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Psychedelic Pill
Psychedelic Pill
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neil Young walks like a giant., 14 May 2013
This review is from: Psychedelic Pill (Audio CD)
A double CD that includes three tracks on an epic scale: `Driftin' Back', `Ramada Inn' and `Walk Like a Giant', which together provide an hour of music. The expansive jamming sessions by Neil Young and Crazy Horse are terrific and there is plenty of guitar music to enjoy on this album. I found myself `Driftin' Back' listening to the opening track. Whilst the lyrics aren't too profound (`don't want my mp3' and `gonna get me a hip hop haircut'!) the soundscape and ambience generated is something wonderful to behold. It is the sort of music that might be best appreciated driving along vast stretches of open road in a panoramic setting. `Ramada Inn' is another stand out track - a really fine song and performance. `Walk Like a Giant' has the spirit of `Powderfinger' and the sound effects of a big stomping giant. Some of the music here sounds familiar to other NY releases (including `Greendale' and `Broken Arrow') but this is more an observation than a criticism. It may have been NY's intention to revisit and reflect on his past but discovering new sounds isn't likely to get any easier for someone who has composed so many fine songs over such a far reaching career. (`Greendale' is one of my favourite Neil Young releases, NY appearing to have put his heart and soul into that project, not just into the songs and music but the whole package, concept, storyline and theatre). `Psychedelic Pill' is a solid body of work, with good songs, fine lead, backing and harmony vocals and impressive musicianship with atmospheric, driving guitars.


Americana
Americana
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long May He Reign, 23 July 2012
This review is from: Americana (Audio CD)
A collection of traditional folk songs, some dating from the 19th Century and before, given a rock outing by the driving force of Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Folk classics are re-invented here as folk-rock. The band has a good time and it is a singalong, not to be taken too seriously. A variety of song treatments interest and entertain. There are some good backing vocals, including a choir, but it is the band's singing, playing and approach that really makes the album. The small accompanying booklet (with the even smaller text) provides the lyrics and background to the songs. Tracks include an early spiritual song, a Woody Guthrie composition and a version of `High Flying Bird', some familiar titles given a new take. A lament on the drowning of poor Clementine ends with the verse deciding her sister is a fair replacement (not apparently used in the traditionally sung American version!) In Gallows Pole a death sentence awaits, only chance is to be saved by someone with enough gold and silver but both parents arrive prepared to see their child hang! `God Save the Queen' is a riot with electric guitar. The first two verses are the British national anthem and finishes with let freedom ring. Jimi Hendrix has the last word on national anthems with his electrified and electrifying performance of `Star Spangled Banner' at Woodstock in 1969 but NY does a good job. The CD cover is a photomontage of the band members superimposed on an historic photograph dating from 1905. The photo was produced in the 1970's and salvaged from fire, seeming to show evidence of fire damage. The original photo portrays Geronimo, an Apache Indian, wearing a top hat and driving a Locomobile car. Geronimo was a symbol of resistance who fought against encroachment into Native tribal lands and defied broken treaties. He became both prisoner and celebrity but never able to return to his tribal homeland. This is good music entertainment.


In Utero
In Utero
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Price: £5.48

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wild Rock, 22 July 2012
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The definition of grunge: the heavy sounds of Nirvana. Approach with caution. The track `Tourettes' starts with the words `moderate rock', but there is nothing moderate about it. It is hardcore. Most tracks are neither radio nor neighbour friendly! To avoid disturbance of the peace it should be listened to in select locations (I listen to it driving alone in the car with the windows up). Nirvana's final album and could be considered the authentic Nirvana sound. It is hard rock with an outburst of energy, influenced by punk and heavy metal. The Nirvana frontman, songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Kurt Cobain, lived close to the edge and some of the tracks, including `Scentless Apprentice' and `Milk it', show it. A trio of guitar, bass and drums provide an immediate sound that hits the mark in short songs characterised by passages of slow playing followed by hard, fast playing. The music has raw power in quantity with good songs, hooks and riffs. The vocal style and obscure lyrics are distinct and `interesting'. When the occasion is right to blow everything away then this fits the bill.


The Best Of Isaac Hayes
The Best Of Isaac Hayes
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Price: £17.26

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can you dig it?, 22 July 2012
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This review is from: The Best Of Isaac Hayes (Audio CD)
Isaac Hayes is best known for the theme from the movie `Shaft' with his big soulful voice, its wah-wah guitar sound and orchestral arrangement. It reached No. 1 in the charts and won Isaac Hayes an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The Shaft soundtrack won a Grammy Award for Best Original Score. This Best of Collection CD includes Isaac Hayes' Stax singles of the 1970's with covers of Bacharach and David classics `Walk on By' and `The Look of Love' all given the `Isaac Hayes' treatment with a winning combination of great voice, big orchestral sound, girl backing vocals and interesting arrangements. Whilst at Stax records in the 1960's Isaac Hayes was a session keyboard player, backing vocalist (including for Otis Redding) and songwriter (co-writing hits for Sam and Dave). His own music came to prominence with the solo album `Hot Buttered Soul' which received international recognition. He released several albums and movie soundtracks. Isaac Hayes was also an actor, playing the role of bounty hunter Truck Turner and was interested in the role as detective John Shaft before the part went to Richard Roundtree. Isaac Hayes' songs have a great vocal and demonstrate a range of romantic emotions through a fusion of soul, funk, jazz, R'n'B and easy listening.


Le Noise
Le Noise
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4.0 out of 5 stars I feel the rumblin'....., 31 May 2011
This review is from: Le Noise (Audio CD)
Le Noise is a good noise. With only electric guitar and vocal, Neil Young produces an immense sound. Distorting guitar effects challenge and enhance the listening experience. Two acoustic tracks intersperse the guitar intensity. Lanois' production is accomplished with Young's unique vocal distinctive throughout. The songwriting is strong, measured lyrics reflect on a life then and now. As in the best of Neil Young's music the songs stay in the head long after hearing. It is impressive how after releasing so much great material for so long he can still draw on musically creative ideas. The first track `Walk with Me' opens with a power chord giving clear notice of intent. It has a great rock guitar riff, also evident on the next two tracks `Sign of Love' and 'Someone's Gonna Rescue You'. `Love and War' is an acoustic number with open lyrics and Spanish sounding guitar (`I said a lot of things that I can't take back, but I don't really know if I wanna'). `Angry World' cranks up the distortion and is a classic (yeah....). 'Hitchhiker' - more heavy sounds, borrowing from an early song `Like an Inca'. Too many drug references maybe, but a powerhouse of a track. `Peaceful Valley Boulevard', possibly my favourite, a haunting song accompanied by acoustic guitar played to an American Indian theme, charting a history of North America and ending with a comment on the environment. The album appropriately closes to an electrified `Rumblin'' with its references to climate change and planet Earth straining under the pressure. I play this CD loud in my car to provide a journey of music satisfaction.


Live At The Fillmore East [U.S. Version]
Live At The Fillmore East [U.S. Version]
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fill more seats at Fillmore East, 19 July 2010
The Canadian artist Neil Young is renowned for playing electric guitar, especially with the rock band Crazy Horse. This 1970 recording of a New York concert is part of the ongoing archive releases. All six tracks on this CD are from the concert's electric set. Numbers from the acoustic set may not be available for inclusion but would have provided a more complete Neil Young concert experience. Capturing the Crazy Horse sound live is the main purpose of this CD, and it does this with a very good recording. The two stand out tracks are extensive versions of the Neil Young classics `Down by the River' and `Cowgirl in the Sand', which demonstrate a master-class in intuitive, mesmerising guitar play. There are also Neil's compositions `Winterlong' and `Wonderin'', good songs that are less familiar, to me. The CD also includes a song written and performed by Crazy Horse vocalist-guitarist Danny Whitten which is an up-tempo number with a strong vocal - a fitting tribute to an integral and important Crazy Horse band member. This CD is legendary rock music in the making.

Neil Young established his place in Rock in the 1970's, with notable album releases including `After the Gold Rush' and `Tonight's the Night'. A talented and prolific songwriter, and musician of high standing, his music is robust and varied. Musically and melodically outstanding, his influences are steeped in Folk, Country, Blues, Native American and Rock. He has a great affinity with the electric guitar, his skilful play often ending with guitar feedback frenzy. His lyrics are poetically direct and effective. He brings a hard rock sound to essentially folk songs. I consider Neil Young's music deserves careful listening. A seasoned and popular live performer, his interests extend to producing films and music videos. Like Bob Dylan he has a unique and instantly recognisable vocal. Neil Young continues to release music of note, including in 2003 the ambitious, thematic, small town story of `Greendale' and in 2006 `Living with War', a denouncement of the US led war in Iraq. With an impressive track record and long-standing in music making, Neil Young, admirably, is unabated in his drive to write, tour and record.


Life Goes On
Life Goes On
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Price: £13.56

19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very welcome return..., 15 Dec. 2009
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This review is from: Life Goes On (Audio CD)
I really like this CD. A bell toll introduces `Kyrie Eleison', a religious chant from the Catholic Mass. Gerry Rafferty draws on his faith, which he touches on in this Christmas release. Mostly a compilation of selected songs from his past three studio albums, this CD also includes notable renditions of the Beatles song `Because' and an Irish folk ballad `The Maid of Culmore'. Gerry's vocal is smooth and the song choices blend well, with several saxophone and vocal harmony highlights. At times it is moving and always heartfelt. The CD closes with two Christmas offerings - `Adeste Fidelis' (sung in Latin and more familiar as `O' Come All Ye Faithful') and `Silent Night'.

These songs are often autobiographical - a private life which has, at times, seemed strained. Some low points during the last year attracted media attention which included a spell of recuperation. This was followed by a period of absence without leave which caused concern for his general health and well being, before finally surfacing at his home in central Italy. If nothing else, this album release shows that Gerry Rafferty is still very much around. This CD would make an excellent introduction to Gerry Rafferty's music, and a great festive gift. I very much hope Gerry strays never too far from his song writing craft, with, hopefully, the release of a new collection of songs somewhere on the horizon.


The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8 / Tell Tale Signs - Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006
The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8 / Tell Tale Signs - Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006
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Price: £15.78

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dylan impresses., 22 April 2009
I don't really get this. I don't get the thinking behind the different takes on previously released songs, I don't get the choice between the 1, 2 and 3CD sets and I don't get the price of the 3CD version. I do like it. I'm not an authority on Bob Dylan, who is still best known as a `60's political protest singer, as well as a world renowned lyricist-songwriter. I have been catching his recent recordings of late (the 1997 release `Time out of Mind' is recommended - full of dark despair, but also full of great songs). His vocal may not be to everyone's liking, but it is to mine. There is more of a rasp these days, but Dylan's voice is one of the main reasons that I like him - the unique gruff delivery has the ability to stamp his personality on a song. This double CD is a mix. There are alternative arrangements (are they early try-outs of songs? were they intended as the final cut but didn't make it? were they performed as work-outs in the recording studio?), there are live tracks, previously unheard songs and movie soundtracks (the emotive `Cross the Green Mountain' features in a film about the American Civil War).The general mood is reflective and laid back and makes for good listening. Bob's trademark harmonica features on a couple of tracks. The standard of songwriting and musicianship is high. The CD packaging is impressive. Bob Dylan at the height of his game is definitely a tour de force. This is a welcome addition to my CD collection.


Can I Have My Money Back
Can I Have My Money Back

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A master craftsman, 21 July 2008
In 1969 Gerry Rafferty wrote and recorded some highly beguiling songs with a group called The Humblebums. Two years later he released his first solo album entitled `Can I Have my Money Back?' for Transatlantic records. This record encapsulates much of what is so good about Gerry's music and his ability to write memorable pop songs. Inspired by The Beatles and Dylan (both of whom he holds in high regard), Gerry Rafferty has produced a fine catalogue of work, including nine solo albums. Best known for his song `Baker Street' (winner of an Ivor Novello award), Gerry Rafferty's songs possess great quality and charm. He is adept at writing both slower ballad numbers and up-tempo rockers - a true sign of a master song-smith. Gerry Rafferty was once quoted as saying he is never happier than when he has written a good song. His compositions often conjure up an image of someone contentedly playing on their guitar whilst sitting in the sun. They are well crafted, melodic songs with fluent lyrics, sung with his distinctive, understated vocal. His latest release - `Another World' in 2003 - is excellent, with its occasional gospel touches. Artist Gerry Rafferty is a leading light in my humble estimation, whose music is deserving of being enjoyed through future generations.


Squeeze My Lemon
Squeeze My Lemon
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £32.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Blues Legend., 19 July 2007
This review is from: Squeeze My Lemon (Audio CD)
Early Blues music has a class and style all its own. From the turn of the twentieth century, a long and distinguished cast of Blues artists and musicians have been playing and performing first rate music. The roll-call includes legendary names Son House, Muddy Waters, Bukka White, Blind Willy McTell, Memphis Minnie, Charley Patton, Skip James, Leadbelly and Robert Johnson. All are brilliant African-American recording artists, each bringing their own highly distinctive and individualistic Blues sound. Whilst living in difficult and discriminatory times, Blues artists used their music as a positive form of expression and entertainment.

Way back in the 1920's Blind Lemon Jefferson was one of the first recorded blues artists, whose music has survived on original 78 rpm's. Lemon (real name) was sightless at an early age, but this did not thwart his ability to play the guitar, write and perform his own songs and become a successful musician. Early on he would often be seen busking on street corners and appears to have made a comfortable living from the sale of his records (allegedly travelling in style in his own chauffeur-driven car). The background rustling is not what we are accustomed to in today's hi-tech recordings but the music quality is unmistakable. Blind Lemon Jefferson's hollering and soaring vocal expresses a certain inevitability and reflects everyday struggles (`one dime was all I had....'). This music speaks for itself and is a piece of history in the making. A star act.


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