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We Shall Overcome - The Seeger Sessions / American Land Edition [CD+DVD]
We Shall Overcome - The Seeger Sessions / American Land Edition [CD+DVD]
Price: 13.36

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 6 Jun 2014
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Best album he's done. Great playing, great arrangements and great sound. Listen to it sitting on a sofa in front of a big stereo!


Peace Machine
Peace Machine
Price: 12.75

3.0 out of 5 stars Over produced and over compressed, 20 April 2014
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This review is from: Peace Machine (Audio CD)
I was blown away with some live clips of Philip Sayce and bought this album based on the reviews. I actually find it hard to listen to as the production IMO is dreadful - way over the top with everything louder than everything else ;-) - and nearly all the tracks are so compressed that it be becomes painful to listen to at high volumes. Playing Free's Fire & Water is a breath of fresh air. I never understand why albums are done this way, so much processing that you can't actual pick out any of the playing. Some of the songs are very good and everyone can play well so why mess it up?


Gadditude
Gadditude
Price: 7.49

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Album, 17 Sep 2013
This review is from: Gadditude (MP3 Download)
Great sound and playing all round with hints of Miles' Starpeople. There is not a bad track on the album.


Mad, Bad and Dangerous - The Book of Drummer's Tales
Mad, Bad and Dangerous - The Book of Drummer's Tales
by Spike Webb
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.16

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for all musicians, 25 Sep 2010
As a guitarist I used to take drummers for granted and not really understand what it takes to do what they do. They're at the back, and the audience generally don't pay much attention to what they are doing and believe the reasion they can't stop dancing is the singer or guitarist. If they are playing well you can easily believe it's you that is making everything rock or swing and not them. But they are usually the first at the gig to set up and the last to leave. They have the most gear, need the biggest car and in many cases the price of just one of their cymbals would buy a decent guitar. So what makes them pursue what on paper(or screen)seems such an unattractive occupation?

Spike Webb brings together a fabulous collection of anecdotes that are humorous, personal accounts of the lives and experiences of the drummer and reveals the some of the characteristics that make up this unique breed. A cracking book and essential reading for all musicians ( and drummers ;-) ).


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