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Impulse Years 1973-76
Impulse Years 1973-76
Price: 33.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain Price Jarrett, 4 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Impulse Years 1973-76 (Audio CD)
9 CDs worth of Keith Jarrett for just over 23 (at the time of writing) can't be a bad thing. This set consists of every album Jarrett released during his stint with Impulse records, including alternate takes and previously unreleased tracks. The albums on this set are: Fort Yawuh, Treasure Island, Death and the Flower, Backhand, Shades, Mysteries, Byablue and Bop-Be, all of which have been well reviewed by other Amazon customers. This material has also been previously released as two separate box sets, The Impulse Years 1973-74 and The Impulse Years 1975-76. Whilst the packaging and presentation of the prevously released sets were far superior to this present collection, they were (and remain) very expensive, the music however is the same. If like myself you are more interested in the music than the packaging, not to mention the bargain price, this new release is the one to go for.
The packaging, although not great, is ok. The CDs are housed in three separate 'fatbox' type jewel-cases (three CDs in each) the first of which holds a glossy 43 page informative booklet. The jewel-cases are in turn housed in a thin card slip-case. The boxed set is just under 3" (75mm) wide, taking up a fraction more shelf space than either the 'Sun Bear' or 'Complete Blue Note' sets.
I believe that at this price this is a five star buy, despite the 3 Star packaging.


Till We Have Faces
Till We Have Faces
Price: 10.78

5.0 out of 5 stars Hard edged jazz from powerhouse musicians., 26 Dec 2013
This review is from: Till We Have Faces (Audio CD)
As something of a pat Metheny completist I originally bought this album because he is on it. Pat of course plays some wonderful guitar on this album, my particular favourite being on one of the slower tracks 'Lush Life', on which he and bassist Ed Howard play some tremendously tasty backing to what is essentially a Gary Thomas tenor sax vehicle. However, this entire album is very much a collaborative affair between 7 master musicians. Listen to Terri Lyne Carrington's drumming on the opening track 'Angel Eyes'(and then throughout the rest of the album). If you are a fan of drummer Jack DeJohnette (Carrington's one time mentor) it is worth buying this album just to hear the drumming. Not a weak or even merely good track here. All 8 tracks, with a total playing time of 61 minutes are outstanding. Most tracks are hard edged and full on, with only a little pause for breath now and then. An excellent album all round, highly recommended.


Elvis Costello: Pills And Soap
Elvis Costello: Pills And Soap
Offered by Prestivo2
Price: 12.55

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buyers Beware., 19 Nov 2013
I stumbled across this on Amazon thinking 'oh great a new Costello dvd'. However looking at the tracklisting I realised that this is nothing more than a re-packaged and re-titled disc that is already available at a lower price. The original dvd is entitled 'a case for song'. The concert footage on it comes from a 'later with Jools Holland' session recorded for the BBC some years ago (around the time of Costello's cd release 'all this useless beauty). I have the original dvd release and it is excellent, so my assumption is that this renamed version is of similar sound quality. I have not seen this particular version, but I would be wary of buying it for several reasons, not least the fact that the original version can still be bought for a fraction of the current asking price of this one. Secondly, whilst this version contains the same 20 tracks, the tracklisting differs for some reason from the original playing sequence. Thirdly, both the front and rear photographs show Costello as being much older than he was at the time of the recording. In fact the rear photo is the same one used for the front of Costello and the Imposters dvd 'live in Memphis', such a cavalier use of photographs indicates a great lack of care in the production of the product. Potential buyers beware.


The Very Best Of
The Very Best Of
Offered by FLASH
Price: 9.01

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great album, but do we really need yet another compilation?, 11 Nov 2013
This review is from: The Very Best Of (Audio CD)
Firstly, this is a very good album. The poorest tracks on it are very good (e.g beyond here lies nothing, mighty quinn). Whilst the best are masterpieces (take your pick).Dylan has such an enormous back catalogue, containing some of the greatest songs ever written, and given that fact compilations of his best/most popular works will always be in demand. However, how many compilations do we actually need? Sony have already released Bob Dylan's greatest hits Vols 1, 2 and 3,as well as 'the best of Bob Dylan' vols 1 and 2, they also released the 2 cd set ' the essential Bob Dylan', a recent single disc compilation and the 2 and 3 cd compilation sets 'Dylan', as well as the 3 cd compilation 'the real Bob Dylan' (actually one of the best and cheapest of the compilations currently available. Now we have the very best of Bob Dylan available in both single and double cd formats. Why? By my calculations that amounts to 12 compilation albums. The actual figure is much higher than this as there are also many other Dylan compilations which can only be obtained on import (e.g Masterpieces, a 3 cd collection which was only released in Australia and Japan, there are more Dylan compilations out there than there are official Beatles albums. To summarise another excellent but absolutely unnecessary release.
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Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10
Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10
Price: 11.29

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Way better than I ever expected. Standard 2cd version., 27 Aug 2013
Over a period of about 45 years I have bought every album Dylan has released. I still play them all, some on a regular basis, others less frequently and some hardly ever. Self Portrait falls into the latter category. Each time I do put it into the CD player I usually play the same dozen or so tracks, always careful to omit 'all the tired horses', which I find excruciating.
Given the above I wasn't expecting too much from another 2 CD's worth of material from the same sessions. How wrong could I have been, this is a terrific album, up there with the best of the ongoing 'bootleg series' of which it constitutes vol 10.
The stripping away of the overdubs which marred much of the original album has greatly improved them on this one. Many of the tracks appearing here for the first time are revelations. 'Spanish is the loving tongue' and 'Annie's going to sing her song' are terrific. The obvious question is why were they left off the original album?, the same question however, as the bootleg series has so clearly shown can be asked of virtually every other Dylan release. Some great and very different alternate versions of familiar songs such as 'time passes slowly' and 'if dogs run free. Also surprising, to me at least is how good some of the 'live at the Isle of Wight' tracks are, given that the ones included on the original album weren't that great. Track 17 on disc one is a version of 'all the tired horses' minus overdubs, it's still crap but at least its very short. All in all a great addition to the bootleg series and to my ever expanding Dylan collection. Even the packaging is excellent, a sturdy slipcase and extensive booklet with interesting pictures and liner notes. I expect I shall be playing this one a lot more than the original Self Portrait album.


Joe Farrell Quartet
Joe Farrell Quartet
Price: 12.71

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great., 25 Aug 2013
This review is from: Joe Farrell Quartet (Audio CD)
Over the years I have read various 5 star reviews of this album. My personal rating however is three stars. It is notable that many of the glowing reviews garnered by this album were written at a time when the disc was out of print and only available at a hefty price. The album starts off really well with the John McLaughlin penned 'follow your heart'. this is a real smouldering tour-de-force of a track, which is as good as anything I have ever heard from him. If the rest of the album was up to the same standard it would not only merit 5 stars, it would rank among the best ever jazz albums. Sadly it doesn't. Track 2 'Collage for Polly' is a meandering soundscape with no easily discernable melody. Track 3 'Circle in the Square' is better with some nice soloing from Farrell. On track 4 'Molten Glass' Farrell switches from sax to flute to deliver another good, but not great tune. Next is another short (1.20) flute led tune which again meanders too much for my liking. This is followed by the melodic ballad 'Song of the Wind' which features the piano of Chick Corea weaving in and out of Farrell's flute playing. On the 7th and final track the tempo goes into overdrive to deliver a very fast and excellent example of free jazz, this tune is about as different from the opening track as it is possible to get. Something for everyone? possibly, but I think many listeners will like track one, but will have lost interest before the final piano notes signal the end of the album. The musicianship is terrific throughout as you would expect from these guys, McLoughlin on guitar (track 1 only), Chick Corea on piano, Dave Holland on bass, Jack Dejohnette on drums and of course Farrell himself on soprano and tenor saxes, flute and oboe. At 34 minutes and 3 seconds playing time you may also feel a little short changed. Not the lost classic that some claim it to be, but a decent album which has now been released on CD. If you can get it for a reasonable price, go for it even if just for 'Trust Your Heart'.


Semi-Detached Mock Tudor
Semi-Detached Mock Tudor

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely terrific., 25 July 2013
A barnstormer of a live album from the ridiculously talented Mr Thompson. One of the few performers I know of who is actually better live than he is in the studio. His studio albums are usually incredible, Mock Tudor being a good example of such. Most tracks on this album are live versions of 'Mock Tudor' material, albeit performed in very different and often greatly extended versions. Musicianship of the highest order is on display here. As a footnote I would add that this recording was only previously available from the Richard Thompson website. It may be worth checking his own site out before purchasing this album, described on Amazon as a cd-r, as the official site offers the standard silver disc CD version AT A CHEAPER PRICE than that offered here. If you like this album check out some of Thompsons other live offerings, starting with 'Celtschmertz' a live acoustic album of staggering quality.


Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 4.29

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A good album but a barrel-scraping product from Hallmark records., 26 Feb 2013
This review is from: Bob Dylan (Audio CD)
On reading some of the previous reviews for this product I notice that some were written over TEN years ago. Strange indeed when you consider that this particular version of Dylan's first album for Columbia records is on the Hallmark record label and was only released in 2013. Although originally recorded by Columbia, this album is now over 50 years old and therefore no longer covered by UK copyright laws, which explains how this version (and several others, one adding a Joan Baez album, another tagging a few tracks by some of Dylan's contemporaries of the time such as Dave Van Ronk and yet another offering both mono and stereo versions) are now on sale. Since Columbia owns the original masters I can only assume that these albums have been sourced from good vinyl copies of the original album. Amazon has obviously been somewhat remiss here in attaching reviews pertaining to the original Columbia release to this particular one. As for the music itself, it's a great early Dylan album of mostly covers of other people's songs. As a Dylan fan I've never had too much time for the way that Columbia records has marketed much of his output, for example releasing albums in Japan or Australia only, Thus making them hugely expensive imports for USA and European fans. However if I were considering buying this album I would still opt for the still widely available Columbia release purely for the fact that they have the original masters from which to produce the album, as well as all the original artwork.
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New Orleans: the Living Legends
New Orleans: the Living Legends

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific, 28 Jan 2013
As noted by a previous reviewer this is a superb album. Just to save any potential buyer a few hard earned pounds this album was recently released TOGETHER WITH 3 OTHER excellent New Orleans albums on a double CD and is retailing on Amazon and other sites for a mere 6, that works out at 1.50 per album. The release in question is 'New Orleans 1961 Living Legends, four classic albums'. It is on the superb Avid Jazz label. With a playing time of CD1 79.18 and CD2 77.18 this has to be the bargain of the year for fans of New Orleans jazz. The sound quality throughout is excellent.


Jazz Soul Of Stevie Wonder,The
Jazz Soul Of Stevie Wonder,The
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 4.34

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than I expected, 5 Jan 2013
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In many ways this should not be a good album. Fistly, it was recorded, according to the sleevenotes accompanying this album when 'Little Stevie' was a mere eleven years old. Secondly, it is an instrumental album. Thirdly, this album has been unavailable for many years and is only appearing now as a 'Hallmark' release as it is out of copywrite under the old 50 year rule. Since it is not a Tamla Motown release I assume that Hallmark do not have access to the original Tamla master tapes, although I may be wrong in that assumption. However if I am correct, the album has been taken from another source.
So is it worth buying? I would answer this with an emphatic YES. The recorded sound is terrific. The music is excellent, with the young Stevie playing organ, piano, bongos, drums and above all harmonica. He was already a very good musician even at this early age, his harmonica playing in particular sounds incredible. Most of the tracks here are uptempo big band workouts, track 6 'Some other time' being the exception as it is a slow burning harmonica based tune. Although titled 'The jazz soul of Little Stevie' the album is more jazz than soul. I honestly think that this is a superb debut album from a man who went on to become a bona fide musical legend. As a lifelong Wonder fan I bought this for less than 4 expecting it to be of historical interest only. However, whilst it could never compare with what was to come, I can see me playing this disc a lot. At this price you can't go wrong.


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