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Christmas Variations
Christmas Variations

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Turkey, 24 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Christmas Variations (Audio CD)
Had this delivered to my place of work on 17th Dec 09 and played it a couple of times and the thing that struck me was why use one or two notes when 20+ will do? But it doesn't, well not for me. You can almost make out the tune on most of the songs. Silent Night is nothing to write home about,in fact that applies to all the tracks. Fair enough Rick is banging away up and down the piano and sweeping in here and there with the electronics... but it left me not fullfilled? Also what are the clicks about at the end of the tracks, I got this from Amazon!!!
Where when I first played Jon Anderson's Christmas CD 3 ships it hit all the right buttons and made me want to play it again again.... and not just at Christmas! So this not so great CD will be put on the shelf and will not be played at my family Christmas dinner this year or any other. Pass the Bing please.....


Duke [Hybrid SACD + DVD]
Duke [Hybrid SACD + DVD]

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the future of Sacd/DVD? YES PLEASE, 22 Jun. 2007
What a glorious Fathers Day gift, fair enough I chose it. Genesis sacd + dvd, well I was warey as I have been bitten twice before with this sort of format. First time with Dave Gilmour's offering, On An Island a red spine version. It turned out as a disappointment, AOL sponsored promotional jamming session. That was still better then the most dire one, that belongs to Jean Michel Jarres Aero, where the dvd is of some french actresses eyes conveying..... whatttt? To the music..... boring, even before the novelity of flashing at the telly wore thin, with these emotion free eyes, no response, yawn? Thankfully this has restored my belief in the Music or at least Genesis giving the true fans something for nothing, to whet their appetite on Genesis back in the 80's. Forgive the dated fashion, oh the Hawaiian shirts, I had half a dozen and yes Phil Collins comfirms it that you do look a tw#t in one.

Genesis have raised the bar of what to epect in this best buy, yes you get a good interview in how they made the last truly great Genesis album. I found out that at last Genesis has dropped the Blues Brothers toe curling medley for this years tour. But a bit conflicting on facts that Mr Collins claims he had Face Value finished by the time they recorded Duke. Strange that? As Behind The Lines appears on Face valve, but you can forgive him as he gave them Misunderstanding, though he did offer In The Air Tonight, yeah Phil.

So you get the great Duke, you get Duke in 5.1. Three video's Duchess, Misunderstanding[ the one where he is on the phone ] and Turn It On. Also a world tour programme 1980[not so hot]. The best bit is......

Live At The Lyceum London 1980. It does look dated, but bear with it, apart from Mike Rutherford shady playing on the beginning of Dance On A Volcano. Daryl Stuermer playing his socks off, enough eighties hair and flair , but keeping tight to the original songs. Chester Thompson playing brilliant, you must see the duelling drums on Dance On A Volcano/Lost Endos, never boring. Tony Banks playing with the wizard of quick fingered Rick Wakeman, but in parts better. Phil and beard singing at his best and drumming to the highest level that only Chester can get there. Great!!
Mike Rutherford does improve, but is rather lack lustre. Looking more like Anthony Phillips than Anthony Phillips. Shut you eyes when they are playing songs you could imagine Steve Hackett playing this music.

A joy to watch these superb musicians playing, hopefully happy times, though Mr Collins was going through heartache. Can you think of someone better then Mr Collins controlling the Drum machine, the throbbing pulsating green lights, Brilliant!!!


Cured
Cured
Offered by groove_temple
Price: £10.38

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cured? I want a second opinion!!!, 25 May 2007
This review is from: Cured (Audio CD)
This is a very disappointing CD, full of 80's pop type songs that fail on all fronts. Why Mr Hackett felt the need to go down this route is beyond me? When he has a loyal fan base and he should know what they want and it's not this! There is a bit of the magic of Steve Hackett but that does not go beyond a few moments, not a full songs worth.

So why the 3 stars? The bonus tracks, were most bonus tracks ruin an original album/CD this saves it. Tales Of The Riverbank is a lovely quirky Summerish song. Second Chance is also very good compared to the Cured Cd. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare, the live version is far superior to the lack lustre studio version. I got this CD to fill the gap in my Steve hackett collection, and thankfully it was cheap. A disappointment overall.


Light Walls
Light Walls
Offered by uniqueplace-uk
Price: £14.78

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Steve Don't Be A Rick, 23 May 2007
This review is from: Light Walls (Audio CD)
This 2 CD is made up with tracks from 5 CD's. There are eight tracks from Natural Timbre, which are tracks 2, 7, 8, 10 and on disc two 3, 7, 8, 9, 11. Eight tracks from Portaits Of Bob Dylan, which are tracks 1, 4, 9, 12 and disc two 1, 6, 10, 12. Five tracks from Quantum guitar 3, 6, 11, and disc two 2 and 5. One track from Seraphim with Paul Sutin, disc two 4. Again with Paul Sutin, one track from Voyagers disc one, 5.

So if you don't have any of the above CD's then get it, if you have the odd one, still get it, it's a bargain... This CD has P.P.Arnold, Keith west, Annie Haslam, Max Bacon and of course Jon Anderson starts the singing with track one. So If you are not a great lover of Mr Howe's voice, don't worry as the majority are sung by singers.

This is a very good compilation, I haven't got any of these, but I will certainly be thinking about getting them in the future. So you are getting 24 tracks for this cheap price and also a good read in the cover/ booklet. In this booklet the writer compares Steve Howe to a vintage wine and I think this is true? With a fine wine or this you want to play it occasionally when you are in the mood and drink in the flavours and tunes of the highest quality, if not, then you are a wino and any plonk will do. That is why I have said don't be a Rick Wakeman and have so many CD's that are basically made up with either not so great live performances or just albums put together from others. Don't loose the reins on quality control Steve?
Now I know why he plays White Bicycle?


Starless and Bible Black, 30th Anniversary Edition
Starless and Bible Black, 30th Anniversary Edition
Price: £7.84

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wetton Himself, 22 May 2007
This has some of the greatest King Crimson songs with words, sung by the genius John Wetton. The Great Deceiver is a fast power driven song, with the great voice at the front racing with the beat. Lament is beautiful at the slow beginning and then this goes at lightspeed, good, but it was better when it was slow and moving though. The Night Watch has to be in my top 20 all time favourite songs by anyone living or dead. What a brilliant moving intro, if art was a song? It would be this.


Red, 30th Anniversary Edition
Red, 30th Anniversary Edition
Price: £7.84

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Stuff, 22 May 2007
This is King Crimson at it's best and also at it's darkest. John Wetton's voice and the lyrics are exceptional. Fallen Angel is my most favourite song on this sinister album. Providence is my least favourite, hence the 4 stars. It's works in parts, BUT in far greater bits doesn't in my humble opinion. It becomes noise and it's a case of spot the tune, is it still breathing?

This CD Red has the feel of Larks Tongue In Aspic about it, at one stage I was expecting Easy Money to be sung!! Less flies though....

Musically and lyrically the most moving track is Starless, spine tingling beauty. When the singing stops then you are taken on a dark at times almost nightmarish journey. But you survive to tell the tale


L
L
Price: £22.13

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heaven and L, 22 May 2007
This review is from: L (Audio CD)
This album does sums up Steve Hillage as a far eastern inspired hippy. Which isn't bad, when you are in the eastern mystic mood. But when you are not, then I would not recommend that you play it or it will grate on your nerves. Last night I played it, 1. because I wanted to, 2.because I had not heard it for a long time. Result bliss.


Argus
Argus
Price: £3.50

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Air Guitars Delight, 18 May 2007
This review is from: Argus (Audio CD)
Argus can answer the long debated question, which album generated the art of air guitars? This has to be the one, don't it? What guitar playing, bloody fantastic, this was the first album I ever bought. This was the album that first made me pick up my tennis racket...............heaven.

The only down side to this Argus version is the extra track No Easy Road, He-Hoy, I have both versions so I can listen to how it should be and if I am in the mood for the extra uninspired track I have that option also. This CD has most of the brilliant classic Wishbone Ashes best bits. Time Was, The King Will Come, Warrior, Throw Down The Sword and if you want to reflect on things then you have Leaf And Stream. Sometime World and Blowin' Free make up the original album, of course not in that order.

Powell, Upton and the Turners have never been able to better this album. So pick up your sword or your air guitar and play away to your hearts content.


Ommadawn
Ommadawn
Offered by FREETIME
Price: £25.49

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On horse back................., 14 May 2007
This review is from: Ommadawn (Audio CD)
This is my all time favourite album by Mike Oldfield! From beginning to end it it has it all. A beautiful piece of work that has so much atmosphere and is so moving. Then when you feel emotionally drained at the end of listening to part one and two you have the uplifting experience of riding across the beautiful countryside on horse back that Mike Oldfield has conjured up for you.

If you are new Mr Oldfield's work then this is the one I would strongly recommend for your pleasure. Listening to this? All your cares and woes of the day should slowly melt and disappear. It has an Ethereal feel, the drumming and voices and the magic of Oldfield is mystical and almost spiritual.......


Yes Stories: Group and Solo Tales
Yes Stories: Group and Solo Tales
Price: £9.01

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes... and another one, 12 May 2007
Another compilation? Any good? Why bother with this one and not the countless other ones?

At this price, 2 discs and if you haven't got all these CD's that they have used to poach the tracks from, then? Sounds a lot better then you have been ripped off yet again by the faceless and heartless machine that is now Yes or is it Yes Management!!! Goes with out saying that if you are new to Yes then buy it, if you have nothing of their Solo stuff then buy it!! If you are a sad collector of Yes stuff good or bad, then? You have to buy it.

It's funny that this trick of putting out compilations hurts me more with Yes then anyother group. Vangelis has done a lot, but somehow they think about what they are putting on and try not to repeat the same stuff over and over. Here they roll out the same stuff, meaning the solo stuff and Yes. This time we have Owner Of a Lonely Heart twice, once by Mr Anderson and the other by Yes. Wakeman is not blamess as we have Catherine Howard and Merlin The Magician again, but we now have his daughter? Enough of the bad bits.

Good bits.
Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands:Howe/Anderson. Bob Dylan song. Needs to be mentioned.
Perpetual Change: Yes Live. A good live version, slightly different.
Walk Don't Run: Howe. Anything by this genius is worth a listen, again not his own work.
It Will Be A Good Day{The River}: Yes. Almost at their best, good imitation of a Yes of long ago when they were supreme and untouchable.
Revealing Science Of God: Adam & Friends. A bit bad when you have to point out a good bit that is not Yes or a yes member solo stuff from their CD. Good try and well done
The Man In The Moon: Yes. I like it? Okay!
America: Eddie Hardin/Jon Anderson. Good
And you and I: Yes Live. Of course this had to be here, brilliant.
Suddenly: Howe. Do you see a theme running through this? Great.

The cover/booklet is a bit of a let down, not the artwork though. It has some deputy editor of uncut writing Wax Lyrical about Yes. There is a track listing as well but does not have any information from which CD/albums the original songs have been taken from. This is another reason why only 3 stars, if you are going to do this? Then do it to the highest quality please?

I find this CD is not one that I play often as it is like travelling through a desert at times till you get to an oasis of pleasure and there are only 9 over to 2 CDs. There are some other reasonably good bits, but not enough to make me want to play it more often.


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