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Lionel Richie & The Commodores: The Definitive Collection
Lionel Richie & The Commodores: The Definitive Collection
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Covers all the bases of Richie's lengthy and prolific career, 23 Mar. 2015
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Lovely 2CD compilation which covers the classic Commodores ballads from the 1970s including 'Easy', 'Three Times A Lady', 'Sail On' and 'Still' ~ a trend which continued into the 1980s when Richie was launched as a solo performer by Motown and he produced the likes of 'Truly', 'Hello' and 'Ballerina Girl'. Fans of 'floor-filling' uptempo dance music will also be well served here in the shape of 'All Night Long' (which kicks this album off in party mood), 'Running With The Night' and 'Dancing On The Ceiling'. With a running time of over 2½ hours, this album really is very good value and I have no hesitating in recommending it to Lionel Richie fans of all ages.


... Hits
... Hits
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid collection but not fully inclusive, 19 Mar. 2015
This review is from: ... Hits (Audio CD)
Does exactly what it says on the tin but, to be honest, I've always found Collins' most adventurous and rewarding material is to be found amongst his minor hits and non-single album tracks. A classic song like 'Thru These Walls' (from 'Hello I Must Be Going') never stood a chance of inclusion on a collection like this but, hey, if you want the less obvious stuff then buy the original studio albums, of which 'Face Value' is the most satisfying in my opinion.


... But Seriously
... But Seriously
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent, if somewhat preachy, album from 1989, 19 Mar. 2015
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Collins' 4th studio album weighs in at a mighty 59½ minutes long and, with 6 of its 12 tracks released as singles (including 'Do You Remember' as a live version), should feel comfortably familiar to the casual fan. There's nothing groundbreaking here as regards the music on offer - a collection of pleasant ballads and uptempo funky stuff - but the likes of 'Another Day In Paradise' and the mammoth 8:50 minutes 'Corners', although both beautifully crafted, find Phil moving into unfamiliar social and political commentary territory which is something that Peter Gabriel surely does so much better. Where Collins does fully succeed, however, is in his delivery of good rock numbers such as 'Something Happened On The Way To Heaven' and superior ballads such as 'That's Just The Way It Is' and, on that basis, this is a solid album which is worth adding to your collection.


Red
Red

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Crimson, 16 Mar. 2015
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Crimson's 7th studio album (the last before the band took a long sabbatical until the early 1980s) is a real cracker and is definitely the best of the 3 releases featuring the core members from 1972-1974 i.e Robert Fripp (guitars/mellotron), John Wetton (bass/vocals) and Bill Bruford (drums). The meaty instrumental, 'Red' kicks things off superbly before 'Fallen Angel' - a subtle ballad which becomes transformed into a rocky piece with brassy overtones - arrives on the scene. 'One More Red Nightmare' is no less impressive - a lovely combination of strong vocals from Wetton and crisp drumming from Bruford topped off with a lovely sax solo. 'Providence' is my least favourite track here taking fully 5 minutes of avant-garde doodling to get anywhere, although I do like the strong ending. On the other hand, 'Starless' is a work of genius - it begins with some sublime guitar and mellotron work from the ever imaginative Robert Fripp and the vocal passages delivered by Wetton feel so reminiscent of early Crimson (Greg Lake era) that you could be forgiven for thinking that you were listening to a work culled from their classic debut album. The final passage, featuring a fast sax solo followed by a lovely jazzy ending rounds things off beautifully. This is definitely a contender for Crimson's finest ever album and is well worth investing in.


Stars
Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic early 90s soulful pop, 12 Mar. 2015
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'Stars' (1991) is, deservedly, one of the Top 20 selling albums of all-time in the UK and spawned no fewer than 5 Top 40 singles ~ the classy title track, the lovely 'For Your Babies', the catchy 'Something Got Me Started', the classy 'Your Mirror' and the upbeat 'Thrill Me'. Of the other 5 tracks, 'Model', with its lilting reggae beat, and the sweet ballad 'How Could I Fall' qualify for special mention here. If you haven't heard this album, and you like smooth, well-delivered soul-influenced pop music, then this should fit the bill very nicely indeed.


Lark's Tongues in Aspic: 30th Anniversary Edition
Lark's Tongues in Aspic: 30th Anniversary Edition
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining 5th album, 7 Mar. 2015
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Crimson's 5th studio album introduced their fans to a new and dynamic line-up with mainstay Robert Fripp (guitar/Mellotron) joined here by the highly impressive bassist/vocalist John Wetton, versatile drummer Bill Bruford and two relative unknowns, David Cross on violin and the eccentric Jamie Muir on percussion. As ever, the emphasis is on complex, jazz influenced progressive rock and, after a painfully slow start on the 13½ minute opener 'Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part One', things gradually start to warm up. 'Book Of Saturday', the first of 3 vocal tracks, is beautifully short and sweet and 'Exiles' is very classy indeed. 'Easy Money', one of the rockier pieces here, is rather fiddly in places before finally delivering the goods but, as is so often the case, it is the instrumental pieces which dominate the set list. 'The Talking Drum' takes its time, but is a lovely demonstration of what this group is all about; the final piece 'Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part Two' is classic Crimson and, for me, represents the best track of this collection ~ I first heard it in the 1980s, when the line-up of Fripp, Belew, Levin and Bruford was in full flow, and have loved it ever since. One of this band's finest albums and well worth investing in if you enjoy challenging and diverse progressive rock.


Starless and Bible Black
Starless and Bible Black
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite brilliant prog-rock, 6 Mar. 2015
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Another lovely reminder of King Crimson's talents in the field of progressive rock music, 'Starless And Bible Black' is a fascinating and challenging album; as ever, Robert Fripp produces a wide range of gorgeous sounds from electric guitar and mellotron alike and again he is joined by the highly impressive bassist/vocalist John Wetton, the innovative drummer Bill Bruford and the versatile David Cross, who adds violin, viola and keyboards to the mix. This collection gets off to a punchy start with 2 rocky numbers, 'The Great Deceiver' and 'Lament' before the first of several instrumental pieces, the excellent jazz-funk of 'We'll Let You Know' kicks in. The masterful 'The Night Watch' along with 'The Mincer' allow Wetton to explore the more delicate end of his vocal range; sandwiched between these 2 songs is 'The Trio' which is beautifully subtle. The final pair of tracks here are both instrumentals (and very long) with the title track building very slowly, but in a highly impressive way ~ the rhythm department of Bruford and Wetton are on tremendous form here. 'Fracture', written solely by Fripp, is 11 minutes long and, although it seems it takes an age to get there, delivers a blisteringly good finale. This is full-blooded prog-rock and should not be taken lightly in any circumstances!!


Emerson Lake & Palmer
Emerson Lake & Palmer
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4.0 out of 5 stars A decent debut, but better albums followed, 3 Mar. 2015
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ELP's debut album, (1970), fully demonstrates the promise of this talented 3 piece outfit without quite delivering the goods; indeed this project seems to be somewhat lacking in cohesion to my ears. 'The Barbarian', adapted from a Bela Bartok composition, certainly allows Keith Emerson to display his excellent keyboard skills and is a solid opener here. 'Take A Pebble' - a Greg Lake composition - is next up and weighs in at a mighty 12½ minutes; this song starts well but then gets bogged down in 'Crimson-esque' fiddling which I find tedious. Track 3, 'Knife-Edge', is an absolute corker and is probably the best featured here; there are significant contributions from all 3 individuals with strong, rocky vocals from Lake. 'The Three Fates' is really just another opportunity for Emerson to show off his wonderful talents, although this time he employs the likes of church organ as well as piano to dazzle the listener. 'Tank' is an interesting Emerson/Palmer composition although, essentially, it is merely an extended drum solo with some keyboard frippery. Lake's pretty ballad, 'Lucky Man', rounds proceedings off rather nicely but the overriding feeling is that this album is not really the product of 3 people pulling in the same direction. Even so, there are some great moments here and I would suggest buying this after investing in 'Tarkus', 'Trilogy' and 'Brain Salad Surgery', their next 3 studio releases.


Trilogy
Trilogy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another superb project from ELP, 2 Mar. 2015
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Another supremely executed LP from this talented trio, 'Trilogy' (1972), includes several high quality ELP tracks - the opener 'The Endless Enigma' (essentially a 3-part suite by Emerson & Lake) is beautifully crafted whilst 'From The Beginning' is another wonderful example of Greg Lake's talents for penning lovely ballads. The powerful Aaron Copland piece 'Hoedown' and the album's title track, the 8 minute 'Trilogy', both allow Keith Emerson to attack his array of keyboard instruments with his usual gusto whilst Carl Palmer's thunderous drumming is much in evidence throughout. This is well worth buying if you like full-blooded progressive rock interspersed with lovely bursts of subtlety. Highly recommended.


Tarkus
Tarkus
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another superb venture from ELP, 28 Feb. 2015
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'Tarkus' (1971) is ELP's 2nd studio release and, to my ears, certainly qualifies as one of the finest progressive rock albums of the early 1970s; the multi-part title track weighs in at a mammoth 20 minutes and 35 seconds, but moves along at such a brisk, often thunderous, pace and with so many twists and turns along the way, that I marvel at its brilliance every time I hear it. The second half of the LP struggles in comparison with the sheer quality of the first half, but there are still some lovely ideas; my personal favourite from the other 6 tracks is the classy 'A Time and a Place', which is another full-blooded work of the kind which this talented trio seem to excel in. This is marvellous stuff and well worth the investment, I venture to suggest.


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