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Graham Copland (Surrey, England)

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1.0 out of 5 stars No Regrets? - Sorry Randy and Joe, I have a few!, 14 Mar 2012
With two such venerable musicians as Joe Sample and Randy Crawford on board, I was looking forward to listening to something quite special. I was sorely disappointed. The CD is a lack lustre, soul-less piece of work, and (regretably) the problem is with the singing. Randy Crawford does not appear to 'inhabit' the songs in any way. When she sings a lyric I find it hard to believe she means it. To be frank, it sounds more like a recording of an 'open mike' night than a thoughful and well-crafted performance, and whilst Joe Sample and the rest of the band deliver a neat and tidy performance, it is no more than that.

To add to the problems, the recording (or rather the mastering) is dire. The CD appears to have been mastered to suit those who listen to music on portable devices - in other words with compressed dynamic range and extended bass. On a reasonably good quality hifi it sounds excessively 'boomy', and lacks any of the natural presence you experience listening to better jazz or acoustic music CD's.

All in all - very disappointing. I am sure both Randy and Joe can do a lot better than this.

Adam Bede (Everyman's Library Classics)
Adam Bede (Everyman's Library Classics)
by George Eliot
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money - well bound, 22 Mar 2010
My review does not concern the narrative or structure of the story (which I will leave to others to review), but rather the physical book itself. If you are looking to build a library that will last a lifetime and not break the bank, then I highly recommend the Everyman's Library series. Each book is nicely bound and printed on high quality paper. The only drawback is that if you are purchasing the book for school or academic study, then bear in mind that the book has very few notes. If you need to refer to notes, then I suggest you buy the Penguin Classics paperback version which has an extensive notes section.

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