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Archie Grimwald "Sad old git!" (Essex UK)

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Take Me To The Alley
Take Me To The Alley
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars I'm taken to the alley and some!, 27 May 2016
This review is from: Take Me To The Alley (Audio CD)
Seems to me Gregory is damned if he do and damned if he don't.Hard bop fans will say he has 'souled out' to commercialism whilst soul fans will very much welcome a jazz album which showcases THE VOICE. Fact of the matter is that on this album Gregory is supported by his great (jazz) band but if we have an honest look at his past albums it is largely the ballads that allow the stunning smooth silkiness of THE VOICE to shine and grant him the incredible success that has acquired in the UK.
This is a beautiful album and standss well against all his previous ones. Slightly commercial it may be but I don't care as long as he keeps blessing the world with THE VOICE. I would certainly not taint this album with the term 'smooth jazz' which I think would be a dis-service to you the potential customer.
Regarding the tracks there is definitely still some elements of hard bop jazz to be found within the tracks 'Don't Lose Your Steam', 'Fan The Flames' and 'French African Queen' which does question some of the criticism directed at the album, maybe some listeners skipped some tracks?
I was a sucker for 'Be Good (The Lion's Song)' and 'Hey Laura' on previous albums and there are many tracks here that that are of a similar genre. There little to not like about this album which contains many very strong and wonderful songs sung as only GP can sing them.A special mention to the guest vocalist Alisa Olatuja who does a fine job.
The Deluxe edition has some additional remixes which for me as a fan do not improve on the originals but they possible put a more modern chart friendly slant on the tracks.
This album is not Amazon number one JAZZ album for no reason. Essential.

By All Means
By All Means
Price: £23.64

5.0 out of 5 stars Buy All Means!, 14 May 2016
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This review is from: By All Means (Audio CD)
Been after this on CD for years. A great debut from a much underrated band at the time. Smooth summer grooves throughout.This set has stood the test of time reasonably well considering its genre.

Price: £3.83

3.0 out of 5 stars Not quire a complete kit in my opinion, 14 May 2016
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It might be an error on my part but it appears I have no use for the hangers supplied. The instructions show step 1 as folding the top of the blind over a '"rod" (as stated) but there are no rods supplied ? I ended up recycling my old hangers which are a bit tired.
Basically I have purchased replacement weights and beaded string which was not the complete kit I thought I was buying.

Perpetual Gateways
Perpetual Gateways
Price: £13.42

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gateway to some accesible soul and and jazz, 24 April 2016
This review is from: Perpetual Gateways (Audio CD)
A truly wonderful discovery by chance. Brazilian born Mr Ed Motta has apparently been making Latin jazz albums for some time but he has somehow passed me by. This album suitable corrects my personal over sight. On this album Mr. Motta has collected some of the finest US jazz musicians (Patrice Rushen, Hubert Laws and Cecile Mc Bee Jr. being just some of them. ) to accompany this musical journey which even if you are not a huge jazz fan you should really take a punt on, this one might just change your musical appreciation of the genre. This set will, I am sure be a contemporary jazz Grammy nomination.

The album is divided in two parts (Side A and B on vinyl). The 'Soul Gate' side delivers more commercial and accessible material whilst the 'Jazz gate' side does contain some quite hard be-bop tracks but it opens with the truly divine 'Forgotten Nickname' which I think even the psychopathic should get just a touch emotional over. If you can imagine vocals akin to Gregory Porter blended with a bit of Stevie Wonder this will give you an idea of the sound even if these comparisons area bit contrived.
Strong throughout - highly recommended for serious music lovers

Duracell Plus MN1400 Alkaline C Batteries - 4-Pack
Duracell Plus MN1400 Alkaline C Batteries - 4-Pack
Offered by Premier Life Store
Price: £4.55

5.0 out of 5 stars Who in this world reviews batteries?, 24 April 2016
Great pack of 4 batteries providing the required voltage for their entire alkaline life. They come in packaging that suitably complements the slick copper and black shininess of its contents. Nice terminals- Suitable marked + and - to avoid any confusion. Arrived in reasonably good time coming on the Tuesday which was great because I kind of expected them to arrive on the Thursday; so that was a nice surprise!
Recommended for those in need of c batteries.Also available in AAA, AA and D sizes- Same review applies

Price: £14.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Dream On!, 20 April 2016
This review is from: Dream (Audio CD)
The Shanachie label is quite developing an impressive roster of established artists who appear to want a bit of freedom and choice in how they deliver their art. On the rebound from the warts and all US 'popumentary' RnB Divas, it looks like Ms. Stone has now found the right conduit to deliver the very solid old school soul which harks back to her first two great albums.

Ms. Stone's reliably velvety and smooth voice makes her a natural story teller demonstrated throughout this laid back 'dreamy' set with the stylings that to me tip a hat towards a Millie Jackson/Shirley Brown style. If you like deep soul music then rest assured you will find every track here to your taste. No commercial RnB dance beats, no obligatory (?) guest raps to be found with the only guest being the gospel singer Dave Hollister on track two via their solid duet.

The vocal and instrumental hooks on all these tracks are extremely impressive and given air play in a fair radio world deliver a number of hits. After a somewhat stormy patch in her personal/ family life it was rumored that Angie Stone was going to give up in the entertainment business which would have been a musical misdemeanor based on this album. You can sense here that this is Angie truly enjoying what she does best -performing good soul music and she has truly hit it out of the park on this album. Highly recommended.

Price: £13.15

4.0 out of 5 stars Suffer not-A solid debut album, 20 April 2016
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This review is from: Suffers (Audio CD)
Like 'Red on Black’s' review I have given this four stars despite it generally ticking most musical boxes regarding my taste in music.I wish to be clear that overall the Suffers successfully deliver an uplifting,positive and joyous message.Given the right song, Kam Franklin’s vocals score an Angie Stone on the neo-soul scale. Proficient playing throughout particularly from the slick horn section that in some ways makes them stars of the show with the funky New Orleans brass style adopted; amiably assisted with the addition of some clever Philly soul style guitar licks on many tracks.

With all this going on it is hard not to like the melting pot of soul, reggae, funk and jazz but something nags in the back of my mind as the listener. I have listened to this album repeatedly to establish what this feeling is caused by and I suspect it is either the studios used or the production. Clearly the band have gone for and achieved an organic sound which largely works but I suspect hearing them live would greatly improve some of these tracks. It almost sounds like the whole band recorded the songs simultaneously in one take. It’s a diamond but some of the sides could do with just a little more polishing if that makes sense? The reggae style offerings here are far from of the roots variety and pop-reggae is probably a fairer description. It seems common for RnB style bands to overplay and overproduce reggae music where often less is more providing the drum and bass provide a solid rhythm.A bit of echo and a few less notes from the horn section might well improve these tracks.For me the strongest offerings are the gospel inspired ballads thanks to Ms. Franklin's fine vocals. There is plenty here to hear for a discerning listener.

I would be very interested to see what this album was like if it were produced by someone like Mark Ronson or Danger Mouse. I suspect this would change my rating from 4 stars to a very, very solid 5.

XDUOO® X3 Mini HI-FI Music Player JZ4760B Chip 24bit/192khz HD format Audio Player Lossless Music Player Silver Supports MP3 WMA APE FLAC WAV DSD Audio Formats
XDUOO® X3 Mini HI-FI Music Player JZ4760B Chip 24bit/192khz HD format Audio Player Lossless Music Player Silver Supports MP3 WMA APE FLAC WAV DSD Audio Formats
Offered by Goolrc
Price: £77.98

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain way to hear HD music, 17 Mar. 2016
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A great bit of kit.
Keeping in the Chinese mode I partnered this baby up with some Mi headphones and its a bargain way to access true HD FLACS via the DAC decoder within which is the reason for the price. 'Mac' style packaging reflects a good looking product which appears to be of high quality. If you are not going to invest in HD files I see less reason to buy one of these. You also need to buy at least one micro SD card as there it has no internal memory but space for two cards.
Overall very pleased with this purchase and would recommend. Dark Side of the Moon sounds significantly brighter! slight downside is annoying click instead of gap between some HD tracks which is annoying and sometimes spoils the atmosphere of the music .

Reborn [Explicit]
Reborn [Explicit]
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Reborn required on CD please, 10 Mar. 2016
This review is from: Reborn [Explicit] (MP3 Download)
I have stumbled across this AhSa-Ti Nu - Reborn set which I definitely think warrants a listen as it presents a variety of musical genres which makes for an entertaining album. 'Love Jones' and 'I Feel You' are great soulful moments. The inclusion of a roots reggae track via the classic gospel Wade In The Water song certainly adds a bass-led, very current poetic message in the US at the moment although some of the later gospel edged songs found here are possibly a little too 'uplifting' for a UK market. All in all a great debut which sadly may get missed without some serious promotion across black music radio shows over here.Call me old school but I like to own music on something with a cover I can read. Ahsa-Ti release it on CD please!

Offered by John Stewart Jewellers
Price: £17.94

4.0 out of 5 stars If you have a price 'Limit', 24 Jan. 2016
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This review is from: LadiesLimitWatch607201 (Watch)
I bought this as a cheap timepiece for my wife. She loves it, she particularly liked the warm colour that contrasts nicely with the white strap. It looks much classier than it actually is and more importantly it appears to keep good time.Only time will tell how long it will last or she looses/breaks it but at this price it won't cause any serious worry.

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