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Boot Adventure - Aachen Germany: Live Concert
Boot Adventure - Aachen Germany: Live Concert

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best, 2 April 2008
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The general music in this set is more or less the same as that on the British tour at the end of 1980. This recording generally has more 'fan' noise and is not as clear as the superb sounding Preston show on 5th November. If money is not a problem, this is an enjoyable set of music - if money is tight, I'd recommend the Preston show ahead of this on the basis of it's better sound quality.

Live in Preston
Live in Preston

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding live recording of a great show, 2 April 2008
This review is from: Live in Preston (Audio CD)
The early 80's shows was when TD really moved to having their shows ready prepared, which is sometimes considered negatively in light of the pre 1978 general improvisation each night. On the plus side, you could be pretty sure you were going to get some music that flowed and had plenty of high points and this tour has all the benifits of that. Comparing to other shows based on the same core music, it's possible to see that there were additional flourishes added each evening as the band saw fit, so it wasn't just a case of click a button and go for a curry.

In terms of recording quality - the more I listen to this set, the more I wonder how an average fan got such an excellent recording. It really is excellent for what is basically a remastered bootleg - this surely would have been considered for the Bootleg Box 3 if the project had continued.

If you are a fan of TD's music in this era, then I'm sure you'll enjoy this - certainly put it before the Aachen show a few months later which generally has the same core music but is not such a good quality recording and has more 'fan' noise.

Billion Dollar Babies
Billion Dollar Babies
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but remastered edition is superior, 21 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Billion Dollar Babies (Audio CD)
On the whole this is a pretty good album with few weak moments. However, if you're thinking of buying, spend a bit more and get the remastered and expanded version - that's exceptional !

Live in Paris 1975
Live in Paris 1975

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for non-Purple devotees, 19 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Live in Paris 1975 (Audio CD)
La Derniere Séance - Paris 07.04.75

As a teenager in the 70's, my favourites were Yes, Led Zeppelin and Tangerine Dream. I only had the ubiquitous 'Made In Japan' on a cassette from a mate (replaced by the first CD pressing and subsequently the latest remastered double CD) and I never felt any inclination to buy (or even get illegal tapes) of any more, although I did eventually buy 'Made In Europe' in a sale. 'Made In Japan', supposedly best live album of the time was pretty good in the excitement stakes but always lost out in my mind to the subtlety and variations of Yessongs. So, 30+ years later, I have some disposable income and having enjoyed the MIJ remaster I came across the Paris 75 double CD, and remembering the excitement of 'Burn' from my long lost Made In Europe cassette, I thought I'd take a chance.

Burn : Fantastic show opener, possibly one of the best rock songs ever but perhaps doesn't get fair credit because it's Coverdale and not Gillan (discuss). I play this one over and over when I'm cooking ;-)

Stormbringer : Not a bad rocker either with Jon Lord adding some excellent Hammond organ.

"Let's see everyone gettin' down a bit mo' " is not the sort of thing you'd expect to hear between Purple songs and it doesn't seem right. I assume it's Coverdale, but I'm not certain. Whoever, I wish the people responsible for the tape transcription had cut it out as it's bloody annoying.

The Gypsy : Not a song I was previously familiar with, but decent, if not outstanding in any way.

Lady Double Dealer is another fast, punchy rocker which is quite exciting but with no real musical highlights. Could do without the stupid screaming and 'are we getting' down ?' shouts at the end though. If only this had been edited out as it adds nothing to the experience.

Mistreated is a great slow blues with heavy undertones - pretty good guitar and the singing is gutsy. Give Coverdale his due here, he is very good on this one.

An excellent excerpt from Lazy leads us in to Smoke On The Water which is generally pretty good, although Blackmore's solo appears to go a bit off track temporarily. For some reason they finish off with something that could be from a soul show - why did that do that ?

Next, we're in to the hammering You Fool No One. There is something about Paice's drumming here that I find almost hypnotic - a driving rhythm that underpins some good keyboard work from Lord and guitar from Blackmore. Another very good track.

Space Truckin' comes up next, but why does Coverdale have to do mock soul lyrics - especially when Lord is playing a nice organ intro from Holst and 'Also Sprach Zarathustra'?

Going Down is quite good but not spectacular. Lord's organ probably saves this as his improvisation (if it was) keeps the interest before we surge in to Highway Star, which is another rock classic and always gets the pulse running. More good guitar work from Blackmore to finish the show.

Summary : as someone who is not specifically a Purple fan, this has enough good stuff on it to be worth buying in my opinion and it will get plenty of spins. Lord's all round knowledge of music and his ability as a musician shine on this, Blackmore is one of the great rock guitarists and Paice perhaps never had the recognition his skills deserve. Enjoy !
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Ballett 2
Ballett 2
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good CD on the whole, 17 Aug. 2007
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This review is from: Ballett 2 (Audio CD)
If you have one of the re-releases on `Revisited' already, you know this disc comes in a luxury digipak with a booklet containing notes from KS relating to the music plus more `photos from the archives. The original four tracks start with the one whose mere mention of `Concrete' in the title was enough to put me off buying the album initially. However, once I was able to listen to excerpts from the tracks via Amazon, I realised that there was a lot more to this release than I'd thought.

If you can't listen to the clips for any reason, `Atmosphere Concrete' is fairly low key with a hint of Middle East thriller atmospheric soundtrack - it wouldn't be out of place in a Bond film for example.

`Hagi's Lament' weaves an undercurrent of gentle slow sequencer and percussion in and out of string embellishments (something that I find so often works well with KS compositions), Arabic sounding voices and instruments, in some ways similar to elements of `Moonlake'. It makes progress through to the end without any distinct changes in pace or instrumentation, but there is a beautiful, peaceful flow to it that is relaxing and yet still conjures up images of the exotic.

`Wolf's Ponticelli' utilises many similar sounds/ instruments to `Hagi's Lament', but is a generally more upbeat track, with the rhythm reminding me of work on Michael Shrieve's excellent `Transfer Station Blue' (KS was part of that project). There is even a guitar sound that could have come from those sessions, and it works really well in my opinion. This is definitely a toe tapper/ head nodder track.

`The Smile Of Shadows' is a shorter track that, again causing images of Arabic/ Middle East countries, rolls along very pleasantly but does not really cause you to sit up and take notice after the tone has been set by the previous tracks. A very pleasing sound though.

`Trance 4 Motion' is a short bonus track and has quite a different sound to the tracks from the original album. A nice clean rhythm line with a great bass foundation - it could almost be funky, in an EM way.

If you like something slightly different to just fast pounding sequencer tracks, there's some nice stuff on this CD and it's well worth a listen at some of the prices it's advertised for.

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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, not up to scratch, 13 Aug. 2007
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This review is from: Kontinuum (Audio CD)
I don't know what other reviewers of this CD may have been listening to recently, but this is certainly not up to scratch for KS. All three of these tracks may have been mutch better if they had been half (or less) the length as 20 minutes of repetitive sequencer (and not particularly catchy sequences at that) with minimal embelishments is just about background music standard.

I loved Moonlake for it's sounds, rhythms and variations, this outing has very little of that and nothing creative in their place, which is sad as I did want to like this CD. If you don't have Moonlake or Ballett 2, I'd recommend both of them well ahead of this.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not among the best, 8 Jun. 2007
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This review is from: Blackdance (Audio CD)
If you have any other KS re-releases in this series, you will already know about the quality of the packaging and the booklet that comes with each one. Blackdance is no exception and provides `photos from kdm's archives plus notes by KS and kdm about the music and events of the time.

`Ways Of Changes' opens with a quite haunting harmonium like sound, which is then embellished by KS playing a 12 string guitar. I never knew he could play guitar and his booklet notes suggest he regrets using it - not a bit of it, it sounds beautiful and sets the scene for some good keyboard work on a foundation of driving percussion with VCS3 swirls (great stereo effect on headphones). I think this is the best track of the original album.

`Some Velvet Phasing' is a gentle piece of atmospheric music which is pleasant but not spectacular.

`Voices Of Syn' starts with an opera singer for about 40 seconds before KS adds an underlying keyboard `swell', adding organ before moving on to a pulsing beat with percussion and keyboard highlights. Another track that is OK and worth repeated listening but doesn't really grab me to make it first choice if I fancy some KS music.

The bonus tracks have been given facetious titles of `Foreplay' and `Synthies Have (no) Balls' but the latter in particular is exceptional atmospheric music that gradually adds a drum beat and up tempo lead keyboard with an underlying pulse. This is possibly the best track on the disc and it's only in the last minute or so where KS appears to be messing about with the speed that it goes off the boil (in my opinion, but others may love it). The tape box and notes suggest that KS recorded these whilst helping at The Manor in Oxfordshire in 1976. kdm doesn't think KS was in Oxford at that time but KS confirms it is definitely his work. It hasn't been worked on for hours and hours, so there are some rough edges as an indication that these are straight one-off recordings - even so, I believe both are very worthy of regular listens.

Overall, a worthwhile purchase if you don't have the album and certainly better than any version without the bonus tracks, but in my opinion, not a `must have' in the Schulze collection if money is tight.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live and kicking in the 21st Century, 12 Jan. 2007
SAHB without the late, great Alex Harvey will never really be SAHB, you'd have to be a very brave singer to try to fill his shoes, and I was in two minds whether or not to buy the CD. Fortunately, however it happened, the rest of SAHB found `Mad' Max Maxwell to front the band and record this live album (over 90 minutes). In some places it appears that Max has listened to recordings of Alex live and has consciously tried to imitate his style of introducing songs. This works in part and it may be for the sake of the whole SAHB experience, but it is as each song is performed that his contribution is actually justified.

In fact, if this recording is anything to go by, the whole project is fully justified as Zal, Chris, Ted and Hugh play every song with a vitality as if they were 20 years old. Sometimes heavy, sometimes jazzy and with `Action Strasse', almost like drunks at throwing out time, they play it all well. Max comes across as a heavy, threatening leader and carries all the songs well. You may look at the track list and say `Amos Moses' or `Tomahawk Kid' or whatever other favourite you have is missing, but the set has most of the `best of', flows well and is a great listen. I highly recommend this set, and if they tour again, get a ticket as quickly as you can because on this form, they deserve to sell out any venue.

SAHB still rock!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile reissue, 14 Dec. 2006
This review is from: Trancefer (Audio CD)
The `REVISITEDrec.' reissue has the standard high quality digipak board case with an interesting booklet recording KS's take on what was going on at the time of Trancefer's composition and recording. The additional notes from Klaus Dieter Muller are also helpful and informative as he is almost anal in his recording of small matters relating to KS's career. Some decent `photo's of KS, Michael Shrieve and Wolfgang Tiepold are also included.

The music itself is probably KS's most hypnotic set to date as both original tracks are driven by simple sequences and fantastic percussion from Michael Shrieve. These are embellished by various keyboard highlights and cello from Wolfgang Tiepold. For me, it's Tiepold's cello contribution that adds so much to the appeal of this album and it would have been nice if KDM had got him to contribute a few notes to the booklet (hopefully, he's still alive) as I'd love to know if his contribution was composed or improvised. His cello dovetails so perfectly with KS's keyboard work that it's hard to believe it wasn't planned, but in the only note I've ever come across, KS suggested that Tiepold just got in the groove and played.

The two bonus tracks with this issue are taken from special limited pressings made at the time Trancefer was released. There is a temptation to think that they will just be minor remixes, so no real bonus at all. Think again, as in my opinion, they have all the benefits of the original release but seem to have more `attitude' - parts are louder and draw your attention to them, making them seem more manic. Other parts just seem to highlight the gentle beauty of the cello and keyboard harmonies. Even if you don't feel the differences are that notable, their inclusion means you have 75 minutes of top notch KS rhythm based music to chill out to.

This release is very highly recommended. Magnificent, 5 stars fully deserved !

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Minimalistic and contemplative, 19 Oct. 2006
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This review is from: Cyborg (Audio CD)
Another `Revisited' issue from SPV and all the usual high standards have been maintained on the production side. This is Klaus Schulze's second album recorded with minimal equipment (organ, VCS3 synthesiser, percussion, voice and orchestra tapes) in 1973. In some ways, this might be considered Schulze's equivalent of Tangerine Dream's `Zeit', which is one of my favourite albums. If you don't know `Zeit', then this comparison isn't very helpful to you though.

The core set is four tracks, each of over 22 minutes, gently ebbing with a subtle rhythm and embellished by orchestra washes, organ and VCS3 warblings. I originally had the double LP set but gave it away, however the CD format of three tracks on the first disc plus the fourth track and the 50 minute bonus live track is more enjoyable. It's now possible to really relax and sink in to the music without having to get up every 24 minutes to change LP sides and this is how I think this music works best.

I suppose this could be the original `ambient' music or was 'Zeit' first ? It won't be to everyone's taste and it doesn't have the hypnotic sequencer and percussion work of later KS albums, but if you like more experimental, contemplative, minimalistic music, then you could enjoy this, although `enjoy' may not be the right word.

The bonus track comes from the concert at St Michael's Cathedral, Brussels 17.10.77 and to my mind, is a good example of how enjoyable a KS show could be - the sequencers are now fully in evidence and the Moog sounds great. In all, if you like the style of music, I'd recommend this as time just floats by and 65+ minutes go by in no time - if you prefer more rhythmic upbeat electronic music, then you may find this set frustrating.

Five stars, but with the caveat that you have to like the music genre. If you don't like this type of music, then you'd say 1 star for the packaging.

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