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Richard "Alice Collector" (Blackpool England)

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Goodbye Babylon
Goodbye Babylon
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Price: 66.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Ashes to Ashes, 21 Oct 2013
This review is from: Goodbye Babylon (Audio CD)
Possibly the biggest collection of Gospel yet.
You don't have to be religious to appreciate music like this but it shows that the biggest influences on the blues or Rock'n'Roll was the Almighty and Jesus
I especially like Sacred Harp music and have CDs by the Anonymous 4 and a Various Artists one called I Belong To This Band.
I see that there's at least one negative review here which gives the box I Star-obviously a newbie who has had no experience at listening to music transferred from cylinders

This Woman's Work
This Woman's Work

5.0 out of 5 stars A thing of beauty, 20 Oct 2013
This review is from: This Woman's Work (Audio CD)
Amazingly Kate Bush had no American career to speak of even though a couple of tribute CD were made
So this box of all the albums up to The Sensual World together with 2 Rarieties ones not available separately could very well end up worth $1000
Its already selling here for prices ranging from one to three hundred quid and is bound to increase
Its a nice compact box similar in style to various Beatles ones and house each album as was

Songs From The Last Century
Songs From The Last Century
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Price: 5.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Listening without prejudice, 19 Oct 2013
First off I should say I'm nowhere near a George Michael fan but I AM a fan of cover versions especially when they're as well done as this
I also know little about jazz singers but it seems to me that if heard blind this could be Mel Torme-who has also sung pop music.
Sting had a jazz background anyway.
I thought when I saw this in the shops it would have been disco or something but its more on the lines of Marti Pellow who has also done many covers

The Titanic Requiem
The Titanic Requiem
Price: 14.76

5.0 out of 5 stars He left the world too soon, 19 Oct 2013
This review is from: The Titanic Requiem (Audio CD)
Not for the first time have the Bee Gees been connected with tragedy-which is nothing to do with the song they wrote-as one of the songs they made in Australia was called The Battle of the Blues & Greys-almost a comedy look at the Civil War.In England they made New York Mining Disaster-probably poetic license unless New York has coal mines.
This one however is deadly serious and the BBC Review isn't worth bothering with as musical snobbery still exists.
Rock stars have always dabbled in classical music-the list is endless

S.O.S. Titanic
S.O.S. Titanic
Price: 13.46

5.0 out of 5 stars The Titanic Will Go On, 19 Oct 2013
This review is from: S.O.S. Titanic (Audio CD)
Since the 100th Anniversary its now possible to collect many Titanic CDs.
Probably the first was The Sinking Of The Titanic by Gavin Bryars reissued 20 years later in an expanded edition with remade versions which started with 5 minutes of radio static
Voices From The Titanic was a spoken word collection of interviews with survivors which is on BBC Archives
The Titanic In Music Words and Pictures uses James Horner's music along with versions of the music played on the Titanic including Nearer My God To Thee (also used extensively on the Gavin Briars CDs (and which is mysteriously missing from S.O.S Titanic).Its a tribute to the 8 musicians who went down with the ship
Back To The Titanic is new versions of James Horner's original score and includes Irish singers Eileen Ivers and Maire Brennan plus the theme song by Celine Dion (this was also issued as a shaped CD)The full original score is on Music From The Motion Picture Titanic
Another tribute to the musicians is on Prism Leisure and is of different songs-many more could be found on Ian Whitcomb's Songs They Played On The Titanic
Post Titanic came John Barry's music for Raise The Titanic while a more unlikely CD was the one by Robin Gibb
Its usually reackoned that the 3rd Class Lounge was for Irish music,the 2nd for hymns and patriotic songs and the Ist for Palm Court Music and ragtime.Such class distinction doesn't apply nowadays when music is for everybody and the score by Howard Blake reflects this as it alternates the symphonic music with the music as heard in the lounges

Midnight Special: The Oriole Records Story 1956-'62
Midnight Special: The Oriole Records Story 1956-'62
Price: 4.08

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3.0 out of 5 stars Could do better, 18 Oct 2013
Instead of yet another repeat of the Donays it would have been better if the Valadiers' I Found A Girl had been substituted instead.This song in spite of being on Berry Gordy's Miracle label is not even turning up on any of the collections of Tamla Motown Gordy.
Another gross omission is Eula Parker's version of Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow-apparently her song The Village of St Bernadette never made it beyond the sheet music or the Lunch Box comp in spite of being a huge American hit for Andy Williams.
While you never expect Lonnie Donegan to be an Oriole artist you do expect that more Susan Singer should have been on-though neither she or her more famous cousin Helen Shapiro had an American career the Susan Singer tracks have been compiled at least a dozen times on collections of Pixie Girls and Popcorn
Christine Quaite on the other hand was a minor part of the British Invasion and recorded on an American label-her version of Your Nose Is Gonna Grow is superior to the original by Johnny Crawford

Where The Girls Are 8
Where The Girls Are 8
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Price: 10.25

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5.0 out of 5 stars Way with the girls, 18 Oct 2013
This review is from: Where The Girls Are 8 (Audio CD)
The latest instalment of the Ace series is a mix of the known and the unknown.A full booklet explains all and this is why buying the physical item beats any amount of downloading.
I mean I have 1000s of downloaded songs on pendrives which I got free when blogs were uploading CDs illegally.But I usually buy the stuff

Price: 11.92

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5.0 out of 5 stars Suddely there's a valley, 18 Oct 2013
This review is from: Laylam (Audio CD)
Folk music should be just that as it tends to bore me when so many of the newer names become singer songwriters.
In other words it should be nothing but covers or at least copying other folk songs

Titanic - Music As Heard on the Voyage
Titanic - Music As Heard on the Voyage
Offered by CD USA
Price: 30.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Asleep in the Deep, 18 Oct 2013
It was an obvious choice for Ian Whitcomb as he was possibly the first rock star to recognize pre WW1 music,nowadays a big part of collecting
He wrote books about it and knows what he's talking about
As a part of the British Invasion with 3 chart singles he went on to produce 2 LPs for Mae West who was advertised at the time-1966-as the Latest Rock'n'Roll Sensation
This would also appeal to those who like Palm Court music

Strawberry Walrus- Favorite Fifty
Strawberry Walrus- Favorite Fifty
Price: 15.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Songs & Pictures of the Beatles, 18 Oct 2013
Volume 1 of a 2 CD double which explores the lives of the Beatles and ex Beatles as the list shows.
A few of the songs use the melodies of songs other than the Beatles ones such as Just Another Mersey Day which is ascloceasthis to the Crickets/Bobby Vee hit More Than I Can Say
Highly recommended to Beatles collectors

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