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Alberto M. Ramos "Macaco" (Las Palmas de G.C., Canary Islands Spain)
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Romanticism And The 20th Century
Romanticism And The 20th Century
by Wilfrid Mellers
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 16 Feb. 2015
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Wilfrid Mellers was a brilliant and fantastic writer about Music .This is an historical-musicology survey of romanticism and mainly the first half of the 20th century . The book uses some main figures of music composition as examples of their times with some music examples to ilustrate their techniques . Very readable book, great music synthesis of each period and fantastic learning .This is a book destined for the general public so there is not complicated analysis .Recommended.


Let It Be... Naked
Let It Be... Naked
Price: £8.29

5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles , without the Spector Sound Approach, 19 May 2014
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This review is from: Let It Be... Naked (Audio CD)
Let it be ,the original release is so embeded in popular music that is difficult to hear this album with new ears. As a plus one can imagined what the original concept was ,hear the band doing their own arrangements of their own songs (some songs quite outstanding as it is known ) and getting back to their rock roots . One wander what may have been the reaction to this album in 1970 without Spector production, but that'll never know.


The Invisible Artist: Arrangers In Popular Music (1950-2000)
The Invisible Artist: Arrangers In Popular Music (1950-2000)
by Dr. Richard Niles
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great study of music arranging, 26 Feb. 2014
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This book surely is the first of its kind as far as i know in the study of arrangers in popular music.Is full of interviews ,musical examples of arranging techniques (not whole scores , that will take another book !) but enough to understand the arranging techniques ,analysis of songs and their arrangement and a historical perspective of all these decades of music arranging . Hope this approach will have continuity.Excellent book.


1791: Mozart's Last Year
1791: Mozart's Last Year
by H. C. Robbins Landon
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, 4 Dec. 2011
This book is well researched interesting for musicians and not musicians and a glimpse into the reality of Mozart 's life .Some myths are destroyed too. Worth a try and a great read.


The Classic Albums Collection
The Classic Albums Collection
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £32.85

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect collection from an outstanding band, 4 Dec. 2011
Electric Light Orchestra is among the most outstanding pop -rock bands ever , in terms of songwriting , production, performance and imagination . I don't think ELO or Jeff Lynne is underrated at all in Europe and other places , maybe a little bit by the music press but ..who cares about the magazines calling ELO a guilty pleasure?. It's not a guilty pleasure at all ,it's excellent music to start with (even if you don't like strings mixed with rock ).
In this collection there are "Face the music", "New World Record " and "Out of the blue " with several amazing songs in them .These albums maybe the peak of the ELO sound. Then there are "Discovery " or "Time "(Time is an all time favorite of mine), that where # 1 in several countries . "Secret Messages " and "Balance of Power " have a more electronic sound in the 80s vein but the songs are really fine. The initial albums of ELO are maybe the most surprising cause there is an evolution in sound from the "No Answer " to "Eldorado " when the ELO style is building up in the 70s.
The best defense of ELO is its own back catalogue that have remain for almost 40 years due to its quality .Period.
The prize of this collection as another reviewer said is a no brainer for the quality of the material in it.Plus bonus tracks , some quite good.


Monolith
Monolith

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic album, 23 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Monolith (Audio CD)
One of the things that critics say about Kansas is that they have so many influences (british progressive rock, etc). Anyway this a real solid album produced by Kansas themselves and with many great musical ideas . If only for the magnificent Angels have fallen is worthy (with that amazing guitar riff in the middle section ) but the other 7 songs are no less entertainig and interesting . Clearly for me this is a very underrated Kansas's album but it's a very fine album . How my soul cries out for you is a rocking song , amazing. Reason to be, wonderful ballad. Wish that any album with 8 songs was this good.


A Little Nightmare Music [DVD] [2009]
A Little Nightmare Music [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Richard Hyung-Ki Joo

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's very funny and the musicianship is great, 26 Oct. 2011
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The dvd is really funny and there are many acute observations about the classical music world.Many different sketches but one I like a lot it's the piano lesson that is absolutely off the wall but true in a certain sense . Two great virtuosos with great sense of humour, they should be protected species.


The Jacksons - A Family Dynasty [DVD]
The Jacksons - A Family Dynasty [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jackie Jackson

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting documentary mini series, 22 July 2011
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I find the dvds interesting . Above all is a journey through a band discussions, struggles and doubts .Hope they will release music in the future and can overcome some of the issues they discuss in this film.


Materials and Structure of Music: v. 1
Materials and Structure of Music: v. 1
by William Christ
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, 19 Jun. 2011
Both volume 1 and volume 2 are worth a reading. The volume 1 start with basics and pulse, meter,etc. and go to more complex matters .Excellent.


All's Well That Ends Well
All's Well That Ends Well

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album .Period, 20 Oct. 2010
This is the album of a mature musician , in the most positive way Lukather plays a wonderful guitar and sings in a very expressive way.For me truly a step ahead in his personal music evolution.
I don't think he's repeating himself at all, it's simply unity of style in his music.Does anyone blame Paul McCartney or Eric Clapton for repeating licks ? or Chopin for repeating harmonies? I think no one does cause everyone repeat themselves , it's the DNA .
There are great songs here with great arrangements like On my way home ,Flash in the pan and meaningful and deep songs like Darkness in my World and Don't say it's over.
If you like good music , check this one.
The best sign it's that when it's finished , the album seems short.


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