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Just Like a Woman: Judy Collins Sings Bob Dylan
Just Like a Woman: Judy Collins Sings Bob Dylan
Offered by mecodu-uk
Price: £8.93

21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Singer, 4 Oct 2005
Before her record of Leonard Cohen songs (a masterpiece!) Judy Collins had regaled us with this approach to Bob Dylan (originally released in my country as "Judy sings Dylan").
The songs were all newly-recorded for this album - and this makes for stunning pieces such as "Like A Rolling Stone", "A Simple Twist Of Fate", "With God On Our Side" and "Bob Dylan's Dream".
The 1990s production and arrangements don't detract or distract from Judy's beautiful soprano. Her voice remains awe-inspiring and moving. Sometimes I prefer her covers to Dylan's originals but that is probably blasphemy - and a matter of personal taste.
I've had this record for 9 years now - and I go back to it often, always feeling I come back ever the richer for it in the only sense that matters to me.


Build Up
Build Up
Price: £9.62

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You won't find Rita on top Mutantes-form here, 4 Oct 2005
This review is from: Build Up (Audio CD)
It's a little unfair to place this first solo effort by Rita Lee in the same league as her Os Mutantes records as it simply won't hold up - unlike her second, third and fourth solo efforts "Hoje É O Primeiro Dia Do Resto Da Sua Vida"(1972); Atrás Do Porto Tem Uma Cidade"(1974) and "Fruto Proibido"(1975).

Goofy songs are less funny (one of them is actually a macarroni recipe, another a bolero in portunhol) and some songs are crippled by nonsense lyrics sung to broadway show tunes-like melodies and orchestral arrangements taking themselves seriously and trying hard not to go over the top. The cover of The Beatles "And I Love Her" (here "And I Love Him" is also below her usual quality).

Out of 10:

1.Sucesso Aqui Vou Eu(Build Up) (3/10) (wrong for her, still...)

2.Calma (8/10) (similar to her Mutantes stuff)

3.Viagem ao Fundo de Mim (6/10) (sweet, but throwback to the early 60s)

4.Precisamos de Irmãos (8/10) (most psychadelic thing in the album)

5.Macarrão com Linguiça e Pimentão (3/10) (just silly)

6.José(Joseph) (7/10) (cover of a cover of a Moustaki song)

7.Hulla-Hulla (9/10) (calypso-hawai trip - delicious)

8.And I Love Him (5/10) (doesn't add anything musically new)

9.Tempo Nublado (9/10) (down-beat lyrics to up-tempo rythm)

10.Prisioneira do Amor (6/10) (mock-bolero, improves with each listening)

11.Eu Vou Me Salvar (5/10) (endlessly repetition of chorus in the shortest song in the album - aspiring to be bluesy)

It's an essential album for Rita Lee fans and 'completists' and has some good songs. The worst thing working against it is that it's very uneven - maybe she was trying to break out of the mould. In some cases she did fine.


The Secret Life of Us : Series 1, Part 1 [DVD]
The Secret Life of Us : Series 1, Part 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Deborah Mailman

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can Become Addictive, 9 Sep 2005
In the first couple of episodes it's hard to keep track of all the 9 main characters, but once you sorted out who does what and with who - and get used to the hectic Melbourne life and the hedonistic Melbourne (St.Kilda version) life - it all grows on you most irresistibly. Rooftop parties, casual sex almost ruining friendships and certainly dooming pre-doomed relationships, a wonderful episode mostly of flashbacks (but always using the grown-up actors even for flashbacks to childhood).
A certain spirit of matiness (or is it mateyness?) pervading the whole thing. And a certain cutting-edge urban living that can in moments revert to suburbia.
The voice-overs are original up to a point, but at times distracting.
The soundtrack is generally good, but a few 'godawful' pop-moments sleep in and I'm by no means sure they're all Australian.
Great acting all around. Claudia Karvan as Alex stands out from the rest at times (for me) but like all the others is an excellent team player.


For The Boys [1991] [DVD] [1992]
For The Boys [1991] [DVD] [1992]
Dvd ~ Bette Midler
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: £4.25

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bette Midler vehicle? For sure! And a Grand One!, 4 Mar 2005
Following Dixie (Midler) along 50 years of USO Entertaining, losing her husband and her son along the way might sound clichéd and depressing. But Bette is at her best, the songs are fabulous and so is James Caan, btw.
The 'aged' make-up is a little bit OTT, but it makes the younger versions of the characters that much believable!
Not at all so US-patriotic you can't stand it. And very much Bette Midler mostly playing herself - always a delight!


Definitive Collection
Definitive Collection

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another compilation-But from the Best!, 2 Mar 2005
This review is from: Definitive Collection (Audio CD)
Elis Regina is very possibly the best brazilian MPB singer ever and she proves it here.
But her voice and choice of songs also show her up as much more than that. Because she ventures into risky territory at the time (mostly the 60s and the 70s) in Brazil under a military dictatorship with the ensuing censorship...
She ventures into rock, folk, psychadelism, protest song.
Always remaining true to herself: "this world is just a passage, a place for us to learn - it would make no sense otherwise"


The Collection
The Collection
Price: £4.99

36 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At her best here - as in most of her records, 1 Feb 2005
This review is from: The Collection (Audio CD)
Let's start with: this is a compilation. Sometimes that means some gems get left out (true of this one) and some big hits get thrown in (not so true - as all the songs are peerless).
Sandy Denny was a folk-rock singer-composer genius and truly wonderful person to meet/be with/listen to live...
This CD gives us a fairly good impression of all that.
For her merits alone, the melodies and lyrics and arrangements alone - 5 stars! With no shade of a doubt.


Wet Wet Wet - The Greatest Hits And More [DVD] [2004]
Wet Wet Wet - The Greatest Hits And More [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Wet Wet Wet

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Comeback, 21 Dec 2004
I admit I wasn't a big fan of Wet Wet Wet the first time around. Som I lost out on a lot of good songs, superlative good songs. I did det to see some of their videos every now and then, of course. And as every 20-odd year old at the time I suffered from the overkill of "Love Is All Around".
But then I saw a little piece about the release of this DVD on Euronews and I was curious.
Well it turns out the videos are brilliant, the commentary on them by them nicely ballanced between self-deprecating, nostalgic and uproarious fun. The live bits are possibly even better.
And the documentary on their "return" quite fun and unpretensious. Though it moved me...
Plenty of other extras to delight yourself, too.
And my chance for me to realise they were not some kind of proto-boys band but a pop/rock one heavily leaning towards R&B and Soul at most enjoyable times.
Oh the redeeming role of DVDs...
I'm a WWW fan now.


An Unsuitable Job for a Woman: BBC Radio 4 Full-cast Dramatisation (BBC Radio Collection)
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman: BBC Radio 4 Full-cast Dramatisation (BBC Radio Collection)
by P. D. James
Edition: Audio CD

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cambridge Murder Mystery With Many A Twist, 9 Dec 2004
Cordelia Gray is on her first assignment. A young man of "means" dropped out weeks away from his degree in History at Cambridge to take a humble gardener's job. A couple of months later he is found hanged. Suicide, obviously. Or not so?
His father wants to know the "why". Others believe he was murdered.
P.D.James at her best. And an-all star cast does this thriller justice.
On a personal note: Anna Massey is sublime here...


Murder in Mesopotamia: BBC Radio 4 Full Cast Dramatisation (BBC Radio Collection)
Murder in Mesopotamia: BBC Radio 4 Full Cast Dramatisation (BBC Radio Collection)
by Agatha Christie
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £5.01

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BBC cast camps it up in a Middle East archaeological dig, 9 Dec 2004
Agatha Christie writing from experience (well, minus the gruesome events one supposes) came up with another of those claustrophobic whodunnits. And all her quintessential elements are there: exotic location, everyone is a suspect, Hercule Poirot (coming only halfway through the novel) has his little ideas.
The BBC Dramatisation is audio-perfect. Although much abridged, nothing vital to the plot is missing and the use of narrative widens the scope of what we are told. We can almost guess who the murderer is... but perhaps not quite.
Good production values / special effects. Soundtrack very evocative but somewhat repetitive. Minor characters are given much less space to develop than in the book.
But overall? Very good!


an echo of hooves
an echo of hooves
Price: £10.90

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Border Songs, Sublime Voice, Superb Arrangements, 13 Oct 2004
This review is from: an echo of hooves (Audio CD)
I've been a follower of June Tabor's work for scarce a decade now, and it is only after more than one listening (and a careful one at that) that I made up my mind that this is probably her best record to date. Sure, I'm partial to "Ashes & Diamonds", "Aqaba", "Angel Tiger" and "Rosa Mundi". But here her voice is in top form. The tragic ballads of social tragedy and personal tragedy touch a chord deeper than I thought I ever had to be touched in this world or any others. And the melodies, and subtle music arrangements move me each time.
If you're in love with music and the human voice - this was meant for you, just for you...


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