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I Choose To Sing The Blues: Rare & Unreleased Recordings Volume One 1968-1971
I Choose To Sing The Blues: Rare & Unreleased Recordings Volume One 1968-1971

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Simple Blues, 28 Jun 2001
It is good to see that all the old Duster Bennett stuff is recieving a good shake down and resorting.
This is the best of new albums released and a great place to start if you've never heard of him before.
Its all recorded during the peak British Blues Boom of the late 60's. Duster Bennett was a good friend of Peter Green so any Peter Green fans should give this a chance, and see what Duster Bennett was all about and they'll soon realise why the Green God respected him so much.
It's all very simple blues guitar but the real talent is in the way he plays it. He gets across real emotion and warmth through his voice and his harp playing. Don't be put off at the poor qaulity of the recording just listen to the quality of the songwriting. It's great to listen to and you can really feel what the songs about.
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Teenage Licks
Teenage Licks

8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A little Disapointing, 28 Jun 2001
This review is from: Teenage Licks (Audio CD)
I loved the first Stone the Crows album, so i wanted to buy some more. This was their most successful album and had a good review.
However I find that when i listen to it sometimes i like it but the majority of time i think its bland.
All the blues from the first album has been lost leaving just the rock. But its not proper rock its very close to being cheesy soft rock, and thats probably why i don't like it.
There are some highlights such as Seven Lakes but then theres some awful stuff like Mr Wizard.
I wouldn't recommend this album to anyone, but it really depends on what other music you like. So if you like the Rolling Stones of the late seventies and early eighties buy this album, but if you prefer the Stones in the sixties buy the first Stone the Crows album.


Stone The Crows
Stone The Crows

36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Blues based rock, 28 Jun 2001
This review is from: Stone The Crows (Audio CD)
You'll like this album if you like artists such as Free, Cream, and Led Zeppelin.
The album contains 5 tracks. The first track "Touch of your loving hand" is a ballad. It opens with some nice warm blues organ. The vocal part is shared between Maggie Bell and the songwriter Jim Dewer.
This is followed by an up tempo number with a great guitar riff called Raining in your Heart. The next track is a great bluesy accoustic arrangement of an old folk song "The Blind Man". The vocals provided by Maggie Bell highlight her amazingly raw and powerful voice.
Then theres an amzing cover of the Beatles song "the fool on the hill", which in my opinion is far superior to the original (more blues less pop). The last track on the album is a Pink Floydesque number. It is an 18 minute musical description of America. So its highly varied with some warm california guitars and some parts are just a load of wierd noises (probably dropped some acid wherever they were)
This is the best Stone the crows album and a good place to start if you've never heard of them before.


Boston Blues
Boston Blues
Price: 8.21

46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album i own, 31 Oct 2000
This review is from: Boston Blues (Audio CD)
This is my favourite album. and probably the greatest live recording ever. Peter greens guitar is sublime. It's hard to say what the highlights are since the whole album is brilliant. Theres not a dull moment. My personal favourite bit though is the bass solo at the end of green manalishi is just unbelievable.
What else can you say really. Go and buy it now.
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Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac
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Price: 11.23

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars superb rock/blues album, 28 Oct 2000
This review is from: Fleetwood Mac (Audio CD)
In my opinion this is the best of their early studio recordings (live being better stuff). It is clean and pure ie without the brass section of their second album. J. Spencer is doing his best Elmore James impressions, of which he runs out of in later albums. In particular the infinitely catchy "Shake Your moneymaker". Other highlights include "no place to go" some nice harmonica riffs, and "long grey mere".
Peter Greens guitar work is not at it's peak here. For amazing guitar fluidity see The original fleetwood mac - the collection with "drifting", "worried dream" and "a fool no more".


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