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Rotatey Diskers With Unwin
Rotatey Diskers With Unwin
Price: 8.00

31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, 20 Aug 2007
Stanley Unwin's work is unique. He delivered his double talk with charm but also a hint of authority and conviction. Unwin's contribution to the Small Faces Ogden's Nut Gone Flake made what was already a brilliant album into major classic, by symathetically weaving his wordplay around the songs and turning side two into something much more worthy than the terrible overblown "rock operas" that Pete Townsend dragged the Who down into.

Here we are presented with Unwin on:

1. The Pidey Pipeload of Hamling
2. Goldyloppers and the Three Bearloaders
3. Olympicold BC
4. Hi-de-Fido
5. Artycraft
6. The Populode of the Musicolly
7. Classicold Musee
8. Professor Unwin answery most questions on manifold subjy

He is on top form and it is clear why he was in demand to add colour to many a British comedy film, radio or television programme. He even appeared as warn up for Steeleye Span on one of a series of televised concerts on BBC in the mid 1970s

Stanley Unwin is British comedy class, buy this and enjoy


Intercontinental
Intercontinental

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Mellow, 17 Aug 2007
This review is from: Intercontinental (Audio CD)
Joe Pass in fantastic for along with a fantastic rhythm of Kenny Clare on Drums and Eberhard Weber on Bass. This is familiar territory for Clare who can be heard providing sympathetic support to the likes of Thelonious Monk and many others on classic jazz records, however there is little available from this stage of the young Eberhard Weber's career.

This album beautifully flows and exudes warmth and charm without ever becoming bland nor does the obvious techical brilliance of the players ever get in the way of the music.

If you want laid back jazz guitar trio music then this is the ultimate album bar none


Complete Studio Recordings [Spanish Import[
Complete Studio Recordings [Spanish Import[
Price: 9.99

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Jazz Man!, 21 Jun 2007
Gerry Mulligan was one of the creative geniuses behind the Birth of the Cool Sessions and therefore help in laying the foundations for the career of Miles Davis who was second only to Duke Elligton in importance the the development of Jazz. In the development of the Cool Jazz sound Mulligan was a leading figure and his arrangements in these Sextet recordings demonstrate that very well.

My father was a great jazz enthusiast and I was exposed to a range of different artists when I was growing up but I only had a limited range of the music on CD, mostly dominated by fusion and European artists such as Eberhard Weber and Jan Garbarek. It was the death of Gerry Mulligan that spurred me on to start collecting jazz. "What is there to Say" was my first purchase and I now have hundreds of jazz albums.

The quartet with Chet Baker seems to dominate writing about Mulligan but this album shows that there was much more to the man. The opener "Butterfly with Hiccups is a classic Mulligan number and the interplay between the band(s)which includes the amazing Bob Brookmeyer on valve trombone and Dave Bailey on Drums, is fantastic and this is down to Mulligans arrangements and perfectionism.

This is not scary jazz that will put off the novice listener but neither is it bland or unchallenging. This music engages the listener and is rewarding on many levels and reveals new things with subsequent listenings.

Gerry Mulligab at his brilliant best, buy it!


Remote Control
Remote Control
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 19.95

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but?, 28 May 2007
This review is from: Remote Control (Audio CD)
I agree with the previous reviewer and I do have very fond memories of this album but the creeps who are asking between, 38 - 110 do not deserve to cash in on this. My advice is wait until it is re-released, it is bound to be sooner or later, and listen to something else in the meantime these is so much available out there that you can surely add this to your wish list until it is more affordable. I have also just noticed that this album appears in its entirity on Going Dwon....the Tubes, which is available at around 15, althogh the 4th Marketplace listing jumps up to 40 so you would need to be quick.


Waterfall
Waterfall
Price: 9.78

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If4/Waterfall confusion?, 28 May 2007
This review is from: Waterfall (Audio CD)
This is the US version of the 4th If album, whoever in the UK/Europe this was released as If4 with slightly different track selection.

On If4 you get:

1. Sector 17

2. The Light Still Shines

3. You In Your Small Corner

4. Waterfall

5. Throw Myself To The Wind

6. Svenska Soma

which was the original album with no bonus tracks. On this version Track 7 & 8 are bonus A & B sides of the single and track 9 is an alternate take. The rather annoying thing is that both CD versions should have had the tracks unique to the other as bonus tracks. Watherfall is the most complete but that means you miss out on the track Svenska Soma, which as I remember from when I had it on vinyl, is an excellent track but with If4 you miss out on Paint Your Pictures and Cast No Shadows. This is a great album whichever version you get and I would recommend If,If2 & If3 also, particularly If 3 which is my favourite. A great band who deserve greater recongition.


If 4
If 4
Price: 10.25

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent If4 but see also Waterfall!, 28 May 2007
This review is from: If 4 (Audio CD)
This is the UK/European version of the 4th If album and is the one I remember, whoever in the US this was released as Waterfall with slightly different track selection. Here you get:

1. Sector 17

2. The Light Still Shines

3. You In Your Small Corner

4. Waterfall

5. Throw Myself To The Wind

6. Svenska Soma

which was the original album with no bonus tracks, whereas on Waterfall you get:

1. Waterfall

2. Light Still Shines

3. Sector 17

4. Paint Your Pictures

5. Cast No Shadows

6. Throw Myself To The Wind

7. You In Your Small Corner

8. Waterfall

9. Waterfall

Track 7 & 8 being bonus A & B sides of the single and track 9 being an alternate take. The rather annoying thing is that both CD versions should have had the tracks unique to the other as bonus tracks. Watherfall is the most complete but that means you miss out on the track Svenska Soma, which as I remember from when I had it on vinyl, is an excellent track and on If4 you miss out on Paint Your Pictures and Cast No Shadows. This is a great album whichever version you get and I would recommend If,If2 & If3 also, particularly If 3 which is my favourite. A great band who deserve greater recongition.
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I Advance Masked
I Advance Masked

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 25 May 2007
This review is from: I Advance Masked (Audio CD)
I was a bit wary of this album when it first came out. Robert Fripp was then as cool as can be but he had done some less than accessible thing with others so you were (as now) not always sure which Fripp you were getting. Andy Summers, although clearly a very good guitarist, had been tarred with the same brush as Sting, who at that stage was seen as a bit more image than substance. This album changed all that.

First of all the cover (which is where this CD format lets it down a bit) had such a lovely texture and the illustration was so good.

Then the titles of the tracks read like poetry, evocative but with ambiuous meaning.

Finally the, real pay-off, the music blends the styles of both men brilliantly. This was where the next phse of Summers music making started. It is such a shame that this has been so difficult to get hold of. The follow up album, which I guess will be available soon, was somewhat disappointing after this but actually having dusted down my old vinyl copy recently I find I like that very mauch as well.

Keep on doing odd things chaps!


Down at the Crossroads
Down at the Crossroads
Offered by MERLINMOOSIKDE
Price: 15.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good But..., 3 May 2007
This review is from: Down at the Crossroads (Audio CD)
This is all very well but if you don't have the Robert Johnson originals then you are wasting your time.

Before you get this, or the excellent Peter Green albums (Hot Foot Powder and The Robert Johnson Songbook) not to mention the nearly as good Eric Clapton albums, you must get King Of The Delta Blues Singers and King Of The Delta Blues Singers II by Robert Johnson. Between them they contain all of his output bar perhaps the odd alternate take. Do not accept any of the inferior compilations with alternate takes doubled up with master takes (I really hate that)

This is one of the most important men in the history of American music, although it took the English to show that country waht a waelth of great music it was ignoring. Buy both the Robert J albums then move on to this other stuff.


Downwind
Downwind
Offered by Japan-Select
Price: 38.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Genius Percissionist, 27 April 2007
This review is from: Downwind (Audio CD)
I agree with the previous reviewer Cross Currents, Downwind are excellent and that Xtasea and Emotions are also very good but I am uneasy with the jazz-rock tag. I am not sure what is an appropriate genre tag but probably none at all,. Remember that Duke Ellington did not like his music to be called jazz and prefered "Jungle Music" so there are all sorts of issues about what you label music.

Mike Oldfield and Didier Malherbe od put in good performances although the formers presence does cause some confusion amounst some listeners about the direction of musical influence in the relationship.

I appreciate that many people are more comfortable with the instrumental pieces by this band and are not so keen on the songs I do not agree that they are such a big mistake as the previous reviewer here thinks. Having recently rediscovered Dick Morrissey's old band If I have changed my opinion on this issue. I used to prefer the instrumental tracks and passages of their music but now appreciate the songs for what they are (brilliant). This has brought me back to Pierre Moerlen's Gong with new ears.

My advice is to buy all these reissues and enjoy a slice of music history. Time is the Key is hypnotic. Pierre Moerlen was a genius percissionist who is sadly missed


Singing Ringing Tree [DVD] [1957] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Singing Ringing Tree [DVD] [1957] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Christel Bodenstein

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 26 April 2007
This is a real treat to those of us of a certain age who remember watching this as children. One of the first surprises for me was that it was in colour, as I saw it only on a black and white television set. The second surprise for me was just how much of it I remembered, everybody remembers the "evil dwarf" which is very non-PC for today's world and I guess now he would have the roots of his unhappiness explored, explained and resolved rather than the outcome that happens here.

What came as no real surprise was that the production was rather primative, but was fifty years ago so one has to expect that. I love the way that the events seem to happen in a linear world where all the travel seems to take place along a single axis. The transformation of the prince into a bear (and I don't think I am spoiling the story for anyone by revealing this) is great but it is supposed to look like a real bear, the King says this bear spoke to him and that it was a real bear when it very much looked like a man dressed up as a bear, the great thing being that in the context of the telling of this story it doesn't matter that we can tell that it is the prince, because it is such a stylised production we just accept that he is meant to look exactly like a bear.

This is much more that a nostalgia trip, which it is too, but a great bit of German film art from an era when a simple story told well could be made. Now it wouldn't stand a chance, which is sad.


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