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En ce temps-la
En ce temps-la
Price: £6.82

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 10 May 2013
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This review is from: En ce temps-la (Audio CD)
The great Don Byas in great form. There are too few recordings of Don Byas but these Paris recordings are just wonderfu

Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere!
Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Swanson O'Rooney, 10 May 2013
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This is a nice collection of songs by Slim Gaillard in his later years. He found a late bloom of success due to a strong clut following in UK I can, therefore forgive him the featured original song here, Everything's OK In The UK. For many working class people at the time in UK things were anything but OK but Slim was seeing the best of people as he toured the country.

Having seen some of the casual performances by Slim and pick up musicians on the BBC Arena programme, made around this time, I cannot help thinking that, with a bit of investment he could have produced a major body of late work, in the Johnny Cash American recordings mould but that is just wishing for something that can never happen.

Clearly Slim Gaillard's peak was his early recordings but this is certainly worth adding to your collection


1.0 out of 5 stars Sizing wrong, 5 May 2013
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Marked as size 5 but definitely not a genuine size 5 I would recommend that you strictly avoid buying Hunter Wellingtons online, there is not guarantee of the size being correct (although mostly they probably will be) very very disappointed in a product that used to be of a very high quality but has now no different from any other wellington and on much poorer quality

Off The Top  (Us & International Release)
Off The Top (Us & International Release)
Price: £10.64

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5.0 out of 5 stars Its Jazz Baby!, 24 April 2013
Jimmy Smith with George Benson, Stanley Turrentine, Grady Tate and Ron Carter; that is some stellar line up this is a brilliant album, not least because it managages to transcend the inclution of the very unlikely covers of Lionel Richie's Endless Love and Suicide Is Painless (otherwise known as the theme to MASH)although some of the numbers Jimmy Smith covered on his earliest sessions, A New Sound A New Star for example, were just as unlikely.

In Concert: Volume 1 & 2
In Concert: Volume 1 & 2
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Live Jazz "Album"!, 18 April 2013
This CD album represents two original CTI albums that have been shoehorned onto a single CD. On the negative side there was just too little space to feature all the tracks on both LPs but on the positive side the missing track was different performance of a Hornet (I think we get the Chicago version and the Detroit version is the missing one) so you can understand the decision

The track listing on the two albums:

Freddie Hubbard/Stanley Turrentine in Concert Volume One

1. Povo - 19:23
2. Gibraltar - 19:19
Both compositions by Freddie Hubbard
Recorded at the "Chicago Opera House", Chicago, on March 3 (track 2) and the "Ford Auditorium", Detroit on March 4 (track 1), 1973

In Concert Volume Two

1. Hornets [Chicago Version] - 9:40
2. Interlude- 1:17
3. Hornets [Detroit Version] - 9:47
4. Gilbraltar [Detroit Version] (Hubbard) - 21:09
All compositions by Herbie Hancock except as indicated
Recorded at the "Chicago Opera House", Chicago, on March 3 (tracks 1 & 2) and the "Ford Auditorium", Detroit on March 4 (tracks 3 & 4), 1973


Freddie Hubbard: trumpet
Stanley Turrentine: tenor saxophone
Herbie Hancock: piano
Eric Gale: guitar
Ron Carter: bass
Jack DeJohnette: drums

This is a great live jazz album, the sound quality is fine, maybe not as ultra crisp as some high end remasters but you would have to be a pretty obsessive audiophile to really notice or care too much. I'd much rather have this must available than not.

English Settlement
English Settlement
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5.0 out of 5 stars Play It Loud! XTC's Masterpiece, 16 April 2013
This review is from: English Settlement (Audio CD)
This is a fantastic album. I was aware of XTC from fairly early on, one of my older brother University pals was a big fan of White Music and I quite liked Go 2 , which I heard at various parties or after pub sessions at various flats (these were the days when most pubs still closed at 10 pm so a carry out and round to someone's flat was very common) The I saw Drums And Wires and loved Making Plans For Nigel and various other songs from that album but it was Black Sea that was the first one that really worked as a whole for me. and more people started to take XTC seriously. The next move was clearly important and so in January 1982 when I heard Senses Working Overtime I knew that the next album was going to be great and I was not disappointed. I listened this album to death; copied it onto cassette to play in the car along with b-sides including the brilliant Egyptian Solution which really should be a CD bonus track on this album but is available on Dear God. This is, however, one of those perfect albums that does not need any additional material.

Buy it and marvel; if you remember it then I assure you that it still sounds as good as you thought, if you don't know it but are exploring this band then this is a treat in store for you.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Funnel, 7 April 2013
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What can I say: it looks like the picture, it is the dimensions are those given in the product description and it allows me to pour liquids into a small aperture without spilling any; it's a funnel!

Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra
Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Jeff Lynne Album of Re-recorded ELO Classics, 7 April 2013
My only criticism of this album is the minor ambiguity that the title suggests that it is an ELO album when it is, as you will probably already know, a Jeff Lynne version of ELO classics. I do not deny him the right to do this. Many jazz musicians recorded their own compositions many time, Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington for example, Ellington recorded some of his compositions dozens, if not hundreds of times. I have sent a produce information update to Amazon as they have list this, wrongly, as an ELO album so hopefully this will clarify things for unsuspecting customers.

Clearly if you want a Best of... of the originals or are against the concept of an artist having any say or control over their own art (as some reviewers here seem to) then All Over The World: The Very Best Of ELO is your best bet but I do think that this is worth having too. Also check out Jeff Lynne's other recent release Long Wave
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The Harvest Years 1969-1974
The Harvest Years 1969-1974
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Brilliant Kevin Ayers!, 6 April 2013
One of the greats to come out of the Canterbury Scene; yes I know that this term is hotly contested but although it clearly has less to do with physical location than an approach to music making. Kevin Ayers was, however, in the heart of that scene. He was one of many who was in the seminal Wilde Flowers which, in turn, produced the first two prototype Canterbury bands: Caravan and Soft Machine, of which he as a founder member. After he left he produced some of the most distinctive music to come out of that scene. The question that arises out of his departure is what direction might Soft Machine have taken had he stayed?

When I first started collecting Kevin Ayers the only available versions of Joy of a Toy and Shooting at the Moon was the double LP package that highlighted Mike Oldfield's involvement so dodgy packaging ( cited by other reviewers here) is nothing new. The key here though is the music, which is utterly brilliant. The album information that is no included can easily be found on Wikipedia and besides the chief attraction of this package must surely be in downloaded MP3 form; £9.49 for 5 of the finest Kevin Ayers albums? Come on that has got to be a bargain!

Its a shame that the rock and roll lifestyle took him in the end but let us be thankful that he lasted long enough to leave us all this brilliant music.

New Wave in Jazz
New Wave in Jazz

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Live Jazz, However..., 2 April 2013
This review is from: New Wave in Jazz (Audio CD)
I know this album from the original vinyl version from my youth and it is certainly a really good live album featuring numbers by John Coltrane (Nature Boy), Albert Ayler (Holy Ghost), Grachan Moncur (Blue Free), Archie Shepp (Hambone) and Charles Tolliver (Brilliant Corners, however, I would never feed the greed of the people here trying to sell this on CD for between £38-78. Wait until either someone decent puts it on sale at a more reasonable price or it gets re-released.

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