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Marc Bolan - Ride On
Marc Bolan - Ride On
Dvd
Price: £2.49

1.0 out of 5 stars avoid!, 13 April 2015
just awful avoid


After School [VINYL]
After School [VINYL]
Price: £19.02

5.0 out of 5 stars Before Bob Dylan and the rash of great rock `n' roll song writers to spring up in ..., 4 Dec. 2014
This review is from: After School [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Nobody epitomises rock 'n' roll more than Chuck Berry,
musically, he contributed more than any other of the originals. Elvis put rock `n' roll on the map, but Chuck is the one who drew it. Before Bob Dylan and the rash of great rock `n' roll song writers to spring up in the wake of Beatlemania, Chuck Berry was hands down the finest rock songwriter, with the lone exception of his equal Buddy Holly.

This is a fantastically remastered coloured wax lp of his debut Chess Album, The sheer joy of this music has never been equaled in the history of rock 'n roll. To say that Chuck was one of a kind is an understatement. It's hard to imagine what rock 'n roll would have been like if he hadn't come along.

Berry's guitar playing provides the soundtrack of rock 'n' roll being born with signature licks of "School Day" and "Maybelline," and the instrumental picking of "Deep Feeling" and "Roly Poly." Berry's guitar shouts with invention: partly blues, partly R&B, partly hillbilly, but all rock 'n' roll. Pianist Johnny Johnson provides texture, for barrelhouse blues like "Wee Wee Hours," and back-beat heavy instrumentals like "Berry Pickin."
Beyond the obvious roots, Berry shows off broad musical taste that includes Calypso ("Havana Moon") and sophisticated Latin-ized ballads ("Drifting Heart"). Most impressive of all is Berry's lyrics, which move dialogue into rhyme with a fluidity (and vocabulary) unmatched by his contemporaries. The car and travel songs (e.g., "No Money Down" and "You Can't Catch Me") speak to dreams of freedom that were pitch-perfect for the Eisenhower era.


Hampstead Days
Hampstead Days
Price: £12.35

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YES!, 18 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Hampstead Days (Audio CD)
This Cd is a wee gem, it contains great BBC recordings from linda's folkier reprise era albums with that sweet voice of hers is soaring and grabbing at the heart strings. Then you get session versions of the Arista years including nice alternate and funky versions of the hits. One for the fans and a nice place to investigate for those who wanting a nice entry point album as well.


Rockabilly Queen [VINYL]
Rockabilly Queen [VINYL]
Price: £25.05

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS THE REAL DEAL!, 1 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Rockabilly Queen [VINYL] (Vinyl)
This is fantastic and primal sounding raw rock 'n'roll from the female Elvis! And she is still going as well and long may she. What a killer voice on these cuts, and everything cooks with a raw and sexy and savage intensity. And yet again a great heavy pressed slab of coloured wax and a companion cd. This is all killer and no filler, a fantastic comp and good to see on vinyl as well! VIP VOP I LOVE YOU! XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX :)


Rockabilly Rampage Volume One [VINYL]
Rockabilly Rampage Volume One [VINYL]
Price: £19.13

5.0 out of 5 stars Mean, Moody and Magnificent!, 1 Aug. 2014
Fantastic sounding compilation, beautiful heavy pressed vinyl and a cd for the car or the Mp3 player. I shudder to think how much a set of these on the original 45's would set you back if you could find them! Very informative notes as well, even smartarse me who thinks he knows everything about music learned a few things! And I've always been a sucker for coloured vinyl as well! Also nice to see the record in a poly-lined bag so that it doesn't get marked or get paper scuffs. This is amazing really! In fact I've just ordered Volume 2! WELL DONE! Expect to slash a few cinema seats like back in the old days!


Six Hour Technicolor Dream
Six Hour Technicolor Dream
Price: £13.40

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All we need now is the Stars tapes!, 30 July 2014
IMO this is as essential as the "London 66-67" EP, and the release of "Rhamadan" from a few years back. This is Syd's guitar playing at its absolute peak. As it stands, it's the only recording from 1972 currently available to the public. The playing is very, very, VERY much representative of Syd, and THEN SOME! Syd's improvising is off the charts. Very much in his element.

The quality is actually pretty good in terms of a bootleg. It's certainly far better than the quality of the 1967 Copenhagen and Rotterdam shows which have been floating around. Even though the recording is a little rough, it doesn't bother me considering you can hear each instrument pretty clearly. Obsessive fans who've dug through bootleg recordings of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, etc. won't have a problem with this.

The packaging is very nice with the convoluted history of this tape discussed, and the poster for the gig finally turns up as well, 70p to see Syd and the Stripping Nun! And the poster is very striking as well, and the interview with Twink is also informative as he shares his recollections,all we need now are the legendary tapes of Stars. According to Twink, Syd Barrett himself taped the rehearsals. And the shows were recorded by people who then made several copies. Their fate is unknown right now. Be a shame if they're just warping/rotting away in an attic somewhere.
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Depravity (New York May 28th 1975)
Depravity (New York May 28th 1975)
Price: £12.80

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WE'RE GONNA HAVE A REAL GOOD TIME TOGETHER, 15 July 2014
A very rare radio show from the early days, really raw and essential and exciting, wont be around long so grab it!


Thinking of Another Place (Live in Akron 1976)
Thinking of Another Place (Live in Akron 1976)
Price: £7.49

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Guess That I'm Dumb Cause I Knows I Ain't Smart, But Deep Down Inside I Got A Rock 'n' Roll Heart, 13 Jun. 2014
Since Lou's sad passing last winter we have had a glut of live solo and Velvets Cd's doing the rounds and most of them are shoddy to say the least. However, this one intrigued me as it comes from the tour promoting his Arista debut "Rock & Roll Heart" from 1976. That album seemed to me like Lou Had been neutered, a lot of the production was more akin to his label mates The Bay City Rollers than the Rock & Roll Animal. But live most of the songs really breathe and attack with a raw intensity not present on the studio work, the jazzy settings of his band also really work well. And Lou is on fine vocal form and is actually SINGING, instead of his usual trick of just reciting his lyrics, my fave track has to be the run through "The Kids", this version is at times very nasty and visceral and splenetic in its rage, but also tender. This would have been a great show to have witnessed in America's home of Rubber and Tyres. Plus, the back cover also states this was licensened from Lou's own Sister Ray Enterprises Production Company. So all in all it is a fine snapshot of a night where Lou was focussed and on fire and burning with real passion. RIP Louis xxx


A Whole Zinc of Finches: +DVD
A Whole Zinc of Finches: +DVD

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 9 Sept. 2013
Five discs' worth of largely unreleased music, a DVD of super-rare concert footage, a nine-song excerpt from DJ John Peel's last-ever broadcast for pirate Radio London, and the chance to hear what Tyrannosaurus Rex was doing during Woodstock weekend -- all that and more recommends A Whole Zinc of Finches to the world and, if the contents may be a little arcane for all but the most dedicated collector, still it's impossible to overstate their importance. The Peel broadcast opens the box, excerpting the DJ's all-night show by isolating Marc Bolan's own contributions to the proceedings, with Peel's own intros and outros intact. From there we move into a solid 24 songs' worth of demos and works in progress, painstakingly avoiding any duplication with the bonus-stacked reissues of the band's own albums, but still serving up some magical performances. Two discs' worth of live recordings follow, the first highlighting shows at the London Lyceum and Queen Elizabeth Hall in early 1969 (the only portion of the package to have seen prior release), the second from the Cafe au Go Go in New York, in August of the same year. The sound quality is shaky throughout, and one awaits the day a recording surfaces that matches the magic being enacted on-stage. But you can hear enough to know you want more, and historical documents must be taken as they're found. The final CD digs into Tyrannosaurus Rex's transition into the electric T. Rex, via the sessions Bolan convened beneath the pseudonym Dib Cochran & the Earwigs, before the DVD rounds up positively every known fragment of unreleased footage to capture the band in the days before they were on TV every week. Again, it's not pristine quality, but it wouldn't be so precious if it were. Finally, a fat booklet rounds up all the facts, figures, and background, to complete the kind of box set that even the bootleggers could only dream of. A lot of archive projects are described as treasure troves, but A Whole Zinc of Finches really is. I ONLY HAVE THIS ON MP3! RE-ISSUE PLEASE EASY ACTION!


No Off Switch
No Off Switch
by Andy Kershaw
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, 19 July 2013
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This review is from: No Off Switch (Paperback)
A fantastic book that I read in two goes when off work! Andy has read an interesting life and is a fantastic broadcaster, as one of the rare THREE DJ's only that mattered on radio 1 (Peel and Fluff where the other two) where MUSIC came before the Ego! If anyone at 6 Music has read this it's time to get Andy doing at least 3 hours a week there, after all you have "Our Elizabeth" there already!


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