the feel is much less progressive.

It's a shame this wasn't a bigger commercial success, the music is well written and well performed, even if it wasn't written by White himself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased 7 Jun 2013
By Katie
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Good packaging and the item was in excellent condition; exactly as it was listed. I am very happy with the purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dead good. 23 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD
A dead good album, much under-rated, it seems. Released nearly 40 years ago, this eclectic, interesting album must have been a brave move at the time being largely unlike anything Yes did and so varied that it might well have alienated many listeners, Yes fans or not. Ooh Baby is a funky groove with smooth vox; One Way Rag is a mellower funk with nice female backing singers; Avakak is a jilted Zappa / Gong-esque number with a bitta jazz; Song of Innocence is gorgeous with Anderson on vox a very beautiful piece; Giddy is a stone groove with soulful vox; Silly Woman is reggae stylee, very catchy but I can see it irritating some; Marching Into A Bottle is a brilliant track, acoustic guitar, woodwind and percussion; Everybody is syncopated, soulful very groovy; Darkness is an atmospheric, down tempo ending to the album, trumpet plays blues kinda thing. Yes, the drumming throughout is very good, but never in your face hogging the limelight, the production is well balanced; overall, it has a very 70s feel - naturally - but for me this makes it even better.
Set aside any preconceptions you may have of this album and do your best to avoid any prejudice when it comes to genre-fication, this elpee is a really good, eclectic and interesting opus even if it takes a good few listens, you will not regret the time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Diverse musical styles, good sounding reissue 31 Dec 2007
By Sky Mann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
During 1975 and the first half of 1976 all of the then current members of Yes took some time off from the group and created and released solo records. Alan White's contribution, "Ramshackled" was originally released on Atlantic records in April of 1976. Sounding the least like Yes of all the solo works this is still a remarkably strong release that withstands the test of time quite well. Yes listeners that don't have an ear for more "ethnic" vocals and rhythms might want to pass this release by though. This is not a "drum" record and Alan makes the wise choice of going for musical content rather that showing off his significant skills as a drummer on these sessions. This is essentially a Kenny Craddock (keys), Pete Kirtley (guitar) and Colin Gibson (bass) band (all the tunes are composed by combinations of the three) with Alan co-producing, co-engineering and most importantly, playing drums. This release is "ethnic" in a way that Yes never has been with tunes like "Ooooh Baby" leaning toward "soul-jazz" and "One Way Rag" getting very funky and containing some great backing vocals by Madeline Bell with others. Alan is surprisingly swinging on these (not something we get to hear with Yes much). With Colin Gibson on bass, Alan sets up grooves that are very infectious. "Avakak" is a fusion type instrumental and is at its strongest when it is exploring some of the interesting rhythms it has. A beautiful ballad, "Song of Innocence" that uses William Blake's text closed side one of the original LP and features Jon Anderson doing a lovely vocal and also has Steve Howe doing his spacey lap steel slide guitar texturing back in the mix. This is the only slightly sounding Yes type piece on the disc. The "soul-jazz-vamp" feel continues with "Giddy" featuring a strong vocal performance by Alan Marshall complete with string section. Next we head to the Caribbean for "Silly Woman". This is a fun piece that features some steel drums for great effect. Think white sand beach in Jamaica with booze, dancing and a grass roof hut bar. "Marching into a Bottle" is the second of the two instrumentals here. This one is a feature for nylon string guitar and flute in a slightly classical folk vein. This is an effective composition and arrangement and is a nice relief from the other types of pieces here. Oboe, clarinet and bassoon are also heard here but go un-credited. "Everybody" is another urban vamp type piece with some steel drums, horn section and backward guitar solo. Probably the weakest piece here but it is also the shortest. The set closes with "Darkness (Part 1, 2 and 3)". This starts off as a sort of progressive rock tune but then evolves into a "jazz" vocal ballad complete with string section and some beautiful melancholic trumpet from Henry Lowther.

The Wounded Bird CD release (WOU 8167) sounds quite good and is an improvement over my LP from 1976 so I'm happy I decided to get it. I figured the CD would be a hack remaster but I was surprised by how good it sounds. Perhaps they had access to a good quality master to transfer from. The CD packaging is missing the color handwritten lyric insert that the original record had with it (it would be un-readable in CD size) as well as the artwork on the label of the LP which was a variation on the sleeve painting by Henry Hodgson which happily is included in the CD insert. Of course everything is smaller and the info and photos of the musicians are so small you can't really see much. This is a minor issue that is unfortunately par for the course of the CD format. Recommended for those wanting an upgrade on their LP or for Yes fans that might want to explore some different sounds or for anyone that likes good music regardless of genre.

An interesting footnote is that Phil Hardiman is listed as second engineer on these sessions. Hardiman later went on to engineer the Advision and Odyssey (where the majority of "Ramshackled" was recorded) studio sessions and was head engineer on final mix for all the tracks of Kate Bush's masterpiece, "The Dreaming".
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Withstanding the test of time 10 Aug 2006
By Scott Kutos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard Ramshackled some 30-odd years ago, I cast it aside as the lamest of the mid-70s Yes solo albums. Having gotten an 8-track tape version, the sound quality was terrible and the music didn't interest me. Now, however, I've come to appreciate the musicians and musicality of this work. The remastering is great and I've come to appreciate the tunes on this CD for what they are, rather than comparing to Story of I or (gulp) Olias. Well worth another listen!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Yes fans and everyone. 6 Jan 2008
By Giovanni Profeta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have waited a lot to get my hands on this album, and let me tell you, its awesome, as a drummer, I got to say that the mix of the master tape is great, you can hear the powerful drum of Alan White as a main atraccion all over the album.

The first impression when you start playing the record is that a very groovy thing is happening, as long as the record goes, the poweful drum sound get heavier and heavier, leaving behind the high end Yes sound to become a real easy going album.

But then you get to the "Song of innocence", a beautiful song sung by Jon Anderson, the kind of song that is very familiar to any Yes fan, and the voice of Anderson it's at it's best, very soaring melody with soft lyrics, simply beautiful.

This album is perfect for everyone, you dont have to be a yes fan to enjoy or to apreciate the work o one of the best drummers in Rock, without a question, highly recommended album.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its ok for the collection. 2 Sep 2007
By B. Bernardini - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When the big stride in Yes was everyone doing a solo album. Alan White I guess felt compelled to put one out too. This a kinda jazzy,rock album.
I mainly got this cd because of the rarity of the album. White has good players,but the band really did not reach their "mark". As compared to Howe,Squire,Moraz, even Anderson's. (Which took a long time to listen to) White's Cd has to grow on you. Get for the collection, you may not see it again! White's drumming is always consistant,but the rest of the musician sound like they are really making an effort to sound good.Go to you tube,judge this yourself.
But again get it!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ramshackled Still Sounds GREAT 22 Jan 2007
By Kenneth Dehart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought this LP back in '77 and was blown away by the versatile drumming of Alan White. Every track has a different feel. I had to add this CD to my collection of growing YES CDs to replace old LPs. This is one of my favorits...
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