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Down At The Field
Down At The Field
Price: £10.13

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 17 April 2012
This review is from: Down At The Field (Audio CD)
I really cant agree with the review by Siriam on this forum. His facts are all correct and he makes some good points, but this is frankly an excellent showcase for Ry's finger-picking skills and as one who very much believes his vocals compliment his music perfectly, I absolutely love this CD. It's all down to taste I appreciate and I don't think the review was unfair but personally I adore this recording.

Sweet Home Chicago
Sweet Home Chicago

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant live recording, 4 April 2012
This review is from: Sweet Home Chicago (Audio CD)
Great CD this featuring a rare live recording from an FM broadcast by Georgia's finest ( yes that does mean I rank this brood higher than REM) Great sound, great performance and great set- list. I wish Id been there but this is a reasonable second best.

The Complete Peter Gunn
The Complete Peter Gunn
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable Collection, 8 Mar 2012
This review is from: The Complete Peter Gunn (Audio CD)
This is not only a great CD but a key piece of jazz and pop music history. Back in 1958, Peter Gunn was one of the unexpected hits of the new television season, capturing the imagination of millions of viewers by mixing private eye action with a jazz setting. Essential to the character of private investigator Peter Gunn (Craig Stevens) was that his base of operations was a jazz roadhouse called Mother's, and the jazz music background figured prominently in the scoring. Composer Henry Mancini, a classically trained pianist/arranger/composer with a big-band background, who'd spent much of the previous decade working in near anonymity at Universal Pictures, was chosen by director/producer Blake Edwards to write the score for Peter Gunn. Although he later became associated with a string of hit movie soundtracks in a pop vein ('Moon River' from Breakfast at Tiffany's, etc.) and easy listening albums, Mancini was more than fluent in jazz, and his music nailed down the popularity of the series. With the main title theme, a driving, ominous, exciting piece of music to lead off the album, the Peter Gunn soundtrack became a huge hit, charting extraordinarily high for a television soundtrack and doing so well that RCA-Victor came back asking for a second LP of music from the series the next year. The music holds up: "Session at Pete's Pad" is a superb workout for the trumpets of Pete Candoli, Uan Rasey, Conrad Gozzo, and Frank Beach, while Victor Feldman's vibraphone and John Williams'(yes, the future film music giant) piano are the dominant instruments on "Soft Sounds", Barney Kessel's electric guitar gets the spotlight during "Dreamsville," which is also a great showcase for Williams' fluid piano, guitarist Bob Bain gets to show off his bluesy solo technique on "The Floater'; and "Sorta Blue" and "Fallout' are full ensemble pieces that constitute quintessential "cool" West Coast jazz of the period. In other words, it's all virtuoso orchestral jazz, presented in its optimum form.

The Peter Gunn soundtrack was previously available on an RCA CD, but in 1999 the reactivated Buddha Records label gave it a new and sharper digital transfer and added the four best tracks off of 'More Music From Peter Gunn' to bring it up to nearly an hour's running time and restoring the rich "Living Stereo" ambience off the original LP to the CD. This collection is further expanded, including the complete 'More Music...' plus an additional 4 recordings of the main theme, including the legendary Duane Eddy version. The tracks off the second LP, "Walkin' Bass," "Blue Steel," "Spook!," and "Blues for Mother's" are all worth the inclusion, some of the coolest jazz ever written and recorded for television, with superb solo passages. "Blue Steel," in particular, is a killer guitar showcase on which Bob Bain's electric chording shares the spotlight with the saxes and trumpets. The improved sound and the extra tracks definitely justify the upgrade for those who own the old CD and make this a doubly valuable addition to any jazz or soundtrack collection of the era.

Word Jazz: The Complete 1950s Recordings
Word Jazz: The Complete 1950s Recordings
Price: £11.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Word Jazz Collection - By A Mile, 3 Nov 2010
Unlike other compilations around this one actually features all 3, 1950s Word Jazz albums [Word Jazz, Son Of Word Jazz and Next] in their entirety across two discs, all with crystal clear, beautifully re-mastered sound and tasteful packaging with a superb booklet and a nice slipcase to boot. At last someone has taken a little trouble to put out a genuinely deligtful version of these superb records - this one comes highly recommended. And if you're not familiar with this stuff, play a couple of samples below to hear what all the fuss is about and why, after years of virtual obscurity , Nordine is one of the coolest names to drop - albeit with a litle help from one Mr. Tom Waits.
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