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The Brentford Trilogy
The Brentford Trilogy
Price: 15.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Dig These Moods, 7 July 2009
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Three of the most essential albums by any singer songwriter. These albums are a master class in quality songwriting.
This is the point in Nick's career where he broke free of the shackles of record company manipulation and truly found himself as a perfomer.
Inspired by having his heart broken these songs have a timeless quality which evoke hints of Gershwin, Hank Williams and Leonard Cohen to name but a few.
Somewhere in my head i can hear Nat King Cole singing "You Inspire Me". To be that powerful a songwriter that i imagine cover versions that never can be proves Nick Lowe can capture your soul and put it in the song. This is sheer understated power.


The Song of the Soul: The Authorised Martin Stephenson Biography
The Song of the Soul: The Authorised Martin Stephenson Biography
by Richard Cundill
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Overdue Overview., 7 Jun 2009
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Richard Cundill and Mark Bradley have created a great account of one of England's finest songwriters.
The thread that weaves through this book is Martin's love for music and his fans love for him. Documenting Martin's stuggle with the music industry fat cats and with the demon drink whilst giving a fair critique of his recorded work.
As a fan i found this book compelling and a bit sad as i'm reminded of how little coverage his finest work recieved by the music press.
On the upside we are reminded Martin got by with the reputation for fine live performances and a loyal e group.
The resounding message of this book is you can't underestimate the power of the people and the power of music.
The book also includes a discography which i found handy to put my collection in chronilogical order as Martin seemed to put out a cd every other month for a while. I've just found out that three more are on their way. Thank you gents for a valued account of a national treasure.


Devil On The Wind
Devil On The Wind
Price: 13.02

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing Breeze., 2 Jun 2009
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Since 1985 this band have gave us some mighty fine folk rock albums.
This latest offering doesn't disappoint sounding like The Clash jamming with The Byrds with a touch of The Pogues making a great refreshing rock 'n' roll racket. Cush's gravel voiced throaty vocals and Swill's smooth rich tones and harmonies compliment each other perfectly.
Thanks to many guests including the amazing violin of Bobby Valentino this album has a rich full sound. The title track with it's Eastern instrumentation hijacks your senses and pulls you into a wonderous musical journey. "Beast Of Brechfa" roared by Swill is a bit cajun with a little dose of prog rock (thanks to Nick Muir's keyboards) and just bonkers but great."A Real Rain" is an old fashioned rockabilly stomper. Elsewhere the bands influences gel together to create warm and rich sounds. I love every track on this album the quality of the playing is matched by the song writing.
I have been a fan of this band from the start and while this may not be there finest hour it certainly may be there finest forty odd minutes.


Townes (Deluxe)
Townes (Deluxe)
Price: 14.84

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FINE TRIBUTE, 22 May 2009
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Nice to hear Steve Earle giving these songs a new lease of life. I've heard too many Townes songs watered down and sucked of all feeling by too various to mention. Steve adds an earthy and gritty edge to these classics which he learned from his mentor. There are no bad tracks on this album but (Quicksilver Daydreams Of) Maria has always been my favourite Townes Van Zandt song and Steve's version is almost as beautiful.
To conclude Steve Earle is not just a fine songwriter but also a fine singer of songs.


Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women
Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women
Price: 12.09

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty Of Greatness, 20 April 2009
After the death of his best friend and band mate Chris Gaffney, Dave's hurt was too recent to step back on stage with His band The Guilty Men.
What we have here is Dave and an all female backing band of crack musicians and singers. A fusion of country, blues, soul, gospel, folk, rock 'n' roll and even an old show tune (Que Sera Sera) make this a fine mixture of quality American Music.
"Downey Girl" a tribute to Karen Carpenter and Dave's hometown is a thing of sheer beauty and wonder. It is refreshing to hear that music so well played and sung is being made.
Elsewhere Dave reclaims "Marie Marie" and does a fine tribute to Big Joe Turner.
The ladies who play and sing on this album include Cindy Cashdollar, Amy Farris and Christy McWilson who after hearing make me want to check out more.
I have been listening to this album for over a week on stream and all i can conclude is that it deserves awards a plenty.
Thank you Dave Alvin in helping keep great music alive.


Sgt. Bilko: The Phil Silvers Show, 50th Anniversary Edition [DVD]
Sgt. Bilko: The Phil Silvers Show, 50th Anniversary Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Phil Silvers
Price: 11.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars King Of Sit Coms, 29 Mar 2009
Here is a tip to get you through life if you know someone that doesn't like Bilko then they are not worth knowing. Trust me i have met a few and they are dull and miserable individuals.
Bilko is fast paced well written with a few ad-libs flung in every now and then. Overall Bilko is timeless unlike a lot of bilge that trys to pass itself for comedy these days. At times when i've been at complete lows in my life i stick on some Bilko and the world begins to shine again.
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Quiet Please...The New Best of Nick Lowe (2CD + DVD)
Quiet Please...The New Best of Nick Lowe (2CD + DVD)
Price: 16.30

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Highs Of Lowe, 29 Mar 2009
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From start to finish this collection is flawless. Nick lowe is one of the finest singer songwriters around and a humble bloke too. This charts his career from power pop punk to emotional crooner. I love every one of these forty nine tracks and the dvd is just the icing on the cake. If there was any justice in this world this collection should top the album charts for the next twelve months at least.
If you are a Nick Lowe virgin watch the dvd first and gaze in wonder and awe at the sheer emotion and talent of the Jesus Of Cool.


Lucky One
Lucky One
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Price: 10.16

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Pop, 10 Mar 2009
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This is a fantastic feel good album which has a classic pop sound. Imagine Elvis, Roy Orbison, Buck Owens, Tom Jones and Tony Christie rolled into one, twangin' Duane Eddy riffs and you've got Raul Malo.
I'm going to put my neck out here and Say that this is possibly the finest album that he has recorded solo or as leader of The Mavericks.
This is the sort of music made for Saturday Nights.
Fans old and new will love this.
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Midnight At The Movies
Midnight At The Movies
Price: 9.87

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dad Should Be Proud, 10 Mar 2009
This review is from: Midnight At The Movies (Audio CD)
A fantastic album from start to finish. I must admit i was suprised how amazing this album is. I purchased this after hearing a couple of tracks and reading some reviews. I am certainly going to invest on his debut album. At just over half an hour long you'll keep pressing the restart button for some more. If he keeps up this sort of standard of songwriting Justin Townes Earle will give his old man a run for his money.
I just found out about the "Yuma" ep which is a fantastic six track collection. After hearing all three releases i can honestly say this boy has a promising career ahead.
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Unreleased Recordings
Unreleased Recordings
Price: 24.41

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Listening, 2 Mar 2009
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Hank Williams still remains one of the most important artists in American music. This set not only proves that Hank was a fine songwriter but also a great performer. After listening to this you wonder why The Grand Ole Opry don't reinstate the great man. The legacy of Hank Williams will never fade and he pioneered the country genre.
My personal favourites on this set are the gospel songs which Hank delivers with verve, passion and soul. Of the fifty four tracks all are essential listening and a good guidline in how country music should sound.
What a refreshing change it is to have a box set wich is not a cash in and serves the purpose of doing justice to the fine music.
I for one am glad that if there are possibly another two volumes on the way as it will serve even more proof The Grand Ole Opry should hang their heads in shame.
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