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Sleeper - Tokyo, April 16, 1979
Sleeper - Tokyo, April 16, 1979
Price: £20.74

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence, 28 Aug. 2012
A few years back ECM released the Personal Mountains live recording of Keith Jarrett's European Quartet. That was a great album - a live performance from years earlier. Now comes this album - another live performance from around the same time that is even better. The recording is crystal clear and the playing is first class. If you have any interest in the "Belonging" quartet then buy now without hesitation.


The Sun Below
The Sun Below
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good To See This Available Again, 13 Jun. 2012
This review is from: The Sun Below (MP3 Download)
Its great to see this excellent album available again. It dates from around 1980 I seem to remember. It was recorded at around the time Loose Tubes were popular since David Defries was in both bands at around that time if my memory serves me well. It was originally an audiophile quality vinyl pressing that was tremendous and sounded amazing through a good hifi. Cant comment on the quality of this download. It is essentially Jazz fusion but not over indulgently cheesy like latterday Mahavishnu Orchestra with trumpet ( David Defries - who always played with fantastic intensity ), Guitar ( Mark Wood - very underrated , Bass ( Chuch Merchan - very good too ) and Drums ( Martin France I beleive ). It has lots of trumpet and guitar solos and is a very good album indeed and all the better for not having any electronic keyboard sounds to mess it up - Mark Wood's guitar providing much of harmony. Its difficult to describe anything else that sounds quite like it - that was the attraction for me at the time. If you have heard Mark Isham's re-evaluation of the latterday Miles Davis music - thats the closest that I can think of. They were an intense band in live performance and deserved far greater success than they acheived.
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Saltash Bells
Saltash Bells
Price: £14.92

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Back, 13 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Saltash Bells (Audio CD)
This is another brilliant solo effort from John Surman easily the match and probably better than all his previous solo efforts on ECM. This time the synthesiser loop programming and added instrumentation such as harmonica is a bit more sophisticated and really adds weight to the arrangements rather than providing an interesting backdrop to the solo reed work. Mr Surman is a world class musician and composer who has never stood still and remains one of the most enthustiastic performers I have had the pleasure to support for the last 40 odd years. Long may he continue. Hopefully this will win the token no-hope jazz nomination in the next Mercury Prize - it may just do better than expected. In concert, he is simply amazing and never fails to give his all. What this man can play on a simple child's recorder is a thing of wonder and beauty. Thanks to the magnificent ECM label, hopefully he will continue to produce material of this high qulaity for many years to come.


The Jazz Baroness [DVD]
The Jazz Baroness [DVD]
Dvd ~ Helen Mirren
Price: £6.99

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the Best Jazz Film ever Made, 21 Feb. 2012
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This review is from: The Jazz Baroness [DVD] (DVD)
Have seen this documentary/biopic on BBC4 and I keep missing the repeats. Now I can buy it and I will. It's probably the best film about Jazz/Jazz musicians I have seen. Great mix of characters. Eccentric free-spirited aristocrats and a troubled jazz piano genius. A Fascinating story.


Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Watch BM8475-00F with a Black Dial and a Black Canvas strap
Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Watch BM8475-00F with a Black Dial and a Black Canvas strap

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please Make it Available Again, 3 Feb. 2012
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This is a very very good watch. It does not glow in the dark as described but I for one do not really care about that. Unless you live in the middle of nowhere, there is so much light pollution these days that I can still read it outside at night.

If you are thinking of buying one take a close look at the pictures. It is a black watch with black hands on a black face. If you think that is a pretty dumb idea then dont buy the watch and complain about it afterwards.

Please make it available agin, I would like to buy another one.


The Killing - Series 1 [DVD] [2010]
The Killing - Series 1 [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Sofie Gråbøl
Price: £7.99

2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not that good, 29 Dec. 2011
I feel a bit disappointed by this. Having seen all the rave reviews, I was expecting something a bit more radical. Sure, its good but its nothing new in say the the way Twin Peaks was when that hit our TV screens. It is slow - I dont have any problem with that and it is refreshing to watch a series that allows for character development - its good to see a man enjoying his crisps - but there is too much about the production that is irritating and hackneyed. For instance: why whenever Sarah is off doing a bit of an after hours investigation do the lights never work? She always seems to do these things by torchlight - do they suffer from lots of powercuts in Copenhagen? I think not - the many views of the city that punctuate the program reveal that it suffers from more light pollution than most European capitals. Obviously this is a device that is used by the producers to ramp up the tension but its just not needed. Similarly, each episode shifts the police focus from one suspect to another while giving you lots of little prods to make you think that all of the other characters are a bit dodgy too and that they may be missing something - this doesnt really work for me - it makes the cops look too dumb - as if they are incapable of seeing the big picture. If Danish cops are that stupid then they make the UK Plod look like geniuses. I guess that in an age of dumbing down where everyone shouts all the time and the BBC thinks that nature programs have to feature ridiculous synthesised sound effects to keep your attention then something like this is a bit of a refreshing change. Just dont expect too much like I did.


50 Words for Snow
50 Words for Snow
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £6.48

8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Up there with her best, 7 Dec. 2011
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This review is from: 50 Words for Snow (Audio CD)
If this album comprised just the first three tracks then I would have been more than happy with my purchase. Three pieces of work which can readily be added to the list of the great things Kate Bush has done in her career. The basic simplicity of the piano based arrangements with some terrfic sympathetic drumming by Steve Gadd make these pieces. There are tasty elements of all kinds of musics scattered through these pieces which make them very interesting in spite of the length. This is not music for shouty people with short attention spans. You need to listen and read the lyrics - not terribly fashionable I know but who cares - this is proper music by a proper musician for proper music fans and not a cynical exercise in money making. I get the feeling this was put together a lot quicker than usual for Kate Bush and I think its all the better for that. The other four tracks are less good but still good enough.


The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended Edition) [Blu-ray] [2011] [2001]
The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended Edition) [Blu-ray] [2011] [2001]
Dvd ~ Elijah Wood

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Improvement?, 11 Aug. 2011
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If you already have the Extended versions on DVD and a decent Blu ray player and you dont really care about having a nice box and you only want to watch the films - in other words you will never watch the extras - then I dont think that this edition is worth the money. To my eyes its not a great improvement if it is an improvement at all. The colours are more saturated in this edition but I think that makes the image appear less sharp than the DVD edition.
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Live
Live
Price: £9.42

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Live Act, 24 May 2011
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This review is from: Live (Audio CD)
I have some sympathy with the reviewer who thought that this is not a subtle record. He is correct - it is nothing like his previously available recordings. It is loud and it is guitar playing that harks back to a previous era when it wasnt shameful to be able to play properly. Its a bit like Tinariwen on amphetamines actually. Brilliant. I too, was lucky enough to catch Vieux Farka Toure live playing this material and it was a bit special. Fantastic guitar playing - a great band and unbelievable energy without hamming it up into a "show" for numbskulls whose idea of a great time is to whoop like a moron every time one of the performers farts or they recognise a song - jeez what have we become! Unfortunately this recording doesnt capture the excitement of the performance but to people like myself, it serves as a very worthwhile reminder of a great night.


93 Million Miles
93 Million Miles
Price: £9.88

4 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shagnasty, 22 May 2011
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This review is from: 93 Million Miles (Audio CD)
Avoid at all costs. Terrible. Sounds like the product of a pair of acne ridden teenagers who have just unpacked the lastest technology gizmos purchased by their rich city professional doting parents. Actually thats probably exactly what it is. No melodic content whatsover. They obviously never found the pad presets on their new toys. Musicality completely missing. Avoid and keep all reviewers in the professional and amateur forums who recommend this sort of tosh at bay with with long barge-poles - such people should partially refund the money I wasted on this. Please treat all the above as a guideline for the more discerning listener. Obviously there are people out there who like this sort of stuff and it will probably sit nicely alongsisde the volumes of similarly sounding stuff they already have. If this is the sound of the summer god help us - its going to be a stressful/nauseating one. Perhaps Im too old/know how to find the pads on the synths purchased by my rich children who indulge my technology fetishes.
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