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Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics
Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Time To Retire, 20 Oct. 2014
Well I have just played all of Aretha's new album and was far from impressed. Now I love Aretha and have all of her Columbia & Atlantic recordings. The only Arista one I have is `Who's Zoomin' Who'. She's now 72 so no one can expect her to sound like she did in her heyday. However there comes a time when every good singer should call it a day and Aretha's time has come. Oh she's not unlistenable like some I could mention but her higher register has gone and she will insist in reaching for those high notes and sounds like a seagull in pain! As you know the album is all cover versions of well known songs, well all bar one at least. I'd never heard of `No One' by Alicia Keys before!

So let's go back to the `60's. Many of Aretha's greatest hits were cover versions :- Respect/Natural Woman/I Say A Little Prayer/Bridge Over Troubled Water/Spanish Harlem/Don't Play That Song/Eleanor Rigby/Satisfaction and many others. She made these songs her own although I can't stand her version of `Prayer'! Sadly on her new album Aretha has not been able to work the same magic with perhaps the exception of the aforementioned Alicia Keys song which I didn't know anyway. `I'm Every Woman' still belongs to Chaka Khan even with it turning into `Respect'! `I Will Survive' should be left only to Gloria and that includes Diana Ross's dismal version. `People', Teach Me Tonight' & `At Last' have all been done to death and Aretha adds nothing to them. The final nail in the coffin for me is her totally murderous version of the Prince penned Sinead O'Conner classic weepy `Nothing Compares 2 U'. Where Sinead under sings it with great depth of feeling that reduces me to tears Aretha has turned it into an up tempo big band swing version with scatterings of scat! I was reduced to tears of a different sort.

I would have loved to have loved this album but I just don't. Aretha over sings, the backing of many tracks is just too loud, the whole album is over produced. Sorry Aretha, time to retire gracefully.


Motown Unreleased 1962: Girls
Motown Unreleased 1962: Girls

5.0 out of 5 stars Hattie Littles & Martha Reeves - Unreleased, 23 Dec. 2012
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So happy to have these 19 tracks from the darkest corner of the Motown vaults. 13 from Hattie & 6 from Martha. I never thought that these would ever see the light of day. Hattie was a very underrated blues singer and of course most people know Martha. Recommended if you like early Motown or blues. Hopefully this will open the door for the release of the Linda Griner (aka Lynn Roman) album that Smokey Robinson produced that's still in the vaults.


Motown Unreleased 1962: Gospel
Motown Unreleased 1962: Gospel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gospel, 23 Dec. 2012
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26 amazing gospel tracks from Motown's vaults that are seeing the light of day for the first time. If you like this genre then I'm sure you'll love these songs. I just wish that there was a actual CD but do understand why there isn't.


HITS AND RARITIES (UK Import)
HITS AND RARITIES (UK Import)

1.0 out of 5 stars Bootleg!, 23 Oct. 2012
This is just a CD-r, in other words a bootleg issued on the infamous & now defunct Marginal label. Avoid.


The Bravest Man In The Universe
The Bravest Man In The Universe
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby the Brave, 20 Jun. 2012
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My favourite new album of the year so far and the first in my collection by Bobby. Not sure what some folks will make of it as `The Bravest Man In The World' sounds like nothing that he's recorded before solo wise. This is due to the album being co-produced by Damon Albarn of Blur fame who also wrote most of the songs. Bobby's cracked and worn soulful voice sits so well on top of excellent jazzy funk beats heavy with piano & strings. It's getting rave reviews and to my surprise this Sunday it entered the UK Top 100 album chart at #49! It's a short album at just under 38 minutes but then that way there are no spare seconds and left me wanting more. Every track is beautifully arranged so that Bobby's voice fits perfectly. It's impossible for me to pick out the best tracks as I loved all of them. Bobby has worked with Albarn before on his side project Gorillaz in 2010 on their albums `Plastic Beach' and `The Fall'. At 68 years old Bobby is making a new career for himself and gaining lots of new fans including me. Bobby has been seriously ill but is recovering. Hopefully he will be around for many years to come and make more innovative soul albums like this.
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Lioness: Hidden Treasures
Lioness: Hidden Treasures
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Days Of Future Past, 14 Dec. 2011
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Had my copy for over a week but played it only once. It's much as I expected and in no way could it ever be considered a follow up to the massive 'Back To Black' - that of course now will sadly never happen. It's a collection of songs that really don't sit well together because they are from different time periods. 'Our Day Will Come', 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow' & 'A Song For You' are amongst the best. Amy would never have allowed this to be released in her lifetime. I'm sure that I can hear her sounding off from afar. It's nice to have this final collection but not essential. 'Frank' & 'Back To Black' will forever be Amy's true legacy.


Complete Eddie Holland
Complete Eddie Holland
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BOOTLEG, 20 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Complete Eddie Holland (Audio CD)
This is a BOOTLEG and should be avoided at all costs. Amazon should remove this item immediately. They have been told many times that Marginal only produce BOOTLEGS!
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Say You! Motown Anthology 1963-68
Say You! Motown Anthology 1963-68
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Motown Treasures, 9 Jun. 2011
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The Monitors were considered to be one of the second string acts at Motown but there was nothing second rate about their performances. They may never have made the big time but they should have. As usual with Motown there was too much talent producing excellent recordings to give every act the proper recognition and promotion they deserved. So the Monitors slipped under the radar.

Tracks 1 - 12 are from the 'Greetings! We're The Monitors' album and include 'Since I Lost You Girl', 'Say You' & 'Time Is Passin' By' which are Motown classics that Motown doesn't even know are classics! 13 - 24 are all previously unissued tracks and are as good as anything from the original album. My favourites are 'It Only Happens When Love Is Gone' which I think would have been a hit, 'My Love Grows Stronger' & 'Show Me You Can Dance'. The final two tracks are 'b' sides one of which 'Don't Put Off Till Tomorrow What You Can Do Today' sounds very familiar but does not appear to have been recorded by anyone else!

As is always the case with an Ace release they have compiled a most informative essay about the Monitors. The group had a very complex history of different names and group members the best known is of course the wonderful Richard Street who went on to join the Temptations.

Thanks to all who were involved in making this release a reality.


Love & Desire: Patrice Holloway Anthology
Love & Desire: Patrice Holloway Anthology
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Motown Treasure, 8 Jun. 2011
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Patrice was the younger sister of Brenda Holloway. This collection pulls together all Patrice's Capitol sides, the handful of Motown tracks that had been released and 10 previously unissued Motown songs from the vaults. I love everything about this album. As usual Ace have produced a first class booklet which is stuffed with info about Patrice much of which was news to me and came as something of a shock. There's some lovely pix that I'd never seen before and the music of course is marvellous.

The Capitol singles comes first and it's so nice to have them altogether with my favourite being 'Stay With Your Own Kind' which was really ahead of it's time. Track 10 sees the start of the Motown songs the first four of which are well known. Her cover of Mary Well's 'My 2 Arms - You = Tears' is the first vaulted track. For a girl who at that time was only about 12-13 she does an amazing version. Another song that she covered was the Miracles 'All That's Good' which I knew better by Barbara McNair. The rest of the 'new' tracks are just as enjoyable especially 'Flippitty Flop', 'Crying' & 'Face In The Crowd'. My overall favourite track is 'Love Walked Right In' which to me is worth the price of the album. It's sad that Patrice did not live to see herself finally receive the recognition she deserved.

Thanks to Keith, Mick and all who helped make this dream come true.


Horses And High Heels
Horses And High Heels
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahead Of The Pack, 19 April 2011
This review is from: Horses And High Heels (Audio CD)
Marianne never ceases to amaze nor does she ever disappoint. This is only her 19th album in a career that's now spanned 47 years and is I think her very best. It took a few listens to settle in but when it did it's like I always knew the songs. Her voice is totally unique and she has a knack of making old songs sound like they were made for her.

Of the thirteen tracks seven are new songs and six covers of classics from the '60's. Two of the covers are the Shangri-Las 'Past, Present & Future' and 'Goin' Back' which was a hit for Dusty Springfield. Both are now sung from the perspective of a much older woman who sadly acknowledges the passing of time. Marianne puts her boots on for a stomping version of Jackie Lomax's 'No Reasons' and her take on the late Lesley Duncan's 'Love Song' is breathtaking.

Marianne co-wrote four of the new songs. 'Horses And High Heels' which mentions places where she has lived. 'Prussian Blue' with it's great but simple key changes, the haunting 'Why Did We Have To Part' and 'Eternity'. The final track 'The Old House', which was especially written for Marianne by Irish playwright Frank McGuiness, conjures up images of ghosts and forgotten memories.

At sixty-four years of age Marianne is still a force to be reckoned with. She doesn't run with the pack, she's well ahead of it.


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