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Shadows In The Night
Shadows In The Night
Price: £7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Catches a Mood, 20 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Shadows In The Night (Audio CD)
On first listen of this i was appalled, found it boring and lifeless, several listens later and now i love it ! Dylan captures a mood here his voice is excellent on this, very understated, his band are superb. It is quiet though, the songs are stripped down, best to listen to this with the lights down, a glass of your finest malt whiskey and if you smoke a large cigar, you can then croon along with him. A super CD.


The Royal Sessions
The Royal Sessions
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Price: £14.50

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dignified, 7 Feb. 2014
This review is from: The Royal Sessions (Audio CD)
Paul Rodgers is without doubt a gifted singer and you can hear why on this collection of soul cover versions. There is nothing radical here just straight ahead covers sung with feeling and depth, backed by great musicians who performed on some of the originals adding to the authenticity of the project. Stand-outs for me are Otis Redding's "That's How Strong My Love Is" and "I've Been Loving You Too Long" along with a beautiful version of Sam Cook's "Wonderful World" (Deluxe Edition only). Another highlight is Albert King's classic blues standard "Born Under a Bad Sign" a smouldering smokey blues tune if ever there was one, it is a delight. The only let down is "Walk On By" which to be frank is dull and lifeless, and goes on too long, the rest of the album is really good though.

For me personally i thought Rodgers should have done this kind of thing a long time ago he always had the voice to carry this off and it has clearly been a labour of love, these are great songs sung by a great singer.

Anyone expecting this to sound at all like Free, Bad Company or heaven forbid Queen+Paul Rodgers might not like this but if you have an interest in 60's Stax or Soul you may find plenty to enjoy.


Status Quo: The Frantic Four Reunion 2013 [DVD]
Status Quo: The Frantic Four Reunion 2013 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Status Quo
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Price: £16.39

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SUPER SHOW, 6 Jan. 2014
This re-union of the classic Quo line up of Rossi, Parfitt, Lancaster and Coughlan is a wonderful reminder of what a fine rock and roll band Status Quo were in the early 70's. The set list is all from the bands 1970 to 1976 era, there golden age without doubt ! Alan Lancaster's voice has held up remarkably well in the intervening years and Coughlan's drumming gives the bands sound the power it has sadly lacked for far too long. Parfitt and Rossi are rejuvinated and clearly enjoying themselves and it is a joy to see them play classics such as "Railroad", "In My Chair" and "Roadhouse Blues" etc etc. Parts of the show are quite moving as well, there are little looks between band members which tell you that they are thoroughly enjoying playing with each other again, a bit like meeting up with old friends and wondering why you fell out in the first place !


The First Cut
The First Cut
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Major talent, 23 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: The First Cut (Audio CD)
PP Arnold is criminally underated and you can hear why on this terrific compilation of her 60's recordings. She possessed a wonderful and passionate voice wringing every drop of emotion from the songs that she recorded.
Best known for the magnificent "First Cut Is The Deepest" there is so much more to discover on this CD which houses some of the best northern soul of the era ! Just listen to the stomping "Speak to me", "If you see what i mean" and "Everthings Gonna be Alright" as prime examples of the genre. There is also the fantastic "Angel of the Morning" and the brilliant "If you think you're Groovy" where she is backed by the Small Faces. Throw in some more than interesting cover versions of Beatles, Rolling Stones and Beach Boys songs as well as a stunning version of the Bee Gees "To Love Somebody" and you have a great introduction to PP Arnolds wonderful music.


Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10
Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10
Price: £11.61

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GEM, 9 Sept. 2013
First of all i must own up to never hearing Self-Portrait i have always avoided it because of it's negative reputataion. I have always considered New Morning to be a minor classic.
Disc 1 starts with the demo of "Went to see the gypsey" which is great, there is also a very good alternative version of "If not for you" complete with violins and two very different versions of "Time passes slowly" the first acoustic and sparse, the second is driven along by Al Kooper's hammond organ.
There is a magnificent live version of "Highway 61' revisited from the Isle of Wight festival and "Working on a guru" would fit very nicely on any of his classic 65' to 67' period albums - it is that good !
The un-overdubbed tracks from Self-Portrait are superb and wonderfully intimate, special mention must go to
"Days of 49"
"Pretty Saro"
"Copper Kettle"
"Little Sadie"
"Railroad Bill"
"Belle Isle"
I do not want to hear the apparently ruined versions on the original album, these are great and will certainly do for me, they could not be bettered !
Add the beauty of piano ballads "Spanish is the loving tongue" and "When i paint my masterpiece" and you have a great alternative voyage of un-earthed gems from the Dylan archive.


Nine Yards
Nine Yards
Price: £13.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Words And Music, 6 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Nine Yards (Audio CD)
Del Bromham as many will know is the guitar and voice of Stray the most underated rock band this country has ever produced, he has always had a unique guitar sound and is a wonderful songwriter.

Nine Yards is the follow up to "Devil's Highway" his first solo album which was recorded in 2004 and re-released with extra tracks in 2011.

The album gets off to a brilliant start with the magnificent "Ballad of JD" a kick ass rocker which is one of the best things i have heard in many a year this is followed by the soul funk of "Walking down the road". Third track "Nine yards" is a rootsy acoustic blues number with an infectious chorus that i can guarantee will get you singing along. Another highlight is the timeless beauty of "Bring them home" which has a great Beatles style guitar hook and lovely chorus, it is a stunning song.
The middle section of the record hots up dramatically with the superb blues rockers "What comes around" featuring Cherry Lee Mewis (who adds earthy backing vocals throughout the record) dueting with Del and "You don't know how i feel" as dirty a slice of blues rock you will ever hear, it is great!great!great! These two tracks are quickly followed by the old style rock and roll of "World in a suitcase" another outstanding track.

There are some quieter acoustic songs dedicated to his daughters which feature some lovely and heartfelt words. Elsewhere there is the classic rock of "Everybody has to sing the blues" which is similar in sound to Lynyrd Skinyrd's "Sweet home Alabama" and the swaggering blues of "Words" in which Cherry Lee Mewis adds a Gospel blues feel to the chorus. The album closes with the sleazy blues of "Don't throw your love away" and the boogie of "Catch you when you fall" which give a great bookend to a superb album.

Mr Bromham plays all the instruments on the album except the drums which are played by Stray drummer the excellent Karl Randall. The production is superb it sounds as though the band are in your front room and Bromhams guitar work as usual is quite brilliant.

So what you have on this wonderful record is rock, electric blues, acoustic blues and a slice of funk and soul - in short the whole NINE YARDS.


Green: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Green: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Price: £13.13

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying again., 5 Jun. 2013
I would assume that anyone reading this review already owns the album or has heard it and is wondering if it worth buying for the re-mastered sound and the live disc. On both counts it is a very big yes, the re-mastering of the original album is great adding improved depth to the sound, it sounds so much more powerful, a great job. The live disc is very enjoyable as well, a perfect companion to the original album infact it so good it would stand alone as a release in it's own right making for a good value for money package. Highly recomended.


Three Chords Good
Three Chords Good
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £12.84

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Repeated plays bring rewards., 19 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Three Chords Good (Audio CD)
I waited with great anticipaton for this release to hear Graham Parker back with the Rumour and on first listen was disapointed because the album does not rock as in days gone past. Further listens though reveal this album to be something of a grower. First track Snake Oil Capital Of The World brings back memories of Hey Lord Don't Ask Me Questions with it's reggae intro and biting lyric. There is country in the superb That Moon Was Low, comment on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars (Arlington's Busy) a great rocker in A Lie Get's Halfway Round The World where the Rumour and Parker really catch fire, the same can be said for Coathangers and the title track both very solid rockers. Some nice slowies feature as well (Long Emotinal Ride and Stop Cryin' About The Rain)there is a hint of jazz in Old Soul which is also very good. You won't get the in your face Parker and the Rumour of the past, they are all alot older but the songs are very good, Parker's voice is in great nick! and the backing band are not bad as well, i am thoroughly enjoying this disc which deserves to be heard.


Tempest
Tempest
Price: £5.51

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice One Bob, 28 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Tempest (Audio CD)
Dylan's latest album starts jauntily with the old fashioned shuffle of Duquesne Whistle an infectious and fun packed start to the album. Soon After Midnight follows and boasts a georgous melody as does Long And Wasted years both achingly beautiful. Narrow way has an insistant drive to it, guitar and violin driving the song along. Scarlet town and Tin Angel are both moody and gripping. Early Roman Kings is a blues track that is very similar to the type of thing that was evident on his last record Together Through Life which is no bad thing. The title track Tempest is nearly 14 minutes of acoustic Bob telling the story of the sinking of the titanic and the characters who perished - a lyrical masterpiece, a kind of later day Desolation Row. Lennon tribute song, Roll on John on the first few listens bored me, half a dozen listens later it now moves me. Dylans voice has almost totally gone, it is now a rasp but the songs suit the voice and so it works, what we have here are great songs and great musicianship. As ever the words are great, this is a very interesting and musically varied album if you like Dylans later output i believe you will find plenty to enjoy here.


Looking Back: 80 Mod, Freakbeat & Swinging London Nuggets
Looking Back: 80 Mod, Freakbeat & Swinging London Nuggets
Price: £17.21

5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure Box, 25 Sept. 2012
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Where to start is my problem on reviewing this gem of a box set. It features some great garage rock/freakbeat (The Renegades, The Syndicats, The In Crowd). Great Soul (Val McKenna, Lloyd Alexander Real Estate, Tony Rivers & the Castaways). Great pop (Ray Singer, Katch 22, The Soul Purpose). Think that The Spencer Davis Group ended when Steve Winwood left, listen again, Eddie Hardin proves himself a great replacement on the two tracks in this set, both excellent. Arthur Brown was the god of hellfire, right, well yes but on the two tracks featured here he proves himself to be fine soul singer. The Mojo's deliver a superb slice of blue eyed soul (Until My Baby Comes Home), The Knave rave it up with an adrenalin fuelled Hammond organ driven instumental (Ace Of Clubs). Hoagy Benson will insist that your feet tap with some energetic ska (Kangaroo) as will the The Tribe (The Gamma Goochie). I could go on and on, if you like 60's music then this collection is a must, a great alternative to more famous music of the decade from where it came. It is very neatly packaged with informative liner notes on every track and housed in a neat little box.


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