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The Road Of Bones (2 Disc Set)
The Road Of Bones (2 Disc Set)
Price: 15.31

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PROGRESSIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR?, 5 May 2014
I was also surprised by this.

The title track (which is worth the price for the album in itself) is like the soundtrack to Cormac McCarthy's 'Blood Meridian'. It is very dark and this is a crossover album between metal and progressive but this is very popular at the moment as Opeth will likely soon demonstrate.

The guitar and the keyboards are to the forefront throughout but the rhythm section does really impress and the almost demented yearning of Peter Nicholls' vocals do dovetail with the dark lyrics beautifully.

I'm not sure about the bonus disc but if they held onto it and released it in a years' time as new material they'd be criticized for exploiting the fans.

I've already got my ticket for the Bury concert but I'd like to see them do more, maybe in the Midlands somewhere, perhaps, The Assembly in Leamington???????

For me, the album of the year up to now.
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Deep Purple: Photos 1970-2006 | Nummerierte und von Didi Zill handsignierte Sonderausgabe! | Numbered special edition hand signed by Didi Zill!
Deep Purple: Photos 1970-2006 | Nummerierte und von Didi Zill handsignierte Sonderausgabe! | Numbered special edition hand signed by Didi Zill!
by Didi Zill
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 70.78

5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL SNAPSHOTS, 8 Mar 2014
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For anyone interested, particularly, in the Mark II version of this band this is an essential book.

The simplicity of the Ian Paice's drums, Ritchie making alterations to his Strat with a screwdriver and Jon hunched over his keys in a chilly hotel in Montreux is a far cry from the complicated stage sets and synthesizers, Apples perched on top of programmable keyboards and 'Autotune'. Just listen to what 'Machine Head' sounds like then look at the conditions it was recorded in.

Another nice aspect of these pictures is the number that show Ian Gillan and Ritchie Blackmore smiling at each other. One in particular is notable with Ritchie leaning on Ian's shoulder in mid guitar-vocal duel and they both seem to be staring at the fretboard, thinking 'Where did that note come from?'

If you are a long-term fan this is a great buy!

England Observed: John Gay (1909-1999)
England Observed: John Gay (1909-1999)
by Andrew Sargent
Edition: Paperback
Price: 17.00

5.0 out of 5 stars LOST ENGLAND, 20 Feb 2014
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There is something intangibly magical about the photographs in this volume. Whatever it is, this book captures the spirit of an England now lost. The pictures in Highgate Cemetery are of particular interest. The use of light and framing of the artifacts and tombstones within that place generates a Gothic perspective that is timeless.

A superb book and one to savour!

Borrowed Time (No OBI)
Borrowed Time (No OBI)

4.0 out of 5 stars WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN?, 8 Feb 2014
This review is from: Borrowed Time (No OBI) (Audio CD)
I have this in the original vinyl and CD and it has to be compared against the rest of what was loosely termed NWOBHM in the early '80's. The difference is that this can be seen as an embryo of a band that should have gone onto better things. Many of the other bands at the time appeared to be mining the same seam of two sides of riffs on a disc of plastic but Diamond Head, even on this early recording, appeared to be trying to push the boundaries. The title track is superb and transcends Metal and 'Don't you ever leave me' is a blues track that many NWOBHM would not have been able to muster.

Alas, the band ran into much bad luck and the later album 'Canterbury' was misunderstood.

But, this is well worth a listen.

Kaleidoscope [VINYL]
Kaleidoscope [VINYL]
Price: 44.96

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars PROG FOR THE SAKE OF BEING PROG?, 27 Jan 2014
This review is from: Kaleidoscope [VINYL] (Vinyl)
I thought 'The Whirlwind' was an excellent album and it seemed at that point that a plateau may have been reached.

I hate to be critical but this appears to be a pale repeat of that album and the tracks are long for the sake of being long.

Mike Portnoy's drums sound tired and the ballads that Neal Morse writes are leaning evermore towards a religious flavour that can sound a little preachy.

Don't get me wrong, there are some wonderful instrumental passages and changes of mood here but they are few and far between.

And the cover tracks do not add anythiing to the originals. Everyone knows what 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' and 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' sound like so there is no reason to go over old ground. 'Indiscipline' the King Crimson cover comes out the best with some excellent, Zappaesque vocals.

Overall, it's okay but I feel it is too much to expect four people to keep churning out epics which are wholly original.
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Why I Wake Early: New Poems
Why I Wake Early: New Poems
by Mary Oliver
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.88

4.0 out of 5 stars ANTIDOTE FOR BLUES, 25 Jan 2014
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This is a beautiful collection of Mary Oliver's poetry and the title poem, 'Why I wake Early' is inspirational and a poem to read for the Monday morning blues!

Read slowly and retain.

Wild Geese (Bloodaxe World Poets)
Wild Geese (Bloodaxe World Poets)
by Mary Oliver
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.26

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UPLIFTING AND INSPIRATIONAL, 15 Jan 2014
I love the poems in this volume. They all generate the spark of connection from the written word to the heart. 'Wild Geese' is a poem I read frequently, particularly when the dark times hit, when you've got to pick yourself up. Even just when it's a winter Monday morning and you just don't want to go out into that dark sky.

Read this book and keep it with you always.

Drive Home
Drive Home
Price: 12.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE RAVEN FLIES!, 11 Jan 2014
This review is from: Drive Home (Audio CD)
This is a great update on the Raven tour and the films for 'The Raven that Refused to Sing' and 'Drive Home' are a bonus.

One point to note is that the live tracks in Frankfurt are taken from the first leg of the tour and for those that went to the shows on the second leg they will note how much better, as you'd expect, and tighter the songs sounded second time around.

One thing that is puzzling is to why the show at The Royal Albert Hall was not recorded/filmed. Such shows for such a successful album do not come along every day. It is a shame as memories fade.

Five stars all day long!

Friday Night In San Francisco
Friday Night In San Francisco
Price: 6.93

5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME!, 4 Jan 2014
I play the guitar a little but I would imagine that if you have any pretensions to playing six acoustic strings like this trio then you may find yourself expiring with frustration.

This is passionate, improvisational playing at it's best. The best advice is to buy, listen and enjoy.

Minstrel in the Gallery
Minstrel in the Gallery
Price: 5.72

4.0 out of 5 stars ALL THE ELEMENTS COME TOGETHER, 2 Jan 2014
This review is from: Minstrel in the Gallery (Audio CD)
This is the album where the acoustic, wind, string and electric guitar all come together and coalesce into a single stream. The in between song nonsense and Ian Anderson's steps out of the recording room give it a wonderful, homespun live air which you just do not hear in the endlessly remastered music of the current era.

I don't think anyone else can make all the different instruments sound as if their positions in the songs were never in any doubt. There is not a touch of incongruity anywhere on the album.

It's not Aqualung or Thick as a Brick and Steven Wilson may be tempted to give this album a tweak in the future but whatever it is still a highly pleasurable album to listen to.


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