Profile for CFT > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by CFT
Top Reviewer Ranking: 960,271
Helpful Votes: 50

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
CFT (Oregon House, CA United States)

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2
pixel
ACME 553 Curlew and Peewit Call
ACME 553 Curlew and Peewit Call
Price: 6.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended, 14 Feb 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I would definitely not recommend this seller. The whistle is stated to be new, but in fact it is clearly used. It arrived loose in the postal envelope with no protective covering. With it is a card which looks like it once had a plastic bubble in which the whistle was contained - it has a couple of loose staples hanging out which presumably once attached the protective cover to the card. The card has instructions for use, one of which has been marked with a star written in biro by the previous user. One star is one star too many for this lot!


The Bob Dylan Electric Omnibus Volume 1 (Backpages Anthologies)
The Bob Dylan Electric Omnibus Volume 1 (Backpages Anthologies)
Price: 6.41

1.0 out of 5 stars rip off, 27 Sep 2012
The five star review here is from Mat Snow, the editor of the book. Notice that nowhere in the blurb are we given the number of pages. I was expecting a huge anthology like, say, The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia, but this book is very short. I still haven't figured out how many pages, but I'm guessing somewhere in the region of 150. There are countless better Dylan books than this. If it were possible to return Kindle books I would certainl return this one.


The Bob Dylan Electric Omnibus Volume 2 (Backpages Anthologies)
The Bob Dylan Electric Omnibus Volume 2 (Backpages Anthologies)
Price: 6.41

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars rip off, 27 Sep 2012
The favourable view here is from Mat Snow, the editor of the book. The unfavourable review is considerably more accurate. Notice that nowhere in the blurb are we given the number of pages. I was expecting a huge anthology like, say, The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia, but this book is very short. I still haven't figured out how many pages, but I'm guessing somewhere in the region of 150. There are countless better Dylan books than this.


Nan Trues Hole Tapes Volume 3
Nan Trues Hole Tapes Volume 3
Price: 14.94

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother!, 22 Feb 2012
This is possibly the worst sounding recording I've ever heard - it's amazing that they had the nerve to release it!


Peter Evans Quartet
Peter Evans Quartet
Price: 21.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, but...., 5 Aug 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Peter Evans Quartet (Audio CD)
This is a fantastic CD in all respects. I've seen Peter Evans several times, most recently with Mostly Other People Do The Killing. It's marvellous the way he combines mind-boggling technique with a sense of humour. But actually I'm most of all impressed by guitarist Brandon Seabrook. Praise be that he doesn't sound like Frisell and Scofield! He's absorbed the oh-so-predictable style of those two, plus everything else which has happened in the last fifty years (I hear a fair amount of Derek Bailey) and developed his own style. His solo on "Frank Sinatra" had me reaching for the replay button, which doesn't happen too often these days. More please!
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Aug 16, 2011 8:41 PM BST


A Carrot Is As Close As A Rabbit Gets To A Diamond
A Carrot Is As Close As A Rabbit Gets To A Diamond
Price: 8.09

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why did Beefheart leave the music business?, 1 Feb 2011
One reason is releases like this. The track listing isn't too bad if you allow for the fact that it's mostly Virgin material, which means not his 100% best but still better than what anyone else was doing at the time. The problem is that the halfwit who compiled the album saw fit to edit in extra pieces of spoken word and odd snippets of music at the beginning of some of the tracks. Beefheart's records are so meticulous in the detail of their arrangements that he would undoubtedly have been horrified by the crass insensitivity of these arbitrary changes. Business people who who don't understand his music have tended to fall back on attempts to market him as some kind of outlandish freak. That's exactly what's happening here. You don't need this.


Mallard / In A Different Climate
Mallard / In A Different Climate

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry but...., 2 Jan 2011
I'm surprised to see such positive reviews for this. The band admittedly plays well, particularly on the first album, but there's a BIG problem: the vocals. The band chose a singer with a voice as close to Beefheart as they could find, but of course he sounds feeble when compared to the man himself. A better approach would have been to completely rethink the vocal department, as happened with the MU project from other former Magic Band members who chose Merrell Fankhauser with his ethereal Brian Wilson style vocals. Second mistake: the Mallard men attempt to write surreal songs in the Beefheart style and come across as third rate imitators in the songwriting department too.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jul 2, 2013 9:47 AM BST


Beefheart: Through the Eyes of Magic
Beefheart: Through the Eyes of Magic
by John French
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars But what about Don?, 22 Dec 2010
I find it surprising that most of the reviewers here unquestioningly accept John's views as to who really created Trout Mask Replica etc. This debate has been going on for decades. Noone who wasn't there will ever really know, and even those who were there may be disinclined to tell the truth and/or may have unintentionally replaced clear memories with invented "stories". My own inclination is to give Don himself most of the credit, and here's why: he went on to make almost equally brilliant music (Doc At The Radar Station etc) with a completely different band. The original Magic Band produced two mediocre Mallard records and nothing much else of any quality. (Well, French Frith Kaiser Thompson were OK.) Surely the Captain himself was the real genius, with able help from some unusual musicians?

TMR really opened my musical mind when I was a kid, as it did for so many others. I relistened to it shortly after hearing about Don's death. Even though it's easier to grasp these days it's still phenomenally powerful/beautiful/hilarious, and even though it's been copied by thousands of alt rock bands, it's never been surpassed, or even approached. Thanks Don! and kudos to John and the others too!!
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Dec 27, 2010 8:07 PM GMT


The Penguin Jazz Guide: The History of the Music in the 1001 Best Albums
The Penguin Jazz Guide: The History of the Music in the 1001 Best Albums
by Brian Morton
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.96

26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed, 9 Nov 2010
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The low rating is not for the book itself which is not bad, maybe two and a half stars, but for the fact that it replaces the eagerly awaited 10th Edition of The Penguin Guide To Jazz Recordings, by far the best jazz guide out there. I use the 9th Edition continuously - if I hear a track by, say, Simon Nabotov and I want authoritative recommendations as to which of his CDs to buy (and not buy) there's nowhere better. Please Penguin, publish the 10th Edition asap. The book under review falls between two stools - too much obscure music for the neophyte and nowhere near enough detail for the seasoned jazz fan. And as has been said elsewhere, the lack of an index is completely insane. Arghh!

Here's what we need:
Every year or maybe every two years a new edition of the Guide with reviews of what's been issued recently, plus "core collection" reviews, and an online archive with ALL reviews from all editions of the Guide. Access to the online archive would be provided with purchase of the book. Wouldn't that be nice?
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Dec 30, 2010 11:14 PM GMT


Chants, Hymns and Dances - Music of Gurdjieff and Tsabropoulos
Chants, Hymns and Dances - Music of Gurdjieff and Tsabropoulos
Offered by MEGA Media FBA
Price: 10.86

3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad considering, 11 April 2010
Gurdjieff was a con man who invented a "spiritual" movement called the Fourth Way, which attracted gullible "seekers". including a few celebrities, in the 1930s and '40s, rather like Scientology in our own time. Surprisingly, the best of his musical compositions are attractive and evocative. The versions on the current disc are pleasantly mysterious, in a glossy kind of way, less annoying than Keith Jarret's exaggeratedly mystical approach.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jun 30, 2011 7:04 PM BST


Page: 1 | 2