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Bryan Ferry: In Concert - Live In Paris At Le Grand Rex [DVD] [2001]
Bryan Ferry: In Concert - Live In Paris At Le Grand Rex [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Bryan Ferry
Price: 17.03

5.0 out of 5 stars Classy Stuff, 5 Feb 2010
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Bryan Ferry has been through many changes in a solo career that has endured over thirty years, some of that time running paralell to his time spent in Roxy Music. This DVD sees the suave Ferry fronting a classy band - well, make that a mini-orchestra - with a string quartet comprising some very attractive young ladies, and a bunch of geezers togged up in dicky bows and tuxedos. Ferry's music has always had something of that continental richness about it (like high cocoa solids dark chocolate), and, as befits the Parisian recording of this DVD, much of that comes out. Re-arrangements of Roxy faves such as 'Casanova', 'Out Of The Blue', 'Chance Meeting' and 'Bitter-Sweet' are vivid, imaginative, freshly reworked and performed with charm and gusto by the ol' lounge lizard. He was promoting his album of Tin Pan Alley chestnuts, 'As Time Goes By', at the time of recording (March 2000) and those numbers are rendered in a similarly elegant style. If I had to pick a highlight, though, I'd currently plump for the 'reformed' Roxy era classic, 'Oh Yeah', which is utterly gorgeous in this context, Ferry's reworking of pop song cliches into something that is genuinely moving and emotionally effecting. He doesn't say much, so I guess a career in stand-up comedy is not on the imminent horizon, but his music does all the talking here, and you will not want for more. All this and unfussy, unobtrusive camera work, and high-end sonics, makes for a very satisfying and essential purchase. As they said in Tin Pan Alley, "It's de-lightful, it's de-licious, it's de-lovely!!


Roxy Music [DVD]
Roxy Music [DVD]
Price: 5.82

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roxy at their best - what's not to like?, 5 Feb 2010
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This review is from: Roxy Music [DVD] (DVD)
This is a tremendous DVD, and unusual insofar as it's a German DVD, actually reprints the lyrics in the accompanying booklet. Although the cover won't win any design prizes, the disc visuals are excellent, and show how good Roxy were in a live situation. Some of the performances were included in the 'Thrill Of It All' DVD, but this disc contains all of the stuff they cut for the German Musikladen TV show. It also allows you to make a comparison of the various line-ups - with Eno, Eddie Jobson, and then the band after their late 70's reformation. Essential for the Roxy fan, but also required viewing (and listening!) for any punter new to the Roxy experience, who'd like to know what the fuss was all about.


Roxy Music Collection
Roxy Music Collection
Price: 6.09

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Roxy Carcass Kicked Around..., 2 Feb 2010
This review is from: Roxy Music Collection (Audio CD)
For a band that cut such a distinctive dash through the UK music scene of the mid-70s (and still sounded pretty good even after their 1978 regrouping), Roxy are a band whose illustrious catalogue has taken an unfair caning over the years, remorselessly repackaged with catch-penny collections such as this, that really do little other than to scratch the surface of the bands many achievements. Andy Mackay has gone on record to voice his disgust at the tawdry manner in which the Roxy recorded works have been treated - the music is priceless, and as a customer, there are more intelligently compiled, better value for many Roxy compendiums available than this poor waste of your entertainment cash.


Between The Lines & Whistle Test Concert
Between The Lines & Whistle Test Concert
Price: 11.54

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth It For The DVD Alone!, 1 Feb 2010
Janis Ian is one of the most enduring, most talented, yet conversely the most underrated of American songwriters. Although her CBS era recordings have been reissued before, they've never been accorded the kind of quality makeover that they've deserved - until now. This CD and DVD release yokes together her epochal 'Between The Lines' album, plus a 'Whistle Test' concert (seen in its entirety for the first time since it's initial broadcast back in the mid 1970s). You also get a couple of extra performances from the 'Shirley Bassey Show' and the late 'Lena Zavaroni Show'. 'Between The Lines' contains her classic 'At Seventeen', which still regularly gets played on Radio 2, and, although it wasn't a hit over here, was all over the radio at the time.

There are several more reissues planned of Janis' excellent back catalogue throughout 2010, and if they're as good as this, then I for one will be more than happy. If you've never invested in a Janis Ian record before, than do so now!


GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT - THE LEGACY OF SUN RECORDS
GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT - THE LEGACY OF SUN RECORDS
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 19.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truthfully, what rock and roll is all about..., 28 Jan 2010
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Tribute albums are very rarely worth the price of admission. Few of 'em actually do what they say on the tin, but 'Good Rockin' Tonight' is a winning exception to the rule. Bob Dylan sounds greater than ever these days - a voice that is well lived in, but when he wraps his gnarly old pipes around the chestnut, 'A Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache', it fits so well - he can't resist slightly hamming up the teenage love lyric, but does it with real warmth and affection. Similarly, Eric Clapton and The Impressions offer up a heartfelt stroll through the lovely 'Just Walking In The Rain', supplying some fabbo slide guitar to underpin his emotive vocal, with the Impressions adding a svelte carpeting of rich backing vocals. Bryan Ferry limbers up for a sweet run-through on 'Don't Be Cruel' - true, he doesn't do much with it, but his heart's in the right place. Jeff Beck pays due homage to his 'billy roots by playing the Scotty Moore guitar parts behind a lively Chrissie Hynde on 'Mystery Train', all slapback echo and rapid pull-off guitar runs. Robert Plant and Jimmy Page - Mr & Mrs Led Zeppelin - both of whom have never been reticent about acknowledging their love of 50's rock and roll - weigh in with a suitably gutsy rendition of 'My Bucket's Got A Hole In It', with some fine acoustic guitar from Page. Even ol' Elton John works up a head of steam of Jerry Lee's 'Whole Lotta Shakin'. I am a big fan of Tom Petty, and he doesn't disappoint as he offers up a mean 'Blue Moon Of Kentucky', and Van The Man and Carl Perkins whip up a bluesy stew on 'Sittin' On Top Of The World' (great horns on this 'un, and evn Van sounds cheery!). French rock veteran Johnny Hallyday don't do too badly with 'Blue Suede Shoes', either - there's nothing to dislike, and a whole lot to love!


Roxy Music: Both Ends Burning
Roxy Music: Both Ends Burning
by Jonathan Rigby
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Roxy Story For Your (Reading) Pleasure, 28 Jan 2010
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Having read Michael Bracewell's in-depth look at the Roxy Music story - 'Remake / Remodel', which takes the reader up until the release of their first album - I looked forward to reading Jonathan Rigby's book with great enthusiasm, and it does not disappoint. Rigby is scrupulously fair to all concerned (although he occasionally can't resist a gentle dig at Ferry's frequently ludicrous fashion faux pas and often daft career moves - deservedly so), taking care to illuminate and justly celebrate the solo and collaborative efforts of Mackay, Manzanera and Eno, and his painstaking dissection of all of the Roxy albums - pointing out such underrated gems as the track 'Tryptych' from 'Country Life', and 'Sunset' from 'Stranded', and even the somewhat throwaway 'B' sides of the early singles, for example, all makes for an entertaining, absorbing read. He also gets the tone right - where Bracewell was dry and analytical (but no less readable), Rigby laces his prose with humour, keeps it reasonably light, without blurring the focus. Crucially, it also reminds you of how consistently brilliant the band were, and how vital they still are, despite the remorseless repackaging of their catalogue. The band's progress from arch Art Rock innovators, through to their reformation releases, 'Manifesto', 'Flesh And Blood' and 'Avalon', where they became purveyors of elegantly tailored Romantic melancholia is magisterially realised. Rigby also puts the band very carefully in the context of their times, with much referencing to contemporaneous interviews - again, it helps to underscore the band's importance, then and now.

Of course, few bands have a story as endlessly fascinating as is Roxy's; I have listened again to their records, using Rigby's book as a reference point, and, beleive it or not, my enjoyment of their recordings has been enhanced by doing so. 'Both Ends Burning', despite having a cover that fails in its aim to pastiche the Roxy albums (it would've cost a fortune to do so, frankly) is a vivid and unstinting tome that warrants re-reads - well-written, lucid and endlessly interesting.


Let's Stick Together
Let's Stick Together
Price: 9.39

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ferry Cleans Out His Musical Ashtray..., 27 Jan 2010
This review is from: Let's Stick Together (Audio CD)
'Let's Stick Together' was originally an album, ironically enough, stuck together by Ferry's then US label, Atlantic, cobbled from solo single B sides, an EP and various other bits of detritus knocking about. Not a great premise for an album. you would think, however, it is a more than worthwhile purchase, owing to the fact that it corrals together a series of various performances that strangely hang together very well. Five of the eleven tracks are re-recordings of tracks he cut with Roxy Music, the rest being cover versions. Of the Roxy covers, 'Casanova', which originally featured on 'Country Life', was a savage and snarling beast of a track, re-envisioned here as a more sinuous and groovy thing. Of course, the song was great, anyway, and this alternate still works effectively, as does the Humphrey Bogart tribute, '2HB'.

The title track, and the R&B shuffle of 'Shame Shame Shame' (incorporating as it does a backing vocal refrain from Marvin Gaye's 'Can I Get A Witness') are irrepressible stompers. with sizzling Chris Spedding guitar and bravura vocals from Ferry himself. The minor hit single, 'You Go To My Head', sounds better than it did back in the day, and his version of the Fabs 'It's Only Love' has some of the charm of his take on 'You Won't See Me' on 'These Foolish Things'. Not convinced though about Ferry's rendition of the Gallagher & Lyle opus 'Heart On My Sleeve', a song I never much cared for anyway.

So, all in all, not bad, considering its provenance, and it does feature Ferry with a rather greasy looking spiv moustache on the cover - never an appealling look, but proof positive that even louche Lounge Lizards can have a photographic off-day.


Extended Versions
Extended Versions
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 5.39

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Little Brother of 'Rock and Roll Animal', 27 Jan 2010
This review is from: Extended Versions (Audio CD)
Even though I am a hard core Velvet Underground fan, I wasn't horrified by Reed's Heavy Metal retooling of Velvets classics on the album 'Rock and Roll Animal', which this album is an inferior relation of. Precious, I am not. Musically, of course, it's often exhilarating - the dual guitar line up and tight rhythm section are ruthlessly efficient, plus, you never buy a Lou Reed record expecting to hear great vocals. However, the song list here is taken largely from Reed's solo albums up until that time, which are okay - 'Vicious' is given a thorough work-out, and there's a rocking version of the Velvets' 'Waiting For The Man', but the ten minutes plus of 'Oh Jim' can be hard work when you ain't in the mood. If you can pick it up inexpensively enough, I'd recommend it to anyone who dug 'Rock and Roll Animal', but it is really one for the committed.


Platinum Collection
Platinum Collection
Price: 13.95

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ludicrously over-compiled - but the music is largely bulletproof, 27 Jan 2010
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What did Morrissey say on The Smiths 'Paint A Vulgar Picture?' "Repackage, repackage, repackage..." 'The Platinum Collection is yet another compendium of tracks featuring Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry in solo mode. As another reviewer has pointed out, the epochal Roxy debut album is ignored, whilst the even better second album, 'For Your Pleasure' is acknowledged solely by the inclusion of (the admittedly brilliant) 'Do The Strand'. Then there's the inclusion of tracks from Ferry's second solo album, the largely vacuous 'Another Time, Another Place', but tracks such as 'This Is Tomorrow' and 'Tokyo Joe' do sound much better than they did at the time. Disc 2 is pretty fine - including three tracks from Ferry's very underrated 'The Bride Stripped Bare' solo album of 1978, and the best tracks from the reformed Roxy's three albums, plus the lovely stand alone version of Lennon's 'Jealous Guy'. Disc 3 does contain the 'Bride' era outtake, 'He'll Have To Go', but there were whole albums that Ferry recorded in the 1990's, only for him to junk when struck by chronic crises of confidence and uncertainity, and it would be nice to hear 'em. That'll have to wait for a Bryan Ferry box set, of course...

Like I said in my title, the music is largely bulletproof, and although a victim of over-compilation, Ferry / Roxy's music isn't cheapened as a result, because it is, for the most part, well-crafted and beautifully produced. This handily-priced collection would form a good point of entry for the casual browser, who wants a few hits and some other good album tracks, but the original albums - especially Ferry's 'Frantic' album of 2002, and all the Roxy albums, should really be purchased in their own right.


Sweex  Kb060uk Multimedia Keyboard. Usb2. Black
Sweex Kb060uk Multimedia Keyboard. Usb2. Black

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality for a bargain price..., 26 Jan 2010
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Like a fool, I spilled water on the keyboard of my Acer laptop. Although the computer itself was mostly unscathed, liquid has penetrated the keyboard, making my typing even more like gobbledegook than normal. Thankfully, this keyboard was available at a very handy price from Amazon, which I snapped up immediately, and it arrived on my doorstep within twenty-four hours. The proof of its efficiency is here in front of you - I'm typing this review now on it.

Being self-employed, having a working keyboard is an essential for me, and, one presumes, the laptop keyboard will eventually dry out, but this is a more than user-friendly replacement. All I did was plug it in (it's a USB connection), the software loaded up in a matter of seconds, and I was ready to roll.

Construction-wise, the 'board is made of (rather attractive) sleek black plastic, the keys have a nice spring to 'em, and there's a couple of retractable support stands at the back underside of it so it can be angled. There's nothing out of place, and there are also handy push button keys at the top for web navigation and the like. It's also very lightweight, making it eminently portable, although I've not tried dropping it, or (horror or horrors), pouring water on it to see how it fares.

For a budget-price board, I cannot find any drawbacks or quality lapses to make any would-be purchaser aware of, much less put off acquiring. Highly recommended.


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