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Cabinet Of Curiosities
Cabinet Of Curiosities
Price: £7.88

5.0 out of 5 stars One to watch, 28 Oct 2013
This review is from: Cabinet Of Curiosities (Audio CD)
Jacco Gardner clearly has genuine talent. What's most surprising (for an album released in 2013) is that although it's a very stylish and beautifully produced album, there's actually more substance here than style. These songs would still sound great pared right back.

I'd add Curt Boettcher and Gary Usher to the list of late 60s artists Gardner is taking his influence from - this album reminds me of 'Present Tense' by Sagittarius (as well as Piper at the Gates of Dawn). In places there also a hint of early Genesis, and a nod to the Beach Boys with the bass sound.

If he keeps his head (unlike the musicians who influenced him) he could be huge.


The Worst Football Kits of All Time
The Worst Football Kits of All Time
by David Moor
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining and interesting, 1 Jun 2012
There are some amazingly bad kits presented in this well-researched book. The tone is light-hearted - as you'd expect - but there's also a fair bit of interesting football history squeezed in here too (particularly in relation to the different types of early rules of football). Having said that, that are maybe too many 'pictures' of very early kits as imagined from historical descriptions, at the expense of 90s howlers which escaped humiliation. At one point there's also a side-track into rugby! Nevertheless, this would make a great present for most football fans. My favourite from this book has to be the Brighton Chewits kit.


Lullaby Versions Of Rush
Lullaby Versions Of Rush
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Wistful Rush, 22 May 2012
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This is surprisingly good. The album strips the songs right back to the basic melodies, without any layered production. The best 'lullaby' is Working Man, which is shown to have a beautiful melancholy undertone. Other highlights abound though: the minimalist version of Tom Sawyer works really well, and a drastically slowed-down Freewill makes for an interesting listen. Oh, and the slowing down of the opening Spirit of Radio riff is positively hypnotic! On the flipside not all the songs convert so well to this format, but there should be enough highlights here for Rush fans to give it a try. (3.5 out of 5)


Tim Buckley
Tim Buckley
Price: £8.62

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melody abounds!, 3 Feb 2009
This review is from: Tim Buckley (Audio CD)
Well, apparently this one isn't as good as Goodbye and Hello? To these ears it's a fair bit better; packed with great melodies, instrumentation, and variations in pace and atmosphere. The songs are short and never outstay their welcome - which can't always be said for Goodbye and Hello. It's a shame he didn't stick to writing melodies, as he was clearly very good at it. Highly recommended.


Magic Time: The Millennium/Ballroom Recordings
Magic Time: The Millennium/Ballroom Recordings
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £52.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Contains a classic album, 20 Oct 2008
This 3CD package is worth getting for the sole reason that it contains a clear-sounding version of the 'Begin' album, which is a late 60s album similar to The Beach Boys' Smile in its sense of melody, harmony and occasional weirdness. The album by The Ballroom is also included and is very melodic too, if a bit more basic than 'Begin'. The rest of the tracks are instrumental backing tracks, alternate takes, or rare tracks (check out the fine cover of Rolf Harris's Sun Arise!). In short, if you like late 60s psychedelic pop, then this is well worth investigating.


Something Good for Your Head
Something Good for Your Head
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £10.48

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good tunes and singing, 26 Feb 2007
Definitely worth checking out if you like early Jefferson airplane. The combination of the male & female voice works really well and Blackburn clearly knows how to write a good tune. The sound quality and instrumentation are of high quality too.


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