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Waiting for Buddy Guy (Music in American Life)
Waiting for Buddy Guy (Music in American Life)
by Alan Harper
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.62

5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly recommended!, 7 Jun. 2016
This is an enjoyable and easy to read book, written by someone who is obviously passionate about the subject. Although my interest in Chicago blues is probably more for the earlier "classic" years of Muddy, Wolf, Rush et al, I found this to be an extremely interesting book, which was very hard to put down. Indeed, it made me want to investigate the music of many of those blues men featured in the book, such as Carey Bell and Lonnie Brooks, whose work I am not familiar with.
I thoroughly recommend the book to anyone interested in blues, and particularly Chicago blues, and believe it is a key work in the genre.


Live In 1967 Volume 2
Live In 1967 Volume 2
Price: £9.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More historic live Bluesbreakers...., 16 May 2016
This review is from: Live In 1967 Volume 2 (Audio CD)
As with volume 1 I have no hesitation in giving the music 5 stars. Obviously, these tracks are not 2016 quality sound, so I can only give it an overall 4 stars - but don't let that put you off! After all, they were recorded on a reel to reel tape recorder someone smuggled into a number of London gigs in early 1967. Where on earth did he plug it in?!

Anyway, if anything, the sound quality might be a little better than volume 1, and it certainly does not distract from the wonderful music of this great band. Once again, the playing of 20 year old Peter Green is very much to the fore, and clearly demonstrates that he was apparently the finished article from day 1. He was just about the closet thing we Brits ever got to a genuine blues guitarist in a similar class to the great US blues men. The songs here are pretty much standard fare for the Bluesbreakers in 1967, with tracks that have appeared in various guises on albums and singles, plus the usual ones that Mayall just dropped in without warning from time to time (Bad Boy?). Mayall was well known not only for minimal rehearsal, but also for his habit of just throwing a song into the ring at a gig - it certainly must have kept the band in their toes!
Stormy Monday features Ronnie Jones on vocals - a terrific soul singer, but perhaps not quite so good singing the blues!
If you have the old Decca single "Greeny" you won't recognise it here - it is completely different, taken at a much faster pace, and without the laid back intro. So Many Roads features another quite astonishing work out from Peter Green, utilising the more aggressive style of his early Bluesbreakers days, rather than the lighter touch of some of his work with Fleetwood Mac. It is different version to that on volume 1.
Chicago Line, rather surprisingly features a John McVie bass solo. I certainly never saw him do one with the Bluesbreakers, so I guess Mayall might have just dropped him in it on the night!
The final track, Double Trouble, was also on volume 1, but again this is a different version, with beautifully understated guitar playing from Greeny, and Mayall's Hammond organ providing excellent backing.
All in all, once again, this is a memorable package for all Bluesbreakers fans, and anyone who loves exquisitely played blues guitar. Forget the fact that this is not the highest fidelity - the album is all about the music. Roll on volume 3 (Perhaps in time for Christmas!).


In From the Cold
In From the Cold
Dvd ~ CAMEL
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £26.82

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant concert from a class act, 16 Jan. 2016
This review is from: In From the Cold (DVD)
My wife and I were lucky enough to be at the Salisbury concert from this short comeback tour, and it was one of the most memorable gigs I've seen, in nearly 50 years of watching bands. This DVD is basically the same concert, which I'm delighted about, because I really enjoyed seeing it again. The Snow Goose is a wonderful piece of music, and beautifully played here, with a few subtle changes, which only serve to enhance it. The second set comprises songs from throughout the Camel career, and once again played wonderfully well. Although band members make their own important contribution to the music, I have to mention the guitar playing of the only original member, Andy Latimer. Having returned after a long term illness with leukaemia, from which he thankfully recovered, Latimer steals the show with his beautifully lyrical playing, extracting the most exquisite tones from his Strat and Le Paul. Truly a great guitar player. He has worked very hard over the years, to keep Camel going, in spite of many changes of band member, and deserves the thanks of all lovers of the wonderful music of Camel.
Mention also of the fine keyboard player, Denis Le Blanc, who sadly passed away last year, after a short illness.
Let us hope that his legacy will continue in a new Camel line up, perhaps this year.
A thoroughly recommended DVD of one of the best ever UK bands.


Nightbird - 2CD +DVD Limited Edition (2CD + bonus DVD)
Nightbird - 2CD +DVD Limited Edition (2CD + bonus DVD)
Price: £5.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal vocal talent, 17 Dec. 2015
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Quite how Eva Cassidy is able to take songs we've all heard dozens of times (Bridge Over Troubled Water, Over The Rainbow etc) and put entirely her own deeply soulful slant on them is incredible. Whether she is singing jazz, pop, folk or blues, she is totally convincing, and absolutely note and pitch perfect. A very rare talent indeed.
The black and white DVD only serves to enhance the intensity of her performance. Although black and white, the sound is crystal clear.
Praise also for her delicate guitar work, and a very accomplished and professional band.
What more can I say than "phenomenal"?


Discoball® Dual layers 20Slots Watch Box Display Case Organizer Jewelry BraceletCollectionStorage Glass Top
Discoball® Dual layers 20Slots Watch Box Display Case Organizer Jewelry BraceletCollectionStorage Glass Top

3.0 out of 5 stars A bit cheap looking!, 10 Nov. 2015
Not quite sure why the previous reviewer thought it was small, as it is actually pretty large, and plenty big enough for 20 watches. Having said that, it arrived with the front of the drawer unstuck at both ends, which I repaired with superglue (not that it should have been necessary!). Overall impression is that, whilst adequate, it appears cheaply made, and not the greatest quality. However, it will do the job it was designed for, and in any case, will be in a cupboard, and not on view.


ZNL Watch Cases Watch Holder Box Display Storage Leather For 20 Watches KSB04
ZNL Watch Cases Watch Holder Box Display Storage Leather For 20 Watches KSB04

3.0 out of 5 stars Looks better in the photos!, 9 Nov. 2015
Looks very good in the photos, but close up you can see it is pretty cheaply made. When it arrived I noticed that the front of the drawer had become unstuck at both ends, although I managed to cure that with some superglue (not that I should have to). There were also 2 places where the inside covering was not quite sufficient. Certainly not up to the quality of the Dulwich jewellery box I bought my wife last year, but it should be ok for storing her watch collection. Christmas tip - don't make this the main present!


Satisfy My Soul: The Complete Recordings 1964-1968
Satisfy My Soul: The Complete Recordings 1964-1968
Price: £9.24

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul master!, 13 Oct. 2015
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Ronnie Jones was (or should I say is) a fine soulful singer. Quite how he was never a big name I find mystifying. This set includes some very good songs, for me the best of which is I Need Your Loving - surely a soul classic! But there are plenty of other "goodies" on offer. The accompanying booklet gives an account of Ronnie Jones career, including the unlikely news that he emigrated to Italy many years ago, where he was very popular, and continues to perform to this day, at the age of 74!


Times Squared - Live from New York
Times Squared - Live from New York
Price: £9.06

5.0 out of 5 stars Scottish soul!, 13 Oct. 2015
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Excellent performance from a very tight, yet soulful (and funky) band. The "new" band members, together with the original stalwarts, effortlessly recreate the classic AWB. Recommended!


Fender Frontman 15G Amp
Fender Frontman 15G Amp

4.0 out of 5 stars Good little amp for home use, 26 Aug. 2015
This review is from: Fender Frontman 15G Amp
Surprised to read some of these reviews. I paid £38 for my Frontman. What do they expect for that - a Twin Reverb?! Personally, I think it's a good little amp for bedroom use, with a definite Fender tone from the clean channel when using a Strat or Tele. The overdrive channel isn't that great, but so what!


Between the Sticks
Between the Sticks
by Alan Hodgkinson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.03

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and enjoyable autobiography., 24 July 2015
This review is from: Between the Sticks (Hardcover)
A really enjoyable book, written by one of the many honest, hard working, but highly talented footballers from the 1950s and 1960s. Alan Hodgkinson had a very successful career with Sheffield United and England, and on retirement as a player had a second successful, and groundbreaking, career as a goalkeeping coach. This is an extremely well written and entertaining autobiography, which I found very hard to put down! As another reviewer has said, this is not just for the Blades fans, but for any lover of the beautiful game. Highly recommended!


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