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Rising Son
Rising Son
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Note Debut, 21 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Rising Son (Audio CD)
Kuroda's Blue Note debut sees him stepping out from the shadow of vocalist Jose James whose band he has played in for several years now and most of whom appear on this sterling recording.

I was first attracted to this recording on hearing the title track, initially thinking it was Nils Petter Molvaer with it's light, tight blowing over a ethereal electronic beat but I was pleasantly surprised on purchase that Takuya has a super cool burnished tone all of his own and each track is a little gem.

There are 6 original pieces, all are tight and exquisitely played by a band, as I stated above, whose core is in Mr James's regular unit. Afro Blues and Sometime, Somewhere, Somehow vie with the title track for the standout plaudits. The two covers (both Roy Ayers tunes) to my mind are the weakest tracks but great fun none the less. Trombone player Corey King is a superb foil for Takuya and their respective tones and phrasing works well throughout the recording.

This is already my favourite recording this year and it's only March.

Mu Vol.1
Mu Vol.1
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Price: £9.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterful Duo, 15 July 2009
This review is from: Mu Vol.1 (Audio CD)
Don Cherry took part in the 1969 Actuel festival held at Amougie in Belgium along with Free Jazz stars 'The Art Ensemble Of Chicago', manic pianist 'Dave Burrel', drummer 'Sunny Murray' and the amazing Archie Shepp.
This LP and its sister Mu 2 were recorded at sessions on the 22nd August 1969 and represent a meeting of minds.

Ed Blackwell (ex Ornette) had just returned from Morocco were he had been absorbing the local music scene.

The interplay is fantastic as both men bounce ideas around Cherry switching to flute and piano as Blackwell runs through his arsenal of percussion.

If you liked Coltrane and Ali on Interstellar Space this should be your next stop.

Price: £5.20

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lou Reed's most commercial LP is a classic, 4 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Transformer (Audio CD)
Co-Produced by David Bowie and with a Stella line up of musicians including the awesome guitar of Mick Ronson and the master multi-instrumentalist Herbie Flowers Lou Reed's chronicle of gay life in New York is a classic from the opening riff of 'Vicious' to the Flowers arranged cabaret of 'Goodnight Ladies'.
Needing a boost after the failure of his patchy 'Lou Reed' debut for RCA Reed agreed to allow Bowie to co-produce with guitarist extraordinaire and current Spider, Mick Ronson (this edition of the CD allows you to see how the team turned Reeds rough masters into polished classics with the addition of the acoustic demo versions of 'Hangin' Round' and 'Perfect Day')and what a meeting of minds it was.
Each of the eleven original tracks is a stunner the stand outs being the Herbie Flowers bass dominated 'Walk On The Wild Side' (the title was stolen from the Nelson Algren's novel but the lyrics were about the Factory Set), Reed is quoted as saying that this song was so edited in the States that only the 'Doo, Doo Doo's were left)), the simply orchestrated and beautiful 'Perfect Day', the chugging mettle that is the angst ridden 'Vicious', the joyful menace that is Hangin' Round' and the fabulously camp 'Satellite Of Love'.
If you already have a copy of this album buy it for the extra tracks, if you don't have it, start your Lou Reed collection here.

Different Story
Different Story
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A big voice in the in the pool of minnows, 1 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Different Story (Audio CD)
David Saw is a little guy with a huge talent and if the gods are kind a very big future.
'Different Story' is a marvellous debut full of well observed, witty and passionate songs that very much deserve a wider audience, those of you who saw him at Glastonbury know how good he is live and in the recording studio he is even better.
His gorgeous voice at times sounds not unlike that of Byrd leader Roger Mcguinn only with a greater range and colour.
Do yourself a favour 1) See him live before it costs you a small fortune and 2) buy the CD you will not be disappointed

Dr Crow
Dr Crow

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Deviants older, punkier, better, 19 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Dr Crow (Audio CD)
From the frantic punk opening of 'When Dr Crow Turns On His Radio' you just know that Mick Farren is back on form, he growls his way through the old standard 'You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond' and 'The Murdering Officer' which sounds like the Bad Seeds of their best form.
The short, spoken word (over a rocking backing) 'Sold To Babylon' leads onto the superb Tom Waites sounding 'Taste The Blues' with some great guitar licks from the frets of Andy Colquhoun.
Colquhoun is also fantastic on Farren's Vincet Price workout 'Song Of The Hired Guns' followed by the menacing chant of 'Diabolo's Cadillac' and the solid rock beat of 'Bela Lugosi 2002'
The fractured space jazz of 'A Long Dry Season' is followed off by the ironic rendering of the Adam Faith hit 'What Do You Want'.
A great CD highly recommended

Deviants/Mona - the Carnivorous Circus
Deviants/Mona - the Carnivorous Circus
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The original Deviants swansong & Mr Farren's 1st Solo outing, 19 Oct. 2003
Mick Farren's growling Deviants imploded in Vancouver Canada in the autumn of 1969 leaving the uneven 'The Deviants #3' as their swansong.

The album opens with the swaggering comic book novelty of 'Billy The Monster' followed by the instrumental workout 'Broken Biscuits' that showcases what the wonderful Paul Rudolf would later contribute to the early Pink Fairies.

The cod folk psychedelic of ‘The People Suite’, again with a fab Rudolf solo, follows the excellent rocker ‘First Line’, and the slow blues burn of 'Rumbling B(l)ack Transit Blues'.

The low point of #3 begins with the incongruous nursery rhyme vocal of 'Death Of A Dream Machine’; the solid rock of 'Playtime' buoys the Lp but leads into the pointless 'George Does It With His Tongue' and 'The Junior Narco Rangers'.

The whimsy of 'Let's Drink to the people' leads into the albums closer an extended band workout, complete with a rather swinging Hammond organ, 'Metamorphosis Exploration'.

Farren's excellent 1st solo record (and last until 1978)'Mona, the Carnivorous Circus', was recorded in 1970 with Steve Took, Twink and a couple of members of Quatarmass.

It is a more frantic recording than 3# full of interesting ideas that revolve around two bookend versions of the old Bo Diddley tune and a kind of cut up and paste interview, thrash rock meets folk meets Stockhausen that is the manic opus 'The Carnivorous Circus' parts 1 & 2.

In the middle of this is a kick arse punk version of 'Summertime Blues'
Highly recommended for the mysteries of Mona although #3 does lose the CD 1 star.

To Markos III
To Markos III
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Price: £13.94

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nirvana's Hard To Find 3rd LP, 12 Oct. 2003
This review is from: To Markos III (Audio CD)
The Beautiful 'To Markos III' was originally slated for release on Island records but label boss Chris Blackwell wanted a singles band not an Island version of the Moody Blues and gave Patrick Campbell-Lyons & George Spyropoulos free reign to take their tape elsewhere.
This they duly did, writing the caustic 'Christopher Lucifer' in barbed tribute to Mr Blackwell along the way. Funding for the as yet nameless project came in the form of financial aid from Spyrppoulos's uncle Markos III and a deal was put together with the US based Metromedia label.

Metromedia promptly went bust creating a genuine Nirvana collectors item on the spot.

The album is full of some of the most lush and beautiful songs that the duo ever wrote and it seems criminal that it never received the backing it deserved so do your CD collection a favour and dive in to the delights of Marko III (ironically re-released on Island) and bath in the glow of gems like 'The World Is Cold Without You', 'I Talk to My Room', 'Tres, Tres Bien' and the standout 'Black Flower'.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arthur Brown's Space Rock Masterpiece, 11 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Journey (Audio CD)
This The Third Kingdom Come Lp is perhaps their finest, even if it was their first with new 'Drummer' Ace Bentley (an early drum machine, 'The Bentley Rhythm Ace’).
Arthur Brown is one of the most overlooked vocalist's in rock people tending to concent on his outrageous stage persona than on his great expressive voice.
'Journey' has all the elements of a great rock album, starting off with the tripped out Space Rock of the opening track ‘Time Captives’ that out Hawkwind’s Hawkwind at their own game.
The experimental, instrumental second track ‘Triangles’ uses only triangular guitar patterns that fascinated original producer Dennis Taylor before his own musical geometry had him jump ship to produce Dave Edmunds.
Both the epic ‘Gypsy’ and churchy sounding ‘Superficial Roadblocks’ contain fascinating vocal performances from Brown, further proof of just how good he is, while the electro ethnic drumbeat of the tribal ‘Conception’ is light years ahead of its time.
The ethnic spirit meets the galaxy on the melodic ‘Spirit Of Joy’, surly a missed chance of a hit single.
The shuffling chug of the original album’s closer again contains a priceless vocal from Brown and a masterful guitar solo from Andy Dalby.
Kingdom Come split not long after this recording the nucleus of the band going on to play with Kiki Dee ?
This is a great recording now enhanced with alternate takes and a couple of BBC sessions. Buy it and see what you’ve been missing all these years.
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This Is The Modern World
This Is The Modern World
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Often Overlooked Jam Classic, 11 Oct. 2003
Five months on from 'In The City' The Jam released 'This Is A Modern World', seen at the time as rushed and less forceful than the assertive aggressiveness of 'In The City' it has worn the years well.
Strarting off with the powerful 'Modern World' which when taken with the equally searching 'Combine' shows just how good a lyricist Weller was becoming.
Bruce Foxton's then throwaway 'London Traffic' is ironically more topical today than it was then. His most powerful Jam song the slightly disturbing 'Don't Tell Them Your Sane' sits well with Wellers best.
Weller's political position was becoming clearer as exersised in 'Standards' and the astute social commentary of 'In The Street Today', all this sat beside the power pop of 'London Girl' and 'Here Comes The Weekend' and the fine cover of 'In The Midnight Hour'.
All in all it is a good album pointing as it does to even greater things to come.

In The City
In The City
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Important Debut, 3 Oct. 2003
This review is from: In The City (Audio CD)
In The City was the Woking boys powerful angst ridden opening shot and was seen by many as the LP that jump started the Mod revival in the UK.
Weller's emotive political lyrics were yet to fully take form but there are flashes of what was to come in the songs 'In The City' and the pithy 'Bricks and Mortar'
The Jam's music at this time owed a lot to the harmonies of Motown, the energy of the early Who and the anger of the current Punk scene.
Along with 'Bricks & Mortar', and 'In The City' the powerfully assured 'Art School' and the venomous 'I've changed my address' are the best tracks although the energetic cover of 'Slow Down' and the poignant 'Away From The Numbers' are also worthy of mention.
This was a stunning debut and a rallying flag for the coming Mod revival.
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