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Judy Collins #3/Judy Collins Concert
Judy Collins #3/Judy Collins Concert

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Folk from the Golden Age, 21 Sep 2008
Between her 1st 2 rather variable quality trad albums and the move away from folk to more contempory material on 'wildflowers / who knows..', these 2 albums catch Judy as a rousing folkie, interpreting for all shes worth on some great traditional stuff and belting out material from the likes of Dylan and Paxton. JC3 is particulary fine - almost inventing folk-rock with Anathea and Bullgine Run for starters, followed by a protest song (hey nelly nelly) to bring shivers down the spine of anyone old enough to remember those times, and a great version of 'masters of War', even if she can't bring herself to 'hope that they die' in the last verse.Roger McGuinn was guitarist on the sessions, and 2 years later would do even greater things with 'Turn,Turn,Turn' and 'Bells of Rhymney'. The seeds of that are right here, and I highly recommend it to all Byrds fans. Highlight is a beautiful reading of Woody Guthrie's 'Deportees' to bring tears to the eyes of old Lefties everywhere. Live album is not quite so essential, but does includes another lovely Dylan cover and a great version of 'Me and My Uncle'. Sixties history, musical and political, in the making (JC3 is fom 1963, concert is '64). Intelligent, inspiring and beautiful. Them were the days.


Take To The Mountains
Take To The Mountains
Price: 9.69

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quality 70s pop, 21 Sep 2008
This review is from: Take To The Mountains (Audio CD)
Great to have this on cd at last - RB was responsible for a trio of majestic ochestrated ballads in the early 70s - the title track, Go North and Coldwater morning. All were played to death on the radio but inexplicably failed to chart. Obviously these are the highlights here but my real favourite is his superb reading of 'High Flying Electric Bird' from the 1st Pete Brown and Piblokto Album. The combination of that pure pop voice and easy listening strings with the bizarre wordplay of the song is just magnificent. Great version of Cat Steven's 'Hard Headed woman' is another highlight, and his is the first version of Elton's 'Your Song' I've ever enjoyed. Rest is filler, really - nothing too unlistenable though. Worth it for the half dozen solid classics - buy before they vanish for another 30 years.
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Early Morning Hush - Notes from the UK Folk Underground 1969-1976
Early Morning Hush - Notes from the UK Folk Underground 1969-1976

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazon - check the track list!, 21 Sep 2008
As others have pointed out, the track list above is just wrong - use the back sleeve photo instead. Much more of a straight folk compilation than 'Gather in the Mushrooms', this one lacks the left field oddities of that album. Nice enough, though - quality folk, well selected and sequenced. A nice mood, but rather more predictable than 'Mushrooms'. Keith Christmas track particularly impressive. Thoroughy recommended if you enjoyed GITM - otherwise, buy that 1st. On second thoughts, buy both while theyre only 4 each, a steal.


Who Would Have Thought
Who Would Have Thought
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: 8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars totally inexplicable.., 19 Sep 2008
This review is from: Who Would Have Thought (Audio CD)
I must say I've never seen an album quite like this. 54 tracks, but only 37 DIFFERENT tracks! What on earth are they thinking of? If anyone knows, please post an answer because i just can't work out a scenario for this.
The bafflement is compounded by a complete lack of sleeve notes or any sort of recording information - even composers or years of release.
Having got past that (which takes a bit of doing)we come to the music. Basically a collection of weird stuff which falls mostly into 3 categories:
1. British pop bands trying to be 'far-out'. All of these are terrible, and only mildly amusing. Manfred Manns 'there is a man' is an attempt at Barret era Floyd. DDDBMT, Dave Clark 5,Love Affair and Billy J Kramer and others also attempt to grab some psychedelic credibility, and fail lamentably. Mud's 'Flower Power' is quite as bad as you'd expect.
2. Ageing and irrelevant (in 1967)US rockers trying for some credibility and a career boost. Some of these are surprisingly good! Del Shannon's 'I think I love you' is intense and haunting, while Dion's slow,acoustic version of 'Purple Haze' (!)is surprisingly effective. Some high weirdness as Pat Boone tackles Tim Buckley's 'Song to the Siren'- not clear if Pat had the faintest idea what he was doing, but, oddly, I keep going back to it..
3. Some film and TV stars trying some high-1960s concept stuff. Includes Shatner's legendary reading of 'Tambourine Man' and David McCallum's immortal 'Communication'. On the downside, also includes Peter Wyngarde's 'Rape', which must be the most tasteless, embarrasing and downright offensive 'comedy' record ever released.(that ISN'T a recommendation)
Maybe half a dozen good tracks, so 2 stars - but the rest are awful, and worse than that, they're on it twice!
Could have been a great idea - what are Past and Present playing at?


Fly Jefferson Airplane [DVD] [2009]
Fly Jefferson Airplane [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Jefferson Airplane
Price: 14.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential for JA fans, 31 Aug 2008
If you're an Airplane fan, you'll love this. The film doesn't patronise by trying to tell the 'story of the band' or waffle on about the 'Summer of Love' - interviews are intelligent and incisive, and its great to see all the band members still on such great form. But the meat is (as it should be) the Music. Mouthwatering performances and TV slots from the Golden Age. As others have stated, the great thing is that these are full performances.No voiceovers or 30 second clips. No overused stock footage. Nothing from the sad decline into Bark / Long John Silver period. Colours and sound are spot-on, and the packed 80 minute length doesn't leave you feeling shortchanged. A worthy memento of a great band at thier peak. Probably for fans only - but that's how it should be.


The Moody Blues - the Classic Artist Series [DVD]
The Moody Blues - the Classic Artist Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ J Brewer
Offered by Cragmonster
Price: 9.49

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars could do with a bit more music....., 11 July 2008
Most of us buy DVDs like this for the archive footage and there's very little here.You would have thought that in 3+ hours, there would be room for some full vintage performances but all we get are short tantalising clips. Having said that, the interviews are extensive, frank and revealing. Hardcore fans (like me) will be delighted to sit through 3 hours of reminiscences and revelations - the less devoted may be less thrilled by the prospect. All the band members (with the exception of Ray Thomas, who appears only briefly) along with the legendary Tony Clarke and some welcome guests give fascinating accounts and analysis of the glory days. The second disc includes 4 MTV post-Octave videos - great tracks, but the 80s visuals are a bit embarrassing. The primitive pre-fame audio Cd is hardly essential apart from Justin's 'London' single, and most fans will have that somewhere anyway. It scores over the previous docu -DVD 'Legend of a Band' in the breadth,depth and scope of the interviews but loses out to it for the lack of live music. Short snippets of IOW '70, 'Om' and 'Seesaw' from Colour me Pop - surely they're worth more than 30 seconds for a project of this length, which is aimed at 'real' fans? As the band seem to be raiding thier back catalogue more and more these days, why not an all-music DVD pulling together all the little-seen footage from the 60s and 70s? Now that might be worth 5 stars...


The Rubble Collection Vol.1-10
The Rubble Collection Vol.1-10
Offered by partmeter
Price: 39.98

28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars for POP fans everywhere..., 24 Mar 2006
The 'psychedelic' aspect of this collection is somewhat overplayed and may even put people off. This isn't a collection of tuneless freakouts and fuzzy garage bands. Most of these records are high-quality British pop from the golden age - they just didn't get airplay or even retrospective fame. Nothing really 'trippy' about bands like the Poets for instance - just quality pop from before it became 'rock' music. P&P are to be congratulated for putting this fine collection together - in this CD and download age, it's quite possible that exquisite unknown records like The Parking Lot's 'World Spinning Sadly' or Silk's 'Plaster Sky' would never be heard again. There are a few bad ones of course - in 160 how could there not be? - and maybe a few that have (since?) been over-anthologised (Kaleidoscope, Tintern Abbey) but most are at least fascinating and a good number are astonishingly good. Only downer is album 9, which is all Dutch stuff and not really for me, although some may enjoy. The booklet is witty and informative and the compilers love for the music is infectious. If you love this magic period in British pop, and thought you'd heard it all, this is for you - the next best thing to finding a trasure trove of old 45s in a boot sale and playing your way through them. Check out vol.2 also - just as good and worth every penny.
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Very Best of Roger Chapman & Family
Very Best of Roger Chapman & Family

35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I agree..., 26 Oct 2005
Ugly packaging containing a bizarre mixture of solo tracks, live stuff and the genuine article. There's about 10 crackers here - the rest you'll never play again. Sleeve notes and booklet are (deliberately?) unhelpful. Drowned in wine, No Mule's fool and some others are the thrilling originals, but beware especially if you're buying this for the classic 'Weaver's Answer' - the version here is truly diabolical - insultingly bad.Why on earth do they do this? A great band like Family deserve much better. A shoddy, unsatisfactory production - 2 stars for the 9 or 10 decent originals.Cheap,in all senses of the word.
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Gather In The Mushrooms
Gather In The Mushrooms

77 of 81 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars thanks castle..., 5 July 2005
This review is from: Gather In The Mushrooms (Audio CD)
...for opening a new front in the reissue wars. We're well past the good stuff now in garage punk, sunshine pop and brit psychedelics, surely - but this seam sounds worth mining further.The real highlights are the least-known artists: Heron's sublime dark-pastoral'Lord and Master', Fresh Maggots impossibly tuneful 'Rosemary Hill',and Andy Roberts irresistable 'Moonlight World'. Add an obscure early Sandy Denny (Milk and Honey) which stands with the very best of her Fairport stuff, Lesley Duncans ethereal 'Love Song' (covered by Elton John ages ago), 2 spooky tracks from Pentangle and Spirogyra, the theme from The Wicker Man and Writing on the Wall's eerie Buffalo (more prog than folk really but who cares?)and you have a magnificent compilation - thoughtful, tuneful,gentle but sslightly unsettling, perfect for late summer (harvest-time?) evenings - and I haven't even mentioned Comus, Forest, and Vashti Bunyan. This really is a superb, fresh sounding compilation - docked one star only because it's only a single disc! Come on Castle, get to work on Vol 2 - and make it a double (at least)!


Time Machine - A Vertigo Retrospective
Time Machine - A Vertigo Retrospective
Price: 18.37

20 of 50 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars right of reply?, 1 July 2005
I claim right of reply to our friend below;Actually, I bought this in the right spirit, hoping the compilers had found a few 'lost' gems - i'm actually old enough to remember this stuff 1st time around (are you?)and i was pretty disappointed in this. OK, maybe i was a little harsh - but compared to the Deram box (Legend of a Mind), the acid-folk compilation Gather in the Mushrooms, or loads of contempraneous stuff on Harvest or Island, you have to admit this is pretty weak. While i concede some may enjoy the 'rockier' stuff even if it's not to my taste, surely no-one these days would even pretend to enjoy the Ben, Warhorse or Nucleus tracks - they're virtually unlistenable, and worse, long! Too much of this sort of stuff ruins this box for me, and overshadows the good stuff (there is some)A missed opportunity
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