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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

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frantic Four Back with a Vengeance, 10 May 2014
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Quo Fans are generally pretty divided on old versus 'New' - The Original band versus the current Quo (rhino Quo)
I came to Quo about '75 or '76 about the time 'Down Down was number one, so my preference is obvious. However while the current band has produced some pretty lame music they have also produced a few classic albums to near enough match some of the seventies output, so total respect for current Quo.
However, this DVD reminded me of why I got into the band in the first place way back then. It is absolutely stunning. The rawness and the heaviness is maintained although delivered with a clarity of sound which seventies Quo never quite managed, so from messers Lancaster, Coughlan, Rossi and Parfitt, we get the bad-ass attitude and all out boogie rock with the benefit of 21st century sound technology. It is simply stunning what these 'old men' have delivered. Long may they continue to Rock! i've also had the immense pleasure of seeing this classic band in concert this year, something I thought would never happen again! This DVD is a constant reminder how jaw-droppingly good the Quo were/are. Oh, yes, top quality delivery and service too! You rock, all of you!!


Always On My Mind
Always On My Mind
Price: £5.49

2.0 out of 5 stars Drowning in the whiskey River, 10 May 2014
This review is from: Always On My Mind (MP3 Download)
I wasn't familiar with this song, but the singer in the band I played in wanted to cover this, and I liked the version that he played. Thought I would download Willie's version for myself and I was extremely disappointed. Sounds like a pretty rough live version. The band sounded all over the place. Obviously if Willie was on the grass, then the band must have been 'speeding.' Think I'll stick with our own take on it, thank you very much!!


High Stakes & Dangerous Men - The UFO Story
High Stakes & Dangerous Men - The UFO Story
by Neil Daniels
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars About the Music, 26 Feb. 2014
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If you're looking for the gory details of the Excess and Debauchery that followed UFO tours from the 70's and probably beyond, this is perhaps not the book you are looking for - You'll have to wait until Phil OR Pete tell their story! However, as a book lovingly compiled by a Mega fan, it focuses on what most people forget - How Fantastic the Music was, so on that level this is a great read and it sent me back to rediscover UFO classic music that had been long forgotten about. It's not Rose coloured spectacles either: Phil Mogg doesn't become Mother Teresa; Misdemeanour doesn't become a 'Classic Album' so it's realistic enough to recognise the flawed genius that epitomises UFO. It's a great read for any fan of the band, or for those who've heard a bit and want to find more.


American Stars 'n' Bars
American Stars 'n' Bars
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Nugget, 26 Feb. 2014
This review is from: American Stars 'n' Bars (Audio CD)
This is a really refreshing Young album, and its appeal is in it's honesty and humanity....and of course many classic songs to rival most things of Harvest, Rust never sleeps etc. Like Rust.. it covers a range of styles and for some that's a blessing and for others a curse. I wish more modern artists could give range to the whole span of their creativity instead of the lame One-Dimensional 'safe' radio fodder that most peddle.
For your money you've got the epic, yet succinct (compared with some of the live versions) of 'Like a Hurricane' - arguably top 3 NY songs, 'Star of Bethlehem', 'Will to Love' and many other lesser known but equally potent gems.
'After the Goldrush' it's NOT... yet it's light years ahead of most recent offerings, and to these ears, ahead of Harvest; Freedom; ZUma; (Sacrilege!!) and somewhere on an equal footing to 'Comes a Time' 'Ragged Glory' and 'Hawks and Doves'

Helpful??? Who knows, such is the broad range of taste and opinion even within the NY fanbase.


Van Halen (Reissue)
Van Halen (Reissue)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Guitar turned on its head, 20 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Van Halen (Reissue) (Audio CD)
This album represents a pivotal moment in Rock. After the jaded noodlings and ramblings of Prog Rock in the early 70's there was the inevitable Punk Backlash and the 'Anti-Guitar Hero' (No disrespect intended, Mr Jones(es)!! of furious slashing powerchords but NO SOLOS OR FANCY STUFF!!!
Then came Van Halen (The Band and the axeman) and confused all. it had the high energy and economy of song (mostly 3 minutes long) but boy did that guitar dazzle, scream, flurry, tap...tap...tap. There was the aggression of the Pistols, the speed of Motorhead, The heaviness of SABBATH and the melodicism of Elton....All in one 30 minute package. No need for hour long albums. This one changed the face of Rock guitar and Rock music forever with 8 original songs packed with sheer class, attitude and pure ROCK, 2 Covers (Ice Cream Man and the Kinks You Really got me) and the defining moment...Well ...the most defining-est moment since 'Purple Haze' 'Shape of things' and........uh...... My old man's a dustman!! where Eddie invented the 2 handed tapping of ERUPTION!!
iN A WORD (OR THREE) BUY IT NOW!!!! No guitar fan, or Rock fan or, indeed music fan should be without this groundbreaking album!!
...........and it arrived in perfect condition within 3 days. Thumbs up, Eddie and Amazon!!


Marauder
Marauder
Price: £7.20

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Rock album of the last Century!!, 30 May 2013
This review is from: Marauder (Audio CD)
Blackfoot effortlessly straddled the genres of Southern Rock (more Skynyrd than Skynyrd?) and a very British sound under the influence of Cream, Free, Hendrix with a bit of a nod to motorhead for the fast and furious 'Good Morning' (Motorhead with melody and soul!!) and AC/DC with the cruch of 'Payin for it' That said it is very much a unique sound with Rickey Medlockes second to none soulful vocals, Jackson Spires furious but inventive drums, the twin guitar assault of Rickey and Charlie Hargrett and Geg T Walker's 'gutbucket bass' (OK, i borrowed that phrase from the sleevenotes of Highway Song: Live) ....so, on to Marauder - Simple Blackfoot's finest hour, and the peak of their achievments. You get an incredible variety of light and shade from the grinding riffs of Good morning and TOO hard to handle, to the more introspective narrative of 'Diary of a working man, which is such a heartbreaking tale it really brings a tear to the eye of a grown man!! Then there is the good time Boogie Woogie of Rattlesnake rock and rolller with Shorty Medlocke's spoken and Banjo intro, and the Slowburning build up of Searchin'. These are real songs about life, unlike much of today's fake plastic music. Blackfoot don't just sing it, they LIVE IT!! You will NOT find a better Hard Rock album from the last century (and YES, I do have Physical Graffitti, Paranoid and Jailbreak!!) If you have never heard these Crazy Southern Rockers (and sadly many haven't ) then there is no better place to start than Marauder. Check it out!!
(If there was a 6th star, I would gladly give it!!!)


On the Cobbles
On the Cobbles
Offered by rwl-123
Price: £29.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Martyn, 27 May 2013
This review is from: On the Cobbles (Audio CD)
From the heavily Scots accented count in at the beginning of the album, to the superb emotional duet with Mavis Staples, this includes all the great JM trademarks; humour, emotion; gruffness; tenderness; smoke; whiskey.... as another writer said, great late night music. Witness the sublime jazzy sax driven'My Creator' and the fabulous acoustic groove of 'One for the Road' This is the Sound of John taking his time, 'going down easy' to make one of the most sublime 'songwriter albums of this Millenium. Unlike the patchy work of recent 'craftsmen' Neil Young and Bob Dylan, this is flawless. Great songs, great playing, great album. Strangely John never played much of this live, and having spoken with his Bass player, Alan Thompson, who siad that he thought this wasn't one of John's favourite albums...Can't think why!! For me it is easily on a par with his greatest work, Solid Air and One World!


Revelation
Revelation

5.0 out of 5 stars Prog's Secret Gem!, 14 May 2013
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This review is from: Revelation (MP3 Download)
This track is a highlight of the Superb 'Book of Kells' concept album from Anglo-Irish Prog/Ambient/Christian Rock Band Iona. If your opinion of Christian 'Rock' IS tainted by lame over produced 'musak' or ridiculous Glammed up Yellow and Black Big Hair dudes (Now who could THAT be??) then think again and listen to this. The lyrics are thoughtful and reflective without being cliched and the textures are rich, yet complex. It's probably similar in feel to Gabriel era Genesis, a bit of the Floyd but with a Celtic ambient feel (Clannad??) but with very much their own signature.. Sure, check out the track on mp3 and if you like it, there's plenty more where that came from!!


Live In Concert At Metropolis Studio [2CD+DVD]
Live In Concert At Metropolis Studio [2CD+DVD]
Price: £10.52

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Forgotten One, 14 May 2013
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In the 70's, Bill Nelson and Be Bop Deluxe sort of passed me by. I vaguely recall seeing them on TOTP doing Ships in the night, but at the time, I was probably recovering from an unfortunate dalliance with the Sweet AND....UH....Gary Glitter, and in the process of discovering Thin Lizzy and Led Zep. Fast forward to 1979 and Red Noise on the Old Grey Whistle test...Yeah, very interesting....very different, but bypassed again. Bill was feted as a 'musicians musician' often mentioned in the same breath as Nils Lofgren, who also ploughed his own brilliantly idiosyncratic furrow, but not until I recently downloaded the Be Bop track 'Adventures in a Yorkshire landscape and .....WOW!! The lightbulb flashed into life.
In 'Live in Concert' Bill ambles on stage through the crowd to join a classy 7 piece band onstage and for about 2 hours he ignites Be Bop classic such as Ships .... Sister Seagull and the aforementioned Adventures, as well as Red Noise Furniture music and solo classics Do you Dream in Colour? His guitar shimmers, howls, taunts teases with Grace, beauty, passion, aggression throughout. A Masterclass in superb songs, top class musicianship and a consummate and assured performance. I wonder how I've missed out for so long on this amazing player. It's a MUST BUY and at £10 for a 2CD /1DVD package its a steal!!

I didn't mention the bonus features on the second CD, 4 exquisite and beautiful instrumental tracks, including a moving tribute to the late Great and sorely missed Stuart Adamson of Big Country. Superb Stuff. Hope its still out there at a bargain Price for you!!


Psychedelic Pill
Psychedelic Pill
Price: £8.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars return of the horse, 8 April 2013
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This review is from: Psychedelic Pill (Audio CD)
I have always approached recent Neil Young albums with a bit of trepidation, as they have been a bit inconsistent over the last few years. The last NY album that really moved me was 'Sleeps with Angels' from 1994 (also recorded with 'The Horse') but the likes of Mirror Ball, Are you passionate, Greendale left me cold. I heard 'Le Noise' from a couple of years ago and it restored my faith in the music. This one has all the trademarks of classic NY + Crazy Horse and has elements of Zuma, Sleeps with Angels, and (surprisingly) Hawks and doves, but is closest in spirit to the magnifcent WELD live album from the early '90's. Twisted road and 'Born in Ontario' are the standouts for me. 'Driftin' back' tends to ramble a bit and could be trimmed by a good 10 minutes (I would love to hear an all acoustic - about 7-8 minutes version of this as the acoustic intro is sublime and I wanted it to continue - 'No, Crazy Horse, Hold back, not just yet!!) but it's a minor gripe, although has still cost it the 5th star for me. However, it sits proudly in The Neil Young canon, on a par with Zuma, Tonights the night, and in behind the all time classics, Goldrush, Rust never sleeps, On the Beach and sleeps with angels.


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