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Heavy Horses
Heavy Horses
Price: 4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, 15 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Heavy Horses (Audio CD)
It would have seemed inconceivable, back in the late sixties, that the introduction of the flute to rock ‘n’ roll, where howling guitars and crashing drums dominated, could have been achieved successfully and without some eyebrow-raising scepticism. Yet, this is what Ian Anderson did with some style, as the frontman of Jethro Tull, giving the band a sound which is unique in the world of rock music. It could be argued, though, that The Moody Blues were the first to use the instrument in a rock music setting, but it is fair to give that credit to Ian, as he uses it in a more prominent role.
Heavy Horses’ faultless production, shows how the flute can, in the right hands, be successfully integrated in rock music, with beautifully sounding results.
From the “and the mouse police never sleeps” to “Broadford Bazaar”, this album is full of pastoral gorgeousness. Country living, was clearly the inspiration behind most of the songs, where cat-loving Ian depicts the feline behaviour of moggies on his farm, moth’s suicidal blind attraction to light and laments the loss of the shire horse to the inevitable technological progress. The album has a certain degree of eclecticism, featuring elements of rock, progressive and celtic music. Some of the songs are deceptively simple in structure, but on careful listening, they reveal the tightness and complexity of the arrangements. A string section is used on no fewer than three songs – “no Lullaby”, “Moths” and “Heavy Horses”. Barriemore Barlow’s highly inventive drumming can be heard on “Rover” and “Heavy Horses”and shows what a fabulous drummer he was. The latter song and title track, the longest of the album, features a great guitar intro by Barre, before Ian joins on the flute, amid Barlow’s complex drum fills. Halfway through, a violin introduces a change in rhythm and tempo, before the song returns to the beginning; “iron-clad feather feet pounding the dust”. Lyrically and musically brilliant.
The cd version contains two extra tacks, not included in the original vinyl record, which are outstanding in their own right – “Living in these hard times” and “Broadford Bazaar”. The former featuring some great flute playing and the latter being a rather poignantly beautiful song.
Heavy Horses should be essential listening to any music lover and no Jethro Tull fan’s record collection, in particular, should be without it.
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In Search Of The Fourth Chord
In Search Of The Fourth Chord
Price: 10.59

0 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not changing the Status chord, 21 Jan 2014
"In search of the fourth chord". Indeed, but still they haven't found it.
The title of this album is the same as the one found on one of the Moody Blues records, with the exception of the word "fourth". If only SQ had half the talent, songwriting craft and musical creativity of the MB, they wouldn't need to go on a quest for the fourth chord, which they'll probably never find and if they did, their music would still sound relentlessly and unbearably repetitive.
As for the musical content of this record, nothing new can be said, except that it sounds, unsurprisingly, like many others they released before. Perhaps the only good thing about it is the cover. It gives a whole new meaning to the expression "musical blandness".
If there is one thing SQ cannot be accused of, is lack of prolificness. It is fair to assume, however, that musical self-plagiarism is no stranger to it and is most certainly the reason which could explain it.
That SQ managed to find record companies willing to release their records for so long, I find baffling.
I always had a firm belief, though, that whoever buys their records, are not true music lovers.
How appropriate that the Latin expression "Status Quo" means "the state of things". Indeed, the state of things as they are and have been, musically, for longer than I can remember.
I once mentioned in one of my reviews, that the potential of this music to have a negative effect on one's health should not be underestimated. Coincidentally, one of SQ members has undergone heart bypass surgery, some time ago, either caused by excessive fry-up intake or, as I suspect, by the music itself.
With this release, SQ will have been deceiving their fans for more than thirty years.
Quite a feat.
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Perfect Remedy
Perfect Remedy
Price: 7.90

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not changing the Status Quo, 14 Jan 2014
This review is from: Perfect Remedy (Audio CD)
I decided to review Status Quo's albums in the same way they play their music.
Not much to write about here. This record is exactly the same, as the one released the previous year. The only difference being the title and the record cover.


Ain't Complaining
Ain't Complaining
Price: 7.44

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not changing the Status chord, 14 Jan 2014
This review is from: Ain't Complaining (Audio CD)
I decided to review Status Quo's albums in the same way they play their music.
Not much to write about here. This record is exactly the same, as the one released the previous year. The only difference being the title and the record cover.


In The Army Now
In The Army Now
Price: 7.29

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not changing the Status chord, 14 Jan 2014
This review is from: In The Army Now (Audio CD)
I decided to review Status Quo's albums in the same way they play their music.
Not much to write about here. This record is exactly the same, as the one released the previous year. The only difference being the title and the record cover.


Back To Back
Back To Back
Price: 7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not changing the Status chord, 14 Jan 2014
This review is from: Back To Back (Audio CD)
I decided to review Status Quo's albums in the same way they play their music.
Not much to write about here. This record is exactly the same, as the one released the previous year. The only difference being the title and the record cover.


1+9+8+2
1+9+8+2
Price: 7.28

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not changing the Status chord, 14 Jan 2014
This review is from: 1+9+8+2 (Audio CD)
I decided to review Status Quo's albums in the same way they play their music.
Not much to write about here. This record is exactly the same, as the one released the previous year. The only difference being the title and the record cover.
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Never Too Late
Never Too Late
Price: 6.77

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not changing the Status chord, 14 Jan 2014
This review is from: Never Too Late (Audio CD)
I decided to review Status Quo's albums in the same way they play their music.
Not much to write about here. This record is exactly the same, as the one released the previous year. The only difference being the title and the record cover.


Just Supposin'
Just Supposin'
Price: 7.54

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not changing the Status chord, 14 Jan 2014
This review is from: Just Supposin' (Audio CD)
I decided to review Status Quo's albums in the same way they play their music.
Not much to write about here. This record is exactly the same, as the one released the previous year. The only difference being the title and the record cover.


Sennheiser PX 100-II i Dynamic Open On-Ear headset with Smart Remote and Mic to Control iPhone
Sennheiser PX 100-II i Dynamic Open On-Ear headset with Smart Remote and Mic to Control iPhone
Price: 50.80

2.0 out of 5 stars Low quality, flimsy product, 3 Jan 2014
The quality of these headphones doesn't do justice to the usual high standards of German manufacturing.
They come in a very nice case which is made of plastic so brittle; it will inevitably break if you drop it. Additionally, when the headphones collapse in order to be stored inside the case, the ear pads which are covered with a very thin material, are subjected to chafe, owing to a very tight fit, ultimately disintegrating and exposing the spongy material underneath. To make matters worse, the cable where it attaches to the headphones, is itself squeezed and bent to such an angle, when it is wound around the case, that it will eventually tear, due to repetitive stress, exposing the very thin wiring and rendering the headphones useless.
The PX 200 I bought, were my first Sennheiser headphones and will certainly be my last. They lasted a year, before I had to dispose of them.
The sound quality, however, is quite good without being exceptional, hence the two stars.
Very little forethought has gone into the making of this overpriced product, both in terms of material quality and practicality and it is a testament to the throw-away society we live in, where almost everything seems to be deliberately made not to last.
If you're looking for portable headphones, look elsewhere.
This is a poor quality product and therefore not recommended.


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