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Live in Europe
Live in Europe
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £25.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the title, this is much more interesting than it sounds., 2 April 2015
This review is from: Live in Europe (Audio CD)
'Live in Europe' sounds like one of those recordings of a band late in their career when there were only one or two original members left and they no longer had a major recording deal. This is FAR more interesting, and although it is a bit of a ragbag, a more accurate title would be 'The 1968 Top Gear Sessions'. Six of the eleven tracks are precisely that, the original line-up of Spooky Tooth from two sessions in March and October 1968, and therefore a must for fans of the band or anyone wishing to discover them. Track seven is the much-anthologized 'Pretty Colours' by Deep Feeling, the legendary Midlands-based band which featured Jim Capaldi, Gordon Jackson, Poli Palmer, Dave Meredith and - hence its inclusion here - Luther Grosvenor, recorded in 1966. The next two tracks are '1999 Reunion Recordings Studio Outtakes', unfinished (apparently) tracks featuring the original Spooky Tooth line-up except for Gary Wright being replaces by Dave Moore; unfinished perhaps, but they sound fine. It all ends with two 'special bonus tracks' which presumable ARE live in Europe: 'Better By You, Better Than Me' and 'Soulful Lady', which are not brilliantly recorded and no dates or locations are given - but it's pretty raw, energetic stuff and worthy of being labeled 'special'.
So, 'Live in Europe'? Not really, and sadly that title might have discouraged some people from investigating a very worthwhile 44 minutes worth.


Horizons -Digi-
Horizons -Digi-

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant., 19 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Horizons -Digi- (Audio CD)
Simply brilliant. When it comes to music Mr.Cantat can do no wrong.


The Imagined Village: Culture, Ideology & the English Folk Revival
The Imagined Village: Culture, Ideology & the English Folk Revival
by Georgina Boyes
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 20 Nov. 2014
An interesting reply to Ms Boyes's thesis can be read here.

http://www.canfolkmusic.ca/index.php/cfmb/article/viewFile/241/235


Fakesong: The Manufacture of British Folk Song, 1700 to the Present Day (Popular Music in Britain)
Fakesong: The Manufacture of British Folk Song, 1700 to the Present Day (Popular Music in Britain)
by David Harker
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A reply to Mr. Harher., 20 Nov. 2014
An interesting reply to Mr. Harker's thesis can be found here

http://www.canfolkmusic.ca/index.php/cfmb/article/viewFile/241/235


Bartók for Orchestra
Bartók for Orchestra
Price: £25.05

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent set. Read the reviews below on Amazon, 4 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Bartók for Orchestra (Audio CD)
An excellent set. Read the reviews below on Amazon.com. Also read the reviews below of the individual CDs available of these recordings, especially the two reviews of the Violin Concertos, and particularly the first one by D.S.Crowe (although I could only get them to appear the second time when I typed 'Bartok Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra' into the search box - elsewhere these recordings are erroneously attributed - by Amazon - to a different violinist despite the fact the name Gerhart Hetzel is visible on the sleeve). I cannot add to what these writers have said; despite the budget price, these recordings seem to be very highly regarded by reviewers who know far more about the nuances of performance that I do. If you are remotely interested in Bartok this set is gold dust.


A Voyage to Arcturus
A Voyage to Arcturus
by David Lindsay
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Colin Wilson apparently called it 'The greatest novel of the Twentieth Century', 6 July 2014
This review is from: A Voyage to Arcturus (Paperback)
I'm very surprised that there are no reviews of 'A Voyage to Arcturus' here, as it seems to be almost the ultimate cult novel. Colin Wilson apparently called it 'The greatest novel of the Twentieth Century', and it was much-admired by J.R.R. Tolkien (no less) and C.S. Lewis, and Clive Barker considers it to be a 'masterpiece'. I am slightly baffled by these plaudits, but there is without doubt something extremely compelling about it. In a parallel universe somewhere children are studying this for GCSE, instead of 'Of Mice and Men' or 'To Kill a Mockingbird', and maybe they're 'doing' 'The Beggar's Opera' rather than 'Romeo and Juliet'.
'A Voyage to Arcturus' is a very odd and interesting book, and it's definitely worthy of your attention.


The Incomparable Duke Ellington
The Incomparable Duke Ellington
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: £7.13

5.0 out of 5 stars Berlin concert - October 4th 1959..., 26 Feb. 2014
...I am reliably informed by my friend-who-knows-everything-about-jazz. So it's a live recording, but the sound is good, and it's Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, so of course it's five stars.


Damage [Limited Edition]
Damage [Limited Edition]
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Price: £10.35

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another blistering, raw Blues Explosion album., 28 Nov. 2013
A wonderful disc - makes most other things seem rather tame. I wish I knew what the Spanish (?) reviewer is saying so that I could find out why he has only given it two stars. For me it's an easy five. Rawness and the energy are the primary colours here, and the funk factor emerges very effectively in places. And any disc with Jon Spencer on - Pussy Galore, Boss Hog, etc. - is always going to be interesting.
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Fresh Apples
Fresh Apples
by Rachel Trezise
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, great writer., 1 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Fresh Apples (Paperback)
Like most good things, Rachel Trezise's writing seems part of a rich tradition and yet highly distinctive and original. I was reminded of the gritty realist stories of the industrial North, by writers like Alan Sillitoe, Stan Barstow and the playwright Shelagh Delaney, yet Trezise is totally C21th in her style, dialogue and subject matter. This is the post-industrial Welsh Valleys de-romanticised, Ken Loach as opposed to Ken Follett, but sometimes, due to the liberal splashes of humour, Ken Dodd. Essential reading...for everyone.


Cantigas De Santa Maria/Cohen/Briouel
Cantigas De Santa Maria/Cohen/Briouel
Offered by thebookcommunity
Price: £21.65

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 14 Sept. 2013
My version of this CD was released in 2004 on the Apex label, which seems to be a division of Warner Classics. As the other reviewers have said, it is wonderful music, beautifully performed.


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