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I'm A Hit Again
I'm A Hit Again
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jim, the human tranquilizer, 5 Jun. 2014
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As a youngster, I first encountered Jim Reeves singing 'I love you because' on the radio. It rode high on the Scandinavian hitlists at the time. Then, I didn't care much for his 'syrupy' style of singing and the intro was done by a HARP - which is not very rock'nroll.

With the passing of time, I have recognized his sheer genius. He left us several demo tapes which, over the years, have been orchestrated and eventually, become hits in their own right. 'Distant Drums' beeing the most famous. This double CD offers various new arrangements to previously recorded songs plus some new ones. It's very tastefully done, and I'm pretty sure, that these versions of 'Gipsy Feet' and 'I'm a Hit again' would both have been giant smashes, if issued when Jim was still alive.


The Very Best Of Billy Fury
The Very Best Of Billy Fury
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4.0 out of 5 stars Three complete LP's - and then some., 5 Jun. 2014
The upside here is that you get all the tracks of Billy's first three LP's : Billy Fury, Halfway to Paradise and The sound of Fury (and five tracks more). The downside is that all tracks are presented in random order. If you can live with that, this is a good buy.


Live at the Pickwick/Three for All
Live at the Pickwick/Three for All

5.0 out of 5 stars How cool can you get ?, 24 May 2014
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Yep - 'How cool is cool' IS pretty cool - but 'Live at the Pickwick' will bring you to the edge of your seat. A little too many vocals for my taste (and Roy Phillips' voice is not the most spectacular of voices). Strangely, he's denied (or has declined) the use of reverb or other aids for his vocal performances here, which, consequently sound very dry. The playing, however, is superb. Georgie Fame springs to mind, but the Peddlers had really grown their own style of jazzy r'nb pop (or poppy r'nb jazz). The two LP's, from 1967 and 1970 respectively, go together well , although 'Three for all' is an ambitious project with touches of symphonic composing and gospel at the expence of the raw jazzgroove. Clearly, The Peddlers did not wish to become yet another organcombo. This double CD is a fairly well hidden gem that really deserves a re-issue as copies are hard (pricey) to come by.


The Very Best of Brian Poole & the Tremeloes
The Very Best of Brian Poole & the Tremeloes
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3.0 out of 5 stars One of the weakest links of the 60's hitlists., 24 May 2014
In retrospect, this combo is to be remembered as a mediocre band from Dagenham, whose members may consider themselves fortunate to have achieved a couple of years of chart action. Mainly thriving on bland covers of contemporary hits, they didn't really bring on something new or even develop a distinctive sound. One exception being the single Candy Man/ I Wish I could Dance (Yes - yet another song with 'dance' in the title). They made their own arrangement for 'Candy Man' and moved thus successfully away from their usual formula of just copying the (Roy Orbison) original. The B-side I remember as a good-humored, echo-drenched ditty, sadly not present on this compilation. Instead we are offered 'Mr. Bass Man' and 'The Jimmy Brown song'. Frankly, I find both pretty unbearable to listen to today.


We Want Billy! / Billy
We Want Billy! / Billy
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4.0 out of 5 stars The sounds of 1963, 21 May 2014
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Contrary to other reviewers, I clearly prefer the 'Billy'-album on this 2-on-1 set. Billy F. had, by 1963, made the transition from Rock'n Roll to a softer kind of music, equally aiming at teenagers AND their parents, just like many other teen idols had done at the time. Ivor Raymondes arrangements are very good and the choice of songs is varied and suits Billys voice just fine.

'We want Billy' has not aged equally well. The thin-sounding organ of the Tornados is too dominant and not the right vehicle for attempting some basic rock'nroll. It also sounds wrongish on Billy's hits, of which some are delivered on this recording. Furthermore, the screams of the (mainly female) audience come abrubtly on and off, as if someone has tried to orchestrate the girls' enthusiasm, perhaps attempting to create some extra 'live' atmosphere in the studio. Anyway, a wasted effort.
Some bonus information: 'We want Billy' is stereo and 'Billy' is (original) mono on this CD.


Endeavour - Series 2 [DVD]
Endeavour - Series 2 [DVD]
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Price: £12.00

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Endeavour indeed !, 29 April 2014
This review is from: Endeavour - Series 2 [DVD] (DVD)
At the time of writing, I have yet to see the 'Neverland' episode. I was never an ardent fan of the 'Morse' and 'Lewis' series. I found generally the plots rather far-fetched and boring to the point where, ultimately, I did not care who-the-hell dunnit. (As a fellow reviewer has pointed out so brilliantly). The 'Endeavour' series has ended all this. Very good storylines, although, not all equally strong - and occasionally sadly overloading the modern-day approach of the culprit aiming directly at our investigating policeperson (quite silly, really). However, we still get suspense and very good acting in a fine 60's setting, perhaps even outdoing 'Heartbeat' and 'The Royal' in that department


Bad Influence
Bad Influence
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best, 12 April 2014
This review is from: Bad Influence (Audio CD)
This album will remain the ultimate Robert Cray album for me. It's also a perfect starting point if you want to discover the blues.
Really good compositions - the 'out-of-phase' guitar sound is dead on - and the band swings like H.... What can I say ?


Talkin' Verve
Talkin' Verve
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Organ jazz with flavours of pop., 12 April 2014
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This cross-section of Shirley Scott's Impulse and Cadet recordings offers some decent Big Band backing and fair versions of good tunes off the beaten track of worn-out standards. However, SS's preference of using the Hammond without percussion/attack effects makes her signature sound a bit weak compared to the organ superheroes of the sixties.

Perhaps to counteract this, John Corbett has pulled out all the stops in his notes. Unfortunately, his ample use of superlatives cannot hide that Shirley's version of 'Proud Mary' remains exactly - a pop-jazz disaster.


Cab Driver The Dot & Paramount Years 1958-1972
Cab Driver The Dot & Paramount Years 1958-1972
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True art is always hip., 4 April 2014
I can only follow up on the superlatives. Superb performances, superb remastering. And the lion's share of these recordings are stereo. (You'll have to find out for yourself which ones specifically - as record companies these days apparently can't be bothered to inform you). The Mills' effortless musicianship makes you even swallow 'The end of the world' and 'Sally Sunshine' without sulking.


A Go Go
A Go Go
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb playing all around., 10 Mar. 2014
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This is a masterpiece. Cool, funky and playful. My only reservation is that these Scofield-only compositions start off magnificently, but seem to lose steam a bit as we go along. A couple of standards thrown in wouldn't have done any harm at all. Still - there's plenty to be happy about.


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