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Mr. Louis Barfe "Author, broadcaster, pillock" (Lowestoft, Suffolk, UK)

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Dancing in the Dark
Dancing in the Dark
Price: £10.34

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tubby Hayes Quintet on peak form, 22 April 2012
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This review is from: Dancing in the Dark (Audio CD)
The last few years have been good for fans of Tubby Hayes. The canon of recordings made and released in Hayes' lifetime has been supplemented by previously-unreleased material, usually recorded live by enthusiastic amateurs with varying degrees of technical ability and equipment. This is one of the clearest, best-sounding live recordings to emerge so far (although there appears to be a dash of fake stereo added to the master, for some reason), and, as well as sounding good, the chaps - Tubbs, Jimmy Deuchar, Terry Shannon, Freddie Logan and Allan Ganley - are on something like the top of their form. This is a blistering session. If you thought Down In The Village and Late Spot At Scott's gave a good account of the Hayes quintet, this set might well knock you off your feet. The highlights for me were the title track, featuring a lengthy mellophonium solo from Deuchar, and the closer, 'Suddenly Last Tuesday', which is about three times the length of the familiar 'Jazz 625' version by Tubbs' big band. I can't recommend this CD highly enough. I've barely listened to anything else in the week or so since it arrived on my doormat.

Some of My Best Friends
Some of My Best Friends
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music, iffy sound quality, 22 April 2000
This review is from: Some of My Best Friends (Audio CD)
As the previous reviewer said, this is the Couriers at their best. Unfortunately, the first half of the programme seems to have been dubbed from a slightly jumpy vinyl copy, and unbelievably, there are some annoying skips. So, minus one star for not sourcing the original tapes.

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