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Americana
Americana
Price: £5.98

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shine on you crazy diamonds, 6 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Americana (Audio CD)
I love it when NY and Crazy Horse are on form and clearly enjoying themselves. I thought that's what making music was all about. I'm not a massive NY fan but I sit in the 'Godfather of Grunge' camp. Dirty, sloppy distorted guitar is music to my ears. I don't think there is a poor track on the album and if you can't boogie to most of it rigor mortis may have already set in. The excellent production by Neil Young, John Hanion and Mark Humphreys holds the whole thing together and makes sense of the unkempt live feel of the entire album. This is the one for those hot summer!! care free evenings in the garden with a small glass of beer and a chicken leg to chew on.
The disc comes in a gatefold card sleeve (keeping the plastic to a minimum) with a booklet containing the lyrics and information about the origins of each song. Excellent stuff Mr Young and Crazy Horse. Thank you
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Pearl Jam Twenty
Pearl Jam Twenty
Price: £14.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe not for the occasional PJ listener, 30 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Pearl Jam Twenty (Audio CD)
The magnificant double CD celebrating the band's first 20 years will probably only interest the diehard fans.
The packaging is excellent and includes a very detailed booklet bound in a hardback cover. I won't give you a track by track account but here are my highlights:-
CD1 track 1 - Release (Verona, Italy 2006. I only got to see them at Leeds fest in 2006 so this one is new to me)
track 2 - Alive (One of the first live recordings 22/12/1990)
track 5 - Black (The 1992 MTV unplugged version. The full DVD of this concert is available with the Ten
collector's edition)
track 11- Crown Of Thorns (Las Vagas 2000. The 10th Anniversary tribute to Andrew Wood)
track 13- Walk With Me (Mountain View California 2010 A song from Neil Young's Le Noise. NY joined them for
this one)

CD2 track 1 - Say Hello 2 Heaven (Temple Of The Dog demo)
track 4 - It Ain't Like That (A demo with soon to be touring partners Alice In Chains)
track 5 - Need to Know (A Matt Cameron demo that later became 'The Fixer')
track 10- Indifference (Bologna, Italy 2006. I've not heard this superb live version before)
track 11- Of The Girl, Instrumental
track 12- Faithful (Pistora Italy 2006. A pre gig sound check)

As mentioned earlier much of this will probably be of no interest to the casual PJ listener however it's of great interest to this diehard.


vs. & Vitalogy 3 CD Deluxe Edition
vs. & Vitalogy 3 CD Deluxe Edition
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £21.65

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect, 27 May 2011
I agree, this is probably not for those who dip in and out of Pearl Jam however if you are a die hard it's well worth it (I paid 20 quid for my copy). The packaging for this 3 disc set is excellent, no plastic in sight, apart from the discs. The remastering on Vs produces a number of improvements imo but is treble heavy resulting in much more clarity in the percussion audio, particulary Dave Abbruzzese's base drum and cymbals. This took me a while to get used to. The remastering also creates more space around each instrument. Jeff Ament's bass benefits particularly from this. The same applies to Vitology and the enhancement of the Gossard/ McCready solos is a delight. The live album is the Brendan O'Brian remixed 1984 Boston, Orpheum Theatre set. Mudhoney supported PJ for this show and Mark Arm is guest vocalist on the track 'Sonic Reducer'. This set includes 'Rats' a track that has only been performed live during 50 shows. This 3 disc set easily deserves 5 stars imo.


Septentrional
Septentrional

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boddy, no Doyle, 10 April 2011
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This review is from: Septentrional (Audio CD)
This is the darkest RMI album I've heard (I'm the proud owner of 4 of their albums but haven't heard any that I don't own). Think Berlin School, pre Phaedra Tangerine Dream with frequent bursts of percussion. This is a 1500 limited copy album on Ian Boddy's DIN label [DIN 23] featuring Mr Boddy on synthetic percussion who, has a significant influence on the sound imo. Very Boddyesque in many places. (understandable given that he produced and mixed it). If you're a fan of pre 1978 Tangerine Dream, Ian Boddy or any other work of RMI you will enjoy this 56 minute delight which was recorded between Dec 2004 and March 2006.


Time & Motion
Time & Motion

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy the journey, 2 April 2011
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This review is from: Time & Motion (Audio CD)
If you have the capacity to consume more of all that was great about the music of mid 1970s 'Time and Motion' could be the one for you. A delightful cocktail of early Tangerine Dream soundscapes, Gong(without the whimscal bits)and a hint of Pink Floyd. This mammoth double CD is over 2 hours 30 minutes long and takes some digesting at first but is well worth the effort in my opinion. Recorded between February and June 2009 the 3 usual band members are joined by Martin Archer on wind instruments and electronics. He creates some great interplay with Gary Houghton's beautiful guitar work. If you like your tracks long you won't be disappointed here. The shortest one being 9 minutes, the longest a delightful 24 minutes. Thanks RMI for another stunning album.


Comforter
Comforter
Offered by Books-and-Sounds
Price: £7.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Hank Marvin with teeth, very sharp teeth, 4 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Comforter (Audio CD)
Like other reviewers this is one of my all time favourite albums. I bought it on release in 94 and it's become part of my DNA. There are many amazing qualities to this album, not least the production and mixing. Not an easy task with full on grunge. Comforter is loud and edgey but it does have its gentle moments as well. The power house comes from all 4 musicians. Josephmary's vocal stands up throughout. Sid Rainey's Rickenbacker bass throbs and grissels in the engine room. The reverb on Sid Rainey's guitar cuts a swathe through every track and Jan-Willem Alkema is one of the tightest drummers I've ever heard. 14 tracks, 14 gems. If you are a fan of punk or grunge this masterpiece should be in your collection.


All
All
Price: £15.55

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from the German stoners, 22 Feb. 2010
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This review is from: All (Audio CD)
Established in 1984, 'All' is the ninth album from the German 'Stoner' rock band Colour Haze. For those of you who are fans of Kyuss, Colour Haze is the nearest you'll get to those early/mid 1990's glory days of desert rock. The current line up Manfred Merwald (drums) Philipp Rasthofer (Bass) Stefan Koglek (guitar and vocals) produce a sound that reminds me of a hybrid of Hendrix and Kyuss. As regards to previous C H albums that's as far as I'd go in terms of comparison to other artists. 'All' however has a slightly softer feel to it and contains an element of Focus 3 style keyboards with a sprinkling of classical Jan Akkerman and early Fleetwood Mac. If you are a fan of the laid back guitar riff you'll love this 65 minute gem.


Them Crooked Vultures
Them Crooked Vultures
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why 5 stars?, 4 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Them Crooked Vultures (Audio CD)
I waited a while to review this album to avoid being trampled by the hysteria. I've read all the reviews. Some helpful, some not. Some amount to nothing more than an uninformative rant. Chances are if you are a fan of Kyuss, QotSA and Led Zeppelin you're going to like TCV but why 5 stars? Seems to me that we (reviewers)can be motivated by a range of complex considerations when we are invited to rate a collection of songs. Being limited to a range of 1 to 5 is a bit of a cop out really. This album contains many of the elements that I hear on my favourite Kyuss album, my favourite QotSA album and my favourite Zep album but all these musicians have previously been involved in making better albums than this imo and It's not possible to compare it to previous TCV albums, making it a difficult one to rate. It's not the best album ever made nevertheless it is a very special hybrid of musical excellence that can only be provided by musicians with the experience and track record of Them !! Very special indeed.


LOCKED OUT FROM THE INSIDE CD UK LOST HOUSE 2009
LOCKED OUT FROM THE INSIDE CD UK LOST HOUSE 2009
Offered by themusicmerchant
Price: £15.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bay Of Angels, 17 Nov. 2009
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'Everything Is', is surely one of thee albums of the decade and I'm inclined to believe that 'Locked Out From The Inside' will be even better (only listened to it twice but I'm hooked, line and sinker). This band is; once again, happy, content and confident with itself. The whole 'Love/Hate' experience in L.A seems to be behind them and they are well and truly back on track, and what's more this album is packed with the determination to put 2007/08 behind them, learn from the bitter experience, and rise from the ashes. Listen to Bay Of Angels, they tell the whole story very succinctly. This is the music of a band back in control and making their own decisions. British music needs bands like NBA as a beacon of hope for it's future. Please give it a try and hear for yourself. Whilst the likes of the NME seem determined to snuff out all that is good about this country's music NBA represent all that is great about it.


Queens of the Stone Age
Queens of the Stone Age
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £5.71

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy coyote, he's leaving the lair, 31 Oct. 2009
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This review is from: Queens of the Stone Age (Audio CD)
Josh spent many of his formative musical years living with coyotes and feeding on snake venom sucked through the quill of a porcupine. It was a sad day indeed for all Kyuss fans when he decided to vacate the desert and move to pastures new. No need to worry though because he took all those skills that he perfected in the 10,000 degree heat of Death Valley with him and used them to move his unbelievable talent on to the next stage, the birth of QotSA. There's something about a retrospective album review that allows you to consider where it stands regarding the bigger picture and what has become clear imo is that this album is still one of the finest albums that QotSA and Kyuss have made to date. It is thee hybrid. The album that defined the death of Kyuss and the birth of QotSA. This is not an album for the completist. It's an album for any self respecting fan of rock music of the highest quality. The production and mixing is absolutely perfect as well.


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