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Emma for Spotify+ (TV)
Emma for Spotify+ (TV)
Price: £1.30

5.0 out of 5 stars Just the app I'd been looking for - great visual representation and the music sounds great coming out ..., 27 Nov. 2015
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This review is from: Emma for Spotify+ (TV) (App)
Just the app I'd been looking for - great visual representation and the music sounds great coming out of my Canton Soundbase - nice work.
Spotify & Emma & Amazon TV = marriage, heaven, etc.

Alas I Cannot Swim
Alas I Cannot Swim
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5.0 out of 5 stars First genuinely great folk record of the year, 4 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Alas I Cannot Swim (Audio CD)
First thing I wanted to do was to start all over again- there are some really special songs here, great arrangements, instrumentation. The singing is expressive and this is no performing-arts-school-diva hyped beyond her talent- this record marks the emergence of a special songwriter who should be with us for some time to come. A real pleasure.

The Crow Road [DVD]
The Crow Road [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joe McFadden
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Adaptions of one of the Best British Novels, 7 Nov. 2004
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This review is from: The Crow Road [DVD] (DVD)
I just had to add my "hear, hear" to the first reviewer- Banks has one of the most eceentric, beautiful and cruel of literary outputs (let's ignore the SF stuff with the middle initial), and The Crow Road is perhaps in the Top Five of British Novels of the last 20 years.
For the BBC to have somehow made an adaption of such skill and care is remarkable- it genuinely adds to your experience of the story and is compelling, chilling and moving.
Special words should be said for Joseph McFadden as Prentice and Bill Paterson as Ken; McFadden is a charismatic narrator, and you never lose sypmpathy with him, even when he seems to be going off the rails.
Paterson's peformance is perhaps a lifetime best, and Dougray Scott, Peter Capaldi and Valerie Edmond all atmosphere as part of an excellent ensemble.
The Crow Road is everything that the British Novel and British TV Drama can and should be- challenging, entertaining, and serious in it's artistic intentions.
Truly a landmark production.

The Complete Hank Williams
The Complete Hank Williams
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Price: £540.58

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Useful Compendium of Most of What Hank Did, 25 July 2004
I won't review the whole of this, as it's impossible to summarise Hank's work and it's impact in a few thousand words.
But I've just got this, and I wanted to correct the impression that the other reviewer has left- the packaging, narrative, photos, background and the amount of time, love and effort that have gone into this production mean that it won't disappoint any fan of Hank. This is a truly beautiful production, and well worth the asking price. My CDs aren't damaged at all.

Aretha In Paris
Aretha In Paris
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent set from European Debut Tour, 10 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Aretha In Paris (Audio CD)
From the opening bars of Satisfaction, you're into serious territory here; there have been comments by other reviewers (and indeed Jerry Wexler!) that the band here is outright nasty and the arrangements too fast, but those comments are missing the point. There's no doubt that this isn't a technically perfect set, but soul music has never been about that- it's about the feel, and the energy here makes you think of an amphetaminised MC5 getting down- you could describe this as a garage classic.
"Don't let me lose this dream" and "Groovin'" are especially pleasing, but overall, it's hard to pick out a bad selection- the vibe is remarkable and the recording a real live demonstration of the breaking down of genre and race barriers between soul, blues and rock n roll.
Does the performance lack an emotional edge for all it's haste? Yes, probably it does, but it makes up for lost heartbreak in it's sheer sense of urgency and the feeling that the performers would crush all before them. The anger of hip hop doesn't sound that far away, and the Queen of Soul may as well be the Godmother of rap too.
Yet despite it's aggressive advantages, there is no resorting to bombast or dull repetition, and it's in keeping with other late sixties organic art/pop such as the Byrds' "Artifical Energy" from their "Notorious" set.
Little wonder that the Beatles were to write "Let It Be" for Aretha, and how much more adaptable she proved at tackling the Lennon / McCartney canon than EmmyLou Harris, who spent the Seventies failing in that one respect so spactacularly.
Not just a document or a simple record of a night in Paris, but a truly moving sweaty soul/funk classic played at lightning speed.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, Deeply Traditional, Remarkable Song Writing, 16 Jun. 2002
This review is from: Revival (Audio CD)
LA girl Gillian Welch has created one of the most special and unique country records of the last 50 years in "Revival".
This may sound like hyperbole, but the songs on this record will be with me on my dying day- they evoke a sense of time and people past, bringing them and their stories to you in intimate, short moods.
Not as dark as "Yearlings" and not as dreamy as "Time", "Revival" is exactly that- the quality of the song writing and recording bring to mind a golden age of American popular music (did it ever exist?) when folk songs WERE pop songs, and when the culture was sometimes defined less by the need for escape and more by the need for simple acknowledgement of shared troubles and the collective need for comfort.
The likes of Woody Guthrie, Hazel Dickens and the Johnson Mountain Boys hover over this work in spirit- and here you can feel the other, more personal side of those coalmining and union disputes, the conclusions of which somtimes kept people from starving.
One should not miss the spiritual dimension, either- God and the hope of his love and comfort clearly dominated the lives of these people- as clearly as The Alamabama Trust appeared set on letting them down.
Hard to mention ALL the special songs on this record- but "Annabelle" must surely be the tour de force- a mother's years of loss and sorrow following the death of her young daughter due to the difficult economic circumstances and lack of medical help (and nutrition)- "Annie's in the graveyard- she's got no life at all- just these words on a stone."
Although Welch can be described as a proto-modernist whilst posturing as a traditionalist, any arguments about her intentions or classifcation go straight out the window- this superb record will challenge people (can you get through it without a bit of a weep??), entertain and sustain them for years to come.

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