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Beacon Theatre: Live From New York
Beacon Theatre: Live From New York
Price: 10.94

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds fine to me..., 26 Sep 2012
Just a quick counterbalance to the other two reviews. JB's playing is of course excellent throughout, as are the guest appearances, and the song choices are good as well. Unlike the other two reviewers, I could not detect any major problems with the sound, certainly not anything that would warrant a 1-star review!

Coming Up for Air
Coming Up for Air

4.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling sounds on second outing from rapidly growing York band, 16 Mar 2010
This review is from: Coming Up for Air (Audio CD)
I don't really write reviews, but the only existing review is being more than a little tight with its 2 stars. The album is not radically different in terms of scope and feel to Below The Radar, the band's most recent release, and has many fine songs including Coming Up For Air, When I Hold On To You and the excellent ballad On The Blue Horizon. Don't Turn A Blind Eye has some pretty cool guitar and featured on the 2008 CD Prog Spawn from Classic Rock magazine, but despite this I would class Breathing Space as more of an adult rock band with plenty of interesting twists and turns - the "prog" moniker will possibly lead readers astray.

Mark Rowen's bouncy guitar playing is well-crafted and nothing short of excellent throughout, but don't think widdly, extended songs - instead think tightly arranged, keyboard-led rock songs with strong melodies and wonderful vocals and harmonies from singer Olivia Sparnenn, who is sadly soon to leave the band and take the helm at Mostly Autumn. If you are new to Breathing Space or have been lucky enough to catch them live and are wondering where to start then I would say it is a fairly even toss-up between this album and the more rocky Below The Radar, which possibly just shades it with a marginally better overall sound. Not much in it though, and if you like one you will probably like both. The album Breathing Space by Iain Jennings is also very much worth checking out...

Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore
Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 7.16

5 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great sound but boring to listen to, 18 Jan 2010
Clearly lots of people adore this record, and this is why I was swayed into getting a copy. The sound is good, with excellent, punchy bass and crunchy guitars, and the reference made elsewhere to the vocal style of early AC/DC is not too wide of the mark. Unfortunately, the songs are dull and go on for ever. This is not interesting extended jams in the style of the Allmans at Fillmore, more ragged songs that just don't know when to stop. I suggest checking out some sound clips on YouTube before taking the plunge. Turning it up to 11 does, no doubt, help though...
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In Search Of The Fourth Chord
In Search Of The Fourth Chord
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: 5.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From the makers of..., 23 Aug 2009
The trouble with Status Quo is that nothing they could do now will match up to what they did in their 70s prime. They are older, have written a million songs and are presumably somewhat less chemically enhanced these days.

As somebody who grew up wanting to play guitar largely inspired by "Quo", "Hello" and "Blue For You", I can see where the guys who dismiss the latest offering as being a watered-down imitation of the real thing are coming from. However, I do tend to disagree with them about the new album, as I really enjoy listening to it. The production is the key to modern day Quo, and some of their efforts since, say, 1982 have indeed been dull, bland sounding affairs. This new one sounds rather good on the whole though, good tunes, great harmonies and of course plenty of crunchy Teles. Of course there is no Caroline or Gerdundula on it, but you should really give it a try before dismissing it as rubbish. When "Gravy Train" came on my MP3 player on random the other day I thought I had found some lost 70s classic, and "Bad News" also features a fine guitar solo. However, avoid the track "My Little Heartbreaker" (and to a lesser extent "Hold Me") at all costs, it is the epitome of bland modern Quo. The first half of the album is consistently fine, making this a worthy release "from the makers of..." - despite the slight dip about 2/3 of the way through, it ends strongly enough with "Bad News", the lighter acoustic "Tongue Tied" and Quo-by numbers (in a good way!) "I Ain't Wasting My Time".

If you still like Quo then you will enjoy this; if you are curious and don't have any yet then start with a collection of their best 70s output. If you hate Quo then why are you reading this? Quo manage to keep their career alive by giving their fans what they want in the live arena - and there are enough decent songs on "In Search Of The Fourth Chord" for the call of "...and here's one from our new album" not to prompt a mass exodus to the bar/toilets!
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Mighty High [Australian Import]
Mighty High [Australian Import]
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 12.91

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mighty boring..., 18 Jun 2009
Some aspects of Gov't Mule I really like - Warren Haynes' soulful singing and brilliant guitar playing in particular. However, I feel his playing with the Allmans has become very formulaic recently, and this CD is the sound of Gov't Mule setting up shop in Dullsville in Boring County. Imagine your usual Mule album, strip out the good song elements and leave the boring jams and you are half way there. I don't mind the reggae side; just that the songs go on for ever without anything interesting happening. Neat idea, dreadful execution. All recorded and played beautifully, mind, hence the two stars.

Muse - Hullabaloo [DTS] [DVD] [2002]
Muse - Hullabaloo [DTS] [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Muse
Offered by nagiry
Price: 9.43

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unwatchable - such a waste, 20 May 2009
The music is - in parts - fantastic, although a bit too full-on and lacking in light and shade for my liking. Excellent playing throughout though.

Sadly, the editing makes the concert unwatchable - unless you have an attention span of about 0.5 seconds. Everything is chopped up, constantly changing focus and angle, with bright lights going off everywhere and the cameraman almost as infatuated with gimmicky special effects as the guy who did Top Of The Pops in the 1970s!

I have never seen Muse in concert and would have enjoyed the opportunity to watch a concert on the DVD. Sadly, this copy is going straight to Oxfam as it is unwatchable.

Don't Tell The Band
Don't Tell The Band
Price: 16.44

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected gem, 15 Nov 2005
This review is from: Don't Tell The Band (Audio CD)
I decided to check out Widespread Panic after hearing people talking about them at a Gov't Mule gig here in England. In case you have never heard them before, they are generally lumped in with the "jam band" scene.
It took me about 3-4 listens to get into, and since then I have fallen in love with this record. Don't worry if you are not overly into the "jam" side of things - this is a really strong selection of interesting songs. Of course, every track is drenched in excellent musicianship, but the key for me is the richness of tunes. Great guitars, nice pianos and some lovely hammond to round things off.
Definitely one of my best purchases this year!
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