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Chicago/the Blues/Today
Chicago/the Blues/Today
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Price: 16.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Yesterday and today, 12 Jun 2012
This review is from: Chicago/the Blues/Today (Audio CD)
I fully agree with the previous reviewers. This is a fine snapshot of the Chicago blues scene of 1965.
I'm not over the moon about the eerie photo'art' on the cover. The original coverart is far superior. However - the enclosed booklet is very good. My favourites on the collection are the Otis Rush Band cuts. These 5 tracks has to be some of the best OR ever comitted to vinyl. Furthermore, these gems have been aurally repaired. The original LP cuts were marred by some compression fault wich caused a strange intermittant high-pitch boost and some odd clicking noises. The clicking can still be heard, but the overall sound is very much improved and quite OK.


Music Of The Year - 1964
Music Of The Year - 1964

5.0 out of 5 stars very goody, 22 May 2012
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A surprisingly good compilation. Walkin' the dog by the Dennisons and Tell me when by the Applejacks (arguably their finest hour)are the standout tracks. Solid contributions by Brian Poole & the Tremeloes, Dave Berry and the Poets among others places this far away from your everyday, run-of-the-mill collection of 60's.


A Touch of Frost Series 15 [DVD]
A Touch of Frost Series 15 [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Jason
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Price: 7.43

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Frost leaves on a bum note, 8 May 2012
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I have been a fan of Frost's for many years. I regret to say that this final episode (How does this become a 'series'? - by dividing it into two parts ??) lets D.I. Frost leave us on a bum note. Our hero has, over the years, developed into the archetypical LONER. Still, the nice actress Phyllis Logan is taken hostage by the authors in a feeble run-of-the-mill/mainstream 'happy' ending with some highly unlikely ex-husband terrorist/kamikaze attacks thrown in for good measure.
So, all the everyday realism, connected with our low-key policeman and his colleagues, is violently blown away in one devastating stroke.
One feels compelled to complain to the police, had D.I. Frost not already resigned.

The DVD alternative endings offers a choice of killing off superintendent Mullett or Jack Frost himself instead of George Toolan, but neither option obscures the lack of a satisfactory conclusion to this, otherwise outstanding, saga.
Remember: Old detectives don't die, they just fade away.


Cavern Stomp - The Complete Recordings
Cavern Stomp - The Complete Recordings

4.0 out of 5 stars Ups and downs, 29 April 2012
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I have my doubts about the actual location of the recording of the Big 3's famous 'cavern'-ep. The sound is better than what was the standard for live-recordings of the era. This doesn't really add up with the Cavern's confined space of wet, tiled masonry. That aside, the EP is absolutely brilliant as is the rest of the Big 3's recorded output of the 60's. You have a rough, vibrant and primitive 60's sound that just missed the right producer to be absolutely second-to-none.
The 1973 'Resurrection' album is a different kettle of fish. I don't like it very much because of its lack of energy and vibe. It is as if you can hear that, by 1973, straight rock'n roll had to be delivered with a certain distance to be accepted. This Rpm compilation therefore is a strange half-a-mind affair. Still, the first 15 tracks are worth the price of admission.
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Best Of Tennessee Ernie Ford
Best Of Tennessee Ernie Ford
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4.0 out of 5 stars less than sixteen tons, 29 April 2012
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Yes, 'Sixteen Tons' is indeed missing from this compilation which ought to have been called 'The best of TEF 1949 - 1954' ('Sixteen Tons' is from 1955).
Still, this CD has fine sound quality, good tracks and solid contributions from steel-guitar ace Speedy West (Check out his second solo on 'Smokey Mountain Boogie').
A nice surprise is the Mabon/Thomas composition 'I Don't Know', which I knew from blues giant Freddie King's furious version of the early seventies. I really works in a country setting also.


Rock'n'Roll
Rock'n'Roll
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Price: 11.82

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tommo rocks, 25 April 2012
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This review is from: Rock'n'Roll (Audio CD)
This is the only compilation(1956-61)so far, that effectively filters out all Tommy's cabaret and MOR stuff. Most of the tracks are still surprisingly good. Many were composed by the singer himself - a quite singular achievement in the fifties !
Furhermore, Roger Dopson has authored a sublime essay that puts things right regarding Tommy's importance as one of the founding fathers of British Rock.


101 Fifties Songs
101 Fifties Songs
Offered by Rapid-DVD
Price: 9.98

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well-blended mixture, 21 April 2012
This review is from: 101 Fifties Songs (Audio CD)
A very good buy. Emphasis is naturally on EMI and Capitol issues, as this is an Emi product. The compiler Ashley Abram has dared to venture left and right off the beaten track of bestsellers, although you'll get you money's worth of big hits of pop, ballads ond rock'nroll. My only reservations are the Jo Stafford/Nat King Cole recording of 'I'll be with you in apple blossom time' wich seems to be from 1946 wich year hardly can be included in 'the fifties'(the tune was written as early as 1920), and Russ Conway's 'Side Saddle'. In this compilation, a re-recording from 1966 has been mistakenly used instead of the far superior original of 1959.


20 Basta
20 Basta

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine tracks from 76/77/78, 9 April 2012
This review is from: 20 Basta (Audio CD)
Don't be fooled by the front cover photo. These recordings were made by swedish record company Mariann Records in the mid-70's. Still, they can't be dismissed as second-rate. You'll get the full album 'The great snowman' plus some items from its sequel 'Saturday night music' - among these the sublime 'Take me to the mardi gras' (composed by Paul Simon).
You have the (almost) original line-up of Bo Winberg, Bo Starander (Bob Lander) and Björn Thelin plus drum-ace Tommy Tausis, who originally joined in 1967 as successor to Jimmy Nicol.
The music is a mixed bag of old Spotnicks repertoire and 'new' songs, but delivered with verve and energy. This has been the trademark of this swedish band through the years, unlike many other 60's acts I could mention, who keep going through the motions, even when rigor mortis is evident.
It is completely silly to market this music under false flag.


Live in Berlin
Live in Berlin

5.0 out of 5 stars Instrumentals for the 70's and beyond, 9 April 2012
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This review is from: Live in Berlin (Audio CD)
This 'live' set is VERY good. Lead guitarist Bo Winberg notched up a Top-10 hit in Germany in 1972 with 'If you could read my mind'. In the wake of this, he was given opportunity to assemble a band for touring Europe during the following years.
His unique concept was to hire 2 more lead guitarists and mix his trademark 'echo'-sound of the 60's with new 'progressive' guitarsounds. As heard on this recording from (West) Berlin 1974 his experiment was a total winner. A high energy level in a well-rehearsed band simply shows a new way of arranging (mainly) guitar instrumentals at a time when most Hank Marvin-wannabees had packed it in.
Although the sound quality is little more than OK, the vibe is outstanding and stands the test of time. As an extra bonus, the fantastic drummer Tommy Tausis delivers a stunning performance. Highly recommended.


Wade In The Water: The Best Of Ian & The Zodiacs
Wade In The Water: The Best Of Ian & The Zodiacs
Price: 9.55

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The collectors will not be satisfied !, 4 April 2012
First of all - it's nice to have a compilation of Ian & the Zodiacs on CD at long last.
I have some reservations, though. The compilers have chosen to pick 'the best' (always a matter of opinion) of what was obtainable. This means that no LP is offered in its entirety and single tracks are picked rather willie-nillie. That's not very gentile towards any collector - and it certainly makes a pig's breakfast out of any sequel to be considered for release in the future.
Furthermore, the tracks are not presented cronologically and we are not given any clues as to their origin.

Many years ago, I stumbled upon a copy (in mono) of The American Philips LP. My guess is, that this one is identical to the 'Show 7' LP (as indeed the front cover photos) but again - no information about this. John Reed has authored a very good essay about the band, but I don't like his tendency to name some singles or LP's 'better' than others. The listener should be allowed to decide for himself.

- and why in the whole world does RPM follow suit on the silly trend of NOT informing us of stereo/mono ?

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