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J. A. Conaghan (North Cardiff, Wales)

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The Ghost Of You & Me
The Ghost Of You & Me
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Got It, 22 Feb. 2009
This review is from: The Ghost Of You & Me (Audio CD)
The moment you hear the voice on the opening title track you quickly realise that he's still got it and maturity has enhanced his vocal qualities and his timing.
Recently gigging and signed CD's available at the show I was blown away with Colin and his band, very different show to the Zombies and they are out in April, how long will it be before as the last reviewer noted as a National Treasure. OBE I say.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steely Dan's Swansong Deserves Re-evaluating., 5 Dec. 2000
This review is from: Gaucho (Audio CD)
In the new light of the 2000 release of "Two Against Nature" Steely Dan's previously considered final album now deserves re-evaluation.Following on from the critically acclaimed and near perfection of "Aja" Donald Fagen and Walter Becker found themselves under enormous pressure now they were back in New York (mostly) to record the follow up. Personal and contractual problems aside there appears to be a slight uneasy atmosphere permeating the whole album from the opening attack of electric piano on the favourite to be "Babylon Sisters" on track one to the haunting guitar fills at the fadeout of "Third World Man" that closes the album. As most musicians will testify Steely Dan are renown for their economy and space quite often placing great emphasis on what is left out of the mix as well as the sounds and atmosphere that is created, the "Gaucho" album illustrates this well allowing the melodies room to haunt and linger even though the arrangements are complex the sound becomes neither sparse or busy. Lyrically the references used are as cool as ever "Hey Nineteen that's 'Retha Franklin She don't remember the Queen of Soul" an obvious reference to the age difference between an older man and a younger girl in the radio friendly "Hey Nineteen" and "Johnny's playroom is a bunker filled with sand He's become a third world man" maintain the oblique left of centre word landscape they had become loved for. Twenty years later remastered and re-released what instantly becomes clear is the craftsmanship and care that has gone into this release, songwriting and musicianship second to none it sounds like it cost a million dollars to record which it allegedly nearly did in 1980 and is worth having for no other reason than to play driving in the car, the music will fire your imagination to provide a much more exotic location.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cover May Be Black and White But The Music's In Colour., 21 Oct. 2000
This review is from: Revolver (Audio CD)
As time moves on this album belongs less to the transitional period - post love songs touring matching suits - from whence it came, to a gateway to modernism in popular music utilising sounds of every hue and colour in stark contrast to the monochrome thin line drawings and photo collage of the cover. Growing up listening to the ever increasing scratches and hisses on my vinyl copy, I was blown away by the transcription to C.D. and would urge any person to invest in this must have disc.

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