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The Captain And Me
The Captain And Me
Price: £5.45

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Doobies, 25 July 2004
This review is from: The Captain And Me (Audio CD)
I stumbled accross the Doobie Brothers almost accidentally, but by buying this album made one of my shrewdest ever purchases. Essentially the Doobie Brothers are what would seem to be an obscure mix of rock, blues, country and gospel, yet although this album showcases all of those influences, it presents a more rock orientated Doobies. Every song is simply a classic, lingering long in the memory. The opener "Natural Thing" has a definite soul tinge, but is a fantastic song. "Long Train Runnin'" and "China Grove" are both classic songs and both perenial favourites with bar bands everywhere. However my personal favourite tracks are the ballad "Dark Eyed Cajun Woman," the awesome rocker "Without You" and the gospel/country/rock track "Ukiah."
Overall "The Captain and Me" is one album which should feature in every true music fan's collection. No matter what genere of music you believe you like, buy this album, you will not regret it. This is simply classic rock and in my opinion one of the greatest albums in rock history. Ignore the compilations available, this album has all the Doobie Brothers material you would ever want.
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Dire Straits
Dire Straits
Price: £5.87

39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Breathtaking, 14 July 2004
This review is from: Dire Straits (Audio CD)
There are not many superlatives to heap upon this album that have not already been used. It is rare in modern music to find anything near as witty, evocative, emotional yet enjoyable as this debut album from Dire Straits. Essentially this is the "real" Dire Straits, not the electronically influenced outfit of "Brothers In Arms" fame, but a group with a classic bar band sound, who combine rock, jazz, blues, country and folk for the ultimate debut album. This shows the roots of Dire Straits, combining Mark Knopfler's folk-tinged vocals and bluesy guitar playing, a rock-solid rhythm section courtesy of Knopfler's brother David and bass player John Illsey and the jazz drumming of Pick Withers.
I would recommend this album to every music fan. From the opening fast-paced "Down To The Waterline" to the classic "Sultans of Swing" to the beautiful "Wild West End," this truly is a class album. Just sit back and enjoy and appreciate the brilliance of the original Dire Straits before they became overwhelmed by the commercialism and temptation of fame. In my opinion this is one of the greatest albums in rock history, I hope after listening to this album you will share the same opinion.

The Sound of the Jam
The Sound of the Jam
Price: £5.06

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome but Incomplete, 13 July 2004
This review is from: The Sound of the Jam (Audio CD)
I am a young music fan and really became interested in the Jam as a result of my Dad. For a music fan, like myself, who is new to the music of the Jam, this compilation serves as a perfect overview of their work. However there are some notable omissions evident and although their four #1 hits are here I can't help but feel that some of their best work has been overlooked in favour of other less impressive material. Most notably with "That's Entertainment" where I feel this "previously unreleased" version is vastly inferior to the sublime original.
However it is hard to critisize the work of undoubtedly one of the best British bands ever. Besides the few obvious omissions this is a very comprehensive compilation and as I already said most of their hits are here. Overall this is the best Jam compilation available and although I feel the omissions perhaps leave it a little unsatisfactory to massive fans it is an ideal album for any casual music fan.

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