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All Things Must Pass
All Things Must Pass
Offered by trec002
Price: £34.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Musical Masterpiece, 10 Nov. 2007
This review is from: All Things Must Pass (Audio CD)
The best album ever made. If this doesn't stir your emotions, you're dead. Simply beautiful.

Hare Krsna!

The Stars Look Different From Down Here
The Stars Look Different From Down Here
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Price: £3.10

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A pale shadow of the proper band, 14 July 2007
Let's get one thing straight first; Daniel Wylie WAS Cosmic Rough Riders.
It was a pseudonym he created to put his work out under as he didn't want to use his own name. The first two 'Cosmics' albums were Wylie solo projects with only Stephen Fleming (the current frontman), whom he met in Castlemilk community recording studio, and his friends playing alongside him.

However, by the time of the third 'album', in fact a compilation of the first two with a couple of new songs and rerecordings, 'Enjoy The Melodic Sunshine', Wylie was under pressure to perform songs live and so agreed to let Stephen bring in three of his friends and the 5-man Cosmic Rough Riders was born. Still, on 'Enjoy...', Daniel still played nearly everything himself and 14 of the songs were his compositions, with the 3 new 'members' even playing on only 3 songs.

Eventually, Wylie was muscled out by Fleming and his friends as they were recording a new album ('they were bringing me all these crap songs and asking us to record them'), later saying 'I have no respect for them. They come across as nice guys to their fans but I know what they're really like', and 'I was forced out of my own band'. Daniel Wylie agreed to let the rest of them keep the name in exchange for being allowed to use songs that they played on for his new solo project. Along with another guitarist departing not long after Wylie, this brings us to the present Cosmic Rough Riders lineup.

The last album by this new lineup wasn't half bad, 'Too Close To See Far' was nowhere near the masterpiece 'Enjoy' was, but sounded kind of like Enjoy-lite. A bit wimpy in parts, but you could tell they were trying to cling to their 'trademark' sound, just without the great songwriting.

However, this is a different story. They're obviously trying to forge their own sound, which is commendable, unfortunately their new sound is in the same vein as everything else about. Think wimpy indie like Snow Patrol. Everything that made the Cosmics special has been sapped out; the wonderful harmonies, great guitar hooks, mildy psychedelic effects; all gone. I mean, look at the cover photo!

Don't buy this thinking it's the same band. It's not.
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The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
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Price: £14.99

28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What are you all talking about?, 16 July 2006
If you like British psychedelia, and you like the 60's, you'll love this.

If you don't it won't sway you, that simple.

This is an awesome album, and the beginning of a career for one hell of a band. This is the album they built on.

Some of the stuff is more poppy, some is slightly mad (see 'Bike'), some is more experimental.

Just ignore the bad reviews, they were probably written by Phil Collins fans.

This is the beginning of something big, and a pioneering album for its time.

Far better than Pink Floyd now anyway.

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