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Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music
Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music
by Jimmy McDonough
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.62

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Different Taste, 7 Jan. 2016
Oh dear, i seem to be in the minority here, but i'll try and justify my low rating of Mr Fogertys book. Firstly unlike a biography a self written work doesn't require months or years of research because hey its your story and you know all about you, so you just have to write about yourself and your story in an entertaining way. Having had a head start on the content JF to me,produces very little light or shade and its all a bit predictable , falling out with his band mates, rip off management, self medication (drink in John's case) and then 'saved' by a good woman. Okay if thats the story fair enough but its all so blandly told and also all so self centered and i found the latter stages of the book a bit 'reach for the sick bucket' when Julie (the woman) is allowed to write chunks of the text.
I strongly suspect that mssrs Cook and Clifford would disagree and contest some of the content and i feel with some justification. Following the break up of CCR they became for many many years the rhythm section for Don Williams and their solid support of him is well respected in the music business - JF doesn't even mention this employment once. His brothers death is also barely covered, perhaps for good reason but i suspect their estranged relationship is a factor. Contrary to another review i do find there is a fair bit of name dropping , not that its an issue but believe you me its there-Cash, Dylan, Harrison, Springsteen........
I always felt Creedence Cleawater were one of those bands who though a very succesful pop/rock band for a short period never really crossed over to the point they were accepted as a bona fida rock act shifting loads of albums , why i'm not sure but growing up in those times i never knew anyone who had a Creedence album but we all knew their songs. What i do own by John Fogerty are the two Blueridge Ranger albums - they're great but John doesn't think much of them. Well John i don't think a lot of your book maybe we've got different taste!


All in Good Time
All in Good Time
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Price: £18.46

3.0 out of 5 stars I used to love the Pure Prairie League and there first four albums ..., 25 Jun. 2015
This review is from: All in Good Time (Audio CD)
I used to love the Pure Prairie League and their first four albums were never off my turntable in the 70's , it was a golden age for country rock and the PPL were one of the best, if not the best exponents of the genre. Craig Fullers forced departure after album two (Bustin' Out) was a blow but Larry Goshorn proved a very adequate replacement and it was business as usual for Two Lane Highway and If the Shoe Fits, then people started leaving and quality control slipped. I lost interest when George Ed Powell went and though Craig Fuller is very much back for 'All in good time'.... stalwarts John Call (pedal steel ) and Billy Hinds (drums ) like Powell are missing from this reunion and to be honest this doesn't sound like the PPL to me. Its like any modern Nashville inspired main stream record with a touch of LA blandness. That said some of Craig Fullers songs deserve better and i reckon with his old bandmates -particularly John Call on steel and a couple of those great George Powell songs that were an essential part of the band this could of been a great record . Sadly it isn't.


So Runs the World Away
So Runs the World Away

2.0 out of 5 stars no run away success, 11 April 2015
This review is from: So Runs the World Away (Audio CD)
This is no 'golden age of radio', 'hello starling' or the even more brilliant 'animal years', its an artist who's lost his muse. Thats very sad but its the only honest assessment of this album you'll find on here. I can find no gem in its midst to make the experience of hearing this work pleasant. I haven't bought a Joss Ritter album since -if i could believe some of the reviews of later work i might be tempted but when people write so positively about an album which is really so poor i have to question what is said about the more recent stuff. I'd love to be wrong but as far as this album is concerned it won't be ever played by me again and i couldn't recommend it to anyone.


Hotter Than a Match Head : My Life on the Run with The Lovin' Spoonful
Hotter Than a Match Head : My Life on the Run with The Lovin' Spoonful
by Steven Boone
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great companion to Simon Wordsworth's 'Do you believe in magic' ..., 29 Jan. 2015
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This is a great companion to Simon Wordsworth's 'Do you believe in magic' biog of the Spoonful. Steve tells his story well and expands on certain parts of the Wordsworth biog -unsurprisingly on the bits that concern him! , and gives a great insider view on this classic 60's band. I found his writing style fine and his post spoonful stories very interesting, the guy has lived and survived. The final few pages see Steve trying to assess why the Spoonful aren't held in higher esteem in rock history. Well Steve, don't worry, anyone with taste knows how good you were and i thank you, John, Zally, Joe and Jerry for the great music you made.


do you believe in magic?
do you believe in magic?
by simon n wordsworth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £25.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hats off to Simon, 26 Jan. 2015
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Simon Wordsworth deserves nothing but praise for this very credible and well researched book on one of the great American bands of the 60's. As the first full biography on the Spoonful it is a great pioneering work and i was very impressed by the effort the author has gone to in producing such a balanced work. He tells the Spoonful story in a readable way, okay it is on occasion a little dry but thats being nit picky and i would recommend this to any Spoonful fan or any music fan of the 60's. Immediately after reading this book i read Steve Boone's autobiography on his time in the Spoonful and later adventures, its a good companion to this book but also illustrates how good this work is, as most of Boones story is already there and the Spoonful mans words just fill out the detail more.
If you want to know more about one of the most innovative bands of a golden era this will do it for you. As you can get a box set of the Spoonfuls recordings for just over fourteen British pounds off this very site for very little outlay you can have a slice of musical history and read about it at the same time.


Wild Tales
Wild Tales
Price: £5.49

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ego Tales, 24 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Wild Tales (Kindle Edition)
Now Neil Young is an exceptional artist, David Crosby was great in the Byrds,(his harmony on 5D is breathtaking) Stephen Stills i can live with out and Graham Nash, well i can recall his halcyon days as a pop star with the Hollies and they did make some good pop records but as a serious rock performer i could list hundreds of performers with more talent, particularly in respect of songwriting skills. However we're looking at his memoir here , which should be entertaining as hes been around some interesting situations and by and large it is, but as other reviewers have said this cat is carrying around a massive ego about his own importance and its annoying to the point it distracts from the book. Therefore in truth its difficult to make gold star recommendations to read it, so i wont!


Still Fighting The War
Still Fighting The War
Price: £14.19

3.0 out of 5 stars A step back in the right direction i hope, 12 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Still Fighting The War (Audio CD)
Let me say first , i got into Slaid back when he made Broke Down which was excellent, he followed this with two equally strong albums in 'Wishbones' and 'Unsung'. He then made what was a real clanger in 'everthing you love will be taken away' and whilst theres been a live album inbetween this is the first studio album since and i listened with a certain amount of trepidation as i really wanted Slaid to be back to his best. Now i'm sure if this was the first Slaid album i'd ever heard i'd be pleased with the purchase but i'm not as convinced as the other reviewers that this is a top notch return. I've continually played the cd for the past week and whilst i applaud the fact that Slaid wrote or co wrote every song on the album i keep hearing tunes from previous releasess given fresh lyrics, and also there is no really great songs on it.
At times i think Slaid sounds like a young Guy Clark - no bad thing, but there is also another comparison i'll make which rather worries me. That great country rock pioneer Jerry Jeff Walker made three great albums for MCA back in the 70's he then slowly but surely lost that early impedus and i see Slaids career path treading a similar path in terms of quality control. However this is better than his last studio album , certainly the most commercial of all his records , so i'll see how he fares next time before i give up on him. Diehard fans won't like this review but i'm trying to be honest!


Ride a White Swan: The Lives and Death of Marc Bolan
Ride a White Swan: The Lives and Death of Marc Bolan
by Lesley-Ann Jones
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the definitive Marc Bolan biography, 27 May 2014
I'm a fan of rock biographys but not Marc Bolan in particular so i could approach this book from a fairly neutral angle. Others have mentioned M/s Jones habit of name dropping and involving herself in the text which i agree is annoying and she has obviously had some assistance when writing about Marc's guitars but unfortunately when she refers to 1948 Les Paul's !! I know her sources of information are unreliable and the story about Marc playing guitar for Ike and Tina Turner is just that ' a story' which really would have been best left out. That leads me as the reader to question other stuff which i know nothing about as to whether its true or not.
However, i've read a couple of other books on the guy and to be fair its not that bad in comparison , possibly the best of a bad bunch! I think the guy deserves a decent biography , he was not without talent and for a short period the hottest act in the UK-this book isn't the definitive tomb by some distance but as i said its not bad and to be fair to the author 'reads' reasonably well.


Old Friends
Old Friends
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Price: £19.15

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Great Album, 17 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Old Friends (Audio CD)
I bought this CD around 10 years ago now and i've played it many times. That happened this past weekend and i realised just how much i love this album, in fact along with The Ozark Mountain Daredevils 'It'll shine when it shines' its my favourite album of all time. Whats so magical about this record is how Mary takes songs which i never particuliarly liked- be they old standards or what would of been contemporary songs at the time of recording and make them totally her own and fresh. Its also extremely well recorded and the supporting musicians compliment the whole package. Like any album you have favourite tracks and mine are 'Oklahama Hills' and Pinball Wizzard'. If you've arrived at this page you must have an interest in Mary's music, if you haven't got this album buy it, you wont regret the decision, its brilliant!


The Beatles - All These Years: Volume One: Tune In
The Beatles - All These Years: Volume One: Tune In
by Mark Lewisohn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book!, 25 Jan. 2014
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This is simply a brilliant book and an absolute must for all music fans and for Beatles fans its definitive. Can't wait to read the next volume.


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