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Out of Our Heads
Out of Our Heads
Price: £11.05

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusion, confusion........, 30 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Out of Our Heads (Audio CD)
The Out Of Our Heads LP, the British version, is a gem (5/5) and, rather than being a signal to greater things as hinted at elsewhere, this is the greatest era for the Stones, and pop music, bar none.
1965 v. 1972.....behave!

However, just this page alone shows the utter confusion that the re-issues of 2002 (1/5) still perpetuate.
Is it the SACD version?
Is it the UK or US version?
Is it Mono or Stereo?

The bootleggers know how to do it, because they're fans and actually, and perversely, they seem to care.
Isn't it time that whoever currently runs 'The Stones plc' cared as well?

(And, no, expensive live box sets from the post-Brian years don't count.)

Live At The BBC
Live At The BBC
Offered by westworld-
Price: £13.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 22 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Live At The BBC (Audio CD)
This is easily the best post-'Let It Be' release in the Beatles' name, and a CD/LP that should be filed alongside their early LPs. Apple even got the artwork right - an almost unheard of event after 1970.
At the time (1994) they swore there was nothing left in the vault, then a 10-CD bootleg of BBC sessions came out to disprove the theory!
If the best they can come up with in the 21st Century is '1', 'Let It Be.....Naked' and 'Love', a second release of BBC sessions would be a truly joyous thing.
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Yes We Have No: Adventures in Other England
Yes We Have No: Adventures in Other England
by Nik Cohn
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Modern Britain, 20 Feb. 2013
Written about 15 years ago, I'm not sure if the 1 out of 5 is for Cohn's book or for modern day Britain itself (more the latter, if I'm honest), but this is easily the most depressing book that I have ever read.

It's not helped by Cohn's rigid story-telling, and lack of moralising, meaning that at no time does the reader get a 'wow, wasn't he a scum-bag', or 'hey, aren't you glad you don't live next door to her', or 'it makes you wonder where it all went wrong in this country since the 50s and 60s, doesn't it?' consolation from the author.
He doesn't actually 'like' these people (or this era) does he?

The 'character' (can't remember her name) who is always high and only lives for dancing and living life etc. etc. should have been strangled at birth and I sincerely hope she's not still around, and the story about a youth visiting an old man and talking about cricket (sounds alright doesn't it?) is so dispiriting that I won't spoil your day (or your life) by telling you what happens in the end.

One thing is for sure, if Cohn hung around these people he earned EVERY SINGLE PENNY.

Seven years on and I still haven't recovered from reading this grubby little book, but I'm only on three showers a day now.

March of the Mods
March of the Mods
Price: £5.46

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More out-of-copyright stuff!, 15 Feb. 2013
This review is from: March of the Mods (Audio CD)
Yet another ridiculously cheap way of getting the best pop music ever made.

60 fabulous pre-62 sounds that cover blues, ska, soul, dance craze hits and pop, many of which would become more famous in British hands ('Shout' - Lulu, 'A Certain Girl' - The Yardbirds, 'You Better Move On' - The Stones, 'Stay' - The Hollies, etc. etc.).

The only negative is the predictable cover shot of Mods on Scooters (again!!!), and that phrase that sends a shiver down the spine of any music lover.....'Northern Soul'.
Rest assured, the CDs are much better and more varied than the packaging would suggest.

Greatest Hits: Walking To New Orleans
Greatest Hits: Walking To New Orleans
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Peerless Fats, 27 Jan. 2013
Wonderful collection of the essential (i.e. 50s) material with a superb booklet to match. If you get this the next logical step is towards the definitive As and Bs compilations on Ace Records, there are five of them!

Bob Dylan and the New Folk Movement
Bob Dylan and the New Folk Movement
Price: £4.44

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No excuse not to have a fantastic record collection........., 22 Jan. 2013 why do so many people buy dross?!

Not sure about the ethics of such material being £3 in a supermarket but, original cover art missing aside, a great way of buying Dylan's (under-rated - he's done nothing as good as this for 38 years!- and rarely listened to) 1st LP - and this release adds 12 tracks by other notable artists from Greenwich Village circa '61/'62.

I would have preferred the cover to be more 'of the era', but if you get this and a book like 'No Direction Home' or Suze Rotolo's 'A Freewheelin' Time' they should see you through the snow to the cricket season.

Price: £30.04

6 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Like Milan v. Liverpool in 2005 - starts brilliantly, ends disastrously, 14 Dec. 2012
This review is from: GRRR! (Audio CD)
Firstly, dire design, but entirely predictable from the 'tongue' (i.e. tasteless) era of the group. The era we're still living through.

Brian's stuff is superb, and mercifully 'Little Red Rooster' and 'We Love You' have been revived after their ludicrous exclusion from 'Forty Licks'.....but, yet again, 'Child Of The Moon' is omitted. Why?

If you're thinking of making this your first Stones' purchase, don't bother, buy the 'London Years' 3-CD compilation instead.
It has more rarities, more genuine hits, and ends at just the time (1970) when the group became a parody of themselves and started sporting horrible haircuts and wearing even worse clothes.
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The Best Of Chuck Berry
The Best Of Chuck Berry
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £3.82

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 50s Chuck.....all present and correct, 14 Dec. 2012
This review is from: The Best Of Chuck Berry (Audio CD)
Another ridiculously cheap compilation of pre-copyright material.

The track-listing above seems to be for a John Lee Hooker release, actually what you get here is 50 Chuck Berry tracks from the 50s and everything that influenced The Beatles, Stones etc.

It's the greatest pop music ever made from the greatest era.

However, this recommendation comes with the plea that I really would pay the full CD price if a quality label like Ace Records were to put out a Chuck 'British A and B sides' release (with sleeve notes) of the 50s material.
I'd give that release 10 out of 5.

Greetings from Detroit
Greetings from Detroit
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £6.47

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculously good value!, 9 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Greetings from Detroit (Audio CD)
I bought this in a supermarket for £3.
What did I buy?
None other than the first 75 US A-sides put out by Berry Gordy from 1959 to 1961.

Now I'm not too sure about the ethics of out-of-copyright releases like this but the original vinyl would have cost me literally thousands of pounds, and the Motown label either deals with expensive boxes or pap (Michael Jackson, post-60s material etc.) when it comes to a re-issue policy.

The music is the sound of a label desperately trying to get a hit with Gospel, Rock 'n' Roll, Doo-Wop, Comedy records, Dance Crazes, Surf, Marvin Gaye wanting to be Frank Sinatra (no, me neither) name it, it's here.
If this is your era (and if the 50s and 60s isn't your era - why the hell not!) it is quite simply fantastic.

Haven't stopped playing it for a month.
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