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5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC COVERS, 18 Mar 2013
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Following in the footsteps of Martina McBride, Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker and Roseanne Cash, Terri Clark has made an album of "other peoples hits", and like those before she has made a brilliant job of it.

IT WAS`NT GOD WHO MADE HONKY TONK ANGELS - This starts with the plaintive Betty Gauthier (TC`s grandmother) singing the opening verse before TC explodes onto the scene. Sung at the same tempo, but a fuller meatier sound.

LOVE IS A ROSE - Whilst being respectful to the original Linda Ronstadt version, TC adds that extra oomph.

HOW BLUE - The voices of Reba and TC blend beautifully with this song, one of my personal favourites.

DON`T COME HOME A-DRINKIN` - Originally by Loretta Lynn, now hear this gutsy interpretation by TC.

GENTLE ON MY MIND - A hit song for Glen Campbell and for Dean Martin. Sung sensitively, with great banjo pickin`.

GOLDEN RING - Move over Tammy and George, your song sung by TC and Dierks Bentley could have been written for them.

TWO MORE BOTTLES OF WINE - Originally by Emmylou Harris, this song has become a foot stomper.

LEAVIN` ON YOUR MIND - TC evokes the same senses in me that Patsy Cline did in the original version. Jann Arden accompanies, but she tries a little too hard. This does not, however, diminish the contribution by TC.

SWINGING DOORS - This song, made famous by Merle Haggard, is well suited to a woman`s point of view. Her voice matches that perfectly.

DELTA DAWN - Tanya Tucker duets with TC on this track. Great song, great interpretation.

I`M MOVIN` ON - Dean Brody joins TC with this rendition of this classic Hank Snow track. Superb uptempo finale.

Terri Clark does not try to stamp her mark on these tracks, she just sings the songs the way they were originally intended. The backing musicians and voices are superb. A thoroughly good album, that will enhance any collection.

Best of the Best 25 Greatest Hits
Best of the Best 25 Greatest Hits
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4.0 out of 5 stars 90% PERFECT, 11 Mar 2013
Gene Watson has been around a long time and his voice has held up well for a man, slightly passed his prime (no offence intended), however as he has chosen to re-record his greatest hits, there is room for disappointment, as the originals, in some cases were classics.

Many of the tracks are almost as good as the earlier recordings, namely "Paper Rosie", "Farewell Party", "Don`t Waste It On The Blues", "Love In The Hot Afternoon" and "The Old Man And His Horn". There are a few, however that fall well short, and if the original versions have not been heard, could give the wrong impression of a fine and popular singer.

It might have been better if this had been a DVD or alternatively, if he had recorded 25 completely new tracks instead. Gene Watson continues to be one of the legends of Country Music and rightly so, but I think this time he made an error of judgement.

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5.0 out of 5 stars AS GOOD AS EVER, 7 Mar 2013
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This collection of 16 tracks, 11 self-penned and 5 made famous by others, make up a refreshingly new CD. The gentleness of his interpretation of the ballads is what we have come to expect. Then there are the more upbeat tracks that he handles effortlessly.

A VERY FINE LINE - After the gradual introduction of the musicians we have a mid-tempo ballad.

NEVER GOING BACK - A typical thought provoking ballad.

COLD COLD HEART - What a pleasant surprise his rendition of this Hank Williams classic is. Quicker tempo than expected, with a hint of The Drifting Cowboys thrown in.

RIVERS AND STREAMS - A Spanish/French feel for this love song, with a modicum of Birkenhead thrown in, as a sweetener.

FOG ON THE BRAIN - Something I suffer from a lot. A pulsating rhythmic rocker, handled to perfection.

I COULD NEVER STOP YOU LOVING ME - A love song with a somewhat reflective message.

CITY OF NEW ORLEANS - This train song travels along without any major hold-ups. The gentle rhythm keeps you on the right track until the end of the journey, err I mean song, sorry.

`TIL I GAIN CONTROL AGAIN - Sung with warmth and feeling, sympathetic accompaniment.

THE FOOL IN THE MIRROR - Another fast-paced track with a solid beat.

IS THAT YOU? - Beautiful flute introduction, which the proceeds to wind itself around Charlies lyrics, giving an almost Indian feel. A haunting ballad.

STARTING AT THE BOTTOM - A slower rhythmic toe-tapper.

BLUE EYES CRYING IN THE RAIN - His friend, Willie Nelson, would be proud of this interpretation, there is no doubt. The song is sung with a warmth and sincerity, rarely found these days.

SPANISH PIPEDREAM - Sounds like a crowd pleaser, everyone is singing along in the chorus.

MORE HONEST THAN SWEET - To me this has an Irish feel about it. A gentle ballad.

WINDIN` DOWN - Another pulsating fast beat accompanies our man.

ANOTHER DREAM OF YOU - A gentle love song to close.

Whilst this is by no means an out and out Country Music Album, there are several country-style tracks in there, including those not written by Charlie. What this CD shows is that Charlies field of capability as a singer is greater than you may have thought.

The words for the tracks written by Charlie are enclosed. A very talented composer and lyricist. The backing musicians are superb, as usual. There is an intriguing piece of information, revealed by Pete Ware, who produced a large portion of this CD.

Worth waiting for and value for money.

5 Original Album Classics
5 Original Album Classics

4.0 out of 5 stars A FINE TRIBUTE, 28 Feb 2013
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This 5 CD, 63 track selection of recordings by one of Country Musics legends is a fine tribute indeed. It shows him progressing from being a good singer of songs, whether they be ballad, rock, honky tonk or just plain pop, to becoming a superstar. A well respected professional now sadly lost to us.

CD 1 LONESOME ON`RY AND MEAN - My least favourite of this collection. Of its 13 tracks, 3 of which are bonuses, I preferred the almost gospel qualities of "You Can Have Her", along with "San Francisco Mabel Joy" (not as good as Mickey Newberry or John Denver) and "Me And Bobby McGee". Originally released in 1973.

CD 2 THIS TIME - A marked improvement on the previous CD. 15 tracks including 5 bonus. This includes different styles of music, with a voice more mellow and richer than before. There are versions of Buddy Holly songs among the extra tracks. A 1974 release.

CD 3 THE RAMBLIN` MAN - Again an improvement, with more familiar tracks than the previous CD`s. "I`m A Ramblin` Man", "Rainy Day Woman", "It`ll Be Her" and "Amanda" are my pick. 13 tracks and another 1974 release.

CD 4 OL` WAYLON - Probably the best of the four solo CD`s, in my opinion. The memorable songs here are "Luckenbach, Texas", "Lucille" a surprisingly similar version to that of Kenny Rogers and just as good. "Sweet Caroline" follows along with a tribute to Elvis. In all 11 tracks recorded for this quality release in 1977.

CD 5 WAYLON & WILLIE - 11 songs on this 1978 release, including 5 duets with Willie Nelson, 3 solos by Waylon and a further 3 solos by Willie. All top quality performances. One track in particular, "Mamas Don`t Let your Babies Grow up To Be Cowboys", although good, is not up to the Ed Bruce version, again, in my opinion. There is a second version of "Pick Up The Tempo", this time a duet, as opposed to the solo version on the "This Time" CD.

Yes, the pounding rhythmical beat often attributed to many of Waylons recordings is abundantly prevalent. Before you realise it your fingers and or toes are tapping along with the song. A little under 3 hours pleasure. Brilliant value for money, you cannot lose!

The Best Of Billie Jo Spears
The Best Of Billie Jo Spears
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4.0 out of 5 stars SOME OF THE BEST OF..., 26 Feb 2013
Billie Jo Spears was one of the first country stars to appear regularly in the pop charts. She was, perhaps, more famous outside of her native USA, particularly popular in Great Britain and Ireland. This collection of 20 tracks is comprised of only 3 genuinely outstanding songs, namely "Blanket On The Ground", "What I`ve Got In Mind" and "`57 Chevrolet".

The remaining tracks, although good, are not a patch on the original recordings. Such artists as Jackie De Shannon, Perry Como, Patsy Cline, Guy Mitchell, Willie Nelson/Elvis, The New Seekers, Kenny Rogers and Dottie West, Lynn Anderson, Jeannie C Riley, Tammy Wynette, Gloria Gaynor, Eddy Arnold, Simon and Garfunkel, Roberta Flack, The Kaye Sisters/Marie Osmond and Jim Reeves.

All in all a good CD nonetheless, very reasonably priced.

Sadly Billie passed away very recently, but her legacy in music will be with us forever.

Cliff Richard & The Shadows - The Final Reunion [DVD]
Cliff Richard & The Shadows - The Final Reunion [DVD]
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE FINAL TOUR - PROBABLY, 23 Feb 2013
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The first 45rpm single I ever owned was "Move It" by Cliff Richard and the Drifters, as the Shadows were then called. Since that day myself and my older sister have been fans of Cliff.

It seems incredible that this Concert at the O2 Arena was to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. The gig lasts for approximately 2 and a half hours. There are extras on the DVD. You get around 42 tunes, some with Cliff and the Shadows and a few with just the Shadows. They are all familiar to followers of Cliff.

Along with the music, faultlessly played and sung, there is humour in abundance. The Arena was packed to the rafters and everybody was having such great fun. You will too. Find an evening when you can put on this DVD and reflect upon those days when the world was a little less complicated than it is now. Yes, sit back with the audience and enjoy.

Remember I Love You
Remember I Love You

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3.0 out of 5 stars REMEMBER, REMEMBER, 22 Feb 2013
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The Joan Regan of the 1950`s was one of the most popular female singers in Britain, and rightly so. She regularly appeared on both TV and Radio. Then when the "beat boom" arrived, she along with most of the artists of that ilk, disappeared.

You can imagine how excited I was to see that a CD recorded much later had been released. After listening I realised that like all of us, Joan is older and her voice, which could be both forceful and tender, in her heyday, had almost gone. She sounds almost like Dorothy Squires in some places!

The songs on this 12 track CD are for the most part familiar, and the renditions are reasonable, but nowhere near to the earlier recordings. They are not helped by the dreadful organ accompanying, and in some cases enveloping her. It is a cross between Reginald Dixon and a church organist.

Whilst I remain a Joan Regan fan, this CD will not remain in my collection for long.

Right Now!
Right Now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE VELVET FOG GOES POP, 21 Feb 2013
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Mel Torme, nicknamed "The Velvet Fog", was an established artist of world renown long before the original LP "Right Now" was released. It was decided to make an album of the popular songs of the day (1960`s). This is it, and he made them his own. When I first bought the album, many years ago, I knew little about Mel Torme, other than his big hit called "Mountain Greenery". Afterwards, I wondered why there were no sequels to this wonderful collection.

Sensitive renditions of "Time", "Pretty Flamingo" and "You Don`t Have To Say You Love Me" make you forget the original artists, then there are the uptempo songs like "Comin` Home Baby", "My Little Red Book", "Better Use Your Head", "Red Rubber Ball" "Secret Agent Man", and "The Power Of Love". Listen to "If I Had A Hammer" and feel how it builds into a crescendo at the end. A version of "Strangers In The Night" (without the dooby dooby dum dums. They can be found at the end of "Ciao Baby"). Other familiar pop standards include "Homeward Bound" and "Walk On By" (the Dionne Warwick song not the one by Leroy Van Dyke).

In addition to the original 11 tracks, there are a further 11 songs ending with the plaintively sung "Only When I`m Lonely".

A fabulous collection, sung in a style not heard today. He sings the words and makes you believe what they are saying. Although he is no longer around, as long as his music is available we can all sit back, relax and enjoy this music of yesteryear.

The Very Best Of The Ventures
The Very Best Of The Ventures
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5.0 out of 5 stars SWEET MEMORIES, 15 Feb 2013
This 50 track double CD collection by the Ventures shows off their undoubted talent, and allows us, of the older generation, the chance to wander down memory lane with instrumental versions of songs that made the 1960`s and 1970`s such a good time to be alive.

There are just a couple of their own hits in the UK, which is unfortunate, as they achieved much greater acclaim around the world. Featured are the themes from "Mission Impossible", "Batman", "The Man From Uncle", "Hawaii Five-O", "A Summer Place" and "The Good, The Bad And The Ugly"

On CD 1 we have versions of tunes made famous by the likes of The Surfaris, The Tornadoes, Tom Jones, The Shadows, The Dakotas, The Beatles, Chubby Checker, Mason Williams, Booker T, The Searchers, Elvis, The Turtles and more.

CD 2 gives us versions of tunes by Glen Campbell, The Beach Boys, The Beatles (again), The Animals, The Marcels, Oliver, Nillson, The Mamas and Papas, Simon and Garfunkel, The Overlanders, The Carpenters and more.

You cannot fail to be thoroughly entertained and you will find yourself humming or singing along to most of the tracks in this collection of memorabilia. Good value, you cannot lose on this purchase!!

The Definitive Collection MCA Years
The Definitive Collection MCA Years
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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE GREATEST VOCAL GROUPS, 13 Feb 2013
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Don Reid, brother Harold, Phil Basley and Lew DeWitt, who left the group in 1982 and passed away in 1990 and was replaced by Jimmy Fortune made up this fabulous band who reigned at the top for more than 30 years. My sincere thanks to the late Johnny Cash for picking them out of obscurity. 49 of the 50 tracks featured on this 2 CD collection all attained chart success, the exception being "We Got Paid By Cash", which was, rather surprisingly, only a B-side. A fine tribute.

Their songs are nostalgic, amusing, poignant and uplifting. The harmonies were extraordinary, usually with Don taking the lead. While not fully recognised in the UK, except for "Flowers On The Wall", they were and are still appreciated by those fans of the "Country Music Genre", of which I am proud to be one. If I tried to review each track individually, you would soon get bored with the comments, probably all the same, namely, good song, well sung and every word audible.

I own around 50 Statler Brothers albums and feel that a collection of just 50 tracks hardly does them justice, maybe another 9 volumes might just do the trick.

If you have never heard of the Statler Brothers, buy this and I assure you will not be disappointed. It is quite possible that you will become addicted like me!

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