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Price: 7.27

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars JJ Cale 'souling' away, 30 Jun 2005
This review is from: Really (Audio CD)
Compared to his famous first album 'Naturally", this album is much more coherent in style; which is more sparse, more soulful. The intimacy of the first is allopver the place; the songs are less minitures of guitarplaying, and more structured.
For those who haven't heard of the great man; his guitar playing influenced Mark Knopfler (heavily) and Eric Calption (although he denies it now). JJ Cale humsings & his songs are Americana avant-la-lettre; a mixture of Country & Blues,with a dash of Folk, Jazz and Soul, without becoming too 'arty'or intellectual, firmly bedded in the great pool of American musisc

Demons and Wizards
Demons and Wizards
Price: 7.24

28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah! those sweet seventies, 30 Jun 2005
This review is from: Demons and Wizards (Audio CD)
Not knowing what to expect I bought this album on the acquaintance of 'Easy Living'. But the album has more good solid hard rock songs, although mosthave a lesser tempo than 'Easy Living'. What struck me most is the warm, catching sound of the album, without much editing, overlaying, overproducing. Here's a band that 'got it together'. Nothing outrageously rocking, screaming or bonking, no whimsical balladry; but great songs, never over the top.
The lyrics however are strictly "Fantasy" and concern demons, knights, wizzards and lots of 'wisdom'. They don't entice me, but they're no album killer either.
Bonus tracks add little; one or two good tracks in line with the album.
A jewel of seventies hard rock, never dull and great playing.

The Tristan Betrayal
The Tristan Betrayal
by Robert Ludlum
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tom Cruise's next movie, 25 Mar 2005
This review is from: The Tristan Betrayal (Paperback)
I am not a hardcore fan of Mr. Ludlum - this is my second reading. As he's hugely popular, he must do something right. The Tristan Betrayal has an interesting plot - American spies setting the Germans to attack Russia during WWII. This is a very imaginative idea of Mr. Ludlum. The book is an easy read, with enough cliffhangers and the right tempo.
What spoils it for me is the lovestory that is woven into it, plus the "classic" American hero who gets shot, hurt an trapped numerous times, but always manages to come on top. This makes this book read like a Hollywood movie and instantly Tom Cruise springs to mind. Also, I found the main character sometimes a little stupid/naive and not always fit for his topjob as super secret key spy. This, and a few minor details which I found annoying (using Orwell's classic about equal pigs as cynic remark by a Russian living in 1940 is too obvious) made me give it 3 stars.
As a fan of the cynical Mr. Le Carre, whose classic heroes use their brains rather than guns etc. I am biased ofcourse. The book is certainly entertaining, and I read it in one go, but I also thought it a little too good to be true at times.

Price: 8.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jayhawks gathering their feet, 25 Feb 2005
This review is from: Smile (Audio CD)
The "sound of Smile" remains close to the "Sound of Lies" but lacks its poignancy. It's perhaps less of an effort, depicting too clearly that the Jayhawks were trying hard to find their feet after the departure of Mr. Olson. However, the melodies are still great, there are some straightforward rockers (more or less) and on the whole, once you've listened to it a couple of times, it still is a great album by a great band.
As a new fan, you'd better buy "Rainy day" or "sound of lies", which are somewhat more accessible. For the iniated, a good buy.

Academy in Peril
Academy in Peril

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cale goes classical, 9 Jan 2005
This review is from: Academy in Peril (Audio CD)
Often overlooked and great album from Jon Cale, laced with great Cale-melodies. However, at the time of its releaese (1972) this album was a bridge too far for many fans (and critics). Instead of catchy songs, or Velvet Underground rock, it filled with strange, semi classical music. No lyrics and no rock riffs, but great melodies. The album leaves an impression much closer to Briane Eno or Robert Fripp than to Lou Reed to name one. The album does show Cage's classical background and interest.
I found it to be a great album, with a lot of good songs, sadly overlooked.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
by Mark Haddon
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.17

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern Huckleberry Finn?, 9 Jan 2005
This novel is a boy adventure, brought to us through the eyes of an autistic boy. Starting point is a murder mystery; but the true voyage is through the strange outside world.
What makes this novel great is the humorous perspective. If you think pretty straightforward, as the main character, this world is an odd one. People's reactions on events and autistic boys and their semi logical reasoning are sometimes hilarious.
Great novel for a lot of reasons (see other reviews) - one you can't put away.

The Story So Far: The Very Best Of Rod Stewart (2CD)
The Story So Far: The Very Best Of Rod Stewart (2CD)
Price: 7.88

6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply a good collection, 19 Dec 2004
Problem with "best of" is the lack of personal favourites. And sometimes the personal taste of the "assembler". And of course, it doesn't help if the songs aren't in chronological order.
Me (having no Rod albums) - I just the good songs and the bad songs. This one got a majority of good ones and a few hilarious pour ones.
Two surprises: the early 80's like Young Turks hold out well, and seems less dated than something like " the death of Georgie". Secondly: "In a broken dream" is a angry old Rod in the nineties.
On the whole: a greatest hits should have the greatest hits - and they're all here. At least 80% is worth listening to, a high score for a two CD best of.

James Taylor: Greatest Hits
James Taylor: Greatest Hits
Price: 4.29

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cosiness all around, 31 Oct 2004
I have not a lot to add to previous reviewers. I am no James Taylor disciple, but I like the cd. In my view, this is a cd full of warm, acoustic songs. Excellent gift for ladies, play it with red wine, sparkling fire in the fire place, with rain lashing the windows etc.
Great songs, well executed, well produced. If you're not in the right mood though, you may well find it a bit bland, dull or boring. Still, if you're looking for classic 70 singer-songwriter stuff, with lost of calm, gently acoustic songs, sprayed with a little melancholy, sadness (sometimes) this is the cd to buy.

Price: 17.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis - but not yet, 20 Sep 2004
This review is from: ...Continued (Audio CD)
In essence, Tony Joe's music is typical Southern R&B, slightly less perfected, more "rooted" and closer to the source than what Elvis recorded in the late 60's. (Elvis however was a much better performer). White's was a gift for penning crafted songs - such as the famous "Rainy Night in Georgia" and "Polk Salad Annie" (covered by Elvis in his Vegas live shows).
"Old Man Willis"(on this CD) comes close to the latter, but not quite. Too easy, lacking the right thrill, it is hard to define why this album doesn't deserve 4 -5 stars. It just sounds a little too hasty - many songs sound to much like a quick one, making the album lacking a punch/ massive hit.
Nevertheless, Tony Joe White has a great voice and may songs sound right. Much of it is classic Southern R&B, straight from Muscle Shoals studio. Good songs, close to Elvis's late 60's work (Guitar man) or even at a far distance J.J. Cale's early work.
His true form, however, can be found on the "Live in Europe" album.


4.0 out of 5 stars Chill out wallpaper?, 26 Feb 2004
This review is from: Interludia (Audio CD)
Great album in chillout mood. Hardly any lyrics to be found (always better than stupidly shouting singers), just lots of gentle tapping drums, grooving basses and the odd "chill" sound/guitar effect. There is sufficient variety between songs, but it is minimal. The album is one great blend. Whether it is still original - I can;t judge, I'm too unfamiliar with teh competition. It's so relaxing, unassuming that sometimes it becomes close to musical wallpaper. Very good a background music or just to unwind. As a bonus, this will be an album none too many of your friends would have heard of.....

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