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The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)
The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)
Price: 11.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Special, 30 Mar 2013
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I have had this album since the day of release. I have waited to review it to see if it's initial thrill lasts. It does. Some albums are just special. This is one of them. Listening to it is an event. You know you need to make time and space to sit and listen and emerse. Not many albums reach this status This is one of them. This is luxury, this is quality, this is more than the sum of its parts.
Only buy this album if you have space in your life to accommodate it.
The Raven is not just for Christmas, it's for life.


Radiation 2013
Radiation 2013
Price: 11.62

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good album that is now almost great., 5 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Radiation 2013 (Audio CD)
Always had a soft spot for this CD. Has two of the greatest Marillion guitar breaks that they have ever recorded (these Chains and 3 Minute Boy) The sound and mix was always too dense and flat for me. Marillion were never happy with the sound apparenlty so hence the remix. Now Steve H can actually be understood. This remix lifts the vocals, sharpens the guitar strings and fills out the bass. Some songs given a slight reworking but always sounding good.
Only gripes are that despite the great work done on these mixes there is a little more care needed. The final track fades then is suddenly abruptly cut off and the space between the tracks seems not to flow as well. That aside, I prefer the remix and the high points of exaltation ( of which there are many) are now truly three dimensional. I would love this approach on more of this period Marillion.
A much underrated album that demands reappraisal.
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Shrine of the New Generation Slaves (Limited Edition)
Shrine of the New Generation Slaves (Limited Edition)
Price: 16.53

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern intelligent music, 23 Jan 2013
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Agree with the enthusiasm of other posters but do not get the retro references. There is nothing 80's about this sound. The only real 70's influence is some great Hammond style soloing but it is so contrasting in this setting that it is a stark surprise. This is a dense but accessible, complex yet listenable experience. It rocks, riffs and rolls. The sound and production is current in a good way. You will recognise it as Riverside yet it takes them in further in the direction of tighter song structures with more complex arrangements. You can head bang to some of it, dance to other bits and drift away on others. One of only a few bands moving the rock agenda forward and still attaining high quality. the bonus disc is almost ambient house. Stick with it. Some great Sax playing.
Only thing I do not like is the title of the album. For a genre that suffers due to perceptions of pretenciousness, and a band with such direct lyrical approach, it idoes not help nor reflect the content.
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Epicloud
Epicloud
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Price: 12.72

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poptastic, 24 Dec 2012
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I do not like all of Devins stuff. But when he gets it right, he gets it very right. Strapping young Lad are way to heavy for me but this album shines with polished pop gems. Think Queen and The Darkness but with balls. Sing along and dance to Lucky Animals or be laid prone by the power of Grace. My album of 2012 by a long shot.


Six Pieces For Orchestra
Six Pieces For Orchestra
Price: 6.00

3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disney in Derry, 25 April 2012
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I am glad this was cheap. Sounds like a mash up of film music with a Celtic vibe. Some 'nice' moments but should know by now to avoid this kind of product. Shame, as he was the best thing about Genesis.


Lost in the New Real
Lost in the New Real
Price: 14.51

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beats expectations, 25 April 2012
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Heard clips of this before release and was not hopeful. Glad to say this is a full blown techni colour feast of rock styles, catchy tunes and tongue in cheek references to past masters. A full rich sound with lots of synth bass lines to test your floorboards. Most of all there are tunes. Tunes by the bucket load. Ignore the concept and simply enjoy the tunes. Only one song out of the twenty grate. Even the cover versions work. Welcome to the machine sounds like a folky Ramstein meets PF. Buy and smile.


Perserverance
Perserverance
Price: 12.56

4.0 out of 5 stars new orleans prog gumbo, 2 Feb 2011
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A vast range of styles (all instrumental) recorded live in 2001 by this outfit of ever changing prog heads going back to the 70's. if you like Zappa, Uk, Yes and all with a touch of groove and Jazz then this will suit you sir.... I find myself putting this on the Hi Fi more often then I realised. It has an improvised feel and all the mistakes have been left in. Cannot say why I like it so much.... I just do!


Genesis - When in Rome - Live 2007 [3 DVDs] [2008]
Genesis - When in Rome - Live 2007 [3 DVDs] [2008]
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10 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Painting by numbers, 30 May 2008
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This is a dull concert. The sound is good but the band(?) look about as enthusiatic as stick insects and Phil spends most of his time employing his limited acting and gurnning skills to try and inject some life into the corpse of this once great band(he has just anounced his retirement from all music activity and having watched this I am not surprised!!) Unlike peers such as Yes who have continued to make new music and keep things vital this is drab, lifeless and mundane. Even the stage is poor. As for the explosive climax why choose the lame Invisible Touch to end with fire works!!!? surely Los Endos would have been better? For those blind to this cynical release then you need to know that the set list is just about right, sound is good but not great and the qulaity of picture first rate.
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Play a Tribute to Deep Purple
Play a Tribute to Deep Purple
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Price: 11.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lizzy plays purple, 25 Oct 2007
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I was bought this as a Christmas present in the early seventies. It was 50p Stereo Gold Award from Woolworths sitting alongside other cheap covers albums like Top Of The Pops. What I didnt realise is that it was an early version of Thin Lizzy earning some cash on the side. This album went on to become a rare collectors item.
The music is full of energy and many of the tracks have nothing to do with Deep Purple. The standout tracks for me are Hush (the best version I have ever heard) and House of the rising sun (no vocals) with great guitar and organ interplay.
This album went on to become a family joke with other copies being bought and exchanged as presents over the years. Just ordered several copies for this christmas..... ah Nostalgia ... why fight it.


Octavarium [U.S. Version]
Octavarium [U.S. Version]
Price: 5.83

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 OUT of 8, 24 Jun 2005
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I like DT albums Scenes, Falling, SDIT and did not like Train. I like this. I like this a lot. Nuff said?


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