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Cliff Richard & The Shadows: Young Ones Forever
Cliff Richard & The Shadows: Young Ones Forever
Price: £4.65

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent compilation - in MONO, 7 July 2012
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Drawn mainly from the albums 'The Young Ones', 'Listen to Cliff' and '21 Today', this 2CD set presents everything in mono. The Delta Music Group once again chooses to keep this fact a secret - which is definitely not OK. Sound is fine, though.


Big Boss Man/Down in Virginia
Big Boss Man/Down in Virginia
Offered by Bear Family Records GmbH
Price: £43.46

5.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy and band in rare form, 5 July 2012
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This rare issue from the See for miles label contains two albums, 'Big Boss Man' and 'Down in Virginia', originally issued on the abc/Bluesway label in the late sixties. Jimmy Reed is his solid, usual self but the backing is this time tighter and more swingin' than ever before.
The bass player is listed as 'Phil' and 'Phil Church' respectively. That simply has to be none other than guitarist/bassist Phil Upchurch - a musical hero of mine in his own right. Along these quality performances you have to accept that Jimmy mostly chooses the same key to play his blues in and that 'Down in Virginia' curiously uses fade-in and fade-out on every track.


Bonhomme
Bonhomme
Price: £7.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding !, 4 July 2012
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This review is from: Bonhomme (Audio CD)
George Brassens is among the very limited number of minstrels that draws attention even if you haven't got a clue as to the content of his lyrics. (The Dutch-Swedish singer Cornelis Vreeswijk is another example of this rare talent).
Furthermore, even the earliest recordings(1953)on this set could have been made yesterday - such is the stunning quality of sound and the intensity and freshness of the performances. Fantastic !


Chicago/the Blues/Today
Chicago/the Blues/Today
Offered by reissuesdirect
Price: £29.50

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
Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £9.99

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
Price: £8.08

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

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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
Price: £4.39

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
Offered by thegoodmusicshop
Price: £11.88

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 Discountdiscs-UK : Dispatched daily from the UK.
Price: £14.99

4 of 4 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.


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