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The Glamour Chase: The Maverick Life of Billy Mackenzie
The Glamour Chase: The Maverick Life of Billy Mackenzie
by Tom Doyle
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great !, 11 May 2014
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Awsome biography of the greatest rock vocalist ever. He also loved God and animals. A great person that did not attain fame !

The Candlelight Concerts - Live At Montreux 2013
The Candlelight Concerts - Live At Montreux 2013
Price: 13.35

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brian May and Kerry Ellis Are Dynamic, 31 Mar 2014
Brian May and Kerry Ellis are dynamic. These two live concerts are proof. These shows enable us to appreciate the fact that Brian May is a very talented acoustic guitarist in addition to being one of the planet's most virtuosic electric guitarists. Kerry Ellis is blessed with an ethereal voice that is enchanting and angelic. There are so many great songs including the emotive "Born Free", "I Loved A Butterfly", "The Way We Were", "Love Of My Life" and " No One But You". Newer live songs are exemplary too including "The Kissing Me Song", "Nothing Really Has Changed" and "In The Bleak Midwinter". Ellis and May deliver wonderful renditions of George Harrison's "Something" and Kansas' "Dust In The Wind".

The vintage Queen songs and "I'm Not That Girl" seal the deal to make the DVD/CD all killer and no filler. This is a very refined and captivating audio and visual treat. A theme that resonates throughout the songs is wildlife conservation- A cause that is very important to both Brian May and Kerry Ellis.

Acoustic By Candlelight
Acoustic By Candlelight
Offered by Mustcontain
Price: 19.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Enchanting And Refined CD !, 27 Mar 2014
This review is from: Acoustic By Candlelight (Audio CD)
Brian May and Kerry Ellis are a very talented duet. On this CD we can hear the impeccably refined acoustic guitar skills of Brian May. Kerry Ellis is blessed with an ethereal voice. The 15 songs were culled from several different concert dates in November of 2012. It sounds like the best renditions of the tunes are on this CD. There are many highlights including the emotive "Born Free", "I Loved A Butterfly", "Dust In The Wind" George Harrison's "Something" and "No One But You". There are several impressive and newer live tracks including "The Kissing Me Song", "Nothing Really Has Changed" and "In The Bleak Midwinter". Kerry's vocals are astounding on "The Way We Were" and "I'm Not That Girl". Queen classics like "Love Of My Life" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" are expertly performed. The CD is very enchanting and captivating to audibly experience. Brian May flawlessly produced it. A theme that resonates throughout the CD is "Wildlife Conservation" which is a cause that Brian May is very passionate about.

Life, Love & Hope
Life, Love & Hope
Price: 10.93

10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boston Ascends To Greatness Again !, 9 Dec 2013
This review is from: Life, Love & Hope (Audio CD)
Boston mastermind Tom Scholz has released this exemplary "Life, Love and Hope" Cd. As usaul his production and engineering is extremely proficient. His siganture guitar riffs and organ playing resonate throughout the CD. There are excellent vocal performances by the late Brad Delp, Tommy Decarlo, David Victor, Kimberly Dahme and Tom Scholz. There are several great tracks and they are referenced below.

Heaven on Earth.
Life, Love and Hope
Sail Away
The Way You Look Tonight
You Gave Up On Love
Love Got Away
Last Day of School (Instrumental)

The key to this CD is that it consists of emotive, euphoric and poignant songs. The instrumentation and vocals fuse together wondrously.

Faith Hope & Sanctuary
Faith Hope & Sanctuary

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maria Daines Has Idyllic Vocals To Help The Voiceless, 13 Jan 2013
This review is from: Faith Hope & Sanctuary (Audio CD)
Maria Daines is an exemplary vocalist and Paul Killington is a multi-faceted musician. They fuse rock, blues, country and ballads to make exceptional CDS. "Faith, Hope and Sanctuary" is a wonderful recording. Maria Daines poignant, riveting, tender and emotive vocals wondrously resonate throughout this entire CD. At his best Paul Killingdon's guitar work is very refined in a manner akin to the iconic Brian May. Every song on this CD is admirable and dedicated to dogs and the humane treatment of all animals. Highlights include the dynamic "Laika" the melodic and addictive "Stray", the yearning and tender "Where Do All The Angels Go" and two great protest anthems "Not Guilty" and "Sad Crazy Law".

This CD is vintage and should appeal to all who apprecaite good music and especially animal lovers. Maria Daines is a marvelous vocalist bestowed with a heart of gold.

Life Somewhere Else
Life Somewhere Else
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 9.55

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Great As "The Church", 2 April 2012
This review is from: Life Somewhere Else (Audio CD)
"Life Somewhere Else" is the second amazing CD release by Steve Kilbey(magnificent "The Church" frontman) and the exquisitely musically talented Jeffrey Cain. Kilbey writes the lyrics and Cain composes the music Their vocals and music are mesmerizing, otherworldly and gloriously mellow. The eclectic moods of the tunes are somber, reflective, spiritual, emotive, detached and personal. Steve Kilbey has many sterling solo albums and side projects but none compare to Isidore. Atmospheric soundscapes blend with refined vocals to create ethereal and alluring songs. The Church and Isidore are probably the only two bands that are in the same musical genre and pantheon as the early 1970's Pink Floyd (Meddle,Obscured By Clouds, Dark Side Of The Moon). Check this out. It's virtual musical perfection !

Live in Tokyo 1999 -Digi-
Live in Tokyo 1999 -Digi-
Offered by collectorsheaven
Price: 10.00

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeff Beck's Awesome 1999 Tour !, 19 Nov 2011
Jeff Beck's 1999 tour was very important because he had not toured since his dual Headline 1995 concerts with Carlos Santana. This CD features many of Jeff Beck's finest songs from his exemplary "Who Else" CD, his first CD in a decade. There are so many great songs. The ethereal and bucolic Angel (Footsteps), the haunting and majestic "Declan", the aptly psychedelic "Psycho Sam", the astounding and riveting "Blush With The Blues" and the exotic treat "Blast From The East." "THX " is an extremely innovative and techno/electronica gem that demonstrates Beck's vast eclecticism.

The CD also includes fantastic renditions of "Cause We've Ended As Lovers", "Big Block" and especially " A Day In The Life". Jeff Beck's long awaited 1999 tour was enthralling and spellbinding. He's a peerless live electric guitarist.

Hot Wired Guitar: The Life and Career of Jeff Beck
Hot Wired Guitar: The Life and Career of Jeff Beck
by Martin Power
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.57

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Hot Wired Guitar" Is A Great Addition" to "Crazy Fingers", 27 Oct 2011
The last vintage Jeff Beck biography aptly titled "Crazy Fingers" covered Beck's career through 1998. At that time his fellow guitarists revered him while his fanbase was waning. "Hot Wired Guitar" comprehensively covers Jeff's entire career and especially the very important 1999 through 2011 era. It's very edifying to know that Jeff Beck's popularity has dramatically increased from 2007 to 2011. There are two reasons why. Harvey Goldsmith became his excellent and proactive manager and Jeff Beck has been tirelessly touring the world demonstrating his peerless live concert virtuosity and eclecticism. "Hot Wired Guitar" is a very objective book that details Jeff's trials, tribulations and triumphs. It makes it very clear that no other guitarist has more mastery and control of the guitar than Jeff Beck. Conversely, it mentions that Jeff is not a great composer or studio freak. Jeff Beck is in many ways like Frank Sinatra. He can play another person's song and make it much better than the original. Examples are "Cause We've Ended As Lovers", "Nadia", "Stratus", "People Get Ready" "Women Of Ireland" and "Nessun Dorma." The book also makes a compelling point regarding the many integral contribuitions made by Tony Hymas, John McLaughlin, Jan Hammer and especially Les Paul to inspire Jeff. "Hot Wired Guitar" does a nice job emphasizing that even though Jeff get's the highest accolades from Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Steve Lukather, Joe Perry and Brian May; it's evident that the only guitarist not awed by Jeff Beck is Jeff Beck. Even though I don't agree with the some of the album reviews within this book, it's obvious that the author recognizes Jeff's most refined, tender, poignant and emotive instrumental songs such as "Where Were You", "Elegy For Dunkirk" "Two Rivers" "JBs Blues" "Angel (Footsteps) and "Bulgaria". Dozens of other instrumental gems are also astutely and insightfully detailed. On a personal note I wish the author would have mentioned Jeff's and his wife Sandra's deep compassion and care for animals ranging from dogs and cats to England's native wildlife species. I admit it's a small oversight because the goal of the book was wonderfully actualized. Jeff Beck is arguably the world's greatest guitar player and he is finally attaining the popularity and recognition that he has merited for years. God bless Jeff Beck. He's rocked my world for well over two decades with his "Hot Wired Guitar". Check him out live in concert because there will NEVER be another Jeff Beck. The inimitable Jeff Beck is a Godsend for guitar fans.
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Shelter Me
Shelter Me

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate And Great Music For Man's Best Friend !, 3 April 2011
This review is from: Shelter Me (Audio CD)
England's Maria Daines' band is the first really excellent group that dedicates its music for the humane treatment of dogs and other animals. " Shelter Me" is an exemplary Cd that focuses on the plight of dogs. Maria Daines is a superlative vocalist who sings blues, rock, soul and country tunes. All of her songs are augmented by the the multi-instrumental talents of Paul Killington. The 18 tracks on "Shelter Me" are very emotive, poignant and evocative. Marine Daines compelling vocals are very infectious and alluring. Paul Killington's guitar riffs are refined and perfectly timed. "Shelter Me" is a gem of a CD for a humane and good cause. The 18 songs are consistently sterling.

Rock 'N' Roll Party - Honouring Les Paul [DVD] [2011] [NTSC]
Rock 'N' Roll Party - Honouring Les Paul [DVD] [2011] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Jeff Beck
Price: 13.99

48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beck Shares The Stage With Imelda May !, 19 Feb 2011
This a great DVD but it will not appeal to all Jeff Beck fans (It Will appeal to Most Jeff Beck fans.) The recording and venue are brilliant. Imelda May totally shares the spotlight with Jeff Beck. The impressive Darrel Highman also sings several songs and he sounds like Gene Vincent and Elvis Presley. Key tracks are mentoned below. (Many other tracks merit plaudits too).

Double Talkin Baby= An important song because it enables Jeff to master the riffs of one of his heroes, Cliff Gallup.
Poor Boy= Imelda May's vocals and Jeff Beck's guitar playing brilliantly blend.
How High The Moon= A vintage tribute to Les Paul. It's been played at Jeff's concerts. The guitar playing is very skillful.
Bye Bye Blues= Replete with a refined Jeff Beck showcasing his eclectic guitar talents.
Tiger Rag= Another song that verifies Imelda May's vocals are a perfect fit for Beck's azeman licks.
Peter Gunn= A great instrumental dominated by Trombone Shorty's skills.
Rockin Is Our Business= Good Darrel Highman vocals, excellent Leo Green trombone work and an intense minute of Jeff Beck's blistering riffs.
Walking In The Sand= Very dramatic and virtuosic riffs by Jeck Beck, and Imelda May is great again. A major highlight.
Twenty Flight Rock= Exemplary guest appearance by Brian Setzer.
The Train Kept A Rolling= A classic rock track performed at a blistering level.
Apache and Sleep Walk=Jeff adroitly nails these refined and pleasant instrumentals with his impeccable command and control of treble tones.

In a word this DVD is exceptional. Beck uses his violent eloquence and amazing tones and sounds to enhance almost all the guitar solos. Imelda May is also key as a wonderful vocalist. It motivated me to immediately purchase tickets to see Jeff Beck with the Imelda May band in Chicago on April 1, 2011. Jeff Beck has been on a roll for the past four years. He recently won two 2011 Grammy Awards-"Hammerhead" for best rock instrumental and "Nessun Dorma" for best pop instrumental. Jeff Beck belies age and many in the Know consider him the best.
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