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In Memory Of Robert Johnson
In Memory Of Robert Johnson
Price: £22.93

4.0 out of 5 stars UK rock/blues singer's ignored classic tribute album!, 26 May 2016
Just to add info to the positive reviews of this fine tribute album - Paul Williams has a good, gruff voice well suited to these blues classics.

One reviewer asked who he was - check out the early 70s albums by legendary UK blues/rock band Juicy Lucy - he sang on "Lie Back & Enjoy It" & also "Get A whiff Of This". You'll also hear ex-Misunderstood steel guitar maestro Glen Fernando Campbell.

Williams is an artist worth investigating - not to be confused with the U.S. singer/songwriter who wrote some great songs for the Carpenters, Muppets etc.

Although PW wasn't in Juicy Lucy when they recorded their classic first (eponymous) album, that's essential too - some wild sounds in there and you'll know their superb hit single version of Bo Diddley's classic "Who Do You Love".


Sunny Afternoon, The Very Best of the Kinks
Sunny Afternoon, The Very Best of the Kinks
Price: £5.00

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In case you really never got any Kinks classics!, 19 Oct. 2015
This will be an excellent introduction to all those wayward music fans who really never got any Kinks classics. It ties in with the successful musical based around the band's music, and its updated presentation also will appeal to long-term fans like myself.

The first 7" vinyl record I ever bought - nearly 50 years ago now - was the Dedicated Kinks EP, so I already have much Kinks music and they are part of my life.

Bear in mind though that you can spend similar money to buy two other fine Kinks sets that will keep you going all day and all of the night (ouch):

(1) The earlier 2-CD collection (2004) - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kinks-Ultimate-Collection/dp/B00005V4WI/ref=sr_1_3?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1445272022&sr=1-3&keywords=kinks+best+of

...together with the full 2-CD BBC Sessions set (2001) - http://www.amazon.co.uk/BBC-Sessions-1964-1977-Kinks/dp/B000056IH0/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1445272087&sr=1-1&keywords=kinks+bbc+sessions

But I would never begrudge Ray Davies or his fellow Kinks the extra royalties that this release will bring!
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Big Joe Turner's Memphis Blues Caravan
Big Joe Turner's Memphis Blues Caravan
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £115.12

4.0 out of 5 stars Unsung Memphis R'n'B sideman - NOT to be confused with the other BJT (Kansas City blues shouter legend)!, 21 May 2015
This particular Big Joe Turner was born in Memphis and has a rich blues/R'n'B pedigree that includes touring and/or recording work with BB King and Albert King, to name but two, and involvement with the legendary Stax label and its magnificent roster of artists.

Don't do an "Amazon" here - their lazy blurb writer really thinks this guy is the Kansas City blues shouter who made fantastic recordings with Pete Johnson and helped invent rock'n'roll itself.

Not so - the first BJT was born in 1911 and passed away in 1985; he's obviously NOT on this album, but any blues vocalist needs to check out his elemental music that fused the big band swing, rollicking R'n'B and nascent rock 'n'roll that was germinating in the forties & early fifties and changed the music world beyond calculation.

The Memphis BJT has put some fine bands together since the Stax heyday. His live shows & recordings in more recent years (including this one) have featured the very fine guitarist & blues singer Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges, who's made some excellent albums in his own right.

So the BJT here is well worthy of blues fans that like a laid-back groove laced with splendid guitar & vocals courtesy of Bridges, whilst Mr. Turner holds everything together with his "Staxtastic" funky bass playing.


The Very Best
The Very Best
Offered by Books-and-Sounds
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A fine taster - but you'll want more of Lee's magic music!, 1 May 2015
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A fine single CD introduction to the genius of Lee Morgan, but it's not really enough to fully appreciate the late great trumpeter. Best treated as a good taster to entice you further into his catalogue because there is a lot of superb music in there.

You'll probably know the epic Sidewinder already - it's a familiar modern jazz standard - but the other tracks are well up to scratch and the regular Blue Note luminaries contribute great playing alongside Mr. Morgan, as you'd expect.

This is a great CD for the open road in summer, too; it surely rivals the train for taking the strain from your journey!


Memories
Memories
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Rumbled - avoid!! This is NOT Link Wray!!, 19 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Memories (Audio CD)
This is NOT a Link Wray record - it is indeed a compilation of "oldies" - so couldn't be much further away from the late great guitar genius.

"Memories" is a competent Crimson collection of MOR stuff, with nary a guitar to be heard, so I'm now awaiting refund from supplier after returning the purchase.

If you love Bing Crosby, Andy Williams etc, this is for you - and I do hope that you enjoy it.

My rating is aimed at the laziness of Amazon & sellers in not giving us the correct information about the product, though even one star is not justified.


Plastic Tablecover 54"X108"-Powder Blue
Plastic Tablecover 54"X108"-Powder Blue
Offered by SuperGood Deals
Price: £1.31

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful table cover - good value, 6 Feb. 2014
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This item was bought to cover a table at an exhibition event.

In consideration of its low price and helpful comments from other buyers, I bought two to ensure that darker table wood wouldn't show through to spoil the stall presentation. The "baby blue" colour is pleasingly neutral.

The cover is a good size and will give 18" overhang all round on many standard event tables. Used for this purpose and as a disposable table cover at parties, receptions, etc, it's an economical and effective solution.

Just don't go knotting these together & slithering down skyscrapers though - it's not really designed for superhero stuff!


Best of the Gomelsky Years
Best of the Gomelsky Years
Offered by skyeblue
Price: £4.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars By definition, not quite "the best of" - but still brilliant!, 13 Dec. 2012
I'm giving this 4 stars primarily for the music. The Yardbirds are simply one of the greatest British rock groups of all time, having produced many magical reordings during that brief but blistering 1964-68 era when this little island's music changed the world.

As a Yardbirds completist, I find this particular compilation to be a bit frustrating. Initially, the rare "XYZ" instrumental seems be an unearthed nugget, but it is not prime Yardbirds. The track sounds like an early backing track run-through during the "Roger the Engineer" sessions, something like the skeleton of "He's Always There."

Given this CD's "Gomelsky Years 1963-66" sub-title, it can never be fully representative of the group - and other compilations have provided a rather more comprehensive overview.

So it has none of the later mind-bending stuff that Beck & Page contrived for a brief period from summer '66, or their eccentric, almost schizophrenic output as Mickie Most sought to revive their pop chart fortunes but ultimately dissipated their talent. Fortunately (for my ears, at least), we didn't have to wait too long for Led Zeppelin.

Given the GG brief of this set, it can be compared directly to Disc 1 ("the GG era")of the superb Rhino "Ultimate" compilation. The Rhino set has one more track, but there is fair variation in the respective selections; the CD under review here features several tracks not on the "Ultimate" set:

Baby What's Wrong - a competent run-through of Sonny Boy Williamson's song, fades out during Eric's solo;

Talkin' 'Bout You - as above, a fine Anglicised version of Chuck Berry's classic;

Sweet Music - another rarity, and a slightly haunting song that searches for what makes the music "sound so sweet";

My Girl Snoopy - the full 5+ blueswailing minutes of their take on the McCoys' hit, originally on the classic Five Yardbirds E.P;

Jeff's Blues - the instrumental run-through of their classic Nazz Are Blue track;

Someone To Love - a brilliant instrumental version of "Lost Women" (the opening track on the "Roger" album); four minutes of rollicking rhythm overlaid by Beck's fuzzed-out guitar;

XYZ - see above comment.

The CD package itself is a lost opportunity - absolutely no recording or personnel information is given in the 16-page colour booklet, apart from advising the compilation work of Daniele Nannoni, altohugh its pages are given over to a fine collection of 7" picture sleeve images, provided by Piero Proveddi of the band's Italian fan club. I thus presume that the rare pics are from singles issued in that part of Europe.

In summary, this is one for completists like me, who saw the band and bought their records all those years ago, but it does contain truly classic stuff such a Train Kept a-Rollin (has there been a greater rock track made since?), Mr. You're A better Man Than I, an incomplete smattering of singles and Five Live tracks that give a fair flavour of the Clapton - early Beck era Yardbirds.

A good taster, but do get the Ultimate 2-CD set, the BBC sessions, or perhaps seek out the rare Raven compilation Happenings Ten Years Time Ago, a superb 1964-68 collection that knocks spots off this one. Just play it all LOUD!


Jazz Funeral In New Orleans
Jazz Funeral In New Orleans
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £21.36

4.0 out of 5 stars Digi-reissue of classic New Orleans live performance, 7 July 2012
I've acquired this album only recently, encouraged partly by Soluble's excellent review and my own enthusiasm for authentic roots jazz music.So I can't claim that my review adds a lot to the earlier submission, but I'm adapting this review from the one I wrote for a more obscure edition I was tracking on EBay, 'cos I hope it'll reach more music enthusiasts attached to this particular reissue.

This album by George Lewis and his Ragtime Band is a reissue of "Jazz Funeral at New Orleans", a live performance from October 26th 1953. Lewis played in over 500 such processions in his lifetime (1900 - 1968).

Don't let that slightly morbid title fool you, because this clarinet maestro and his band - and dozens of other local musicians and singers - were certainly capable of providing spiritual sustenance that would embellish the celebration of a lost one's life.

On the original album, the parade music begins in solemn mood with "When The Saints..." and " Just A Closer Walk With Thee" but progresses through "Down By The Riverside", "Burgundy Street Blues", "Ice Cream" etc through to their jaunty celebration of "Lou-Easy-Ana."

At this point in the black man's history in the Southern States, folks paid into Negro benevolent societies, allowing the families of the departed to pay for a worthy funeral including a full band, ensuring that music would play well into - and often through - the night of wake events.

As the sleeve notes on my vinyl reissue say, George Lewis certainly expressed the heart & soul of New Orleans jazz; this record features authentic traditional jazz classics played with great heart and skill.

I'll close by shamelessly cribbing the closing paragraph from my LP sleeve, to give you an image of how to approach this vintage recording:

"Just close your eyes and you can almost see a happy swaying parade weaving down Bourbon Street, the strutting band of George Lewis in the lead, and throngs of merry-makers dancing along behind - the sorrow of the past forgotten and the promise of a happier tomorrow in every joyous note".

I hope these notes encourage you to investigate this and other classic jazz recordings - make sure you find the early recordings of Kid Ory & the immortal Louis Armstrong, then work your way from there through Noo Awlins' fantastic musical legacy to Dr. John's great new album - what a great journey through the history of music that is!

To sidetrack slightly, if funds and time are of consequence, just track through Mac Rabennack's own unimpeachable catalogue and you have enough great music to take you through a month of Sundays! Thanks, Doc.

This George Lewis bnnd album might also make you think about how you'd like to be remembered and celebrated when you've passed away; it comes to us all, but music of this kind was fashioned with love and sincerity to provide spiritual healing.


Hot Creole Jazz - 1953
Hot Creole Jazz - 1953
Offered by WORLD WIDE MEDIA MARKET (12-24 Days for Delivery from California)
Price: £29.47

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic re-release of live New Orleans wake performance, 6 July 2012
This review is from: Hot Creole Jazz - 1953 (Audio CD)
This album by George Lewis and his Ragtime Band is a reissue of "Jazz Funeral at New Orleans", a live performance from October 26th 1953. Lewis played in over 500 such processions in his lifetime (1900 - 1968).

Don't let that slightly morbid title fool you, because this clarinet maestro and his band - and dozens of other local musicians and singers - were certainly capable of providing spiritual sustenance that would embellish the celebration of a lost one's life.

On the original album, the parade music begins in solemn mood with "When The Saints..." and " Just A Closer Walk With Thee" but progresses through "Down By The Riverside", "Burgundy Street Blues", "Ice Cream" etc through to their jaunty celebration of "Lou-Easy-Ana."

At this point in the black man's history in the Southern States, folks paid into Negro benevolent societies, allowing the families of the departed to pay for a worthy funeral including a full band, ensuring that music would play well into - and often through - the night of wake events.

As the sleeve notes on my vinyl reissue say, George Lewis certainly expressed the heart & soul of New Orleans jazz; this record features authentic traditional jazz classics played with great heart and skill.

I'll close by shamelessly cribbing the closing paragraph from my LP sleeve, to give you an image of how to approach this vintage recording:

"Just close your eyes and you can almost see a happy swaying parade weaving down Bourbon Street, the strutting band of George Lewis in the lead, and throngs of merry-makers dancing along behind - the sorrow of the past forgotten and the promise of a happier tomorrow in every joyous note".

This album might also make you think about how you'd like to be remembered and celebrated when you've passed away; it comes to us all, but music of this kind was fashioned with love and sincerity to provide spiritual healing.


Super Eight
Super Eight
Price: £3.99

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To Be A Lover - this album still rules!, 15 Jun. 2012
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At last - it's available on CD at an affordable price! Not quite sure why it's been retitled "Super Eight" (originally "To Be A Lover [Have Mercy]"), but eight truly super tracks running to forty-two minutes are indeed contained herein.

This is one of the greatest reggae albums ever made, from the choice of material, the musicianship, smooth, smoky & seductive vocals and the unmistakeable genius evident in the Black Ark production by Lee "Scratch" Perry.

I discovered this album decades ago, and always had "faith" that it would receive due recognition. Finally, 35 yearslater, that can now happen - thanks to this 2012 Trojan/Island reissue. It's a bargain at a fiver or less on here.

The 12" singles taken from this LP are amongst my most cherished vinyl artefacts. Put on this record and be gently but quickly transported to a strange and wonderful technicolour world of sound. Around four minutes into the inspired fusion of "Midnight Hour" & "Ya Ya", George yelps out "I'm gonna wait 'til the midnight hour" a couple of times with echo, the phasey organ swirls, guitar & drums chop and tumble. Wilson Pickett & Mr. Dorsey would have wide grins when hearing it.

"So Fine" is just fantastic - play it LOUD to reach into the depth of the swirling, dubby production. Towards the track's end, George puts out a series of uh's, whoa's and yelps that gives Scratch a feast of new sound to scatter around in his inimitable style.

Elsewhere, heavenly muted brass and backing vox (courtesy of assorted Meditations & Mighty Diamonds)drift in and out, heavyweight reggae icons including Ernest Ranglin, "Chinna" Smith, Sly Dunbar and "Deadly" Headley Bennett combine to embellish George's soul-drenched lover's rock voice.

Put it on when you feel bad, or when you've had good news, on a sunny day or a bath night, or when you just want to convert the formerly uncovertible to the real value of reggae, performed and produced by people at the peak of their form.

Five stars ain't enough - you might say I thus recommend this record!
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