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Words Unspoken
Words Unspoken
Price: £13.47

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Beautiful, 18 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Words Unspoken (Audio CD)
The best of her recent folk albums and getting nearer to what she wants to do. 'Will ye Gang Love' and 'Ythanside' are certainly a far cry from the pop period, but are sublime.This album is almost all Scottish and her take on Robert Burns (for my money) is much more honest than the recent forays by other interpreters. I think Burns would be pleased to hear such perfect phrasing and mellow tone. She's now 64 and can still sing the head off most of the award winning folksters - as seen at the recent folk awards.


Will You Take Me as I am: Joni Mitchell's Blue Period
Will You Take Me as I am: Joni Mitchell's Blue Period
by Michelle Mercer
Edition: Hardcover

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tangled Up In Blue, 19 May 2009
This is the best attempt at a biography on the elusive and peerless Mitchell. Charting the 'BLUE PERIOD' is detailed and insightful, particularly since Mitchell herself is involved to a degree. From Blue through to Hejira, the book offers a fresh look at a woman who learned to believe in her gift and follow it to a level that trascended the narrow categories she was placed within - folk, rock, jazz, WOMAN! The only woman to match and better the men who were and still are regarded as gods. None of them come close musically or lyrically during this period ( especially Hejira) and it's nice to finally hear Bob and Neil and Leonard, acknowledging it. When the dust settles...........
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Nothing's Gonna Change My World: The Songs of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison
Nothing's Gonna Change My World: The Songs of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Tribute, 4 Sept. 2006
Beatles diehards will sadly never give this music a chance. A great shame indeed, for it is both respectful and insightful. Dickson's voice, after 40 years in show business is as beautiful as ever and she injects a fresh folk feel that is wierdly ancient and contemporary at the same time. 'Eleanor Rigby' sounds like a really old folk song, delivered a capella and ghost-like. Lesser known songs like 'Rain' or 'Things We Said Today'are just beautiful and 'Across The Universe'is ethereal.Dickson deserves respect for her longevity and courage in her choices of songs to sing. She's come a long way from January, February and it looks like this album could change a lot of peoples opinions.
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Turbulent Indigo
Turbulent Indigo
Price: £5.99

43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deeper shade of blue, 11 April 2006
This review is from: Turbulent Indigo (Audio CD)
The closing song on this album may be the greatest achievement of Mitchell's career. 'The Sire of Sorrow' takes the most interesting tale of the old testament - the only book to really challenge God - and completely reworks it into a contemporary setting that lashes out with bitterness and angst. Added to this, is the compelling music which builds to epic proportions, like thick paint on Van Gogh's canvas. It is beyond pop music, even by Mitchell's standards and makes you realise the genius of the woman. None of her contemporaries (Dylan and Cohen included) could ever reach these heights and as a climax to a fairly disturbing look at the mess we now seem to be in, Mitchell transcends her own legend. Blue and Hejira were certainly landmark albums, but for my money Turbulent Indigo (three decades later)is her final triumph.Lyrically and musically it all falls into place in a bundle of songs which express their views in the way Picasso's Guernica does - chopped imagery of injustice, brutality and greed leading a culture to the brink. Mitchell still manages humour and love like the early days, but these songs are no longer watercolours. They are a dense pallete of oils, flung onto the page with alarm bells added. The greatest of her masterpieces.
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Blue
Blue
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £4.94

37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars constant as the northern star, 27 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Blue (Audio CD)
The definitive singer/ songwriter album is an understatement for this work of art. It's always annoyed me that the most gifted artist working in the "POP" arena, has always been labelled or typecast into such narrow divisions. The greatest FEMALE songwriter? Well of course, but which Male is better? Since the early seventies, she set the standard and even Mr. Dylan sights her as one of his very few peers.So who among them sings, plays, writes, produces, paints the cover - even today, no one has equalled her. So BLUE should be your starting point as an introduction to this amazing artist. She sings, plays and writes in her own blood, with an honesty that will break your heart. Follow this with Hejira and Turbulent Indigo and you'll realise she really has no peers. GENIUS.
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Full Circle
Full Circle
Offered by westworld-
Price: £15.66

32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to basics, 14 Oct. 2004
This review is from: Full Circle (Audio CD)
I've watched Barbara Dicksons career closely over the years and always managed to see beyond the naffness of the music that labelled her to the pure ethereal voice that should define her. And now, finally she really has come Full Circle, with a sincere collection which illustrates what we always knew. She is the owner of one of the greatest voices in recording history. In the hands of a fine producer, this collection has the emotional depth worthy of such a voice and deserves to be heard by a wider audience.
There's no need for vocal gymnastics or pulsing productions when the depth of knowledge and experience Dickson has, can carry ancient and beautiful ballads like these to a greater level than any contemporary singer today could attempt. Listen to "Singing Bird", "Garten Mothers Lullaby " or "The Eriskay Love Song" and you'll be convinced that Barbara Dickson deserves to be allowed freedom from the confines of the easy listening category and a new respect for what she was always capable of. Just buy it and see.


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