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Fork In The Road
Fork In The Road
Price: 5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The most complete musician ever, 22 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Fork In The Road (Audio CD)
Neil writes the most beautiful melodies anyone could wish for. He is equally at home with hard rock and soft rock. His electric guitar playing has an exquisite quality which even the greats such as Hendrix could not emulate. Melody and guitar have never combined to such perfection as they do on the track, "Just Singing a Song".


100 Hits - 80's Weekender
100 Hits - 80's Weekender
Price: 5.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good in parts, 22 Feb 2014
There are some great tracks - well known and otherwise. Especially JOYCE SIMS who is a real talent who writes her own songs (words and music) unlike most disco singers.

Trouble with this comp is that the benefit of the good tracks is diluted by all the tepid pap that is also here in vast quantity. If you are happy to programme two thirds of the tracks out every time, and you have no compilations already, this is a good use of 4.50p


Pure... Psychedelic Rock
Pure... Psychedelic Rock
Price: 5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars great introduction to 60s/70s music, 16 Feb 2014
If, unlike me, you have not got two-thirds of the tracks already, this will be a really good one to pick up. Soul Sacrifice is but one of numerous gems.......


Csn
Csn
Price: 12.09

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No end of 70s dumbing down on this one!, 11 Jan 2014
This review is from: Csn (Audio CD)
I am not sure that precise historical context matters all that much - this is just a great timeless album that should be applauded regardless of its specific point in rock music history. This is one of the best CS&N albums - the group showed no hint of the dumbing down that others like EW&F, Jefferson Starship, Journey, Genesis, Yes and Chicago - in fact a fair proportion of great artists that started in the late 60s/early 70s - were showing as the 70s drew to a close. The 80s held new bands and delights in store, but the older bands continued alongside them and this 1977 offering is I can happily say vintage CS&N. It is to their early masterpieces as, say, "Physical Graffiti" is to "Led Zep II", or "Animals" is to "Meddle". Floyd and Led Zep clung onto quality longer than most, and so did CS&N. To me, it's the music that counts - not the latest tribal focus. I like acid rock, prog rock and punk rock among many other genres - they all produced a lot of good music. Sometimes a hippy/flower power track is better than a punk one; sometimes the reverse is true - it depends on the particular tracks in question. On "CSN" there is a lot of full-on electric music - I particularly like "I give you give blind"; this is not on the 4CD best of pack, but deserved to be.


Viva Tirado
Viva Tirado
Price: 5.49

5.0 out of 5 stars NOW RELEASE IT ON CD, 1 Nov 2013
This review is from: Viva Tirado (MP3 Download)
If you like Latin rock with its ace hammond organ and electric guitar playing backed by all manner of exotic percussion, then you will love this! Santana were not the only purveyor of this genre. El Chicano made several superb albums in the early 70s (and one or two since after a long absence). Sadly recognition was not granted - poor promotion; definitely not poor music. This is their debut album from 1970 and it is a brilliant start to their career. The title track is particularly fine, but every track plays its part fully in the overall work.

It is finally available again, but so far only on MP3. Now we need a CD release.


Carnaval: The Best Of Santana
Carnaval: The Best Of Santana
Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for an intro, 2 Oct 2013
Plenty of awesome tracks from down the decades here at a bargain price. As usual not enough of the Rolie-led stuff makes it - "Hope You're Feeling Better" should be here, but you will get these when you dig deeper into the back catalogue after this appetite-whetter. After this buy the first four albums from 1969 to 1972 and take it from there! The 1969 album is home to the awe-inspiring "Soul Sacrifice", which this compilation lacks. I ended up buying the lot - and at over 30 albums it is a lot over 45 years from a hard-working artist who never takes much time off.


Original Album Series
Original Album Series
Price: 10.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From band to Axelrod, 28 Sep 2013
This review is from: Original Album Series (Audio CD)
This is great value for those on a budget who want a comprehensive low cost way to acquire or reacquire this fantastic (literally) late 60s psychedelic US rock. Musically it is wonderful stuff all. Some of the albums are pure "band", and some are led by David Axelrod, with whom the band did not entirely agree artistically, but who was great too. It was actually an Axelrod-led track that got onto the Easy Rider soundtrack - my intro to the Electric Prunes back in the day. Axelrod liked turning religious music into psychedelia. And it worked!


You Da One (Album Version (Explicit))
You Da One (Album Version (Explicit))
Price: 0.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Awful in every way., 22 Aug 2013
insipid, dull pop-lite rubbish. Nothing going for it at all. Makes Britney Spears look intellectual - quite a feat!

I'll avoid this at all costs and will need to turn the radio off whenever it's played. "Man Down" is deeper and far, far better.


Time Out London Eating and Drinking 2013 (Time Out London Eating & Drinking)
Time Out London Eating and Drinking 2013 (Time Out London Eating & Drinking)
by Editors of Time Out
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Treats London like a small city, 19 May 2013
A nice product in many ways, so why the low one star rating? The biggest problem with this is that it focuses way too much on the inner city. The outer London centres such as Sutton and Kingston often have a great array of eateries, which this book ignores in favour of often inferior restaurants nearer the centre. London has 32 boroughs, not 20. Time Out will always fail partially until it finally wakes up to this fact.

PS I've admired and supported Time Out in general for decades, but it needs to cover London properly or I'll finally give up on it.


"Time Out" London Eating and Drinking Guide 2012 (Time Out London Eating & Drinking)
"Time Out" London Eating and Drinking Guide 2012 (Time Out London Eating & Drinking)
by Time Out Guides Ltd
Edition: Paperback

1.0 out of 5 stars Treats London like a small city, 19 May 2013
I quite like handy booklets you can flick through - if you dine out a fair bit you can't be so short of cash you can't afford a fiver for this. So why the low one star rating? The biggest problem with this is that it focuses way too much on the inner city. The outer London centres such as Sutton and Kingston often have a great array of eateries, which this book ignores in favour of inferior restaurants nearer the centre. London has 32 boroughs, not 20. Time Out will always fail partially until it finally wakes up to this fact.

PS I've admired and supported Time Out for decades, but it needs to cover London properly or I'll finally give up on it.


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