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Rock & Roll - An Introduction To The Velvet Underground
Rock & Roll - An Introduction To The Velvet Underground
Offered by themusicmerchant
Price: £9.56

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars welcome to the seminal VU, 14 Mar. 2004
As a long time fan of the Velvets (I possess all their original albums on vinyl!, as well as all the box sets/ rarities!), I was expecting this addition to the "An introduction to.." series to be a round up of a few classics interspersed with some epic album cuts. However I am amazed to say that this is the most balanced VU compilation I have ever come across! The key to its surprise sucess is its compilers decision to ommit some, although famous, more monotonous epics such as "Herion" and "I'm waiting for the man". Some fans may cry "sacrilage"!, I found that it gave extra scope to take in all the sides of the band. The set begins with the lighthearted but infrectious "Temptation (inside your heart)", a more atypical VU song you will not find! This track comes from the postumous CD of outtakes "VU", another nice touch by the compiler, not just restricting his choice to the first three albums. The Band fourth and final album "Loaded" was recorded for another label, however its two most famous songs are featured in blistering live form (from the 2 volume CD "Live 69, volume 1-2"). Alltold, an excellant introduction to an incredible legendary band. If you love rock n roll, you will love "Rock n roll"!!


Only Everything
Only Everything
Offered by westworld-
Price: £10.00

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an overlooked 90's classic, 13 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Only Everything (Audio CD)
I have been listening to this CD (origanaly cassette!) consistantly for nine years now and have never tired of it.
Following on from 1993's "Become what you are" popularity peak, this CD should have broken Juliana into platinum territory.However it soon was proven that would not be the case, with both juliana and this CD fading from public view soon after.On release it received a lukewarm reception, which is a shame since this is her most consistant CD to date. For starters the sound is huge, with guitars and drums (by A Perfect Circle's Josh Freese on song tracks) way up to the fore. Then of course theres Julianas vocals, as sweet as they have ever sounded. Unlike earlier JH cd's, this set is not at all helmed in by a rigid "sound". Several tempos styles and moods are explored over the 14 tracks, whilst keeping a unified flow. Great use is made of the varied keyboard touches throughout, Clavinet, organ , piano even Wurlitzer and Mellotron are utilized to great effect. There are so many stand out tracks, "What a life", "Outside", "Live on tomorrow"...And "Bottles and flowers" is the best hit Smashing Pumpkins never had! As i said this CD sold very little, and its follow up "God's Foot" remains unreleased to this day. However Juliana is still recording independently and still producing great music. Apparently this overlooked gem is no longer in print. I recomend it to anyone to seek it out second hand (like right here!), you might be pleasently suprised!


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