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Goodbye, Killer
Goodbye, Killer
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something of a return to form, 10 Nov 2012
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Some excellent tracks. As has been pointed out elsewhere, the production values are quite garage- but that is not a bad thing. This has all the main Pernice elements, the upbeat indie rocker (bechamel, something for you), the stoner prince (goodbye killer, the end of faith), and some good old gloom (Newport news, the loving kind). This latter is a Pernice classic- what do you do when the other person wants more than you can give? A great anti-love song. Some problems too (hence the loss of a star); Newport news is a great song, but then at the end of it James Walbourne seems to wander in from some other planet and sticks in as many notes in his solo as he can manage- this pointless pseudo mastery jars and spoils the atmosphere, it is painful- come on Joe, dust off Peyton Pinkerton, he is a much more tasteful guitarist, who doesn't try to take over the song, instead he integrates his contribution rather than try to upstage it.
Incidentally I saw JP playing solo in London (Oct 2012), he was fabulous live, really committed and funny too- he said there was a new Pernice Brothers album in the can, plus a Scud Mountain Brothers too! Bring them on!


Katy Lied
Katy Lied
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Despite the cover..., 20 Sep 2012
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Despite having perhaps the worst cover in pop history (a real stinker- not only is it of a bug, it is a katydid, so it's a rubbish pun too), but an out of focus bug...
Anyway, when I bought this in 1975, I thought this was the first LP on which SD had gone off the boil, it lacked the rock sensibility of the previous Pretzel Logic. However I was wrong, instead this is the first pointer towards the more laid back jazz/ rock style fuelled by interstellar session musicians, which resulted in the epoch making Aja, and my personal favourite Gaucho. All good tracks, I particularly like the loose feel of `Your Gold Teeth II', which features REALLY cool piano playing. Every track has little patches of musical excellence, but it is a group in transition, so perhaps falls between two camps, but I was surprised at how good it is and you may be too.


In Camera: Remastered & Expanded
In Camera: Remastered & Expanded
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still extreme after all these years, 8 Sep 2012
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In many ways, this is the definitive Peter Hammil album. Produced in the hiatus between Van Der Graaf Generators' first two incarnations, this contains PH's three main strands; beautiful and sad love songs (Ferret and Featherbird, Again), extreme introspection (No More the Sub Marriner, Faint Heart and the Sermon), and post psychedelic tonsil bared thrashes (Tapeworm, Magog in Bromine Chambers). Perhaps not a hi fi treat (PH describes how the piano, guitar and vocals were recorded in his home studio) but played reasonably loud there is real weight behind those early seventies synthesisers. Still mindboggling, almost forty years on, in his vision, this confirms that PH remains a wayward genius of rock. Nothing quite like Gog and Magog (in Bromine Chambers) has ever been released before or since, charting the territory between music and noise. Congratulations to Virgin/ Charisma for the re-issue, which contains excellent notes and three great bonus tracks. If anything, the solo version of The Emperor in His War Room, sounds more powerful than VDGG on H to He. Integrity and power- not for the faint hearted.


Mahler: Complete Symphonies (DG Collectors Edition)
Mahler: Complete Symphonies (DG Collectors Edition)
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good performances but poor sound, 20 Sep 2010
I tried really hard, but just couldn't get to love this set. I am not that much a Mahlerian that I can give a lot of detail about the various performances- no doubt Kubelick knows what he is doing, but for me the problem is the sound. This set seems to me to epitomise all that is wrong with DG recordings. In terms of tonality it is dry as a bone, has little warmth and is overbright, due to multi-miking. In the days of LP we could get away with this, but with CD which tends to be harsh in the high registers it is too unforgiving. I listened to the final movement of the third and it sounded like a string quartet. Yuck! Go for the new wonderful EMI set, or (a favourite of mine) the '80s Tennstedt, which is warm and a treat for your Hi Fi, and your soul.
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The Beatles In Mono
The Beatles In Mono
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28 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars All you need is..., 4 Aug 2009
This review is from: The Beatles In Mono (Audio CD)
Cash. Disgraceful rip off, EMI should be ashamed of this policy, there is no reason why mon and stereo mixes could not be included on one disc.
I won't be ripped off like this.
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Good Book, The/Gather Me
Good Book, The/Gather Me
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stood the test of time pretty well, 14 May 2008
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Saw Melanie in May 2008 and can confirm that she is still in good voice and a joyous presence. I had waited for 20 years for a CD of Gather Me and am very pleased it has finally arrived. The songs remain strong and affecting. Some really are classic; personally I prefer the less cute ones- Steppin', Ring the Living Bell, Centre of the Circle, but they are all good. Production is rather unsympathetic and I don't think her producer (Mr Melanie) really worked out how to balance such a powerful voice with the accompaniment. As the excellent notes say (and indeed Melanie herself said at the concert)some of the backings are kitsch and subtract rather than add to the songs (all the 'hey heys' on Ring the Living Bell). Still some fantastic writing and singing, and that throaty warble remains unique. Good Book is good too, but for me Gather Me was her career highlight, and I suppose in some ways it also explains why she never quite got mass acceptance in the way she deserved. Shame, but then she is till going strong!


Parry: Symphony Nos. 3 & 4
Parry: Symphony Nos. 3 & 4
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost classics, 1 Mar 2006
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How were these symphonies forgotten? The only explanation I can make is that, during the middle of the last century, people who wrote tunes were so out of fashion, that the pseudo intellectuals who run classical music (see also Radio 3)turned their backs on this outstanding repertoire.
The 3rd symphony is glorious, full of melody and deep, underplayed passion and sadness. The 4th symphony is even better. Parry was a keen sailor and this symphony is, in my opinion, an exploration of powerful seascapes, again with typically understated English passion. Think of a British Brahms: which is real praise. Highly recommended.


Sundown
Sundown
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost forgotten, but still great, 20 Dec 2005
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I guess that Gordon has largely fallen off the public radar, which seems a great shame. This is an excellent album. Based in a country/ singer songwriter idiom, it has real moments of greatness. Seven Islands Suite is great descriptive writing about nature, but also about the striving of peole for meaning in their lives. Too Late for Praying has an almost almost painfully beautiful melody, although the lyrics are (I think) a little confused. The standards are great and no bum tracks at all. Compared with his contemporary counterparts, James Taylor and maybe Carol King, I think that this comes out pretty favourably, and certainly is not dated. Great price, excellent recording, I cannot imagine that anyone will be disappointed and some may be amazed.


Everyone Is Everybody Else
Everyone Is Everybody Else
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A forgotten classic, 14 Nov 2005
This was BJH's first album with Polydor and they obviously relished the increase in production values. Every song is excellent, disciplined and concise: there is absolutely no filler. John Lees excels, his songwriting is superb and his guitar is soulful- check out the solo on Paper Wings, it is almost painful in its sadness. The boys all provide excellent support, Mel's (RIP Mel) drumming is controlled and joyful, Wooly (RIP Wooly) serves up lashings of warm mellotron and Les provides excellent songs and bass. Wow! I first bought this after listening to a free disc given away by NME which had Paper Wings on it. Thirty two years on it still staggers me with its perfection. Hyperbole? Check it out!


Discover a Lovelier You
Discover a Lovelier You
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Central Pernice Content, 16 Aug 2005
This review is from: Discover a Lovelier You (Audio CD)
This CD came out in 2005. At the time I gave it a 3 star review, then upgraded it to 4. Now, in 2013, I have to admit Joe, I was wrong, I've been playing it for 8 years and I keep on enjoying it more each time, so it finally gets the 5th star. If that doesn't define a grower, I don't know what does. For the most part very relaxed but full of killer songs, it lacks the guitar band adrenaline drive of Yours, Mine and Ours, and replaces it with very plush production values to make this a chilled hi-fi treat. Favourites include `there goes the sun', `amazing glow' and `subject drop'; the first two are still sung regularly at JP gigs; in fact having heard him sing them solo made me realise just how great they were. So buy it and give yourself a decade to realise that it is an understated brilliant gem.


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