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Valentine CD

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  • Audio CD (3 Oct. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Science Friction
  • ASIN: B00006L3MF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,076 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8. Che
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Valentine, released on that day in 1974, is a collection of tracks that Roy Harper recorded during the early '70s but did not include on either Stormcock or Lifemask. The fact that this album somehow gels is testimony to just how talented Harper was at this point in his career. All Harper albums have stellar cameos, and this one is no different. Jimmy Page adds devastating lead guitar to "Male Chauvinist Pig Blues," even though the acoustic version the duo released on Flashes From the Archives of Oblivion is still superior. In addition, David Bedford continues his streak of outstanding string arrangements on Harper albums with particularly winning versions for "I'll See You Again" and "Commune." The instrumental "Che" is a reminder of Harper's astounding and influential acoustic guitar technique, while "Twelve Hours of Sunset" rivals "Waterloo Sunset" as one of most beautiful songs in the English language. Like most Harper releases, this one has a few weak songs! , especially the jazz throwaway "Acapulco Gold," but even the extra tracks from Flashes From the Archives of Oblivion, included on the CD reissues, seem to fit in. While not as high-profile as Stormcock or HQ, Valentine can be numbered among Harper's best work during his heydey.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 April 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album is so sweet, it's not possible to do justice to here. Please at least listen to some of the tracks here. Taking Dylan, Beefheart, acoustic Zeppelin, trad. British folk and blending them into an album of tenderness, bitterness, hope and beauty.
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I think the mood you are in affects how you hear a record. I have not played this album in years and today i put it on , it sounded like a mess , a beautiful mess. The songs them selves are simple but the string arrangement's and backing vocals and at one point a circus band sound berserk and odd and great.I think some drugs may have been taken while recording. This is one of my favorite Roy Harper albums , it's so varied , gentle acoustic numbers , rock , jazzy tracks and strangeness. May be it's my mood but i thought this all sounds odd ........ odd but great , if i was stoned it would probably sound normal to me. Other reviewers have mentioned Dylan (pah) and Van Morrison but they are conventional compared to Roy. At one point Roy sings of a love affair with 13 year old girl ,you wouldn't get away with it today Roy . This is music of another time , mad , strange and beautiful. Go get it.

P.S. My version has 3 bonus cuts , this version does not seem to be available on Amazon any more.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anna on 17 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
this is one special album! the songs- particularly the opening ones- manage to be both deepy tender yet striking at the same time.
Roy Harper has a unique voice and i believe this album will appeal to anyone. However, if you do like the emotion that pervades such classics as Bob Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks' or Van Morrison's 'Astral Weeks', then this cd is certainly for you!
but this wonderful album and i defy you to not be wooed by the musical charms of 'Valentine'!
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