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3.0 out of 5 stars Only half successful - the best versions on here are by Iris Dement and Kelly ..., 15 Nov 2014
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Only half successful - easily the best versions on here are by Iris Dement and Kelly Willis, both very good singers. They really stand out as worthy and convincing. Too many of the other versions are simply ordinary run-throughs, or, in the case of several numbers, poor. An example of the latter is Freedy Johnston's version of "Coffee, Coffee, Coffee", which lacks both the resigned, early-morning quality that Dave Dudley brought to it and Dudley's lived-in baritone. In comparison Johnston's effort comes over as simply weak. Other cuts just don't measure up to Hall's originals - Calexico's "Tulsa telephone Book" just doesn't work at all, and Cash's take on "I Washed My Face In the Morning Dew" is a bit flat - but I admit to having always had a lack of appreciation for Cash's vocals. The other reasonably successful tracks for me include the hard rocking Syd Straw version of "Harper Valley PTA", Whiskytown's "I Hope It rains At My Funeral" and Mark Olson's folk-styled "It Sure Can Get Cold in Des Moines. But five out of 17 is just not good enough in my opinion.


Africa in America - Rock Jazz & Calypso 1920-1962 (3CD)
Africa in America - Rock Jazz & Calypso 1920-1962 (3CD)
Price: £20.27

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2.0 out of 5 stars An African Curates Egg...., 3 Aug 2014
A vast subject, this compilation is only half successful, and even that is being generous. Too many items appear to have been chosen for their 'Africa' names rather than their musical relevance. As for rockabilly tracks like 'Ubangi Stomp', or the 60s pop group the Tokens, they seem pointless inclusion. A good idea, spoilt by its overall incoherence, this is at best a 'curates egg'. Disappointing.


Revolutionary Dream
Revolutionary Dream
Price: £14.51

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5.0 out of 5 stars His best album - Blood Dunza, 17 July 2014
This review is from: Revolutionary Dream (Audio CD)
His best album - Blood Dunza, I Man a Grasshopper - these tracks were the ones that made his rep in 1976....and with an excellent political dimension too - classic roots from a time long since vanished.....


Reggae Going International 1967 to 1976
Reggae Going International 1967 to 1976
by Jah Floyd
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.92

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5.0 out of 5 stars Striker Lee in his own words, 30 Nov 2012
Super book about a producer who is also a legend in Jamaican music. The anecdotes - faithfully transcribed by Noel Hawkes - convey a feel that is similar to having a one-to-one conversation with Bunny Lee. Some nice photos - mostly snapshots, so don't expect arty images - many of which have never been published complete this superlative picture of an relatively unsung but very industrious innovator in reggae music. Recommended to all who have an interest in reggae.


American Soul
American Soul
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1.0 out of 5 stars Simply unnecessary, 5 Nov 2012
This review is from: American Soul (Audio CD)
As on his Bobby Bland 'tribute', the cover versions here are anodyne and sad to say, pretty soulless. His voice seems to have acquired an edge, a bit like Cilla Black's more strident efforts too, which is not at all pleasing. Good intentions, no doubt Hucknall is a fan of 'soul', but none of his covers come anywhere near the originals. Still, at least he hasn't mangled any Great American Songbook standards, like Rod Stewart. These mega-rich superstars just don't seem to know when to stop.
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Dubbing on Bond Street
Dubbing on Bond Street
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3.0 out of 5 stars mildly entertaining fakery, 3 Jun 2012
This review is from: Dubbing on Bond Street (Audio CD)
What do you do if you find someone who can play melodica a bit like Augustus Pablo ?
Answer - get him to record a series of albums and pass them off as 'newly-discovered masterpieces' or something like that !
This is just ok, but it's not the late Pablo.


Seeds
Seeds
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4.0 out of 5 stars great music, hilarious notes....., 21 Feb 2012
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Excellent post-bop, easy on the ear, with excellent playing from multi-instrumentalist [flute and baritone sax] Shihab. One point - I note this reissue 'co-ordinated' by no less than three people, but apparently they a] forgot to proof-read the sleeve notes, which repeat several paragraphs and b] they forgot to hire someone to translate the original german notes into understandable english - these read as if translated by Google translator, laughable !
So, the music is wonderful, but presentation decidedly amateurish. Still worth it for the music, four and a half stars [would have been five star but for shoddy 'co-ordination']


4 Classic Albums [Audio CD] Hopkins, Kenyon
4 Classic Albums [Audio CD] Hopkins, Kenyon
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4.0 out of 5 stars ..close enough for jazz...., 20 Jan 2012
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Cheap reissue of four albums arranged by Kenyon Hopkins - the first is OST to the Tennessee Williams- movie 'Baby Doll', the other three are albums released by ABC under the nom-de-disque of the Creed Taylor Orchestra. Shock and Panic utilise sound effects, while Lonelyville is all jazz. The musicians are some of NYC's finest, including Phil Woods on alto and Jerome Richardson on flute, but the reissue company hasn't bothered to do much of a job in providing information, which is a real pity. Still, sound quality is good. Essentially, 4 Lps burned onto two cds with minimal information, crappily designed two-page booklet but well worth the £3 I paid for my copy. Could have been done so much better, and with 'respect' to Hopkins, Taylor and the musicians, but it's too late for that now.....


From Romesville To Manhattan
From Romesville To Manhattan
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre pairing of obscurities..., 12 Aug 2011
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Two LPs on one CD - the first is Googie Rene's "Romesville", a corny 'cash-in' effort - think Ed 'Kookie' Byrnes meets pseudo-jazz / 'bachelor-pad' schlock and that about sums it up. Some nice tenor sax solos, presumably from an uncredited Plas Johnson, are the only redeeming factor here. It's a 'play once and forget it' type of thing. The other LP is bop singer Babs Gonzales rare Jaro LP, "Tales Of Manhattan", and it is worth buying this CD for these tracks alone. Once again - as with their 'Jazz canto' CD - Righteous [Cherry Red] have failed to do this material justice. The ludicrous notes - by Dave Henderson of the 'Mojo' rock mag - detail irrelevancies like Gonzales was an 'inspiration' to the late Amy Winehouse, but mention very little about his own career. Charlie Rouse - who plays flute and tenor behind Gonzales - is not even mentioned. The repro on the Gonzales sleeve is blurred, looks like it was done on a scanner bought from a car-boot sale. 4 stars for Gonzales, 1 star for the cheesy Romesville, O stars for the shabby, cheap treatment by 'Righteous'. Lastly, why is there a quote from the mass-murderer Charles Manson on the back of the CD tray ? Dumb or what?


Jazz Canto
Jazz Canto
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not so righteous...., 11 Aug 2011
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A missed opportunity to reissue this 1958 LP, originally on World Pacific PJ 1244. Sound quality is basic, like a simple burn from vinyl - with audible clicks on at least one track. The booklet 'notes', by one Dave Henderson of the 'Mojo' rock magazine, are very poor. They read like they took about 10 minutes to write and have errors, e.g. Bob Dorough WASN'T an influence on Mose Allison, even though they do sound similar. It would have been MUCH better to reprint the original LP notes, which also list ALL the musicians who play on these tracks. Henderson's efforts here fail to contextualize the poetry/jazz hybrid properly, instead rambling on about Kerouac and the Rolling Stones at Altamont in 1969 and quoting from Kenneth Rexroth's "Poetry & Jazz At The Blackhawk" LP sleeve notes. Even the colours on the booklet design have been changed from the original LP and now look very drab. The poetry & jazz however overcomes these amateur attempts at 'repackaging', particularly Bob Dorough's treatment of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's 'Dog' poem. It's still worth a listen, though it's not worth paying full price for it.
If 'Righteous' - a division of 'Cherry Red' - really want to do this unusual material justice, they should try a LOT harder and RESPECT the sources - now out of copyright in UK - that they 'reissue', because this one is simply slapdash, shoddy even.
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