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Philadelphia International: The Collection
Philadelphia International: The Collection
Price: £30.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songs, great singers, 16 Sep 2014
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This is definitive and timeless. Great songs, great singers, great players. When can we have the next batch as Volume 2 please?


Free Spirits
Free Spirits
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Soul, 3 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Free Spirits (Audio CD)
This is one of those albums you could play to someone who didn't know what jazz was, but wanted to know more. A lifetime of experience in this deep soul music shines out from these fantastic performances. Not showy, not fast, no clutter or flash, just a bucketful of the real thing.


Mike Gibbs + Twelve Play Gil Evans
Mike Gibbs + Twelve Play Gil Evans
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best from 2013, 30 Dec 2013
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I can't agree with the more negative reviews posted here. Sure, it is a fairly sombre and mainly downbeat record, especially the first 4 tracks. That's a plus in my book. It is however - masterful and controlled, deep and dark, music from a master with nothing to prove but everything to say. One of the finest releases from 2013 IMO.


Jungle Revolution
Jungle Revolution
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crucial, 5 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Jungle Revolution (Audio CD)
Jungle - the collision between roots reggae and high velocity, ride cymbal driven electronic beats - remains one of the greatest inventions in British music, dance or otherwise. Congo Natty's current reinterpreation of this style makes for one of the most exciting and uplifting releases I've heard this year, as a tapestry of voices chase each other around and across the beats. All the more moving for being so long in the making. Essential, and hopefully the beginning of wider interest by a new generation in revisiting this style, which surely has plenty of mileage in it still.


Brownswood Bubblers 9
Brownswood Bubblers 9
Price: £17.06

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential soul / jazz / beats, 28 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Brownswood Bubblers 9 (Audio CD)
Gilles P has a great ear and I personally would buy ANY compilation he puts his name to unheard. In common with the previous 8 titles in this series, this one hits the spot with just about every track. Many of the tunes this time are understated and quirky, whilst still sticking firmly on the groove.


The Devil You Know
The Devil You Know
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ragged glory, 22 Jan 2013
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This review is from: The Devil You Know (Audio CD)
Please ignore some of the other reviews here, which seem to be by people who don't really like RLJ anyway. The connotation that these are somehow "bad performances" is simply wrong. While this might not be the number one place to start your RLJ collection (Evening Of My Best Day is my personal favourite), these stripped bare versions of classic songs performed by RLJ in all her ragged glory, is a fascinating and intimate listen from an artist who is never afraid to do exactly what she wants in the way she wants. Cover version have always been a part of her aesthetic, and this collection adds a valuable chapter. The understated accompaniments are both subtle and spot on to my ear. Think late Billie Holliday transposed to pop classics - yes, it really is that good.


Chasin' a Dream
Chasin' a Dream

5.0 out of 5 stars Who lost the tapes?, 13 Dec 2012
This review is from: Chasin' a Dream (Audio CD)
This is one of the finest releases Def Jam ever made, and it is a complete travesty that it been unavailable on CD for a number of years now. I can only imagine that it is subject to some long running legal dispute in the background.


Songs From The Barley Temple
Songs From The Barley Temple
Price: £14.12

5.0 out of 5 stars A future classic, 11 Dec 2012
Sometimes when you hear a record it is so right and so perfect that you know it's going to be part of your life for a long time. This record does that for me. With one foot in traditional song and another in drone inspired experiment, this exquisitely sung and played record is a reminder of how powerful this music can be when played with raw creativity and passion. This "weird folk" scene is overpopulated with pretenders, but Sedayne and Rapunzel are the real deal, make no mistake!


Purple Violets
Purple Violets
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5.0 out of 5 stars Undervalued, 25 Sep 2012
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This review is from: Purple Violets (Audio CD)
Rivers was somewhat overlooked and definitely undevalued throughout his long career, despite making some fine music in varied settings, key elements from which appear to be currently out of print.

This late outing is a good place to start if you don't know his playing. At 87, there's no sign of weakness in his playing or his ideas. Husky and intimate on tenor, dryly acerbic on flute, and suitably oriental on soprano, Rivers here is supported elegantly here by his band. The addition of vibes is very welcome. This music flits between being in the tradition and just beyond it. The recording is good and satisfyingly close.

Recommended.


Sleeper - Tokyo, April 16, 1979
Sleeper - Tokyo, April 16, 1979
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Price: £14.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth waiting for, 29 Aug 2012
Goodness me, how come this has been in the vaults for so long? For me this is a way superior release to both contemporary outings by the same group - Personal Mountains being a studio date which maybe lacks some of the character of other work by this group, and Nude Ants which is musically fine but a rather indifferent live recording that I find hard to warm to.

I rate this as being as good as Belonging. 'Nuff said.
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