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American Cutie
American Cutie
Price: 9.99

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy - if you don't already have Late Night Truck Stop, 28 Feb 2012
This review is from: American Cutie (Audio CD)
American Cutie is drawn from two sets Little Feat played at a club in Denver in 1973, just a few months after Dixie Chicken was released. The music on the cd is wonderful, sounds great and is well worth buying if you cannot get hold of the double cd, Late Night Truck Stop, which includes the same material and more, but seems to be long out of print and very expensive.

The UA Singles 1977-1982
The UA Singles 1977-1982
Offered by westworld-
Price: 11.98

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EXACTLY WHAT IT SAYS ON THE BOX, 25 Oct 2009
All the songs off all the singles up to when Hugh Cornwell left the band (I think).

Three cds covering 49 songs, including the Stranglers biggest hits - Peaches, No More Heroes, Dutchess, Golden Brown - some of their best songs - Grip, Go Buddy Go, Walzinblack, (Keith Floyd r.i.p.) - several of my personal favourites - Straighten Out, 5 Minutes, Choosy Susie, Shut Up, Tank - and a few dodgy ones which have to be here because they were on the singles, but it is still a pity they are - Tits, Crabs, and a couple of unnecessary 12" versions.

So, probably not essential for a fan who has all the albums - especially the remasters - but all in all a pretty good representation of what the Stranglers are all about - and excellent value for money too.

The Dandy Warhols Are Sound (International Only)
The Dandy Warhols Are Sound (International Only)
Price: 11.02

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to a different Monkey House, 5 Oct 2009
This is not a new release but an alternative version of Welcome to the Monkey House - the Dandy Warhols fourth album. I don't know the full story behind these recordings - whether they were works in progress, never originally meant for release, or, whether this was the bands first offering which the record company rejected or what - I am sure there are others out there who can fill in the details.

I would not recommend buying this instead of the original album - get that first. However, if you know and like Monkey House, or, if you thought what producer Nick Rhodes did on that was too slick and commercial, then you should thoroughly enjoy this alternative version. I would not say this album is better or worse than Monkey House, just different - a different running order, a different, much warmer, but maybe messier mix and some of the songs are quite different too. The artwork just takes a correction pen and some sticky tape to the original cover which is quite fun, but there is no information about the album which I felt was a pity.

Still, listening to the Dandy Warhols is one of lifes pleasures in my opinion and I will be enjoying this album as much - but not more than - Welcome to the Monkey House for a long while yet.

In The Court Of The Crimson King [Box Set]
In The Court Of The Crimson King [Box Set]
Price: 69.97

26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe only for the collector but what a collection!, 18 Sep 2009
If all you want is the original album or are happy with the one you already have then this is not for you.

But if that is not enough for you then looking at what this box set will contain - and the contents are listed in the comments to the one star review for this release - should have you salivating at the prospect - the original album, original mix, a new stereo mix, a surroundsound mix, plus outtakes and alternate takes, the Hyde Park concert, other live tracks - this really should be the ultimate collection.

ITCOTCK is one of the greatest albums ever made - but for most people the original five songs will be enough. However, for the person who wants everything this should be about as good as it gets.

Lizard: 40th Anniversary Series [CD + DVD-A]
Lizard: 40th Anniversary Series [CD + DVD-A]
Price: 16.89

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This review is about the music - just in case you have never heard the album, 18 Sep 2009
This was the third King Crimson album and, possibly, the most overlooked.

It is a bit of one off - this particular version of Crimson only made this album. Lizard is a complex, jazzy, melodic, demanding, beautiful collection of music, played by excellent musicians which, I for one, am really looking forward to hearing, especially in 5.1 surroundsound, but also in the new stereo mix.

All the songs on Lizard are excellent - all very different from each other, but all recognisably King Crimson in as much as anything is recognisably King Crimson - even Pete Sinfields lyrics are not quite as obscure as on other KC albums - those about the Beatles are even quite funny.

Others argue about the pro's and con's of the formats technical limitations, but no one is moaning about the quality of the music and nor should they. King Crimson fans will know this already, but anyone wondering whether to take a punt on Lizard then do - you won't regret it.

Memories Dreams Reflections
Memories Dreams Reflections
Price: 10.93

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting covers - great live stuff, 18 Sep 2009
To anyone familiar with the other Banco De Gaia albums then a lot of this will be familiar territory - and that is no bad thing in my opinion. Anyone who isn't would find this an interesting starting point.

The live disc is excellent. Unlike the Glastonbury album, there is little audience noise, so if it had not said so on the cover I would not have realised the songs were played live. But apart from the rather limp mix of Soufie, the songs are all fine, especially the last two, Drunk as a Monk and Last Train to Lhasa.

The studio album is interesting in that the first three songs are covers. I presume they are favourites of Toby Marks and they definitely are of mine, so I was intrigued to know how they would sound. There is no point doing a cover unless it offers something different and in this respect I think all three here work well enough, but without surpassing the originals.

The first, Spirit of the Age by Hawkwind has Robert Calvert's vocal performed as though spoken by someone making a public information broadcast - strange but enjoyable. Next is Starless off of King Crimson's album Red. I was surprised how well this has been adapted and while no attempt has been made to emulate Robert Fripp's memorable guitar solo I thought this the best of the three. Then there is Pink Floyd's Echoes which, at over twenty two minutes long is pretty faithful structurally, but is a bit of a mess musically, with the second half failing to match the blissful heights Gilmore and co did with the original - but it's a lot better than the bootleg "remix" that was around a few years ago.

The other three tracks are remakes of songs originally recorded by Banco De Gaia in the early nineties, the best being Soufie which is much livelier that the live version on disc two.

Definately recommended for fans and for anyone else who is curious.

Archives: Volume 1: 1963-1972
Archives: Volume 1: 1963-1972
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 64.27

38 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I should not be surprised but....., 5 May 2009
Looking at the track listing, three of the discs seem to be the live concerts released separately over the last couple of years from Canterbury, the Massey Hall and the Fillmore East which a lot of us already have. Add in the album tracks making up the bulk of the rest of the set and there is not a lot of unreleased stuff for what amounts to quite a lot of money although it does look like a nice package.

Maybe all the visuals on the blue ray version make that a good buy if you have HD? But as far as the audio is concerned, rather than this boxset, personally I would have preferred spending my hard earned on good quality remasters of all the albums with extra tracks added as appropriate - perhaps that is work in progress to look forward to?
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Offered by Empor UK
Price: 11.87

5.0 out of 5 stars Buy for the extra live tracks, 2 Feb 2009
This review is from: Anyway (Audio CD)
The other reviews cover pretty much everything I would say about the original album - good and bad. However, no one seems to have picked up on the extra tracks this version includes and that needs rectifying.

The alternate version of Strange Band is fine - with a lively violin solo. But the live versions of the two best studio tracks on the album - "Part of the Load" and "Lives and Ladies" - are something else again. Both are stretched way beyond the studio versions and both benefit as a result (not always the case). There is no information about where they come from. Part of the Load sounds similar to the Family Live version without the crowd noise, but I don't think it is the same one. Lives and Ladies - who knows? But they are both great and if you programme out the studio tracks then Anyway becomes a rather good live album indeed.

Price: 7.68

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff, 9 Dec 2008
This review is from: Sessions (Audio CD)
Two concerts, one from 1973, the other from 1976. No information about the band, other than Steve of course, but they are good. The music is great, the sound quality is excellent, across the two discs Fly Like an Eagle is the only duplication out of 25 songs, all of the early classics, the price is a steal. What more do you need me to say - buy it!

4 Way Street
4 Way Street
Price: 53.07

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Young, but still good, 26 Oct 2008
This review is from: 4 Way Street (Audio CD)
Sloppy though it is to get David and Neil the wrong way around, (and, by the way, the last two tracks of disc one are actually on disc two) the music on this album does not deserve to languish under just one star.

This expanded version of the original adds a solo song by each of the four, (although Neil gets three by means of a nine minute medley), all of which are perfectly fine, with King Midas in Reverse an especially nice touch.

Otherwise, the album is not perfect, but it is a thoroughly enjoyable run through some of the foursomes best songs in acoustic and electric mode - and not always the way you would expect. If you like CSN&Y you will like this.
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