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Live in Europe
Live in Europe

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got to have some more of Otis, 15 Oct 2002
This review is from: Live in Europe (Audio CD)
This has got to be among the best live albums of all time. It contains blistering soul standards such as opener "Respect" and "Shake", crowd pleasing covers of "Day Tripper" and "Satisfaction" (with the trademark riff played by the horn section, as Keith Richards originally intended), as well as Otis' trademark ballads. The three things that make this record truly great though are the incomparable backing band, Otis' interaction with the audience (who clearly worship him, just listen to the reception he gets when he comes onstage) and the showstopping rendition of "Try A Little Tenderness" which closes the set, climaxing with the audience erupting and the MC pleading with Otis to come back for an encore.
I also agree with the assessment that this is better than his Monterey set, as listening to tracks from the earlier show the band is guilty of playing a little TOO fast. "Live In Europe", however, is indisputably fantastic stuff from a complete legend.


The Harder They Come
The Harder They Come
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reggae-tastic!!, 15 Oct 2002
This review is from: The Harder They Come (Audio CD)
This is a brilliant introduction for anyone who thinks Jamaican music begins and ends with Bob Marley. From the ska of Desmond Dekker ("Shanty Town") and The Maytals ("Pressure Drop" - later covered with less success by The Clash) to the more soulful efforts of the magnificent Jimmy Cliff (his three most classic tunes are included here, two of them twice for some reason), there isn't a dud track on offer. Possibly the finest reggae album of all time.


Sultans Of Sentiment
Sultans Of Sentiment

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best records ever made, 15 Oct 2002
This review is from: Sultans Of Sentiment (Audio CD)
This album is complete perfection. The Van Pelt take the Slint blueprint to its logical conclusion. There are no weak tracks whatsoever, and Yamato, We Are The Heathens, The Young Alchemists and Do The Lovers.... are all four absolute classics. If you only ever buy one American alternative/post-hardcore record ever it really should be this one. IT'S THAT GOOD!!


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