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Pachelbel & Fasch : Orchestral Works
Pachelbel & Fasch : Orchestral Works
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CANON IN Delight, 30 Aug. 2006
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Please note there are two versions of Pachebel's Canon by the Paillard Chamber Orchestra - also note this is the best (not that their later version is bad). This version is a little slower in tempo, which actually suits the piece better. I first heard this, would you believe, on Radio One in the late 60's, fell in love with it and have enjoyed it ever since (I had to travel in to London's West End to find an import copy - no Amazon or internet in those days). Yes, the rest of the album is good also and Fasch's Trumpet Concerto is well worth a listen, but, you will be buying it for the premier version of a much recorded classic.


sketches of satie
sketches of satie

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SENSUAL SUMMER SOUNDS, 2 Aug. 2006
This review is from: sketches of satie (Audio CD)
The music on this album is excellent. Gymnopedies No.1 is one of my favourite pieces of music and I have many versions of it, this version ranks along side the best. I first heard the piece at the 'Light Fantastic' show back in the late 70's. It was played by Rod Argent, I purchased the single (45rpm) was I thought was really good, however, by accident I later played it at 33rpm. At that speed it was stunning (and much closer to the classical tempo). The rest of the Satie songs on this album are very well played. If you can get hold of this buy it. Congratulations to the Hackett brothers for a superb recording


Sings Leonard Cohen: Democracy
Sings Leonard Cohen: Democracy

35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SONGS FROM THE BEGINNING, 22 Sept. 2004
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If anyone has the right to sing the songs of LEONARD COHEN it is Judy Collins, from the moment she introduced the shy singer-songwriter to the public eye in 1966 (and 1967 on record) the world of music was blessed. The have been two various artist 'tribute' albums (so far) to the 70 year old, and an excellent album by Jennifer Warnes (Famous Blue Raincoat). But Judy Collins' interpretations of his music stand out from the crowd. Ok, from a personal viewpoint, some song don't quite gel such as the county setting of 'Bird on the Wire', but their are so many other superb renditions that the odd 'miss' doesn't matter. Now buy this album and wallow in the beauty of 'Susanne' 'Sisters of Mercy' and 'Famous Blue Raincoat' in particular. Thank you Judy Collins for bringing us Leonard Cohen, thank you for bringing us these songs.


The Magician's Death
The Magician's Death
by Paul Doherty
Edition: Paperback

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doherty does it again, 23 July 2004
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This review is from: The Magician's Death (Paperback)
Paul Doherty used to write his novels under so many different names it could become really confusing. Thankfully all that is in the past (pun intended). Here is another book featuring the medieval detective Sir Hugh Corbett, I have lost count of the number of novels he has appeared in, but I can tell you that the standard of those novels never drops. Modern day America and Britain might be easy to write about and easy to relate to, but give yourself a treat travel back in time and enjoy a history lesson and damn good thriller rolled into one. Check out Doherty's other great sleuth Brother Athelstan as well. Doherty has written so many novels that you could probably spend the rest of your live reading them, but, what the hell, I could think of a lot worse thing to do.


The Hand Of Justice: 10 (Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew)
The Hand Of Justice: 10 (Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew)
by Susanna Gregory
Edition: Hardcover

36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent author and novel, 23 July 2004
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Susanna Gregory has written nine previous volumes about her medieval sleuth set in 14th century Cambridge, all of them were excellent, this is no exception, except she has excelled herself with characterisation and descriptive narrative.
Historical crime novels seem to be the poor relations when it comes to sales, but Gregory, Bernard Knight, Paul Doherty and Peter Tremayne are every bit as good as the 'moderns' such as Harlan Coben and the like, indeed, I would suggest that more research goes into their books as the settings are acurate for the time periods. So, if you are looking for a crime novel and want to read the best - buy this book and put Susanna Gregory and her medieval world at the top of the best sellers list where she belongs. Oh, and don't forget the other authors I mentioned.


Ocean
Ocean

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare and beautiful, 17 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Ocean (Audio CD)
This album is beautiful - that's it, no more to say about the contents, but plenty to say about Larkin's availability. This man (also a professional gardener) is so good, he takes a flute and some background sounds and makes nearly an hour of superb music and not just on this album. I have a worn out tape of another of his works, called 'To The Essence Of A Candle' which is just him playing the flute, it is excellent and, to the best of my knowledge, has never been released on CD. WHY!!!! Come on, whoever holds the rights to these two albums please make them available. Larkin should not been forgotten or his music condemned to history. Back to 'O'Cean', if you can get hold of a copy - buy it and then you will also be screaming for 'Candle' to be released.


Visible World
Visible World
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ambient Heaven, 17 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Visible World (Audio CD)
Not being a fan of free form improvised jazz, I arrived at this album via 'Officium', which I found, in small doses, brilliant. This does not disappoint! 'Red Wind', 'The Healing Smoke' and 'The Quest' in particular are exceptional, they lift the spirits. If, like me, you enjoy making your own MP3 compilations, then take these three tracks add in a couple of songs from the aforementioned 'Officium' and the later 'Mnemosyne', then buy his 'Rites' album, from that take 'Rites', Pan', 'We Are the Stars' and 'Last Rite'. Finally take 'Tongue Of Secrets' from the earlier 'Legend Of The Seven Dreams' album, make your own playing order and, trust me, you have the (almost) perfect ambient chill experience. Whether you investigate other albums by Garbarek is down to your taste in music, but 'Visible World' and the other albums mentioned here are superb.


In a Lifetime - The Best of Clannad
In a Lifetime - The Best of Clannad
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer class, 3 Nov. 2003
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I have every album this band have made, nothing disappoints.
Anyone new to Clannad will either love or hate this album, if you love it then go buy the rest of their albums, because this is really representative of their work. The second disc in this set it called Clannad Chilled and that is the best way to describe their music, chilled and relaxing, but don't listen to me, listen to them. Clannad, Maire (Moya) Brennan and Enya (who was once a pre-'Harry's Game' member of the band) produce music that Ireland should be proud of. Buy and enjoy.
Note to Clannad: How about reforming for a new album??


Come Away With Me
Come Away With Me
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8 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is this Jazz??, No, but it's not too bad, 3 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Come Away With Me (Audio CD)
I must admit, I heard this again recently in a Hotel Restaurant and was pleasantly surprised. I didn't recognise it and without the preconception of thinking I was listening to a jazz singer, quiet enjoyed the laid back easy listening. So, sorry for the crap review below, I have upped my evaluation from one star to three. It isn't fantastic or groundbreaking, but is good background music for dining.

I do not normally write negative reviews, if I don't like an album that is my choice and does not reflect the quality (or lack of quality) of an album.
However, that said, I cannot understand the accolades this album has received, I bought it on the back of her excellent performance with Charlie Hunter, I am a jazz fan, particularly of good female singers. This album disappointed me on three counts; 1) It is not really jazz, it sounds more like m.o.r. meets country. 2) The songs and arrangements were very weak. And 3) Her voice did not seem as good as on the Charlie Hunter track.
Having said all that, listen to her performance with the Peter Malick group - that it a good album and the blues number is sung really well.
I think she should seriously look at the material and production when she records her follow up album, but then many people would say that I should look at her sales figures and bank account - my answer to that - the 'Birdie Song' sold by the bucket load - was that quality music?


Sunshine Superman: The Very Best Of Donovan
Sunshine Superman: The Very Best Of Donovan
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Price: £14.77

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ready, Steady, Go, but not just yet!, 24 Dec. 2002
Back in the 60's we all saw Donovan on RSG, hyped up as the British answer to Bob Dylan. What an unfair millstone to hang around the man's neck. Donovan was his own man, the only similarity being that (poorly played) harmonica. This album shows that Donovan's music has stood the test of time on its own merit. Some of the songs here may be familiar, others not so, but all are excellent examples of a unique British talent, not a copy of an American one.
Listen to the Jeff Beck/Jimmy Page tracks, good rock music or what? Listen to the acoustic tracks, they stand shoulder to shoulder, alongside the best of any other folk artist. Put them all together this adds up to a great introduction to the man, or a great trip down memory lane.
One criticism (well there must be one) is the omission of "For Susan on the West Coast, Waiting".


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