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All the Way
All the Way
Price: £6.66

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will be pleasantly surprised too, 9 April 2006
This review is from: All the Way (Audio CD)
If someone had told me a fortnight ago that I would be playing and waxing lyrical about an Etta James CD that included songs by Simply Red, John Lennon, James Brown and Prince then I would have told them that they were bonkers. How wrong I would have been!
The CD is just great. The reworking of some classic songs works really well. Some of tracks have a jazzy feel - like the title track All The Way; some are on the funky side - Stop On By and Holding Back The Years; Strung Out is a blues track in classic Etta style; the rest are ballads wonderfully sung and beautifully arranged. Etta's version of Lennon's Imagine is one of the best I have heard for a long time and even Prince's Purple Rain works well. The pick of the tracks for me are I Believe I Can Fly and It's A Man's Man's Man's World - a brilliant choice.
Even Ms James looks great. She has certainly shed a good few pounds recently and looks a lot younger on the CD sleeve than her 68 years.
I only have one criticism - the backing vocals on Holding Back The Years sound like they have been recorded down the pub after a few pints. Shame, it ruins an otherwise brilliant CD.
So, I was pleasantly surprised by this CD and I know you will be too.


Soapstar Superstar
Soapstar Superstar
Price: £2.07

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Big Disappointment, 22 Jan 2006
This review is from: Soapstar Superstar (Audio CD)
Having thoroughly enjoyed the series on ITV, I bought the CD without waiting for the list of tracks to be published – what a let down! There were some truly great performances on the show – Lee Otway’s Ain’t No Sunshine; Richard Fleeshman’s Moondance and Andy Whyment’s Maggie May to name but three – and none of these have been included. I don’t know whether the album was produced too early to include these wonderful tracks or whether there was some sort of commercial pressure not to use them. Either way, the CD simply did not live up to expectations.
If you want to hear a soap star who can really sing, then buy Amy Nuttall’s CD Best Days – it’s a million times better than this.


Don't Talk
Don't Talk
Price: £9.93

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A showcase for Clare's talents, 18 Oct 2004
This review is from: Don't Talk (Audio CD)
Clare teal has been described as a modern-day Ella Fitzgerald and judging by her first Album from Sony this description is not far from the truth.
Don't talk features some of Clare's own songs intermixed with some old standards and some more modern works from other composers. It has an excellent 'big band' version of Clare's Messin With Fire (a track that appeared on three of her earlier albums) - and she really does sound like Ella on this version. There's also a big band version of the Etta James classic I Just Want To Make Love To You which works really well. There are some slower sentimental tracks - What are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life, Mood Indigo and the title track, Don't Talk, are the pick of the bunch. Stoned Soul Picnic is Clare's tribute to Laura Nyro and it works well. Close your eyes, sit back and listen to The Music Goes Round And Round and you are transported back to the era of the Andrews' Sisters.
If you are already a fan of Clare then this CD is definitely for you. If not, but are into smooth jazz or big bands, then this is a great intro to Clare Teal's work - it has everything. If for no other reason, it's worth buying for Clare's own composition You Bring Out The Best In Me - just brilliant.


Sometimes a Circle
Sometimes a Circle
Offered by UKMusicFiendz
Price: £11.50

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost up to Mom's standard, 30 July 2002
This review is from: Sometimes a Circle (Audio CD)
Louise Goofin is a product of the marriage between Gerry Goffin and Carole King in the sixties and with two such talented song-writing parents it is hardly surprising that Louise wrote all the songs on the album herself (although some in collaboration with others). The music is often haunting and the choice of backing instruments unusual - for example, Louise plays a clild's toy guitar on Instant Photo which creates a tinny, yet somehow, magical sound.
Like her mother's more mature work, the songs refect daily life from a female perspective. Sometimes A Circle, for example, is about life in a big city (presumably New York) where the subject's mundane life is going around in circles but feels to her like is it going in "a direction". My favourite track, Sleep With Me Instead, deals with the return of an unfaithful lover who has been "thrown out again" and returns to an invitation to sleep with Louise.
Like her parents work from the sixties, Louise's songs often have a "hook" that goes the the back of the subconscious and suddenly reappears - you find yourself singing snatches of songs long after playing the music. It's almost irritating - you just cannot get the music out of your head and have to put the CD on again (and again!).
Tapestry it most definitely is not, but if you like the femail singer-songwriter genre, then Sometines A Circle should definietly be in your collection.


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