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New Resolution
New Resolution
Price: £26.52

5.0 out of 5 stars German Rock & Pop Award Winner - Best Blues Band 2009, 9 Nov. 2010
This review is from: New Resolution (Audio CD)
This is the debut album of the KRIS POHLMANN BAND, twice German Rock & Pop Award winners "Best Blues Band". 12 tracks recorded and produced by Thomas Hannes (Robben Ford, Pobba Chubby). BluesNews called it "a superb debut, hard to imagine that songs like GET AWAY come from a Düsseldorf based blues-rock band and not an already established super act - this band could well make it to that".

Blues, Ballads, Rock songs all with catchy choruses and superb musicianship. Highly remommended.


Live at Montreux 1982 and 1985
Live at Montreux 1982 and 1985
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £13.92

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Live album, but maybe time for later period SRV CD?, 26 Nov. 2001
Don't get me wrong, this is brilliant 2 Cd set, lovely booklet and the music as ever is top notch. But having already had Live ALive from 1985, maybe it is time for SRV live material from 1989?
As far as live CDs goes, this is an excellent package. The contrast from the 1982 (crowd booing SRV!!!!) and 1985 (Crowd cheering as though SRV is a hero) is great to "witness".
Sony Epic Legacy do a lovely job with SRV CDs. Professionally researched and put together.
My only gripe is, this CD is for collectors only. And so long as SRV material gets released, I will buy it. But having already had Live Alive from 1985, this CD is more or less the same... but there are a few exceptional stand out "jewels" on this set.
1. Couldn't Stand the Weather from '85 is great to hear live....not available elsewhere.
2. Gone Home. The Jazzy instrumental is performed with SRV swagger!
3. Life Without You. Lovely song, soul fully performed.
All in all no complaints....
But a live CD from 1989 with full set list would be excellent!
So in summary, if you collect SRV CDs buy this.
If you deciding to buy an SRV live CD, buy this double set over the Live Alive CD.


Do You Get the Blues
Do You Get the Blues

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jimmie's 3rd Solo album is a laid back blues tour de force, 21 Nov. 2001
This review is from: Do You Get the Blues (Audio CD)
Jimmie Vaughan's 3rd Solo Album is pure Jimmie. If you have his previous 2 albums, Strange Pleasure and Out There, then take the slow and laid back songs from those albums and this is what you can expect here. Smoking hot chilled Blues!
I read an interview with Jimmie somewhere and he stated that he wanted to play songs that couples can slow dance and smooch to. Well, he's done it here. The songs are excellent, the overall mood is chilled and the texas twang is apparant through out. Jimmie's vocals are good, and are complimented wonderfully by the sexy singing of Lou Ann Barton.
And the legend continues...Jimmie's son Tyrone plays rhythm on the best song "Without You" also written by Tyrone.
If there is one minor minor flaw from my first 10 listens to the album...the songs seem all too similar in tempo. I would have loved a few more up beat songs myself. But hey...5 out of 5 for Jimmie, the blues needs it legends. And he is every bit a living legend. Style wise he is like a raw BB King, laid back, no note over kill, and his vocals suit the songs perfectly.
If you are new to Jimmie, then check out Strange Pleasure first. But once you've bought one CD, you'll want all his CDs!


Storm Crow: Storm Crow (HB)
Storm Crow: Storm Crow (HB)
by Jeff Gulvin
Edition: Paperback

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Thriller - better than Clancy and Grishmam!, 24 Oct. 2001
I picked up this book initially because of the cover art work! But having read the blurb on the back of the book I was convinced this book would be a cracker.
And what a cracker it is! The characters in the book are simply great, the main criminal is such a masterful invention of evilness...scary stuff!The plot starts slowly as the characters are introduced but there is always a hint of "what is going to happen?" that makes this book the ultimate page turner. After 250-300 pages or so the plot thickens at break neck pace and it is a depserate race to get to the bottom of the plot!
I love this author and have subsequently read the follow ups Nom de Guerre and The Covenant and can't wait for his new book in Spring 2002!
Buy the books and let Mr. Gulvin take you on the ride of your life!


Back To The Blues
Back To The Blues
Offered by dancecrazie
Price: £9.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moore back to his Best!, 15 Mar. 2001
This review is from: Back To The Blues (Audio CD)
Gary Moore is back with his best blues/rock album since Still Got The Blues... but maybe this Back To The Blues is even better?
Having been more experimental with his last 2 albums, Dark Day In Paradise and A Different Beat, this new album is pure blues/rock at its very best.
There are 10 songs, 6 originals.
The album opens with Enough Of the Blues which starts as a very quiet old style Robert Johnson blues before exploding into a loud, driving, typical Gary Moore blues which begs you to turn your hifi up!
Next up is the BB King cover which Gary does very well, You Upset Me Baby is a good song in the style of Since I Met You Baby and Too Tired from the previous After Hours and Still Got The Blues albums. Complete with brass section too, an uplifting blues number!
The next song, an original, Cold Black Night has a nice lyric and good riff. It is a good song with Moore demonstrating his Hendrix style guitar licks in the middle of the song. Alright!
Next up is a highlight for me, showing Moore's skill for creating atmosphere and emotion, Stormy Monday the classic blues song is excellently played. Moore plays some great licks on this song with showing out off like he sometimes tends to do when playing slow paced numbers. In deed the new album has Gary playing more relaxed and focused on hitting the right amount of notes and playing notes not just for the sake of it. He seems to have matured with regards to playing blues!
Ain't Got You is next up and is a cover with good riff, good lyrics. Driving rythmn.. cool!
Picture of the Moon is the 6th track and is penned by Moore, similar to Still Got The Blues and Parisian Walkways. It is a nice ballad, laid back, romantic song, but not quite as good as its 2 big brothers!
Looking Back is next, a rocking number that is good, though nothing special.
The instrumental The Prophet is next, similar to The Loner. An atmospheric song.
The best song of the album How Many Lies is next, a rocking blues with a great riff and excellent lyrics. Moore at his best!
The traditional end of album ballad, this time it is Drowning in Tears, closes the album and is a truly wonderful song. Nice guitar work and at over 9 minutes it is a nice way to close the album.
Overall.... fantastic. After being somewhat disappointed with the previous album, the Back To The Blues comeback is a truly great album. Buy it, play it loud and listen to a guitarist who is at one with this music and his guitar!
Thanks Gary!


Been a Long Time
Been a Long Time
Offered by Bear Family Records GmbH
Price: £3.15

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album from the former SRV bassist and drummer..., 7 Mar. 2001
This review is from: Been a Long Time (Audio CD)
Double Trouble aka Tommy Shannon (bassist) and Chris Layton (drums) have released their first album as Double Trouble. Double Trouble were the legendary rythmn section of the band lead by the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan.
This album "Been a long time" is a great blues/rock album featuring many big names from the world of blues/rock/R'n'B... Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jimmie Vaughan, Doyle Bramhall II, Jonny Lang, Eric Johnson, Dr John and many more.
So what are the songs like?
There are 10 in total, plus a hidden track of SRV and Double Trouble, all be it only 30 secs long but still good stuff.
Of the 10 songs 5 are written by either Tommy Shannon and or Chris Layton. The others are covers.
The highlights are...
"Cry Sky" - A wonderful laid back song. "Rock n Roll" - Great version of the Led Zepplin hit. "In the middle of the night" - Jimmie Vaughan's guitar is stinging! "Groundhog Day" - Up beat blues/rocker. A real foot tapper!
In fact there is not one song that I do not like. A good mixture of laid back and up tempo songs. I think this CD is a great addition to your blues/rock collection and if you are a fan of SRV and Double Trouble then this is a must anyway!


Reptile
Reptile
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £5.97

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Will the real Eric Clapton please stand up?, 6 Mar. 2001
This review is from: Reptile (Audio CD)
Sure, Eric Clapton's new album is a nice collection of songs. His voice is certainly on fine form but his legendary guitar playing is just too laid back, there is no raw, high energy, fierce improvisations of a Stevie Ray Vaughan for example or even like the young Bluesbreaker Eric, instead the relaxed, 'take it easy', BB King influence is shining through. Depending how you look at this, this is either a good thing or a bad thing. For guitar fans, this might be something bad. I think this album is too much BB King and not enough Eric Clapton.... will the real EC please stand up?
If you want a nice "back ground music" album with nice songs for a romantic meal or night in with a loved one then put this CD on ... "Come Back Baby", "Broken Down", "Find Myself" or perfect for this cause.
Don't get me wrong, I am an avid fan of Eric Clapton, but can't help but feel ever so slightly disappointed with this album.
For me the highlights are "Travelling Light", "I Ain't Gonna Stand For It" and best of all "Superman Inside".
Please Eric, more Superman Inside inspired songs!
For Eric Clapton fans buy this CD, for blues guitar fans get some Stevie Ray Vaughan or get the new Gary Moore "Back to the Blues" CD. Now that is fiery guitar playing at its best.


The Brethren
The Brethren
by John Grisham
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Grisham, but lighter reading than his other books!, 1 Feb. 2001
This review is from: The Brethren (Paperback)
This book is one for the Grisham fans who buy his books because they have to! It is a great read, enjoyable, maybe somewhat far fetched, by the prose flows easily, making it a joy to read.
Those who want to buy a Grisham book for the first time having heard great praise about him would be best buying a different Grisham book to experience the real "harder stories, twisting plots", but overall this novel was a great read!


The Simple Truth
The Simple Truth
by David Baldacci
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Baldacci., 16 Nov. 2000
This review is from: The Simple Truth (Paperback)
David Baldacci does not fail to deliver. His sytle of writing is so engrossing, so detailed, so accurate and yet easily understandable for those that do not know the ins and outs of the legal world. From the first page right through to the final word, Baldacci's prose flows quickly as he takes you on a rollercoaster of a ride to discover "The Simple Truth". The book, as the title suggests, is concerned with justice (a theme richly expoited thoughout Baldacci's novels) and as the story unfolds you find yourself being more and more drawn into the book in the hope that justice is indeed granted to the main character of the book, Rufus Harms.....
If you want a book that hooks you from start to finish and leaves you believing that the story you have just read is in fact true and not a work of fiction, then buy this book today! 5 Stars for Baldacci! There is no better Legal Thriller writer, and that is the simple turth...


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