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Once Around the Block
Once Around the Block
Price: £15.41

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A highly original and evocative creation, 8 Nov. 2001
This review is from: Once Around the Block (Audio CD)
This song followed me around clothes shops and cafes for weeks but nobody had the slightest idea who it was... what a catchy, sentimental song, without a trace of schlock or wailing faux-angst vocals. Very English. Strangely, something that's not very popular these days, being English, but this track reverberates with echoes of Nick Drake's most upbeat musical moments and certainly owes something to his brand of melancholia.
An aural delight - like all those people in the clothes shops and cafes, you are probably familiar with this song but have no idea that you are. Buy it, it's infinitely playable.


The Hour Of Bewilderbeast
The Hour Of Bewilderbeast
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £7.03

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perseverance pays dividends, 3 Nov. 2001
Ever wondered what Kurt Cobain would have sounded like without the anger? This is as good a representation as you are ever likely to get. Now, I don't often buy chart albums, and certainly not usually on the strength of just one song, but along with that gorgeous cover comes eighteen, sepia-tinted, melancholic delights... so go on, spoil yourself.
The shame here is that many of these tracks appear to be experiments rather than discrete songs, but excellent nonetheless. I would guess that's what detractors are harping on about when they are less than complimentary about this album, but these experiments are many times better than the polished, sterile tat currently clogging up the album charts. And yes, if you get frustrated at Nick Drake's finite output then you probably will be thanking your lucky stars that this album exists.
It's certainly a grower, don't expect to be captured on first acquaintance because this is one of those collections of musings skillfully put to music that politely request your attention several weeks later whilst you're busy doing something else. Amazing, and quite unique, thank God there are still some singer-songwriters with imagination and a bit of integrity.


Todd Rundgren's Utopia
Todd Rundgren's Utopia
Offered by uniqueplace-uk
Price: £13.26

1 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Whatever happened to education?, 26 Oct. 2001
This review is from: Todd Rundgren's Utopia (Audio CD)
I have to laugh... Freak Paradise? No, no no - it's FREAK PARADE! Actually this, and Freedom Fighters, is one of the most accessible tracks on this album and to be truthful the others have always eluded me. I would imagine that if you canvassed a sample of his legion of fans you would find that each one has a favourite Todd era. This isn't mine, but I do appreciate the wry humour in Freak Parade, and every kid who's ever felt a bit of an outsider will recognise the truth in these lyrics. Freedom Fighters is the other gem, with its uplifting lyrics and melody - reminiscent of the much later Love In Action.
This is one for the overblown psychedelia-smiths amongst you... a recipe for free love, long hair and lyrics so thoughtful you'll wonder whatever happened to education.
So have you made up your mind yet?


Star Turtle/She
Star Turtle/She
Price: £23.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspired. Perfect. Can you resist it?, 20 Oct. 2001
This review is from: Star Turtle/She (Audio CD)
These two albums cull possibly the finest that Connick has to offer. 'She', which is one of the most unusual and interesting jazz albums of recent times and Star Turtle, which is rather different though it certainly has its moments.
Firstly, call me a pooty parper but concept albums of turtles on a pub crawl don't push my buttons. Having said that, if one ignores the inter-song weirdness there are some truly excellent tracks... the achingly sad Just Like Me, the happy-go-lucky Hear Me In The Harmony and skip-along cocking-a-snook to media critics How Do Ya'll Know.
'She' is one of those special musical products that lifts the spirits, gets you singing with all your heart in celebration of the sheer jazziness and energy, and laughing along with some of the more absurd lyrics (That Party - so snide and yet soooo amusing). And funky...? Oh yes, there's nothing quite like an inspired blend of funk-jazz and that perfect voice. Perfect. You'll need a gag to avoid warbling all the way down to the shops.


American Poet: Hampstead New York 26.12.72
American Poet: Hampstead New York 26.12.72
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £17.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, party-time album for the fan, 20 Oct. 2001
A long-overdue official release of this early 70's solo outing with his then band, "The Tots". Faithful versions of faves from the early albums, Lou Reed, Berlin and Transformer along with some Velvet Underground tracks. Generally a good collection of singalong favourites for the fan in excellent sound quality.
The band's performance is somewhat pedestrian and workmanlike; nevertheless it's a fun, party album for the fan... who hasn't already got the bootleg.


Self Destruction Blues
Self Destruction Blues

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably their best effort, 19 Oct. 2001
This review is from: Self Destruction Blues (Audio CD)
If you're toying with the idea of purchasing just one Hanoi Rocks album then look no further... this one is ripe for the picking. Jam packed with perfect glam, this album's a winner from start to finish. The lipstick-loutishness of Taxi Driver will have you screechin' along 'til your Mother bangs on the ceiling; Desperados makes Clint Eastwood seem naked without a guitar (now that would have been interesting); Dead By Christmas is way-hey-hey catchy; in short, this Rocks! What a pity they were forced to disband...


Faster Pussycat
Faster Pussycat
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £9.63

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glam, bam, thank you boys..., 19 Oct. 2001
This review is from: Faster Pussycat (Audio CD)
This debut has to be one of the sexiest releases of the '80s... forget Appetite for Destruction, this is one album you'll reach for when you need an adrenalin burst before hitting the clubs. These guys aren't just playing with make-up like some of their pouting cohorts - they mean business. Undoubtedly the strongest rockers on here are Don't Change That Song (all together now...), Bathroom Wall (classic, I say, classic), and Babylon (remember Tweety Pie? You will now), but the rest of this assortment also hangs together in perfect decadence, whilst managing to avoid lame or inane lyrical cliches. "Bottle in front of me is like a frontal lobotomy!" haha... know what you mean, boys, know what you mean.
Sometimes there seems no discernable reason why certain bands make the big time and others languish in the background at the mercy of the music media's whims and fancies. Poison made the charts with Unskinny Bop(!)... where's the justice in that? Guaranteed you'll wonder if you slip this little gem in your basket.


Whipped!
Whipped!
Price: £21.40

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tongue-in-cheek sleaze... and NO FILLERS!, 18 Oct. 2001
This review is from: Whipped! (Audio CD)
I'm sorry, I won't be moved on this one. Don't judge this band as just another Poison or Motley Crue because they are way ahead in terms of songwriting ability: combining (early) Aerosmith's ear for damn good hard rock and lighthearted sleaze with an outstanding grasp of the finer points of funk. However, don't expect Pussycat seediness to wear the Aero-slang disguise... there are few punches pulled here, though there is still humour aplenty and the vocal-percussive interaction makes for an incredibly potent and memorable song collection. Guns and Roses were never this impressive, or maybe it's because they failed to meet the expectations induced by their hyper-marketing campaign, but if you were, or are, a fan then Faster Pussycat are probably right up your trashcan alley.
From the moment Nonstop to Nowhere crashes in you know this is going to be one ride you won't forget. If you like your double entendre you'll appreciate the tack of Big Dictionary and Loose Booty, whilst Maid In Wonderland and Mr Lovedog are foot-tappin'-tastic. This band, though evidently a pre-politically correct hard rock band with strong funk influences, are not averse to experimenting with sing-along, sentimental country flavours ('Friends') and transforming creepy telephone messages into self-mocking, industrial grooves ('Cat Bash').
I can't find a single dud on this album, and I'm pretty demanding when it comes to melody. Perhaps the weakest track is Out With A Bang, and yet even this composition has its merits. Seeing this band live in 1989 was a blast of fresh air and I have to admit that I've always appreciated a nasal-feline vocal quality in the male voice, but I do feel that this is the one '80s glam band that deserves to survive into the 21st Century. Good grief, there are enough boring re-hash and 'serious' bands around - can't we overlook the sexist overtones for the sake of some great feel-good, kick-ass tunes?


The Big Bang
The Big Bang
Price: £10.28

4.0 out of 5 stars Rockabilly Rebels, 16 Oct. 2001
This review is from: The Big Bang (Audio CD)
Into rockabilly? Moi? Nope... but this is Cat Scratch Fever, the talented trio from Liverpool with tons of ideas and too much integrity to pander to shifting musical fashions. Going to one of their gigs you were never really sure what you were going to find, since they morph between gigs from true blues to rockabilly to hard rockin' gothic-Clint Eastwood types depending on their mood, and they're equally capable at whatever they choose to try. This is an experiment in lo-fi recording, a band doing what makes them feel good - and I'm glad.
If you like rockabilly and Elvis you'll probably be happy with this outing, but I happen to be completely sold on their rockier, catchier interpretations. Capper has a rare vocal quality, considerable guitar playing ability and is the perfect frontman; Jamerson is a cool dude, double-bassist cowboy; and Dolman's stage patter can be just downright funny.
I was pleased to see Johnny Cash's Tennessee Flat-top Box included on this album although, as I said, I much prefer the faster, harder live version. I don't think this album quite captures Capper's fantastic vocal power and mesmerising quality, however. No matter, I just wish the Cats were still gigging.
Britain has lost a truely unique talent and an incredibly entertaining live act. And where else could you pop into your local pub to find three handsome guys in gothic-western gear doing the Can-Can to Looney Toons?


The Big Bang
The Big Bang
Price: £10.28

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rockabilly Rebels, 16 Oct. 2001
This review is from: The Big Bang (Audio CD)
Into rockabilly? Moi? Nope... but this is Cat Scratch Fever, the talented trio from Liverpool with tons of ideas and too much integrity to pander to shifting musical fashions. Going to one of their gigs you were never really sure what you were going to find, since they morph between gigs from true blues to rockabilly to hard rockin' gothic-Clint Eastwood types depending on their mood, and they're equally capable at whatever they choose to try. This is an experiment in lo-fi recording, a band doing what makes them feel good - and I'm glad.
If you like rockabilly and Elvis you'll probably be happy with this outing, but I happen to be completely sold on their rockier, catchier interpretations. Capper has a rare vocal quality, considerable guitar playing ability and is the perfect frontman; Jamerson is a cool dude, double-bassist cowboy; and Dolman's stage patter can be just downright funny.
I was pleased to see Johnny Cash's Tennessee Flat-top Box included on this album although, as I said, I much prefer the faster, harder live version. I don't think this album quite captures Capper's fantastic vocal power and mesmerising quality, however. No matter, I just wish the Cats were still gigging.
Britain has lost a truely unique talent and an incredibly entertaining live act. And where else could you pop into your local pub to find three handsome guys in gothic-western gear doing the Can-Can to Looney Toons?
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