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Elgar: Cello Concerto
Elgar: Cello Concerto
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Price: £19.92

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Second Choice, 8 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Elgar: Cello Concerto (Audio CD)
While it seems no other recording can challenge Jacqueline du Pre's versions of this work, Natalie Clein and Vernon Handley come close by emphasising the beauty of the music.

This is less overtly 'dramatic' than Jacqueline du Pre's versions, but this is still a heartfelt and passionate performance. Vernon Handley is simply one of the best ever conductors of English music and the Royal Liverpool Orchestra plays superbly.

The sound of this CD is superior to the older discs, of course, as it's many years newer. The tone of the cello is rich but delicate and well caught by the engineers and the orchestral sound is well balanced and just about perfect, at least on my hi-fi.

The Elgar cello pieces which round out the CD are well played and very much worth having.

Highly recommended.

Walls and Bridges
Walls and Bridges
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Price: £15.95

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of John's Best, 5 Sept. 2008
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This review is from: Walls and Bridges (Audio CD)
Hailed at the time by one Richard Starkey MBE as 'the best album this year by anybody', Walls and Bridges is a fine effort, with some great material and musicians.

Number Nine Dream is possibly the best track but Scared, Noboby Loves You, Old Dirt Road and What You Got are also highlights. Steel and Glass, another highlight, is musically like How Do You Sleep: John later suggested that the song was about himself, not Allen Klein as speculated.

The sound is better than my worn out LP, but the cover is not: the LP had a multifold cover where you flipped the segments over to put different glasses on John and the back of the flip pieces had a photo of John poking his tongue out! The CD age does have its drawbacks.

The bonus material is welcome, but there is more material available from the show with Elton John. A 45 EP issued at the time also had Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and I Saw Her Standing There - so where are these, please?


Brainwashed [CD + DVD]
Brainwashed [CD + DVD]
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Price: £39.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of George's Best Albums, 5 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Brainwashed [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)
This is a seriously good album by any standards.

Brainwashed displays many of the elements of George's life and beliefs, from his love of 30s music - a charming version of Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - to his spirituality, sense of humour and concern for the state of the world. The instrumental Marwa Blues shows yet again his ability on slide guitar and Any Road is the best start to any Harrison album.

Even though it was not really planned as an album, the songs work well together and it sounds like a proper record rather than a selection of out-takes.

The playing is, as always on George's albums, first-rate and the production is a bit less slick than on Cloud Nine and better for it. Jeff Lynne and Dhani did a great job in finishing off the material.

The package is really nice and the DVD is worth having, although it would have been good to have the video for Any Road, which has rare clips of George throughout his life: whizzing around in golf carts, racing cars and a limo driven by Sir Jackie Stewart.

Thank you George, Dhani and Jeff

The Cry of Love
The Cry of Love
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Price: £19.75

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Really Hendrix' Last Album, 3 Sept. 2008
This review is from: The Cry of Love (Audio CD)
The original LP release of Cry of Love (named after what Jimi had called his last US tour band) was the first album released after his death.

Mitch Mitchell and Eddie Kramer did a pretty good job of assembling an album from finished and unfinished material. However, Jimi had always planned a double album, usually known as 'First Rays of the New Rising Sun', which never received a final track layout. The Hendrix Estate CD of the same name features all the tracks on Cry of Love, plus several more from other posthumous Hendrix LPs.

Whatever, this has some great songs on it, such as Freedom, Drifting, Ezy Rider, Belly Button Window and In From the Storm; a joke (Astro Man); and a good song which doesn't really fit in (My Friend, a 1968 out-take). It's a good listen.

This CD is now out of print, but if you find it, make sure you get the second issue as the first CD version had poor sound compared to the LP. The second issue, on Reprise, has "RE-1" etched into the CD to show that it's been remastered.

Post Script: In mid 2014, Experience Hendrix announced that this album, along with its successor, Rainbow Bridge, will be re-released. I have not listened to either, but note that all the tracks for Cry of Love are already available on First Rays of the New Rising Sun, and Rainbow Bridge can be easily assembled by anyone with an iPod and the recent official releases! The original LPs, released in 1971 and 1972 respectively, were popular but unless there is something special about the new releases, why buy the tracks yet again?

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another Barrel Scraping Exercise, 3 Sept. 2008
This is a 10 CD box set of unofficial (i.e. unauthorsed by the Hendrix Estate) material. In Australia it's $140, which is rather steep for what is basically material from bootlegs recycled into a semi-official release.

There is some good stuff in here, like the various takes of Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) but overall it's not a good listen and Hendrix fanatics will already have most of the material. Theres' far too much doodling, sketches, unfinished takes and flotsam to make this is a compulsory purchase, sorry.

Price: £8.72

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Compilation of a Great Singer, 15 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Chronicles (Audio CD)
This CD may be a bit miserable with the running time, but it's better to have ten good tracks rather than fifteen middling ones.

It has most of Winwood's better known songs, such as While You See a Chance and Arc of a Diver, so it's a good introduction to his music.In any case there are only two or three Winwood compilations available and the other one has material from his Spencer Davis and Traffic days.

The only drawback to this CD is the sound, which is somewhat muddy and transferred at a very low level.

Dusty... Definitely
Dusty... Definitely
Price: £5.03

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, essential album, 14 July 2008
This review is from: Dusty... Definitely (Audio CD)
After Dusty in Memphis, this is probably the best Dusty 'album' - as distinct from the best 'compilation' - you can get. The selection of material is first class, the bonus tracks are welcome and the remastered sound leaves my old Philips LP for dead.

As usual for that time, Dusty's voice is in top form and the instrumental backing is consistently good. Best track is probably Randy Newman's 'I Think it's Gonna Rain Today'. Highly recommended.

In the west
In the west

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Docked a star for the sound, 14 May 2008
This review is from: In the west (Audio CD)
This excellent collection was one of the first, and one of the best, posthumous Hendrix LPs. It contains three of Hendrix' best ever performances as well as a bit of filler; Red House, Voodoo Chile, Little Wing and Johnny B Goode remain essential versions, still as stunning today as ever.

The Isle of Wight tracks and Blue Suede Shoes really don't reach the same heights but are still worth a listen. However, thie early-issue CD is let down by the sound, which lacks the presence and warmth of the old LP.

Note that all of the tracks on this collection are available on other Hendrix Estate releases, mostly with sound as good as the old LP.

Roseanne - Series 1 [DVD]
Roseanne - Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Roseanne Barr
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: £2.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic US Sitcom Starts Here, 12 May 2008
This review is from: Roseanne - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Two excellent sitcoms have come out of the US in recent years: Seinfield and Roseanne. They couldn't be more different, of course: one's a 'show about nothing' set in affluent downtown Manhattan and the other is a sometimes harsh tale of problems which afflict an American family in a small town.

Roseanne is an excellent antidote for those 'feel good' alleged comedies which dispense homilies, happy endings and can leave you reaching for the remote and the sick bag.

The first series lays a good foundation for the rest of the series and is consistently enjoyable, with excellent writing and acting from all the cast. The DVD transfers are of good quality and there are some worthwhile 'bloopers' and interviews provided as extras.

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worth One Listen, Then Use as Frisbee, 12 May 2008
Yet another repackage of the inebriated jam with Jim Morrison at the Scene Club, plus some earlier, pre-Experience debris.

The sound is suitably amateur, the 'performances' rough and laced with Morrison's obscenities, etc but the jam is worth a listen, just once.

Bear in mind that it was never meant for official release.

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