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Where The Heart Is
Where The Heart Is
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great soundtrack that deserves attention, 6 Feb 2013
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As no one so far seems to have paid any attention to Paul Thomson's soundtrack for the British television series, "Where the heart is", I would like to recommend it to all film/TV music listeners. This very low-priced disc is a real hidden gem, musically. Thomson has created a very fine combination of subdued, ethereal music that is also orchestrated and performed impeccably well by true British quality musicianship. The sonorities of the compositions rely on chamberlike ensemble playing, creating a very contemplative listening experience. To compare this music with another, much more better known film music composer, I would say - as my very subjective opinion - that if you like Mark Isham's film music, then you probably will also enjoy Thomson's work. "Where the heart is" is definitely a very good soundtrack, up there with the best that have been composed for a drama series or a feature movie.


Spaghetti Western Themes on Nylon String Guitar
Spaghetti Western Themes on Nylon String Guitar
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fresh take on Spaghetti Western themes from 1960s (and a bit of 70s), 13 Dec 2012
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Lou Pecci plays a selection of both well - and lesser - known spaghetti western tunes by guitar. Those who are already familiar with this kind of music might think Pecci's one man performance is just another try to make an easy dollar by as low production costs as possible. Well, that is not the case, not at all.
First, this guy is a very good musician and second: he does get a whole new angle to these familiar tunes (familiar, if you are into Ennio Morricone's music, which comprise the most of the 12 tracks on this CD).
The reason why this specific approach succeeds so well is not just because of the skillful guitar playing but also because the music itself is so good. By stripping it bare of all the instruments of the orchestral arrangements, one can well hear how sturdy stuff these tunes are made of, musically.
Some of them resemble very much the original versions, which also rely mostly on guitar ("Padre Ramirez" from Sergio Leone's "Good, the Bad and the Ugly", or theme from Sergio Corbucci's "The Great Silence").
With some other tracks the "guitar only" approach gives nearly a whole new experience to the listener. This is the case with Morricone's theme from "Duck You Sucker" - as well as with the main title from "Sabata" plus the theme from "Viva Django". Also in "Navaho Joe" Pecci modifies Morricone's original theme into his own liking - and with very good results.
The only minus comes with the composer names, two of which are misspelled.
"Sabata's" music is not by Giombelli, as the CD sleeve says; it's Giombini. And the composer of "Quien Sabe" ("A Bullet for the General") is not Bacolov, but Bacalov.
Otherwise, a very highly recommended set of re-interpretations of 1960s (and a bit of 1970s) spaghetti themes. This recommendation also goes for those spaghetti western aficionados who already know well and like very much the original soundtrack versions.


Live 1990
Live 1990

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4.0 out of 5 stars TYA's got what it takes, and in plenty, 28 Feb 2011
This review is from: Live 1990 (Audio CD)
Considering all the Ten Years After fans who have reviewed the band's many albums on the Amazon website, it's somewhat surprising to get to be the first reviewer for this concert recording from Nottingham, England AD 1990. It's surprising for the simple reason that this is a truly great rock album. Not just in comparison with the band's other albums from their heyday but with any great live rock recording by any band. Alvin Lee and the band (Chick Churchill, Ric Lee, Leo Lyons) really shine on the stage, and A. Lee and his guitar & singing are in top form - as good as ever. This album really rocks, from start to finish. Technically the sounds are also perfect. An absolute must for any TYA fan - and if you're a member of the younger rock music lover generation, get this disc to hear how this truly great rock/blues band delivers high-steam, extremely tight rock music. The contents of the disc are: Let's Shake It Up/Good Morning Little Schoolgirl/Slow Blues in C/Hobbit/Love Like A Man/Johnny B. Goode/Bad Blood/Victim of Circumstance/I Can't Keep From Crying/I'm Goin'Home/Sweet Little Sixteen.


Per Un Pugno Di Samba
Per Un Pugno Di Samba

4.0 out of 5 stars Brazilian rhythms with delicious Italian dressing, 23 Jun 2010
This review is from: Per Un Pugno Di Samba (Audio CD)
What do you get when you mix Brazilian samba with the arrangements of modern film music's greatest composer and innovator? The answer: extremely original, enjoyable and technically brilliant music with Latin samba rhythms. Anyone who knows the talent of Ennio Morricone and his regular crew of Roman studio musicians knows what's in store when the Italian Maestro and his Brazilian fellow musician de Hollanda join forces on this fine record. The arrangements for samba music seldom use church organs, clavicords or choirs. Here they are used, and the end result is just great! Morricone's musical background in classical music can be heard here, too, as he blends with popular music some of his modern classical music techniques from his seemingly bottomless arrangement trickbag. As words cannot tell what I mean, you better try to get this CD and hear for yourself.


Plays Nino Rota
Plays Nino Rota

4.0 out of 5 stars Two Italian masters makes magic, 26 Sep 2009
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The late Italian film music maestro Nino Rota's beautiful melodies - played by the incomparable flautist Severino Gazzelloni. This is a combination that can hardly go wrong. And it doesn't. So, all you who want to have a great aesthetic experience, without any gimmicks but just listening to the pure perfectionism of both the music and its interpretation (Gazzelloni's soulful playing accompanied by his longtime accompanist, pianist Luciano Michelini): buy this disc. Italian cultural heritage and artistic quality at its best.


Complete Edition
Complete Edition
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure trove of great music, 4 Jun 2009
This review is from: Complete Edition (Audio CD)
Whether you're a music lover in general or a disc collector wanting to have a good selection of different kinds of music genres in your shelf, then this boxed set is an obligatory buy. Containing over 200 (!) compositions, handpicked by the film music genius Ennio Morricone himself, and covering nearly five decades of his career, is something that is very hard to pass by. Especially so, when you think how much you get at this price! So, if you do not want to spend your time collecting separate soundtrack CDs from the Maestro, but still want to have a comprehensive presentation of his incredibly versatile music, don't hesitate to grab this one. After that you don't necessarily need to buy any other Morricone collection, as this covers it all. I guarantee the box will give you joy for years to come, as Morricone's music is timeless.
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The Boat
The Boat
by Walter Gibson
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Quite an ultimate survival story, 1 Jun 2009
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There are many literary accounts of people fighting for their life in the most extreme situations. I'd say this belongs to the most ultimate category. Basically it's a sea story, but the writer also tells about the ordeals he went through on an escape march through the Singapore jungles - before his ill fated voyage ends up in a lifeboat of a torpedoed ship, in the Indian Ocean. After the gruesome weeks of fighting for one's life, the writer's purgatory-like experiences continue in a Japanese prison camp. The laconic and barren style with what the story is told can be seen as amateurish writing. On the other hand, the whole account is so utterly grim that this kind of writing kind of suits it. Considering the events described in the book, one wonders how it all can be contained in a mere one hundred pages. This could easily have been a book of some 250-300 pages. However, if you're interested to read how far a man's endurance and will to live goes, you better read this one.


The Dolphin People
The Dolphin People
by Torsten Krol
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.04

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent storytelling, 13 Mar 2009
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This is a great novel, if your taste is in the imaginative, "old fashioned" type of fiction. Krol writes in a way which is very easy to read, and is a born storyteller, with some rather bizarre and surprising twists along the way. The story of a German family ending up in the Amazon jungle amongst a local tribe after WW 2 is quite innovative, and keeps your interest up to the last pages. It's rather difficult to categorize this novel in any genre. It's part of an adventure novel, part of "a boy growing into manhood" story. There are elements of satire in it, and Krol has quite an interesting - amusing, too - way of relating the so-called "civilized, western" culture habits into the "primitive" Amazonian tribal way of life. If I should compare this book to some other writer's works, then Kurt Vonnegut is a name that pops up for me. The way Krol tells the story by a young, teenage German boy's point of view reminds me somewhat of Mark Twain's Huck Finn. All in all, Torsten Krol is a name that is definitely worth to keep in mind for his future works.


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