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The Colours of the Night: Songs By Clive James and Pete Atkin
The Colours of the Night: Songs By Clive James and Pete Atkin
Price: £9.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If this is the last it may yet be the best!, 10 July 2015
Halfway through the first song I said out loud (to no one in particular - or perhaps to everyone) "This is magnificent!". And so it proved. One might wonder if without the financial backing of a big label the album would not have the full sound of the classic releases from Pete Atkin (and Clive James) but that would be very wrong - step forward Chris Spedding who adds tasty guitar to a number of tracks - and Simon Wallace is outstanding in piano. There is a great supporting cast - I loved the angel voices. Pete himself is on very fine form - his voice has an added depth of emotion and experience in my view. But ultimately it's all about the songs - amd what songs - wry yet deeply affecting, covering life and death and so much in- between. Anyone who has heard from the Atkin-James team before can of course buy with confidence - anyone who hasn't should check this album out straightaway. It has been sadly heralded as being most likely the last album of new songs from Clive and Pete. If that is so it may just be that they have ended with the best!


Coke Studio India Season 3: Episode 4
Coke Studio India Season 3: Episode 4
Price: £5.34

5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous stuff!, 16 Aug. 2014
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Fabulous stuff - but this with confidence. I saw these guys at Womad 2014 and I was completely blown away!


Phosphor
Phosphor
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Sparse Beauty from Jura, 22 July 2014
This review is from: Phosphor (MP3 Download)
This is a great find - deceptively simple instrumentation but with winding tunes that insinuate themselves into your everyday life. Karl has a way with slightly mysterious lyrics; "a silver set of bones shimmering through your skin" - I didn't know whether to be charmed or chilled! Great guitar picking and sparse but highly sympathetic accompaniment on percussion, violin, harmonium etc. This is the first release on the Sound of Jura label and it only makes you look forward to more where this one came from.


New Old Stock EP
New Old Stock EP
Price: £3.95

5.0 out of 5 stars This is Lovely!, 10 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: New Old Stock EP (MP3 Download)
This is Lovely -you can almost hear the summery bees buzzing in the background - very relaxing. Judith plays evocative guitar and Dave plays the Jew's (or Jaw's) Harp. The two sounds go together perfectly and summon up another world. On their website [...] they say that they try to create "the world we want to be in". Well if it's not getting too crowded there I want to be in it too :-) Five tunes and a cheap download price - perfect - play it again!


Three Cliffs Bay
Three Cliffs Bay

5.0 out of 5 stars Their Finest Moment!, 18 April 2012
This review is from: Three Cliffs Bay (MP3 Download)
Well not everyone would agree - but for me this has got to be Luminous Frenzy's finest moment. Deceptively beuatiful but don't be fooled there are dark undercurrents tugging at the heart... is it murder or someone dying or being born.. it could be the soundtrack for a scary movie but a beautiful one too. I love this track. After this LF got heavier with Momentary and Random Generator which are excellent - but they don't pull at the emotions the way this one does


Curly's Airships: A Songstory By Judge Smith
Curly's Airships: A Songstory By Judge Smith

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Wonderful!, 27 April 2011
Judge Smith is a british institution and living proof that great talent is often woefully unrecognised. Those in the know will have spotted that he has written some of the most memorable songs (and tunes) purveyed by Mr Peter Hammill on various albums. Judge also had a couple of small-label releases before - but this is his coup de grace. A fantastic dramatic recreation of an airship journey (and crash), a story of british bureaucracy and folly, and a paranormal investigation - all set to tunes that you can hum (and once you start humming them then, just like the spirits from the other world, they won't leave you alone!). This is truly a work of love - every aspect of it shows the care and attention Judge has lavished on it. One of the most unusual purchases I have ever made - this also one of the most unforgettable. Hammill is present on the album as is Arthur Brown and a number of other quality side-men - but it's Judge's show from start to finish and I for one hope there's lots more to come from the Judge Smith pen. Fantastic!
Sean


You Can Cry
You Can Cry
Price: £6.93

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Gorgeous!, 24 Dec. 2010
This review is from: You Can Cry (Audio CD)
Absolutely on my top of 2010 list - this is a gorgeous album of lovely melodies - so gentle yet sophisticated - it absolutely transports you to another (and more sophisticated) world. Claudia's singing is light and lovely - Ian's playing - and tunes are just superb. Take my advice - just let Gamine carry you off!


Live at Henie Onstad Art Centre 1971
Live at Henie Onstad Art Centre 1971
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Price: £16.60

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific, 22 Dec. 2009
I met Michael King in London a little while ago at a Yumi Hara Cawkwell / GF Fitzgerald /Geoff Leigh gig - but if I had only heard this before i would have pumped his hand in welcome and bought him three drinks to start with - it's terrific stuff - and the cd-rom is informative and interesting - and fun too! Personally I really like the presentation of a whole set of music without it being split up into tracks (and the various tunes are clearly identified on the cd-rom with clips included for positive identification). This is Soft Machine on fire in their glory days - wish I had been there - even if I had I would sell all my furniture (and more) to buy this. Thanks Micahel and all!


A King At Nightfall & The Road Of Silk
A King At Nightfall & The Road Of Silk

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 great albums in one great package, 14 May 2009
Really in my view this is the peak of the 1970's collaboration between Clive James and Pete Atkin. In an era when most other artists were going for longer tracks and longer guitar solos Pete and Clive wrote small gems of songs with a kind of compressed power. These are two amazing albums -Clive's words stretching the definition of what popular songs could be about beyond anyone's expectations - Pete's tunes providing the perfect example of how a collaboration can go to places that a single writer would not dream of - the marvellous tunes and arrangements bringing the words to life; underscoring, extending and always making so memorable these amazing songs. And Pete's singing - in an english accent, controlled and understated if you like, but no less powerful for that. Do I like it? Can't you tell :-) These are 2 of my favourite albums ever! And this is a great package (and at an amazing price!). Clive and Pete have written extended notes on the albums and on each song with added photos etc. When I received this I sat and listened to "Between Us there Is Nothing", the first track on A King at Nightfall, and just gloried in the song and the sound. Treat yourself to some quality!


Tricks Of The Senses
Tricks Of The Senses
Price: £14.00

34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Collection, 29 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Tricks Of The Senses (Audio CD)
This is a really excellent collection of rare tracks and outtakes from the Incredible String Band in their prime. It forms (exactly as it claims) almost an alternative history of the best period of ISB. Just listen to Maya - worth the price on it's own! If you love the String Band this is just essential.


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