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Relics [VINYL]
Relics [VINYL]

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3.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity, 13 July 2014
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This LP was originally released in 1971 and attempted to round up various non-album track singles and other odds and ends on to one LP. Although it did so fairly well, and it does contain singles such as See Emily Play and Arnold Layne, it was nevertheless a missed opportunity, in that other singles such as Apples and Oranges, It Would Be So Nice, and Point Me At The Sky, were all excluded.

Relics is therefore is a bit hit and miss: it does at least gather together tracks which are otherwise difficult to obtain, but at the same time is far from being a definitive collection of the early Floyd singles. Were this album to have a new CD/MP3 reissue, then presumably the opportunity would be taken to adding the missing tracks, and give them a nice remaster.


The Mammoth Book of Bob Dylan (Mammoth Books)
The Mammoth Book of Bob Dylan (Mammoth Books)
by Sean Egan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.64

4.0 out of 5 stars A good place to start, 6 July 2014
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I am a great fan of the "Mammoth book" series, although I know that they are not to everyone's taste. What I like about them is that you get a comprehensive chronological selection of both contemporary and retrospective articles and essays about the artist and their work, and each of these books is literally packed with information and facts.

This book is no exception and whilst many of the stories contained within it will be familiar to long-term Bob Dylan fans, there will I feel sure, be enough new items to even satisfy the oldest fan. I particularly like the author's own reviews of othe albums in this series and once again he has not let me down in his review of Dylan's albums over the years.

Considering the price of this book, I think it represents fantastic value for money and a great read.


The Harvest Years 1969-1974
The Harvest Years 1969-1974
Price: £13.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The golden years, 6 July 2014
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Kevin Ayers did his best work during the period covered by this compilation, though in calling it the Harvest Years, the compilers are slightly incorrect in that it also includes the first LP that he made for Island records in 1974. That's not of course a bad thing, since the island LP "The confessions of Dr Dream" was one of his very best.

What we have with this compilation, is the five albums made by this underrated artist over the five-year period covered by the title. This means that we get Joy of a Toy, Shooting at the Moon, whatevershebringswesing, Bananamour, plus the Dr Dream record.

The Harvest albums were remastered in 2003, while the Island album was remastered in 2008 –9. All of the albums come with bonus tracks, and while these are certainly well worth listening to, it is slightly disappointing that the bonuses do not match with the bonuses that were issued when the remastered CDs came out, thus we have radio session versions of some of the bonus tracks as opposed to studio outtakes.This doesn't really detract from the quality of the original albums course, and those fans already owning the original CDs, therefore have something new to find with this collection.

As other reviewers have already commented, the packaging is very disappointing, and for that reason only I have deducted one star from what would otherwise have been a five-star review. If you are new to the music Kevin Ayers, and and want more than just a single CD, I would say that this is a very good place to start.


Outsider
Outsider
Price: £8.19

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4.0 out of 5 stars 45 years and counting, 6 July 2014
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There are very few rock groups in their 45th year of operation that can be said to be turning out music of a quality which comes close to the music they made in their peak years.

Uriah Heep are one of those few groups and following the excellent Into the Wild album from 2011 they now return with an album which is every bit as good and perhaps even better than its predecessor.

From the opening notes of Speed of Sound, they set their stall out with a familiar mix of organ, guitar and high harmony vocals. In doing so they make a sound similar to that of their 1970s peak, yet at the same time sounding entirely up-to-date. I would say that this album is slightly heavier than its predecessor, in that there are very few tracks which do not pack a real punch, and if you like your Heep loud and heavy, then this is the album for you.

My personal favourites are One Minute, The Outsider, Rock the Foundation, Speed of Sound, and Can't Take That Away, but in truth there is not really a weak track on this collection, which I couldn't necessarily say about the previous album or even Wake the Sleeper. Highly recommended.


The Who: Quadrophenia - Live In London [DVD] [2014] [NTSC]
The Who: Quadrophenia - Live In London [DVD] [2014] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ The Who
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 6 July 2014
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I was lucky enough to see this show when it came to the Cardiff motor point arena about three weeks before this performance was filmed and was very much hoping that this fantastic show would be documented for all time on a official release.

Whilst no DVD can truly capture the magic of being at a concert in person, this DVD is about as good as it gets--- the performances, the visuals, the sound quality are all truly fantastic and finally do live justice to what is perhaps their greatest work.

This DVD is an essential purchase for any fans of the Who and I highly recommend it.


odd ditties LP
odd ditties LP

5.0 out of 5 stars A great Kevin Ayers primer, 6 July 2014
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In many ways this LP is arguably the best single LP Kevin has ever released.It was however never intended to be an official album as it is a compilation of previously unreleased material and stand-alone singles and B-sides. The period covered by this LP is probably Kevin Ayers' peak period i.e. 1969 to 1973. During that period he was contracted to Harvest Records. Unlike the aforementioned albums however, this record contains none of the at times indulgent art rock of those releases, instead focusing on slightly quirky short songs which are mostly very commercial, or as commercial as Kevin Ayers would ever get.

I particularly like Soon Soon Soon, Gemini Child, Connie on a Rubber Band (which is a reggae remake of an earlier song Clarence in Wonderland), Caribbean Moon, and Butterfly Dance. However alongside these personal favourites are several other extremely entertaining and enchanting "ditties".

If anyone is new to Kevin Ayers, and wants an entry-level album, I would strongly recommend that they buy this one, then once hooked on Ayers' musical charm, they can work their way back through the regular catalogue, particularly the Harvest record releases.


Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop
Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop
by Bob Stanley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.34

5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, 6 July 2014
In my 50+ years on the planet I have read a great number of books about popular music and its history, but I have to say that this is one of the very best that I have ever read. The book is divided into decades starting from the 1950s up until the 1990s and within each decade there are several essays on various genres, and sub genres such as pre-rock 'n' roll, early rock 'n' roll, the Brill building, Soul, Motown, Reggae,Pop and Rock.

I have always considered myself to be fairly knowledgeable on pop/rock music and its general development, but I have to say that this book has surprised me in how little in depth knowledge I had, and reading it has taught me a great deal more, yet the book whilst being very informative, is also extremely entertaining and written in a very easy to read and understandable style.
It has enough information on such a variety artists and genres that you could probably write a dissertation on the growth and development of pop music just from reading it.

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and cannot recommend it highly enough to music fans of all ages.


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