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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Sourdough, 25 Mar. 2014
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I did my research before opting for this. Artisan bread deserves great storage. Sourdough tends to dry out after a couple of days and becomes increasingly difficult to cut. The manufacturer claims this helps keep the bread at ideal humidity. After using this for a couple of months, I can confirm that the claim ain't groundless spin.
If you're in two minds, as I was, whether to go for the round or oval pot then opt for this as a little more room helps. The height with the combined space on the inside of the lid is fine for the large sourdough cobs I buy - but if you like large high sided yeasted farmhouse loaves things may get tight height wise.

I'll be buying their potato and onions pots based on the quality , functionality and aesthetics of this wonderful crock.


The Beatles - Complete Scores (Transcribed Score)
The Beatles - Complete Scores (Transcribed Score)
by The Beatles
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £49.95

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference, but not authoritative, 21 Feb. 2012
You can just imagine the conversation at Shinko Co. Ltd Head Office sometime in '87/'88: 'Tetsuya, Yuji, Hajime, Goro (the listed transcribers) we've got a little project for you boys...' The scope of the book and amount of work that it must have entailed is unparalled in rock music transcriptions. They did a reasoanble job - it just depends what you're buying the book for and how good a musician you are. The transcribers were using the software available to them at the time, they did not have access to the individual master tracks so separation of each instrument was not possible and their knowledge of the recording techniques used and the types of gear played on each track was not what it is today.

I wanted the book so I had an insight into exactly what chord voicings were played by George, Paul and John and how the tracks were orchestrated. To replay George's fills, overdubs and solos as he played them, exactly not approximately: this it is does not allow you to do. However, the Beatles music is not set in stone, it's got an improvised quality. George did over 30 takes of the solo on 'Something' (differently each time I'm guessing) before we get the version on Abbey Road.

Many guitarists will want to know what was played as accurately as possible, even if they themselves then play a different version.

To illustrate the quality of the transcriptions in the Complete Scores I've compared 3 different transcriptions of the second bar of the song 'Something'(the first bar is a Ringo drum lead in). The transcriptions compared: The Beatles Guitar Book (BGB); The Complete Scores (CS); the transcription published in the magazine 'Guitar' (GM)(issue Dec. 2011).

The latter (GM) is among the most accurate transcription of a Beatles song you'll find currently. I expect the transcriber, Matt Scharfglass, had a good look at other transcriptions before he set to work.

Speed:

BGB gives the speed as 63 crotches a min.; GM as 'slowly 66'; there's no speed markings given in any of the songs in CS.

Single note line, Guitar one:

The notes and fretboard placement of those notes for Guitar one's opening melodic 'motif' are tabbed the same way in all three transcriptions. BGB has no rests so the duration the notes are held for (an important aspect in reproducing the opening bar) is lost. CS holds the second A on the 10th fret for a semi-quaver, GM more accurately transcribes this as sustained for a quaver. The final rest of the bar is transcribed as a quaver in CS this is noted as semi-quaver in GM: splitting hairs. The accents for individual notes also differ between CS and GM - GM being closer to the original recording.

The final two notes of the bar are shown as having vibrato in GM: these sort or articulations and nuances are largely absent from both the CS and BCB transcriptions.

Tone indications:

Guitar one is noted as being played 'w/slightly dirty tone'. Guitar 2 with a 'slightly dirty tone and slow rotary chorus effect' in GM. These sort of tonal considerations are overlooked in both CS abd BGB.

Rythmn Guitar 2:

It's the second guitar part of bar 2 where the differences in the quality of the transcriptions are more apparent. The chord progression in the second bar is F - Eb - G/D. CS and BGB agree on this, GM ignores what the D the bass is playing so the final chord is given as simply a G.

The voicings of the 2nd guitar part are where the CS run into trouble. CS places the F as a first position, upper 4 strings 'cowboy' chord, with the opening single F note played on the 3rd fret 4th string: that's not how the chord or note was played, though it's the right chord. Both GM and the BGB correctly voice this as a bar chord rooted off the 8th fret on the A string. BGB thinks the ensuing quaver strums are diads, GM gives a heavier attack of 4 strings sounding in the mix: use your ears to see which you think is the correct approach.

These are where the major problems occur. The duplication of notes on the guitar fretboard mean chords in a layered mix are diffcult to get right. A knowledge of Paul's, George's and John's preferred chords is helpful here - CS seems to lack this. The number of strings struck in any one chord is also a common area of discrepancy for guitar transcriptions.

The next chord Eb is voiced differently in all three transcriptions: GM tabs it correctly as a first inversion voiced off the 10th fret.

In summary, for guitar transcriptions, single note lines are generally OK, but lack articulations and may be in the wrong area of the fretboard; chords are the right ones, in the right key but their voicings are a bit hit and miss. This means these are not 'authentic' or 'off-the-record' transcriptions as most people would understand and expect, which is a disappointment.

For the advanced musician that's all that's needed they'll already be aware that 95% of published guitar transcriptions are in the ball-park area only and will be able to create good sounding guitar parts from simply the chords and a few listen throughs of the tracks. If you're a beginner, you'll not be able to play these songs in any case. The Beatles were gifted working muscians who did this full-time. For the intermediate player (the majority of punters I'm guessing) who want to lay their fingers just where the Beatles did, use these transcriptions as a starting point. Then get yourself digital transcribing software; good quality open backed headphones and the DVD 'Anthology' series to get some visual clues for how the boys really used their instruments to create this wonderful, timeless music.


Live At The Hideout
Live At The Hideout
Price: £9.21

4.0 out of 5 stars Integrity, taste and lots of soul, 14 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Live At The Hideout (Audio CD)
Mavis Staples is a genuine talent of real depth but this is a good not great album. With songs of this quality and an artist of this stature comparing this with material that other reviewers have mentioned is like comparing fine wine and ditch water. However, this is not prime-time Mavis. Her voice has lost some of it's dynamic control, she's struggles at times with notes and the nuances of tone she had in her youth have gone: but there's no shortage of soul or emotional maturity.

If you're a guitar player you will get an object lesson in how to accompany a singer and this has to the most delicious electric guitar tone I have ever heard. This album is one for the fans but not the place to start for those not familiar with her best work.


Blood on the Tracks
Blood on the Tracks
Offered by streetsahead
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Divorce, betrayal and re-birth, 5 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Blood on the Tracks (Audio CD)
Dylan reconnected with his darker muses and his public with this album after a period of emotional trauma and creative freewheeling. As one fan rather cynically commented on it's release: 'Now Dylan and Sara are having problems prehaps we'll get some better music.'. But, from the songwriter many consider the greatest lyricist of the 20th Century, we get more than catharsis and self-pity. At his best Dylan by his own ommisson 'commands the spirits' and here it all comes together. Hope, despair and desire are transfigured by Dylan as he extemporises his personal live(s) for the sake of song. This is gold for grown-ups. You either get Dylan or you don't: there's no half-way house. For those of us who do, this is indispensable and life-affirming: 'you're a big girl now...'


Abbey Road
Abbey Road
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monumental, 10 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Abbey Road (Audio CD)
If you have anything like a serious collection of music you'll probably already own this album. Their best: tricky. Revolver is the most often name-checked but for sheer emotional range and musicality this is the album which best demonstrates what the collective efforts of the group could produce. From any standpoint this folks is a touchstone of modern music created by pioneering musicians at the top of their game. It's influence on successive generations of songwriters is unquestionable. 'And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make...'. Monumental.


The Last Waltz [1978] [DVD]
The Last Waltz [1978] [DVD]
Dvd ~ The Band
Offered by rsdvd
Price: £4.87

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless masterpiece., 18 Jun. 2011
This review is from: The Last Waltz [1978] [DVD] (DVD)
This is arguably the greatest live and 'staged' rock concert commercially available on DVD. The Band always functioned as a co-operative but in the Last Waltz this vibe and attitude extends to all the performers. A celebration of some of finest songwriters of the 20th century, in or around their prime as performing artists: Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Van Morrison. Several of the performances easily warrant the ticket price alone. Even Neil Diamond, an artist slightly at odds in this company, gives an incendiary performance. The poignancy of the occasion, the sheer quality of the material, the knowledge among all the artists that they were celebrating an era of popular music which was essentially gone forever: they knew what 'rock music' meant before it became a vehicle for selling stuff, shaking your booty and making money in the modern business sense, all adds to the wonder of it all. Dylan walks on at the end as the master of ceremonies and with customary nonchalance delivers the opening lines to Forever Young, confident in the knowledge that, in this esteemed company or any other, no-one could hold a candle to him lyrically.

There are some monumental vocal performances here: Mavis Staples gives a object lesson in control, dynamics and improvisation in The Weight that makes the rest of the participants look like a bunch of Friday night karaokists. A glance from Rick Danko at one point shows he knows it too and consequently he overdoes his own delivery of a verse. Helm's vocals on The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down, whie playing drums simulataneously, crackle with more drama and intensity than the Band's original recording which is a feat in itself.

If there's a better rock concert available for people who love this music then someone needs to let MGM know.


Blue
Blue
Price: £4.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High water mark during a storm, 13 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Blue (Audio CD)
This is Joni's magnum opus. If you're too young to have discovered this before, you've got nothing short of a revelation in store. Released in 1973 along with Carol King's Tapestry album and Joplin's Pearl, this record burned itself into the souls of a generation. The stellar musicianship and lyricism is underpinned by an emotional sensitivity that leaves ordinary mortals gasping at the sidelines. This is about as far away from the X-factor, Madonna and nameless boy-bands as you'll get in popular music. There's beauty, integrity and a wonderful freedom pervading every track. Play this after Miles Davis' Kind of Blue or Music from the Big Pink and consider if we've progressed musically in the last 50 years...
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Which Way to Here?
Which Way to Here?
Offered by nagiry
Price: £8.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unsung masterpiece, 23 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Which Way to Here? (Audio CD)
This is a great overlooked recording containing two top 5 singles (if that's a recommendation...). Anders showes himself to be an insightful lyricist and thoughtful arranger with rootsy rhythm. As with all great records there's no 'fillers'. Acoustic Blues/old time MOR rock/New Orlean's funk, it's a cajun stew, but the focus is all on the strength of the songwriting and conviction in the singing. The lyrics, beautiful melodies and world-weary vibe elevates this from good to great. If you get Dylan/The Band/Morrison you'll certainly enjoy this and make it a keeper.


Blonde On Blonde
Blonde On Blonde
Price: £5.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We don't deserve this..., 15 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Blonde On Blonde (Audio CD)
Blonde on Blonde

'I beat 'em all with that' claimed a dispirited Dylan shortly after the release of what is unquestionably the most sand-baggingly beautiful collection of love songs ever recorded. Joni's 'Blue' comes close but it doesn't trawl along the seabed like this. It's not mentioned much, but these songs are all about fractured relationships with women, framed with the benefit of insight that impending physical and spiritual collaspe gives. It's easy to froth at the mouth as it's all just too wonderfully painful: so I won't. Beauty never dates. Thank you Dylan.


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