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Rubber Folk
Rubber Folk
Offered by dutchtoni
Price: £35.00

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality Songs Shine Through, 17 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Rubber Folk (Audio CD)
This is a difficult genre, the tribute album, which puts much more weight of expectation on each cover version in this context, however this album pulls if off well. Waterston, Carthy's Norwegian Wood is a stand out for me but it is a song that has been covered many time, including by Herbie Hancock who reinvented it as a new jazz standard. Another more difficult song to rework such as Girl does however work well.

This is a worthwhile project and has many merits although it is not necessarily essential listening I would not discourage anyone from buying it; if you fancy the idea of it then it is definitely worthwhile

Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [DVD] [1978] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [DVD] [1978] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by Moref Designs
Price: £8.28

13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disaster, 9 Nov. 2006
I remember the trailers for this and thinking the is a guaranteed flop, it was. There were so many discordant elements to it.

* The Bee Gees were very big at the time but had no credibility amongst serious music fans nor any proven track record of actually appearing in films.

* Peter Frampton was big for sure, having shot to fame from seemingly nowhere, despite his time in Humble Pie before his big solo success but again the coupling with the Gibb brothers seemed to be only to make up the numbers.

* The look of the film was like an obscure theme park. This is a really bad thing since even the market leaders in this field are just too tacky for words

* The story-line was very weak

* Musically this did little justice to the Beatles songs

The makers of this film failed to grasp that the people who liked the Bee Gees were not necessarily the same people who still carried the torch for the Beatles, who at that time were seen to be a bit old hat and the people who were into them usually loathed the Bee Gees, nor did they pay any attention to the legacy of the Beatles and threw in as many elements as they could in the belief that they would broaden the appeal of the movie but as I alluded to above these elements just cancelled each other out, with potential audiences being more likely be put off than attracted.

Despite all this I did give it a go but it was awful. This DVD is for obsessive collectors or students of film making as a cautionary tale.


Sunshine Superman: The Very Best Of Donovan
Sunshine Superman: The Very Best Of Donovan
Offered by westworld-
Price: £14.77

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for a greatest hits but...., 7 Nov. 2006
If you are on a budget or a bit affraid of buying into a large body of work like Donovan's and lack the confidence of knowing where to start then this is the album for you.

There is a great selection of brilliant songs here, however, I give this only 4 stars because it is acompilation and it removes the songs from the context of their contempoary surroundings, i.e. the other songs on the albums from which they are taken. Those witha linmitted imagination might find it difficult to take some of the stylistic changes that Donovan explored over the years but we should not be scared of a bit of variation, even if it is sometimes a jokey and slightly childish sounding song.

I would happily defend any Donovan album, and I am not a die hard fan by any means. I remember the singles, Jenifer Juniper, Mellow Yellow, Sunshine Superman, etc, from my childhood but it is only in the last year that I have owned any of his albums, I have not heard a bad one yet.

Start here by all means but you must move on the albums like A Gift From a Flower to a Garden and 7-Tease is excellent

A Gift From A Flower To A Garden
A Gift From A Flower To A Garden

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inconic album, 7 Nov. 2006
Donovan is simply one of those genius singer sonwriters who kept producing wonderful, evocotive and beautifully realised songs but was also a brilliant interpreter of other peoples songs. Here he is on top form. He took a step back from the mainstream pop oreientated music with which he had become associated. That is not the devalue any of that work, it is wonderful too, however, this is a perfectly realised Donovan album that exudes a towering writing and performing confidence. The songs here are as fresh as the day they were written.

For many people this is the peak of Donovans career, however, I believe that he went on to record many more wonderful albums. I would advise anyone who is at all interested in this great artist to check out any of his albums they are all head and shoulders above much of what you will find in the avaerage record collection

Although he became less commercially successful in the 1970s, to paraphrase Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard, it was not Donovan that stopped being big but the music that got small.

Be Here Now
Be Here Now
Offered by westworld-
Price: £4.88

7 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One star is much more than this deserves, 7 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Be Here Now (Audio CD)
I bought this the day it was released. I really liked the previous albums and was in huge anticipation of this being a move forward. What an incredible disappointment. Noel and Liam really tried to talk this up. They said things like "we'll accept nothing less than album of the year" signaling that they thought they had really nailed it.

Since then Noel has done an about face and accepted that the recording process got mired in a drug fueled haze and loss of judgement.

I never managed to listen to this the whole way through it just never knows when to stop. What this band really needs is a strong producer who the Gallaghers respect but who is not affraid to lay down the law and knock some heads together. They have only partially recovered credibility since this low point but they are sastianed by an army of sycophantic followers who would accept anything. I still look forward to their next release with some hope.

7-Tease + Slow Down World
7-Tease + Slow Down World

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Stuff, 2 Nov. 2006
This was Donovan in the mid seventies as times moved on and tastes and styles changed. He was, to some extent, neglected by his record company who seemed happy to let his albums sink or swim without any real effort at more committed promotion. Some of the songs on the two albums contained here are truly wonderful. The Great Song of the Sky is a bit naive but anthemic and uplifting all the same. The Quest is a lovely, understated slow burner. The quality of Donovan's voice is superb throughout and this CD is proof that he was totally for real in the sixties as he still holds onto much of the essence of that era even when commercial demands would seem to require a different approach, a true artist and poet, always much more than the "Brittish Dylan" tag that he was lumbered with along with a whole host of others, Check out the other pairing of Cosmic Wheel/Essence To Essence. A great man who deserves much greater recognition. When I see some of the clowns who are receiving lifetime acheievment/inspiration awards these days I just know that Donovan Leitch has done so much more and better and for many he is a shamefully forgotten figure.

The First Day
The First Day
Offered by musea
Price: £15.12

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!, 29 Oct. 2006
This review is from: The First Day (Audio CD)
This is absolutley wonderful stuff. Much much more than the sum of it's parts. Darshan is hypnotically beautiful and although it is quite long I would be happy for it to go on much longer. Brightness falls is a classic.
Fripp wanted Sylvian to be part of a re-envisaged King Crimson but the latter was not keen to step into those shoes so this became and improvisation based band with fantastic results.

Exposure (2 Cd Special Edition)
Exposure (2 Cd Special Edition)
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £15.91

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Personal Album, 17 Oct. 2006
Whilst this is clearly a stopping point in Robert Fripp's journey to find a new direction and the rediscovery of a line-up that would develop into the 1980's excellent King Crimson incarnation this is still a brilliant album. many peopel I know thought this too much of a mixed bag of styles but for me this was Exposures stregth. From Disengage to Mary; Exposure to Here Comes the Flood, this is just such an uncompromising album, every track is executed with no concessions to A&R manipulation. This was probably why the bigger project of getting this released, as was originally intended, as part of a trilogy along with Peter Gabriel (2) and Daryl Hall's Sacred Songs. I bought this not long after it first came out and always felt it was avery personal album. There were some lukewarm reactions from friends and so I tended to not share it.

This is a gem of an album and I am glad to see it given the respect it deserves by this special edition release. I hope that the other albums in this journey to 1981, God Save The Queen, Under Heavy Manners and The League of Gentlemen album, all recieve the same treatment soon.

Twang Bar King
Twang Bar King

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic!, 13 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Twang Bar King (Audio CD)
Like Belew's previous solo album, Lone Rhino< this was recorded in the midst of a purple patch in his career having been in Frank Zappa's band, Talking Heads & Tom Tom Club, playing on David Bowie's album and helped Robert Fripp revive King Crimson, the man had so many ideas for his own albums that this and the previous one were full of different styles and influences, and that was maybe part of the problem for listeners. Some of the tunes are just not what was expected. Many were looking for a continuing creative thrad that ran from his work with talking heads and King Crimson and song like Ideal Woman are very different from that, however, give this album a bit of time and the the songs really do pay off. This is a man with a real serious commitment to his craft and from the opening cover of the Beatles I'm Down through songs like Fish Head we are treated to humour and virtuosity with a real epic vision.

The Satin Album
The Satin Album
Price: £11.88

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 6 Oct. 2006
This review is from: The Satin Album (Audio CD)
Like much of jazz the interpretation of the song often brings much more to the music than was there, note John Coltrane's treatment of My Favourite Things. In this case, however, there is so much weight of expectation covering such an iconic album in total. It is a tribute to Wellins and his band that they pull this off so brilliantly. Wellins tone and phrasing have always dripped with raw emotion, note his playing on Stan Tracey's Under Milkwood, and he is clearly playing to his stregths here. This is a saxophonist who is recognised amougst his peers as a brilliant player and interpreter of songs; he deserves a wider recognition as a national musical treasure. There is aple evidence for this on this album alone.

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